Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 5, 1642-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Die Jovis, videlicet, 21 die Julii.
Message from the H. C. with a Declaration to be sent to the General Assembly of Scotland, and the Petition of both Houses to the King;
That, they hearing that there is to be a General Assembly in Scotland on Tuesday next, (fn. 1) they think it fit to send them a Declaration how Affairs stand here, together with a Copy of the Petition sent to the King, from both Houses of Parliament.
and with Votes and Orders for the Lords Concurrence.
Petition to the King to be printed.
Mr. Steward's Cause.
A Letter from the Justices of Ireland, and the Council there, written to the Speaker of this House, was read; and because it concerns the Business of Mr. Steward, it is referred to the Committee for Mr. Steward's Cause.
Sheriffs of London bring in Two Proclamations by the King, which they can not proclaim, asthe Mace is with the L. Mayor.
The Sheriffs of London acquainted this House, "That divers Proclamations were sent to them, to be proclaimed; and the Lord Mayor being committed, they thought it their Duties to receive the Directions of this House therein; for (fn. 2) they cannot proclaim them, before the Mace is with the Lord Mayor.
Sheriffs to publish no Proclamations till they have acquainted the House with them.
Ordered, That these Proclamations be left with the Clerk of the Parliament; and the Sheriffs to be told, "That this House takes their bringing these Proclamations well; and to command them, that, when any Proclamations hereafter come to their Hands, that they acquaint this House with them before they proclaim them."
Certificate of the Aldermen about choosing a Locum Tenens, sent to the H. C.
The Certificate of the Aldermen of London was read, touching the choosing of a Locum Tenens; which was sent down to the House of Commons, by Sir Robt. Rich and Mr. Page, because it was (fn. 3) (Here enter it.)
E. of Leicester L. L. of Ireland desires Leave to go to his Charge.
The Earl of Leycester, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, desired to know the Pleasure of this House, whether their Lordships would give him Leave to go to his Charge in Ireland, which the King hath pleased to honour him with.
That he has not been able yet to put the Kentish Militia in Excecution.
And his Lordship gave the House an Account, "That he hath not as yet given any Deputations to the Deputy Lieutenants of Kent, because some have refused them, and others, principal Gentlemen of that County, think it not a fit Time now to execute the Militia there, by reason the Country is now distempered."
And his Lordship made it his humble Desire to this House, "That, if he be commanded to put in Execution the Militia presently, that he might (fn. 4) deliver up his Commission of Lieutenancy, and be excused."
Message from the H. C. about the Two Persons apprehended by the King's Warrant, for executing the Lincoln Militia.
That the House of Commons receiving from their Lordships a Warrant, under the King's Hand, for apprehending one Mr. Watson, Alderman, and Jo. Emes, Sheriff of Lyncolne, for putting the Militia into Execution; the House of Commons desires that their Lordships would grant out a Habeas Corpus, returnable here in Parliament, to bring them before their Lordships in Parliament.
Habeas Corpus to bring them up.
And to desire the Lords Concurrence in Two Orders.
Answer to the H. C.
Declaration to the General Assembly, and Petition to the King, delivered to the Scots Commissioners.
L. Mayor to be brought To-morrow.
Captains Slingsby and Wake's Petition.
Resolution about newraised Troops, and for their Pay, &c.
"That Captain Arthur Chichester, Mr. Hill, Lord Viscount Mountgomery, Sir James Mountgomery, Lord Viscount Claneboy, Sir Wm. Stewart, Sir Robt Stewart, Sir Wm. Cole, and Awdley Mervin, shall be received into Pay from the First of July, for their several Troops and Regiments of Horse and Foot."
Order for forming them.
