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, 29 Martii, 1642.
Information against Lupton.
Articles against Benion.
The ingrossed Articles against Mr. Geo. Benion, were this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be transmitted forthwith to the Lords, at a Conference: And Mr. Serjeant Wilde is to manage the Conference.
Lord Lieutenants, &c.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you these Two Papers; the One a Draught of a Commission to the Lords Lieutenants of the several Counties; and the other, a Form of a Deputation from the Lords Lieute- nants to the Deputy Lieutenants: The Lords have as- sented; and desire your Concurrence, if you think fit.
"That on Monday, before the Assizes, something was spoken at large, of naming a Grand Inquest; besides, a good Grand Inquest was desired by the Judge: Sir Edw. Deeringe first stood up, and offered himself to serve for the Body of the County:Some others stood up, and would not serve; Sir Roger Twisden and some others that were of the Commission of Oyer and Terminer, could not serve. Then Sir Geo. Strode stood up, and offered himself: Then I stood up, and offered myself; because I conceived some- thing was on foot; and I desired to see the Play. There were Ten of us went off the Bench; we were Nineteen, in all, of the Grand Inquest: We met: and, after Dis- patch of the general Business, a Motion was made for a Petition, but no Heads declared; but that a Petition might be framed. Myself and others spoke against it; because we should contradict the Petition already de- livered by the County to the Parliament. Some Heads of a Petition was presented next Day by Sir Ed. Deer- inge and Sir Geo. Strode, somewhat differing from the Petition: Some of the Heads were so high, that I wish I might not reveal them myself; and those, on my Opi- nion, did contract them into a Writing. Of the Nine- teen of the Inquest, Nine of us did protest against it. I have here their Names in Writing, under their own Hands, to that Purpose. Some of the Heads pre- pared to be a Ground of the Petition, were: That a Synod be called only of Divines; That the Book of Common.... (penned by the Inspiration of the /?/ Ghost) might not be altered; That they may not be bound by an Order of both Houses, touching the Militia, without the King's Consent; That they might be freed from arbitrary Power; That Cause might be shewn, why this House had cast Sir Edw. Deeringe out of the House; and other Particulars, which I cannot punctually remember: But That of the Holy Ghost, and shewing Cause for Sir Edw. Deering's Expulsion, was, upon Debate, omitted. The Petition being framed, and opposed by Nine of us; they caused us to withdraw: When the Petition was delivered at the Bar by the Grand Inquest, those of us that were against it, desired the Judge to take notice that they were not all of Opinion with him that spoke first: They said they would post our Names: We said, we then would post their Names. One said, they would meet on Blackheath, 23° April, with Forty thousand People."
Mr. Blount was again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, told him: "That the House has considered of your Relation; and, in all your Proceedings in this Business, they do commend your Judgment; and, for your Care of the Peace of the County,and Respects to this House, they give you many Thanks:"- And did desire him to attend a little longer; for that the House conceived, there would be occasion to examine him before a Committee of both Houses
Resolved, upon the Question, That Dr. Shelden. Mr. Higgins, Mr. Copley, Ministers; and Dr. Piers, Doctor of the Civil Law; be forthwith sent for as Delinquents, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Crumpe, Minister, shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, for being very active in contriving, framing, and advancing the Petition at the Assizes at Maidston
Royal Assent to a Bill.
The Gentleman Usher of the House of the Lords came and acquainted the Hou;e, that the Lords were ready to give his Majesty's Assent to the Bill of Tonage and Poundage, by Commission: And desired Mr. Speaker and the House to be present.
Affairs in somersettshire.
A Letter from Mr. Wm. Dey, dated from Holeditch' near Chard, March Twenty-fourth, 1641, written to Mr. Ven, a Member of this House, concerning some Words of Siding, uttered in Somersettshire, of the King's Side and the Parliament: A Part of a Letter, written to Mr. Pime, much to the same Purpose, was likewise read; of some such Message that was sent, as it is written, from Sir Jo. Stoell and Mr. Coventry to Mr. Lutterell.
Persons to attend.
