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 Martis, 13 Septembris, 1642.
Instructions to Irish Committee.
It is farther Ordered, That these Instructions, together with the Names of the Committees, be sent unto One of the Secretaries of State, to be presented unto his Majesty, in a Letter: The which Letter the Committee is appointed to prepare, and press a speedy Answer, in regard the Committees are to be gone by Thursday come Se ennight.
Declaration to Ireland.
The Committees are ordered to send into Ireland Copies of the Declaration set forth by Order of the House; and shewing the Interruptions that have come to the Affairs of Ireland, by the Misunderstandings between his Majesty, and the Parliament, &c.: And Usbands the Printer is appointed to provide Copies for the Service of the House to this Purpose.
Commissioners of Array at Worcester.
An Order for the Commoners of Worcester to defend themselves against the Commissioners of Array; and to seize their Arms, Ammunition, Money, and Plate; was this Day read; and by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Pass for Winston.
Pass for Cholmely.
Affairs at Gloucester.
A Letter, from the City Gloucester, from Mr. Pury, &c. concerning the Lord Herbert, Son to the Earl of Worcester, Seven Horses of War stayed there; and concerning some Provisions they desire for the Safety of the City; was this Day read: And
Proceedings in Monmouth.
Herbert, &c. thanked.
Ld. Herbert to appear.
Earl of Worcester.
State of Monmouth.
Ordered, That Mr. Herbert shall make, unto the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, a Relation of the State of the County of Monmouth: And that it be referred to That Committee to provide for the Safety of that County.
Preparations at Rotterdam.
Raising Horse, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to take Care that the Propositions for Raising of Horse, Money and Plate, be sent into all Counties and Corporations, do meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards: And that the Proposition concerning the Farthing Office be referred to the Consideration of this Committee: And it is referred to this Committee, to name Commissioners, in all Counties, Cities, and Corporations, for the Bringing in of Horses, Monies, and Plate, to receive the same; and to view and value the Horse.
Ordered, That Sir H. Vane, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Rous, Serjeant Wilde, Lord Ruthen, Mr. Whitlock, Mr. Glyn, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. Hunt, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Ashton, Mr. Salloway, Mr. White, be added to the Committee for the Propositions: And that it be referred to That Committee, to consider of the Manner of Sequestring and Securing the Persons of such Recusants as are nominated in the Bill for Securing the Persons of certain Recusants, and of Sequestring the Rents and Revenues of all Papists.
Message from the King.
The Lords have received a Letter to the Speaker of their House, from his Majesty; and in it a Message inclosed from his Majesty to the Parliament: They have sent it down; and do think fit, that the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom may consider of this Message; and prepare some fitting Answer unto it, if this House shall so think fit.
Defence of the Kingdom.
Answer to Lords.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Wm. Armyn brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Declaration upon the Letter from Sir Jo. Byron to Mr. Clerke; to the Order for Sir Wm. Ogle's Arrears; to the Order concerning the Earl of Antrim; and to the Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Lincolne.
Sir Ch. Yelverton brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to refer to the Committee for the Defence, . . . . the Matter concerning the Prisoners in the Tower: And they agree to the Keeping of Captain Legg close Prisoner.
Impeachment of Lord Strange.
Answer to the King.
Money for Service of Ireland.
That the Sum of Six thousand Five hundred Thirty three Pounds Six Shillings and Eight Pence be paid by the Deputy Treasurer at Wars for Ireland, out of the Twenty-seven thousand Pounds remaining in his Hands, formerly designed for Ireland, to the Scotts Commissioners, or their Agents, being for Provision of Oatmeal for the Scotts Army in Ireland, for Baggage Horses, and for Discharge of One thousand Pounds of the Monies allowed for incident Charges.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland do, To-morrow in the Afternoon, consider what Sums of Money are of most important Necessity, to be speedily disbursed for the Affairs of Ireland; and report them to the House; to the end the House may Order the Payment of them, out of the Remainder of the Twenty-seven thousand Pounds remaining in the Deputy Treasurer's Hands, if they shall so think fit.
Commrs of Array, &c. at Worcester.
