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 Jovis, 9 Junii, 1642.
Letters from Spaine.
ORDERED, That the Letters that came out of Spaine, and stayed by a Merchant, and now brought to this House, be referred to the Committee for Informations.
Proceedings against Huckmore, &c.
Mr. Huckmore, who was sent for, as a Delinquent, for contemning the Orders of the House, was this Day called in to the Bar: And kneeled at the Bar.
Gregory Huckmore his Servant, who was sent for, as a Delinquent, was likewise called in.
They were both charged, that they contemned the Orders of the House, and cut down Woods, after they were served with an Order of Restraint; and said, That the Order nothing concerned them; and that it was a flying Order: They both denied the Words, and denied that they expressed any Disobedience to, or Contempt of, the said Order.
The Witnesses were again called in; and did prove both the Words, and the Disobedience, and Contempt of the said Order.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Huckmore the Master, and Gregory Huckmore his Servant, be forthwith committed Prisoners to the Tower, for disobeying and contemning the Orders of this House; and there to continue Prisoners during the Pleasure of the House.
They were both called in to the Bar; and, kneeling there, Mr. Speaker pronounced Sentence against them accordingly.
Information was this Day given of a Ship laden with Ammunition and Arms, riding before the Fort of Mardee near unto Duynkirke, bound for Ireland: And
It is Ordered, That Sir Walth. Erle and Mr. Vassall do acquaint the Lord Admiral with this Information; and desire his Lordship to take some speedy and good Course for the Intercepting and Seizing of this Ship.
Ordered, That the Adventurers of the additional Forces by Sea be required forthwith to set forth to Sea Three of their lighted Ships, and Three Pinnaces; and that they give Order to employ their best Endeavours in the Intercepting, Staying, and Seizing any Ships that they shall meet with, laden with Arms or Ammunition, bound for Ireland: and that it be recommended to the Lord Admiral to give Order herein accordingly.
Leave to go to Ireland.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Lord Dungarvan shall have Liberty to go into Ireland; and continue, notwithstanding, a Member of this House.
Whereas the House was this Day informed, That a Garison of Two hundred Men was raised and maintained in the Town of Yohall, until March last, by the Right Honourable the Earl of Corke, at his own Charge; and since that Time continued there by the Engagement of the Lord Dangarvan; it is thought fit, and so Ordered, by the Commons now assembled in Parliament, That this House do take upon them the Payment of the said Two hundred Men, since the Beginning of March last, after the Rate of Three Shillings and Six pence a Week by the Man: And so disengage the said Lord Dungarvan; and continue the Payment of them till the First of July next.
Lord Lieutenant. &c. of Lincolne.
Mr. Whittlock is to acquaint the Lords, That this House does agree with the Lords in their Vote concerning the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolne; and have made the like for the Deputy Lieutenants of that County; and to desire their Lordships Concurrence therein.
Mr. Pym reports the other Part of the Conference, Yesterday had with the Lords; He delivered a Letter from the Earl of Warwick; and a Petition or Declaration delivered from the Captains of Essex, met Yesterday at Brentwood, to the Earl of Warwick; and likewise to the Lords Opinion and Sense of the Lords upon this whole Business, expressed in a Declaration: The which was read; and by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and this Assent declared to the Lords, by Mr. Whittlock.
Papers to be printed.
Ordered, That both all these Papers, and those that came from Lincolnshire, be forthwith printed.
Arms at Amsterdam.
Ordered, That the Lords be acquainted with an Information this Day given to the House, of some Pistols and Brass Pieces that are prepared at Amsterdam, and designed for the North of England.
Fleet at Duynkirke.
Mr. Ashe and Mr. Wheeler are appointed to examine the Dutch Gentleman that gave Information of a great Fleet of Men of War at Duynkirke, and designed for England, as they talk in Holland.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Willmott, Mr. Ashburnham, Sir Jo. Barkley, and Captain Legg, and Sir Tho. Ashton, who are Delinquents to this House, be forthwith sent for by the Serjeant at Arms, upon their former Delinquency; and that the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of Yorke be straitly required to be aiding and assisting unto them in the present Execution of this Order: And that the Cause of their Delinquency be expressed in the Warrant.
