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.
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.
I. of Wight.
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 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.
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.
Defence of the Kingdom.
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.
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.