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 Lunæ, 25 Julii, 1642.
Affairs at Manchester.
A LETTER from one Mr. Newton, of Manchester, of the Eighteenth of July, 1642, declaring something of the Passages at Manchester on Saturday last, directed to Mr. Rigby, was this Day read.
Commrs of Array.
* Rigby, * Goodwyn, * Moore, * Ashton, * Pennigton, * Buller, * Millington, * Jo. Evelyn, * Gage, * Luke, Mr. Ashe, * Erle, * Hatcher, * Noble, * Long * Luke, * Young, * Montfort, * Jo. Potts, * Gerard;
This Committee, or any Four of them, is appointed to be a standing Committee, to sit, from time to time, as they shall find Occasion, to examine the Proceedings of the Commissioners named in the Commissions of Array, and of their Adherents: and are to examine and report their Actions: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Leave of Absence.
Sir Edw. Monteforte has Leave to go into the Country for Recovery of his Health.
Peace of Norfolk.
Ordered, That the Knights and Burgesses of the County of Norfolk do consider what is fit to be done for preserving the Peace of that County; and bring it in with all Speed.
Person to be summoned.
Ordered, That the Mayor of Herts be summoned forthwith to appear, to answer his Contempt in publishing his Majesty's Proclamation, contrary to the Orders of this House.
Collectors of Subsidies, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Sheriffs, Collectors, Receivers, and other Officers, who are appointed to receive any Monies upon the Bills of the Two and the Four Subsidies, and upon the Poll Bill, and the Bill of Loan and Contribution, and shall appear to have been defaulty, in either Receiving, Collecting or Paying, or Returning, any of the same Monies, according to the Directions of the said several Acts, shall satisfy the Commonwealth, out of their own particular Estates, for the Damage the Commonwealth hath suffered hereby.
Arrears of Subsidies, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for Accounts do, Tomorrow Morning, bring in an Order upon the Propositions made by some Gentlemen of the City, for the speedy Bringing in of the Arrears due to the Commonwealth, upon the several Bills of Subsidies, Poll Money, Loan and Contribution; and likewise for the Assisting the Bringing in of the Monies of Four hundred thousand Pounds.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Jo. Herbert, High Sheriff of the County of Brecon, Mr. Tho. Chedle, High Sheriff of the County of Carnarvon, Mr. Griffith Nanny, High Sheriff of the County of Merioneth, Mr. Merrick, High Sheriff of the County of Anglesey, according to the Order of the Ninth of June, be forthwith sent for as Delinquents, for detaining the Monies of the Commonwealth in their Hands.
Prisoners sent from Scotland.
Ordered, That the Depositions taken at Berwick and in Scotland, concerning the Nine Prisoners sent out of Scotland from Sheriff to Sheriff, and by the Sheriff of Middlesex brought to Newgate, be referred to the Committee for Informations.
Information against Walmesley, &c.
There was an Information delivered in, That William Davies, John Gorges, Stephen Holmeade, and John Harcourte, Yesterday receiving the Subscriptions of the Names of such Volunteers that were desirous to be entertained into Service, under the Command of the Earl of Essex, one William Walmesley Constable, and Mr. Stampe, the Vicar of Stepney, and others, laid violent Hands upon them; and dragged them to a Justice of Peace; and interrupted them; and offered other Violences, and other reproachful Words, upon the Order of both Houses; as may appear by the Information which was this Day given in, and attested by Henry Wallis, and divers other young Men, and Apprentices; who were called in; and, at the Bar, attested it.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Wm. Walmesley, Constable, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Stampe, the Vicar of Stepney, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Cray, the Constable, be forthwith summoned to appear before this House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Stampe, a Justice of Peace, be forthwith summoned to appear before this House.
Ordered, That the Keeper of the New Prison do bring before Mr. Long and Mr. Hooker, Justices of the Peace for the County of Middlesex, or either of them, William Davies, Jo. Gorges, and Stephen Holmeade, who were committed Prisoners to that Prison, Yesterday, .... a Justice of Peace; and that they take Bail of them, according to the usual Course of Law.
Trial of Lord Mayor.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to let you know, that they now proceed in the Trial of the Lord Mayor; and that he has attended all this Morning, if some Members of this House be ready to come up to manage the Evidence against *
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House will presently send up some Members to manage the Evidence.
The Members appointed to manage the Evidence against the Lord Mayor of London, went up accordingly.
King's Answer to Petition.
His Majesty's Answer to the Petition presented from both Houses to his Majesty at Beverly, Julii 16to, by the Earl of Holland, Sir Jo. Holland, and Sir Philip Stapilton, and brought by them to the House on Saturday the 23th, was, according to an Order of Saturday, this Day Secondly read.
The Question being put, whether the House should be resolved into a Committee to take into Consideration his Majesty's Answer to the Petition to his Majesty;
It passed in the Negative.
Answer to the King, &c.
Resolved, That his Majesty shall have an Answer to his Answer to the Petition of both Houses.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Substance of the Answer to his Majesty's Demands, expressed in his Answer to the Petition of both Houses, shall be, That we cannot, with the Discharge of the Trust reposed in us, for the Safety of the King and Kingdom, yield to the Demands made by his Majesty, as they are now propounded.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to prepare an Answer to this Purpose; and it is likewise referred to the same Committee to prepare a Declaration to the People.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Petition of both Houses, presented unto his Majesty at Beverly, by the Earl of Holland, Sir Jo. Holland, and Sir Philip Stapilton, July the Sixteenth 1642; and his Majesty's Answer thereunto, received July the Three and Twentieth; be forthwith ..... do give Order herein; and do take Care for the true and well Printing hereof.
The Lords and Commons, now in Parliament assembled, having received Information of a printed Paper, intituled, A Declaration or Resolution of the County of Hereford; and observing how full it is of Sedition, and how scandalous to the just Proceedings of both Houses of Parliament; but not finding any Person to avow it; have Ordered, That the said Declaration be forthwith sent to Sir Edward Henden Knight, One of the Barons of the Exchequer, and One of his Majesty's Justices of Assize for that County; and that, at the next Assizes there, he cause the said Declaration to be read, in open Court, to the Justices of Peace and Grand Jury; and that he require particularly of them a direct and positive Answer, whether any of them will avow the said Declaration and Resolution: And, if any shall, that then he forthwith certify their Names that so avow the same, to the Lords and Commons in Parliament: And further, that he endeavour to inform himself what publick Proceedings were, at the last General Sessions of the Peace for that County, concerning the said Declaration; and certify the same likewise to the Lords and Commons in Parliament.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth assent to this Declaration: And that it be carried up to the Lords To-morrow Morning, for their Concurrence herein.