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, 27 Maii, 1642.
Person sent for.
RESOLVED, upon the Question, That Jo. Franc the Printer, that printed the last Declaration, shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending.....
Orders for Printing.
Ordered, That whatsoever shall be printed by Order of this House, shall go out attested under Mr. Speaker's Hand; and that it shall not be reprinted, but by his Order.
Treasonable Attempt on Hull.
A Letter from Sir Jo. Hotham, concerning a treasonable Attempt upon Hull, was this Day read: And a Letter from Beckwith, who was the great Agent in that Attempt.
Ordered, That this Letter from Sir Jo. Hotham, of the Twenty-fifth of May, and the Letter from Beckwith, and the other Papers inclosed, shall be forthwith printed.
Person sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Thomas Beckwith, of Beverley, shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Instructions to Hull, &c. Committees.
Mr. Pym presented, from the Committee, the Instructions for the Committee to be sent to Hull: The which were read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto, and ordered to be sent up to the Lords, to desire their Concurrence therein.
He likewise presented Instructions for the Committee to be sent into Lincolneshire: The which were read; and One Instruction concerning the Mustering of Men by the King's Commission, was committed.
Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Pierrepointe, Mr. Browne, * Creswelld, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Crue, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Young, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, are presently to withdraw, to peruse One of the Instructions that concerns the Raising of Men by the King's Commission.
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Alderman Hoyle has Leave to go into the Country.
Whereas the Five hundred Pounds lent by the County of Middlesex, was ordered to be paid to Sir Ro. Pye and Mr. Wheeler; it is now Ordered to be paid to the Sheriff.
Raising Men for Ireland.
Mr. Crew, Sir Arth. Haselrig, Mr. Marten, Mr. Serj. Wilde, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Reynolds;
They are to consider of the several Delays that have been.... the Granting of Warrants for Raising of Men for the Service of Ireland by Sea and Land; and to present the several Obstructions to the House in a Declaration.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Corbett shall go down to Chester, to employ his best Care and Endeavour for the speedy Sending away of the Regiments and Companies at Chester; and to inquire where the Neglect has been, that they are not yet gone.
Mr. Reynolds, Sir Sam. Rolle, Sir Wm. Brereton, are appointed to draw Instructions for Sir Jo. Corbett.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Strode shall carry up to the Lords, the Letter from Sir Jo. Hotham, and the Letter from Mr. Beckwith of Beverley inclosed, and the other Papers inclosed; and acquaint them, that this House hath sent for the said Beckwith as a Delinquent.
Instruction to Committee.
The Committee appointed to consider of the Instruction concerning the Mustering and Gathering together of Men by Commission under the Great Seal; and the Law thereupon; report, That they were of Opinion, that That Instruction should be quite left out.
Ordered, That this Instruction be re-committed to the same Committee: And they have Power to consider what is fit to be done upon this Instruction: And that Mr. Fienis, Mr. Pym, Sir. Jo. Northcott, Mr. Crue, Mr. Marten, be added to this Committee.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved to join with this House in an Order, That the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Essex and Norfolke may have Power to appoint the Captains to nominate their own Lieutenants, and other inferior Officers: And likewise in an Order, That the Deputy Lieutenants, in all the Counties, may have Power, in the Absence of the Lord Lieutenants, to dispose of the Magazines in the several Counties, for the Service of the Counties, and the Kingdom.
Sir Walter Erle reports from the Committee employed to the Mint, That Monsieur Briott, the King's Graver, told him, that there was brought into the Mint, in Spanish Pistoles, the Eighteenth of May, near about Four thousand Five hundred Pounds Sterling; as will appear by the Mint Book: and this Day was brought in near about the like Sum; and more is expected to be brought in this Afternoon: All is to be coined into English Gold, all the Duke D'Espernon's, and for the Duke's own Use.
The Duke being informed, that there was some Jealousy upon him, in respect of these Monies, desired Mr. Holles to acquaint the House, That, rather than he would give any Occasion to this House to have the least Suspicion of him, he would send his Money out of the Kingdom, and his Person suddenly after.
Mr. Holles was appointed to acquaint the Duke, how well satisfied this House is of his clear Intentions; and to return him Thanks for his Expression of Respect to this House.
Sir Walth. Erle likewise reports, That he had received Information of Fifteen thousand Pounds returned to Mr. Adrian May, and others, out of Holland: And it is referred to the Committee, Yesterday employed to the Mint, to inquire out the Particulars and Certainty of this Information.
Ordered, That the House be forthwith resolved into a Committee, to consider of the Providing of a Stock of Credit, for the speedy Raising of present Monies.
Ordered, That when the House shall be resumed, the Bill concerning Merchant Adventurers shall be read.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Crue called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Upon Mr. Crue's Report from the Grand Committee appointed to consider of raising a Stock of Money for Security;
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That a Stock of Money shall be raised upon this Kingdom: And that there shall be a Retribution out of the Land of the Rebels in Ireland.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Land shall pay after the Rate of Six-pence the * * * *
Forces for Ireland.
Mr. Reynolds reports the Instructions for Sir Jo. Corbett, for the speedy Sending into Ireland such Regiments and Companies of Foot, as are now in Chester, or the Parts adjacent.
Imprimis, YOU are to repair, with all possible Speed, to Chester; where you are forthwith to require the Assistance of the chief Officers of the City of Chester, and the Town of Liverpoole, and of such Justices of the Peace of the Counties of Chester and Lancaster as you shall think fit, for the speedy Sending away of the Regiments and Companies, as aforesaid: And for Providing of all Things necessary thereunto.
Item, You shall diligently enquire how long these Regiments and Companies, or any of them, have stayed on this Side the Sea, after such time as they were furnished with Arms, Monies, and other Necessaries for their Transportation; and the Reason, or Pretences, of such their Stay; and of such Officers and Soldiers as seem backward in this Service; to the Intent such Officers and Soldiers may be discharged, and receive condign Punishment for their Neglect and Contempt.
Item, You shall certify the House of your Proceedings herein; and of such Head Officers and Justices of the Peace, as shall refuse to assist you in this Service with all Diligence.
Mr. Pierrepointe reports, from the Committee, the Article of the Instructions to be given to the Committees to be sent into Lincolneshire, concerning the Mustering and Gathering together of Men, by his Majesty's Commission under the Great Seal, with a short Preface to that Vote; viz.
Whereas it doth appear to the Lords and Commons, that the King, seduced by wicked Counsel, intends to make War upon his Parliament: Therefore, &c. as in that Instruction.
And then the Instruction itself, by Vote, upon the Question, was assented unto: And then all the other Instructions were put to the Question; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords do agree in the Proposition made unto them by this House, for the not Removing of the Records; They do likewise agree to a Committee, to consider of the Defence of the Kingdom: And, to that End, have appointed a Committee of Twelve; and desire this House to appoint a Committee of a proportionable Number, to meet, this Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber.
Lincolne &c. Committees.
Mr. Pierrepointe carried up to the Lords, the Instructions to be given to the Committees appointed to go into Lincolneshire and Hull, to desire their Lordships Concurrence therein.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House has considered of their Lordships Message; and resolve to appoint a Committee of a proportionable Number, as is desired.
Defence of the Kingdom.
Resolved, upon the Question, That a Committee of a proportionable Number, shall be appointed to meet with the Lords, to consider of the Defence of the Kingdom.
Mr. Hollis, Mr. Waller, Mr. Pym, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Fienis, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Sutton, Sir Arth. Haselrig, Sir Robert Crane, Sir Robert Pye, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Jo. Holland, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Marten, Sir Jo. Coke, Sir H. Vane jun. Mr. Bodevile, Sir Robert Harly, Mr. Glyn, Sir Edm. Montfort, Mr. Strode, Sir R. Coke, Sir Tho. Smyth;
This Committee is appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Painted Chamber, to consider of the Defence of the Kingdom.
Preventing Civil War.
Mr. Waller is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire, that the Power of the Committee may be enlarged so far as to consider of all Means for continuing and preserving the Peace of the Kingdom, and the preventing of Civil War.
Affairs at Hull.
Mr. Strode brings Answer, That he delivered the Letter to the Lords, that came from Hull; that they have read it; and return it to this House again: And
It was, upon his Motion, Ordered, That the Lieutenant named in the Letter, who, at this Time, saved the Town, shall be taken into Consideration.
Affairs in Essex, &c.
Sir Tho. Barrington brings Answer, That the Lords do agree, that the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Essex and Norfolk should have Power to appoint the Captains to nominate their Under Officers; and that the Deputy Lieutenant should have Power to dispose of the Magazine of Essex and Norfolk.
House to meet.
Ordered, That the House shall meet this Afternoon, at Four of Clock.
MR. Crue reports the Conference, Yesterday.
Field Pieces stayed.
The First Part was touching the Field Pieces stayed at Aylsbury; in which they had made an Order, like to That made by this House, in that Behalf.
Assembly of Divines.
The Second Part was concerning the Bill for calling an Assembly of Divines; To which they have made some Additions.
Treaty with Scotland.
The Third Part was a Paper from the Scotts, concerning the Proceeding in the Remainder of the Treaty, which principally concerns the Matter of Trade and Commerce; and concerning a Commission to issue for concerning the Peace of the Kingdom: The Lords are of Opinion, that such Commissions should issue forth.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth consent, that Commissions shall be issued and awarded, conserving the Matter of Trade and Commerce between this Nation and the Scotts; and concerning the Conserving of the Peace betwixt the Two Kingdoms, according to the Articles of the Treaty which are confirmed in both Parliaments.
Mr. Morley and Mr. Stapeley have Leave to go into the Country, to see the Militia put in Execution in the County of Sussex: And that they return presently after the Service done.
The humble Petition of the Burgesses of Tewksbury, was this Day read: And
It was Ordered, That Sir Robert Coke should return Thanks to the Petitioners, for their Respects to this House: And that the Petition be entered.
The humble Petition of Nehcmiah Rawsone, in Behalf of himself, and the Commoners in the East and West Fens, in the County of Lincolne, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That this Petition be referred to the Committee, where Mr. Whittlock has the Chair, as to the Matter of it: And that Mr. Glyn, and Mr. Pelham, and Mr. Ellis, do shew the Judges of King's Bench and Duchy Court this Petition, to know the Reasons why they obstruct the Proceedings at Common Law, complained of in this Petition.
Defence of the Kingdom.
Mr. Waller brings Answer, That, for the Committee of both Houses, for the Defence of the Kingdom, which was desired by this House; the Lords do agree, that the Power of the Committee should be enlarged, to consider of all Means for continuing and preserving the Peace of the Kingdom, and preventing Civil War.
Merchant Adventurers, &c.
That the Gentlemen of the City of London, and Mr. Spurstoe, and Mr. Beding field, do speak with the Company of the Merchant Adventurers, to know what ready Monies they can furnish; and likewise speak with Mr. Edwards, and others, concerning the Scotts taking their Money beyond Sea; and address them to Sir Jo. Smyth, to know what Monies he shall think convenient to receive by Bill of Exchange, beyond the Seas.
Middlesex Train Bands.
Ordered, That Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Jo. Francklyn, and Mr. Glyn, do return Thanks to the Trained Bands of the County of Middlesex: And that Mr. Hill do, To-morrow, inform the House, what he heard spoken by a Member of this House, concerning those Train Bands of Middlesex.
Raising Men for Ireland.
Mr. Cromwell is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire them to expedite their Resolutions concerning the Orders sent up to them from this House, for the Raising of Men for Ireland, by Sea and Land.
Ordered, That the Bill for Merchant Adventurers be read the Second time, the first Business, To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Ten Pieces of Brass Ordnance removed from the Garison of Portesmouth to London, to be made serviceable for that Place, which now is done, be re-carried to that Garison again, without the Interruption or Lett of any.
Glewe's, &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of Rich Glewe, and others, of Surfleete, and other Fens in the County of Lincolne, Husbandmen, was this Day read: And
Speaking against the King.
It is Ordered, That Mr. Killigrew, who preferred this Petition, which contains Words spoken against the King, at which the House took just Exceptions, do acquaint the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench with this Petition; and require him, from the House, to proceed against the Party informed of to have spoken these Words, according to Law.
Stay of Arms, &c. going to Yorke.
Whereas it appears to the Lords and Commons, that the King seduced by wicked Counsel, intends to make War upon his Parliament: It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the High Sheriffs and Justices of the Peace, and other Officers within the several Counties, Cities, and Towns Corporate, situate within an Hundred and Fifty Miles of the City of Yorke, shall forthwith take special Care, for to make Stay of all Arms and Ammunition carrying towards Yorke, until they have given Notice thereof unto the Lords and Commons, and shall have received their further Direction: And, for the better Effecting hereof, the said High Sheriffs, Justices of the Peace, and other Officers, are further to take special Care, that strict Watches be kept within their several Limits and Jurisdictions, for the Searching for and Seizing of all such Arms and Ammunition; as likewise, for the Apprehending of all Persons going with the same.
Ordered, To be carried up by Sir Gilbert Gerard.
A Message to be sent to the Lords, To-morrow Morning, to desire their Lordships to expedite the Declaration concerning the Causes and Remedies.
Restoring Goods seized.
Whereas Francis Bickley, Richard Edisbury, Wm. Kendall, and others, Merchants of London, have petitioned this House; and have set forth, in their Petition, that they trusted divers Goods to Thomas Hannon and James Roche, Merchants of Limerick in Ireland; the which Goods were seized at Bristoll, as belonging to Irish Merchants, the greatest Part of the Kingdom being then in Rebellion: It is this Day Ordered, That in regard that the said Goods were contracted for before the Rebellion broke forth, that the Merchants that trusted these Goods to the said Hannon and Roche, shall have the said Goods restored unto them, for Satisfaction of their Debts; the House being informed, that the said Hannon and Roche are consenting thereunto; and that the Mayor and other Officers of Bristoll, in whose Custody the said Goods are, do forthwith deliver the same accordingly.
Person reprimanded and discharged.
... Crosse, who was sent for, as a Delinquent, by a former Order of this House, for keeping Disorders in his House, keeping an Alehouse on the last Fast Day, contrary and in Contempt of an Ordinance of both Houses for the Observing of the same, was this Day called in to the Bar; and, after a sharp Reprehension from Mr. Speaker, was, by Order of the House, discharged from any farther Restraint.
Pass for Lawrence.
Ordered, That Mr. Adam St. Lawrence, Son to the Lord of Heath, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to transport himself, his Servant, and his Baggage, into Ireland.