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, 26 Aprilis, 1642.
Contribution for Ireland.
THAT it be referred to the Committee for Contributions, to consider how much of the Monies given in the County of Devon, upon the Act of Contribution, will be fit to be disposed of to the Relief of the poor Irish come over into that County; and how and in what Manner it will be fittest to dispose of it; and to conceive an Order to that Purpose.
A Letter from Sir Wm. St. Leger, Lord President of Munster, of the Twentieth of April, 1642, to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland: And likewise a Letter from the Rebels to the Lord President; and his Answer: And a remonstrance from the Rebels.
Ordered, That the Letter from the Lord President of Munster, and the present providing of Monies, and other Things desired in his Letter, shall be referred to the special and present Care of the Commissioners for Irish Affairs.
Ordered, That so much of the Letter as concern the Proceedings in Munster, against the Rebels, shall be forthwith published in Print:
Ordered, That the Ministers that preach To-morrow (being the Fast-day) shall publickly, in the several Churches where they preach, give thanks to God for the good Success in the Province of Munster, against the Rebels there.
Ordered, That Ten Thousand Pounds more shall be forthwith imprest to the Lord President of Munster; whereof One thousand Pounds is to be paid here, for the Use of Mr. Jepson: And the Commissioners for Ireland are to take care in the Sending of this Money to the Lord President.
Ordered, That Alderman Penington, Mr. Spurstoe, and Mr. Bedingfield, do go to the Merchant Adventurers, and acquaint them with the Contents of this Letter lately come from the Lord President of Munster, of the good Success against the Rebels.
Ordered, That Sir Rich. Cave, and Mr. Arthur Goodwyn, be desired to go to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and to move him to hasten the granting of the Commission to Mr. Jepson, to be Serjeant-major of the Horse in Munster, according to the former Desire of this House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Rob. Tent shall have the publick Faith of this Kingdom for the Re-payment of the Four thousand Pounds, with Interest, borrowed of him by the Lord President of Munster, for the present Preservation of that Province, in a Time of great Exigent.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of London be required from this House, to take a special Care, that there be no Selling of any thing, nor Resort to Taverns, or Inns, or such-like Places, To-morrow, during the Celebration of the Fast.
The like Order be made for Westminster.
Ordered, That as soon as both the Sermons are done, To-morrow at the Celebration of the Fast, the House does meet again.
Information concerning Hull.
Mathias Barry, that lately came from Brigg in the County of Lincolne, to give Information to this House concerning the Passages at Hull, between his Majesty, and Sir Jo. Hotham, was called in; and informed to this Effect following * * * *
Barry thanked, &c.
Ordered, That Thanks shall be returned to Mr. Barry for this his acceptable Service to this House, and the Commonwealth.
Ordered, That Forty Pounds shall be allowed to Mr. Barry, for his Pains and Charges in coming Post to the Parliament, to give so timely Notice of these Passages concerning Hull: And that Mr. Wheeler do pay the same accordingly.
Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfeild and Mr. Serjeant Glanville;
That the Lords do desire a present Conference, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning a Message received from his Majesty, this Morning: And we are likewise to acquaint this House from the Lords, That one Mr. Norton hath offered to discover the Author of the printed Paper.
Refusal to admit the King at Hull.
Mr. Holles brings from the Conference a Letter from his Majesty to the Lord Keeper, and a Declaration inclosed, concerning Sir Jo. Hotham's Refusal to give his Majesty Entrance into the Town of Hull; and the Lords Votes thereupon.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Jo. Hotham, according to this Relation, hath done nothing but in Obedience to the Command of both Houses of Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That this declaring of Sir Jo. Hotham Traitor, being a Member of the House of Commons, is a high Breach of the Privilege of Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That this declaring of Sir Jo. Hotham Traitor, without due Process of Law, is against the Liberty of the Subject, and against the Law of the Land.
Sir T. Darrell.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Tho. Darrell shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent; and that the Lords be acquainted with this Vote, and the Information given of his intercepting the Letters, and staying the Messenger that was sent with those Letters hither.
Ordered, That no Member of the House shall go out of the House without Leave.
Loan from Merchant Adventurers.
Sir H. Mildmay reports, that the Merchant-adventurers have met this Morning; and have resolved, That you shall speedily have Twenty thousand Pounds.
And Sir H. Mildmay and Sir Tho. Barrington are appointed to return them Thanks from this House.
Sir J. Hales.
