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 Jovis, 14 Julii, 1642.
Payment to Thomson, &c.
IT is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, That the Treasurers for the Subscriptions for Ireland shall pay unto Maurice Thomson, and other Merchants, Three thousand Pounds, being in Part of Seven thousand Pounds due unto them upon the Irish Service.
Collectors of Money.
Sir Ro. Crane, Mr. White, Mr. Peard, Mr. Browne, Sir Jo. Potts, Mr. Grimston, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Catlyn, are appointed to consider of the Clause in the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, concerning the Collectors; and to frame some Order upon it, that may prevent any Inconvenience that may happen to that Service, by the Collectors neglecting or refusing that Service: And are to meet To-morrow, at Two post Meridiem, in the Court of Wards.
Bringing in Money, &c.
Ordered, That the Knights of Hertfordshire, and the Lord Cramborne, Mr. Robert Cecil, Captain Wingate, and Sir Jo. Harrison, do go down into Hertfordshire, to be at Hertford To-morrow, at the Assizes, to advance the Propositions for Bringing in of Money, Plate, and Horse; and to propound them to the Country.
Reformado Officers, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That those Reformadoes that were unwillingly omitted when the other Reformadoes were listed and paid, shall be now listed and paid from the Time that the other Reformadoes are paid.
Ordered, That the Lord General be desired to appoint a Time when the Officers Reformado shall appear before him, that he may see which of them are fit for Employment under his Command; and to take such as shall be found fit for it, into Pay, as Officers appointed to have whole Pay: And that, in the mean time, they shall have a Week's Pay as Reformadoes.
Resolved, upon the Question, That such of the Officers Reformado as were listed under the Quality they served in formerly, shall be listed into such Places they formerly served in; and from henceforth be paid according to the Quality of those Places.
Resolved, upon the Question, That those Officers that now have presented themselves, shall be listed into Pay as Reformadoes, according to the Quality of the Places they formerly served in; and be paid from Tuesday last.
The Question being put, That they might have Pay from the first time they attended the Committee; that they might have Trumpets, Standards, Banners, &c. allowed them; and Scythes, and Sickles, and Gunsmiths;
Person sent for.
Vindicating Proceedings of the House.
This Committee is to take into their Consideration the Drawing of an Order, authorizing any of the Members that shall be present at the publick Assizes, to vindicate the Proceedings of this House, if any Imputations be cast on them by any upon the Bench.
It was Ordered, That this House shall recommend Mr. John Durant, an orthodox Divine, to be Lecturer for the Town of Sandwiche, to preach there every Wednesday in the Forenoon: And the Parson or Vicar of the said Parish is required to suffer him to preach there without Interruption.
Mr. Lisle reports the Order for preventing the Billeting of Soldiers, in Lynn, Yarmouth, and other Towns, against the Wills of the Inhabitants: Which was read; and upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be carried up to the Lords, by Mr. Lisle, for their Concurrence herein.
Aspersions on Parliament.
Mr. Strode reports from the Committee appointed to consider of an Order to prevent Aspersions that may be cast on the Proceedings of Parliament, by Persons disaffected to the Parliament, at the General Assizes, That the Committee was of Opinion to make no Order herein; but to leave it to those that shall be on the Bench at the Assizes, to discharge their Duties herein, if any such Occasion be offered by any; so the House rest satisfied with this Opinion of the Committee.
Answer to King's Message.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the Messengers appointed by both Houses, to present their Petition to his Majesty, be authorized to represent unto him, that, since the Framing and Preparing of the Petition, they have received from his Majesty a Message concerning the Delivery of Hull; to which they conceive the Petition gave a full Answer; Setting forth the Resolution of both Houses, and their humble Desires unto his Majesty in that Particular: By which may be seen the Clearness of their Proceedings; and how ready and desirous they are to give his Majesty all just Satisfaction, so far as will stand with the Discharge of the Trust which the Kingdom hath reposed in them:
Assembly of Divines.
Ordered, That Mr. Hill, Mr. Prideaux, and Sir Tho. Widdrington, do peruse the Bill for calling the Assembly of Divines, whether the Time be out for the Meeting of that Assembly; the Bill having laid a good while with his Majesty.
Ordered, That all the Members of this House that have subscribed for the Bringing in of Horse, Money, or Plate, do bring the same in, according to their several Subscriptions, by Tuesday next: And that a Report be then made to the House, what Members do make Fail thereof.
Magazine from Hull.
Ordered, That Sir Edw. Aiscough, Sir Sam. Ofeild, Mr. Hatcher, and Mr. Bents, do go and view the Ships that came with the Magazine from Hull; and inform themselves, if any of it be disposed of since it came in the River of Thames.
