DIE Lunæ, videlicet, 5 die Septembris.
Lord Kymbolton, Speaker this Day.
Earl of Berks to attend the House.
Ordered, That the Earl of Berks shall attend
this House on Thursday Morning next, at Ten of the
Message from the King by Ld. Spencer.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That the Lord
Spencer told him, that he had a Message to deliver
from His Majesty."
The House appointed the Gentleman (fn. *) Usher to let
the Lord Spencer know, that he should send the Message in by him; which accordingly was sent in, and delivered to the Speaker; and then the House commanded
it to be read, in hæc verba: videlicet, (Here enter it.)
(fn. *) "CHARLES R.
"We will not repeat what Means We have used,
to prevent the dangerous and distracted Estate of the
Kingdom, nor how those Means have been interpreted; because, being desirous to avoid Effusion of
Blood, We are willing to decline all Memory of former
Bitterness, that might make Our Offer of a Treaty less
"We never did declare, nor ever intended to declare,
both Our Houses of Parliament Traitors, or set up
Our Standard against them, and much less to put
them and this Kingdom out of Our Protection. We
utterly profess against it, before God and the World;
and, further to remove all possible Scruples which
may hinder the Treaty so much desired by Us, We
hereby promise, so that a Day be appointed by you
for the revoking of your Declarations against all Persons, as Traitors, or otherwise, for assisting of Us,
We shall, with all Chearfulness, upon the same Day,
re-call Our Proclamations and Declarations, and take
down Our Standard; in which Treaty, We shall be
ready to grant any Thing that shall be really for the
Good of Our Subjects; conjuring you to consider the
bleeding Condition of Ireland, and the dangerous
Condition of England, in as high a Degree as by
these Our Offers We have declared Ourself to do;
and assuring you, that Our chief Desire in this World
is to beget a good Understanding and mutual Confidence betwixt Us and Our Two Houses of Parliament."
Committee to consider of an Answer.
The House, taking this Message into Consideration,
appointed these Lords following, as Committees, to prepare an Answer, to be presented to His Majesty; and
to present the same to this House; but resolved that the
Lord General should proceed in his Forces, according
to the former Resolutions:
|L. Viscount Say & Seale.
L. Grey de Warke.
Any Three to meet when they please.
Message from the H. C. for the Earl of Essex to be Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Walter Longe:
1. That they have nominated the Earl of Essex to be
Lord Lieutenant of the County of Salop, instead of the
Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England; and they
desire their Lordships Concurrence therein.
with Deputy Lieutenants Names for Cambridgeshire;
2. To desire Concurrence, in nominating some Deputy
Lieutenants for the County of Cambridge:
Sir James Reynolds.
Sir Myles Sandys, Junior.
Tho. Duckett, Esquire.
Roger Part, Esquire.
with an Order for One Thousand Men for Munster;
3. To desire Concurrence in an Order for sending, out
of the Lord Conwaye's Command in Ulster, One Thousand Men into Munster, by Sea.
To be considered of farther.
and for a Conference on the King's Message, and Letters from Chester.
4. To desire a present Conference, touching a Message received from His Majesty, and some Letters received from Chester.
Agreed, To give a present Conference.
The Answer returned was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House agrees with the House of Commons,
that the Earl of Essex shall be Lord Lieutenant of the
County of Salop; and approves of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Cambridge; and that this House
will give a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, as is desired; and concerning the Order for the
sending of One Thousand Men of the Lord Conway into
Munster, this House will send an Answer, by Messengers
of their own.
Sir W. Balladyne, Killegrew, and Dawlman, apprehended for serving the King against the Parliament.
The Lord General acquainted this House, "That Sir
Wm. Balladyne, Serjeant Major Killegrew, and Serjeant
Major Dawlman, being apprehended in Lyncolneshire,
near Boston, being come out of Holland, to serve the
King in the Wars against the Parliament; and being
brought up to the Committee for the Safety, and
examined by them, they, being confronted with Letters, confessed, That they were sent for, to serve
the King in the Wars; whereupon the Committee
committed them:" Which Commitment this House
approves of, and Orders the same accordingly.
Likewise his Lordship informed this House, "That
Mr. Tho. Killgrew being taken about Wendover, in a
Sailor's Habit, and brought before the said Committee, they committed him, and a Sailor taken with
him, to The Kinge's Bench."
Lord Roper and Sir Peter Rycaut apprehended;
Also, "That the Lord Roper and Sir Peter Rychaut
were brought out of Kent, and committed, by the
said Committee, to the Custody of the Gentleman
Usher attending this House."
and the Dean of Canterbury.
