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 Mercurii, 2 Feb. 1641.
Recusants Arrears, &c.
ORDERED, That Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Edw. Deering, Mr. Hunt, Mr. Browne, Mr. Corbett, Lord Ruthyn, Mr. Bond, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir Wm. Lewis, Sir Tho. Coke, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Jo. Moore, Sir Edw. Partheriche, be added to the Committee for the Arrears of Recusants.
This Committee is likewise to consider, by what Means Sir William Wallgrave, formerly complained of in this House, is put into the Commission of Peace for the County of Suff; and by whose Procurement Mr. Sanders, being committed for refusing the Oath of Allegiance, is discharged; and by whose Authority the same was done.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Offley shall pay Five Pounds more to the Twenty Pounds, already paid, in full Payment of the Poll-money assessed upon him; and be discharged of any former Order.
Sir Arthur Ingram reports, that he and Sir Gilbert Gerard, acquainted the Earl of Holland, and the Earl of Dorsett, with the Desire of this House, to have Mr. Endimion Porter put out of the Place of Captain of the Trained Band of St. Martyn's; and that Mr. Cecill, Second Son to the Earl of Salisbury, may be in his Place.
Coat and Conduct Money.
Ordered, That such Coat and Conduct Money as remaineth in the Hands of Richard Snapp, of Lewes in the County of Sussex, shall be employed in the providing of Arms, Ammunition, and Carriages, as the Officers and Burgesses of that Place shall think fit; it being the Desire of that Town to employ this Money to the Use aforesaid.
Ordered, That whatsoever County, City, or Borough, in England or Wales, have given, or shall give their Consent, that such Coat and Conduct Money as remaineth in the Hands of any Collector, or other Person whatsoever, shall be employed for the providing of Arms and Ammunition, for the Defence of their several Counties, Cities, and Boroughs respectively; this House doth approve of the same, and confirm it accordingly.
Delivery of Carrick fergus to the Scotts.
Sir Wm. Lewis carried up the Commission, for Delivery of the Town and Castle of Carrickfergus unto the Scotts, according to the Articles of the Treaty, with some Amendments.
Information against Smyth.
Mr. Whittacre reports from the Committee for Informations, that Mr. Dudley Smyth spake in the King's Presence-chamber, these Words: "That whensoever the King had accused any Man of Treason, that it was lawful for any Man to kill him: That he himself might kill him. That it was lawful for any Man to kill Mr. Pym; and that he himself might kill him."
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Dudley Smyth shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Proceeding sconcerning Ravenscroft.
Ordered, That the Lord Keeper be moved, by the Knights of the Shire for the County of Hunt', to put Mr. Ravenscroft out of the Commission of the Peace for that County; and that Mr. Onslow Wynch may be put into the Commission, in his Stead.
The House doth likewise order, that the said Mr. Ravenscroft be forthwith bailed, upon good Security.
Petition tothe King-Tower, Mi-litia, &c.
Mr. Pym presents, from the Committee of the Lords and Commons, a Petition, to be presented unto his Majesty, concerning the Putting the Tower of London, and the Forts, and whole Militia of the Kingdom, into such Hands as shall be recommended unto his Majesty by both Houses of Parliament: The which was read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto.
Most Gracious Sovereign,
THE present Evils and Calamities wherewith Your Kingdoms are most miserably intangled, the imminent Dangers which threatens Your Royal Person, and all Your People, hath caused us, Your most faithful and obedient Subjects, the Lords and Commons, in this present Parliament, with Thankfulness to entertain, and with all Earnestness of Affection and Endeavour to pursue, the Gracious Proposition and Direction, which, not long since, we have received from Your Majesty. And we have thereupon taken into our most serious Consideration, the Ways and means of securing the Safety of Your Royal Person; preserving the Honour and Authority of Your Crown; removing all Jealousies betwixt Your Majesty and Your People; suppressing the Rebellion in Ireland; preventing the Fears and Dangers in this Kingdom; and the mischievous Designs of those who are Enemies to the Peace of it.
And that we may, with more Comfort and Security, accomplish our Duties herein, we most humbly beseech Your Majesty, that you will be pleased, forthwith, to put the Tower of London, and all other Forts, and the whole Militia of the Kingdom, into the Hands of such Persons as shall be recommended unto Your Majesty by both Houses of Parliament: Which, they assure themselves, will be a hopeful Entrance into those Courses, which, through God's Blessing, shall be effectual for the Removing all Diffidence and Misapprehension betwixt Your Majesty and Your People; and for establishing and enlarging the Honour, Greatness, and Power of Your Majesty.Majesty and Royal Posterity; and for the Restoring and Confirming the Peace and Happiness of your loyal Subjects in all Your Dominions: And to this of our most necessary Petition, we, in all Humility, expect Your Majesty's speedy and gracious Answer; the great Distractions and Distempers of the Kingdom not admitting any Delay.
