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 Veneris, 18 Martii, 1641.
St. Giles', Cripplegate, Lecturer.
It is Ordered, That Mr. John Storer, an orthodox Divine, desired by the Consent of the Parishioners to be recommended to the said Parishioners, to be their Lecturer the Sundays and Thursdays in the Afternoon; they maintaining him at their own Charge; And that the Vicar and Curate there be required to permit the said Mr. Storer the Use of the Pulpit there; and to preach o' Sundays and Thursdays in the Afternoon, without Interruption.
Ordered, That Mr. Nathaniel Bowles, a sound and orthodox Minister, chosen by divers Parishioners, honest religious Men, of St. Peter's Parish, in the Town and Port of Sandwich, and of the other Parishes there (they offering likewise to give him a competent Maintenance) be recommended to the said Parishioners, and established by this House: And that the Parson, Vicar, or Curate, do, upon every Wednesday in the Forenoon, permit him the free Use of the Pulpit, and suffer him to preach without Interruption.
Members not to go out.
Preparations at Elsinore.
Mr. Edwards, Deputy to the Company of the Merchants Adventurers here, called in; delivered a Letter from one Mr. Cranmer, Deputy to the Company of Merchant Adventurers at Rotterdam, dated 15to Martii, 1641; and likewise a Copy of the Information of one James Henley, taken at Rotterdam 14to Martii, which informs of Land Forces and Ships that were in readiness at Elsinore; and, as the said Henley said he was told by another, That the said Forces were designed for Hull; and that he was offered Employment upon One of those Ships.
Mr. Rich. Gaye was called in; and did affirm, That the said Henley did acquaint him with the same Matter and Circumstances contained in the Information: Henley likewise informed this Gay, that the Party that informed him was a Servant of the Lord Digbye.
Message to the King.
That the Lords be acquainted with these Informations; and that a Message be sent Post to his Majesty, to acquaint him with these Informations; and to acquaint him what Countenance his Majesty's Absence from his Parliament, in those Parts, gives to these Informations.
Answer to the King.
Committee to reside with the King.
Preparations at Elsinore.
Mr. Edwards, Mr. Gay, and Mr. Russell, were called in: And Mr. Speaker told them, "That the House accepted well of this Service, in this careful Advertisement: That it deserves Thanks; and they give you Thanks for it: and desire you to continue your Care in being watchful for the Good of the Commonwealth, They do intend to acquaint the Lords, and to desire them to be here at Two of Clock" * * * *
Mr. Pym, Mr. Hollis, Sir H. Vane junior, Sir Wm. Lewis, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir Walth. Erle, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Ro. Coke, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Pierrepoint, are presently to withdraw, to prepare Heads for a Conference to be desired with the Lords, upon the Informations this Day given concerning the Preparations at Elsinore; and concerning a Message to be sent Post to his Majesty, to acquaint him with these Informations; and to acquaint his Majesty what Countenance his Majesty's Absence from his Parliament in those Parts gives to these and such like Informations; and to prepare an Answer to his Majesty's last Message: And that an Express be sent to Hull, to require the Governor, and other the Officers, to suffer no Forces to come in there, without his Majesty's Authority, expressed by the Consent of both Houses of Parliament; and to suppress such Forces as shall endeavour * * * *
The humble Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and the rest of the Common Council of the City of London, was this Day read; and ordered to be entered in the Journals of this House, and to be printed: And that it be referred to the Committee before named, to make what Use they shall think fit of it.
The Petitioners were called in: And Mr. Speaker told them, "That the House had read their Petition, and received it with a great deal of Contentment and Approbation; being of that great Consequence, and full of Expressions of so much Zeal and Affection to his Majesty and the Kingdom, and of particular Respect to this House: For which I am commanded to return you the best and heartiest Thanks, in the Name of the whole House, in the best Expressions that I am able; and wished he had Words to express it: And, for those of the City of London, that formerly subscribed that dangerous Petition, complained of by you, and are desirous to acknowledge their Errors; provided they were none of the Contrivers of that Petition, nor had a malignant Spirit in the advancing and Exhibiting thereof; this House, according to your Desires, is willing to show Favour unto them: And as you do express your Care of the King, Kingdom, and this House, so they shall be ready to give their best Endeavours to further those Things that may concern the Good and Safety of the City of London, and the Honour and Safety of the King and Kingdom."
Ordered, That Dr. Gifford, the Parson of the Parish Church of Bashingshawe, London, be required from this House to permit Doctor Holmes the free Use of his Pulpit, to preach there upon every Sunday in the Afternoon, and every Tuesday in the Week, according to the former Order of this House.
Sir Anthony Irby is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire their Lordships, that such Lord Lieutenants as have not sent the Names of their Deputy Lieutenants, may be desired to send down the Names, and, if they refuse to accept of the Lieutenancy, to inform this House thereof.
Time of Sitting, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the House shall begin on Monday next, to sit at Eight of Clock in the Morning; and that the Committees sit in the Afternoon; and that the Lords be acquainted herewith.
Tonage and Poundage.
Lords to sit.
Persons to attend.
Sir W. Walter.
Lords will sit.
This Committee, or any Four of them, is to consider of the Report Yesterday brought from the Lords by Mr. Hollis, concerning the Vote of this House touching the Militia: And are to meet To-morrow at Eight of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Counsel in the Lords.
Lords agree to Votes.
Persons to attend.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth approve of the Names of the Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Surrey, except of Sir Jo. Crymes and Sir Antho. Vincent; and does Order, That the Lord Lieutenant of that County be desired to add Sir Samuel Ofeild and Mr. Anthony Fane.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Deputy Lieutenants named for the County of Salop; and doth Order, That Mr. Harecourt Laiton be recommended to the Lord Lieutenant of that County, to be added.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth approve of the Deputy Lieutenants presented for the Isle of Anglesey; and doth Order, That Mr. Henry White and Mr. Wm. Thomas be recommended to be added.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Deputy Lieutenants named for the County of Carnarven; and doth Order, That Mr. Bodvile and Mr. Wm. Thomas be recommended to the Lord Lieutenant of that County, to be added.