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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Commissioners to Scotland.
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.
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.
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.
Answer to Lords.
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.
Intercourse with Scotland.
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.
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.
Examination of Hotham, &c.
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.