Die Veneris, 4 Feb. 1641.
T HE humble Petition of the Sheriffs, and Justices of
Peace, of the County of Dorsett, who have subscribed their Names thereunto, was this Day read.
Whereas this House is informed, that divers Popish
Recusants, coming from the inland Parts, do frequently
resort unto the Houses of Sir George Moreton Baronet,
John Webb, John Arundell, and * Wilde, Esquires, and
unto other Places in the County of Dorsett, near unto
the Sea Coasts, intending there to make their Abode;
which, in these Times of Danger, may prove to be very
inconvenient: It is therefore Ordered, That Sir Thomas
Trenchard Knight, William Coker, Angel Gray, William
Savage, and Hubert Hussy, Esquires, or any Two of
them, shall search the said Houses and Places; and shall
seize such Arms and Munition as they shall there find,
belonging to any Recusant, convicted or justly suspected.
And it is farther Ordered, That the Lord Keeper of the
Great Seal shall be, in the Name of this House, desired
to grant out a Commission under the Great Seal of
England, authorizing the said Justices of the Peace, or
any Two of them, to administer the Oaths of Supremacy
and Allegiance, unto all and every such Recusant; and,
in case of Refusal, to commit them to Prison, according
to the Law: Which Commission the said Justices are
required to put in execution accordingly.
Resolved, upon the Question, That it shall be thus
Mr. Rogers and Mr. Constantine are appointed to go
with this Order to the Lord Keeper.
The Gentleman Usher came and acquainted the
House, that the Lords were ready to give their Consent,
by Commission, to the Bill for pressing Mariners; and
that they desire this House would be present.
Books to be
Ordered, That the Warden and Master of the Company of Stationers [a] be required to secure such Books
as they shall find dispersed among any of the Stationers,
or others, and bring them to the Sheriffs of London and
Midd', and the Bailiff of Westminster, that they may be
burnt, according to the Order of this House, on Monday
next, between the Hours of Ten and Eleven, in the
Places aforesaid: And all Stationers and others are
prohibited to make any farther Sale of them.
A Letter to be directed to Colonel Goringe, was read;
and assented unto; and ordered to be presented unto
Mr. Hollys carried up this Letter.
The humble Petition of James Hamilton, Son to the
Lord Viscount Claneboye, was this Day read:
And it is Ordered, that it be referred to the Committee
for Irish Affairs.
The humble Petition of Arthur Trevor was this Day
[a] Deering is written in the Margin, against this Order.
It is Ordered, That it be earnestly recommended and
referred to the Lords Justices of Ireland, and the Lord
Ormond, Lord Lieutenant General of his Majesty's Army
there, that they would take some such Care, and speedy
Course for the Release of Sir Edw. Trevor, mentioned in
the Petition, according to the Desires of the Petitioner,
as they, in their Judgement, shall think fit; and that
they acquaint this House what they shall do herein.
The humble Petition of the late Gunners of Berwick
was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That One hundred Pounds shall be given
unto these Petitioners, by the Paymaster of Berwick;
and shall be allowed by this House upon Account.
That Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer do move his
Majesty, that a Privy Seal may be granted, for the
Transportation into Ireland of all such Provision of
Corn, Victual, and Cloathing, as the Committee for
Irish Affairs, or such Commissioners as shall be appointed by his Majesty, with the Consent of the Lords
and Commons, in Parliament shall, from time to time,
appoint, Custom-free in both Kingdoms; the Merchants
giving good Security to deliver such Provisions, at such
Ports as they shall be assigned unto by the said Committee or Commissioners aforesaid.
That the Word * * * *
Town of Carrickfergus.
Mr. Whittlock, *Selden, * Hampden, * Fines, *
Reynolds, * Widrington;
This Committee is presently to withdraw, to peruse
the Commission, and to enlarge it for more Men, according to the Articles: And they are to consider of a
Clause, to be inserted into the Commission, to tender
and receive the Oath of the Governor of Carrickfergus,
that shall be appointed by the Council of Scotland, for
the safe Keeping of the said Town and Castle, according
to the Articles agreed upon in Parliament.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde reports the King's Answer to the
Petition of both Houses:
That his Majesty had received the Message of both
Houses; and did resolve to take it into as mature Consideration as the Importancy of the Business deserveth; and
will return an Answer, by, or before Saturday, if he can.
