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, 9 Januarii, 1642.
Prisoners in Lincolne.
ORDERED, by the and Commons, That the High Sheriff of the County of Lincolne for the Time being, one * Smyth Gaoler and Keeper of the Castle of Lincolne, shall forthwith be required to remove his Prisoners out of the said Castle of Lincolne, to some safe and secure Place: And, for the present (if a more convenient House cannot be had), the said Smyth is hereby authorized to remove his said Prisoners to the Bishop of Lincolne's House, near the said Castle, commonly called the Bishop's Palace; and to resign and deliver up the said Castle into the Hands of the Earl of Lincolne, or such as he shall appoint, for the safe keeping of the said Castle, and better Security of the City of Lincolne.
An Ordinance of Association of the County of Lincolne, and City and Towns Corporate within the said County; and likewise the Instructions for Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenants, and Committees for the Propositions of the said County: were this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented upon; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence; being the very same, mutatis mutandis, as those for Warwickshire.
Sir Wm. Armyn carried them up.
Earl of Warwick's Commission.
A Commission to my Lord of Warwick to command in Chief the Ships which now are at Sea, or shall be sent to Sea, in as ample Manner as any Lord Admiral of England might have done; and to have the Power of Martail Law, as the Lord General at Land; and to continue till an Act pass; was this Day read; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Message to Lords.
Sir Wm. Armyn likewise carried up to the Lords the Ordinance for Wilteshire: The Order for Repayment of the Three thousand Pounds borrowed of the City of Bristoll: And the Order concerning the Fort of Duncannon: And the Order for Ely House to be delivered into the Hands of the Serjeant at Arms, for the Keeping of Delinquents.
King's Proclamation not to be published.
Ordered, That the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex be injoined not to published his Majesty's Proclamation, intituled, "A Proclamation touching the Adjourning of Part of Hilary Term:" And for their so doing they shall be protected by Authority of the Parliament.
Message to Lords.
Sir Wm. Armyn likewise carried up to the Lords the Bill for clearing the Earl of Manchester, and the Five Members of the House of Commons: And the Bill against Pluralities.
Upon the humble Petition of Sir Francis Dowse Knight, now a Prisoner at Portesmouth, taken at Winton;
It is Ordered, That he be forthwith discharged and released from any farther Imprisonment or Restraint.
Disposing of Prisoners.
Resolved, That such Prisoners as shall be judged dangerous, and fit to be removed, shall be removed to such other Places, of Strength and Safety as shall be thought fit.
Mr. Vassal, Mr. Venn, Mr. Purefrey, Mr. Cage, Mr. Strode, Sir Ro. Harley, * Wentworth, * Long, * Heyman;
This Committee is to prepare an Order for Disposing of such Prisoners as they shall judge dangerous, and fit to be removed: and for the Manner of their Restraint; and to what Places they shall be disposed to.
The Letter from Chichester is likewise referred to the Consideration of This Committee.
Ordered, That Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Hoyle, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Rolle, Mr.Tate, Mr. Darley, Mr. Barwis, be added to the Committee for maimed Soldiers.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, to examine the Account of Mr. Pennoyer, for Arms delivered at Hull; and, if they shall find it just, that they will grant their Warrant to the Treasurer at Wars, to discharge it.
Whereas a Trunk, having to the Value of Four hundred and Thirty Pounds worth of Plate in it, or thereabouts, was seized, and carried to Guildhall, supposed to be the Goods of a Papist, or a Delinquent; but, upon Examination of the Business, by the Committees for Informations, it appeared to belong unto one Mr. Rich. Windesore, who was neither Papist nor Delinquent, but one who, upon the Propositions, hath subscribed Fifty Pounds; and also lent Twenty Pounds to Colonel Venn, at Windesore, in ready Money, for the Service of the King and Parliament; and that he hath likewise set out a light Horse at his own Charge, for the Service of the King and Parliament: It is this Day Ordered, That the Treasurers and Receivers at Guildhall, London, for the Money upon the Propositions, do forthwith restore unto the said Rich. Windesore the Plate aforesaid, or the Value thereof, if the Plate be already melted; deducting only the Sum of Fifty Pounds, subscribed as aforesaid.
Stay of Sugar.
Ordered, That Alexander Tent, Officer of the Customhouse, do make Stay of the Six Chests of Sugar belonging to Robert Alden, until this House take farther Order.
Ordered, That the Deputy of the Lord Mayor, appointed to receive the Duty of One per Cent. shall take no Entry, nor make any Warrant for the Clearing of any Goods, until he shall first receive a Warrant or Cocquet for the said Goods, from the Collectors of the Customs.
Collectors of Customs.
Upon a Report from the Committee for the Customs; the Question was propounded, for discharging the present Collectors of the Customs:
And the Question was put, Whether the Question should be now put:
It passed with the Affirmative: And thereupon.
