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 Jovis, 23 Februarii, 1642.
Hull Garison, &c.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Lambeth, concerning the Business at Lambeth, on the last Lord's Day, was this Day read; and referred to the Committee for Dr. Leighton's Petition: And are to meet this Afternoon, at the Rising of the House, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Collectors Arrears, &c.
Ordered, That Elias Roberts, John Worsan, John Graves, and John Vinton, Collectors, sent for, as Delinquents, for being in Arrears in their Collections, shall have Liberty to go at Liberty till this Day Sevennight, to make their Collections; and, if they shall not at that time, bring them in, then to stand committed, as from the First Day of their Delinquency.
The humble Petition of Dr. Ecklyn, Physician in Ordinary to the Queen's Majesty; and, by Command of both the King and Queen's Majesty, appointed to attend their Royal Children at St. James; was read; and ordered to be referred to the Consideration of Mr. Holland; to satisfy him so much of his Arrears as with Conveniency he can; and to pay him, from time to time, hereafter, such other Monies as shall become due unto him.
Resolved, That Sir Wm. Waller shall have Power.. Martial Law for the better Government of the Forces under his Command, according to the Orders and Rules of the Army, published by his Excellency my Lord of Essex.
Military Affairs, &c.
Mr. Darleyes reports from the Committee appointed to receive Information from Mr. Saltmashe, of the State of the Army in Yorkshire, and at Hull, That the Earl of Newcastle's Forces are marched out of Yorke into the East Riding; and that Fourteen Sail of Hollanders were on Monday last, before Birdlington in Yorkshire, Where it is conceived the Queen intends to land: And that they have received Information, the Queen is in One of those Ships: And that the Garison of Hull wants Pay; and that Four thousands Pounds is Arrear unto them; and desire Advance Money.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Members of this House that serve for the Counties of Yorke and Lincolne, to consider of some Way for the speedy Procuring of this Two thousand Pounds, either out of the Monies belonging to Malignants in and about London, that comes into Guildhall, or out of that Monies already collected upon the Prepositions in the County of Norfolk.
Ly. Villers' Pensions.
Committee for Safety of the Kingdom.
The Question being put, Whether this Question following should be put; viz. Whether the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom shall be reduced to the first Number of Persons; and same Persons that were first nominated;
|Mr. Martyn,||were Tellers for the Yea: 50.|
|Mr. Hollis,||Tellers for the Noe: 39.|
|Sir Ric. Onsloe,|
|The Question passed in the Affirmative.|
Citizens Propositions for Treaty.
They were called in: And Alderman Fowke, in Name of the rest, informed the House, That they came from the representative Body of the City of London: That they had agreed of some Heads of Propositions, which they thought fit humbly to present to this House: The first is, concerning a Reformation to be made in the Army;
3. For a Religious Covenant to be entered into, and Association for the Defence of Religion and Liberty, in case the Treaty take not Effect; and desire the Leave and Approbation of this House to present the like to the Lords: And presented in Writing the Propositions at large, agreed on by the Common Council.
Resolved, upon the Question, That, in the intended Treaty, such Care be taken for the Indemnity of the City and Citizens of London, and of the Privileges thereof, as may secure them; and be a Witness, to the present and future Generations, of their Fidelity to the King and Parliament; according to the Desires of the Citizens this Day presented from the Common Council.
not to be published.
It is Ordered, in the like Manner of, for the Mayor of Salisbury and the Mayor of Southampton, not to publish these nor any other Proclamations, that are against, or concern, the Parliament, without acquainting them therewith first.
Answer to Citizens Propositions.
The Citizens were again called in: And Mr. Speaker' by the Command of the House, told them, "That the House was very sensible of the great Care and good Affections of the City, expressed upon all Occasions; and do return them Thanks for it: And, as for the Second Proposition, touching the Indemnity of the Citizens, they have taken an Order in it; and have given Order that the Lord..... should not publish the Proclamation: And do well approve of their going to the Lords."
Pass for Bran, &c.
ORDERED, That Sir Rich. Everard, Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Essex, that has seized divers Horses of Sir Ben Ayloffe, shall send those Horses that are in his Hands, fit for Service, to my Lord General; to be employed in the publick Service of the Kingdom.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Thomas Wright, of Bristoll, Merchant, concerning a Frigate built by him, and employed in his Majesty's Service, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Irish Affairs.
