Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Sabbati, ultimo Aprilis, 1642.
Leave of Absence.
Seizure of Kentish Petitions, &c.
Sir Jo. Wollaston was called in; ... informed the House, that the Committee for the Militia, according to the Order of both Houses, gave Order to some of the Captains, to see that no Multitudes armed should come in: And divers Gentlemen coming, one of them rode in the Front very suspiciously: Whereupon they stayed him, and apprehended One Gentleman with the Bundle of the Kentish Petitions (that were formerly ordered by both Houses to be burnt) printed.
Sir Jo. Wollaston, and the Gentlemen of the City of London, were again called in: Mr. Speaker told them, that the House took their Service in very good part, as an Addition of their Respect to this House, and the Commonwealth; for which he was commanded to give them Thanks.
Resolved, That the Reprinting of Sir Edw. Dering's Book, formerly ordered to be burnt, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Printing, where Mr. White has the Chair: And that they consider what is fit to be done upon it: And that the Books be seized: And that it be referred to the same Committee, to find out who printed the Kentish Petitions; and to whom this great Bundle of them was delivered.
Resolved, upon the Question, Joseph Hincksman and Wm. Blake of Andover, be forthwith summoned to attend this House, for refusing to be assistant to the Sheriff of Southampton in the Execution of an Order of both Houses, for the conducting of some Rebels from the West to London.
Church Government, &c.
That the Committee concerning the Government of the Church, and the Committee of the Bill for the better Maintenance of the Ministry, be joined: And that they consider of the Monies formerly collected for the buying in of Impropriations, and what has been done with it: And that they have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers and Records: And that it be referred to this Committee, to consider of some Means for the better certifying themselves of the Value of all the Vicarages in each County: And that Sir Tho. Whitmore and Mr. Browne be added to this Committee.
Answer to the King.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare Answer to his Majesty's last Message concerning Hull, &c. do meet this Afternoon at Two, in the Court of Wards: And that all the Members of that Committee do attend that Committee.
Messages from the King.
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House; concerning Two Messages that they received now from the King, of the highest Consequence that ever came to that House.
Persons to attend.
The Gentlemen of Kent that presented the Petition, were called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, told them, "That the House has considered of the Petition that you presented. And they know you cannot be ignorant, what Opinion both Houses have formerly expressed of the same Petition: Yet, considering that you are young Gentlemen, misled by the Solicitation of some not affected to the Peace of the Kingdom; and that, howsoever they intend to proceed against the chief Agents and prime Actors in this Business; yet they are willing that you should be dismissed; hoping that you may hereafter prove good Members of the Commonwealth."
Messages from the King respecting Hull, &c.
Mr. Hollis brings from the Lords, at a Conference, a Letter, and a Message inclosed, concerning Sir Jo. Hotham's Refusal to give his Majesty Entrance into the Town of Hull; and a Letter, and a Message inclosed, concerning his Majesty's Refusal to pass the Bill concerning the Militia:
The Lord of Essex, from the Lords, said, "That by these Messages you may see the Effects of evil Counsel: That we have oftentimes complained of them; but named none: By this we have angered many; but have had no Redress: Therefore they desire they might be named; and that this House would join with the Lords in the Removal of them, where-ever they be in the King's Dominions."
Mr. Hollis, Sir H. Vane, Sir Philip Stapilton, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Morley, Lord Fairefax, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Marten, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Hugh Cholmley, Sir H. Heyman, Sir Walth. Erle, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir H. Ludlow, Sir Roger North, Mr. Strode, Sir Wm. Lewis, Mr. Pierrepoint, Mr. Whittlock, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Pym, Mr. Hampden;
This Committee is appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, to consider what is fit to be done upon these Messages received from his Majesty, concerning Sir Jo. Hotham's Refusal to give his Majesty Entrance into the Town of Hull; and concerning his Majesty's Refusal to pass the Bill touching the Militia.
