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 Sabbati, 28 Maii, 1642.
That the Wardens, Officers of the Company of Sadlers, Armourers, and Gunsmiths, do make Inquiry, and certify Sir Walth. Erle and Sir Tho. Barrington, what Store of Saddles, Arms, or Musquets, they weekly make, and for whose Use.
Ordered, That the Committees to be sent into Lincolneshire shall have an Instruction added to their Instructions, to enable them to have a Care of the Execution of the Ordinance of Militia in their County.
Letter to Hotham.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym do write a Letter, as from himself, to Sir Jo. Hotham, in Answer of his: And that he desire Sir Jo. Hotham to thank Captain Lowanger and Lieutenant Fowke, for the good and faithful Service they have done to the Commonwealth; and to assure him, that the House will take more special and particular Notice of him hereafter.
Arms, &c. to Members Houses.
Mr. Pierrepointe, Sir Jo. Curson, Mr. Moore, Mr. Bodevile, have Leave to send down some Arms and Ammunition to their Houses, for the Defence of their own Houses. And they are to bring to Mr. Speaker a Particular of what Arms they intend to send.
Preventing Arms, &c. going to Yorke.
Information of Bribery.
Ordered, That the Information this Day made to the House, of Words spoken by Mr. Colpeper, concerning a Bribe taken by a Member of this House, be referred to the Committee for Informations: And they are speedily to take this Bu.. * * * *.
Leave to buy Arms.
Serjeant Wilde has Leave to buy of the Executors of the Lord Windesor, the Arms that were formerly the Lord Windesore's, and now under the Restraint of this House as belonging to a Recusant, for his own Use, and the Use of Worcestershire.
2da vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Incorporation of the Merchants Adventurers of England, trading for Germany, Calais, and the Seventeen Provinces of the Netherlands, and, upon Question, committed.
|The House was divided. And The Yeas went forth.|
|Mr. Holles,||Tellers for the Yea: 97.|
|Sir Jo. Holland,|
|Sir Walth. Erle,||Tellers for the Noe: 76.|
|Sir Jo. Evelyn,|
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Bill concerning the Merchant Adventurers shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House: And are to meet upon it on Thursday come Sevennight next, at Two post meridiem: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Records; and to hear Counsel, if it shall be desired.
Raising Men for Ireland.
The Lords do desire a free Conference, by Committees of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning an Ordinance sent to them from this House, touching the Raising of Men for Ireland.
Deputy Lieutenants, &c.
Sir Gilbert Gerard carried up the Order to the Lords for the Preventing the Carriage of Ammunition to Yorke; and likewise the Names of Mr. Doding and Mr. Egerton to be Deputy Lieutenants of Lancashire.
Sir Gilbert Gerard likewise carried up the Name of Sir Edm. Scott, to be Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Kent: Was appointed likewise to move the Lords, That the Committee for the Militia might meet this Afternoon.
Mr. Pym presented from the Committee of Lords and Commons, an Order to be sent to the Sheriff of Lancashire, and all other Counties, for the Suppressing the Gathering together of any Forces, under Colour of his Majesty's Commission: Which was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords: and to desire their Concurrence therein.
Affairs in Anglesey.
This Committee is to consider of the Information this Day made into the House, of great Misdemeanors committed in Anglesey by Captain Baker and his Troop, and Captain Lieutenant Mason, Captain of Mr. Sydney's Troop: And have Power to consider of some fit way of Reparations for the County: And to send for Parties, &c.: And are to meet on Monday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Mr. Welden that preferred it, was again called in: And Mr. Speaker told him, "That the House approved well of the Care and Expressions of that County to the Publick: And do desire you to return the County Thanks: And for the Particulars in your Petition, they have appointed a particular Committee to take Consideration of it."
Sir Tho. Widdrington, Sir Jo. Fenwick, Mr. Glyn, Sir Wm. Widdrington, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Cage, Sir Patricius Curwen, Sir Tho. Samford, Sir Wm. Dallston, Mr. Potter, Lord Gray; the Knights and Burgesses of the Counties of Yorke, Northumberland, Cumberland, and Westmorland;
This Committee is to take into Consideration the Petition preferred by the County of Northumberland; and to think of some convenient Way for their Redress in the Grievances complained of: And are to meet on Wednesday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Court of Wards.
