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 Veneris, 29 Julii, 1642.
ORDERED, That the humble Petition of Sir Wm. Hamilton Knight, this Day read, be referred to the Consideration of the Commissioners of the Affairs for Ireland.
Mercer's, &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of Daniel Mercer, and Jeremiah Baynes of St. Olave's in Southwarke, was this Day read; concerning some Proceedings that are like to be had against them at the next Assizes in Southwarke, upon false Subornation of Witnesses, as the Petitioner pretends, out of Envy, as the Petitions suggest, for good Service he did to this House, in pulling down from off the Maypole a Proclamation concerning the Commission of Array; and, by Vote upon the Question, nothing done upon it.
Trial of Ld. Mayor.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords command us to let you know, that now they are ready to proceed against the Lord Mayor, if this House be ready to send up any of their *
Commrs of Array.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved to nominate some of their House to join with a Committee of this House, to examine the Proceedings of the Commissioners nominated in the Commission of Array, and their Adherents: And that such Witnesses as shall be produced upon all Occasions may be examined upon Oath.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Tho. Fairfax, of Donoghmore in the County of Donegall, Esquire, be referred to the Committee for Contributions, for his Relief, notwithstanding any former Order of Restraint.
Lord Lieutenant, &c.
Resolved, That this House doth nominate and approve the Earl of Pembroke to be Lieutenant of the Counties of Brecon, Monmouth, and Glamorgan; and that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein: And that the Lords be desired to direct the Earl of Pembroke to grant forth his Deputations forthwith for all these Counties.
Sir Wm. Lewes is to go up to the Lords with this Message.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same *
The House has considered their Lordships Message; and has given Directions to some of their Members to attend there presently.
Ordered, That, on Tuesday next, at Eight of Clock peremptorily, the Report concerning the Letter Office be made by Mr. Weston: And that Mr. Prideaux be here present then; and make Report of that which belongs unto him to report concerning that Business, at the same Time.
Advance to Meldron.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to take Order for advancing some of Sir Jo. Meldron's Entertainment unto him.
Stay of Wines, &c.
Ordered, That what Wines, or other Provisions, Sir Jo. Hotham hath already stayed, and are not yet delivered upon the Order of the 21th of July, and what he shall hereafter seize, he shall detain the same, until, upon Information to this House, he shall from hence receive farther Order for the Delivery of them.
Offenders at Hull.
Ordered, That such Persons under Sir Jo. Hotham's Command at Hull, as shall offend against any Law, shall be punished according to the Law; but, for such Offenders as offend against the Safety of the Town, and Peace of the Army, as Mutinies, and such like, Sir Jo. Hotham shall commit them to Prison; there to remain, till upon Information to this House, farther Course may be taken.
For the Re-victualling of the Ships at Hull, there is Order already taken; for Re-victualling all the Merchant Ships at Sea in the Service of the Commonwealth, for Two Months long ...
Persons plundered by King's Army.
This House doth Declare, that such Persons as are in the Service of the Parliament, and shall sustain any Loss or Prejudice by the Soldiers of the King's Army, by having their Houses plundered, or their Goods taken away, the Parliament will take Care, that Reparation and Satisfaction shall be made unto them.
By Vote upon the Question assented unto.
Ordered, That Sir Philip Stapleton do write a Letter to Sir Jo. Hotham, and send him, inclosed, the Propositions from the Merchants of the City of Yorke, concerning having Liberty to export the native Commodities of this Kingdom; and that he express the Inclination of this House to comply with the Desires....
Scotch Army Pay.
Ordered, That the Committee of Adventurers do peremptorily To-morrow give Answer whether they will furnish the Month's Pay to the Scotts Army according as they have been required by former Orders.
Raising an Army, &c.
Memorandum, That the Time when this House first voted the Raising of an Army, be printed; together with the Informations concerning Plundering.
Forces for Munster.
Ordered, That the Lord Wharton, Colonel General of the Forces designed for Munster, be desired forthwith to grant out his Commissions to the Officers for the Raising of those Forces: And that Sir Ph. Stapleton do * * * *
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Wheeler has leave to go into the Country for Ten Days.
