DIE Mercurii, 8 die Februarii.
Earl of Manchester, Speaker this Day.
Lady Crisp, and Family, a Pass.
Ordered, That the Lady Crispe, her Daughter, and
Two Servants, shall have a Pass, with a Hackney Coach,
to go to Oxford and back again.
Profits of the Living of Bushy sequestered from Dr. Seaton.
The House receiving Information from the House of
Commons, "That there is just Reason to pass the Order for sequestering the Profits of the Parsonage of
Bushy, which is Doctor Seaton's:" Hereupon this
House Ordered, To agree with the House of Commons in the Order brought formerly from the House
of Commons. (Here enter it.)
Mrs. Rogers, a Pass.
Ordered, That a Pass shall be given, to send a
Coach, to fetch up Mrs. Rogers, Midwife, out of Dorsettshire.
Battin, a Pass.
Ordered, That Rob't Battin, a Page of the Back
Stairs, shall have a Pass, to go to Oxford, to claim his
Ordered, That the Duke of Espernoone
Sir Francis Dodington's Petition, to be removed from Windsor Castle to the Custody of Mr. Brigham in Westminster.
Upon the Petition of Sir Francis Dodington, a Prisoner
in the Keep in the Castle of Windsor; shewing, "That
he was taken at Tavestocke, in the County of Devon
(where he was about his Occasions), and thence sent
up to the Parliament, and committed; whereupon he
remained a Prisoner, in The Gatehouse and Winchester
House, for the Space of Fourteen Weeks; to which
in all Humility he submitted himself, in daily Hopes
of his Deliverance, by his Trial; or otherwise, by
the Clemency of this House, upon Bail, till there
might be Time for his Trial.
"That afterwards he was removed to Winsor Castle,
where he hath remained about the Space of a Month.
"That your Petitioner is very sickly, and is now
restrained to One Room in the Keep there (where
in there are divers other Prisoners), so inconsistent
with the sick and infirm Estate of his Body, that he
is in great Danger of his Life, if he should continue
"The Petitioner's most humble Suit therefore is,
that, for the Preservation of his Health, he
may be a Prisoner to Mr. John Brigham, of
Westm. who will give good Security for his
true Imprisonment, till the great Affairs of
the Kingdom may give Way for the Petitioner's Trial."
The House taking the said Petition into Consideration, and in regard of the ill Health of the Petitioner,
it is Ordered, That the said Sir Francis Doddington
shall be removed from Windsor, and kept in safe Custody of Jo. Brigham, he giving Security for his true
Message from the H. C. for Concurrence in the following Orders.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Walter Longe:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in Two Orders
for the raising of Monies.
1. An Order to enable the Treasurers (fn. *) to give Acquittances to Persons that shall advance Monies in the
City of London. (Here enter it.)
2. An Ordinance concerning the assessing of divers
Persons, in the City of London, according to the Ordinance of the Twenty-ninth of November. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees with the House of Commons
in these Two Orders now brought up; and that the
Ordinance shall be printed and published.
Herne, for printing Pamphlets since he was committed.
Ordered, That Herne, the Printer that hath printed
Pamphlets since he was committed to Prison by this
House, shall be brought to this House To- (fn. †) morrow, and
the Witnesses to be present; and then this House will
take the same into Consideration.
Badger and Lownes sent for, for printing Pamphlets, &c.
Ordered, That Badger and
Lownes shall be sent for, as Delinquents, and brought
before this House, to answer their printing and publishing of Pamphlets and Journals.
Confession at the Fast.
Next, a Paper was read, being a General Confession of National Sins, to be published at the General
Fast, by the Ministers. (Here enter it.)
Ordered, That this House approves of this Confession, and that the same be communicated to the House
of Commons, to desire their Consent therein.
Ordered, To have a Conference with the House
of Commons, to communicate to them the Votes made
by this House Yesterday, concerning the King's Answer
to the Propositions.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference, about the King's Answer to the Propositions.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Fynch and Serjeant Glanvile:
To desire a Conference, by a Committee of both
Houses, in the Painted Chamber, concerning some
Votes passed by this House, touching the King's Answer to the Propositions.
Ordinance for the Earl of Warwick to command the Fleet.
Next, the Ordinance appointing the Earl of Warwicke
to be Admiral until the Bill passes for settling the Admiralty, was read. (Here enter it.)