"Whereas upon Report of Sir Robert Crane, Knight, it was Ordered, Die Sabbati, 9 Julii, 1642, That Captain Arthur Chichester, Mr. Hill, Lord Viscount Mountgomery, Lord Viscount Claneboy, Sir James Mountgomery, Sir Wm. Stewart, Sir Robt Stewart, Sir Wm. Cole, and Awdley Marvin, shall be received into Pay, from the First of July, for their several Troops and Regiments of Horse and Foot; and that Six Hundred Horse now informed by their several Petitions to be in Service in Ulster, shall be formed into Troops of Dragooners, of a Hundred in each Troop, which Six Hundred Horse are distinct from the Ten Troops assigned to attend the Scotts Army: It is this Day Ordered, That it shall be referred to the Consideration of the Commissioners for Irish Affairs, who are hereby authorized to form the said Troops either into Nine Troops of Harquebussiers, or Six Troops of Dragooners, as they shall find most advantageous for the present Service, and to enter them into Pay according to the First Order."
Forces to be sent to the Relief of the E. of Thomond in Ireland.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, That the First of the Five Regiments that are to be raised by the Adventurers of Ireland, to be sent into Munster, be forthwith sent to the Relief of the Earl of Thomond; and that the Lieutenant of Ireland and the Lord Wharton be desired to take Care, and to give Order, for the speedy sending this Regiment away accordingly; and that the Regiment under the Command of the Lord Kerry may be the Regiment, if they think fit; and that the Treasurers appointed to receive the Monies that come in upon the Acts of Subscriptions for Ireland be required forthwith to pay unto the Lord of Kerry all his Levy-money, for the levying of his Regiment; and that he shall receive his Commission from the Committee of London and seal his Indenture."
E. of Warwick to send a Ship to the Relief of Duncannon Fort.
"That the Earl of Warwicke be desired to send forth a Ship presently, to the Mouth of the River of Waterford, for the Defence of Duncannon Fort, together with a Pinnace of the Burthen of some Twenty Tun, or thereabouts."
Indemnity for Boston Voluntiers.
"Whereas divers well-affected Persons of the Town of Boston, in the Parish of Holland, in the County of Lincolne, have of themselves, as Voluntiers, under the Leading of Captain Syler of the said Town, exercised themselves in the Use of their Arms, by peaceably training and marching in the Fields near the said Town, the better to enable and prepare themselves for the Service and Defence of His Majesty and Kingdom, when they shall be lawfully called thereunto: The Lords and Commons, taking the same into Consideration, do Order, That the said Persons shall have the Authority of both Houses of Parliament, for their Security and their Indemnity for their said training and exercising already past: And they further Order, That all such Inhabitants of the said Town, as shall desire or willingly submit to be trained and exercised in the Use of their Arms, may, from Time to Time hereafter, in a peaceable and orderly Way, under the Leading of the said Captain Syler, assemble themselves in Companies, to train, learn, and exercise themselves in the Use of their Arms, and Order of Marching, at such convenient Times, and in such Places in the said Town and Liberties thereof, as shall be by them thought fit for that Purpose, until other Order shall be herein taken by both Houses of Parliament; and that they shall be saved harmless for so doing, by both Houses of Parliament; and that the Mayor, Justices of Peace, and Aldermen of the said Town, and all others that shall encourage and assist the said Persons in their training and exercising aforesaid, shall be held by both Houses of Parliament to do a very acceptable Service therein, and shall have the Authority of both Houses of Parliament for their Indemnity in so doing; and the Mayor, Justices of Peace, and Aldermen aforesaid, are hereby required to take special Care for safe guarding of the said Town, and preserving the Magazine therein; and the said Captain Syler and the said Voluntiers to be aiding and assisting unto them therein upon all Occasions."
Town of Poole to train Voluntiers.