Person to attend, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Lucas be forthwith summoned to attend this House: And that the Mayor and Bailiffs of Colchester be straitly required to be very diligent in making Stay of all Manner of Arms and Ammunition that shall be shipped in their Port.
Raising Forces by the King.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfield, and Serjeant Finche;
The Lords desire to be satisfied by this House, of something they received, in the Preamble of the Declaration delivered unto their Lordships, Yesterday, at a Conference. "They desire to know what Information this House hath, That the King hath sent out Summons into other Counties besides Yorkeshire, for calling together great Numbers; and some ill-affected Persons have been employed in other Parts to raise Troops, under the Colour of his Majesty's Service, making large Offers of Reward and Preferment to such as will come in."
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Lords shall be acquainted with that Clause of the Letter from Sir Edward Aiscough, that mentions, That the Earl of Lindsey will be in Lincolneshire To-morrow, at the Training and Mustering of the Train Bands, with his new Commission; and to desire the Lords, that a Warrant may issue from their Lordships, for the Apprehending, and Seizing, and Bringing up of the said Earl of Lindsey to the Parliament; being voted, by both Houses, to be a publick Enemy to the State.
Sir Jo. Evelyn is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire a free Conference concerning the Matter of the Words sent down by the Lords, touching which they desire to be satisfied. The Words are contained in the Preamble of the Declaration and Propositions delivered to their Lordships at a Conference Yesterday.
Mr. Marten, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Rigby, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Strode, Mr. Holles, Mr. Blackiston, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
The Company of Apothecaries have freely and willingly condescended to lend that Proportion of Money which is charged upon them, towards the Making up of the Hundred thousand Pounds, promised to be lent by the Citizens.
Mr. Bell is this ordered to return them Thanks for their Forwardness in so publick a Service.
Magazine from Hull.
Mr. Holles presented to the House, an Order concerning the Disposing of the Magazine returned from Hull: The which was read; and assented unto, with One Amendment; viz. Instead of these Words, "without the King's Pleasure signified by both Houses of Parliament," insert these Words, "but by Order of both Houses of Parliament."
Ordered, That this Order, with the Amendments, be returned at this next Conference.
Call of the House, &c.
Ordered, That the House be called To-morrow Morning, the first Business after Prayers: And that the Business concerning the Members declaring themselves, what Horse or Plate they will bring in, shall be then resumed.
Ordered, That the Carabines belonging to Mr. Smyth, and seized by Mr. Edwards, Justice of the Peace, by virtue of an Order of both Houses, shall be delivered unto him again.
That Mr. Ashton, Mr. Shuttleworth, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Moore, Members of this House, and Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Lancaster, be injoined to go down to that County, to see the Ordinance of the Militia put in Execution in that County: And that Mr. Rigby do prepare Instructions for this Committee to observe; and bring it into the House To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Brereton and Sir Tho. Smyth do repair into Cheshire, to see the Ordinance for the Militia put in Execution in that County: And that Sir Wm. Brereton prepare Instructions, and bring them in To-morrow Morning.
King's Summons to Members.
Two Letters that came from his Majesty, summoning Sir Jo. Wollaston and William Gibbs Esquire, to attend his Majesty forthwith at Yorke, all Excuses laid aside.
Members injoined to stay.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Jo. Wollaston Knight, and Wm. Gibbs Esquire, being employed by the Ordinance of both Houses, in the Militia of London, be injoined to stay here, and to attend that Service.
Earl of Lindsey.
Mr. Pym brings Answer, That the Lords are of Opinion with this House, That the Earl of Lindsey be sent for; and will send forth a Warrant accordingly.
Sir Jo. Evelyn brings Answer, That the Lords will give a present Meeting at a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, as is desired.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Whitlock brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Particulars of his Message.
Members injoined to stay.
Sir Jo. Wollaston and Mr. Gibbs were both called in; and injoined by Mr. Speaker, according to the Order of the House.
