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, 18 Augusti, 1642.
Sheriff of Oxford's Indemnity.
THE House being informed that the Sheriff of Oxfordshire having received divers Proclamations, concerning the Earl of Essex, the which he sent up to this House, and did not proclaim them; the House doth Declare, That he hath done his Duty herein, and in Obedience to the Orders of both Houses: And for his so doing shall be saved harmless, and protected by Authority of both Houses.
Upon the humble Petition of Mr. Serjeant Hide, a Prisoner in the Tower, by a former Order of this House.
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That Serjeant Hide be forthwith discharged from any farther Imprisonment.
Commissaries for Horses, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Gilbert Pickering Baronet, Sir Rich. Samuell Knight, Sir Jo. Norwich, Baronet, Jo. Crew and Clifton Catesbye Esquires, shall be Commissaries to take Subscriptions for, and to view, value, enrol and take the Muster of all such Horses and Arms as shall be brought in at Northampton, for the Ends, and upon the Terms, in the late Propositions of both Houses of Parliament expressed and not subscribed for, viewed, valued, and enrolled elsewhere; and of such Horses and Arms, and the Value of them, together with the Names of the Subscribers of them respectively; to return Certificates unto the Commissioners in London, appointed by the Ordinance of Parliament upon the said Propositions, there to be enrolled with the rest; and also to give Certificates to such Subscribers respectively, for the Number and Value of Horse and Arms by them severally brought in, according to such their Subscriptions.
Commission of Array.
Mr. Brown, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Hill, Mr. Selden, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Marten, Serjeant Wilde, are appointed to prepare an Answer to his Majesty's Answer to the Declaration of both Houses of Parliament, concerning the Commission of Array: Mr. Browne is required especially to take Care for the Penning and Preparing of this Answer: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards; and so from time to time, as they shall think fit.
Money for Ireland, &c.
Answer from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath;
The Lords think fit, and have agreed, that the Eight-and-twenty thousand Pounds designed for Ireland, should be deposited in the Hands of the Lord Mayor Elect of London, until such time as they were better assured of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland's going over into Ireland.
They have likewise agreed to Two Orders for the Peace of the Kingdom, which they have sent down for the Concurrence of this House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth consent with the Lords in Depositing of the Eight-and-twenty thousand Pounds in the Hands of the Lord Mayor Elect.
The Two Orders sent from the Lords were read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Disorders by Soldiers.
Ordered, That Mr. Lane do prepare some Order to restrain the Disorders of Soldiers in their Marchings.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House doth assent unto all the Three particular Orders.
Ordered, That, upon the Letter from Mr. Crue, and Sir Gilbert Pickering, the Mayor of Northampton shall have Power to bail Mr. Marten Harvey.
Message to Lords.
Sir Christopher Yelverton carried up to the Lords the Orders concerning Northamptonshire, the Instructions for Pembrokeshire, and * * * *
Abuses by Packetboats, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to take Order to prevent the Abuses that are occasioned occasioned by the Packet-boats, and the Negligence of the Clerks of the Passages.
Wine for Navy.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Navy do take some Order to send each of the Ships riding before Portesmouth, in Acknowledgment of their good Service they have done there, a Tun of Wine; and that they consider of presenting the Earl of Warwick with Wine likewise.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Captain James Docwra shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for coming with a Company of Soldiers in Aiding and Assisting of those that endeavoured to carry the Plate from Cambridge to Yorke.
Member to be summoned.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Chichley be summoned to attend the Service of the House on Tuesday next.
Cromwell's, &c. Indemnity.
Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Strode, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Rob. Goodwyn, Sir H. Vane junior; his Committee, or any Two of them, are appointed to prepare an Order for the Indemnity of Mr. Cromwell and Mr. Walton, and those that have or shall assist them in the Stopping of the Plate that was going from Cambridge to Yorke.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Capell Bedle shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for aiding and assisting to convey the Cambridge Plate to Yorke, contrary to the Order of this House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Lewes Phillips the Under Sheriff of the County of Huntington, shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for making Proclamation, publishing, and endeavouring to put in Execution, a Warrant from his Majesty, declaring some Members of this House to be Felons; and for assisting and aiding to convey the Cambridge Plate to Yorke.
