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, 22 Aprilis, 1642.
THE House being informed, That some Gentlemen of the County of Cornewall were at the Door; and desired to present a Petition to this House from the said County;
They were called in; and did present One to this House; and the Copy of One directed to the Lords; of which they desired the Approbation of the House.
The Petitions were read; and the Gentlemen called in.
And Mr. Speaker acquainted them, That the House finds their Petition full of Expressions of Respects to the King, the Church, and the Commonwealth; and, in particular, of Respects to this House. There are many Particulars of great Consequence: Two they take particular Notice of; Your Desires concerning the Court of Wards, and the Exchequer: For all which they return you many hearty Thanks.
King's Answer to Petition.
Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, That he hath received a Letter from Sir Jo. Colpeper, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Mr. Hungerford, who were sent by this House, together with the Earl of Stamforde, from the Lords House, with the Petition of both Houses, to desire his Majesty's Stay from his intended Journey for Ireland; dated at Yorke, 19° April instant; in which Letter they inclosed his Majesty's Answer (for the present) to the Petition; which, requiring Haste, and might be sooner made known to the House by a Pacquet than they could possibly be here themselves, they therefore thought it most for the Service of the House to send it this Way.
The King's Answer was as followeth,
HIS Majesty hath thought something of the Petition, and is much unsatisfied with many of your Expressions therein. His Majesty will shortly send to His Parliament a particular Answer: But, for the present, you are to tell them, That as He resolved to do nothing concerning His Irish Journey, before He should receive their Answer; so now, He will not proceed further therein, until they shall hear from him again.
Mr. Browne informs the House, That, at this last Quarter Sessions in Kent, the Justices of Peace, the Gentry and others, there assembled, did publickly disclaim the Petition endeavoured to be gotten by several of that County, to the Disturbance thereof, and Trouble of this House, for which some are here questioned; and protested against it as no Act of the County.
According to the Order made Yesterday, the House proceeded to the Reading of the Declaration by Parts: And read the Preamble, and voted it: And then, upon the Question, recommitted to the same Committee, to review it upon the whole Matter: And are to meet upon it at Three of Clock this Afternoon, in the Inner Court of Wards: And the Committee is injoined to attend this Service: And they are to bring it in on Monday Morning.
Petition to the King to be published.
Ordered, That the Petition sent to his Majesty, in Answer to his Majesty's Message, concerning his Journey into Ireland, be forthwith published in Print.
According to the Appointment Yesterday, the House went up to the Conference upon the Impeachment of Sir Edward Dering Knight and Baronet.
Ordered, That the Citizens of London, and the Knights and Burgesses of Surrey, Mr. Cawley, Mr. Rowse, Mr. Bence ... Mr. Bence, added to the Committee for the Brewers.
A Message from * * * *
Letter from the King.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this Letter: It came from his Majesty to the Lord Keeper; with a Command to communicate it to both Houses.
RIGHT Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor, We greet you well. We have signed Our Commission for giving Our Royal Assent to the Bill for Admitting of Towns, Corporations, and Companies, to be Adventurers for the Relief of Ireland: But, for the other Two private Bills, as We do not refuse to pass them; so We hold not fit to declare Our Pleasure concerning them, until the End of the Sessions of Parliament, according to the ancient Use: And so much We Will, that you signify, in Our Name, to Our Parliament.
Given at Our Court at Yorke, the Nineteenth of April, 1642.
A Message from the Lords by Serjeant Ayloffe and Serjeant Finche;
The Lords have sent the Act for Ordering of the Militia; and have agreed unto all the Additions and Provisoes.
3tia vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Ordering of the Militia of the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, with the Amendments, Additions, and Provisoes, sent up to the Lords, and agreed unto by them; and upon Question, passed; and sent up by Mr. Pierrepoint.
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Rogers shall have Leave to go into the Country, and to stay a Month.
Declaration on Kentish Petition.
Ordered, That a Committee of this House, appointed to meet with a Committee of the Lords, for the Preparing of a Declaration concerning the Kentish Petition, do meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock.
Officers gone to Yorke.
Ordered, That the Information given to this House, of divers Officers that are now to raise Forces for Ireland, who are gone down to Yorke, be referred to the Consideration of the Commissioners for Irish Affairs: And they are required to give this House an Account hereof To-morrow Morning.
Money for Army Services.
Mr. Wheeler acquaints the House, that the Lords do agree to the Order for Paying of Three thousand Pounds to the Commissary of Victuals for Chester; and for the Paying of Five hundred Sixty-four Pounds, Thirteen Shillings and Four-pence, for Buying of Caps and Stockings for the Soldiers.
Royal Assent to a Bill.
The Gentleman Usher of the Lords House came, and acquainted Mr. Speaker, that the Lords were ready to give his Majesty's Assent to the Bill concerning the Corporations Adventuring for Ireland.
Ordered, That the House be adjourned till Two of Clock: And that all Committees that should have sat this Afternoon, except the Committee for the Kentish Petition, be adjourned till To-morrow in the Afternoon: And that the House, at their First Meeting, be resolved into a Committee to take into Consideration the Bill of Tonage and Poundage.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Rich. Leigh shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Pass for Thorpe, &c.
Ordered, That Captain Thorpe, and Lieutenant Gerard, who have Commands in France, with Two Servants, shall have a Warrant, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to transport themselves into France.
Calve Skins seized.
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms shall have Liberty to compound with the Merchants Strangers, concerning the Calve Skins stayed and seized by Order of this House: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Customers to compound and end the Business between them.
Ordered, That all, that will come, shall have Voices at the Committee for the Providing of a Stock of Money.
Warrant to Willford.
That Sir Tho. Willford shall have a Warrant, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to transport himself and One Servant into France.
ORDERED, That Mr. Daniel Evans, an orthodox Divine, shall be recommended by this House to be Lecturer at Broxborne in the County of Hertford; it being with the Consent of divers of the Inhabitants of that Parish, who have voluntarily declared themselves to allow him Maintenance for the same: And Mr. Parlett, Vicar of the said Parish, who hath hitherto, as this House is informed, shewed an Unwillingness to permit the said Mr. Evans to preach there, is hereby required to permit the said Mr. Evans the free Use of his Pulpit; to preach there, as Lecturer, One Day in the Week.
Newcastle upon Tyne Petition.
Ordered, That the Petition of some of the Aldermen and Freemen of Newcastle upon Tyne shall be referred to the Consideration of the Grand Committee for the Bill of Tonage and Poundage.
Ordered, That the Treasurers appointed by the Act to receive the Monies that come in upon the Act of Adventurers for Ireland, do forthwith make Certificate unto this House, what Members of this House, that have subscribed, and have paid in their Monies accordingly; and how much; and what Members of this House that have subscribed, and yet have not paid in their Monies.
3tia vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the present Disarming of Popish Recusants; and, upon the Question, passed.
Tonage and Poundage.
According to an Order made in the Forenoon, the House was resolved into a Committee to take into Consideration the Bill of Tonage and Poundage.
And Mr. Speaker left the Chair:
And Mr. Solicitor was called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
And the House adjourned itself till To-morrow at Eight of Clock.