Die Sabbati, 11 Junii.
Answers of Members.
ORDERED, that the Committee appointed to consider of Propositions for the Defence of the Kingdom, or any Two of them, shall be the Standing
Committee to receive the Answers of such Members of
the House as did not declare themselves Yesterday: And
are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the
Inner Court of Wards; and so from time to time, as they shall think fit.
The Instructions to be given to the Members to be
sent into Lancashire.
Mr. Cage, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Rigby, Sir Ro. Coke,
Mr. Fienis, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, are presently to withdraw, to consider farther of these Instructions.
Preparations at Amsterdam.
Sir Walth. Erle reports, That there were Jewels brought
to Amsterdam, certain Collars of Pearl; which were sold;
and the Product of them is the Sixteen thousand Pounds
sent over hither; and the Residue is kept there, to pay
for the Arms and Ammunition bespoken there.
One great Collar of Rubies.
The Jewels called the Three Brethren; Four or Five
great Diamonds; with divers other Parcels; but no
Money got upon them yet.
Four Pieces of Battery, of Eighteen Pound Bullet.
One Piece, carrying Twelve Pounds Bullet.
One Piece, carrying Eight Pounds Bullet.
Six Field Pieces, carrying Six Pounds Bullet.
|Two Mortar-pieces for Granadoes.
|A Hundred Barrels of Powder,
|Two thousand Pairs of Pistols,
|A thousand Carabines.
|Three thousand Saddles.
|Harness for Draught Horses.
The Mortar-pieces are One Foot and half in Diameter,
at the Mouth, Metal and all, shooting Granadoes of
Eleven or Twelve Inches.
Sir Walter Erle, * Ashe, are appointed to go into the
City; and to sit where they shall think convenient, to
inquire after the Truth of this Information: And have
Power to send for such Parties as they shall think fit, to
give them Information in these or the like Particulars.
Mr. Dowse is appointed to go to the Lord Admiral,
and acquaint him with this Information; and desire, that
some Ships may be sent to guard the Coast about Newcastle, to prevent the Coming in of any Arms or Ammunition into Newcastle.
Ordered, That all the Ships and Pinnaces set forth by
the Adventurers for additional Forces by Sea, be forthwith sent away to the Coasts of Ireland, to guard those
Coasts, all but One Pinnace, which they are to leave behind, to bring after them their Commission or Ordinance;
and that the Lord Admiral be moved to give Order
Loan from Marleborough.
Whereas the House is informed, That the Town of
Marleborough has collected Six hundred Pounds towards
the Loan desired of them; They do Order That Mr.
Francklyn, who serves for that Town, do return Thanks
to the said Town, for their Forwardness in this Service.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for Irish Affairs do
meet every Afternoon, at Three of Clock, notwithstanding the Sitting of the House.
Mr. Dowse brings Answer, That the Lord Admiral
will give Order for some Ships to ride about Newcastle,
or elsewhere, to prevent the Coming in of any Ammunition to Newcastle.
Mr. Strode went up to the Lords, to desire, That the
Commissioners for Irish Affairs might sit every Afternoon
constantly, notwithstanding that the House may chance
Search for Arms.
Information was given, that there was a Ship lying at
Billingsgate, bound for Berlington near Hull, laden with
some Arms or Ammunition, as is suspected:
Ordered, That Mr. Bence do go to the Marshal of the
Admiralty, and require him, in his Presence, to search
the said Ship.
He is likewise to tell the Searchers at the Custom-house,
That the House takes great Notice of their Neglect in
Performance of their Duty.
Lords withdrawn from Parliament.
Mr. Holles reports a Part of the Conference had with
the Lords, on Wednesday last; and delivered, from that
Conference, a Letter from Yorke, of the Fifth of June,
in hæc verba;
WE, whose Names are here under-written, have received a Summons, dated the Thirtieth of May, to appear the Eighth of June at the Bar. We are come
hither to Yorke, at this Time, to pay a willing Obedience
to his Majesty's Command, signified by Letters under his
own Hand; which Command remains upon us still. And
so we rest
|From Yorke,June 5, 1642.
Grey of Ruthen,
To the Right Honourable the
Speaker of the Lords House
The Lords having received this Letter from divers of
their Members, who have withdrawn themselves from
their Attendance in Parliament, contrary to the express
Order and Commands of the House, Though this Affront
be to their own House, and by their own Members; yet,
as it concerns the Safety of the Kingdom, and the very
Being of Parliaments, in the Consequence of it; the
Lords, in that respect, thought it fit to communicate it
with the House of Commons, that both Houses may
jointly endeavour to prevent such Practices and Designs,
as, by the malignant Party, and the ill-affected Members
of both Houses, may be undertaken to the Dissolution
of the Parliament, invalidating the Acts and Authority
thereof, or raising a Power in Opposition thereunto:
Which the Lords cannot but conceive these Lords are
encouraged unto, by the Counsels now prevailing, and
the Forces now raising at Yorke: Otherwise it is not
imaginable, after a Vote passed by both Houses, "That
it appeared, the King, seduced by wicked Counsel, intended to make War against the Parliament;" that they
would have taken the Boldness to have left the House
in Contempt of the Commands thereof; and have gone
to Yorke; and, being summoned to appear, would have
remained there notwithstanding, and have returned so
slight and scornful an Answer.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Strode brings Answer, That the Lords will return
Answer by Messengers of their own.
