DIE Lunæ, videlicet, 13 die Junii.
The Lord North was appointed to sit as Speaker
Letter from Lord Willoughby of Parham to the E. of Essex, desiring to know if the Lord Keeper voted against the Ordinance for the Militia.
The Earl of Essex produced a Letter, written to him
from the Lord Willoughby of Parham:
"He desires to be informed certainly, whether the
Lord Keeper gave his Vote for the Passing of the
Ordinance concerning the Militia; His Majesty laying it upon his Lordship's Ignorance: He hopes to
give a good Account for the putting the Militia into
Next, a Copy of the King's Letter to his Lordship was
The King's Letter to Lord Willoughby of Parham, to desist putting the Militia in Execution.
"Right Trusty and Well-beloved, We Greet you
well. Though We could not but rest much unsatisfied that Our last Gracious Letter could work no better
Effects in you, but that you remain still obstinate in
pursuing those illegal Commands you have received
from both Houses; yet, since We perceive that you
have some colourable Excuse for this your great
Error, upon the mistaking of what was the Opinion
of the Lord Keeper and the Lord Chief Justice Banks
upon this Particular, the One having voted clearly
against it, and the other having never declared his
Opinion therein, it having never been sought, and to
this Hour having done nothing in the Prosecution
thereof, as by their several Letters will most clearly
appear unto you: Therefore We are pleased once
again to lay Our Commands upon you, that, seeing the Grounds whereon you build your Error hath
been thus mistaken by you, We cannot doubt of your
Obedience in retiring from these unlawful Ways you
have suffered yourself to run into by this Mistaking:
As likewise We cannot but observe unto you the
strange exorbitant Power which the Two Houses at
this Time, misled by a few factious malicious Spirits,
pretend to arrogate to themselves, and by which the
Militia (as they call it) is put in Execution; it being
so supreme and absolute, that Our Consent is not
thought necessary for the Execution of any Thing they
judge to be convenient for the Welfare of the Kingdom, of which as We hope you are ignorant, so doubt
not but, it being made known unto you by Us, it will
be more than a sufficient Ground to make you desist
from those illegal, undutiful, upon so much Knowledge by Warning, and (therefore) unsafe Ways.
"Given at Our Court at Yorke, the 7th of June, 1642.
"To the Lord Willoughby of Parham."
Ordered, To be referred to the Consideration of
the Committee of both Houses, to draw up the Declaration concerning Beckwith.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference on these Letters, and about the Lord Lieutenans going to Ireland.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Ayliff and Serjeant Fynch:
To desire a Conference concerning Letters received
from the Lord Willo. of Parham.
Secondly, Concerning the Lord Lieutenant's going for
Letters and Papers relative to Lord Willoughby in Lincolnshire, read.
Next, the Copy of the Lord Keeper's Letter, written
to the Lord Willoughby, was read; and divers other
Letters written to his Lordship: One from Sir Wm.
Terwitt, who denied to deliver the Magazine of the
County of Lyncolne, which was under his Custody, to
the Lord Willoughby, though he was served with the Order
of Parliament. Wm. Booth, the King's Warrant to him.
Message from the H. C. with Instructions for their Committee going to Lincolnshire;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Peter Wentworth:
1. To represent to their Lordships some Instructions
to be given to a Committee of their House, to be sent
into Lyncolneshire, and desire their Lordships Concurrence
with Names of Deputy Lieutenants;
2. Desire their Lordships Concurrence, to approve of
Sir Edw. Boyce,
Mr. Ricd. Browne,
(fn. *) To be Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Kent.|
|Sir Edw. Peto,|
|To be Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Warwicke.
and for a Conference about the Lincolnshire and Leicestershire Militia.
3. To desire a Conference, concerning some Informations received touching Proceedings in the Execution of
the Militia in Lyncolneshire and Leycestershire.
The Instructions were read. (Here enter them.)
The Answer returned was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House agrees to all the Particulars of this
The Effect of what should be delivered at this Conference touching the Earl of Leycester's going for Ireland,
was read, and approved of by this House.
