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 Mercurii, 13 Julii, 1642.
Wardours of the Tower.
THE humble Petition of his Majesty's Wardours of the Tower was this Day read and recommended especially and particularly to the Commiffioners for the Treasury: And Sir Robert Pye, and Sir Gilbert Gerard are appointed to go with it.
Ordered, That the Knights and Burgesses, respectively do take Order for the Dispersing of the general State of the Accounts, through the Boroughs and Counties respectively.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Clement Spelman, of Grayes Inne, now in the Serjeant's Custody, be forthwith bailed, upon the Security of William Gerratt and Henry Hudson Esquires; the Principal in Two thousand Pounds; and the Security in a Thousand Pounds apiece.
Persons publishing King's Declaration.
Dr. Duckson was several times called in; and being demanded several Questions concerning commanding the Publishing of his Majesty's last Declaration, which reflects with much Scandal upon the Parliament, did most insolently prevaricate with the House; and gave nothing but shuffling Answers to the Demands and Questions propounded unto him by Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House.
Resolved, That Dr. Dukeson shall be forthwith committed a Prisoner to the Gatehouse; there to remain during the Pleasure of the House, for his shuffling and shifting Answers to the House, and laying an Aspersion upon a Member of this House.
Dr. Fuller was called in; and being demanded, whether he commanded the last Declaration to be read, denied it; nay, he said, He injoined him not to read it, till he had received farther Direction.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Dr. Fuller shall be forthwith discharged from any farther Restraint, without paying Fees.
Hutton, his Curate, being called in; and demanded, whether he did read the King's last Declaration, confessed he did read it: And, being demanded, whether the Doctor commanded, confessed he did not: That he omitted Reading of it in the Forenoon; but then, understanding it was read in other Churches, in the Afternoon he read it without any further Direction.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Hutton, Curate of St. Giles, Cripplegate, shall be forthwith committed a Prisoner to the King's Bench; there to remain during the Pleasure of the House, for reading his Majesty's last Declaration, in the Church, of his own Head, without any Directions or Authority whatsoever.
Mr. Hall, being demanded, whether he did read his Majesty's last Declaration, confessed he did: Being asked, by what Authority, says, that the Declaration was brought unto him by a Messenger, one Woodroof; and that he threatened him, that, if he would not read it, he would give an Account of it to his Majesty.
The Question being put, whether he should be committed to Prison for reading this Book;
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Hall shall be called in to the Bar, and reprehended; and so discharged.
Mr. Hall was called in, and reprehended accordingly; and did voluntarily, at the Bar, acknowledge his Sorrow.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Hollis brings an Answer, That the Lords do agree with the Order for the Earl of Warwicke to go to Hull, and to receive the Horse, Arms, &c.; and to bring away Colonel Ashburnham, Sir Edw. Stradling, &c. in safe Custody; and to the Order to give Power to the Lieutenants of the Counties to make Captains of the Horse Troops levied in the several Counties upon the Propositions: They agree with your Resolution for a General; and those Votes, and Petition carried up; and in the Declaration: For the Hastening of the Order of Mr. Whetcombes' ..., he received no Answer.
That Mr. Holles have Thanks returned him for so well delivering those Messages he carried up to the Lords Yesterday.
Petition to the King.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfield and Serjeant Glanvile;
The Lords have commanded us to let you know, that they have made Choice of the Earl of Holland to attend his Majesty, with the Petition from both Houses; and desire that this House would appoint a proportionable Number of this House.
Sir Jo. Holland, Sir Philip Stapilton, are appointed, with the Earl of Holland, to attend his Majesty, and to deliver unto him the Petition from both Houses.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and have appointed a proportionable Number to attend his Majesty with the Petition.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by the Master of the Rolls and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you a Letter they received last Night from the Earl of Warwick. They likewise desire a Conference in the Painted Chamber, presently, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning a Letter, and a Message, now lately received from his Majesty.
