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, 29; Decembris, 1642.
ORDERED, That Sir Sam. Luke, who has a Warrant from my Lord General for recruiting his Troop, shall have Liberty to recruit his Troop out of Malignants Horses in the County of Bedford: And that the Commissaries of London, appointed to seize Horses, be assistant to him herein.
Ordered, That the Letter and Certificates from Bristoll be referred to the Committee for Irish Affairs.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. F. Gray of Wellingborough, sent up from the Committee at Northampton, be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Compter in Woodstreet, London; for Raising of Arms against the King and Parliament.
List of Prisoners, &c.
Ordered, That the List of the Prisoners committed by the Parliament, and the Declaration concerning the Usage of the Prisoners taken by the King's Army, be brought in To-morrow Morning.
Northampton Committee, &c.
Ordered, That it shall be left to the Committee in Northamptonshire, to receive such of the Commoners of that County, as shall voluntarily come in to their Assistance, with their Persons and Estates.
Warwick, &c. Association.
The Declaration, Association, and Instructions, for the Counties of Warwick and Stafford, and Cities of Coventry and Lichfield, were this Day read; and assented unto; and ordered to be carried unto the Lords, by Mr. Purefreye.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Rich. Hardmett, Mayor of the Town of Nottingham, James Chadwick Esquire, Jo. James, William Nixe, Wm. Drury, Aldermen, and Tho. Salisbury Gentleman, for the County of the Town of Nottingham; and for F. Pierrepointe Esquire, F. Molineux Baronet, Hardoph Wasthenes Baronet, Francis Thornhagh Knight, Jo. Hutchinson Esquire, F. Thornhagh, Wm. Palmer, Esquires, Hunt Plumtree Doctor in Physick, Jo. Millington Esquire, Geo. Hutchinson Gentleman, Wm. Wightman, Joseph Widmerpoole, and Charles White, Esquires, to be Committees for the County of Nottingham.
King's Proclamation not to be published.
Ordered, That the Sheriffs of London be injoined not to publish his Majesty's Proclamation, to all the Inhabitants of his Counties of Oxon, Northampton, Bucks, Middlesex, &c. commanding them to give Notice to the next Quarter of his Majesty's Army, of the Approach of any of the Rebels Forces near unto them: And that, for their Obedience to this Order, they shall be saved harmless by Authority of Parliament.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Jo. Northcott brings Answer, That he delivered to the Lords the Instructions and Orders concerning Devon: And that the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Coals in London.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen, to inform themselves, What Quantities of Coals are in and about the City of London, and for what Time the Store will continue; and to consider what moderate Price and Rate may be set upon the Coals that are now in Store, in Consideration of the Poor.
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche and Mr. Page:
The Lords have received a Letter from the Lieutenant of Ireland; which they desired to communicate to this House: That they have sent Three times to this House about it: They do now desire a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of the House.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Holles, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Collectors of Papists Revenues.
Ordered, That the Burgesses that serve for Westminster, and the Knights that serve for Middlesex, do bring in the Names of Collectors for the Revenues of Papists: And that the Committee for the Advance of Monies in London do appoint Collectors for the Revenues of Papists in London, and Liberties.
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
Mr. Pym presents, from the Conference, a Letter from my Lord Lieutenant of Ireland: Which was read: And That the Lord Mandevile delivered, That the Lords had considered of a former Stay made of the Earl of Leicester, at Nottingham, and now again at Chester: Which was very much prejudicial to the Government of that Kingdom.
That there should a Message from both Houses be sent to his Majesty, to desire his Majesty, that he would be pleased to expedite my Lord of Leicester into Ireland; or that he would declare his Exceptions unto him, if he has conceived any, that rendered him unfit for that Employment; or else to dispatch such a Personage thither as both Houses may confide in: And that, if neither of these shall be assented unto, to declare, that the Parliament will no more manage the Affairs in Ireland.