(Here enter it.)
Message to the H. C. for Information about the Somersetshire Petition against the Proceedings of Parliament.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Strode:
To desire that, at this Conference, the House of
Commons may impart to their Lordships the Particulars
concerning a Petition which is now in framing in
Som'settshire, against the Proceedings of Parliament.
Ordered, That this be a Part of this Conference.
Report from the Committee in London.
The Lords Committees that went into London on
Saturday last reported, "That they gave the City
Thanks for their chearful lending of the One Hundred
Thousand Pounds to the Parliament, for the Occasions
of Ireland; and likewise have communicated to them
the Propositions, which (fn. †) they received with much
Readiness; and also they acquainted them with the
Informations from Amsterdam, concerning the Warlike
Preparations prepared there for the King."
Lord Willoughby to take Possession of the Magazine at Lincoln. Sir P. Tirwit and Sir W. Pelham sent for as Delinquents.
Ordered, That the Lord Willoughby of Parham shall
take into his Custody the Magazine of the County of
Lyncolne, in the Hands of Sir Phillip Terwitt and Sir
Wm. Pelham, according to the former Order of this
House; and Sir Phil. Terwitt and Sir Wm. Pelham to
be sent for, as Delinquents.
E. of Essex to answer Lord Willoughby's Letter.
The Earl of Essex is to write to the Lord Willoughby,
That the House hath Ordered, That he shall send
for the Magazine of the County, according to the
Order; that the House is satisfied that the Lord
Keeper accepted his Deputation, and nominated his
Deputy Lieutenants; and for further Satisfaction, a
Committee is appointed to search the Book, concerning his Vote to the Legality of the Militia."
City of London to present Names of Persons who oppose the Militia.
Information was given to this House, "That the City
of London do intend to draw out a Regiment to train
once in Two or Three Days, but they find in some
Wards some that do oppose the Militia; therefore it
was desired that they might have Liberty to Present the
Names of such as they shall discover to be Opposers
to the Militia;" which was Ordered accordingly.
Heads for the Conference.
All the Letters read this Day, concerning the Lord
Willoughby and that Business, shall be read now at this
Conference; and to let them know, that this House resolves, That the Lord Willoughby shall send for, and take
into his Custody, the Magazine of Lyncolneshire; and
the Paper concerning the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland,
to be communicated to the House of Commons.
Lenthall and Bruton in Error.
Ordered, That the Writ of Error between Lenthall and Breuton shall be argued To-morrow.
House adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords
went to the Conference. House resumed.
This Report to be made To-morrow.
Committee to receive the Answers of absent Lords, about the Propositions for raising Money and Horse.
Ordered, That the Lords Committees appointed to
take the Answers of those Lords that are absent, how far
they will declare themselves concerning the Propositions
for bringing in Money and Plate, &c. shall have Power
to meet when they please; and that the First of July
shall be the Day to bring in Horse and muster them.
Ordered, That the Militia in Cambridgeshire shall
be put into Execution on Thursday come Fortnight.
Poxton sent for, for printing a false Paper about L. Wharton.
Ordered, That Edmond Poxton, Printer, for printing
of a false Paper, making the Lord Wharton General for
Ireland, shall be summoned to appear here To-morrow.
Treaty with the Scots Commissioners.
Ordered, That this House agrees to the Result of
the Treaty of the Scotts Commissioners, as they were
brought up from the House of Commons; and that an
Article be drawn, that such Castles and Towns that the
English take in Ulster, may not be taken from them by
Committee to examine how the Lord Keeper voted about the Ordinance for the Militia.
The Lord Admiral, and the Lord Robartes, and the
Lord Mandevil, are to meet this Afternoon, to peruse
what hath been (fn. *) formerly voted touching the Militia,
whereby to send an Answer concerning the Lord Keeper
voting the Ordinance.
Lord Keeper's Letter to Lord Willoughby, that he voted against the Ordinance for the Militia.
