Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Lunæ, 18 die Juli, 1642.
THE Amendments to the Bill concerning Innovations, returned with the Bill, from the Lords, were Twice read; and committed unto Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Rouse, Mr. Corbett, and Sir Gilbert Gerrard: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
A Letter from the High Sheriff of the County of Lincolne, directed to the Speaker; and a Petition inclosed, addressed to the. Honourable the House of Commons, subscribed by divers Hands; brought by a Serving Man of the High Sheriff's; were this Day read.
* Prideaux, * Reynolds, * Ellis, * Armyn, * Barrington * Fines, * Strickland, * Cholmley, * Crane, * Rolle, * Rowse, * Hodges, * Vane, * Erle, * D'Ewes, * Lisle, * Widrington, * Grimston, * Ro. Goodwyn, Sir Jo. Brooke, the Knights and Burgesses of Lincolneshire.
This Committee is to consider of the Matter of this Petition from Lincolneshire: and of the Manner of procuring it: And are to prepare an Answer unto it: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Court: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
The High Sheriff's Man that brought the Letter from the High Sheriff, is appointed to attend this Committee this Afternoon.
The humble Petition of the Clothiers of the West Riding of the County of Yorke; desiring that a Ship of theirs; laden with Cloth for Hamborough, stayed by Sir Jo. Hotham, at Hull; was this Day read: And thereupon.
Sir Tho. Widdrington, and Sir Hugh Cholmeley are appointed to prepare an Order to Sir Jo. Hotham, for the Discharge of the Ship of the Clothiers of the West Riding of the County of Yorke, stayed by Sir Jo. Hotham at Yorke, and likewise a Letter to Sir Jo. Hotham to the same Purpose.
Pass for Hamilton.
Ordered, That James Hamilton, Son to the Lord Viscount Claneboyes, have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to transport himself into the North of Ireland; and a Post Warrant.
Bringing up Prisoners from Scotland.
Ordered, That the Sheriff of the County of Nottingham be required, from this House, to take into his safe Custody, from the Sheriff of the County of York, the Nine Persons brought out of Scotland from Sheriff to Sheriff; and that he deliver the said Nine Persons to the next Sheriff to the County of Yorke, to the end that they may be brought up to London, according to former Order, from Sheriff to Sheriff.
Ordered, That the Officers for the additional Forces to be sent into Ireland, shall, To-morrow, receive One Month of the Two Months Pay desired by them, advanced unto them: And that when they have received their Commissions, they shall receive the other Months Advance desired, and their Levy-money for their Soldiers; but till they have received their Commissions, that they shall receive no Levy-money, nor other Money, only the One Month's Advance, as aforesaid.
And it is farther Ordered, That the Officers Reformado shall, To-morrow, receive a Week's Pay, as formerly they have been used to do.
Affairs at Hull.
Two Letters, the One from the Committee at Hull, directed to Mr. Speaker; and another, directed to Sir Philip Stapilton, &c.; from Sir Jo. Hotham, concerning the State of that Town, and of some Proceedings there; the Letters bear Date of the Twelfth and Thirteenth of July; were this Day read.
Ordered, That the Treasurers of Money and Plate, brought into the Guildhall, London, for the Raising of Horse, Horsemen, and Arms, for the Defence of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, shall issue out Ten thousand Pounds to the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Defence of the Kingdom, upon Account, for the Payment of the Garison, and Provision of Hull:
That the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Defence of the Kingdom, shall be authorized, from both Houses, to take Notice of the good Service done at Hull by Captain Mowsyer and Captain Pigott; and return them Thanks; and assure them, that their Service shall be acknowledged with some Reward.
Resolved, That Six Pieces of the Ordnance that were lately sent from Hull, shall be sent back to Hull: And the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom is appointed to take Care hereof.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Captain Edward Horner, stayed at Hull, be forthwith released.
Ordered, That Mr. Pelham, Mr. Hotham, Mr. Alured, notwithstanding they are but Three, shall have the full Power of a Committee; and do and execute all Things according to the Instructions that are or shall be given unto them, with as full Force and Authority as if they were a full Committee.
Prisoners at Hull.
Ordered, That no Man shall make any Motion for the Release of any Prisoner stayed at Hull, until he have first acquainted the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom therewith.
Ld. Brocke's Castle, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Lord Brooke shall have Authority from both Houses, to take such Forces into his Castle at Warwick as he shall think necessary for Defence of the publick Magazine there: And that they shall be paid out of the Subscription Monies of that County: And that he be desired to advance the Subscription Monies there.
Defence of the Kingdom.
The Lord Gray went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference concerning the Defence of the Kingdom.
A Message from the Lords, by the Master of the Roll and Dr. Heath;
Letters from Earl of Warwick.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver these Letters unto you, lately received from the Earl of Warwick.
The Lords do likewise desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, concerning a Warrant from his Majesty, sent into Lincolneshire, and this Day received.
Letters from Earl of Warwick, &c.
