DIE Saturni, 27 die Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Salwey.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ds. De la Ware.
Upon reading the Petition of Steward
Letter, &c. from the Parl. of Ireland;
A Letter and Declaration of the Parliament of Ireland, was read. (Here enter it.)
Petition of poor Protestants there;
A Petition from the poor Protestants of Ireland,
was read; and Ordered to be recommended to the
House of Commons.
Message to the H. C. with it; —with the Reports from the Admiralty Committee— and with the Wisbich Petition, &c.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Doctor Heath, &c.
1. To deliver to them these Reports from the Committee of the Admiralty:
1. A Report about Sir George Aychough, with the
Sense of the House upon it.
2. A Report about some Commanders of Ships going forth, with the Sense of the House upon it.
3. A Report about Admiralty Court, with the
Sense of the House upon it.
4. A Report about Guernsey, with the Sense of
the House upon it.
2. To deliver to them the Petition of the poor Protestants of Ireland.
3. To put them in Mind of adding Mr. Boulton to be
One of the Assembly.
4. To deliver to them the Petition of the Inhabitants
of the Isle of Wisbich, with Recommendations.
Ordinance concerning the E. I. Co.
The Earl of Warwicke reported from the Committee,
the Ordinance concerning the East India Company;
and they think it fit to pass as it is, without any Alterations.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Ordinance
shall be deferred until Tuesday next.
French Ambassadors Audience.
This Day Monsieur Bellieure, the French Ambassador,
And after he had made his Speech, he withdrew into the Little Lobby, which was prepared for him.
And (fn. *) the House took into Consideration what he
said: But, for a more mature Debate of it; it was Ordered, That the said Ambassador should be admitted
in again; and the Speaker to let him know, "That
this House puts a high Value upon the great Friendship and Amity between the Two Crowns of England
and France; and they will use all Means for the further Continuance of it; and that the Lords do, by
Way of Civility, desire of him that he [ (fn. †) would put]
what he hath said into Writing, and they will take
it into mature Consideration."
And the said Ambassador was called in accordingly.
Sir H. Tracy's Ordinance.
Ordered, That the Earl of Midd. Earl of Suffolke,
Lord Maynard, Lord Berkley, are added to the Committee for Sir Humphrey Tracie's Business.
Packer's Petition, in Behalf of the Judge Advocate.
Upon reading the Petition of Phillip Packer, in Behalf of the Judge Advocate of the Army: It is Ordered, That the Party against whom the Petition is shall
see the Petition, and return his Answer to this House
on Tuesday Morning next; and an Affidavit to be made
of the Truth of the Allegations contained in the Petition.
Letter from the Parliament of Ireland, desiring Assistance; and inclosing the following Declaration.
"By Command of the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled in Ireland, we send your Lordships
this inclosed Declaration and Address, to be presented to the Most Honourable the House of Peers now
assembled in Parliament in England; and we are directed by the said Lords and Commons earnestly to
desire your Lordships, in their Names, to vouchsafe
us all the Favour and possible Assistance you may, to
further and hasten a comfortable and speedy Return,
by William Plunkett Esquire, Roger Brereton Esquire,
Captain Theodore Schout, Captain Arthur Culme, and
Walter Plunkett Esquire, Members of the House of
Commons in this Kingdom, and Persons of approved
Affections unto the Public Service, to this their important Address, which concerneth no less than the
very Life and Existence of the Protestant Religion in
this Kingdom, and the future Being of that small
Remnant of Protestants which are left and preserved
here. We are likewise to signify unto your Lordships,
That the said Lords and Commons were not ignorant,
at the making of the said Declaration, that this their
Application in that high Manner against the Rebels
(though there be nothing therein but known Truth,
and far short of what Mischief they have and intend
farther to do) is sufficient of itself (if there were no
former Resolution in them, as there hath been, and
yet is) to bring swift and inevitable Destruction upon
the Protestants of this Kingdom, if the Power of the
Most Honourable the Parliament of England do not
interpose, and prevent them: Yet no Apprehension
of any present or ensuing Danger could deter the
said Lords and Commons from discharging this their
Duty; being confident that the Most Honourable the
Parliament of England will not leave the small Remnant of the Protestants of this Kingdom, who have
already suffered so much, and have upon the Matter
nothing left but their Lives and Religion, for a Prey
to so merciless Rebels. All which we do, by Command of the Lords and Commons, with all (fn. *) Earnestness recommend to your serious Consideration; and
Dublin Castle, this 15th of February, 1646.
