Die Sabbati, 14 Januarii, 1642.
Island of St. Christoppher's.
UPON the humble Petition of Wm. Somner and
Ensign Beecher, employed from the Island of
St. Christopher's, to complain of the Oppressions the
Inhabitants are under there, and to desire a Redress;
and setting forth, That one Robinson has, by false Pretences and Suggestions to his Majesty, got a Writ of
Rebellion against the said Inhabitants and Petitioners;
and is gone to Plymouth with it; and intends there to
embarque himself for St. Christopher's.
It is Ordered, That the said Robinson be stayed, and
not permitted to embarque himself: And that he be injoined and required not to leave the Kingdom, till the
Matters may be heard and determined, and that the
House take farther Order.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Tower, and the Committee of the Militia of London, to
assign Two hundred Men of the new Militia, more or
less, if need shall be, and they shall so think fit; to attend, from time to time, for the Defence and Safety of
Ordered, That the Earl of Holland be desired to grant
Commissions to Mr. F. Zachary, for White-chapel; Mr.
Nath. Tilley, for St. Leonard, Shoreditch; Mr. Robert
Welding, for Hackney; Mr. William Willoughby, for Ratcliffe; Mr. Abraham Woodrooff, for Wapping; Mr.
Robert Hackwell, for Lymehouse; to be Captains of several
Companies of the Train Bands belonging to the Tower;
to be a Regiment under the Command of the Lieutenant
of the Tower.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Long carried up Orders for Ireland: The Ordinance concerning St. Marten's Church and Coventgarden: Two Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Cambridge: One for the County of Lincolne: Was to desire
a free Conference concerning the Matter of the late Conference touching the Restraint of Ships to go to Newcastle; and to move the Lords to expedite the Commission
to my Lord of Warwick, concerning the Commanding of
A Letter from Sir Hugh Cholmley from Scarborough,
of Twenty-ninth of December; A Relation of his Proceedings since his first coming to Scarborough; with the
Reasons he did not march to Tadcaster, as was desired
by my Lord Fairefax; the Opinion of Sir Hugh Cholmeleye's Officers, for his Repair to Scarborough; were all
this Day read; and ordered to be communicated to the
Lord General: And that the whole Business be referred
to the Consideration of the Committee for the Northern
Resolved, That Sir Hugh Chomley shall be required to
employ his best Endeavours in the Charge and Custody
of the Castle of Scarborough.
Mr. Pym to print his Speech.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym be desired to publish, in
Print, what Yesterday he delivered, by Order of both
Houses, at the Common Hall: And that none dare
or presume to print it, but such as John Hinde shall
Proceedings of Common Hall.
The House being informed, that Alderman Fouke was
at the Door; who had something to say from the Lord
Who, being called in, informed the House, That he
was required by the Lord Mayor to return Thanks to
this Honourable House, for vouchsafing their Members
to be present Yesterday at the Common Hall; and to desire this House, that what was delivered Yesterday by
Mr. Pym might be printed for satisfying of the People;
and to inform this House of the orderly Carriage of the
great Meeting at the Common Hall, being Men all in
Livery Gowns, that his Majesty might see Tumults did
not carry the Sway in the Government of the City.
That One Man was taken in a Livery Gown, who was
a Servant to one Evelyn; which Gown he borrowed at
the House of one Austyn, a Scriviner: Whom the Lord
Mayor hath sent in his Gown, to be proceeded against as
they shall think fit: Lastly, That divers Tickets was scattered, in Print, amongst them in the Hall; viz. "To give
your Consent, that the City be defended by their own
Trained Bands; and not by mercenary Soldiers."
Punishing Evelyn's Servant.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Lord Mayor, to
punish the Servant of Mr. Tho. Evelyn, who came to the
Common Hall Yesterday in a Gown as a Counterfeit;
to punish him according to Law: And that the Committee for Informations do examine him touching Mr. Tho.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym have publick Thanks given
him for the good Service he did, in what he so well and
faithfully delivered, upon the Commands of the House,
Yesterday at the Common Hall.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Longe brings Answer, That the Lords will give a
present Meeting, as is desired: They do agree to the
Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Lincolne and Cambridge; and to the Ordinance for supplying the Cures of
St. Martins in the Fields and St. Paul in the Conventgarden: And as to the Irish Orders; and the Commission
to my Lord of Warwick to command the Fleet; they will
send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Person disturbing Common Hall.
