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, 22 Feb. 1641.
Arms stayed at Hull.
ORDERED, That the Examinations sent from Newcastle, concerning Arms shipped there, and brought to Hull, and there stayed, and all other Matters concerning that Business, be referred to the Committee for Informations; and that, when they have done with those Examinations, they be returned to Newcastle.
Ship to be stayed.
Sir Sam. Rolle presents a Letter written from Mr. Cary, out of Devon, that informs of a Bark coming from Duynkirke, loaded with Wines, Linen, and other Goods, and bound for Waterford, dated February Seventeenth, was read: And
Ordered, That there be a present Stay made of the Ship coming from Duynkirke, and bound for Waterford, and now in the Port of Clavelly; and that the Ship nor Goods be discharged till the Officers receive farther Order from this House; and that the Master of the Ship, the Mariners, and the Passengers, be put into safe Custody: And that the Lord Admiral be acquainted herewith, by Sir Sam. Rolle; and desired, that he would take special Care and Order herein: And Sir Sam. Rolle is to return Thanks to Mr. Cary for his Care and Diligence herein.
2da vice lecta est Billa prædicta; and upon Question, committed unto Sir Jo. Hotham, Sir H. Anderson, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Arth. Haselrig, Mr. Ash, Sir Ben. Rudyard, Sir Ro. Harley, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Arth. Goodwyn, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Whitehead, Serj. Wilde, Mr. Cage, Mr. Martin, Mr. Pury, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Ro. Coke, Mr. H. Bellassis, Sir Tho. Cheeke, Sir Edm. Montfort, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Carew, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir H. Vane junior, Sir Ph. Stapilton, Sir Rich. Anslowe, Mr. Smyth, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Sir Ro. Pye: And are to meet on Thursday Morning, at Eight of Clock, in the Star-chamber.
The Petition of Nicholas Gregson, against John Lord Archbishop, late Bishop of Lincolne, was this Day presented to the House; but not read, nor any Thing done upon it at this Time: But ordered to be received, and considered in due Time.
Ordered, That the Committee for Informations shall hasten their Report concerning the Information of a Petition getting in London, touching those Persons that are trusted with the Militia of the Kingdom.
Provisions for Ireland.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Officers of the Customs at Padstowe in Cornewall, be required from this House, to permit Rob. Warner, Merchant, to transport Four thousand Barrels of Wheat, Malt, or other Grain, or such Quantities of Victual as he shall think fit, Custom-free, for the Relief of Dublyn, Yohale, or Corke; the said Mr. Warner giving good Security to the said Customers, to return Certificate from the Lords Justices of Ireland, or from the Sovereign of Yohale, or Corke, of the Landing of the same, for the Relief of the Protestants in those Places.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Mayor, Customers, and Officers, at Chester and Leverpoole, be required from this House to permit Tho. Strengthfellow to transport to Dublyn, Custom-free, such Quantities of Butter, Cheese, Corn, Victuals, and other Provision, as he shall provide for the Relief of that Place; and that he do give only his own Security for the Transporting the same to Dublyn, he being employed by the Lords Justices and Council of Ireland for that Purpose, as by a Warrant under their Hands, dated the Fourteenth of January, appeareth.
Privilege- Committal for Contempt.
The House being informed by Two Members of a Committee appointed to examine Mr. Rob. Gardner, That he, in Contempt of that Committee, and of this House, did prevaricate, and refuse to answer the said Committee to such Questions as by them were demanded of him: And thereupon it was
Resolved, upon the Question, That Rob. Gardner shall be forthwith sent a Prisoner to the Tower, for his Contempt to this House, in refusing to answer a Committee of this House appointed for that Purpose, to such Questions as were propounded unto him by the said Committee.
Hamilton's &c. Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker shall grant his Warrant for Sir James Hamilton, Mr. Tho. Sinclair. Mr. John Naismeth, Robert Murry, James Campbell, John Bourne, Wm. Nicholson, all Scotts Men, with their Baggage, to pass beyond the Seas, notwithstanding any former Order of Restraint.
Ordered, That the Committee, where Mr. Reynolds has the Chair, to the which the Election of Knasborough is rereferred, be revived, as to that Election: And are to sit, on Friday Morning at Eight of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the fast shall be solemnized, by the Members of this House, To-morrow, at St. Margarett's Westminster; notwithstanding the former Order: And that the Burgesses of Westminster and Mr. Wheeler do take Order, that the Church be provided accordingly.
Impeachment of Ld. Digby.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Evelyn shall go to the Lords, this Afternoon; and there, in the Name of this House, and of all the Commons of England, accuse the Lord Geo. Digby of High Treason; and to desire the Lords to give him a short Time to come in: Before which Time, this House will come up, to maintain their Charge.
Leave of Absence.
Call of the House.
Cannon for Ireland.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth assent, that Six Demi-cannon, of Twenty Pound Ball, with their Equipage, shall be sent into Ireland, for the Service of the Scotts: And that the Lords shall be moved to join with this House, to desire his Majesty, that this Cannon and Equipage may be delivered accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Irish Affairs, to consider of a convenient Number of Horse to be joined, to assist the Two thousand Five hundred Scotts that are to be at Carrickfergus.
And they were again called in: And Mr. Speaker told them, "That the House doth find, in their Petition, a great deal of Care of the Publick, and of this House in particular: For the Particular concerning Bishop Wren, your particular Grievances, they are transmitted to the Lords; and you will hear of him very speedily."