"Very loving Friends
"Ri. Bolton, Canc.
"Maurice Eupace, Speaker.
"To the Right Honourable the Lord Speaker
of the Most Honourable the House of Peers
of the Parliament of England. These present."
Declaration of the Parliament of Ireland, that they will maintain the Protestant Religion; and desiring Assistance.
Die Veneris, 12 Februarii, Anno Domini 1646.
The Declaration of the Lords and Commons in
Parliament assembled in Ireland, of the present Estate and distressed Condition of the
Protestants in the said Kingdom, and their Address unto the Most Honourable the Parliament of England for Relief.
"We, the Lords and Commons of the Parliament of
Ireland, having, by the Mercy of God, your Care
of us, and the Industry of those intrusted by His
Majesty with the Government here, preserved unto
us the Means of sitting together, and of delivering
freely our Thoughts concerning the Condition of this
miserable Kingdom, whereof we are the Representative Body; and finding withall the Government, ourselves, and indeed the Protestants in the Kingdom,
reduced to that final Point of Extremity, that, if
not very speedily supported and preserved, all in
these Parts must become a Prey unto the bloody and
inhuman Rebels; and this City of Dublin, the chief
Seat and Citadel of this Kingdom, with the other
Garrisons depending thereupon, be turned into the
prime Seats and Strengths of those who have given
evident Proof that they aim at no less than the Extirpation of all Protestants, and the setting up the
abominable Idol of the Mass, and Superstition, and
at the shaking off of all Loyalty and Subjection to
the Crown of England: We therefore hold it our
Duty (as being also perhaps the last, which we, by
reason of the near Approach of a powerful and per
nicious Enemy, may have the Means to discharge in
this Capacity) to make this present Address and Representation of our miserable Condition to the Most
Honourable the Parliament of England, which as it
hath in all Times of common Danger been the Fountain from whence the Power and Lustre of the Crown
of England in this Kingdom hath sprung, so it is
now the only Sanctuary unto which, in Behalf of ourselves and the distressed Interest thereof, we can fly
for Succour and Preservation. We hold it unnecessary
to particularize our present Wants and Miseries, and
Impossibility of further Subsistence of ourselves, since
they are too well known even to our Enemies; insomuch as it may be feared that the Benefit which we
confidently expect by the great Diligence and Wisdom
of the Most Honourable the Parliament of England
may not arrive timely for our Relief and Preservation:
Nor can we so misdoubt the Wisdom, Justice, and
Piety of those Honourable Houses (whereof we have
had heretofore very real and great Experience, which
we do herewithall thankfully acknowledge), as to fear
that they will suffer the Protestant Religion, the
Interest of the Crown of England, and of the Protestants in these important Garrisons and Quarters, to
be sacrificed unto the Fury of the merciless Rebels;
but, on the contrary, as we do earnestly desire, so are
we most confident that the Goodness and Wisdom of
the Most Honourable the Parliament of England will
so seasonably send over a sufficient Power, as well to
subdue and suppress merciless and bloody Rebels, as
to maintain these Places, accompanied with an Assurance from the Most Honourable the Parliament of
England, for enjoying those Conditions of Honour,
Subsistence, and Safety, which have been lately offered by their Commissioners, for and in the Name of
the Most Honourable the Parliament of England, to
those who have hitherto governed and preserved, and
to His Majesty's Protestant Subjects, and those who
have faithfully and constantly adhered unto them;
unto which they may be pleased to join such further
Additions of Grace and Bounty as to their Wisdoms
and Goodness shall be thought fit, as that they and
all the Protestants, and such others as have faithfully
and constantly adhered unto them, may find Security
and Preservation therein, whereby we may heartily join
under those whom the said Most Honourable Parliament of England shall appoint, in prosecuting so pious
a War, and in being God's Instruments for the (fn. *) bringing just Vengeance upon the perfidious Rebels, and
in restoring the Protestant Religion and Interest of
the Crown of England in this Kingdom to its due and
former Lustre, which we will ever strive with the
Hazard of our Lives and Fortunes to maintain.
Ex'r per Wal. Savage,
"Dep. Cler. Parl.
Ex. per Phill. Ferneley,
Cler. Parl. Dom. Com."
House adjourned till 9a, Monday next, Aurora.