Die Martis, 30 Augusti, 1642.
Members accede to Covenant.
MR. Lane, Mr. Francis, declared themselves in ...
Affirmative to the Vote concerning Assisting the
Earl of Essex, &c.
Speaking against Parliament.
Jo. Banastre, and Jo. Day, Two Aldermen of Wallingford, came into the House; and informed the House
of very dangerous Words spoken by Mr. Rich. Pauling
Resolved, That Mr. Rich. Pauling, Rector of Wallingford, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for very
reproachful and scandalous Words spoken by him
against the Parliament.
Ordered, That Mr. Whittacre do recommend unto the
Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, the Consideration of the Information that is here given concerning
Distressed Protestants in Ireland.
Ordered, That the Ministers in and about London be
desired to exhort the People to bestow old Garments and
Apparel upon the distressed Protestants in Ireland; this
House conveiving it will be a very charitable Act.
Resolved, That Andrew Palmer, Mayor of Herts, now
Prisoner in the King's Bench, by a former Order of this
House, shall be forthwith discharged from any farther
Imprisonment; upon his humble Petition, and Expression
of his Sorrow for disobeying the Commands of this House.
Daniel Howe, Jonathan Kinge, Churchwardens of the
Parish of Hemsted, informed the House, that Mr. Jo.
Taylor their Vicar, and Mr. Jo. Braine his Curate, did
absolutely refuse to obey the Order of this House, for
Recommending of Mr. Kendall to be a Lecturer, to preach
there the Sundays in the Afternoon, and on Thursdays in
the Forenoon; and that he would lose his Life rather
than he would resign the Possession of his Pulpit.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, That Jo. Taylor, Vicar of Hempsteed in the
County of Herts, shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Resolved, That Mr. Jo. Brayne shall be sent for, as a
This Order to be suspended, till the House take farther Order.
Ordered, That Mr. Spurstoe do return Thanks to the
Sheriff of Mountgommeryshire, for his performing his
Duty in not publishing the Proclamations concerning the
Parliament, and their Proceedings; and to acquaint him,
that he has done nothing but his Duty herein; and that he
shall be protected, and saved harmless, by both Houses
of Parliament, according to former Orders made in that
Upon the humble Petition of divers Inhabitants of the
Parish of Stepney;
It is Ordered, That Mr. Wm. Greenehill, and Mr.
Jeremy Boroughes, formerly recommended by Order of
this House, to be Lecturers there, or such as they shall
appoint, shall have the constant Managing of the Duties
of the Fast Days, as long as the Fast shall continue.
The House was informed, That Three hundred Suits
of Cloaths, that were designed for Ireland, and going to
Chester, were upon the Way intercepted, and taken from
Whittacre the Carrier.
Horses seized by the King.
The House was likewise informed, That whereas some
Seven or Eightscore Draught Horses, were provided for
the Service of Ireland, for the Baggage and Artillery there,
that his Majesty had moved the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to send his Warrant for the Seizing of them, out of
the Hands in whose Custody they then were; which the
Lieutenant refusing to do, his Majesty sent his own Warrant: And, as the House is informed, the Horses are
seized and taken from the Hands in whose Custody they
were * * * *.
Declaration in Answer to the King.
A Declaration, in Answer to that Message of his Majesty, concerning the Borrowing of an Hundred thousand
Pounds from the Committee of Adventurers, and lent to
the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, and recommitted to Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Strode, Mr. Glyn, Mr.
Marten, or any Two of them: And they are presently to
withdraw, to consider of some Additions to be made unto
it, touching the Particulars of the Three hundred Suits
of Cloaths now intercepted, and the Horse designed for
Ireland, stayed at Chester.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Hundred
of Barestable in the County of Essex, and other Hundreds
there adjacent, desiring that Captain Henry Withers may
be appointed Captain of the Blockhouse in Tilberry, instead of Captain Talbott, turned out of the Charge of
the said Blockhouse, by an Order of both Houses of
Parliament, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the
Question, laid aside.
Affairs in Devon.