Whereas, for the Safety of the Parliament, it hath been
thought fit, and is accordingly ordered, by the Lords and
Commons, now assembled in Parliament, that good and
sufficient Guard be, by the Sheriffs of London and Midd',
from Day to Day appointed, under the Conduct and
Command of Captain Philip Skippon, Serjeant Major
General of the Forces of the City of London; it is hereby
declared, that the said Serjeant Major his Diligence,
Faithfulness, and Sufficiency, in all that he hath hitherto
directed and done, in conducting and ordering the said
Guards, is well accepted, and approved of, by both
Houses of Parliament. And the Lords and Commons,
now assembled in Parliament, do farther order, and more
expressly authorize, the said Serjeant Major, that he
shall, from Day to Day, henceforth, until he receive
Order from both Houses of Parliament to the contrary,
go on, with all Care and Fidelity, in conducting and
ordering the said Guards, as he shall conceive may most
and best further the said Service: And his so doing is
hereby declared to be for the real good Service of his
Majesty, and of the Commonwealth; and is, in every
Part thereof, according to his Duty, to the last Protestation, and the Laws of this Kingdom: And if any Person,
or Persons, shall arrest, or any other way trouble him,
for so doing, he doth break the Privilege of Parliament,
violate the Liberty of the Subject, and is hereby declared
to be.. Enemy to the Commonwealth.
Resolved, upon the Question, that this House doth
assent unto this Order; and doth order, that it shall be
sent unto the Lords, by the Lord Cramborne.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider
how the County of Midd' may be furnished with Ammunition, be revived; and do meet To-morrow, at
Eight of Clock, in the Inner Star-chamber.
He presented likewise, a Letter which was sent from
the Committee to some Gentlemen of Suff, upon Information given of great Numbers of People, to the
Number of Sixteen or Seventeen thousand, that were
assembling to come hither, and intended to be here on
The Letter was read; and approved of by Vote, upon
Ordered, That the several Sub-committees made by
the Committee at Merchant Taylors-hall, shall be made
Committees of this House; and report to the House
immediately; and sit at such Times and Places as they
shall think fit.
Resolved, upon the Question, that this House is of
Opinion, that the Lord Keeper should be desired to
hasten the Commissions, according to the Act; and that
the Knights and Burgesses do take Care to send away
the said Commissions, together with the Books; and
that the Lord Keeper may give Order for speeding those
Commissions first, which are to go farthest; except
London, which is desired to be first: And the House
does enjoin the Clerk to provide a Book of the Names
of all the Members of the House, wherein every Member
may subscribe his Hand to such a Sum as he is pleased
to give or lend: And Monday Morning is appointed
when the Book should be openly read: And the House
holds it fit, that the several Knights and Burgesses should
send down Word into their respective Counties and
Boroughs, what Sums are collected in the House of
Commons, from the Gentlemen serving there for those
several Places, for the better Example of the Country.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde reported from the Committee at
Merchant Taylors. . ., a Petition presented to that Committee by the Knights, Gentlemen, and other Inhabitants,
of the County of Surrey: The which was read:
And the House being informed, that divers Gentlemen
of the County were at the Door;
They were called in: And Mr. Speaker told them, this
House had read their Petition, and did find in it Expressions of great Love and Affection to this House, and
the Commonwealth; and did give them hearty Thanks;
and more especially, for that this House being informed,
that some Clergymen and other ill-affected Persons had
endeavoured to draw them to a contrary Mind, or to
sign another Petition; that yet, notwithstanding, they
kept their first Resolutions: For the Particulars of the
Petition, this House will omit no Opportunity, what
lieth in their Power, to bring things to such Effects as
may give Satisfaction.
They likewise presented the Copy of a Petition, intended to be by them presented unto the Lords; and
desired the Approbation of this House; which, when
they had done, they withdrew.
And the Copy of that Petition was read.
And then Mr. Speaker told them, in the Name of the
House, "The House do find, in the Copy of this Petition to be presented to the Lords, the same Zeal and
Affection expressed to the Public, as in this presented
to this House: They approve of it; and they have
observed so much Discretion in the Delivery of your
Petition to this House, that they conceive you need no
Ordered, That these Petitions, and all other from the
Counties, of the like Nature, shall be entered in the
Mr. Glyn, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Jo. Goodwyn, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Selden, are to draw up an Order, for the Entering the Manner of the Presenting these Petitions.
Sir Walth. Erle, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr.Whittlock,
Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Jo. Hotham, are presently to
withdraw, to speak with the Men that gave the Information of Three hundred Barrels of Gunpowder, that were
in the Bark of John Daniell, an Irishman, at Poole, to
be transported into Ireland; and to draw up such an
Order thereupon as they shall think necessary.
Carrickfergus to the
Mr. Reynolds reported the Commission for Delivery
of the Town and Castle of Carrickfergus to the Scotts,
with some Amendments: The which were read; and
assented unto, by Vote, upon the Question.
Mr. Fienis carried up this Commission; and an Order
concerning Serjeant Major Skippon.
