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 Martis, 24 Aug. 1641.
Printing Ld. General's Letter.
That Thomas Symonds was the first that printed the Earl Holland's Letter: That he had the Copy of the Letter of Francis Cowles, who bought it of Ambrose Bayly for Two Shillings; and Bayly had it of Wm. Harrison, One of the Servants to the Serjeant of this House. They examined Harrison how he came by the Copy: And he confessed, that Sir Edw. Payton sent him for it to Sir Anth. Irby; and that after he had received it of Sir Anth. Irby, he lent it to Bayly, before he carried it to Sir Edw. Payton; who took a Copy of it.
2. There is a scandalous Pamphlet, called, The Anatomy of the Et-cætera: Nich. Bourne, One of the Wardens of the Company of Stationers, by virtue of an Order of the House of Commons, (finding it printed in the House of one Rich. Herne) he would have seized it: Herne told him, whosoever laid their Hands upon his Goods, he would be the Death of him: He reported these Words twice, and bound it with an Oath.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Matthew Symonds shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for printing a Letter that was sent from the Lord General to a Peer of the Lords House, without any Order of Parliament, after that he was acquainted with the Order of this House, that does inhibit the Printing of any thing that may concern the Proceedings of this House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Rich. Heren shall be sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, for printing the Pamphlet, intituled, The Anatomy of the Et cætera, and for contemning the Order of this House, and for abusing the Warden of the Company of the Stationers, when he was in Execution of the Order of this House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Tho. Bray, an Oxon Scholar, who, as it was affirmed by one Richard Harding, turned that Pamphlet out of Poetry into Prose, and delivered it unto him, shall be sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant attending on this House.
Letter to Sheriffs.
J. Falkland reports the Letter to be sent to the Sheriffs, which was read, and assented unto: And Ordered, upon the Question, to be written fair, ready for Mr. Speaker's Hand, and to be forthwith sent away to the several Sheriffs.
Two several Letters, One from J. Rushworth, from Yorke, of the 21° of Aug.; and another from Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir Ph. Stapleton, and Mr. Hampden, from Stilton, of the 22d of Aug.; both directed to Mr. Speaker; were read.
Whereas this House does now order Thirty thousand Pounds to be forthwith sent down to the Army; the House doth likewise order, that, of the said Thirty thousand Pounds, the Treasurers and Commissioners at London shall forthwith pay unto Mr. Pay (authorized by Sir Wm. Uvedale, to receive such Monies as this House shall at any time appoint to be sent down to the Army) Twenty-one thousand Pounds out of the Poll and Loan Money; and that the Commissioners for the Four Subsidies shall be desired, according to the Act of Parliament, to order the Payment of Nine thousand Pounds to the said Mr. Pay, remaining of the said Four Subsidies in ready Cash in the Chamber of London, to make up the said Thirty thousand Pounds: And that Acquittances, under the said Mr. Pay's Hands, to the Commissioners and Treasurers respectively, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Commissioners, and Treasurers, for so much Money, as by virtue of this Order shall be paid unto the said Mr. Pay.
Persons to attend Committee.
Army Affairs, &c.
The Lords desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, so soon as may stand with the Conveniency of this House; and it is impart unto them, a Letter which came from Mr. Nicholas, expressing the King's Desires concerning the Levying of Soldiers in Ireland: Two Letters from the Lord General, to the Lord Keeper, and the Lord Chamberlain, concerning the Marching away of both Armies: A Proposition concerning the Ordnance and Ammunition at Hull: A Proposition concerning the Queen's Priests.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Sheriffs of the several Counties of Norf', Cambridge, Hunt', Leicester, Northampton, Rutland, Warwick, and Worcester, together with several Cities that are Counties within those several Counties, shall be ordered by both Houses to pay the Poll-money, collected within their several Counties and Cities at Yorke.
Moved, that several Gentlemen should write private Intimations to the Sheriffs of the said Eight several Counties, to acquaint them with the Order of this House; to the end, that they may dispose themselves to a speedy Performance of it.
House to sit.
Sir Jo. Potts went up to the Lords to acquaint them, that this House intends to sit this Afternoon, at Two of Clock; and to desire their Lordships would do the like; if it may stand with their Conveniency.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House holds it fit, that a Letter be sent to Sir Jo. Conyers, Governor of Berwick, to require him forthwith to set the Soldiers of that Garrison on Work, for the Sleighting of those Works: And that the Lords, at a Conference, shall be moved to this Purpose.
Bailing a Prisoner.
Ordered, That Gregory Dexter Printer, who printed a Pamphlet, intituled, The Protestation protested; and was therefore, and for other Misdemeanors expressed in the said Order, committed Prisoner to the Prison of the Gatehouse, there to remain during the Pleasure of this House, shall be forthwith bailed, upon giving good Security to the Serjeant attending on this House, to attend the said House de die in diem, at all such times, as he shall be by the House required.
Whereas certain Reformado Officers of the King's Army were, by an Order of the 5th of Aug. instant, appointed to have a Month's Pay paid unto them, immediately after that the Armies were disbanded: It is now Ordered, That the said Reformado Officers shall have a Month's Pay forthwith paid unto them, according to the old Establishment, so soon as Sir Jo. Hotham and Mr. Scawen shall have brought in a List of their Names, and the Sums due unto them.
Disbanding the Army.
It was moved, That the Lords might be desired, that Proclamation might be sent with all Speed into the Countries, through which the Soldiers that are disbanded are to pass, to repress any Tumults or Insolencies that may be committed or occasioned by them in their Passage; according as it was formerly desired of his Majesty, and his Majesty was graciously pleased to condescend unto it.
Customs on foreign Goods.
Ordered, That a Conference shall be desired with the Lords; and, at that Conference, the Lords be desired, that they would join with this House to move his Majesty, that his Majesty will be pleased to extend his Grace to all Merchants, concerning the Freeing of all foreign Goods, that shall be imported, from Custom and Subsidy, when they shall be exported again within a Year, in the same manner as formerly he did, before any Subsidy of Tonage and Poundage was granted by this Parliament: And that a Privy Seal to that Purpose be sent ready drawn to the Committees of both Houses, to present to his Majesty for his Assent unto it.
Concerning the Queen's Priests, the Lords do conceive, that many loose scattered Priests, when they are apprehended, do give themselves out, that they are the Queen's Priests; by which means the Service is interrupted, and her Majesty much wronged: Therefore they think it fit, that her Majesty should send in a List of her Priests.
Money for disbanding the Army.
Mr. Cromwell went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, concerning the Providing and Sending of Monies for disbanding the King's Army, so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency.
Sir W. Ford.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Ford, that was apprehended by Order of this House, as One of the new Company of the Soap-boilers, upon the Security of H. Weston of Okeham of Surrey, Esquire, and Edward Forde, Esquire, the Principal in Ten thousand Pounds, and the Security in Five thousand Pounds apiece.
Ordinance agreed to by Lords
Mr. Pym reports, that he has delivered the Ordinance to the Lords at the Conference; and that the Lords carried it into their House; and have read it, and assented unto it; And then it was put to the Question here; and, upon the Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Sir Jo. Colepeper, Mr. Cage, * Barrington, Mr. Pym, Lord Falkland, Sir Ro. Pye, are to prepare an Order, and to present it to the House, concerning the Review of the Assessments made of the Poll-money in the Countries.