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 Jovis, 7 Aprilis, 1642.
Witnesses to return.
ORDERED, That the Gentlemen of Kent attending here, that are Witnesses in the Business concerning the Petition framed at Maidston, and have been examined, shall have Liberty to return to their own Homes; the Committee not having use of them as yet.
A Letter from Sir Edw. Dering directed to Sir Henry Gibb, dated the Fifth of April, from Billingsgate, was read.
Printing Kentish Petition.
Ordered, That the Printing of the Kentish Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Printing: And that they proceed upon this Business this Afternoon; and bring in their Opinion upon it To-morrow Morning: And that all such Delinquents concerning Printing, that are under Restraint; and the Woman that printed this Petition; do appear here To-morrow Morning: And that the Committee bring in, To-morrow, the Order they are appointed to prepare, to hinder this Liberty of Printing.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Robinson's Son shall have Liberty to pass over into Holland: And that Mr. Speaker shall issue forth his Warrant for him to pass accordingly.
Letter to Ld. Ormond.
A Letter directed to the Lord Ormond, prepared by Order of this House, to be sent from Mr. Speaker, was this Day read; and approved of; and ordered to be fair written for Mr. Speaker to sign.
Earl of Pembroke's Indemnity.
2da vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Indemnity of Philip Earl of Pembroke and Montgommery, and the Lady Ann his Wife, and the Heirs and Assigns of the said Lady Ann, notwithstanding any Office to be found, or Livery to be sued, by Henry now Earl of Cumberland, after the Death of F. Earl of Cumberland, &c. concerning certain Manors and Lands, late the Possessions of Geo. Earl of Cumberland: Upon Question, committed unto Mr. Selden, Lord Falkland, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Peard, Sir Arth. Ingram, Sir Ben. Rudyard, Mr. Solicitor, Sir H. Vane, Lord Fairefax, Mr. Ashton, Sir Jo. Holland, Sir Edw. Partheriche, Sir Pat. Curwyn, Sir Symonds D'Ewes, Sir H. Anderson, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer; the Knights and Burgesses of Yorkeshire, Cumberland, Westmorland, and Kent: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
3tia vice lecta est Billa, An Act, that the County Palatine of Durham shall have Knights and Citizens to serve in the Commons House of Parliament; and, upon the Question, passed.
Ordered, That Sir H. Vane do carry * * * *
Persons to attend.
Ordered, That the Serjeant do send a particular Messenger with an Order of Summons to Sir Wm. Penyman, Sir Wm. Savile, Mr. Mallory the elder, and Sir Tho. Danby, requiring them forthwith to attend this House.
Transporting Fullers Earth.
Ordered, That the like Order that was made for Transportation of Fullers Earth into the Parts of Norfolk, Suffolke and Essex, shall be made for Transportation of Fullers Earth to any other Parts of this Kingdom; good and sufficient Security being first given to the Deputy of the Merchant Adventurers of England, with Two sufficient Sureties, to the Use of his Majesty, That no Parcel of the said Earth shall be transported into any Part beyond the Seas: And the Officers whom it may concern respectively, are hereby required to suffer them to transport from Port to Port, within this Kingdom accordingly; giving good Security as aforesaid.
Ordered, That the Committee where Mr. Green has the Chair, shall prepare a Bill, and present it to the House, to charge the Soap-boilers of London.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act of Restitution from the Soap-boilers of Westminster, and the Sharers in that Business, of such Monies as they have unjustly exacted from the Subjects in the Price of Soap.
Mr. Crue reports from the Committee, the Declaration concerning the Matter of Religion; viz.
"The Lords and Commons do declare, That they intend a due and necessary Reformation of the Government and Liturgy of the Church; and to take away nothing in the One or the other, but what shall be evil and justly offensive, or at least unnecessary and burthensome: And, for the better effecting thereof, speedily to have Consultation with godly and learned Divines. And because this will never of itself attain the End sought therein, they will therefore use their utmost Endeavours to establish learned and preaching Ministers, with a good and sufficient Maintenance, throughout the whole Kingdom; wherein many dark Corners are miserably destitute of the Means of Salvation; and many poor Ministers want necessary Provision.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth assent unto this Declaration.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Declaration shall be sent to the Lords, to desire their Lordships Concurrence herein: And that this Order shall be printed.
Ordered, That the Information this Day given by Mr. Wingate, concerning Lay-persons preaching in Churches, or elsewhere, and administring the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for scandalous Ministers: And that the Information concerning Dr. Cousens, and Peterhouse College, be referred likewise to the Consideration of this Committee: And Mr. Wingate is added to this Committee: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Two Clock, in the Court of Wards: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Writings, or Records.
