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 Mercurii, 8 Junii, 1642.
NR. Whittacre is appointed to open the Letters concerning the Jewels.
Ordered, That this House will make no Allowance to any Officers employed in the War of Ireland, but such as shall be allowed by this House, and accordingly as they are designed by this House; that no Monies shall be employed, that are sent over into Ireland, for the War there, but by the Advice and Order of this House: And that a Letter be written to the Treasurer at Wars in Ireland, to require him to send over hither a Transcript of the State of his Accounts; and that the Commissioners for Irish Affairs do prepare an Order to this Purpose; and likewise a Letter to the Treasurer at Wars in Ireland.
A Letter from the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Essex, of the Seventh of June, 1642, was this Day read; and ordered to be forthwith printed.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Parker, One of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Sussex, be forthwith injoined to go down into Sussex, to see the Ordinance concerning the Militia put in Execution in that County.
Dep. Lieuts. of Northampton.
Resolved, upon the Question, That but Four of the Members of this House that are Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Northampton, shall go into that County: And that it be referred to the Burgesses to consider which Four shall go.
Resolved, That this House doth approve of the Lord Fitzwilliams to be One of the Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Northampton: And that Mr. Knightley do recommend him to the Lords.
Money for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Treasurers appointed to receive the Monies that come in upon the Act of Subscriptions, do forthwith pay unto Mr. Nicholas Loftus, Deputy Treasurer at Wars in Ireland, Ten thousand Pounds, to be sent forthwith into the Province of Munster, for the Use and Relief of the Army there: And that they shall be repaid the said Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, out of the first Monies which shall be paid in of the Hundred thousand Pounds promised on Friday last to be lent by the City of London.
Loan from the City.
Sir Gilbert Gerard reports that, Yesterday, he and some other Members of the House, went to the Company of the Grocers, where they met at their common Hall; and that they freely condescended, presently, to pay in their Proportion of the Hundred thousand Pounds, promised, on Friday last, to be lent by the Citizens of London. Mr. Alderman Soame was there with them; and did much advance the Business.
Sir Tho. Soame is appointed to return the Company of Grocers Thanks.
Ordered, That Mr. Ven, Mr. Vassall, Alderman Soame, Alderman Penington, and Mr. Spurstow, be added to the Committee appointed to go into London.
Ordered, That Sir Rowland Wansford shall be forthwith paid the Thousand Pounds he lent gratis to this House, upon the Bill of Poll-money, out of the Monies remaining in ready Cash of the Four First Subsidies; and that those Persons authorized by that Act do grant out their Warrant to the Treasurers appointed by that Act, to issue forth and pay the said Thousand Pounds accordingly: And that Mr. Arth. Goodwyn do return Sir Rowland Wansford Thanks.
Loan from the City.
Ordered, That the Monies that shall be paid in by the several Companies, towards the Making up of the Hundred thousand Pounds promised to be lent by the Citizens, shall be paid into the Chamber of London.
Allowance to Hodgson.
Ordered, That Mr. Edward Hodgson, Clerk to the Chamberlain of London, shall have allowed unto him Six hundred Pounds, for his great Pains taken in the Receiving, Issuing forth, and Keeping an Account of all the Monies already paid into the Chamber of London, by the Appointment of several Acts of Parliament, and of Orders of this or both Houses.
Ordered, That Mr. Hodgson shall have half a Crown in the Hundred allowed him, for all the Monies that hereafter he shall receive and pay forth, by virtue of any Orders of this or both Houses.
Ordered, That this Pamphlet, intituled, A true Relation of the Proceedings of the Scotts and English Forces in the North of Ireland, be referred to the Committee for Printing, where Mr. White has......: And that That Committee sit this Afternoon: And likewise that the Pamphlet, intituled, The Relation of the particular Messages at Howorth Moore, be referred: And that the Printers be presently sent for to attend that Committee: And that they make Report To-morrow Morning.
Persons sent for in custody.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Tobias Sedgewick, Francis Cowles, and Tho. Baites, be forthwith sent for in safe Custody, to attend the Committee for Printing, this Afternoon.
Ordered, That the Business of the Election of Sir Wm. Constable, to serve for the Town of Knavesborough, be debated on Friday Morning next: And that Mr. Cerbett attend the House.
Letter from Yorke.
