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 Mercurii, 7 Septembris, 1642.
ORDERED, That Mr. Ellis do carry up the Votes concerning the Letter Office, without any farther Order, so soon as the Lords shall be set.
Peers made hereafter.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act to restrain Peers made hereafter from sitting or voting in Parliament.
Loan from Merchant Strangers.
The and Commons now in Parliament assembled, taking into Consideration the Willingness of the Merchant Strangers in the City of London to contribute towards the Supply of that great Charge, which, for the Preservation of the true Protestant Religion, and common Liberty, they have been necessitated to undergo; which, as they receive with thankful Acknowledgment, so they desire to express their Care for reimbursing what shall be deposited for the publick Necessity; do therefore Order, That all Sums of Money that shall be lent by any Merchant Stranger or Merchant Strangers, for the Service of the Parliament, and brought into the Chamber of London, and paid in to the Chamberlain thereof, shall be duly repaid, with Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for a Year, so long as any such Sum shall be forborn: For the Performance whereof they do hereby engage the publick Faith of the Kingdom: And the Hand of the said Chamberlain, subscribed to a Note of Receipt, shall be sufficient to demand any Sum so lent.
Payment to Baldwyn.
An Order for One thousand Pounds of the Subscription Money, as in the County of Bucks, to be paid to Jo. Baldwyn, Servant to Colonel Hampden, for the Provision of Horse, Arms, &c. according to an Order of the 8th of July, 1642, was read and assented unto.
Affairs in Northampton.
A Letter from the Committee at Northampton, of the 5° of September, 1642, and Letter inclosed from Sir Jo. Byron, to one Mr. Clerke, living near Brackley; the which the Committee desires may be printed; and that some Declaration might be made upon it.
Ordered, That the Names of Mr. Jo. Bernard and Mr. Robert Mildmay of Northamptonshire, be inserted among the Names of such Persons as are intrusted, by the Instructions for Preservation of the Peace of the County of Northampton, by the Lords and Commons.
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Members disabled to sit.
Resolved, That Sir Christ. Hatton ... Sir Robert Hatton, shall be disabled from Sitting any longer as Members of this House, during this Parliament, for not appearing upon Summons; and for being active in the Execution of the Commission of Array as the House was informed.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Jeffery Palmer shall be disabled to sit any longer as a Member of this House, for not appearing upon Summons; and for neglecting the Service of the House.
Members accede to Covenant.
Mr. Ben. Weston, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Wm. Smyth, Sir Jo. Wray, Sir Tho. Huchinson, Mr. Dowse, Sir Tho. Pelham, Sir F. Barnham, Mr. Jennour, Mr. Ravenscroft, Captain Lee, Sir Humphrey Tufton, Mr. Dunch, Sir Edw. Partheriche, Mr. Grantham, Mr. Haye, Mr. Rich. Shuttleworth, declared themselves in the Affirmative, to the Vote concerning the Earl of Essex.
Sir Humphrey Tufton was referred to the Committee for the absent Members: And they brought in, that he was employed in the Service of the House: And the House allowed of the Excuse.
Members disabled to sit.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Hen. Coke shall be disabled for sitting any longer as a Member of this House, during this Parliament, for not appearing upon Summons, and for neglecting the Service of the House.
Resolved, That Sir Tho. Fanshaw shall be disabled to sit any longer as a Member of this House, during this Parliament, for neglecting the Service of the House.
Affairs in Northampton.
Sir Jo. Dreyden, Mr. Knightley, Sir Christ. Yelverton, Sir H. Vane junior, Mr. Glyn, are appointed to consider of the Letter from the Committee at Northampton, concerning Sir Jo. Byron's Letter to Mr. Clerke: And are to prepare a Declaration to be printed with it, that may give Satisfaction and Encouragement to the People of that County, for what they did in prosecuting the Cavaliers to Oxon.
They are likewise to consider of the Letter sent from Sir Wm. Boteler to Captain Skinner: And are to sit when and where they please.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Tho. Rudyer Mayor of Leicester, Mr. Wm. Billars, Dr. Lake, Mr. Edw. Palmer, Town Clerk, Mr. Geo. Faunt, Mr. Wm. Nicholls, Mr. Andrew Halford, Mr. Geo. Halford, Mr. Wm. Bale, Mr. Jo. Bale, and Mr. Hen. Sturley, be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, for contemning the Orders of this House, in not appearing upon Summons.
Absent Members, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for the absent Members do meet this Afternoon, at Two ... Clock, in the Court of Wards; and so from time to time, as they shall think fit: And are to consider of a Declaration for the Satisfying of the Kingdom, concerning the Putting out of those Members that are put out; and to consider which way the House may be replenished.
Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Smith, Mr. Rous, Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Whittacres, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Ph. Smyth, are added to this Committee.
