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 Martii, 1641.
ORDERED, That the Committee for the Universities be revived.
Privilege- Libelling a Member.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Shawbery shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, for speaking very scandalous Words against a Member of the House: The which Words were proved by Two Witnesses upon Oath: Which were, that, being told by the Mistress of the Spread-eagle in Gracechurch-street, that she hoped to see him upon his Knees, for some Words spoke by him against Mr. Pym, a Member of this House, he replied, "That he would cut his Throat, and his Sinews in pieces, before he would down of his Knees in that sort;" and did call the said Mr. Pym, "King Pym, and Rascal." Another Witness saith, that he said, "he could find in his Heart to cut King Pym in pieces."
Reflections on Members.
Ordered, That the Informations received by Mr. Blakiston, of Words spoken against Members of this House, be referred to the Committee for Informations.
Privilege- Punishing Shawbery.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Tho. Shawbery shall be fined One hundred Pounds to his Majesty, and be committed a Prisoner to the Gatehouse; there to remain till he has paid the Fine: And that Dr. Eden shall write to the University, to desire them, from this House, not to admit him to farther degree.
He was again called in; and kneeling at the Bar, Mr. Speaker pronounced Sentence against him accordingly.
Letter from the King- Naval Appointment.
Sir Hen. Vane junior reports, that the Lord Admiral, last Night, received a Letter from his Majesty, signifying his Pleasure, that Sir Jo. Penington hath deserved so well, and his Majesty reposes so much Confidence in him, as (though the Earl of Warwicke be a Man of Honour) yet he could give an Approbation to no other to be Commander in Chief under the Lord Admiral, but Sir Jo. Pennington.
Resolved, That this House doth adhere to their former Vote, that the Earl of Warwick should command this Fleet in Chief, under the Lord Admiral; and that the Lords be desired to join in that Vote: And Sir H. Vane junior is appointed to go to the Lords with this Message: And likewise to desire the Lords to send down the Names of such as they think fit to appoint, to be their Deputy Lieutenants.
Ordered, That Sir Lewis Dive's Committee be revived, as to the Election of Andevor; and do sit on Friday Morning, at Eight of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And that Mr. Bond, Sir Ph. Stapleton, Mr. Long, Mr. Green, Sir Ro. Coke, Sir Wm. Strickland, be added to this Committee.
The humble Petition of Sir Ralph Hopton, formerly committed to the Tower, by Judgment of this House, was this Day read: And
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That he be forthwith discharged from any farther Imprisonment.
Ordered, That John Walker, Simon Richardson, John Harford, Constable, be forthwith summoned to appear before this House To-morrow Morning.
Declaration concerning the Militia.
Mr. Pym reports from the Committee appointed for that Purpose, several Heads for a Declaration:
"That the Kingdom hath been of late, and still is, in so evident and imminent Danger, both from Enemies abroad, and a Popish and Discontented Party at home, that there is an urgent and inevitable Necessity of putting his Majesty's Subjects into a Posture of Defence, for the Safeguard both of his Majesty and his People."
Resolved, upon the Question, That this shall be One Head of the Declaration.
"That the Lords and Commons, fully apprehending this Danger, and being sensible of their own Duty to provide a suitable Prevention, have, in several Petitions, addressed themselves to his Majesty, for the Ordering and Disposing the Militia of the Kingdom, in such a Way as was agreed upon by the Wisdom of both Houses, to be most effectual and proper for the present Exigents of the Kingdom: Yet, could not obtain it; but his Majesty did several times, refuse to give his Royal Assent thereunto."
Resolved, upon the Question, That this shall be One other Head of the Declaration.
3. "That, in this Case of extreme Danger, and of his Majesty's Refusal, the Ordinance agreed on by both Houses for the Militia, doth oblige the People, and ought to be obeyed by the fundamental Laws of this Kingdom."
Resolved, That this shall be One Head of the Declaration.
Resolved, That this House shall desire the Lords to join with this House in these Votes.
Coats, &c. stayed.
