House of Commons Journal Volume 2: 15 February 1642

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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, 15 Feb. 1641.


Slaning's Letter.

ORDERED, That this Letter sent from Sir Nich. Slaning to Mr. Bassett, be referred to the Committee that is appointed to examine that Business.

Persons stayed at Berwick.

Ordered, That the Letters sent from the Mayor of Berwick to Sir Tho. Widdrington, concerning some Scotchmen that were stayed there, be returned to the Mayor of Berwick; and, by him, the Letters and the Persons, sent to Edenborough in Scotland.

Maj. Gibbs.

Resolved, upon the * That this House is of Opinion, to give Allowance to Serjeant Major Gibbs to have the Place that was granted unto him in the List.

St. Martin's in the Fields Lecturer.

The humble Petition of divers of the Inhabitants, of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields, concerning a Lecturer: And

It is Resolved, upon the Question, That this House thinks fit to recommend Mr. Case to the Parishioners, to be Lecturer at St. Martins in the Fields, to preach there every Sunday in the Afternoon, and every Thursday in the Week; and Doctor Bray, the Vicar, is hereby forthwith to grant him the Liberty of his Pulpit, without any Disturbance.

Payment to Hippisley.

Resolved, upon * *, That this House does undertake to pay so much Monies unto Sir John Hippisley, as shall appear, by Certificate, to have been paid by his Order in Ireland, at such Place as the Committee shall appoint, a Month after it shall appear that Payment of the Monies hath been made there.

Le. Digby's Letters.

Mr. Strode, by Order of this House, had the Lord Digby's Letters sealed up, to carry to the Lord Chamberlain.

Gift to the State.

Mr. Vaughan offers the Gift of an Hundred Pounds, for the Wars of Ireland:

The House accepts it very kindly; and orders Mr. Rowse to return him Thanks: And

It is Ordered, That the said Monies be paid over to Sir Ro. Pye, and Mr. Wheeler.

Supply Bill.

That the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds be reported To-morrow Morning.

Advancing Money.

That a Committee be named, to sit this Afternoon at Four of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards, to consider which way to advance any present Monies; and to consider of the Answers given by the City; and to see whether they are able to satisfy them; and look into the State of the Monies: And it is referred unto the Committee appointed to go into London.

Payment to Jepson.

Ordered, That a Thousand Pounds of the Money to be paid by Sir Jo. Hippisley's Order in Ireland, be paid over to Mr.Jepson, in Munster, in lieu of a Thousand Pounds which he was formerly ordered to have received at the Chamber of London, but has not yet received; and that, a Month after that this House shall be informed, by a Certificate from Mr. Jepson, that he has received the said Thousand Pounds, the House doth undertake to satisfy the said Money.


Ordered, That Mr. King do deliver the Bill concerning the Delinquents in the Soap Business, to Mr. Green, for him to perfect it: And he is to bring it into the House with all Speed.


Mr. Pym reports from the Committee at Grocers-hall, the Declaration of the Distempers, and the Remedies: And it was re-committed unto Mr. Pym, Sir H. Vane junior, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Fines, Sir Tho. Barrington, to make an Addition unto it, according to the present Condition of the Times.


Mr. Pierrepoint reports the Ordinance concerning the Militia, with the Names inserted into it, according to the Order of Yesterday: The which was read.

Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth consent to this Clause, to be inserted into the Ordinance concerning the Militia; viz. "And the said Henry Earl of Holland, &c. and their Deputy or Deputies, in their Absence or by their Command, shall have Power to lead, conduct, and employ, the Persons aforesaid, arrayed, and weaponed, for the Suppression of all Rebellion, Insurrections, and Invasions, that may happen within the several and respective Counties and Places: And shall have farther Power."

Resolved, upon the Question, That this Clause shall be carried up to the Lords; and their Lordships Concurrence desired therein.


Leave of Absence.

Sir James Thinne has Leave to go into the Country.

Letter read.

A Letter from the Sheriff of Yorkeshire, was read.

Yorke Petition.

The House being informed, that there was a Gentleman, one Mr. Bethell, without, that had a Petition to deliver from, and in the Name of, the County of Yorke, a Petition to this House;

He was called in; and did deliver a Petition.