"His Majesty was this Day pleased to shew me a
Letter of your Lordship's unto Him, wherein you have
expressed, that I gave my Voice in the House of Peers
for the Ordinance touching the Militia; which He
questioning, in regard He had heard it otherwise related, I thereupon informed Him the Truth; which is
this, That I was absent from the House at the making
of the First Ordinance, which was presented unto Him
for His Assent; and being present when the second
was in Agitation, I gave my Vote against it, which
His Majesty hath commanded me to let your Lordship (fn. †) know, and is the Occasion of this Letter from
"Your Lordship's humble Servant,
Yorke, 7th June
Sir Phillip Turwhitt's Letter to Lord Willoughby, refusing to deliver up the Magazine to him
"Yesterday I received your Lordship's Letter, wherein you were pleased to demand that Part of the Magazine I am trusted with, and have in my Hands, which
I should be very willing to deliver to your Lordship,
had I not received express Command to the contrary,
by a Letter from His Majesty, which I think your
Lordship is not ignorant of; by reason of which, His
Majesty's Proclamation, and, as I think, One or Two
Letters directed from His Majesty to your Lordship,
wonders me why you should make such a Demand of
me; and as you were pleased to give Answer to the
Execution of an Order directed to you from the Parliament, for the settling the Country's Possession in the
Fens to some who presented it to you, "That the Times
were dangerous, and therefore you could do nothing
in the Execution of it," so I hope you will please to
accept of the same Answer from me; not doubting
but that a little Time may produce so good Effects betwixt His Majesty and His Parliament, that I may be
enabled, with the Liking of them both, and my own
Safety, to give you a clear Resolve; till when, I hope
you will please to accept of this, from him who shall
ever be ready to serve your Lordship in what he may,
Stamefeild; June 8,
"To the Right Honourable the Lord Francis
Willoughby of Parham, at his House at Roth,
with my Service. This, present."
Sir Wm. Pelham's ditto.
"I have this Morning received your Commands, by
Mr. Marshall, for the Delivery of such Ammunition
unto him as belongeth to this Sessions, and resteth in
my Hands. I should gladly have obeyed your Lordship, if I had not lately received a Letter from His
Majesty, directed to the High Sheriff and the Deputy
Lieutenants of this County, commanding each Man
who hath any such Ammunition in his Custody, not to
part with it upon any Order, except by Directions
from His Majesty, or the Earl of Lindsey; and these
His Majesty's Commands we are strictly charged to
obey, upon our Allegiance; and, therefore, I hope
your Lordship will please to excuse me, that I do not
obey your Direction. But to give Assurance that all
is safe which I have received, without any Diminution
through my Default, I shave shewed Mr. Marshall all
the Store which was brought unto me, and shall be
glad still to be esteemed, my Lord,
"Your Honour's humble Servant,
Brockelesby, this 4th of June, 1642.
"To the Right Honourable his very good Lord,
the Lord Francis Willoughby. These."
King's Letter to Mr. Booth, of Killingline, not to leave Lincolnshire.
"Our express Will and Command is, That you fail
not to attend Us Personally forthwith, upon Signification made unto you, and Receipt of Our Pleasure
on that Behalf, during our Abode in these Parts; and
therefore We strictly require you, upon your Allegiance, that you depart not out of Our County of
Lincolne, or suffer yourself to be any Ways engaged or
kept from giving your ready Attendance accordingly,
being thereunto called by Us, whilst We shall continue here, upon any Pretence or Order whatsoever,
without Our Special Leave and Licence first obtained,
as you tender Our highest Displeasure, and will
answer the contrary at your Peril; for which this
shall be your Warrant.
"Given at Our Court at Yorke, the 24th May, 1642.
"To our Trusty and Well-beloved William Booth,
Instructions for the Committees going into Lancashire.
"Instructions for Mr. Ashton, Mr. Shuttleworth, Mr.
Rigby, and Mr. Moore, Members of the House
of Commons, now assembled in Parliament, and
Committees to be sent into Lancashire, and for the
rest of the Deputy Lieutenants of that County,
for the Preservation of the Peace of that County.
