Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 3, 1643-1644. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Martis, 18 Julii, 1643.
ORDERED, That the Petition of Sir Tho. Barker, and the Business concerning him, be referred to the Committee for Examinations; who are to report it to the House.
Northampton Forces, &c.
An Ordinance for raising of Monies and Forces in the County of Northampton was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, by Mr. Knightley.
Defence of Sussex, &c.
An Ordinance for raising Money and Forces in the County of Sussex, for Defence of that County, was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented.
Resolved, &c. That the like Order shall be made for the Counties of Kent and Surrey, and the City and County of the City of Canterbury.
Resolved, &c. That the Counties of Hantshire, Sussex, Kent, and Surrey, be enjoined mutually to associate one with another, for the Defence of all; and forthwith to raise a moving Body of Horse and Foot, for their Defence: And that it be referred to Mr. Rob. Goodwyn, to prepare an Ordinance to this Purpose.
Ordered, That Mr. Morley do receive and levy the Two hundred Pounds set upon sir Tho. Eversfield; and employ it, upon Account, to the raising and paying of the Forces in Sussex.
Resolved, &c. That a moving Body, of Horse and Dragoons, shall be forthwith raised, for the Defence of the Parliament, City, Counties adjacent, and the whole Kingdom.
Resolved, &c. That the Body of Horse and Dragoons, to make up this moving Army, shall be raised out of these following Counties and Places; viz.
London, Middlesex, Herts, Essex, Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Bucks, Bedford, Berks, Hants, Cambridge, Isle of Elye, Huntington, Suffolk, Norfolk, Northampton.
Resolved, &c. That this House shall declare and assign what Number of Horse the foresaid Counties shall particularly furnish.
City Forces, &c.
The House being informed, that divers Aldermen and Common Council Men were at the Door, who desired to present a Petition to the House, they were called in; and Alderman Adams acquainted the House, that the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, commanded him, with the rest, to attend this honourable Assembly; and to present an humble Petition.
They were commanded to withdraw.
And then the Petition was read; desiring, that an Ordinance may be granted, that all the Forces raised, and to be raised, as well within the City and Liberties thereof, as also within the Parishes and Places adjacent, mentioned within the weekly Bills of Mortality, may be under the sole Command of the Committee for the Militia under the Direction of both Houses of Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of, and agree to, the Desires of the City, expressed in their Petition: And do order, that Mr. Recorder do prepare and bring in an Ordinance, according to the same Desires.
The Aldermen, and Gentlemen of the Common Council, were again called in; and Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, told them, that the House had considered their Petition; and have thought fit to grant their Desires: And have given Order for an Ordinance to be brought in accordingly.
Mr. Speaker further told them, that if they had any thing further to say, they had free Liberty.
Alderman Adams said, that the Petition was addressed to the Lords and Commons: They desired to know whether they should present it, or whether this House would recommend it to the Lords. The next was, he was commanded to recommend unto this House the great and pressing Necessities that lay upon the City in regard of the Necessity of Coals; which will so pinch the Poor, that the Consequences thereof will be full of Horror and Danger.
Mr. Recorder is appointed to acquaint the Aldermen, &c. that this House would recommend their Desires, in their Petition, to the Lords; and have already taken Course in the Matter of Sea Coals.
Commissioners to Scotland.
Mr. Pym presented from the Committee the Alterations upon the Lords Alterations to the Thirteenth Article: The which was read; and assented unto, by Vote upon the Question.
There was, next, additional Instructions for the Commissioners appointed to go into Scotland, read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Sir Peter Wentworth went up unto the Lords, to desire them to sit awhile: And brings Answer, they will sit awhile, as is desired.
Resolved, That this House doth declare, that the Six Scotch Lords that writ a Letter to the Queen, when they were in Lancashire, are Incendiaries within the Act of Pacification: And that the Assembly shall be desired to proceed against them: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Instructions for Scotland do bring into this House, a Declaration to proceed against those Scotts that are in Arms here, against the Parliament here.
Ordered, That the Word "Goods" shall be added to the former Order for seizing of the Monies and Plate of Sir Jo. Hotham and Captain Hotham, and disposing it for the Use of Lord Fairfaxe.
Sir Antho. Irby went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference concerning the Commissioners, and Instructions to go into Scotland; and also, concerning the Excise: And carried up with him the Ordinance for Huntington.
Mr. Pym is appointed Manager . . the Conference concerning Scotland.
And Mr. Strode, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Noble, Managers for the Excise, at the Conference.
Message from the Lords; by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
That the Lords are ready to proceed with the Trial of Justice Berkley.-
Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfeilde and Serjeant Finche;
That the Lords have committed the Lord Gray of Warke, to the Tower, for a high Contempt, in disobeying the Orders and Commands of their House; and desire this House to join with them, to move the Earl of Essex to recall his Commission.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Antho. Irby brings Answer, that the Lords will give a present Meeting, as is desired.-
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the first Messengers; that this House is ready to send up some of their Members to the Trial.
Answer to the second Message, that this House will send an Answer, by Messengers of their own.
Captain James Hopton, a Declaration of his Affection to the Parliament, was read; and ordered, that he be recommended to my Lord General for Preferment: And that he be taken into Reformado Pay: And
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker to grant his Warrant to the Countess of Peterborough's Second Son to go beyond Sea, with one Servant.
Contract for Muskets, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for ordering Money do proceed with their Treaty for the Muskets and Powder they have already contracted for with Mr. Pennoyer, which were delivered at Hull; and cause to be paid unto him Two thousand Seven hundred Nineteen Pounds Seven Shillings and Ten-pence, out of the Proceed of the Wines and other Goods sequestred, according to his Warrant already made; notwithstanding any former Order: And that One thousand of them be delivered to my Lord Fairfaxe, and One thousand of the Muskets unto Sir Wm. Waller.
Leave to visit a Prisoner.
Ordered, That Sir Hen. Chomley shall have Leave to go and speak with Sir Jo. Hotham, in the Presence and Hearing of his Keeper.
Intercourse with Scotland.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do forthwith provide Three Ketches, to attend the Service of the Parliament, and the Commissioners, into Scotland: And * * * *
Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
That this Day is so far spent, that they have put off the Trial of Judge Barkeley till To-morrow, at Nine of the Clock.
Resolved, &c. That within the Cities of London and Westminster, and County of Middlesex, there shall be forthwith raised,
Resolved, &c. That the said Number of Horses, to be raised in London and Middlesex, shall meet at their Rendezvous at Tuthill Fields, near Westminster, on Friday next; and the Horses in Essex and Kent, on this Day Sevennight.
Resolved, &c. That the Horses to be raised in the Counties of Norfolke, Suffolk, Cambridge, Isle of Elye, and Huntington, shall meet, at their Place of Rendezvous at Cambridge, on Thursday come Sevennight.
Resolved, &c. That the Horses to be raised in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, and Berkshire, shall meet at their Place of Rendezvous, this Day Sevennight.
Resolved, &c. That the Horses to be raised in the Counties of Hertford, Bedford, Northampton, and Buck', shall meet, at their Place of Rendezvous, at Bedford, this Day Sevennight.
Mr. Selden, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Constantine, are appointed to prepare an Ordinance upon the Votes this Day passed; and to require these Counties to bring in their Horses, according to the said List; and to authorize the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees, or any Two of them, to take care for the listing of the said Horses, and bringing them to their several Rendezvous; and to enable them to seize and sequester the Estate of such Persons as shall be refractory to this Service: And to consider what other Ways or Means is fit to be used, by virtue of this Ordinance, for the Advancement of the said Service: And they are likewise to prepare a Letter to be sent to the several Counties, for the raising of the said Horses.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, to consider of Four fit Persons to be appointed Field Officers for the listing and ordering of the said Horse; and to issue out their Warrants for the bringing in of the said Horses to their several Places of Rendezvous.
Resolved, &c. That the Trained Bands of the said several Counties shall appear at the Days and Places aforesaid: And that they be required to send one Man out of every County, to the Place of Rendezvous, with such Pay as the County sends with them.
Resolved, &c. That a Month's Pay shall be raised by the said several Counties, for every Soldier and Horse they send; and that the Committees and Deputy Lieutenants do take care, the Riders of the Horses be Persons well-affected, and fit for the Service.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Hepesley do send his Warrant for his Troop to appear, on Friday next, in Tothill Fields.
Examination of Hotham, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Millington, and Mr. Prideaux be added to the Committee for the Examination of Sir Jo. Hotham and Captain Hotham.
Ordered, That Mr. Morley do send up Captain Higgon's Troop, to receive their Arms here.
Ordered, That Mr. Waller's Business be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Affairs of Sussex.
Whereas the County of Sussex is in great danger speedily to be invaded by the barbarous Cruelties, whose very Mercy is no less than Cruelty: And because timely Remedy cannot be provided, if any long or tedious Debate should happen, about preventing this Mischief: It is this Day Ordered, by the Commons in Parliament, that John Busbridge, Peter Farnden, Henry Carleton, John Evernden, John Fagge, Herbert Morley, Wm. Hay, Harbert Springat, Harbert Hay, James Temple, John Baker, Thomas Chaloner, Thomas Jefferay, Harbert Boord, Wm. Morley, Anthony Staply, Henry Stapley, William Michelbourne, Robert Spence, Henry Peche, John Boord, Thomas Whitfeild, Thomas Springatt Esquires, Sir Thomas Eversfeild of Den Knight, Edward Apsley, Thomas Middleton, Hall Ravenscroft, Wm. Marlott sen. Henry Bridger, Ralph Cooper, George Churcher, John Downes, Wm. Gratwick Esquire, Sir John Chapman Knight Wm. Cawley, Edward Higgons, George Oglander, Henry Chitty, Serjeant Jermin, and Thomas Chace, Esquires, shall be Committees for the disposing of the Affairs of Sussex: And they, the major Part, or any Five of them, have Power to make a Sub Committee, or Sub Committees; and are hereby required to levy Money according to the several Orders and Ordinances of Parliament; and appoint a Treasurer to receive the same, and be accountable for the same to the Parliament (who shall issue out the same, by Warrant under the Hand of the said Committees, or any Five of them); raise Forces; appoint Officers; execute all Orders and Ordinances of Parliament; imprison and punish Offenders, against any Orders or Ordinances of Parliament; associate amongst themselves, or with other Counties, for mutual Defence; govern their Forces by the Laws and Ordinances set forth by his Excellency the Earl of Essex; fortify Towns, or other Places: They, or any Five of them, or any Officer or Officers appointed by them, with such Forces as they shall raise, shall fight with, kill, or slay any that shall invade that County without Authority of Parliament; and to do and execute, in that County, all other Things that they shall conceive may conduce to the Peace and Safety of that County, or the Kingdom: And what they shall do, in pursuance of this Order, they shall be protected by the Commons in Parliament.