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, 19 Septembris, 1642.
Warrant to Berlaire.
Bounds of Forests.
Ordered, That this House holds it fit, that the Commissioners appointed to meet concerning the Meets and Bounds of the Forests in the County of Oxon, do only meet, and adjourn the farther Execution of that Commission till the First Day of March next; and in regard that many of the Commissioners are detained in the Service of Parliament, and great Affairs of the Kingdom; and cannot be present at the Execution of the said Commission.
Absent Members, &c.
The Answers of Sir Bevile Greenvile, Mr. Jo. Arundell of Trerise, who were summoned, by Order from this House, to attend the Service of the House; which were, That they were commanded by his Majesty's special Command, to continue in the County, to preserve the Peace thereof.
This Committee is appointed to meet To-morrow, at Eight of Clock, in the Exchequer-chamber, to prepare a Declaration concerning the Absence of the Members that are absent upon his Majesty's special Command; and to set forth how this tends to the Dissolution of the Parliament. And, that Mr. Arundell's and Sir Bevile Greenvile's Answer to the Summons for attending the Service of the Parliament, be printed with this Declaration.
Upon the Petition of the Company of Moniers of the Minte within the Tower of London; desiring that the House would give Order for the Stay of any Levy upon them for the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds;
It is Ordered, That the Petition be referred to a Committee: And that in the mean time the Levy upon them for the said Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds be suspended, until the House take farther Order therein.
Sir Ro. Pye, Sir Ro. Harley, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Marten, are appointed to consider of the said Petition; and to think of some way for their Relief, in such Manner as that the Bill for the Four hundred thousand Pounds be not dispensed with: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-chamber.
Members to be summoned.
Members Subscriptions of Horses, &c.
Ordered, That every Member of the House that hath not yet declared what Horse, Money, or Plate, they will bring in, for the Defence of the King and Parliament, shall from time to time declare themselves as they come into the House.
Sir Edw. Aiscough, Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir Chr. Wray, Mr. Hatcher, Mr. Broxholme, Sir Antho. Irby, have declared themselves in the County of Lincolne; and brought in there some Monies, some Horses, upon the Propositions.
The Lord Mayor of London came into the House, and took his Place as a Member; and acquainted the House, That the City had received a Letter from the Lord General, for the Advancing of One hundred thousand Pounds for the Army, by quickening those that are well-affected to the King and Parliament, to hasten their Bringing in of Plate and Monies; and that the Business is in a great Forwardness.
Treaty with Scotland.
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That the Commissioners of this House, appointed to treat with the Commissioners of Scotland, shall treat with Merchants or others, for the Providing for the Arms for the Kingdom of Scotland, due unto that Kingdom, according to the Treaty; and to agree with them to be paid upon the publick Faith.
Restoring Arms, &c. to Scotland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to consider how the Forty Field Pieces of Three Pounds Ball, with One hundred and Twenty Ball; Four half Cannon of Twenty-four Pounds Ball, with One hundred and Sixty Ball; Six quarter Cannon of Twelve Pounds Ball; with Two hundred and Forty Ball; sent from the Kingdom of Scotland into Ireland, may be provided and restored to the Kingdom of Scotland, according to the Treaty.
Letter to Sec. Nicholas.
Defence of Newcastle.
Prisoners in Southwarke.
Ordered, That the like Order be made for the Keeping the Prisoners in safe Custody in the Bailiwick for the Borough of Southwarke, as was made for Sir Jo. Lenthall, for safe keeping the Prisoners in the King's Benche.
Petitions, &c. concerning Portsmouth.
Leave of Absence.
WHEREAS the Lord Mayor of London, and the Chamberlain, for the time being, by an Act of Parliament, intituled, An Act for the Relief of the Captives taken by the Turkish, Moorish, and other Pirates, and to prevent the Taking others in time to come, and their Deputies, are constituted and appointed Collectors for the Collecting and Receiving of One per Cent. granted by That Act, to be paid by Merchants exporting or importing any Goods or Merchandize into or out of this Kingdom, according to the Tenor of the said Act: And whereas Isaac Pennyngton Esquire, now Lord Mayor of the said City of London, hath, under his Hand and Seal, nominated and appointed Randolph Mannaring Esquire, and such other Person or Persons as he the said Randolph Mannaring shall substitute under him his lawful Deputy and Deputies, to demand, collect, and receive, the said Duty: It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the former Ordinance, dated the Sixteenth of August last, made by both Houses, for the Collecting the said Duty in the Outports, by Occasion of the Neglect of the late Lord Mayor, be from henceforth void: And that the said Randolph Mannaring, and his Deputies, shall, by virtue of the said Deputation, discharge That Office. And it is further Ordered, That Sir Richard Gurney, late Lord Mayor of the said City of London, his Deputy of Deputies, do deliver, or cause to be delivered, unto the now Lord Mayor, or his said Deputy, all such Bonds as he or they have taken of Merchants for the Payment of the said Duty of One per Cent.; together with the Copies of all such Books as concern the same. And it is lastly Ordered, That no Coquets, Warrants, or Bills of Store, or Bills of Sufferance shall pass in any Custom-house, within this Kingdom of England, or Dominion of Wales, unless they be signed by the said Randolph Mannaring, or his Deputies; the Merchants paying no Fee for the same.