Bringing in Money, &c.
An Order for Gentlemen to be assisting to the Deputy Lieutenants in the County of Hunt' for the Advancing the Propositions for Bringing in of Money, Plate, and Horse, was this Day read; and, by Vote assented unto; and ordered to be carried up to the Lords.
Resolved, upon * *, That this House doth approve of Mr. Alexander Pym to be Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Somersett; Mr. Humphry Nicolls to be Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Cornewall; Mr. H. Herbert to be Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Monmouth: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Aldermen, and their Deputies, of the several Wards, be required, that a strict and double Watch be kept in their several Wards: And that the Watch be set early; at Nine of Clock at farthest; and that they continue till Five of Clock.
Artillery for Ireland.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the Care of the Masters and Wardens of the Companies of Carpenters and Wheelwrights, to take some Course for speeding the Making of Provisions of Wheelbarrows and Carriages for the Train of Artillery for Ireland.
Proceedings against Mayor of Salisbury, &c.
Sir Jo. Evelyn reports from the Committee appointed to examine the Business of the Mayor of Salisbury's publishing Proclamation against the Ordinance of the Militia, and other Proclamations for the Commission of Array, against Contributions, after he had been made acquainted with an Order of this House to the Contrary; and after he had warned the Justices of the Peace of that Town to come unto him, and had advised with them, and that Two of them had advised him to the contrary: That before he published any Proclamation, he asked the Recorder what was to be done, in Case the King commanded one thing, and the Parliament another. He answered, Follow your Oath.
That one Whately said, the Parliament were all Rebels; that Mr. Dove committed him thereupon; and sent up to Serjeant Hide, being then in London, to acquaint him what was said, and what he had done thereupon; and to have his Advice what was farther to be done; and to move the House in it.
He returned Answer, He could find no fit Time to move the House: That he would take Order when he came down: And accordingly, upon his Return, did give Order to bail him.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Serjeant Hide, a Member of this House, be injoined to give his personal Attendance upon the Service of this House, upon Tuesday next.
The Mayor of Salisbury was called in: And Mr. Speaker acquainted him with the Substance of the Complaint against him, according to the Report of the Committee. He did confess the whole Matter of the Complaint.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Tho. Lawes, Mayor of Sarum, shall be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Gatehouse there to remain during the Pleasure of the House.
The Mayor was called in; and, kneeling at the Bar, Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, pronounced Sentence against him accordingly.
Proceedings against Mayors of St. Albans, &c.
Sir Jo. Evelyn likewise reported that the Mayors of St. Albans and Herts, were guilty of the like Offences, for publishing his Majesty's Proclamation, contrary to the Orders of this House, though they were acquainted with the said Orders, much to the Prejudice of the Service of the Parliament.
Mr. Wm. Newe, Mayor of St. Albanes, was called in: And Mr. Speaker did acquaint him with the Complaint: He did confess that he knew that there was an Ordinance of the Militia; and that he had received an Order not to publish any Proclamation contrary unto it. He confessed he published the Proclamation against the Levies and Contributions, upon the same Day the Country came in to bring in their Money, Horse, and Plate: He said, he knew nothing That to be the Day; but was moved to publish it out of Tenderness to his Oath.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Mayor of St. Albanes shall be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Fleete, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House.
Mr. Andrew Palmer, the Mayor of Herts, was called ..., being complained of for the same Offence as the other Mayors. He did confess, he did cause divers Proclamations to be published, One against the Militia, One concerning the Commission of Array, but both before he received any Order to the contrary: That he proclaimed only One Proclamation since he received any Order of Restraint, declaring his Majesty's Resolution of going in his Royal Person to Hull, and the End and Grounds of it.
Resolved, upon * *, That Mr. Andrew Palmer, Mayor of Herts, be forthwith committed Prisoner to the King's Bench, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House.
The Mayor .. Herts was called in; and, kneeling at the Bar, Mr. Speaker pronounced Sentence against him accordingly.
Oath to be taken by Officers.
An Oath to be taken by the Officers of the Troops now to be raised by Order of Parliament, under the Command of the Earl of Essex, was this Day presented to the House; and ordered to be considered of farther To-morrow Morning.