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, 29 Augusti, 1642.
Member may be examined by Lords.
SIR Sam. Luke has Leave to be examined as a Witness in the Lords House.
The humble Petition of the Agents for the distressed City of Londonderry, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That this Petition be referred to the former Committee for Colerayne: Who are required to meet, and to take speedy Consideration hereupon, for the Petitioners Relief.
An Order sent down from the Lords, for the Restraint of great Disorders of Soldiers, in Breaking open and Pillaging of Houses: The which was read; and, with some Amendments, assented unto; and ordered to be carried up to the Lords, by Mr. Rigby.
Respited and re-committed. Vide postea.
Letter from E. of Suffolk.
A Letter from the Earl of Suffolk, from Audly End, of the 27 of August, concerning his Willingness and Readiness to do Service to the Parliament, and to put the Militia in Execution.
Affairs in Essex.
Sir Tho. Barrington reports, That wherever he came in Essex, though he found great Multitudes of People assembled together, upon false Grounds of a Declaration set forth by both Houses; so soon as they were otherwise informed, they did not only disband themselves, but restore all the Goods they had taken.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Barrington, and Mr. Grimston, shall have Thanks returned them from the House, for the good Service they have done in Essex.
Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Harbottle Grimston;
This Committee, or any Two of them, are appointed to prepare a Declaration to be sent into the County of Essex; and to present it to the House.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Blakeston, and Mr. Wheeler, be added to the Committee for Shropshire: And that they, or any Four of them, do meet de die in Diem, as they shall think fit.
Ordered, That Mr. Glyn, and Mr. Serjeant Wilde. Mr. Strode, Mr. Darley, Mr. Long, Mr. Young, be added to the Committee for Yorkeshire Petition: And that they prepare a Bill concerning Wardships of such Persons as have adhered to the Parliament, for the Maintenance of the Protestant Religion, the King's Person, the Laws and the Liberty of the Subject: Are to meet this Afternoon, at Two, in the Court of Wards; and so de die in Diem, as they shall think fit.
Lucas' Horses, &c.
Ordered, That the Eight Horses and Furniture of Sir Jo. Lucas be disposed of as the Lord General shall think fit.
King's Message, &c.
Ordered, That the King's Message, and the Answer to it, be forthwith printed: And that the Examination of the Printing a false Answer to that Message be referred to Mr. White, to enquire after the Printer and the Author of it; and to report it to the House.
Members accede to Covenants.
Lord Wenman, Sir Alex. Denton, Sir Jo. Hippesley, Mr. Ra. Ashton, Mr. Tho. Leedes, declared themselves in the Affirmative, to the Question concerning the Assisting the Earl of Essex, for the Maintenance of the true Protestant Religion, the King's Person, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Strode do, To-morrow Morning, make Report of such of the Members of the House as have subscribed to bring in Horse, Money, and Plate, &c. and have not yet brought them in.
Arms, &c. at Camber Castle.
Whereas the and Commons in Parliament, have received Information, That divers Pieces of Ordnance, with Powder, and other warlike Provisions, are now remaining in the Castle of Camber, in the Cinque Ports of the County of Sussex; which Castle being altogether unguarded, and no way useful for Defence of the said County, the Ordnance, and other Provisions, are exposed to the Surprize of any ill-affected or malignant Persons, who may thereby be enabled to disturb the Peace of the said County: For Prevention whereof, and to the Intent they may be disposed of into a more safe Place, the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, do Order and Appoint Captain Rich. Cockeram, with the Assistance of the Inhabitants of the ancient Town of Rye, in the same County of Sussex, to seize, take, and remove the Ordnance, and other Ammunition, from the Castle of Camber, unto the said Town of Rye, there to be reserved and kept, for the Use and Service of the said County; and not to be delivered to any Person or Persons, without special Direction and Allowance of both Houses of Parliament.
Ordered, That this Order be carried up to the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Council of War in Ireland.
Upon Mr. Goodwyn's Report from the Committee for Adventurers, That Four Persons be appointed by the House to go into Ireland, to be of the Council of War, and in Commission with them that are of that Council; the which Persons are to take care, that the Instructions of Parliament, sent, and to be sent, be duly put in Execution; and that the War be not protracted, but every thing managed for the best Advantage of this State, and the Lessening of the Charge as much as may be, according to the Example of other States; Two of which may remain at Dublyn for Intelligence; the other Two, still to go with the Army; or else so to dispose of themselves, as may most advantage the Business.