Privilege-Sheriff of Northampton.
The Sheriff of Northamptonshire, being called in, kneeled at the Bar; and afterwards standing up, said, That he had given his Answer in Writing to the Information given against him; to which he did refer himself.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Wm. Willmer Knight, the High Sheriff of the County of Northampton, hath broken the Privilege of Parliament; and hath endeavoured to disturb the Peace of the Kingdom, by seditious Words and Actions.
Ordered, That this Charge against the High Sheriff of the County of Northampton shall be transmitted to the Lords by Word of Mouth; and that the Person of the said Sheriff shall be transmitted with the Cause: And Sir Jo. Evelyn is appointed to carry up this Charge: And that the Serjeant in whose Custody he now is, shall deliver him over to the Custody of the Officer of the Lords House.
Magazine at Hull.
Mr. Holles reports the Heads of the free Conference to be desired with the Lords, concerning the Removing the Magazine at Hull: Which were assented unto.
Persons to attend, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Boroughes shall give Order to Mr. Ryley to stay here and attend the Parliament with such Records as shall be required for the Service of the Commonwealth.
Forces, &c. for Ireland.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Six thousand Pounds, Part of the Ten thousand Pounds borrowed of the Adventurers for Ireland and remaining in the Hands of Mr. Loftus, shall be forthwith employed for the speedy raising of the Six Regiments for Supply of Ireland: And that the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland be desired to issue out his Warrant to Mr. Loftus, Deputy-treasurer at Wars for Ireland, for Payment of the same Monies to the several Colonels for that Service.
Ordered, That the Treasurers appointed by the Act for the Contribution Money for Ireland, do pay Three thousand Pounds of the Contribution Money to Mr. Loftus, Deputy-treasurer at Wars for Ireland: And that the Lord Lieutenant be desired to direct his Warrant to Mr. Loftus, to issue this Three thousand Pounds to Mr. Frost, Commissary of Victuals at Chester.
Ordered, That the Commissioners be directed to take care, that Arms may be provided for these Six Regiments, now raised for the further Supply of Ireland, and Ships for their Transportation: And that so soon as a Regiment shall be raised, and brought to the Sea-side, that it may presently be transported, and not stay till the other Regiments be raised and ready for Transportation.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Evelyn, when he carries up the Charge against the High Sheriff of the County of Northampton, do move the Lords to give Directions, speedily to put the Ordinance concerning the Militia into Execution.
Message to the City.
Ordered, That Mr. Alderman Penington do signify unto the City, that this House does expect they should speedily put the Ordinance concerning * * * *
Ordered, That the Committee for the Poll-money, be added to the Committee for the Accounts where Mr. Trenchard has the Chair: And that they have the same Power as to the Poll-money as they have to the other Businesses concerning the Accounts.
Ordered, That Dr. Shelden, Mr. Higgins, Mr. Copley, and Mr. Crumpe, Ministers, now in the Serjeant's Custody, by a former Order of this House be forthwith bailed, upon good Security, to appear at such Times as they, or either of them shall be required.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Jo. Evelyn brings Answer, That the Lords have given Order to their Officer, to take the Person of the Sheriff of Northampton into his Custody: And that they will proceed to take the Charge against the said Sheriff into Consideration with all convenient Speed: And that they have caused divers Transcripts of their Commissions and Deputations concerning the Militia to be made; and do proceed in that Business with all Expedition.
Sir Simon Harcourt.
Ordered, That the House shall be made acquainted with the Desires of the Lords Justices, concerning Sir Simon Harcourt.
Ordered, That the Proposition inclosed in the Letter from the Lords Justices of Ireland, this Day read, and dated Martii ultimo, concerning some Difficulties in the Proceedings against the Rebels, and the Letter itself, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Adventurers: And it is in especial recommended unto them, to consider how this House may express the Sense they have of Sir Simon Harecourt's Loss, in some Way of Recompence towards his Wife and Children.
Members for Bristoll.
Ordered, That the Report concerning the Members that serve for the City of Bristoll, be made To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That Sir H Herbert do report the Case concerning the Election at Andover, Tomorrow Morning.
3tia vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Punishment of scandalous Clergymen, and others; and, upon Question, passed; together with the Proviso, Additions, and Amendments.
