DIE Mercurii, 21 die Decembris.
The Earl of Manchester, Speaker.
Upon reading of Three Affidavits, shewing, "That
the Mails of the Letters from Chester
(fn. *) and Plymouth
were violently seized on, and taken away by Force,
by Troopers, from the Servants or Agents of the Earl
of Warwicke, contrary to the Orders of this House:"
(Here enter the Affidavits.)
Delinquents sent for, for seizing the Chester and Plymouth Mails.
(fn. †) Ordered, That a Warrant be granted, to bring
Hickes, Marten, Gee, and Rodden, and Mr. Burlamachi,
before this House, To-morrow Morning; and, because
Burlamachi refuses to give Accompt of the Profits of the
Inland Letter-office, and refuses to bring in the Books
of Accompts and Acquittances; it is Ordered, That
the Sheriff of London shall seize the said Books of
Accompts and Aquittances, and bring them to this
Sir Richard Young and Mr. Mynn.
Upon the reading of the Petition of Sir Ric'd Younge
(Here enter it); it is Ordered, That Mr. Mynn and
Sir Ric'd Young shall be heard, by their Counsel, on the
Saturday before the next Term, touching the Petitions
of the said Mr. Mynn and Sir Ric'd Younge.
Brown, about Doctor Bennett's Horses.
Ordered, That the Horses of Mr. Doctor Bennet
shall be restored; and Mr. Browne is to use all Diligence
to procure them.
Declaration for vindicating the Army from entertaining Papists.
Ordered, That the Declaration, for vindicating the
Army of the Parliament from entertaining of Papists,
shall be read To-morrow Morning, the First Business.
Fitchett and Shallaker's Petition, for Money due for Provisions.
Upon reading the Petition of Wilks Fitchett and Wm.
Shallaker; shewing, "That the Petitioners about December last petitioned the Lords Commissioners for the
Treasury, for Nine Hundred and Seventeen Pounds,
due unto them for Provisions served in for the Service of this House: Whereupon the Commissioners
commanded the Petitioners to bring in a Certificate
thereof, which accordingly was done, under the Hands
of the Lord Savile and Sir Peter Wyche, which was
left in the Hands of Mr. Fawconbridge: Upon which
the Commissioners, about April last, gave Order unto
Sir Rob't Pye, for Payment of Three Hundred Pounds
thereof, and yet they have received but only One
Hundred Pounds thereof; and, in their Attendance
for the rest, have spent the greatest Part of what
they have received.
"Wherefore, and for that the said Nine Hundred
and Seventeen Pounds is ready Money laid out of
Purse by the Petitioners, besides the growing Charge,
and the greatest Part of their Estates, they humbly
pray, to give Command to Sir Rob't Pye, That present Payment may be made of the Two Hundred
Pounds already Ordered, and the rest (being in all
Eight Hundred and Seventeen Pounds), to be paid by
Mr. Cofferer's Clerks, for the Time being, attending
Hereupon this House Ordered, That Sir Rob't
Pye do pay the Petitioners the Two Hundred Pounds,
according to the Order of the Commissioners.
Briscoe's and Isham's Affidavit, concerning the seizing the West Chester Mail.
Robert Briscoe and Gregory Isham, Gentlemen, depose,
"That they, being appointed by the Right Honourable
Robert Earl of Warwick for seizing the West Chester
Letters, and to bring them to his Lordship's Office
near The Exchange, in London, did, on the 19th of
this December, at Barnett, seize the said Letters, then
in the Custody of one James Hicks, who had them
behind him in a Cloak-bag, who came with these
Deponents unto the Foot of the Hill beyond Highgate, at which Place there met these Deponents and
the said Hicks Five Persons unknown to these Deponents, on great Horses with Pistols, habited like
Troopers, and demanded of these Deponents, Who
had the Letters? saying, They must have them: And
so these Deponents, with the said Hicks with the
Letters behind him, and the Five Troopers, came
together into Highgate Town, and there met with
Edward Rodden, Mr. Prideaux's Man, who, with
Hicks and the Troopers rode into a Yard, these Deponents following them; and the said Rodden said,
He did seize the said Letters by virtue of an Order
of the House of Commons, and that his Master
would be there presently to receive them; and these
Deponents said, That they had seized them by virtue
of an Order of the House of Lords: And these Deponents demanded of the said Troopers, by what
Authority they came to take the Letters from them,
who answered, They did belong to Captain Manwaring's Troop; and one of them confessed he was Mr.