Leave of Absence.
Affairs in Monmouth.
Ordered, That the Justices of Peace for the County of Monmouth be required, from this House, to see the former Order of this House put in Execution, for the Removing the Magazine for the County of Monmouth, from the Town of Monmouth to Newporte in the said County.
And it is further Ordered, That the High Sheriff and Justices of Peace for that County do take a present and special Care, for the Disarming the Recusants in that County, according to the Ordinance of Parliament; and do give an Account to this House, what was done upon the Ordinance for Disarming of Recusants, when it came first out; and what they shall now do, and do find, upon this Order; and to see that Order further put in Execution.
Person to attend.
Publishing King's Papers.
This Committee is to consider of some Heads for a Conference to be had with the Lords, concerning the King's sending Warrants, under his own Hand to the several Sheriffs of the several Counties of this Kingdom, for the Publishing of Books, Messages, and Writings, concerning the Parliament or the Publishing of any other Command, concerning the Parliament; and to present the same to this House.
And the Petition was read; as also a Copy of the Petition which they intended to present to the Lords; wherein they desired the Approbation of this House: And also the Copy of the Petition which this County presented to the King, as he passed that County to Yorke, to beseech his Return to Parliament, was likewise read.
Mr. Speaker told them, (after they were called in again) "That this House had read their Petition, directed to this House; and was very sensible of the Expressions therein, of their Care of the Commonwealth, and of their Respects to this House in particular: And therefore was commanded to return them Thanks: And also to let them know, that it was very acceptable to this House, their Petitioning his Majesty to return to his Parliament; a thing so much desired and necessary, at this Time, for settling the Affairs of the Kingdom: And further, that this House doth give Approbation of their Petition to the Lords; and leaves it to their Discretion for the Preferring thereof."
Crosse's, &c. Examinations.
That the Lord Keeper first tendered a Letter from his Majesty to be read, directed to himself, dated from Yorke the Twenty-sixth of March, concerning the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland's speedy Repair into Ireland: That the
Lord Lieutenant said, he was very desirous to be gone into Ireland: He hath not yet received his Instructions from his Majesty: That he desires all things may be so provided for his going, that he may take the Field when he comes there: That when he had the Honour to be employed as an Ambassador in France, there were Arrears due unto him from the King for his Service; which he desired might be taken into Consideration, that he might therewith discharge that which he is bound to pay to others.
Ordered, That Mr. Solicitor, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Glyn, Sir Walth. Erle, do withdraw, and consider what is fit to be allowed to the Sheriffs, and others employed in the Receiving and Collecting of the Monies that shall come in upon the Bill, concerning the Propositions: And to consider how that Allowance may stand with the former Act.
Mr. Pym informed the House that Dr. Gifford, an English Doctor in Physick, who is out in Rebellion, has a good Estate in England: And that one Jackman, in the Convent Garden, receives his Rents; who, as it is probable, has, at this Time, a good considerable Sum in his Hands.
Ordered, That Mr. Jackman be required, that such Monies as he has in his Hands, or shall receive, of Dr. Gifford's, that he do forbear to pay them forth unto any Man, upon any Bill of Exchange, or otherwise, until he shall receive further Order from this House.
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Worthington is well and duly elected Fellow of Emanuell College in Cambridge; and shall be forthwith pronounced Fellow by the Master of the said College, according to the Statutes: And Mr. Worthington is accordingly to be admitted Fellow of the said College.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Wright, Mr. Hall, and Mr. Holbech, superannuated Fellows of Emanuell College, in Cambridge, are non Socii, according to the Statute de Mora Sociorum; any Dispensation to the contrary notwithstanding: And that the Master and Fellows of the said College are to pronounce them non Socii, according to the said Statute: And are to proceed to an Election of others in their Places.
Trial of Judge Bartlett.
That Mr. Pierrepoint do go to the Lords, to acquaint .....that, in regard that the Witnesses to be produced in the Case of Judge Bartlett, are far remote out of Town, to desire them to appoint another Day for his Trial: And he went up accordingly with this Message.