Resolved, That the Lord Macquire shall be removed from the Toweer to the Prison of Ludgate, and there kept close Prisoner, being committed for high Treason; and be allowed the weekly Allowance of Twenty Shillings per Week.
Resolved, That Macmahoun and Colonel Reade shall be forthwith removed from the Tower to Ludgate, and there kept close Prisoners, being committed for High Treason; and being allowed the weekly Allowance of Ten Shillings the Week.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Nicoll carried up to the Lords the Vote concerning Sir Wm. Waller to have the Power of Martial Law; and the Ordinance concerning Mr. Fienis having Power to raise Monies to maintains the Forces under his Command in the Counties of Worcester, &c. upon Malignants, Bishops, Deans, Deans and Chapters, Pluralists, &c.
Pass for Traverner.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of the Governor and Company of the Merchants trading.. the Levant Seas, be referred to the Committee of the Navy and Customs; to consider what is fit to be done upon it; and what is fit to be allowed to such as shall seize such Currans as are imported contrary to the Ordianance of both Houses; and to peruse the Ordinances made concerning the same; and to certify their Opinions to this House: And that the same Committee do seize the Currans now imported.
Message to Lords.
Sir Wm. Armyn carried up to the Lords the Votes concerning removing the Irish Traitors in the Tower to Ludgate: And was ordered to put the Lords in mind of the Orders concerning Taunton, and the Ordinance concerning putting off the Assizes.
Sir Wm. Armyn brings Answer, That the Lords do assent unto the Votes concerning the Removing the Irish Prisoners out of the Towers to Ludgate: And as to the Orders concerning Taunton, and the Ordinance concerning the Putting off the Assizes, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Sussex, &c. Association.
The House resumed the Debate of the Ordinance and Instructions for the Association of the Counties of Sussex, Surrey and Kent: And, after a long Debate, it was ordered to be re-committed unto the same Committee.
Leave to visit a Prisoner.
Searching Inns of Court.
The Question was propounded, That no Chamber of any Gentleman of the Societies of the Inns of Court be broken up, or searched, before One of the Benchers of that Society, or One of the Members of this House, that is of that Society, be first acquainted therewith:
|Mr. Grimston,||Tellers for the Yea:||27.|
|Mr. Constantine,||With the Yea,|
|Sir Gilbert Gerard,||Tellers for the Noe:||18.|
|Mr. Morley,||With the Noe,|
|So that the Question passed with the Affirmative.|
Resolved, upon the Question, That no Chamber of any Gentleman of the Socities of the Innes of Court be broken up, or searched, before One of the Benchers of that Society, or One of the Members of this House, that is of that Society, be first acquainted therewith.
Whereas his Excellency the Lord General hath given a Commission to Nathanael Fiennes, Esq; to raise a Regiment of Horse out of the Counties of Glocester, Worcester, and Oxford: It is Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That if any Person or Persons, within the Counties aforesaid, shall be willing to bring in Horse and Arms, or any Sum or Sums of Money, unto the said Nathanael Fiennes, for and towards the Raising and Completing of his Regiment; and a Receipt, under his Hand, of such Horse and Arms, with a Certificate of the Value of them, and of all such Sums of Money; ... shall be a sufficient Warrant for any such Person or Persons to require Payment and Satisfaction for the same, upon the publick Faith, in like Manner as they may do, who bring in Horses, Arms, or Money, upon the Propositions for Subscriptions: And further, the said Nathanael Fiennes shall have Power, by virtue of this Ordinance, within the Counties aforesiad, to seize the Horse and Arms of Papists, Delinquents, Bishops, Deans, Prebends, Pluralists; and of such Persons as have not contributed to the Parliament at all, or any ways proportionable to their Estates; or have opposed or as sisted against the Parliament; and of such Clergymen or others, as have either refused to observe and obey the Orders and Ordinances of Parliament, or otherwise have expressed their Disaffection to the Parliament, or the Proceedings thereof. And it is farther Ordered and Ordained, That Duplicates of Rolls be made containing the Number of all such Horse and Arms as shall be received, or seized by the said Nathanael Fiennes: And that like Duplicates be made of all such Sums of Money as by him shall be received or disbursed in this Service, upon a just Account to be made and allowed by the Commons House of Parliament: And that the said Nath. Fiennes, and all that shall be employed by him, and all that shall join with and assist him or them in executing any of the Premises, shall be protected and saved harmless, by the Authority and Power of Parliament.