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House
of Commons in this Ordinance.
Message to the H. C. that the Lords agree to it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir
Edw. Leech and Dr.
To let the House of Commons know, that this House
agrees with them in the Ordinance, appointing the
Earl of Warwicke to be Admiral over the Navy.
Captain Nettervile's Allowance in Wood-street Compter.
Upon reading the Petition of Captain Thomas Newtervile, a Prisoner in Wood-streate Compter, London; shewing, "That this House formerly Ordered, That he
should be allowed Two Shillings per Diem for his
Maintenance, out of the Stock of Money in the
Hands of the Clerk of the Crown, which is spent;
therefore desires their Lordships further Consideration, for his Relief:" Which this House taking into
Consideration, Ordered, That the Keeper of The
Compter shall be sent for, to attend this House Tomorrow Morning, to be asked whether he will undertake and be willing to allow the said Mr. Newtervile an
Allowance of Maintenance, after the Proportion of Two
Shillings per Diem; and this House will take Care to
see him paid again.
Ordinance for the Earl of Warwick to command the Fleet.
"Whereas the Earl of Northumberland, a Person of
known Integrity and Honour, in whom the King
and Kingdom might safely conside, is discharged by
His Majesty from being Lord High Admiral of England; the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled have, for the Safety of His Majesty's Person, the Parliament, and Kingdom, in this Time of
imminent Danger, by Ordinance of the Lords and
Commons, Ordained, That you, Robert Earl of Warwicke, shall command in Chief the Ships which are
now at Sea, or shall be sent to Sea; and shall have
Power to grant Commissions, and to remove and
displace all Officers and other Persons whatsoever,
under your Command, and to place others in their
Rooms; and to do all other Acts, in as ample Manner as any Admiral hath formerly done; and have
Martial Power, as the General now hath at Land, till
an Act of Parliament be passed for the further
settling the Admiralty: and all Officers, Mariners,
and Soldiers, belonging to the said Fleet, and also all
Commanders of Forts, are hereby required to yield
Obedience unto you, the said Earl of Warwicke:
And it is further Ordered, That you, Robert Earl
of Warwicke, and all Officers, Soldiers, and Mariners, obeying your Command in this Service for the
Safety of the Kingdom, shall, for your and their Indemnity, be protected by the Authority of the said
Houses of Parliament."
The Messengers return with this Answer from the
House of Commons.
Answer from the H. C.
That they will give a present Conference, as is desired.
The other Messengers return with this Answer:
That they have delivered their Message to the House
of Commons, concerning the Earl of Warwicke's Commission to be Admiral of the Fleet.
The Lords went to the Conference.
Order for Treasurers to give Acquittances to those Persons that shall advance Monies in London.
"It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That, if any Person or Persons shall be willing to advance any Sum of Money
for some few Days, for the present necessary Supply
of the Army, and shall pay in the same to the Treasurers in Guildhall, London, That then the same Person
shall receive the same again, either out of the Monies subscribed upon the Declaration and Order of
the 7th of January last, for new Subscriptions, in the
Parish where such Person shall dwell, or out of the
next Monies to be received by the said Treasurers
upon the said new Subscriptions: And it is Ordered, That the said Treasurers shall give Acquittances,
under their Hands, for the Sum of Money such Person shall advance and pay in as aforesaid, to the Intent, the same being shewn to the Collectors or Inhabitants of the Parish where such Person advancing
shall dwell, the same Collectors or Parishioners may
(fn. *) pay the same to the Person advancing, and not
carry in the same to Guildhall; and the said Treasurers shall give to the Person advancing Acquittances
for such Sums of Money, and for such particular
Persons subscribing in that Parish, as shall be certified unto them, the said Treasurers, by the Person
so advancing as aforesaid, until the Sum so advanced
shall be satisfied."
Order for assessing divers Persons in London, according to the Ordinance of 29 November.
