NEVV MATTERS OF High and great Conse­quence, Printed the twelfth of March. Anno. 1642.

1. His Majesties Speech to the Committee the ninth of March, when they presented the Declaration of both Houses of Parliament at New-Market.

2. His sacred Majesties Letter to the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, which was read in both Houses of Parliament, concerning matter of great weight which was sent lately from Royston.

3. An Order of both the Houses of Parliament, concerning such men of worth as are chosen in the City of London, and intrusted with those summes of mony which have bin gathered in and about the City, for the reliefe of our brethren in Ireland, and how it should be disposed of by them.

Printed at London for Francis Coules and Thomas Bankes 1642.

His Maiesties Letter to the Lord Keeper of the Great Seale of Eng­land, concerning Sir Edward Herbert,


RIght trusty and well beloved Counsellor, Wee greet you well, and have thought good hereby to certifie that Wee did the third of Ianuary last, deliver to Our Atturney cer­taine Articles of Accusation ingrossed in Paper, a Coppy whereof we have sent here inclosed and did then command him in our Name, to acquaint our House of Peeres, that divers great and Treasonable designes and practises against Us, and the State had come to Our Knowledge; for which We commanded him in our Name, to accuse the sixe persons in the said Paper mentioned of High Treason, and other high misdemeanours by delivering the Paper to Our said House and to desire to have it read, and further to desire in our Name, that a select Committee of Lords, might bee appointed to take the exa­minations of such witnesses as Wee would produce, and as formerly had bin done in Cases of like nature, according to the justice of the House, and the Committee to be under a command of secrecy as former­ly, and further in Our Name to aske liberty, to adde and alter if there should be cause, according to justice: and likewise to desire that Our said House of Peeres would take care of the securing of the said persons as in justice there should be cause: We doe further declare that Our said Attourney did not advise or contrive the said Articles, nor had any thing to doe with, or in advising any breach of Priviledge that followed after. And for what he did in obedience to Our commands, We conceive hee was bound by Oath, and the duty of his place, and by the trust, by Us reposed in him so to doe; And had he refused to obey Us therein; Wee would have questioned him for breach of oath, duty, and trust.

But now having declared, that we find cause wholly to desist from proceeding against the persons accused, Wee have commanded him to proceed no further therein, nor to produce nor discover any proofe con­cerning the same.

A Letter sent by order of both Houses of Parliament, to the high Sheriffe of every Shire, concerning matters of great Consequence.
Also an Order of both Houses of Parlia­ment; concerning such persons as are appointed for the gathering of such summes of mony in London, as is intended for the reducing of the Rebels in Ireland, &c.

Master Speaker,

THe Lords and Commons being deeply sensible of the un­speakable calamities, which his Majesties good Subjects of the Kingdome of Ireland doe now suffer by barbarous cru­elties, and Massacres of the Rebels there, and conceiving these printed Propositions herewith sent (being ratified by his Majesties Royall Assent, and the unanimous approbation of both Houses of Parliament) doe undoubtedly tend, to the speedy and effectu­ [...] [...]educing of those bloudy Rebels, the propagating of the Protestant Religion, the augmenting of the greatnesse, and Revenew of the Crowne of England, and the establishing of an happy and firme peace for the future in his Majesties three Kingdomes, And all this to bee effected (by Gods gracious assistance) without the generall charge of the Subjects and to the great advantage of those that shall under-write, have thought fit to require you to publish these printed Propositions and Instructions at this Lent Assizes, to the intent that all his Majesties good people within your County may take notice of the benefit they may receive by under-writing in due time, and that so many of them then present and willing to subscribe, may give up a note of their names, summes, and Dates of their Subscriptions to you, to be entred in the paper booke, mentioned in the printed Instructions, which is forthwith to be sent unto you; And you [Page] are further directed hereby at this Lent Assizes (if they be not past) by the advise and assistance of the Justices of Peace for your County then present, to appoint certaine dayes and places, most convenient for this service, when, and where your selfe, and the Justices of Peace within each division will be present to receive the names, summes, and times of subscription of such of his Majesties well-affected Subjects within your County, as shall not have subscribed at this Lent Assizes, their names, summes, and times of subscription to be likewise entred into the Paper booke. And if this be come to your hands after the Assises; then to ap­point such times and places, as may best speed this service.

And further, your selfe and the Justices of Peace, the Ministers of Gods Word, and persons of quality within your County, are hereby earnestly desired to shew themselves active, and exemplary in advancing this great and pious worke, as a service tending so much to the glory of God, the honour and profit of his Majesty, and the peace and tranquility of his three Kingdomes for the future.

