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, 19 Octobris, 1642.
Relief of of Persons in Ireland.
The and Commons, in Parliament assembled, taking into their serious Consideration, and Christian Compassion, the deplorable Estate into which the People of the Kingdom of Ireland are brought by the present Rebellion there; and the necessitous Condition whereunto divers Persons of Quality, and others, Professors of the Protestant Religion, dispersed into sundry Parts of that Kingdom, are reduced; have thought fit, and so this Day Ordered, That the Treasurers in the City of London, named in the Act of Contribution, shall forthwith, out of the Monies remaining within their Charge, pay into the Hands of the Committee of Lords and Commons for distributing the Contribution Monies, or to such as they, or any Five of them, shall assign, the Sum of Three thousand Pounds, to be by them sent over into the Kingdom of Ireland; to be issued and distributed there in Monies or Provisions, for the Relief and Employment of the distressed and despoiled British Subjects in that Kingdom, according to such Instructions as the said Committee of Lords and Commons, or any Five of them, shall agree upon.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Committee of the said Lords and Commons, appointed by both Houses, for the Admiralty, or any Three of them, during the Vacancy of the Office of the Lord Admiral, have Power to do and execute all such things as appertain to the said Office of the Lord Admiral and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, in as ample Manner, and to all Intents and Purposes, as the Lord Admiral, or Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, have used and ought to do, for the Good and Safety of the Kingdom, and due Government of the Affairs and Persons belonging to the said Offices.
Letters of Mart.
Whereas divers Merchants and Owners, well affected to the Safety of this Kingdom, and of Ireland, by guarding the Seas, and Suppression of Pirates, and others, who send Aid of Ammunition and Victual to the Rebels in Ireland, are willing to set out to the Seas Ten Ships hereunder named, with Men, Victual, and Warlike Provisions for Ships fit for that Service; to be paid their Charges upon the Publick Faith of the Lords and Commons in Parliament, out of such Monies as have been, or shall be, paid in by Adventurers upon the Act of Subscription for Ireland, It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Committee for the Navy do draw up Conditions, with the Owners of the said Ships, to receive such Allowance of Freight as hath been usually granted unto other Ships heretofore set forth by the Parliament. And, for the Encouragement of such Mariners as shall be employed in this Service, it is farther Ordered, That One Third Part of all such Ships and Goods as shall be taken either from Pirates, the Rebels of Ireland, or others giving Aid unto them, shall be given and bestowed upon the Officers, Captains, and Ship Company of the several Ships respectively; and the other Two Parts to be received and accounted to the Use of the Commonwealth for the Reducing of Ireland, and for Assurance of the Freight, Victual, and Wages unto the Owners and Captains, according to the Covenant made with the said Committee. It is farther Declared, and Ordered, That the said Owners and Merchants shall receive Satisfaction out of such Monies as have been or shall be paid in by Adventurers, upon the Act of Subscription for Ireland, within One Year after the Date of this Order.
Letter to Counties.
Mr. Pierrepointe carried up to the Lords the Letter to be sent to the adjacent Counties for their Association; and acquainted them, that the House had left it to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom to fill up the Blank in the said Letter, for the Number of the Train Bands to be drawn forth in all Counties; and desired the Lords to sit this Afternoon at Three of Clock.
Earl of Pembroke's Appointment.
Resolved, That these Six Counties, viz. Hantshire, Wiltshire, Sommersettshire, Dorsettshire, Devon, Cornewall, and the Isle of Wight, and the several Cities within those Counties, shall be put under the Command of the Earl of Pembroke, with the like Power as the Earl of Essex hath, to raise and conduct Forces for the Suppressing of Rebellion, and preventing Insurrections: And to the Payment of these Forces, that he shall have Power, according to the Votes of both Houses, to seize the Rents and Profits of Archbishops, Bishops, Deans, and Chapters, and other notorious Delinquents.
Sir H. Vane, Mr. Pym, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Maynard, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Whittlock, are appointed to withdraw, and to view the Lord General's Commission; and to frame another, according unto it, for the Earl of Pembroke, with a subordinate Power to the Lord General; and to frame an Order according to this Vote: And 'tis referred to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom to prepare Instructions for the Earl of Pembroke.
House to meet.
Letter to Counties.
Mr. Pierrepointe brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Letter; and that the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom shall fill up the Blank; and that they will sit this Afternoon at Three of Clock.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Green carried up to the Lords the Ordinance concerning the Setting forth of Ships by Letters of Reprizal: The Order for the Ten Ships appointed for a Winter Guard upon the Coasts of Ireland: The Vote concerning the Commissioners for the Matters of the Admiralty: The Order of giving Power to the Commissioners for the Admiralty.
Wright's Loan, &c.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of Sir Edmund Wright's Offer to make up the Two hundred Pounds he hath already lent upon the Propositions, Five hundred Pounds; and doth Order, That the Person of Sir Edmund Wright shall be freed from any Restraint or Imputation of Disaffection.
Ordered, upon the humble Petition of the Merchants Strangers of the Intercourse, That the Collectors of the Four hundred thousand Pounds be required to forbear Levying of the Monies assessed upon the Merchants Strangers of the Intercourse, upon the Bili for Four hundred thousand Pounds, for One Week: And, in the mean time it is referred to Sir Hen. Vane, Sir Hen. Mildmy, Mr. Bond, Mr. Beding field, Mr. Spurstoe, and Mr. Wheeler, or any Three of them, to consider of the List of those that shall be presented as Merchants of the Intercourse; and to present their Names to this House; to the end that none other may have the Benefit of an Order for forbearing the Levying of the Monies assessed upon them by the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, but such as are Merchants of the Intercourse, and so listed and approved of by this House: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Call of the House.
Assembly of Divines.
That the Lords do agree to this Bill, intituled, An Act for the Calling an Assembly of Divines, to be consulted with by the Parliament, for the Settling the Church Government &c. with these Amendments:
Seizing Arms, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth approve of what Mr. Browne hath done in the County of Essex, in Seizing of the Horse and Arms of divers Papists in the County of Essex; and doth order, That the Deputy Lieutenants of Essex, or any One of them, to be aiding and assisting to the said Mr. Browne in the Disarming of all Papists and Disaffected in that County; and to seize the Horse and Arms of Mr. Nevil, alias Smyth, of Cressent Temple: And Sir Richard Everard, One of the Deputy Lieutenants of that County, is required to be aiding and assisting in that Particular. And
It is farther Ordered, That One of the Four Horse seized by the said Mr. Browne, belonging to some Papists of that County, and now in his Custody, shall be disposed of by the said Mr. Browne; and the rest to be disposed of by the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom: And that all Justices of the Peace, and Constables, and such of the Trained Bands in Essex, as shall be appointed by Sir Richard Everard, or any other of the Deputy Lieutenants in that County, with Horse and Arms convenient, be aiding to the said Mr. Browne, in Execution of this Order.
Assembly of Divines.
Constable of Stepney, &c.
Mr. Corbett reports from the Committee of Stepney, the Business concerning the undue Electing of one Mr. Arnold to be a Constable; and concerning the Setting up of a Maypole by the said Constable; and concerning one Mr. Sutcliffe carrying himself very disrespectively and unseemly before the Committee; and threatening, cursing, and striking Witnesses in the Face of a Committee.
Resolved, That the Maypole in East Smythfield, which hath been the Occasion of tumultuous Assemblies near the Tower, for the Preservation of the Peace of that Place, shall be forthwith pulled down: And that Sir Jo. Coniers, Lieutenant of the Tower, do take Care to see this Order put in Execution.
The House doth accept of the Offer of Mr. Fletcher, to find an Horse here, or in the County of Suffolk, for the Service of the Kingdom; and doth injoin him, that he should bring up his Horse hither, and list it with the Commissary here: And that he be forthwith discharged.
Examination of Sutcliffe.
Mr. Sutcliffe was called in; and did acquaint the House, That he came to the Committee to complain of some Words spoken against his Majesty; and that, coming up the Stairs, he received some Affront by some People that were there; and did confess, that he told them, that, if he had them out of that Place, he would cut their Throats: But doth protest, that he knew not there were any Committee sitting there; nor would he presume to do any such Thing in the Face of a Committee.
Answers to Scotch Declarations.
Sir Christ. Yelverton went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference concerning an Answer to the Declarations from the Scotts: And carried up the Resolutions concerning the County of Devon; the additional Names of Deputy Lieutenants for the Counties of Devon and Dorsett.
Earl of Pembroke's Commission.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Christ. Yelverton brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the additional Names of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Devon; and to that one for Dorsettshire: And, as to the Propositions for the County of Devon, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own; and will give a present Meeting at a Conference, as is desired.
Message from Lords.
Message from Lords.
The Lords do consent to all the Votes concerning Devon, but the Second: They have likewise received a Petition from the Seventeen Hamlets belonging to the Tower, addressed to both Houses; and that they had consented to the Petition in all but the Nominating of Officers; which they do recommend to the Lord Lieutenant.
Earl of Pembroke's Commission.
Sir John Evelyn went up to the Lords, to desire, that of this Conference, One Head may be, to deliver the Commission to be granted to the Earl of Pembroke, for being Captain General of the Forces in the Western Parts.
Votes concerning Devonshire.
Earl of Pembroke's Commission.
Sir Jo. Evelyn brings Answer, That the Lords do agree, that there shall be an Addition to this present Conference, concerning the Commission to the Earl of Pembroke, to be General of all the Forces in the Western Parts.
Orders, &c. respecting Ireland.
IT is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Copies of all Orders and Resolutions of the Houses of Parliament, or either of them, concerning the Affairs of Ireland, or conducing thereunto, may, from Day to Day, be copied out of the Books of the Clerks of the Parliament respectively, as they are drawn up and entered there, and delivered unto Mr. Wm. Hawkins, Clerk to the Committee for Irish Affairs: Who is appointed to receive and keep the same for their Use.
Committee for Irish Affairs.
Whereas it was, by this House, resolved, upon the Question, the Third Day of September last, That a select Committee should be appointed to take Care of the Affairs of Ireland; and that any Adventurers of the House should be admitted to have their Voices; and that all the Commissioners for the Affairs of Ireland should be of that Committee, besides several Members of this House mentioned in the said Order; that the said Committee should meet in the Exchequer Chamber de die in diem; and have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, and Records, as might conduce to that Business: It is now thought fit, and farther Ordered, That the said Committee shall receive Certificates, and other Testimonials, for Corn, Victual, and other Provisions delivered into the several Magazines and Stores for the Army in Ireland: For which Payment is to be made by this State within Thirty Days after such Certificate is presented here, according to an Order of Parliament, in that Behalf, made the Twenty-seventh Day of January 1641, and published in Print: And that, after due Consideration had of such Certificates by the said Committee, they report them to this House; with their Opinion concerning the same.
Sir J. Coniers.
Mr. Whitlock, Mr. Rous, Sir Tho. Dacres, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Whitacre, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Ashton, Mr. Wheeler, are added to the Committee for Sir Jo. Coniers: And are to meet To-morrow, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.