Ordered, That the Nomination of these Four Persons be referred to the Committee for Adventurers, to consider of, and to report to the House.
Captain General of Ireland.
The Question being put, Whether the Nomination of a Captain General of all the Forces in Ireland should be now put;
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, upon * *, That this Business concerning the Nominating of a Captain General of all the Forces in Ireland, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning: And that at the same time Consideration be had of those Members of this House that are absent, and that went to Yorke.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning the absent Members do meet this Afternoon: And that That Report be made To-morrow Morning.
Loan from the City.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath;
The Lords have sent unto you the Orders agreed upon by both Houses: They have sent down to each particular Order, the Names of such Persons as they think fit to be Commissioners in the Parishes: The Orders are the Orders agreed upon to be sent to each particular Ward, concerning the Loan of Monies. They have likewise appointed Two Members of their House, to see these Orders put in Execution.
Ordered, That the Lord General be desired, that the Troops of Horse, and Regiments of Foot, and their Commanders, appointed to be in Readiness for the Safety of the City of London, be Citizens, and such as the Committee for the Militia shall recommend unto the Lord General.
Loan from the City.
Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Ven, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Spurstoe;
This Committee is appointed to meet with a proportionable Committee of the Lords, to see the Orders put in Execution, to be sent into London, to the several Wards, concerning the Loan of Monies.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House does agree to the Commissioners named in the particular Orders: They have likewise appointed a Committee of a proportionable Number, to see the Orders put * *
Declaration from the Scotts.
Ordered, That the Business concerning a Declaration from the Scotts, be taken into Consideration on Thursday Morning next, peremptorily at Nine of Clock: And that Two hundred Copies of the said Declaration, and of the Approbation of the Council of Scotland, be forthwith printed for the Service of the House.
Disorders by Soldiers, &c.
Ordered, That the Order for Restraint of Disorders committed by the Soldiers; and returned from the Lords, with some Amendments; and then re-committed, as to those Amendments, to a Committee of this House; be now re-committed to That Committee, and to the Committee for the Declaration to be sent into Essex.
Ordered, That the Victuals stayed at Bristoll, which were provided for the Swallow, and the *, and bound for Ireland, be sent and employed for the Victualling of those Ships that are remaining upon those Coasts, for the Defence of that Kingdom: And that the Committee for the Navy take Care hereof.
Ships for Irish Coasts, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to consider of Sending of Ships for Guard of the Coasts and Ports of Ireland; and of Victualling of them, for the whole Winter Service: And that they likewise consider of sending Ships to Tynmouth; and likewise to secure the Passages between Ireland, and the Coasts over against them, of Lancashire, and thereabouts.
Levy Money to Ld. Kerry.
Ordered, That the Sum of Levy Money to be allowed unto the Lord Kerry, for Levying of Two thousand Men to be transported into Ireland, shall be Two thousand Pounds: And that the Treasurers for the Adventurers Monies do forthwith pay the said Sum of Two thousand Pounds unto the Lord Kerry, or his Assigns, for the Uses aforesaid.
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Impeachment of Lord Strange.
Resolved, upon the Question, That James Lord Strange shall be accused by this House of High Treason, in the Name of this House, and of all the Commons of England: and that an Impeachment be drawn up against him to this Purpose.
Mr. Rigby, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Hill, Mr. Reynolds, are appointed to prepare this Impeachment: And are to meet To-morrow, post meridiem, at Two of Clock, in the Star-chamber.
Members disabled to sit.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Kirkeby shall be disabled to sit any longer a Member of this House, during this Parliament.
Upon Information to the House, That Mr. Bridgman, a Member of this House, had subscribed Fourteen Men, to assist the Lord Strange; and had at Chester presented a Declaration to the Gentry and Freeholders of that County to subscribe; and made a Speech at the Common Hall, to encourage them to these Subscriptions: Whereupon
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Orlando Bridgeman shall be disabled to sit any longer a Member of this House, during this Parliament.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of the Yorkeshire Petition, do make Report of that Business To-morrow Morning.
Information against Gape.
