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, 8 Augusti, 1642.
Affairs in Somersettshire.
MR. Pine gives an Account of some Passages that passed in Sommersettshire on Thursday, concerning some Endeavours to put the Commission of Array in Execution in that County, very much endeavoured by Sir Jo. Stowell, Sir Jo. Pawlett, and Mr. Jo. Digby; and their Endeavour to disturb and oppose the Putting in Execution the Ordinance for the Militia.
Members disabled to sit.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Speaker shall issue forth his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for a new Writ for Electing of Two Knights to serve in this Parliament, for the County of Sommersett, in the Place and Stead of Sir Jo. Pawlett and Sir Jo. Stoell, formerly chosen to serve as Knights for the said County of Sommersett, and since disabled by the Judgment of this House.
Affairs in Monmouth.
A Letter from Mr. Wm. Herbert, Father to Mr. H. Herbert his Son, a Member of this House, of the County of Monmouth, of 31° of July, expressing, that the Order of both Houses to be published by the Judge of Assizes, declaring the Illegality of the Commission of Array, was delivered unto Baron Henden their Judge; and he refused to do it: That many Justices of Peace are put out of the Commission of Peace; and others, that are mere Creatures of the Earl of Worcester, and his Allies, put in; and that neither the Earl of Worcester, nor his Son, are yet disarmed.
Ordered, That Mr. H. Herbert be injoined to go down into the County of Monmouth, to see the Ordinance of Militia put in Execution in that County: And that he shall be armed with such Instructions as are prepared for other Counties; and put in such Names as he shall think fit.
That a Conference shall be desired with the Lords; and that this Letter from the County of Monmouth be read at this Conference; and to desire that the Deputy Lieutenants of that County may have Power, by an Order from both Houses, to disarm the Earl of Worcester, and his Son, and all other Papists, or suspected Persons, whose Wives and Children are Papists; and to desire, that all Deputy Lieutenants of other Counties may have Power to disarm all Papists, and other ill-affected Persons, in all Counties.
A Letter from a Gentleman of the County of Nottingham, was this Day read: And Mr. Millington ordered to return Thanks to the Town of Nottingham, and to James Chadwick Esquire, and to the Gentlemen of the Country then present; and to assure them, that both Houses will do all Things that shall be conducing to their Indemnity.
Supplies for Ireland.
That Mr. Skinner be required forthwith to go to Chester; and to take Order for the speedy sending over of the Arms, Cloaths, and Shoes, and other Provisions at Chester, and the Three-and-twenty thousand Pounds there; and that he go over with the said Monies, and see them disposed according to the Order of this House: And that Mr. Reynolds do write a Letter to the Lord Lieutenant; to acquaint him, That, in regard of the Obstructions of Sending over of Money and Arms, and other Provisions, into Ireland, this House hath taken Care to send Mr. Skinner over, for the more careful and speedy Sending over of the same.
Allowance to Skinner.
Ordered, That Mr. Skinner shall have One hundred Pounds allowed him for his Pains and Service, in going over into Ireland, to see the Monies, Arms, Cloaths, Ammunition, and other Provisions for Ireland, conveyed speedily and carefully thither: And that the said One hundred Pounds be deducted out of the Wages due to those Officers, by whose Neglect and Default this Charge is brought upon the Commonwealth.
Leave of Absence.
Disbursement in Nottingham.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That whosoever of the County of Northampton shall disburse any Money for the Payment of Soldiers, or for the Providing of Arms, or Ammunition, for the Defence of the King and Parliament to be disposed of according to the Directions, and upon Warrant, of the Lieutenant of the said County, or any Two of the Deputy Lieutenants of the said County, shall do an acceptable Service; and shall be repaid out of the Monies that shall come in from that County, upon the Propositions for Bringing in of Money, Horse, and Plate: And the aforesaid Warrants shall be a sufficient Discharge for those who shall be appointed to receive Money upon the said Propositions: And if that shall not be sufficient, so much as shall be wanting shall be assured upon the publick Faith of both Houses, to be repaid.
Payment to Dreydon, &c.
WHEREAS, by an Order of the Commons House of Parliament, dated 28th Day of April last past, the Sum of One thousand Pounds was ordered to be paid out of the Monies that shall come in upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, in the County of Northampton, to Sir John Dreydon Baronet, Sir Christopher Yelverton, Knight and Baronet, Sir Gilbert Pickering Baronet, and John Crew Esquire, for so much Money advanced by them for the Service of the Kingdom of Ireland: It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the Collectors of the Subsidy upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, in the County of Northampton, or any of them, shall pay out of such Monies as they have or shall so collect, the said Sum of One thousand Pounds to the said Parties above mentioned: And an Acquittance under their Hands, for the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Collectors, or any of them: And the Treasurers appointed by the said Act to receive the said Subsidies, shall accept of the said Acquittances, as if so much Monies had been paid in by the said Collectors, or any of them.
SIR Hen. Mildmy reports from the Committee for Emanuel College, That these Amendments may be added to the former Order concerning the superannuated Fellows; viz. That the Word "Suspension," and "Mr. Holbeche, Mr. Harris, and Mr. Hall," be inserted; and that this Order do extend to superannuated Persons for the Time to come: All which, upon the Question, were assented unto.
Persons sent for, &c.
Sir Jo. Northcott.
E. of Bath.
Navy Treasurer, &c.
Sir Jo. Evelyn reports, The Lords do agree to the Ordinance to make Sir Hen. Vane Treasurer of the Monies to the Navy: And for the other Order for the Regulating the Officers in the Custom-house, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Lieut. of Hereforde.
