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, tertio Decembris, 1642.
RESOLVED, That Edw. Palmer, Town Clerk of the Town of Leicester, now in the Serjeant's Custody, be forthwith released from any farther Restraint.
Prisoners to remain.
Resolved, That Mr. Ridyer, late Mayor of Leicester, and Mr. Billars, Alderman of Leicester, sent for as Delinquents, and now Prisoners in the Compter, London, do remain there Prisoners, where now they are, during the Pleasure of the House.
That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom do grant their Warrant to the Treasurer at Wars, to pay unto Mr. Holland and Mr. Jennour, Six hundred Pounds: Three hundred in present, and Three hundred at Three Months End; to be disposed of for Payment of Cloaths for the Soldiers that were taken Prisoners in the Army at Brentford, and stript.
Buckingham, &c. Association.
Ordered, That the Names of Sir Jo. Hewett, and Edm. Waller Esquire, shall be inserted into the Association of Bucks, Northampton, &c.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That all such Soldiers as have Certificates under the Hands of the Officers of the Regiment, or Company wherein they served, that they were wounded and maimed in the Service of the King and Parliament, and have not lately received Relief from the Committee for maimed Soldiers, shall, with their said Certificates, repair to the Savoye Hospital; where there shall be a Physician and Surgeons appointed, ready every Morning betwixt Eight and Nine of the Clock, to view their Wounds and Maims, and to dress the same: And that the Officer there attending shall deliver unto them that lodge abroad, Eight Pence a Day, until they shall be cured.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for maimed.... to provide a Physician and Surgeons, to attend at the Savoye, the Cure of maimed and sick Soldiers.
Proceedings against Mountague's Refusal of the Convenant.
The Question for adhering to the Earl of Essex in this Cause, for the Maintenance and Preservation of the true Protestant Religion, the King's Person, the Laws of the Land, the Peace of the Kingdom, the Liberty and Property of the Subject, and the Rights and Privileges of Parliament, was this Day read to Sir Sidney Mountague; and his Vote demanded.
And he gave his negative Voice unto it.
The Question being put, Whether the Question for disabling Sir Sidney Mountague to continue any longer a Member of this House should be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
The Question being put for his disabling;
|The House was divided.|
|The Yeas went forth.|
|Sir Jo. Bampfield,||Tellers for the Yea, 48.|
|Sir Tho. Middleton,|
|Mr. Ellis,||Tellers for the Noe, 45.|
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Sidney Mountague shall be disabled for continuing any longer a Member of this House, during this Parliament.
Resolved, That the Person of Sir Sidney Mountague shall be forthwith secured.
Resolved, That Sir Sidney Mountague be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Tower.
Sir Sidney Mountague was called to the Bar; and, kneeling there, Mr. Speaker pronounced Sentence against him accordingly, for not yielding his Consent to assist the Earl of Essex in the Maintenance of Religion, the King's Person, the Liberty of the Subject, the Rights and Privileges of Parliament; and giving for his Reason, that the King had declared such Traytors, as should adhere unto the said Earl in this Cause; and pulled out a Declaration out of his Pocket, and thereby seemed to lay an Imputation upon all the Members, and others, that had declared to assist the said Earl in this Cause: The House thinking it a great Crime that any Member should be guided by Declarations from abroad, and not by his own Judgement, in giving his Vote.
Defence of Lincolne.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Ellis shall be injoined to go into the County of Lincolne forthwith, to advance the Raising of Monies, Plate, and Horses, upon the Propositions; and to employ his best Endeavours for the Defence and Safety of that County.
Defence of Kendall.
The humble Petition of Henry Fletcher, on the Behalf of himself, the Barony of Kendall, and other the Inhabitants of the County of Westmorland, concerning Arms, Ammunition, Officers, and Commanders, to be sent unto them, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Lord Fairefaxe and Sir Jo. Hotham be moved, to send to the Town of Kendall such Number of Arms as they can spare, for the Defence of the Town of Kendall in Westmorland, if they shall find it safe to send them. And that Mr. Martyn do take Care to send Commanders for that Place: And that the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom be moved to give Advance Money to the said Commanders.
Western Forces, &c.
Resolved, That Mr. Holles be desired by this House, to take upon him the Command in Chief of the Forces of the Western Parts: And that the Gentlemen of the Western Parts do confer with him about the Accommodation of that Command and that Service: And that the Propositions from Manchester, for Raising of Dragooners, be referred to the Committee for Dispatches: And that it be likewise referred to That Committee, to consider of some convenient Way for the safe Conveyance of Letters into the several Parts of this Kingdom; and to appoint by what Hands they shall be conveyed; and to displace such Post-masters, or their Agents, as shall not be conformable to their Directions.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to bring unto you these Two Orders which they have conceived concerning Gunpowder; and, if you do agree unto them, they desire they may be returned.