"Whereas Information is given, That divers Collectors nominated for the collecting, levying, and receiving of the Sums of Money assessed by virtue of
the late Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament,
of 29th of November last, for Assessments, by reason
of their other Employments in the Public Affairs of
the State, have been taken off from the due Execution of the same Ordinance, whereby well-affected
Persons are still occasionally pressed to further Contributions, whilst those that have not contributed, or
not in Proportion to their Estates, do not make a proportionable Supply: Be it therefore Ordained and required, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Collectors nominated, or to be nominated, by virtue of the said Ordinance, shall, from
and after the 11th Day of this Instant Month of
February, only give Notice to the Persons assessed, or
to be assessed, of the several Sums of Money at which
they are or shall be assessed; and, after the Days limited by the said Ordinance for Payment shall be
elapsed, shall (fn. †) repair to the Houses of the Persons
assessed, or to be assessed, and demand the several
Sums of Money at which they are or shall be assessed; and, if the same be un-paid, then to take Notice whether sufficient Distress may be had, to satisfy
the Sums assessed or no, and accordingly to certify
the same, under their Hands, to the Committee of
Lords and Commons, for Advance of Money and
other Necessaries for the Army; and the said Collectors are hereby required and authorized to enquire
of any Sum or Sums of Money due, or to be due,
unto the Persons respectively assessed, or to be assessed, from any Person or Persons, for any Rents,
Tithes, Goods, or Debts, or for any other Thing or
Cause whatsoever, and to compound and receive the
same, and give Discharges therefor, according to the
Power to them formerly given by the said Ordinance:
And it is hereby further Ordained, That where the
said Collectors shall certify that a sufficient Distress
may be had for the Sums of Money assessed, or to
be assessed, that Colonel Randall Manwaring, Colonel Browne, Captain Edmond Harvey,
Captain Robert Manwareing, Captain Herriott Washbourne, and such Captains, Lieutenants, Officers, and
Soldiers, under their several and respective Commands, as they or any of them shall appoint, upon
Notice thereof given, shall immediately repair unto
the several Houses of the Persons assessed or to be
assessed, and certified as aforesaid, and levy the Sums
of Money so assessed, by Distress, in as ample Manner as, by the said Ordinance of 29 Novemb. and an
Order of both Houses of Parliament of the 3d of
this Instant Month of February, the Collectors nominated upon the said Ordinance are authorized and
appointed to do and perform; and the Distress and
Distresses, so had and taken, to carry into Guildhall,
London, or Crosby House, in B'ppgate-streete, London,
or to such other Place or Places as the said Committee shall appoint, to be sold and disposed of, for
or towards Satisfaction of the Sums assessed, at such
Times, and by such Persons, and in such Manner, as
by the said Committee shall be directed; and, in
case Certificate be made by the said Collectors, that
no sufficient Distress can be had or found, and the
Sums assessed cannot be levied by any of the Ways or
Means in the said Ordinance mentioned, then the said
Colonel Randall Manwareing, Colonel Browne, Captain Edmond Harvey, Captain Robert Manwareing,
Captain Herriott Washbourne, and such Captains, Lieutenants, Officers, and Soldiers, under their Command, as they or any of them shall command and
appoint, shall repair unto the Dwelling Houses of
such Person or Persons as are or shall be assessed and
certified as aforesaid; and there, or within any other
Place within this Kingdom where such Person or
Persons shall be suspected to be, to make diligent
Search, and him, her, or them, to apprehend, and
bring in safe Custody before the Committee of the
House of Commons for Examinations, who have
Power to imprison them in such Places of this Kingdom, and for so long Time, as the same Committee
shall appoint and Order; and the said Colonels and
Captains, and other the Captains, Lieutenants, Officers, and Soldiers, under the Command of them,
or any of them, shall have Power to break open any
of the Locks and Doors of any Room, or other Place,
in or belonging to the said Houses or Places, where
Search shall be made for the Parties assessed, or to
be assessed respectively; and the Goods, Debts, Money, and Estate, of such Persons as already are imprisoned, or to be imprisoned, shall still be liable,
and shall and may be seized on, sold, received, and
disposed of, for Satisfaction of the Sums assessed,
wheresoever, or in whose Hands soever, the same shall
be found; and the Families of such Persons assessed,
or to be assessed, who have or shall absent themselves
from their Dwelling Houses, or Places of Abode,
within the Cities of London and Westm. the Suburbs
of the same, and the Borough of Southwarke, shall
be further proceeded against, as in the Ordinance of
29 Novemb. is provided: And the said Collectors,
and all Colonels, Captains, Lieutenants, Officers,
Soldiers, and other Person or Persons, as shall be
appointed or employed in and for the better Execution of the said Ordinance as aforesaid, shall have
the Protection of both Houses of Parliament, for
their Indemnity in this Service; and if any Thing,
not mentioned in the said Ordinance of 29 Novemb.
or this present Ordinance, may conduce to the more
effectual Levying and Receiving of Monies to be assessed upon the said Ordinance of 29 Novemb. the
same is hereby referred to the Wisdom and Care of
the said Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Money and other Necessaries for the Army:
Lastly, it is Ordered, That this Ordinance shall be
printed and published."
