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, 2 Martii, 1642.
Warrant to Waterworth.
Informations concerning Renche.
Resolved, &c. That the City of London shall have Power mutually to associate with such Counties as shall agree to associate together with them: And that it shall be taken for a good Service, and much conducing to the Safety of the Kingdom, in such Counties as shall associate with the said City.
Deferring the Assizes.
King's Proclamation to Kent, &c.
A Proclamation, intituled, "His Majesty's ......, forbidding all his loving Subjects of the Counties of Kent, Surrey, Sussex, and Hampshire, to raise any Forces without his Majesty's Consent; or to enter into any Association, or Protestation, for the Assistance of the Rebellion against his Majesty;" was this Day read: And
Resolved, &c. That in this Proclamation, prohibiting the Association of divers Counties, and the Contribution to the Army under the Command of the Earl of Essex, warranted by Authority and Direction of Parliament, there are contained divers false and scandalous Charges, upon the Proccedings of the Parliament: And that it is Treason against the Commonwealth, in those that advised his Majesty to the Setting forth of this Proclamation; and likewise in all such as shall publish the same; or act any thing upon it: And that the Houses will proceed against them according to Law.
Resolved, &c. That whosoever advised the Setting forth of this Proclamation, did thereby express a malicious Intention to hinder the Treaty, and the Peace, and happy Union, to be hoped from thence, between the King and his People.
Lords to sit.
King's Proclamation to Kent, &c.
Resolved, &c. That a Committee of Members, of both Houses, be nominated to prepare a Declaration for vindicating the Proceedings of Parliament from the Scandals laid upon them in this Proclamation; and upon the other Matters contained in these Votes.
Sir Christ. Yelverton went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference by Committees of both Houses, concerning a Proclamation issued forth, touching the Association of the Counties of Kent, Surry, Sussex, and Hantshire, &c.
The Question being propounded, Whether Mr. Speaker should now issue forth his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in the Chancery, for Issuing out of a Writ for Electing of another Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Town of Newtown, in the Isle of Wight, in the Room and Stead of Mr. * Weston, chosen to serve for that Place, and since disabled by this House;
It is Resolved, &c. That the Ships, both of the King and Merchants, that were formerly ordered to be a Winter Guard, and are now forth at Sea, in the Employment of the State, shall still continue forth upon the same Employment: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to make Provisions, to furnish them for their farther Continuing forth upon the Employment, accordingly.
Persons to attend.
Ordered, That Mr. Lechland and Mr. Crone, Merchants, and Sir Anth. Percivall, be summoned and required to attend the House, To-morrow Morning at Nine of Clock, to give their Answers, Why they do not pay in their Monies due upon Customs, according to their Bonds and Engagements.
That the Lords had agreed to those Votes brought up at the last Conference, concerning the Proclamation; and have appointed Seven of their House to meet this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, to prepare a Declaration for the Vindication of both Houses from the Aspersions cast upon them by that Proclamation.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Hollys, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Martyn, Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir Walt. Earle, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Constantine, Sir Jo. Corbett, Mr. Higby, Sir Jo. Cooke, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Whitacres;
This Committee is appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, at Four of the Clock this Afternoon, to prepare a Declaration upon the Votes of the last Conference, for the Vindication of both Houses from the Aspersions cast upon them in the Proclamation presented at the last Conference.
Ordered, That the House do resume the Debate of the Business, concerning this Report from the Committee of the Navy, To-morrow Morning: And that after Eight Clock in the Morning no Committee shall sit.
Sir J. Blagrave.
Warrants not to be issued against Rombida.
Ordered, That the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex be required not to issue out any Warrants, upon the Ne exeat regnum, against Diego de Escary Marcus de la Rombida, and Ignatio de Lanhahola, Spanish Merchants, for the Apprehending of them, or any of them: And, that if any Warrants be issued out to that Purpose already, that the said Sheriffs do recall the same; and not to proceed upon that Writ against the said Persons, till the Pleasure of this House be further known.
The humble Petition of divers Inhabitants in and about the Town of Ashforde in the County of Kent was read; humbly desiring this House to appoint Mr. Joseph Boden, an orthodox Divine, to be their Lecturer, to preach every Saturday in the Week, and every Lord's Day in the Afternoon.
It is Ordered, by the Commons House of Parliament, That the said Mr. Joseph Boden shall be their Lecturer, to preach every Saturday about Ten a Clock, and every Lord's Day in the Afternoon: And the Vicar of the said Parish, and the Churchwardens, and all others whom it may concern, are required to permit him the said Mr. Boden to preach there the said Days, without Lett or Interruption.
Whereas it appeareth upon the Accompts of the late Commissioners of the Customs, that there are divers Parcels of Goods, belonging unto several Merchants, remaining in the Storehouse; most Part of which Goods are upon Bills of Sight and otherwise imperfected, contrary to the Promise of Merchants at the Time of their Entries: So that the Customs due for those Goods are unsatisfied; to the great Prejudice of the Affairs of the Navy, especially in this Exigent of setting forth the Fleet, for which there is pressing Occasions of Monies; It is this Day Ordered, by the Commons, That all Merchants, who have Goods in the said Storehouses, do, before the Twentieth Day of March next, make perfect their several Entries in the Custom-house, and payed their Customs due thereupon: And it is Declared, That what Goods soever shall after the said Twentieth Day of March next, remain in the said Warehouse, shall by Order of Parliament, be put to Sale; and the Monies proceeding thereof be employed to the Use of the Navy.
Whereas the Plantations in New England have, by the Blessing of Almighty God, had good and prosperous Success, without any publick Charge to this State; and are now likely to prove very happy for the Propagation of the Gospel in those Parts, and very beneficial and commodious to this Kingdom and Nation: The Lords and Commons, now assembled in Parliament, do, for the better Advancement of those Plantations, and Encouragement of the Planters to proceed in their Undertakings, Ordain, That all Merchandize and Goods, that by any Merchant, or any other Person or Persons whatsoever, hall be exported out of this Kingdom of England into New England, to be spent, used or employed there, or being of the Growth of that Kingdom, shall be from thence imported hither, or shall be laden or put on board in any Ship or Vessel for Necessaries, in passing and returning to-and-fro; and all and every the Owner and Owners thereof shall be freed and discharged of and from paying or yielding any Custom, Subsidy, Taxation, Imposition, or other Duty, for the same, either inward or outward, either in this Kingdom, or in New England, or in any Port, Haven, Creek, or other Place whatsoever, until both Houses of Parliament shall take further Order therein to the contrary: And all and singular Customers, Farmers, and Collectors of Customs, Subsidies, and Imposts, and other Officers, Ministers, and Subjects whatsoever, are hereby required and injoined, that they and every of them, upon the Shewing forth unto them of this Ordinance, or a true Copy thereof, under the Hand of the Clerk of the House of Lords, or the Clerk of the House of Commons, without any other Writ or Warrant whatsoever, do make full, whole, intire, and due Allowance and clear Discharge, unto the said Owners of the said Goods and Merchandizes, their Factors, Servants, and Agents, according to the Tenor and true Meaning of this Ordinance.