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, 29 Aprilis, 1642.
Letter from Hull.
A Letter from Hull, to Mr. Speaker, from the Governor there, was this Day read; and ordered to be carried up to the Lords by Mr. Hampden: And the Lords to be acquainted how this Letter came, and by what Messenger: And to acquaint them, that though the Letter be not subscribed, yet that several Members of the House do attest it to be his own Hand.
Judgment against Ld. Digby.
Sir Jo. Evelyn is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire their Lordships to appoint a Time when the House may come up to demand Judgment against Geo. Lord Digby, whom this House formerly impeached of High Treason.
Obstructions to Sheriffs of Southampton.
The humble Petition of John Fielder Esquire, High Sheriff of the County of Southampton, concerning Obstructions and great Affronts he met with in the Execution of some Orders of both Houses: That, namely, at Portesmouth, sending two Bailiffs to proclaim the Lord Digby Traitor, the Deputy-Mayor committed his Bailiffs to safe Custody, and threatened to whip them: That the Sheriff himself coming to the said Town to examine the Truth of the Business; the Mayor himself... that, if he came thither upon any such Business, he would whip him. The Sheriff avowed the Petition, and affirmed the Truth of the other Allegation against the Mayor of Portesmouth himself.
The Sheriff was called in again: And Mr. Speaker told him, "That the House doth particularly take notice of the good Respects and Service that you have shewn to the Performance of the Orders of this House: That they have resolved to send up your Petition to the Lords; and desire you would attend there, and give the same Account there, as you have done here: And that you would pick out some of the most active Persons of Andevor, that refused to give you assistance in the conducting of the Rebels from the West."
Magazines at Monmouth, &c.
Ordered, That a Conference shall be desired with the Lords: And * that Conference the Lords be acquainted with the Certificates and Informations that are come to this House, concerning the Magazine at Monmouth and at Poole in Montgomeryshire; to desire, that an Order of both Houses may be directed to the Sheriffs and Justices of Peace of both those Counties, requiring them forthwith to remove That at Monmouth to Newport; and That at Poole to Newtowne.
1. Resolved, upon the Question, That One Head of the Conference be, to move the Lords, that some effectual Course may be taken by the Wisdom of both Houses, to prevent the flocking of Papists to foreign Ambassadors Houses.
Magazines at Monmouth, &c.
That the Gentlemen that serve for Wales may meet together, and consider of some Members among themselves, that may be appointed to go into Wales, enabled by Authority of this House, to see the Orders for removing the Magazines at Monmouth and Poole ... in Execution [a].
4. Resolved, That the Information given here, of the Spanish Ambassador's entertaining many of the King's Subjects in his Service, that are Priests, and serve him in Lay Employments, may be offered to the Lords at this Conference.
5. Resolved, That One Head of the Conference shall be, to desire the Lords, that a declaratory Order may be published, declaring, that the Magazines of the several Counties ought to be in the * of the several Lord Lieutenants and Deputies.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Bill for repealing the Proviso in a Statute made 3° Jacobi, concerning Recusant Artificers to have Liberty to stay about the Town, be revived: And that all the Lawyers of the House be added to this Committee: And they are to meet * * * *.
The Lords have commanded us to let you know, that they have taken into Consideration the Propositions made by the Merchants, concerning setting forth of Ships; which they have assented unto, with some Qualifications, which they will send to you.
Ly. St. Johns' Petition.
They have likewise received a Petition from the Lady St. Johns. They had examined the Matter of it; but, finding it to reflect upon some People employed by this House, they thought fit to communicate it to this House.
The House doth Declare, and so Order, That all such Persons as shall serve the King and Commonwealth in the War as Volunteers, and receive Wages, after they have received it, are within the Words and Intention of the Laws that provide for the Relief of maimed Soldiers.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Jo. Evelyn brings Answer, That the Lords will agree upon a short Day, for this House to come up to demand Judgment against the Lord Digby; and that they will send Word of the Time by Messengers of their own; And, as to the Business of Portesmouth, they will send for the Mayor, &c. and proceed against them according to their Demerits.
Committee for Address to the King.
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Pym, Sir Ben. Rudyard, Sir Hugh Cholmeley, Mr. Holles, Mr. Whittlock, Sir Philip Stapilton, Sir Walth. Erle, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Crew, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Strode, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Marten, Mr. Pierrepoint, Sir Wm. Lewis, Mr. Arth. Goodwyn;
This Committee is to give his Majesty an Account what the Parliament has done in Satisfaction to his Majesty's Demands concerning seditious Pamphlets and Sermons; and concerning Tumults for the future; and to prepare an Answer to his Majesty's Message concerning Hull; and to give his Majesty Satisfaction of the loyal Intentions of his Parliament in all their Proceedings concerning that Business; and to take Notice of his Majesty's sending to call the Gentry of Yorkeshire together, now sitting the Parliament; and to petition his Majesty to forbear any further Proceedings against Hull; and that he would be pleased to return, to receive the faithful Advice of his Parliament: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards: And are to bring in a Return of this Business with all Expedition.
Warrant for levying Men.
Privilege of Member in a Suit.
Ordered, That the Lords be acquainted, that, upon the Report made from the Lords, of the Matter of Privilege between the Earl of Peterborough and the Lord Mounson, the Lord Mounson is willing to wave his Privilege, as to the whole Trial of the Cause, if the Earl of Peterborough shall do the like.
Committee for Courts of Justice.
Ly. St. John's Petition.
St. Botolph's, Algate, Lecturer.
Whereas the Parishioners of St. Botolph's, Algate have and do, at their own Charge, entertain Mr. Jo. Simson, an orthodox Divine, and in Orders, to be their Lecturer, to preach in the said Church weekly, upon the Lord's Day in the Afternoon, and Tuesdays in the Forenoon; it is this Day Ordered, That Mr. Tho. Swadlyn shall, without any Interruption, admit the said Mr. Simson to the free Use of the Pulpit, and Exercise of his Ministry, on the Days aforesaid, in the said Church.