Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Martis, 24 Maii, 1642.
Soldiers at Mynhead.
THAT Mr. Pine be required to inform the House, whether the Soldiers at Mynhead be gone; and to employ his best Endeavours for the speedy Transporting of them; and to inquire whether there has been any Fault or Neglect in any of the Officers: And that he certify the House thereof.
Information against Tilfton.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Brereton acquaint my Lord Admiral with the Information given to this House, of great Misdemeanors committed by Tilston, Marshal of the Admiral's Court at Chester.
That the High-sheriff of Somersettshire do forthwith pay in the Monies received upon the Subscriptions in that County, to the Treasurers appointed to receive that Money in London.
Loan to the State.
Mr. Jesson is contented to turn over a Thousand Pounds that is owing unto him by some Merchants of Scotland, towards the Payment of the Brotherly Assistance to the Scotts; and will lend it to the Commonwealth for a Twelvemonth.
Publick Accounts, &c.
Mr. Trenchard reports from the Committee for Accounts.
He first presented a Note of such Counties and Boroughs to whom the Commissions concerning the Contribution are not sent down.
He likewise acquainted the House with a Letter prepared by Mr. Cage, concerning the Contribution-money.
He likewise said, That, on Thursday in the next Week, the Committee sits, to receive the Accounts of the Poll-money, and the Subsidies in Arrear; and desires the House to take Notice thereof.
Ordered, That the Knights and Burgesses of the several Counties do take their special Care for the Bringing in of the Monies upon the Poll-money, the Subsidies and the Contribution; and that they bring in the Accounts of the Arrears upon those Particulars, on Thursday next come Sevennight.
The Under Sheriff of Somersettshire was called in; and says, That the Five hundred Pounds paid in upon the Subscriptions, shall be paid in on Thursday next: And that for the Contribution-money in that County, there was, as yet, only Five Pounds paid in to the Sheriff: And that for the Poll-money, all the Arrears since his being Under Sheriff, which was Fourscore Pounds, was paid in long since.
The Under Sheriffs of divers Counties were called in: And Mr. Speaker told them, That the House found a great Neglect in returning the Arrears of the Poll-money, the Subsidies, and the Contribution; and admonished them for it: And gave them Directions to make speedy Returns of those Particulars, as they will answer their Neglect at their Peril.
Loan from Middlesex.
The House doth accept of the Five hundred Pounds lent by the County of Middlesex to the Commonwealth, upon the publick Faith; and do Order, That those Gentlemen in whose Hands the particular Sums that make up the said Five hundred Pounds, are remaining, do forthwith pay in the said particular Sums to Sir Ro. Pye and Mr. Wheeler.
Letter to Sheriffs.
Ordered, That the Knights and Burgesses do write Copies of this Letter now read, and presented from the Committee, to the Sheriffs of the several Counties: And that Copies of this Letter be forthwith printed.
A Message from the Lords by Sir Ro. Rich and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to acquaint you, That they are now ready to proceed in the Cause against Justice Berkeley, so soon as this House shall send up any Members to manage it.
Answer returned; The House is resolved to send up some Members for the managing of that Business, presently.
The House being informed, That some Gentlemen of Cheshire were at the Door, who desired to prefer a Petition to this House;
They were called in; and did present their Petition.
The which being done, they withdrew.
And their Petition was read.
And then they were again called in: And Mr. Speaker told them, in the Name of the House, "That they had read the Petition; and do find, that you take Particular Notice of the Endeavours of this House for the Commonwealth: These Things that concern your particular Country, and likewise as concern the Commonwealth, they will take into Consideration in due time: And, for your good Expressions, and Acceptance of the Endeavours of this House, they give you hearty Thanks."
A Letter to be sent to the Cities, and other good Towns, of the Kingdom, for the Loan of present Monies, was presented from the Committee, and read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That Mr. Green shall, on Thursday next, make Report of the State of the Navy, and of the Accounts of the Customers.
That the House shall be forthwith resolved into a Committee, to consider of the Providing of a Stock and Credit for present Monies.
That the Report of the Soap Business shall be made by Mr. Pury, on Thursday Morning next.
Proceedings concerning Hull.