WHEREAS divers Commoners, being Citizens of the City of Worcester, in the Name of Themselves, and other their Fellow Commoners, have presented their humble Petition to the House of Commons, shewing the great Danger which they and the said City are in, by the Resort of divers Commissioners of Array, Popish Recusants, Cavaliers, Soldiers, and other dangerous Persons and Delinquents, unto the said City of Worcester; and therefore have desired Liberty and Power from the Parliament, to put themselves into a Posture of Defence; and to train and exercise themselves and such Volunteers, and others within the said City and Liberties thereof, as shall be willing to serve and use their Arms for the Defence of the King and Parliament, under the Command of one Captain Rea, a Citizen of the said City; and the said Captain Rea to appoint such other Officer and Officers under him, as he shall think fit and necessary for the said Service: All which the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, do well approve of; and do much commend the Care and Diligence, and good Affection of the said Petitioners: And do therefore Ordain, That the said Petitioners, and other Commoners, within the said City, under the Command of the said Captain Rea, as aforesaid, shall have the like Power and Authority touching the Premises, as hath been given by former Orders of both Houses of Parliament, to the Town of Shrewsbury, and other Cities and Towns within this Kingdom: And do further order and require the Mayor, Sheriffs, Aldermen, Citizens, and Commoners, of the said City, to take special Care, that Watch and Ward be duly kept (each Commoner in his Course) from time to time, at the several Gates and Passages of the said City, for the Apprehending of all dangerous and ill-affected Persons: And the Mayor, Sheriff, and Aldermen of the said City, are required to seize, and take into their Hands and Custody, the Magazine of the said City, and so much of the Magazine and Arms of the County of Worcester, as is remaining in the said City, or in or about the Cathedral Church, or other Places adjoining to the said City; and also all such Arms, Ammunition, Money, or Plate, as hath been, or shall be, brought into the said City, or Suburbs thereof, by any Commissioners of Array, Cavaliers, or other dangerous and ill-affected Persons; or that shall be likely to be employed against the Parliament; and particularly the Arms, Money, and Plate, of the Lord Coventry, within or about the said City: And that they the said Mayor, Sheriff, and Aldermen of the said City, do retain and keep all such Arms, Ammunition, Money, and Plate, as aforesaid, in their safe Custody, till further Order be taken by both Houses of Parliament. And it is further Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That no Commissioners of Array, or other dangerous or ill-affected Persons, be permitted to take any Houses, Lodgings, or Dwellings, within the said City, or Suburbs thereof. And the said Mayor, Sheriff, and Aldermen, and other Inhabitants of the said City, are hereby required and injoined to see this Ordinance duly observed: And, for their so doing, they, and every of them, their Aiders and Assistants, shall be protected and saved harmless by the Power and Authority of both Houses of Parliament: And all and every Person and Persons, that shall be arrested, proceeded against, or otherwise molested or troubled, by Colour of the Commission of Array, or other Commission from his Majesty, for doing any Service to the Parliament, shall have Power, and are hereby authorized to make Resistance, by Force or otherwise, as Cause shall require; and to call others out of the said City or County, or elsewhere, to assist them: And it shall be lawful for all and every other Person and Persons to assist them accordingly: And all Officers, and other Persons, are required to be aiding and assisting to them in this Behalf; and to use their best Endeavours for the Apprehending of all such Persons as shall execute any such Commission as is before mentioned, or be aiding thereunto; and to bring them up to the Parliament: And all and every svch Officer, and other Person and Persons which shall do any thing in Execution of this Ordinance, shall be protected and assisted by both Houses of Parliament.
Instructions to Irish Committee.
1. THAT they enquire, and take Notice, of all Things whatsoever, concerning the Army, both by Sea and Land; and that they [a] "inform themselves of the managing and" ordering of the War; and, to that Intent, that they be admitted to be present and vote at all Consultations concerning the same.
2. That they do their best Endeavours, [a] "and be careful, that no indirect Means be made or used for the Preferment of Officers"; but that such be employed as are Persons of Merit, and well affected to the Protestant Religion, and to the present Service.
4. That they do their best Endeavours, that such Persons, as, under Colour of Protection, or Neutrality, may be dangerous, and shall refuse to assist our Armies, by their Estates, or by their Persons, according to their Abilities, be proceeded with as Rebels.
7. That they shall do their best Endeavours, that such Laws be prepared, as shall most conduce to the Establishment of the true Protestant Religion, and to the Advantage of his Majesty and that Kingdom.
8. That they shall do their best Endeavours, to examine and improve, by all due Means, his Majesty's Revenues, Customs, and Profits; and to lessen the Charge of the Army, by way of Adventure, or otherwise.
9. That they do their best Endeavours, to inform themselves of such Officers, Ministers, or other Persons, as deserve well of this State; and present their Names to the Parliament, that they may receive Reward answerable to their Merit.