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, 12 Augusti, 1642.
MR. White, Mr. Sandys, Mr. Hill, Mr. Peard, SirRich. Onslow, Sir Robert Coke, Mr. Ro. Goodwyn, Mr. Ashurs, Mr. Nicholas;
This Committee is to consider of the Adjournment of the Assizes from Kingston to Darking: And are presently to withdraw.
Warrant to Countess of Oxon.
Ordered, That the Countess of Oxon shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant, for Herself, One of her Children, and Six Servants, to go beyond Sea into Holland.
Licence to Cartwrighte.
Ordered, That Mr. Cartwrighte of Ainowe shall have Licence to send Twenty Musquets, Four Carabines, Two Pair of Pistols, Three great Saddles, to his House at Ainoe.
Licence to go to Ireland.
Ordered, That John Tooke and Samuel Impy shall have Licence to go into Ireland.
Affairs in Sommersetshire.
A Letter from Mr. Ashe, and the Committees of Sommersetshire, concerning the Proceedings between them and the Commissioners of Array, on Friday and Saturday the Fifth and Sixth of August * * * *.
Members disabled to sit.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Jo. Coventry shall be disabled to sit any longer a Member of this House, during this Parliament.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Edw. Rodney shall be disabled to sit any longer a Member of this House, during this Parliament: And that Mr. Speaker shall issue his Warrant for new Writs for electing other Burgesses to serve instead of these thus disabled.
Members to be summoned.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Jermyn and Mr. H. Coke be summoned forthwith to attend the Service of this House.
A Message from the Lords by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath;
E. of Bedford, &c.
The Lords have appointed the Earl of Bedford to go To-morrow Morning into Sommersettshire; and the Earl of Pembroke into Wiltes.
Judgment against Lord Mayor.
That they are ready to give Judgment against the Lord Mayor, if this House would send up any to demand Judgment against him.
They have likewise sent down a Letter which they have received * * * *
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
Judgment against Lord Mayor.
The House hath resolved to send up their Speaker to demand Judgment against the Lord Mayor.
Meeting in the City.
Ordered, That every Alderman in every Ward, or in his Absence his Deputy, shall summon every Subsidy-man dwelling in his said Ward to appear on Monday next, at their usual Place of Meeting, by Eight of Clock in the Morning; where some Members of the House of Commons will be present, to acquaint them with the present State and Condition of the Kingdom, and the City; and to consider farther what is fit to be done for the Safety of both: And to that end you are to require all Inhabitants, setting all Excuses aside, not to fail of giving their personal Presence at the Time and Place appointed by you. And every Alderman, or Deputy, is likewise hereby required, upon the Day and Time above specified, to make Return of the Subscriptions of all Strangers in each particular Ward.
Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Payment to the Scotts.
Whereas, by a former Order, Twenty-five thousand Pounds was appointed to be paid unto the Scotts, whereof Twelve hundred Pounds remains unpaid; It is this Day Ordered, That the said Twelve hundred Pounds be forthwith paid unto the Scotts; as likewise Two thousand Pounds for incident Charges: out of the Monies for Ireland, or elsewhere where it may be had.
Ly. Benion's Petition.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Dame Alice Benion, Wife of Sir Geo. Benion, be referred to the Committee for the Business concerning her Monies stayed.
Marehioness of Hartford's Goods.
Ordered, That the Goods and Trunks and other Things belonging to the Marchioness of Harts, stayed by Order of this House, and brought to Guildhall, be forthwith delivered unto her, or such as she shall appoint.
