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, 12 Julii, 1642.
Advancement of Trade.
Proclamations at Abingdon.
Mr. Castle of Abingdon was called in; and did affirm, That certain Proclamations were proclaimed at Abingdon, by the Serjeant of the Town: That the Mayor was not present at the Proclaiming of them: And that the Proclamations were watched every Night.
Commission of Array, &c.
Jeffery Richmond, being called in, informs the House, That the Proclamations concerning the Commission of Array, &c. were proclaimed by Turner, Deputy Mayor of Reading: That some of them hearing that there were some People gathered together to proclaim the Proclamations, they carried the Declaration concerning the Commission of Array unto him: And he said, He would take no Notice of it; nor of any thing else that came from the House.
Persons sent for.
The House being informed, That when he received the Deputy. Lieutenants of Barkeshire's Warrants concerning the Putting the Militia in Execution; that he sent forth, together with these Warrants, his Majesty's Proclamations concerning the Commission of Array.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Committee for the Post Masters do meet To-morrow post meridiem, in the Exchequer Court: And that the Report concerning the Patent touching the Letter Office, be made on Tuesday Morning next, at Nine of Clock, by Mr. Weston: And that Mr. Prideaux do at the same time report such Matters as shall be passed at the Committee by that time.
WHEREAS the /?/ and Commons, in Parliament, are informed, That the Archbishop of Canterbury, upon some pretended Authority, held a Visitation in Merton College in Oxon, for the Space of above Three Years and an half, ending in Michaelmas Term last; in which Time he imposed upon that Society divers Injunctions contrary to the Statutes and ancient Decrees of the said College, to which they are sworn; requiring Obedience to the said Injunctions, by virtue of their Oaths; It is therefore Ordered, by the said /?/ and Commons, That the said College be governed as formerly it was, by the said Statutes and Decrees: And the said Injunctions and the Observation of them, suspended, until the Cause and pretended Claim of the said Archbishop be fully heard and determined.
This Committee, or any Three of them, is to examine the Truth of the Petition of Captain Wm. Boothe, and the Affidavit; and to receive such Informations as shall be given concerning that Business; and to prepare a Declaration in Answer unto it, and to present it to the House; and to examine by what Authority it is printed: And have Power to send for Parties, Witneffes, Papers, &c.: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Five of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards.
County of Leicester.
Declaration concerning Religion.
The Amendments were read; which .. very small, and assented unto: These Words, "of Almighty God," to be left out; these Words, "and crave," to be left out; "have uncivilly used," to be inserted, instead of "have insolently stopped and searched."
Bringing in Plate, &c.
A Draught of an Order for advancing the Propositions of Bringing in of Plate, Money, and Horse, was read; and assented unto; and ordered to be carried up to the Lords, for their Concurrence herein: And the several Counties may take out Copies of this Order.
Sir Tho. Dacres, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Jo. Harrison, and Captain Wingate, to put the Propositions for bringing in Horse, Money, and Plate, in Hartfordshire, ..... on Thursday next, according to the Instructions for that Purpose.
Resolved, That the Lieutenants of the several Counties shall make Captains, and other Officers, of such Troops of Horse as shall be levied and exercised in their respective Counties, upon the Propositions for bringing in Horse, Money, and Plate.
Defence of Hull.
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That the Earl of Warwicke be desired to take with him such Ships, and so many, as he shall think fit, and as well manned as may be; and, with all Expedition, go into the River of Humber, to give all possible Assistance to the Town of Hull; and further Ordered, he shall receive and send up hither such Horse, Arms, Saddles, and other Ammunitions, as shall be delivered by Sir Jo. Hotham, Governor of the Town.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Jo. Hotham, Governor of Hull, shall deliver out, upon such Persons as the Earl of Warwicke shall appoint, such Horse, Arms, Saddles, and other Ammunition, which remains behind, Part of the Magazine formerly ordered to be sent up, and which shall not be necessary for the Defence of the Town.
Persons to be sent up in Custody.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords be moved to join with this House, that Sir Edw. Stradling, Col. Ashhurnham, and the Frenchman, and all others as were taken in the Ship with them, may be forthwith sent for up in safe Custody: and that the Earl of Warwicke be desired to take care they be conveyed by Sea in safe Custody.
