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 Sabbati, 16 Julii, 1642.
King's Warrant to Navy Officers.
A WARRANT from his Majesty to the principal Officers of the Navy; commanding them, upon their Allegiance, and upon Pain of Forfeiture of their Places, not to obey any Ordinance or Warrant whatsoever, which shall be sent unto them from One or both Houses of Parliament, or from the said Earl of Warwick, or any other, for any Stores or Provisions, or for any Business whatsoever, concerning our said Fleet, Navy or Ships; was this Day read.
King's Warrants, &c.
Ordered, That the House be resolved into a Committee on Monday Morning next, to consider of his Majesty's Warrants of Restraint to the principal Officers of the Navy, and of the State of the Fleet at Sea; and of the Bill of Tonage of Poundage, not being yet passed; and what is fit to be done upon Consideration of all these Particulars.
Delivery of Arms, &c.
Ordered, That there be delivered unto such Person as the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland shall appoint to receive the same, out of the Ships that brought the Arms and Ammunition from Hull, Five hundred and Threescore Pair of Pistols, Five hundred and Threescore Carabines, and Five hundred and Threescore Backs and Breasts, with Pots to them, to be carried to Chester; and delivered over to Sir Wm. Balfour Knight, towards the Arming of the Ten Horse Troops (whereof the Troop now commanded by Mr. St. John to be One) that are appointed to join with the Scottish Army in the Province of Ulster.
Ordered, That the Petition of Abraham Savage on the Behalf of Bandonbridge, now read, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Adventurers: Who are to sit at Two of the Clock, in the Court of Starchamber, this Afternoon.
Stopping Lord's, &c. Pay.
Ordered, That the Pay of Mr. Lloyd, Engineer to the Army of Holland, and of all the other Commanders of Ireland, that have left their Charges, be stopped, until they shall give this House Satisfaction of the Reasons that moved them to come over: And that the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland be acquainted with this Order.
Defence of the Kingdom.
Payment to the Scotts.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Green, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Hill, Mr. White, Mr. Perepointe, do consider of the Draught of the Order for the Indemnity of the Volunteers of Shrewsbury; and to make the Order general.
Affairs at Shereborne.
Sir Walter Erle gave the House Information of a Troop of Horse raising in Shereborne in the County of Dorsett, by Captain Jo. Digby; which he knows not whether he will carry them to Yorke, or whether he will seize upon the Magazine in that Town: Whether he will carry the Troop to Yorke: Sir Walt. Erle was commanded to give this Information to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom.
Declaration of Parliament.
The Lords have sent us unto you, with this Letter from the Earl of Warwicke, importing, that Sir Hen. Palmer came aboard him, and shewed him a Letter from his Majesty to the Captain of the Lyon, requiring him to deliver him his Goods aboard her; and requiring the Captain and Officers to bring the Lyon about to Scarborough.
Affairs in Kent.
Sir Hen. Vane is appointed to go the Lords, to desire them to give Directions to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to give forth his Deputations forthwith to the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Kent, in regard it appears by the Letter this Day received from the Earl of Warwicke, that the Commission of Array is presently to be put in Execution in that County.
Message to Lords.
He likewise carried up to the Lords, the Order for Horse Arms to be delivered out of the Stores that are come from Hull, to be disposed of by the Appointment of the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom; and the Order for Horse Arms to be delivered to the Scotts Troops; and likewise the Order for the Indemnity of the Volunteers of Gloucester; and is appointed to desire, that the Commissioners for Irish Affairs might sit this Afternoon.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth approve of what the Earl of Warwick has done in Answer to the Demands made by Sir H. Palmer from his Majesty, concerning his Goods aboard the Lyon, and that Ship and Officers, as it is related in this Letter, this Day received from the Earl of Warwick.
Bill from Lords.
Irregularity in delivering it.
The Messenger that brought down this Bill delivered it in without Reading the Title, which he ought to have done; at which the House took some Offence; but in regard of the great Business of the House, they took no more Notice of it at this Time.
Answer from Lords.
