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, 4 Junii, 1642.
THE humble Petition of John Copley, concerning some strange brave Exploits he would undertake in Ireland, was this Day read; and referred unto the Lieutenant of the Tower, and Sir Jo. Heydon Lieutenant of the Ordnance: And
It is farther Ordered, That all Petitioners of this Nature be referred to the Gentlemen aforenamed, to consider of the Propositions: and if they find them worthy of the Knowledge of the House, to acquaint the House with them.
Payment to Hotham.
Ordered, That Two thousand Pounds out of the Contribution-money of Lincolneshire, shall be forthwith paid unto Sir Edw. Aiscough, to be by him paid over unto Sir Jo. Hotham: And whereas Sir Jo. Hotham has already received Two hundred and Fifty Pounds, it is intended that That Two hundred and Fifty Pounds shall be Part of the said Two thousand Pounds: And Order shall be taken hereafter to repay the said Two thousand Pounds to the Receivers appointed by the Act of Contribution, to be employed for the Purposes intended by that Act.
Resolved, That the Lord Ruthen, the Lord Gray, and Sir Arth. Haselrig, shall be enjoined to go down into Leicestershire, to see the Militia put in Execution in that County, according to the Ordinance.
Executing Orders, &c. of the House.
Sir Walth. Erle, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Pury, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Arth. Goodwyn, Mr. Noble;
This Committee or any Three of them are appointed to consider of the best way of putting the publick Orders and Votes of the House in Execution; and of divulging, dispersing, and publishing the said Orders, Votes, and also the Declarations of the House, through the Kingdom; and of the well and true Printing of them: And have Power to employ Messengers, as they shall see Occasion; and to make them Allowances; and to sit when and where they please.
Officers for Ireland.
Ordered, That if any of the Officers listed by the Committee of Adventurers of London for Employment in Ireland, shall or have refused their Employment, or shall be found unfit; that it shall be referred to the said Committee of Adventurers at London to nominate others in the Room of those that so have or shall refuse, or shall be found unfit; and to present the Names to the Committee of this House; and they to the House.
It is likewise referred to That Committee to consider of the Reformadoes: And to present their Names likewise to the Committee of this House; and They to the House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That particular Orders, by virtue of this Ordinance of both Houses, shall be granted to the particular Captains listed for the Employment of Ireland, for Raising of Voluntiers to make up their Companies.
Scurrilous Song against Parliament.
The House was informed of a scandalous scurrilous Song against the Parliament, sung by some Fiddlers in Gratious-street: The Fiddlers that sung it were caused to be apprehended by some well-disposed Men, and brought before Sir George Whittmere, who bound them over to appear here: And it is Ordered, That the said Fiddlers be sent to the House of Correction; there to receive fitting Punishment.
The List of the Officers of the additional Forces by Sea was this Day read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent up to the Lords, for their Assent.
Loan from the City.
An Ordinance for the Security of One hundred thousand Pounds to be borrowed of the City, was this Day read; and ordered to be re-committed unto Serj. Wilde, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Prideaux, and Mr. Vassall: And are presently to withdraw, to consider of it.
Money for Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Commissioners for Irish Affairs, to take a special Care for the speedy Sending of Ten thousand Pounds into Munster; to be paid out of the Hundred thousand Pounds to be borrowed of the City: And likewise to take care for the Sending of Twenty thousand Pounds to Dublyn, and Six thousand Pounds to Ulster, out of the same Monies.
That it be referred to the Commissioners for Irish Affairs, to provide an Order, that the Monies raised for the Service of Ireland, be employed upon no other Occasions, but such as the House shall appoint; and that the Officers, and other Soldiers, sent over by the Order of both Houses, may be entertained and employed only in such Way as both Houses of Parliament shall direct.
Corn for Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Cromwell do, at the next Sitting of the Committee appointed to consider of providing of Corn for Ireland, acquaint them how far the Commissioners have proceeded in that Business.