Message to Lords.
Reformado Officers Pay.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Reformado Officers, entered into List, shall be paid this Day: And the Treasurers for the Adventurers Money do pay the same accordingly: And that the Lords be moved to join herein.
Goringe's Ordnance, &c.
Ordered, That the Ordnance caused to be melted by Colonel Goringe, and stayed by Order of this House, shall be forthwith discharged, with their Equipage: And that Sir Ph. Stapleton do write unto Colonel Goringe, to satisfy him with the clear Opinion this House has of him, and of his Worth.
Lords desire House to sit.
House to sit.
Lending College Plate to the King.
Appointing a General.
Raising Horse, &c.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That A. B. &c. or any Two or more of them, shall have Authority to assemble, and call together, all such Persons as they shall think fit, within the County of /?/, at such convenient Times and Places as they shall appoint; and shall tender unto them the Propositions of both Houses of Parliament, concerning the Raising of Horse, Horsemen, and Arms, for the Defence of the King, and both Houses of Parliament; and shall receive their Subscriptions according to the said Propositions: And they, or any Two or more of them, shall have Authority to nominate and appoint such other Persons within the said County, as they shall think fit; to assemble, and call together, every Person of Ability; or to repair to their several Houses or Dwellings, and take their Subscriptions, according to the said Propositions; and shall return the said Subscriptions unto such Persons as shall be appointed Receivers in the said County, who shall, from time to time, certify the Sums, Values, or Proportions, of such Subscriptions to the Treasurers of London, nominated in the said Propositions: And shall have Power to name Receivers, and to do all other Things that the Deputy Lieutenants, or any of them, are appointed or have Authority to do, by the said Propositions, Instructions, or Additions, concerning the said Propositions, in as full and ample manner as if every Particular thereof had been expressed in this Order: And the said Receivers, and other Persons appointed by them for this Service, shall have a full Power to execute their Directions, as if they had been appointed by the Deputy Lieutenants of the said County.
Leave of Absence.
Payment to Ld. Ruthen, &c.
Ordered, That the Five hundred Pounds formerly ordered to be imprested unto the Lord Ruthen and Sir Arth. Haselrig, upon Account, be paid out of the Monies brought in upon the Propositions for Bringing in of Horse, Money, and Plate: And that the Treasurers appointed to receive those Monies, do pay the said Five hundred Pounds accordingly.
Isle of Axholme.
It is Ordered, That the Committee for Sir Cornelius Virmyden's Bill do meet on Saturday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer-court; and that the Petitioners be then heard: And that Mr. Wheeler, a Member of this House, be then likewise heard.
Bringing in Money, &c.
The Draught of an Order for advancing the Propositions for Bringing in of Money, Plate, and Horse, in the County of Herts, was this Day read; which was the same with that for Bucks; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent up unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Shelton, a Cook upon Snow-hill, was brought in; and, being demanded, why he did hiss at the Committee appointed to consider of the Business concerning the Vicar of St. Sepulchre's Parish, to the Disturbance of the Proceedings of the Committee, did deny he did do any such Thing, though it was reported, that it was proved by Two Witnesses.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Shelton the Cook, be forthwith committed a Prisoner to the Gatehouse, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House, for disturbing the Committee with hissing, and disturbing of Witnesses produced before the Committee, and then giving Evidence there.
E. of Essex appointed General.
Raising an Army.
Resolved, upon the Question, That an Army shall be forthwith raised, for the Safety of the King's Person, the Defence of both Houses of Parliament, and of those who have obeyed their Orders and Commands; and for the Preservation of the true Religion, the Laws, Liberties, and Peace of the Kingdom.
Petition to the King.
Resolution to adhere to E. of Essex.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth declare, that in this Cause, for the Safety of the King's Person, the Defence of both Houses of Parliament, and of those who have obeyed their Orders and Commands, and for the Preservation of the true Religion, of the Laws, Liberties, and Peace of the Kingdom, they will live and die with the Earl of Essex whom they have nominated General in this Cause.
Whereas the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, have ordered, that Five thousand and thirty Pounds shall be paid into the Hands of Colonel Goring, for the Use of the Garison of Portsmouth: These are to require the Treasurers appointed by the said Act of Parliament, to issue out such Warrants, Discharges, or Acquittances, to the High Collectors of the County of Scuthampton, as shall be requisite for their Security, for the Payment of the said Sum of Five thousand and Thirty Pounds to the Garison of Portsmouth:
Loan from Marlburgh.