A Petition was delivered in from many Gentlewomen,
and other Tradesmens Wives, of London, and the Suburbs
thereof, was this Day read: And the Burgesses that serve
for the Borough of Southwarke, Mr. Pym, Mr. Strode,
and Alderman Penington, are to go out to them, and to
tell them, that this House has read their Petition; and is
very apprehensive of the Calamities they suffer; and will
use all the best Care they can for the preventing and Remedying of them; and desire that they would continue
their Prayers for a good Success upon their Endeavours.
Ordered, That Sir Walter Earle do move the Lord
Admiral, to send speedy Directions for the Seizing of a
Bark, loaden with Barrels of Powder, coming from
Dunkirk, and bound for Ireland, under the Command of
Captain Daniell; and to search and seize all other Ships
that shall carry any prohibited Goods into Ireland.
Mr. Green reports from the Committee for the Navy,
That they have treated and gone through with the Merchants that were here, and made Propositions for the
Setting forth of Five Ships: They have likewise treated
with the Trinity-house Men, for the Setting forth of Fifteen Ships: They have likewise treated with the Officers
of the Navy, by the Lord Admiral's Consent, for Setting
forth of Fifteen Ships of the Navy Royal.
For the Five Ships to be instantly set forth by the
Merchants, the Charge for Eight Months, will come
unto Fourteen thousand Eight hundred and Twenty-four
Pounds: For the Fifteen Sail of Ships, to be set forth by
the Trinity-house Men, the whole Charge, for that Time,
will amount unto Fifty-three thousand Six hundred and
Thirty-five Pounds Four Shillings: And for the Charge
to set forth Fifteen Ships of the King's Navy Royal, with
Victuals, Provision and Wages, will amount unto Seventyseven thousand Eight hundred and Forty-nine Pounds
Seventeen Shillings and Sixpence.
I am to acquaint you, that in all these Proceedings of
the Committee, they were so careful, that they did all
Things they could for the utmost Advantage of the Commonwealth; and, upon all Occasions, addressed themselves to the Lord Admiral; who expressed all the Aid
and Assistance unto the Committee that could be expected for the Furtherance of this Business.
I shall now come to acquaint you what will be the
necessary Charge for the present Setting out of this
For the Five Merchants Ships, already set out,
it is desired, there may be provided Four thousand
Nine hundred and Forty-one Pounds, towards the Charge
in setting them out; and this to be paid presently, or
within a Month's time:
For the Company of the Trinity-house Men, for the
Setting forth of Fifteen Ships, it is desired Seventeen
thousand Eight hundred and Eighty-seven Pounds may
be provided within a few Weeks:
For the Setting forth of the King's Ships, being Fifteen
in Number, it is desired there may be provided Thirty-five
thousand Six hundred and Forty Pounds, for the Ships
themselves; whereof, in present, Twenty-seven thousand
Pounds to furnish the Officers of the Navy:
Next, that Twenty-seven thousand Three hundred and
Fifty-nine Pounds, for the Victualling of the said Ships,
be provided; and, for the Sum we have drawn, the
Victualler of the Navy to accept of Thirteen thousand
Pounds, whereof in present Four thousand Pounds: Then,
for the Mens Wages in these Ships, they will amount
unto Twenty-three thousand Seven hundred Pounds:
Next, for the Three Ships to be employed by the
Merchants of Bristoll, upon the Coasts of Ireland, to be
provided Three thousand Six hundred and Twenty-four Pounds; but those that serve for the City of Bristoe we
conceive they will agree with us, according to the Proportion of other Merchants. So that the whole Sum for
Setting forth of this Fleet to Sea will amount unto One
hundred and Fifty-eight thousand Eight hundred and
Forty-three Pounds: Whereof to, be provided for the
present Sixty-three thousand Three hundred and Twentyeight Pounds.
There is Seven thousand Five hundred Pounds, Arrears
to the Officers of the Navy, for the last Summer's Fleet;
the Officers of the Ordnance to have Two thousand
Pounds; Fifteen hundred Pounds to the last Sail of Ships;
Eleven thousand Pounds to the Treasurer of the Navy:
So here is Twenty-two thousand Pounds added to the
former Sum. So that now you are charged to provide, in
ready Money, presently, Eighty-five thousand Pounds.
Next Thing, the Committee did take Notice of the
Distractions of the Times, and of this House; and of the
Difficulties to get Money: So the Committee have considered of a Way to provide Money.