A Letter from Sir Sam. Rolle, of the 25th of August,
concerning, his and the rest of the Deputy Lieutenants
Proceedings, and settling the Militia through the whole
County of Devon; as likewise a Warrant from his Majesty, to Arth. Bassett Esquire, to make him Colonel of
the Regiment now under the Command of Sir Sam. Rolle;
and likewise a Letter from Arth. Bassett to Sir Sam.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Arth. Bassett
Esquire shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent; and
that the High Sheriff of the County of Devon, and the
Committee of this House, and Deputy Lieutenants, do take
Order for Apprehending of the said Bassett, and sending
him up, as a Delinquent: And that they likewise be required to send up Sir Hugh Pollard, as a Delinquen.
Members disabled to sit, &c.
Resolved, That Sir Richard Cave shall be disabled to
sit any longer as a Member of this House, during this
Resolved, That Sir Rich. Cave shall be forthwith sent
for, .. a Delinquent.
Resolved, That Humphrey Gudamore, High Constable
of the Hundred of Witheridge, in the County of Devon,
shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for being
very active in executing the Commission of Array, and
granting out his Warrants to the Petty Constables of that
Hundred to hinder the Appearance of the Trained
Bands, upon the Ordinance of the Militia.
Ordered, That the Sheriff, the Committee of this
House, and the Deputy Lieutenants of that County, be
required to take Order for Apprehending of these
Delinquents likewise, and sending them up to the
New Sarum Writs.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery do,
on Thursday next, give an Account of such Warrants as
he has received, for Issuing of new Writs for Electing of
new Burgesses to serve for New Sarum, &c. and what is
done thereupon; that this House may take farther Order
Member to be summoned.
Ordered, That Wm. Stanhope Esquire, a Member of
this House, be summoned to attend the Service of the
House, on Thursday come Sevennight at farthest.
The House was informed of an Advantage that Two
hundred Dragoons, of the Town of Northampton, had
upon Three hundred of the King's Troops: They made
them fly, and took Twenty of them; and afterwards
being scattered, they were met at Brackley, and there
Twenty more of them were taken.
Ordered, That the Burgesses that serve for the Town
of Northampton, do write a Letter to the Town of Northampton, to take Notice of their Courage.
Sheriffs of Yorkeshire, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House holds
it fit, that the Sheriffs of Yorkeshire, Leicestershire, and
Sommersettshire, and Warwickshire, shall continue in
their Places of Sheriffs, and keep their Custody of their
Counties throughout their Year; and not resign their
Charges or Places to any Man whatsoever, upon any Pretence of Warrant or Command: And that the Lords
Concurrence be desired herein; and that they injoin them
not to resign their Places unto * * * *
Letter to Sheriff of Sommersett.
Ordered, That Mr. Hunt do prepare a Letter to be
sent to the High Sheriff of Sommersett, to take Notice of
his good Service, in refusing to yield up the Custody of
his County; and to require him not to resign it up; and
to assure him, that he shall be protected and saved
harmless for his so doing.
The House being informed, that divers well-affected
Gentlemen of Kent were at ... Door, to present to this
House an humble Petition;
They were called in: And Sir John Sedley, in the Name
of the rest, spoke to this Effect following:
"I am intrusted by the well-affected Gentry and Commons of Kent, to present their humble Desires, and faithful Resolutions, in a Petition to this Honourable House.
This Petition comes guided hither with as many
Hearts as Hands. It is like a Coat without Seam: It
hath no subtil disguised Preamble to it: It is all of a
Piece; speaking plain Language; yet full of Loyalty and
Obedience to his Majesty and the Parliament.
This Petition is more considerable than any that hath
been presented from this County, coming not only from
that Part of the Gentry who are exceedingly well affected
to the true Religion, and their Country; but embraced
with such an unanimous Consent of the intire Body of the
Commonalty, as that each Man contested for the first
Subscription to it.
The Commons of Kent are very deeply sensible of the
many Injuries done them by several Petitions, especially
by that late unexampled bold one to his Majesty, falsly
assuming to it the Votes of the whole County; whereas,
indeed, it was contrived by a few malevolent and ambitious
Spirits only, and wholly disclaimed by the Commons,
and was subscribed by divers loose and dissolute Persons:
This was grown to a dangerous Imposthume (having
gathered the most of its Corruption about the Town of
Maidstone), had not the Parliament timely observed it,
and applied that seasonable Remedy, sending down the
late Troops of Horse to * * *, thereby preventing all
further or future Ulcerations. For ... vigilant Care of
theirs, thus to preserve the whole Body, the Commons
have desired me to return their most humble and grateful Acknowledgment to this Honourable House."
