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, 2 Septembris, 1642.
ORDERED, That, upon the Desire of the Parishioners of Dunstable, to have a Lecture erected and Established, and that it may be supplied by these neighbouring Ministers following, to be Lecturers, to preach Weekly, every Wednesday; and that the Vicar of the said Parish of Dunstable do permit the said Ministers to exercise the Function of their Ministry on the said Day, without any Lett or Interruption;
Mr. Woolfall, Mr. Kentish, Mr. Carre, Mr. Fawcett, Mr. Kinge, Mr. Symms, Mr. Kidner, Mr. Marriatt, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Fisher, Mr. Bailie, Mr. Blackwell, Mr. How, Mr. Chatterton, Mr. Eales.
Proceedings against Dowdeswell.
A Petition, and divers Articles annexed, were this Day preferred against Mr. Dodeswell, an Attorney, who was sent for, as a Delinquent, and is now remaining in the Serjeant's Custody: The which Articles were read.
And one Mr. Whitledge was called in: Who did attest most of the Articles, part of his own Knowledge, part by Report from very sufficient Witnesses.
One Mr. Wilson was likewise called in; and did, of his own Knowledge, attest some of the Articles.
Mr. Richard Dowdeswell was afterwards called in; and being demanded of every Article, denied almost everyone.
Then the Witnesses and Mr. Dowdeswell were confronted; and did before him attest the Articles, as formerly they had done.
Wm. Combe, that served the Warrant upon Mr. Dowdeswell, was called in; and did Witness, That Mr. Dowdeswell being served, he said, That "You must not think to fetch me up upon this Paper, where there is no Christian Name, [and my Surname mistaken:] I am not so ill-beloved in Tewkesbury."
Resolved, That Mr. Dowdeswell shall stand committed to the Serjeant's Custody, till the House take farther Order: And that the Examination of the whole Business be referred to the Committee for Informations: And are to make a Report to the House with all convenient Speed.
Messages to Lords.
Mr. Whittlock carried up to the Lords the Order for Oxfordshire; and for the Officers of the Ordnance in the Tower, enlarged to the Officers of the Armoury in the Tower likewise; and likewise the Order for hindering Ordnance to be carried from Bristoll to Worcester.
That the Bailiffs of the Town of Droitwich in the County of Worcester shall retain and keep such Part of the Magazine of the said County as is remaining in the said County.
THE Lords and Commons now in Parliament assembled, beholding the Hand of God gone out against this Kingdom, in a Civil War, already begun in the Land; and looking higher than to the pernicious Councellors of it, or wicked Instruments employed in it; and laying to Heart the Displeasure of Almighty God for our many crying Sins, among which none doth more provoke the Eyes of his Jealousy, than the Abomination of Idolatry, and false worship; and notwithstanding his Majesty's Proclamations for the Banishing of all Jesuits and Priests (the Bringers in and Maintainers of this cursed Sin), and the strict Command of the Lords and Commons, for the speedy Sending of all Capuchin Friars out of this Land; yet, through the Remissness of those intrusted in that Service, the said Priests and Capuchins do still continue in or about the Suburbs of London, to the farther Incensing of the Wrath of God against this Nation, the Poisoning of the Minds and Consciences of his Majesty's Subjects, and the apparent Danger of this Church and State; do therefore Order, That all the Capuchin Friars at Sommersett House, shall be forthwith removed out of his Majesty's Dominions; and all the Monuments of Idolatry which are there set up, demolished.
Delivery of Saddles, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Long shall have the Saddles, Arms, and Pistols, and other Things received by Captain Methold and others, from Captain Trenchard, and now in the Custody of them, delivered unto him, that he may make Use of such of them as shall be useful for him, upon Account, that he may be responsible for them at his Return from the Service that he is now employed upon for the Service of King and Parliament.
Whereas the distressed Estate of Ireland, steeped in her own Blood, * * * *
Ships for Irish Coasts.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That, for the better Security of Ireland, repressing the Rebellion there, and securing the Seas from Pirates, and others that interrupt the Intercourse betwixt the Kingdoms, that the Earl of Warwick do forthwith send Two of the Ships under his Command, to attend that Service: And his Lordship is hereby authorized to appoint Commanders of the said Ships, and all other the Ships already upon the Coast of Ireland; straightly charging and injoining all Captains, Masters, and Mariners, to be obedient to such Order and Directions as they shall receive from his Lordship, and to such Admiral, and other Commander in Chief, as shall be appointed by him in that Behalf.
Sir Ro. Harley carried up to the Lords this Order; and the Order for putting down Stage Plays.
Countess of Portland.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Lords be moved that the Countess of Portland, now in the Castle of Carisbrooke, in the Isle of Wight, may be removed from thence, and from the Island.
Restraining Tumults in Essex.
A Declaration concerning the Restraining the Riots and Tumults in Essex, was this Day read; and assented unto, by Vote upon the Question; and carried up to the Lords: And ordered, by Vote upon the Question, to be printed.