Attorney General's Impeachment.
Impeachment of Ld. Digby.
Sir Jo. Evelyn brings Answer, That, according to the Commands of this House, he had accused the Lord Digby of High Treason: And that the Lords had given him Fifteen Days to come in, upon Pain of Conviction.
Ordered, That Mr. Ashe, a Minister, be recommended to the Town of Ipswich, as a fit Man to be Town Preacher there; and do order, That he shall have the Use of the Church of St. Marye at the Tower, and of the Pulpit there, for the Exercising of the place of Town Preacher, at such Days and Times as the former Town Preachers have usually had, and used the same.
It was Ordered, That the Proceedings at the Quarter Sessions at Durham, against the Inhabitants of Mugleswicke aforesaid, for the Matters contained in their Petition, be stayed, till this House do give further Order therein: And Mr. Moore, an Orthodox Divine, is appointed to be Lecturer at Mugleswicke Church, on the Lord's Day and other Lecture-days: And the Dean and Chapter, and Mr. Bradley the Minister there, are hereby required to permit him the free Use of the Pulpit. And the further Examination of this Petition is referred to the Committee, where Mr. Corbett hath the Chair; with Power to send for Parties, Witnesses and Writings.
Person sent for.
Letter from Lancashire.
French Succours to Ireland.
The House Ordered, That the Lord Falkland, Mr. Prideaux, Sir H. Vane junior, Sir Wm. Lewis, should prepare a Message to the same Purpose as the Message sent from both Houses, to the Spanish Ambassador.
Arms, &c. for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Officers at Bristoll be required, from this House, to permit James Croft, Merchant, to transport Forty Barrels of Gun-powder, and other Arms and Ammunition for the Relief of Kingsale in Ireland, in the Ships called The Fellowship, The Great Mary, and The Little Mary, to be delivered to Tristram Whetcombe, Mayor of the said Town; the said James Croftes giving good Security to bring Certificate from the said Mr. Whetcombe, Sovereign of the said Town, and Capt. Ketlebie, Captain of his Majesty's Fort at Kingsale, of the Delivery of the said Arms and Ammunition.
Upon a Paper that was this Day delivered from the Scotts Commissioners, signifying, that the Lord Chancellor of Scotland, and the Marquis Argile, who were formerly nominated to be Commissioners by the Council of Scotland, were coming hither; and after some Debate:
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That this House thinks fit to desire the Marquis of Argile, and the Lord Chancellor of Scotland, to stay in Scotland, and not to come hither at this Time: And that the Lords be moved to concur with this House in this Desire.
A Letter from Mr. Adam Loftus, Treasurer at Wars in Ireland, of the 14th of February, directed to his Brother Mr. Loftus; concerning the Want of Monies they now are in; and some good Success they have lately had against the Rebels, was this Day read; and delivered again to Mr. Pym, who brought it in.
Bill against Attorney General.
|Sir Walth. Erle,||Tellers for the Yea, 65.|
|Sir Walth. Long,|
|Lord Falkland,||Tellers for the Noe, 48.|
|Sir Ralph Varney,|
A Letter from the Lords Justices of Ireland, of the Twelfth of February, was now read; and re-delivered to Mr. Pym, to deliver to the Lord Admiral: And was appointed to desire, that a Transcript of them might be made against Thursday Morning; to the end that the City might be acquainted with them.
Transactions with Scotland.
The Lords desire a present Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning a Commission that came up to them concerning the Marquis of Argile, and concerning some Propositions, sent from the Scotts Commissioners, concerning him.
Mr. Pym reports the Conference: That the Lords thought fit to explain One Clause in the Commission granted the Marquis of Argile, to be Governor of the Isle of Rachray, with the Addition of One Clause.
The Clause.- Fol. 9. Line 13. After the Word "notwithstanding," insert, "Nevertheless, Our true Intent and Meaning is, that the said Marquis of Argile and his Deputies, shall be subject in the said Isle, and all other Parts of the Kingdom of Ireland, to the Command of our Lieutenant of Ireland, or other chief Governor there."
Sir Philip Stapilton likewise reported, from the Committee of this House appointed to that Purpose, the Answer to the Scotts Proposition concerning the Marquis of Argile's and the Lord Chancellor of Scotland's coming hither.
Sir Wm. Lewis carried up the Commission, returned from the Lords, with the Assent of this House to their additional Clause: And he is appointed to desire the Lords to send it to his Majesty for his Assent, that it may be speeded with all convenient Speed: And he is to desire a free Conference with their Lordships, concerning their Lordships Answer to the Scotts Proposition.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the House shall adjourn itself till Thursday Morning Ten of Clock; saving to this Committee the Power of going to the Conference, concerning the Answer to the Scotts Proposition, to the Marquis of Argile's, and the Lord Chancellor's Repair hither.
Information concerning Wall.
WHEREAS this House is informed, that one Mr. Wall, Master of a Ship belonging to the Port of Weymouth in the County of Dorsett, doth often pass to and fro, betwixt Dunkirke and some Parts of Ireland; and did lately take aboard One thousand Musquets, with Intent, as it is supposed, to sell them some of his..... Subjects in Ireland, not well-affected: It is, therefore, Ordered, That the said Ship be searched, and the said Wall examined, concerning the same, by the Mayor of the Town of Weymouth.