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 Sabbati, 6 Augusti, 1642.
Instructions to County Committees.
MR. Crew reports the Additions to the Instructions to be given to the Gentlemen that are to go into the several Counties: The which were all read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be added to the Instructions: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein, with these Additions.
Ordered, That these Instructions be re-committed to the same Committee, as to the Addition of the Lord Lieutenant of the respective Counties, in the Title of the Instructions: And they are to withdraw presently.
Leave of Absence.
Sir Wm. Allanson has Leave to go into the Country.
Receiver of Subsidies.
Ordered, That these Words, notwithstanding any former Order made to Mr. Wheeler, a Member of this House, for receiving such Monies as remain in the Hands of the Treasurers of the Three Subsidies granted 21° Jac.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde acquaints the House, That the Lords had agreed to the Order concerning Worcestershire.
Payment to Wheeler.
Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler shall have the Thousand Pounds he lent unto the Service of the Commonwealth, paid unto him, or his Assigns, out of the Monies that come in upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, next after that the Forty thousand Pounds shall be raised and levied, and come in, in ready Cash, for the Merchant Adventurers.
Re-payment of Loans.
The Commons now in Parliament assembled, do Order, That the Treasurers appointed by an Act for the Raising and Levying of Monies for the necessary Defence and great Affairs of the Kingdoms of England and Ireland, and for the Payment of Debts undertaken by the Parliament, shall make Stay of all Monies now remaining in their Charge, or which shall hereafter come in upon the said Act (except Two hundred Pounds to Alderman Andrewes assigned) until Forty thousand Pounds more than the Merchant Adventurers have already received of the Seventy thousand Pounds by them lent, be come in: And that the said Treasurers certify the House of Commons so soon as they have the said Sum of Forty thousand Pounds, in ready Cash, that they may receive Direction for the Disposing thereof, by further Order from this House.
Governor of I. of Wight.
Mr. Whitlock, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Rigby, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Selden, are appointed presently to withdraw to prepare an Ordinance for the Making of the Earl of Pembroke Captain and Governor of the Isle of Wight, and of the Castles and Forts there.
Arms for Dorsetshire.
Ordered, That Sir Walth..Erle shall have Liberty to send into Dorsetshire, Five Hampers with Saddles and Pistols, and Three Chests, and a small Bundle of Carabines and Firelocks, besides One lesser Hamper, with Horsemens Arms, for the Service of the Commonwealth; and Two small murthering Pieces, for the Defence of his House.
The humble Petition of the Gentry, Ministers, and Freeholders of the Barony of Kendall, in the County of Westmorland, was this Day read:
And Mr. Baine, who had Authority from that Country to deliver it, was called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, told him, "That they had read this Petition; and find it full of Duty to his Majesty, and Respect to the Commonwealth, and especially at this Time: And therefore he is commanded to return the County hearty Thanks: And that this House will have a special Care of them."
Ordered, To be printed.
Commission of Array.
A Letter from the Committee of Salop of the Third of August, directed to Mr. Speaker from the Town of Shrewsbury, concerning the Proceedings of the Commissioners of Array there; and likewise concerning their Proceedings in Opposition to the Commission of Array.
Ordered, That these Letters be immediately sent to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom.
Members to be summoned.
Ordered, That Sir Rich. Leveson, Mr. F. Newport, Sir Rich. Lee, Sir Robert Howard, Members of this House, be forthwith summoned to attend the Service of the House.
Proceedings against Ld. Mayor.
A Message from the Lords by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath;
That, in Respect of the great Businesses of the Kingdom, the Lords have deferred the Proceedings against the Lord Mayor, until Tuesday Morning next, at Ten of Clock.
Mr. Pym presented, from the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, the Instructions for the Committee of Hantshire: Which were read; and, by Vote, assented unto; and ordered forthwith to be sent up to the Lords for their Defence.
Ordered, Mr. Cage shall have Leave to go into the Country.
3a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the better Payment of several Sums of Money therein specified by and out of the Estate of Sir Tho. Dawes Knight, and Jo. Dawes, Two of the Sons of Sir Abraham Dawes Knight, deceased.
Proviso concerning Sir Antho. Irby, an advancing Creditor of Sir Tho. Dawes, was twice read; and, upon the Question assented unto; and ordered to be annexed to the Bill.
Persons sent for.
Mr. Nicholls reports from the Committee of the Defence of the Kingdom, that they are of Opinion that divers Gentlemen in the County of Salopp be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Paul Harris, Jo. Weld Esquire, High Sheriff of the County of Salop, Rich. Gibbons Mayor of Shrowesbury, Edw. Cressett, and Fra. Otley, be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Lords be moved to join with this House in sending for these Delinquents.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Peter Studley, a Minister in the County of Salop, shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent.
Licence to Ld. Loftus.
