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, 22 August, 1642.
MR. Rigby presented an Order, from the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, for enabling divers Persons to seize Recusants Arms: The which was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto: And the Actions of the Persons employed justified: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired.
Searching Ld. Moreton's House.
Upon the humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Hemsted in the County of Herts, desiring Mr. George Kendall, an orthodox Divine, and in Orders, to be their Lecturer, and to preach there every Sunday in the Afternoon, and on Thursdays in the Morning, being their Market Days; the House doth recommend the said Mr. Kendall to be their Lecturer accordingly; and do require Mr. Taylor the Vicar of the said Parish, and his Curate, to permit the said Mr. Kendall to exercise his Ministry at the Times desired, without any their Lett or Interruption.
The humble Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and other Inhabitants of the Town of Colchester, desiring to have some Monies imprested unto them, upon Account, for the Repairing, Strengthening, and Securing their Town, was this Day read: And
Affairs in Dorsetshire.
A Copy of a Letter from Mr. Bond, from Dorchester, of the 20th of August, to Mr. Erle; relating the State of that County; and in it, a Letter from the Marquis to the Mayor of Poole; and a Copy of his Majesty's Commission to the Marquis Herts; and Instruction from the Marquis to Mr. Anthell, for him to observe in dealing with the Mayor of Poole, to admit the Marquis into that Town.
Person sent for.
Marq. of Herts' Commission.
Member disabled to sit.
Resolved, upon * * That Mr. Jervase Hollis shall be disabled to sit any longer a Member of this House, during this Parliament: And that Mr. Speaker shall issue forth his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for a new Writ for Electing of another Burgess to serve in his Stead.
Speaking against Parliament.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Wm. Tovey shall be summoned in safe Custody, for very scandalous Words he spoke against the Proceedings of Parliament, and such as appeared in the Defence of them.
Person sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Henry Burnby, Bailiff of the Town of St. Eodes, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for publishing the Proclamation concerning the Earl of Essex, contrary to the Order of both Houses, and notwithstanding that he was required by a Member of the House not to publish it.
Bringing in Money, &c.
Ordered, That the Committees appointed by this House to receive the Monies or Plate that come in, in the several and respective Counties, upon the Propositions for the Defence of the Kingdom, shall forthwith send up such Monies or Plate as are brought in, in those Counties, into the Chamber of London; and shall employ their best Endeavour for the Advancing that Service: And the Agents of Alderman Andrewes, employed for the Bringing in of the Arrears of such Monies as are raised by the Parliament, are hereby required to take Care for the Sending of this Order into the several Counties of the Kingdom.
Message to Lords.
Sir Hen. Mildmy carried up to the Lords the Declaration to be sent to the Lords, concerning the States of Holland; and the Order for Mr. Quarles to be Agent for buying One thousand Arms for Dublyn; and the Order for Bridport.
Receiver of Letters.
Ordered, That Mr. Spurstoe do desire Mr. Burlamachy, from this House, to discharge Mr. Betton, Receiver of the Letters at Shrowsbury; and to appoint in his Stead Mr. John Hopton in Shrowsbury, to receive the weekly Letters.
Maudlyn College Plate.
Ordered, That the Plate belonging to Maudlyn College in Cambridge, stayed as it was going to Yorke, to promote the War against the Parliament, shall be forthwith brought to London, and be laid up in the Chamber of London, till this House take further Order.
Mr. Nath. Hill, under Sheriff of the County of Glocester and Mr. Wm. Hill, were called in: And Mr. Speaker told them "What an acceptable Service it was to this House and the Commonwealth, to apprehend these Two Cavaliers they brought up with them, that endeavoured to raise Forces against the Parliament; and wished them to continue the like Care for the future."
Ordered, That these Two Gentlemen shall have Twenty Pounds allowed them by the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, for their Pains and Charges; and keep in their Custody the Mare, Two Swords, and One Pistol, belonging to One or both of these Cavaliers, till this House take further Order.
Answer from Lords.