Ordered, That the Sums of Money lent by the Mariners upon the River of Thames, for the Affairs of Ireland, shall be paid to the Treasurers in the City of London appointed to receive the Monies that come in upon the Act of Contribution for Ireland: Who are required to receive the same, and to give an Acquittance for the Receipt of such Sums of Money as the said Mariners shall lend and bring in: And this House doth engage themselves to pass an Ordinance of both Houses for the Security for Repayment thereof.
English at St. Sebastians.
Extract of a Letter from St. Sebastians, in Spaine, read; shewing how cruelly our English Merchants are used by the Governor there, for attempting to take an Irish Vessel, going with Arms and Ammunition to the Rebels in Ireland.
Ordered, That the Lords be acquainted herewith, at the next Conference; and that they join with this House, to acquaint the Spanish Ambassador here; and to demand Reparations: And that a Letter be written to the English Ambassador in Spaine, to see these Men repaired, and their Goods delivered.
Pass for Lord Moone's Son.
Symonds' &c. Petition.
Ordered, That the Petition of Edw. Symonds, Pastor of Rayne, Com' Essex; and of Rob. Barrell, Curate of Maidston; be referred to the Committee of scandalous Ministers: And they are to sit on Wednesday next, at Two..Clock, post meridiem.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, &c. That Charles Mountford, Wm. Jennings, Edward Rust, Basil Wood, shall be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, for divers scandalous and contemptuous Words, spoken by them against the Parliament.
Advance from Customs.
Ordered, That the Collectors for the Customs be desired to advance Four hundred and Fifty-four Pounds Fourteen Shillings and Eight. Pence, to the Masters of the Ships that came from Hull, and brought the Ammunition from thence hither; there being so much yet due for their Pay and Demurrage.
Sir Rob. Harley reports, the Lords do agree concerning the Acquainting the Spanish Ambassador with the Business of St. Sebastians in Spaine: And Sir Ro. Harley and Sir T. Cheeke are to acquaint him therewith.
Bonds for Customs.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for the Customs do detain in their Hands those Bonds they have for Custom yet due and unpaid, and not delivered over to Sir W. Russell; and likewise the One thousand Pounds, and such other Monies as are yet in their Hands for Customs. And further ordered, That Sir Wm. Russell be required to return those Bonds for Customs, that remain in his Hands; or to pay the Monies due thereupon, to such Persons as the Committee for the Navy shall appoint: And this House doth engage itself to save them harmless.
Then Sir Jo. Evelyn told the House, That the Lords Opinion of it was, that this was One of the highest and most insolent Petitions that ever came to Parliament; and are resolved to have Justice done upon those Persons that did thus challenge and defy the Parliament; and did make no Doubt, but that a Party would be there found to make that Country too hot for them; and desired it might be referred to a Committee of both Houses, to consider what is fit to be done thereupon.
Mr. Pym reports from the Committee of the Defence of the Kingdom, and Ordinance, to pass both Houses, for the Lord Lieutenants to raise Forces in Counties, to oppose those traiterous Persons that raise Forces against the Parliament; and with them to fight: Which was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And
Artillery Officers, &c. for Ireland.
Upon Complaint this Day made by Mr. Wm. Gilbert, that divers Officers and Attendants of the Train of Artillery belonging to Ireland, and now in Town, have received One Month's Pay, ending about the 25th of July, to set them forward, and conduct them to Dublyn, where their several Charges are; but the said Officers, notwithstanding they have received both Order and Pay to be gone, remain still in Town: It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Mr. Wm. Gilbert shall pay unto the Persons undernamed One Month's Advance, ending the 20th of August: And that, immediately upon the Receipt thereof, they taking Certificates under his Hand whereby they may pass, shall make their present Repair by Land to Chester, and so to Dublin; and such as shall be by him designed, shall go by Sea, to attend the Stores and Ammunitions thither: And whosoever shall be found to neglect his present Repair thither, shall suffer such exemplary Punishment for the same, as to this House shall seem meet.-
John Mansell, Charles Bredeman, Nathanael Bennett, Joachim Hane, John Lyons, Jo. Medcalff, Frederick Searinge, Henry Gould, George Browne, Ralph Hardwick, Simon Waddington, John Husband, Richard Pickford, Wm. Bristock, Paul Stoner, Michael Baxton, Adam Tresser, Symond Engelland, John Brock, Henry Joanes, James Smyth, Paul Glanvile, John Robson, Richard Pope, Wm. Killick.-
Deserter sent for.
And it is further Ordered, That, whereas Wm. Kelleway, Gunsmith, hath received Two Months Pay, in the said Train of Artillery for Ireland, is now run away from West Chester, and hath deserted the said Service; that the said Wm. Kelloway be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by a Messenger of this House.
Payment to Allen.
Ordered, That the Treasurers for the Irish Contribution, appointed also to receive the Monies lent by the Trinity-house Men, for the Affairs of Ireland, do pay Six hundred and Twenty Pounds of those Monies to Mr. Allen, a Goldsmith, that prepared the Jewel for the Earl of Ormond, by Order of this House, so soon as the Monies come to their Hands.
Ordered, That Capt. Trencherd do repair to the Committee of London, to give an Account of the Monies received by him for the Service of Ireland; and deliver such Things as he hath bought with that Money: And the Committee has Power to send for him to give his Account.
Commission of Array in Cornewall.
That the Lords have received Intelligence, that there are Five or Six Gentlemen, whereof Three are Members of this House, have joined together, in putting the Commission of Array in Execution in Cornewall; and therefore desire you to join with them in sending for them: The Names of them are, Sir Nicolas Slaning, Sir Bevile Greenevile, and Mr. Jo. Arundell.