Sir Jo. Hales, who was formerly sent for as a Delinquent, was demanded of the Serjeant: Who said, he was returned into the Country, but should be forth-coming: And was accordingly required to take him presently into his Custody.
Proceedings concerning Hull.
Resolved, upon the Question, That an Order shall be prepared to declare, That the intercepting of any Letters or Intelligence from Hull to the Parliament, is a Breach of the Privilege of Parliament; and shall be punished accordingly: And that all Constables, and other Persons whom it shall concern, give all Furtherance to such Messengers and Intelligence that shall pass between Hull and the Parliament: And that this Order be left at all the Stages and Passages between This and Hull. And Mr. Grimston and Mr. Hampden are appointed to prepare an Order to this Purpose.
It is likewise referred to a Committee, to prepare Heads and Votes, and to present them to this House, concerning the whole Matter of Debate that this Day has happened, upon the several Informations and Messages that are come concerning Hull. And
Mr. Pym, Mr. Hollis, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Hotham, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Martyn, Mr. Strode, Mr. Greene, Sir Ph. Stapleton;
This Committee is to prepare Heads for a Conference concerning the Debate, and Informations about Hull, and present the same unto this House. And One Head of this Conference is to be, To move the Lords, that Two of the Ships employed for Ireland shall be sent to remove the Magazine at Hull.
Ordered, That a Copy of these Three Votes shall be forthwith sent to Sir Jo. Hotham, which hath passed both Houses, concerning Hull.
Ordered, That Two thousand Pound shall be forthwith imprest to Sir Jo. Hotham, for the Payment of the Garrison at Hull.
IT is declared by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Stopping of the Passages between Hull and the Parliament, and the Intercepting of Messengers employed from the Parliament to Hull, or from any that are in the Service of the Parliament, or any Letters whatsoever, sent by any to or from the Parliament, is a high Breach of the Privilege of Parliament; which, by the Laws of this Kingdom, and the Protestation, we are bound to defend with our Lives and our Fortunes; and to bring the Violators thereof to condign Punishment. And hereby all Lords Lieutenant, and their Deputies, authorized by the Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, all Sheriffs, Justices, Mayors, Bailiffs, Constables, and other Officers whatsoever, are required to give their uttermost Aid and Assistance to all that are employed in the said Service, for their better, and more speedy, free and safe, Passage; and to apprehend all such as by colour of any Warrant or other Authority whatsoever, shall endeavour to go about to hinder any that are employed about the same; and them to apprehend; and in safe Custody to send up to the Parliament.
Leonard, Shoreditch, Lecturer.
Ordered, That Mr. Thomas Owen, an orthodox Divine, shall be recommended by this House to be Lecturer to the Parishioners of Leonard, Shoreditche, London, to preach there every Lord's Day in the Afternoon; this House being informed, That Mr. Smith, who was formerly recommended to be their Lecturer, is removed to another Place: And the Minister of that Parish is hereby required to permit the said Mr. Owen the free Use of his Pulpit, to preach there accordingly.
The Articles of Impeachment of Sir Tho. Gardner, Recorder of the City of London, were this Day read; and ordered to be read again on Thursday Morning next.
Proceedings concerning Hull.
Mr. Pym reports the Heads of the Conference to be desired with the Lords, concerning the Informations received concerning Hull:
That the House of Commons have agreed to their Lordships Votes; and do think it fit they should be sent to the Sheriffs; and likewise to the Lord Lieutenants, and Deputy Lieutenants; and be published in all the Market Towns of the Counties of York and Lincolne; and Copies of them sent to Sir Jo. Hotham.
That Two Ships of those in Pay, under the Command of the Earl of Warwick, shall be sent to the River of Humber, to clear the Passage to the Town of Kingston upon Hull.
That an Order be sent to the Sheriffs of the Counties, and likewise to the Lords Lieutenants of Yorkeshire and Lincolneshire; and, in their Absence, to their Deputies allowed by Parliament, and to the Justices of Peace, and all other his Majesty's Officers; to suppress all Forces that shall be raised or gathered together in those Counties, either to force the said Town of Hull; to stop the Passages to and from the same; or in any other Way to disturb the Peace of the Kingdom.
Resolved, &c. That some Committees of both Houses may be sent into those Parts, who may, as they see Occasion, resort to the Town of Hull, as well to thank Sir Jo. Hotham, and the Commanders, and the particular Soldiers under him, and the Inhabitants of the same Town, who they shall understand to have been forward in this Service for their Faithfulness in preserving that Place, and to encourage them to continue the same for the time to come; it being a Service of very great Importance to maintain the Peace of the Kingdom: And to assure the Soldiers there shall be a particular Care had to reward them, as Sir Jo. Hotham shall certify they have deserved.
