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, 16 Septembris, 1642.
Plymouth Post Master.
ORDERED, That the Place and Office of Post Matership for the Town of Plymouth, shall be sequestered from Mr. Biggs that now exercises the said Place, until the House shall take farther Order; the House being well informed of the Misdemeanors and Miscarriages of the said Mr. Biggs, in That Place; and that it be referred to Mr. Waddon, a Member of this House, to substitute one to execute the said Place, in the mean time.
Person sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question; That Mr. Jo. Studley of Shrewsbury shall be forthwith sent for as a Delinquent, for assisting to the Publishing of the Proclamation wherein the Earl of Essex, and all that adhére unto him, are proclaimed Rebels and Traitors.
Publishing Impeachment of Ld. Strange.
Whereas the Lord Strange, having continued a long Time, and still remaining, in actual Rebellion against his Majesty and the Parliament, is, for the same, impeached of High Treason, by the House of Commons, in the Name of Themselves, and all the Commons of England; It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That Publication thereof be made in all Churches and Chapels, by the Curates and Churchwardens thereof; and in all Markets and Towns, by the Constables and Officers of the Towns, within the Counties of Lancaster and Chester; to the End that all his Majesty's loving Subjects may have Notice thereof, lest they, being deceived by the specious Pretences made by the Lord Strange, should assist him with Men, Money, Munition, or any other Provision; and so make themselves guilty of the like Treason and Rebellion: And all Sheriffs, and other his Majesty's Subjects, are hereby required to do their best Endeavour for the Apprehension of the said Lord, and the Bringing him up to the Parliament, there to receive condign Punishment, according to his Demerits.
Murder of Woodland.
Ordered, That the Depositions of F. Coltman, and Thomas Todd of Leicester, taken upon Oath, concerning the Murder of Goodwife Woodland, Wife of Henry Woodland of the said Town, Chandler, committed by one Cholmeley, a Cavalier in the King's Service, and billetted at the said Woodland's House, be printed.
Impeachment of Marquis Hertford, &c.
Mayor of Chichester.
Ordered, That the Information of Words spoken by Mr. Stamp, at a Court Leet, concerning Sir Jo. Hotham, be referred to the Examination of the Committee for Informations: And That, upon This, and the whole Matter in Proof, concerning Justice Stamp, and Mr. Stamp the Vicar, an Impeachment be drawn up against them by Mr. Corbett.
Preacher's at Paule's Cross.
Arms to Windesore.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Rene Augier, lately his Majesty's Agent, and Secretary of his extraordinary Ambassage with the French King, concerning some Monies due unto him, in the Right of his Wife, from the Provost Majors and Sheriff of the Town of Tourney in Flanders, be referred to the Committee for the Navy.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Wm. Denny shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms; for spreading and divulging a scandalous Pamphlet and Libel, to the Dishonour of both Houses of Parliament.
Members accede to Convenant.
Money, &c. brought in.
Mr. Corbett reported from the Committee, That Mr. Hanham and Mr. Ravenscroft have brought in Fifty Pounds apiece; and paid the same into the Receivers and Treasurers for the Monies that come in upon the Propositions.
Person sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That a Conference shall be desired with the Lords, concerning the Damage and Injury done to Wm. Whittacre, Carrier, that carried the Cloaths to Chester: And likewise concerning the Earl of Northampton having the Wardship of the Lord Petre; and that he may be removed from him, and put to the Earl of Warwick.
Member disabled to sit.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Chicheley shall be forthwith disabled for sitting any longer as a Member of this House, during this Parliament: And that Mr. Speaker's Warrant be issued to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for a new Writ for Electing of another in his Stead.
Ordered, That all the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, shall send Summons to the several Counties, Cities, and Boroughs, to require the Knights, and Citizens, and Burgesses, to attend the Service, by Michaelmas Day next at farthest, excepting such as are particularly employed by Name, by virtue of some Order, in the Service of the House.
Sir F. Barnham's Excuse.
Sir H. Vane presented Sir F. Barnham's Excuse (who was commanded to repair into the County of Kent, to put the Militia in Execution in that County); That he is ready and willing to put the Commands of the House in Execution; and was ready to go on the Service; but fell very sick of the Gout: So soon as he is able, he shall be ready to perform it.
Message to Lords.
