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, 19 Julii, 1642.
WHEREAS well-affected Persons, within the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, may be desirous, as Volunteers, to exercise themselves in the Use of their Arms, by peaceable training and marching under the Lord Lieutenants, and others, appointed by the Ordinance of Parliament: It it thought fit, and so Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That all such Person or Persons whatsoever in the several Counties, Cities, Towns Corporate, and other Places, within the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, as shall desire, and willingly submit themselves, to be trained and exercised in the Use of their Arms, under the Lord Lieutenants, and others, of the several Counties and Cities of England and Wales, authorized by Ordinance of Parliament, or under such Captains appointed by them, may, from time to time hereafter, in a peaceable and orderly Way 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, as shall be thought fit by their Commanders or Captains appointed by the Lord Lieutenants 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 the said Houses: And that all Mayors, Justices of Peace, Sheriffs, Bailiffs, Constables, and other his Majesty's Officers, that shall encourage and assist the said Persons in the peaceable and quiet Training and Exercising themselves as aforesaid, shall be held, by both Houses of Parliament, to have done a very acceptable Service therein: And that they, and every of them, shall have the Authority of both Houses of Parliament for their Indemnity for so doing.
Ordered, That the Committee for Dover Harbour do meet To-morrow, in the Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Star Chamber.
Leave to go to Yorke.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Hippisley shall have Leave to go to Yorke, and to stay a Month: And that he leave the Three Horses * * * *
Sommersettshire Militia, &c.
Mr. Popham has Leave to go into Sommersettshire; and to have the like Instructions for putting the Militia in Execution, and for advancing the Propositions for Subscriptions, as were sent into Warwickshire.
Ordered, That the Ammunition that was Yesterday stayed at the Carriers as it was going to Leicestershire, be kept safe, till this House take farther Order.
Person to be summoned.
Ordered, That Mr. Nevill, the Woollen Draper, be forthwith summoned to appear here.
Information against Wiles, &c.
Upon the Information of Jo. Griffin and Rich. Reyner, of Colchester, Weavers, of Words spoken by Rich. Wiles and Stephen Lewes.
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That Rich. Wiles and Stephen Lewes be forthwith sent for as Delinquents, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Person sent for.
Ordered, That the Mayor of Plymouth do send Tho. Dyer, now under Restraint for Words spoken by him.
Causes to proceed at Law.
The Examination in that Cause, and the whole Cause to the Justices of Assize, to be proceeded with according to Law.
Delinquents from Dover.
Ordered, That the Delinquents sent for from Dover, be referred to the Consideration and Examination of the Committee for Informations.
Ordered, That Sir Ro. Pye, Mr. Green, and Sir H. Vane do prepare a Letter to be written to the Earl of Warwick, to know of his Lordship, whether it will be fit to keep all the Ships longer out; and, if not, then to inform the Parliament what Ships he thinks fittest to be called in; and that then .... House will consider of Revictualling of the rest: And likewise to desire his Lordship to give Notice of what Nature the Stores are that he desires, upon Occasion, to be supplied with: And likewise to give Notice, how many of the King's Ships must of necessity be called in: And to desire his Lordship to take Care that One Ship may be sent to Milford Haven, for the Guard and Defence of that Harbour.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Cromwell carried up to the Lords, the Order for Ten thousand Pounds to Mr. Loftus; The Orders for the Indemnity of the Volunteers of Shrewsbury and Herts'. The Order for Sir Jo. Clotworthy: And was likewise appointed to move the Lords to come to some speedy Resolution concerning the Conference had with their Lordships on Saturday last, touching the Bringing of more Forces into Munster.
Arms to the Scotts.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved to join with this House, in an Order that such Arms as by the Treaty are agreed to be delivered to the Scotts, and should have been delivered, be forthwith delivered unto them out of the Stores of Arms that are come from Hull.
Treaty with Scotland.
The House fell into the Consideration of the Alterations inserted into the Articles of the Treaty by his Majesty's own Hand, as is expressed in Mr. Secretary Nicholas his Letter to the Commissioners of England, this Day read in the House, and sent to this House at a Message from the Lords.
Upon the Alteration in the Third Article, whether it should be admitted;
The House was divided:
The Yeas went forth.
|Sir Wm. Lewes,||Tellers for the Yea, 69.|
|Sir Gilbert Gerard,|
|Sir Walter Erle,||Tellers for the Noe, 51.|
|Sir Anth. Ireby,|
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth agree to the Alteration in the Third Article.
The Second Alteration in the Sixth Article, viz. "and Parliament of England," being put to the Question, passed with the Negative.
The Alterations in the Tenth Article assented unto.
The Alterations in the Twelfth Article, being put to the Question, passed with the Negative.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords have sent back unto you Two Orders brought from you this Morning; the One concerning Sir Jo. Clotworthy; the other concerning the Ten thousand Pounds to Mr. Loftus, to the which they have agreed, with the Addition of One Word only.