And then withdrew.

Which being done; the Petition was read.

And then he was called in again: And Mr. Speaker told him, in the Name of the House, "That this House had read the Petition from the County of Yorke, delivered by your Hand: They have considered of the Particulars, which are very great and weighty, and fit for a serious Consideration: For the particular Affection of that County to this House, expressed in this Petition, I am commanded by the House, to return unto you and them Thanks: And, for the Nine thousand Pounds mentioned in your Petition, this House hath already ordered the same be disposed for the Payment of the Billet due unto that County, and other Counties: For the Militia of that County, this House hath taken into Consideration the Militia of the whole Kingdom: And, within a few Days, they make no doubt but you will receive full Satisfaction: For the High Sheriff, this House taketh Notice of his Forwardness in the Taking of the Protestation; and likewise of the Justices of Peace, and others of the Gentry of that Court, that did take it at the same time; and of the Sheriff's Care to distribute the same, to be taken in all Parts of the County. I am likewise commanded to give you Notice, that you shall receive a Letter from me, whereby this House will express to the Sheriff and County of Yorke their Thanks."

He then preferred the Copies of Two Petitions to be presented, One to his Majesty, the other to the House of Lords; of which he desired the Approbation of this House, and the Direction for the Delivery.

He then withdrew; And the Petitions were read.

He was then called in again * * * *

Lord Fairefaxe, Sir Jo. Hotham, Sir Wm. Savile, Sir Hugh Cholmeley, Mr. Bellassis, Sir Ph. Stapilton;

This Committee is to confer with my Lord Chamberlain about the Militia of Yorkeshire: And likewise to prepare a Letter, to be sent from Mr. Speaker to the Sheriff of Yorkeshire.

Arms seized at Hull.

A Letter from Mr. Delves, concerning Arms seized at Hull, directed unto him, was read; wherein he did avow, that an Hundred and Eighty-two Arms were, by his Warrant and Authority, provided for him.

Ld. Digby's Letters, &c.

The Letters that came from the Lord Digby which were sealed up, were, by Order, broke up and read.

Sir Lewis Dive was called to the Bar: And Mr. Speaker told him, that though this House * * * *

He conceived the Letter to be of his Brother's Writing, the Lord Geo. Digby.

He received a Letter from the Lord Geo. Digby, from aboard Captain Penington's Ship; in which he set down his Resolution of returning, had he not met with some Stay at Canterbury, by the Occasion of Mr. Oneile's Man being discovered.

Ordered, That the Examination of Sir Lewis Dive be referred to the Committee appointed for the Examination of Mr. Oneile, to be examined upon Oath: And Sir Jo. Evelyn to be added to that Committee.

Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Browne, Sir Ph. Stapilton, Mr. Pym, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Whistler, Mr. Crue, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Corbett, Serjeant Wilde, Sir Jo. Evelyn;

This Committee is to peruse the Letters written from the Lord Digby; and likewise all other Informations, and other Acts of this House, that concern the Lord Digby; and to consider what is fit to be done upon them; and to state the whole Business; and to present their Opinions to the House: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And are to meet To-morrow, at Eight of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards.


The Ordinance concerning the Militia was voted; and, by Question, assented unto; and ordered, that it should be carried up to the Lords by Mr. Pierrepoint; and the Lords Concurrence desired therein:

Removing evil Counsellors;

Mr. Glyn reports from the Committee of both Houses appointed to consider of his Majesty's Answer to the Scotts Proposition concerning Carrickfergus; and likewise to consider how the ill Counsellors might be found out, and removed from his Majesty:

Resolved, upon the Question, That all Privy Counsellors and Great Officers of State, may be removed for the present, excepting such as have Offices by Inheritance:

Resolved, That his Majesty shall be humbly desired; that he will be pleased to receive only such to be Counsellors and great Officers of State, as shall be recommended unto him by the humble Advice of both Houses of Parliament.

Resolved, &c. That such of the said Counsellors and great Officers whose Names shall be presented by both Houses of Parliament, shall not have Access to the Persons or Courts of the King and Queen's Majesty.