Sir H. Vane junior, Sir H. Heyman, Sir Philip Stapilton, Mr. Browne, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Skinner, are appointed
to withdraw, to prepare an Answer to be given to these
Gentlemen of Kent, that now petitioned the House.
Isle of Wight.
A Message from the Lords by Sir Ro. Riche and
The Lords have sent these Papers unto you; a Letter
from Captain Swanley, and the Articles inclosed: They
concern some Proceedings in the Isle of Wight: They
do recommend unto you the Services of some Men mentioned in these Papers, that they may not one have a
Protection, and be saved harmless, for some Things they
have done, peradventure beyond any Commission; but
to return them Thanks, and an Acknowledgment of the
good Services they have done, by way of some Reward.
Marquis of Herts.
They likewise desire a Conference, by Committees of
both Houses, concerning some Papers they have received,
signed by the Marquis Herts.
Isle of Wight.
Resolved, That it shall be referred to a Committee to
consider of an Ordinance to save harmless, and for the
Indemnity of, Captain Swanley, and the rest of the
Captains and others, for that they have done in their
Service upon the Isle of Wight, and the Castles there,
and against Portesmouth; and likewise to consider and
prepare a Commission to enable them to land Men and
Ordnance, and to use hostile Acts, upon Occasion, for
the Service of the King and Parliament:
Mr. Ellis, * Glyn, * White, * Whittacres, Mr. Hill,
Mr. Green: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Three
of Clock, in the Star Chamber.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the
Navy, to consider of some Reward to be given to Captain Swanley, and the rest of the Captains and Officers,
and their Companies, for the good Service they have
done at the Isle of Wight and Portesmouth: And are to
write a Letter unto them in the mean time.
Message to Lords.
Sir Christ. Yelverton carried up to the Lords the Order for the Eight hundred Pounds to Mr. Holles, &c.
the Order for Two thousand Pounds to Mr. Gethings;
the Order concerning the Sheriffs continuing their Places
the * *
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That the
House has considered their Lordships Message; and...
the particular Papers into Consideration; and have taken
some Order in them: And do likewise agree to a present
Conference, as is desired.
Mr. Pym, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr.
Strode, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Christ. Yelverton brings Answer, that the Lords
do agree unto all the Orders that he carried up.
Declaration in Answer to the King.
The Declaration, in Answer to his Majesty's Message
concerning the Retracting of an Order made by both
Houses concerning the Loan of an Hundred thousand
Pounds, lent by the Committee for Adventurers, to the
Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom: Which
was re-committed: And or ....* * * *
Marquis Hertford, &c.
Mr. Pym reports from the Conference, a Declaration,
signed by the Marquis Hertford, Lord Pawlett * * *
Members turned out.
Ordered, That a List shall be made of all those
Members that have been turned out of the House.
Impeachment of Lord Pawlett, &c.
Resolved, That Jo. Lord Pawlett shall be accused, by
this House, of High Treason, in the Name of themselves,
and of all the Commons of England.
Resolved, upon the Question, That F. Lord Seymour,
Sir Jo. Pawlett, Jo. Digby Esquire, Sir Jo. Stoell, Sir
Ralph Hopton, Sir Charles Berkeley, Sir H. Berkely, Sir
Edw. Berkeley, Sir Edw. Rodney, Sir F. Doddington, Edm.
Windham, Tho. Smyth, Edw. Kirton, Esquires, shall be
accused, by this House, of High Treason, in the Name
of Themselves, and of all the Commons of England.
Ordered, That the Accusations of High Treason of
these Lords and Gentlemen, and likewise of James Lord
Strange, shall be sent up to the Lords on Thursday Morning next; and the Lords.. desired, that Proclamation
may issue forth, for the Lord Marquis Herts, the Earl
of Northampton, H. Hastings Esquire, James Lord
Strange, and these other Gentlemen, to appear at a Day
certain, or else to stand attainted of High Treason.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Glyn, Mr.
Reynolds, Mr. Hill, Mr. White, are appointed to prepare an Impeachment of High Treason against these
Lords and other Gentlemen.
Sir G. Strode.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved to summon Sir
Geo. Strode's Bail to bring in his Person.
Kentish Petition, &c.
Ordered, That the Order for referring the Kentish
Petition to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom; and a List how the Case stands, for the Kentish
Delinquents; be carried and referred to the Consideration of the said Committee.
Resolved, &c. Sir Wm. Clarke, Mr. Richards, Mr.
Chute, Mr. Richaut, Sir Jo. Tufton, Sir Leonard Feerbye, Sir Edw. Filmar, Sir Jo. Mainy, Sir Anth. Sellinger,
shall be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, for being Actors in, Framers and Contrivers of, the Kentish Petition,
at this last Assizes.
And it is further Ordered, That Colonel Edwyn Sandys, the Deputy Lieutenants, and Justices of Peace, in
that County, be aiding and assisting to the Serjeant at
Arms attending on this House, his Deputy or Deputies,
for the Apprehending of the said Persons.
Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr.
That they have sent down an Order concerning the
Countess Rivers; wherein they desire the Concurrence
of this House.
Answer was returned by the same Messengers; That
this House will send an Answer by Messengers of their
Letter to Holland for Arms.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for
the Declaration of Essex, to draw the Form of a Letter
from this House to the States, to permit such Quantities of Arms to come from thence, as shall be bought for
the Service of the County of Essex.
Declaration to Essex.
It is further Ordered, This this Committee shall perfect
Mr. Glyn, Mr. Rous, Mr. Strode, Mr. Gurdon, Mr.
Reynolds, Sir Tho. Barington, Sir Rob. Harley, are added
to that Committee: And are to meet this Afternoon, at
Three .. Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Anne Sibthorpe,
Wife of Hen. Sibthorpe, Serjeant Major, be referred to
the Consideration of the Committee for Informations;
who are to report their Opinions thereof unto this
Account of Money.
Ordered, That Sir Ro. Harley do give an Account
to this House, on Thursday Morning, what Monies are
remaining with the Treasurers of London, that comes in
upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds.
Book taken with a Priest.
Ordered, That Mr. Rous, Mr. Millington, and Mr.
Whittacre, do consider of the Book taken with a Priest,
and sent up from the Committee at Portsmouth; and to
report their Opinions thereof unto this House.
Money due to the Scotts.
Ordered, That the Residue of the Monies due for the
Ten thousand Boles of Meal allowed to the Scotts, be
forthwith paid unto the Scotts Commissioners, or such
as they shall appoint.
Letter to Sheriff of Somersetshire.
A Letter from Mr. Speaker to the High Sheriff of
Somersetshire, to require him to continue the Charge and
Custody of his County, as Sheriff, during the Year, notwithstanding any Command to the contrary, was read; and
assented unto; and ordered to be signed by Mr. Speaker.
Dodswell, a Delinquent.
Ordered, That the Serjeant do receive and keep in safe
Custody Mr. Dodswell, who was sent for, as a Delinquent.
Kent Petition and Protestation.
To the honourable the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses,
now assembled in the High Court of Parliament,
The humble Petition and Protestation of the Knights,
Gentlemen, and Commons, of the County of Kent,
THAT the Fear of Misapprehensions and Misunderstandings of our Duties and Respects to this House,
is that which emboldens us humbly to present our Affections and Protestations.
And, first, with all possible Thanks for your great Care
and Resolution, in the well Discharge of your publick
Trust; which, with so much Opposition to you, (never
read or heard of in former Times), you have hitherto
undertaken, and encountered with the Hazard of some of
your Lives and Fortunes. And we do All confidently
believe, and much Joy in the Thought of it (notwithstanding the Misrepresentation of your Actions by some
ill-affected to the publick Good, for private Ends), that
all your Actions and Endeavours have aimed at the
Maintenance of the Protestant Religion, the Preservation of the King's Person, the Rights and Privileges of
Parliament, and the Liberties of the Subject, according
to the late Protestation commended to us.
And that there may not appear of any Failure in our
Duties and Respects to you, we, the Knights, Gentlemen, and Commons, of the County aforesaid, do humbly present this Protestation; that, to our utmost Powers
and Endeavours, and with the Hazard of all that is near
or dear unto us, in our Lives and Estates, we shall and
will maintain, preserve, and defend the Rights and Privileges of Parliament, and the full Authority thereof, the
King's Person, the Protestant Religion, and the Liberties
of the Subject.
And we humbly desire, that all ill-affected Persons
opposite hereunto, by the Power and Justice of this
House, may receive such a Degree of Punishment, as
those that are professed Enemies to the true Religion,
the Peace and Prosperity of this Kingdom.
