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 Veneris, 28 Julii, 1643.
Carriers in Staffordshire.
ORDERED, That the Carriers, and such other as carry Goods and Provisions unto Staffordshire, shall have free Liberty to carry their Goods and Wares into that County, without any Let or Interruption of any Court of Guard, Officer of the Army, Committee, or others: And that Sir Edw. Littleton write a Letter to the Committee at Coventry to this Purpose; and the Goods to be restored accordingly.
Muskets for Nottingham.
A Letter from Nottingham, of the Five-and-twentieth of July, desiring Four or Five hundred Muskets, and some other Relief;
Ordered, That the Town and County of Nottingham shall have presently sent down unto them, for their Relief, Five hundred Muskets: And that the Committee for the Safety do take care, that these Five hundred Muskets be forthwith sent down unto them.
King's. Warrant not to be regarded.
A Warrant from the King, dated at Oxon the One-and-twentieth of July 1643, to the Keeper of the Prison of Newgate, or his Under-keeper, for the Delivery of Tho. Waters and Tho. Tison, Prisoners in Newgate. . .: And it is Ordered, That the Keeper shall not release or discharge the said Tison and Waters, until this House take further . ., notwithstanding the said Warrant: And that he shall therefore be indemnifled, and saved harmless.
Sir K. Digby.
Ordered, That Sir Kenelme Digby be not discharged till the House take further Order: And that Directions be given to the Keeper of Winchester House, where he is Prisoner, to this Purpose.
Earl of Kingston's Funeral.
Ordered, That Mr. Pierrepont shall have Liberty to send to Oxon for a Convoy for himself, and his Servants, to go to Holme, into the King's Quarters, to the Burial of the Earl of Kingston his Father: And that he shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant for himself, and his Servants, to go down to the Burial of his Father.
Insurrection in Kent.
A Letter was read, from Sir Anth. Welden, and other Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Kent:
Upon which, the House being informed that Sir Anth. Welden was at the Door, he was called in: and, being demanded, what was meant by the rebellious Knight, answered, they meant one Captain Knight, Captain to Young Hales: And being demanded by what Means the Letter from both Houses was concealed from them, answered, that Mr. James shewed Sir Mich. Livesay the Letter; but took an Oath from him, that he should not discover it to any Man.
He farther informed, that when Sir Mich. Livesay was ready to fall upon the Rebels at Sevenock, that he was commanded to the contrary: And further informed, That Sir F. Barnham never appeared, nor assisted, neither in his Purse, nor his Person.
Mr. Farnaby was called in; and being demanded what Language he gave to Sir Tho. Walsingham; and whether he were not an Actor in this Insurrection in Kent; trifled and shuffled with the House in his Answer:
And was commanded to withdraw.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Farnaby of Sevenock, the Schoolmaster, shall be forthwith committed close Prisoner to Newgate, for being one of the chief Actors in the late Commotion and Insurrection in Kent.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Chase, the Minister of Chissleherst, shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent; and his Estate sequestred.
Resolved, &c. That Jo. Rowland, Minister of Footescray, shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent; and his Estate sequestred.
Resolved, &c. That Wm. Walleys, Minister of Fewdley in Kent, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent; and his Estate sequestred.
The House interpose in a Quarrel.
Ordered, That Sir Edw. Baynton, Sir Edw. Hungerford, and Mr. Baynton, be enjoined and required not to give or receive any Challenge, or do any Thing that concerns any of their own private Affairs, that may tend to the Disturbance of the Peace of this House, or of the Kingdom.
They were, by Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, enjoined hereunto, accordingly.
Insurrection in Kent.
Resolved, &c. That * Hobbs, of Erith, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for being a chief Actor in the late Commotion and Insurrection in Kent; and that his Estate be seized, and sequestred; and he, nor any for him, permitted to make any Sale of them, or any Part of them.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Edw. Hales be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Tower; there to remain, during the Pleasure of the House; upon Suspicion of being an Actor in the late Commotion and Insurrection in Kent.
Upon a Report from the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom; it is Resolved, &c. That the Horse and Arms of all those that have lately risen in Kent; or that have assisted, relieved, or countenanced them; or that have refused to assist the Well-affected, being thereunto required; be forthwith seized.
Resolved, &c. That the Horses so seized, be sent to the Commissary of Horses here in London.
Resolved, &c. That the Arms, so seized, shall be laid up, in some Place of Safety; and, upon Occasion, distributed to the well-affected Party.
