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 Lunæ, 6 Junii, 1642.
Leave of Absence.
MR. Exton has Leave to go into the Country, his Wife now lying very dangerous sick.
Sir H. Mildmay.
The Question being put, Whether Sir H. Mildmay should be excused for going into Essex, to see the Ordinance for the Militia put in Execution ....
Letter, &c. read.
A Letter from the Committee at York, dated 4° Junii, at Seven at Night, was read; and likewise the Message from the King, by the Lord Newporte, commanding the Committee not to come to Heworth Moore, together with their Answer; and also the Declaration in Print, made by his Majesty to the Freeholders, &c. on Friday last, on Heworth Moore aforesaid; and a Petition to his Majesty; and another to the Lords and Commons; and likewise a Letter from Sir Jo. Bourchier to Sir Tho. Barrington, concerning an Affront done unto him by the Lord Savile; were all this Day read.
Payment to Rushworth.
Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler shall pay unto Mr. Rushworth, forthwith, an Hundred Pounds, besides the Fifty Pounds ordered on Wednesday last to be paid unto him: And that, for his Pains and Fidelity in these Services, the House will take him into farther Consideration hereafter.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfield and Serjeant Glanvile;
The Lords do desire a present Conference by a Committee of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning a Letter they have received from their Committee at Yorke; and concerning a printed Declaration inclosed in the Letter.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Resolutions against E. of Lyndsey, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth declare the Earl of Lyndsey to be a publick Enemy to the State, and an Incendiary between the King and his People.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth declare the Lord Savile to be a publick Enemy to the State, and an Incendiary between the King and his People.
Resolved, upon the Question, That these Two last passed Votes shall be an Head of the next Conference with the Lords.
Affairs at Yorke.
Resolved, That this House doth approve of this Petition endeavoured to be presented to his Majesty, by the Gentry, Ministers, and Freeholders of the County of Yorke.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Petition from the Gentry, Ministers, and Freeholders of the County of Yorke; and the Petition to both Houses; and the Narrative of the Endeavour to present it to his Majesty; be printed and published.
Resolved, That the Lords be moved to join with this House, in some fit Way for satisfying the Desires of the Gentry, Ministers, and Freeholders of the County of Yorke, expressed in their Petition, concerning * * * *
Resolved, That some Course may be taken to prevent the Carrying of the Recusants Arms to Yorke.
Resolved, That a Narrative be made of the Injuries offered to the Messenger from this House, in the Apprehending of Mr. Beckwith.
Resolved, That the Letter sent to Sir Tho. Barrington, from Sir Jo. Bourchier, be read at this Conference; and that That Letter be printed.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed of both Houses, to consider of all these Votes: and what is fit to be done upon them; and to see them put in Execution.
Resolved, That the Declaration concerning his Majesty's Proclamation of the Twenty-seventh of May, be delivered at this Conference.
Sir Tho. Barrington is appointed to go to the Lords, to acquaint them, That this House is ready to give their Lordships a Meeting, at the Conference desired by their Lordships; and likewise to desire, that this House may, at this Conference, acquaint their Lordships with something that this House has received likewise from Yorke; and some Votes thereupon; and likewise to desire a Conference concerning a Declaration, in Answer to his Majesty's Proclamation of the Twenty-seventh of May; and to desire the Lords to sit this Afternoon.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Fienis, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Holles, are appointed Managers and Reporters of this Conference.
Waggon, &c. to be stayed.
WHEREAS an Information is this Day given to the House, That there is a Waggon, and certain great Horses, gone towards Yorke; These are to will and require you to make Haste after them, and stay any such Waggon, or great Horses.
Sir Tho. Barrington brings Answer; That the Lords do agree to a Conference upon all the Points desired by this House; And will sit this Afternoon, at Four of Clock.
Mr. Pym reports, That the Lords had received from their Committee at Yorke, the like Letter, Declaration, &c. as we had received: The which were read: And the Result of all is, That they desire that some Course may be taken, for an Answer to them.
Hemell Hempsteed Lecturer.
UPON the humble Petition of the greatest Part of the Parishioners of Hemell Hempsteed, in the County of Herts, this Day read, and presented to the House; it is Ordered, That Mr. Philip Goodwyn, Master of Arts, in Orders, and an Orthodox Divine, be recommended to be their Lecturer there; to preach weekly, upon the Lord's Day in the Afternoon; and upon Thursday Morning: And this House doth further Order, That the Vicar of Hemell Hempsted aforesaid, shall suffer the said Mr. Goodwin to have the free Use of his Pulpit, without Interruption, to preach accordingly.
Person to attend.