"Whereas it doth appear to the Lords and Commons
now assembled in Parliament, that the King, seduced
by wicked Counsels, intends to make a War against His
Parliament; and for that it is not improbable that, under Colour of raising a Guard for His Majesty's Person,
or some other Pretence, the Knights, Gentlemen, Freeholders, and Inhabitants, of the County of Lancaster,
may be drawn together; therefore you, and every of
you, shall take special Care, that the Ordinance concerning the Militia be forthwith put in Execution
through the County; and the Sheriff and all other
Officers and Subjects are hereby enjoined to assist you,
and every of you, therein: And, if any Person whatsoever shall levy, or endeavour to levy, any Soldiers,
or to draw or keep together the Trained Bands, or
other armed Forces, of the said County, or any other
Forces, by Colour or Pretence of any Commissions
or Warrant from His Majesty, under the Great Seal,
or otherwise, without Order or Consent of both
Houses of Parliament; you, and every of you, shall,
in the Name and by the Authority of both the said
Houses, require and command all Persons to forbear
the Execution of such Commission or Warrant; and
the same to be delivered up unto you, or any of you,
to be sent to the Speaker of the House of Commons:
And you, and every of you, shall require and command all His Majesty's Subjects to forbear to obey
any such Warrant or Commission; and you, and
every of you, and all other the said Deputy Lieutenants, are hereby required to draw together such of
the Trained Bands, and other Forces, of the said
County, as shall be expedient, for the suppressing of
all such Assemblies, and for the apprehending of all
or any Person or Persons as shall, after Admonition
and Command by you, or any of you, made to them,
to forbear the Execution of any such Commission or
Warrant, or the calling or gathering or keeping together of any such Forces or Assemblies, still persist
in doing the same, as likewise such disaffected Persons as shall be found raising any Parties or Factions
against the Parliament, to be sent up hither, to answer such their Offences, as to Law and Justice shall
"And you the abovesaid Members of the House
of Commons, and every of you, shall, in the Name
of the Lords and Commons, require and command
the Sheriff of the County of Lancaster, and the Justices of Peace, and every of them, to Publish throughout the said County the Declarations formerly published by both Houses of Parliament.
"You, and every of you, shall further take Care,
that such Resolutions and Orders of both Houses
as have been, or shall be, delivered or sent down unto
you, or any of you, be put in Execution; and shall
require the Sheriffs, Justices of the Peace, and all
other His Majesty's Officers and Subjects, to be aiding and assisting unto you for that Purpose.
"You shall declare unto all Men, that it hath ever
been, and still shall be, the Care and Endeavour of
the Parliament, to provide for His Majesty's Safety;
and that they do not, nor never did, know of any
Evil intended to His Majesty's Person; which might
move Him to require any extraordinary armed
Guard; that His greatest Safety is in the Affection
and Fidelity of His Subjects, in the Advice and Counsel of His Parliament; and His greatest Danger in
withdrawing Himself from them; so that, under Colour of doing Him Service, disaffected and malignant Persons, obnoxious for their bad Counsels to the
Justice of the Law, labour to raise a Faction and a
Party against the Parliament, which at the last may
break out into open Rebellion and Civil War, to the
Destruction both of King and Kingdom.
"You the said Members of the House of Commons,
and every of you, shall endeavour to clear the Proceedings of Parliament from all Imputations and Aspersions; and shall, from Time to Time, certify us
of all Things which you conceive necessary for the
present Service: And that we may have a speedy Account of it, and that our Directions to you, as
well as your Advertisements to us, may have a clear
and ready Passage, you, and every of you, shall lay
a strict Charge upon all Post-masters, that they do
not suffer any Letters, or other Dispatches, to or
from the Parliament, to be intercepted or stayed;
and if any shall presume to make such Stay of those
Dispatches, you, and every of you, shall direct the
Post-masters to repair to the Justices of Peace, Constables, and all other Officers, for their Aids and
Assistance, who are hereby required to take special
Care that there may be no such Interruption.
