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 Jovis, 3 Novembris, 1642.
Committee sent for.
Person to attend.
Ordered, That Mr. Holland, Mr. Browne, Sir Christ. Yelverton, Mr. Millington, to take Order presently, to send forth divers Scouts, to give Information to this House of the King's Army, and which Way it marches.
Dep. Lieuts. of Surrey.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth nominate and approve of Sir Tho. Holmeden, Sir Jo. Maynard Knight of the Bath, Edm. Jorden Esquire, Robert Hollman Esquire, to be added to the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Surry.
Raising Men, &c.
Surrey Forces, &c.
Ordered, That some of the Proposition Money for the County of Surrey be borrowed for the present Maintenance of the Soldiers; and repaid by the County so soon as it can be collected: And that it be left to the Deputy Lieutenants of that County to appoint a Treasurer for this Purpose.
Dep. Lieuts. of Kent.
Powder, &c. for Westminster.
Present to E. of Essex.
Resolved, That Five thousand Pounds shall be forthwith presented unto the Earl of Essex, Lord General, as a Present from the House of Commons, with a Letter of Thanks for his great Service done to the Commonwealth.
Delinquents Rents, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the King's Revenue, to prepare an Order for the Receiving of the Rents, Fines, or other Profits, due or belonging to any notorious Delinquents against the Parliament, according to an Order of the Fifteenth of October.
This Committee, or any Two of them, are to repair, presently, to the Tower of London, and to provide, by the best Means they can, for the Safety of that Place, by the Assistance of the Lord Mayor, the Sheriffs, and the Committee for the Militia of London, and the Lieutenants: And likewise to confer with the Lieutenant of the Tower: And to have Power to remove such Warders for the present, and such other Persons and Families out of the Tower, as they shall think necessary for the Safety of that Place: And they are to see this Order forthwith performed, and put in Execution.
Defence of the City, &c.
This Committee is first to go to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom; and to acquaint them with the Desires of this House, That they would forthwith draw out Forces for the Defence of the City: And likewise to desire them to take some Care of the Ordinance Yesterday sent towards Reading: They are likewise to go to the Committee for the Militia in London, to acquaint them likewise with the Desire of this House. That a considerable Force may forthwith be drawn forth for the Defence of the City.
Commissaries for Bedford.
Sir Bechamp St. John, Sir Oliver Luke, Sir John Burgoyne, Sir John Allison, Knights, Thomas Rolt and James Beverly Esquires, shall be Commissaries to value and muster the Horse in the County of Bedford, that shall be raised upon the Propositions in that County, for recruiting of Sir Samuel Luk.'s Troop.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Kent, or any Two of them, shall take Order to secure in some safe Hands, the Arms that now are in the House of the Earl of Winchelsea, an Infant, for the Service of the County.
Whereas, the Six-and-twentieth of August last, a Company of Troopers, then serving under the Command of Colonel Sands, took away all the Plate of Mrs. Anne Best, to the Value of Sixty Pounds, or thereabouts; and her Wearing Apparel, Linen, and other Household-stuff, to the Value of One hundred Pounds: Upon her humble Petition, It is this Day Ordered, That such Plate of hers as yet remains in the Custody of the Mayor of Canterbury, be restored to her, and also all other of her Goods, in whose Hands she can find them, be likewise restored to her.
Dep. Lieuts. of Lancaster.
Ordered, That Ralph Ashton Esquire shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant for the Conveying down Four small Brass Pieces to Manchester, without Lett or Interruption; and likewise One small Brass Piece for the Safety of his own House.
Ordered, That Mr. Wm. Byatt, Mayor of the Town of Sudbury in the County of Suffolk, shall detain the Two Horse,.... were taken by him (intended to be sent into Essex by Sir Robert Rookwood, to the Lady Peter's House, in Ingerstone) to be employed for the Service of the King and Parliament, in Defence of the said Town of Sudbury.
Petition to the King.
The Lords do desire a present Conference, by Committees of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House; concerning a Petition to be sent from both Houses to his Majesty.
Mr. Pym, reported, from the Conference, a Petition to his Majesty; which, the Lord Gray said, the Lords had received from, the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom: Which the Lords had passed; and desire the Concurrence of this House.
Committee to deliver Petition to the King.
The Lords have nominated Two Lords of their House, and desire this House to appoint a proportionable Number to attend his Majesty with them, for the Delivery of the Petition from both Houses: And have appointed to send a Gentleman with a Trumpeter, with a Letter; the Draught of which they have sent: And this Letter to be signed by the Speaker of the Lords House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth assent unto this Letter, and to the Address; and that it shall be sent by a Gentleman with a Trumpeter, according as it is directed: And that it shall be signed by the Speaker of the House of Peers.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That they have appointed a proportionable Number of their House, to attend his Majesty with the Petition: And that this House does agree, that a Gentleman be sent with a Trumpeter to deliver the Letter according to the Address: And that it be signed by the Speaker of the House of Peers.
