DIE Martis, videlicet, 14 die Decembris.
Conference of Yesterday reported.
The Lord Keeper reported the Effect of the Conference Yesterday with the House of Commons.
Divers Papers were read, brought from the House
Requests of the House of Commons.
"1. The First Paper consisted of "Motives, which
induced the House of Commons to make their particular Requests."
Against Toleration of Papistry.
The Second Paper was, "The Desires of the House
of Commons, That the Lords would join with them
in an humble Petition to the King, against Toleration of the Romish Religion in England and Ireland,
and that His Majesty would make a Declaration to
The Third Paper was, "A Declaration which they
would petition the King to make, against Toleration
of the Romish Religion."
The Queen to declare her abhorrence of the Rebellion in Ireland.
The Fourth Paper was, "A Declaration to be made
by the Queen, upon the Petition of both Houses to
His Majesty to persuade Her thereunto, That, for
preventing of all scandalous Reports and Apprehensions of the Queen's Majesty, as if She had or
would secretly favour and encourage the Rebels in
Ireland, His Majesty be graciously pleased to advise
and procure Her Majesty, that by Her Consent and
Direction it may be published and declared, That
Her Majesty doth abhor and detest the perfidious
and traiterous Proceedings of the Rebels in Ireland, etc."
For Relief of the Irish Poor.
The Fifth Paper is, "A Certificate from the Council of Ireland, shewing, That, forasmuch as the City
of Dublin is not able to entertain and nourish such
Multitudes of poor distressed People who are stripped
of all they have by the Rebels; they have thought
fit to take up the Men to employ in His Majesty's
Service in the Wars there, and to cause the Women
and Children to be transported by Ship into England;
and do recommend them to the Charity of all good
Christians, desiring them that they will take some
Commiseration of their Distress and great Necessity,
and extend some Relief towards them by making
Contributions, which Contributions they desire may
be reserved, and such a Course taken, as that it
may be sure to be employed only to the Relief of
the Poor distressed People.
R. Bolton, Canc.
Dublin, Nov. 15, 1641.
For a Public Fast.
The Sixth Paper was, "That the House of Commons, out of a deep Sense of the Calamity of our
Countrymen and Brethren of Ireland, and considering how all Success and Prosperity depends upon
the Blessing and Favour of God, do desire their
Lordships to join with them in petitioning His Majesty, that there may be a Public Fast throughout
the Kingdom; and that His Majesty will be pleased
to appoint a near Day for the same to be kept by
both Houses of Parliament, and the City of London
and the adjacent Parts, and One other Day for
other remoter Parts of the Kingdom; and, because they have received a Certificate from the Lords
Justices and others His Majesty's Council in Ireland,
concerning the miserable Want and Distresses of the
poor English, being divers Thousands, of all Qualities and Sexes; that the House of Commons, (fn. *) for
the Relief of the Persons as aforesaid, have appointed a Collection in their own House to be made
on Thursday next, and they desire their Lordships to
Order the like for their House, that, by the Example of the Parliament, the like Collection may be
made in all Parts of the Kingdom upon the Day
of the Fast, and the Money gathered to be disposed
in such Manner, by such Commissioners, as shall be
appointed by both Houses, for the Succour and Relief
of these poor distressed People of Ireland."
The King's Majesty came this Day to this House;
and, being set in His Chair of State, He commanded
the House of Commons to be sent for; who being come
with their Speaker, the King made this Speech to both
Houses of Parliament, as followeth:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
King's Speech about Ireland, and the Pressing Bill.
"The last Time I was in this Place, and the last
Thing that I recommended unto you, was the Business of Ireland, whereby I was in good Hope that
I should not have needed again to have put you in
Mind of that Business; but, still seeing the slow
Proceedings therein, and the daily Dispatches that I
have out of Ireland of the lamentable State of My
Protestant Subjects there, I cannot but again earnestly recommend the Dispatch of that Expedition
unto you, for it is the chief Business that at this Time
I take to Heart, and there cannot (almost) be any
Business that I can have more Care of. I might
now take up some of your Time in expressing
My Detestation of Rebellions in general, and of
this in particular; but knowing, that Deeds, and not
Declarations, must suppress this great Insolency, I
do here in a Word offer you whatsoever My Power,
Pains, or Industry can contribute to this good and necessary Work of reducing the Irish Nation to their
true and wonted Obedience.
