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Captured Royalist colours brought to Parliament

In Parliamentary business on September 29 at 12:20 pm

29 Sep 1643 (Fri) || Tis worth your notice, that among these Colours which his Excellency brought into the pretended House of Lords, one of them was found to containe a draught of the Parliament-house, with the heads of the two Gun-powder Traytors upon it with this motto, UT EXTRA, SIC INTUS, which was presently sent downe to the Commons, who suddenly declared that it was Colonell Spencers colour, and so voted without more adoe, that Colonell Spencer and his posterity should be extirpated out of the Kingdome. And here (to tell you once more what honour is due to these mens votes) I must let you know that this Colour and Motto was not Colonell Spencers, and yet these righteous Members have voted the Noble Colonell and his posterity fit to be extirpated out of England, because (I thinke) he was guilty of Originall sinne. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)


Parliament allegedly refuses the King supplies

In Oxford, Parliamentary business on September 29 at 12:05 am

29 Sep 1643 (Fri) || We were certified this day, that upon a Motion made, that they would give way that some necessaries for his Majesties sacred person might be carried to Oxford, among which one particular was wine; but they (as men that three dayes before had tooke a solemne Covenant for the preservation of his Majesties person) denyed that his Majesty should have any wine. So that having laboured to murther him with their great Ordnance, seiz’d of all his revenues that should keepe him alive, they now most dutifully refuse to let him have meat and drinke for that mony which his good Subjects have lent him. Let all men that have the least sense of honour or goodnesse; consider, if any blessed Prince were ever thus used by men (if I may call them so) who are his owne sworne Subject, whom they can accuse of nothing but this, that he is too good to be their King. Nay, when the Kings Sergeant moved that his Majesties Woods might be exempt from being cut downe and destroyed, that noble and valiant Gentleman the Lord Wharton grew extreame angry that he would make such a motion, and commanded him silence. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Parliament desires funds to capitalise on Royalist losses

In Berkshire, Parliamentary business on September 27 at 11:49 pm

27 Sep 1643 (Wed) || And thus we have brought my Lord, and his remaining forces, to Redding, whence on Saturday last a Letter came, and a Messenger: The House of Commons, at a Conference, moved there might be moneys forthwith procured for the prosecution of the war, and that with all speed, because the enemy by the late fight had lost their whole infantry, not a thousand remaining, but were either slaine, wounded, or fled; a thousand escaping, as is reported, the night after the fight, besides those fled in the fight. Secondly, their Ammunition was almost, if not altogether, spent, and that [if] they receive not new supplies, ships might be sent to lie before Bristoll, Newcastle, &c.  || John Dillingham – The Parliament Scout (P)

Parliament to honour Essex for Newbury “Victory”

In Parliamentary business on September 24 at 12:01 pm

Sunday 24 Sep 1643 || Touching the aforesaid Letter, and the affaires of the Army, the Commons had some consultation, and a conference with the Lords; whereupon afterwards it was agreed upon by both Houses, That a Committee of the Lords and Commons should be that afternoon sent away to the Earl of Essex at Reading, to inform his Excellency what a high esteem the Houses have of the great Honour his Excellency (under God) hath gained in the preservation of the Army in the late Atchievement, to the great discomfiture of theirs, and the Kingdoms Enemies.

As also thoroughly to inquire into the true state and condition of the said Army, that so it may be presently supplyed in all defects wanting, either for Men, Moneyes, Munition, or Victualls; and that they may be the better enabled to pursue this victory which God hath given them. || Samuel Pecke – A Perfect Diurnall (P)

Earl of Warwick allegedly complains to Parliament

In Parliamentary business on September 14 at 2:03 am

14 Sep 1643 (Thu) || It was advertised this day from London, that the Earle of Warwicke had sent Letters of complaint to his friends and factors in the Houses, declaring that he was in much distresse for want of victuals, that his Mariners (never true watermen till now) had dranke nothing but water in foure dayes: and after that, another letter which came unto the Houses upon Monday last, complaining that they are so insolent that he cannot rule them, and that if present monies be not sent them in, they will carry the Ships unto the King… || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Danish ships prevented from landing

In Events at sea, Parliamentary business on August 13 at 11:00 pm

Sunday 13 Aug 1643 || From the Downes it was informed [to] the Parliament by a letter from one of the Captaines of the Navy, that there are three other Ships each of them at least 200 Tonn burthen, lie hovering upon the English Coasts; who he chased, and discovered to belong to the King of Denmarke, and sent hither with Souldiers and Armes to assist the Kings Army against the Parl. to setle the Protestant Religion (if you’l beleeve it) with their other Compeers of Wellownes [Walloons], French, Spanish & Irish Rebells that are already in the Kingdome, they were intended to land about Newcastle but by the diligence of the Earle of Warwicks ships were prevented, and now lie betwixt Calice and Bullen [Calais and Bologne], the Captaine that sent this intelligence desiring the Parliament to grant him Commission and he would use his utmost endeavour to surprize them, which the Parliament accordingly Ordered, and withall apointed that the Earle of Warwick should be made acquainted therewith, and desired to take speciall care to prevent the landing of the said ships in this Kingdome. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Commons agrees on bill to control bishops’ assets

In Parliamentary business on January 22 at 11:35 pm

Sunday 22 January 1642/3 || The Commons received the report from the Grand Committee of their proceedings upon the Bishopps Bill which they had fully agreed upon, and the same was Voted by the Commons in the severall branches thereof, and they then proceeded to the nominating of the Officers to be intrusted for the receiving of the Bishops lands and revenewes, and to dispose of the same as by the Bill is provided viz. part thereof to his Majesty for the increase of his revenew part thereof for the allowing of stipends to the Bishops to maintaine them dureing life, and the rest for the advancement of learning, and pious uses, and they Ordered that none of the said officers to be intrusted should be members of either house of Parliament for that it should not be here after be said that the Parliament should take away the Bishops lands any wayes to inrich themselves, and there upon they appointed Alderman Atkins, Alderman Toose [Towse], Alderman Woolaston, Sir William Roberts, Mr Parker, Master Malbrough and one more, all Cittizens for the said businesse, which Gentlemen being approved of by the Commons they ordered that the said Bill should be ingrossed with all possible speed and caryed up to the Lords. || Samuel Pecke – A Perfect Diurnall (P)