Order to sequester the Profits of the Living of Bushy, from Dr. Seaton.
"Whereas Dr. Seaton, Parson of the Parish of
Bushy, in the County of Herts, hath lately deserted
his Cure, and betaken himself unto the Army of the
Cavaliers, whereby that Congregation, frequented
by divers People of good Quality, hath been either
wholly neglected, or for the most Part supplied by
unfit Men, to the Dishonour of God, and Scandal of
Religion: All which the Lords and Commons in this
present Parliament assembled taking into Consideration, for the better Supply of an able and Godly
Divine in the said Parish of Bushy aforesaid, and for
the Provision of fit Maintenance for him that shall
officiate therein, do hereby constitute and Ordain,
That John Hayden of Oksey Esquire, Mr. Nicholls,
Mr. Hobson, Sir John Dingley, and Sir Mathew Brand,
shall have Power to sequester all the Rents and Prosits whatsover of the said Parsonage, and to appoint
Collectors for the gathering and receiving of them,
as they in their Discretion shall appoint; and shall
have Power to pay the same in Manner and Form
following; that is to say, to Marmaduke Browne, an
Orthodox Divine, all the Profits belonging to the
said Parsonage of Bushey, in as full and ample Manner as the said Dr. Seaton hath formerly received;
and that the said Marmaduke Browne, who is hereby
appointed and required to preach every Sabbath-day,
and to officate as Parson, do take Care for the Discharge of the Cure of that Place, in all the Duties
thereof, until further Order shall be taken by both
Houses of Parliament."
General Confession of National Sins, to be used at the Tast. Lam. i. 9.
"How many flourishing Kingdoms have been ruined
by an obstinate Impenitency in a Course of Sinning,
the lamentable Reports of foregoing Ages do tell
us; especially (fn. *) the Sacred Story, concerning Judah, her Filthiness was in her Skirts; therefore she
came down wonderfully. And how near unto such a
Precipice this our sinful Nation is, the present Tragical Face of Things doth too apparently evidence,
whilst we are not only a Spectacle of Calamity among
ourselves at Home, but the miserable Subject of sad
Discourses to our Friends Abroad; and although, in
this low Condition as we are, we should feel the heavy
Strokes of God even Seven and Seven Times more,
yet, since it is our Duty to kiss the Rod, and accept
the Punishment of our Iniquity, we will not, we dare
not, complain of the least Injustice in Him that smiteth.
Only that single and successful Remedy, which (when
rightly used) hath cured the most desperate; let not
the World have Cause to say, that England hath been
negligent in the Application of it. Timely Addresses
to an offended God may hope to prevail, with One
so infinitely merciful, a great deal sooner than Benbadad's guilty Messengers with the King of Israell,
when they came with Ropes about their Necks. Who
can tell (faith the Prophet Joell) if God will repent,
and turn away from His fierce Anger, that we perish
"It is therefore thought most necessary, and accordingly it is Declared, by the Lords and Commons in
Parliament, out of their inward Sense and Apprehension of God's just Displeasure against this Nation,
That it is the Duty of all His Majesty's good Subjects in the Kingdom of England and Dominion of
Wales, both as they are every one concerned in the
Welfare of the Kingdom, and much more as they
stand obliged to Almighty God, speedily to endeavour
an Averting (fn. †) of His Wrath, by a full and free Acknowledgement and extraordinary Bewailing, even
with deepest Humiliation, godly Sorrow, and Detestation, not only secretly and in Families, but chiefly
in the Public Congregations, as their own Personal
and Relation-sins, so most especially those Sins which
are most National and Epidemical; such a General
Confession and Universal Mourning being most
agreeable to our present National Distresses, and
most likely to be efficacious for the removing of
"For, if the least Sin hath enough in it to deserve
all Kinds of Plagues and Judgements, then what hath
Millions and Millions of great Sins, and that of all
Sorts and Kinds; such as the high Contempt of God's
Holy Ordinances, and of the Solemnity and Purity
of His Public Worship; gross and affected Ignorance
under the glorious Light of the Gospel, revealed so
clearly; Unfruitfulness under all the precious Means
of Grace; Ingratitude for Mercies; Incorrigibleness
under Judgements; Multitudes of Oaths and Blasphemies, for which the Land mourns; wicked Prophanations of the Lords-day by Sports and Gamings,
