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Intercepted letters to the Queen read to Houses of Parliament

In London on May 9 at 3:07 pm

9 May 1643 (Tue) || At a Conference of both the Houses of Parliament … Letters from the King to the Queene, which were intercepted, were read; the first of them imported, that the Rebells (meaning the Parliament as it is supposed) had sent him Propositions, whereunto he thought he should not condescend, yet that hee would Treat still, if they would offer any other Treaty, or much to purpose. The effect of the second Letter was, to acquaint her that hee would make some new Officers of State, as Secretary Nicolas to be Master of the Court of Wards and Liveries, and honest Ned Hide to be Secretary in his roome, in these times he could best confide in them, but they would not accept of those places without her consent. Then another intercepted Letter from the Countesse of Derby to the Queene was read, wherein she certifieth her, in what streights, the Earle her Husband was, and that unlesse she would please speedily to send 3. or 4000. men to aide him, all the County of Lancaster would be lost. Lastly, another intercepted Letter was read, which was sent to the Queene from the Scottish Lords, that were sent by the King immediatly home into Scotland after the Scottish Commissioners departed from Oxford, which imported, that the King had charged them to have Relation unto her, and to acquaint her with all their affaires, and that they would endeavour to raise a Partie in Scotland as soone as they came thither, and that they intended to have seene her, but fearing least they should not passe through the Lord Fairefaxe Army, they were now at Chester, from thence to goe by Sea into Scotland. From which Letters it is most evident, that the King referreth all affaires to the Queene, and is directed by her Counsell and advice, and that the Queene is solely guided by Romish Priests and Jesuites, no man can once doubt of, whence all true English hearts may plainely perceive, who are the prime conductors of our Church and State, even those Priests and Jesuits which seeke to ruinate both; which should serve to open the eyes and understandings of all manner of persons that are disaffected to the Parliament and their proceedings, and to teach them, that by their handing against the Parliament, they strive onely to support the Plots and Designes of the Romish and Jesuiticall Party, to their owne and their Posterities confusions, if they retract not betimes, and relinquish those oblique and destructive courses. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

It was advertised from London, that the Lord Fairefax had intercepted certain Letters written to the Queene, subscribed by the Earles of Morton, Roxborough, Annandale, Kinnowl, Lannarick, and Carnwath, to whom His Majestie had recommended the care of some important affaires in Scotland: wherein they signified that they were going to Scotland for His Majesties service, and had intended to passe thorow Lancashire to Yorke, and so into their owne native Countrey, but found the passage more unsafe then they did expect; besought the Queene that a considerable power might be sent into the Countrey, to increase the Earle of Darby’s Forces, and put an end unto the businesse in those parts; adding, that they intended to goe to Chester, and from thence to Scotland by Sea; and that when they had done their businesse, they would attend Her Majestie at their comming backe. Which Letter being read in the House of Commons made great heates amongst them, insomuch that all those Noblemen afore-said were voted for Incendiaries betiwxt the Nations, all their estates in England to be seized upon, a Committee to be named immediately to be sent into Scotland, to demand jutice against them… || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

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King demands Gloucestershire citizens relinquish their arms

In Gloucestershire on February 12 at 9:30 pm

Sunday 12 Feb 1642/3 || This day His Majesty caused a Letter  to be written to the high Sheriffe and Justices of the Peace of the County of Gloucester: In which His Majesty taking notice how deeply that County had engaged it selfe in the Rebellion raised against Him, and that notwithstanding His gracious offers of Pardon, they had so obstinately stood out against His Authority, that He was forced to send a considerable part of His Army to reduce them to obedience; doth further for the reparation of Himselfe, and the security and protection of His good Subjects there, require the said Sheriffe and Justices of the Peace to call together the people of that County at such convenient times and seasons as to them seemed best, and to demand (besides the monethly contribution which was imposed on all proportionably), their free and voluntary assistance for the support of His Estate, and their owne preservation: wherein His Majesty expected that such as had been most active in maintaining the former troubles, should (for the better testification of their good affections for the future) be the most forward in the furtherance and advancement of the present aid; and that all monies so collected or subscribed for, should be brought in to the high Sheriffe by him to be accompted for unto His Majesty. His Majesty further did command in the said Letters, that all such persons as stood charged with Armes, should bring in all the Armes they stood charged withall, unto His Magazine at Cyrencester; and that all such as had any hand in executing the Militia (against His command) should forthwith bring to the said Magazine all the Armes they had, whether charged anciently upon them by the Lord Lieutenants of that County, or provided lately by themselves the better to maintaine their owne ill doings; with intimation that it should be no excuse to any of them to pretend or say that they had sent their Armes to Gloucester, or otherwise disposed of them by the appointment and command of the two Houses of Parliament, except it could be made apparent that their said Armes were taken from them by force and violence. And finally, that whereas the Citie of Gloucester, had obstinately refused His Gracious Pardon, which he had sent to the Inhabitants thereof, (since the reduction of Cyrencester) and continued still in wilfull Rebellion against Him: His Majesty was pleased to give command, that none of his other Subjects, of that County should have any Trade, Traffick, or Commerce with them, untill they should returne to their former duty. This was the substance of that Letter, which on the Tuesday after came out in Print, with order to be published to all the Churches of that County, by the Parsons, Vicars, and Curates of the severall Parishes. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Parliament receives letter from the King

In Uncategorized on November 20 at 1:44 pm

Sunday 20 Nov 1642 || The houses received a Letter from his Majestie, dated from Oateland the eighteenth present, in answer to the Parl. last message of the fourteenth instant, being in short to this effect, His Majesty taketh notice of the Lord Generalls stopping of Dorset White that brought the last Message from the King and of the Parliament possessing themselves of Windsor Castle, and saith that he never had any intent of Winning the City of London, but to stay at some place neere to his Parliament to receive their propositions as may evidently appeare (as he saith) by his marching from Brainford after he had got the victory. And that now his Majesty hath drawne his forces at a further distance from our army to prevent inconveniences, and doth once more offer to the Parliament, that if they will send any propositions unto him he will draw himselfe a little from his owne forces towards Oxford, whereby they may with more safety repaire unto him and will accept of their propositions.

But if any [say] such words, as was reported, that his Majesty should say to the Parliament that if they refused to treate he would give them battle, there was no such matter.

The Houses had some debate of this letter, and the Lords moved that it might be referred to the close Committee, but the Commons would not condiscend unto it. But ordered that it should be in their House on Munday next.¹ And they them also ordered that two of their members should be forthwith sent to the Lord Generall to desire him not to omitt any opportunity in pursuing the Kings forces according to his instructions. || Samuel Pecke – A Perfect Diurnall of the Passages in Parliament

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¹ Which they duly did: see entry for the following Monday.