It was Resolved, &c. That the present Collectors of the Customs shall be now immediately discharged from any farther Service in that Employment: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Mr. Bond, Mr. Long, Mr. Hoyle, Mr. Green, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Ven, Mr. Bence, Mr. Beddingfield, * Jo. Harrison, Sir Tho. Soame, Mr. Spurstoe;
This Committee is to take Care, that no Prejudice be done to the Commonwealth, by the Waiter, Searchers, and other Officers of the Customs, until the Collectors of the Customs shall be settled: And they are to consider among themselves, of such as they will appoint, in especial, to be present at the Custom-house, to take Careof these Businesses.
Mr. Ven is appointed, To-morrow, to bring in the Propositions; and the Names of such Men as shall propound Conditions of taking upon them the Employments of being Commissioners or Collectors of the Customs.
Articles of Cheshire.
A Letter of the Third of January from Sir Geo. Boothe and other Gentlemen of Cheshire, declaring how they came to subscribe the Articles.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Customs do bring in a Ordinance for receiving and collecting the Customs, in such Manners as they were gathered by virtue of the last Ordinance.
Mr. Whittacre, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Long, are to take Consideration of this Letter, of the 5th of January, from one J. H. intercepted as it was going to Oxon, to one Mr. Jo. Clerke; and to find out, by the best Means they can, the Writer of it; and to examine the Sheriffs now in Custody; and to find out the Member mentioned in the Letter.
Bringing up Persons in custody.
Ordered, That the Serjeant do send a Man to the Keeper of Winchester ....; to require him to send hither the Sheriffs of Kent, Devon, and Sussex, in safe Custody, to be examined: And that none be suffered to speak with them.
Ordered, That the Master of the Bear Garden, be restrained in close Imprisonment.
Ordered, That no Man that is committed by either House of Parliament, for levying actual War against the Parliament, shall be permitted to go abroad, but by special Order of this House: And that no Man be suffered to speak with them, but by special Order of this House: And that if any Letters shall come to them, that they be first brought hither, before they be delivered unto them: And that such Letters as they shall write, be brought hither, before they be sent away.
Ordered, That no Member of the House do visit any of the Prisoners committed by either House of Parliament, for actual levying War against the Parliament; without Order of this House.
Earl of Stamford thanked.
Mr. Strode and Mr. Prideaux are appointed to prepare a Letter of Thanks, to be sent to the Earl of Stamford, in Acknowledgment of his good Service in the West, and to encourage him to follow Sir Ralph Hopton in Cornwall.
Repayment of Money.
Ordered, That the Committees named in the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, do grant their Warrant Four hundred thousand Pounds, do grant their Warrant to the Receivers of the Monies that come in upon the said Bill, to repay the Thousand Pounds formerly borrowed of the Contribution Monies for Ireland.
Tin Farmers, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Job Harbye, and the rest of the Tin Farmers, do, To-morrow Morning, attend the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom; And that they do pay the Six thousand Pounds payable upon the Tin Farm, as shall be directed by that Committee: And that Sixteen hundred Pounds of the said Monies be paid to the Earl of Northumberland, for so much borrowed of him: And that the Committee do likewise, out of the said Monies, take Care for satisfying the Arrears to Colonel Bulstrode.
Leave to attend the King.
Resolved, That Sir Tho. Roe shall have Leave to attend his Majesty, to give an Account of his Embassy; and to have Mr. Speaker's Warrant for himself, his * * *.
Ordered, That Captain Foster, Captain Enis, Captain Lindsay, Lieutenant Nepar, Lieutenant Colly, Cornet Otley, be committed Prisoners to London House; for levying actual War against the King and Parliament.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Propositions do forthwith withdraw, to prepare and make ready the Propositions, to be brought in To-morrow Morning, at Nine of Clock.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Militia, and Colonel Manwaring, be required to double their Guards and Watches this Night, upon the Prisons in and about the Cities of London and Westminster.
Resolved, That the Prisoners that the Committee hath thought fit to be removed to Windesore, shall be removed according to their Report.
Mr. Moore, Mr. Salloway, Mr. Percivall, Mr. Hoyle, Mr. Owen, Sir John Franclin, Mr. Ashurst, are added to the Committee for plundered Ministers.
Whereas there is due to Mr. Law. Loe Two hundred and Five Pounds, for his Service in the late Northern Expedition, as Surgeon to the Lord General: And whereas the said Lawrence Loe doth now offer, in this Time of Urgency, to lend, for the Service of the King and Parliament, so much Money as shall make up the said Two hundred and Five Pounds, Five hundred Pounds: It is this Day Ordered, That the said whole Sum of Five hundred Pounds be paid unto the said Mr. Loe, by the Treasurers for the Proposition Monies at London [a].