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 Martii, 1641.
And some of the Petitioners were called in; and did avow the Petition and Certificate: And referred to the Committee for Cloathing, where Mr. Whittlock has the Chair: And the Knights and Burgesses of Sommersettshire are added to this Committee: And it is especially recommended to this Committee, to take it into a serious and speedy Consideration, to the end that the Petitioners may have a speedy Redress.
Officers of the House.
Mr. Wheeler reports, That they did examine the Account of Sir Ro. Pye and Mr. Glyn, concerning the Distribution of the Monies, collected of the Members of the House, and distributed among the Officers of the House, and of the Courts where Committees sit; and they find it to be just: And the House allows it accordingly.
Sir J. Hotham.
Message to Lords.
Sir Wm. Lewis went up to the Lords, to remember their Lordships of appointing a free Conference concerning the Bill of Pluralities, to carry up the Order to be sent to Sir Jo. Hotham, to desire their Lordships Concurrence therein.
Message to the King.
Ordered, That the Lords be desired, that the Messengers that carry this Message to his Majesty, may desire his Majesty, from both Houses, to take off the Reprieve granted to the Six Priests condemned, that the Law may pass upon them, according to the former Desires of both Houses.
Message to Lords.
Sir H. Mildmay is appointed to go up with this Message; To set down a short time when they will subscribe to the Adventure, if any amongst their Lordships will adventure: And to desire them to sit this Afternoon.
Answer from Lords.
..... That, for the Bill of Pluralities, they will give a Meeting at a Conference To-morrow Morning, at Nine of Clock: They have appointed One Member of their House to go to the King with this Message: They have likewise assented unto the Order to be sent to Sir Jo. Hotham.
Message to the King.
The Lords have commanded us to bring this Paper to this House: "Tis a Conception of an Order, for the Immunity of bringing in Bullion from foreign Parts to the Mint: And desire the Approbation of this House herein.
Merchants Strangers Petition.
Sir H. Vane, * Exchequer, * Ingram, * Harley, * Vassall, * Bedding field, * Green, * Harrison, * Martin, * Ash, * Pym, * Ro. Coke, Sir H. Heyman, * Matthewes, * Partheriche: And are to meet on Friday in the Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And
Answer from Lords.
Sir H. Mildmay brings Answer, That the Lords will sit this Afternoon, as is desired: For the Subscription to the Adventure for Ireland, they will take it into serious and speedy Consideration: And, for petitioning the King, that the Reprieve for the Seven Priests may be taken off, they agree to it.
Examinations of Kirke, &c.
Two Examinations of James Kirke of Bristoll, and Tho. Crane of Plymouth, the One of the Fifteenth of March, the other of the Eighteenth of March; the ... Speaking of Five hundred English that are landed out of Ireland at Salcombe; the other speaks of the great good Services that the Two Ships of Bristoll have done, in bringing Ammunition to the Castle of Duncannon, and in clearing the River of Waterford.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Contribution Money, to consider how the Relief informed of by Sir Sam. Rolls, which is provided, by way of Contribution, in the County of Devon, may be distributed for the Relief of the distressed People that have suffered by the Rebels, and come into that County; and in what Manner: And also, how the Contribution intended by that County for the Relief of those in Ireland, may be conveyed over.
Sir W. Cooke.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Wilfrey Lawson be recommended to be added for a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Cumb'; and Sir John Sidley and Mr. Rich. Browne for Kent; and Sir Jo. Conyers, Lieutenant of the Tower, for the County of Midd'.
St. Dunstan's in the East Lecturer.
Upon the humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of St. Dunstan's in the East, London; it is this Day Ordered, That Mr. John Sympson, an orthodox Divine, be recommended by this House to the Parishioners of the said Parish of St. Dunstan in the East, to be Lecturer, to preach there every Lord's Day in the Afternoon: And Dr. John Childerly, Parson of the said Parish, is hereby required to permit the said Mr. Sympson the free Use of his Pulpit, to preach there every Lord's Day in the Afternoon, according to the Desire of the Petitioners, without Interruption.
Report against Benyon.
Defence of Anglesey.
Ordered, That Mr. Bodvell do acquaint the Lord Admiral with the Petition of the Gentry and Inhabitants of the County of Anglesey; and to desire his Lordship to take care for the Defence of that County against any Invasion: And that it be recommended by him to the Lord Lieutenant of the County of Carnarvon likewise, to consider of this Petition, and of giving Assistance for the Defence of the Isle of Anglesey, as formerly hath been used.
Byron's, &c. Accompt.
Ordered, That the Petition of Sir Nicho. Byron be referred to Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Wheeler, and Sir Patricius Curwen; and that they do take the Account of Mr. Walker and Sir Nicholas Biron; and if they find this Petition to be true, that they take some Order for his Satisfaction, and present to the House the State of the Accompt, and what Course they do propound for his Satisfaction.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Hollis do go with this Message to the Lords; To desire to know of them, if the former Lords Lieutenants have delivered in their Commissions of Lieutenancy: To deliver to the Lords the Names of the Deputy Lieutenants approved of by this House: And to desire their Lordships to make Deputations to them, to put the Ordinance for the Militia in Execution: And to know of the Lords, why certain of the Lords Lieutenants have not sent the Names of their Deputy Lieutenants: Also to deliver the Lords the Vote of this House, concerning the declaring what the Law is, &c.: And to move them to join with this House, to send to the Lords Justices in Ireland, to send to the Parliament, either the Examinations, or the Transcripts of such Examinations, as have been taken there, concerning the Rebellion in Ireland: And
Bills from Lords.