Ordered, That the Lord Loftus, late Lord Chancellor of Ireland, shall have Licence to transport to Dublyn in Ireland, Twenty great and small Trunks, with Apparel and Houshold Stuff therein, without Search.
Apprehending suspected Persons.
Ordered, That all Constables and other Officers in Southwarke, and other Places in and about the Suburbs of the City of London, be forthwith required to keep diligent Watch, and make diligent Search in their several Limits for dangerous and suspected Persons, who lodge privately (as this House is informed) to be in Readiness to occasion Tumults; and that they apprehend all such suspected Persons, unless they can give a good Account of their being there; And Captain William Chapman, Ric. Wright, Cornelius Coke, Ric. Beacon, Joseph Colyer, John Humphrey, Wm. Crofts, Tho. Underhill, Samuel Lynn, Jo. Berry, Tho. Turner, Peter Delannoy, Joseph Knapp, Jo. Story, Bartho. Bixon, Ric. Harsford, Tho. Hudson, Lieutenant Wm. Langham, Geo. Snelling, Jeremias Banes, Rich. Walker, Wm. Heecocks, Dan. Mercer, Jo. Gother, Rob. Terry, Daniel Sowton, Sam. Popler, Wm. Drewry, Barnabas Young, and Robert Frith, and every of them, are hereby required and authorized, upon all Occasions, to call upon the Constables of the said Borough, and require them to be aiding and assisting in the Searching for and Apprehending of such Persons.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for the Militia shall be forthwith put in Execution in the County of Surrey.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Nicholl carried up to the Lords the Instructions for Hamshire; and the Order for Two hundred Pounds to the Lord Loftus, late Lord Chancellor of Ireland; and to desire the Lords to summon the Bail of Sir G. Strode and Mr. Spencer, to bring in their Persons: And carried up the Votes of this House, to send for the Sheriff of Salop, and the Mayor of Shrowsbury, and others Commissioners of Array, as Delinquents.
The Question being put, Whether the Question should be put now, for the Passing of Sir Tho. Dawes' Bill;
It was Resolved, upon the Question, in the Negative.
Ordered, That the Question be put on Monday Morning, concerning the Passing of Sir Tho. Dawes his Bill.
Ordered, That the former Order concerning the Postmasters be peremptorily taken into Consideration on Tuesday next.
Message from Lords.
Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath;
That the Lords do desire a present Conference in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Scotts Treaty; and desire your Concurrence in this Order, concerning Bedfordshire and Sir Lewis Dives.
Luke's, &c. Indemnity.
The Order for the Indemnity of Sir Samuel Luke, and others, in the County of Bedford, for their Endeavour to apprehend Sir Lewis Dives, was read; and, upon the Question, was assented to.-
Judgment on Ld. Digby.
Sir Jo. Evelyn went up to the Lords with this Message; To desire their Lordships to appoint a Time to give Judgment on the Lord Digby.-
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House will give a present Meeting, as is desired: And do consent to the Order for Bedfordshire.
Sir Hen. Vane, Sir Hen. Mildmay, are appointed Managers.
Loan from Merchant Strangers.
Ordered, That the Citizens that serve for the City of London do hasten the Merchant Strangers in advancing the Forty thousand Pounds they have promised to lend.
Arrears of Poll-money, &c.
The Instructions for those Persons that are employed in the several Counties, to get in the Arrears of the Poll Money, &c. was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be printed.
The Order to pass both Houses to hasten the Bringing in the Contribution Money, and to make a Certificate what Sums have been given in the several Parishes, and by whom, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Nicholls brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Instructions for Hampshire Delinquents: and Two hundred Pounds to Lord Loftus.
Kirby Lonsdale Lecturers.
The humble Petition of James Moore Minister, Jeremias Banes, and divers others, on the Behalf, and at the Request, of many of the Parishioners of Kirby Lonsdale in the County of Westermerland, was read: Whereupon
It was Ordered, That this House doth approve of and recommend Henry Masy and William Ellison, Two orthodox Divines, to be Lecturers, to preach in the Parish Church of Kirby Lonsdale every Market Day in the Year, according to the Desire of the Petitioners: And Mr. Bucanan, a Scottish Minister, Vicar of the said Place, and others whom it doth concern, are hereby required to permit them the said Mr. Masy, and Mr. Ellison, to pr eah there the said Lecture Days without Interruption.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Inhabitants of Brancheley be read To-morrow Morning; and the Petitioners called in.
Person sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That * Crey, the Constable of Stepney, shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent.
Prisoners in King's Benche.
