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, 10 Novembris, 1642.
Collectors in Wesiminster.
ORDERED, That Mr. Bell shall have Power to call to an Account the Constables, and other Collectors, who have remaining in their Hands any Monies collected in Westminster, for Setting up of Posts and Chains: And the Surplusage remaining the said Mr. Bell is to receive, and give an Account thereof to this House.
Ordered, That Robert Hanton, Servant to Mr. Henry Darley, and arrested contrary to Privilege of Parliament, shall be freed from his Arrest: And that the Party that arrested, and He at whose Suit he was arrested, be summoned to answer their Contempt.
Recusants employed by the King.
A Declaration touching Recusants employed by his Majesty, presented from the Committee by Mr. Glyn, was this Day read; and re-committed unto Mr. Glyn, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Asherst, Mr. Ellis.
Letter from Swiss Cantons.
A Letter from the Protestant Cantons of the Swisses, of the Fifteenth of November, directed to the Parliament of England; expressing their Sense and Sorrow for the distracted Estate of this Kingdom, and an earnest Advice to Union.
Mr. Moore, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Fountaine, are appointed to go to the Committee of the Militia in London, and to acquaint them with the Neglects of the Watches in the Trenches; and to take some Course, that the like Neglects may be prevented, for hereafter; and to inquire from whence this Neglect arose.
Acknowledgement of E. of Essex Services.
THE Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, having, upon mature Deliberation, and assured Confidence in the Wisdom, Courage and Fidelity of Robert Earl of Essex, chosen and appointed him Captain General of the Forces raised by Parliament, for the Defence of the true Protestant Religion, the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, now in great and apparent Danger; do find that the said Earl hath managed this Service, of so high Importance; with so much Care, Valour, and Dexterity (as well by the extremest Hazard of his Life, in a Bloody Battle near Keinton in Warwickshire, as by all the Actions of a most excellent and expert Commander, in the whole Course of this Employment), as doth deserve their best Acknowledgement; and do therefore declare and publish, to the lasting Honour of the said Earl, the great and acceptable Service which he hath herein done to the Commonwealth; and shall be willing and ready, upon all Occasions, to express the due Sense which they have of his Merit by assisting and protecting him, and all others employed under his Command, in this Service, with their Lives and Fortunes to the utmost of their Power. This to remain upon Record, in both Houses of Parliament, for a Mark of Honour to his Person, Name and Family; and for a Monument of his singular Virtue to Posterity.
Release of Wingate, &c.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the Release of Captain Wingate, and Captain Waulton, Members of this House, be especially recommended unto my Lord General by Captain Long, that some speedy Course may be taken for their Redemption.
Ordered, That Mr. Bray shall be suspended for executing his Place in the Tower for the present, for breaking the Trust reposed in him, in suffering Mr. Cobb, a Servant to the Bishop of Canterbury, to have private Conference with the said Bishop, contrary to the Order of both Houses.
Town of Maulden.
Whereas One hundred Pounds was ordered to be paid by Sir Tho. Barrington, out of the Proposition Monies remaining in his Hands, for the Service of the Town of Maulden in Essex; and that he had no Monies left in his Hands, It is this Day Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds more shall be deducted out of the Monies remaining in the Hands of the Receivers of the Monies brought in upon the Propositions by that Town, and Parishes adjacent.
Present to Venetian Ambassador.
Ordered, That Mr. Jo. Action, his Majesty's Goldsmith, shall have a Licence under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to go up and down the City, to contract with Goldsmiths; and to carry away, without Interruption, Two thousand Ounces of gilt Plate, and a Chain and Medal of Gold, to be bestowed by his Majesty upon the Venetian Ambassador: And Mr. F. Allen is appointed to go along with the said Mr. Acton, to prevent, that, under Pretence of this Quantity, he do not provide a far greater Quantity.
Declaration to Scotland.
Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Glyn, Serjeant Wilde, and Mr. Darley, are appointed to consider of some Instructions to accompany the Declaration to be sent into Scotland; and to think of a convenient Person to be employed in the Carrying of this Declaration; and to present the Name of him to the House.
Declaration from Holland.
Licence to Mostyn.
Commanders stayed at Yarmouth.
Crucifix, &c. at Lambeth Church.
Person sent for in custody.
Ordered, That all the Pieces of Ordnance, provided by Mr. Browne in Kent, be removed forthwith, and sent up to London: And the Deputy Lieutenants are to take Care to send them up with all possible Speed.
Convent in Somerset-howse.
WHEREAS there hath been a Monastery, or Convent, of Monks, or Friers, with a Chapel, founded and erected in or near Somerset-howse, in the Strand, otherwise called Denmark-howse, for the Exercising of the Popish Religion, where Monks or Friers do now reside and live, according to the Rules and Orders of the Romish Church; and do exercise the Popish Religion there; whereunto great Numbers of his Majesty's Subjects do frequently resort, to the Displeasure of God, and Scandal of the true Protestant Religion, and contrary to the established Laws of this Realm: It is therefore Ordered, by the Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex do cause the Altar, and such Crucifixes, Images, and Monuments of Idoiatry, as shall be found in the said Chapel, and Monastery, or Convent, or in the Chapel at St. James, be forthwith taken away and demolished, saving the Body of the Structure of the said Chapel and Monastery.