Loan from Merchant Adventurers.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to treat with the Merchant Adventurers, shall have Power to send for all those of that Company that are willing to lend Monies, and likewise those that as yet are not so willing; and to treat with them altogether for the Loan of Thirty thousand Pounds.
Mr. Green reports, from the Committee of the Navy, the State of the Navy, and of the Customers Accounts.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Navy shall have Power to allow to those Gentlemen, Owners of Ships, or others, unto whom this House owes Monies for the Navy, and that will take their Debts upon the Monies due upon the Customers Accounts, Rebates of Three Months.
Regulating Trade, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Glyn do report the Propositions for Regulating of Trade on Tuesday Morning next: And that, after That Report, the House be resolved into a Committee to take into Consideration the Bill of Tonage and Poundage.
Loan from the City.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde brings in the Ordinance for Security to the City for the Hundred thousand Pounds agreed to be lent.
* Erle, * Yelverton, * Gerard, * Pye, * Hungerford, * Coke, Sir Jo. Evelyn, * Wentworth, Sir H. Vane, Sir Sam. Owfield, Sir Jo. Holland, are appointed to go, and be present at the said Companies at the Time of their Meeting; and to advance the Loan of the said Monies by the best Means they can.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor do require the Masters, Wardens and Assistants, of the Companies of Mercers, Grocers, Drapers, and Fishmongers, to meet on Tuesday next, in the Afternoon, at * * * *: And that the said Masters, Wardens, and Assistants, require the Livery of the said Companies, and such other Members of the said Companies, .. they shall think fit: And that the remaining Companies of the Twelve principal Companies be summoned in the like Manner to meet Four on Tuesday, and Four on Wednesday in the Afternoon.
Lords agree to Orders.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche, and Mr. Page;
The Lords have agreed to this Order for the Payment of Two thousand Pounds, out of the Contribution-money of Lincolnshire, to Sir Jo. Hotham, with the Addition only of these Words, "with Speed." They have likewise agreed to the Order, that was in Proposition Yesterday at the free Conference, concerning the Disposing of the Arms that are come from Hull.
The Amendment was assented unto.
Ordered, That Mr. Rigby do prepare an Order for the particular Captains listed for the Employment of Ireland, to raise Men, by virtue of the Ordinance of Parliament, grounded upon the Act of Parliament.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Arth. Goodwyn carried up the Bill for Assembling of Divines: To desire the Lords to concur in that Order for Staying of the Monies to be sent to York.... That this House has agreed to the Amendments in the Order for Hull: To desire the Lords to expedite the Bills of Innovations, and scandalous Ministers; and to sit awhile.
Message to Ld. Admiral.
That Sir Hugh Owen shall go to the Lord Admiral, and inform him of the Behaviour of Captain Bartlett, in the Business of Captain Beling; and desire the Lord Admiral, that a Ship of some good Force may be appointed to ride about Milford Haven; and those Coasts, for the Defence of those Parts.
Ordered, That Sir Walth Erle do move the Lords that Colonel Beling may be committed to the particular Care and Charge of the Lieutenant of the Tower.
Officers going to Ireland.
Ordered, That the Lord Falkland, and Mr. Fienis, do give notice to the Lord of Warwick, of the Information this House has received, of some Officers that are licensed to ... from France into Ireland; to the End that he may take some Course for meeting with them at Sea.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Arth. Goodwyn brings Answer, That the Lords will send away the Bill for calling an Assembly of Divines to the King, presently: That they will sit at Three of Clock: That they will send Answer to the Order concerning the Monies to be sent to Yorke, by Messengers of their own: And will give the best Expedition to the other Two Bills desired.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Gervase Clifton shall have Leave to go to the Bath, for the Recovery of his Health.
Resolved, upon the Question, That there shall be an Order drawn for searching of all Ships that shall come from any suspected Place into Ireland, with Officers, or Ammunition.
Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Fienis are to prepare this Order.
Lincoln Committee, &c.
Mr. Pym is appointed to send a Letter to the Committee in Lincolnshire, and the Order inclosed.
Ordered, That those Members of the House that are Deputy Lieutenants of the Cou... * * * *
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Tho. Cheeke, and Mr. Grimston, Sir Martin Lumley, and Sir H. Mildmay, be injoined to go down into Essex, to see the Ordinance of the Militia put in Execution in that County.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Bamfield be injoined to stay in the County of Devon, to see the Ordinance of the Militia put in Execution in that County.
IT is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Deputy Lieutenants of the several and respective Counties within the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, that are not Members of the House of Commons, be hereby required and injoined to be present at the Days and Places which are or shall hereafter be appointed by the Lord Lieutenants, or their Deputies, for the Training, Mustering, and Exercising of the Inhabitants of the said Counties, according to the Authority given unto them by an Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament. And it is further Ordered, That all Deputy Lieutenants, as well those that are Members of the House of Commons as others, shall give such Dispatch, by preparing of Warrants, Commissions, or Letters, and Subscribing of the same, as the Service shall require; and that such as shall refuse or neglect so to do, that their Names be certified unto us, by their fellow Deputies or any One of them that shall or do perform the said Service. And it is further Declared, that it is the Intention of both Houses, for the better Encouragement of so good a Work, so much conducing to the Safety of his Majesty's Person and Kingdoms, that some of their Members at the Times and Places appointed, or to be appointed, for the Execution of the said Ordinance, shall be sent down to give their personal Attendance upon the said Service.
Mr. Grimston is appointed to carry up this Order to the Lords.
Loan from the City.
An Ordinance by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, for the Securing of the Sum of One hundred thousand Pounds agreed to be lent to the Parliament, by several Companies and Citizens of the City of London, for the Use of the Kingdom.
WHEREAS, amongst many other great and unspeakable Blessings of Almighty God upon this Parliament, it hath pleased him to stir up the Hearts of many good and well-affected People, to yield their willing and ready Help and Assistance to the Supply of the great and pressing Necessities of this Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Ireland; in which pious and charitable Work the Citizens of London, by their singular Forwardness and good Affection, have been exemplary to all other Parts of this Kingdom; and in Times of greatest Exigent and Necessity have lent and advanced great Sums of Money to the public Use; and, as well by their Purses and Persons, as other memorable Services, contributed their effectual Help to the Parliament, for the Support of this State and Kingdom from apparent Danger and Destruction: And whereas the said Citizens, in further Manifestation of their constant Fidelity and true Affection to the Public, have now again, being moved by and on the Behalf of both Houses of Parliament, at the Common Hall held within the said City, to lend a further Sum of One hundred thousand Pounds, for One Year, for and towards the Relief and Preservation of Ireland, and urgent Affairs of this Kingdom; did most freely and chearfully, with an unanimous Consent, agree forthwith to lend and advance the same accordingly: For which the Lords and Commons in Parliament, do, in the Name of Themselves, and the whole Kingdom, give them very hearty thanks; and, for the Security of the said Sum, so agreed to be lent, do Declare and Ordain, That the same, and every Part thereof, together with Consideration for Forbearance thereof, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for a Year, shall be duly paid into the Chamber of the said City of London, to and for the Use and Uses of all and every such Company and Companies, Person and Persons, as shall lend or advance the same, or any Part thereof respectively, their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, out of the first and next Monies to be granted by Act of Parliament.
ORDERED, That the Committee for the Bill concerning Buildings be revived; to meet on Monday, at Two post meridiem, in the Star-chamber.
Upon the humble Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Martock, in the County of Somersett, it is this Day Ordered, That the said Inhabitants shall have free Power to erect a Lecture in the said ...: And that Mr. Gundrie, procured at the Petitioners own Cost and Charge, shall be permitted by the Minister of the said Parish, freely, without Interruption, to exercise his Ministry there, in supplying that Lecture.