"And that nothing may be omitted on My Part, I
must here take Notice of the Bill for pressing of Soldiers, now depending among you, My Lords; concerning which I here declare, That, in case it come
so to Me as it may not infringe or diminish My Prerogative, I will pass it.
"And further, seeing there is a Dispute raised (I
being little beholden to him whosoever at this Time
began it) concerning the Bounds of this ancient and
undoubted Prerogative, to avoid further Debate at
this Time, I offer that the Bill may pass, with a
Salvo Jure both for King and People, leaving such
Debates to a Time that may better bear it: If this be
not accepted, the Fault is not Mine that this Bill pass
not, but those that refuse so fair an Offer. To conclude, I conjure you by all that is or can be dear to
you or Me, that, laying away all Disputes, you go on
chearfully and speedily for the reducing of Ireland."
His Majesty, having ended His Speech, departed;
and the Commons went to their House.
Exceptions taken at this Speech.
And this House conceived that the fundamental Privileges of Parliament have been broken by the King's
taking Notice, in His Speech this Day, of the Debate in
this House of the Bill concerning pressing of Soldiers.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Hollis:
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about them.
To desire a Conference, by Committees of both
Houses, so soon as it may stand with their Lordships
Conveniency, touching a Thing most precious to their
Lordships and them, the Privileges of Parliament.
The Answer hereunto returned was:
That this House will give them a present Meeting, in
the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
This House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed; and the Lord Keeper reported the
Effect of the Conference: videlicet,
Report of the Conference about the King's Speech.
"That the Privileges of Parliament have ever been
placed in an high Estimation with both Houses, and
have been enjoyed with great Affection, not only as
an Ornament, but as a Right, to have Free Debate of
Matters in Parliament.
"The House of Commons say, that the Occasion of
this Conference grows from somewhat that fell from
the King this Day in His Speech in full Parliament:
They say His Presence is an Acceptation of Joy,
and would be so, if it were not for Misrepresentations of Things acted and debated in Parliament,
which is against the Indemnity of the Lords and Commons, as 9 H. IV.
"His Majesty took Notice of a Bill for the pressing
of Soldiers being in Agitation in the Houses, and not
agreed upon, and did offer a Salvo Jure, or Provisional
Clause, to be added to the said Bill, by Way of Limitation or Restriction; and did also, at the same
Time, express His Displeasure against some Person
or Persons, which had moved some Doubt or Question concerning (fn. *) it; which the House of Commons declare to be a Breach of the fundamental Privileges of
"The House of Commons do therefore desire their
Lordships would join with them in an humble Petition
to His Majesty, to take Notice that the Privileges of
Parliament is broken herein; and to desire Him that
it may not be done so any more hereafter."
Committee to draw up a Petition from both Houses, concerning the Infringement of their Privileges. leges by the King in His Speech.
For Debate hereof, the House was adjourned into a
Committee during Pleasure; and being resumed, it is
Ordered, That this House will join with the House
of Commons in a Petition to His Majesty herein; and
that a select Committee of Lords be appointed to meet
with a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, to consider of the Breach of the Privileges of
Parliament, and to prepare some Things incident hereunto, and present the same to this House.
The Names of the Lords Committees are,
The L. Archbp. of Yorke.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Their Lordships are to meet with a proportionable
Number of the House of Commons, on Wednesday the 15th of this Instant December, at
Nine of the Clock in the Morning, in the Painted
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir William Litton, Knight:
Message from the H. C. from a Conference about the Priests, and a Letter from Ireland.
To desire a Conference, by a Committee of both
Houses, touching the Matter of the Conference last
Night, concerning the Priests, and also touching a
Letter lately received out of Irelande.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will give a present Meeting, in
the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
E. of Cumberland's Bill.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Earl of
Cumberland's Bill do meet To-morrow, at One of the
Clock in the Afternoon, and have Power to adjourn
themselves from Time to Time, as they shall see Cause.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Robert Rich and Mr. Page:
Message to the H. C. to sit a while.
To desire the House of Commons to sit a while, for
this House shall have Occasion to send to them touching
the Matter of Privileges.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Henry Vane, Junior, Knight:
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about the Pressing Bill.
