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 Mercurii, 6 Aprilis, 1642.
Bailing a Prisoner.
THE humble Petition of Sir George Hamilton, in Custody of the Serjeant, was this Day read: And It is Ordered, That he be forthwith bailed.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Leigh, now in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, be forthwith bailed.
Ordered, That the Guards shall have Liberty to go Home, so soon as both Houses rise.
Bailing a Prisoner.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Rich. Urmston, now in the Serjeant's Custody, be forthwith bailed; who, as the House is informed, hath taken the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy.
Kirke's, &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of Geo. Kirke and Humphry Walrond Esquires, and others, was this Day read:
And Mr. Kirke, who subscribed it, was called in; and did avow the Petition; and that he knew the Contents of the Petition to be true by Information.
Being asked, Why he did not go to a Trial at Law; which he might do, notwithstanding a Petition depending here; he answered, He conceived he had been at Law; and had a Decree in the Duchy Court.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Privileges of this House, where Mr. Whittlock has the Chair, be revived: And that this Petition of Mr. Geo. Kirke and Mr. Humphry Walrond, and the whole State of the Business, and the Proceedings thereupon, be referred to this Committee: And that John Hull of Frieston, and John Kellett of Boston, be summoned to attend this House forthwith: And that the Mayor of Boston do publish this Order in that Town; and that they do meet this Day Three Weeks, in the Exchequer Chamber, at Two post Meridiem.
Ordered, That the Marquis of Haracour shall have Liberty to transport Three Horses into France, notwithstanding any former Order of Restraint.
Powder for Guilford.
Ordered, That Mr. Cordell shall have Liberty to deliver Two Barrels of Powder, for the Service of Guilford, at the Rates agreed upon.
Trial of Benion.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Bennett;
The Lords have commanded us to let you know, that they are ready to proceed in the Trial against Benion, if this House be ready.
Ordered, That such Members of this House shall be examined in this Business concerning Benion.-
Ordered, That the several Sub Committees that are Members of the Committee appointed to examine the Petition framed at Maidston, do meet at their several appointed Places, this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, for the farther Examination of that Business: And that this Information concerning Sir Geo. Strowde be referred to the Consideration and Examination of the Committee appointed to join with the Lords, to examine the Petition framed at Maidston: And that they take special Care herein: And that they shall have Power to send for Witnesses, Parties, Papers, Records, &c.
It is further Ordered, That the Information this Day given, concerning the Proceeding of the Petition in Kent, be referred to the Committee for that Petition: And that the Parties that give the Information do attend that Committee: And that the Committee shall have Power to dismiss the Witnesses when they shall see Reason.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers, That this House has taken their Lordships Message into Consideration; and will send up Members of their House to manage that Business presently.
Sir Edw. Aiscough informs the House, that he had acquainted the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolneshire with the Recommendation of Mr. Grantham, to be One of the Deputy Lieutenants for that County; and that he approves well of it.
Sheriff of Northampton.
Ordered, That the Report of the Business concerning the Sheriff of the County of Northampton, to be made To-morrow Morning.
Trial of Edmonds.
The humble Petition of Colonel Francis Edmonds was this Day read; And
It is Ordered, That the Trial of him be referred to the King's Bench; and that the Witnesses that informed the Words do come to be examined.
Ordered, That this Letter from Sir Walth. Roberts, concerning the Petition in Kent, be referred to the Committee for that Petition.
The humble Petition of Gilbert Seabrooke was read; and referred to the Committee for Contributions.
Scotch Army in Ireland.
Resolved, upon the Question, That a convenient Sum of Money shall be left in the Hands of the Deputy Treasurer at Wars in Ireland, to be employed, upon Occasion, for the Waggons and Carriages of the Scots Army, in the same manner as for those of the English Army.
Resolved, upon the Question, That there shall be allowed to the Horse Troops of the Scotts Army, employed in Ireland, a Colonel, a Serjeant Major, and Quarter Master.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Scotts shall have a Commissary and Comptroller of their Artillery, for their own Army at their own chusing; and be paid by the English; and have the same Pay and Allowance as such Officers of the like Quality in the English Army.
Resolved, upon the Question, That what Companies of Men the Scotts shall send over into Ireland, within the Compass of their Ten thousand, shall be paid upon their Muster in Ireland, though they make not up intire and complete Regiments.
Turkey Company &c.
Ordered, That Sir H. Vane, To morrow, report the Business that concerns the One per Cent; the Turkey Company; and the Trade of the Suffolk Cloth.
Declaration to Scotland.
Ordered, That Sir Philip Stapilton, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Fienis, Mr. Pierrepoint, Sir H. Vane, Sir Wm. Lewis, Sir H. Vane junior, do draw some Declaration, and present it to the House, for the Preserving the brotherly Affection and near Union between the Two Nations of England and Scotland, settled by Act of Parliament, to be sent to the Great Council appointed to meet there the Thirteenth of this Month: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Court of Wards, if conveniently they may; or otherwise, at such other Times as they shall think fit.
Letter to Lords Justices in Ireland.
A Letter to be sent from Mr. Speaker to the Lords Justices in Ireland, prepared by a Committee appointed to that Purpose, was this Day presented to the House, and read; and put to the Question; and by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be fair written to be signed.
Ordered, That the two thousand Five hundred Pounds, due to Mr. Henley, as Monies borrowed of him for the Service of Ireland, and ordered by this House to be presently paid unto him, be recommended to the Committee of the Irish Adventurers; to lend the said Sum upon publick Faith; and satisfy the said Mr. Henley the said Monies.