Answer from Lords.
Raising Forces for Ireland.
Lincolne, &c. Committees.
That a Message from the House be sent to the Lords House, to move the Lords to expedite the Instructions to the Committees of Lincolnshire and Hull: And to desire, that there may be a Clause added to their Instructions, that they may have a special Care to see the Ordinance of the Militia put in Execution in their County forthwith.
Assembly of Divines.
There was a Proposition made for the Payment of such Officers as were certified under Sir Wm. Uvedale's Hand; but it was respited till Monday Morning, in regard the House was informed, That at that Time Sir Wm. Uvedale would bring in a perfect Certificate.
Sir Wm. Brereton brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order sent up to them, directed to the Sheriffs, for the Suppressing of such Forces as shall be assembled under Pretence of his Majesty's Warrant.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Cromwell carried up to the Lords, likewise, the Deputy Lieutenants this Day desired to be added to the Deputy Lieutenants of Bucks: And Sir Jo. Bamfield, formerly approved of by this House, to be Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Devon.
Mr. Cromwell brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Instructions for Hull and Lincolneshire; and to a new Instruction to the Committee of Lincolneshire, concerning the Militia; and to the Deputy Lieutenants of Bucks and Devon.
The Lords have sent to you the Instructions they have received from you, to be given to the Committees of Lincolneshire; only they have quite left out that which concerns a Serjeant's Man to attend the Committee.
Officers for Ireland.
The List of the Officers listed by the Committee of Adventurers, to be employed in this Service of Ireland, was this Day presented from the Committee, and read; and ordered to be considered on again on Monday Morning.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the House will entertain such of the Officers for Reformadoes, as were presented by the Committee of Adventurers of London, and approved of by the Committee for Adventurers, and allowed of by the House.
Instructions to Committees.
Warlike Stores, &c.
Upon Information this Day given unto this House, of great Numbers and Quantities of Saddles for great Horse, and other warlike Provisions, bought up, and carried out of the Cities of London and Westminster, and their Suburbs, into several Parts of this Kingdom; but to what Places, or for what Uses, it is not known; It is Ordered, That the Masters and Wardens of the Companies of Sadlers, Armourers, and Gunsmiths, within the said City, their Liberties and Suburbs, shall make diligent Inquiry what Quantities of Saddles, Arms, Guns, and Pistols, are made by any of their Companies respectively, and by whom bought, or bespoken; and for whose Use: And shall make particular Certificate thereof, weekly, unto Mr. Pierrepoint, Sir Thomas Barrington, and Sir Walter Earle, to the end that they may report the same unto this House.
Instructions to Lincolne and Hull Committees.
WHEREAS, by Order of the Lords and Commons in Parliament, made the Twenty-eighth Day of April last, the Earl of Stamford, the Lord Willoughby of Parham, Sir Edward Aiscough, Sir Christ. Wraye, Sir Samuel Ofeild, and Mr. Hatcher, were appointed to repair to the County of Lincoln; and from thence to Kingston upon Hull; and, if there should be Occasion, to any Part of Yorkshire, for the Performance of certain Instructions therein expressed, as, by the Order and Instructions thereunto annexed, doth and may appear: Now, forasmuch as the said Committees are to be employed in other Services of the King and Kingdom; and that it appears to be very necessary, that some Members of the Parliament should be always resident there, to attend upon those Services: It is this Day Ordered, That the former Order above-mentioned, shall still continue in Force: And that Sir Wm. Strickland, Mr. Allured, Mr. John Hotham, Mr. Peregryn Pelham, Mr. Wharton, shall be added to the former Committee: And the said Earl of Stamford, the Lord Willoughby of Parham, Sir Edward Aiscough, Sir Christ. Wray, Sir Samuel Owfeild, Mr. Hatcher, Sir Wm. Strickland, Mr. Allured, Mr. Peregrin Pelham, Mr. Wharton, and Mr. John Hotham, or any Four of them, shall have full Power to put the said forementioned Order, and Instructions which they shall hereafter receive from both Houses of Parliament....
They shall assist Sir John Hotham Knight and Baronet, Governor of Hull, with their best Counsel and Advice, and by all other Means, in the safe Keeping of that Town, for the Security of the King and Kingdom, in such manner as shall be requisite.