A Letter from the Earl of Warwick to the Speaker of the House of Peers; and inclosed Letters; One from his Lordship to his Majesty, upon his Majesty's Dismissing him of his Commands; and an Answer from his Majesty, signified by Secretary Nicholas; and a Letter intercepted from Lieutenant Waters to Captain Slingsby; and likewise a Letter from the Earl of Warwick to Mr. Pym; were all this Day read.
Lord Gray brings Answer; That the Lords are ready to give a present Meeting at a Conference, as is desired.
Answer returned by the same Messengers: That this House hath considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Earl of Warwick, &c. Letters.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom shall desire the Earl of Warwick, and Sir Jo. Hotham, to direct their Letters hereafter to the Committee: And that the Committee take Care to answer them.
Mr. Holles, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Pym, Mr. Reynolds, are appointed Managers and Reporters of these Conferences.
Lady D' Abignye's Horses.
Ordered, That the Horses stayed in Bedfordshire, of the Lady D' Abignye's, be returned up hither, and delivered to her again, paying the Charges they have spent.
Forces in Ulster.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Commissioners for Irish Affairs, to consider whether it will be more advantageous for the Service, that the Horse Troops lately received into Pay in Ulster, do remain Nine Troops of Harquebusiers, or be formed into Six Troops of Dragoons, of an Hundred in a Troop.
King's Warrant for apprehending a Person.
Mr. Pym prefents from the Conference, a Warrant from his Majesty to One of the Messengers in Ordinary, for Apprehending of William Wattson, Alderman of the City of Lincolne, and Ames, One of the Sheriffs of the said City: The Lords are of Opinion, that this is a great Breach of the Privilege of Parliament, and of the Laws of the Land; and by Name of One Law, made this Parliament, concerning Commitments, by the Lords of the Privy Council; and are resolved to maintain such as have or shall obey the Commands of the Parliament, with their Lives and Fortunes.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth concur with the Lords, in maintaining, with their Lives and Fortunes, the King's Person, the true Protestant Religion, the Laws of the Land, and the Privileges of the Parliament, and all such as shall perform and execute the Commands of the Parliament, and to vindicate them from any Damage happening thereby.
Mr. Pym likewise presented, from this Conference, the Protestation of divers of the Knights, Gentry, and Freeholders, of the County of Lincolne: Which was read: and ordered to be forthwith printed.
Lord Willoughby thanked.
Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Holles, Mr. Pym, Sir Tho. Barrington, are appointed to go to the Lord Willoughby of Parham, to let him know what Esteem and Opinion this House holds of the Proceedings of his Lordship in Lincolneshire, and of the good Service done to the King and Kingdom thereby; and to return him Thanks.
Persons obeying Parliament.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee this Day made for Lincolneshire, to consider of some Way to preserve and vindicate, from any Wrong or Damage, such as are or shall be troubled for obeying the Commands of Parliament.
Pass for Dunch.
Ordered, That Mr. Dunch shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to transport himself, and his Servant, into the Low Countries.
King's Lynne, &c.
A Message from the Lords by the Master of the Rolls and Dr. Heath;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this Order concerning Kinge's Lynne and Yarmouth, with One Amendment; viz. "without common Consent in Parliament," instead of "without Consent of both Houses of Parliament."
Lynne, &c. Militia.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Norfolk do forthwith give Order to the Captains of the Train Bands in Lynne and Yarmouth, to train their Men; and to put the Militia in Execution in those Two Towns.
Proceedings against Bolton, &c.
Geo. Bolton, who was formerly sent for, as a Delinquent for offering Affronts to some Volunteers that were training, was called in.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Geo. Bolton be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Gatehouse, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House.
Gervase Good, who was formerly sent for, as a Delinquent, for offering some Affronts to Volunteers that were training, was likewise called in.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Gervase Good shall be forthwith committed a Prisoner to the Gatehouse, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House.
They were both called in: And Mr. Speaker pronounced Sentance against them accordingly.
Mr. Hampden presented from the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, the Examinations, upon Oath, of Humphrey Page, Servant to Mr. Venables, and of Humphry Carter, Servant to Mr. Bradborne the Mercer, concerning the Declaration of the County of Hereford, and the Printing thereof: And
It is Ordered, That Humphrey Carter, now in the Messengers Hand, be brought hither to the Bar To-morrow Morning, to answer such Matters as shall be objected against him, concerning the said Declaration.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Humphrey Page, Servant to Mr. Venables, a Member of this House, who is now in the Messengers Custody, concerning the printed Declaration of Herefordshire, be forthwith released.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Venables, a Member of this House, shall be forthwith summoned to attend this House; and that, within these Four Days, he give an Account to this House of such Demands as shall be made unto him, concerning the printed Declaration of the County of Hereford.
Publishing Proclamation against the Militia.