Removing Magazine from Hull.
That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to take the Accounts of those Persons that have been employed in bringing the Magazine from Hull, and report it to the House, that Order may be taken for their Payment of what shall be due unto them: And That Committee is appointed to sit this Afternoon, to consider of this Bu....
The House was informed, That the Town of Cambridge had collected Two hundred and Thirty Pounds upon the Act of Contribution: That there are divers poor Irish come thither. It is therefore
Ordered, That the Thirty Pounds, Part of that Money, shall remain with them, to be disposed of towards the Relief of those Irish; and that the Residue be returned with all Speed, to be paid into the Treasurers at London.
Magazine from Hull.
Mr. Holles reports, That the Lords do agree unto the Amendments to the Order concerning the Magazine returned from Hull: And as to the other Business concerning the Words in the Preamble of the Declaration, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ostmen of Newcastle.
Ordered, That the Petition concerning the Ostmen of Newcastle, be referred to the Committee for Newcastle.
Proceedings against White.
White the Printer that printed the Relation concerning the Scotts, was called in; and did confess, That he had received the Letter which was directed from one Pike in Ireland to one Tobias Sedgwick, from Sedgewick, a Barber in the Strand; and that he carried this Letter to Baites and Cowles the Stationers, and read it unto them; and they thereupon hired him to print Three Ream of Paper, and gave him therefore Eighteen Shillings. He presented to the House the original Letter.
Resolved, That Robert White shall be forthwith committed a Prisoner to the King's Bench Prison, for Printing and publishing of a scandalous Libel, to the Dishonour of the Scotts Nation: And that he be referred to the King's Bench, to be proceeded with there according to Law.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords desire a Conference presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning some Additions and Amendments to the Paper delivered unto their Lordships at the Conference Yesterday.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
This House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Holles, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir H. Vane jun. and Mr. Pym, are appointed Managers and Reporters of this Conference.
Ordered, That the several Sheriffs of Anglesey, Brecon, Merioneth, and Caernarvon, do forthwith pay in the Monies collected in their several Counties upon the Poll Bill: And that if they shall not have paid the said Monies in by the last of this present June, that then they shall be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, for detaining the Monies of the Commonwealth in their Hands, without any farther Motion, or other Order from the House.
Persons to attend.
Ordered, That Luke Norton, John Field, who printed the Relation of such Occurrences as happened in Ulster since the Rebellion there, for Ralph Rownthwayte, contrary to the Order of this House, be forthwith summoned to attend this House.
Mr. Holles reports from the Conference with the Lords, the Amendments to the Declaration and Propositions delivered unto the Lords, at a Conference, Yesterday: The which Amendments and Additions were read, and recommitted to the same Committee.
House to sit.
Ordered, That the House sit this Afternoon, at Four of Clock.
Essex Trained Bands, &c.
THE Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, being advertised by the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Essex, of their ready, full, and forward Meeting of the Trained Bands of that County, and of a chearful Access of a very considerable Number of Volunteers, at their first Appearing, have thought fit to express unto them, the good Sense they hold of their Proceedings, so much conducing to the general Safety of this Kingdom; and having likewise received from them a Declaration full of Affections, and good Inclinations to maintain our Religion, Laws, Liberties, and Privileges of Parliament, which they observed to be invaded by pernicious Counsel (as indeed they have been of late, in a more dangerous and high Manner than any Age can parallel); and having very prudently observed in a right Understanding, that the Kingdom, and the King's Authority and Person, can be no ways maintained, but by the Upholding the Power and Privileges of Parliament, as by the late Protestation they acknowledge themselves bound unto, against all contrary Counsels, Power, and Force of Arms whatsoever: This just and faithful Resolution of theirs to the publick Good, the Lords and Commons do not only approve, but commend; assuring them, that as their Endeavours have been for the Peace and Happiness of the King and Kingdom, so they will persist in Discharge of the great and publick Trust which lies upon them, to go through all Difficulties which may oppose the publick Peace and Welfare of this Kingdom; and will upon all Occasions, be ready to express, particularly to those Persons, that Respect which is due to Persons from whom they have received such Assurance of their Affections and Fidelities.
