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The Clarke Papers. Selections from the Papers of William Clarke, Secretary to the Council of the Army, 1647-1649, and to General Monck and the Commanders of the Army in Scotland, 1651-1660, ed. C.H. Firth (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899). 4 vols.
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London, January 1, 165⅞.—
xxx. f. 1.Wee have little newes in this place, being a time of negotiation amongst Ministers of State, who cutt out worke for others to doe in the Spring time. There is onely an ill accident falne out heere of my Lord Howard his Lady, who itt is said is deliver’d of a sonne 13 weekes too soone for my Lord’s account. His brother Phillipp has challeng’d my Lord Bellassis uppon that account, who have fought, and my Lord Bellassiss is hurt in the left hand, butt seconds did interrupt any further action.2 Itt appeares that this was a mistake, for the Colonell himself and his brother Tom have both taken post to fight some other person in Scotland, whome they have intelligence of.3 His Highnesse gave orders to apprehend them. My Lord knoweth nothing that his Brother is gone to that same purpose.
January 12, 1657.—
f. 5.A souldier is ordered to be reduced in each regiment that keepes guard in any part of the country, and his pay to be applyed for fire and candle. 4s: 2d. per diem ordered to each regiment now quartered at the Mewse for fire and candle,f. 5b. many recusants and other disaffected persons are seized on in the severall counties, and all the regiments of foote here are recruiting. The guards at Whitehall and else where in the Citty are doubled; the ground hereof is said will suddenly be declared. Collonel Goffe is made Major Generall, and ordered to have his late regiment of foote; his now regiment of horse1 and that of the Lord Lambert’s are to be commanded by the Lord Richard Cromwel and the Lord Faulconbridge.
f. 11.Wednesday last about 11 in the forenoone his Highnesse came by water to the House formerly call’d the Lord’s House, where a canopy and chaire of state was prepared for him. There met him the most of them whom he had appointed to be of that House, save the Lords Say, Wharton, Warwicke, Mulgrave, and some others whom I cannot now name.
After meeteing as afforesaid, a message was sent by the Black Rod to the Commons to aquaint them his Highness stayed for them, upon which they presently came to the Bar of that House. Mr. Scobell was then chosen Clearke to the Lords, and Mr. Smith to the Commons, and his Highness standing bare made a short speech, which I tooke; he stiled them thus:
My Lords and Gentlemen [of] the House of Commons.
The substance of it was, that he met them in that capacitie by their Advice and Petition, acknowledging their great paines and industry to proceed so for to a settlement of our libertyes both civill and religious, and tooke occation to speake of the former part of the 85th Psalme, compareing God’s mercyes to us as to them of old. And also made mention of the former bad ministry and the good ministry which is now, and hoped the Lord would still goe alonge with them, that by his assistance they might still be accompted the blessed of the Lord, to be made the repairer of breaches and the restorer of pathes to dwell in. Concludeing that he had some infirmities upon him wherby he could not continue to speake longe, but had desired an honourable person (the Lord Fiennes) to discourse a little more pertickularly what might be more proper for that occation and meeting.
Presently after which his Highnesse tooke the chaire, and directed all the Lords to sit downe, upon which the Lord Fiens made a speech; his stile to them was this:
My Lords and Gentlemen and both those most Honourable Houses of Parliament.
The substance of his speech was declaring the condition wee were in, the mercies we were under, the rocke and dangers and the remedies to avoid them, and lastly the necessity for their assistance in suply of moneys for carrying on the Christian warr already begun.
After he had done the House of Commons retourned to their House and adjourned, and likewise the House of Lords. The Lord Fiens is their Speaker. Both Houses being but in preparation for businesse I cannot give a further accompt theirof. The House of Commons have appointed Wedensday next for a fast, and Mr. Griffith and Mr. Calamy are to preach before them.
f. 13.. . . About 200 of the Commons appeared, and about 40 of the other House, wherein were noe peeres, save the Lord Falconbridge and Lord Ewer. . . . The other House have only named a Committee for privileges, and another to receive petitions, whereof the Lord Pride and John Lord Hewson are members. . . . Lord Lambert and Sir Arthur Haslerigge satt in the House of Commons.1
[1 ]The letters which follow are from vol. xxx. of the Clarke MSS.
[2 ]See Cal. State Papers, Dom. 1657-58, pp. 258, 551; Nicoll’s Diary, p. 209; and Thurloe, vi. 741.
[3 ]Lord Rothes.
[1 ]Once that of Col. Saunders. See Thurloe, vi. 699, 858.
[1 ]The newsletters amongst the Carte MSS. add further details on the first proceedings of this session of Parliament. The first is dated January 27: