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, 11 Octobris, 1642.
THE humble Petition of Rich. Powell, a convicted Prisoner * Newgate, a Serjeant to Captain F. Hudson's Company.
Ordered, to be shewed to the Lord Mayor: And he is desired to take it into Consideration; and, if he find the Matter of Fact to be true, as it is suggested in the Petition, that then he will reprieve the Petitioner.
Upon the humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Barking in the County of Essex; desiring that Mr. Jo. Bowyer, an able, learned, and godly Minister, might be recommended unto them for their Lecturer on the Sabbath Days in the Afternoon;
It is Ordered, That the said Mr. Jo. Bowyer be recommended unto the Parishioners accordingly, to preach there the Sundays in the Afternoon: And that Doctor Hall, their Vicar, do permit him to exercise his Ministry there at the Times aforesaid, without any Lett or Interruption.
A Priest committed.
Ordered, That Tho. Sanderson, alias Holland, a Rhomish Priest, be forthwith committed Prisoner to the New Prison; there to remain in strict Imprisonment, during the Pleasure of the House.
The Informations against Captain Kettleby, Captain of One of his Majesty's Ships for the Defence of the Coasts of Ireland, who deserted that Service, was this Day read.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Captain Tho. Kettleby shall be forthwith impeached of High Treason.
Ordered, That Mr. Corbett, Mr. Pelham, Mr. White, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Millington, do prepare an Impeachment forthwith against Captain Kettleby of High Treason.
Sir Simonds D'Ewes declares himself, That he will freely give an Hundred Pounds: and will pay Fifty Pounds down presently, and Fifty Pounds more he will send up out of the Country: Which the House does accept.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Simonds D'Ewes shall have Leave to go into the Country, to stay a Month.
Military Affairs at Manchester.
A Relation of the Passages of the Action of the Earl of Derby and his Forces before Manchester, and the Courage of the Town for their Defence, was this Day read; and ordered to be printed.
Publick Thanks giving.
Ordered, That there be publick Thanksgiving to God, for his gracious Deliverance, in all Churches and Chapels within the County of Lancaster: As also, that this Declaration be there, and in all Market Towns in that County, published: And that the Knight and Burgesses, serving for the same, do forthwith send down a considerable Number of these Declarations; and require a speedy and strict Account of the Publication and Performance thereof.
Manchester Free School.
This House being informed, That the Feoffees of the Free Grammar School of Manchester, in the County of Lancaster, are, for the Use of the School, seized of the Fee Simple of certain Milnes, lately in Lease to one Mr. Prestwich, whose Lease thereof ended at the Feast of St. Michaell the Archangel last past; and that the said Mr. Prestwich is in actual and open Rebellion against the King and Parliament; and that he was one of the Persons who now lately besieged Manchester; It is thought fit, and so Ordered, That the said Feoffees shall forbear to renew the Lease of the said Milnes to the said Mr. Prestwich, or any other for his Use; and that they shall, according to the Trust in them reposed, convert the Profits of the said Milnes, to the best improved Value, for the Use of the said School, and necessary Reparations of the said Milnes: And, in Default thereof, the Profits of the Milnes are hereby sequestered into the Hands of Rich. Holland and Peter Egerton Esquires, to be employed for the Use of the School; unless, upon Notice hereof, the Feoffees shew Cause to the contrary to this House.
Prisoner to be sent up.
Ordered, That Doctor Marsh, now a Prisoner in the Town of Manchester, be sent up, as a Delinquent, in safe Custody; and that he be kept there in safe Custody, at his own Charge, till they can send him up safely.
Treaty with Scotland.
A Commission for the Conservation of the Peace between the Two Kingdoms of England and Scotland, according to the Articles of the Treaty of Pacification, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Walth. Erle, Sir H. Vane jun. Sir Edw. Aiscough, Mr. Pym, Mr. Holland, Sir Wm. Strickland, are appointed to present Thirty-four Names, to be allowed of by this House, to be Commissioners in the Commission for Preservation of the Peace between the Two Kingdoms of England and Scotland, according to the Articles of the Treaty of Pacification.
Ordered, That Colonel Bamfield's Regiment shall be speedily raised in the West: And that the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom shall appoint what Service they shall be employed in.
Ordered, That such Members of this House, or others of the Counties of Devon, Cornewall, and Sommersett, that have subscribed upon the Propositions to bring in Horses, and have not yet sent them in, shall send them to be employed in those Parts, to be disposed of as the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom shall appoint.
Earl of Warwick.
The Lords and Commons in Parliament, taking Notice of the good Service done the State by the Earl of Warwick, in his Employment, as Admiral of the Fleet; and finding his Lordship's Presence in Parliament very needful, for the Furtherance of the present weighty Affairs of the Kingdom; do therefore Order, That the said Earl do, with all convenient Speed, repair unto the Parliament; and, by Deputation from his Lordship, do commit the Charge of the Fleet unto Captain Batten, his Vice Admiral, with the like Power his Lordship hath received from both Houses: Who is hereby farther authorized to execute the same, in the Absence of the said Earl, in as ample Manner as if he the said Earl were personally present.
