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 Martis, 7 Junii, 1642.
Horses stayed at St. Albans.
Answer of Ordnance Officers.
IN Answer to your Demand, requiring us positively to declare whether after the Receipt of the Provisions returned from Hull, by virtue of an Order from both Houses of Parliament, dated the Fourth of this present .... we would deliver them out again, according to the said Order; we have conferred together, and held it fit to return you this Answer; viz. That all Provisions of Magazine, within the Tower of London, having hitherto been committed to the Charge of the Master, and other the respective Officers of the Ordnance jointly; and the Earl of Newport, the present Master of the Ordnance, being now at Yorke, to whom the said Order in the First Place is likewise directed; it will not become us to determine of any Answer to your said Demand, or any other Business of the like Importance, concerning the Duties of that Office, until his Lordship (being therewith acquainted) shall signify to us his Pleasure and Direction therein: To which End, and as a Testimony of our best Respects to both Houses, and Desires to observe all Commands of the Parliament, this Day accordingly we have dispatched an Express to his Lordship, by Post; from whom we have desired, and accordingly do expect a determinate Answer, with all the Expedition the Post Horses can oring us.
|Office of the Ordnance, 6° Junii, 1642.||Jo. Heydon,|
Arms, &c. from Hull.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Commissioners for Irish Affairs, to consider what Quantities of Arms and Ammunition returned from Hull, is fit to be sent into Ireland: And that they certify this House thereof with great Speed.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Militia do appoint Days for the Trained Bands of the Counties of Cheshire and Lancashire, to muster: And that they do meet de die in diem; and appoint convenient Days for all the other Counties.
Ordered, That Sir H. Heyman and Captain Skinner, Sir Ed. Boyse and Mr. Browne, do repair to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Lieutenant of the County of Kent, to move him that Deputations may be forthwith given unto the Deputy Lieutenants, according to the Ordinance for the Militia.
A Letter from the Lords Justices of Ireland, of the Eleventh of May, lamenting their own particular Con dition, and recommending it to the Consideration of this House; and likewise a Letter from the Lord President of Munster, of the Ninth of May, was this Day read.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Committee of Adventurers, to desire them to lend Ten thousand Pounds, to be sent over into Ireland, for the Relief of the Province of Munster: And this House will see the same repaid out of the first Monies of the Hundred thousand Pounds that shall come in from the City, which they have promised to lend.
The humble Petition of divers Citizens, and others, inhabiting in and about the City of London, was this Day read; desiring that there might be a Weekly Collection of such as would contribute voluntarily to the great Necessities of the Kingdom.
Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Whittlock, Ald. Pennington, Mr. Ven, Mr. Cage, Mr. Vassall, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Rigby: And are to meet, or any Three of them, Tomorrow in the Afternoon, in the Court of Wards.
The Gentlemen that preferred the Petition were called in: And Mr. Speaker told them, "That the House had read their Petition; and do find in it Expressions of great Zeal to the Protestant Profession; and of Fidelity and Care to the Publick; for which they return them Thanks.
Loan from the City.
Mr. Snow acquaints the House, that the Mayor writes him Word, that the Mayor, in the Name of the Corporation, had subscribed, Thirty-first of May, Eleven thousand Two hundred Seventy and Three Pounds: And that the Sheriff had now sent up Two thousand Pounds: And that some private Men had underwritten Four thousand Five hundred and Eighty-one Pounds, in the Name of the Corporation, which was not underwritten by Mr. Mayor; which made the Sheriff scrupulous of receiving it: The House declared he might very well receive it, and pay it in.
Thanks to Exeter.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Gilbert Gerard brings Answer, That the Lords are of Opinion, that if it shall appear, that they are the Prince's Horses, that they should be discharged. As for a Conference, they will give a present Meeting, as is desired: And, as for the Bill for Subscriptions, and the Ordinance concerning the additional Forces by Sea, they will give the best Expedition they can.
Loan from College of Physicians.
Sir Ben. Rudyard, Mr. Peard, Sir Gilbert Gerard, are appointed to think of some convenient Time when they may convent such Officers before them, as they think fit to propound unto the Desire of the House, for the Lending of Monies in these Times of Extremity.