A Letter from the Earl of Warwick, from aboard the James, in the Downs, of the Eleventh of July, desiring to be supplied with Money, and other Necessaries; and likewise the Copy of a Letter, inclosed, from the Treasurers of the Navy, to Captain Batten, Vice Admiral, concerning the Re-supplying of Monies, and other Necessaries; was this Day read; and referred to the Committee for the Navy, to consider of supplying of Monies, and Re-victualling of the Ships.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That the House has considered their Lordships Message; and, as to the last Part of it, will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Fienis, Mr. Holles, Mr. Pym, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Upon the humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Bridport, in the County of Dorset, this Day read in the House of Commons, it is Ordered, according to the humble Desires of the said Inhabitants of Bridport aforesaid, That Mr. Tuchin be recommended to the said Inhabitants of Bridport, to catechize and preach a Lecture in the Parish Church there, upon every Lord's Day in the Afternoon; and also, upon every Tuesday in the Forenoon, to preach a Lecture there: And the present Incumbent thereof is required to permit the said Mr. Tuchin the free Use of his Pulpit, to catechize and preach, upon the Times above-mentioned, without Interruption.
Money due to Thomson, &c.
Ordered, That Three thousand Pounds of the Seven thousand Pounds due unto Mr. Thomson and other Merchants, for which they had several Bonds, be allowed unto them as Part of their Adventure upon their Subscriptions for Ireland: And that they do deliver unto the Receivers for the Monies that come in upon those Subscriptions, Bonds to the Value to Three thousand Pounds: And that the said Treasurers do receive the same, and give them Acquittances, as for so much Money paid in to the Adventure.
Witnesses against Hastings.
Ordered, That the Mayor of Leicester, Mr. Billars, Dr. Lake, Mr. Palmer Town Clerk, Mr. Geo. Faunte, Mr. Wm. Nicoll, Andrew Holford, Wm. Dale, Geo. Holford, Jo. Bale, Henry Strelly, be summoned to give in Evidence upon the Charge of Mr. H. Hastings.
Information against W. Hastings.
Information was given by the Two Messengers that were sent to apprehend Mr. Hen. Hastings, that Walter Hastings gave Fire to his Pistol against Mr. Chambers, One of the Messengers employed by both Houses, when he was executing the Warrants of both Houses.
Resolved, That Mr. Walter Hastings shall be forthwith sent for as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Instructions to Lord Ruthen, &c.
Ordered, That Instructions be sent to the Lord Ruthen and Sir Arth. Heselrig, that they take Care, that the Monies raised, or to be raised, in the Counties, upon any of the Acts for that Purpose, be employed in those publick Services as by the said ... are required.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Ro. Harley brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to all the Orders carried up unto them by him Yesterday.
Apprehending Prideaux, &c.
Ordered, That the Serjeant do send a Man, Post, with a Warrant for the Apprehending of the Four Doctors; viz. Dr. Prideaux, Dr. Fell, Dr. Potter, Dr. Frewen; And that the same Messenger take an Order with him for Stopping of the Plate: And that he do follow the Plate; and require the Sheriffs, Justices of Peace, and all other his Majesty's loving Subjects, to be effectually aiding unto him in this Service.
Message to Lords.
Sir Ro. Harley is appointed to carry up to the Lords, the Order concerning Merton College; to desire that the Examinations of Maguire, and others, taken by the Judges, may be delivered to a Committee of this House: And likewise carried up the Order concerning Colonel Goring.
Mr. Holles reports the Conference, this Day had with the Lords; and presents a Letter from his Majesty, and a Message inclosed; and a Proclamation concerning Sir Jo. Hotham and the Earl of Warwick: The which were read.
Message from the King, concerning Hull.
BY Our former Declarations, and this Our Proclamation, (which We herewith send you) you, and all Our good Subjects, may see the just Grounds for our present Journey towards Our Town of Hull: Before We shall use Force to reduce that Place to its due Obedience, We have thought fit, once more, to require you, that it may be forthwith delivered up to Us, the Business being of that Nature, that it can admit no Delay: Wherein, if you shall conform yourselves, We * * * *
Petition to the King.
Ordered, That the Messengers that are appointed to present the Petition from both Houses unto his Majesty, be authorized from both Houses to assure his Majesty of the Truth of this; That the Houses received but One Letter of his Majesty's to the Queen: The which they returned unto his Majesty with all Respect.
Answer to King's Message.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to prepare some Answer to his Majesty's Message.
Sir. Rob. Harley ... up * * * *
Petition to the King.
