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, 14 Junii, 1642.
Message to Lords.
ORDERED, That the Lords be moved to join with this House, in injoining Sir Jo. Wollaston Knight, and Mr. Gibbs, to stay here, to attend the Service of the Militia: And that the Instructions to the Committee of Cheshire be carried up to the Lords, to desire their Concurrence.
Lord Lieut of Ireland.
The humble Desires of Robert Earl of Leicester, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, presented to the Lords and others, Commissioners for the Affairs of Ireland, were this Day read; and ordered to be farther considered of, on Thursday Morning.
Officers, &c. Petitions.
The humble Petition of Arthur Chichester, Commander of a Regiment of Foot, and Arthur Hill Esquire, Commander of a Regiment of Horse, now in Garison at Belfast, and the Places adjoining, in the County of Antrim, and of the Captains and Officers under their Command, read.
Resolved, That these Petitions of Mr. Chichester and Mr. Hill, Lord Viscount Aires, and Sir James Montgomerie, Mr. Hamilton, and Lord Chandeloss' Regiment, and Lieutenant Colonel Audley Mervin, and other Petitions now presented from the Commissioners, shall be referred to a Committee, to take particular Consideration of them, according to their Deserts; and to return their Opinion, what is fit to be done upon the whole Debate of this Business.
Rogers being called in, informs, That he was told of Five hundred Weight of Sword Blades that the Carrier of Doncaster undertook to carry: That they intend to lie at Eaton in Bedfordshire, this Night.
Message to Lords.
Sir Jo. Evelyn carried up to the Lords the Instructions for Cheshire; and the Message concerning the Injoining Sir Jo. Wollaston and Mr. Gibbs to stay here: and to desire the Lords to proceed against the Delinquents concerning the Kentish Petition.
Loan from Merchant Strangers.
Sir Jo. Northcott, Sir Sam. Rolle, Sir Hugh Owen, Sir Walt. Long, Sir Rich. Buller, Sir Gilb. Gerard, Mr. Rolle, Sir Ro. Crane, Sir Ro. Cooke, Sir Rich. Onslowe, Mr. Cage, Mr. Ro. Goodwyn, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Sutton, Mr. Bond, Sir Ben. Rudyard; Mr. Pym: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Ordered, That Robert Aylemere and Samuel Diglett, who have this Day petitioned the House, on the Behalf of the Fullers and Millers of the Counties of Essex and Suffolk, shall have Liberty to transport Five hundred Chaldron of Fullers Earth, from Rochester in Kent into the several Counties, to be there expended in their several Mills; upon their giving good Security that none shall be transported beyond the Seas.
That the Lords had appointed the Nine Members of their House (of the Committee appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of this House, concerning the Contribution in Plate, Money, or Horse) to meet this Afternoon, at Three .. of Clock, in the Painted Chamber: Next, they desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, concerning a Letter which the Earl of Warwicke hath written to the Earl of Holland, concerning the Fort at Langer Point.
That the Deputy Lieutenants of Buckinghamshire shall be enjoined, by an Order of both Houses, to attend the Service of the Militia in that County, in the Absence of the Lord Lieutenant of that County, who has withdrawn himself.
Lords withdrawn from Parliament.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Jo. Evelyn brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Instructions for Cheshire; and do agree to the Order for injoining Sir Jo. Wollaston and Mr. Gibbs to stay and attend the Service of the Militia; notwithstanding the King's Command: They will likewise proceed with the Delinquents upon the Kentish Petition, with all Expedition.
Loan from Merchant Strangers.
Mr. Pym, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir Walth. Erle, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Wm. Waller, Captain Skinner, are appointed to go this Afternoon, to Merchant Taylors Hall, with the Committee of the Lords, to move the Merchant Strangers, concerning the Loan of Monies.
Answers to Letters.
That the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Kent, that are Members of this House, do wait upon the Lord Lieutenant To-morrow Morning, to receive his Directions for the Ordering of the Militia in that County.
Prisoners in Newgate.
Ordered, That Mr. Whittacre and Mr. Wheeler do take the Petition of Edw. Butler, and other Gentlemen, Prisoners in Newgate, into Consideration; and send for the Keeper of Newgate; and consider what is fit to be done for their Relief.
Flint, &c. Militia.
Ordered, That the Lord Lieutenant of the Counties of Flint and Denbigh be moved, to give Order for the Putting the Ordinance for the Militia in Execution in those Counties: And the Deputy Lieutenants of those Counties, that are Members of this House, are required to attend the Lord Lieutenant concerning that Service.