Printing Orders, &c. of the House.
MR. Pury reports from the Committee appointed to consider of the Printing of the Orders and Declarations of this House: Whereupon
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That the Remonstrance, with the Proofs and Examinations, shall be printed and published, to the Number of Four thousand.
Resolved, &c. That the Remonstrance concerning Hull, and the King's Oath, shall be printed and published, to the Number of Nine thousand.
Resolved, &c. That the Declaration of the Three Votes, and the Roll 2° R. II. shall be printed and published, to the Number of Nine thousand.
Resolved, &c. That the Declaration in Answer to the Proclamation against the Militia, and Statute 7° E. I. shall be printed and published, to the Number of Nine thousand.
Resolved, &c. That the Two Accounts, the One of Mr. Greene's, the other of Mr. Trenchard's, shall be printed, and published to the Number of Nine thousand.
Resolved, &c. That the Order of Instructions to the Committee, and the Report of Directions for Publishing of them, shall be likewise printed.
Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler shall pay for the Printing of these Particulars.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning the House do take into Consideration the Business of Providing of Monies for the Scotts.
Ordered, That the Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of Godhurst, in the County of Kent, be referred to the Committee of scandalous Ministers, where Mr. Corbett has the Chair.
Person sent for.
Resolved, &c. That John Smith, Rector of the Parish Church of St. Tewe, in the County of Cornwall, shall be sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Sir R. Coke's Debts, &c.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Enabling of Sir Robert Coke Knight to pay his Debts, and to make some farther competent Provision for Dame Theophila his now Wife.
Ordered, That it shall not be read the Second time, but in a full House.
Propositions for bringing in Plate, &c.
Mr. Holles reports the Declaration and Propositions which were re-committed, with some Additions: The which were read.
It is this Day Ordered, That the Members of either House, who are present, shall be desired to declare in their Houses respectively, what Money or Plate they will bring in, or what Horse, Horsemen, and Arms, they will find and maintain.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth assent to this Proposition to be the Sixth Proposition of the Propositions brought in from the Committee appointed to consider of the Defence of the Kingdom: And that the Lords be desired to join in this Proposition.
In the Tenth Line of the Eighth Proposition, after the Word "House," add these Words, "as have not declared themselves in the House, or;" and put out the Word "as."
In the last Line of the Ninth Proposition, after the Word "aforesaid," add "which are to maintain the Protestant Religion, the King's Authority, and his Person, in his Royal Dignity, the free Course of Justice, the Laws of the Land, the Peace of the Kingdom, and the Privilege of Parliament."
"This is the Addition came from the Lords, and is assented unto by this House, with this Addition, "against any Force which shall oppose them."
Mr. Holles, Mr. Pym, Sir John Evelyn, and Sir Henry Vane jun. are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of the City of London be required, from this House, to give Notice to all the Merchant Strangers in the several Wards, to meet at Merchant-taylors-hall, on Tuesday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon: And that Notice of this Order be given in the particular Congregations by the Ministers and Elders thereof: And some Members of this House shall be appointed to be there present at that Meeting.
Ordered, That Mr. Robert Balsome, an orthodox Divine, shall be recommended by this House to preach every Lord's Day in the Afternoon, and every Friday in the Week, as a Lecturer to the Inhabitants of the Town of Shipton, according to their Desire: And Mr. John Cooth, the Parson there, is required to suffer the said Mr. Balsome to preach there accordingly, without Interruption.
Ordered, That on Wednesday next, in the Afternoon, at Two of the Clock, the Committee of the whole House, appointed to consider of the Bill concerning the Merchant Adventurers, do sit.
Committee to meet.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of * * * * do meet To-morrow, at Two .. Clock.
Orders to Sheriffs.
Ordered, That Mr. Pury shall take care for the Sending of Orders to the Sheriffs, that injoin them not to publish any thing that concerns the Proceedings of Parliament, without acquainting the Houses of Parliament with it.