Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Veneris, 6 Maii, 1642.
Counsel in Lords.
Message from the King.
A Letter from his Majesty of the Second of May, with a Message inclosed, concerning Mr. Porter and Mr. Ashburneham, Two Members of this House, and Servants of his Majesty and the Prince, being summoned to attend the Service of the House.
Affairs at Hull, &c.
A Letter from the Committees sent to Hull, of the Third of May; wherein they give an Account of their Proceedings there: And likewise a Warrant inclosed, from the High Sheriff of the County of Yorke, concerning the not raising the Trained Bands of the East Riding in that County, upon any Warrant but his Majesty's: And likewise the Examination of Thorpe, a Mariner of the Town of Hull, concerning the Intentions of the Danish Fleet: And likewise an Extract of a Letter from one Mettcalfe, a Merchant, to Serjeant Major Gifford at Hull, to the same Purpose: And likewise the Copy of a Petition presented to his Majesty on Saturday last at Yorke; and the Propositions made by his Majesty to the Gentry at Yorke, before the Delivery of that Petition; and the Answer of the Gentry to that Petition.
Proceedings against Porter, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That if Mr. Endymion Porter, and Mr. Jo. Ashburneham, Members of this House, do not appear here by the Sixteenth of this Month, according to the former Order of Summons, that then the House will proceed against them for their Contempt.
Clowes that was his Keeper, was called in; and says, That the last time he was seen was Yesterday at One of Clock there: That Mr. Price and Mr. Walsh were with him on Wednesday last: That Mr. Price his Footman returned; and that Mr. Walsh his Footman was there Yesterday Morning; and that Mr. Digby was there to see him Yesterday in the Afternoon; but could not see him.
* Erle, * Strode, * Lewis, * Evelyn, * Marten, are appointed to make a present Inquiry after all Circumstances that concern the Escape of Mr. Oneile: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Sir Walth. Erle is appointed to go to the Lords, to acquaint them with the Informations that this House has received of Mr. Daniel Oneil's Escape: And to desire that the Ports may be stopped; and that some speedy and diligent Course may be taken for the Apprehending of them.
Person to attend.
Affairs at Hull, &c.
That the Letter sent from the Committees at Hull, and the Warrants and Papers inclosed, be referred to the Consideration of a Committee: And likewise, That they may consider of the Particulars propounded to the House by Sir Jo. Hotham, concerning the Warrant for the Delivery of the Magazine, to take care that it may agree with the Warrant; and that he may have Power to reserve such a Proportion of Powder and Arms as shall be necessary for the Safety of the Place; and that Monies may be provided for the Shipping of the Magazine: And that this Committee prepare an Answer to be sent to the Committees;
Proclamation against Oneile.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved, That, in regard that Oneile is committed by them upon the Accusation of High Treason; and that he is fled, and so made himself guilty; that they would give Directions for a Proclamation to issue for the Calling of him in; and to declare in the Proclamation, that he stands accused of High Treason: And that therefore whosoever shall abet him, and aid him, and not discover him, shall be liable to the Punishments of the Law: And that a Reward shall be given to such as shall apprehend him.
Persons to attend.
Riots in Waltham Forest.
Mr. Solicitor acquaints the House of divers Riots in the Forest of Waltham; and of divers Affidavits to prove the same; and that the Lords had made an Order in This; and he desired the Concurrence of the House herein.
Sir Walth. Erle reports, That the Lords had received Information of the Escape of Mr. Daniel Oneile, before this Information was sent: And that they had commanded all the Ports to be stopped; and had directed the Lord Chief Justice * * * *
That the Lord Admiral shall be desired presently to set forth these Ships mentioned in this List; namely, The Crescent and Lilly, at Debtford; Swanne, Hart, a French Frigate in Ireland: Merchants Ships, Mary, Richardson, Elizabeth, Charity, in the River; Grace, at Bristoll: And that the Lords be desired to concur herein.
Message to Lords.
Sir Sam. Rolle likewise carried up the Order for the Payment of Ten thousand Pounds, to be paid to the Committee of Adventurers, by the Treasurers appointed by that Act; and likewise a List of the Ships to complete the Fleet; to desire their Lordships Concurrence therein.
Publick Accounts, &c.
Ordered, That this Return of the Names of such Persons as have not yet cleared their Account, be recommitted to this Committee: And they are to inform themselves what Obstructions are or have been in the Exchequer, or elsewhere, to hinder Accomptants to pass their Accounts, and that they do present * * * *
Lords agree to Message.
Sir Sam. Rolle reports, That he had delivered the Messages of this House to the Lords; and that they assented unto all the Particulars concerning Mr. Oneile; and concerning the Ships; and concerning the Ten thousand Pounds.
Letter concerning the Prince.
The Lords desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, touching a Letter written to a noble Peer of that House, from Marquis Hertford, concerning the Prince, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House.-
Ordered, That the Consideration of this Escape of Mr. Roche, an Irish Man, sent for by Order of this House, in the Pacquet boat at Dover, (whereof this House was now informed) be referred to the Committee for Post-masters, where Mr. Weston has the Chair.-
Proceedings concerning the Prince.