Sir E. Deering.
The Serjeant informed the House, that Sir Edw .. [a] was missing.
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Lloyd have Leave to go into the Country.
Reports to be made.
Ordered, That the Election for Andevor be reported To-morrow Morning; and the Business concerning the Burgesses of Bristoll be reported too.
Allowances to the Bishops.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Bishop of Durham shall be allowed Eight hundred Pounds per Annum.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Matthew Bishop of Elye shall be allowed One hundred Pounds per Annum.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Joseph Bishop of Norwich shall be allowed Four hundred Pounds per Annum.
Resolved, That Wm. Bishop of Bath and Welles shall be allowed One hundred Pounds per Annum.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Robert Bishop of Co. et Litchfield shall be allowed Eight hundred Pounds per Annum.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Godfrey Bishop of Gloucester shall be allowed the Sum of Two hundred Pounds per Annum.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Geo. Bishop of Hereff shall be allowed Five hundred Pounds per Annum.
Resolved, upon the Question, That John Bishop of Peterborough shall be allowed One hundred Pounds per Annum.
Resolved, upon the Question, that Rob. Bishop of Oxon shall be allowed One hundred Pounds per Annum.
Resolved, upon the Question, That John Bishop of Asaph shall be allowed Five hundred Pounds per Annum.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Morgan Bishop of Landaff shall be allowed the Sum of Two hundred Pounds per Annum.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Number of the Feoffees in the Bishops Bill, shall be the Number of Seven.
Resolved, upon the *, That no Member of this House shall be appointed a Feoffee in this Bill concerning the Bishops.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for this Bill to nominate Seven Men to be Feoffees in this Bill, and present them to the House To-morrow Morning.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Arth. Squib, and Mr. Jo. Brooke, shall be appointed Auditors in this Bill.
A Proviso to the Bill concerning the Bishops, was now offered; and twice read; and ordered to be committed.
Ordered, That this Bill concerning the Bishops, shall be recommitted to the same Committee as to the Proviso now read, and the Naming of the Feoffees; and they are to meet To-morrow, at Seven of Clock, in the Star Chamber: And that Sir Jo. Holland be added to this Committee.
Speaking against Parliament.
Resolved, upon the Question, That * Wiseman shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for speaking many dangerous Words against the Parliament and Kingdom: And that the Information given in to this House, of the Words spoken by the said Wiseman, be referred to the Committee appointed for the Petition framed at Maidston.
Royal Assent to a Bill.
The Gentleman Usher of the House of Peers was sent to acquaint this House, that the Lords were ready to give his Majesty's Assent, by Commission, to the Bill for Explanation of certain Clauses in the Bill concerning the Irish Propositions; and desired this House to come up.
Saddles, &c stayed.
Ordered, That the Bailiffs of Yarmouth shall be required to keep safely the great Saddles and other Ammunition stayed at Yarmouth, until this House shall take further Order herein: And that Mr. Corbett do return Thanks to the Bailiffs for their Service.
Anglesey Militia, &c.
That, at the next Message, the Lords shall be desired, that the Earl of Bridgewatar may deliver in the Papers he has in his Custody, concerning the County of Anglesey, and the Militia thereof, to the Lord Lieutenant of that County.
Proceedings on Benion.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Bennett;
That the Lords have commanded us to let this House know, that their Lordships are now ready to proceed in Benion's Business.
Ordered, That the Auditors to whom the Auditing the Accounts of the Pay-master of Berwick is referred, be required to certify the State of those Accounts to the same Committee as the Accounts of the Pay-master Carlell are referred.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has taken their Lordships Message into Consideration; and will send up some Members of theirs about it presently.
Proclamation against Dering.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to acquaint their Lordships with the going away of Sir Edw. Dering; and to desire, that the Ports may be stopt: And that a Proclamation may issue for the calling him in.
And Sir Wm. Lewis is appointed to go with this Message.
Trial of Benion.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to manage the Evidence at Benion's Trial, do go up to the Lords: And that such Members as have had Leave to have been examined in Benion's Case shall likewise go up: And that if the Lords shall hear Benion's Counsel, that then the Committee shall withdraw: But that the Members that have been examined as Witnesses, may stay to be crossexamined, if they be required.
Corn for Londonderry.
Ordered, That the Treasurers appointed by the Act for Contribution, within the City of London, do pay an Hundred Pounds of that Money to Mr. Vassall, to lay forth in Corn to be distributed among the Poor of Londonderry: And that the Lords be desired to join in this Order.
Message to Lords.
The Lord Gray is appointed to carry up this Order.
He likewise carried up the Resolution of the Lords, concerning the Earl of Warwick, and the Lord Admiral: Which was sent from the Lords; and read here; and assented unto.
Sir E. Dering.
Sir Wm. Lewis brings Answer, That the Lords do agree that the Ports should be stopt, as to Sir Edw. Dering: And that they would give Order for a strict Search to be made after him.
Distribution of Money.
That the House doth allow of the particular Sums appointed by the Committee for the Contribution, to be distributed among the particular Persons named in a Schedule presented to this House by the said Committee; the which particular Sums, in the Total, amount to Four hundred and Twenty-two Pounds.
Seditions Pamphlets, &c.
Mr. Serjeant Euers has Leave to attend the Committee of both Houses appointed to receive such Informations as shall be given to the said Committee, concerning seditious Pamphlets and Tumults.