Prideaux's Man, but refused to tell these Deponents
their Names; and the said Rodden, and the said
Trooper that affirmed he was Mr. Prideaux's Man,
took the Cloak-bag with the said Letters, and carried them away from these Deponents."
Uterque jurat. 20 die Decembris.
Hughes's Affidavit, concerning the seizing the Plymouth Mail.
Fulke Hughes maketh Oath, "That, upon Monday,
the 19th of this Instant December, he, being appointed by the Right Honourable the Earl of Warwick
to receive and dispose of the Inland Letters at his
Lordship's Office near The Royal Exchange in London;
and he, this Deponent, seeing the Mail of Plymouth
Letters coming by the said Office, did, by virtue of
an Order of the Lords in Parliament, seize the same;
and that immediately one Mr. Prideaux, a Member
of the House of Commons, together with one
Marten, one Gee, and others, Servants to Mr.
Burlimachi, did by a strong Hand take away the said
Mail of Letters from this Deponent, and carried
them to the House of Burlimachi: And this Deponent further saith, That Mr. Prideaux said he would
carry them to his House, and that they were his
Jurat. 20 Decembris, 1642.
Dexter's Affidavit, concerning it.
Mathew Dexter maketh Oath, "That, upon the 19th
of this Instant December, he, being at the Office of
the Right Honourable the Earl of Warwick, did
assist one Fulke Hughes, in seizing the Mail with Plymouth Letters, according to an Order of the House
of Lords; whereupon immediately one Mr. Prideaux,
together with one Marten, Gee, and
others, Servants to Mr. Burlemachi, did by a strong
Hand force the same into Mr. Burlimachie's House;
Mr. Prideaux saying he had an Order of the House
of Commons, whereof he was a Member, to take
them; at which Instant also a Gentleman (whom
this Deponent knoweth not) in Mr. Prideaux's Company said, An Order of the House of Commons
ought to be obeyed before an Order of the Lords."
Jurat. 20 die Decembris, 1642.
Maurice's Affidavit, that he had served the Order of this House on Sir Richard Young.
Robert Maurice, Servant to George Minn, Esquire,
aged Thirty-five Years or thereabouts, maketh Oath,
"That, on Monday the 12th of this present December,
1642, he did serve the Order hereunto annexed, of
this Honourable House, upon Sir Richard Young, at
his House at Weabridge, in Surrey, by shewing unto
the said Sir Richard the said Order, which the said
Sir Richard then read over: And this Deponent did
then also give him true Copies both of Mr. Minne's
Petition to this Honourable House, and of the said
Order, both which did agree with the Original."
Jur. 19 die Decembris, 1642.
Sir Richard Young's Petition, for Privilege in Mr. Mynn's Suit, concerning the Clerk of the Hanaper's Office.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords now
assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of Sir Richard Young,
"Humbly informeth your good Lordships,
"That, upon Monday last, being the 12th of this
Instant December, your Petitioner received from Mr.
Mynn a Copy of a Petition exhibited unto your Lordships by him, and a Copy of your Order thereupon
made, requiring your Petitioner to attend your Lordships within Six Days after Sight thereof.
"To which he humbly maketh this Answer: That
an Assize being brought against him by Mr. Mynn,
in the King's Bench, for the Office of the Clerk of
the Hanaper, it pleased the Lord General the Earl
of Essex, this Parliament, to move this Honourable
House, in Favour of your Petitioner, That, because
the answering of that Suit would withdraw your Petitioner from his Personal Attendance upon His Majesty, being then (as now he is) in his Quarter waiting upon His Majesty, as bound thereunto by his
Oath, it pleased this Honourable House to grant
your Petitioner the Privilege of Parliament, being
His Majesty's Servant in ordinary, to free him from
answering and attending to the said Suit; divers of
the Lords having delivered their Opinions, That, in
Time of Parliament, such Privilege was never denied to any of the King's Servants in ordinary; and,
by that Power derived from your Lordships, your
Petitioner hath not since been molested by the said
"That your Petitioner hath many Precedents,
made in this and in former Parliaments, of
such Privileges granted, which are at this
Time in the Hands of his Lawyers, who are
now all out of this Town.
"Your Petitioner humbly beseecheth your good
Lordships to continue this Privilege unto
him; and shall, as by Duty bound, ever
pray for your Lordships.