Ordered, That the Adventurers for the additional Forces by Sea may underwrite several such Sums, as they please, the Whole not exceeding the Sum of Forty thousand Pounds: And that the Receivers of the Adventurers Money for Ireland shall give Receipts to the several Men, for their several Sums so subscribed, all not exceeding the Sum of Forty thousand Pounds: And that the said Receivers make the said Sum of Forty thousand Pounds, or so much thereof as shall be so underwrit, paid into the Hands of the Adventurers, for the Shipping, upon Account, to be disbursed and laid laid out, by the said Underwriters, as they shall agree, for the Service aforesaid; which Account shall be made to the Committee of the Land Adventurers; and what shall not be disbursed upon the Service of the Sea Adventure of the said Sum underwritten, shall be repaid to the said Receivers in ready Money.
House to meet.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Henry Horsley and Reynold Horsley, this Day presented to this House, be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the Business and Petition concerning Sir Jo. Delavall and Mr. Edward Gray.
Declaration on Kent Petition.
Sir Ro. Coke, Sir Jo. Holland, Mr. Wingate, Sir Jo. Northcott, Sir Sam. Rolle, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Reynolds, Sir H. Ludlow, Mr. Cage, Sir Jo. Potts, Mr. Marten, Mr. Peard, Mr. Strode, Sir T. B.;
This Committee is appointed to prepare a Declaration; and therein to set down the Reasons and Grounds of the Proceedings of this House, upon the Petition of Kent, and the Petitioners: And are to meet on Monday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Court of Wards.
Earl of Worcester.
Whereas One Head of the Conference Yesterday appointed, concerning the * * * * ; That One Head of the Conference shall be to acquaint the Lords, That this House is informed, That the Earl of Worcester has great Quantity of Arms in this House.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Long shall go up to the Lords, and acquaint them, That this House has nominated a Committee to join with a Committee of the Lords concerning the Messages this Day received; and to desire their Lordships to appoint Time and Place; and likewise to desire the Lords to take Order, that the Ordinance concerning the Militia may be put in Execution, through the Kingdom.
County of Glamorgan.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Foulk Huncks shall execute the Place of Serjeant Major General of the Field, in the Army in Ireland; and have Twenty Shillings per Diem allowed him for the Execution of this Service.
Information concerning Hull, &c.
* Egleston says, As he was walking in Yorke Streets, on Friday was Sevennight, at Night, he was told, That the King intended to be at Hull the next Day: And that he was commanded to tell Sir Jo. Hotham, That, if the King should enter the Town, he should be in Danger of his Life: That he went presently away; and the next Morning came and informed Sir Jo. Hotham of as much; who presently thereupon commanded the Soldiers to their Arms, and prepared to guard the Passages:-And then told all the Manner of his Majesty's coming to the Town, to demand the Town.
That Sir Jo. Hotham wrote a Letter, and commanded him to carry it to the Parliament: That at the Third Stage, Sir Tho. Dorrell and Mr. Whittfield seized him, and shewed him a Commission signed with Charles R. for the Staying of him, and bringing him back: And, that they brought a Constable, and searched him, and took the Letter from him.
Committee of both Houses.
Mr. Long brings Answer, That the Lords have appointed the Painted Chamber for the Place; and the Time, so soon as the Lords House should adjourn: And then to meet from time to time, as the Committees should think fit.
Information concerning Hull, &c.
-The Earl of Newport, and the Lord Willoughby, were there; and earnestly solicited Sir Jo. Hotham to entertain the King: Sir Wm. Penyman and Mr. Endimion Porter, were there: Captain Legg, Sir Tho. Glemham, were there: And Sir Tho. Metham, as he was informed, was there. The Duke of Richmond came with the King.
Grant to Egleston.
Governors of Hull.
