Die Martis, 3 Maii, 1642.
Proceedings against Leveson.
ORDERED, That Mr. Thomas Leveson, of Ashmere, be forthwith summoned to attend this House:
And Mr. Serjeant Evers is to attend my Lord Keeper;
and to desire, that a Ne exeat Regnum be entered against
Ld. Herbert's Offer.
The humble Offer of Edward Lord Herbert, of Advancing of Five hundred Pounds per Annum accruing out
of the Benefit of a Waterwork of his Invention; or for
the Advancing of a present Sum of Five or Six thousand
Pounds, upon the Security of this Annuity of Five hundred Pounds per Annum, or otherwise to be secured;
and, upon the Question, laid aside.
Sir H. Herbert reports the State of the Election for
There are in the Town Twenty-four Burgesses, that
have Right of Election: That Eighteen only appeared;
and that Nine were for Mr. Vernon, and Nine for Sir
Wm. Waller: That the Bailiff, who challenges a casting
Voice, gave his Voice for Mr. Vernon; and returned him:
That there was One Mr. Bourne who was elected, but
not sworn, that was there at the Door; but could not be
admitted during the Time of the Election: The Election
being done, he came to the Bailiff, and said, that he was
there to give his Voice to Sir Wm. Waller: The Bailiff
answered him, That he had no Voice there; being only
elected a Burgess, and not sworn. There were Two other
Burgesses, Wm. Barwick, and another, that were at the
Town-hall before the Election began; but they were all
generally put out, as not being sworn: But they came
not to give their Voice, during the Time of the Election,
as the other did; but, after the Election ended, then they
came, and said that they were come to give their Voices
for Mr. Vernon.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Vernon's
Election to serve as a Burgess in this Parliament, for the
Town of Andevor, is void;
The Question being proposed, Whether Sir Wm.
Waller's Election be good;
|The House was divided.
|The Yeas went forth.
|Sir Philip Stapilton,
||Tellers for the Yea, 107.
|Mr. Jo. Moore,
||Tellers for the Noe, 102.
|Sir Edward Alford,
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Election of Sir
Wm. Waller, for a Burgess for the Town of Andevor, is
a good Election: And that the Bailiff of the said Town
do, at the Bar, mend the Return.
Upon Mr. Pym's Report, That the Committees appointed to prepare Instructions for the Committees for
Yorkeshire, could not proceed till it were decided, Whether the Committees sent into Yorkeshire, should attend
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That the Committees sent from both Houses into Yorkeshire, shall have
Directions to attend his Majesty.
Ordered, That this whole Business be recommitted to
the same Committee of the Lords and Commons.
A Declaration to accompany the Ordinance of the
Militia, was read; and by Vote, upon the Question,
assented unto; and ordered to be sent up unto the Lords,
to desire their Assent.
Bailing a Prisoner.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Serjeant Boone,
now in the Serjeant's Custody, as a Delinquent, by a
former Order of this House, shall be forthwith bailed.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth
approve of Sir Edw. Loftus, recommended by the Lord
Lieutenant of Yorke, to be Deputy Lieutenant of that
House to meet.
Ordered, That the House meet this Afternoon, at
Four of Clock.
Tothill Fields Church.
ORDERED, That the Committee for the Bill concerning Christ Church, in Tothill Fields, do meet on
Thursday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Duchy
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery do
prepare a Draught of a Commission to be granted to the
Adventurers for additional Forces by Sea, according to
the Propositions made by them, assented unto by both
Houses; and that he send the Draught of the said Commission hither, to be considered of by this House.
New River Corporation.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for Confirmation of Letters Patents, by his late Majesty King James, to the Corporation of the New River brought from Chadwell and
Amwell, in the County of Herts, to London, &c.
2da vice lecta est Billa, An Act to prevent and suppress the Increase of new Buildings in or near the Cities
of London and Westminster, or the Suburbs thereof;
and upon Question, committed unto Mr. Vassall, Mr.
Grimston, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Ven, and the Committee
for Lincolne's Inn Buildings, and the Burgesses of London
and Westminster, and the Knights and Burgesses of
Middlesex: And are to meet on Monday come Fortnight,
at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer Chamber: And
have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers,
Ordered, That the Proposition of John Round, this
Day made to this House concerning Salt-petre, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Gunpowder.
Papists in Dublyn.
That the Consideration of the great Numbers of Papists, residing in Dublyn, be referred to the Commissioners for Irish Affairs, to think of some expedient Way
to prevent any Inconvenience that may happen by their
Numbers; and to propound it to the House.
Payment to Hotham.