Mr. Hatcher reports from the Town of Hull, That the Committee had given an Account of the Instructions, and Order that accompanied them to Hull; but was to give an Account of the last Order concerning the Removing the Magazine; in the Performing of which Service they had great Assistance from the Captains and Masters of the Ships, from whom, and their Ship Company, they found great Expressions of Affection to the Service of this House.
Ordered, That the Committee should return Thanks, and an Acknowledgment, from this House, to the Masters and Captains.
A Standing Committee to be aiding and assisting unto him, with large Instructions, upon all emergent Occasions.
Six able Cannoneers.
An able Engineer.
Some Thirty or Forty Horse to be employed for Scouts, and other Services.
A further Supply of Monies.
To have the Assistance of Sir Jo. Meldrom, a Man very expert.
Ordered, That Thanks be given, from this House, to the Committee employed at Hull, for their faithful Service there: And that they have the same Order for their Indemnity and Security for their Doings there, as the Earl of Warwick and Sir Jo. Hotham has had.
That Mr. Hatcher write a Letter of Thanks to the Captains and Masters of the Ships at Hull; and likewise to Sir Jo. Hotham, to acquaint him what this House had done upon the several Propositions made by him.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Fienis, and Mr. Hatcher, are to prepare Instructions to be sent to the Committees at Hull.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Allured and Mr. Broxholme shall be sent as Committees, to be assistant to the Governor there, upon such Orders and Instructions as they shall receive from both Houses.
Resolved, That Six Cannoneers shall be sent to Hull for the Service of that Town.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Jo. Meldrom shall be desired to go to Hull to be assistant to the Governor there, in military Matters: And it is referred to the Committee for the Instructions to be sent to the Committees at Hull; and the Committees that lately returned from Hull; to confer with Sir Jo. Meldrom about his going to Hull; and to consider what Allowance is fit to be made unto him; and what Monies are fit to be sent to Hull; and likewise to consider of the rest of the Propositions made from Sir Jo. Hotham.
Ordered, That the Knights that serve for the Counties of Merioneth, Brecon, and Anglesey, do write unto the several Sheriffs of those several Counties forthwith, to give an Account to this House what is become of the Poll-money in those Counties.
Transporting a Horse.
Ordered, That Sir Ralph Verney shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to transport One Horse into Holland.
Hull Committee, &c.
That it be referred to Sir Robert Pye and Mr. Wheeler to pay the Committees that are now returned from Hull, the Charges that they have been at in that Service; and likewise to Mr. Aiscough for his Journey Post to Hull, and back.
Ordered, That Sir H. Mildmay and Sir Tho. Barrington do go to the Lords Commissioners of Scotland, to desire them, that, in regard of the great Businesses of this House at this Time, that they would please to put off their Meeting till Thursday next, in the Afternoon.
House to meet.
Ordered, That the House shall meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock.
Lords to sit.
Sir Tho. Barrington went up to the Lords, to desire them, that they would sit this Afternoon, at Three of Clock.
Reducing Irish Rebels.
Mr. Lisle reports the Bill for the Advancement of the more speedy and effectual Reducing of the Rebels in Ireland, with some Amendments: The which were Twice read; and, upon the Question, re-committed unto the same Committee.
St. Olave's, Southwarke, Petition.
Ordered, That the Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of the Parish of St. Olave's, Southwarke, be read this Afternoon, at Three of Clock.
A LETTER from Colonel Ogle and Colonel Powlett to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, of the Oneand-twentieth of May; informing, That all their Companies, but Six, are sent over into Ireland by Serjeant Major Baynton; and that they hope, by Wednesday next, all the rest to be in Ireland.
St. Olave's Southwarke, Churchwardens.
The humble Petition of the greater Part of the Inhabitants of St. Olave's, Southwarke, that pay to the Poor, and other publick Charges, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That the Churchwardens chosen by the major Part of the Inhabitants, be kept in, in a quiet Possession, till the Right of the Election be determined by this House: And that the whole Business be referred to the Committee for Stepney: And all, that will come, to have Voices: And are to meet on Friday, in the Afternoon, in the Star-chamber.
The Petition of Whitechappel is likewise referred to this Committee.
Ordered, That Sir Walter Roberts shall pay in the Remainder of the Two thousand One hundred Pounds, which he received of the Aqueduct Money, into such Hands as this House shall appoint: And that, upon the Payment thereof, Sir Edw. Stradling, Mr. Carew Raleigh, and Mr. Wm. Nuce, shall pay in the Remainder of the Seven thousand Pounds which they and others have received of his Majesty for the said Aqueduct, into the same Hands: And shall also assign the Security which the said Sir Walter hath given to his Majesty and them for the Two thousand One hundred Pounds, received by them as aforesaid, to such Person or Persons as he shall procure to pay the said Money for him.
And it is also Ordered, That, upon the Payment of the said Seven thousand Pounds, or so much thereof as is remaining, and not expended upon the Work, the said Sir Edward Stradling, Mr. Rawley, and Mr. Nuce, shall have an Order from the Lords and Commons to be discharged of the Security which they have given to his Majesty for the Performance of the said Work: And that all the said Monies shall be paid unto the Undertakers of the said Work, as the Work goes on; with such Interest and Allowance for the Forbearance thereof, as this House shall think fit: And if the said Work shall not go on, then the said Money, with the Interest thereof, shall be paid to his Majesty, according to the Contract.
Letter, &c. to York Committee.
Ordered, That an Express be sent to Yorke, with this Letter and Votes to the Committee at Yorke: And that it be left to Mr. Pym to take care to send away this Messenger.
Person sent to Hull.
Ordered, That Mr. Darley shall be sent down to Hull; and that Mr. Alex. Bente shall be excused.
Ordered, That Sir Edw. Aiscough, Sir Chr. Wray, Sir Antho. Irby, Sir Jo. Wray, Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Hatcher, Mr. Broxholme, shall be sent as a Committee into Lincolneshire on Thursday Morning next, for the Preservation of the Peace there, upon such Orders and Directions as they shall receive from both Houses.
Publishing Orders of Parliament, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee appointed to prepare the Letter and Instructions for the Committee at Yorke, to prepare an Order for the Knights and Burgesses, to take care for the Publishing, in the several Counties of the Kingdom, the Orders and Declarations of both Houses: And likewise to prepare Instructions for the Members of this House, that are to be sent into Lincolnshire on Thursday Morning.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved to join with this House, that, after the Two Sermons are done. To-morrow at the Fast, the House do meet here again: And
Ordered, That the House do meddle with no Business then, but what requires a present Dispatch for the Safety of the Kingdom.
And Mr. Morley is to go with this Message.
Adjournment of Term.
Ordered, That a Conference be desired with the Lords, concerning the Adjournment of the Term: And Mr. Holles, Mr. Pym, Sir Chr. Yelverton, and Mr. Pury, are appointed Managers of that Conference.
Courts of Guard.
Ordered, That Seventy-one Pounds Fifteen Shillings shall be paid to those Persons that built the Two Courts of Guard: And Mr. Wheeler is to take care for the Payment of the same.
Ordered, That Mr. Peard do report Mr. Vaughan's Case on Friday Morning.
Ordered, That the like Order be made for the Setting up of a Lecture in the Town of Buckingham, as was made for the Town of Wendover.
Ordered, That the Petition of Merchants, trading in Wines in the Out Ports, be referred to the Committee of the Bill for Tonage and Poundage: And have Power to send for Parties, Witneffes, &c.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Crue, Sir Arthur Heselrig, Mr. Holles, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Marten, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Fienis, Mr. Cage;
Whereas it is already voted, that it doth appear that the King, seduced by evil Counsel, doth intend to levy War upon his Parliament; It is Ordered, That this Committee do consider how a Stock of Money, or any other Means, may be provided for the better Defence of his Majesty's Person, the Parliament, and the publick Peace of the Kingdom, against any such Force.
Defence of the Kingdom.