Resolved, upon the Question, That, in case Sir Jo. Hotham shall die, who, by Order of both Houses, is Governor of Hull; then John Hotham Esquire, his Son, shall be Governor of the said Town, with the like Power, in his stead: And, in case of his Death, That then Captain Leger, his Lieutenant Colonel, shall have the Charge and Command of the said Town, with the like Power: And, in case of his Death, That then the next chiefest Officer shall have the Command and Charge of the said Place, with the like Power, till the Parliament shall take further *
Governors of Hull.
Information concerning Hull.
-That Sir Jo. Hotham commanding the Mayor .... of Hull to repair to their Houses; That Sir Lewis Dive came and told him, That he was betrayed: And that Sir Lewis Dive told his Majesty, That Sir Jo. Hotham would not suffer the Duke of Yorke to come unto his Majesty.
Sir L. Dive.
Whereas the House has been informed of some Miscarriages of Sir Lewis Dive, towards Sir Jo. Hotham, Sir Jo. Hotham is hereby required to certify unto this House, what the Carriage of the said Sir Lewis Dive was, to this House.
Answer from Lords.
Governors of Hull.
Message to Lords.
Sir Ralph Varney is appointed to go to the Lords, to acquaint them, That this House has assented to the foresaid Alterations: And likewise to desire a Conference by Committees of both Houses, touching a Declaration against the raising of Forces, &c.: And likewise the Order concerning the Sea Adventurers.
Ordered, That Ambrose Mostyn, a godly and faithful Preacher, be, at the Desires of divers of the Parishioners of Pennard, in the County of Glamorgan, recommended to the said Parish, to be their Lecturer, at their own proper Costs and Charges; to preach every Lord's-day in the Forenoon and Afternoon: And that the Vicar of the said Parish* * * *
Relief of Persons from Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Contributions, to consider of a convenient Way for the speedy bringing in of the Monies collected upon the Act of Contribution for the Relief of the poor distressed English, that are come out of Ireland, within the County of Middlesex, and all other Counties of this Kingdom: And they have likewise Power to consider of Reward to be given to such as shall be employed in the Execution of this Order.
Ordered, That the Certificate returned from Sir Ro. Pye and Mr. Wheeler, concerning the Monies due to the Captains for their personal Entertainment, be referred to Mr. Trenchard, Sir Wm. Uvedale, and Mr. Scawen; to consider whether the Billet-money due to the Country for Themselves and the Waggons, be paid by the said Captains.
Declaration against King's raising Forces.
THE Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, being informed, That upon the Three-and-twentieth Day of this instant April, his Majesty repaired to the Town of Hull, and demanded that Town to be delivered up unto him: And, being denied by Sir John Hotham, appointed by both Houses of Parliament to keep that Town, for the Peace and Safety of the Kingdom, his Majesty said, That if Sir John Hotham would not let him into the Town, he would raise the Trained Bands, and force him to deliver up the Town: And being further informed, That shortly after the Sheriff of the County of York did receive a Message intimating a Command from his Majesty to raise the Trained Bands and Power of that County; and that the Justices of the Peace, and Gentlemen of that County, have been summoned to attend his Majesty at York, as they have just Cause to believe, for the same Purpose; to the great Terror of his Majesty's Subjects in those Parts, and the Disturbance of the publick Peace: The Lords and Commons do declare, That the said Command to the High Sheriff of the County of York, and the Summoning of the Justices of Peace, and Gentlemen of that County, to the Purpose aforesaid, is against the Laws of this Realm, and the Liberty of the Subject, and very derogatory from the Honour and Power of the Parliament now sitting, being his Majesty's Great Council, and most ready and willing to advise and assist his Majesty in all Things, that may tend to the Honour and Safety of his Person, and the Weal and Happiness of this Church and State. And they do further declare, That if any Person whatsoever, in the said County of York or elsewhere, shall advise or assist in the Raising of any Forces to the Purpose above mentioned, they shall be taken as Disturbers of the common Peace, and Enemies to his Majesty, and this State; and shall receive such severe Punishments as by the Laws of this Kingdom are to be inflicted upon Offenders of so high a Nature.