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 Veneris, 9 Decembris.
Money in the Exchequer.
Prisoner to be discharged.
Ordered, That the Justices of the Peace at the Sessions at Newgate do discharge John Polgreene, a Person employed by this House in the Taking up of Horses belonging to Papists, &c. And that he be discharged of his Recognizance without paying of any Fees.
Person to attend.
Persons sent for.
Ordered, That a List of the Officers and Soldiers in and about London, that are listed in the Army under the Earl of Essex, be sent to the Lord General: And that he be moved to send for these Men, and cashier, or otherwise punish them: And that Mr. Speaker do write a Letter to this Purpose.
Seizing Money, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to go and search into the Exchequer, do break open the Chests and Hampers in the Office of Mr. Pitts, in the Exchequer, and belonging to particular Persons in the Exchequer; and to seize the Monies and Plate therein; and take a Note of the Particulars therein; and keep the same in safe Custody, until this House do take farther Order.
Ordered, That Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Darly, and Mr. Blakeston, do make a Search in the Rolls, and the Six Clerks Office, for Monies or Plate; and to seize the same, except the Monies of such Persons as are brought in there by Order of the Court of Chancery; and to keep the same in safe Custody, until this House do take further Order.
Grant to Strictland.
Ordered, That Three hundred Pounds shall be forthwith sent to Mr. Strictland into Holland: And the House will hereafter take into Consideration a fit Recompence for the faithful Service performed by him there, for the Welfare of this Kingdom.
Arms for Stratforde.
Ordered, That Twenty Musquets shall be sent to Stratforde, in the County of Suffolke: And that all Persons be required to permit the same, without any Lett or Interruption, to be conveyed to the Town aforesaid.
Collections in Chester, &c.
Ordered, That the Committees for the Propositions in the Counties of Chester and Lancaster do take Care, that the Monies collected in those Counties, upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, or upon the Act of Contribution for Ireland, be not employed against the Parliament; but preserved for the Service of Parliament.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth nominate and approve of Dr. James Masters, Doctor of the Civil Law, to be Judge of the Admiralty in the Cinque Ports: And the Commissioners of the Admiralty are required to take Notice hereof; and to give him Commission accordingly.
Horses pawned, &c.
Lords to sit.
Northamptonshire, &c. Association.
According to the Order of Yesterday, That the Report of the Conference with the Lords concerning the Association of Northamptonshire, &c. should be taken into Consideration; the Association was read; and committed unto Mr. Grimston, Mr. Holles, Mr. Knightly, Mr. Millington, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Peirpoint, Mr. Browne, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Hill: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards: And the Care of it is particularly recommended to Mr. Knightley and Mr. Grimston.
Declaration to States General.
Mr. Pym presented a Declaration from the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, to be sent to the Lords the States General of the United Provinces: The which was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Chapel of the Rolls.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do still keep the Keys of the Chapel of the Rolls: And that the senior Clerk of the Rolls do, every Morning attend Mr. Speaker for the Keys; and bring them to him every Evening; to be by him securely kept, until the House take farther Order.
Money, &c. seized.
Ordered, That the Money and Plate, seized by a Committee of this House, in Mr. Pitt's Office, in the Exchequer, shall be delivered into the Custody of the Treasurers at Guildhall; there to remain undisposed of, till this House do take farther Order.
Ordered, That the Committee, where Mr. Trenchard has the Chair, shall have Power to send down into the several Counties, that have raised, or subscribed for the Raising of, Horse, Money and Plate, to know what Monies or Plate is subscribed, and how much is brought up to Guildhall, London; and to require them to send the Residue up with all Speed; and to make a Transcript of all their Proceedings; and to receive an Account of the Treasurers in London, what Monies are brought in.
Collectors of Money.
Ordered, That the Persons, formerly employed for Getting in of Money upon the Subsidies, or Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, be encouraged to go on still in that Service: And the Committee is to give Instructions for their farther Proceedings in that Service.
Anfwer from Lords.
Declaration to States General.
Ordered, That Mr. Strickland be authorized to deliver to the States General this Declaration; and to communicate it to the States of Holland and Zeland; and also to communicate it to the Prince of Oringe, if he see Occasion, or to any other of the particular States of the Provinces there.
Tothill Fields Church.
Ordered, That Sir Robert Pye do cause the Doors of the new Church in Tothill Fields to be forthwith opened; to the End that People may resort thither to hear Prayers read, and Sermons preached, as to other Churches they may.
Money for Arms, &c.
Ordered, That the Treasurers at Guildhall, for the Propositions, do pay unto the Committee of Lords and Commons, sitting in London, upon Account, weekly, One thousand Pounds, until Twenty thousand Pounds be paid: And that the said Committee be authorized, or any Three of them, to issue out their Warrants for the Payment, and from time to time, out of the weekly Payments, such Sums of Money as shall be by them contracted for, for the Provision of Arms and Ammunition: And that the said Committee, or any Three of them, do cause a Certificate to be made weekly to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, of such Monies as shall be received and expended by virtue of this Order.
Disposing of Arms.
It is farther Ordered, That all those Persons, that search after and receive the Arms of any Soldiers, do send them to the Committee of the Lords and Commons in London, that they may take Order, that they be laid up in the Stores, and made serviceable.
Farmers of Tin Mines.
The humble Petition of Sir Job Harbie Knight, and others, the Farmers of the Tin Mines in Cornwall and Devon, was this Day read: And it is Ordered, That it be referred to the Consideration of Mr. Holles, Sir Henry Vanes Two, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Roll, and Mr. Whitlock: And are to meet To-morrow, at the Rising of the House, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Citizens Petition, &c.
They were called in: And Mr. Shute, in the Name of the rest, declared, That with all Thankfulness, they acknowledged the open Care of this House to all their Desires: That we, in our own Names, and the Names of the Godly Party, do and will subject our Monies, and Lives, to the utmost Drop of our Blood in our Veins, to be disposed of by you.
We desire to clear ourselves from an Imputation cast upon us by the Malignants; "That we petition against Peace." It is far from our Intentions to petition against Peace; but our Desires are, to have an honourable and /?/ecure Peace.
The Malignant Party goes about to get Hands to a Petition to procure a Treaty, that our Enemies may gain Time to recollect their broken Strength; they well knowing, that now their Forces are much broken: And that they want Powder and Ammunition.
They presented the Copy of the Petition, which went about to get Hands unto it: The which was read; and also a List of some Articles of the Behaviour of the Multitude, gathered together at Haberdashers-hall, London, where the Committee of Lords and Commons sit for Advance of Monies; concerning this Petition: The which were likewise read: And
The Gentlemen were again called in: And Mr. Speaker told them, "That the Business they presented was of great Importance; and that it was now very late; and therefore they had resolved to take it into a serious and sad Consideration very speedily To-morrow Morning."
St. Dunstan's in the West Lecturer.
Ordered, That Mr. Pecke shall be recommended and appointed Lecturer, to preach every Thursday, at Seven of the Clock in the Morning, in the Parish Church of St. Dunstan's in the West: And the Minister of that Parish is required to permit him the free Use of the Pulpit.