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 Lunæ, 14 Novembris, 1642.
RESOLVED, upon the Question, That Mr. Rigby, and the other Two Officers, that were brought from Yarmouth, be committed forthwith to Newgate; there to remain during the Pleasure of the House: And that the Officers that brought them, be discharged of them: And that the Serjeant take them into his Custody, and convey them to Newgate accordingly.
The Lords and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, having taken into Consideration the great Want of a House, to make a Place for the Keeping of Prisoners, in these dangerous and troublesome Times; and being informed, that Winchester-house, in St. Mary Overies in Southwarke, is fit for such Employment; do this Day Order and Ordain, That the said House, and the Backsides thereunto belonging, be forthwith delivered unto Thomas Devenish, who is appointed, by this Order, to be Master of the said House, and Keeper of the Prisoners; and there to keep all such Persons in safe Custody as shall be sent to him, and committed to his Keeping: And, for so doing, this shall be his sufficient Warrant.
Committee sent for.
Sir H. Vane, junior, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Whittlock, Sir H. Mildmay, are appointed to sit, and consult with the Committee for the Militia in London; to receive Intelligence from the Army; and to take Care for supplying the Army, from time to time, with all things necessary.
Sir Jo. Corbett, Mr. Purefrey, are appointed to attend the Army; and, by Advice and Consultation with the Lord General, continually, from time to time, to give Information to the House of the State of the Army; and of what things shall be wanting and necessary for them: They are likewise to take an especial Care, that the Kingdom may not be abused by false Musters. And, to that Purpose,
Sir H. Vane, Mr. Whitlock, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr. Pelham, are appointed to prepare Instructions for the Committee ordered to attend the Army: And likewise an Order for the Committee appointed to sit with the Committee of the Militia in London.
Conference-Letter from the King.
The Lords desire a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, by a Committee of both Houses, presently, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House; concerning a Letter lately received from his Majesty.
Letters from Earl of Stamford, &c.
Conference. Letter from the King.
The Lord of Northumberland then said, That coming to Brainford, from the King, they found many Soldiers, both Horse and Foot; so that my Lord General, who gave Order for their Marching thither, could take no Notice of it.
Letters from Earl of Stamford, &c.
Mr. Glyn reports the Second Part of the Conference; and said it was managed by the Earl of Holland: That he offered Two Letters to be read, One from the Earl of Stamford, another from the Lord Herbert: The which were read: A Clause likewise in One of his Majesty's Declarations, concerning * * * *.
Declaration of Parliament.
Resolved, That this House doth assent to refer it to a Committee of both Houses to prepare a Declaration, to set forth to the World the Matter of Fact, and the Proceedings that have been used by both Houses for a Peace; and an Answer to his Majesty's Letter lately received; and to present them to the House.
Houses will sit.
Approval of Lord General's Conduct, &c.
Person sent for in Custody.
Pass for White, &c.
Thanks to Lord Stamford.
Imputations on Parliament concerning Papists.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth assent to refer it to a Committee of the Lords and Commons, to clear the Imputations laid upon the Houses of Parliament, in a Declaration of his Majesty's; and a Letter from the Lord Herbert, concerning the Parliament's Employing of Papists, and concerning Promises made by some Members of the House to Papists, to take off the Laws that are prejudicial unto them, if they would give their Assistance to the Service of the Parliament; and likewise to make an Answer to that whole Declaration of his Majesty's.
Impeachment of Lord Herbert.
Earl of Warwick.
Loan from the City, &c.
7. And that the like Warning be given, that all Horse brought up by Countrymen, or in the Hands of several Commissaries, may be at the New Artillery Ground, by Two of Clock in the Afternoon, on Wednesday, that they may be listed to their several Uses they are fit for.
Essex Committee, &c.
Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Martin Lumley, Sir H. Mildmay, are the Members of the House appointed for this Service for the County of Essex: And the particular Members that serve for such other Counties, from whence Soldiers shall come, are appointed for the Service of those Counties: And, in the Absence of such Members, that then it be referred to those Six whom the Committee for the Militia in London shall appoint, or any of them, to perform that Service.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Middlesex do give Order to the Captains, or in their Absence, to the other chief Officers of the several Companies in Westminster and Middlesex, to seize the Arms of such of the Trained Bands as shall refuse to appear upon their Commands; and to dispose of them to such as they shall think fit: And that the Refusers shall pay such as serve in their Arms.
Seizing Oats, &c. in the Mews.
Resolved, &c. That Power shall be given to Mr. Derley, Mr. Wheeler, and Mr. Holland, to seize all the Oats and Provender in the Mews; to be employed for the Service of the Army raised by the Parliament.
Ordered, That whatsoever Commanders, Captains, or other Officers, shall be found from their Colours, without the particular Licence of my Lord General, shall be sent in safe Custody to my Lord General; to be proceeded with according to the Course of War.
Message to Lords.
Sir Henry Mildmay is appointed to go up to the Lords, and to carry up the Order concerning the Securing the Monies dispended by the Citizens upon the new Levies: The Order concerning the Listing and Receiving the Soldiers that come out of Essex: The Order for making Winchester-house a Prison: And the Votes upon the last Conference with the Lords.
Disposing of Prisoners.
Ordered, That the Committee for Examinations shall have Power to dispose of such Soldiers of the King's Army, of mean Quality, as shall be brought before them, to such Prisons as they shall think fit.
Answer from Lords.
Southwark, &c. Guards.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Mildmay and Sir John Evelyn do go to the Lord Mayor, and Committee for the Militia in London; to desire that very sufficient Guards may be appointed for Southwark and Lambeth, in regard 'tis thought there will be Alarms from the Enemy's Forces in those Parts this Night.