Upon Mr. White's Report from the Committee appointed to consider of the Adjournment of the Assizes from Kingston in the County of Surrey to Darking in the said County;
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Anth. Vincent Knight and Baronet, Sir Ambrose Browne Baronet, Sir F. Stydolfe Knight, Wm. Muschamp, Edw. Sanders, Esquires, Justices of Peace for the said County, or any Two of them, in the Presence, and with the Assistance, of the Clerk of the Assizes, do take Bail; de novo, of all Persons that are to appear at the Assizes upon Bail; and, de novo, to bind over all Persons and Witnesses that are bound by Recognizance to appear at the next Assizes to be held for the said County; and to do then as by their Recognizances they were to have done at this Assizes: This to be done at Darkinge the Sixteenth of this August; to which Day the Assizes were adjourned.
This to be carried up to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ly. Benyon's Petition.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Lady Benyon shall be referred to the Committee appointed to examine the Business concerning the Staying of Sir Geo. Benyon's Money.
Information concerning Dover.
Ordered, That the Information given from the Earl of Warwicke concerning Dover, shall be referred to the Committee for Informations.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Tho. Cooper Mayor of Chester, Robert Brerewood, Serjeant at Law, Recorder of the City of Chester, Tho. Throppe Alderman, shall be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents.
The humble Petition of the Company of Volunteers of the City of Canterbury was read: Whereupon
It was Ordered, That the like Order shall be made for Canterbury as was for Shrowesbury; and that Thomas Beeke Gentleman shall be their Captain.
Disbursements for Ireland.
Ordered, that the Propositions for Taking of the present Disbursement of certain considerable Sums for Ireland, &c. shall be read To-morrow Morning.
Persons to be summoned.
Resolved, &c. That the Mayor of Abbington, and * Richardson, of that Town, shall be summoned forthwith to attend this House.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning, a Conference shall be desired with the Lords, concerning the Hamborough Business.
Payment for Printing.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do consider the Paying the Stationer for printing the Books of Accounts according to the Order of this House.
Declaration and Covenant.
Sir Hen. Vane, Sir Hen. Mildmy, Mr. Martyn, Mr. Strode, Mr. Rous, Sir Rob. Cooke, are added to the Committee for the Declaration and Covenant: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two .. Clock, in the Star-chamber.
Ill-affected in Huntingdon.
Upon Mr. Walton's Information of the Carriage of divers ill-affected Persons in the County of Huntingdon, and of their Endeavour to hinder any Help to attend the Execution of the Order of the House in stopping the Going of the Plate from the University of Cambridge, to be employed against the Parliament; It was Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Rob. Osborne, Tho. Phillips, and Thomas Ringsteed, shall be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents.
Person to be summoned.
Resolved, &c. That Daniel Heaton shall be summoned forthwith to attend this House.
Information against Clarke.
Whereas Information was this Day given to the House, That Mr. Clarke Vicar of Andevor doth obstinately refuse to obey the Order of this House, in Admitting of Mr. Symons to preach there as Lecturer; and gives out, he, his Wife, and Children, will be all put to Death, before they condescend to the said Order: It is therefore Ordered, That the said Mr. Clarke be summoned and required forthwith to attend this House, to answer his Contempt.
Ordered, That Mr. Symons and * * shall be summoned to attend this House, to give such Information against the said Mr. Clarke as they can testify, concerning his Disobedience to the said Order of this House.
Affairs in Somersetshire.
Ordered, That the Passages this Day read, concerning Somersetshire, shall be printed, except the Declaration.
Instructions to County Committees.
Instructions agreed on by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, for [a] * * * * *
1. YOU shall observe and execute the Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, the Eighth of this Month, for the Suppression of the Rebellion and Commotion raised by the Marquis of Hertford, in the County of Sommerset, and other Western Counties; and by the Earl of Northampton, and others, in the Counties of Leicester, Northampton, Warwick, and other adjoining Parts.