Ordered, That Henry Furnes, a Sadler in Drury Lane, be forthwith summoned to attend this House.
King's Letter to Council of Scotland, &c.
A printed Letter, of the Twentieth of May, from his Majesty to the Council of Scotland; and likewise a Petition from divers Lords, Gentlemen, and Burgesses of Scotland, to the said Council of Scotland; and likewise a Letter to a private Gentleman, declaring all the Proceedings upon these Particulars; were this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That the Commissioners of this House shall acquaint the Commissioners of Scotland with the Letter and Petition this Day read, concerning Scotland; and know of them, whether they have received any thing that may give Credit to this Letter and Petition from Scotland; and report their Answer to this House.
Arms, &c. stayed at Wicombe.
That a Message be sent to the Lords, to acquaint them with this Letter come from Wicombe, concerning some Waggons, Trunks, Chests, Musquets, and other Lading, stayed there.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Lords be desired to join with this House in an Order for Staying of the Musquets.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Strode went up with this Message to the Lords; and likewise to desire that Colonel Beling, their Lordships Prisoner, might be committed to a stricter Care and Charge of the Lieutenant of the Tower; and to desire a Conference upon the Matter of the last free Conference, touching the Ordinance for Raising of Men, by the Adventurers of additional Forces by Sea for Ireland.
Information against Talbott.
An Information was this Day given of Mr. Sherrington Talbott's being forward of publishing his Majesty's Declaration, being no Officer, nor any ways required or authorized thereunto; and likewise in Procuring of a P ....
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Sherrington Talbott of Worcestershire, the younger, be forthwith summoned to attend this House.
Loan from the City.
That the Lord Mayor be required to summon all the Four principal Companies of London, that should meet on Wednesday next, at their several Halls, and the Four Companies that should meet on Thursday, to meet all on Wednesday next; and likewise all the other Companies of London, to meet at their several Halls, at the same time respectively; to consider of the most convenient Way and Means, now to raise such Sums of Money, as is thought fit to be raised by each Company, towards making up the Hundred thousand Pounds, promised to be lent to the Parliament, for the Use of the Kingdom, at a Common Hall, in Guild-hall, London.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Strode brings Answer, That the Lords will give Charge, that Colonel Beling shall be in a stricter Charge of the Lieutenant of the Tower; and will give a Conference, as is desired: And, for the Thirty Musquets, they will give you an Answer hereafter.
Defence of the Kingdom
Mr. Holles, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Fienis, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Pym, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Crue, Mr. Marten, Mr. Glyn, Sir Ro. Coke, Sir Walth. Erle, Sir Ro. Crane;
This Committee, or any Six of them, is appointed to consider of the best Way of providing of Horse, Men, and Monies, or any thing else that shall be necessary for Defence of the King, Kingdom, and Parliament, and for Preservation of the Peace of the Kingdom; and likewise to consider of some Way of putting such Propositions as they shall think necessary to offer to the House for this Purpose, into present Execution; and likewise to consider of Propositions to be made to Members of this House to engage themselves according to their Abilities, in this Work; and to consider of the like Propositions to be made to the Lords: And are to meet, presently, in the Court of Wards.
King's Letter to Council of Scotland, &c.
Mr. Hampden reports, That he had acquainted the Scotts Commissioners with the printed Letter directed to the Council in Scotland, from his Majesty; and likewise with the Petition from divers of the Nobility and Burgesses to the Council of Scotland; and with the particular Letter, concerning the Passages and Grounds of the former, which were brought to this House, and read here: And that their Answer is, That they had no express Advertisement from the Council of Scotland, concerning this printed Letter or Petition; but that, in particular Letters, they had Advertisement from several good Hands, to confirm the Truth of the Substance and Effect of all these Matters.
Declaration to Scotland.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of this House appointed to treat with the Scotts Commissioners, do draw a Declaration to be sent into Scotland, to express how well this Kingdom resents and accepts their Care and Affection to the Peace of this Kingdom.
Ordered, That this Petition and Letters from Scotland be forthwith printed and published.
Arms stayed at Wicomb.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech, and Mr. Page;
The Lords do desire, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, that, at the Conference desired by this House, they may likewise have a free Conference, concerning the Thirty Musquets of the Lord Coventrie's, stayed at Wicomb.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House will give a present Meeting at a free Conference, concerning the Thirty Musquets, as is desired.
Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Whitlocke, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Arthur Goodwyn, are appointed * * * * .
An Order for the particular Captains, to enable them to raise Men to make up their Companies now to be raised for the Defence of Ireland, was read; and assented unto; and delivered to Mr. Cromwell, to make perfect; with the Names of the particular Captains and Officers.