A Proviso to the said Bill, ingrossed in Parchment, was this Day offered to be added to the Bill abovesaid: The which was read, 1a, 2da, &3tia vice: And Resolved, upon the Question, to be added to the Bill.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Ro. Tuisden and Sir Geo. Strode shall be put out from among the Commissioners for the County of Kent, named in the Bill of scandalous Ministers.
The humble Petition of Hugh Grandy Gentleman, concerning Mr. Vaughan's, a Member of this House, being a Commissioner in the Bill of scandalous Ministers, was this Day read.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Denzell Holles Esquire, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper Baronet, Sir Walth. Erle Knight, Rich. Rogers, Giles Green, Wm. Constantine Esquires, be added to the Commissioners for the County of Dorsett.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Rich. Grosvenor be added to the County of Flint.
Resolved, That Sir Ro. Jackson, and Jo. Fenwick Esquire, be added Commissioners to the County of Northumberland.
Resolved, That Sir H. Vane junior be added to the County of Kent.
Resolved That Jo. Pyne Esquire, be added a Commissioner for the County of Somersett.
Irish Commissioners, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth approve of Mr. Wm. Hawkins, to be Secretary to the Commission for Irish Affairs.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth approve of Mr. Chambers, to be Auditor to the Commission for Irish Affairs.
Resolved, That Mr.Rich. Willis shall be allowed such Monies as he shall lay out for Paper, Pen, Ink, Firing, or other Necessaries for the Commissioners; and likewise for his necessary Servants.
Army in Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym shall report the State of the Army in Ireland to the House, on Saturday next; to the end that the Commissioners may have it in Writing on Monday next: And that the Committee for Irish Affairs shall meet in the mean time.
Person sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Tho. Fawcett shall be forthwith sent for as a Delinquent.
Ordered, That the Master and Warden of the Company of the Stationers do forthwith suppress Fawcett's Press, and seize the Kentish Petitions.
Ordered, That the Kentish Petitions shall be seized where-ever they are found; and burnt by the Hands of the Common Hangman, on Saturday next, in the New Palace Westminster, Smythfield, and Cheapside, between the Hours of Ten and Twelve.
Raising Men in Somersett,&c.
Ordered, That the Knights and Burgesses of the Counties of Somersett and Gloucester, shall write to Gentlemen of Worth and Quality in those Counties, to be assistant to the Officers of the last levied Regiments in the Raising of their Men.
Clothing, &c. for Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Thomas Alcolk, Merchant of London, shall be licensed by this House, to transport from Chester to Dublyn in Ireland, Three hundred and eighteen Pair of Boots, Eight Dozen and Six Pair of Shoes, Fourteen Buff Coats, Ten Red Russhy Hides, and Forty-two Shamway Skins: And the Officers and Customers of Chester are hereby required to permit the said Goods to be transported accordingly.
Whereas Peter Reynolds, with others, have freighted, victualled, and manned, a Ship called The May Flower Burden Three hundred Tons, with Twenty Piece of Ordnance, bound for the West Indies; and hath made Provision in Padstow, or Milford, or Minehead, to lade Two hundred Tons or thereabouts, of Corn to transport to Youghall in Ireland, for the Relief of that Town: It is this Day Ordered, by the Commons House of Parliament, That the said Mr. Reynolds shall be licensed to transport the said Two hundred Tons of Corn to Youghall aforesaid; he giving good Security not to transport the same for the Relief of the Rebels. And the several Officers and Customers of the several Ports are hereby required to permit him to transport the same accordingly.
Malt, &c. for Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Edward Tyson, Merchant, shall be licensed by this House, to transport to Dublin in Ireland, Twenty Tons of Malt, and Ten Ton of Beer, from the Port of Bristoll, in the Ship called The Lyon, of Farley: And the Officers of these Ports at Bristoll are hereby required to permit him to transport the same accordingly.
Ordered, Sir James Melvill, and his Two Servants, Robert Dirksome, and John Meldrume, with Three Horses, viz. Two Geldings and One Stone-horse, shall have Liberty to pass the Sea.
Ordered, That Walter Scott, and his Two Servants, James Pringell and John Scott, with Three Geldings, shall have Liberty to pass the Sea.
Ordered, That William Hay, and his Two Servants, John Wilson and Robert Forgison, and Three Horses, Two Geldings, One Stone-horse, shall have Liberty to pass the Sea.
Ordered, That David Forrest, and his Two Servants, Wm. Fynes, James Schinder, and Three Horses, Two Geldings, and One Stone-horse, shall have Liberty to pass the Seas.