Upon Information to the House, That F. Gape, Townclerk of Weymouth, had hired a Gunner there, to discharge a small Piece laden with murthering Shot, upon Sir Walth. Erle and Sir Tho. Trenchard, that were coming thither, to put the Militia in Execution; thereupon
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That F. Gape, Town-clerk of Waymouth, be forthwith sent for as a Delinquent, by a Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Words spoken by Ld. Pawlett, &c.
An Information of some Words spoken by the Lord Pawlett, Sir Ra. Hopton, and others, at Sherborne in Dorsettshire, was this Day read; and ordered to be printed.
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Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde and Mr. Glyn. do prepare an Impeachment against * Weld, the High Sheriff of the County of Salop, for divers great Misdemeanors and malicious Carriages of the said Sheriff, against the Parliament, and against the Peace of the County.
Defence of the Kingdom.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to consider of a speedy Defence for the Counties of Salop, Hereford, Worcestershire, Lancaster, Chester, Monmouth, and the Counties of North Wales.
Sir Ro. Harley, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Spurstoe, Mr. Salloway, are to receive the Papers and Letters that concern those Counties; and to solicit the Affairs of these Counties for their Defence.
Payment to Gethings, &c.
Ordered, That the Treasurers for the Adventurers Monies do forthwith pay unto Mr. Gethings, and his Partners, Two thousand Pounds, being Part of the Monies due unto them for Cloaths sent by them for the Soldiers, in Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Mathew of Dartmouth do write unto that Town, to send up their Subscription Monies and Plate subscribed in that Town, to the Treasurers for London.
Proceedings against Sir J. Lucas, &c.
Sir Jo. Lucas, who was sent for up, as a Delinquent, for making Provisions of Horse and Arms to be sent to the King, for Maintenance of a War against the Parliament, and the whole Kingdom, contrary to the Orders and Declarations of both Houses...;
Sir John Lucas being called in, confessed, That he had Twelve Horses ready, with which he intended to attend his Majesty, for the Guard of his Person.
Mr. Newcomen was likewise called in; who was sent for, as a Delinquent, for the like Offence.
Resolved, upon t * *, That Sir Jo. Lucas shall be forthwith committed a Prisoner to the Gatehouse, there * * * *
Resolved, That Mr. Newcomen shall be forthwith committed a Prisoner to the Fleete, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House; and that the farther Examination of the Business concerning Mr. Newcomen, be referred to the Committee for Informations: And that Sir Tho. Barrington and Mr. Grimston be added to that Committee.
Mr. Marten, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Lane, do prepare an Impeachment against Sir Jo. Lucas: And that they meet this Afternoon, at Four of Clock, in the Star Chamber.
Loans from Merchant Strangers, &c.
Mr. Vassall, Mr. Rigby, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Ro. Harley, do prepare an Order for securing such Monies as shall be lent by the Merchant Strangers, and the Trinity House Men: And that they do meet, and bring in this Order forthwith.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor be desired to send forthwith to the Aldermen of the several Wards, to send in the Returns of the Subscriptions of the Merchant Strangers, and others, within their several Wards, of such Monies as they will lend to the Parliament.
Loan from Officers.
Ordered, That Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir H. Heyman, and Mr. Long, do send to all the chief Officers, to know what Monies they will lend to the Parliament, in these Times of great Danger.
Ordered, That Sir Francis Thornhagh, and Hardolfe Wasthenes, shall be appointed Treasurers, to receive such Monies and Plate as shall come in upon the Subscriptions in the County of Nottingham; and shall send them to Hull, to Sir Jo. Hotham: And that an Acquittance under his Hand shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Treasurers for the same.
And it is farther Ordered, That they shall be likewise Commissaries to view and value such Horses as shall be brought in upon the said Subscriptions: And the said Sir Jo. Hotham is to be responsible to both Houses of Parliament.
Cambridge Militia, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Dudley North, a Member of this House, be injoined forthwith to go down into the County of Cambridge, to see the Militia put in Execution in that County; and to advance and receive the Monies, Horse, and Plate, that shall come in upon the Subscriptions in that County.
It is likewise Ordered, That Sir Jo. Cutts, a Deputy Lieutenant of the said County, and now in this Town, be intreated forthwith to go down into the said County, to put the Militia in Execution there; and to advance and receive the Subscriptions.