And you are likewise to informe those that shall under-write, that the Act of Parliament (which his Majesty hath promised to passe for the set­ling of those two Millions and a halfe of Acres) is already in hand, and that the Lands are to be divided so indifferently by lot amongst them that under-write, that no one man whatsoever shall have more respect or advantage then another in the division.

And lastly, you are to give a speedy accompt to the Parliament of your proceedings herein, and of those that doe really advance this ser­vice; Thus not doubting of your utmost care and diligence herein, wee bid you heartily farewell.

Your loving Friend.

IT is this day ordered by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, that Iohn Warner, Iohn Towes, Thomas Andrews, Aldermen, and Law­rence Halsted Esquire, or any two of them shall receive all such subscrip­tions and summes of mony as shall be subscribed, and paid in according to the printed Propositions made for the speedy reducing of the Rebells of Ireland, and assented unto by his Majesty and both Houses of Parlia­ment, and are daily to attend that service at the Chamber of London, from eight of the clocke till eleven in the forenoone, and from two of the clock till sixe in the afternoon, and it is further ordered, that this order shall be forthwith printed and published.

Diurnall Occurrences in Parliament, from the 7. day of March to the 10. 1642.

On Monday the 7. of March.

THE Declaration wherein the House of Commons give their reasons for the jealousies that they had, and feare of dangers, was sent up to the Lords, and passed there the greater part of them. After it was passed, foure of the Lords, and eight of the House of Commons were appoynted to carry it to morrow to his Majesty, and also to invite him to come to London; and withall liberty was granted for them to speake as occasion should bee offered by the King, what they thought meet. The foure Lords were the Earle of Pembrooke, the Earle of Holland, the Lord Dunsmore, and the Lord Seimor The eight Commons were, Mr Fines, Sir Philip Stapleton, Sir William Lewis, Sir William Litton, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir Simon Munford, Sir Iohn Bots, Sir William Strickland.

Sundry Irish Commanders taken in Bark, comming from France, and by a tempest forced into a creek in the west Countrie, were brought up to London, and committed to New-gate.

Most part of this day was spent about the book of Rates of things exported out of the Land and imported into it.

While the Committees of the House of Commons, with the Com­mittees for the Scots were sitting together, Sir David Cunningham came from Scotland, and certified, that their Kingdome was very well setled, and well aff [...]cted to our Parliament, and that the In­cendiaries that were there, and such as were feared to plot secret matters were so brought down, as they were not able to doe any thing. Withall he certified, that the 2500 souldiers went to Ire­land Friday was fortnight.

A letter from Ireland was read in the House of Commons, which certified, that Drohedagh being hard besieged by the Rebells, and they by their long siege brought to such straights as they were for­ced to eate horses; the Commander of the City incouraged the souldiers that were there to sally out, and thereupon they slue above 60 of them, put the rest to flight, brought in good store of provisi­on, both of Oxen and sheep. Withall, that about the same time, the chains and boats, which the Rebells had then blocked up the River withall, were with a mighty storme broken and driven away, insomuch as ships laden with provision entred the Town, and much refreshed it.

On Tuesday March 8.

The House of Commons made a review of their answer, which they sent to the Kings last Message about the Militia.

Serjeant Wild, and others of the House of Commons were sent up to the House of the Lords to lay the charge against Mr. Atturney, whose charge was not of Treason; but high misdemeanor. Mr. Atturney desired Counsell to answer: It was replyed, that the ac­cusation laid to his charge, being matters not of Law, but of Fact, and against the priviledges of the House, he was not to have Coun­sell, but to answer himselfe viva voce.

There was a Letter, which the King wrote to the Lord Keeper, and by him communicated to the Lords, the particulars whereof is specified at large in the second page of this Book.

Colonell Francis Edwards being questioned about words that he spake last Friday against the King and Parliament, answered, that he remembred not any such words: but would not deny but that he might speake them; but yet said, that if he spake them, it was in drink. This answer satisfied not the House, but he was committed.

Souldiers that are in Ireland sent a complaint to the Parliament, that the Treasurer that was to pay them their wages, tooke sixe­pence in a pound from them: which complaint the Parliament ob­serving to be very just, Ordered that the Souldiers should have their full pay, and that the Treasurer should be otherwise conside­red for his paines about the money.

On Wednesday. March. 9.

Mr. Arthur Trellare, Burgesse of Plimmoth, was expelled the House for saying, upon a question of a Guard being at White-Hall, and a Guard about the Parliament, that the Kings feares did arise from the Parliament, and the Parliaments feares arose from the King: and that it was Treason for the Parliament to have a Guard without the consent of the King.

