DIE Veneris, videlicet, 18 die Martii.
Rosewell and Bragg in Error.
The Lord Keeper signified to the House, "That
the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench had a
Record of a Writ of Error, of a Judgement given in
that Court, in a Cause between Rosewell and Bragg, to
be brought into this House, concerning which he desired to know the Pleasure of this House, and their
Lordships Leave it should be brought in." The Lord
Chief Justice went out, and came in with it; and having
made Three Obeisances, he presented it at the Bar;
and then he was commanded to bring it to the Lord
Keeper; and, after Three Obeisances more made, he
laid it at the End of the Lord Keeper's Wool-sack;
and the Lord Keeper delivered it to the Clerk of the
Parliament, who brought both the Original Record and
the Transcript to his Table, and, having examined the
Transcript, returned the Record.
Sir Thomas Cary versus Bp. of Ardagh.
Upon reading the Petitions of the Bishop of Ardagh in Ireland, and Sir Tho. Caryes, Knight, it is
Ordered, That the Earls of Bathon, Warwicke, and
Dover, and the Lord Pagett, the Lord North and the
Lord Capell, or any, of them, shall (fn. *) meet on Tuesday
next, in the Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber, and
examine the Truth of the Business in Difference, and
then report the true State of the Cause unto this House,
who will then give further Directions therein.
Next, a Petition was presented to this House, by
Alderman Wollaston, and divers other Citizens of the
City of London, which this House received, and commanded it should be read in their Presence; which was
accordingly read, in bæc verba:
Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of London.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in
the High Court of Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and the rest of the Common Council,
of the City of London.
"That the Petitioners do much rejoice in the happy
Concurrence of both Houses of Parliament, as in
other Things, so especially in that most necessary
Ordinance, touching the Militia of this Kingdom and
Dominion of Wales, whereunto the Petitioners do
most humbly and chearfully submit, for the Safety of
His Majesty, the Parliament, and Kingdom; for the
ordering whereof many pressing Petitions from most
Parts of the Kingdom have been exhibited, in this
Time of imminent Danger, proceeding from the
bloody Counsels of Papists, and others ill affected to
the Honour, Peace and Prosperity, of our most Gracious King and His Kingdoms.
"And the Petitioners do likewise humbly return all
possible Thanks unto your Lordships, for the great
Honour and high Favour vouchsafed, in giving them
Leave to nominate the Persons to whom the Militia
of this City should be committed, and for accepting
and approving of the Nomination and Return made
to the Honourable House of Commons, by the Petitioners, on that Behalf.
"But this their Joy is much disturbed and interrupted
by an untrue, unadvised, and dangerous Petition, in
tituled, "The humble Petition of the Citizens of
London, whose Names are underwritten, directed and
delivered in February last to the Lords and Commons
assembled in Parliament," and since published in Print,
with this Title, "The humble Petition of the Citizens of London," thereby to publish it through the
Kingdom as the Petition of all the Citizens; wherein
is set forth (as appeareth by One of those printed
Copies annexed), That the ordering of the Arms of
London hath, Time out of Mind, been annexed to
the Mayoralty of the said City; that the conferring
thereof upon others would reflect upon the Government and Customs of this City, granted by the Great
Charter of England, and confirmed by divers Acts
and Charters since that Time, and which every Freeman of the said City is, by the Oath of his Freedom, bound to maintain to the utmost of his Power
and that such Alteration in the ancient Government
might breed great Distractions and Inconveniences,
or to this Effect.
"Nor this alone; but the Petitioners are yet more
deeply wounded and grieved, by the presumptuous
Boldness of the Publishers of the said Petition in
Print, by joining therewith His Majesty's Answer and
Denial, intituled, "His Majesty's Message to both
Houses of Parliament, February 28, 1641;" which
Answer, as your Petitioners humbly conceive, was
grounded upon the said Petition, and Misinformation
of some Persons ill affected to His Majesty and to the
City, who have thereby and otherwise often endeavoured to make Divisions betwixt the King and the
Parliament, betwixt the Parliament and the City, and
betwixt the Citizens among themselves, to the intolerable Abuse of His Sacred Majesty, and of all His
loyal Subjects; and they verily believe, that this
bold publishing in Print of the said Petition, and
His Majesty's Message, which shortly after followed
the exhibiting of the said Petition, together in One
printed Paper, was purposely done, wickedly and
seditiously to make Divisions as aforesaid, to beget an
Opinion throughout the Kingdom that the City of
London doth not intend to conform unto, but complain of, and oppose, the aforesaid Ordinance, and
to make the said Petition a desperate Precedent to the
rest of the Kingdom to do the like, thereby to hinder the chearful, needful, lawful, and unanimous
Concurrence of the Kingdom, in yielding due, full,
and timely Obedience to the said Ordinance:
"They do therefore humbly pray, That your
Lordships will vouchsafe,
"1. To believe that neither this, nor any other
Petition of the like Kind, ever came from
the Petitioners, nor was framed, contrived,
or approved of by them; and that they do
wholly, and with Detestation, disavow and
disclaim the same, as an untrue, unadvised,
and dangerous Petition.
