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, 25 Octobris, 1642;
Prayer used by Speaker.
Beresforde's Petition, &c.
That the Petition of Mr. Beresforde, and the Complaint of Mr. Thomas Churche against Mr. Michael Beresforde, and the Examination of the whole Business, concerning them, be referred to the Committee for Informations and Examinations.
Defence of the City.
Proceedings concerning the Convenant.
The Vote for assisting the Earl of Essex in this Cause, undertaken for the Preservation of his Majesty's Person, the Protestant Religion, the Laws, &c. was this Day read to Sir Jo. Evelyn; and his Answer demanded unto it, according to the fundamental Orders of the House: Which he refused to give; but demanded Time to consider of the Vote, before he would give any Answer.
And the House fell into Consideration of the Quality of his Offence; and found, That if any Member might have Liberty, when a Question was proposed, to refuse to give any Answer, that it would destroy the Course and Proceedings of Parliament: And thereupon.
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Jo. Evelyn, that serves for Blechingley in Surrey, shall be suspended the House, during the Pleasure of the House, for refusing to give any Answer to a Vote propounded unto him, according to the fundamental Orders of Parliament.
Letters, &c. concerning Milward.
Person to be secured.
Ordered, That Mr. Tirringham that lies wounded at Watford, and in regard thereof cannot with his Safety come up, shall be kept there securely, till he shall be better able to come: And that he remain there at his own Charges.
Lord Lieut. of Ireland.
Leave of Absence.
Dispensing with Observance of Fast Day.
Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Browne, Mr. Prideaux, Sir H. Vane junior, are to withdraw presently, to prepare an Order, concerning the Dispensing with Persons of able Bodies in the Cities of London, Westminster, and Parts adjacent, from observing To-morrow's Fast, in this Time of imminent *, that they may the better apply themselves to the Defence of the Parliament and Cities.
Petition against Dickenson.
Ordered, That Leonard Leonards be recommended to the Earl of Holland, Lord Lieutenant of the County of Middlesex, to have the Command as Captain, under the Lieutenant of the Tower, of the Inhabitants of St. Katherine's, and East Smythfield, as a Foot Company, to be drawn forth upon all Occasions; he being earnestly desired, and recommended by all the Inhabitants, as a Man very worthy of that Trust.
Reward to Messenger.
Ordered, That the Treasurer at Wars, for the Army raised by the Parliament, do pay unto Theodore Jennings the Messenger, that did faithful Service in bringing a Relation of the Passages between the Forces of the King's Army, and the Forces raised by the Parliament [a].
Message to Lords.
Sir Robert Pye carried up to the Lords, the Declaration concerning the Fast within the Cities of London and Westminster, and Parts adjacent; and the Order concerning the Monies assigned to the Prince's Children, to be received and issued by Cornelius Holland Esquire, a Member of this House.
Whereas it is lately Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, That all his Majesty's Revenues shall be brought into the several Courts and Places into which they used formerly to be paid; and not issued or paid out thence, but by Order of both Houses of Parliament: The said Lords and Commons taking into Consideration the present Wants of Money, for the Houshold Expences of this Majesty's Two youngest Children; viz. the Duke of Gloucester, and Princess Elizabeth, now residing at St. James's; have thought fit, and do hereby Ordain, That Cornelius Holland Esquire, late Paymaster for the Houshold of the Prince his Highness, and the rest of his Majesty's Royal Children, shall from henceforth receive and issue forth all such Monies as shall from time to time be appointed or assigned for and towards the Expences of the said Children, and their Household; and shall thereof give Account, in such Manner and Form as he shall from time to time be required by the said Lords and Commons. And for and towards the present and future Monthly Supply of his Majesty's said Childrens Household Expences, it is further hereby Ordained, That Sir Ralph Freeman, or such other the Officer or Officers of his Majesty's Mint, in whose Charge and Custody those Monies growing due unto his. Majesty for Coinage are and shall be remaining, shall forthwith pay unto the aforesaid Cornelius Holland, the Sum of Eight hundred Pounds, for this present Month of October; and for each ensuing Month the like Sum of Eight hundred Pounds, until he shall receive Order to the contrary from the said Lord and Commons: And This, together with the Acquittance or Acquittances, under the Hand of the said Cornelius Holland, shall be Warrant as well unto the said Sir Ralph Freeman, and other the said Officers of his Majesty's Mint, whom it may concern, for Payment of the said Eight hundred Pounds Monthly; as also unto the said Cornelius Holland, for issuing the same forth for the Occasions aforesaid.
Dispensing with Observance of Fast Day.
The Declaration of the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, to dispense with divers Persons that shall not observe the Fast, the 26th of October, 1642, within the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Liberties and Parts adjacent.
Notwithstanding the present Calamities, as much, if not more, * for the Duty of Humiliation, by Fasting and Prayer, than at the Time when the said Duty was first appointed; yet, considering the imminent Danger now threatening the Parliament, City, and Parts adjacent, by the present War, which requires a speedy and more than ordinary Vigilancy and Pains, in providing for a timely Defence; and knowing that God requires Mercy rather than Sacrifice; The Lords and Commons have thought fit to Declare, and do Declare, That they do not expect, that such Persons within the City of London and Westminster and Parts adjacent, who are able in Body, and now are or shall be, thought fit to be employed in the Service aforesaid, should apply themselves to that Duty of Fasting and Praying for that Day. Howbeit, the said Lords and Commons do not intend, that under Pretence of this their Declaration, that any Person should neglect the Duties of that Day, but such as are or shall be employed in the publick Service of Defence.
Loan for Munster.
It is this Day Ordered, by the and Commons, That for the more speedy Payment of the Ten thousand Pounds, appointed by an Order of both Houses of Parliament, to be sent into Munster, which is offered, by the Procurement of Sir Wm. Ogle, to be furnished by some private Men; so much Plate of That which is brought into the Receivers or Treasurers Hands, for Safety of the King, Parliament and Kingdom, may be sent into the Mint, in the Tower of London, to be coined into Money, and thence paid to the Treasurer at Wars for Ireland, or his Assigns, and by him to be paid unto the said Sir Wm. Ogle, or his Assigns, in Discharge of so much advanced for the Supply of Munster as aforesaid; and to be accounted in Part of Payment of the Money borrowed by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, upon the Publick Faith of the Kingdom, out of the Stock of Adventurers upon Subscription for Lands in Ireland.