Mr. Cromwell is appointed to carry up the Order concerning the Payment of Two thousand Pounds to Sir
Jo. Hotham, out of the Monies lent by the Gentlemen of
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche and
The Lords have returned a Bill unto you again concerning Pluralities and Non-residents: They have agreed
to the Amendments; but only they have added a Proviso: The which was twice read.
The Time being in the Bill, that the Pluralists should
resign by the First of June; it was
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Word "June"
should be made "the First of August" through the whole
Payment to Hotham.
Mr. Cromwell brings Answer, That the Lords agree
to the Order for the Payment of Two thousand Pounds
to Sir Jo. Hotham.
Sir Walth. Erle is appointed to go to the Lords to
desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses,
concerning the Bill of Pluralities.
Sir Walth. Erle brings Answer, That the Lords do
assent unto a present Conference, as is desired.
Sir Ro. Harley, Sir Walth. Erle, Mr. Prideaux, are
appointed Managers of this Conference.
Sir Ro. Harley brings Answer, That he had acquainted
the Lords, that this House has considered of the Amendments and Proviso; and have assented unto the Proviso,
and all the Amendments, but That of the First of June;
the which they conceive to be too short. The Lords retired; and then brought out the Amendment agreed
unto to be the First of August: The which was read:
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That this House
doth assent unto the Proviso, and the Amendments; and
the Bill ordered to be amended accordingly.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Reynolds do desire the Lords Commissioners to sit this Evening; in regard Information is
come to this House, That Two thousand Soldiers are now
at Mynhead in Somersettshire; and there wants Monies,
and other Necessaries, for their Transportation. He
likewise carried up the Declaration appointed to accompany the Ordinance for the Militia, this Day read, and
passed this House: And likewise an Order concerning
Liberty to be given to the Citizens of London to exercise
their Soldiers, in convenient Places, within Three Miles
of the City: And is to desire their Lordships Concurrence in them.
Royal Assent to a Bill.
The Gentleman Usher of the Lords House came and
acquainted Mr. Speaker, and this House, That his Majesty had given his Assent unto the Bill of Tonage and
Poundage, by Commission; and desired the House to
come to see it pass.
London Trained Bands.
Ordered, By the Lords and Commons, That the Persons
intrusted with the Ordering of the Militia of the City of
London, shall have Power to draw the Trained Bands of
the said City into such usual and convenient Places,
within Three Miles of the said City, as to them, from
time to time, shall seem fit for the Training and Exercising of the Soldiers: And that the Soldiers, upon Summons, shall, from time to time, appear, and not depart
from their Colours, without the Consent of their Officers,
as they will answer their Contempt to the Parliament.
Delavall's, &c. Petition.
Ordered, That the Committee to the which the Petition
and the Business concerning Sir Jo. Delavall Knight and
Edw. Gray Esquire is referred, shall have Power to proceed upon the Copy of the original Information; the
Original being not to be come by; and the Parties concerned believing it to be a true Copy.
Whereas, by former Order from this House, dated the
Fifteenth of November 1641, the Creditors of Sir Thomas
Dawes Knight and Michael Fawkes Esquire, were injoined to stay all Proceedings at Law against the said
Sir Tho. Dawes, and his Estate, until the House should
have convenient Time to pass the Bill, as by the said
Order more at large appeareth: Now, for that it appeareth, that the said Fawkes was no Creditor to the said
Sir Thomas Dawes; but the Cause depending between
. . . in the Exchequer, was for a Trespass; this House
doth therefore think fit, and Order, That the said
Michael Fawkes shall be exempt from the said Order,
and left to his Remedy at Law against the said Sir
Tho. Dawes, and his Estate.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Reynolds brings Answer, That the Commissioners
will sit this Afternoon: And that they agree unto the Order
for the City to exercise their Bands within Three Miles of
the City of London, as is therein expressed: And as to
the Declaration to accompany the Ordinance of the Militia, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Transactions with Scotland.
Ordered, That this House doth appoint Henry Bellassis
Esquire, Sir Tho. Barrington Knight and Baronet, Sir
Gilbert Gerard Baronet, Sir Henry Mildmay Knight,
Master of the Jewel-house, to be the Four Commissioners, to whom the Scotts Commissioners may resort
unto, for Receiving of their Monies.
Declaration concerning the Militia.
