DIE Martis, videlicet, 4 die Octobris.
The Lord Grey de Warke was appointed
to be Speaker this Day.
Captains Slingsby and Wake Petition.
The Petition of Captain Slyngsby and Captain Wake,
was read; desiring either to be brought to a Trial, or
released out of their Imprisonment, or bailed, as their
Lordships shall think fit.
The Earl of Holland signified to this House, "That
the Earl of Warwicke had writ to him, that what Offence these Persons had done to him, as concerning
his particular Person, he remits it all, and desires they
may not suffer any Thing for his Sake, concerning
Earl of Warwick to send up Witnesses against them.
The Earl of Nothumb. is to let the Earl of Warwick,
know, "That this House is sensible how long these Parties have lain in Prison, and to desire him to send up
the Witnesses against them, else this House is inclined to bail them."
Earl of Bedford's Narrative of the Pursuit of the Marquis of Hertford.
This Day the Earl of Bedford, Lord Lieutenant General, made a Narrative of the Business in Somersetshire,
concerning the Pursuit of the Marquis of Hartford and
his Forces; with which Relation this House was well
satisfied, that the Earl of Bedford had (fn. *) done nothing
which did not become a Man of Honour to do.
Message from the H. C. with Orders, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Pym; which consisted of divers Particulars:
1. A Declaration to be sent into Yorkshire, concerning
the Treaty made by the Lord Fairefax. (Here enter it.)
Ordered, That this Declaration shall be printed.
2. Divers Votes of the House of Commons, made up on
that Occasion. (Here enter them.)
Agreed to, and Ordered to be printed.
3. Some Instructions in Pursuance of those Votes.
To be compared with former Instructions, to see whether they agree.
4. Some printed Propositions, concerning raising of
Horse, Horsemen, and Arms, for the Defence of the
King and both Houses of Parliament, together with Instructions concerning the same, desiring they may be sent
down into Yorkeshire.
Agreed to be sent.
5. A Declaration to be sent into Ireland, by Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Goodwin, and printed Propositions of both
Houses of Parliament, concerning the raising of Horse,
Horsemen, and Arms, for the Defence of the King and
both Houses of Parliament.
This is to be compared with the former Instructions
given to this Committee.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir
Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To let them know, that this House agrees with them
in the Declaration and Votes concerning Yorkeshire.
Dexter sent for, for printing King James's Judgement of a King and of a Tyrant.
Upon Report, by the Lord Chief Justice, "That he
hath examined one Abigall, the Wife of Gregory Dexter: That she confesseth that those Books called King
James's Judgment of a King and of a Tyrant, after such
Time as her Husband went away, were printed in her
House, by her Appointment; but she doth not deny
that she knoweth who it was that made it, or was the
Author of it, but for the present refuseth to name him;
and further she confesseth, That, about Three Weeks
ago, the said Book was brought to her House to be
printed:" Hereupon this House Ordered, That the
Dexter shall be brought before this House
To-morrow Morning, to be further examined concerning this Business.
Declaration concerning the Agreement at York, between Lord Fairfax and the County.
"Upon Perusal of certain Articles, dated the 29th of
September, 1642, betwixt the Lord Fairefax and divers
others well-affected to the Peace of the Kingdom, and
Mr. Bellasis and others who have declared themselves
in sundry Actions Opposers of the Proceedings of the
Parliament, and Furtherers of the War raised against
them, and of many grievous Pressures lately exercised
upon the good Subjects Inhabitants of the County of
Yorke; and being confident that, if the Lord Fairfax,
and the rest of the Gentlemen on his Part, had known
by what Acts and Design this Agreement was plotted
on the other Side, and how dangerous and mischievous it must needs be, both in the Effect and in the
Consequence, their good Intentions to the Peace of
that County and of the Kingdom are such, that they
would never have consented to any Thing so prejudicial thereunto as this seeming Neutrality would be,
by making that County many Ways serviceable to
those ill Counsels whereby His Majesty is incited
against the Subjects, and no Way useful to the Parliament in protecting of them. Wherefore the Lords
and Commons do Declare:
"1. That none of the Parties to that Agreement had
any Authority, by any Act of theirs, to bind that
County to any such Neutrality as is mentioned in that
Agreement, it being a peculiar and proper Power and
Privilege of Parliament, where the whole Body of the
Kingdom is represented, to bind all or any Part
"2. That it is very prejudicial and dangerous to
the whole Kingdom, that One County should withdraw themselves from the Assistance of the rest, to
which they are bound by Law, and by several Orders
and Declarations of Parliament.
"3. That it is very derogatory to the Power and
Authority of a Parliament, that any private Men should
take upon them to suspend the Execution of the Ordinance of the Militia, declared by both Houses to be
according to Law, and very necessary at this Time, for
the Preservation of the Peace and Safety of the Kingdom.