Portesmouth Committee, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom do write to the Committee at Portesmouth, and take Notice of their good Service; and especially to Sir Wm. Waller, and Colonel Harvey; and return them Thanks; and likewise to Captain Dike.
King's Letter to Sir E. Hale, &c.
A Letter from his Majesty to Sir Edw. Hale, concerning the Loan of a Thousand Pounds; and a Letter from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to the same Purpose, signifying that he had received an Intimation from Hollingborne, of the Willingness of Sir Edw. Hale to furnish his Majesty with the Loan of a Thousand Pounds.
Sir Edw. Hales being demanded, Whether any Man had ever dealt with him by Word of Mouth, or Letter, for the Loan of a Thousand Pounds; said, No Man, directly or indirectly: Only Sir Tho. Colepeper once proposed the Question unto him.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Tho. Colepeper of Hollingborne shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Tho. Boswell shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent.
Allowances to Ld. General, &c.
Resolved, That the Lord General of the Army raised by the Parliament shall have the Allowance of Ten Pounds per Diem, for his Entertainment: That the General of the Horse shall have the Allowance of Six Pounds per Diem, for his Entertainment; to begin from the Time of the Date of their several and respective Commissions: And that Sir Gilbert Gerard, the Treasurer at Wars for the Army, do make Payment of these Allowances accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Letters, &c. from Yorkeshire.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords have taken Consideration of the Letter which came out of Yorkeshire; and of the Proclamation that was read Yesterday at the Conference; and have ordered, That the Letter should be forthwith printed.
They have referred it to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to consider of the Propositions for the Safety of that County; and to prepare a Declaration that may give the well-affected Gentlemen of that County Satisfaction.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth give the like Power to the Committee of this House for the Defence of the Kingdom.
Sir J. Rivers, &c. *****.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth nominate and approve of Sir Jo. Rivers, Sir Anth. Weldon, Sir Jo. Honnywood, Sir James Oxenden, Sir Robert Honywood for Canterbury, Mr. Jo. Nutt, * * * *
Pay of Lord General, &c.
Sir Ro. Harley went up to the Lords, to acquaint them with the Resolutions of this House, concerning the Pay of the Lord General, and the General of the Horse.
Ordered, That Mr. Tho. Argoll, now in the Serjeant's Custody, be forthwith bailed: And that he do appear at the Day appointed him by the Committee.
Committee for Irish Affairs.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath;
The Lords do agree with the Propositions of this House, concerning the Irish Affairs; and have appointed Two Lords of their House to be of the Committee; and desire that this House would appoint a proportionable Number.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Upon the Petition of the Inhabitants of Oundle in the County of Northampton;
It is Ordered, That Mr. Ric. Besbury, an orthodox Divine, shall be recommended by this House to be Lecturer to the Inhabitants of that Town, to preach there every Lord's Day, and One Day in the Week: And the Parson of that Parish is required to permit him to preach there without Interruption.
Ordered, That Sir Roger North, Sir Wm. Spring, and the High Sheriff of the County of Suffolke, do forthwith take into their Custody the Magazine for that County, remaining at St. Edmunds Bury, to be safely kept and disposed of by them, for the Defence of that County.
Information against Wingfield.
Information was given to the House, by Philip Cotton and Wm. Ireland, who were called to the Bar, and testified, That Abel Wingfield, Ancient bearer for St. Giles in the Fields, did, on the Fifteenth of August Instant, say thess Words; "That all that went under the Earl of Essex in this Expedition were Traitors:" Whereupon
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That Abel Wingfield shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent.
Order for Southwark.
Ordered, That the Order concerning Southwarke shall be carried to the Lords, at the next Conference; to desire their Concurrence.
Payment to Samuell.
Ordered, That these Words shall be added to the Order made for the Payment of One hundred and Sixty Pounds, to Mr. Samuell; viz. "And the Committee for the Navy are appointed to take Order, that the said One hundred and Sixty Pounds shall be paid accordingly, out of such Monies as they shall think fit."
