Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Jovis, 15 Julii, 1641.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Breach of Privileges of tertio Car. to consider of the Proceedings in that Business, either by Bill or otherwise; and likewise to hear the Complaints of all Parties concerned concerning their particular Damages.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Queen's Jointure, to which the Business concerning the Ten Towns in Huntingtonshire is referred, shall sit this Afternoon; to prepare that Business, for a Report to be made thereof to this House, To-morrow Morning.
Committees to stand.
21. The Committee to consider of the Answer sent from the Lords upon Mr. Smart's Business; unto which Mr. Bint's Case, and the Consideration of the Lords Order concerning the Fen Business, is referred.
Ordered, That all the Chairmen, who have Reports in their Hands, shall bring them unto the Committee appointed to consider what Businesses are fittest to be treated of before the Recess, To-morrow at Seven of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards; that they may consider what Reports are of most publick Concernment, and fittest to be made before the Tenth of August next, and present them to the House.
Regulating Arms, &c.
Mr. Treasurer, Sir John Hotham, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Capell, Lord Fairfax, Sir John Holland, Mr. Hollis, * Crane, Mr. Martin, Lord Falkland, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Sam. Rolle, * Owfeild, Mr. H. Bellassis, Sir Hen. Anderson, Mr. Selden, * North, Mr. Cage, * Middleton, * Mountford, * Lewis, Sir John Strangewayes, Sir Rich. Buller, * Browne, *Sir Guy Palmes, Sir Arthur Haselrigge, * Kirby, Mr. Dutton, Sir John Francklyn, * Rodney, * Stoell, Mr. Moore, Sir Fra. Popham, Mr. Wingate, Sir Walter Erle, Colonel Goringe, * Merricke;
This Committee is to prepare Heads for a Bill for regulating the Arms of the Kingdom, and the Musters, and ordering the Trained Bands and Ammunition; and to present them to the House, for a Bill to be drawn upon: And are to meet To-morrow at Seven of Clock, in the Exchequer-chamber.
Ordered, That on Tuesday Morning next, at Eight of Clock, the House shall be resolved into a Committee to consider of the King's Revenue: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind of this Order; and to interrupt all other Business at that time.
That the Lords had sent them with this Message; that they had sent some of the Lords to understand the King's Pleasure about the Queen's Journey: They returned this Answer from his Majesty; that His Pleasure is, this Day at Four of Clock, to give Access to both Houses, in the Banqueting-house at Whitehall.
The Lords have appointed, that the select Committee of that House may, with a select Committee of this House, agree of the Manner of Proceeding: And to that Purpose, that this House would nominate a proportionable Number to their Committee (being Six in Number); and to meet presently, in the Painted Chamber.
Subsidies by the Clergy.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That the Message, Yesterday appointed to be sent up to the Lords by the Lord Compton, concerning a Message from their Lordships, touching the Northern Parts, shall be sent up To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Committee for Forests do meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-court, to receive, and see the Opening of, a Commission returned, concerning the Business referred to that Committee.
Address respecting the Queen's Journey.
Your Majesty's most loyal Subjects, the Lords and Commons, taking notice of an Intention of the Queen's Majesty to pass beyond the Seas, whereby the Kingdom will be deprived of the Comfort of Her Majesty's Presence, have thought good to express their humble Duties and Affections to your Majesty, and to the Royal Person of the Queen, in some Considerations, which they do now present unto You, as they conceive very important for the Good of this Kingdom, and the Safety and Contentment of Her Majesty, whose Honour and Happiness shall always have a chief Place in their Estimation and Desires: Which Considerations are these following:
1. There is great Cause to doubt, lest the Papists have some Design upon Her Majesty's Journey; because the House have been informed, that divers of them have sold off their Lands to a good Value, and used other means to get ready Money.
The great Number of English Fugitives, now beyond the Seas, who by their late Designs and Practices, are known to be full of Malice to the State; and will, no doubt, seek all Opportunities of Access to Her Majesty; and, as much as they can, labour to infuse into her such evil Counsels, as may trouble the Peace of the Kingdom; whereof, at this Time, there is more Danger, because the Affairs of the Kingdom are not yet fully settled; and upon Disbanding of the Army, all Parts are like to abound with Soldiers, and such others, as will be apt to be provoked to Tumults and Seditions, especially in the Time of the King's Absence in Scotland.
That the House of Commons have received Information of great Quantities of Treasure, in Jewels, Plate, and ready Money, packed up, to be conveyed away with the Queen, not only in such a Proportion as the present Occasions, with due respects to Her Majesty's Honour, may seem to require; but a far greater Quantity; and that divers Papists, and others, under the Pretence of Her Majesty's Goods, are like to convey great Sums of Money, and other Treasure, beyond the Seas; which will not only impoverish the State, but may be employed to the Fomenting some mischievous Attempts, to the Trouble of the publick Peace.
That it will be a great Dishonour to the State, if Her Majesty should not be attended and furnished suitably to Her Quality; so it will be a very heavy Burden, in this Time of great Necessity and Occasions of other publick Charges, if She shall be provided in so Royal a Manner, as shall be fit for Her Majesty, and the Honour of the King and Kingdom.
That, because we understand by Sir Theodore Mayerne, that the chief Cause of Her Majesty's Sickness and Distempers proceed from some Discontent of Her Mind, the House of Commons have thought good to declare; that, if any thing, within the Power of Parliament, may give Her Majesty Contentment, they are so tender of Her Health, both in due Respect to his most Excellent Majesty and Herself, that they will be ready to further Her Satisfaction in all Things, so far as may stand with that publick.... to which they are obliged.
That the Commons conceive it will be some Dishonour to this Nation, if Her Majesty should, at this unseasonable Time, go out of the Kingdom, upon any Grief or Discontent received here: And therefore we shall labour, by all good Means, to take away and prevent all just Occasions of Her Majesty's Trouble, in such manner, as may further Her Content, and therein Her Health: Which will be a very great Comfort and Joy to ourselves, and the rest of His Majesty's loving Subjects.
All which they humbly commend to your Majesty's Princely Wisdom; beseeching your Majesty, that, by Your Allowance, they may represent their humble Desires at such Time, and with such Number of both Houses, as Her Majesty shall please to appoint.