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, 25 Augusti, 1642.
Liberty to go to Spain.
THE humble Petition of Rowland Willson the elder, and Rowland Willson the younger, of London, Merchants, desiring, that their Factor Samuel Willson may have Liberty to proceed upon their Employments, from France into the Kingdom of Spaine, from whence their Goods and Merchandizes are to be imported into England; do order, That the said Factor shall have Liberty to proceed upon the said Employment, having duly paid the Custom of his Goods Outwards, according to the Ordinance of Parliament.
Tumults at Colchester, &c.
A Letter from Sir Tho. Barrington, and Mr. Grimstone, from Colchester, of the 24th of August, relating the Disorders of the common People rising in great Multitudes, and ransacking divers Houses, was this Day read: and Sir Wm. Massam, and Sir Martin Lumley are appointed to attend the Lord General, and the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom; and to consider with them what is fit to be done in these Cases.
There was likewise a Letter written from Sir Robert Crane, concerning the like Tumults raised about Sudbury in Suffolk: They were likewise to carry this Letter to the Lord General.
Ordered, That Mr. Lucas do write to the Lord of Suffolk, to know his speedy Resolution concerning the Putting the Militia in Execution in that County of Suffolk.
Deputy Lieutenants, &c.
Resolved, That this House doth nominate and approve of Mr. Rich. Jennings to be Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Herts; and that the Names of this and the other Deputy Lieutenants named the other Day, be carried up to the Lords at their next Sitting, by Sir Tho. Dacres: He is likewise to carry up the Order for Rochester.
Cloaths seized by E. of Northampton.
The Commissary for providing Apparel for the Soldiers in Ireland, Wm. Whittacre the Carrier, that was appointed to carry them, were called in; who had Cloaths to be carried to West Chester, for Ireland: He informed the House, That, a Mile on this Side Coventry, the Earl of Northampton and his Troops seized upon his Waggon, Eight Horses; and all the Cloaths; and said, They should serve the King's Soldiers. This was done upon Saturday last.
He likewise informed, There were other Cloaths going towards West Chester; and he would know the Pleasure of the House, whether they should go on, or be recalled.
The Commissary was called in; and being demanded, What was the Value of the Cloaths? answered, About Five hundred and Threescore Pounds.
The Carrier was likewise called in; and did confess That he was damnified to the Value of Fourscore Pounds, at the least.
Resolved, upon the Question, That * the Carrier shall have Satisfaction for his Damages and Losses, to the Value of an Hundred Pounds.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Earl of Northampton shall make this Satisfaction to this Carrier.
Ordered, That Mr.Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Hill, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. White, Sir Ro. Harley, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Glyn, do consider of some Ways for Reparations to be made to this Carrier, out of the Earl of Northampton's Estate: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Four of Clock, in the Exchequer-chamber.
Affairs at Coventry.
Mr. Pym presents from the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, divers Letters from Coventry, of the 23th of this instant Month; One from the Lord Gray, another from the Lord Brooke, a third from the Committee there, relating the Passages of the Rencounter between the Forces raised by the Parliament, and the adverse Forces, on Tuesday last; and likewise a Letter from the * * * *
Sir Edw. Boise is injoined to go down to Dover, to take Charge of the Castle there.
Declaration to Holland.
Ordered, That no Man whatsoever shall presume to print the Declaration or Letter sent to the States of the United Provinces; and that the Clerk shall deliver out no Copy of them: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
An Ordinance for restraining the Licentiousness of Printing was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent up to the Lords for their Concurrence; and to be carried up by Sir Tho. Dacres; and likewise the Ordinance for restraining the Importation of Currans.
Upon Mr. Ro. Goodwyn's Report from the Committee for Adventurers for Ireland; It was
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Lords Justices of Ireland, and the Earl of Ormond, be strictly injoined, that such Forces as may possibly be spared, and taken out of Lemster and Ulster, be forthwith sent to the Relief of Munster; and not to fail herein, as they will answer the Loss of Munster to this Kingdom.