That at the next Message, the Lords be moved to hasten the Order for Disarming of Recusants.
Davyes', &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of John Davyes, Wm. Davyes Esquire, and Wm. Northcott, read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee that do consider of Mr. Maddox his Petition.
Person reprehended and discharged.
Mr. Lusher was called in to the Bar; and expressed a Sorrow for his Words: And Mr. Speaker, by Order of the House, gave a Reprehension, and so discharged him.
Ordered, That Mr. Whittacres do report To-morrow, the Business concerning Mr. Pym.
Mr. St. Leger.
Mr. Ro. Goodwyn reports from the Committee of Adventurers, the Matter concerning Mr. St. Leger.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Captain Peasley shall be Serjeant Major of the Load Kerry's Regiment.
Resolved, &c. That Egmondisham Muschamp shall be chief Captain of that Regiment.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Adventurers, to consider of the Continuing of Captain Paul Watts in that Place he now holds under the Lord Kerrye's Regiment.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Symonds shall be forthwith bailed.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, &c. That the Mayor of Abbington and Mr. Richardson shall be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents.
Treasurers for Northampton.
IT is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That Philip Holman and Wm. Ward Esquires, John Gifford and Thomas Martin Aldermen of the Town of Northampton, or any Two of them, shall be Treasurers to receive all such Money and Plate as shall be brought unto them, or any Two of them, in the County of Northampton, by any Person or Persons, for the Payment of Soldiers, providing Horses, Arms, and Ammunition, for the Defence of the King and Parliament, or the Preservation of the said County, and other Things necessary for the same; and that the Acquittances of them, or any Two or more of them, for the Receipt of the same, shall be a sufficient Ground for any Party so lending Money or Plate, to demand the same, with Interest, according to Eight per Cent. and the full Value of their Plate, with Consideration for the Fashion, not exceeding One Shilling by the Ounce: For the Payment whereof both Houses of Parliament do engage the Publick Faith. And it is Ordered, That the said Money and Plate shall be disposed of according to the Directions, and upon the Warrant, of the Lieutenant, or any Two or more of the Deputy Lieutenants of the said County, or of such as are or shall be appointed in the Place of Deputy Lieutenants there by both Houses of Parliament, for the Purposes aforesaid, until both Houses shall order the contrary: And that the Warrant of the said Lieutenant, or any Two or more of the said Deputy Lieutenants, or such as are or shall be appointed in their Stead, shall be a sufficient Discharge of the said Treasurers for the Issuing thereof: And if there shall be any Surplusage or Overplus of the said Monies or Plate when the said County shall be peaceably settled; the same to be paid and delivered to the Treasurers appointed by the late Propositions and Orders for Bringing in of Money, Horses, and Plate; to be by them accounted for, as if it had been brought in upon the said Propositions.
Suppressing Tumults, &c
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, That the several Lord Lieutenants appointed by Parliament, their Deputy Lieutenants, the Justices of Peace, and other his Majesty's Officers within the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales, shall take special Care to prevent and suppress all Riots, Tumults, breaking into or robbing of Houses, breaking into Churches, taking away of the Goods of any Person, or taking of Victuals, without due Payment for the same; and to take and apprehend all such Person or Persons as shall do or commit any such Outrages as aforesaid; and to proceed against them according to Law. And it is further Ordered, That the Commanders, and several Officers, shall give their best Assistance for the Apprehension and Punishment of all such Persons which shall be found guilty of the Misdemeanors aforesaid.
Disorders by Soldiers.
WHEREAS there have been divers Complaints made unto us, of many Disorders committed by the Soldiers in their Marching, and in such Places wherein they have been Quartered or Billetted; which Disorders, as is informed, have been partly occasioned by the Neglect of their Officers to go along with them, and conduct them; It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, That the Lord General be desired to give Command to all his Officers, that they take Care to attend according to the Duty of their several Places, that their Soldiers thereby may be hereafter kept from straggling up and down the Countries: And to that end, to lay this Command upon the Officers of each Company, both in their Marching, Quartering and Billetting, to be in Person amongst the Soldiers themselves, to prevent any Disorders whatsoever, and punish such as shall offend.