Instructions for Berkshire.
Staying a Ship.
Ordered, That Mr. Bence, and his Brother, Members of this House, do take Forty Musqueteers with them, for such farther Course as they shall think fit, for the Staying of the Newcastle Ship now riding about Woollwich; and that they bring up Clerke the Master thereof; and that they require all Captains of Ships and Blockhouses, and all other Officers, to be aiding and assisting unto them: And that the Serjeant do send down One Post to the Block-houses at Gravesend, to require the Captains thereof, and the Masters of the Ships there, to require them to use their best Endeavours for the Staying of the said Ship, and sending the Master thereof to the Parliament.
Affairs at Coventrie, &c.
The Lords desire a present Conference, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, presently, in the Painted Chamber, by Committees of both Houses, concerning Intelligence they have received of the great Distress the City of Coventrie is in at this Time; and concerning some other important Affairs of the Kingdom, and the Safety thereof.
Lynne Regis Volunteers.
The like Order for the Volunteers of Lynne Regis, under the Command of Captain Revett and Lieutenant Astwood, as was granted for the Town of Shrewsbury, was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be carried up to the Lords.
Leave of Absence.
Military Affairs in Kent.
Sir Philip Stapleton reports from the Lords, 1. The Letter from these sent into Kent to take Cobham House, and the Fort at Chattham: Which was read: And said, the Lord General informed further, That he had sent Two hundred and Fifty Men more to assist those left in Garison in several Places; and that Thirty Men were appointed to take in Dover Castle; but Twenty of them failed to go, and Ten stuck to their Captain; and, after a little Parley with the Gentlemen Porter, the Castle was yielded; and the Lord of Warwicke hath sent divers Soldiers out of his Ships to be in Garison in the Castle, till more Forces come down.
Siege of Coventrie.
The Letter from Coventrie was read also (being a Part of that Conference); declaring the King's being before Coventrie; and that the Ordnance had battered the Gates open, and that the Town was in great Distress.
He reports, that, after this Letter was read, the Lord General said, that Yesterday Morning, by Five .. Clock, the Lord Brooke went from Buckingham: That the rest of the Forces would be near Coventrie this Night.
Mr. Reynolds reports the other Part of that Conference; viz. That the Lord Holland said, That this Passage at Coventrie was a Thing of the greatest Sharpness and Violence that could be, the King being in Person present; That, when the Town offered to permit his Majesty to come in with a convenient Attendance, so the Cavaliers, stayed behind, should have the Mouth of the Cannon turned upon them; that Town being sensible of the Rapine and Pillage the Cavaliers would commit there, if once they were in their Mercy: That the Lords long foresaw that Carriage; and hold it fit it should be made known to the whole Kingdom, that they may fortify and defend themselves.
Indemnity for staying Letters.
Whereas Thomas Rivett, Captain of the Volunteers in Kinge's Lynne in the County of Norfolk, Mr. John Desborough, Mr. Thomas Fothergill, and divers others in his Assistance, have made Stay of a Messenger carrying Letters and Proclamations from Yorke, to certain Persons, Commissioners of Array in the said County; which Letters have since been brought up to this House by the said Mr. John Desborough and Mr. Tho. Fothergill; this House doth well approve of the Diligence and discreet Carriage of the said Captain Revett, and others, in this Service. And it is farther Ordered, That the said Persons shall be saved, indemnified, and protected by the Power of Parliament, for any thing done by them herein.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor be desired to call a Common Council To-morrow in the Afternoon, to consider of some Way of furnishing Monies, in this Time of present great Danger and Calamity; especially of those able Men that have not yet contributed to the publick Defence: And that the Letter from Mr. Bromwich be then read: And that Mr. Reynolds, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir H. Mildmay, and Mr. Marten, and the Members that serve for the City, be present at the Common Council, to advance this Service.
Searching Ld. Peter's House.
Ordered, That Mr. Spurstoe, and Mr. Ven do repair to the Lord Peter's House, to search the Chests that are supposed to be filled with Monies, and require them to be opened; and if they shall refuse to open them, that they cause them to be broke open.