Sir H. Mildmay, Lord Mounson, Lord Wenman, Lord Buckhurst, are appointed to attend the Lords with this Petition.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Doctor Bennett;
That the Lords have resolved to adjourn till Friday Nine of Clock: And have given Power to the Committee appointed for the Safety of the Kingdom, to sit To-morrow, at Grocers-hall, To-morrow at One of Clock.
Lords to sit.
Sir Hugh Cholmley is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire their Lordships to sit awhile.
Petition to the King.
Mr. Hampden is appointed to carry up the Petition to the King, to the Lords; and to acquaint their Lordships, that this House has assented unto it; and have appointed a Committee, who are ready to attend his Majesty with the Committee of the Lords.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Doctor Bennett;
The Lords have commanded us to let you know, that they have adjourned the Bishops Business till Tuesday next: And have given Power to the Committee that is appointed to sit To-morrow at London, at Grocers-hall, to receive his Majesty's Answer to the Petition sent from both Houses.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Whittlock carried up to the Lords a Letter, presented from a Committee, concerning Hull.
He is likewise to acquaint the Lords, that this House has appointed their Committees to sit at Merchant Taylors-hall.
He is likewise to desire the Lords to join with this House, to move his Majesty, that he will be pleased to grant a Warrant, for Delivery of Ammunition out of the Magazine at Hull, for the Use of those Soldiers drawn into that Town, for the Defence of that Magazine.
Ammunition for Hull.
That the Lords shall be moved to join with this House, to desire his Majesty, that he will be pleased to grant forth Warrants for the Delivery of Ammunition out of the Magazine at Hull, to the Soldiers brought in thither for the Defence of that Magazine, by Order of both Houses of Parliament.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Bennett;
The Lords have commanded us to let you know, that, according to the Desires of this House, they have sat a while.
Arms, &c. for Munster.
Ordered, That Mr. Greene do speak with the Merchants, that have set to Sea Five Ships for the Defence of this Kingdom and Ireland, to take into One of their Ships the Arms and Ammunition designed for Munster; and transport the same thither.
The House being informed, that some Porters were at the Door, who desired to present a Petition; they were called in; and did present an humble Petition.
Then, they being withdrawn, the Petition was read.
Then the Petitioners were again called: And Mr. Speaker told them, by the Command of the House, that their Petition was read; and that they do approve of their Affections to the Commonwealth: And this House will do all things that may encourage them in their Duties, and that may easy them from their Grievances.
Town of Hull.
Mr. Whittlock brings Answer, that the Lords did assent unto the Letter to be sent to Hull: They did agree, that the King be moved to grant a Warrant for Delivery of Ammunition out of the Magazine at Hull, for the Use of those Soldiers drawn into that Town for the Defence of that Magazine.
That the Committee for the Trade between the Two Kingdoms be revived.
Whereas the House has been informed, that there is a Ship at Linne, in the County of Norfolk, laden with Wools, to be transported beyond the Seas; they do thereupon order and require the Officers of that Port to make Stay of that Ship and Goods: And do likewise require the Officers of all other Ports and Creeks, not to suffer any Wools to be transported, upon any Pretence whatsoever.
Arms at Pomfrett.
Whereas Information has been given, that there are several Arms left by the Earl of Craford in the Custody of Tho. Astwick, at Pomfrett; this House doth order, that the said Tho. Astwick shall deliver their said Arms to the Mayor of Pomfrett, to be kept in safe Custody, till this House shall take farther Order therein: And the House does like well their Care in informing.
Stores for Munster.
Whereas there was Information this Day given, that the Charge of hiring Waggons for the Conveying of Ten Lasts of Powder, with Match and Lullets proportionable, to Mynyard in the West Country, and from thence to be transported to the Province of Munster, doth amount unto the Sum of Four hundred and fourteen Pounds; the House doth hereupon order, that the said Powder, Match, and Bullet, shall be laid aboard of a Ketch, to be carried aboard One of the five Ships that is appointed to be set forth presently to Sea, for the Service of Ireland, by the Merchants that have contracted with this House, to be transported into Munster: And the Committee for the Navy is to take care that this Business be performed accordingly.
Scotch Forces for Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Hampden, Mr. Fines, Sir Philip Stapilton, and Sir Wm. Armyn, do pay unto the Scotts Commissioners, Two Months Pay for the Two thousand Five hundred Men to be sent out of Scotland into Ireland, from the Eighth of December, to the Eighth of Feb. instant, according to the List now presented, amounting unto the Sum of Five thousand Nine hundred and Seventy-seven Pounds Three Shillings and Fourpence Half-penny, out of the Six thousand Pounds, formerly assigned unto them out of the Monies advanced by the Merchants Adventurers, by a former Order of this House, dated * * *
Resolved, upon the Question, That the House shall adjourn itself till Friday Morning next, at Ten of Clock.
Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed to sit at Grocers-hall in London, to consider of the Safety of the Kingdom, shall meet To-morrow, at Nine .. Clock, at Merchant Taylors-hall in London, with the like Power as formerly: And also to consider of the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds; and of any other Way for the present Providing of Monies: And has Power to receive the King's Answer, if any be sent, to the Petitions of both Houses, concerning the Forts and Militia of the Kingdom, and the Members of both Houses; and to consider thereof; and prepare what they think fit to be presented to this House thereupon.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Navy do meet To-morrow Morning at Nine . . Clock, at Merchant Taylors-hall: And all other Committees now on Foot, or formerly appointed, to sit at Grocers-hall.
Ordered, That the Nominating of Lieutenant Colonel Gibbs, to be in this List of the Officers for the Service of Ireland, now read, shall be respited, till he give further Satisfaction to this House.
Col. W. Cromwell.
Ordered, That Colonel Wm. Cromwell, nominated in this List, shall be recommended by this House to the Lord Lieutenant, to One of Three Colonels Places now void: And the Lord Lile is desired to acquaint the Lord Lieutenant herewith.
Ordered, That Two Companies more, of One hundred in a Company, shall be added unto the Regiment under Command of Sir Michael Earneley.
Ordered, That Nicho. Devereux, Esquire, together with his Petition, be specially recommended to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for a Captain's Place: And the Lord Lile is desired to acquaint the Lord Lieutenant herewith, from this House.
List of Officers.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the List of the Foot Officers, now read, shall be assented unto, with those small Alterations therein made.
The humble Petition of certain Reformado Officers was read; and nothing done upon it.
The humble Petition of certain Officers of Foot and Horse, whose Names were annexed to the Petition, and who, by their Petition did desire Employment in this Service for Ireland, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee for Irish Affairs.
Proceedings against Sir E. Deering.
The House fell into Debate and Consideration of a Book composed and printed by Sir Edw. Deering; and did observe unto him divers Passages out of it, which were laid to his Charge: And, after he had made his several and respective Answers unto these several Charges, he was commanded to withdraw:
And then the House fell again into the Consideration of that Business; and came to this Censure and Resolution;
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Book of Sir Edw. Dering, intituled, A Collection of Speeches made by Sir Edw. Dering, Knight and Baronet, in Matter of Religion, is against the Honour and Privilege of this House, and scandalous to the House; and shall be burned, by the Hands of the Common Hangman, in Westminster, Cheapside, and Smythfield.
Resolved, That Sir Edw. Dering shall be disabled to sit as a Member of this House, during this Parliament.
Resolved, That Mr. Speaker shall issue forth his Warrant, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for a new Writ for the Election of a Knight to serve for the County of Kent, in the Room and Place of Sir Edw. Dering, thus disabled.
Upon the Question, Whether Sir Edw. Dering should be sent to the Tower;
|The House was divided.|
|Sir Edw. Partheriche,||Tellers for the Noe, 61.|
|Sir Wm. Lewis,||Tellers for the Yea, 85.|
|Sir Christ. Wray,|
Resolved, That Sir Edw. Dering shall be sent to the Tower; there to remain during the Pleasure of the House.
Resolved, That this Book of Sir Edw. Dering shall be burnt on Friday Morning next, at Ten of Clock, according to the Order of the House: And that the Sheriffs of London and Midd' be required to see the Execution of this Order.
Sir Edw. Dering was called down; and, kneeling at the Bar, Mr. Speaker pronounced this Sentence against his Book and him, accordingly.
Ordered, That it be commended to the Care of the Committee appointed to sit at Merchant Taylors-hall, to consider of the Act of Benevolence; and to put it into such a Way, as that the Kingdom may make Use of it, for the Supplying of present Monies: And likewise to consider how Ten thousand Pounds may be raised, and speedily sent for the present Payment of the Soldiers in Dublyn: And likewise to consider of the Citizens Answer to the Proposition for Lending of Monies; and to reinforce the Desires of this House in that Business.
Ordered, That Sir Philip Stapilton do move the Lord Admiral to grant Warrants, for Providing of Ships to transport such Soldiers as are or shall be levied for the Service of Ireland.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved to join with this House, to move his Majesty, that Warrant may be granted to the Master of the Ordnance for the Delivery of Arms and Ammunition, for Sir Charles Vavasor's Regiment.
The humble Petition of Colonel Tho. Lunsford Knight, now Prisoner in the Serjeant's Custody, was this Day read: And
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That he shall be forthwith bailed, upon such Security as shall be tendered to the Committee at Merchant Taylors-hall, and by them be allowed of.
The House doth Adjourn itself till Friday Morning next, at Ten of Clock.