They shall take care to write to the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire to send into Hull, for the better Defence thereof, such further Supplies of Trained Bands, and others, as they find needfull for the Preservation of the Town.
They shall be careful, that the Remainder of the Magazine, thought fit to be stayed there for the Defence of that Town, be preserved from Waste and Imbezzling: And that a perfect Account shall be kept of whatsoever Arms, Powder, or Munition, shall be taken out by Warrant from the Governor; and how the same is employed.
If the Ships laden with the Magazine be not gone, you are to hasten them as much as may be: And you shall require the Captains of the other Two Ships appointed for the better Security of Hull, to remain there, and diligently to attend their Charge: And you shall let those Captains know, as likewise the other Officers, and the Company of the said Ships, how well their Readiness in this Service of the King and Kingdom is taken by both Houses of Parliament; and you shall give them therein all due and fit Encouragement.
Whereas there was heretofore an Order made, that Five hundred Arms, half of them Pikes and Corslets, and the other half, Musquets, borrowed of the County of Lincoln, and employed in his Majesty's Service at Berwick, should be restored out of the Magazine at Hull, according to his Majesty's Promise and Direction in that behalf:
You shall desire Sir John Hotham to give present Order, that the like Number of Arms; that is, Two Hundred and Fifty Pikes and Corslets, and Two Hundred and Fifty Musquets, with Swords, and all other Furniture appertaining to so many Pikes, Corslets, and Musquets, shall forthwith be delivered to such Person or Persons as shall be appointed by the Lord Lieutenant of the County of Lincoln, or any Two of the Deputy Lieutenants.
Instructions for Sir Edward Aiscough, Sir Christopher Wray, Sir Anthony Irby, Sir John Wray, Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Hatcher, Mr. Broxam, Committees of the House of Commons assembled in Parliament, or any three of them.
YOU shall, in the Name of us the Lords and Commons, declare and publish unto the Sheriff of the County of Lincoln, the Knights, Gentlemen, and other his Majesty's Subjects in that County, that Sir John Hotham was by us commanded to secure the Town of Kingston upon Hull, and the Magazine there, for his Majesty's Service, and the Peace of the Kingdom, which otherwise would have been much endangered; and that, upon the same Reason, what hath been there done by him hath been necessary, in pursuance of those Directions; and is by us avowed and approved of, as warranted by the Authority of both Houses of Parliament.
2. You shall take care, that such Resolutions and Orders of both Houses as have been, or shall be, sent down, be put in Execution; and shall require the Sheriffs, Justices of Peace, and all other his Majesty's Officers and loving Subjects, to be aiding and assisting unto you for that Purpose.
3. You shall take care, that no Forces be raised for the Forcing of the Town of Hull, or otherwise to disturb the Peace of the Kingdom: And, in case any be raised, you shall require the Sheriff, in the Name of both Houses, to command them to disperse themselves; and, if they refuse so to do, that then the Sheriff, by the same Authority, forthwith raise the Power of the County for Suppressing of require the Lord Lieutenant, appointed by the Ordinance of Parliament, and in his Absence, to the Deputy Lieutenants, to draw together the Trained Bands, for the Assistance of the Sheriffs in so doing.
4. Because it was improbable, that, under Pretence of raising a Guard for his Majesty's Person, the Knights, Gentlemen, Freeholders, and other the Inhabitants, may be drawn together in the County of Lincoln, as we hear they have been in other Places, you shall declare unto them, and all others, that it hath ever been, and still shall be, the chief Care and Endeavour of the Parliament to provide for his Majesty's Safety; and that they do not know of any Evil intended unto his Royal Person which should move him to take such a Course.
That the greatest Safety is in the Affection, Duty, and faithful Advice of his Parliament; and the greatest Danger in his withdrawing himself from them, and proceeding in Ways contrary unto them, so as the disaffected and malignant Party, under Colour of this Service, go about to raise a Faction and a Party against the Parliament, which at last may break out into open Rebellion, to the Destruction of King and People, if it be not, through the Blessing of God, prevented by the Wisdom and Authority of Parliament.