Mr. Glyn, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Hill, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Crue, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Holborne, Mr. White, Mr.Pelham, are added to Mr. Pierrepoint, to manage the Evidence at the Trial of Judge Bartlett.
Member to attend.
Eaton's &c. Petitions.
Ordered, That the several Petitions of Geo. Eaton, of West Chester, Mariner; of Rob. Linch, of Galloway, Merchant; of Patrick and Dominic Linche, of Galloway, Merchants; of Dominick Bodkin, and others, of Galloway, Merchants; and of Terlagh Obryan, and Joseph Everard, Gentlemen; be referred to the Consideration of the Lord Admiral, to do therein as his Lordship, in his Judgment, shall think fitting.
Ld. Harbert, &c.
Ordered, That the Informations in Writing, delivered to this House, concerning the Lord Harbert and others, of the County of Monmouth, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Informations.
This Committee is to consider of the Parts of his Majesty's last Declaration, and the Message from both Houses to his Majesty, presented at Newmarket; and to prepare something, and present it to the House, that may set forth the Clearness of the Intentions of the Parliament, and discover the Mistakes, and give his Majesty and the Kingdom the best Satisfaction that may be: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Six of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards: And so, from time to time, as they shall think fit.
A Letter of the Two-and-twentieth of March, from Henry Horsley and Reynold Horsley, directed, as is informed, to Captain Ogle, intimating, that there was a Petition walking in Northumberland, that might prove of bad Consequence; and that Sir Jo. Dallavall, and Mr. Edw. Gray, should be very active in the Advancing of this Petition.
It is farther Ordered, That Captain Ogle, to whom this Information came, may take some speedy Course, that the Witnesses that are to be produced to make good this Information, may be here with all Speed.
Trial of Judge Bartlett.
Scotch Forces for Ireland.
Mr. Pym reports, that the Lords had taken into Consideration the necessary Supply, that was expected from Scotland to go into Ireland: That they heard nothing yet of their Arrival: That they had given Order to the Lords of their House, that are Commissioners to treat with the Scolls Commissioners, to speak with them concerning it: And they bring Answer, That they have been at Sea several times, and beat back with foul Weather: The Lords likewise desired this House to take the whole Business of Ireland into their speedy Care.
Bishops of Durham, &c.
Reducing Irish Rebels.
Mr. Whittlock reports the Amendments to the Lords Additions to the Bill, concerning the Explanation of some Clauses in the Bill for effectual Reducing the Rebels in Ireland: The which were read; and assented unto.
Message to Lords.
Sir Ro. Coke carried up the Two Resolutions of this House, concerning Hull, to desire their Concurrence: And was likewise ordered to desire a Conference concerning the Bill of Explanations aforesaid, and the Order concerning the Settling the Militia of London: And to desire their Lordships to sit awhile.
Committee to attend the King.
Resolved, upon * * That this House holds it fit, That a Committee of some Members of this House be sent to Yorke, to attend his Majesty there, in these Times of Jealousies and Dangers: And, that if the Lords shall think fit to send any Committee of theirs, to join with the Committee of this House, that then they may have such Instructions as shall be agreed upon by both Houses.
Answer from Lords.
Relief of Duncannon.
Ordered, That the Undertakers upon the Propositions for the speedy and effectual Reducing the Rebels in Ireland, do pay unto Nicholas Loftus, Deputy to the Treasury at Wars for Ireland, One thousand Pounds for the Relief of Duncannon, out of the Monies come in by the Undertakers: And this House doth promise, that the same shall be repaid out of the first Monies that shall come in.
Answer from Lords.
Ship stayed, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym do write to Mr. Fortescue, and give him Thanks, from this House, for his Care and Diligence, in the Staying of a Ship in Devonshire, and apprehending the Persons there: And that he shall receive Direction, from the Lord Admiral, for the Disposing of the Ship and Goods: And Mr. Pym is to acquaint the Lord Admiral herewith: And to desire his Lordship, that a Ship may be designed to the Sea Coast, towards Wexford, to stop the Passage of Ships to and from the Rebels.