That the Lords had received Two Bills from this House; the One, concerning the Forfeiture of the Estate of Jo. James; the other concerning the Settling a Lease of Eighty Years on Sir F. Popham, &c. the which they have returned with some Amendments.
Articles against Gardiner.
Mr. Long reports from the Committee appointed to consider of the seditious Petition from divers of the Citizens of London, concerning the Militia; divers Articles exhibited to that Committee against Sir Tho. Gardiner, Recorder of London; and likewise divers Proofs in Maintenance of those Articles: The which Articles were read by the Reporter and the Clerk: And it was thereupon
Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Hill, Mr. Whistler, Mr. Constantine, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Walth. Long, Sir Sam. Luke, Sir Ro. Coke, Mr. Martin, Mr. White, Sir Arth. Haselrig, Mr. Jo. Goodwyn, Mr. Pury;
This Committee is to prepare a Charge against Sir Tho. Gardiner, Recorder of London, upon the Matter contained in the Articles aforesaid, and in the Proofs of the said Articles: And are to meet To-morrow, at Two post Meridem, in the Court of Wards: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That the Committee for the Bill concerning the Vintners, shall have Power to add a Clause to that Bill, to charge the Vintners with their Delinquency, and with the Monies received by them.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Committee shall likewise have Power to distribute the Monies charged jointly, and in gross, upon the Farmers, Shares, Partners, and Under-sharers, and to ascertain them in particular Sums upon them severally; and likewise to ascertain upon the particular Vintners particular Sums, according to their Delinquency, and according to their particular Receipts.
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Wright, Mr. Hall, Mr. Holbedge, superannuated Fellows of Emanuell College in Cambridge, ought not to have Votes as Fellows, according to the Statutes of the College.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Hollis brings Answer, That, concerning the Vote, they agree unto it: They agree likewise to the Lists of the Deputy Lieutenants: And they have appointed a Committee to consider of a Form of a Deputation: And as for these Lords that have not yet sent down the Names of their Deputy Lieutenants, they will take that Business into further Consideration; and acquaint this House therewith very speedily.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown be required to ingross the Commission for the Irish Affairs again; and to set his Hand to it; and wait upon the Lord Falkland with it, to be sent by the next Express to his Majesty.
Message to the King.
That the Lords have appointed the Lord Willoughby to go down with the Message to his Majesty; and have appointed him to ride Post; and desire that those of this House that are appointed for that Service, may likewise be appointed to ride Post.
Preparations in France.
That the Lord Admiral had appointed one to make Discovery of the Sea and Land-forces upon the French Coasts: That he had set down his Relation in Writing; the which the Lords had sent down: And they do desire, that the Party employed may have Recompence for his Pains.
Ordered, That Sir Hen. Vane the younger do give the Lord Admiral Thanks for his Care in sending to make this Discovery of the Frenche Forces: And Sir Hen. Vane is to consider what is fit to be given as a Recompence, to the Party employed in that Service.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Serjeant Wilde, Mr. John Goodwyn, Sir Tho. Widdrington, and Mr. White, do prepare an Ordinance, to pass both Houses, that every Party that subscribes, after 20° Martii instant, may, for a time, have the same Benefit touching the Adventure for Ireland, as if they had subscribed before That the Twentieth of March.
The House is of Opinion, that Rich. Herbert Esquire, eldest Son of the Lord Herbert, Baron of Cherbery, who has Leave to go into Ireland, should have Liberty to transport over Ten Horses into that Kingdom, for his own Use: And that the Marquis Hamilton, Master of the Horse, be moved to grant him a Licence accordingly.
WHEEREAS the Merchants and Factors who deal and negotiate here in this Kingdom, for the King of Spaine and his Subjects, for the Importation of Bullion to supply his Majesty's Mint, have been humble Suitors for a Declaration of both Houses of Parliament, That the Bullion brought into this Kingdom to be coined, shall be safely and securely brought to his Majesty's Mint, without any Hindrance: And that no Letters of Mart or Reprisal may be granted, whereby the Bullion conveyed in English Vessels, and without Deceit, consigned to the Inhabitants of this Kingdom, and really intended to be brought to his Majesty's Mint, shall be taken or made Prize by virtue of any such Commission or Letters: Which the Lords and Commons in Parliament having taken into Consideration, do think fit and reasonable, and do require all his Majesty's Officers and Ministers to take notice thereof.
Town of Hull.
THE Lords and Commons in Parliament, do hereby ordain, order, and require Sir John Hotham, Knight and Baronet, Governor of the Town of Hull, not to permit or suffer any foreign Ships to come into that Harbour, before he do first carefully examine and inquire of what Force and Strength they are; and that he be well assured that they intend no Hurt to the Kingdom, nor have Design upon that Place committed to his Charge: He is likewise required not to receive into the same any English or other Forces whatsoever, but those already appointed to be of the Garison there; and such other as, by the Wisdom and Authority of both Houses of Parliament, shall be advised and directed to be received and kept for the better Guard and Defence of the Town, and Magazine therein remaining, for his Majesty's Service, and Security of the Kingdom: In the Doing whereof, the Mayor of the same Town, and all other his Majesty's Officers and Subjects, are commanded to be aiding and assisting unto him, as they will answer the contrary at their Peril.