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 Lunæ, 11 Aprili', 1642. La Pasq'.
Ordered, That the Officers of the Ordnance, and Mr. Weaver, the Master Gunner, shall make Trial of all such Powder as shall be brought in by Mr. Cordwell, or any other, for the Use of the Commonwealth.
Reducing Irish Rebels.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the farther Adding unto, and Explanation of, certain Clauses in an Act of Parliament, made for the speedy and effectual Reducing the Rebels in Ireland to their due Obedience to his Majesty, and the Crown of England.
Money for Service of Ireland.
Ordered, That John Warner, John Towse, Tho. Andrewes, Aldermen, and Law. Halsteed Esquire, appointed by the Act of Parliament lately enacted for Adventurers for raising of Forces for the War of Ireland, shall pay and deliver unto Nicholas Loftus Esquire, Deputy of the Treasurer at Wars for Ireland, the Sum of Four thousand Pounds of the Monies in their Hands, to be employed in paying the Arrears of the Half-pay, and for advancing a Month's Pay beforehand to the Officers of the Six Regiments, and sending these Regiments away for Ireland; for which an Acquittance, under Mr. Loftus' Hand, shall be their sufficient Warrant: And the Adventurers shall have the Publick Faith of the Parliament for Repayment of the same out of the Monies that shall come in upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, or any other ways which may be found to come in sooner.
Ordered, That the Five hundred Pounds freely offered to be lent by Mr. Harvey, a Member of this House, for the present Buying of Shoes for the Soldiers in Ireland, shall be forthwith paid to Mr. Loftus, Deputy Treasurer at Wars for Ireland, to be employed by him in the Buying of Shoes as aforesaid; And his Acquittance, of the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge to Mr. Harvey for the Payment thereof. And it is further Ordered, That Mr. Harvey shall be repaid this Five hundred Pounds, out of the first Monies that shall come in upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds that shall be collected in Kent.
Ordered, That the Treasurers within the City of London for the Contribution-money shall forthwith pay Five hundred Pounds to Mr. Loftus, Deputy Treasurer at Wars for Ireland, to be employed by him in the Buying of Shoes for the Soldiers in Ireland: And his Acquittance shall be a sufficient Discharge for Payment thereof.
Ordered, That the Proposition made by Mr. Jesson, concerning the Adventuring of Ten thousand Poundsworth of Cloth, or any other Proposition of the like Nature, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Adventurers for Ireland.
Privilege to Sir T. Dawes, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Dawes, and his Brother John Dawes, now in the Service of the Commonwealth by the Command of this House, shall have Privilege of Parliament for the Space of Six Weeks, to go up and down freely, without the Molestation, Arrest, or Restraint from any Man, to take Order for the Satisfying of such Monies to such Creditors as formerly advanced great Sums of Money for the Service of the Commonwealth.
Ordered, That the Three Irish Soldiers taken out of The Little Mary, and the Five Irish Passengers taken out of The Lydia at Falmouth, be sent to the County Gaol, and proceeded against, according to Law: And the Gaoler of Lanceston Gaol is hereby required to take them into his Custody.
Army in Ireland.
Persons from Ireland.
Warrant to Sanserfe, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker shall grant his Warrant to Tho. Sanserfe and Tho. Annand, Scottish Gentlemen, to embark themselves in the Company of Colonel Wm. Johnston, for their Transportation into Spaine, without any Lett or Interruption.
Ly. Dawes' Jointure.
WHEREAS it appeared to this House, that his Majesty was indebted to Sir Abraham Dawes, deceased, in the Sum of Nineteen thousand Five hundred and Thirty Pounds, upon Tallies struck for the Satisfying thereof, at several Days of Payment: And whereas Eight thousand Pounds of the said Tallies, with reasonable Interest, were, by Order of this House, assigned over unto Sir John Harrison, and other the late Farmers; and the Remainder of them unto Sir Wm. Acton, and other Creditors of the said Sir Abraham Dawes and Sir Thomas Dawes, who advanced Twenty-eight thousand Seven hundred and Thirteen Pounds Fourteen Shillings and Eight-pence, to the Use of the Commonwealth, for a Fine imposed by this House upon the said Sir Abraham and Sir Thomas Dawes; and for the further Security of those advancing Creditors, this House did promise to pass a Bill against the Lands and Estate of Sir Abraham Dawes and Sir Thomas Dawse: Now, forasmuch as the said Creditors have received Satisfaction for the Sum of Thirty-six thousand Pounds, being as well for the Monies advanced by them, as for their own particular Debts, with Interest, by Lands, agreed to be passed to them, and Three thousand Pounds in ready Monies, to be paid to them by Richard Hacket, Gregory Cole, and Robert Cole Esquires, Friends of Dame Judith Dawes, Wife of the said Sir Thomas Dawes; in which Lands the said Dame Judith Dawes had her Jointure of Six hundred Pounds per Ann. which she voluntarily relinquished before the Committee appointed by this House for Satisfaction of her said Husband's Debts; whereupon the said Creditors were contented, that the said Tallies should be passed over to the said Richard Hackett, Gregory Cole, and Richard Cole, for the Use of the said Lady Dawes, and their own Reimbursement: It is thereupon this Day Ordered, That the said Tallies, deposited in the Hands of the Clerk of this House, by a former Order, for the Use of the said Farmers and Collectors, shall now remain and be to the Use of the said Farmers, for Securing of the said Eight thousand Pounds, with Interest; and the Remainder unto the said Richard Hacket, Gregory Cole, and Robert Cole, Trustees for the said Lady Dawes, for the Use of the said Lady Dawes, in lieu and for Reparation of her Jointure; and for Reimbursement of Three thousand Pounds, by them advanced for Satisfaction of the said Creditors; and of a Hundred Pounds more, likewise paid by them towards the Composition for Sir Abraham Dawes' Share in the Petty Farm.
