DIE Jovis, 9 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Salawey.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ds. Grey of Werk.
Ds. La Warr.
Martin, Johnson, and Douthcot, to be attached, for Contempt of an Order in Behalf of Worsley & al.
Upon reading the Petition of Thomas, John Worsley,
&c. complaining, "That Wm. Martyn, Rob't Johnson, and Ralph Douthcot, do refuse to restore to
them their Goods wrongfully taken from them, being required to restore them by an Order of this
House of the Seventh of October last:"
It is Ordered, That the said Martyn, Johnson, and
Douthcot, shall be attached by the Gentleman Usher,
and brought before this House, to answer their said Contempt to the Order of this House.
Hawes's Cause and Governors of Christ's Hospital.
Upon reading the Petition of the Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London, Governors
of Christ's Hospitall, concerning Hawes:
It is Ordered, That the Consideration and the Proceedings which have been thereupon is referred to the
Judges, or any Three of them; who are to report what
Course may (fn. *) be taken by this House, for the Relief of
the Petitioners, according to Law or Equity.
E. of Leic. versus Murdock.
Upon (fn. *) hearing the Counsel of the Earl of Leycester
against Murdocke, and also hearing of the Counsel of
the said Murdocke, concerning the Contempt of an Order of this House of the Seventh of June last by the said
Murdocke; but because it could not now be punctually
proved that the Order of this House was served upon
It is Ordered, That the former Orders of this House,
videlicet, of the 7th of December, 1646, and the 7th of
June, 1647, shall be pursued, and Murdocke duely served
with it; and when that is done, and Obedience yielded
thereunto, this House will hear them upon the Matter
of the Title.
Letter from the King.
A Letter from the King was read. (Here enter it.)
Sent to the H. C. and to be communicated to the Scots Commissioners.
And Ordered, To be sent to the House of Commons; and that it be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners, by the Members of both Houses that are
of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
And presently it was sent down, by Sir Edward Leech
and Doctor Benett.
Platt to be instituted to West Horsley.
"Ordered, That Doctor Aylett do give Institution
and Induction to Mr. John Platt, to the Rectory of
West Horseley, in the County of Surrey; presented thereunto by the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England; salvo Jure cujuscunque.
Gross's Ordinance to be Vicar of Ashburton;
An Ordinance was brought in, and read, for making
Mr. Alexander Grosse Vicar of Ashburton, in the County
of Devon, and Agreed to; and to be sent to the House
of Commons for their Concurrence.
Smith's, to be Rector of Barley.
An Ordinance was brought in, and read, for making
Doctor Peter Smyth Rector of Barley, in the County
of Hertford, and Agreed to; and Ordered to be sent
to the House of Commons for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Cause of Mr. Becke shall be
heard on Saturday Morning next.
Preacher at the Fast.
Ordered, That Mr. Whitacre shall preach, the next
Fast, in the Place of Mr. Vynes.
Mr. Jeoffery to be instituted to Wavenden.
Ordered, That Doctor Heath give Institution and
Induction unto Jo. Jeofferyes Clerk, to the Rectory of
Wavenden, in the County of Bucks, void by the Death
of the last Incumbent; salvo Jure cujuscunque: Wm.
Smith and Davis.
Ordered, That the Cause between Solomon Smith
Plaintiff and Edward Davies Defendant, upon a Writ
of Error, shall be argued, at the Bar, the 14th Instant
December, at Ten in the Morning; at which Time
the Parties, by their Counsel, are to attend accordingly.
Letter from the King, pressing a Personal Treaty with the Two Houses.
"Had His Majesty thought it possible that His Two
Houses could be employed in Things of greater
Concernment than the Peace of this miserable distracted Kingdom, He would have expected with
more Patience their Leisure, in acknowledging the
Receipt of His Message of the 16th of November last.
But, since there is not in Nature any Consideration
preceding to that of Peace, His Majesty's constant
Tenderness of the Welfare of His Subjects hath such
a Prevalence with Him, that He cannot forbear the
vehement Prosecution of a Personal Treaty, which is
only so much the more desired by His Majesty, as
it is superior to all other Means of Peace. And
truly, when His Majesty considers the several Complaints He daily hears from all Parts of this Kingdom, "That Trade is so decayed, all Commodities
so dear, and Taxes so insupportable, that even natural
Subsistence will suddenly fail," His Majesty (to perform the Trust reposed in Him) must use His uttermost Endeavours for Peace, though He were to have
no Share in the Benefit of it. And hath not His
Majesty done His Part for it, by divesting Himself
of so much Power and Authority as by His last Message He hath promised to do upon the concluding
of the whole Peace? and hath He met with that Acknowledgement from His Two Houses, which this
His great Grace and Favour justly deserves? Surely,
the Blame of this great Retarding of Peace must fall
somewhere else than on His Majesty. To conclude,
If ye will but consider in how little Time this necessary good Work will be done; if you the Two Houses
will wait on His Majesty with the same Resolutions
for Peace as He will meet you; He no ways doubts
but that ye will willingly agree to this His Majesty's
earnest Desire of a Personal Treaty, and speedily desire His Presence amongst you; where, all Things
agreed on being digested into Acts (till when it is
most unreasonable for His Majesty or His Two
Houses to desire of each other the least Concessions),
this Kingdom may at last enjoy the Blessing of a
"Given at Carrisbrook Castle, the 6th Day of December, 1647.
To the Speaker of the House of Peers pro
Tempore; to be communicated to the
Lords and Commons in the Parliament
of England at Westm. and to the Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland."