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.
Orders for Printing.
Treasonable Attempt on Hull.
Person sent for.
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.
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.
Raising Men for Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
Forces for Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Answer to Lords.
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;
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.
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.
Field Pieces stayed.
Assembly of Divines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.