"It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Mayor and Aldermen of the Town and County of Poole, or any Three of them, shall have Power to assemble and call together all and singular the Inhabitants of the said Town and Liberties of the same, or any other, that shall offer themselves as Voluntiers, that are meet and fit for the Wars, and them, in a peaceable and orderly Way, under the Leading of John Harward, Gentleman, Captain and Chief Alderman of the said Town, to array, weapon, train, exercise, and put in Readiness; and them to lead, conduct, and employ, so arrayed and weaponed, for the Suppression of all forcible Attempts that shall be made against the said Town, and to hinder the Surprizal of their Ordnance and Magazine, until further Order shall be taken by both Houses of Parliament; and that they shall be saved harmless for so doing, by the Authority aforesaid: And the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses aforesaid, are hereby required to take special Care for the safe guarding of the said Town, and the preserving the Magazine therein; and the said John Harward, with the said voluntary Forces, and in his Absence his Lieutenant, are to be aiding and assisting unto them, upon all Occasions, for their Defence as aforesaid."
Sir Rowland St. Johns, Twenty Pounds Contribution-money for poor Irish.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, That the Undersheriff of the County of North'ton shall pay unto Sir Rowland St. Johns Twenty Pounds, out of the Contribution-money of that County, for the Relief of many Poor, both English and Irish, lately come out of the Kingdom of Ireland, to Wilbertston, in the County of North'ton."
The Declaration sent to the National Assembly of Scotland.
"The Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, finding to their great Grief that the Distractions of this Kingdom daily increase, and that the wicked Counsels and Practices of a malignant Parry amongst us (if God prevent them not) are like to cast this Nation into Blood and Confusion; to testify to all the World how earnestly they desire to avoid a Civil War, they have addressed themselves in an humble Supplication to His Majesty, for the Prevention thereof; a Copy of which their Petition they have thought fit to send at this Time to the National Assembly of the Church of Scotland, to the Intent that that Church and Kingdom (whereunto they are united by so many and so near Bonds and Ties, as well Spiritual as Civil) may see that the like Mind is now in them that formerly appeared to be in that Nation, and that they are as tender of the Effusion of Christian Blood on the one Side, as they are zealous on the other Side of a due Reformation both in Church and State: In the Work, whilst they were labouring, they have been interrupted by the Plots and Practices of a malignant Party of Papists, and other ill-affected Persons, especially of the corrupt and dissolute Clergy, by the Incitement and Instigation of Bishops and others, whose Avarice and Ambition being not able to bear the Reformation endeavoured by the Parliament, they have laboured (as we can expect little better Fruit from such Trees) to kindle a Flame and raise a Combustion within the Bowels of the Kingdom; which if by our humble Supplication to His Majesty it may be prevented, and that, according to our earnest Desire therein, all Force and Warlike Preparations being laid aside, we may return to a peaceable and Parliamentary Proceeding, we do not doubt but that (by the Blessing of Almighty God upon our Endeavours) we shall settle Matters, both in Church and State, to the Increase of His Majesty's Honour and Estate, the Peace and Prosperity of this Kingdom, and especially to the Glory of God, by the Advancement of the true Religion, and such a Reformation of the Church as shall be most agreeable to God's Word: Out of all which there will also most undoubtedly result a most firm and stable Union between the Two Kingdoms of England and Scotland, which, according to our Protestation, we shall by all good Ways and Means, upon all Occasions, labour to preserve and maintain."
The Certificate of the Aldermen of London, concerning a Locum Tenens during the Lord.
That, in Obedience to your Honours Order of the 15th of this Instant July, we assembled and met together the Day therein expressed, and several Days sithence, and seriously took into Consideration the Contents of that Order; namely, to make Choice amongst ourselves of a Locum Tenens, to execute the Office of the Lord Mayor, to all Intents and Purposes, according to the Customs and Charters of the City of London, during the Restraint of the present Lord Mayor.
"And we (having called unto us the City Counsel, and others experienced in the Customs and Charters of the said City, and having caused diligent Search to be made in the Records thereof) do humbly certify your Honours, That it doth not appear that ever, at any Time, the Aldermen have made Choice of a Locum Tenens, to execute the Office of a Lord Mayor as aforesaid: But we find, and are informed, that, in the Time of Sickness of a Lord Mayor, he being within the Franchise, there hath been a Locum Tenens appointed by him, the Sword still remaining with the Lord Mayor.