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, 1 Julii, 1642.
WHEREAS formerly the Mayor of Colchester, in the County of Essex, and the High Constables and Collectors for the Contribution Money gathered for the Relief of the poor Protestants of Ireland, according to the Act made for that Purpose this present Parliament, were allowed to retain One hundred Pounds of the said Monies; and to distribute the same, according to their Discretions, amongst the poor People that are or should hereafter come thither out of the Kingdom of Ireland; and were likewise farther, by that Order, appointed to pay into the Chamber of London the Remainder of those Monies so collected, or to be collected, as aforesaid: And whereas we are now informed, that the Inhabitants of Colchester aforesaid are desirous that all the Monies so collected might be intirely paid into the Chamber of London, without Defalcation, or Detainer of any Part thereof; to be disposed of for the Uses expressed in the said Act, according to the Wisdom of both Houses of Parliament: It is thereupon this Day Ordered, That the former Order for detaining the said Hundred Pounds aforesaid, be hereby discharged: And that the said Hundred Pounds shall be forthwith paid into the Chamber of London, with the Residue of the Monies collected, or to be collected: And the Mayor of Colchester is to have Notice given him of this Order, by the Burgesses that serve in Parliament for that Town.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Watford, in the County ....., concerning their Bringing in of One thousand Two hundred and Seventy Pounds, in Money and Plate, and Fifty able and serviceable Horses, was this Day read; and likewise Five Propositions concerning the same: Which were all read; and assented unto; and the Lords appointed to be acquainted with them, to desire their Concurrence herein.
Doctor Burgesse, who preferred the Petition of Watford, and the Propositions, was called in: And Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, told him, "Your Petition hath been read, and accepted; and Your Propositions assented unto. This their liberal Offer and Subscription, in a Business so nearly concerning the Safety of the King, Religion and Kingdom, was an acceptable Service to the Commonwealth: And therefore this House hath commanded me to give you Thanks for the good Service you have done herein; and desires you to return Thanks to those of the Town of Watford, who have given so ample Testimony of their good Affections."
Information concerning Hastings, &c.
The House was informed, That a Post came last Night from the Earl of Stamford's House in Leicestershire, that brings Word, that Mr. Hastings is returned into Leicestershire, and is proclaimed Sheriff: And that there are come with him Captain Lunsford and Captain Digby, and other Soldiers: That they have brought Match, Powder, and other Ammunition, and Four Field Pieces.
Commission of Array, &c.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Brereton, of the Eight-andtwentieth of June 1642, concerning the State of the Proceedings upon the Commission of Array, and the Ordinance touching the Militia; and likewise the Sheriff of Cheshire's Precept to the Head Constables; and the Copy of the Constables Warrant; and likewise a Letter from Dunham, of the Eight-and-twentieth of June, from Sir Wm. Brereton, relating the State of the Business at Manchester, concerning the Magazine there.
The Lords desire a free Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Admiralty, and the Defence and Safety of the Kingdom.
Preparations in Holland.
Mr. Whittacre informs the House, that there came to the Committee for Informations, Letters concerning Preparations of Horse, Horse Arms, and other Arms, made at Rotterdam and Amsterdam, appointed to be sent over in Two Ships of the King's, the Lyon and the Providence; the which are likewise to transport Prince Rupert, Prince Morrice, Lord Denby, Lord Digby, * Oneale the Traytor, Captain Hide, Sir Lewis Dive, Colonel Willson, sent for out of Germany, and Colonel Cochram, with very many other Gentlemen and Commanders to the Northern Parts.
Answer to Lords.
Safety of the Kingdom, &c.
Lord Wenman went up to the Lords to acquaint them, That this House is ready to give them a present Meeting, at the Conference desired by their Lordships; and do likewise desire a Conference concerning divers Advertisements this House has received, which much import the Safety of the Kingdom; and concerning the sudden Removal of the Lord Admiral.
Earl of Warwick.
Mr. Holles, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Crue, are to peruse the Ordinance brought from the Committee for Informations, concerning the Earl of Warwick; and to alter it, and amend it, according to the Sense of the House.
Sheriff of Essex.
The Sheriff of Essex was called in: And Mr. Speaker, told him, "That the House takes particular Notice of your ready Service; and gives you Thanks for your Care: You formerly received Order not to publish any Proclamations that oppose the Proceedings of Parliament: The same Order lies still upon you; and you are hereby required not.. publish any of the like Nature."
Earl of Warwick to command the Fleet.
The Committee brought in the Ordinance concerning the Earl of Warwick's commanding the Fleet in Chief, upon the sudden Discharge of the Lord Admiral by his Majesty: Which was read; and assented unto; and sent up unto the Lords at this Conference.
Proclamations, &c. against Parliament.
Serjeant Wilde presented from the Committee, an Ordinance for restraining the Publication of Papers, Declarations, Proclamations, or other Things, in Opposition or Derogation to the Proceedings of both Houses of Parliament: Which was this Day read; and re-committed unto the same Committee.
