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 Lunæ, 21 Feb. 1641.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of of the City of Yorke shall pay unto Anthony Eyre, of Rampton, in the County of Nott', Esquire, or to such Person or Persons as he shall nominate and appoint, the Sum of One hundred and Fifty Pounds, being Part of the Money which is now remaining at Yorke, upon the Poll-bill; to be distributed to the several Inhabitants of the County of Nott' aforesaid, in Discharge of Part of the Billet Money, due unto the several Inhabitants of the said County: For which this shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Lord Mayor, and the Commissioners appointed by the said Act.
Wine Trade, &c.
It is Ordered, That this Petition be referred to the Committee for the Customers, where Mr. Green has the Chair: And that the Lord Mayor, in the mean time, shall permit the Merchants to enter and take up their Goods, giving good Security to pay the One per Cent. at such a Rate as shall be ordered and assigned by the House. And
It is Ordered, That this Petition from the Merchants Strangers of Dover, be referred, in the same Manner, to the same Committee: And that the Officers of all Ports shall permit Merchants to enter and take up their Goods, they giving Security as afore.
Resolved, That a Committee shall be appointed to consider of the Grievances pretended to be occasioned by the Bill for the Relief of the Captives of Algiers; and to receive Petitions concerning these Grievances; And are to meet To morrow Morning, at Eight of Clock, in the Exchequer-chamber.
A Letter from Downeraile, in the Kingdom of Ireland, of the 5° Februarii, 1641, from Munster, concerning the miserable State of that Province; and subscribed by Sir Wm. St. Ledger, Lord Dungarvon, &c.
Sir G. Wentworth.
Ordered, That the Lord Admiral be moved, by Sir Wm. Brereton, to give Directions that the Ships of Bristoll to have recourse to Dublyn, to see in what State it stands: And, if that they find the Port and River to be stopped to endeavour to free the Passage.
Ordered, That the Lord Admiral be forthwith moved to give Directions that those Ships now upon the Downes may presently set to Sea, and not stay for the Ammunition they were appointed to carry: And that Course shall be taken the said Ammunition shall be sent by other Vessels.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved to join with this House, in a Desire to the Lord Admiral to grant Commissions to such Merchants as he shall think fit, for the Seizing of all Ships and Goods that go to relieve the Rebels of Ireland: And that they may have the Prize of Ships and Goods to themselves.
Persons to be apprehended.
The Information of Richard Lathome, of Bedford, in the County of Lancaster, Gentleman, taken before Sir Tho. Stanley Baronet, John Atherton Esquire, and John Hollcroft Esquire, Three of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace and Quorum, within the County of Lancaster, the 13th Day * * * *
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker shall write a Letter to Sir Tho. Stanley, Mr. Atherton, and Mr. Holcroft, for the Apprehending and Seizing, and sending hither, of the Gentlemen named in Mr. Lathom's Information, who have harboured Priests: And Mr. Moore and Mr. Kirby is to prepare this Letter: And the Serjeant is to send a Messenger express to carry this Letter.
Message to the King- Militia.
YOUR humble Subjects, the Lords and Commons, have, with a great deal of Grief, received Your Majesty's Answer to their just and necessary Petition, concerning the Militia of the Kingdom; which Your Majesty, by a gracious Message formerly sent unto them, was pleased to promise should be put into such Hands as Your Parliament should approve of, or recommend unto You; the Extent of their Power, and the Time of their Continuance, being likewise declared. That being done, and the Persons of both Houses nominated, Your Majesty nevertheless refers Your Resolution herein to a longer and a very uncertain Time; while the present Dangers and Distractions, so great and pressing, is as unsatisfactory and destructive as an absolute Denial: Therefore we once again beseech Your Majesty to take our Desire into Your Royal Thoughts; and to give us such an Answer as may raise in us a Confidence that we shall not be exposed to the Practices of those who thirst after the Ruin of this Kingdom, and the Kindling of that Combustion in England, which they have, in so great a Measure, effected in Ireland; from whence we are daily informed they intend and endeavour to invade us, with the Assistance of the Papists here amongst us. Nothing can prevent these Evils, nor enable us to suppress the Rebellion in Ireland and secure ourselves, but the instant Granting of that our humble Petition; which we hope Your Majesty will not deny to those who must, in the Discharge of their Duties, both to Your Majesty and the Commonwealth, represent unto Your Majesty what they find so absolutely necessary for the Preservation of both; which the Laws both of God and Man, injoin them to see put in Execution, as several Counties, by their daily Petitions, have desired of us; and, in some Places, begin already to do it of themselves.