Resolved, That Mr. Langley, Mercer, in Aver Marie
Lane, be sent for in safe Custody; to answer a Complaint
presented to this House against him, for disturbing the
Common Hall Yesterday; and uttering many Things
there, derogatory to the Honour and Proceedings of the
Parliament and City.
Mr. Cage, Mr. Vassall, are appointed Managers and
Reporters of this Conference.
Persons refusing to contribute.
Ordered, That the Knights and Burgesses that serve
for the County of Middlesex and the City of Westminister,
and Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Middlesex, do
forthwith take Order for disarming all such in the City of
Westminster, and the Liberty, and in the County of Middlesex, as refuse to contribute upon the Propositions: And
that the Lord Mayor, and Committee for the Militia in
London, do forthwith disarm such in the City of London,
and Suburbs and Liberties, as refuse to contribute upon
the Propositions, according to the former Order.
Orders concerning Ireland.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Robert Riche and
The Lords have agreed to the Nine Orders concerning
Ireland, sent up unto them by Mr. Long.
The House being informed, That the Tin Farmers
were at the Door;
They were called in: Who informed the House, That
they paid to Sir David Cunningham Two thousand Six
hundred and Fifty Pounds, for Part of the Rent due to
his Majesty; which he paid 27° or 28° Decembris, being a
Day or Two after it was due: And that they had no Notice given them of any Order of this House for Stay of
so much of the King's Revenue as was in their Hands.
Having withdrawn, they were called in again: And
being asked, Whether Sir Job Harby told them, That
he had been injoined by the Committee not to pay the
Two thousand Six hundred and Fifty Pounds to his Majesty; answered, Noe: and confessed, Three thousand
Three hundred and Fifty Pounds doth yet remain in their
Hands, which is due to his Majesty and the Tinners:
And that they intend to petition his Majesty for the
Abatement of a great Part thereof; in pursuance of a
Clause in their Patent, for Reparation, in Time of War,
for the Loss or Hindrance the Mines have in the Vent of
that Commodity in those Times of Trouble.
Ordered, That the Tin Farmers do forthwith pay the
Two thousand One hundred and Fifty Pounds remaining
in their Hands, of the Rent due upon the Tin Farm, to
the Treasurers at Guildhall, London, for the Monies upon
the Four hundred thousand Pounds Bill: And that they
shall be saved harmless, and have a Discharge from both
Houses for the Payment thereof: And that it be referred
to the former Committee for the Tin Farmers Petition, to
consider of the Allowing of the Two thousand Six hundred
and Fifty Pounds already paid by them; and of deducting the Twelve hundred Pounds seized on in Devonshire,
out of the Half year's Rent of Six thousand Pounds.
Restraint of Ships going to Newcastle.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Robert Riche and
The Lords do agree to the Ordinance concerning the
Restraint of Ships to go to Newcastle: They will take
Care for the Printing of it; and do desire, that this
House will take Order for the Dispersing of them.
Ordered, That a Copy of the Ordinance for Restraint
of Ships to go to Newcastle, be delivered, signed under
the Clerk's Hand, to the Committee for the Customers,
to be dispersed by their Care forthwith through all the
Ports of England.
Collection of Customs.
Mr. Green presents from the Committee, these following Propositions, presented to the Committee by the Gentlemen underwritten; which thereupon will undertake
the Collection of the Customs.
1. That if they shall be thought fit for that Employment, that then they may be saved harmless by an
Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament.
2. That they may not, without just Cause, be put out
of the Employment, when Tonage and Poundage shall
be settled by Act of Parliament.
3. That they may be settled by the said Ordinance in
the said Employment for a Time certain; in regard that
thereby they shall be diverted from other Employments,
they shall be the more encouraged to use their Endeavours to reform many Abuses crept into that Business; and
they shall much the better be enabled to do the King and
Kingdom Service, by advancing Money upon Credit, and
otherwise, not only for the present, but also for the future.
4. That they may have the like Power and just Advantages and Allowances as were granted to the former
Commissioners; or such other Power, Advantages, and
Allowances, as the Honourable House of Commons
shall conceive reasonable, for reforming Abuses, and
carrying on the Work.
5. That if the said Propositions and Persons subscribing them, shall be approved, they are ready to do the best
Service they can; and to advance the Sum of Twenty
thousand Pounds propounded, within a short time after
they shall be settled in the said Place, if it be required;
to be repaid to them, with Interest, out of the Customs,
within some convenient Time.
6. That if any Thing herein propounded be disliked,
they are ready to attend the Pleasure of the House, with
hope to give Satisfaction therein.
