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 Veneris, 3 Februarii, 1642.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Informations, where Mr. Whittacre has the Chair, to consider of some effectual Course for the speedy Suppressing the Printing of scandalous Pamphlets, and the inordinate Licentiousness of Printing.
Bailing a Prisoner.
Ordinance for Hants.
Power to commit Persons.
It is Resolved, &c. That the House holds Mr. Browne and Mr. Beard, and all the rest of the Commissioners, clear and free from those Complaints that were made against the said Commissaries: The which Complaints were referred to the said Committee.
Resolved, That this House did not assent to the Making of any such Ordinance as is printed under the Name of the Lords and Commons, of the Twenty-sixth of January, concerning the Commissaries Taking of Horses, &c. nor to the Printing of that Ordinance, as it is set down in that Ordinance.
Proceedings concerning Prisoners.
Mr. Glyn and Mr. Hill are appointed to acquaint the Court of King's Bench, that * * * * were committed by Order of the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, authorized thereunto by both Houses of Parliament.
Ordered, That the Keepers of the several Prisons, when they shall receive Writs of Habeas Corpus for any Persons committed by Order of Parliament, that they shall make no Return, until they acquaint the Committee of this House for Returns.
Whereas this House is informed, That Samuel Marsham, Exuperious Turner, Charles Brooke, * *, and divers others, committed Prisoners by Authority of Parliament, have brought their Habeas Corpus into the Court of King's Bench:
Messenger from Oxford.
Upon an Information this Day given, That there is one that pretends to be a Messenger come from Oxon to Windesore, that brought a Note from my Lord Craford, and Mr. Ashburneham, directed to no Man, concerning the Prisoners;
Nevile's, &c. Sequestrations.
Ordered, That Mr. Henry Nevile's Estate, personal and real, be forthwith sequestered and seized: And that it be referred to the Deputy Lieutenants of the Counties where his Estate lies, to seize his Estate, personal and real, accordingly; and especially to Mr. Middleton, One of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Essex, to put this Order in Execution.
Mr. Marten, Sir Tho. Middleton, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Blakiston, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Cage, Sir H. Vane junior, Sir Arth. Heselrig, Mr. Nicoll, Mr. Wasthall, Sir Jo. Corbett, Mr. Bond, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr. Gourdon, Mr. Millington, Sir H. Ludlow, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir John Dreyden, Serjeant Wilde, Sir Wm. Strickland, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Long;
This Committee is to consider of the Sequestring and Seizing the Estates, real and personal, of all such Persons as have been, are, or shall be, in actual War or Arms against the Parliament; and have Power to sequester their Estates accordingly; and to appoint Sequestrators; and to make Allowances to such as shall be employed in this Service; and to use all other Means as shall be necessary for the effectual Executing and Performing this Service: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards; and after from time to time, when and where they please: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.: And the Care of this Business is especially recommended to Mr. Millington.
Upon Mr. Rigbye's Report, after Perusal of the Clerk's Book; That the Ordinance concerning revoking the Ordinance to Mr. Browne and Mr. Beard, for Seizing of Horses, was entered in that Book, as it is printed;
Indemnity for seizing Horses, &c.
WHEREAS Thomas Browne, Maximilian Beard, Wm. Dodson, Nicolas Alin, Robert Norwood, John Stiles, Wm. Booth, Thomas Mason, Wm. Barton, Mr. * Williamson, Thomas Flaver, Richard Overton, George Daye, John Hinde, Daniel, Waldoe, Walter Story, and Samuel Harsnett, and their Substitutes, were, first by Order of the House of Commons, and then by Ordinance of both House of Parliament, authorized and commanded Commissaries to search for, seize, and take, Horses, Mares, and Geldings, with Saddles and Bridles, and to deliver them away, upon Warrants from the Lord General the Earl of Essex; which Ordinance is since revoked: It is now Declared, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That the said Maximilian Beard, Thomas Browne, and the rest of the Commissaries, have, in Execution of the said Order and Ordinance, done an acceptable Service to the Commonwealth. And it is Ordained, That the said Commissaries, and their Substitutes, shall, for all things done in pursuance of the said Order and Ordinance, and other Orders, and also for their former Seizing of Horses, by Warrants from the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, or by Authority derived from both or either House of Parliament, have the Protection of both Houses of Parliament for their Indemnity. And if any Person shall molest, traduce, or falsly defame, the said Commissaries, or any of them, for any thing done in Observance of the Commands of both or either the Houses of Parliament, such Person, upon Complaint thereof made, shall receive condign Punishment.
Message to Lords.
SIR Henry Vane is appointed to carry up to the Lords, the Ordinance for Sequestring Whepsted: The Declaration concerning the Lord Fairfax: The Order for Four thousand Pounds, upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, to the Lord Fairfax: The Ordinance for pressing Mariners: And to desire that the Declaration concerning the Lord Fairfax, and the Ordinance for pressing Mariners, be forthwith printed and published.
Alhallowes Berking, Vicarage.
Ordinance for Wiltes.
Mr. Goodwyn reports from the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, a Certificate, from Sir Philip Percivall, of the Provisions of Victual in the King's Magazines, arrived out of England; a Remonstrance from the Officers of that Army; and the Answer of the Lords Justices and Council there, to this Remonstrance; and likewise a Copy of an Act of State, for the Bringing in of half the Plate of the City of Dublyn, for Satisfaction to the Officers.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Peter Wentworth brings Answer, That the Lords will send Answer to the Commission to the Earl of Warwick, by Messengers of their own: As to the Inlargement of the Power to the Committees of the Lords and Commons for Advancing of Monies in London; and to the Addition of the Assessors Names; and to an Order for disabling such Members of their House to sit in their House, during this Parliament, as have appeared in Arms against the Parliament; they do agree.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Henry Vane brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to all the Orders and Declarations brought up by him: And that the Ordinance for pressing Mariners, and the Declaration concerning the Lord Fair fax, be forthwith printed.
Dublyn Bills of Exchange.
Ordered, That the Treasurers of the Adventurers Monies for Ireland shall accept of the Bills of Exchange of Two thousand Pounds from the Committee at Dublyn: And shall satisfy and content the said Bills, out of the first Monies that come in upon the last Payment of the Adventurers Money, upon the Acts of Parliament for Subscriptions.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to examine and consider of the Carriage and Demeanor of the Captains of those Ships that were appointed to attend at Dublyn; and to put the Business into such a Way, as that Service may not be neglected.
Ship taken by French.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the Ships Laden with Powder and Match, bound from Holland to Dublyn, and taken by a French Man of War, and brought into Callais, be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to take Care for the Release of her.
Stay of Ships.
This Committee, or any Four of them, are to consider of the Information given concerning the Three East India Ships, Videlicet, The Sea Flower, the Mary, and the Heart; and to give Order for the present Stay and Search of them, till Report be made, and the House take further Order: And they are to make Report on Monday Morning next: And are to meet at the Rising of the House, in the Court of Wards.
Providing Money, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, to consider of the present Providing and Payment of Monies, to satisfy the Contract made by the Lords Justices of Ireland, for the Provision of Arms in Holland, for the present Service and Use of the Forces at Dublyn: And to consider of supplying the King's Magazines with Arms out of England.