Ordered, That Mr. Long, Mr. Vassall, Alderman Soames, Alderman Penington, and Captain Ven, do present To-morrow Morning, what Places, in the City of London, the Magazine that came from Hull, may be put into with most Conveniency.
Person to attend.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to consider what is the speediest and fittest Course to be taken, for the Staying of those Horses that are raising in Dorsettshire, under the Command of Captain Digby, from going to Yorke.
This Committee, or any Four of them, have Power to treat with such Gentlemen of Ireland, as they shall think fit; and, from their Informations, consider of such Propositions as they shall think most necessary for the Good of Munster, and the Service of Ireland; and present them to the House: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber; and so from time to time, as they shall think fit.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Resolutions taken by the Council of War: And that the Letter from the Earl of Warwick, and the Resolutions thereupon taken, be referred to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom; to make an Answer to the Letter; and to acquaint him, That the House doth approve of the Resolutions; and return him Thanks.
Assembly of Divines.
Sir Tho. Widdrington reports from the Committee appointed to consider of the Bill for calling an Assembly of Divines; whether the Divines nominated, may meet by virtue of this Act; the First of July, which was the Day for their first Appearance, being elapsed; That the Committee is of Opinion, that the King should be moved to pass this Bill; and a Committee appointed to prepare a new Bill to prevent any Inconvenience that may happeu by the Time being elapsed.
Army to take Oaths.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee appointed to take Care of the Defence of the Kingdom, to consider of some Way how the Officers and Soldiers of the Army raised by the Parliament, may take the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and the Protestation, before their Names be entered.
House to sit.
Person to be summoned.
Persons sent for.
Lords agree to Orders.
The Lords do agree in the Three Orders to be sent after the Messengers that are to present the Petition to his Majesty; and likewise to the Order for nominating the Earl of Bedford, General of the Horse.
WHEREAS divers well-affected Persons, of the City of Gloucester, and of the County of the City of Gloucester, have of themselves, as Volunteers, been drawn into the Field in Companies, to the Number of a Hundred, or more; to the Intent only that thereby they might be exercised in the Use of their Arms, and Order of Marching, that so they might be the more able to do Service for the King and Kingdom, when they shall be called thereunto by Authority of Parliament: And although they did go forth in a peaceable Manner, yet some Persons not well-affected to the Ordinance of Parliament for the Militia, did, with threatening Words, discourage them: The Lords and Commons, taking the Premises into Consideration, do Order, That the said Persons and Inhabitants of the said City and County of the said City of Gloucester shall have the Authority of both Houses of Parliament for their Security and Idemnity, for such their so Training already passed: And that they may hereafter have a Warrant from the Lord Lieutenant of that City and County, appointed by Ordinance of Parliament, or from some of his Deputies, to give them Power, in an orderly and peaceable Sort, to draw forth in Companies such as are willing to submit themselves to the Ordinance of Parliament: And that they and their Officers, in a peaceable Sort, may train and learn the Use of their Arms, at such convenient Times and Places as shall be by them thought fit for that Purpose.
Disturbance in a Church.
The humble Petition of the Churchwarden and Parishioners of St. James, in Dover, complaining of a great Disturbance and Interruption in the Church, in the Time of Divine Service; occasioned by some, who, in Opposition to an Order of the House, would hinder Mr. Vincent, recommended by this House to be their Lecturer; and who had quietly preached there for these Eight Months last passed; was this Day read.
It was thereupon Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Jo. Jacob, Mr. Edw. Kemp, Mr. Wm. Legent, and Mr. Jo. Woodgreene, be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, to answer their Contempt of the Order of this House, and their Misdemeanor in causing that great Disturbance and Tumult in the Church, in the Time of Divine Service.
Gibson's, &c. Arrears.
Ordered, That Lieutenant Colonel Gibson and Captain Edw. Brett shall have the Arrears of their personal Entertainment, for their Service in the late Northern Expedition, paid; it appearing, upon Sir Wm. Uvedale's Certificate, what is due unto them.
Proceedings against Heywood.
Doctor Heywood, who was summoned in the Forenoon, was now called in; and, being demanded, whether he commanded his Curate to read his Majesty's last Declaration; did confess, that his Curate did bring unto him the Book, and asked him what he should do; that he read it, and advised upon it, and wished his Curate to read it.
Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Long, Sir Ro. Crane, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Cromwell, are to acquaint the Officers designed for Munster with the Votes this Day passed in the House concerning the Propositions made by them to the Committee.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Francklyn, Mr. Browne, Sir Edmund Montefort, Sir Jo. Potts, be added to the Committee that is appointed to treat with such Gentlemen of Ireland, as they shall think fit, concerning the Affairs of Munster, &c.