Upon the humble Petition of Sir Jo. Lenthall Knight, Marshal of his Majesty's Prison of King's Benche; complaining of the Unruliness of divers of the Prisoners in his Custody, of attempting to break the Prison, and of the Backwardness of Constables, Trained Bands, and others, to assist him to preserve his Prisoners; and withal desiring, that the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Benche may, by his Warrant, remove some of the most disorderly of them to Newgate: It is this Day Ordered, by the Commons House of Parliament, That the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Benche do give Directions for the Removing of such of the disorderly Prisoners as Sir Jo. Lenthall shall present in a List, to be carried to Newgate, to be there safely kept: And the Trained Bands of Southwarke, Constables, and other Officers, are hereby required to be aiding and assisting, from time to time, to Sir Jo. Lenthall, Marshal of the King's Benche, for the safe-keeping of his Prisoners, if they be mutinous, or endeavour to break the Prison, and escape.
Treaty with Scotland.
Sir Hen. Mildmay reports the Amendments and Additions to the Articles of the Scotts Treaty: Which were delivered at the last Conference, and read; and assented to by this House; and are as followeth;
To the Amendments in the Third Article and Tenth Article, the Lords do agree; and that the Words, "and Parliament of England," in the Sixth Article, shall stand: In the Twelfth Article, the Words "and Parliament of England' to stand; and the Words "his Majesty" shall stand, with this Addition, "and both Houses of Parliament." The Words "his Majesty" shall stand, with these Words, "and them," added: And the Amendments in the Twelfth Article are agreed to, so that the Thirteenth Article pass: And these Words added in the Twelfth Article, "and both Houses of Parliament," pass likewise.
It is provided and agreed, That at any Time after the Three Months, now agreed upon for the Entertainment of the Scotts Army, shall be expired, and that the Two Houses of Parliament, or such Persons as shall be authorized by them, shall give Notice to the Council of Scotland, or the Lord Chancellor there, that, after One Month from such Notice given, the said Two Houses of Parliament will not pay the said Scottish Army, now in Ireland, any longer; then the said Two Houses of Parliament shall not be obliged to pay the said Army any longer than during the said Month; any thing in this Treaty contained to the contrary notwithstanding."
Governor of L of Wight.
Message to Lords.
The Order for constituting the Earl of Pembroke Captain and Governor of the Isle of Wight, was this Day read; and by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be carried unto the Lords, by Sir Jo. Evelyn: together with the Instructions for the Committee of Wiltshire; and the Order for advancing the Propositions for the Bringing in of Horse, Money, and Plate; and the Order for Bringing in of the Arrears upon the Act of Loan and Contributions.
Governor of L of Wight.
WHEREAS the Safe-guarding of the Isle of Wight, in these Times of imminent Danger, doth very much conduce to the Peace and Safety of the whole Kingdom: And whereas, in order to This, both Houses have here to fore thought fit, by Ordinance, to put the Militia of the said Isle under the Command of Philip Earl of Pembroke and Mountgomery: And whereas Jerome Earl of Portland, Captain and Governor of the said Isle, is, upon just Grounds of Suspicion, committed to the Custody of One of the Sheriffs of London: Therefore, for the further Securing of the said Isle, as well from foreign Forces as from home-bred Designs, it is this Day Ordered, Established, and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the said Philip Earl of Pembroke and Mountgomery shall be, and is hereby, authorized and appointed to take the present Care and Trust of the said Isle upon him, as Captain and Governor thereof, and of the Forts and Castles there; and is hereby injoined to perform the same, and duly to do and perform all Acts and Things for the Securing of the same; and shall observe and execute such further Directions for the Securing of the said Isle, as shall, from time to time, be given him by both Houses of Parliament, or from the Earl of Essex, ordained by both Houses to be the Lord General of the Forces raised, and to be raised, for the Safety of the King, Kingdom, and the Parliament, for the Securing of the said Isle: And all such Persons as have any Place, Office or Trust, within the said Isle, or any the Forts or Castles there, and all other his Majesty's loving Subjects, are hereby required to yield Obedience, and to be assisting, to the said Earl of Pembroke accordingly.
Relief of Irish Protestants.
WHEREAS, by Force of an Act made this present Parliament, divers Sums of Money, as well Gifts as Loans, have, for and towards the Relief of the distressed Protestants in Ireland, being received and collected by divers Churchwardens, Overseers of the Poor, High Constables, Sheriffs, and Commissioners in that Act named; who by that Act ought to have paid the same over out of their Hands, and to have delivered Notes in Writing, of the Names of the Givers and Lenders thereof, before the First Day of July now last past, in such Manner as in that Act is expressed, that thereby all the same Monies might, before the said First Day of July, have come into the Hands of the Treasurers in that Act named; which nevertheless is not yet done in divers Places: It is therefore now Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliamentassembled, That all such of the said Commissioners, Sheriffs, High Constables, Churchwardens, and Overseers of the Poor, as now have any of the said Monies in their Hands, shall forthwith, with all convenient Speed, pay over the same, and deliver Notes in Writing of the Names of the Givers or Lenders thereof, immediately unto the said Treasurers, or some or One of them: Who are hereby injoined to give several Acquittances to them who shall pay those Monies: And those Acquittances shall be unto them sufficient Discharges in that Behalf. * * * *