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, 2 Januarii, 1642.
Lyme Regis Petition.
Delinquents Estates, &c.
Dep. Porter in the Tower.
Ordered, That Mr. Jo. Langston, Gentleman Porter of the Tower of London, be required to make Rich. Birch, Warder of the Tower, to be his Deputy Porter, for attending, looking, watching, and searching at the Tower Gates; and to do all other Things, as Porter, in or about the said Gates, which belong to the Deputy Porter: And Mr. Lieutenant of the Tower of London is required to entertain and admit of the said Rich. Birch into the said Office accordingly.
Propositions to the King.
"That all such Persons as have been put out of the Commissions of the Peace, or of Oyer and Terminer, or from being Custodes Rotulorum, since the first Day of April 1642 (other than such as were put out by the Desire of both or either of the Houses of Parliament,) may again be put into those Commissions and Offices: And that such Persons may be put out of those Commissions and Offices, as shall be named unto Your Majesty by both Your Houses of Parliament.
Resolved, That my Lord Petre's House in Aldersgate Street, and the Dean of Paules his House near Paules, shall be appointed Prisons, to receive the Prisoners that are coming from Chichester, and such other Prisoners as the Houses shall appoint: And that Mr. White be appointed Keeper of my Lord Peter's House, and Mr. Dillingham Keeper of the Dean of Paules his House: And the Committee for Prisons, where Mr. Trenchard has the Chair, is appointed to prepare an Ordinance to this Purpose: and to consider to what Prisons those Prisoners shall be sent and appointed as come from Chichester.
Hertfordshire Forces, &c.
Defence of Lincoln.
Ordered, That the Committees and Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Lincolne (excepting the Members of the House of Commons,) that be about this Town, be injoined forthwith to repair into the said County; for the Defence and Safety thereof.
Hertfordshire Forces, &c.
Mr. Holles reports, from the Conference, That the Lord Mandevile told them, That they were preparing a Bill for settling the Militia by Land: That they meet with such Difficulties in it, they desire it may be left alone, till the King comes to the Parliament: And desire the Concurrence of this House herein. That they had prepared a Bill for settling the Militia by Sea; and brought it so far as to the Ingrossing.
Propositions to the King.
The House being informed, that divers Prisoners were brought from Chichester; it was referred to the Committee for Prisoners, to consider to what Prisons, and other Places of Safety, they should be committed: And, upon their Report to the House,
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That the Twelve Persons, designed by the Committee for Winchester House, be forthwith committed Prisoners thither, for actual Levying War against the King, and Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That the several Prisoners, designed by the Committee for the Compters of Wood-street and Poultry, London, be forthwith committed thither, for levying actual War against the King and Parliament.
Resolved, That Major Lindsey, Captain Woolfe, Captain Cooper, Sir Wm. Baladine, Mr. Wm. May, Major Gourdon, Captain Ennies, Captain Atkinson, Lieutenant Withrington, Lieutenant Pridgeon, Ensign Shelly, Captain Stephenson, Ensign Shelly, Lieutenant Bird, Ensign Cosse, Captain Mohun, be committed Prisoners to the Lord Peter's House; for actually levying War against the King and Parliament.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Balendine and Mr. Lewkner shall be kept close Prisoners: And that their Keeper be required to permit any Victuals or other necessary Provisions to be brought for their Relief; but not to permit any body to speak with them, but in the Presence of a Keeper.
Ordered, That the Keeper of the Compter in Woodstreet do bring, To-morrow Morning at Eight of the Clock, Colonel Cockeram to the Inner Star Chamber, to be there examined by a Committee: And that his Keeper be required not to suffer any to speak with him.
Earl of Portland.
Ordered, To send to the House of Commons, to let them know, that, upon the humble Petition of the Earl of Portland to be released, this House not finding now any Cause of further detaining him in Custody, their Lordships think fit to set him at Liberty.
Master, a Prisoner.
Book to be burnt.
Ordered, That the Books, intituled, "A Complaint to the House of Commons, &c." shall be burnt, by the Hand of the Hangman, in the New Pallace at Westminster, and Smithfeilde: And that the Sheriffs of London do take Care that it be done accordingly.
Lambeth House Guards.
Propositions to the King.
This Committee is to consider of the Ninth and Tenth Propositions, according to the Debate this Day had upon the same; and to present the same to the House: And are to meet, To-morrow at Eight of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
|The House was divided: And The Noes went forth.|
|Mr. Holles,||Tellers for the Noe:||70.|
|Lord Wenman,||With the Noe,|
|Mr. Strode,||Tellers for the Yea:||57.|
|Mr. Jo. Goodwyn,||With the Yea,|
Defence of Lyme Regis.