"4. That many Things in that Agreement are very
unequal, and contrary to the Nature of a Neutrality
(being much more advantageous to one Side than to
the other), prejudicial to the public Defence of the
Kingdom undertaken by the Parliament, and would
be a great Impediment to that good Agreement betwixt His Majesty and His Subjects which both
Houses doth earnestly desire and endeavour: For these
and other Reasons, we hold ourselves bound in Conscience, in Performance of the several Protestations
that we have made, to hinder all further Proceedings
upon that Agreement.
"And therefore it is Ordered, by both Houses of
Parliament, That no such Neutrality be observed in
that County, which will advantage the Forces raised
against the Parliament, and no Way benefit Yorkeshire,
but rather most dangerous to them, by keeping that
County without any defensive Force, whereby it will be
open to the King, to bring back His Army at His Pleasure, and to make that His Winter Quarters, to which
the Plenty of that County, and Nearness of Newcastle
for Supplies by Sea, are better to invite Him, whereby it will become the Seat of the War: And, if this
should not fall out, yet, if the rest of the Kingdom
be suppressed, what Hope can Yorkeshire have, but to
be involved in the public Misery? And therefore, in
Wisdom for themselves, and Justice to the State, they
ought not to withdraw themselves from the Common
Cause, but to join with the Parliament in Defence of
the Religion and Liberty of the whole Kingdom, and
with them to labour, by all good Means, to procure
a general Peace and Protection from the King for all
His Subjects, which both the Houses of Parliament
have, by many humble Petitions, desired of His Majesty, but cannot yet obtain; and if they should suffer any particular Counties to divide themselves from
the rest of the Kingdom, it will be a Means of bringing all to Ruin and Destruction: Wherefore it is further Declared, That neither the Lord Fairfax, nor the
Gentlemen of Yorkshire who are Parties in those Articles, nor any other Inhabitants of that County, are
bound by any such Agreement; but they are required to
pursue their former Resolutions of maintaining and
assisting the Parliament, in Defence of the common
Cause, and according to the general Protestation
wherein they are bound with the rest of the Kingdom, and to that particular Protestation by themselves
lately made, and according to such Orders and Commissions as they shall receive from both Houses of
Parliament, from the Committee of Lords and Commons appointed for the Safety of the Kingdom, or
from the Earl of Essex, Lord General."
Committee to raise Horse and Money in Yorkshire.
"Resolved, upon the Question, by both Houses of
"That Mr. Hotham, and Sir Edward Rodes, and other
the Committees for raising of Money, Plate, and Horses,
for the Defence of the King and Kingdom, in the
County of Yorke, and such as they, or any Two of
them, shall nominate, shall be Commissioners for the
advancing and raising of Monies, Horse, and Plate,
upon the Propositions; and shall have Power to appoint Commissiaries to value the Horse, and Treasurers to receive the Monies and Plate.
To seize Delinquents there.
"That Mr. Hotham, and Sir Edward Rodes shall have
the like Instructions as other Counties, with this Addition, That they shall have Power to seize and apprehend all Delinquents that are so voted by the Parliament, and all such others as Delinquents, as have
or do shew themselves opposite and disobedient to the
Orders and Proceedings of Parliament.
Fourth Article of the Lord General's Instructions to be sent to them.
"That the Fourth Article of the Lord General's
Instructions shall be extracted, and sent to Mr. Hotham,
etc. with Power to them to publish it:
"You shall Publish, and Declare, That if any, who
have been so seduced, by the false Aspersions cast
upon the Proceedings of the Parliament, as to assist
the King in the acting of those dangerous Counsels,
shall willingly, within Ten Days after such Publication
in the Army, return to their Duty, not doing any hostile
Act within the Time limited, and join themselves with
the Parliament, in Defence of Religion, His Majesty's
Person, the Liberties and Laws of the Kingdom, and
Privileges of Parliament, with their Persons and Estates,
as the Members of both Houses and the rest of the
Kingdom have done, That the Lords and Commons
will be ready, upon their Submission, to receive such
Persons, in such Manner as they shall have Cause to
acknowledge they have been used with Clemency and
Favour; provided that this shall not extend to admit
any Man into either House of Parliament, who stands
suspended, without giving Satisfaction to the House
whereof he shall be a Member, and except all Persons who stand impeached, or particularly voted, in
either House of Parliament, for any Delinquency whatsoever; excepting likewise such Adherents of those
who stands impeached in Parliament of Treason, as
have been eminent Persons and chief Actors in those
Treasons; and except the Earl of Bristoll, the Earl of
Cumberland, the Earl of Newcastle, the Earl Rivers,
Secretary Nicholas, Mr. Endymion Porter, Mr. Edward
Hide, the Duke of Richmond, the Earl of Carnarvon,
the Lord Viscount Newarke, the Lord Viscount Falkland
One of the Principal Secretaries of State to His Majesty."
Adjourn, 10a cras.