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, 24 Februarii, 1642.
Affairs in the West.
A LETTER from the Mayor of Exon, of the 22th of February, relating the State of the Affairs of the Western Parts.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Marten carried up to the Lords the Vote concerning reducing the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom; and the Order for some Contribution Money to be bestowed upon some Irish Protestants come to the Isle of Wight.
Ordered, That it be especially recommended to the Committee for Advance of Monies in London, to take Care for the effectual and speedy Putting in Execution the Ordinance for the weekly Assessments; and for the Dispersing of them; and for the Giving Order for so many of them as are necessary to be printed.
E. of Bathe.
The Warrant for the Committing of the Earl of Bathe, under the Hands of divers of the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom; and likewise a Letter of his to the House of Peers; and a Letter of his to my Lord of Holland, of the 16th of February, concerning his Inlargement; being all brought hither by a Report from the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom; were all read: And
It is Ordered, That Mr. Rous do write unto the Deputy Lieutenants of Devon and Cornewall, to desire them to send up the Proceedings of the Earl of Bathe, upon the Commission of Array; or any other Carriage of his, in reference, to the Parliament, in the Western Parts, this last Summer.
Money for Ireland.
Ordered, That Three hundred Pounds, out of the Contribution Monies for Ireland, be paid unto the Treasurer at War for Ireland, or his Deputy; to be by him imprested, upon Account, to Sir Jo. Clothworthy, for the Service of the Lough in Ireland.
Reparation to Lister.
Ordered, That Serjeant Major Hiliard, now Prisoner in Manchester, shall not be released, nor exchanged, until he make Reparation to Catherine Lister Widow, the Relict of Colonel Wm. Lister, deceased, for the Goods he plundered, and carried away from the said Colonel Lister, or his Widow; or till they receive Satisfaction out of his Estate: And that the Lord Fairefax be made acquainted with this Order.
Ordered, That it be especially recommended to my Lord General forthwith to dispatch away Sir Wm. Waller, with such Forces as he shall think necessary and requisite for the Importance of his Employment: And that his Excellency be acquainted with the Information given to this House. That in some of the Troops appointed to attend Sir Wm. Waller in this Expedition, there is not above Ten in one Troop; and in Two other Troops not above Thirty: And of the Fifteen hundred Dragooners assigned unto him, there are not above Four hundred come unto him ready to march: And that the House does take this to be a Business of very great Importance: And therefore do, in an especial Manner, represent, and recommend it unto his Excellency.
Mr. Stephens and Mr. Ashe are appointed forthwith to repair to my Lord General, to acquaint him with this Order; and with the State of this Affair.
Ordered, That the Knights and Burgesses of the Counties of Middlesex, Surrey, Herts, Hants, Bedford, Bucks, Essex, Kent, Sussex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge, and the Burgesses of Westminster, do meet this Afternoon, to consider of the most speedy and most effectual putting in Execution the Ordinance for the weekly Assessments.
Payments for Printing.
Ordered, That the Treasurers for the Receipt of Monies in London, do, out of such Monies as shall come to their Hands, pay and satisfy to Usbands the Printer, for the Printing of the Ordinance for the weekly Assessments, so much Monies as upon a just Account shall be due unto him.
Scotch Reformadoes Arrears.
Ordered, That the Treasurers for Subscriptions in London do forthwith pay unto the Treasurer at Wars the Sum of Twelve hundred Eighteen Pounds Fourteen Shillings, to be by him forthwith paid unto the Scotts Reformado Officers, in Satisfaction of the Arrears due unto them; to the End they may with all Speed be sent away to the several Employments they are designed unto.
Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Treaty with the King.
Mr. Pym reports, That the Committee appointed to repair to my Lord General, to advise with him concerning the Manner and Limitations of the Cessation, in Obedience to the Commands of this House, came thither on Wednesday, and sat all that Afternoon, and the next Day till Four of Clock.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Bennet and Dr. Aylett;
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 some Propositions which they have received from my Lord General, touching a Cessation of Arms.
Resolved, &c. That the Messengers shall be presently called in; And that the Answer shall be, That this House will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Answer returned by the same* ; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting, as * *.
Mr. Pym, Sir Walter Erle, Sir Jo. Clotworthy, Sir Jo. Corbett, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Mr. Pym reports, from the Conference, That the Lords did communicate at this Conference, the Articles of Cessation presented by the Committee appointed to advise with the Lord General and the Council of War, concerning the Manner and Limitations of the Cessation: Which the Lords have considered of; and assented unto, with the Addition of Two Lines, concerning Fortifications; and with making "Two Days," in the First Place, Three Days;" "Three Days," "Five," in the Second Place: And that they have appointed a Committee of their House of Seven; and desire that this House would appoint a Committee of a proportionable Number; to consider of drawing these Propositions into a Form, to be presented unto his Majesty; and to meet this Afternoon at Four of Clock, in the Painted Chamber.
The Articles and Propositions were read: And
It is Ordered, That these Words, "and the Castle and Town of Berkeley", be added to the Proposition, concerning the Gloucestershire Forces.
Resolved, &c. That this House does not agree with the Lords, in their Addition, concerning Fortifications, &c.
All the rest of the Articles, excepting the last Article, were, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto: And the last was committed.
Sir H. Vane, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr. Purefroy, Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir, Jo. Curson, Mr. Glyn, Sir Robert Harley, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Pym, Sir Walt Erle, Sir Jo. Clothworthy, Sir Jo. Corbett;
This Committee is to meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock, in the Court of Wards, to consider of the last Article of the Cessation, upon the Debate here in this House; and to report their Opinions to the House: And are likewise to meet with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, this Afternoon at Four of Clock, in the Painted Chamber, to draw the rest of the Propositions into a From, to be presented unto his Majesty.
Mr. Glyn acquainted the House with a Letter intercepted by Colonel Arthur Goodwyn, written from Serjeant Major Ogle to Sir Nicholas Crispe, as appears by the Examination of the Messenger in Whose Collar the said Letter was taken, and likewise by the Confession of the said Serjeant Major; in which he darkly expresses some strange Design; and gives Intelligence of the Passages in the Houses of Parliament: The which was read: And
It is Ordered, That the farther Examination of all this Business, and all the Circumstances of it, be referred unto Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Rous: And that the Letter from Ogle be printed; and the Examination of the Messenger that carried the Letter; and so much of the Letter brought in by Mr. Corbett, as concerns a Design upon the City.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Holland, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. Lisle, Sir John Clotworthy, Sir Wm. Allinson, Mr. Millington, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Thomas Barrington, Lord Mounson;
This Committee is to consider of the whole Business concerning Mr. Goodwyn, both concerning the Breach of Privilege, and for the requiring, that Randolph Read may shew Cause, Why he doth detain the Monies due unto Mr. Goodwyn, out of the Fine Office, upon any Pretence whatsoever: And are to meet To-morrow at Eight of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Writings, Records, &c.