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 Sabbati, 5 Novembris, 1642.
SIR Wm. Massam is appointed to return Thanks to Mr. Newcomen, for his great Pains taken in the Sermon he this Day preached at St. Margarett's, at the Intreaty of this House; and to desire him forthwith to print his Sermon; and to give a Copy of it to the Committee for Religion; that, when they shall have Liberty to sit, they may consider by it, how to prepare and provide for the Extirpation of Popery.
Cart, &c. stayed.
This Committee, or any Three of them, are presently to withdraw, to consider how the Capuchin Friars may be speedily conveyed out of this Kingdom; and how the Convent may be demolished; and all the superstitious Materials, Pictures, or other such Matters, taken down, defaced, and demolished.
Ordered, That the One hundred Twenty-three Pounds Sixteen Shillings and Six Pence, taken from Owen Williams, a Drover at Northampton, and stayed in the Hands of the Committees, be forthwith delivered again unto him.
Mr. Whitlock, Mr. Millington, Serjeant Wilde, are appointed to prepare an Order to enable the Lord Say to defend Canbury Castle, being his Inheritance; and to declare that if any Man shall attempt to pull down the said Castle, in Obedience to the Command of a Warrant under his Majesty's Hand to this Purpose, or any other Command whatsoever, that the said Lord Say shall have Recompence and Satisfaction out of their Estates.
Examination of Ratcliffe, &c.
Letter from the King.
The Lords desire a present Conference, by Committees of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning a Letter that they have received from Secretary Nicholas, directed to the Speaker of their House.
His Majesty hath commanded me, in Answer of your Lordships, of the Third present, to signify to you, that he always hath been, and is still, ready to receive the humble Petitions of either or both Houses of Parliament; and shall take Order, that a Committee of Lords and Commons may pass and repass to him, with the Petition of both Houses, as is desired; so as the said Committee consist of Persons that have not been, by his Majesty, either by Name declared Traitors; or otherwise, in some of his Declarations or Proclamations, excepted against by Name, with his Intention declared to proceed against them as Traitors; and so as the said Committee come not with more than Thirty Persons in their Company, and give Notice beforehand of their Coming: And, for the said Committee's better Security, his Majesty upon the Receipt of their Names, will give a Safe Conduct for them, under his Hand and Signet.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth Protest and Declare against any such Message as This, as being absolutely against the Privilege of Parliament, to admit of any Exception to any Member of either House, for Carrying of any Message from the Parliament to his Majesty, being required by Direction of both or either Houses.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Letter from Secretary Nicholas, to the Speaker of the House of Peers, shall be referred to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom: And they are to present their Resolutions what they think fit to be done upon it, this Afternoon at Four Clock.
House to sit.
THE humble Petition of Roger Vivian, Merchant, committed Prisoner to Crosbye House, London, for refusing to lend upon the Propositions, in this Time of common and imminent Danger, being this Day read: And it being affirmed by divers Members of the House, that he is a Man well-affected, and willing to contribute;
Search for Arms, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Francklyn and Sir Wm. Roberts do forthwith take Care, that the House of Sir Edw. Spence's be searched for Ordnance, and Pieces of Artillery; and, if they shall find any, to seize them, and secure them: And likewise to take Notice what other Arms or Ammunition is in his House.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Francklyn shall seize the Ordnance in the Military Yard in Westminster, and take them out of his Custody, where now they are; and dispose of them for the Service and Defence of these Parts.
Ordered, That Mr. Holland and Mr. Rous do prepare an Order, to injoin the Master and Council of the Court of Wards, to give Order to the Receiver of the said Court, to issue out to Mr. Holland Eight hundred Pounds, for the younger Children, of his Majesty's Monthly Assignment: And likewise Seven hundred Pounds to my Lord Say, which he had formerly disbursed for the King's Children.
Committee to the King.
Mr. Pym went up to the Lords to acquaint them; That this House had resolved, That the Names of these Four Gentlemen formerly named by this House, viz. Lord Wenman, Mr. Peirpoint, Sir Jo. Hippisley, and Sir Jo. Evelyn of Wiltes, should be sent unto his Majesty for a Safe Conduct; and to desire, that if they should resolve upon any in Their House, that they would take Care that the Names of the Members of both Houses might be forthwith sent away to his Majesty for a Safe Conduct.
House to meet.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom be injoined to attend the House To-morrow at Eight of the Clock; to let the House know whether there be any urgent Occasion for the House to sit To-morrow; that otherwise the House may rise, and go to Church.
Defence of London, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Peter Wentworth and Mr. Holland do know of Serjeant Major Skippon, whether the Fortification and the Works made for the Defence of the Cities of London and Westminter be sufficient and good, and made according to his Directions.