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, 21 Septembris, 1642.
Complaints against Jenifer.
ORDERED, That the Examination of the Business concerning the Complaints made against Jo. Jenifer, Clerk of the Passages at Dover, be referred to the Committee for the Navy: And that the said Jenifer be heard at the said Committee: And that the Inhabitants of Dover and Sandwich have Notice hereof: And that in the mean time the Order of the 19th of this Instant Month, for the Removing the said Jenifer from the Execution of the said Place, and putting another in, be suspended till the House take farther Order herein.
Commissaries for Suffolk.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Commissioners that are appointed Commissaries to value the Horse that come in upon the Propositions, in the County of Suffolk, or any Two of them, to dispose of the Four Horse of Mr. Poulton, now in the Hands of the Mayor of Sudbury, who is discharged of the said Horses by this Order: And that they pay the Charge of the said Horses out of the Subscription Money of that County.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Mayor of Chichester shall be brought to the Bar, as a Delinquent, for publishing illegal Proclamations, contrary to the Orders of the House; and for contemning the Summons of the House; and, instead of obeying their Summons, going to Yorke.
Mr. Speaker acquainted him with the Heinousness of his Offence: He acknowledged his Error, and craved Pardon of the House: And, upon his humble Submission and Acknowledgment, the House ordered him forthwith to be discharged.
Resolved, upon the *, that Mr. Speaker grant his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for a new Writ for Electing of another Burgess to serve instead of Mr. Henry Tulse, who was formerly chosen to serve for Christchurch in the Country of Southampton, and since deceased.
Mr. Glyn reports from the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, That Sir Jo. Lucas had petitioned That Committee to be bailed: They would not do any thing in it, because he was committed by this House, without first acquainting this House therewith.
Articles against Shukburgh.
The Articles preferred against Mr. Shukburgh of this House; and his personal Answers unto the said Articles, sent from the Lord General, at Northampton, were read: And Mr. Marten, and Mr. Reynolds, were sent out to examine Mr. Shukburgh, whether this Answer were his, and under his Hand.
Commrs of Array.
A Warrant was read, under the Hands of Wallop Brabazon, Sir Wm. Croft, Fitz-Wm. Conningsbye, Tho. Price, Hen. Lingen, Wm. Rudhall, Commissioners of Array for the County of Hereford, directed to the High Sheriff of the said County; requiring him thereby to raise such Force as he shall think fitting, for the Apprehending of Priamus Davies, who had been summoned by divers Warrants from them, and had refused to appear; and for conveying him to his Majesty's Gaol for the said County; there to remain for the Space of Ten Days, unless he shall compound for the Sum of Forty Shillings, according to the Tenor of the Statute in that Behalf made and provided.
Ld. General's Instructions, &c.
The Articles of Instructions to be given to the Lord General were all read, one by one; and particularly voted; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence by Sir Robert Harley.
Persons sent for.
Petition to the King.
Ld. General's Instructions.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Names of the Earl of Bristoll, the Earl of Cumberland, the Earl of Newcastle, the Earl Rivers, Mr. Secretary Nicholas, Mr. Endimion Porter, and Mr. Edward Hide, shall be inserted among the Names of them that are excepted in the Fourth Article of the Lord General's Instructions, not to be admitted to the Clemency and Favour of the Parliament.
Instructions to Committee.
Mr. Pym is appointed to carry up to the Lords, the Instructions thought fit by this House to be given to a Committee, to be continually residing with the Lord General; which were read here; and, by Vote upon the Question, assended.
Petition to the King.
WE Your Majesty's most loyal Subjects, the Lords and Commons in Parliament, cannot, without great Grief, and Tenderness of Compassion, behold the pressing Miseries, the imminent Dangers, the devouring Calamities, which do extremely threaten, and have partly seized upon, both Your Kingdoms of England and Ireland, by the Practices of a Party prevailing with Your Majesty; who, by many wicked Plots and Conspiracies, have attempted the Alteration of the true Religion, and the ancient Government of this Kingdom, and the Introducing of a Popish Idolatry and Superstition in the Church, and Tyranny and Confusion in the State; and for the Compassing thereof, have long corrupted Your Majesty's Councils; abused Your Power; and, by sudden and untimely Dissolving of former Parliaments, have often hindered the Reformation and Prevention of those Mischiefs; and, being now disabled to avoid the Endeavours of this Parliament by any such Means, have traiterously attempted to overawe the same by Force; and, in Prosecution of their wicked Designs, have excited, encouraged, and fostered an unnatural Rebellion in Ireland, by which, in a most cruel and outrageous Manner, many Thousands of Your Majesty's Subjects there have been destroyed; and, by false Slanders upon Your Parliament, and malicious and unjust Accusation, have endeavoured to begin the like Massacre here; and, being, through God's Blessing, therein disappointed, have, as the most mischievous and bloody Design of all, drawn Your Majesty to make War against Your Parliament and good Subjects of this Kingdom, leading in Your Person an Army against them, and, as if you intended by Conquest to establish an absolute and illimited Power over them; and, by Your Power, and the Countenance of Your Presence, have ransacked, spoiled, imprisoned, murdered, divers of Your People: And, for their better Assistance in these wicked Designs, do seek to bring over the Rebels of Ireland, and other Forces from beyond the Seas, to join with them: And we, finding ourselves utterly deprived of Your Majesty's Protection, and the Authors, Counsellors, and Abettors of these Mischiefs, in greatest Power and Favour with Your Majesty, and defended by You against the Justice and Authority of Your High Court of Parliament (whereby they are grown to that Height and Insolence, as to manifest their Rage and Malice against those of the Nobility, and others, who are any whit inclinable to Peace; not without great Appearance of Danger to Your own Royal Person, if You shall not in all Things concur with their wicked and traiterous Courses); have, for the just and necessary Defence of the Protestant Religion, of Your Majesty's Person, Crown and Dignity, of the Laws and Liberties of the Kingdom, and the Privilege and Power of Parliament, taken up Arms; and appointed and authorized Robert Earl of Essex to be Captain General of all the Forces by us raised; and to lead and conduct the same against these Rebels and Traitors; and them to subdue, and bring to condign Punishment: And do most humbly beseech Your Majesty to withdraw Your Royal Presence and Countenance from these wicked Persons; and, if they shall stand out in Defence of their rebellious and unlawful Attempts, That You will leave them to be suppressed by that Power which we have sent against them: And that YOur Majesty will not mix Your own Danger with theirs; but in Peace and Safety, without Your Force, forthwith return to Your Parliament; and, by their faithful Counsel and Advice, compose the great Distempers and Confusions abounding in both of Your Kingdoms; and provide for the Security and Honour of Yourself, and Your Royal Posterity, and the Prosperous Estate of all Your Subjects: Wherein if Your Majesty please to yield to our most humble and earnest Desires, we do, in the Presence of Almighty God, profess, That we will receive Your Majesty with all Honour, yield You all due Obedience, Subjection, and faithfully endeavour to secure Your Person and Estate from all Danger; and, to the uttermost of our Power, to procure and establish to Yourself, and to Your People, all the Blessings of a glorious and happy Reign.