Ordered, That on Monday Morning next the House shall take into Consideration the Matter of the Conference this Day had with the Lords, concerning a Letter received from my Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
Arrears due to the Scotts.
Several Answers to the Propositions of the Scotts, delivered in on Saturday last, concerning the Arrears of their Brotherly Assistance now due; and concerning the Necessity of their Army in Ireland; were this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence, by Sir Tho. Barrington.
The humble Petition of the Owners and Merchants of the Ship Clare, lately arrived from the West Indies, at Southampton, was this Day read.
The Question was propounded, For revoking the Order for the Sale of the Cochineal.
And then the Question was put, Whether this Question should be now put: And
It passed with the Affirmative.
The Question being put, For the Revoking the Order;
|The House was divided.|
|The Yeas went forth.|
|MrHolles,||Tellers for the Yea, 53.|
|Sir Tho. Dacres,|
|Sir Jo. Holland,||Tellers for the Noe, 49.|
|Sir Ph. Stapilton,|
Resolved, &c. That the Order concerning the Sale of the Cochineal shall be revoked.
Mr. Vassall and Sir Tho. Dacres appointed to go and speak with the Pretenders to the Cochineal, to acquaint them, That if they will advance Twenty thousand Pounds within Three Days, that the House will revoke their Order, and leave them to their Course ... Law.
Taking of Chichester.
A Message, by Sir Robert Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords have sent this Letter, to be communicated to this House, concerning the taking of Chichester.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom do write a Letter to the Commanders that took in Chichester, in Acknowledgment of their great Service: And to desire them to be careful of the Prisoners.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Brereton shall go up to the Lords To-morrow Morning, to signify unto them, that this House is ready to give a Conference, concerning Lancashire Instructions, if it may stand with their Lordships Conveniency.
Mr. Green, Mr. Strode, Sir H. Vane, are to speak with the Pretenders to the Cochineal; and to draw up an Order upon their Answer.
Ordered, That Mr. Whittlock and Mr. Vassall do peruse the former Order, concerning the Importation of Bullion into the Kingdom, and securing the Merchants in it.
Propositions to the King-Delinquents.
The Preamble to the Propositions was brought into the House, and presented by Mr. Pym; and read; but nothing more done upon it at this Time; in regard it could not be perfected, till the Propositions were concluded.
And thereupon the Order of Tuesday, concerning the Naming such particular Delinquents as this House will proceed against, for Offences committed since the Tenth of January, was read: And
It was Resolved, &c. That George Lord Digby shall be One that the House does name, to proceed against.
Marquis Herts pretermitted.
The Question being propounded, Whether more shall be nominated than George Lord Digby, to be proceeded against;
|The House was divided.|
|Mr. Strode,||Tellers for the Yea:||76|
|Sir Jo. Corbett,||With the Yea,|
|Mr. Pierrepointe,||Tellers for the Noe:||59|
|Mr. Waller,||With the Noe,|
Resolved, &c. That more shall be nominated than George Lord Digby.
Resolved, &c. That the Earl of Newcastle shall be One that the House does name, to proceed against.
The Question being propounded, Whether any more should be named;
The Question was put, Whether that Question should be put:
|The House was divided.|
|Mr. Holles,||Appointed Tellers for Noe, 52.|
|Sir Rob. Pye,|
|Sir Hen. Heyman,||Tellers for Yea, 65.|
|Sir Ph. Stapilton,|
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Question shall be put.
The Question being put, Whether any more should be named;
|The House was divided again|
|Sir Hen. Heyman,||Tellers for the Yea, 54.|
|Sir Ph. Stapleton,|
|Mr. Hollis,||Tellers for the Noe, 64.|
|Sir Rob. Pye|
Resolved, upon the Question, That no more shall be named, to be proceeded against for any Offence done since the Tenth of January last.