Mr. Cromwell brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Orders for the Indemnity of Volunteers of Shrewsbury and Herts'.
Raising Money and Plate, &c.
Ordered, That some Gentlemen of Sommersett may be desired to go down, presently, to put the Propositions for Money and Plate in Execution; and that they signify to their Country, that out of their Money, there shall be Allowance made for Horse, Arms, and Officers, if they will voluntarily raise any Horse for the Defence of that County.
The like Order for Dorsett.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Essex be injoined to go into the County of Essex, to put in Execution the Instructions for the Proposition for Raising of Horse, Money, and Plate.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Grimston and Mr. Reynolds, do prepare an Order for the County of Essex, which may be a Precedent for other Counties.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
Impeachment of Ld. Mayor.
That the Lord Mayor of London is now called in; and attending to put in his Answer to the Impeachment: The Lords desire some of the Members of this House may be there, at his Putting in of his Answer.
Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Rigbie, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Lisle are ordered to be present at the Putting in of his Answer.
Answer returned by the same Messengers: That this House hath appointed some of their Members to attend accordingly.
Upon the Reading of the humble Petition of divers Freeholders, and chief of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Hitchin, in the County of Hertforde; It is this Day Ordered, That Dr. Lindall, Dr. Chester, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Rotheram, Mr. Denne, Mr. Symmes, Mr. Asplen, Mr. King, Mr. Eeles, Mr. Sudgwecke, Mr. Cummen, Mr. Tomllen, Mr. Trayherne, Mr. Young, and Mr. Bedforde, orthodox Divines, shall be recommended, by this House, to be Lecturers, to preach in the Parish Church of Hitchin, by their Turns, every Tuesday, being the Market Day: And that, if any of them be not able to preach themselves, by reason of Sickness, or such like Casualty, that they appoint some learned and orthodox Divine to preach there in his or their Absence: And the Person, or Vicar, of the said Parish are hereby required to permit the said Ministers to preach in the said Parish Church, every Tuesday, without Molestation or Interruption.
Mr. Reignolds, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. White, Mr. Hill, Sir Sym. D'Ewes, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Seldon, are to peruse the Commission granted to the Lords Justices of Ireland to convene a Parliament there; and the Commission to the Lord Lieutenant; and to consider of the best Way for the Continuance of the Parliament there; and report the same: And have Power to send ... Parties, &c.: And to meet this Afternoon, Two.. Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Ordered, That Mr. Long do make a Report unto this House, of the Names of the Members of this House, that did at first subscribe their Names upon the Adventure for Ireland, and have not yet brought in their Monies, nor any Part of it, according to the Act.
Treaty with Scotland.
Mr. Hampden carried up the Treaty, with the Amendments, to the Lords.
Jewel to E. of Ormond.
Mr. Hollis reports the Letter to be sent to the Earl of Ormond, with the Jewel, from this House: Which was read; and upon the Question, assented unto: And
Resolved, That Mr. Hollis do take care to send the same.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Jewel do meet To-morrow, at Two.. Clock, in the Court of Wards.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Robert Riche and Mr. Page;
Trial of Ld. Mayor.
That the Lords have resolved upon Friday to proceed upon the Trial of the Lord Mayor, upon both the Impeachments; and have appointed us to give Notice to you hereof; and do expect some Members of this House to be then present, to make good their Proof against him.
Serjeant Wilde reports, that the Answer which the Lord Mayor put in was, "Not Guilty."
Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Hill, Mr. Grimston, Mr. White, Mr. Perd, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Lisle, Mr. King, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Jo. Goodwyn, are appointed Managers of the Evidence at the Trial of the Lord Mayor.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House hath appointed some Members to be there present, to manage the Evidence at the Trial of the Lord Mayor.
Letter Office, &c.
Ordered, That the Report concerning the Letter Office, be made by Mr. Weston on Friday Morning next: And Mr. Prideaux is to make his Report concerning the Posts, at the same time.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Dawes' Bill be reported on Thursday Morning next.
Rights of City of Bristoll.
Ordered, That the Recital of the City of Bristoll in the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, to be in the County of Somersett, shall be no Prejudice to that City; but that, notwithstanding that Recital, it shall still remain a County of itself, as formerly it did.
Mr. Prideaux and Mr. Wheeler are to draw a Declaration to this Purpose.
Commissions of Array.
Ordered, That the Judges be required, from this House, at the several Assizes in the several Counties, to publish the Declarations and Votes of both Houses, concerning the Illegality of the Commissions of Array: And that every particular Judge may have a Copy of that Declaration sent unto him: And that the Lords be moved to join herein.
Ordered, That Serjeant Wilde do prepare an Order to this Purpose; and bring it in To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That Dr. Eden, and all the Lawyers of the House, be added to the Committee appointed to consider of the Commissions that are to be drawn upon the Act of Pacification: And are to meet To-morrow, at Two .. Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards; and to draw a Commission upon that Act de bene esse.