Sir H. Vane brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order concerning Gloucester; and to the Order concerning the Committee of the Militia in London, to provide Arms for the Defence of the Kingdom, &c. As to the Order for delivering Arms for the Arming of the Troops appointed to join with the Scotts, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And they will give Directions to the Lord Lieutenant of Kent forthwith, to give out his Deputations.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth assent to the drawing Forces out of Ulster and Lemster; and to the Bringing of them into Munster, in such Manner as is expressed in this Report now made from the Committee.
Bishop of Raphoe.
The humble Petition of John Bishop of Raphoe, presented unto his Majesty, and from him recommended by his Majesty, to the Houses in Parliament; was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Commissioners for Irish Affairs.
His Majesty conceives the Petitioner's Suit to be reasonable; and would give Order for Relief therein, but that the Two Houses of Parliament, having hitherto, by his Majesty's Permission, managed and ordered all that concerns the Rebellion in Ireland, which, at this time, His Majesty will not take out of their Hands, doth wish the Petitioner to address his Petition to the said House: And he doubts not, but that they will take some speedy and effectual Course for the Relief of his Majesty's good Subjects in the said Barony; the same being a Work of so great Charity and Consequence.
E. of Warwick.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver these Two Orders: The One, concerning the Securing the Magazine in the Town of Dorchester: The other, for staying the Troop of Horse raised by Captain Digby: Which the Lords have agreed unto; and desire your Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Report from the Deputy Lieutenants and Committee of the County of Lancaster, concerning the Putting the Militia in Execution in that County, be referred to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to receive Directions from them what is to be done therein.
Assembly of Divines.
Collectors of Money.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for the County of Dorsett, upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, be desired to excuse Mr. Tho. Hooper and Mr. Jo. Gould, for being Two of the Collectors to gather the Sums imposed on that County; in regard they are Persons intrusted by both Houses in the special Service of the Kingdom; and speedily to nominate Two other able Persons to execute the said Places of Collectors.
Affairs in Dorsett.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of the Dispersing of the several Orders and Declarations of this House, do forthwith take Care to send down into the County of Dorsett the Two Orders of both Houses, to make Stay of the Troop of Horse raised by Captain Digby; and for the Securing the Magazine in the Town of Dorchester; and to think of fit Persons to be intrusted with the Execution of those Orders, and all other Orders of the like Nature: And Mr. Hampden, Mr. Cromwell, Mr. Strode, Mr. Rous, Sir Gilb. Pickering, Sir Walt. Erle, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Hen. Heyman, are added to that Committee.
Commission of Array.
Payment to Thorpe.
Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler be required forthwith to pay and satisfy unto Robert Thorpe, Master of the Alexander of Hull, the Sum of Thirty Pounds, in full of Seventy-five Pounds, due to him for Freight of Ammunition.
Arms, &c. from Hull.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, That Captain John Bradley of the City of London, Gentleman, be hereby required forthwith to receive, and take up, out of the Four Ships that came from Hull, named, The Advice, The Alexander, The Defence, and The Jonas, by Inventory, all such Ordnance, Ammunition, Arms, Powder, Match, &c. that the said Ships brought from Hull; and to lodge and lay up the same, in these several Warehouses hereafter named; that is to say, In Staplers Hall, within Leaden Hall, Captain Carleton's Warehouse, within the said Leaden Hall; Alderman Fowkes his Warehouses in Water-lane; Mr. Bomatsse his Warehouse on Fish-street-hill; and what Room the East-India Company can spare at Leaden-Hall and St. Ellens; together with the old Chapel in Guildhall; with what Rooms else can there be spared: And the Powder he is to dispose of it into several Halls in the City of London, if the forenamed Rooms be not convenient to lodge the same: All which Rooms and several Warehouses, with what other Warehouses as are convenient, the said Captain Jo. Bradley is to use his best Endeavour to agree and contract for, and at the cheapest Rates he can; and to take them for the Use and Behoof of both Houses of Parliament.