2. You shall conduct and lead all such Forces of Horse and Foot as shall be appointed by the Lord General the Earl of Essex, for this Service; and shall fight with, kill and slay, all such as shall by Force oppose you in the Execution of that Ordinance, and all their Assistants, Aiders, and Abettors; and you shall levy such other Forces of Horse and Foot as his Excellency shall, by his Commission, give you Power to levy, under such Colonels, Commanders, and other Officers, as shall be by him appointed or directed; and you shall pursue the said Rebels and Traitors, and their Adherents, in the said Counties, or in any other Counties or Parts of the Kingdom, into which they shall retire themselves: All which Forces so to be raised, shall have the same Pay as the rest of the Army is to have. And you shall defend and protect his Majesty's Subjects from Violence and Oppression by the illegal Commission of Array, or otherwise: And you shall hinder and forbid the Execution of that illegal Commission; and in all Places, to the uttermost of your Power, endeavour to preserve and restore the Peace of the Kingdom.
3. You are hereby authorized and required to disarm all Popish Recusants, and all other dangerous and ill-affected Persons, as well Clergymen as others, who have testified, or shall testify, their ill Disposition to the Peace of the Kingdom, by shewing Disaffection to the Proceedings of Parliament, or otherwise.
4. You shall endeavour to clear the Proceedings of Parliament from all Imputations and Aspersions; and shall, from time to time, certify us of all things necessary for the present Service: And, that we may have a speedy Account of it, and our Directions to you, as well as your Advertisements to us, may have a clear and ready Passage, you shall lay a strict Charge upon all Post Masters, that they do not suffer any Letters, or other Dispatches, to or from the Parliament, to be intercepted or stayed; or if any shall presume to make Stay of those Dispatches, you shall direct the Post Master to repair to the Justices of the Peace, Constables, and all other Officers, for their Aid and Assistance: Who are hereby required to take special Care there may be no such Interruption.
5. If you shall find any disaffected Persons raising any Parties against the Parliament, or spreading Scandals or Aspersions upon their Proceedings, like to disturb the Peace of the Kingdom, you shall cause all such Persons, upon good Proofs of their Misdemeanors, to be arrested, and sent up to answer such their Offences, as to Law and Justice shall appertain.
6. You shall take from the said Rebels and Traitors, and their Adherents, all Horses, Arms, Ordnance, Ammunition, and Money, which they have; as also all such Arms, Ordnance, and Ammunition, as they have taken from his Majesty's Subjects; and restore the same to the Owners.
7. Whereas his Majesty, seduced by wicked Council, hath raised War; and now, by his Proclamation, hath published his Resolution to set up his Standard against his Parliament, and other his good Subjects; and hath drawn together great Troops of Papists, and ill-affected Persons; and sent out Commissions for the Levying of others, to the great Hazard of Religion and the publick Peace of the Kingdom: You are therefore required to suppress all Persons whatsoever, who shall levy any Soldiers, or draw together any of the Train Bands, by Colour or Pretence of any Commission from his Majesty, under the Great Seal, or otherwise: And you shall seize upon all Horses, Arms, Ammunition, Money, Plate, or other Provision whatsoever, raised or provided under Pretence of his Majesty's Service, for the Fomenting or Maintaining any such unnatural and unlawful War against his People.
8. You shall observe and execute all such further Directions and Instructions as you shall from time to time receive from both Houses of Parliament; as likewise such Instructions and Directions as you shall from time to time receive from the Committees of the Lords and Commons, appointed to take Care of the Safety of the Kingdom. And whatsoever you shall do therein, or any other Person, in Aid or Assistance of you, it shall be accepted as a good and necessary Service to the Kingdom: And, for their and your so doing, they and you shall be defended and protected by the Authority of Parliament. And this Resolution of the Lords and Commons, to protect those that shall obey and further their Commands, you shall publish and declare, upon all Occasions, for the better Encouragement of the Subjects of this Kingdom in that Behalf.
It is left to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to insert the Names to whom these Instructions are to be given.
"To Rob. Johnson of St. Martin's Vintry, 600:
"To Hugh Audley of the Inner Temple, 1,000:
"To Tho. Hardye of London, Goldsmith, 1,000:
"To Mr. Rob. Dickison - - - - 300:
"To Mr. Wheeler - - - - - 10,001: