Die Lunæ, 14 Feb. 1641.
FORASMUCH as there was a Sequestration
awarded, by an Order of this House, of the Fifteenth of June, touching the Tythes of Sutton Marsh, in
Lincolneshire, which was granted for Doctor Thompson's
Benefit, and for Prevention of his future Loss, and to
continue only till the Hearing: Which Hearing hath since
followed, by an Order of this House, in the Exchequer;
but no Authority given in that Order, particularly to dissolve the said Sequestration: It is therefore Ordered,
That the Barons of the Exchequer shall forthwith supersede and vacate the Commission of Sequestration. And
it is farther Ordered, That the whole Profits received by
the Sequestrators, shall be restored and paid over to the
said Doctor Thompson, by the said Sequestrators: And
that the said Sequestrators shall certify the Value of the
Profits denied or detained, with the Names of those Persons who have denied or detained the same, since the
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker shall issue his Warrant to
the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for a new Writ to
be issued forth, for the Electing of a new Burgess to serve
for the Town of Alborough in the County of Suff', in
the Room and Stead of Captain Rainsborough, formerly
elected to serve for that Place, and since deceased.
The humble Petition of John Parram, Rich. Calcott,
&c. was this Day read.-
The Gentleman-usher came and acquainted Mr.
Speaker, That the Lords were ready to pass, by Commission, Two Bills; One for taking the Bishops out of
the House of Peers; another for Pressing of Soldiers;
and did desire, that the House would be present at the
Passing of these Two.
Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly.
That the Petition of Geo. Newst, &c. shall be referred
to the Committee of Poll-money: And that the Suit,
commenced by Elizabeth Hammond, Servant to Mr.
Berkeley, mentioned in the Petition, at whose Suit the
said Petitioners were arrested on Saturday last, be stayed,
till, upon the Report from the Committee, the House
shall take farther Order.-
Privilege -Suit against
Ordered, That the Court of Wards may proceed against
Mr. Dutton, a Member of this House, notwithstanding
any Privilege of Parliament, in the Suit there commenced
by John Parham, Rich. Calcott, and others, against the
said Mr. Dutton, concerning the same Matter that Mr.
Dutton sueth them for at the Common Law.
Sir H.Vane, Sir Ro. Crane, Sir Arth. Haselrig, Sir
Nevill Poole, Mr. Cage, Sir Arth. Ingram, Mr. Sutton,
Sir Edm. Montfort, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Chancellor of
the Exchequer, Sir Ro. Coke, Sir Edw. Partheriche,
Mr.Hatcher, Mr. George, Mr. Mathewes; (and all, that
will come, are to have Voices at this Committee);
This Committee is to consider how the Suff' Cloths
may be vented in Turkey, as formerly they have been;
and to examine and consider of the Obstructions in that
Trade, and what Remedies may be applied unto it: They
are likewise to consider, how the Trade of Clothing, and
the Vent of Wools, may be set free and advanced: And
they have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, &c: And
are to meet To-morrow Morning, at Eight of Clock, in
the Exchequer-chamber: And the Turkey Company is required to attend the said Committee To-morrow Morning.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde, according to an Order of Saturday
last, carried up the Articles of Impeachment against Mr.
Sir Ro.Harley is appointed to go up to the Lords, to
acquaint them, that this House is ready, when their Lordships shall please, to give a Meeting, at a Conference,
concerning the Bill of Pluralities.
&c. for the
Resolved, That the Scotts shall have Cannon, and Fieldpieces, of the same Bore, Weight, and Metal, carried
into Scotland, upon their Demand, as they shall transport
into Ireland for the Service of that Kingdom.
Resolved, That Twelve hundred Pounds shall be allowed unto the Scotts, for the Raising of a Troop of Horse of
One hundred, to be their General's Guard, for the Horses,
for their Arms, and for their Transportation into Ireland.
Resolved, This House thinks fit to add One Troop more
to the Nine Troops of Horse, formerly allotted unto the
Scots: And that Sir Robert Adair be Captain thereof.
Sir Ro. Harley brings Answer, That the Lords will
give a Meeting, at a Conference, by a Committee of both
Houses, concerning the Bill of Pluralities, this Afternoon,
at Two of Clock.
Resolved, upon the Question, That, as to the Demand
of the Scotts to have Londonderry assigned unto them,
this House does adhere to their former Resolutions.
That it be recommitted to the Commissioners of this
House appointed to treat with the Scotts Commissioners,
to know of them, whether they will be contented to
disband their Army in Parts, upon what Terms, and what
the Security is they expect: And that they may have a
Town for their Preservation whilst they are there.
Bishops votes, &c.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech . . .
The Lords have sent a Copy of That Message from his
Majesty, which was read before both Houses, at the
Passing of the Bills concerning the Bishops Votes, &c.:
They have likewise sent a Copy of the Letter directed to
my Lord Keeper, in which this Message was inclosed.
Thanks to the King.
They have likewise resolved of a Form of Acknowledgment of Thanks to be returned to his Majesty: And
have appointed Two Lords to attend his Majesty with
it: And have sent a Copy of it; and desire the Concurrence of this House in it.
Horses for the Scotts.
Resolved, That it shall be ordered by this House; and
the Lords desired to join in this Order; and that his
Majesty may likewise be moved to give his Assent; That
the Scotts during the Time of this War, may have Power
to take up such Horses in the Country as shall be necess . . .
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for
Irish Affairs, to consider what Payment is fit to be made
to the General, the Great Officers, and the Train of Artillery; and to report to the House: The Commissioners
are likewise to know of the Scotts Commissioners, who
they intend shall be the General of their Army.
Reward to the Scotts.
Resolved, upon the Question, That as to the Demand
of the Scotts, concerning a Reward to be given them out
of the Rebels Lands, this House is of Opinion to give
this Answer; That they have made no such Condition
with any of the English Forces employed for Ireland;
and therefore they hold it not fit to be obliged in any
such Condition, unto Them.
Letter from the king.
The Letter directed unto the Lord Keeper, in which
his Majesty's Message, of the 13th of Feb. was inclosed,
were both read: And likewise the Lords Form of Thanks
to his Majesty.
RIGHT trusty and well-beloved Counsellor, We greet
you well. Our Will and Pleasure is, that you deliver
the Message inclosed to be read in Parliament, as soon
as our Royal Assent shall be given for the Passing of the
Two Bills, concerning Bishops Votes; and the Pressing
of Men; for which this shall be your Warrant. Given at
Our Court at Canterbury, this 13th of February, 1641.
To Our right trusty and right well-beloved
Edward Lord Littleton, Keeper of Our
Great Seal of England.
Jo. Browne, Cler' Parl'.
Mesage from the King.
THOUGH His Majesty is assured that his having so
suddenly passed these Two Bills, being of so great Importance, and so earnestly desired by both Houses, will
serve to assure His Parliament that He desires nothing
more than the Satisfaction of his Kingdom; yet, that He
may further manifest to both Houses, how impatient He
is till He find out a full Remedy to compose the present
Distempers, He is pleased to signify,
That His Majesty will, by Proclamation, require, that
all Statutes made concerning Recusants, be, with all Care,
Diligence, and Severity, put in Execution.
That His Majesty is resolved, that the Seven condemned Priests shall be immediately banished, if His Parliament shall consent thereunto: And His Majesty will give
present Order, if it shall be held fit by both Houses, that
a Proclamation issue, to require all Romish Priests, within
Twenty Days, to depart the Kingdom: And, if any shall
be apprehended after that Time, His Majesty assures both
Houses, in the Word of a King, that he will grant no
Pardon to any such, without Consent of His Parliament.
And, because his Majesty observes great and different
Troubles to arise in the Hearts of his People, concerning
the Government and Liturgy of the Church, his Majesty
is willing to declare, that He will refer that whole Consideration to the Wisdom of His Parliament: Which He desires them to enter into speedily, that the present Distrections about the same may be composed, but desires not
to be pressed to any Single Act, on His Part, till the Whole
be so digested and settled by both Houses, that his Majesty may clearly see what is fit to be left, as well as what
is fit to be taken away. For Ireland (in behalf of which
His Majesty's Heart bleeds) as his Majesty hath concurred with all Propositions made for that Service by His
Parliament, so He is resolved to leave nothing undone for
their Relief, which shall fall within His possible Power;
nor will refuse to venture His own Royal Person in that
War, if His Parliament shall think it convenient for the
Reduction of that miserable Kingdom.
And lastly. His Majesty taking notice, by several Petitions, of the great and general Decay of Trade in this
Kingdom, and more particularly of that of Cloathing and
New Draperies, concerning which He received lately at
Greenwich a modest, but earnest Petition from the
Clothiers of Suffolk; of which Decay of Trade His Majesty hath a deep Sense, both in respect of the extreme
Want and Poverty it hath brought, and must bring, upon
many Thousands of His loving Subjects, and of the Influence it must have, in a very short time, upon the very
Subsistence of this Nation; doth earnestly recommend
the Consideration of that great and weighty Business to
both Houses; promising them, that He will most readily
concur in any Resolution their Wisdom shall find out,
which may conduce to so necessary a Work.
Jo. Browne, Cler' Parl'.
Thanks to the King.
THE Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament,
do with much Joy receive, and with Thankfulness acknowledge, Your Majesty's Grace and Favour, in giving
Your Royal Assent to a Bill, intituled, An Act for disenabling all Persons in Holy Orders to exercise any temporal Jurisdiction or Authority: Also your Majesty's Care
for Ireland, expressed in the Dispatch of the Bill for
Pressing, so much importing the Safety of That and
Jo. Browne, Cler' Parl'.
Answer returned by the same Messengers: That this
House has taken their Lordships Message into Consideration; and will send Answer by Messengers of their
Resolved, That this House does concur with the Lords,
in this Form of their Acknowledging of Thanks.
Mr Noell, Mr. Chancellor . . . . Exchequer, Sir Ra.
Hopton, Sir Rich. Onslowe;
These Four Gentlemen are appointed to accompany
the Two Lords, with the Acknowledgment of Thanks
unto his Majesty, for his Majesty's gracious Message.
Lord Lisle is appointed to go up to the Lords, to acquaint their Lordships, that this House does concur with
them in their Answer to his Majesty.
Resolved, upon the Question, That, on Thursday next
come Sevennight, the House shall take into Consideration his Majesty's Revenue; and so every Thursday, till
that Business be settled: And Mr. Speaker is to put the
House in mind of this Order.
Fortescue thanked, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth
well approve of Mr. Edmund Fortescue his faithful and
acceptable Service, which he hath done in the Apprehending of those Irish Commanders that came out of France,
in a Bark, into the Port of Salcombe in the County of
Devon, and bound for Ireland; and for causing a Stay to
be made of the said Bark: And Mr. Prideaux is required
by this House, to return Thanks to the said Mr. Forlescue, for his Fidelity and Diligence herein: And Mr. Prideaux is further ordered, to go to the Lord Keeper, and
to desire him, from this House, to put the said Mr. Edmund Fortescue, into the Commission of Peace for the
County of Devon.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Lord Admiral
be desired from this House, forthwith to cause a Seizure
to be made of the Bark, and the Goods therein, that is
lately come out of France into the Port of Saltcombe in
the County of Devon, and bound for Ireland, with Irish
Commanders therein; and to make a perfect Invoice of
the Goods in the said Bark: and that the Goods be kept
in safe Custody: And the Sheriff of the County of Devon
is required to take special Care, that the Master of the
Bark, and the Mariners, and the Irish Commanders, and
all other Persons that came in the said Ship, be brought
up in safe Custody to London; and the said Irish Commanders to be brought apart, and one not suffered to
speak with another: And the several Sheriffs through
whose Counties the said Persons are to pass, are required
to take special Care in appointing a strong Guard in
the Conducting of the said Persons to London.
Mr. Pym is appointed to go to the Lords, and to carry
up a Pacquet of Letters directed from the Lord Digby
to Sir Edward Nicholas; and to desire, that these Letters
may be opened in the Presence of some Members of both
He likewise carried up Mr. Wolley Leigh's Petition.
Ordered, That the Lord Fairefax do carry up to the
Lords, the Letter from Sir Edm. Rhodes,concerning the
Arms of my Lord of Arundell, at Sheffield; and desire
their Lordships to take some such Course in it, as they
shall think fit.
That the Justices of Peace that took the Examination
of Francis Martyn, of Newton in the County of Cambridge, do, with the Assistance of Sir John Cutts, cause a
diligent Search to be made in all the Parts of the House
of Mr. Tempest, of Whaddon in the said County, for
Arms and Ammunition; and to require the Aid of such
Persons as they shall think fit, for the Finding out of the
Ordered, That Mr. Pierrepoint shall go with this Message to the Lords; To desire that these Messengers that
carry the Thanks from both Houses to his Majesty for
his gracious Message, do present unto his Majesty the
Ordinance concerning the Militia; and desire, that Commissions may be granted unto the Persons named in
the said Ordinance, according to the Desires of both
Mr. Pym brings Answer, That he had delivered the
Letters; and the Lords had appointed a Committee of
Eight, and desires this House would appoint a proportionable Committee, to meet presently, in the Painted
He likewise delivered the Petition, concerning the
Sir H. Vane, Mr. Pym, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Mr.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Tho. Cheeke, Sir Jo.
Potts, Lord Falkland, Sir Sam. Owfeild, Sir Walth. Erle,
Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir H. Mildmay, Sir Wm. Lewis,
Sir Martin Lumley, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir Nevill Poole, Mr.
This Committee is to be present with the Committee
at the Opening of the Letters from the Lord Digby to
Sir Edw. Nicholas.
Ordered, That Mr. Glyn shall, To-morrow Morning,
report the Resolutions of the Committees of Lords
and Commons that was appointed to consider of his
Majesty's Message, concerning Carrickfergus; and evil
..Solicitor,.. Maynard, . . Prideau, . . Glyn, . . Serjeant Wilde, . . Whistler, . . Reynolds, are to prepare the
Evidence against the Bishops; and to consider how
it is fit to manage it: And are to meet To-morrow, at
Eight of Clock.
Sir Robert Harley reports the Bill concerning Pluralities, returned from the Lords at a Conference, with some
Amendments: The which Amendments were twice read,
and committed to Sir Ro. Harley, Serjeant Wilde, Mr.
Arthur Goodwyn, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Ro. Goodwyn, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr. Perefrey, Mr. Wheeler,
Sir Hugh Cholmeley, Mr. Whistler, Dr. Eden, Sir Sidney
Mountague, Mr. Cage, Mr. Prideaux:And are to meet
presently, in the Court of Wards.
Mr. Pierrepoint brings Answer, That the Lords desire,
that his Majesty may first be moved to pass the Ordinance: And that the Ordinance may be drawn up with
the Names inserted; and that then his Majesty may be
moved to grant the Commissions.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Militia do prepare and draw up the Ordinance, with the Names inserted in it, that are agreed upon by both Houses; and
that they present it to the House To-morrow Morning.
Lord Fairefax brings Answer, That the Lords had referred it to the Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire, to dispose
of the Arms found in the Earl of Arundell's House, at
Sheffield in Yorkshire.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech, and
The Lords do like well, that the Message may go
alone concerning the Return of Thanks to his Majesty for
his gracious Message; and do think fit that another
Message may be sent to his Majesty, concerning the Militia; and, to that Purpose, they have appointed Two
Lords, and desire that a proportionable Number of this
House may be appointed to go along with these Lords
to his Majesty.
Sir Edw. Alford, Mr. Sir Hugh Owen, Sir Roger
Bourgoine, are appointed to attend his Majesty, with a
proportionable Number of the Lords, to present the
Ordinance concerning the Militia.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House has taken their Lordships Message into
Consideration; and do agree with their Lordships; and
have appointed a Committee of a proportionable Number, to attend his Majesty with the Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym, To-morrow Morning at
Ten of Clock, shall report the Declaration concerning
the Grievances and Remedies.
Trial of the
That a Message shall be sent to the Lords, to desire
a longer Time for the Trial of the Twelve Bishops, impeached.
Mr. Peard is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire,
that the Trial of the Bishops may be put off till Friday
come Sevennight next.
He is likewise to carry up the Order concerning Major
Skippon; and to desire their Lordships Concurrence
Mr. Pym reports, That the Committee of the Lords
and Commons had met; and that they had opened and
read Four Letters; One from the Lord Digby to Mr. Secretary Nicholls; another to Sir Lewis Dive; Two from
one G. Beare, One to Colonel Beckman, another to Mr.
Rich. Sherley; all of the Date of the One-and-twentieth
of January, 1641: The which were read, all but that
to Mr. Shirley.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House holds it
fit, that the Letter written from the Lord Digby to the
Queen's Majesty, be opened; and that a Message be sent
to the Lords, to desire that it may be opened in the Presence of the Committees of both Houses appointed to
peruse those Letters: And Mr. Martin is appointed to
go to the Lords with this Message.
Sir L. Dive.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Lewis Dive
shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Ordered, That Mr. Cole, Clerk, a poor distressed Minister of Ireland, be referred to the Committee appointed
for the Contributions; to consider of some Relief to be
given unto him: But first, they are to peruse the Letter
directed to the Lord Say, concerning this Man.
Ordered, That Mr. Browning, now in the Serjeant's
Custody, shall be bailed, upon good Security, to attend
de die in diem as he shall be required.
Ordered, That * Backle, now in Newgate, committed
thither by some Justices of Peace, of Midd', upon Order
of this House, be forthwith bailed by them.
Mr. Peard brings Answer, That the Lords will put off
the Trial of the Bishops, as is desired: And that they
agree with the Ordinance concerning Major Skippon, only
with the Amendment of Two Words, viz. "according to
the Order aforesaid." To the which Amendment this
House likewise assented.
Ordered, That in Southampton, Winchester, Alton, New
Alresford, and Andevor, the Parishioners shall have Liberty to make Choice of such Men for to be Lecturers in
their several Parishes, as they themselves shall agree upon,
and as they will pay: And the Ministers of the several Parishes are hereby required to admit of such Ministers as
shall be so agreed upon, as aforesaid by the Parishioners.
Mr. Martin brings Answer, That the Lords will send
Answer by Messengers of their own.
Letter to the
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech * * *
The Lords desire a free Conference, by a Committee
of both Houses, concerning the Letter written by the
Lord Digby to the Queen, presently, in the Painted
Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this
Answer; That the House has taken their Lordships
Message into Consideration; and will give a present
Meeting, as is desired.
* Pym, * Martin, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Hollis, are appointed to manage, and report this Conference.
Mr.Pym reports, That the Earl of Holland propounded,
That the Letter sent from the Lord Digby to her Majesty, should be sent to the King; or to the King and
Queen together; and that a Transcript of the Letter,
sent to Sir Lewis Dive, might likewise be sent to the King
Resolved, upon the Question, That the House shall
adhere to their former Resolutions, of opening the Lord
Digbye's Letter sent to her Majesty; and that the Committee shall back this Resolution with some Reasons.
Ordered, That the Clerk shall not give the Copy of
any of the Letters written from the Lord Digby, to any
Man, nor suffer any Man to take any Copies of them.