Ordered, That the City of Exon shall have Power to fortify the Old Castle within the said City, though it be not within the Jurisdiction of the said City.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Captain Kettleby shall be sent to the Compter of Woodstreete, London; and committed for High Treason.
Sir Wm. Armyn reported from the Committee, the Answers of divers Men who were asked what they would bring in, upon the Propositions, in this Time of common Danger: Among others, the Answer of Mr. Jo. Fountaine, a Lawyer; That he was not satisfied whether it were not against the Petition of Right: And some other contemptuous Carriage of his.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Jo. Fountaine shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for his contemptuous Carriage to a Committee of the Lords and Commons.
Persons refusing to contribute.
Ordered, That the Consideration what is fit to be done upon those that refuse to bring in upon the Propositions, be taken into Debate To-morrow Morning.
Dep. Lieuts. of Kent.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House does nominate and approve of Sir Basil Dixwell, and Mr. Tho. Seliard, to be Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Kent.
Messages to Lords.
Sir Tho. Barrington went up to the Lords, with the same Message Sir H. Vane jun. was sent up with Yesterday.
He likewise carried up the Order for recalling the Earl of Warwick; and the Order for preventing Arms to be sent into Wales.
Mr. Wheeler carried up an Order concerning Captain Tucker to go into Ireland; and the Two Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Kent.
Declarations from the Scotts.
A Message from the Lords by Sir Ro. Riche, and Mr. Page;
Here are Three Declarations, which have been delivered by the Scotts Commissioners to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom; which have been read in the Lords House: And the Lords have commanded * * * *
The Three Declarations from the Scotts were all read.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning, the Declaration concerning Commissioners to come hither, to mediate a Peace, and their having a safe Convoy, be taken into Consideration.
Answers from Lords
Sir Tho. Barrington brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to a present Conference concerning the Lord Lieutenant's Instructions: They do likewise agree to the several Orders he carried up: And, as for the Message concerning the Capuchins, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Wheeler brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order concerning Captain Tucker; and to the Two Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Kent.
Ordered, That the House meet in a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill of the Assembly * * * *.
Mr. Pym, Sir H. Vane junior, Sir Tho. Barrington, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
That Mr. Rigby do take Care for the Sending of one, with the General Order for the Staying of Money and Plate, to seize of some Monies that are informed to be sent to the King.
Ordered, That the City of Exon shall have Liberty and Power to detain in their Hands Three hundred Pounds of the Monies collected within the said City, upon the Propositions; to be disposed of by the Advice of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the said City, for Fortifying of the said City, and Castle adjacent.
Information against Hooper.
Ordered, That the Information of several Persons against Nicolas Hooper Clerk, Parson of the Parish of St. Edmund's within the City of Exon, for divers scandalous Speeches, be referred to the Committee for Informations.
Griffith to be sent up.
Upon Information this Day given to the House, that Mr. Jo. Griffith junior is in the Army, who was formerly sent for by an Order of this House of the Eighth of June, upon the Complaint of the Lady Elizabeth Sedley;
It is Ordered, That the Lord General be desired to take some Course for sending up the said Mr. Jo. Griffith, in safe Custody to the Parliament; to answer the Complaint against him.
Powell, a Prisoner.
Upon Mr. Fountaine's Report from the Lord Mayor, that the Matter of Fact laid down in the Petition of Rich. Powell, a Prisoner in Newgate, is false and untrue; .... took no other Order in the Business.
Milles' Debt to Stoell.
Ordered, That the Hundred and Ninety Pounds due and payable by Mr. William Milles, of Tanton, in the County of Sommersett, upon the Twentieth of October, to Sir John Stoell, be detained in the Hands of the said William Milles; and by him paid over unto the Treasurers for the Monies that come in upon the Propositions at Guildhall, London: And that the said Milles be saved harmless for his so doing.
Letter from Rowe.
That the Consideration of the Letter sent from Mr. Rowe, a Prisoner in the Gatehouse, to Mr. Rigbye, a Member of this House, be referred to the Committee for Informations.
Ordered, That the Committee for the King's Revenue shall have Power to meet any Four of them.
Assembly of Divines.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Corbett called to the Chair.
The Grand Committee fell to the Consideration of the Bill for calling an Assembly of Divines.
Upon Information of Mr. Vassalls, Owner of the Mayflower, now in the Service of the King and Parliament, for the Defence of the Kingdom, and appointed for One of those Ships for the Winter Guard for the Coast of Ireland; that the said Ship is now in the Hope, and hath all her Victuals aboard her for the present Service; but that Charles Metcalf, One of the Company of the said Ship, hath persuaded divers of the said Company not to proceed in the said Voyage; notwithstanding they have formerly received Imprest Money, and the Owner ready to pay them all reasonable Wages;
It is Ordered, That the Captain and chief Officers of the said Ship do forthwith weigh Anchor, and depart for the Downes, with their Company of Mariners, under the Command of the Earl of Warwick: Whereof the Serjeant at Arms, attending the House of Commons, is to give them present Notice. And it is farther Ordered, That the said Serjeant do take into his Custody the said Charles Metcalf, and bring him in Safety to this House, to answer his Contempt: And that he require of the Captain of the said Ship, a Note of the Names of such Persons as have or do shew themselves refractory to that Service.