Whereas it appears, by a Report bearing Date the Eighth Day of September, 1641, under the Hands of Sir Edmund Wright, Sir James Cambell, Knights, and others, appointed Treasurers by an Act, intituled, "An Act for the speedy Provision of Monies, &c." That James Harrington, of Rands in the County of Lincoln, Esquire, did, upon the Publick Faith of the Parliament, lend the Sum of One hundred Pounds to the Uses and Purposes in the said Act mentioned and declared; to be repaid out of such Monies as should be received by virtue of the said Act, together with Damages for the Forbearance of the same, after of the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for a Year: Now forasmuch as the said One hundred Pounds is still owing unto the said Mr. Harrington, together with Eight Months Damage for Forbearance of the same, ending the Eighth Day of this present Month of November, 1642, as appears by a Certificate produced unto the House of Commons, in Parliament: It is therefore this Day Ordered by the said House of Commons, That Wm. Wheeler Esquire, a Member of the said House, shall forthwith pay, out of the said Money as remains in his Hands, the said Sum of One hundred Pounds Principal, and Five Pounds Six Shillings and Eight Pence, for Damages, unto the said Mr. Harrington, or his Assignce, in full Discharge of the said Debt: And this Order, together with the Acquittance of the said Mr. Harrington, or his Assignee, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge unto the said Mr. Wheeler, upon his Account, for the Payments aforesaid.
Whereas it appears, by a Receipt bearing Date the Fifth Day of September, 1641, under the Hands of Sir Edmund Wright, Sir James Cambell, Knights, and others, appointed Treasurers by an Act, intituled, "An Act for the speedy Provision of Monies, &c." that Richard Hewet of London, Esquire, did, upon the Publick Faith of the Parliament, lend the Sum of One hundred Pounds to the Uses and Purposes of the said Act mentioned and declared; to be repaid out of such Monies as should be received by virtue of the said Act, together with Damages for the Forbearance of the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for a Year: Now, forasmuch as the said One hundred Pounds is still owing to the said Richard Hewett, together with Nine Pounds Forbearance of the same ending the Fifth of November 1642, as appears by a Certificate produced unto the House of Commons: It is therefore Ordered, by the said House of Commons, in Parliament assembled, That Wm. Wheeler, Esquire, a Member of the said House, shall forthwith pay, out of such Monies as remains in his Hands, unto the said Richard Hewett, or his Assignee, the said Sum of One hundred Pounds Principal, and Six Pounds for Nine Months Forbearance thereof, in a full Discharge of the said Debt. And this Order, together with the Acquittance of the said Richard Hewett, or his Assignee, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge unto the said Mr. Wheeler, upon his Account, for the Payment aforesaid.
Petition to the King.
We Your Majesty's most loyal Subjects, the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, being affected with a deep and piercing Sense of the Misery of this Kingdom, and of the Dangers to Your Majesty's Person, as the present Affairs now stand; and much quickened therein, with the sad Consideration of the great Effusion of Blood at the late Battle, and of the Loss of so many eminent Persons; and further weighing the Addition of Loss, Misery, and Danger, to Your Majesty and Your Kingdom, which must ensue, if both Armies should again join in another Battle; as, without God's special Blessing, and Your Majesty's Concurrence with Your Houses of Parliament, will not probably be avoided; we cannot but believe, that a suitable Expression of Tenderness and Compassion is wrought in Your Majesty's Royal Heart, being Yourself an Eye-witness of the bloody and sorrowful Destruction of so many of Your Subjects; and that Your Majesty doth apprehend what Diminution of Your own Power and Greatness will follow; and that all Your Kingdoms will thereby be so weakened, as to become subject to the Distempers of any ill-affected to this State; In all which respects we assure ourselves, that Your Majesty will be inclined graciously to accept this our humble Petition, that the Misery and Desolation of this Kingdom may be speedily removed and prevented. For the Effecting whereof, we most humbly beseech Your Majesty to appoint some convenient Place, not far from the City of London, where Your Majesty will be pleased to reside, until Committees of both Houses of Parliament may attend Your Majesty, with some Propositions for the Removal of these bloody Distempers and Distractions, and settling the State of the Kingdom, in such a Manner as may conduce to the Preservation of God's true Religion; Your Majesty's Honour, Safety, and Prosperity; and to the Peace, Comfort, and Security of all Your People.