And we humbly pray God (whom we infinitely praise
and thank for his Blessings hitherto .... your Endeavours, manifested in the happy Settlement of Peace, betwixt us and our neighbour Nations; and in the Preservation of some of your Members from apparent Dangers), that those Mists of Misunderstanding, fomented by
Persons ill-affected to our publick Peace and Religion,
and now interposing betwixt his Majesty's Grace and
Goodness to you, and your Duties to him, hindering
those sweet Influences, which otherwise, in a great measure, by all Probability, would leave a free Passage betwixt his Majesty and you, by your great Wisdoms, may
be so dispelled, and taken away, that a clear and right
Understanding might be had of your Actions and Intentions to his Majesty and this Kingdom: And this (God
working in his Majesty's Heart an Inclination thereunto),
we are confident, will speedily render a great Proportion
of Happiness to his Majesty, yourselves, and the rest
of this Kingdom,
Which shall be the Prayers of * * * *.
To the Right honourable the Commons House of
WE your humble and faithful Petitioners, inhabiting
in the County of Kent, being deeply sensible of the
many Miseries which these calamitous Times (notwithstanding your great Care and Vigilance to prevent the
same) are likely to produce; wherein his Gracious Majesty, seduced by the malevolent Counsel of an ill-affected
Party of Malignants and Cavaliers, the Protestant Religion, his Royal Person and Honour, the Privilege of
Parliament, and the Subjects Liberty, are threatened
with too apparent Hazard and Ruin: Towards the
Support of which, your Petitioners, according to the
Duty of loyal Subjects, and good Christians, are not
only willing to contribute their best Wishes and Votes,
but even the utmost of their Endeavours, both with their
Lives and Fortunes, for the Redeeming of his Majesty
from such Hands, and our Religion and Liberty from
such Peril and Danger. But may it please this honourable House, to consider that the Petitioners apprehend
themselves in a Condition and Posture nothing suitable
to this their Resolution; being deprived, and left naked,
by the Taking our Arms from us, in the late Expedition
for Scotland. We therefore beseech your provident Care
to empower us with such a Proportion of Ammunition
and Arms, to be magazined in these Parts, whereby we
may be enabled to manifest our Affections and Obedience
to the Command of King and Parliament, both for the
Pursuance of the aforesaid Intentions, and Opposition
of all illegal Infringements of our Laws and Liberties,
such as the Commission of Array wherewith we are at
this Time threatened; and what other of the like Nature and Condition soever shall be hereafter obtruded
And your Petitioners shall be bound, &c.
Answer to Kent Petitions.
The Answer of the House of Commons to the Petitions
of the Knights, Gentlemen, and Commons, of the
County of Kent, presented the 30th of August,
1642; delivered by their Speaker.
I AM commanded by the House to let you know, that
it is no small Satisfaction and Contentment to this House
to find the Affections and Resolutions of your County,
expressed to them so seasonably, and so worthy of yourselves, as they now receive them in these Petitions;
especially, observing the many subtle Practices that have
been set on Foot, under the Name of that County, to
work in this House a contrary Opinion of you; from
which you have now so well and fully vindicated yourselves and them.
Nor can they but observe, that at this Time, when,
contrary to the fundamental Constitution of this Government, both Houses of Parliament, and the whole Kingdom in Them represented, All, by the Seducement of
wicked Counsel, proclaimed Traitors (a Thing until this
Time unheard of); you do, with so much Zeal and Resolution, offer yourselves, your Lives and Fortunes, to
support your Religion and Liberty, your Country, King,
and Parliament, all now in eminent Danger of utter
Ruin: For which the House hath commanded me to return you their most hearty Thanks. And touching these
malignant and ill-affected Persons, whereof you have, in
your Petition, given a general Character; and in particular presented a List of some of them; this House doth
assure you, that they will, according to your Desires,
proceed against them with all Expedition and Severity.
And, concerning your Desires for a Supply of Ammunition and Arms, for the Defence of your County, such
hath been the Care of both Houses in that Particular,
and for the general Security and Peace thereof, that they
have already granted full Power and Instructions to a
Committee, and the Deputy Lieutenants appointed by
them for your County, to take a Course therein, which
they doubt not will give you ample Satisfaction.