DIE Veneris, 10 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Salawey.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ds. La Warr.
Grey's Ordinance to be Minister of Ibstock.
Ordered, That an Ordinance be drawn up, to present Mr. Job Grey Cleric. to the Parsonage of Ibstocke, in
the County of Leycester, and brought into this House.
Folks versus Sterling.
Upon reading the Report of the Judges, in the Case
of Thomas Folkes, against Anthony Starlinge:
(Here enter it.)
It is Ordered, That this House approves of this
Petition from Ireland.
A Petition was presented to this House, by divers
Lords and Gentlemen of the Kingdom of Ireland, in
Behalf of the Necessities of that Kingdom, in regard of
the Want of Provisions and Money. (Here enter it.)
Irish Seas to be well guarded.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Admiralty
do send Directions to those that have the Guarding of
the Irish Seas, to have a great Care to the well-guarding
The Answer returned was:
Answer to the Irish Petition.
That this House is very sensible of the Miseries of
the Kingdom of Ireland; and their Lordships will use
their uttermost Endeavours for the supplying that Kingdom with those Things mentioned in this Petition:
That this House have ordered the Commissioners of
the Navy to send Directions to those that have the
Guarding of those Seas, to have a special Care of those
Committee to prepare Heads for a Conference on this Petition; and to provide a Supply for the Army, to prevent their taking Free Quarter.
Ordered, To have a Conference with the House of
Commons To-morrow Morning, and then to communicate to the House of Commons this Petition now received concerning Ireland; and also concerning the Supply of the Army with a constant Pay, and against Free
Quarter; and that these Lords do meet, and prepare
what shall be said at the said Conference:
Any Three; to meet this Afternoon, at Three a
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Bamfeild Baronet, &c.:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning Plymouth. (Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to this Ordinance.
Message from the H. C. for a longer Time to bring up the Articles against the impeached Lords; and with an Order.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Henry Mildmay:
That, in regard of the great Affairs of the Kingdom,
they desire their Lordships would please to give them a
further Time, to bring up the Articles against the Seven
2. To desire Concurrence in an Order for Four Hundred Pounds, in the Hands of the Committee formerly appointed for the Sale of Wood, to be paid to the
maimed Soldiers. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That to the Order now brought up, this House agrees
to it: As to the other Part of this Message, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Impeachment against the Seven Lords.
Ordered, That the Business of the Seven Lords impeached by the House of Commons shall be taken into
Consideration on Tuesday next; and all the Lords to be
warned, to attend the House then.
Parnacot and Teate.
Ordered, That the Errors in the Writ of Error between Parnacott and Teate shall be argued on Monday
Ordinance for 10,000 l. more for Plymouth Garrison.
"Whereas, by an Ordinance of Parliament, bearing
Date the 23th Day of June, 1647, for the Raising
of Monies, to be employed towards the Maintenance
of Forces within this Kingdom, under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax Knight, and for the
speedy transporting of and paying the Forces for the
carrying on the War of Ireland, there is Sixty Thousand Pounds to be Monthly raised, for the Uses aforesaid; of which said Sum of Sixty Thousand Pounds
per Month, there is the Sum of Three Thousand
Five Hundred Twenty and Seven Pounds, Six Shillings, and One Penny Half-penny, to be Monthly taxed and levied upon the County of Devon; and whereas, by an Ordinance of Parliament of the 26th of
August, 1647, there was Eight Thousand Pounds ordered to be paid towards the Arrears of the Garrison of Plymouth, which are in Arrear from the 25th
Day of March, 1647: It is hereby further Ordered
and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Sum of Ten Thousand
Pounds (over and above the said Sum of Eight Thousand Pounds) be charged upon the Credit of the said
Assessment of the said Ordinance of Sixty Thousand
Pounds Monthly; and that the several and respective
Collectors and Receivers of the said several and respective Sums so to be taxed and levied upon the
said County of Devon do, forthwith upon Receipt
hereof, out of the First Money they shall so levy and
receive, pay unto the Committee of the said County