Ordered, That Mr. Bodvile do write a Letter to Sir Tho. Midleton, to stay still in the County of Denbigh, to see the Ordinance for the Militia to be put in Execution; And that his Attendance here, in that respect, be dispensed withal.
Book referred, &c.
Ordered, That the Book intituled, "A Collection of sundry Petitions presented to the King's Majesty, &c.;" and printed for Wm. Sheares; be referred to the Committee for Printing: And that Sheares the Printer be summoned to attend that Committee To-morrow, in the Afternoon.
Declaration on King's Letter to Scotland, &c.
THE Lords and Commons in Parliament have perused a printed Paper, under this Title, "A Letter sent from the King's Majesty to the Lords of the Privy Council of the Kingdom of Scotland, bearing in the Front, the Appearance of his Majesty's usual Signature; and, in the Bottom, this Date, "Given at Our Court, at Yorke, the Twentieth of May 1641;" as likewise another Paper, in the Form of a Petition, with this Inscription, "To the Right Honourable the Lords of his Majesty's Privy Council, The humble Petition of many Noblemen, Gentlemen, Burgesses, and Ministers, occasionally meeting at Edenbrough:" And have been credibly informed, that they are true Copies of a Letter and a Petition sent and delivered, as the several Titles import; upon mature Consideration of the Matters therein contained, do Declare and Protest, That those Sufferings, expressed in the Papers betwixt his Majesty and Parliament, cannot justly be imputed to any Actions or Intentions of ours, who have endeavoured, with all Fidelity, to procure the Happiness of his Majesty, and of this Kingdom and that we are not guilty of laying upon the King any such Calumnies and Aspersions as are mentioned in that Paper, and seem to reflect upon us: but, on the contrary, have laboured to take the Blame from his Majesty, and to lay it upon his evil Counsel. And, as touching the Petition afore-mentioned, we do, with much Contentment and Thankfulness, observe the Faithfulness and good Affection of our Brethren of Scotland, in seeking to prevent all Jealousies, and to preserve the Peace between the Two Nations, so timely expressed to the Lords of the Council; whereby the Hopes of those who practised to have drawn from their Lordships some Declaration to the Prejudice of this Kingdom, were frustrated: And we shall never cease to answer this great Care of theirs with the like earnest and diligent Endeavours to promote the Honour, Wealth, and Prosperity of that Nation, and preserve that Union so strongly fortified by publick and mutual Interest and Affection on both Sides. And we desire, That the Commissioners may give Notice to the Scottish Commissioners how heartily and joyfully we do embrace the Kindness of that Kingdom, manifested in that Petition: And order this Declaration to be forthwith printed, that so it may be published to the whole Kingdom of Scotland, hoping, that this constant and inviolable Amity betwixt us will not only conduce to the Safety and Honour of both Kingdoms, but prove very useful for the Advantage and Security of the Protestant Religion in other Parts.
WHEREAS, by the Ordinance for the Ordering of the Militia of the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, it is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That Wm. Lord Pagett shall have Power to call together all and singular his Majesty's Subjects, within the County of Buck', as well within Liberties, as without, that are meet and fit for the War; and them to train, exercise, and put in Readiness; and them, after their Abilities and Faculties, well and sufficiently, from time to time, to cause to be arrayed and weaponed; and to take the Muster of them in Places most fit and convenient for that Purpose: And whereas the said Wm. Lord Pagett hath now lately absented and withdrawn himself: It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, that those Persons by him heretofore nominated to be his Deputy Lieutenants, and, which have been approved of by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, or any One or more of the said Persons so nominated and approved to be the said Deputies, shall, in the Absence of the said Lord Pagett, have Power and Authority to do and execute, within the said County, all such Powers and Authorities as are herein before mentioned: And that the Captains and Officers heretofore made and ordained by him the said Lord Wm. Pagett, shall, and may, in his Absence, do and execute their said Offices: And that any Two or more of the said Persons so nominated and approved to be the said Deputies, shall, in the Absence of the said Wm. Lord Pagett, have Power, to dispose of the Magazine of the said County, notwithstanding any Order formerly made to the contrary. And the Lords and Commons in Parliament do require all and every the said Persons, so nominated and approved to be the said Deputies, personally to attend the said Service, at the Days and Times appointed, or to be appointed, for the same. And it is further Ordered, That such Persons as shall not obey the said Persons nominated and approved to be the said Deputies, or any Two or more of them, in any of the Premises in the said Ordinance contained, shall answer their Neglect and Contempt to the Lords and Commons in a Parliamentary Way, and not otherwise, nor elsewhere.