"2. To put a Difference between the Authors,
Contrivers, Promoters, Advisers, Publishers,
and Printers of it, and such as it shall appear to your Lordships were by Subtlety
drawn in unawares to subscribe the same
without any malignant Intention, and shall
clearly and fully acknowledge their Error
and Rashness therein; and that this latter
Sort may have such lawful Favour as may
stand with the Honour and Justice of the
High Court of Parliament.
"Lastly, they do humbly pray your Lordships
will still increase their Joy, by endeavouring
to uphold and continue, by all good Means,
that blessed Concurrence of both Houses of
Parliament in all your great Affairs, and effectually to proceed against all Disturbers and
Underminers thereof, and that shall endeavour to beget or cherish any Misunderstanding, or to make Division betwixt the King
and Parliament, whom God and the Laws of
the Land have united in so near a Relation;
and they shall ever be ready to assist and stand
by your Lordships therein, with their Lives
and Estates, to the utmost of their Power,
according to their late Protestation.
"And shall incessantly pray, etc.
"Rob. Michell, Dep. Com.
"Cleric. Civ. London."
This being read, the Parties that presented it were
commanded to withdraw; and this House taking the
same into Consideration, made these Orders following.
This Petition to be printed.
Ordered, That this Petition, now presented and
read, shall be forthwith printed and published.
The Petition concerning the Militia in the Name of the Citizens of London, to be burnt.
Ordered, That a seditious printed Petition, intituled, "The Petition of the Citizens of London to
both Houses of Parliament, dated the 26th of February 1641, concerning the Settling of the Militia
in that City," shall be forthwith called in, and burnt
in Cheapside, Smithfield, and The New Palace in Westminster, on Saturday the 20th of this Instant March,
by the Hands of the Common Hangman.
Thanks given to the Persons that brought the Petition from the Common Council.
And the House having resolved (fn. *) what Answer to
give to the Persons that presented this Petition, they
were called in; and the Lord Keeper, by Directions of
this House, told them, "That this House gives them
Thanks for their Readiness and Forwardness in their
Obedience to the Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament for the Settling of the Militia, expressed in
this Petition, and for their Care of preventing Disorders that might have happened, by the preferring
and exhibiting to the Houses of Parliament a false
and scandalous Petition, in the Name of the City,
concerning the Militia: And, for the better declaring to the World the good Affections of the City
of London, their Lordships have Ordered, That the
Petition now presented by them shall be printed
and published forthwith: And for the scandalous Petition, the Lords are resolved it shall be burnt by
the Hand of the Common Hangman; but their
Lordships do intend to make a Difference between
those that were the Authors and Contrivers of
the said Petition, and those that were seduced and ignorantly drawn in to subscribe to that Petition."
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Rouse:
Message from the H. C. about disposing of Money come in upon the Act of Contribution; for 200l. to be given to the Countess of Kildare;
To desire that this House would appoint a Committee of Lords, to join with a Committee of the House of
Commons, to take Order for the disposing of the Monies that shall come in upon the Act of Contribution,
according to the said Act.
2. That the House of Commons desired their Lordships to join with them in an Order, That Two Hundred Pounds may be given, out of the Contribution
upon the said Act, to the Countess of Kildare, whose
Estate is in the Hands of the Rebels.
for 1000l. to be paid for Londonderry, etc.
3. To desire that their Lordships would join with the
House of Commons, that One Thousand Pounds, that
was brought in by the voluntary Contribution of the
several Companies of London, for the Relief of Ireland,
and especially for Londonderry, be forthwith paid to
Sir Thomas Staple and Mr. Newbury, upon Account, to
pay for Six Hundred Arms that are bespoke, and
ready, for the Defence of that Place.
and for 200l. to be paid to Dr. Temple, for Irish Affairs.
4. To desire their Lordships to join with the House
of Commons, that the Two Hundred Pounds taken up
in Ireland upon Sir John Temple's Bond, and Sir Robert
Meridcth, for Relief of the poor English in Dublin, be
paid to Mr. Doctor Temple in Battersey, out of the first
Monies that shall come in upon the Act of Contribution, according to the Desires and Directions of the
Lords Justices in Ireland.
Committee for disposing of the Money, pursuant to the Act of Countribution.
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House
of Commons in all the Particulars of this Message; and
do appoint these Lords following to join with a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, to see
the disposing of the Contribution Money according to
the Act of Parliament: videlicet,
The L. Chamberlain.
|Ds. Willoughby of Parham.
Ds. Grey de Warke.
Their Lordships, or any Three, to (fn. *) meet when
The Answer returned to the Message of the House
of Commons was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House hath appointed a Committee of
Eleven Lords, to join with a proportionable Number
of the House of Commons, to dispose of the Contribution Monies for Ireland; and that their Lordships do
agree with the House of Commons in all the Orders
now brought up.
Gaye, a Printer, attached for printing false Passages.
Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher attending
this House shall attach the Body of William Gaye,
Printer, for printing a false Paper, intituled, "Some
Passages that happened the 9th of March, between
the King's Majesty, and the Committee of both Houses,
when the Declaration was delivered to Him;" and
that the said Gaye be brought before this House Tomorrow, to be examined of whom he had the Copy of
this Paper: And it is further Ordered, That the Master
and Wardens of the Company of Stationers shall take
Care that these Papers be forthwith called in, and that
no more of them be further published.