Ordered, That the Treasurers appointed by the Act for Contribution Money, shall forthwith receive the Monies now brought to Town, as Monies lent by divers of the Inhabitants of Marlburgh, upon Mr. Speaker's Letter, towards the Supply of the Necessities of Ireland: and that they give a Receipt of the same unto Mr. Smyth and Mr. Franclyn, Burgesses of the said Town, on the Behalf of those that lent the same.
Ordered, That Licence shall be given to convey the Magazine of Powder and Match, now in Marlborough, to such Places as the Mayor of the said Town, with the Consent of any Two of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County, shall appoint.
A Declaration concerning the Insisting upon the Ordinance, notwithstanding the passing the Bill for ordering the same, was this Day presented to the House; and read; and laid aside, till the Report of the Bill be resumed.
Petition to the King.
A Petition to be presented unto his Majesty, to move him to a good Accord with his Parliament, was brought in; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented; and ordered to be presently carried up to the Lords, for their Concurrence herein.
Message to Lords.
Sir Robert Harley carried up to the Lords the Orders for advancing Subscriptions in the Counties of Bucks and Herts: The Order concerning the Stopping of Monies and Plate going from Oxon: And the Order concerning Five hundred Pounds to be imprested, upon Account, unto the Lord Ruthen and Sir Arth. Heselrig.
Lending Oxford University Plate to the King.
WHEREAS we the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, are informed, that, by Consipracy and Combination of divers Persons of the University and City of Oxford, several Impediments and Discouragements have been contrived and practised to stop the Collection of Money to be raised by Act of Parliament for Defence of the Kingdom; and that Doctor John Prideaux, Bishop of Worcester, Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr. Samuel Fell Dean of Christ Church, Dr. Potter Provost of Queen's College, Dr. Accepted Frewen President of Magdalen College, have endeavoured, against Law, to take away the Plate and Treasure of the University and Colleges, and to send the same to York, for Maintenance of a War against the Parliament, and the whole Kingdom; to the Endangering of Religion, and the Liberty of the Subjects; And, for the Compassing and Colouring this their wicked Purpose and Intention, they have procured the Consent of the Convocation House, that the Treasure of the said University should be lent to the King: We do hereby Declare, That the said Colleges are not bound by any such Order of the Convocation, being in itself unlawful and injurious to the Foundation of the Colleges, and, in regard of the End to which it is designed, treacherous to God, and to the Commonwealth; and that all the Parties, Actors and Contrivers thereof; are thereby liable to a severe Punishment, and shall for the same be questioned according to Law: Wherefore, for the Preservation of the Kingdom, and preventing the Ruin and Destruction of that famous University, we do Order and Command, that the Heads and Fellows of the said Colleges, respectively, do surcease and forbear that wicked and unlawful Course; and do forthwith put their Plate and Money into some safe Place, under good Security, that it be not employed against the Parliament; certifying us in whose Hands it doth remain: And that the said Dr. Prideaux Vice Chancellor, Doctor Fell, Dr. Potter, and Dr. Frewen, be apprehended and brought to us, to answer this high Crime and Conspiracy against the Kingdom: Streightly charging all the Fellows and Scholars of the said University, to hinder and to withstand the Carrying away of any such Plate and Treasure; and willing and requiring the Mayor, and all other Officers, of the City of Oxford to be aiding and assisting to them. And in so doing they shall be protected by the Power and Authority of Parliament.
It is further Ordered, by the Authority aforesaid, That good Guard and Watch be set upon all the Highways about Oxford, as likewise in the Counties of Oxford, Warwick, Northampton, Leicester, Gloucester, Derby, Nottingham, and Lincoln, that such Plate and Treasure, intended to be sent to Yorke, or to any other Place, for Maintenance of the War against the Parliament, be intercepted, and put into safe Custody, till the Parties who do intercept the same, shall thereof certify the Parliament, and from us receive further Order therein: And, for their good Service, they shall be well rewarded, and likewise saved harmless, by the Power and Authority of both Houses of Parliament.