Desiring the Lords to contribute, &c.
Sir Wm. Litton went up to the Lords with this Message; To desire their Lordships to join with this House, in requiring their Members (as this House has done theirs) to give a further Contribution to the Advancing of Monies upon the Propositions; and likewise the Assistance of their House.
He likewise carried up the Order for maimed Soldiers.
Orders agreed to.
The Two several Orders were read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and returned unto the Lords immediately.
Anfwer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered of the Orders sent from their Lordships; and do concur with their Lordships in them.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Knightley carried up to the Lords the Association of the County of Bucks, Bedford, Northamptonshire, &c: The Order for Winchester House: The Order concerning Sussex: The Order concerning Lancashire: The Order concerning Cheshire: The Order concerning the Proposition Monies in Lancashire.
Mr. Knightley brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to all the Orders: Only as to the Association, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Prisoners of War.
Sir Ro. Pye, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Spurstoe, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Jennour, Mr. Whittacre, shall have Power to consider of the common Prisoners taken at Farnham; and to offer them a Protestation that they will not serve against any Forces raised by Authority of Parliament, under the Command of the Earl of Essex, or any other: And all such as shall voluntarily take the Protestation, to release; and to take some Course that they may be sent into their several Countries, unless they shall see good Cause to the contrary; and, to that Purpose, to give them Passes; Such others as will not, to give Order to keep in Custody, until the House be farther acquainted. They have likewise Power to examine Mr. Hooke, a young Gentleman; and, if they shall not see Cause to the contrary, to release him. And it is left to them, to consider what is fitting to be given to such as they shall think fit to release, to carry them to their several Homes. And it is referred to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, to give Warrants for the Disbursing of * * * *.
Arms for Chester.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom do give Order for the Delivery of Four hundred Musquets, and Three hundred Firelocks, to Sir Wm. Brereton and Alderman Edwards of Chester, to be employed for the Safety of the County of Chester: And that the Treasurers appointed to receive the Monies and Plate, upon the Propositions, in that County, be hereby required to pay for these Musquets and Firelocks.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Brereton shall have Liberty to raise Three hundred Horses, in the several Counties where they shall be brought in voluntarily, upon the Propositions.
Tenants in Northern Counties.
Ordered, That Mr. Rigby do draw a Declaration to satisfy the Tenants by Right in the Northern Counties, that this House never intended to do any thing to prejudice their Title and Interest.
Ordinance of Assessment.
Mr. Browne presented to the House the Ordinance for Assessing of Monies upon such as have not contributed upon the Propositions in the several Counties: The which was read: And
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That no Man shall be assessed at above the Rate of the Fifth Part of his Estate in Lands, and the Twentieth Part in Personal Estate.
Resolved, That every Man shall be assessed for his several Estate in Land, and in personal Estate, in every several County where either his Land or Personal Estate lies.
Resolved, &c. That the Deputy Lieutenants of the several Counties shall * * * *.
Resolved, &c. That the House be resolved into a Committee the first Business on Monday Morning, to resume the Consideration of this Ordinance concerning the Assessing of Monies in the several Counties of England and Wales: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind hereof.
Disarming Persons in Lincolneshire.
Ordered, That the Committees for the Propositions in Lincolneshire shall have Power to disarm and secure such Persons of that County, as shall not contribute upon the Propositions, either in the County, or to * *.
Beating up Soldiers.
Ordered, That the Constables in the several Wards of London and Westminster, and their Suburbs, shall beat up Drums, and give Warning by the Beating of Drums, that all Soldiers, Officers and others, under the Command of the Earl of Essex, do forthwith repair to their Colours, upon Pain of such Punishments as shall be inflicted upon them by the Law of Arms.
Ordered, That Mr. Marten do take Care for the Sending down the Reformado Officers forthwith to the Lord General; and to declare, that this House hath ordered that none of them shall be paid here: But that my Lord General is desired to give Order for their Pay there, so soon as they shall come thither.
Sussex Trained Bands.
Ordered, That, whereas this House is informed that divers Captains of the Trained Bands of the County of Sussex, and City of Chichester, have been discharged of their Commands, by Warrant, under his Majesty's own Hand; that, notwithstanding any such Command, or Prohibition, this House requires and commands them, and every of them, faithfully to execute their Offices and Charges according to the former Commissions; and to obey such farther Commands as they shall from time to time to receive * Authority of Parliament.