Upon the Petition, this Day read in this House, of the Spanish Merchants, pretending Property unto a Parcel of Cochineal, Bullion, and other Goods, brought into the Port of Southampton, in the Clare, of London; This House doth Declare, That they do accept of the Twenty thousand Pounds offered in the said Petition to be secured, together with the other Thirty thousand Pounds, as is there desired: Which Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds is to be paid by the Petitioners into the Hands of the Treasurers for Subscriptions, in the Guildhall, London, at or before Monday next. Whereupon this House doth Order, That the Cochineal, Hides, and other Goods of the said Ship, now sequestered by Order of this House, shall be delivered into the Hands of the said Petitioners, they paying Freight and Custom for the same; to be disposed of by them; free from all Arrests. Provided, That the Petitioners do give in Bail, to answer all Suits and Claims to the said Goods, in the Court of Admiralty, according to the Law: Or otherwise, it is the Intent and Meaning of this House, That the Thirty thousand Pounds above mentioned, together with the Twenty thousand Pounds now offered, shall stand liable, instead of Bail, unto all Suits and Claims as aforesaid. And this House doth further Order, That in case the Premises be not submitted unto and performed by the Petitioners, that then the said Goods shall be forthwith sold, according to a former Order of this House.
Ordered, That this House shall proceed To-morrow Morning with the Propositions.
Payment to Penuoyer.
Ordered, That the Order, presented to this House from the Commissioners for Irish Affairs, dated 23° Augusti, concerning the Payment of Eighty-six Pounds Three Shillings and Six Pence to Mr. Pennoyer, shall be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Irish Affairs, where Mr. Goodwyn has the Chair.
Arrears due to Scotland.
BY the Order and Direction of both Houses of Parliament, we are to make this Answer to your Lordships Proposition, received in Writing the Twenty-fourth of this instant Month, concerning a Part of the Brotherly Assistance due and unpaid: That they are very much grieved and troubled, that they have not hitherto, nor can yet give Satisfaction to your Lordships, concerning the Forty thousand Pounds of the Brotherly Assistance, which is yet behind, and was due at Midsummer last, as they have earnestly desired and endeavoured; the great Troubles and Confusions of this Kingdom hindering them from levying and taxing Money for that Purpose, as they intended to do: All which they pray you to represent to the State and People of Scotland; not doubting but that, with a brotherly Compassion, they will look upon the Afflictions of this State; and bear with this inevitable Necessity, until such Time as God shall enable them to pay this Money: Which they will labour, to the uttermost of their Power, to procure very speedily; and to pay the same, together, with Interest, for the Forbearance thereof. And, for the better * * * and upholding the Credit of those Merchants who are therein interested, they are ready to do whatsoever shall be farther requisite, in their Power, according to that Truth, Justice, and Honour, which they desire to express to all Men; and, in more especial and affectionate Manner, to their Brethren of Scotland.
Arrears of Scotch Army in Ireland.
BY Order and Direction of both Houses of Parliament, we are to make this Answer to your Lordships Propositions, concerning the Arrears due to the Scottish Army in Ireland; That the hard and necessitous Condition of that Army is to them most grievous and lamentable; and that, according to the Treaty and Agreement, they truly intended to pay that Army from Month to Month, and to provide a competent Magazine of Victuals; which they duly performed so long as they were able; And being now oppressed and exhausted, by the most deplorable Necessity of a Civil War and Combustion, raised here by the Practice of the Papists (who are now likewise in Arms) for the Destruction of Religion in both the Kingdoms of England and Ireland, they cannot so timely and plentifully provide for the Distresses of Ireland, and particularly of the Scottish Army there, as otherwise they should have done: But they are endeavouring forthwith to procure Twenty thousand Pounds, towards the Satisfaction of that Army; and purpose, as speedily as may be, to discharge the rest, according to the Contract and Treaty in that Behalf: And, in the mean time, are ready to do whatsoever else shall be in their Power for the Relief and Encouragement of that Army, and just Satisfaction of the State and People of Scotland, whom they esteem as their assured Friends and Brethren, most nearly united to them in the Sense and Consequence of these Dangers and Miseries, wherewith this Kingdom is afflicted.