Lords withdrawn from Parliament.
This Question was propounded;
Resolved, That the Departing of these Nine Lords from
the Parliament, without Leave, after such Time as both
Houses had declared, "That the King, seduced by
wicked Counsels, intended to make War against the
Parliament;" and their still Continuing at Yorke, notwithstanding their Commissions and Commands, is a
high Affront and Contempt of both Houses: And that
the said Lords therein did as much as in them lay, that
the Service of Parliament might be deserted; and are
justly suspected to promote a War against the Parliament:
And then the Question was put, whether this Question
should be now put:
|The House was divided.
|Mr. Waller, and
||Tellers for the Noe: 51.
|Mr. Holles, and
||Tellers for the Yea: 109.
So that the former Question passed with the Affirmative.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche and
The Lords return this Answer to the Message sent
for the Commissioners for Irish Affairs to sit daily; They
have appointed that they shall sit daily, as is desired.
Lords withdrawn from Parliament.
Resolved, That a Committee shall be named to draw an
Impeachment against these Nine Lords now voted.
Mr. Glyn, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr.
Marten, Sir Ro. Coke, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Nichollas, Mr.
Hill, Mr. Browne, Mr. Reynolds, Serjeant Wilde, Mr.
This Committee is to draw an Impeachment against
the Nine Lords now voted; and to consider of something to be offered to the Lords, for preventing the
Carrying any Arms, Ammunition, Horse, or other warlike Preparations, to these Lords.
Mr. Cromwell went to the Lords, to desire that they
would sit awhile.
That One Head of the Conference shall be to move the
Lords, that they would take some Course to prevent the
Carrying of any Horse, Arms, Ammunition, or any thing
else, that may foment any War against the Parliament,
towards Yorke, to these Nine Lords.
Sir Robert Harley went up to the Lords, to desire a
Conference concerning the Letter delivered at a Conference the other Day, from the Nine Lords at Yorke.
Mr. Glyn, Mr. Pym, Mr. Marten, are appointed
Persons to be examined, &c.
That these Men of the Marquis Hamilton's, now in the
Constable's Custody, be examined by the Committee for
Informations: And that the Lord Admiral be acquainted
with the Ship that they are to go in; and desired to have
a care of it, that there may be no Ammunition carried
in it, to Berlington, whither the Ship is bound.
Preparations at Amsterdam.
Mr. Beauchamp, being called in; was demanded what
he knew of the warlike Provisions or Ammunition preparing at Amsterdam: He knew no more than what the
Letter from his Brother saith.
He knew the Hand to be his Brother's.
The Letter speaks of a Storm he fears, from the North,
in regard there is great warlike Preparation at Amsterdam
now in preparing.
Thanks to the City.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Rich and
The Lords do desire, that the Committee of this House
that is to join with the Committee of the Lords, to go
into the City this Afternoon, at Four of Clock, may have
Power to join with the Lords, to give the City Thanks
for their Readiness in the Loan.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Committee
shall have that Power, as it is desired.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House hath given Power to that Committee, as it is
The Instructions to be given to the Committees of
Lancashire, returned from the Re-commitment, were
read; and assented unto; and ordered to be sent to
Informations from Holland.
Mr. Arth. Goodwyn went up to the Lords, to desire a
Conference concerning some Informations received from
Sir Walth. Erle, Mr. Fienis, and Mr. Ashe, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Resolved, That One Head of the Conference shall be,
to desire, That these Informations may be communicated
to the City, by the Committees, this Afternoon.
Answers of Members, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Committee appointed to receive the Answers of such Members as have
not yet declared themselves, to send to such Members,
to desire their Answers; and likewise to consider of such
Ways as they shall think fittest for the best Advancing of
these Propositions; and to consult with such Gentlemen
as they shall think fit to advise with herein; and to consider of some Course to put these Propositions into present Execution; and to advise likewise with such as
they shall think ... herein.
Mr. Strode, Mr. Long, are added to this Committee.
Ordered, that the like Instructions as are given to the
Committees that are sent into Lancashire, mutatis mutandis, shall be given for Cheshire, with the Addition of these
Words following; viz.
"You shall also, in the Name of both Houses of
Parliament, require all such Persons who have in their
Custody any Part of the publick Magazine of the County,
to deliver the same unto you, or some of you, to be employed for the Defence of the said County.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Smyth shall have Leave to go,
about a Fortnight hence, to the Bath.
Ordered, That Mr. Wm. Thomas shall go into the
Country, being a Deputy Lieutenant of Two Counties.
Mr. Rigby had of me the original scandalous Letter,
written out of Ulster, which lays Imputations upon
the Proceedings of the Scotts in that Province, to
carry to the Scotts Commissioners.