Resolved, upon the Question, That my Lord of Kerry shall forthwith have a Commission, to levy his Men in Cornewall and Devonshire, and those Parts adjacent, or elsewhere, as shall be most convenient for that Service; and shall have Power, by that Commission, to employ them in Ireland: And they are to receive their Arms at Corke, Kingsale, and Youghall: And this to be done with all Expedition; the Levy Money to arise as the House shall appoint.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Levy Money shall arise out of the Adventurers Monies; and that the Treasurers thereof do pay the same accordingly: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
There was likewise a Letter presented, to be sent from the Commissioners to the Lords Justices of Ireland, and the Earl of Ormond: The which was read; and assented unto: And
Ordered, That this Letter, by special Order of both Houses, be sent to the Justices, and Earl of Ormond, accordingly.
Payment to Lewis.
Ordered, That Mr. Betsworth, One of the Collectors in the County of Sussex, of the Monies that come in upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, do forthwith pay the Sum of One thousand Pounds, or so much thereof as are in his Hands, to Sir Wm. Lewis, One of the Committee of this House, residing in the County of Southampton; and, upon an Acquittance from Sir Wm. Lewis, of so much Money as he receives of the said Collector, this House doth undertake to pay in the like Sum into Yeildhall, to the Treasurers for the Receipt of the Four hundred thousand Pounds: And the said Collector shall have a Discharge from thence, as if he had paid in so much Money.
Ship laden with Bullion, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Green, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Reynolds, aud Mr. Bence, do draw an Order to authorize the Committee before Portsmouth, and the Burgesses for Southampton, to take Care for the Unloading the Ship that is come into Southampton, with Bullion and other rich Commodities; and to take an exact Inventory thereof; and lay them up in safe Custody, until it be inquired into, to whom they do belong; and that this House give further Order concerning the same.
Peace of Essex.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved to join with this House, to desire the Earl of Warwicke, for a few Days, to come into the County of Essex, for the better Preservation of the Peace of that County.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants, Members of this House, for the County of Essex, do write their Letters to the rest of the Deputy Lieutenants of that County, to use their Endeavour for the Quieting of the People there, that are in Disorders; and to call to their Assistance the High Sheriff and Justices of Peace, and others his Majesty's Officers; and to be assistant also to Sir Tho. Barrington and Mr. Grimston, sent down by both Houses for that Purpose: And a Copy of the Declaration and Votes is to be sent down to these Deputy Lieutenants.
Which was sent down by Sir Tho. Barrington and Mr. Grimston.
Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir Ph. Stapleton, Mr. Martyn, Mr. Pym, Sir Hen. Mildmy, Sir Hen. Vane junior, are appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, to receive the Declarations, and such other Propositions or Instructions as shall be by them propounded, and offered unto them from the Scotts Commissioners.
Resolved, &c. That Peter Stepkin shall be discharged, giving Bail for his Appearance when he shall be required by this House.
Allhallowes, Barkinge, Lecturer.
Upon the humble Petition of divers of the Parishioners of Allhallowes, Barkinge, London; It is this Day Ordered, That Dr. Layfeld, Vicar of the said Parish, Mr. Nash his Curate, and the Churchwardens of that Parish, do permit learned orthodox Divines to preach there on the Sundays in the Afternoons, such as the Parishioners shall appoint, to the end that the Parishioners may have Choice of Ministers to elect a Lecturer out of them, to preach there every Lord's Day in the Afternoon, and One Day in the Week: And the said Vicar, Curate, and Churchwardens, are hereby required to permit them the free Use of the Pulpit, to preach there accordingly.
Order for Billinghurst.
Ordered, That the like Order be made for Billinghurst in Sussex, as was for Southwarke; and to these Persons following; viz. Thomas Pilfould, Henry Searle, John Naldrett, Benjamin Streetor, Charles Weston, Nicolas Smyth, Thomas Buttory, Henry Remnant, Isaac Greenfeild, William Manie, William Davies, John Dennys, John Cruchlow, John Pilfould, Wm. Lee, Thomas Philips, Wm. Greenfeild junior, John Greenfeild, Samuel Turner.