1. They sent to the Officers of the Custom-house, from
whom this Charge is properly to be raised; so we gave
them a Charge for a Note of their Receipts. They presented several Accounts, and took them into Consideration; and have found several Sums remaining in their
Hands, and the Merchants Hands that are indebted to
them. I shall not trouble you with an Account from
Christmas, 1640; but of their Receipt since the Passing
of the Bill of Tonage and Poundage, 25° Maii last: Yet
they did receive from Christmas 1640, to May 1641,
Ninety thousand Pounds: And the King had That, and
many Thousands more of them - But lay That by- But
for the Accounts from the 25th of May, there appeareth
to be due several Sums: 1. Three thousand and Twentythree Pounds in the Hands of the East India Company;
and they pay it not, in regard the King oweth them a
great Sum for the Bargain of Pepper. By the same
Account we find remaining in Merchants Hands Four
thousand Eight hundred and Ten Pounds. Next, Three
thousand Pounds, in Bills of Exchange, in Sir John Null's
By another Account, from Dec. last to Feb. they
have trusted unto Merchants, which is owing, upon
this Account, Fifteen thousand Three hundred and
Fifty-three Pounds: Having cast up their Account, and
allowing all these Debts, and their own Demands, they
have remaining, in ready Cash, Ten thousand Four
hundred and Eighty Pounds Fifteen Shillings and
Next, they have delivered in an Account of Monies,
which remains in their Collectors Hands, of Twelve thousand Pounds: Then we find them charged with certain
Goods: As for Wines at Bristoe, there will be about
One thousand Pounds due; at Hull, Two thousand
Pounds, due for Customs of Wine, which were taken up
during the Vacancy of the Bill for Tonage and Poundage.
Likewise we find some Monies remaining in the Hands of
Collectors, amounting to Eleven hundred and Seventyfive Pounds.
The Committee did find, this Sum would not reach to
serve your Turn to set out this great Navy: And therefore
we did inquire of the Customers, what they conceive would
be received for Customs, between this and Lady-day: And
they do conceive Twenty thousand Pounds will be raised.
And then there will be ready, for the Setting forth this
Navy, and for Payment of that which is due to the last
Navy, Seventy-eight thousand Three hundred and Seventy
Next, to put you in mind, that the King's Houshold is
not provided; out of which Customs, Care must be taken
for Provision thereof, and of the Queen's and Prince's
Household, and the Queen of Bohemia; to whom monthly
Payments are made out of these Customs.
Resolved, That the Committee for the Navy shall have
Power to confer with the Commissioners for the Treasury,
about the State of the Customs; and to acquaint them how
they find the same; and what Monies will be requisite to
be taken from the Customs, for the Setting forth of a Fleet
this Spring, both for Ireland and the Narrow Seas; and
to have Power, from time to time, during the Continuance of this Bill of Tonage and Poundage, to confer
with them for the Accommodation of the monthly Pay,
and other usual Payments, for the Houshold and Chamber of the King, Queen, Prince, and the Royal Children;
and likewise the Payments for the Queen of Bohemia,
and her Royal Children; and likewise for the Furnishing
of Monies for the pressing Occasions for Setting forth of
Ships to Sea; and to give an Account to the House of
Resolved, That the Victualler of the Navy shall have
Power to transport into Ireland, in One of these Five
Ships, Fifteen hundred Pounds in Specie, for the Victualling of the Swallow, now in Ireland: And that he
shall register this Fifteen hundred Pounds in the Customers Books.
Resolved, That the Committee, who have already
Power to treat with the Owners of Ships, or others, for
Setting forth of Ships to Sea, shall now likewise have
Power to conclude with them, or any of them; and to
present their several Agreements to the House.
Carrickfergus to the
Mr.Fienis brings Answer, that the Lords agree to the
Amendments in the Draught of the Commission for the
Delivery of Carrickfergus to the Scotts; and likewise to
the Order concerning Serjeant Major Skippon.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde presented Heads for a Commission,
for authorizing certain Commissioners for the Managing
the Affairs of Ireland: The which Heads were read;
and assented unto, by Vote, upon the Question.
Upon the Question, whether the Number of the Commissioners, to be nominated by this House, shall be Ten,
and no more;
The House was divided: And
The Yeas went forth.
|Sir Hugh Cholmely,
||Tellers for the Noe, 72.|
|Sir Wm. Lewis,|
|Sir Jo. Evelyn,
||Tellers for the Yea, 64.|
The Question passed with the Negative.
Resolved, That the Number of the Commissioners, to
be nominated by this House, shall be Sixteen only.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Committee
for Irish Affairs shall have Power to propound Sixteen
Names to this House to be Commissioners for managing
the Affairs of Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker shall issue forth his Warrant, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for
the Electing of another Burgess, for the Town of Newton
in Com. Lancastr', to serve in this Parliament, instead of
Mr. Peter Leigh, formerly returned a Burgess for that
Town, and since deceased.
Ordered, That this Business of the Commission shall
be resumed To-morrow Morning.