Ordered, That those Messengers of this House, that are appointed to go with a Petition to his Majesty, do move his Majesty to know his Answer concerning the Bill of Tonage and Poundage, presented unto him by both Houses; and to desire his Majesty to pass the Bills for Pluralities, and calling an Assembly of Divines.
Loan from Loftus.
Ordered, That Six hundred Pounds shall be borrowed of Mr. Loftus, by this House; and that he shall be repaid the same within few Days: And that Five hundred Pounds thereof shall be paid to the Earl of Warwicke; and One hundred Pounds to Sir Chr. Wray, to discharge the One hundred Pounds lent in Lincolnshire, and sent to Sir Jo. Hotham.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Potts, Mr. Corbet, and Mr. Lisle, do draw a general Order for the Preventing of Garisons to be put into Towns in any Parts of the Kingdom.
List of Arms, &c.
Mr. Pym presents the List of Artillery, both of Arms to be taken out of the Magazine come from Hull, and of Arms, &c. to be bought to be sent into Ireland: Which, upon the Question, was assented unto.
Resolved, &c. That One thousand Seven hundred and Ninety Pounds Sixteen Shillings and One Peny shall be imprested for the Buying of Arms, according to this List.
Ordered, That the Six hundred Pounds lent by Mr. Martyn for the Affairs of Ireland, and paid in Dublin, shall be repaid him by Mr. Loftus, if in case it appear it was received there.
Jewel for E. of Ormond.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to provide the Jewel for the Earl of Ormond, do meet to consider of the Payment thereof.
Ordered, That the Duke of Vandosme shall have Licence to transport Six Horses into France.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants (now in Town) for the County of Kent, do attend the Lord Lieutenant To-morrow, for their Deputations; and for Mr. Sandys his Deputation.
Ordered, That Captain Tho. Paramour shall be paid by Sir Wm. Uvedale, the Remainder of the Pay due unto him, according to the former Order for Payment of others.
Loan from Windsor.
Ordered, That the like Order be made for the Payment of One hundred and Fifty Pounds to the Town of Windsor, advanced and lent by them, out of the Monies collected in Wyndsor, upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, as was made for Buckinghamshire.
Wollaston's, &c. Contract.
WHEREAS, in Performance of a Contract made by the Lords, and others his Majesty's Commissioners for the Affairs of Ireland, with Richard Wollaston of London, and Richard Aldworth of Bristol, the Seventeenth Day of May last, the said Richard Wollaston and Richard Aldworth have, upon the First Day of June last passed, delivered Thirty thousand and Twelve Ells of Lockram, for the Making of Eleven thousand Two hundred and Fifty Shirts for the Soldiers in Ireland, at the Rate of Eleven Pence the Ell, amounting in the Whole to the Sum of Thirteen hundred Seventy-five Pounds Eleven Shillings; which Sum, by that Contract, is to be paid unto them, the One half at the End of Four Months next after the Delivery of the said Cloth, and the other at the next Four Months after That: And whereas the Lords and Commons were this Day informed of the Contract made between the said Commissioners for the Affairs of Ireland, and the said Richard Wollaston and Richard Aldworth: In pursuance thereof, the said Lords and Commons do this Day Order, That the said Sum of Thirteen hundred Seventy-five Pounds and Eleven Shillings shall be hereby secured unto them, and paid at the Times agreed upon, out of the Monies that shall come in upon the Bills of Subscriptions for the Adventure in Ireland: And the Treasurers or Receivers appointed to receive the said Monies, are hereby required to pay the same: And an Acquittance under the Hands of the said Richard Wollaston and Richard Aldworth, or their Assigns, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Receivers, for so much.
WHEREAS, in Performance of a Contract made by the Commissioners for the Affairs of Ireland, with Richard Wollaston of London, and Richard Aldworth of Bristoll, the Sixth Day of June last passed, they have, upon the Seventh of this Instant July, delivered Four thousand fine Oxenbrig Shirts, white and well-conditioned, for the Use of the Soldiers in Ireland, at the Rate of Two Shillings and Nine Pence the Shirt; Eight Ells being allowed to Three Shirts; the said Four thousand Shirts amounting, at that Rate, to the Sum of Five hundred and Fifty Pounds * * * * *.