Friers, &c. to depart the Kingdom.
WHEREAS the Continuing of the Friers and Monks at Somerset-howse, for the Exercise of their Religion there, is contrary to the Protestant Religion, and the established Laws of this Realm; and notwithstanding the often Desires of this House, that they should depart out of this Kingdom; yet they still abide there, to the great Scandal of the Religion and Laws of this Realm: It is therefore Ordered, by the House of Commons, now assembled in Parliament, That the said Friers and Monks shall, within a Month, depart out of this Kingdom: And, if they shall neglect so to do; then they intend to cause the Laws of this Realm to be put in Execution against them, with all Severity; and shall take further Order for their Removal out of this Realm.
Commissaries of Horses, &c.
IT is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That Maximilian Bard, Wm. Dodson, Nicolas Alvie, Robert Norwood, John Styles, Wm. Booth, Thomas Mason, Wm. Barton, Mr. * Williamson, Thomas Flaver, Thomas Browne, Richard Overton, George Day, John Hind, Daniel Waldo, Walter Storey, and Mr. Harsnett, shall be Commissaries for the Prizing and Valuing of Horses, Bridles, and Saddles: That they, and every of them, and such other Persons as shall be nominated and appointed by them, or any of them, shall have Power, and are hereby required and commanded, to search for, seize and take, in all Places within the City of London, and Five Miles thereof, all Horses, Geldings, and Mares, not already listed under the Command of his Excellency the Earl of Essex, or by Directions from the Committee for the Militia of London: And, after such Seizure, the Horses, Geldings, and Mares, so seized, shall be prized and valued by the said Commissaries, or any Two of them: And then they, and their Prices, and Valuations, and the Names of the Owners thereof, shall be entered, and inrolled, in a Book to be kept by the Commissaries, or some of them; and a Transcript thereof shall be delivered by the said Commissaries, under the Hands of them, or any Four of them, unto the Committee appointed to consider how a Body of Horse may be raised; to the end that That Committee (who are hereby authorized to meet at what Times and Places they please) may present the same Transcript to the House of Commons; that thereupon such Persons as shall be thought fit to receive Recompence for the Horse, Geldings, and Mares, so to be seized, as aforesaid, may have the Publick Faith for the Prices thereof, with Interest: And that none of the said Horses, Geldings, or Mares, shall be discharged without Warrant from Five or more of the said Commissaries, who may discharge such as they shall find Cause to be discharged: And the said Commissaries, and every of them, are to deliver the said Horses, Geldings, or Mares, to such Persons as by Warrant from his Excellency the Earl of Essex, under his Hand, shall be appointed to receive the same: And Captain Long, Sir Franc. Knollis, Mr. Vassall, Sir John Corbett, and Mr. Rigby, Five of the Committee, are required to see the Premises executed with all Speed.
Ordered, 1. That the Lieutenant of the Tower of London do take Care, that no Horses of any Persons whatsoever be kept within the said Tower, other than the Horses of the said Lieutenant, for his own Use; and that no Coaches, other than of the said Lieutenant's, be permitted to come within the said Tower.
2. Secondly, That the Servants of all and every of the Prisoners in the Tower of London be not permitted to speak with any Person whatsoever, other than the Persons upon whom they do attend, but in the Presence of the Lieutenant of the said Tower, or of such Warder, or Keepers, that the said Lieutenant shall appoint: neither shall be permitted to go out, or return into the said Tower, or have the Liberty of the said Tower.
3. That Ten Gunners be forthwith put into the Tower: And that the Officers of the Store do deliver Powder and Ammunition unto them, as the Lieutenant of the Tower shall, from time to time, appoint: And likewise, that they have at all times free Passage unto the Top of the white Tower, where the great Guns are mounted: And that Sir Gilbert Gerard, Treasurer for the Army, do issue out such Sums of Money, for the Payment of the Wages of the said Gunners, as the Committee for the Tower shall, from time to time, appoint: And that the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom do grant Warrants to the said Sir Gilbert Gerard, to issue such Monies accordingly.
4. And that Mrs. Sherborne, who hath a House in the Tower, having Two Sons usually living with her,... are now with the King in the Wars against the Parliament; and are all Persons very ill-affected to the Peace of the Kingdom; that the said Mrs. Sherborne and her Family be removed out of the Tower; and that such Officers as are destitute of Lodgings there, be put therein, by the Lieutenant, as he think fit and convenient.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Raising of a Body of Horse, to seize the Horses in the Tower, all but such as belong to the Lieutenant of the Tower; and to list them for the Service of the Commonwealth.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Tower, to consider how the Diet of such Prisoners as are committed close Prisoners in the Tower, may be defrayed; and how the Allowances that now are allotted unto them, may be regulated.
Town of Malden.
Whereas it was ordered unto the Town of Malden in Essex, Two hundred Pounds, for the Service of the said Town; namely, One hundred Pounds of the Four thousand Pounds which was in the Hands of Sir Thomas Barrington; and the other Hundred Pounds out of the Propositions Money received by the Receivers of the said Town of Malden: It is now Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, by reason that the said Four thousand Pounds is disposed already, and so no Money left in Sir Thomas Barrington's Hands, That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds shall be paid out of the Guildhall, London, of the Propositions Money, to the Bailiffs of Malden, or One of them, for the Service of the said Town.