Reflections on Parliament.
Proceedings against Maxfeild.
Ordered, That Mr. Maxfeild, now in the Serjeant's Custody, who was formerly sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms, for Publishing of Libels, and remains still in the Serjeant's Custody, be sent to the Assizes of Shropshire, to be proceeded with there according to Law.
Reflections on Pym.
Affairs in Leicestershire.
Powder for Sussex.
Ordered, That the Sum of Threescore and Fifteen Pounds and Fifteen Shillings, appearing, upon Sir Wm. Uvedale's Certificate, to be due unto Tho. Kirke, as Lieutenant Colonel and Captain of a Foot Company in the late Regiment commanded by Colonel Goring in the North, be forthwith paid unto Sir Wm. Uvedale, among the other Sums ordered to be paid unto Sir Wm. Uvedale on Saturday last, to be paid unto divers Officers.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Spurstoe, Sir Tho. Barrington, Captain Venn, Mr. Vassall, Sir Jo. Evelyn, to consider of the Business concerning Salt-petre, brought in by Mr. Curteene; and to speak with Mr. Cordwall, and others, concerning the same; and to treat of some certain Agreement, and present the same to the House.
E. of Essex's Bond.
RESOLVED, upon the Question, That the Bond entered into by the Earl of Essex, for the Appearance of Captain Hugh Pollard, de die in diem, before this House, shall be delivered up unto him, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Ordered, That Mr. Edwyn Sandys shall have Liberty to convey to his House in Kent Twenty Arms for Horsemen, Twenty great Saddles and Furniture, Twenty-one Carabines, Nineteen Cases of Pistols, One Brass Piece.
Resolved, &c. That the Adventurers for the Sea Forces for Ireland shall have Liberty to subscribe for Twenty thousand Pounds more, upon the same Conditions they did formerly: And Mr. Reynolds is to desire the Lords to join herein.
Mr. Whitehead reports the Forwardness of the Inhabitants in the County of Southampton, in their Obedience to the Execution of the Ordinance for the Militia; and presents to the House the Declaration and Resolution of the Commanders and Officers, as also of the Soldiers, expressed in that Writing; which was subscribed on the Drum-head: Which, being read, was approved of; and sent to the Lords; and ordered to be printed.
Magazine of Arms, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Propositions, to take care how a Magazine of Saddles, Pistols, and Carabines, may be provided for the Service of those that subscribe for the Defence of the Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Merchants of Bristoll and London, that first set forth the Eight Ships to Sea, for the Service of Ireland, be desired to victual their Ships for Two Months longer, over and above Six Months; and to continue accordingly in the said Service.
Impeachment of Lord Mayor.
Sir Jo. Evelyn reports further Instructions concerning the Propositions: Which were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And Sir Jo. Evelyn is ordered to carry the same to the Lords, to desire their Concurrence herein; and to be printed.
Mr. Cromwell is to desire the Lords, by a Message from this House, that the Counties of Norfolke, Suffolk, Cambridge, Hartford, Dorsett, and Derby, may presently put the Ordinance concerning the Militia, in Execution; and to approve of the Two Persons to be Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Cambridge and Surrey, nominated by this House.
Watford Petition, &c.
Bristoll, &c. Petitions.
Ordered, That both those Petitions shall be referred to the Committee for Privileges: And, as to these Two Businesses,.. are revived; to sit To-morrow, at Two. Clock, in the Star-chamber: And they are to examine the Witnesses concerning Cockermouth.
Russell's, &c. Petition.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Reynolds, Sir Hen. Vane, and Mr. Lisle, to prepare an Order for the Quieting the Possession of Sir Wm. Russell, and the rest of the Petitioners, in the Lands mentioned in the Petition, according to the Desires of the Petitioners.
Treaty with Scotland.
Payment to Gore.
Ordered, That Mr. William Gore shall be paid One thousand Pounds, with the Interest, he formerly advanced upon the Poll-bill, for the Affairs of the Kingdom, out of the Monies that shall come in upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds.
Mr. Cromwell brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Two Deputy Lieutenants for the Counties of Cambridge and Surry: And for putting in Execution the Ordinance for the Militia in the Counties desired, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved, that the Committee of their House, appointed to consider of putting in Execution the Ordinance for the Militia, may meet To-morrow: And that the Committee of this House be injoined to meet accordingly: And that Sir Jo. Evelyn do go up with this Message.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Glyn, Mr. Whitlocke, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Solicitor, Sir Hen. Mildmay, Captain Venn, to draw an Ordinance, to pass both Houses, to prevent any more Building upon new Foundations, in and about London: And bring it in To-morrow Morning.
Earl of Warwick to command the Fleet.
Person to attend.
Leave of Abfence.
Treaty with Scotland.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Coucher shall have Leave to go into the Country, to his Habitation there, for the Preservation of his Health: And that the House will dispense with his Absence, in regard of his great Age and Infirmity.