Loan from the City.
Ordered, That this Preamble and Order concerning the Borrowing of Monies in the City, be referred to the Committee this Day appointed to consider of the Declaration touching the Business of Coventrie: And that Mr. Pym be added to this Committee. And it is referred to the same Committee, to prepare Heads for a Conference to be desired with the Lords, touching the Lord General's speedy Taking the Field.
Information against Butler.
There was an Information given under the Hands of Tho. Hawes, Jo. Dapper, Peter Rolt, Daniel Webster, That going to assist those that were sent by Order of the Parliament to Cobham, were opposed at Greenwich, by Nathan Butler, Chief Constable, and their Arms taken from them.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Nathanael Buttler, High Constable at Greenwich, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent: And that Jo. Rush Painter, and Edw. Danell, a Vintner, be forthwith summoned to attend the House.
Declaration concerning Coventrie.
This Committee is to prepare a Declaration of the Passages this Day informed of, at Coventrie, that the Kingdom may be informed thereof, that they may put all the strong Towns to make Preparations for their Defence, and to raise the Trained Bands for their Assistance, and to stand upon their Defence: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Four .. Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Apprehending Commrs of Array, &c.
WHEREAS the King, seduced by traiterous and wicked Counsels, is now in actual War against his Parliament and good People, intending to return an absolute Conqueror of this Kingdom, if not timely prevented; and to this Purpose hath issued out divers illegal Commissions of Array, into all or the most Parts of the Counties of this Kingdom, directed to Lords, and divers other ill-affected Persons, who labour to advance this horrid Design, to the Destruction of the Religion and Liberty of this Kingdom: The Lords and Commons, in Parliament, do therefore Order, Ordain, and Require, all Lieutenants, Deputy Lieutenants, Justices of Peace, Sheriffs, Mayors, Bailiffs, Constables, and all other Officers, and all other well-affected Persons whatsoever within this Realm of England, and Dominion of Wales, to use their uttermost Power and Diligence, for the speedy Apprehending, and Bringing up to the Parliament, every such Commissioner, and every other Person of what Quality or Condition soever he be, who shall any way countenance or promote the Execution of any such Commission, or that shall raise, levy, muster, or conduct, or endeavour to raise, levy, muster, or conduct any Soldiers or Forces of Horse or Foot, in any Part of this Kingdom, or Dominion of Wales, by Virtue or Colour of any such Commission, or other Authority derived from his Majesty, without the Consent of the Lords and Commons. And the Lords and Commons do farther Declare, That all such well-affected Persons as shall employ themselves in putting this Ordinance in Execution, shall do an acceptable Service to the State, and shall be defended and protected therein by the Authority of both Houses of Parliament.
Commrs of Array.
Upon the Report of Mr. Whittacre, from the Committee for Informations of divers Priests and others, examined before them: It is Ordered, That Robert Robinson, a Romish Priest, be committed Prisoner to the King's Bench; James Browne, Priest, to the Gatehouse; Geo. Thimblemy to the New Prison; Dr. Gibbs to the Gatehowse.
Observing Fast Days.
Ordered, That the Business printed concerning Sir Wm. Brereton, be referred to the Committee for Informations; to consider of some Way for his Satisfaction and Vindication in the Wrong that he has suffered by the Printing thereof.
Affairs in Huntington.
Mr. Covell and Jer. * being called in; informed, That Mr. Walton, a Member of this House, for preserving the Peace of the County of Huntington, sent out his Warrants to summon in some of the Trained Bands: Mr. Heyton, of that County, caused the Chain to be chained up; and would not suffer them to go, to the great Disservice of Parliament; and said, He would not obey the Parliament; for he had received a Warrant from the King: Whereupon
Person sent for.
Person committed, &c.
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That * Coleman shall be committed to the King's Bench, and there remain during Pleasure, and pay One hundred Pounds Fine, and not be released till the Fine be paid.