Bill to regulate Printing to be brought in.
Ordered, That the Judges shall prepare a Draught
of (fn. *) a Bill to regulate Printing, and to present the
same to this House.
Mr. Steward's Cause to be heard.
The Earl of Bedford informed this House, "That
he was desired, by the Scotts Commissioners, to let
their Lordships know, that the Parliament of Scotland do recommend to their Lordships the Cause of
Mr. Henry Steward, depending in this House, and
desire their Lordships would please to give a speedy
Hearing in the said Cause:" Hereupon it is Ordered, That the Cause between Mr. Steward and the
Lord Cromewell, the Bishop of Derry, the Bishop of
Corke in Ireland, Sir Phillip Manwaringe, and Sir George
Ratcliffe, and others, shall be heard before the Lords
Committees for Petitions on Monday come Sevennight,
being the 28th of this present March, at Two of the
Clock in the Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber; at
which Time the Parties, or their Agents, are to attend
the said Hearing accordingly.
Lord Seymour Leave to be absent.
Ordered, That the Lord Seymour hath Leave to go
into Wilts, for a Month or Five Weeks; and, in the
mean Time, to be excused for his Absence.
Commitee for Defence of the Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Defence of
the Kingdom shall meet To-morrow Morning, at Eight
of the Clock, in the Painted Chamber, concerning Sir
Phillip Carterett's Petition.
Lords to bring in their Commissions of Lieutenancy.
Ordered, That those Lords that have not brought
in their Commissions of Licutenancy, and Commissions of
Array, shall have Notice, by the Officers of this House,
to bring them in speedily.
Legay and Fairevaux about Tobacco in Guernsey.
Upon reading of the Certificate of William Cockaine,
William Barkly, Phillip Burlamachi, and Richard Cogan,
"That it hath appeared before them, that there is
Tobacco in the Isle of Gernsey, which properly belongs to Isaack Legay and Daniell Fairevaux, and, unless it be speedily looked to, it will perish, and be
a great Loss to the Parties; therefore they think it
fit it be restored to the Owners:" Hereupon it is
Ordered, That the Parties on the other Side shall
have Time until Saturday the 26th of this Instant March,
to shew Cause why the said Certificate should not be
confirmed by this House.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by the Lord Craneborne:
Message from the H. C. for the Lords to sit a while.
To desire their Lordships to sit a while, for they shall
have Occasion to come up to their Lordships concerning
a Business of Importance.
The Answer returned to this Message was:
That this House will sit a while, as is desired.
Report from the Committee about Merchant Strangers Bullion.
The Lord Robartes reported from the Committee,
which was appointed to consider of the Merchant
Strangers Petition, concerning the securing of Bullion
of the Subjects of the King of Spaine, "That the
Lords Committees have framed a Draught of an
Order;" which was read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
Order for securing it.
"Whereas the Merchants and Factors who deal and
negotiate here in this Kingdom, for the King of
Spaine and His Subjects, for the Importation of Bullion to supply His Majesty's Mint, have been humble
Suitors for a Declaration of both Houses of Parliament, That the Bullion brought into this Kingdom
to be coined shall be safely and securely brought
to His Majesty's Mint, without any Hindrance; and
that no Letters of Mart, or Reprisal, may be granted,
whereby the Bullion conveyed in English Vessels, and
without Deceipt consigued to the Inhabitants of this
Kingdom, and really intended to be brought to His
Majesty's Mint, shall be taken or made Prize, by
virtue of any such Commission or Letters; which the
Lords and Commons having taken into Consideration,
do think fit and reasonable, and do require all His
Majesty's Officers and Ministers to take Notice hereof."
To be communicated to the H. C.
Ordered, That this House approves and confirms
this Order; and that it be communicated to the House
of Commons, to receive their Concurrence.
Harrison and Patey sent to the House of Correction in Berks, for killing Deer in Windsor Forest.
Ordered, That Aminadab Harrison and Thomas
Patey, now in the Custody of the Gentleman Usher of
this House for killing and destroying of His Majesty's
Deer at Windsor, shall be forthwith sent from Constable
to Constable, unto the House of Correction in the
County of Berks, there to be kept to Work until the
Pleasure of this House be further known.
Ordered, That Bryan Kelley, a Prisoner in Newgate, by Order of this House, shall be released, and set
at Liberty, of and from his present Restraint and Imprisonment, concerning the Business he stands now committed for by this House.
No Lord to have Leave of Absence but in a full House.
Ordered, That no Leave shall be given to any Lord
to be absent, but in a full House.
Lord Pierpoint excused.
Ordered, That the Lord Pierpointe is excused for
being absent this Day, being not well.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Robert Rich and Mr. Page:
Message to the H. C. that the Lords have adjourned.
To let the House of Commons know, that this House
having sat a while as was desired, hath adjourned until
To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock.
Dominus Custos Privati Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati,
videlicet, 19m diem Martii, 1641, hora 9a Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.