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, 1 Martii, 1641.
UPON the Reading of a Writing subscribed by Sir Wm. Sheffeild, Sir Wm. Ingram, Sir Wm. Belt, Sir Rob. Berwicke, and divers other Inhabitants within the City of Yorke; it is this Day Ordered, according to the Desires of the said Parties, That Mr. Wm. Cooper be recommended a Lecturer, to preach every Lord's-day in the Parish Church of St. Michaell the Belfrayes, near unto the Cathedral Church of Yorke: And the Dean and Chapter of Yorke, Doctor Hodgeson, Doctor Stanhop, and Mr. Jo. Rogers Preacher, are hereby required to permit the said Mr. Wm. Cooper the free Use of the Pulpit in the said Parish of Belfrayes; the said Parties and Inhabitants of the said Parish of Belfrayes allowing the said Mr. Cooper a competent Maintenance for the same.
East India Company.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Governor and Company of Merchants of London, trading to the East Indies, be referred to the Committee for the Suffolke Cloths, and for the Cloths of the Kingdom, where Sir Hen. Vaine hath the Chair.
One per Cent Duty.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor, and the Collectors of the One per Cent. in the Port of London, and all other Officers of all other Ports of England and Wales, shall permit the Merchants to enter, take up, and ship, their Goods outward and inward; giving good Security to pay the One per Cent. in such Manner, and at such Rates, as this House shall appoint.
Specie for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Officers and Customers of the Port of Chester, or elsewhere, shall suffer Mr. Loftus, or his Assigns, to pass and transport Five thousand Pounds in Specie to Dublyn, in the Kingdom of Ireland.
Dover Petition, &c.
Ordered, That all, that will come, shall have Voices at the Committee for Dover Petition, and at the Committee for the Arrears of Recusants.
Ordered, That the Committee for Cheapside Cross shall be revived; to sit To-morrow Morning, at Eight ... Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
One per Cent Duty.
Ordered, That this Petition of the Merchants of London, this Day preferred to the House concerning One per Cent. and all other Petitions and Complaints of any other Port or Place in this Kingdom, are referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Suffolke Cloths, where Sir Hen. Vaine hath the Chair; and to consider what is the fittest Remedy concerning this One per Cent; and to present the same unto this House.
Answer to the King concerning the Militia.
A Message from the Lords * * * *
The Lords have received this Writing from a Committee of both Houses, to be an Answer to his Majesty's Message, concerning the Militia: They have read it; voted it in their House; and have agreed to send it away with all Speed. They have appointed Six Members of their House, Three Earls, and Three Barons, to attend the King; and desires this House to appoint a proportionable Number, Members of this House, to go along with this Message; and if they find the King at Tibball's that they return To-morrow by Ten a Clock; and, if the King be gone further, to return the next Day after Access to his Person.
The Answer to his Majesty's Message, concerning the Militia, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Sir Christ. Wray, Mr. Hen. Bellassis, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Lord Cramborne, Sir Wm. Pennyman, Sir Jo. Holland, Sir Roger North, Mr. Russell, Mr. Arth. Goodwyn, Mr. Nicolls, Sir Hen. Vaine junior, Mr. Grantham;
This Committee is appointed to go with the Lords Committee, with the Answer of both Houses to his Majesty, concerning the Militia of the Kingdom.
Answer returned by the same Messengers, That this House did consent to the Writing brought down by them; and have appointed a proportionable Number to attend his Majesty, as was desired.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Harris and Mr. Snede shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Trial of Mr. Attorney.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde do go to the Lords with this Message; To desire their Lordships to appoint a short Day, for the Trial of Mr. Attorney; and that this House will be ready to come up, and make good their Accusation.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde reports, That he had went up to the Lords to deliver this Message; but they were risen, and had adjourned till To-morrow Morning, at Ten . . . Clock.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde do go up ... this Message to the Lords, To-morrow Ten . . . Clock.
Exporting Wool, &c.
3a vice lecta est Billa, An Act against the Exportation of Wool, Woolfells, Mortlings, Shorlings, Yarn made of Wool, Wool-flocks, Fullers Earth and Fulling Clay; and, upon the Question, passed.
Ordered, That Sir Arth. Ingram do carry up this Bill to the Lords, To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Words "Lords and" shall be strucken out of the Order to the Lord Mayor, for calling a Common Hall, for the Propositions for Ireland: And Mr. Alderman Penington is to carry this Order.