Resolved, That Mr.Wm. Murrey, of the Bed-chamber, is thought fit to be removed from the Persons and Courts of the King and Queen's Majesty, as one that is conceived to give dangerous Counsel.

Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Endimion Porter, of the Bed-chamber, is thought fit to be removed from the Persons and Courts of the King and Queen, as one that is conceived to give dangerous Counsel.

Resolved, That the Lord Digby, Son to the Earl of Bristoll, is thought fit to be kept from having any Access to the Persons or Courts of the King and Queen, as one that is conceived to give dangerous Counsel.

Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. William Crofts is thought fit to be removed from the Persons and Courts both of the King and Queen, as one that is conceived to give dangerous Counsel.

Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir John Wyntour, Secretary to the Queen, is thought fit to be removed from the Persons and Courts both of King and Queen, as one that is conceived to give dangerous Counsel.

Resolved, upon the Question, That it be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the Declaration of the Grievances and Remedies, to consider of these Votes now passed, how the same may be inserted * * * *.


Mr. Pierrepoint brings Answer, that the Lords do fully agree with this House in the Ordinance concerning the Militia.

It was thereupon Ordered to be forthwith ingrossed.

Stranger coming into the House.

One Mr.Shepheard of Bedford, who came to the House as a Stranger, and hearkened to the Debate, was called to the Bar; and knelt there awhile: And then it be. said, by divers of the Members, that he was a young Gentleman, that, they durst say, intended nothing; but, out of mistaken Curiosity, came in to see and hear; he was thereupon ordered presently to be discharged.

Removing evil Counsellors.

Upon the Question, whether the Question brought from the Committee concerning Mr. Porter, a Member of this House, should be now put;

The House was divided: The Noes went forth:
Sir Edw. Alford, Tellers for the Noe, 107.
Mr. Waller,
Sir Walth. Erle, Tellers for the Yea, 110.
Mr. Carey,

Thereupon the Question, concerning Mr. Porter, was put, as you may see before, among the Resolutions that came from the Committee.

15°-16° Februarii.

Opening Letters, &c.

A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Rich and Mr. Page;

The Lords sent Word that Sir Lewis Dive, who the Lords had sent for, was now attending there; and they did desire, that the Committee of their House, and the Committee of this House, appointed for the Opening of the Letters, may meet, and examine him concerning those Letters.

Answer returned by the same Messengers;

The House has taken their Lordships Message into Consideration; and have appointed that the Committee of this House shall meet as * *

Ordnance Stores.

A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Ayloffe and Serjeant Glanvile;

The Lords have received a Book from the Officers of the Ordnance in the Tower, which does represent the Defects of the Stores: They have sent it hither; and do recommend it to the special Consideration of this House.

Resolved, That this Book, presented from the Officers of the Ordnance, be referred to the Committee for the Navy: And they are to hasten their Report concerning it.

Leicestershire Petition.

The House being informed, there were at the Door divers Gentlemen of Leicestershire, who desired to prefer a Petition to the House;

They were called in: And did prefer One Petition, directed to this House; and the Copy of another, they intended to prefer to the Lords, of which they desired the Approbation of this House:

And then, being withdrawn, their Petition to this House first was read; and then the Petition, directed to the Lords.

The which being read, they were again called in: And Mr. Speaker told them "That this House finds in your Petition a great deal of Love and Respect unto them, and of Care to the Publick; and that you have seconded it, with coming so long a Journey, to express it in Persons; For all which they give you hearty Thanks: And do give a full Approbation of your Petition to the Lords."

Armourers Petition.

The humble Petitions of the Workmen Armourers of the City of London; and the humble Petition of Jo. Edwards, and Rob. Thacker, Pikemakers, his Majesty's Servants in Ordinary, are referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the Navy.

Army Recruiting.

Ordered, That Sir Wm. Brereton shall have Forty Pounds imprested unto him out of the Monies remaining in the Hands of the Mayor of Chester, for the Levying and Transporting of Forty Men into Ireland, for the Recruiting of that Company going by Sea to relieve Tredagh, whereof Forty of them were drowned.