"You, and every of you, shall take Care that none
of the Recusants Arms, or other Ammunition of the
said County, shall be carried or taken out of the
County, upon any Pretence or Command whatsoever,
without Warrant from both Houses of Parliament;
and you, and every of you, shall give Order and Direction to the Sheriff, Justices of Peace, and other
Officers, to require and command all the Popish
Recusants in that County to confine themselves to
their Dwellings, according to the Statutes in that
Case provided; and, if any such Recusant shall be
found to transgress therein, you, and every of you,
shall cause the Justices of Peace forthwith to bind
them to their good Behaviour, and, upon Refusal or
Neglect to give Security, accordingly to commit them
to Prison, and further to proceed against them according to the Law.
"And you, and every of you, are likewise to give
Charge from both Houses of Parliament, to all Captains, Lieutenants, and other Officers of the Militia,
that they be observant to such Directions as they shall
from Time to Time receive from the Lieutenant of
the County, or his Deputies, or any of them, for due
Performance of any the Commands of the said Houses.
"And the Lords and Commons do hereby declare,
That they will protect, defend, and assist, all Manner
of Persons, for such Actions as they shall perform
in Pursuance of these Instructions, and other Orders
and Commands of the said Houses of Parliament.
"And you, and every of you, shall resist and repel, and are hereby authorized to resist and repel,
by the Power of the said County, and by all other
Ways and Means, all such Force and Violence as
shall be raised or brought, by any Person or Persons,
to the Hindrance or Disturbance of this present Service, or for the arresting or seizing of the Persons of
you, or any of you, or of any other which shall be
employed in the Performance of the Ordinances, Instructions, and Commands of both Houses of Parliament, for any Thing done in Execution thereof; and
the Sheriff and Justices of Peace of the said County,
and all other Officers and Subjects, are hereby enjoined
to be aiding and assisting to you, and every of you, for
the better and more speedy Execution of the Premises."
Subject of the Conference, concerning the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland's Departure.
"The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland hath represented
unto my Lords, That he conceiveth it conducing to
the Good of the Affairs of Ireland, that he (nominated so long since to the Government of that Kingdom) should be dispatched thither; for the so long
detaining of him cannot but be liable to several Constructions; either that there is some Coldness or Slackness in those Businesses, or that his Lordship useth not
fitting Diligence in soliciting his Dispatch; which cannot but much reflect upon his Honour, that, in Times
of Action and Danger, he should be absent by any
Default of his.
"His Lordship hath acquainted the House with his
former Diligence in this Kind, and fully informed my
Lords that there hath been nothing wanting on his
Part; and hath been now a Suitor unto my Lords,
for their Assistance in procuring his speedy Dispatch.
"My Lords, knowing that the chief Means of dispatching his Lordship must arise from that House,
which is, by providing Money to pay the Soldiers, and
Provisions necessary to the Train of Artillery, shall
leave that wholly to them, to whom it belongeth; but
likewise do desire that House to join with them, that,
from both Houses, His Majesty may be moved, that
the Lord Lieutenant's Instructions may be drawn up,
and put in a Readiness, that Monies, and all other
Things necessary for his Lordship's Dispatch, being
provided, there may be no Stay or Retardment for
Want of them."
Order concerning the Militia of London.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament, That the several Captains for the Militia of the
City of London shall return the Names of such to this
House as have, do, or shall refuse to furnish such Arms
as they are charged withall, as also all such as find their
own Arms, or are appointed to wear other Men's
Arms, and either refuse or do not attend the Parliament Houses, or the several Trainings, when and as
often as they have been, or shall be, required thereunto
or by the Beating of the Drum summoned, that thereby such further Directions may be given therein, for
the punishing of the said Offenders, as the Wisdom of
this House shall think fit.
"To the several Captains for
the Militia of the City of
Order concerning the Fens. Delinquents sent for.
Ordered, That Nic. Todd, Wm. Farrowe, Ric.
Gyles, John Buttrice, and George Howard, shall be attached, for Contempt of an Order of this House, made in
John Vanesdall's Cause, for Possession of the Fens.