Ordered, That it be propounded to the Lords at this Conference, that a Committee of both Houses may be appointed to consider of some Means for the present Defence of the Kingdom.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth approve of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland's Disposal of the Commands which Sir. Charles Coote lately held in the Armies of Ireland, viz. in Conferring of the Regiment and Company of Foot, which the said Sir Charles had of the new Levies, upon the Right Honourable the Earl of Kildare, to be Colonel thereof; the Office or Command of Provost Marshal of Connaght, which the said Sir Charles had, upon * Coote, his eldest Son, already Captain of a Foot Company; and the old Company of Foot, in the Standing Army of that Kingdom, which the said Sir Charles had, upon * Coote, younger Son to the said Sir Charles Coote.
Lord Lieut. thanked.
And Mr. Pym is ordered to return Thanks to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, for his prudent and honourable Disposal of these Commands.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Morley brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to a Conference concerning the Adjournment of the Term; and to the Order for One thousand Pounds; and to meet To-morrow after the Sermons: And, as for the Orders for Raising of Men for Ireland, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Essex, &c. Forces.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved, that some Warrant may be granted from both Houses, to the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Essex, in the Absence of the Lieutenant of that County, who is now in the Service of the King and Kingdom, to nominate and appoint Colonels, Captains, and other Officers, over the Trained Bands of that County: And that a speedy Day be appointed for the Trained Bands to be mustered in the Counties of Essex, Surrey, and Kent.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Pennard, in the County of Glamorgan, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, by Vote upon the Question, That Mr. Wm. Edwards, complained of in the Petition of the Inhabitants of Pennard, in the County of Glamorgan, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Message to Lords.
Sir Edward Hungerford carried up to the Lords the Order to be sent to the Committees at York; and likewise the Names of the Committees to be sent to Hull, and into Lincolnshire: And was appointed to move the Lords, that, at this Conference, they would receive from this House some Propositions for the present Defence of the Kingdom.
Sir Edward Hungerford brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order to be sent to the Committees at York, and to the Committees to be sent to Hull, and into Lincolnshire; and do agree to receive any Propositions that shall be made for the Defence of the Kingdom.
Gravesend, &c. Petition.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Inhabitants of Gravesend and Milton to be read on Thursday Morning.
Messenger to York.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Rushworth shall be sent down as an express Messenger to the Committee at York: and that, at his Return, the House will take into Consideration his Charges. Pains, and Deserts, both in this Journey, and his several other Journeys.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Barrington do acquaint the Lords, on Thursday next, That whereas Commissions are left with the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Essex, under the Lord Lieutenant's Hand and Seal, for the Colonels, Captains of all the Foot Companies, and Troops of Horse, of that County; and that a List of the Names of the several Captains remains also with them; and that the Directions of the Commissions, in regard of my Lord of Warwick's Haste to Sea, was omitted; That the Lords would be pleased to join with this House in giving Power to the Deputy Lieutenants to make the Directions of those Commissions: and forthwith to issue them respectively.
IT is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Committee of both Houses now resident at York, shall, for the better Direction of the Sheriff of the County of York, and the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs of the City and County of the City of York, deliver to them all Orders, Votes, and Declarations of both Houses, which are to be put in Execution by them, or either of them, or by any Officer or Minister subordinate to them, or either of them: All which are, by the said Sheriff, and by the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of York, respectively, to be communicated to the Head Constable, 'Petty Constables, and others whom it may concern: And the Committees are likewise required to send to the High Constables, and other inferior Officers, as they shall see Cause; and to inquire whether they have received and executed the said Orders: And are hereby authorized and enabled themselves to deliver the said Orders, Votes, or other Declarations or Directions, to the High Constables or any other his Majesty's Officers, for their better Direction in obeying the same. It is further Ordered, by both Houses, That the Committees above-mentioned shall require the Sheriff of the County of York, and the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of the City and County of the City of York, that they do publish in all Market Towns, and do give notice to all Head Constables, and to require them likewise to communicate the same to all Petty Constables, that the Trained Bands ought not to rise or to gather together, by any personal Command of his Majesty; but that such Commands, as the Affairs now stand, are against the Law, tending to the great Disturbance and Danger of the Kingdom; and that no Man can, by Law, be punished for not obeying such illegal Commands; but that such as, under Colour of obeying the Law, shall assemble together in Arms, are liable to be punished for it. And this Order the said Committee is required to publish to all his Majesty's loving Subjects: and to give out Copies thereof, and likewise of the former Votes concerning those Matters, as they shall see Cause.