Upon Reading of the humble Petition of the Mayor, Burgesses and Inhabitants of Lyme Regis, in the County of Dorsett, by which is made known the Approaching of Sir Ralph Hopton, with his Forces, towards that Town, and the Danger they are in; having been already threatened, for their good Affections, and hearty Endeavours for the Publick; and the Consequence of that Place, in regard of the many Ships now being in that Harbour, and the Guns and Ammunition there (the said Ships being lately come home, loaden with much Goods and Merchandize, which will be a Means to invite them to come thither); and the Place not being able, by the Strength in it, to make Opposition or Resistance;
It is this Day Ordered, by the Commons in Parliament assembled, That Sir Walter Earle, and the rest of the Deputy Lieutenants in the County of Dorset, are required to send such Forces into the Town of Lyme Regis, for Aid and Defence of the same, as Occasion shall require: And the Forces so by them directed, are hereby required not to fail in yielding their Obedience thereunto, as they will answer the Neglect of so important a Service: And the better to enable the said Town to defray the Charge and Expence of this great Work, it is likewise Ordered, That they may take out of their own Subscription Money the Sum of Two hundred Pounds: And Allowance shall be given thereof upon their Account.
THE Merchant, Spaniards, and Owners of the Ship Clare, having this Day, in Obedience to an Order of this House, of 29° Decembris last past, paid in the Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds; which, with the Thirty thousand Pounds formerly delivered into the Tower, is to stand liable, instead of Bail, unto all Suits, Arrests, and Claims according to Law (as the Goods should have been, if they had continued still in Custody) made either by the Spanish Ambassador, or any other whomsoever, concerning the Premises; This House doth therefore Order, That all those Persons, Sir John Null, or whosoever else, here or at Southampton, in whose Custody the Cochineal, Ginger, Hides, and other Goods brought in the Ship the Clare, do remain, do forthwith deliver up the said Goods unto Ignatio Landaholah, Diego De Escary, Benedict Stafford, and John Mayo, for the Use of themselves, and the rest of the Merchants and Owners, free from any present or future Restraint or Trouble whatsoever; they paying Freight, Custom, and all other Charges duly disbursed by the said Masters and Owners, any ways concerning the said Goods. And this House doth further Order, That the Judge of the Admiralty, and all others whom it may concern, take due Notice of this Order; and do nothing in Prejudice of the real Execution thereof.
Hertford-shire Forces, &c.
WHEREAS great Forces of Papists, and other illaffected Persons, are now in actual War against the King, the Parliament, and whole Kingdom; and Part of those Forces being now drawn to Brill, in the County of Buck', and other Places adjoining, have, according to their Usage, plundered, robbed, pillaged, and murdered, divers good Protestants thereabouts; and threatened to march into the County of Hertford, and other Counties that Way, there to commit the like Outrages, and barbarous Cruelties, as they have done in Places where they have formerly been: The Lords and Commons in Parliament, being most desirous to prevent those Miseries, and to suppress the Authors of them; for the better Effecting thereof, do hereby desire all well-affected Persons, of the County of Hertford, and other Counties and Places, adjoining, forthwith to raise all such Forces of Horse and Foot as they can make; and to march with them to Aylesbury, in the County of Buck'; and to such other Place as they shall be directed by Order from both Houses of Parliament, or from the Earl of Essex Lord General; and to join with and assist the Forces raised by Authority of Parliament, for the Defence of themselves, their Families, and Estates, and of the true Protestant Religion; and for the Suppressing and Punishing those Forces at Brill, and all other their Adherents, notorious Enemies to the King and Kingdom: And such well-affected Persons, in the County of Hertford, or of any other Counties or Places whatsoever, that shall join with and assist the Forces, raised by Authority of Parliament, for the Purposes abovementioned, shall therein do a very acceptable Service to the Commonwealth; and shall be assisted and protected by the Power and Authority of Parliament.
Search for Books.
Ordered, That the Serjeant's Man do forthwith go and search the Shops, in and about Westminster *, or elsewhere, for the Book, intituled, "A Complaint to the House of Commons:" And in case they find any, or Suspicion that any hath them, that the Serjeant's Man take him or her into safe Custody; and him and her to keep, till this House hath taken other Order to the contrary.