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, 17 Decembris, 1642.
Trial of Catesby, &c.
A LETTER from Mr. Speaker, to Sir Robert Heath, and other Commissioners of Oyer and Terminer, concerning the Stay of the Trial of Capt. Clifton Catesby, Capt. Vivers, Capt. Lilbourne, and Capt. Wingate.
Information against Carre, &c.
Battersby informed the House: That he was sent for by a Beadle, to Mr. Carre, a Constable; who desired him to set his Hand to a Petition framed here in Westminster: Who answered, he had already set his Hand to it: Mr. Carre replied, "You must not set your Hand only, but your Heart; and you must stand up for it." Battersby replied, "What means that? Must I fight for it?"- "Yes, Sir, or else it will come to this: The House of Commons hath already set forth an Order, or Ordinance, for the Assessing and Taking of the Twentieth Part of every Man's Estate; and by the same Law, they may take the other Nineteen: And they that shall refuse to pay, must be banished from their Wives and Children: And how like you this? Is it not now Time to stand up for it?" - Feild the Constable was likewise present, when these Words were spoken.
Mr. Pym and Sir Dudley North are appointed to prepare some Order for the Encouragement of the County of Cambridg, in Raising of Dragoons, to be employed in the Service of the Parliament; according to the Directions and Commands of the Lord General.
Money for Army.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Moore carried up to the Lords an Order for Seven hundred and odd Pounds, to Lieutenant Colonel Carne: The Eight Orders reported by Mr. Goodwyn, on Saturday last: The Declaration concerning Capt. Lilbourne, &c.
Ld. General thanked.
Raising Money in Bristoll.
Loan on Cochineal.
Resolved, That Ten thousand Pounds shall be borrowed upon the Cochineal deposited in Sir John Nulls his Hands; either of the Pretenders to it, or else any other Merchant that will lend the said Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, upon the said Cochineal, by Tuesday next.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Advance of Monies, that sits in London, to inquire after all the Proceedings and Passages concerning the Cochineal deposited in Sir John Nulls his Hands; and, if they shall see Cause to dispose of it in any other safe Hands: And to take some Course for the Advance of Ten thousand Pounds appointed for the Service of the Northern Expedition.
Prisoners at Oxford.
The Lords have considered of the important and Multiplicity of Business that the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom have: And therefore they do adjourn their House till Monday, at One of the Clock: And do intend to adjourn their House, from Day to Day, till that Time; and to sit at That Committee in the Forenoon; and at the House in the Afternoon.
Information against Sir J. Coke.
A Letter from Sir John Gell, and other Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Derby, of the Thirteenth of December, relating some Miscarriages in Sir John Coke, and some Disservices done by him to the Parliament; and likewise a Warrant from some of the Deputy Lieutenants of that County, to which he refused to set his Hand, were both read.
Resolved, That Sir John Coke, a Member of this House, be forthwith sent for up, in safe Custody, at his own Charge: And Sir John Gell, and the rest of the Deputy Lieutenants, shall be assisting to the Messenger, if there be Cause.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym do prepare a Letter, to be sent to Sir John Gell, and the rest of the Deputy Lieutenants; to return them an Acknowledgment from this House, of their good Service; and to encourage them in the Pursuance of it.
Booth's, &c. Petitions.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Henry Booth and Wm. Waude, of Dover, and the Petition of Increased Collins, shall be referred to the Committee for Informations, where Mr. Corbett has the Chair; to take the Examination thereof; and to report it to the House.
Sir H. Cholmley, &c.
That the House being informed of the Disobedience of Sir Hugh Cholmley and Colonel Bointon, to their General, my Lord Fairefax, which they are very sensible of; and to require them to yield better Obedience to his Directions hereafter.
Resolved, That the Earl of Lincoln shall be desired to stay with his Troop of Horse in the County of Lincoln; and to send his Regiment of Foot, and his Officers, to join with the Forces of the Lord Fairefax; and to be obedient to his Directions: And that the Lord General be desired to give forth his Order to this Purpose.
Resolved, That a Thousand Foot Arms, and One hundred Horse Arms, be forthwith sent to the Earl of Lincoln, to arm his Regiment of Foot, and his Troop of Horse: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Northern Counties, to make Provision of Horse and Foot Arms accordingly.
Resolved, That the several Counties shall be desired to provide a Month's Pay for the several Proportions of Men and Horse, to be sent out of the several Counties: And to appoint a Paymaster, in every several County, to see the Money truly and proportionably disbursed.
Resolved, &c. That the Lord General be desired to appoint some fit Person to have the Care of Raising of these Forces in the several Counties; and of bringing them to a general Rendezous; and of carrying them to my Lord Fairefax.
Resolved, That Arms shall be provided for the several Forces to be raised in these several Counties for the Service of the Northern Parts: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Northern Counties to provide Arms for the Arming of the Forces to be raised in the several Counties for the Service of the Northern Parts.
Ordered, That the Treasurers for the Proposition Monies collected in the City of Canterbury, shall detain in their Hands Two hundred Pounds of the One thousand Pounds now sent up, to be employed towards the Fortifying of That City: And that the other Eight hundred Pounds be paid over, upon Account, to the Committee for the Northern Parts; to be employed for the Providing of Arms for arming the Forces to be raised in the several Counties for the Service of the Northern Parts: And that hereafter, what other Monies shall be raised in that City, upon the Propositions, shall be likewise employed for the Fortifying thereof.
Ordinance of Assessment.
Resolved, That the like Ordinance shall be granted for Assessing of Monies in the Cities of Canterbury, Bristoll, Exeter, and Plymouth, as passed London, mutatis mutandis: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein: And that this Vote be sent up to the Lords, at the next Message: And the like for Coventry and Warwickshire.
Malignants at Canterbury.
Ordered, That Sir Edward Master and Mr. Nutt do present Names to be intrusted with the Power of Disarming of Malignants in the City of Canterbury: And that they do bring in an Order to authorize them thereunto.
The humble Petition of the Governors and Fellowship of Merchant Adventurers, complaining of Interruption in their Trade, by Intruders, and refractory Members of their Fellowship, was this Day read; and likewise an Ordinance, presented by them, for Continuance of their Privileges, until the Leisure of the House will give them Leave to resume the Consideration of the Bill; and all laid aside.
Instructions for Lancaster, &c.
The Instructions of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Lancaster were this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent up to the Lords for their Concurrence: And Mr. Rigby is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Members to be brought in custody.
Resolved, That Sir Guy Palmes and Mr. Noell, Members of this House, be forthwith summoned and brought up in safe Custody, at their own Charges: And that the Lords be moved to send for the Lord Campden.