Petitions from Yorke.
Army in Ireland.
Conference-Message from the King
The Lords do desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, presently, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning a Message from the King, of as great Importance as ever came to the House.
Answer from Lords.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to acquaint their Lordships, that this House agrees to adjourn the Debate of this Message till Wednesday next; but not the House, in regard of the great Occasions of the Commonwealth: And therefore to desire their Lordships to sit: And to desire them to expedite the Declaration of the Causes and Remedies of our Evils.
Payment to Henley.
Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Company of the Merchant Adventurers shall forthwith pay unto Mr. Loftus Two thousand Five hundred Pounds, out of the Remainder of the Fifty thousand Pounds lent by the said Company, to be paid unto Mr. Henley, for so much of the Five thousand Pounds borrowed of him, for the Affairs of Ireland: And that an Acquittance under Mr. Henley's Hand, shall be a sufficient Discharge to Mr. Luftus: And an Acquittance under Mr. Loftus's Hand, a sufficient Discharge to the Treasurer of the Company of the Merchant Adventurers: And that the Treasurer of the Merchant Adventurers do certify this House, what Monies are remaining in his Hands of the said Fifty thousand Pounds.
Forces for Ireland.
Ordered, That Sir Hen. Vane the younger do forthwith acquaint the Lord Admiral, from this House, how sensible this House is of the great Delay used in Transporting the Six hundred Horse, about Chester, over into Ireland, who have laid there, to the great Expence of the Commonwealth, these many Weeks together, and have received their Pay: And that his Lordship will call those Persons to account, whose Care should have been had in transporting these Forces, and have shewed so great Neglect therein; to the End, that they may be made exemplary to all such as shall for the future, fail of the Performance of their Duty in the like Kind: And that his Lordship use all possible Expedition in conveying these Forces over into Ireland.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Hollis reporteth, that the Lords will sit To-morrow, and will take into Consideration the Votes of this House, of the Causes and Remedies: And that they do agree to the Order for Four thousand Pounds to be paid to Mr. Loftus.
Mr. Pym reports the State of the Army; and presented a List of the Pay of the Lieutenant General, and his Train; and of the General Officers of Horse and Foot; the Pay of One Regiment of Horse; the Pay of One Regiment of Foot; a summary List of the Entertainment of the Forces designed for this present War in Ireland; an Estimate of what is supposed to be due by the First of April, to the Forces already raised, and in actual Service.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Commissioners for Irish Affairs, to consider what is fit to be allowed to the Cannoneers, Petardieres, Matrosses, and other Under Officers of the Train of Artillery, for their Attendance here upon the Service of Ireland; and to present it to the House.
That it be referred to the Commissioners to consider from what Time it is fit for this House to Pay the old Companies in Ireland; and what pay to allow them; and what Entertainment is fit to give those Men raised in Ireland by the Lords Justices Warrants.
Person to be apprehended, &c.
Ordered, That the Serjeant shall presently send a Man to apprehend a Servant of Colonel Beling's; and to intercept some Letters that he has now brought out of France with him; the which Colonel Beling was stayed in the West Country, by Order from this House: And he is to receive Instructions, whither to go for these Letters and this Man, from Captain St. Leger's Man.
Army, &c. in Ireland.
The List of the Officers and Artificers belonging to the Train of Artillery, together with their several Entertainments; a List of his Majesty's Army in Ireland, with their several Garisons; an Estimate of Arms, Munition, and Materials, as are requisite to be furnished; a List of the Forces at Carrickfergus, Belfast, Malone, and Lisne Garray: All which Particulars the Clerk of this House was commanded to sign, as received this Day; and so to transmit them to the Commissioners for the Irish Affairs.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Commissioners for Irish Affairs to take into their especial Care the Providing for the Safety and speedy Relief of the Towns, Castles, and Forts, in Munster, the Fort of Galloway in Connaught, and Londonderry in Ulster; and to provide for the One thousand Men, the Lord President of Munster's Regiment; and to provide with speedy Supplies for the Safety of the County of Clare or Thomond.
Ordered, That the Committee for Adventurers shall sit To-morrow, at Two post meridiem; and that some of the Adventurers in London do attend that Committee: And that Mr. Pym do come thither, and make a summary Relation of the State of the Army in Ireland, to the end that they may consider, upon the whole Matter, what further Supplies are fit speedily to be sent for the effecting of that Work, if it may be, before Winter next.
Letters to Sheriffs, &c.
Mr. Long reports from the Committee for Adventurers, Two Letters, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent, the One to the Sheriffs of the several Counties; the other to such Members of this House as are now residing in the several Counties: And it is Ordered, That the Knights and Citizens respectively send Copies of these Orders to their several Counties and Cities accordingly.
Letter from the King.
RIGHT trusty and well-beloved Counsellor, We greet you well. Our Will and Command is, that, at the next Sitting of Our House of Peers, after your Receipt of these our Letters, you deliver Our Message, sent inclosed, to be read in Our said House; and afterward communicated to Our House of Commons: For which this shall be your Warrant. Given at Our Court at Yorke, the Eight of April 1642.