And further, "That the Dean of Cant. being apprehended in Kent, for being a Man that is very malignant and practical against the Parliament, and
brought before the Committee, was committed by
them to The Fleet."
All which aforesaid Commitments this House approved of; and Ordered, That they shall remain in
the several Prisons where they are now, until the Pleasure of this House (fn. *) be further known.
The House of Commons being come, in the Painted
Chamber, the House was adjourned during Pleasure,
and the Lords went to the Conference; which being
ended, the House was resumed.
Conference about the King's Message, and a Letter from Chester, reported.
The Lord Kymbolton reported, "That, at this Conference, was delivered a Message from the King,
sent to the House of Commons, which agrees verbatim
with that read in this House this Day.
Upon this, the House of Commons offered some
Votes, made by them, to their Lordships Consideration, wherein they desired their Lordships Concurrence. The Votes were these:
Votes upon the King's Message.
"1. That the King, in proclaiming and declaring
the Earl of Essex Traitor, and all his Adherents, hath
declared both Houses to be Traitors, who have published their Resolution to adhere to him, he having
done nothing but by their Authority and Direction,
and doth thereby put them and the whole Kingdom
out of His Protection.
"To prove this, see the Proclamations, and the
King's Instructions given to the Commissioners of Array, since the last Message.
"2. That, His Majesty not having removed those
Impediments mentioned in our former Answer, we
do resolve to adhere thereunto; that is, That so long
as the Standard is up, and the Proclamations and Declarations unrevoked, we cannot make any other;
only we desire it may be considered what a Dishonour
and Scorn is cast upon us, in that we and the whole
Kingdom are put into the same Balance with Traitors
"In that Proposition, That when we shall appoint a
Day to revoke our Declarations against all Persons,
as Traitors, or otherwise, for assisting His Majesty,
He will, upon the same Day, revoke His Proclamations and Declarations, and take down His Standard,
which we cannot admit without the (fn. *) greatest Danger
and Dishonour of the Kingdom and Parliament, by
consenting to the Preservation and Indemnity of those
who have been so apparently active to the Destruction
"3. That we are as desirous of a good Understanding betwixt His Majesty and His Subjects, as sensible
of the bleeding and distempered Estate of England
and Ireland, and as careful to settle a good Peace in
both, as any Subjects of this Kingdom have ever
been; and we do with much Grief remember, that
many Things are done, which gives us just Cause to
believe that there are not the like Intentions in
His Majesty, and those who govern His Affairs; in
that the Ships appointed for the Guard of Ireland
have been re-called by His Majesty's Warrant; the
Provisions of Cloaths, to be sent for the Army there,
have been taken away by His Majesty's Troopers
upon the Road, and the Horses and the Waggons, and
other Necessaries, provided for Chester, sent for by
His Majesty's Command; His Majesty so long keeping that Kingdom without the Chief Governor, whereby the Army at Dublin, maintained by the great
Charge of this Kingdom, is made unprofitable; and
the Rebels grown so insolent, as they exercise hostile
Acts even to the very Walls of that City; besides
many other Impediments given to the Affairs of Ireland, mentioned in an Answer of this House to a
Message from His Majesty of the 13th of August.
Letter from Chester.
"After this, a Letter was read, written from a
good Hand at Chester, to Mr. Fitz Gherrard." (Here
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House
of Commons in all these Votes.
Message to the H. C. in Answer to the Conference.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath:
To let the House of Commons know, that this House
agrees with the House of Commons in all the Votes now
brought up at this Conference.
Earl of Portland's Goods to be secured to him, and his Wife and Family removed from the Isle of Wight with Safety.
Upon the Petition of the Earl of Portland; it is Ordered, That the removing of his Countess out of the
Isle of Wight shall be without any Danger or Hurt of
the Countess and her Children; and that the Earl of
Pembrooke shall give special Command, that the Goods
of the said Earl of Portland shall be either safely kept
and secured where they now are, to the Use of the said
Earl, or that they be safely conveyed from thence to
some other Place where he shall desire: And lastly it
is Declared, That the Fees, or Dues, which are or shall
be due to the Earl of Portland, shall not be abridged
or detained from him, it being only the Intent of both
Houses of Parliament to secure his Person, and the
said Island, for a Time, in these perilous and dangerous
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in the High
House of Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of the Earl of Portland,
"That your Petitioner is informed, that your Lordships have been pleased to Order, That your Peti
tioner's Wife, Children, and Family, shall be turned
out of Caresbrooke Castle, in the Isle of Wight, the
only House and Freehold remaining to your Petitioner.