5. That in case there be a Necessity of Raising the Forces of the County, for the Suppressing of any Insurrection, and Keeping the Peace, you shall require Sir John Hotham to deliver out such Proportion of Arms and Ammunition out of the Magazine there, as shall be necessary for that Service: And you shall publish and declare, that the Parliament holds it lawful and necessary to dispose of the publick Magazines of the Kingdom for the Defence of the Kingdom, as likewise for the Suppression of the Rebellion in Ireland, which doth so much concern the Safety of this Kingdom; but that it is their Intention and Resolution to store them again, as holding it fit such a Proportion should still be in Readiness, upon all Occasions, for the Safety of the King, and Defence of the Commonwealth.
6. You shall endeavour to clear the Proceedings of Parliament from all Imputations and Aspersions; and shall, from time to time, certify us of all Things you conceive necessary for the present Service: And, that we may have a speedy Account of it, and our Directions to you, as well as your Advertisements to us, may have a clear and a ready Passage, you shall lay a strait Charge upon all Post-masters, that they do not suffer any Letters, or other Dispatches, to or from the Parliament, to be intercepted or stayed: And if any shall presume to make such Stay of those Dispatches, you shall direct the Postmasters, to repair to the Justices of Peace, Constables, and all other Officers, for their Aid and Assistance; who are hereby required to take special Care, there may be no such Interruption.
8. You shall be careful to require the Lord Willowby of Parham, Lord Lieutenant of that County, to send such Numbers of Trained Bands and others, for the Safeguard of that Town of Hull, as you shall conceive to be needful, according to the Order made by both Houses in that Behalf.
10. If you shall find any disaffected Persons raising any Parties or Factions against the Parliament, or spreading any Scandals or Aspersions upon their Proceedings, like to disturb the Peace of the Kingdom, you shall cause all such Persons, upon good Proof of their Misdemeanors, to be arrested, and sent up to answer such their Offences, as to Law and Justice shall appertain.
Whereas it doth appear to the Lords and Commons, that the King, seduced by evil Council, minds to make War against the Parliament: Therefore, if any Person whatsoever shall endeavour to levy any Soldiers, or to draw together any of the Trained Bands, by Colour or Pretence of any Commission from his Majesty, under the Great Seal, or otherwise, you shall require a Copy of such Warrant and Commission; and you shall, in the Name, and by the Authority, of both Houses of Parliament, require such Persons to forbear the Execution of any such Commission; and you shall command and require all his Majesty's Subjects to forbear to obey any such Commission, till you shall have sent up the Copy to the Parliament, and receive further Directions from the Lords and Commons therein.
It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament; That Francis Lord Willowby of Parham, Lord Lieutenant of the County of Lincoln, shall carefully, from time to time, supply and relieve the Town of Hull; and That upon any Letter or Request made unto him by Sir John Hotham Knight and Baronet, or any Four of the Committee of both Houses there residing.
Sheriffs to prevent assembling of King's Forces.
WHEREAS it appears, that the King, seduced by wicked Counsel, intends to make War against the Parliament; and, under the Colour of a Guard to secure his Royal Person, doth command Troops, both of Horse and Foot, to assemble at York; the which is against the Laws of the Kingdom, tending to the Dissolution of the Parliament, and Destruction of his People: It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Sheriff of the County of Lancashire, and all other Sheriffs of the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, do, by the Power of his County, and of their several Counties respectively, * * * * the Raising and Coming together of any Soldiers, Horse or Foot, by any Warrant, Commission, or Order, from his Majesty, without the Advice and Consent of the Lords and Commons in Parliament; And that all Persons whatsoever do forbear to execute any such Commission or Warrant for levying Soldiers, or gathering them together, without Consent of Parliament: And those that shall execute or obey any such Commission or Warrant, are hereby declared to be Disturbers of the Peace of the Kingdom: and all the Lord Lieutenants of the County of Lancashire, and all the Lord Lieutenants of all other Counties in the Kingdom of England or Dominion of Wales respectively, as likewise all Deputy Lieutenants, Captains, and Officers, of the Trained Bands, and all Mayors, Justices of Peace, and other his Majesty's loving Subjects, are hereby commanded and required to be aiding and assisting to the said Sheriff of the County of Lancaster, and to the other Sheriffs of each County of this Kingdom, and of the Dominion of Wales. And, that his Majesty's loving Subjects may the better understand what the Law, and their own Duty, is in this Behalf, the said Sheriff of Lancashire, and other Sheriffs of the other Counties of this Kingdom respectively, shall cause this Order forthwith to be published in the several Market Towns within the said Counties.