Die Mercurii, videlicet, 17 die Martii.
Parker sent for, for counterfeiting Lord Audley's Seal.
The Lord Awdley signified to the House, That one
Robert Parker hath counterfeited his Lordship's Hand
and Seal in a Protection. Whereupon the House did
Order, that the said Robert Parker be sent for, by the
Gentleman Usher of this House, to appear as a Delinquent before this House, to answer the same.
Walker and Wells confined for publishing unlicensed Books, discharged.
Upon the Petition of Henry Walker and John Wells, Prisoners in The Fleet, being committed by this House for
making, printing, and publishing, of unlicensed Books;
for which they are sorry, and humbly desire the Mercy
of this House; and being very poor Men, it was Ordered, That the said Henry Walker and Jo. Wells be
forthwith discharged from their Imprisonment, and set
Newport and Carisbrook distinct Parishes.
The Bill for the making the Town and Borough of
Newporte, in the Isle of Wight, a distinct Parish from
Carisbrooke, and the Chapel of St. Thomas there to be a
Parish Church, was reported by the Lords Committees,
with the Amendments; which being read Twice, and approved of, the said Bill was Ordered to (fn. *) be ingrossed.
Withypoole's Petition referred.
The Petition of Henry Withypoole, etc. was read, and
refered to the Committee for Petitions; and to be considered of when the Earl of Cleveland's Cause be heard.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about disbanding the Irish Army.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr.
Fines: To desire a Free Conference, by a Committee of
both Houses, touching the Matter of the late Conference, concerning the disbanding of the new Irish Army,
the disarming of the English Recusants, and the removing of the Papists from the King's Court; and this to
be at such Time and Place as their Lordships shall please
The Answer to the aforesaid Message was:
The Lords will give a Meeting, by a Committee of
both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber.
Lords to report the Conference.
The Earl of Bath, the Earl of Bristoll, the Earl of
Warwicke, and the Lord Bishop of Lincolne, were appointed to report the Conference.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and
the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended,
the House was resumed; and the Lord Bishop of Lincolne
reported the Effect of the Conference, as followeth:
"That the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the
House of Commons, do desire their Lordships, That
(according to their former Proposition) the King
might be moved, that the new Irish Army may be
be disbanded, as a Thing that much concerns the
Safety of this Kingdom; and that no Papists be entertained in the old Army there. But, for that
other Proposition, of adding Two Thousand more
unto that old Army, they do not conceive it fit to
interest or engage themselves therein: That the House
of Commons doth likewise desire that (according to
their Lordships former Proposition) the Recusants of
this Kingdom may be disarmed, according to the
Law, and shall (as formerly hath been proposed)
proceed to join with your Lordships, in petitioning
His Majesty for the Removal of all Popish Recusants
from the Court; especially the Four that have been
named, videlicet, Mr. Mountague, Sir John Winter,
Sir Kenelme Digby, and Sir Toby Mathewes."
Then he reported the Answer which His Majesty
gave to the Petition of both Houses of Parliament at
Oxforde, concerning Recusants. (Here enter it.)
The House agrees to the disarming and removing of English Papists.
Irish Commissioners to attend, concerning the disbanding of their New Army.
The House took the Conference into Consideration,
and agreed to that concerning the disarming of the
English Papists, the removing of the Recusants from
the Court, and the disbanding of the new Irish Army,
as was resolved of formerly by the House: But the
Lords thought it fit, in regard the Kingdom of Irland
did maintain the new Army, and it being a Business so
much concerning that Kingdom, That Notice be given
to the Commissioners which are sent hither from the
House of Commons in Ireland, being the Representative Body of that Kingdom, to be here To-morrow
Morning, at Nine of the Clock, for to hear what they
can say concerning the disbanding of the Army. Which
was Ordered accordingly.
Scots Commissioners Paper read, about the Want of Money to pay their Army, desiring immediate Relief.
After this, the Lords Commissioners presented to the
House a Paper of great Consequence, which was delivered to them, for to present to the Parliament, by the
Scotts Commissioners; which the House received, and
commanded it to be read, as followeth:
"In the Midst of other Matters, Necessity constraineth us to shew your Lordships, that of Fourscore
Thousand Pounds, and above, of the Monies appointed for Relief of the Northern Counties, there
is no more paid but Eighteen Thousand Pounds. The
Country People of those Counties have trusted the
Soldiers so long, as they are become weary and unable to furnish them, their Cattle and Victual being
so far exhausted and wasted as it is scarce able to
entertain themselves. The Markets are decayed, because there is no Money to buy their Commodities,
and are become so dear, that no Sort of Victual is
sold but at a double Rate. And, which is hardest of
all, the Army is so stinted by the Articles of Cessation to stay within these Two Counties, whose Provisions are all spent, expecting from Time to Time
the Payment of these Monies which were promised
for their Relief, and are reduced to such Extremity,
as they must either starve, or, sore against their Will,
break their limited Bounds, unless some speedy Course
be taken for their more timous Payment; which we
most earnestly intreat your Lordships to represent to
the Parliament, that, so soon as may be, the Arrears
may be paid. And, because the continued Payment
of that Monthly Sum, for the Relief of the Northern
Counties, is a Burthen to the Kingdom of England,
our Army is a Trouble to the Counties where they
reside, our Charges of entertaining our Armies (besides what is allowed from England) is exceeding
great, and our Losses and Prejudice, through Absence
and Neglect of our Affairs, not small; therefore, that
all Evils and Troubles of both Kingdoms may be removed, it is our earnest Desire, That the Parliament
may be pleased to determine the Time and Manner of
Payment of the Three Hundred Thousand Pounds,
which they were pleased to grant towards the Relief
of their Brethren, that there may be no Let about
this when Matters shall be drawing towards an
End; and that His Majesty and they may give Order
for accelerating Matters in the Treaty, that, the
Peace being concluded, England may be eased of the
Burthen of Two Armies, and we may return to our
own Homes, which is our earnest Desire.