Sir Guy Palmes carried up to the Lords, the Impeachment of the Lord Marquis Herts, &c.: The Impeachment of Jo. Weld, Esquire, High Sheriff of the County of Salop: And the Order concerning the Publishing the Impeachment of the Lord Strange.
Sick and wounded Soldiers.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Rich. Fitzgerald, Agent for the Lords Justices of Ireland, in the Behalf of the sick and wounded Soldiers of the Army there, be referred to the Committee for Adventurers: And that they have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Sir Robert Harley, Sir Jo. Wray, Mr. Jo. Moore, Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Bond, Mr. Broxholme, Mr. Gourdon, Mr. Mathew, Mr. Ven, Mr. Cawley, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Salloway, Mr. Robert Goodwyn, Sir Edm. Fowell, Mr. Rous, Mr. Holland, Mr. Rotle, Mr. Tate, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Millington, Mr. Waddon, Sir Guy Palmes, Mr. Bence;
This Committee, or any Four of them, have Power to inquire into and receive Informations, from time to time, concerning such Members of this House, or any other Persons, who have incited his Majesty to this War against his Parliament; or that have been active in aiding or assisting his Majesty therein, after such Time as both Houses had declared his Majesty intended to levy War against his Parliament; or in executing the Commission of Array, after such Time as both Houses had declared the Illegality thereof; or that have entered into an Association in Opposition to, or Derogation of, the Ordinances and Proceedings of both Houses of Parliament; or that have subscribed any Petition to his Majesty, or avowed any Declaration or Resolution which hath cast Scandal upon the Proceedings of both Houses of Parliament: And the Clerk of this House is to bring to this Committee, a List of the Names of all Delinquents already voted in this House, with the Nature of their Delinquencies, and the Proofs thereof; And every Member of this House, that hath the Chair in any Committee, is desired to transmit to this Committee the Names of all such as have been proved Delinquents before them, and not yet reported to the House; that a Report be made to the House of the Names of all such Persons, and of the Proofs against them; that so many of them as this House shall think fit, may be proceeded against for their several Delinquencies; and make Satisfaction to the Commonwealth for the Damage it hath sustained by them: And this Committee hath Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Writings, and Records: And are to meet, from time to time, where and as often as they shall see Cause.
Ordered, That * Badger, and Marriott, Two Stationers, that caused a false and scandalous Book, intituled, "A most exact and true Relation of the Proceedings of his Majesty's Army at Shelborne," to be printed, shall be forthwith summoned to attend this House, to answer for the doing thereof.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Printing, to inquire who were the Printers and Authors of the Book, intituled, "His Majesty's Desires and Propositions to all his Subjects in Scotland."
Ordered, That Arch. Bell, Walter James, Wm. Craforde, George Robinson, Geo. Browne, Tho. Whitehead, Wm. Hebbard, Geo. Kenche, Francis Frickle, Wm. Smith, Edw. Gibson, Jo. Howlesworth, William Adington, Ralph Crompton, and Wm. Browne, Prisoners in Newgate, committed thither by the Order of * *, being taken in Northamptonshire in actual Service against the Parliament, shall, in regard of the great Numbers of Prisoners that are there, and the Sickness which is amongst some of them, be removed from Newgate to Old Bridewell; and there to remain till this House doth take further Order: And that Lionell Thrist, Jo. Greenwood, Rich. Tompson, John Taylorsonn, Christopher Foster, Jo. Berey, Edw. Markinson, Robert Hardey, Jo. Holliday, and Rich. Moore, committed to Newgate for the said Offence, shall be likewise removed to New Bridewell and New Prison; there to remain during the Pleasure of this House: And James Eastinge, John Lee, Jo. Holliday, Jo. Bracegirdle, and Henry Mason, shall be forthwith removed, and be committed to the Compter in Woodstreet: And Robert Olliver, Rob. Pagett, Wm. Bennet, Jo. Malinne, and Jo. Garrett, shall be forthwith removed from Newgate to the Compter in the Poultry; and there to remain in safe Custody, during the Pleasure of this House.
Letter to Ld. General.
Sir Rob. Harley went up to the Lords, to desire the Lords to join with us in a Letter to the Lord General, to advance, with all convenient Speed, towards his Majesty, notwithstanding the Petition and Instructions which is to be sent with all convenient Speed unto him; and to desire the Lords to hasten the Answer to his Majesty's Message.