Sir S. Harecourt.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved to join with this House, to desire the Ambassador for Holland, to write a Letter to the Prince of Orrenge and the States of Holland, to continue Sir Simon Harecourt in that Place of Command he hath there; the said Sir Simon Harecourt being at this Time employed in the Service of the King, by the Advice of the Parliament, in the Reducing of the Rebels in Ireland: And Sir Edw. Verney is to go up with this Message to the Lords.
Ordered, That * Gord, now Prisoner in the Compter in Woodstreet, shall be forthwith discharged of his Im- prisonment. prisonment.
Bailing a Prisoner.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Michael Pemberton, now Prisoner in the Compter, shall be bailed, first presenting to this House the Names of those Persons that are to be his Bail, to receive an Approbation.
Ordered, All Committees now on Foot do sit this Afternoon, at Two . . . Clock, in their usual Places.
Vindicating Ld. Kimbolton, &c.
3a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Clearing and Vindicating of the Lord Kimbolton, Denzell Hollis Esquire, Sir Arth. Hasilrig Baronet, John Pym, John Hampden, and Wm. Strode, Esquires, from a late feigned Charge or Accusation of High Treason; and, upon the Question, passed:
And Mr. Serjeant Wilde is appointed to carry up this Bill To-morrow Morning, when he carries up the Message concerning Mr. Attorney.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Contribution, to take into Consideration the present Sending over a good and convenient Sum of Money, out of the Contribution Money already gathered, to Dublyn, for the present Relief of the poor distressed Protestants there.
And further Ordered, That the Lords be moved to join with this House in a Petition to his Mejesty, for the Issuing out a Proclamation throughout the Kingdom, for the Stirring up of his Majesty's Subjects throughout the Kingdom, on every Fast Day, freely to contribute for the Relief of those poor distressed Protestants in Ireland, at Dublyn; and of those that are fled hither for Relief.
Ordered, That the Petition of Daniel Maccarthy be referred to the Committee for Contribution: And they are likewise to consider of the Relief of the distressed Persons in North Wales, that are come out ofIreland: And they are to take care, that the Rebels Wives and Kindred may not partake thereof.
Ordered, That the Countess of Kildare shall have Two hundred Pounds sent unto her from this House, cut of the Contribution Money, for the Relief of those that are come out of Ireland.
Ordered, That the Petition of the several Fellows of Trinity College, in the University of Dublyn, in the Kingdom of Ireland, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Contribution, to consider of some present Maintenance for them, and of recommending them to the University, or some other way for their future Maintenance.
Persons to attend.
Ordered, That Captain Buttler and Mr. Nettersfield be forthwith sent for by the Serjeant, to attend the Committee appointed to consider of his Majesty's last Message concerning Licences, granted in his Majesty's Name, to Persons to go over into Ireland: And That Committee is appointed to sit this Afternoon, at Five of Clock, in the usual Place.
Mr. Murray is appointed to attend here To-morrow, in regard the House cannot examine him, by reason the Lords are risen.
Ordered, That M. Taylor Esquire, Mr. Hyhoe, Mr. Gregson, Mr. Thawates, Mr. Pack, Goodman. Cushirge, Luke Norton, John Wates, John Watson, Goodman Reynolds, and Goodman Lincolne, be summoned to appear before this House, as Witnesses, to testify in a Cause complained of Mr. Nicoll, a Minister, against Mr. Flick, Parson of Hardingham in the County of Norf'.
Procuring Hands to Petitions.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Debate, concorning the Information given of procuring Hands to Petitions in the County of Lancaster * * * *
Leave of Absence.
Sir Bevile Greenvile has Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That such of the Bishops as shall desire it, may, on Friday next, in the same manner as was formerly ordered * * * *
King's Reply on Pym's Speech.
Sir Ph. Stapleton, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Fynes, Mr. Cromwell, Mr. Pym, Mr. Martin, are added to the Committee appointed to consider of the King's Reply concerning Mr. Pym's Speech; and of an Answer thereunto.
Mr. Whittacres, Mr. Cage, Mr. Tho. Walsingham, Mr. Bodvile, Mr. Strictland, Sir Hen. Cholmley, Sir Ralph Verney, Sir Pet. Wentworth, Sir Ph. Stapleton, Mr. Moore;
This Committee is added to the Committee concerning Colonel Hill: And are to meet To-morrow, at Eight . . . Clock, Star-chamber.