Mr. Prinne, the Under Sheriff of the County of Middlesex, who did proclaim a Proclamation against the Ordinance of the Militia, and did proceed in the Publication thereof, notwithstanding that he was advised to the contrary ... a Member of this House, and was thereupon summoned to appear here, was this Day called in to the Bar: And, after he had made his Answer, he withdrew: And
It was resolved, that he should be sharply reprehended.
Mr. Prinne, was again called in; and sharply reprehended for this Time; with an Admonition that he should forbear ever hereafter to publish or proclaim any Matter concerning the Proceedings of Parliament, without first acquainting them therewith.
Proceedings against Barton.
Mr. Jo. Barton, Minister of Aylesbury, who was formerly sent for, as a Delinquent, for reading his Majesty's Declaration, and using some Language at the Reading of these Declarations, opprobrious to the Proceedings of the Parliament, .... he denied not the Words.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Jo. Barton, Minister of Aylesbury, be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Gatehouse; there to remain a Prisoner during the Pleasure of the House.
Southby, a Delinquent.
Mr. Southby, who was sent for, as a Delinquent, for sending the King's Proclamations, together with the Warrants from the Deputy Lieutenants of Berks, &c. * *
Mr. White presented from the Committee, an Order for the Indemnity of the Volunteers of Shrewsbury: And it was assented unto: And
Ordered, That the Town of Herts' shall have the like Order for the Volunteers of that Town, to train, under the Command of Isaac Puller Gentleman.
The Lords Concurrence is to be desired herein. And Sir Ro. Harley, is appointed to go up to the Lords with this Order.
Ships at Hull.
Upon the humble Petition of the Clothiers of the West Riding of the County of Yorke, this Day read in the House, it is Ordered, That the Ship now in the Port at Hull, laden with Cloth for Hamborough, in Germany, and other Ships to be laden with Cloth out of that County, shall be permitted, by Sir Jo. Hotham the Governor of Hull, to pass out of the River of Humber; they giving Security to pay such Customs for the same as shall become due by the next Bill of Tonage and Poundage: And that a Letter be drawn up, and sent forthwith, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to Sir Jo. Hotham, to that Purpose.
Whereas divers well-affected Persons, of the Town of Shrewsbury, in the County of Salop, have of themselves, as Volunteers, under the leading of Thomas Hunt Esquire, One of the Aldermen of the said Town, exercised themselves in the Use of their Arms, by peaceable Training and Marching in the Fields, near the said Town, the better to enable and prepare themselves for the Service and Defence of his Majesty and the Kingdom, when they shall be lawfully called thereunto: The Lords and Commons, taking the same into Consideration, do Order, That the said Persons shall have the Authority of both Houses of Parliament for their Security and Indemnity for their said Training and Exercising already past; and do further ordain, that all such Inhabitants of the said Town, and Liberties thereof, as shall desire and willingly submit to be trained and exercised in their Arms, may, from time to time hereafter, in a peaceable and orderly Way, under the Leading of the said Thomas Hunt, assemble themselves in Companies, to train and learn to exercise themselves in the Use of their Arms, and Order of Marching, at such convenient Times, and in such Places in the said Town, and Liberty thereof, as shall be by them thought fit for that Purpose, until other Order shall be herein taken by both Houses of Parliament; and that they shall be saved harmless for so doing by the Authority of both Houses of Parliament: And that the Mayor, Justices of Peace, and Aldermen of the said Town, and all others that shall encourage and assist the said Persons in their Training and Exercising aforesaid, shall be held by both Houses of Parliament to do a very acceptable Service therein; and shall have the Authority of both Houses of Parliament for their Indemnity in so doing: And the Mayor, Justices of Peace, and Aldermen aforesaid, are hereby required to take special Care for the safe Guarding of the said Town, and preserving the Magazine therein: And the said Thomas Hunt, and the said Volunteers, to be aiding and assisting unto them therein upon all Occasions.
Payment to Clotworthy.
Ordered, That the Treasurers appointed to receive the Monies upon the Act of Subscriptions do forthwith pay unto Sir Jo. Clotworthy or his Assignees, the Sum of One thousand Pounds, due unto him in Part of his Entertainment in Ireland: And that they do receive the same again, as an Adventure for Ireland, upon the same Terms and Conditions as other Adventurers do pay in their Monies towards that Adventure.
O Connellis' Adventure.
Ordered, That Owen O Connellis, for and in Discharge of the Promise made unto him by the House of Commons, for so much as to accrue to him from Midsummer last, may underwrite the Sum of Twelve hundred Pounds, as Money adventured for Ireland; for which Sum he shall have such Proportion of Lands, and other Benefit, as other Adventurers are to have for the like Sum, by the last Act of Parliament in that Behalf made.
Ordered, That the House be resolved into a Committee To-morrow Morning, to consider of paying the Scotts the Fourscore thousand Pounds, Part of the Brtherly Assistance; and likewise to consider of the State of the Fleet at Sea; and of his Majesty's Warrants of Restraint to the principal Officers of the Navy, and of re-victualling the Ships; and the Earl of Warwick's Letters to that Purpose.