A Scotch-man informed against one Dr. Browne, that he should say, that our King Charles was Rex Scotiae, non Scotorum, King of Scotland, not of the Scots. Thereupon a Messenger was sent for him.

Mr. Atturney this day appearing before the Lords, had Counsell appoynted him by the Lords, who appeared there; but the Com­mons refused to be present, and they that should have enforced the Accusation, refused to come. The Counsell appoynted for him by the Lords, was Mr. Recorder of London , and Sir Thomas [Page] Benesfield both of them refused to plead for the Atturney, and thereupon the Lords committed them to the black Rod.

Much time was spent in perfecting the booke of Rates for things ex­ported out of the Land and imported into it; and also about setling the Statute for 400000 I. upon Lands, and likewise upon the bill concer­ning the million of money for the Rebels Lands.

On Thursday, March the 10.

The House of Commons sent up to the Lords, that they would bee pleased to subscribe to the Million, as they themselves were willing to doe, and that for example sake. The Dutch Merchants desired un­derwrite two hundred thousand pounds. Vpon debate it was voted, that they should have liberty to underwrite one hundred thousand pounds, if thay did it within a time prescribed, and that the whole Mil­lion were not before subscribed by English and Scots.

According to the Order that was made yesterday, to send for Doctor Browne upon that which was informed against him, a messenger was this day dispatched away for him.

Information was this day given unto the House that some of the Kings Printers were sent for to goe unto Yorke, and that they were packing up their Presses and preparing themselves for that journey.

Whereas a motion had formerly beene made concerning a Lecturer to be setled at Branford, the Parishioners Petitioned for one Mr. Hin­derson to be their Lecturer, the House referred the consideration therof, to the choise of the Parishioners.

Dr. Burgesse and Mr. Ash are appointed to preach before the House of Commons at the next fast. Much time was also this day spent about the Booke of Rates, yet is it not finished, for they went but to the letter O.

The House of Commons ordered that after the publike businesses of this Land and Ireland are ended, they shall come together again accor­ding to their ancient custome, at 8. a clock in the morning, and sit till 12, and that private Committees shall sit in the after-noone for parti­cular businesses, as they were wont formerly to doe.

There was a great dispute in the House of Commons about Generalls for the Navy under the Lord Admirall, in case hee should not bee well, or not otherwise able to goe in his owne person, and the question was, whether there should be three, or only one: reasons for three were ren­dred, that there would bee imployment sundry wayes, as to keepe the Seas at Dunkirk to keepe them likewise about the entring into Ire­land, and for other Services: but was concluded that one was suffi­cient, power being given unto him, to choose others under him. The Earl of Warwick was the particular man that was chosen to be General under the L. Admirall.

His Majesties Speech to the Committee the 9. of March, when they presented the Declaration of both House of Parliament at New-Market.

I Am confident that you expect not that I should give you a spee­dy Answer to this strange and unexpected Declaration: and I am sorry (in the distraction of this Kingdome) you should think this way of addresse to be more convenient, than that proposed by my Message the twentieth of Ianuary last to both Houses.

As concerning the grounds of your fears & jealousies, I wil take time to answer particularly, and doubt not but I shall doe it to the satisfa­ction of all the world: God in his good time will, I hope, discover the secrets and bottoms of all Plots and Treasons, and then I shall stand right in the eyes of all my People. In the meane time I must tell you, that I rather expected vindication for the imputation laid on me in Mr. Pym's Speech, than that any more generall rumours and discour­ses should get credit with you.

For my feares and doubts, I did not think they should have beene thought so groundlesse, or triviall, whilst so many seditious Pamphlets, and Sermons are looked upon, and so great Tumults are remembred unpunished, uninquired into. I still confesse my feares, and call God to witnesse, that they are greater for the true Protestant profession, My People and Lawes, than for My owne Rights and Safety. Though I must tell you, I conceive, that none of these are free from danger.

What would you have? Have I violated your Lawes? Have I de­nyed to passe any one Bill for the ease and security of my Subjects? I doe not aske what you have done for me?

Have any of my People beene transported with feares and appre­hensions? I have offered as free and generall a pardon as your selves could devise.

All this considered, there is a judgement from heaven upon this Na­tion, if these distractions continue.

God so deale with me and mine, as all my thoughts and intentions are upon right, for the maintenance of the Protestant Profession, and for the observation and preservation of the Lawes of this Land, and I hope God will blesse and assist those Lawes for My Preservation.

As for the additionall Declaration, you are to expect an Answer to it, when you shall receive the Answer to the D [...]claration it selfe.


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