Mr. Ro. Goodwyn presents, from the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, a Letter from Mr. Tristram Whetcombe, setting forth the lamentable Condition of Munster, and other Parts of Ireland, from Kinsale, of the 26th of August; and the Copy of a Letter from the Earl of St. Albanes, to Sir H. Stradling, to come to him; and some other Passages.
Ordered, That Mr. Green do write to the Earl of Warwick, to desire him to take it into his Consideration, to take some Course for the Convoy of those Ships that are appointed to carry Provisions into Ireland from London.
Provisions for Irish Army.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Fifteen thousand Pounds be paid unto Mr. Nicolas Loftus, Deputy Treasurer at Wars, or his Assigns, to be by him paid unto Mr. Frost, Commissary for Victuals in Ireland, for the Providing of Victuals for the Army there, out of the first Monies that shall come in of the Adventurers Monies for Ireland: And the Treasurers appointed to receive the Monies that come in upon the Subscriptions for Ireland, are hereby required to issue out the same accordingly.
Lieutenant of Oxford.
Resolved, That this House doth nominate and approve Mr. Anth. Hungerford to be Lieutenant of the County of Oxon.
Message to Lords.
Sir Robert Harley carried up to the Lords the Ordinance to secure the Merchant Strangers such Monies as they shall lend; the Order for the Thousand Pounds to be paid to Mr. Baldwyn; the Lady Rivers' Order, with some Amendments; the Addition of Two Names to be inserted among the Names of those put into the Instructions for the County of Northampton; the Names of those that are desired to be Commissaries to receive and value the Horse, Money, and Plate, in the County of Suffolk; the Names of some Deputy Lieutenants in the County of Salop.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Committee to be sent into Ireland shall take these Things following into Consideration:
1. To consider of the Progress of the War.
2. Of the Strength of the Army.
3. To represent those that have done good Service, and those that have not.
4. To take Care that the Rebels be so convicted, as shall be most for his Majesty's Service, and the Adventurers Profit.
Commrs for Money, &c.
Sir Nath. Barnardiston presented an Order for the Authorizing of some Persons named in the said Order, to be Commissioners to receive and value the Monies, Plate, and Horse, that shall be brought in, in the several * *.
Committees to Ireland.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Order of Saturday last, which restrains that no Members of the House shall be appointed as Committees to go into Ireland, be revoked: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, to consider of such as they shall think fit to be sent into Ireland, Members or others; and to present them to this House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Serjeant Major Daniel Goodricke be recommended by the House to my Lord General, for to be employed when there is a Vacancy: And Mr. Goodwyn is to recommend this Gentleman to the Lord General.
Resolved, &c. That Captain Dawson, and the rest of the Officers named in the Petition, shall be paid all that is due unto them: And the Adventurers of London are intreated to see it done: And so these Officers are cashiered.
Resolved, &c. That Four hundred and Fifty Pounds shall be paid by the Treasurers of the Contribution in London, to Captain Tho. Churche, Captain Michael Beresforde, and others of Colraine, Commanders of the Seven hundred Men, and the Troop of Horse: And it is referred to Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Tompson to see it proportionably disposed amongst them: And that, when it shall please God, that the Kingdom of Ireland shall be reduced, then (the Adventurers first satisfied) these Commanders are to have Satisfaction out of the Rebels Lands, answerable to their Expence, as it shall be found by Commission.
Letter to Ld. Fairefax, &c.
Sir William Strickland presented, from the Committee, a Letter to be sent to Ferdinando Lord Fairefax, and other Gentlemen and Inhabitants of the County of Yorke, in Answer to their Protestation sent to this House: Which was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto, and ordered to be signed by Mr. Speaker; and to be printed.
Delivery of Answer to the King.
A Letter, to be sent to Secretary Nicholas for the Delivery of the Answer to his Majesty's Message, of the 13th of August, concerning the Hundred thousand Pounds which was borrowed of the Adventurers, was read; and signed by Mr. Speaker; and ordered, That the Answer, fair written, should be sent inclosed.
Rombida's, &c. Petition.
Upon the humble Petitions of Marcus de la Rombida, Ignatio Landohola, and Alonso de Estrada, Merchants, and Subjects of the King of Spaine for the Coining of the Bullion and Money, and for the Putting to Sale of the Cochineal, formerly landed out of the Clare of London;
It is this Day Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do take Care that the said Silver be, according to the Desire of the Petitioners, sent to the Tower of London, to be coined: And the said Committee are to commit the Care thereof to such Person of Trust, as they shall think fittest for the Dispatch of that Service, to the end that the Proprietors may have the Proceed of the said Silver so soon as they shall make their Right appear.
And the House do farther Order, That the said Cochineal be put to Sale, with the Privity and Consent of the Petitioners; and the Proceed thereof to be preserved until the Property of the same is made appear.
An Ordinance for the Affairs of the Navy, to be transacted by certain Commissioners named in the Ordinance, was this Day read; and ordered to be taken into farther Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Morley's Offer, and Indemnity.