King's Letter to Mayor of Boston, &c.
A Letter from his Majesty to the Mayor of the Town of Boston, of the 30th of August, requiring the Delivery of certain Trunks, Hampers, and Cabinets, landed on Skegney Shore, which, as his Majesty says, belong to Prince Rupert; and the Answer of the Mayor of Boston, of the 31st of August, to his Majesty's Letter; and likewise a Warrant under Mr. Heron's Name the High Sheriff, directed to the High Constable of the Wapentake of Skirbeck, for Providing of Draught-horses for the King's Artillery at Nottingham.
Ordered, That Mr. Ellis prepare a Letter of Thanks to be sent to Boston.
Dep. Lieuts. of Suffolk.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth nominate and approve of Sir Wm. Castleton Baronet, Sir Jo. Wentworth, Sir Robert Brooke, Sir Wm. Soame, Sir Tho. Barnardiston, Knights, Tho. Baker, Brampton Gourdon, Wm. Rivett of Bilson, Robert Brewster, Jo. Gurdon, Nath. Bacon, F. Bacon, Wm. Bloyes, Tho. Blosse, for Alborough, the Bailiffs for the Time being, Squire Bence, Alexander Bence, to be Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Suffolk, and for the Town of Aldborough: And that it be carried up by Sir Nath. Barnardiston.
Commissioners for Norfolk, &c.
Ordered, That the Deputies and Commissioners appointed by this House for the Propositions for Horse, Money, or Plate, in the Counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, do hasten those Propositions.
Design of bringing in Foreign Forces.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to consider of a Declaration to be drawn, to be published to the Kingdom, to inform them of a Design of Mr. Germaine, and others, to bring in Foreign Forces into this Kingdom: And that it be recommended to Mr. Strictland in Holland, to acquaint the States herewith.
Information concerning Lawkner.
Sir Wm. Lewis informed the House, That Mr. Lewkner is in Portesmouth, and hath been with Col. Goringe there, ever since he betrayed the Trust the Parliament put in him; and that on Sunday Night last they had a Parley; and the Colonel sent forth Mr. Lukener as one of the Hostages, for the Return of those of the Committee of this House that went into the Town.
Lewkner disabled to sit.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Chr. Lukener shall be disabled for continuing any longer a Member of this House: And that Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant for the Issuing out of a Writ for the Election of another Burgess to serve in his Stead.
Sir J. Strangewayes.
The Question being put, Whether the Question should be now put, for the Disabling Sir Jo. Strangwayes for continuing any longer a Member of this House;
|The House was thereupon divided.|
|Sir Tho. Barrington,||Tellers for the Yea, 29.|
|Sir Wm. Lewis,||Tellers for the Noe, 40.|
|So the Question was carried in the Negative.|
Message to Lords.
Sir Tho. Barrington carried up to the Lords the Essex Declaration; and was ordered to move the Lords, that Mr. Phillipps and Mr. Burneby, Two Huntingtonshire Gentlemen, imprisoned by the Command of the Lords, may not be released, till this House be made acquainted therewith; and to desire them to join in the Printing of the Essex Declaration.
Suspending Absent Members.
Ordered, That those Members of this House reported by Mr. Hill from the Committee for absent Members, that, by the Opinion of the Committee, are reported to be specially summoned, shall be suspended for sitting as Members in this House, till such time as the Committee has examined the Cause and Time of their Absence; and report the same in the House; and the House give further Order therein:
Sir Edw. Alford, Sir Ph. Musgrave, Mr. Wm. Jesson, Mr. H. Killigrew, Mr. Jo. Polewheele, Sir Ra. Sydenham, Mr. Edm. Waller, Mr. Wm. Chadwell, Mr. Peter Venables, Mr. Wm. Allestree, Mr. Edw. Seymour, Mr. Rich. Rogers, Sir Jo. Strangewayes, Mr. Giles Strangewayes, Mr. Rich. Kinge, Sir Geo. Wentworth of Wolley, Serjeant Evers, Sir Humphrey Tufton, Mr. Jeffrey Palmer, Mr. Tho. Coke, Sir Roger Palmer, Sir Rich. Wynne, Mr. Ro. Sutton, Mr. *
Persons sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Colonel Jeremiah Brett, Captain Buck, Captain Turney, Captain Jo. Burley, and Captain Barnaby Burley, shall be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents.
Captain of DoverCastle.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Hill, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Smith;
This Committee is to consider of the Executing and Breaking open of Writs, by the Captain of Dover Castle, and his sitting in Courts there; and what is fit to be done by Sir Edw. Boys in these Particulars.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Tho. Barrington brings Answer; The Lords do agree in all Things.
Ordered, Mr. Hill do go on with his Report To-morrow, concerning the absent Members.
Person in Custody.
Ordered, That Wm. Lord do continue in the Serjeant's Custody till further Order of this House.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Ro. Harley brings Answer, That for the Orders concerning the Capuchins, and the Countess of Portland, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own; and agree to the rest.
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