That the Lords may hear the Informations of both the Messengers, with the Particulars concerning the Duke of Richmonde and Sir Tho. Metham.
That their Lordships be made acquainted with the Care and Resolution of the House of Commons to provide Monies to be conveyed to Hull, for the Payment of the Garison; and that they have ordered Two thousand Pounds for that Purpose.
Ordered, That at this Conference concerning Hull, the Lords be again moved to send for the Magazine from Hull: And that the Lord Admiral be moved to send Two Ships designed for the Service of Ireland, to Hull, to remove the Magazine; and to command the Captain of the Pinnace that rides at Hull, presently to return to London, with the Pinnace: And if he refuse, then that the Pinnace be brought by the Ships that remove the Magazine; and that the Lord Admiral do discharge the Master from the Service; and that the Duke of Richmond be summoned to attend their House; and that the Lords do again consider of the Charge sent up against him: And to acquaint them, That the Night before the King went from Hull, there was great Resort of Papists to the City of Yorke.
Resolved, &c. That these shall be the Heads of the Conference; and that the Lords shall be desired to join in these Votes.
Tonage and Poundage.
Ordered, That Mr. Solicitor do bring in a Bill to this House of a Grant of Tonage and Poundage, with a Blank for the Time, and a Clause for a Penalty on the Merchants that shall steal the Customs.
Sir Wm. Lewis is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire a Conference concerning Hull.
Mr. Pym and Mr. Hollis are to manage this Conference.
Whettcombe's Claims, &c.
A Letter from Mr. Tristram Whettcombe, of the One-and Twentieth of April, from Kinsale.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Commissioners for the Irish Affairs, to consider of this Letter from Mr. Whettcombe; and of the Satisfaction for the Service of the Ship Charles; and likewise of Mr. Trestram Whettcombe himself, for the Service he hath done, and Losses received since the Rebellion in Ireland; and to consider of some Recompence by way of Employment.
Sir Wm. Lewis brings answer, That the Lords will give a present Meeting at a Conference, as is desired.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Tho. Metham shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent.
Message to Lords.
Sir * * is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire their Lordships to expedite their Answer to the Propositions concerning the Setting forth of Ships for the Defence of the Coasts of Ireland; and to acquaint them, how this House is informed what great Want there is of more Ships, and how useful these Ships may be to the Business of Ireland; and their Answer touching their Commission for raising of more Men: And to desire their Lordships to meet To-morrow, after the Sermons shall be ended; and to join with this House in sending for Sir Jo. Hales, and Sir Tho. Darrell, as Delinquents.
That Sir H. Vane do acquaint the Lord Admiral, That there are Four Pinnaces prepared by Order of this House and ready for the Service of Ireland: And to desire their Lordships, that they may be dispatched away for that Service.
Sir J. Hales.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Jo. Hales shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for breaking the Privilege of Parliament, in intercepting and staying the Messenger, that brought Letters to the Parliament.
Ordered, That Mr. Legg's Security be required forthwith to bring him in, or else their Bonds to be put in Suit.
Ordered, That Sir Arth. Hesilrig be added to the Committee for the Declaration; and that he take care of that Business; and that he bring it in on Thursday Morning next.
Persons to attend.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Rudston, Captain Wyvell, Captain Duncombe, Sir Edw. Osborne, Sir Wm. Alford, Mr.Jo. Ledgard, and Mr. Wainsford, be forthwith summoned to attend the Parliament; and that the Lords be desired to join in this Vote.
Ordered, That the Impeachment of Sir Geo. Strode be brought in on Thursday next peremptorily.
Time of Meeting.
Ordered, That the House do meet To-morrow, at Four of Clock in the Afternoon.
Contribution for Ireland.
Ordered, That the High-constables and Collectors for the County of Lincolne do make Payment and Delivery of the several Sums of Money, and Notes thereof, which they have or shall receive from the several Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, by virtue of an Act intituled, An Act for the speedy Contribution towards the Relief of his Majesty's distressed Subjects, the Protestants of the Kingdom of Ireland, into the Hands of the Commissioners appointed by the said Act: Who are hereby desired and required to pay the same with all Speed into the Hands of those Persons that are appointed Treasurers by the said Act of Contribution to receive the same at London: And that they receive an Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Treasurers, as though the Money had been paid in by the Sheriff, according to the Act.