Resolved, &c. That the Persons of those of Estate, and of the Ministers that have lately risen in Kent; or that have assisted, relieved, or countenanced them; or that have refused to assist the Well-affected, being thereunto required; and that have not lain down their Arms upon the publishing of the Declaration; shall be forthwith seized.
Resolved, &c. That an Ordinance be framed, to enable Commissioners to set good Fines on those that have appeared in this Action.
Mr. Recorder is appointed to prepare an Ordinance for this Purpose.
London Common Hall.
Ordered, That Mr. Vassall desire my Lord Mayor to call a Common Hall, to meet To-morrow at Two of Clock; and that the Business upon the late Petition of the Londoners, be communicated unto them; and likewise the Proclamation that interdicts all Trade and Commerce with the City of London.
Supplies for Dorchester.
A Letter from Dorchester, of the Four-and-twentieth of July; and a Letter from Sir Walth. Erle, of the same Date; desiring some Supplies, of Monies, Arms, and Ammunition; were this Day read: And it is Ordered, That they be referred to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom; and that they do give Order to comply with their Desires, in furnishing the Arms and Ammunition desired.
Conference with Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning a Request made unto them by the Agent of the Queen Regent of France.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
E. of Portland, &c.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfield and Dr. Heath:
The Lords have this Day received Two Petitions from the Earl of Portland and the Lord Viscount Conway; expressing their long Imprisonment, and the great Charge they are at; which their Estates are not able to endure; and desire Enlargement: And that the Lords are resolved to enlarge them, unless they shall see Cause to the contrary, within these two or three Days; but so that they shall be always forthcoming, to answer what shall be objected against them.
Ordered, That a Conference shall be desired, upon this Message with the Lords, To-morrow Morning; and that the Committee of Five do prepare Heads for this Conference.
Sir Christ. Yelverton, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Corbett, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Mr. Whittlock reports the Conference:
That the Lords had received a Request, by Sieur de Cressy, Servant to the Queen Regent of France: It is made unto them, by Directions of that Queen to both Houses of Parliament, that Sir Kenelme Digby, a Prisoner to the Parliament, might be released, and carried over, with Sieur de Cressy, into France; the Queen Regent passing her Word, that he shall not return into England, till these Troubles are ended. The Lords observed, that the Queen Regent had granted great Liberties to the Protestants of France; that this would lay an Obligation upon her to continue and increase her Favour to the Protestants; and will oblige her Favour to this Parliament; and that, by reason of the Queen's Engagement, no Prejudice can happen to this State: These Motives induce the Lords, that they are of Opinion to gratify the Queen Regent in this Request; and to grant, that, upon these Terms, he should be enlarged.
Ordered, That this Report, concerning Sir Kenelmne Digby, shall be taken into Consideration To-morrow, the Morning.
Ordered, That Mr. Goodwyn do report, To-morrow, the first Business.
Explanation of the Covenant.
The Explanation of the new Oath and Covenant was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees in the several Counties, or any of them, or the chief Magistrates or Officers of any Cities or Boroughs, or any One of them, be authorized and required to tender the new Oath and Covenant; or any Two of them, to appoint such Persons as they shall think fit, to tender the said Oath and Covenant, in case the Ministers, Churchwardens, or Constables, do refuse to tender the same, according to the Instructions, to all Sorts of Persons within the several Counties or Parishes of this Kingdom.
Ordered, That Mr. Hoyle do report, To-morrow, the Business concerning the Navy.
Resolved, &c. That the Countess of Dorsett shall be appointed Governess over the King's Children, now at St. James'.
Isle of Ely.
Resolved, &c. upon Mr. Cage his Report, That there shall be a Governor over the Isle of Ely.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Cromwell shall be appointed Governor of the Isle of Ely; and that my Lord General be desired to grant him a Commission to be Governor of that Place.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants of the said Isle do take care, that the Trained Bands be forthwith filled, and completely armed, according to the usual Number; and that they do take care, that the new Oath and Covenant be tendered to the Soldiers; and that such Soldiers as are disaffected to the Parliament, be removed; their Names returned to the Parliament; and others put in their stead.
The Ordinance for Huntingtonshire, to have the Assessments there, for Payment of their Forces, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Sale of old Stores.
The Ordinance for disposing to Sale divers old Anchors, Cables, &c. according to the List therein mentioned, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of several Commanders, now void of Employments, be referred to the Committee at Merchant Taylors Hall; to consider of the Desires of the Petitioners.