Ordered, That Sir Hen. Cholmley do acquaint the Officers of His Majesty's late Army in the North, that this House doth continue their Care in Satisfying of those Arrears, that are due unto them; and have taken care they shall be satisfied out of the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Surgeons Majors of the several Regiments of Foot, employed in His Majesty's Service in the North, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee formerly appointed to consider of the State of the Money and Debt of the Kingdom; and to meet on Monday next, in the Exchequer-chamber; Eight . . . Clock.
London Common Hall.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Commons in Parliament, That the Lord Mayor of London shall call a Common Hall, for the present Advantage of the Business concerning the Propositions for the speedy and effectual Reducing of the Kingdom of Ireland: At which Common Hall it is thought fit, that Four Persons be agreed upon, who shall be intrusted to attend daily at the Chamber of London, to receive the Subscriptions of such as shall be willing to underwrite the said Propositions; and to receive such Sums of Money as shall thereupon be paid; and to keep the Books of Account for the same: And it is further thought fit, that Sir George Garrett Knight, John Towse Alderman, Robert Bateman Chamberlain of the said City, and Lawrence Halsteed Merchant, be recommended for this Service, if the said Common Hall shall approve of them. And it is further declared, That an Act of Parliament is already preparing, for the Settling of the Two Millions and half of Acres of Land, according to the Votes of both Houses, unto which his Majesty hath given his Royal Assent.
Most Gracious Sovereign,
Address concerning the Militia, &c.
YOUR Majesty's most, loyal and obedient Subjects, the Lords and Commons in Parliament, do find their just Apprehensions of Sorrow and Fear, in respect of the publick Dangers and Miseries like to fall upon Your Majesty and the Kingdom, to be much increased upon the Receipt of Your unexpected Denial of their most humble and necessary Petition, concerning the Militia of the Kingdom; especially grieving, that wicked and mischievous Counsellors should still have that Power with Your Majesty, as, in this Time of imminent and approaching Ruin, rather to incline Your Resolutions to That which is apt to further the Accomplishment of the Desires of the malignant Enemies of God's true Religion, and of the Peace and Safety of Yourself and Your Kingdom, than to the dutiful arid faithful Counsel of Your Parliament.
Wherefore they are enforced, in all Humility, to protest, that if Your Majesty shall persist in that Denial, the Dangers and Distempers of the Kingdom are such as will endure no longer Delay: But unless You shall be graciously pleased to assure to them, by their Messengers, that You will speedily apply Your Royal Assent to the Satisfaction of their former Desires, they shall be enforced, for the Safety of Your Majesty and Your Kingdoms, to dispose of the Militia by the Authority of both Houses, in such manner as hath been propounded to Your Majesty; and they resolve to do it accordingly.
They likewise most humbly beseech Your Majesty to believe, that the dangerous and desperate Design upon the House of Commons mentioned in their Preamble, was not inserted with any Intention to cast the least Aspersion upon Your Majesty; but therein they reflected upon that malignant Party, of whose bloody and malicious Practices they have had so often Experience; and from which they can never be secured, unless Your Majesty Will be pleased to put from You those wicked and unfaithful Counsellors, who interpose their own corrupt and malicious Designs, betwixt Your Majesty's Goodness and Wisdom, and the Prosperity and Contentment of Yourself and of Your People; and that, for the Dispatch of the great Affairs of the Kingdom, the Safety of Your Person, the Protection and Comfort of Your Subjects, You will be pleased to continue Your Abode near to London and the Parliament, and not to withdraw Yourself to any the remoter Parts; which, if Your Majesty should do, must be a Cause of great Danger and Distraction: That Your Majesty will likewise be graciously pleased to continue the Prince his Highness in these Parts at St. James, or any other of Your Houses near London; whereby the Designs which the Enemies of the Religion and Peace of this Kingdom may have upon his Person, and the Jealousies and Fears of the People, may be prevented. And they beseech Your Majesty to be informed by them, that by the Laws of the Kingdom, the Power of raising, ordering, and disposing, the Militia, within any City, Town, or other Place, can not be granted to any Corporation by Charter or otherwise, without the Authority and Consent of Parliament; and that those Parts of the Kingdom which have put themselves in a Posture of Defence against the Common Danger, have therein done nothing, but according to the Declaration and Direction of both Houses, and what is justifiable by the Laws of this Kingdom.
All which their most humble Counsel and Desires, they pray Your Majesty to accept, as the Effect of that Duty and Allegiance which they owe unto You; and which will not suffer them to admit of any Thoughts, Intentions, or Endeavours, but such as are necessary and advantageous to Your Majesty's Greatness and Honour, and the Safety and Prosperity of the Kingdom, according to that Trust and Power which the Laws have reposed in them.