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, 28 Januarii, 1642.
Sezing Horses, &c.
ORDERED, That Dr. Hughes, a Popish Recusant, lately come from the King's Army, who has Horses fit for Service, be seized and apprehended, he and his Horses, presently: And that Captain Thompson do give his Assistance to the Serjeant and his Deputy, for Seizing of these Horses: And that Captain Thomson have the Horses to recruit his Troop, if he have a Warrant from the General for Recruiting.
Defaulters in Southwarke.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the Defaulters in Southwarke be referred to the Committee for Informations; And that Captain Moore and the Defaulters, be sent for to attend that Committee, to answer their Neglect and Contempt of the Ordinance of Parliament, in not doing their Duty in the Borough, and in the Forts and Works there.
Charge against Lord Mayor.
My Lord Mayor informed the House, That he was come to clear himself from an high Charge, laid upon him in his Majesty's late Letter and Declaration to the Sheriffs, and Masters and Wardens of the several, Halls; That there came a Stationer unto him; and told him, That one Andreas Palecologus, a Grecian, could tell one that could witness against another the Words charged by his Majesty in his said Declaration, upon the Lord Mayor, He encouraged him; and told him, That he did his Duty, and the Part of a good Subject; and gave him Directions to bring in the Information (the Informer living out of his Jurisdiction); And that since he never heard more of the Business.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare Heads for a Conference, upon his Majesty's late Letter and Declaration to the Sheriffs, to examine the Matter of the Charge laid upon the Lord Mayor in the said Declaration; and likewise to consider of my Lord Mayor's Answer to the said Charge.
Ordered, That the like Order concerning the Government of the Company of Watermen, as was made last Year, be renewed this Year: And that my Lord Mayor take Notice of it; and give Order that all the Members of that Company be conformable to that Order.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Lord Mayor, to consider, What Rate is fit to be set upon Newcastle Coals, both withing his Jurisdiction and without; and to present a Certificate of the Rate to the House, that it may be considered of and confirmed by both Houses: And that, in the mean time, the Woodmongers, and all other Retailers of Coals, shall not sell any Newcastle Coals at above Two and Twenty Shillings the Chaidron at the Wharf: And that the Wharfingers shall not exceed the usual Rate for Carrying of Coals.
Sheriff of Essex.
Ordered, That Mr. Smyth, the late Sheriff of the County of Essex, shall continue in the Execution of that Place in that County, until the House take farther Order: And that, for his so doing, he shall be saved harmless by Authority of both Houses; And that Sir Ben. Ayloffic, the Sheriff now nominated, do bring in his Commission: And that he do execute nothing upon it.
Proceedings concerning Sir Charles Berkeley.
Sir Charles Berkeley, a Prisoner in the Tower, has petitioned the House of Peers, that for the Preservation and Recovery of his Health, he may be removed to the House of Mr. Kirke in Westminster, upon good Bail to be a true Prisoner: The Lords are inclinable to grant his Request; and desire this House to concur with them therein; and desire that, when this House has perused the Petition, they would return it.
Ordered, That an Answer shall be returned to this Message at a Conference: And that One Head of the Conference shall be, That if Sir Charles Barkeley will first petition his Majesty for an Exchange, that this House will willingly condescend thereunto; and to desire the Lords, that no Petition may be received from any Prisoner that is committed or taken upon levying War against the Parliament, until he has first petitioned his Majesty for an Exchange: And likewise to represent unto the Lords the Danger that might ensue to the Western Counties, if this Gentleman should be released at this time.
The Lords desire a present Conference by Committees of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Earl of Leicester, and the Irishe Affairs; touching the Spanish Ambassador's Request concerning the Cochineal; and concerning a Message lately sent to this House, touching Mr. Garrett, Master of the Charter-house, and one Lieutenant Davies.
A Letter, of the Twenty-fourth of January, from one Adam Copinger to Mr. Coke of Fanchurchstreet, an Apothecary, One of the Assessors appointed by Ordinance of Parliament; abusing him with foul Language, for Service done by him, in pursuance of that Ordinance; was this Day read.
Person sent for.
Lord Lieut. of Ireland.
That the Lords did desire to refresh the Memories of this House with the Heads of a Conference formerly had with this House, touching the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; How they had then moved this House to join with the Lords in a Desire unto his Majesty that if he had any Crime to object against my Lord Lieutenant, or that he conceived him unable, or any Incapacity in him, that he would be pleased to discover it; else that he would dispatch him presently away; or otherwise that he would name some other, whom both Houses might confide in; or else that both Houses must give over the Care of the Management of these Affairs.
That the Spanish Ambassador had presented his Requests to their House, touching That Business, the which they formerly sent down to this House: The Spanish Ambassador presses a Dispatch, having kept a Messenger many Days here, expressly to carry the Answer of both Houses to that Business.
Proceedings against Davies.
That, by a legal Proceeding, according to the Statutes of Sutton's Hospital he had been sentenced to be expelled: That, notwithstanding, in favour unto him, they had sent Order to the Master to suspend the Execution of that Sentence for a time: That, in that Interim, fresh Complaints of Misdemeanors, and of Words, very disgraceful, spoken by him against my Lord General, were proved against him upon Oath: And therefore they desired this House would concur, that the Sentence for his Expulsion might stand, and be executed upon him.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Dispatches to take into Consideration That Part of the Report which concerns the Master of the Charter-house and Lieutenant Davys, and the Writings sent down therewith; and to report their Opinions to this House.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Navy to consider of that Part of the Report which concerns the Spanish Ambassador and the Conchineal, and of the Writings sent down with the same; and to report their Opinions to this House. And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, &;c.
Earl of Leicester.
|Sir Jo. Clatworthy,||Tellers for the Yea: 34.|
|Sir Hen. Vane, and||Tellers for the Noe: 38|
|Sir Wm. Armyn,|
Seizing Money, &c.
WHEREAS upon Information given to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, That divers Sums of Money were secretly conveyed into the House of Sir Wm. Acton, to be there kept till an Opportunity happened to convey the same to Oxford, to supply the Army there, raised against the Parliament; the said Committee did grant their Warrants to Colonel John Moore, to enter into the House of the said Sir Wm. Acton, and to search for the said Monies: And whereas the said Colonel Moore, in Obedience to the said Order, did go to make a Search accordingly; but found Opposition and Resistance by some unknown Persons, in the said House: It is this Day Ordered, by the Commons House of Parliament That the Lord Mayor, and the Sheriffs of the City of London, be desired forthwith to give their best Assistance to the said Colonel Moore, with such a Guard as they think fit; to enter the House of the said Sir Wm. Acton; and to seize all such Monies, Plate, and Arms, as they find therein; and to apprehend such Persons as are in the said House; And likewise to search the adjoining Houses to the said Sir Wm. Acton's House: And for so doing this shall be your Warrant.