Ordered, That the Letter of the Fourth of June, written from Yorke, from Sir Matthew Boynton to Sir Wm. Constable, concerning the Petition intended to be delivered to his Majesty at Howorth Moore, on Friday the Third of June 1642, and likewise concerning the Names affixed to that Petition....
Defence of the Kingdom.
Sir Jo. Evelyn reports from the Committee appointed to consider of the Defence of the Kingdom.
Propositions from Scotts, &c.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Ayloff and Serjeant Glanvile;
The Lords desire a present Conference, by Committees of both Houses, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning a Letter from the Lord Willoughby of Parham, Lord Lieutenant of the County of Lincolne; concerning some Propositions received from the Scotts; and concerning some Letters received from some Lords at Yorke.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Answer to this Message shall be. That the House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer returned by the same Messengers: That the House has considered their Lordships Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Person to be brought in Custody.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker shall grant forth his Warrant for the Summoning of such a particular Person as shall be nominated unto him by Mr. Pym; who is to be brought hither in safe Custody: And the Messenger is not to suffer him to speak with any Man but in his Hearing.
Magazine from Hull.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords desire, that this Committee, now to meet upon the Conference, may likewise take into Consideration, how the Magazine that is returned from Hull, may conveniently be placed in the Tower.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will likewise send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Defence of the Kingdom.
The Propositions brought from the Committee appointed to consider of the Defence of the Kingdom, were now read over; first all together; and then Clause by Clause.
Resolved, That the House shall now proceed with these Propositions.
That these Words, "and in pursuance thereof, hath actually begun to levy Forces of Horse and Foot," shall stand in the Preamble of these Propositions.-
Letters, &c. from Essex.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Ayloffe and Serjeant Glanvile;
The Lords desire that, besides the Parts and Points of the last desired Conference, they may confer about some Letters and Papers they have received out of Essex: And that they do intend to sit this Afternoon, at Four of Clock; unto which Time they have adjourned their House.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and, to this last Desire, will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House shall sit at Four of Clock in the Afternoon.-
Exceptions to Member's Words.
Some Exceptions were taken to Words spoken by Mr. Pledall; whereupon he explained himself: And it was
Resolved, upon the Question, That the House is well satisfied with the Explanation made by Mr. Pledall.
Defence of the Kingdom.
The Preamble of the Declaration brought from the Committee appointed to consider of the Defence of the Kingdom, was put to the Question; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto.
Privilege- Prosecution of a Member.
The humble Petition of the Lady Elizabeth Sedley, complaining of a wicked Assault made upon her by Mr. Jo. Griffith, a Member of this House, was this Day read: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That the Lady Elizabeth Sedley shall, upon this Occasion, have Liberty to prosecute against the said Mr. Jo. Griffith the younger, as she shall be advised by her Counsel, notwithstanding that he is a Member of the House: And that his Person be secured; and his Departing out of the Kingdom prevented; And that Sir H. Vane do repair to the Lord Admiral, to desire that the Ports may be stopped presently against him: And that the said Mr. Griffith do appear within these Six Days at farthest; or else the House will proceed against him, as in their Judgments they shall think fit, as taking him to be guilty of the Fact complained of in the Petition.
Mr. Holles, Mr. Pym, Mr. Glyn, Sir Tho. Dacres, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Simonds D' Ewes, Mr. Sutton, Sir Ralph Varney, Sir Jo. Hippesley; Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Whittlock, Sir Jo. Holland, Mr. Nicholls, Sir Hen. Heyman, Sir Hugh. Owen, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Jo. Moore, Mr. Rigby;
This Committee is to examine and consider of the Business complained of in the Lady Elizabeth Sidleye's Petition; and of what Proceedings she may have thereupon, with respect to her Honour, and without prejudicing the Privileges of this House; and likewise to provide, that what is already granted upon this Petition, may not be drawn into Example, to the Prejudice of the Privilege of Parliament hereafter: And are to meet on Monday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Court of Wards.
Defence of the Kingdom
The Declaration and Propositions brought from the Committee appointed to consider of the Defence of the Kingdom being read, Clause by Clause; and, by particular Vote assented unto: And then the whole Declaration was put to the Question; and by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and that the Lords be desired to consent herein.
Proceedings against Cowles, &c.