Yorkshire Petition, &c.
A Message from the Lords by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords desire a Conference, presently, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Matter of the Conference had this Morning, concerning the Yorkshire Petition, and the Declaration.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Whitlock, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Henry Vane, Sir Symonds D'Ewes, Mr. Strode, are appointed to the Managers and Reporters.
Leave to go to Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Thomas Cason; a Member of the Commons House in Ireland, shall have Liberty to go into Ireland.
Sir Henry Vane reports, That the Lords have concurred in all the Votes presented at the Conference this Morning; only they thought fit to add something to be printed at the Foot of the Petition; viz.
"The Lords and Commons, observing not only the Wisdom, but the Affections of the County of York, expressed in these Petitions; and likewise that they cannot be discouraged from their constant Fidelity to the Laws and Government of this Kingdom, which have their Life and being from the Parliament; have thought fit to declare their good Acceptations of their Affections; assuring them, that they will interest themselves in those their Demands which tend to the Honour and Safety of his Majesty, the Peace of his Kingdom; and may prove an effectual Means to keep us from the desperate Mischiets those Lords that opposed the Petition, would have brought this Kingdom unto.
Declaration on King's Proclamation.
Mr. Whitlock reports some Amendments to the Declaration in Answer to his Majesty's Proclamation.
The which Amendments were put to the Question; and assented unto.
Informations from York.
He likewise reported, That the Lords had appointed a Committee of Seventeen, to consider of what is fit to be done upon all these Informations and Matters received from York; and that they had resolved to meddle with no other Business, but what concerns the Safety of this Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Ireland.
Mr. Hollis, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Pym, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Sir Edmond Mountfort, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Long, Sir Symonds D'Ewes, Sir H. Ludlow, Sir Robert Coke, Mr. Marten, Mr. Arth. Goodwyn, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Strode, Sir H. Vane jun. Mr. Darley, Sir Walter Erle, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Ro. Goodwyn, Mr. Hampden, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. Fienis, Mr. Nicholls, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Jo. Holland, Mr. Bodevile, Sir Tho. Dacres, Sir H. Heyman, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Cromwell, Sir Tho. Cheek, Mr. Pury, Sir Edm. Fowell, Mr. Walter Lloyd;
This Committee is to meet with a Committee of the Lords, to consider of what is fit to be done upon all these Informations and Matters received from York: And are to meet presently.
Safety of the Kingdom.
Resolved, &c. That the House shall meddle with no other Business, but what tends to the Preservation and Safety of this Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Ireland.
Sir Henry Vane went up to the Lords, to acquaint them, That this House had agreed to all the Propositions and Amendments sent down from their Lordships; and have appointed a Committee which shall meet presently with their Committee.
Dispersing Orders of the House.
Mr. Pury presented an Order for the Dispersing and Divulging the Orders and Declarations of the House:
1. To provide for every County such a competent Number of the Orders and Declarations well printed, with a fair Letter, and good Paper, as that every Constable, Headborough, or Tything-man, may have One of each Sort.
2. To seal up in One Bundle so many of each Sort, as there are Constables, Headboroughs, or Tything-men in every Hundred; and that a proportionable Number of them, for every County, shall be delivered unto the Sheriff or Under Sheriff of that County, or their Deputy; who is to give a Receipt under his Hand, of so many Bundles of each Sort, as shall be delivered unto him; who is thereupon forthwith to send One of the said Bundles of each Sort, unto every High Constable in his County; who is to give the like Receipt for such Bundle so received by him.
3. That all the said several Receipts so subscribed by the said Sheriffs, Under Sheriffs, Deputies, and High Constables respectively, shall be sent up with all convenient Speed, to be delivered unto the Committee appointed for this Business: Who are to receive the same; and to send for all such as shall be negligent in this Service.
4. That every High Constable, upon Receipt of every of the said Bundles, shall with all convenient Speed, send unto every Petit Constable, Headborough, or Tythingman in his Division, One of each Sort of the said Orders or Declarations; who is required, within Seven Days next after the Receipt thereof, to cause the same to be publickly read in the Presence of the rest of the Inhabitants of that Town or Parish, wherein he dwelleth.
5. That if the Sheriff, Under Sheriff, or Deputy of any County, be in or about London, then the several Bundles to be delivered to him by the Serjeant's Man; if not, then the Knights and Burgesses that serve for every County, are to send them down to the Sheriffs, Under Sheriffs, or High Constables; to be disposed of as aforesaid.
Waggon stayed at Watford.
The House being informed, That the Waggon stayed at Watford, belongs to the Bishop of Norwich;
It is Ordered, if it shall appear so to be, That the Waggon be released.
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