formerly encouraged even by Authority; all Sorts of
Uncleanness, Luxury, and Excess in Eating and Drinking; Idleness every where engendered, by the Fulness of Bread abused; Vanity, Pride, and Prodigality
in Apparel; Envy, Contention, and unnatural Divisions; Oppression, Fraud, and Violence; in all which
Sins, and many others, there is not a Person throughout this whole Nation, but, more or less, in one Kind
or other, hath had a Share, and hath occasioned too
just a Ground for a general Complaint, in the Language of the Holy Ghost, That we are a sinful Nation, a
People laden with Iniquity, a Seed of Evildoers; whose whole Head is sick, and the whole
Heart faint; from the Sole of the Foot to the Head,
there is no Soundness in us, but Wounds and Bruises,
and putrisying Sores; and may therefore expect
the following Desolations mentioned in the First of
"And, (fn. *) as it is our Duty to give Glory to God; the
Searcher of all Hearts, in confessing of all Sins; so
more particularly ought we to be humbled with
deepest Sense of Sorrow, for those loud, crying Sins,
which now we find, by too sad Experience, have a
more immediate Influence upon the Destruction of
a Kingdom, though as dear to God as His beloved
and peculiar People were of old; some of which
loud crying Sins are, Idolatry and Bloodshed.
"That (fn. †) of Idolatry, as it was the Sin of our Ancestors, so it is the spreading Sin of these later
Times, while, by a general Connivance, and almost
Toleration, in the several Ways and Methods which
have been used, it hath been so much fomented and
encouraged: The grievous Effects whereof, from
Multitudes of armed Papists and their Abettors,
this Kingdom of England begins to feel, though not
so heavily as Ireland, which is not now far from being
wholly ruinated, by the intestine Wars of Romish Catholies.
"And for that Vengeance-procuring Sin of Bloodshed (besides the many secret Murthers never expiated, and pardoning of the Blood-guilty), did it not
ever go Hand in Hand with that abominable (fn. *) Doctrine of the Mass and Transubstantiation in Queen
Marye's Days, when so many Hundreds of the dear
Martyrs and Saints of God lost their precious Lives
in Flames and Prisons; a bloody Cruelty, which the
Parliaments of those Times did justify: And although the several wicked Acts by which that Blood
was shed have been since repealed, yet our Parliaments to this very Day never solemnly Ordained such
a Public and National Acknowledgement of this Sin,
as might appease the Wrath of that jealous God,
against whom, and against whose People, with so high
an Hand it was committed.
"Besides such Opposition, there hath been, against
the Power of Godliness and the Professors of it, so
many Ways and Courses taken, to discountenance and
suppress both it and them, and such heavy Burthens
with Violence and Rigour imposed upon Multitudes
of the most conscientious and religious, as hath been
no less than a Persecution, next unto Blood the
forest; wherein although the Prelates (some of them)
have been the chiefest Taskmasters, and Parliaments
not active, yet the Prelates Power having been continued, and those Burthens not discharged from tender
Consciences by the Parliamentary Authority of this
State, the Parliaments themselves for the Time passed
cannot wholly be acquitted from this Guilt, though
of late their Purposes and Endeavours have been,
and still are, to remove it.
"Now, that all the Sin and Misery of this polluted
and afflicted Nation may be bitterly sorrowed for,
with such Grief of Heart, and Preparedness for a
through Reformation, as God may be pleased graciously to accept; it is likewise required and Ordained,
by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That every
Minister and Preacher of God's Word, in the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales, in their
several Auditories and Congregations, especially upon
the Fast-days, shall publish this Declaration of their
Sense, most earnestly persuading and inculcating the
constant Practice of this Public Acknowledgement and
deep Humiliation for these and all other our National
and crying Sins, and likewise the Necessity of a Personal and National Reformation, that so at last we
may obtain a firm and happy Peace both with God
and Man; that Glory may dwell in our Land, and
the Prosperity of the Gospel, with all its Privileges, may crown this Nation unto all succeeding
House adjourned till 10a cras.