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 Martis, ultimo Januarii, 1642.
THE humble Petition of divers Inhabitants of New England, that are here intrusted for the Affairs of that Plantation, concerning a Collection to be allowed them, on the Two next Lord's Days, in London, and the Parishes thereabouts, for Transplanting of poor Children driven out of Ireland; and other poor fatherless Children of this Kingdom, that are out of Employment; was this Day read.
Resolved, That the Inhabitants of the new Plantation of New England shall, according to their Charter, be Custom-free for such Commodities as are granted by their Charter; and for so long a Time as is granted by the same Charter.
Resolved, That the Agents for the Affairs of New England shall have Liberty to collect the free Contribution of all well-affected People, in all the Parishes of London, Westminster, the Borough of Southwarke, and Parished adjacent, on the next Two Lord's Days; for the Transporting of divers poor Children driven out of Ireland, and others: And it is referred to my Lord Mayor, so to appoint this Collection, that it may not be on the same Day as that for Ireland.
The Sequestrations of the Profits of the Livings of Horsham in Sussex, to Mr. Chatfield, the now Lecturer there; of Bussy in Herts, to Mr. Marmaduke Browne; of Chepstead in Suffolk, to Mr. Beadle; and an Order for some Persons named in the said Order, to have Power to enter into Christ Church in Norwich, and the Liberties thereof; were all read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Collections on Briefs.
Letter, &c. from Ld. Fairefax.
King's Letter to the Queen.
Mr. Glyn reports from the Conference, That the Lords, do consent to the Publishing of the Letter, and other Matters, from the Lord Fairefax; and to the Preamble, forasmuch as it concerns those Matters: As to the Letter from the King to the Queen, that was intercepted, they are of Opinion, That it is not fit to be printed at this time: And have given Order to their Clerk, not to give out any Copies of it: And do desire, that this House would concur with their Lordships, in giving Order to their Clerk not to give out any Copies of it.
Resolved, That the Clerk be injoined not to print the Letter from his Majesty to the Queen, nor to give any Copy of it, till the House take farther Order; according to the Desire of the Lords at the late Conference.
Person sent for in Custody.
Ordered, That Mr. Erasmus Gainsforde shall be committed to the Custody of the Serjeant, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House; there being found about him a Copy of a Commission from his Majesty, to collect Monies in Surrey, for Maintenance of the War against the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That the Six hundred and odd Pounds, received by Sir Jo. Hotham, of Mr. Harness, One of the Collectors of the Monies raised upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, in the County of Lincolne, shall be allowed of, and deducted out of the Account of the said Mr. Harnisse.
Landgerd Fort, &c.
Payment to Hotham.
Ordered, That the Eight hundred Pounds, or thereabouts, of the Money collected upon the Customs at Hull, and remaining in the Customers Hands there, be paid to Sir Jo. Hotham, towards the Arrears due unto him, for Payment of the Garison.
Earl of Nottingham's Petition.
The Earl of Nottingham hath preferred a Petition to the House of Peers: It concerns his Estate, and the Support of his Occasions. The Lords do well consider of the Antiquity and Greatness of his Family; and are very inclinable to grant his Petition: And desire this House would consider of it speedily and seriously; and concur with the Lords, if it may seem good to your Justice.
Ordered, That Answer shall be returned to the Lords to this Petition, to this Effect; That this House is very sensible of the Merits of the Family of the Noble Earl of Nottingham: That they are sorry, that so great a Family should so much stand in need of a Support: If they knew any way honourably to relieve it, they should willingly condescend unto it: But there was no Matter for Relief in the Petition: The former Grant out of the Customs, determined with the Grantor; and the other Grant, out of the new Impositions, is likewise fallen; there being at all no Imposition.
Answer from Lords.
Proposition from Scotch Commissioners.
This Committee, or any Four of them, are to consider of the Proposition received from the Scotts Commissioners on Friday last, and to prepare an Answer unto it; and of the Report of the Muster Rolls from Ulster: And are to meet To-morrow at Two Post meridiem, in the Court of Wards: And some of the Adventurers in London are to attend this Committee.
Money, &c. stayed.
Ordered, That the Hundred and Forty Pounds stayed by Captain Temple, Captain of the Fort at Tilbury, which belongs to the Duke of Lennox, shall be disposed of to the said Captain, upon Account; towards the Payment of the Arrears due to the said Captains, Gunners, and Soldiers of the said Fort: And that the Horse shall be disposed of to Captain Temple, to be employed for the Service of the Fort.
Devon Assessments, &c.
Ordered, That Care be taken, that the Monies payable upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, in the County of Devon, be forthwith levied and collected: And that out of such Monies as are or shall be collected, Five thousand Pounds, by way of Loan, be advanced to Charles Vaughan Esquire, Treasurer for that County; to be disposed of for the Defence of that County; and to be repaid by such Assessments as shall herealter be raised upon that County: And it there shall not be so much Monies remaining in the Collectors Hands of those Monies, that then the Committee there shall have Power to borrow so much out of the Customs of that County, as shall make up the Sum of Five thousand Pounds; to be repaid upon Returns of their Bills of Exchange, by the Treasurers here, for Monies brought in for the Service of the Western Parts.
Taking Pirates, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Navy do prepare an Ordinance to enable such Masters of Ships that trade to Wales for Coals, to take all manner of Pirtates: And likewise to send a Ship of good Strength to lie upon the Coast of Wales, for the Defence of that County.
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Prisons, where Sir Robert Harley has the Chair; to examine the Truth of the Complaints in this Letter; and to take Order, that the Prisoners may be used in such Manner as is usual and fitting for Prisoners: And that Mr. Green be committed close Prisoner: And that Committee is injoined to meet To-morrow Morning, at the usual Place.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Greenwich, was this Day read in the Commons House of Parliament: desiring that this House would appoint them a Lecturer to preach there every Tuesday in the Forenoon, which they offer to maintain at their own Charge.
It is Ordered, That Mr. Nicholas Faltingham, an orthodox and learned Divine, be appointed as Lecturer, to preach in the Parish Church of Greenwich every Tuesday in the Forenoon: And Dr. Creton, Vicar of the said Parish, and the Church wardens, and all other whom it may concern, are hereby required to permit him the said Mr. Faltingham the free Use of his Pulpit, to preach there accordingly, without Lett or Interruption.
The humble Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Hawkhurst in the County of Kent was this Day read; desiring that Mr. Thomas Langley Master of Arts, a learned and orthodox Divine, may be settled their Lecturer, to preach every Tuesday in the said Parish Church of Hawkhurst.
It is this Day Ordered, That the said Mr. Langly be appointed to preach there accordingly: And the Vicar or Parson of the said Parish, and all others, whom it may concern, are hereby required to permit him the said Mr. Langley the free Use of the Pulpit, to preach there, without Lett or Interruption.