And it is farther Ordered, That Mr. Dawson, Gunsmith, shall take special Care to make and keep clean the said Arms, taken up out of the forenamed Four Ships, from time to time, until both Houses of Parliament shall otherwise dispose of the same: And the said Captain Jo. Bradley, for his own Pains, together with Mr. Dawson, and all other Officers, and Labourers, employed by any or either of them; and all Warehouse-room, taken and agreed for by the said Captain Jo. Bradley, shall be satisfied and paid, according to his Agreement, by both Houses of Parliament: And both the said Houses of Parliament, shall from time to time save and keep harmless him the said Captain Jo. Bradley, Mr. Dawson, and all others employed by them, or either of them, in or about the Premisses; as also, all such particular Persons or Societies, as shall let, or set, their several Warehouses for the Uses aforesaid.
The House went up to the Conference desired by this House in the Morning, concerning the Affairs of Ireland: And the Propositions brought from the Committee of Munster, were delivered as Heads of this Conference.
Transactions with Scotland.
1. That the Twelve hundred Pounds resting of the Two Thousand Five hundred Pounds, due to the Scotts, for the Baggage Horses, shall be forthwith paid: And that the House will take into Consideration the Payment as well of the Fourscore thousand Pounds of the Brotherly Assistance, as the Payment of this Twelve hundred Pounds, on Monday or Tuesday next, at farthest.
To the Third, That the Lords be moved to join with this House in desiring his Majesty to grant Warrants to the Officers of his Ordnance, for the Delivery of such Arms and Ammunition as, by the Articles of the Treaty, are to be delivered unto the Scotts, for the Service of Ireland.
For the Second, there is especial Care taken for Arms: And the Troops they have already. For the Third, what concerns the Train of Artillery, the House conceives Allowance is already given, to have the same: And the rest of this Proposition is referred to the Commissioners for Ireland.
Expences of Scotch Commissioners.
Ordered, That the Committee where Mr. Trenchard has the Chair, do meet on Monday Morning next; and Consideration the Bill of Charges for Lodgings, &c. for the Scotts Commissioners; and where this Money shall be paid.
Persons to attend.
Stean-land Deane Common.
Ordered, That Sir William Savile do shew Cause, by this Day Fortnight, why the Petitioners should not have their Desires granted unto them, for Staying of the Actions brought against them by Sir Wm. Savile, concerning certain Moors, Wastes, and Commons, called Steanland Deane: And if the said Sir Wm. Savile shall then fail to satisfy this House concerning the same, that then the Petitioners Matter of Complaint shall be transmitted to the Lords; to the End, that the Proceedings at Law may be stayed; and the Inhabitants (who are now in Possession) may be settled in the Possession of the Premises.
Person sent for.
Person to summoned.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Ro. Exton, Mayor of Chichester, be forthwith summoned to attend this House, to answer his Contempt in the Publishing Proclamations concerning the Commission of Array, and other Proclamations issued forth in Opposition to the Proceedings of Parliament.
Mr. Reynolds reported from the Committee appointed to consider of the State of Munster, some Directions and Propositions for the Regaining of the Castle and City of Limmerick, now in the Possession of the Rebels; and the Subduing the Rebels in that Province: First, they considered that Munster affords a Lead Mine, within Twenty Miles of Limmerick, which furnisheth the Rebels with Bullet: And that they make, at Limmerick, Powder: And in the County of Kerry they make Iron Guns.
This being the State of the Army, and the Forces thus distributed; and the Province of Munster being of so great Importance; and it so much concerning the Honour and Interest of this Nation, to regain the Castle of Limmerick, and subdue the Rebels there; for the Effecting thereof do think fit; that out of Ulster should be drawn Six thousand Foot, and Four Troops of Horse; viz.
|The Lord Conwaye's Troop Horse.|
|The Scotts to spare Three Troops of the Ten that attend them: In all, Horse Four Troops.|
|Out of Lemster Foot, - - - -||4,000|
|Horse, - - - - - -||500|
That these Forces march with- all possible Speed: And that the Victualler of Knockfergus do furnish Victual for the Ulster Forces, to carry them to Dundalke, where Mr. Frost is to prepare Victual for them, for Four Days March: And after, the Lord Lieutenant, and the Lords Justices, to provide for their Victual, Carriages, and all other Necessaries.