Petition to the King, &c.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Petition to be sent to the Earl of Essex, to be by him presented unto his Majesty; and concerning the Instructions to be sent my Lord General; be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, at Nine of Clock peremptorily: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof: And that the Members be injoined all to attend this Service: And that to this Purpose, this Order be set up upon the Post: And that no Committee whatsoever shall sit at that time.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Ro. Harley reports, That the Lords will presently send an Answer to the King's Message presently, by Messengers of their own; and likewise to That concerning the sending a Letter to the Lord General: And that they do agree to the Ordinance for securing the Monies lent by Merchant Strangers.
Impeachment of Marquis Hertford, &c.
Sir Guy Palmes reports, That he had delivered at the Lords Bar, the Impeachments of the Marquis Hertford, &c. of High Treason; and of the Sheriff of Salop, of High Misdemeanors; and that they would send Answer by Messengers of their own: And that they agree to the Publication of the Lord Strange's being in Rebellion.
Answer to the King.
Upon the humble Petition of Mr. Henry Manley, Andrew Snapes, Horatio Higckman, Edward Poole, Jo. Dalmahoy, and Wm. Robinson, Servants to his Majesty in several Offices about the Stables, shall have Liberty to go to attend upon his Majesty; provided they go not armed in a warlike Manner: And all Persons are hereby required to permit them to pass without Lett or Interruption.
Licence to go beyond Seas.
Proceedings concerning Baftwicke, &c.
The humble Petition of Susannah Bastwicke, Wife of John Bastwicke, Prisoner in Yorke, was this Day read; informing the House, That Judge Heath, and Christ Grimston, the Gaoler of Yorke Castle, do refuse to obey the Writs of Habeas Corpus, and Orders of both Houses, for the Removing of Doctor Bastwick, Mr. Robert Ludlowe, and Mr. Rawlyns, from thence, to the King's Bench here, according to the said Writs and Orders.
It is therefore Ordered, That the Sheriff of the County of Yorke do use his utmost Endeavour to remove the said Dr. Bastwick, Mr. Ludlowe, and Mr. Rawlyns, to the King's Benche at London, according to the Habeas Corpus, and Orders formerly sent down; and also, to give his Assistance for the Apprehending and Bringing up of the said Grimston in safe Custody to London, to answer his Contempt to this House, for disobeying the said Writs and Orders: And that the said Prisoners be safely conveyed up, together with the said Gaoler.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Robert Heath is a Delinquent: And that the Lords be moved to join with this House in sending for the said Sir Rob. Heathe, as a Delinquent, to answer his Contempt for not obeying the Writs of Habeas Corpus, and Orders of both Houses, for removing the said Dr. Bastwicke, Mr. Ludlow, and Mr. Rawlyns.
Proceedings concerning Stapleton, &c.
Upon Information given unto this House, by Sir Wm. Armyn, That Sir John Digby, High Sheriff of the County of Nottingham, and the Gaoler of the Castle of Nottingham, had refused to remove the Persons of Mr. Bryan Stapleton, and Captain Lister, from the Castle of Nottingham to the King's Benche, according to the Habeas Corpus to them directed, and delivered;
Ordered, That the like Order be made for the Bringing up of Mr. Bryan Stapleton and Captain Lister, as is made for the Bringing up of Dr. Bastwicke, &c. according to the Orders of both Houses, and Habeas Corpus sent down to that Purpose: And that all Persons be required to be assisting to the Serjeant at Arms, or his Deputies, in Apprehending of the said Sir Jo. Digby, and Gaoler of Nottingham.
Mayor of Plymouth's Indemnity.
WHEREAS the House of Commons hath been informed, That Thomas Ceely Merchant, Mayor of the Borough of Plymouth, taking into his Consideration the great Danger that might befal the said Town, whether by sudden Plundering by Troops and Cavaliers by Land, or by foreign Invasion from the Sea; hath lately reedified, and made strong, the Gates of the said Town; barricaded and stopped up divers By-passages and Lanes going into the same; mounted several Pieces of Ordnance for the Defence thereof; and done many other Things conducible thereunto, for the Safety and Peace of the said Town, and the Service of the King and Parliament: We the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, do Declare, That the said Thomas Ceely hath in so doing, done an acceptable Service to the Commonwealth; and that we the said Lords and Commons will protect and save harmless the said Mayor, and all other Mayors of the same Town, that shall hereafter, for the same Ends and Purposes, strengthen and fortify the said Town, from all Indemnities and Damages, by the Power of Parliament.