of Devon (over and above the said Sum of Eight
Thousand Pounds) the said Sum of Ten Thousand
Pounds, for and towards the Paying of the said Garrison of Plymouth, and for and towards the Reducing
and Disbanding thereof, the Fort and Island and
Mount Batten only excepted, which are not to be disbanded, but to continue in Pay, under the Command
of Colonel Ralph Welden the present Governor; and
that thereupon the Committee of the County of Devon for the Time being do pay the said Sum of Ten
Thousand Pounds to the Governor of the Garrison
of Plymouth aforesaid, and to the Mayor of the Town
of Plymouth, upon Accompt, for the Payment of the
Arrears, and Disbanding of the said Garrison of Plymouth, as aforesaid (any Order or Ordinance to the
contrary hereof in any Wise notwithstanding); and
that this Ordinance shall be a sufficient Warrant and
Discharge to the said Collectors and Receivers, for the
Payment of the said Sum of Ten Thousand Pounds
as aforesaid: Provided nevertheless, That whereas
the Third and Fourth Months of the said Assessment
of Sixty Thousand Pounds per Mensem is already engaged for the said Sum of Eight Thousand Pounds,
and in Security for Monies borrowed by the Committee of the Army, the said Sum of Ten Thousand
Pounds shall be levied and collected out of the First
Monies that shall come in upon the Fifth, Sixth,
Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Months, and
Order for 440 l. for sick and wounded Soldiers.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Committee formerly appointed for the Sale of Wood do forthwith pay, unto
the Treasurers for maimed Soldiers, the Sum of Four
Hundred and Forty Pounds, remaining in Arrear under their Power, to be issued for the Relief of the said
sick and maimed Soldiers, and for providing and
Payment of Medicaments for their Cure."
Petition of Irish Nobility and others here, praying the 20,000 l. ordered for Leinster, and 10,000 l. for Ulster, may be immediately sent over;—for an Ordinance to be passed for Relief of Ireland;—and for Ships to be sent to Guard the Irish Seas.
"To the Right Honourable the House of Peers
assembled in the High Court of Parliament.
"The humble Petition of divers of the Protestant Nobility and Gentry, of the Kingdom of Ireland, now attending in and
"That when (by rendering of the City of Dublin
and the other Garrisons thereupon depending) all the
Brittish and Protestant Inhabitants and Forces in
Ireland became under the Rule and Protection of the
Parliament, great were the Comforts apprehended by
the Protestants there, of the happy Fruits thereof,
in a vigorous Prosecution of the War; and great were
the Fears and Terrors apprehended thereat by the
Rebels. And we do most humbly and thankfully
acknowledge the Wisdom and Piety of the Parliament, in sending Forces and Provisions thither;
which Forces, and the Forces formerly there, and
now joined with them, have lately (by the Blessing of
God) obtained great and even miraculous Victories
against those Monsters of Men (whose unprovoked,
horrid Rebellion was accompanied with such and
so great and barbarous Cruelties as no Age or Nation can parallel); for which great Victories, we
bless and praise The Eternal Majesty.
"But so it is, may it please your Lordships, that we
observe, by several sad Advertisements forth of Ireland (to our unspeakable Grief and Sorrow), that
those Armies, whom God hath so blessed with such
happy Successes, are (for Want of Means to support
them) reduced to very great Extremities; and particularly that at Dublin and thereabouts (where the
Rebels have burned and destroyed the small Circuit
of the Quarters) the Miseries of the Soldiers and Inhabitants are such, as the Markets are disturbed, the
Passages leading thereunto beset, the Corn in the
Country which did supply them destroyed and burnt,
the Troops in that Want that few of them are
able to shoe their Horses, the Foot naked for Want
of Cloaths, and both Horse and Foot enduring all
Kinds of Misery that accompany Wants; that, the
next Week after the Burning of the Corn in the
Country by the Rebels, the Price of Corn arose at
Dublin from Twenty-four Shillings to Three Pounds
a Quarter; that the small Remainder of Corn there
is in a Manner already so exhausted, as it will not be
had there at any Rates; that that City (in all Times
the chief Honour and Beauty of that Kingdom) is
now, by the present Miseries of the distressed Soldiers
and alike distressed Inhabitants, become a lamentable Spectacle of Desolation and Misery: And great
Pity it is, that those Soldiers who are Persons of so
great Valour and Merit, and those Inhabitants who
have so chearfully contributed to their Support whilst