Mr. Holles reports, That the Lord Keeper declared unto them, That this Conference was occasioned by a Letter written from the Marquis Hertford, to the Earl of Essex, concerning the Prince; wherein he expresses, That he will undertake that the Prince shall go no farther than his Majesty goeth; for so it hath pleased his Majesty to assure him, it being expected that he should give Answer to the House of Peers, whether he would undertake that the Prince should not be conveyed out of this Kingdom: From any other Undertaking he does utterly disclaim, as being a thing out of his Power: And likewise, to desire their Lordships, that the Order may be taken off, which may be so prejudicial unto him. He farther declared, That the Lords had made an Order, That the Marquis of Herts should return his Answer, whether he would undertake that the Prince should not go out of the Kingdom: Which occasioned this Letter. He likewise declared, That the Lords had appointed a Committee of their House, of Fourteen, to consider of this Letter; and what is fit to be done upon it, in Answer unto it: And to meet this Afternoon, at Two, in the Painted Chamber.
Hull Magazine, &c.
Resolved, That One hundred Pounds shall be imprested to Sir Jo. Hotham, to be employed towards the Shipping of the Magazine at Hull, and the Freight of the Ships: And that it be referred to Mr. Wheeler to pay this Money to Mr. Ven (who does undertake to return the same to Hull) or such as he shall appoint, upon certain Notice, that the same is paid at Hull, as is appointed.
Mr. Speaker is to let the Messenger (that came from Hull) to know, That the House takes notice, that he has, with Diligence, come Twice, and brought Letters from thence hither; and that they will think of some Recompence for him.
There was likewise an Order read, for giving Directions to the Officers and others, in whose Custody the Magazine at Hull now is, for the Delivery of the same; which was voted, and assented unto; and ordered that the Lords Concurrence be desired therein.
Leave of Absence.
The Draught of a Commission to be granted to the Adventurers of additional Forces by Sea, for the Service of Ireland, was read; and committed unto Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Constantine, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Serjeant Wilde: And are to meet upon it, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Proceedings concerning the Prince.
Mr. Holles, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Marten, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Jo. Holland, Sir Sam. Rolles, Sir Arth. Heselrig, Mr. Strode, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr. Waller, Sir Jo. Potts, Mr. Solicitor, Lord Ruthen, Mr. Goodwyn, Sir Ro. Coke, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Pym, Sir Wm. Brereton, Sir H. Vane jun. Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Browne, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Wm. Strickland, Mr. Cromwell, Sir Walth. Erle, Sir Jo. Franckland;
This Committee is appointed to meet with a proportionable Committee of the Lords, to consider of this Report now made, concerning the Prince, and Marquis Herts; of the Letter from the Marquis Herts; and what is fit to be done upon it, in Answer unto it: And they are likewise to carry up to that Committee the Votes that formerly passed this House, concerning the Prince: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two, in the Painted Chamber.
Removing Hull Magazine.
IT is this Day Ordered, by the Commons, That notwithstanding any former Order, the Earl of Newport, Master of the Ordnance, (if he be in Kingston upon Hull) or, in his Absence, Alderman Watkinson, or any other Person intrusted, by the Earl of Newport, with the Magazine at Hull, or that otherwise hath the Charge and Custody thereof, shall forthwith deliver up the said Magazine, or so much thereof, as shall be directed by the Committees employed from both Houses of Parliament, and Sir John Hotham, to such Persons as they shall appoint; to be conveyed unto the Tower of London: And that just and perfect Inventories be taken of all such Arms and Ammunition as have been already taken out, since Sir John Hotham came to the said Town of Hull; or shall be delivered, or continue there, by Direction of the said Committees, and Sir John Hotham... are hereby ordered to convey and send up the said Magazine to the Tower of London, and provide Shipping, and all other Necessaries, which they, in their Judgment, shall hold necessary for the convenient and safe Conveyance thereof; reserving only so much of the Arms and Ammunition, to remain in the said Magazine, as shall be, by them, thought needful for the Safeguard of the Town.
Ordered, That the Knights and Burgesses of every County be forthwith injoined to write unto the several Sheriffs of every County, That they require all the Commissioners of their respective Counties to make present Return of all such Certificates of the Poll-money, as have not yet been returned, according to the former Order of this House; and also be injoined to take into their Custody the several Certificates of every several County already returned, respectively; and to examine the true Estate of them: And that where they find any Certificates not returned, or defective, that they forthwith give Notice unto the several Commissioners of each County inhabiting within Forty Miles of this City, to make their Returns by the last of this instant May; and all those beyond that Distance, by the Tenth of June next: And, being so by them examined, that they take a speedy Course to return the same unto the Committee for Accounts and Poll-money, at such times as they shall be required by the said Committee, who have agreed to call for them, with all Speed, and to digest them into Form, that so they may present them unto the House: And to begin with the City of London and Westminster, according to a former Order in that Case.
And it is further Ordered, That the Sheriffs of the several Co nties, respectively, do certify into how many several Divisions the Commissioners of the several Counties did divide themselves within the Counties, for the Collecting of the Poll-money.