Ordered, That Mr. John Barnes of Sutterton, in the County of Suffolk, shall have a Warrant to apprehend Priests.
Priests and Capuchins.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Informations, to consider in what Estate the Business concerning the Five Priests is; and to inform themselves of what public Resort is usually made unto them at Mass; and likewise to inquire after the Capuchins, whether there be not frequent Resort unto them at Mass; and to consider what is fit to be done with them.
Proceedings against Franck.
Ordered, That a Day certain may be set for ... Franck of Pembroke Hall, in Cambridge, that lately preached at Paule's, to appear: And that if he shall not appear by that Day, that then an Order may be sent to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, to expel him the College he was of, and likewise the University.
The Day to be this Day Sevennight: And the Serjeant is to send this Order to his College.
Commerce, &c. with Scotland.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning the Commissions to be issued forth, concerning the Conserving the Peace between the Two Nations of England and Scotland; and likewise concerning the Commerce; be revived; to meet on Monday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Inner Court of Wards.
Loan from the City.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde carried up to the Lords the Ordinance for Security to the City; and likewise the Order to require the Lord Mayor to summon the Companies, &c. to meet on Tuesday next.
Mr. Grimston carried up to the Lords the Order for injoining the Deputy Lieutenants of the several Counties to attend the Execution of the Militia, in the several Counties.
Army and Navy.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords do desire a free Conference, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Ordinanc s nt up to them, touching the Land and Sea Forces.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting as is desired.
Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Cromwell, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Two Letters from the Lord Conway, of the Nineteenth of May, and of the Three-and-twentieth, were this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That these Letters be particularly referred to the Commissioners for Irish Affairs, to consider of the speedy sending over unto them Cloaths and Shoes: And likewise that they consider of entertaining the Troops levied in Ulster by Commissions from the Lords Justices in Ireland.
Ordered, That the Letter from Sir Jo. Borlase, recommending Captain Geo. Keyes to the House of Commons, to be supplied with Arms and Monies for a Company, for the Raising of which he has a Commission granted him from the Lord Lieutenant General of Ireland, be referred to the Consideration of the Commissioners for Irish Affairs.
Upon the Petition of divers the Inhabitants of the Parish of Bluntsham, in the County of Huntington, desiring Mr. Geo. Greene to be their Lecturer; it is Ordered, That the said Mr. George Greene shall be their Lecturer; to preach in the said Parish once every Wednesday in the Week: And that the Parson of the said Parish, and likewise the Curate, shall permit the said Mr. Greene, to exercise his Ministry, in Preaching there once every Wednesday, without any Lett or Interruption.
Loan from the City.
Serjeant Wilde brings Answer; That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for Security to the Citizens; and to the Ordinance to be sent to the Lord Mayor, to summon the Companies.
Mr. Grimston brings Answer; That the Lords agree to the Ordinance concerning the Deputy Lieutenants attending the Service of the Militia in the several Counties.
Ordered, That this Order be forthwith printed.
Mr. Reynolds reports from the Conference, That the Lords do observe, That this Ordinance is the same that the Commission was; and that they are not privy of any Answer that his Majesty has given to that Commission: And therefore they think it not fitting to pass this by Ordinance, until they have received his Majesty's Answer to that Commission.
St. James, Deeping, Minister.
Upon the humble Petition of Thomas Measure, and others, Inhabitants of St. James, Deeping, in the County of Lincolne, desiring, That one Mr. Readman, formerly recommended by this House to be their Lecturer, may now preach the Lord's-day in the said Parish Church, at the Charges of the Inhabitants, in the Absence of Mr. Smith their Vicar, who is, by Order of this House, committed a Prisoner to the Gatehouse; It is Ordered by the Commons, That the said Mr. Redman shall be admitted, and have free Liberty to exercise his Ministry in preaching there, as well upon the Lord's-day, as upon One Day in every Week.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the Commissioners for Irish Affairs, in a more particular Manner, to consider of the Petition from Sir Robert Stewart, and to give them all the Satisfaction that they can in Honour and Justice: and that may stand with the Affairs of the Kingdom.