Mr. White reports from the Committee for Printing, That Francis Cowles, and Thomas Bates, (for whom the Letter directed to Tobias Sedgewick, was printed, which came out of Ireland, casting false Reports on the Army of the Scotts employed there by this Kingdom, against the Rebels there) were at the Door:
Who, being called in, confessed, One White a Printer, brought the Copy thereof to them, before it was printed; and offered to sell the Impression thereof to them; and they did accordingly buy the same of the Printer, and published divers printed Copies thereof.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Francis Cowles and Tho. Bates shall be forthwith committed Prisoners to the King's Bench: And the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House is required to deliver them over thither: And that the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench be required to proceed against them as Publishers of false News. And
Book to be burnt, &c.
It is further Ordered, That this Book, intituled, "A true Relation of the Proceedings of the Scotts and English Forces in the North of Ireland," shall be burnt by the Hand of the common Hangman, in the new Palace-yard at Westminster: And the Master and Wardens of the Company of Stationers are required to seize all such of these Books, as are any where to be had, that they may be burnt accordingly.
Persons to attend.
Resolved, &c. That Tobias Sedgewick and ..... White the Printer, shall be forthwith summoned to attend this House.
Person to be brought up.
Resolved, &c. That Fawcett's Bail be required to bring the said Fawcett to this House, To-morrow Morning.
Sir Hen. Vane reports, The Lord Admiral will take care to see the Ports stopped, that Mr. Jo. Griffith the younger pass not over Sea; but, for the Cinque Ports, it is without his Lordship's Jurisdiction.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do write his Letter to the Deputy of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, to stop the Ports, That Mr. Jo. Griffith the younger do not pass beyond the Seas.
Safety of the Kingdom, &c.
The Lord Dungarvan is to go to the Lords, to acquaint their Lordships, That this House is ready to give a present Meeting at a Conference of both Houses, according to their Three Messages; and to desire a Conference with their Lordships, concerning the Declaration and Proposition brought from the Committee concerning the Safety of the Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Letters in Mr. Glyn's Hands be referred to the Committee for Information.
Lord Dungarvon brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to that Part of that Conference desired by this House, concerning some Propositions for the Defence of the Kingdom; and likewise to the Orders for Ten thousand Pounds for Mounster; and of Six hundred Sixty-two Pounds One Shilling and Four-pence for Londonderry.
Ordered, That the Committee for Newcastle do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the usual Place.
Speaking against Parliament.
Ordered, That the Information given of Words spoken, to the great Scandal and Dishonour of the Parliament, by One * * a Chandler, in Moor-lane, be referred to the Committee for Informations.
Mr. Holles, Sir John Evelyn, Sir H. Vane jun. and Mr. Pym, are appointed Reporters and Managers of this Conference.
Ordered, That Sir Christ. Yelverton, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Mr. Crue, Mr. Knightley, Members of this House, and Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Northampton, be forthwith injoined to repair into that County, to see the Ordinance of the Militia put in Execution there.
Person to attend.
Ordered, That Sir H. Vane jun. do move the Lord Admiral to send for Sir Jo. Mims, and to require him forthwith to attend this House.
Lincolne Militia, &c.
Mr. Hollis reports That Part of the Conference with the Lords, which concerns the Letters and Papers received from Lincolnshire, concerning some Passages touching the Militia in that County: And delivered in to the House a Letter from the Lord Willioughby of Parham, Lord Lieutenant of that County; and likewise from his Majesty to the said Lord Willoughby; and his Lordship's Answer to that Letter: The which were all read: And likewise the Vote of the Lords upon the Whole; in which they desired the Concurrence of this House: Which was read, in hæc verba.
The Lords have thought fit to let you know, how much they value and approve the Endeavours of this Lord in a Service so much importing the Safety of this Kingdom; and they doubt not of your Readiness to concur with them, upon all Occasions, to manifest the Sense they have, and shall retain, of his Deserving; which appears the greater, by how much the Difficulties, by those Circumstances you have heard read, have been greater: And, as my Lords resolve to make his Interest their own, in this Service for the publick Good, and Safety of this Kingdom, so they desire you to join with them in so good and necessary a Work.
Resolved, That this House doth join with the Lords in this Vote.
That this House shall make the like Resolutions for the Deputy Lieutenants; and desire their Lordships Concurrence herein.