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 Lunæ, 7 Augusti, 1643.
ORDERED, That the Customers, Officers, and Searchers of the Port of London, Gravesend, and all other Ports whatsoever, do take care, that no Goods, of what Condition, or Quality soever, be imbarked at any Port, Creek, or Place, to be transported, without diligent and carefull Search: And that all prohibited Goods be made stay of, by what Warrant soever they are attempted to be transported.
* Cholmley, * Beddingfield, * Spurstoe, * Evelyn, * Ashe, * Bond, Mr. Sam. Browne, * Pine, * Maynard, * Poole, * Recorder, * Millington, * Wheeler, Mr. Peregrine Pelham, Mr. Trenchard, * Cage, * Rolie, * Harrison, * Litton, * Hoyle, * Selden, Sir Christ. Wray, * Knightly, * Soame, * Anderson;
This Committee, or any Five of them, are appointed to consider and examine what Trunks, Mails, Packs, Fardles, or Chests, have been transported unsearched, and by what Warrant; and what prohibited Goods, Money, Plate, or otherwise, though discovered, have been transported; and what it was; and by what Authority: And that the Truth of all Rumours and Aspersions.. have been cast upon Mr. Pym, Mr. Solicitor, Sir Gilb. Gerard, or any of them, for transporting of any Money or Plate, be examined by this Committee: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c. And are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Star Chamber.
Payment to Conyers.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Jacob do forthwith pay Three hundred Pounds, out of the Monies in his Hands, of the old Customs, to Sir Jo. Conyers, Lieutenant of the Tower, or such as he shall appoint to receive the same: And that an Acquittance under the Hand of the said Sir Jo. Conyers, or his Assignee, together with a Copy of this Order, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Sir Jo. Jacobs, for so much as he shall pay, by virtue of this Order.
Sir J. and Captain Hotham.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Hotham, and Captain Jo. Hotham, be brought to the Bar To-morrow Morning, to be examined publickly, in the House.
A Letter from Sir Walth. Erle, from Southampton, of the Sixth of August, 1643.
.. Browne, .. Holles, . . Bond, . . Rose, . . Nicoll, . . Hill, . . Prideaux, . . Trenchard, . . Constantine, . . Green;
This Committee is appointed to consider of the Matter of the Letter from Sir Walth. Erle; and to consider what shall become of the Horse under Sir Walth. Erle; and how they shall be disposed: They are likewise to consider of relieving the Towns mentioned in the said Letter, and providing for their Security: And are to meet when and where they please.
Isle of Wight.
A Letter from Colonel Carne, of the Third of August, from the Isle of Wight; desiring an Hundred Barrels of Powder, Two Tun of Lead, and Match proportionable, and Twenty Bullets for every Great Gun; was this Day read: And it is Ordered, That the Isle of Wight be forthwith furnished with an Hundred Barrels of Powder, Two Tun of Lead, and Match proportionable, and Four hundred great Bullets, for their great Guns: And it is referred to the Committee for the Navy to furnish these Proportions.
Tickets read in Churches.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee this Day made to examine the Transportation of Gold, to examine who were the Printers of the Tickets this Day informed of, to be read in divers Churches; in what Churches they were read; by what Ministers; and by what Authority.
Mr. Grimston, and Sir Jo. Clotworthy, to be added to this Committee.
Safety of the City.
The House being informed that divers Aldermen and Common Council were at the Door, they were called in: And Alderman Atkins, in the Name of the rest, presented a Petition, and an Ordinance annexed:
They being withdrawn, the Petition was read.
They were again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted them, "That the House had read their Petition; and in that, as in all other Things, they find great Expressions of your Care and Safety of the Commonwealth; for which they give you hearty Thanks, and hope you will continue your Care. And, as for your Desires, they have taken Order in them, to be presented to the House, in such manner as shall be fitting."
Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed to meet with the Committee of the Militia of London, shall have Power to receive from the City such Propositions as shall be offered unto them for the Safety of the City, and Peace of the Kingdom; and to prepare the Dranght of an Ordinance upon those Propositions; and to present it to the House.
Mr. Glyn is added to this Committee.
Prisoners of War.
Ordered, That the Committee for Prisoners shall consider what Prisoners are fit to be put on Shipboard; and shall send them to the Committee for the Militia, to give Order for putting them on Shipboard accordingly: And the Masters and Captains of the Ships contracted with by the Militia, to this Purpose, are hereby authorized and required to receive them, and to keep them in Safety till further Order.
Military Affairs, &c.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords desire a Conference, by a Committee of the whole House, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, touching some Letters, and other Advertisements, of great Importance, that they have lately received from his Excellency the Earl of Essex; and likewise, concerning these present Tumults.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting at a Conference, as is desired.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Recorder, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Holles, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Mr. Holles presents, from the Conference, a Letter from his Excellency; and in it a Letter inclosed from Portesmouth, with the sad News of taking Dorchester and Weymouth; and likewise a Commission to Sir Wm. Waller, to command in chief all the Forces raised or to be raised within the Line of Communication, subordinate to the Lord Mayor, and Committee for Militia: Which were all read. And then
Mr. Holles further reported, that the Lords observed, that Serjeant Major Skippon was concerned in the Command of the Forces under the Militia, and had a Pension for it during Life. They recommended it to this House, that Serjeant Major Skippon, who has so well deserved of the Commonwealth, may not be a Loser.- That my Lord General had thought to have sent a Regiment into Aylesbury, to reinforce it, but his Men are unpaid, and uncloathed: Therefore desired it may be recommended to the People of the Country, and Parts adjacent, to send some Forces into Aylesbury, for the Defence of it.
Mr. Pym reported, That the Lords doubted not but, by the great Cries, that this House took notice of the Tumults: That they had upon the like Occasions formerly made Orders, that upon Occasion of such Tumults they would adjourn their House, if they were not prevented and suppressed: That, in pursuance of those Orders, they have adjourned their House till To-morrow Morning: And desired, that this House would join in suppressing such Tumults: And, that if these Tumults were not suppressed by To-morrow, that they would adjourn their House to a further Time.-That they had taken the Tickets into Consideration, for the Discovery of the Author and Disperser of them.
Ordered, That Serjeant Major General Skippon be recommended unto the City, that he may be no Loser, either in Honour or Profit.
Ordered, That Six hundred Pounds weekly, out of the Monies upon the Ordinance of the weekly Assessments in the Counties of Bucks, Herts, and Bedford; that is to say, Two hundred Pounds weekly, out of each County; shall be collected and paid, upon Account, for the Maintenance of the Garison of Aylesbury.
Ordered, That it be recommended to my Lord Mayor of London, to take some Course to prevent all Tumults.
Propositions to the King.
The Question being put, whether this House shall take these Propositions, sent from the Lords, into a particular Consideration;
The House was divided:
The Yeas went forth.
|Mr. Holles, Sir Jo. Holland,||Tellers for the Yea: With the Yea,||81.|
|Sir Rob. Harley, Sir Tho. Barrington,||Tellers for the Noe: With the Noe:||79.|
The House not being satisfied with the Report of the Tellers; the House was again divided, and again told: Upon the second Report of the Tellers, it appeared;
So that the Question passed with the Negative.
The Question being put, whether this House would concur with the Lords in the Matter of the Report concerning the Propositions;
It passed with the Negative.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Rous, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Jepson, Mr. Crew, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Prideaux;
This Committee is appointed to prepare Reasons to be offered to the Lords, why this House cannot concur with them in the Propositions, delivered by them at a Conference, to be sent to the King; and to bring them in To-morrow Morning.
Defence of the Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Lords shall be desired, at the next Conference, not to desert the Defence of this Kingdom at this Time: That this House will do their utmost for their Defence, as well as for their own.
Listing, &c. in the City.
Whereas the several Companies of Merchant Taylors, Clothworkers, Weavers, Dyers, Butchers, and Shoemakers, were, by a Precept from the Lord Mayor, dated August 5 summoned to appear, with their Sons, Apprentices, and Journeymen, on Tuesday Morning, at Nine of the Clock, at their several Halls: It is Ordered, That the Committee of Merchant Taylors Hall, appointed upon the London Petition, and the Committee of Grocers Hall, and such of the Committee of the Militia as that Committee shall appoint; with the Addition of Mr. Recorder, Mr. Vassall, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Tate, Sir Sam. Luke, Mr. Barwis, Sir Wm. Constable, Colonel Venn, and Mr. Rous; are appointed to be present at the aforesaid particular several Halls; to encourage Subscriptions, and listing of Men, for the Defence of our Religion, Laws, and Liberties.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Tower, or any Three of them, do take care to put my Lord Mayor and Sheriffs into Possession of the Tower.
Council of War.
Sir John Clotworthy reports from the Council of War: Whereupon it was Resolved, &c. That they, or any Five of them, may meet, and consider of the Matters referred unto them.
Ordered, That the Committees in Surrey do raise such Horses as they are required, either in Specie, or by levying Monies, after the Rate of Ten Pounds a Horse, for providing the said Horses.
Payment to Wakerley, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety do give Warrant to the Treasurer at Wars, for Payment of an Hundred Pounds, to Mr. Wakerley and Mr. Frost, upon Account, towards the keeping of Intelligence.
Ordered, That Mr. Andrew Collas, a Minister now in Restraint, be forthwith discharged from any further Imprisonment; the Earl of Forth, Lord General of the King's Forces, having declared his Willingness for the Release of Mr. Stanfeild, a Minister and Prisoner in Oxford.