Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Issue of Public Money.
AN Order of the Court of Aldermen, concerning the Five-and-twenty thousand Pounds, to be paid by them to Sir Wm. Uvedall, according to a former Order of this House, read; and ordered to be moved, when the House shall be fuller.
A Copy of the humble Petition of Richard Chambers, London Merchant, delivered formerly into this Court, in former Parliaments, and now read:
After this Petition was read, Mr. Vassall, a Member of this House, delivered his Grievances by Word of Mouth, much to the same Nature, as those complained of, in Mr. Chambers his Petition.
Sir W. Erle, Mr. Hollys, Mr. Perpoint, Mr. Rolles, Sir H. Anderson, Sir Walth. Devoreux, Sir Harbotle Grimston, Sir Oliver Luke, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Kirton, Mr. Trelauny, Sir Chr. Wray, Mr. Owfield, Sir A. Ingram, the Citizens and Burgesses of London, Ld. Digby, Ld. Dungarvon, Ld. Falkland, Ld. Grey, Sir Rich. Lee, Capt. Rainsborough, Mr. Perd, Sir Beauchamp St. John, Sir Wm. Bowyer, Sir Fr. Seymour, Mr. Strode, Ld. Cramborne, Ld. Compton, Ld. Rich, Ld. Russell, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Maynard, Ld. Ruthyn, Sir P. Hayman, Mr. Hide, Sir Edw. Rodney, Sir Edw. Goring, Sir Tho. Widrington, Mr. Hoyle, Mr. Warrick, Mr. Selden, Mr. St. Johns, Mr. Whitlock, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Maynard;
This Committee is to take into Consideration Mr. Chambers' Petition, and the Complaints of Mr. Vassall; and has Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, or any thing else that may conduce to this Business; and are to meet on Friday at Two of Clock in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer-chamber.
Advances for Public Service.
It is Ordered, according to the Desire of the City of London, and Mr. Harrison, That, upon the Collection of the One hundred thousand Pounds, to be raised, by Act of Parliament, for the Relief of the Army and the Northern Counties, that the City of London shall receive the first Twenty-five thousand Pounds, with Interest, out of the said One hundred thousand Pounds; and Mr. Harrison shall receive the next Twenty-five thousand Pounds, with Interest, out of the Residue of the said One hundred thousand Pounds.
And this House doth farther declare, that they do consent and agree to the Payment of the Sum of Twenty- five thousand Pounds to Sir William Uvedall, Knight; and do so order it.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Popish Commanders, and Popish Officers shall be continued in Pay, till the Money come down, and no longer.
Proceedings against Halford.
Mr. Richard Halford, who was formerly complained of, by a Petition to this House, and, upon That Petition, sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, did this Day appear in this House; and, after he had kneeled a while at the Bar, he was, by Mr. Speaker, bid stand up: And Mr. Speaker told him of the material Points of the Complaints, expressed in the Petition: He denied little of it. Whereupon he was bid to withdraw: And it was, by the House, Resolved, upon the Question, That the said Mr. Halford, for this his Offence, be forthwith sent Prisoner to the Tower; and there to remain, during the Pleasure of this House: And that he make an humble Submission, such as this House shall appoint, upon his Knees, at the Bar here; and the like, in the County of Leicester, at the next General Assizes there.
Mr. Halford was called in; and, kneeling at the Bar, Mr. Speaker pronounced this Sentence against him.
Proceedings against Warner.
Mr. Geo. Warner, Sheriff of the County of Warwick, who was formerly complained of in the House, by a Petition, exhibited from the Freeholders of the said County, subscribed by divers of them, whereupon he was sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, did this Day appear here, at the Bar; where, after he had kneeled a while, Mr. Speaker bid him stand up; and opened the Misdemeanours he had committed, in refusing to go on with the Poll, when it was desired, at the Election of the Knights of the Shire for the said County: To which when he had answered, he was bid to with- draw: And it was, by the House,Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Warner, for this his Offence, be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Tower, during the Pleasure of this House; and be fined One hundred Pounds, to the King; and make a Submission here, such as this House shall appoint; and shall make the like, at the next General Assizes, in the County of Warwick.
Mr. Warner was called in; and, kneeling at the Bar, Mr. Speaker pronounced this Sentence against him accordingly.
Mr. Speaker informed the House, that, at the Election of the Burgesses for Gloucester, he himself was nominated for One, and the Poll demanded; but it was denied: And it was ordered it should be referred to the Committee for Privileges, to be first considered of, when the Witnesses are come up.
Upon the Question, for the Question of making void the Election of the Knights for the County of Warwick, whether there should be Two Questions made of it, or One;
It was Resolved, There should be Two: Whereupon,
It was Resolved, upon the Question,
1. That the Election of Mr. Coomes, One of the Knights of the Shire for the County of Warwick, is void:
2. That the Election of the Lord Compton, for One of the Knights of the Shire for the County of Warwick, is void.
Ordered, That a Warrant be issued forth under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to the Clerk of the Crown, for a new Writ, for electing of Two Knights of the Shire to serve in this present Parliament for the County of Warwick.
Prisoners in Serjeant's Custody.
The Serjeant at Arms is to present to this House, To- morrow Morning, a Note of the Names of all such Prisoners as he hath in his Custody.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Gold Wire-drawers, which now remains with the Committee for Grievances, be referred to the Committee for Trade.
Mr. Treasurer's Report:
"I delivered That you commanded me, concerning the Garison, to the King. He knows not of any Papist Commander, in the Garisons of Barwick or Carlile, or in any other Forts. He hath given Command to send to the Governors of both Garisons, and to return him the Names of all Papists, Commanders or Officers."
"For my Lord Admiral, he returns this Answer, that he will, as soon as possibly he can, return an Answer to me in Writing."
Sir Walter Earle's Report:
Answer from Lords.
"We have waited at the Lords House a great while; at last, my Lord Keeper returned this Answer,-They are now in a very serious Debate; and will return an Answer, by Messengers of their own, in convenient Speed."