Mr. Peck and Mr. Prince, informed the House, that he had made Stay of Nine Hampers of Coats and Caps, that were brought from Sir John Wyntour's House.
Resolved, &c. That such Deputy Lieutenants as shall be nominated and approved of by both Houses, shall receive the Commands of both Houses, to take upon them and execute their Offices.
Resolved, &c. That these Heads shall be referred to the Committee of this House, that is appointed to join with the Lords Committee, to prepare the last Declaration to his Majesty; and that the Lords be moved to refer the same to the Committee of their House, appointed for that Purpose.
Mr. Fynes is ordered to carry up all these Votes to the Lords.
Answer from- Lords.
Sir Hen. Vane the younger bringeth Answer, That he received from the Lord Keeper this Answer; That for the First Part, concerning the Earl of Warwicke, they do agree with this House: For the Second Part, concerning the Deputy Lieutenants, they have taken Order that the several Lieutenants shall deliver the Names of the Deputy Lieutenants to the Knights of the Shires, or Burgesses of every County, Members of this House.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Widdrington and those Gentlemen that were formerly appointed to peruse and put into a Method, the Extracts of the Letters out of Ireland, do fit the same to be printed; and that it be printed accordingly.
Mr. Glyn, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Walth. Long, Mr. Hollis, Mr. Strode, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Holland, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Ven, Alderman Pennington, Mr. Vassal, Mr. Pierrepoint, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Martin. Lumley, Mr. Green, Mr. Griffith;
This Committee is presently to withdraw into the Inner Court of Wards, to consider of the Grievances this Day presented by the Common Council of London: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, &c.
Affairs in Yorkshire.
Sir Ph. Sapleton informed the House, that he was advertised by the High Sheriff of the County of Yorke, that there is an Endeavour, in some Persons, to possess the County that their Petition to this House had ill Acceptance; and that this House was satisfied they stood not in need of their Billet-money, in regard of their free Offer to muster some of their Trained Bands, at their own Charge, for a Time; and lastly, that this House did much dislike the Setting up of Lectures in those Places.
Ordered, That Sir Ph. Stapleton, Mr. Hampden, Sir Hugh Cholmley, and Sir Wm. Strickland, do draw the Form of a Letter to be sent by Mr. Speaker, from this House, to the County of Yorke, to satisfy them of the Well-acceptance of their Petition by this House.
Answer to the King.
Sir Wm. Lewis reports from the Committee the Answer to his Majesty's Reply, concerning Persons passed into Ireland by Licences under his Majesty's Hand: Which was read: And
Resolved, upon the Question, That it should be the Answer to his Majesty's Reply: And ordered to be fair written, to be sent unto his Majesty.
Lord Compton and Mr. Bainton are appointed to carry this Answer; and to present it to his Majesty.
Upon Mr. Green's Report from the Committee for the Navy;
Resolved, upon the Question, That, whereas the present Collectors of the Customs have made an Account, by Estimate, from Christmas 1640 till Christmas 1641, that they now make a particular and perfect Account of that whole Year, with the Auditors of the Impress, and bring it to the Committee.
Resolved, upon the Question, That, out of the Ninetyfive thousand Pounds received by the present Collectors of the Customs, from the Twenty-fifth of December 1640 to the Twenty-fifth of May 1641, that they do pay the Sixteen thousand Pounds Arrear due to the Officers of the Navy.
Book of Rates.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Book of Rates, do meet To-morrow, at Eight ... Clock, in the House; and proceed in that Business.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Fynes reports, That the Lords do agree with this House in all the Votes; and for the Three First Votes they have referred it to the Committee, as was desired; And are to meet To-morrow at Seven... Clock, in the Painted Chamber.
St. Bride's Lecturer.
Upon the humble Petition of the Parishioners of St. Brides, London; it is this Day Ordered, That Mr. Symeon Ashe be recommended by this House, to be Lecturer in the said Parish, every Lord's Day in the Afternoon, and every Tuesday in the Week; the Parishioners allowing him competent Maintenance for the same: And Mr. Palmer is hereby required to permit the said Mr. Ashe, the free Use of his Pulpit.