Whereas the bloody and barbarous Rebels of his Majesty's Kingdom of Ireland, are very much encouraged and emboldened by such Supplies of Men, Ammunition, Victual, Cloaths, and other Necessaries, as they have received, and do daily expect to receive, from foreign Nations, to the insufferable Damage of his Majesty, and the Crown of England: For Prevention whereof, it is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That as well the Right Honourable Robert Earl of Warwick, and all Commanders and Officers at Sea under him, as the Right Honourable Robert Lord Brook, and all Commanders and Officers at Sea under him, shall, with all Care, Circumspection, and Diligence, search, or cause to be searched, all Ships, Pinnaces, Barks, or Vessels, which they, or any of them, shall suspect to have aboard any Men, Horses, Ammunition, Victual, Cloaths, or other Necessaries * or intended for the Relief of the said Rebels or any of them; and to arrest, stay, and seize all Men, Horses, Ammunition, Victual, Cloaths, and other Necessaries, as they, or either of them, shall find, upon Search, to be directed or intended for the Relief of the said Rebels, or any of them: For all which they are to be accountable in such Manner as the Lords and Commons in Parliament shall appoint.
Mr. Reynolds carried up this Order to the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Declaration on King's Proclamation.
Mr. Pym reports the Declaration concerning his Majesty's Proclamation of May Twenty-seventh, 1642: The which was read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence; and likewise that it be printed and published.
.... The Lords do consent unto the Order concerning the Earl of Warwicke and the Lord Brooke's Searching of Ships.
King's Answer concerning Army, &c.
Robert Bradshaw informs the House, That Secretary Nichlas gave him this Answer, at * * * *; That unless his Majesty had Security given him, that these Forces should go only against the Rebels of Ireland, and such as should assist them, he could not grant it: His Majesty likewise expected, that the Names of the Officers * * * * .
Ordered, That a Message be sent unto the Lords, on Monday Morning, to desire a Conference concerning the Ordinance sent unto them, touching the additional Forces by Sea; and to acquaint their Lordships with the Answer his Majesty gave concerning the Commission.
Mr. Prideaux and Mr. Cromwell are appointed to manage this Conference.
And that Mr. Robert Bradshaw and Serjeant Major Humfreyes be likewise appointed to attend that Conference.
Arms, &c. stayed at Wicombe.
A Letter from the Mayor of Chepinge Wicombe, and one Mr. Collins, of the Fourth of June; informing, That Two Waggons loaden with great Chests and Trunks, and other Lading of very great Weight, besides Thirty Musquets, with Rests, and Moulds for Bullets, was this Day read: And,
It is Ordered, That Mr. Hampden, and Mr. Arth. Goodwyn do write a Letter to the said Mayor, and Mr. Collins; and do require them, that they cause the said Waggons, Men, Trunks, Chests, Musquets, and other Lading, to be stayed, until the House shall take farther Order: And that a Message be sent to the Lords, on Monday next, to acquaint them with this Letter; and to desire them to join with this House in an Order for the Staying of the said Waggons, Trunks, Chests, Musquets, and other Lading, until both Houses shall take farther Order therein; and likewise in an Order for opening of the Chests and Trunks.
Mr. Hampden, and Mr. Goodwyn are to take notice, in their Letter, of the good Service the said Mr. Mayor and Mr. Collins have done herein; and to return them Thanks for it.
A Relation of such Occurrences as have happened in the several Counties of Donnegale, Tyrone, Fermanagh, and Londonderry, since the Beginning of the Rebellion in Ireland, in October last, presented to this House by Lieutenant Colonel Audley Mervyn, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That he be desired to print it; and that no Man shall reprint it, but such as he shall appoint, without the particular Order of this House.