16 die Martii, 1640.
Hereupon the Lords sent a Message to the House of
Commons, by Serjeant Ayliffe and Sir Robert Rich:
Message to the H.C. for a Conference about the Scots Affairs. Persons sent for to answer the Complaint of the Prince of Wales.
To desire a present Conference, if it stand with their
Conveniency, in the Painted Chamber, by a Committee
of both Houses, touching the Scottish Affairs.
Upon reading a Petition of the Commissioners of the
Prince his Highness, it is Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher attending this House shall cause to be
brought before this House, James Henn, John Edyn,
of Berkhamsteed, in the County of Hertford, Henry
Smith, and Andrew Smith his Son, William Chislett, Edward Chandler, and Jo. Stacy, of Meere, in the County
of Wilts, to answer such Complaints as they now stand
charged with in the aforesaid Petition.
Privilege of the Stannery Courts.
Next a Paper was read, delivered from the Prince
his Highness's Commissioners, declaring, "That divers
Owners of Tin Works, in the County of Devon,
have brought several Actions in the King's Bench
and Common Pleas against divers others of the Stannery Courts there, and intend to go to Trials at the
next Assizes for the County of Devon, which Suits
tend much to the Prejudice and Detriment of his
Highness;" it is Ordered that the Trials intended
to be at the said next Assizes, and wherein Issue is
joined between several Parties mentioned in the Paper,
shall cease, and not be proceeded in at the said next
Assizes; neither shall they or any other Suits of the
like Nature be prosecuted as aforesaid, for and during
the Continuance of this present Parliament, or during
the Time of Privilege of the same.
Planters in New England to be heard concerning their Ships being restrained.
Ordered, That the Cause of the Merchants of New
England shall be heard To-morrow Morning, in this
House, concerning the Reason why their Ships were restrained.
Decroe's Petition read.
Upon reading the Petition of Benjamin Decros, it
is Ordered, That certain Deeds and Writings, concerning the Manor of Rushenden, remaining now in
the Chancery, and in the Hands of Margarett Decro,
be brought before the Lords Committees for Petitions,
on Saturday the Twentieth Day of March, One Thousand Six Hundred and Forty; and also that all Witnesses concerning the said Cause do appear before the
Lords Committees at the same Day.
Paper delivered by the Scots Commissioners to be read at the Conference.
Ordered, That this House doth appoint the Lords
Commissioners to deliver, at the Conference with the
House of Commons, the Paper read this Day in this
House, which was delivered to (fn. *) the Lords Commissioners from the Scottish Commissioners; and the Earl Marshal was appointed to make an Introduction, to let the
House of Commons know so much.
The House was adjourned, and the Lords went to
the Conference; which being ended, the House was
resumed; and the Earl of Bristoll reported to the House,
"That the Paper was delivered to the House of Commons,
according to their Lordships Commands, and read."
Committee for Judicature and Cessing the Nobility in Subsidies.
Ordered, That the Committee for Judicature doth
meet at Two of the Clock this Afternoon; and the
Committee for Cessing the Subsidies at Three a Clock
Rowley, for Slander of the Peers, sent for.
Ordered, That Francis Rowley, of Whitechurch, in
the County of Salop (having spoken scandalous and
slanderous Words of those Peers that presented the
Petition to His Majesty when He was at Yorke, and
likewise uttered uncivil Speeches of some other Peers
of this House), be sent for, by the Gentleman Usher
attending this House, to answer the said Offences as
he stands charged with; and further, that the Examinations and Depositions of Witnesses in this Cause,
taken upon Oath by Sir Richard Newport, Knight,
and Timothy Turner, Esquire, Justices of the Peace, be
sent sealed up hither; and the Witnesses likewise to
appear, that so their Lordships may proceed therein according to Justice.
Petition of the Lords at York to be brought into the House.
Ordered, That the Petition which the Lords presented to the King at Yorke be brought into this House,
and read here To-morrow Morning.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco,
Locum tenens Domini Custodis Magni Sigilli, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque
in diem Jovis, videlicet, 18m diem instantis Martii, hora
9a, Dominis sic decernentibus.