"And that he is likewise informed, that, if any such
Order shall come from your Lordships, the common
People of the Country threaten to execute it, by the
Destruction of your Petitioner's Wife and Children,
and by seizing and rifling his House and all his
"He also farther humbly sheweth your Lordships,
That, though they escape those Threats, they will
be left in no less Distress; your Petitioner having no
other Place where to provide for either their Safety,
Being, or Subsistance.
"He therefore humbly prayeth your Lordships,
both in Consideration of the Premises, of the
Right and Property of the Subject of England,
and of the Privileges of Parliament, so to provide for the Preservation of your Petitioner's
Right, for the Safety of his Wife, Children,
and Family, as they may not be exposed to
Ruin and Destruction, and as in Justice he
doth verily presume you will do.
"And he shall ever pray for your Lordships,
Earl of Berks Petition to be heard, and for his Releasement.
"The humble Petition of Thomas Earl of Berkshire,
"Humbly desiring your Lordships will be pleased to
admit him unto your Presence, and give him Leave
to speak for himself; or if, by Occasion of your important Affairs, your Lordships cannot be at Leisure
to hear him, his humble Desire is, that your Lordships will be pleased, for his Health's sake, to permit
him to remain at his House near St. James's, upon Promise of his Honour, or upon Bail, or any other Security your Lordships shall think fit, to appear whensoever your Lordships shall command.
"And he shall ever pray, &c.
Letter from Chester to Ld. Percival.
"My good Friend,
"Though slow, yet sure; I thank you for your Two
Letters, which came safe to me from my Cousin. It
is now almost a Month since I heard from you. This
Morning came my Friend Sir Patrick from Nottingham, and went immediately for Ireland, with a Patent
for my Lord of Ormond to be Marquis; and the Garter follows immediately. He tells me, That the King
told him (when he took Leave), that my Lord Lieutenant must go for Ireland; but, howsoever, the King
sent a Warrant, on Tuesday last, by my Lord's Gentleman of his Horse, to carry all my Lord's Waggons
and Horses presently to Nottingham, and the Mayor
and the Sheriff of the County to assist him. They
are all preparing to go this Day. If the Money had
come down, judge you what would become of it.
Nich. Loftus went hence Five Days ago, carried both
the Pinnaces with him; and, if they had staid longer,
there was private Consultation to have got their
Brass Pieces, to have done Service here, for the malignant Party (this I was told by One of themselves).
Dr. Marott is gone to Court (who was indicted of
High Treason at the King's Bench in Irel.), was
brought to kiss the King's Hand by my Lord Costillo.
Sir John Dungan (who was so indicted) is there also,
who was presented to kiss the King's Hands by my
Lord Taffe. They and Bryan O Neale are now as
bold and impudent as they were in the Beginning of
the Rebellion, when you and I saw them in Dublyn,
as Sir Pattr. and Mr. Clayton tell me. They hope
(they say) to see my Lord Parsons and divers of the
Council punished, for they were the Cause of the
Rebellion in Ireland. My Lord Costillo is made Captain of all the Irish about the King; Lord Taffe Cornet of my Lord Barnett's Troop. My Lord Costillo is
preparing to get a Commission from His Majesty,
with full Power to treat of an Accommodation with
the Rebels, and speaks openly that neither the English nor Scotch can ever make it without the Help of
him and his Countrymen. Judge you what ill Instruments are these, to abuse so good a King! When
the News came to Court, that my Lord Brooke had
given the Cavaliers the Overthrow, my Lord of
Bristoll was ready to sink down; so were the rest that
were of that Party. Ramynes is burned, whereby
may be perceived the Care of the Commanders or
Soldiers. It might easily have been made good against
the Rebels, to the Preservation of all the Corn and
Grass thereabouts. My Lord of Ormond's Children
were there all Summer, and sent for thence to Dublyn Two Days before. Most of the Soldiers that had
the Guard thereof were drinking in Dublyn. The
Rebels have likewise burnt some Reeks of Corn near
Dublyn. The common Soldiers are very willing to
go forth on Service, but they want Commanders to
encourage them. I hear for certain, that the King's
Army is of only Two Thousand Horse, who were
very scarce of Powder till of late some came from
Newcastle; and their Money is almost spent, so that
the Courtiers begin to be weary, and wish themselves
taken, and carried to London. Amen, say I. I pray
you, let Mr. Teayle have a Copy of my Lord Mountgarrett's Letter. My Service to my Lady Percivall,
your Wife and Bearns. Adieu."
Chester, 3d September, 1642.