they were any way able, should be now reduced to
so great Wants and Miseries. And finally, that to
such an extreme Height of Misery are both Army and
Inhabitants brought, as (if Supplies be not speedily
sent) it is feared they will be both enforced suddenly
to desert the Place, and ship themselves from thence
as they can get Opportunity; whence must then unavoidably follow the Loss of the whole Province of
Lemster, and therein of the City and Castle of Dublin,
which then will fall into the Hands of the Rebels, to
the endangering of the Loss of the whole Kingdom,
which were to the Kingdom of England an unspeakable Dishonour, Loss, and Danger: That, for that
End, the Traitor Owen Roe O'Neile lies with a considerable Army of Horse and Foot not far from Dublin, watching all Opportunities, and (well knowing
the Necessities of the English Army) declines fighting,
lest so (being overthrown) he should thereby become
disappointed of those the Rebels dangerous Aims and
"And considering those dreadful Consequences which
may happen by the said Extremities and Wants; and
that, in such Case, the Charge of raising, arming,
furnishing, and transporting such Numbers of new
Forces thither, as might be competent but to re-gain
the present Footing, and to restore England but to
their present Condition there, would (besides the Occasion of a greater Effusion of English Blood) be as
great a Charge as that, which (now in short Time
seasonably applied) may make a fair Progress to the
full Subduing of the Rebels; and considering also,
that we humbly conceive that the future Safety and
Happiness of England are so chained and interwoven
with that of Ireland, as the Good or Evil of either
must necessarily become common to both;
"We, therefore, out of zealous and dutiful Affection to the Good and Safety of both Kingdoms, do humbly crave Leave to make known
to your Lordships those sad Advertisements
lately come thence; and humbly to beseech
that (in Prevention of those great and general
Mischiefs which we doubt and fear will otherwise happen) the Twenty Thousand Pounds
voted for the Army in Lemster immediately
after the Victory there lately gained by Colonel Jones, and the Ten Thousand Pounds
voted for Munster after the Victory there
lately gained by the Lord Inchiquin, and such
further Supplies as in your Wisdom shall be
judged fit for Ulster and Connaught, may
with all Speed be hastened away in present;
and that some settled Course may by your
Lordships be prescribed, not only for the
future constant Maintenance of all the Forces
now in that Kingdom, but also of such additional Forces to be speedily after sent thither, as your Lordships shall find necessary for
carrying on the War so vigorously and powerfully as may in short Time determine the
Charge of England there; and to that End
we humbly beseech, that whereas the Relief
of Ireland is mentioned in the Ordinance of
Sixty Thousand Pounds per Mensem (out of
which that Kingdom hath not as yet, for
aught we know, received any Supply, and
perhaps conveniently cannot in regard of your
other great and weighty Occasions, that now
there may be a particular Ordinance for the
Relief of Ireland placed upon such Parts of
this Kingdom as to your Wisdoms shall seem
meet, and special Collectors and Treasurers
appointed to receive the same, that so it may
with what Expedition is possible be applied towards Reduction of that Kingdom, and which
in Appearance is now, by God's Mercy, made
more easy (if timely prosecuted) than it was
at any Time since the Rebellion broke forth:
And we also humbly beseech, that those that
command the Parliament's Ships may have
strict Charge, so to guard the Seas between
England and Ireland, as to render Safety against
the Rebels Frigates to those that usually trade
to and from thence, whereby Provisions may
with the more Freedom be carried thither for
the Relief of the Inhabitants and Soldiers,
and particularly the Seas between Dublin and
Drougheda and those Parts on the one Side,
and Chesheir and Lancasheir and Wales on the
other Side, which Seas are now of late much
infested by the Rebels Frigates, not only to the
Danger of interrupting Trade, but also of
hindering that frequent Correspondence and
Intelligence which is necessary to be held between England and those Parts of Ireland:
All which Charges (by the Blessing of God)
will be abundantly recompensed in Honour,
Profit, and Security, to the Kingdom of England and to the Protestant Religion, and in
great Advantage and Profit to the Soldiery
to be employed in that War, and to all particular Adventurers therein.
"And the Petitioners shall pray, &c.
Conway & Kilulta.
House adjourned till 10a cras.