To desire a present Free Conference, if it may stand
with their Lordships Conveniency, by a Committee of
both Houses, touching the Bill for pressing of Soldiers.
The Answer hereunto was:
That this House will give them a present Meeting, as
is desired, in the Painted Chamber.
The Messengers return with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That the House of Commons will sit, as is desired.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended,
the House was resumed.
And a Message was sent to the House of Commons,
by Sir Robert Rich and Mr. Page:
Message to the H. C. for Committees to meet about the Infringement of their Privileges.
To let them know, whereas this House sent to them
to sit a while, until they heard from this House concerning the Privileges of Parliament, this House hath appointed a select Committee of Twelve Lords to meet with
a proportionable (fn. *) Number of the House of Commons
for that Purpose, and have appointed the Time to be
To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock, in the
The Lord Keeper reported the Effect of Two Conferences with the House of Commons:
Conference reported about the Seven Romish Priests.
"The First Conference consisted of Two Particulars.
"1. Whereas a Proposition was made by the French
Ambassador to the King, for saving of Seven Romish Priests which were convicted, and the House
of Commons presented their Opinions to this
House, that Five of those Seven Priests may be
executed, according to the Laws; now the House of
Commons desire their Lordships to join with them in
an humble Petition to His Majesty, That the Execution of the Laws may be done upon all the Seven
Priests; and that both Houses would become Suitors
to the King to take off the Reprieve.
And of a Letter of the Cruelties in Ireland,
"2. Next a Letter was read, sent from one Parthington in Ireland, written to Sir John Clatworthy,
Knight, shewing the great and barbarous Cruelties
acted upon the Protestants in Ireland by the Rebels;
as hanging of them, and pulling their Flesh from their
Bones, cutting off the Heads, Hands and Feet, unripping of Women great with Children, and killing
the Children, with divers other inhuman Acts.
And of the pressing Bill.
"The Second Conference reported was, touching the
declaratory Part, touching the Bill for pressing of
Soldiers: That the House of Commons consents now
to the Words ["or compelled"], that they should be
inserted in the Preamble of the said Bill, upon Condition that these Words may be added ["except it be
in Case of Necessity, of the sudden coming of an
Enemy into the Kingdom."] "And lastly, that the
House of Commons do not intend to give any Reasons
for the fortifying of the declaratory Clause in the
Preamble of the pressing of Soldiers, it being a Thing
unusual for them so to do.
Answer from the H. C.
The Messengers return with this Answer from the
House of Commons:
That they have resolved of a proportionable Number
of their House, to meet with the select Committee of
this House, To-morrow Morning, as is appointed.
Lord Pierpoint committed for Words.
The Lord Peirpointe, in his Speech, said "That it
was not Honourable for this House to be in such a
Noise and Tumult:" The House conceived these Words
to be a great Offence to so great and high Court as
this is; and being charged with the Words, he was
commanded by the House to withdraw; but, before he
withdrew, he desired to explain himself, which he was
permitted to do; and he professed he did not speak the
Words to give any Offence to the House: His Lordship
being withdrawn, the House took the Offence done to
this House into Consideration; and Ordered, That
the Lord Peirpointe shall be committed to the Custody
of the Gentleman Usher attending this House, for the
To address the King that the Seven Romish Priests may suffer their Sentence.
After this, the House took into Consideration the
Conference from the House of Commons, concerning the
Seven Priests; and, after much Debate, the Question was
put, whether this House shall join with the House of
Commons in an humble Advice to His Majesty, that Execution of the Laws be done upon all the Seven Priests
that are condemned, and that He will be pleased to take
off His Reprieve. And it was Resolved by the major
Part, To join with the House of Commons herein.
Memorandum, The Lords the Bishops withdrew themselves before the voting of this Question, it being in
Agitatione Causæ Sanguinis.
Lords to present this Address.
Ordered, That the Lord Steward and the Lord
Chamberlain do attend the King from both Houses, concerning the Seven Priests to be executed as aforesaid;
and that His Majesty will take off the Reprieve.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii,
videlicet, 15m diem instantis Decembris, hora 1a post
meridiem, Dominis sic decernentibus.