Attending the Queen.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Rich. Bradshaw, Rich. Urmpston, Rich. Sale and Rich. Shuttleworth, shall be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House: And all Officers of the several Counties through which they shall pass, are hereby required respectively to be assistant to the Serjeant, and his Deputy, in the Execution of this Order.
Ordered, That those Officers in whose Custody his Majesty's Waggons and Carriages at Hull are, shall deliver out so many of the said Waggons and Carriages, with their Furniture, as shall be necessary for the Removing of the Arms to Chester; and that Sir Jo. Hotham........ to be delivered out accordingly.
Mr. Hollis, besides the Answer he carried up, is to desire a Conference concerning the Scotts Propositions, and to carry up the Order concerning Commissions to be granted to Merchants, for taking Ships as carry Ammunition to the Rebels.
Vindicating the impeached Members.
Sir Arth. Haselrigg, Sir Robert Cooke, Sir Hen. Cholmley, Mr. Spurstoe, Mr. Smith, Sir Walt. Erle, Mr. Constantine, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Cage, Mr. Moore, Mr. Cary, Mr. Perd, Sir Sym. D'Ewes, Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Morley;
This Committee is to consider what Course is fittest to be taken for the Preventing of Irish Papists, and others, from coming out of Ireland into England; and how to dispose of those that are already come: And are to meet on Thursday, at Eight...Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Hollis brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Answer to the King's Message; and have appointed a Member of their House; and desire that this House would appoint a proportionable Number of this House. As for the Order to grant Commissions to Merchants to seize and make Prize of such Ships and Goods as should carry Ammunition to the Rebels, they do agree unto it, so that the Lord Admiral may have his Tenths. As for the Conference, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Committee to attend the King.
Sir Tho. Hele and Sir Wm. Savile are appointed to go to the King's Majesty, with the Answer of both Houses to the King's Message concerning the Ordinance touching the Militia of the Kingdom, together with the Lord appointed by the Lords.
Proceedings against the Bishops.
1. The Petition and Protestation subscribed by the Bishops, was shewed unto them: But they were not so ingenuous as to confess it; at least, they would not answer it: But the Journal of the Lords House being read, it appeared, 30 Dec. That Eight of these Bishops that were called to the Bar that Day, did confess it was their Hands: Only Three of them, Bishop of Lincolne, Bishop Wren, and Bishop of Oxforde, were so cautious, that they would not confess it: And Proof being offered at Trial, they did acknowledge their Hands.- Then, to shew the Falsity of their Petition, it appeared by the Testimony of Three Bishops, upon their Oaths, that they were resident then, and long before, about London, and yet did not subscribe nor consent unto it. And, for the Clause in their Petition, that they durst not come for fear of Danger of their Lives, the said Three Bishops of London, Salisbury, and Winchester, said, They did not absent themselves through Fear: Only Bishop of Winchester said, Coming one Day by Water, he was informed People were gathered together: And the same Day they protested, Two Bishops were then in the Lords House, and the Twentyninth and Thirtieth of December. And That Day the Vote passed, "That this was a free Parliament," there were likewise Bishops then in the Lords House.
Ordered, That the Committee that was appointed to manage the Evidence against the Twelve Bishops, do draw a Bill for the Forfeiting of the Issues and Profits of their Estates, Temporal and Ecclesiastick; and the Disposing thereof, as the Parliament shall think fit; and for the Imprisonment of their Persons, during their Lives; and for the Disposal of all Livings that may fall within their Gifts.
Message to Lords.
Message from Lords.
That, by reason of the Haste the Message to his Majesty requires, the Lords have given Order to the Lord of their House that is to carry to the Message concerning the Militia, to ride Post; and do desire that this House would give Order to the Members of this House to do the like: They likewise brought his Majesty's Answer to the Petition of both Houses, concerning the Lord Kymbolton, and the Five Members of this House accused; which they were commanded to read, and to deliver it in Writing: Which they did; and it was in hæc verba:
King's Answer to Petition.
That his dearest Consort the Queen, and his dear Daughter the Princess Mary, being now upon their Departure for Holland, He cannot have so good Time to consider of a particular Answer for a Matter of so great Weight as This is: Therefore he must respite the same until his Return.