Sir Wm. Morley offereth to bring in Six Horses, and Two hundred Pounds in Money, for Defence of the King and Parliament.
Ordered, That Mr. Martyn do prepare the Draught of an Order for the Indemnity of Sir Wm. Morley, notwithstanding any Declaration of this House to make the Estates of all those that have assisted the King in this War against the Parliament, liable to make Satisfaction to the Commonwealth.
And further Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do return Thanks, from the House, to Sir Wm. Morley, for this his Offer; and that the House resteth satisfied, that he hath clear Affections to this House; and is real in his Intentions and Expressions, in any thing that he can do for the Service of the House.
Mr. Speaker informed the House, That he had received Commission from Dr. Eden, who hath been long sick of an Ague, to acquaint the House, that as he did formerly lend the House One thousand Pounds in Time of Streight, and had advanced Five hundred Pounds for Ireland, so he was also willing to lend Two hundred Pounds, and bring it into Yeildhall in London, for the Service of the King and Parliament, according to the Propositions.
Persons to be examined.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee where Mr. Whittacres has the Chair, to take the Examinations, concerning the Under Sheriff, and others, of the County of Huntingdon, sent for up to this House.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Fenwicke Knight and Baronet, Jo. Fenwicke, Tho. Midleton, Wm. Fenwicke of Staunton, Wm. Shaftoe of Babbington, Rob. Fenwicke of Brengbourn, Hen. Ogle of Eglingham,. John Salkeld of Hull, Michael Weldon of Weldon Esquire, and Mr. Armorer of Belforde, in the County of Northumberland, shall be recommended to the Lord General, to be nominated as Commissioners; and to be authorized by his Excellency's Commission, for the Preservation of the Peace of that County, and for the Suppressing of Forces that are or may be raised there against the Parliament: And Mr. Blakeston is to acquaint the Lord General herewith.
Committee for Irish Affairs.
Ordered, That the Committee for Irish Affairs do meet this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock, in the Exchequer-chamber; to consider of such Propositions as shall be made for the Raising of Monies, for the Provisions and other Payments already ordered to be made.
Petition from a Prisoner.
THE humble Petition of Rich. Dowdeswell, now in the Serjeant's Custody, desiring to be bailed, was read; but nothing done upon it.
Preparations in Holland.
A Letter from Rotterdam, of the 12th of September stilo novo; concerning some great Preparations made in Holland, of Arms, and other warlike Provisions, to be sent to the King; and likewise the Manner of the Receiving of Mr. Strickland by the States General.
Impeachment of Ld. Strange.
The Impeachment of James Lord Strange, Son and Heir Apparent of Wm. Earl of Darby, by the Commons assembled in Parliament, in the Name of Themselves, and all the Commons of England, of High Treason, was this Day read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be ingrossed.
Bp. of Raphoe's Petition.
The humble Petition of John Leslye, Bishop of Raphoe, desiring some Relief for himself, and some Consideration for the Charge he has been at for the Castle of Raphoe, he built at his own Charge, which is a Defence to that part of the Country; and for the other Services he has done; was this Day read: And
Ordered, That this Petition, and the other Petitions preferred by him to his Majesty, or the Commissioners for Irish Affairs, be referred to the Committee for Adventurers; to consider what is fit to be done with the Castle of Raphoe, built at his Charge; and likewise to consider of what present Relief is fit to be afforded unto him.
Ordered, That all the Pictures belonging to the French Painter, that are in the Custody of the Committee for Informations, that are Pictures of our Saviour, or the Virgin Mary, or other superstitious Pictures, shall be demolished; and the rest all delivered.
Absent Members - Mr. Russell.
Sir Wm. Strictland reports from the Committee for absent Members, That Mr. Russell had attended the Committee; and voluntarily acknowledged, that he had been with his Majesty at Nottingham, according to his Duty, being his Servant; and stayed but One Night there; and returned back to Cambridgeshire, to his House; where he was apprehended, and brought to this House: But nothing was done thereupon.
Affairs at Northampton.
A Letter from the Committee at Northampton, concerning the unruly and riotous Demeanor of the Soldiers there, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That the Articles and Orders for regulating the Army be brought in To-morrow Morning.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Sir Rob. Pye do go to the Lords with this Message; to desire them to hasten the Passing of the Ordinance concerning Ireland.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Carrill of Hartinge in the County of Essex, Knight, shall have a Licence for Himself, his Lady, Two Men, and Two Maids, to pass into France, or other parts beyond Seas, with his convenient Necessaries; provided he carry no prohibited Goods with him.
Fulling Earth, &c.
Ordered, That any of the Members of this House that will come to the Committee for Fulling Earth and Tobacco-pipe Clay, shall have Voices at that Committee: And they, or any Four of the Members of this House, are to meet when and where they please; and to sit To-morrow, Two .. Clock, in the Exchequer-chamber, in the Afternoon.
Ordered, That the House do, To-morrow Morning, take into Consideration the Nominated of a Captain General.