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 Jovis, 4 Augusti, 1642.
Observation of Fast Days.
1a vice lecta est Billa, AN Act for the due Observation of the Days of publick Fasting.
2da vice lecta est Billa prædicta; and, upon Question, committed unto * Bagshaw, * Cage, * Rigby, * Partheriche, * Erle, * Rudiard, * Mathew, * Corbett, * Cokc, * Moore, * Prideaux, * Vane junior, * Rowse, * Hill, * Whitacre, * White, * Solicitor, * Owfeild, Mr. Holland, * Trenchard, * Crue: And are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Derby Militia, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Cursen, Sir Jo. Coke, and Mr. Hallowes, Members of this House, be injoined speedily to go into the County of Derby, to put the Militia in Execution in that County; and to be aiding, together with the rest of the Deputy Lieutenants and Committee of that County, to preserve the Peace thereof, according to such Instructions and Orders they have or shall receive from this House to that Purpose.
French Commanders at Canterbury.
Sir Philip Stapilton presented, from the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, divers Examinations taken by the Mayor of Canterbury, of divers Frenchmen, Commanders of Horse, that were come to that City.
Ordered, That the French Commanders, and their Servants, stayed at Canterbury, be forthwith sent for up in safe Custody; and that the Examination of them be referred to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom: And that Sir Edw. Master and Captain Nutt return Thanks to the Mayor of Canterbury for his Service herein: And that the Mayor be entreated and required to bring them up in safe Custody; and that this House will take Order for the Charge: And that the Sheriff, Justices of Peace, Constables, and other his Majesty's loving Subjects, be required to be assisting unto the Mayor, and those employed by him, upon all Occasions.
Securing E. of Portland.
Resolved, That the Lords be moved, That the Person of the Earl of Portland be presently secured.
Mr. Pym is appointed to go up to the Lords with this Message, and to deliver the Reasons of this Desire, in regard of the Condition of Portsmouth.
I. of Wight.
He is likewise to desire the Earl of Pembroke to take Care of the Isle of Wight, who is appointed Commander of it, by the Ordinance for the Militia.
Treaty with Scotland.
Sir Wm. Armyn presented, from the Scotts Commissioners, a Paper expressing that the Council of Scotland commanded them to return against the Two-and-twentieth of August; and therefore they desired the Close of the Treaty might be expedited.
Ordered, That this Paper received from the Scotts Commissioners be carried up to the Lords by Sir Wm. Armyn; and that he move the Lords to give some Dispatch to the Scotts Treaty.
Ordered, That the same Committee that was appointed to prepare the Commission for the better Observing the Articles of Peace between this Nation and the Scotts, do prepare a Commission likewise concerning Commerce and Trade.
The Master and Wardens of the Company of Cloth-workers were called in, to know the Reasons why their Proportion of the Hundred thousand Pounds was not yet paid into the Chamber of London: He said, He had been but Ten or Twelve Days Master: That it was his only Business and Care; and that some of it was carried in; and that daily they did endeavour the Bringing in of it. He did likewise desire, on the Behalf of the Cloth-workers, that their Petition, depending in this House, may, in convenient Time, be taken into Consideration.
Captain Royden the Master, and the Wardens, were again called in: And Mr. Speaker told them, "The House did not doubt of their Forwardness in Bringing in of the Monies of their Arrears; and return you Thanks: And will take your Petition into Consideration in convenient Time, for the best Advantage of Trade."
Information against Serj. Hide.
Mr. Serjeant Hide was this Day, according to the Order of Yesterday, acquainted with the Informations against him: And he made his particular Answers unto them.
Searching for Arms, &c.
Whereas Information is given to this House, that divers Quantities of Arms, Ammunition, and Monies, are packed up to go to Yorke, or some other Place of the Kingdom, to be employed to the Disturbance of the Peace of the Kingdom; and that the Parties in whose House the same are, have refused to let the Constable search for the same: It is therefore Ordered, That the Serjeant's Man, and all Constables, and other Officers, shall be hereby required to search the said House, and to break open the Doors, if they refuse to let them search.-
Proceedings against Serj. Hide.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Serjeant Hyde is guilty of a Crime.
Resolved, &c. That Serjeant Hide shall be disabled to serve any longer in this Parliament as a Member of this House.
Resolved, &c. That Serjeant Hide shall be sent to the Tower, and there remain during the Pleasure of the House.
Defence of the Kingdom.
Mr. Vassall, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Cage, Mr. Arth. Goodwyn, Sir Arth. Haselrig, Sir Hen. Vane junior, Mr. Venn, Mr. Corbett;
This Committee is to take Information of such Things as shall be offered unto them, concerning the Defence of the Kingdom; and to propound them to the House; and to sit when and where they will.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to prepare for an Adjournment, the House conceiving it necessary, in some short Time, to adjourn: And they are to consider what is fit to be done before the Adjournment, and what Power and Instructions it will be necessary the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom to have, during the Adjournment: And likewise to consider what other Committees will be fit to stand, and what Power to have; and to prepare a Declaration concerning the Levying of Forces upon Pretence of levying them for Defence of the King's Person, the Parliament, &c.
Ly. Rumney's Gift to the State.
The House being informed, That the Lady Rumney hath freely given Two thousand Pounds for the Defence of the King and Parliament; It is Ordered, That Mr. Spurstowe and Mr. Strode do return the Thanks of this House unto her: And the Lords are to be acquainted herewith at the next Message; and to be desired likewise to return her Thanks.
Mr. Strode is to go up with this Message.
Ordered, That on Saturday Morning next, at Ten of Clock peremptorily, the Report concerning the Letter Office shall be made by Mr. Weston and Mr. Prideaux.
Ordered, That the Impeachment concerning Mr. Lynard be read To-morrow.
Ordered, That Sir Arth. Haselrig do make the Report of the Business of Lestershire To-morrow Morning.
The humble Petition of John Jacob, Edward Kemp, and Wm. Legent, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, They be bailed upon such Bail as the House shall approve of, upon Condition to appear de die in diem: And that the Committee bring in the Report of That Business with all convenient Speed.
Letter to Justices of Ireland.
Mr. Martin reports the Letter to be sent to the Justices of Ireland, concerning the Distribution of the Three-and-twenty thousand Pounds.
Recompence to Ly. Gore.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of the Lady Anne Gore be referred to the Committee for Adventurers, to consider of some way for her Reward and Recompence.
And it is further Ordered, That she have Fifty Pounds out of the Contribution Monies of Coventrie, that is to be paid in by Mr. Jesson.
Leave to go to York.
Mr. Artelone to have Leave to go to York with Two Horses.
Report to be made.
Ordered, That Sir Gilbert Gerrard is to make Report of the Business concerning Dover, on Saturday Morning next.
The humble Petition of Timothy Hutton Curate to Dr. William Fuller, Vicar of St. Gyles, Criplegate, was this Day read: And . . . Ordered to be discharged.
The humble Petition of the Committee chosen in London for the Adventurers for Ireland, was this Day read; and, by Order of the House of Commons, referred to the Committee for Adventurers.