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 Veneris, 17 Junii, 1642.
Leave of Absence.
Leave of Absence.
A Certificate what Sums of Money have been collected and given in the several Parishes of the County of Middlesex, upon the Act of Contribution for Ireland, and are paid into the Chamber of London, presented from divers Justices of Peace of Middlesex, to whom it was referred.
Ordered, That Jo. Pierce, High Constable for Istleworth and Twittenham, who confesseth, he hath received Fifty-one Pounds Fifteen Shillings and Three-pence, upon the Act of Contribution, but pays it not in, be summoned to give an Account hereof to this House.
Ordered, That the Committee for Accounts, or any Four of them, do meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Star-chamber; and do consider of the Certificate from Middlesex, concerning the Contribution, how it may be fitted for all the Counties of the Kingdom: And are to give an Account hereof To morrow Morning: And Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Rob. Pye, Sir H. Mildmay, and Sir Gilbert Gerard, are added to this Committee.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Wm. Boteler, be forthwith bailed, upon the Security of Sir Jo. Mounson, and Sir Peter Richaut, the Principal in the Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, the Security, in Five thousand Pounds apiece.
Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds, of the Money collected upon the Act of Contribution for Ireland, in the Town of Colchester, shall be employed for the Relief of the poor Irish Protestants, that are in that Town: And the Mayor, in whose Hands Part of the same Monies are remaining, are required to dispose of the same accordingly; And forthwith the Mayor and High Constables are to pay the Residue into the Chamber of the City of London, according to the Act; and to certify the Names of those Persons that did subscribe to this Contribution, and have withdrawn the same; and what Parishes or Officers appointed to do this Service, have refused to make Collections, according to the said Act.
Essex Militia, &c.
Sir Tho. Barrington gave an Account of the Willingness of the whole County of Essex, in their Obedience to the Ordinance of the Militia; and presented the original Petition, presented by the Officers of the Train Bands and Volunteers.
They were called in: And the High Sheriff, in the Name of the rest, presented the Petition: And One of the Gentlemen that accompanied it, declared, That though there were not above Ten thousand Hands to this Petition, yet there were Fourscore and Ten thousand, that were ready to set their Hands unto it if they had had Time.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Cromwell is appointed to go to the Lords with this Message; To desire their Lordships to expedite the Ordinance concerning the additional Forces by Sea. He is likewise to know, whether they have received any Answer concerning the Bills for inlarging the Time of Subscriptions; and concerning the Bill for the Assembly of Divines; and likewise Mr. Middleton to be Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Essex.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Horsemen that shall come to the Commissaries to Guildhall, to be inrolled, shall deliver Tickets where they lie, that they may be ready to be trained upon Warning; and that, so soon as Sixty Horses shall be inrolled, Notice shall be given, by the Commissaries to the Lord Admiral, the Earl of Essex, the Earl of Pembroke, the Earl of Holland, and the Lord Viscount Say and Seale, Master of the Court of Wards and Liveries, or some One of them, that, by the Direction of the greater Part of them, Officers may be appointed for the several Troops, to command, train, and exercise them: And that the Commissaries shall begin to sit at the Place appointed in the Propositions, on Monday next.
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, touching an Answer newly come forth to a Declaration set out by both Houses of Parliament.
By this they do find a Disaffection in those Persons about his Majesty, to the Parliament; and therefore, that it concerned us to take care to provide for the Safety of the King and Kingdom: and to that end have nominated Two Lords; and desires this House to appoint a proportionable Number, to go into the City, and to further, by all good Ways and Means, the Subscriptions there, for the Raising of Horse; and to give an Account to both Houses, how the Business goes forward: And, for the Answering of this Declaration of his Majesty's Desire, that there might be a Committee appointed, of both Houses, to take this Declaration into their Consideration: And, when the Answer shall be framed, and agreed unto, by both Houses, that Care be taken they shall be dispersed in the several Parts of the Kingdom.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Cromwell reports, That the Lords will expedite the Ordinance concerning the additional Forces by Sea: Do agree to Mr. Middleton to be Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Middlesex: They will send for an Answer touching the Bills of Subscriptions and the Assembly: And do agree to appoint the First of July for the Militia to be put in Execution, in the County of Devon.
City Subscriptions, &c.
This Committee is appointed to join with a proportionable Number of the Lords, to go into the City, to advance the Subscriptions; and to take an Account what is done upon them; and to appoint the Melting of the Plate; likewise what Quantity of it shall be presently coined for this Service.
Answer to Declaration.
This Committee is appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, to make an Answer to this Declaration: And the Lords are to be acquainted, That this House has appointed a Committee to consider of the Dispersing of the Declarations and Orders of both Houses.
Commissions of Array.
That the Lords have appointed a Committee of Five of their Lordships, to meet with a proportionable Number of this House, to consider of some Way of preventing the Commissions of Array to go forth into all Parts of the Kingdom, especially into Leicestershire, where the Lords have had * * * *.
This Committee is to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, this Afternoon, at Three a Clock, to consider of the Preventing the Going forth the Commissions of Array into the several Parts of the Kingdom, especially into Leicestershire.
Not to publish Proclamations.
Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Smith, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Perd, are appointed to prepare the Draught of an Order to pass both Houses, requiring the Sheriff of Essex not to publish the Proclamations, or other Declaration, against the Ordinance for the Militia.
Ordered, That the Burgesses that serve for the Two Universities, do take care to send to the several Universities, such Declarations of both Houses, as are ordered to be published in the several Parts of the Kingdom; to the end that they may be read in a publick Manner, in the several Colleges and Halls of each University; and that a Certificate be made to this House, by the Governors of the several Colleges and Halls, of the Reading of the same.
Tonage and Poundage.
Person to be called in.
List of Officers.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Adventurers of London, to consider of the Reformado Officers that are listed; whether any of them have served as Horsemen; and to present the Names of such as they think fit to be entertained for home Employment.
Stopping Forces, &c. going to Yorke.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Holles, Mr. Cromwell, Mr. Pierrepointe, Mr. Fienis, Sir Ro. Coke, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Peard, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Jo. Francklyn, Mr. Whittacre, Sir H. Heyman, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Solicitor, Sir Wm. Waller;
This Committee, or any Three of them, has Power to receive Informations of all such Forces, Ammunition, Monies, or other warlike Provisions, that are going to Yorke; and to take Care and Order for the present Stay and Stopping of them; and shall give an Account to the House of their Proceedings herein, every Day: And are to meet when and where they please, and have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, &c.
Information concerning Austria.
Magazine from Hull.
Coining of Plate.
Magazine from Hull.
Loan from the City.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the First Part of the Order, Yesterday made, concerning the Election of Arrundell, as to the Sitting of the Committee to which That was referred, shall be reversed : And that That Election shall take its Turn at the Committee where it is depending.
Thanks to Essex.
Dispersing Declarations, &c.
Ordered, That the Knights and Burgesses respectively do repair to the Chamber by the Committee-chamber, and there demand the Declarations, Orders, and Votes, ordered to be dispersed through the Counties, Cities, and Boroughs; where there is a Servant, appointed by the Committee, that waits, to deliver them in such Numbers as are designed by the Committee, for every County.