The Reporter did farther inform the House, That these
Gentlemen were again with the Committee this Morning;
and told them, That they did adhere to their First Proposition of advancing Twenty thousand Pounds; that
they could not exceed; but they would be willing to serve
the Parliament hereafter as they should be enabled.
They desired the Time of their Employment might be
for Three Years; the Time they submit to the House's
Consideration; so that when they shall be required to
leave the Service, they may do it without Prejudice to
their Estates, or Credits: and that they may be reimbursed the Monies they shall advance with Interest.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth assent to these
Propositions, presented in Writing by the Gentlemen subscribed, that undertake the Collecting of the Customs;
and like wise to the Propositions reported by the Reporter;
and to the Persons whose Names are presented with the
Propositions, to be Commissioners and Collectors of the
Customs; and it is referred to the Committee for the
Customs to prepare the Articles of Agreement, and the
Conditions, whereupon they are to undertake this Service; and to prepare an Ordinance for enabling and constituting the forenamed Persons to be Commissioners
and Collectors of the Customs; and likewise to prepare
an Ordinance for continuing the Payment of the Customs
in the like Manner as now they are.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Navy shall have
Power to dispose of such Monies as are daily collected
upon the Customs, to be employed upon the Service of
Letter from Sir E. Hungerford.
A Letter from Sir Edw. Hungerford, of the Tenth
of January, concerning his being apprehended by the
Warrant of Sir Edw. Bainton, and seized upon by his
Captain Lieutenant Eyre at Malmesbury, and of his Escape afterwards to Circenster; and likewise of the Taking
Prisoners afterwards the said Sir Edw. Bainton, and his
Captain Lieutenant Eyre, and the Carrying of them to
Circencester, where they now remain in Custody.
Prisoners to be brought up.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Edw. Bainton, and his Captain
Lieutenant Edward Eyre, be forthwith brought up in safe
Custody: And that it be referred to the Committee for
the Safety of the Kingdom, to consider in what Manner
they may be best and safest brought up; and to give
Order for the Bringing of them up accordingly.
State of Wilteshire.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Evelyn and Sir Nevile Poole do
repair to my Lord General, to acquaint him with the
State of the County of Wiltess; and, if Occasion be, into
the County likewise; taking some Officers with them, as
Occasion shall require, for the Settling the Peace thereof.
Propositions to the King.
The House fell into Consideration of the Propositions.
The Question being put, Whether the House would
adhere to the Seventh Proposition, concerning the Ordinance of the Militia;
|The House was divided.
|The Noes went forth,
||Tellers for the Noe:
|Sir Jo. Holland,
||With the Noe,
Mr. Nath. Fienis,
||Tellers for the Yea:
|Sir Robert Harley,
||Mr. Nath. Fienis,
|So that the Question passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That it is the Opinion of this House,
that they do not decline or intend to invalid the Ordinance of the Militia by this Proposition.
Resolved, That One Proposition to his Majesty shall
be, That his Majesty would be graciously pleased, by
Act of Parliament, to settle the Militia both by Sea and
Land, and for the Forts and Ports of the Kingdom, in
such Manner as shall be agreed on by both Houses.
Ordered, That the Consideration of these Propositions
be resumed on Monday Morning, peremptorily: And
that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind thereof.
Money for 1. of Wight.
WHEREAS Mr. Peter Gard, Collector in the Isle
of Wight of the Monies that come in upon the Bill of
Four hundred thousand Pounds, is, by Order of the Lords
and Commons, of the Nineteenth of December, required
to pay into the Hand of Lieutenant Colonel Carne Seven
hundred and Fifty Pounds; the which Monies are to be
disposed of by the said Lieutenant Colonel, upon Account, for Payment of the Garisons there, and for such
other Occasions as shall be necessary for the Fortification and Defence of the said Isle: It is this Day Ordered,
by the Commons in Parliament assembled, That the
Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom do grant their
Warrants to the Treasurers for the Proposition Monies in
London, to pay out of the Monies and Plate come to their
Hands the said Sum, ... Seven hundred and Fifty Pounds,
to the said Peter Gard, or his Assignee or Assignees;
being for so much received by the said Lieutenant Colonel Carne of the said Peter Gard, upon the Order aforesaid: And that an Acquittance under the Hand of
Lieutenant Colonel Carne be a sufficient Discharge to
the said Peter Gard; and an Acquittance under the
Hand of Peter Gard, or his Assignee, together with a
Warrant from the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, as aforesaid, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Treasurers of the Proposition Monies, for
so much as they shall pay thereupon.