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, 25 Martii, 1642.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That the Petitions preferred by Mr. Blakiston concerning Durham, Northumberland, and Newcastle, be referred to the Committee for scandalous Ministers, where Mr. Corbett has the Chair: And he is to sit upon them on Saturday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Court of Wards: And they have Power to receive such Informations as shall be farther given, concerning the Businesses contained in the said Petitions: And to send for Parties, Witnesses, &c.
This Committee is to consider of the fittest Course to bring and keep the Members together; what Members are absent, and how long they have been absent; and what Members are about the Town, and neglect their Service to the House; and to consider, and to present to the House, what Punishment they think they deserve, that, without Leave, have been absent, and neglected their Service; and to present their Names that have been absent without Leave; and how long those Members have been absent, that have had Leave, and those that have had no Leave: And are ...... To-morrow, post meridiem, at Two, in the Court of Wards.
Publishing King's Messages &c.
Ordered, That the Sheriff of Wiltes do send up the Letters he has received, for the Publishing of his Majesty's Messages, and other Passages concerning the Parliament, to be considered by a Committee of this House.
2da vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the better Maintenance of the Ministry; and, upon Question, committed ... Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Browne, Sir Ro. Pye, Sir Symonds D'Ewes, Mr. Bagshaw, Mr. Whittlock, Sir John Strangeways, * Mildmay, * Glyn, * Pury, * Corbett, * North, * Coke, * Dacres, * Vassall, * Cage, * Rowse, * Ro. Goodwyn, * Erle, * Young, * Evelyn, * Stephens, * Harley, * White, * Moore, Sir Wm. Drake, * Pine, * Heselreg, * Martyn, * Walsingham, * Wray, * Massam, * Corbett, * Middleton, Sir Sydney Mountague: And are to meet To-morrow, at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Ordered, That the Two Frigates, informed to be at Dover, shall be forthwith bought for the Service of the Commonwealth: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Navy to provide Monies for the Payment for them.
Collectors of Subsidies.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Knights and Burgesses of every County be enjoined to write unto the Sheriffs of their respective Counties, that they warn all Collectors of the First Four Subsidies, who have not yet perfected their Accounts, that they come and perfect their Accounts by the Beginning of the next Term: And that all other Collectors of the Two last Subsidies make their Accounts also by the End of * next Term, as they will answer their Neglect therein to this House.
Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler do move the Barons of the Exchequer, That the Bonds of such Accomptants as shall not bring in their Monies collected upon the Subsidies within Ten Days, be forthwith put in Suit against them: And that such Collectors as do not pay in their Monies accordingly, shall pay Interest for such Monies as they have in their Hands, from the Time as the said Monies were first due.
Lord Lieutenants, &c.
Sir Wm. Brereton is appointed to go to the Lords, to acquaint their Lordships, that this House does nominate the Lord Viscount Say and Seale, Master of the Court of Wards and Liveries, to be the Lord Lieutenant of the County of Chester; and likewise the Earl of Bedford to be Lord Lieutenant of the County of Sommersett: And to desire their Lordships Concurrence herein: And likewise to acquaint their Lordships, That the Earls of Cumberland and Lincoln have sent down no Names of their Deputy Lieutenants: And to desire their Answer: And likewise desire their Lordships to expedite their Deputations for the Deputy Lieutenancy.
The humble Petition of the Knights, Gentlemen, and Freeholders of the County of Hunt' was this Day read: And the House well approved of it: And the Knight that served for that County that brought it in, was ordered to render the County Thanks for their Affection and Care expressed in their Petition.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Bagshaw, Sir Arth. Ingram, Sir Jo. Strangewayes, Mr. Pury, Mr. Cage, Mr. Glyn, are appointed to prepare a Bill for the Discharging the Sheriffs from paying any Fees in passing their Accounts.
Safety of Hull.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House does approve of those Forces and Companies that Sir John Hotham has brought into Hull, to the Number of about a Thousand, for the Safety of that Place: And that the Men be paid accordingly.
Lord Lieutenants, &c.
Sir Wm. Brereton brings Answer, That the Lords do concur in the Nomination of the Lord Say to be Lord Lieutenant of the County of Chester; and in the Nomination of the Earl of Bedford to be Lord Lieutenant of the County of Sommersett: That the Earl of Lincolne is very ready to obey the Commands of Parliament; but, in regard no other Counties are divided but Lincolne, he desires to be excused: As for the Earl of Cumberland he is out of Town; but they have sent unto him for his Answer, but have not yet received it: And that they would expedite their Deputations with all convenient Speed.
The humble Petition of Sir Robert Kemp Knight, Patron of the Parish Church of Finchingfield in Essex, was this Day read, concerning their Desire to retain Mr. Marshall, their Pastor, among them, recommended by this House at the Desires of the Parish of St. Margarett's, Westminster, to be their Lecturer.
|Sir Martin Lumley,||Tellers for the Noe, 75.|
|Sir Christ. Yelverton,||Tellers for the Yea, 60.-|
|Sir Ro. Pye,|
Message from Lords.
The Lords have sent us to let you know, that according to the Desires * * *, they have sent for Sir Jo. Pennington and Captain Wake; and that they are come: And likewise, that they have received a Commission for the Passing of the Bill for Raising of Four hundred thousand Pounds; but that the Commission is fixed to the Bill:- Whether this House is content it should pass so, is the Question.-They find, that the Bill of Subsidies passed 18° Jac. with the Commission fixed unto it. If this House thinks it not fit to pass thus, the Bill must be sent to Yorke.
Passing a Bill.
This Committee is to consider of the Message this Day sent from the Lords concerning the Passing the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, and to view the Precedents in the Case, and to consider what will be fittest to be done herein for the Preserving the Privileges of the House: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Two, in the Court of Wards: And to report the Business To-morrow Morning.
Answer to Lords.
Examining Pennington, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed to prepare the last Message sent to his Majesty, do prepare Interrogatories to be propounded to Sir John Pennington and Captain Wake to be examined upon: And that a Message be sent to the Lords To-morrow Morning, to desire that the said Sir Jo. Pennington and Captain Wake may be examined upon Oath, in the Presence of some Lords of their House, and some Members of this House: And this Committee is to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards.-
Reducing Irish Rebels.
Army in Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Irish Affairs, to consider from what Time to pay the old Army of Ireland, and the Recruits of that Army and to come to some Resolution upon the whole Matter, and propound it to the House.
That Mr. Pym shall move the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to send in a List of his Officers: And then this House will resolve of a Time for the Commissions: And likewise Mr. Pym is to bring in a List of all such Forces as are now actually in the Service of this State in Ireland.
Ordered, That the Lords be desired to join with this House in a Desire to his Majesty, to give Order to the Master of the Ordnance to deliver out of the Stores Six Pieces of Demi-cannon of the Ball of Twenty-four Pounds Weight, with their full Equipage.
Sheriff of Northampton.
Ordered, That the Commissioners appointed to treat with the Scotts, shall prepare an Order to enable the Scotts to take up Baggage-horses in Ireland for the Service of their Baggage and their Dragoons.