Money for Ireland.
Ordered, That the several Receivers of the Poll-money in London, and of the Contribution-money for Ireland shall pay unto Mr. Loftus Six hundred and Sixty-two Pounds One Shilling and Four pence, to be employed towards Payment of the Garison now settled at Londonderry: Six hundred and Twenty-seven Pounds whereof is remaining in the Poll-office, and Thirty-five Pounds One Shilling and Four-pence remaining in the Chamber of London, as the Residue of Two hundred Pounds given by Mr. Packer and Mr. Browne towards the War of Ireland.
Engineer, &c. for Hull.
Letter to Mayor of St. Albans.
Ordered, That Mr. Wingate do write a Letter to the Mayor of St. Albans, to thank him for his Care in the Staying of these Horses at St. Albans; and to acquaint him, that this House is satisfied that they are the Prince's; and therefore to require him * * *
Payment for Printing.
Warrant to Willoughby.
Pamphlets, false News, &c.
This Committee, or any Two of them, is appointed to consider of some way of preventing the Publishing of any Declaration, or other Matter, that may lay any Aspersion upon the Parliament, either by Sheriffs, Ministers, Constables, or other Officers, or otherwise concerning the Parliament: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards.
Ammunition from Hull.
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Votes of this House brought up unto them, concerning the Ammunition brought from Hull.
Leave of Absence.
Committee at Hull.
Ordered, That Two of these Four Gentlemen, viz. Sir Edw. Aiscough, Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir Christ. Wray, and Mr. Hatcher, shall be continually resident and assistant to the Governor at Hull, until they shall receive farther Order from this House.
Committee to London.
Mr. Pierrepointe reports the Conference with the Lords, concerning the Ammunition: That they agree with this House in all the Votes sent concerning that Business; only they do order, that the Ammunition should be laid up safe in the Tower; and committed to the Custody of the Lieutenant of the Tower: And that the Lieutenant's Servants that shall be employed in this Service, shall have Recompence for their Pains.
Commerce, &c. with Scotland.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of the Commissions to issue forth for the Conservation of the Peace between the Two Kingdoms, and concerning the Commerce, do meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the inner Court of Wards.
Defence of the Kingdom.
Committees at Hull.
Information against Gerard, &c.
Ordered, That the High Sheriff of Cheshire be required to do his Duty, in preventing the Raising of any Forces of Horse or Foot; and in suppressing such as be, or shall be, raised, contrary to the Order of both Houses of Parliament, or not by their Order, and with their Consent.
Affairs of Yorkeshire.
House desired to sit.
Committee to meet, &c.
Committee at Hull.
Committee to London.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Dacres, Mr. Heveningham, Mr. White, and Sir Jo. Evelyn senior, be added to the Committee appointed to go into London, in the Stead of those that are of that Committee that are Commissioners for the Irish Affairs.
Loan from Buckingham.
Whereas the Gentlemen of the County of Bucks have freely lent unto this House the Sum of Six thousand Pounds, upon the Act of Contribution, for the Affairs of Ireland, which was appointed by an Order of the Ninth of April last, to be repaid unto them out of the first Monies that shall be raised in that County upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds: It is this Day Ordered, by the Commons House of Parliament, That the Collectors of the several Hundreds within the said already or hereafter to be appointed for the Collecting of the Money to be levied upon the said Act of Four hundred thousand Pounds, shall, out of the Money collected or to be collected, by them, upon the said Act, pay unto the several Persons within their Hundreds respectively, the Sums so lent by them: And that the several Acquittances, under the Hands of the Persons that lent the said Monies, being returned by the said several Collectors unto the Treasurers appointed by the said Act, shall be taken and accounted for Payment of so much Monies as shall be contained in the Acquittances; and the Collectors to be discharged thereupon, as if they had paid in so much ready Money to the Treasurers: Which Acquittances shall be likewise allowed unto the Treasurers, upon their Account, as Money paid by them, according to the said Act: Provided that the Sum or Sums of Money contained in the said Acquittances, exceed not the Sum of Six thousand Pounds.