Clerk of the Passage at Sandwich, &c.
WHEREAS Complaint hath been made of several Abuses committed by the Commissioners, Searchers, and Clerk of the Passage at Sandwich, Dover, and the other Members, permitting Papists, and other dangerous and ill-affected Persons to this State, to pass and repass from that Port, and Places near adjoining, without examining, upon Oath, according to ancient Custom; It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That Thomas Dawks, Merchant, be the Clerk of the Passage for the said Port and Members: Who is required to have vigilant Eye, and use all Care and Diligence, in the Execution of that Place for the Preventing of Danger that may ensue; and to execute all such Service as is incident to that Office, as former Clerks of the Passage there have usually done, by virtue of any Grant or Commission from the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. And it is further Ordered, That the Commissioners and Head Searcher there do not permit any Person whatsoever to pass out, or in, without due Examination upon Oath, according to ancient Custom: And where they find any Person whom they have Cause to suspect, and do conceive fit to be restrained, they are required to keep all such Persons in Safety, until they have given Intimation thereof unto the Parliament, and receive their Directions therein.
Instructions for raising Money &c.
1. YOU, and every of you, shall take Care to put in Execution, in the County of, the Propositions and Orders made by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for Bringing in of Money, Plate, Horse, or Arms, for the Preservation of the publick Peace, and for the Defence of the King, and both Houses of Parliament.
2. That you, or any Two or more of you, shall and may call together the Inhabitants of that County, as well within Liberties as without, at such Times and Places as you, or any Two of you, shall think fit; and propound to them what Men, Horse, and Arms they will find and maintain; and what Provisions they will afford, to maintain Men or Horses; and what Money or Plate they will contribute to and for the Uses aforesaid.
3. That you, or any Two or more of you, do nominate and appoint fit and able Persons, to be Treasurers to receive all such Money and Plate as shall be brought in for the Service aforesaid, and Commissaries to value and list the Horse, and Arms, and Provisions, that shall be furnished for this Service, in such Limits, Divisions, and Places in that County as you, or any Two or more of you, shall find necessary; And the Receipts under the Hands of such Treasurers respectively shall be a sufficient Ground for the Parties so lending Money, Plate, Horse, Provisions, or Arms, to demand the same, with the Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. per Annum.
4. That you, or any Two or more of you, shall certify the Names of all Persons, as, being of Ability, shall not join with the rest of the good Subjects of this Kingdom, at this Time of publick and imminent Danger and Necessity, to support and preserve, according to their Duties and the late Protestation, the true Protestant Religion, the Laws of the Land, the Liberty of the Subject, the King's Person, both Houses of Parliament, and whatever is or can be dear or precious to any good Man. That the said Committees do likewise certify the Names of all such Persons as are of Ability, and do absent themselves out of the County and repair to the City of London, or other Parts of the Kingdom; or otherwise absent themselves from the said Service or Contribution.
5. That all Mayors, Justices, Sheriffs, Bailiffs, Constables, and all other his Majesty's Officers, as well within Liberties as without, to be aiding and assisting to the said Committees, or any Two of them, in all Things, for the better Execution of the said Propositions, or of these Instructions.
6. Wheresoever any considerable Sum of Money, or Plate, or Arms, be levied, that the same be speedily and safely sent up to Sir John Woollaston Knight, and Alderman of London, Alderman Towse, Alderman Warner, and Alderman Andrews, Treasurers of London; for the Uses aforesaid: And when any Money, Plate, Horse, Provisions, or Arms, is already collected and levied, and the same not disposed of according to the Order of both Houses of Parliament, That the said Committees do forthwith send up the same to the said Treasurers of London; or else forthwith to certify both Houses thereof, and in whose Custody the same doth remain: And that the same be not disposed of till further Order and Direction of both Houses. And it is further Declared, That such Money, Plate, or Provisions, as shall be raised in that County, shall be employed and disposed of for the maintaining of such Troops and Garisons, as by Order of both Houses of Parliament, or the Lord General, shall be employed in or for the Safety of that County.
7. And it is further Ordered, That special Care be taken by the Treasurers, to keep Books of Accounts in Writing, of all Money, Plate, Horse, Arms, and the Values of them by the Treasurers received, and what Sums of Money are by them disbursed, for necessary Occassions in this Service; so as the same may, in the End of the Work, be sent up to the Parliament, there to remain on Record.