THE Lords and Commons holding it necessary for the
Peace and Safety of this Kingdom to settle the Militia
thereof, did, for that Purpose, prepare an Ordinance of
Parliament, and with all Humility, did present the same
to his Majesty for his Royal Assent; who notwithstanding
the faithful Advice of his Parliament, and the several
Reasons offered by them of the Necessity thereof, for
the Securing of his Majesty's Person, and the Peace and
Safety of his People, did refuse to give his Consent:
And thereupon they were necessitated, in Discharge of
the Trust reposed in them, as the representative Body of
the Kingdom, to make an Ordinance by Authority of
both Houses, to settle the Militia; warranted thereunto
by the fundamental Laws of the Land: His Majesty,
taking notice thereof, did by several Messages, invite
them to settle the same by Act of Parliament; affirming,
in his Message sent in Answer to the Petition of both
Houses, presented to his Majesty at Yorke, March
Twenty-sixth, that He always thought necessary the
same should be settled; and that he never denied the
Thing, only denied the Way; and, for the Matter of it,
took Exception only to the Preface, as a thing not
standing with his Honour to consent to; and that himself was excluded in the Execution, and for a Time unlimited: Whereupon, the Lords and Commons, being
desirous to give his Majesty all Satisfaction that might
be, even to the least Tittle of Form and Circumstance;
and, when his Majesty was pleased to offer them a Bill
ready drawn, did, for no other Cause than to manifest
their hearty Affection to comply with his Majesty's Desire, and obtain his Consent, entertain the same, and in
the mean time no way declining their Ordinance; and to
express their earnest Zeal to correspond with his Majesty's
Desire in all things that might consist with the Peace and
Safety of the Kingdom, and the Trust reposed in them,
did pass that Bill; and therein omitted the Preamble
inserted before the Ordinance; limited the Time to less
than Two Years: and confined the Authority of the
Lieutenants of these Three Particulars; namely, Rebellion, Insurrection, and foreign Invasion: and returned
the same to his Majesty for his Royal Assent: But all
these Expressions of Affection and Loyalty, all these
Desires and earnest Endeavours to comply with his
Majesty, hath, to their great Grief and Sorrow, produced
no better Effect, than an absolute Denial even of That
his Majesty, by his former Messages, as we conceive, had
promised; the Advice of evil and wicked Counsels receiving still more Credit with him than That of his great
Council of Parliament, in a Matter of so high Importance,
that the Safety of his Kingdom, and Peace of his People,
depends upon it. But now what must be the Exceptions
to this Bill? Not any, sure, that was to the Ordinance;
for a Care was taken to give Satisfaction in all those
Particulars. Then the Exception was, because that the
Disposing and Execution thereof was referred to both
Houses of Parliament, and his Majesty excluded: And
Now, that by the Bill the Power and the Execution is
ascertained, and reduced to Particulars, and the Law of
the Realm made the Rule thereof, his Majesty will not
trust the Persons: The Power is too great; too unlimited,
to trust them with. But what is that Power? Is it any
other but, in express Terms, to suppress Rebellion,
Insurrection, and foreign Invasion? And who are those
Persons? Are they not such as were nominated by the
Great Council of the Kingdom, and assented to by his
Majesty? And is it too great a Power to trust those Persons with the Suppression of Rebellion, Insurrection, and
foreign Invasion? Surely the most wicked of them that
advised his Majesty to this Answer, cannot suggest, but
that it is necessary for the Safety of his Majesty's Royal
Person, and the Peace of the Kingdom, such a Power
should be put in some Hands; and there is no Pretence
of Exception to the Persons. His Majesty, for the Space
of above Fifteen Years together, thought not a Power far
exceeding this, to be too great to intrust particular Persons with; to whose Will the Lives and Liberties of his
People, by martial Laws, were made subject: For such
was the Power given to Lord Lieutenants and Deputy
Lieutenants in every County of his Kingdom; and That
without the Consent of his People, or Authority of Law:
But now, in case of extreme Necessity, upon the Advice
of both Houses of Parliament, for no longer Space than
Two Years, a lesser Power (and That for the Safety of
King and People) is thought too great to trust particular
Persons with, though named by both Houses of Parliament, and approved of by his Majesty himself. And
surely, if there be a Necessity to settle the Militia, (which
his Majesty was pleased to confess) the Persons cannot be
intrusted with less Power than this, to have it at all effectual: And the Precedents of former Ages, when there
happened a Necessity to raise such a Power, never
streightened That Power to a narrower Compass. Witness
the Commissions of Array in several Kings Reigns; and
often issued out by the Consent and Authority of Parliament. The Lords and Commons therefore intrusted
with the Safety of the Kingdom, and Peace of the People
(which, they call God to witness is their only Aim)
finding themselves denied these their so necessary and
just Demands; and that they can never be discharged
before God or Man, if they should suffer the Safety of the
Kingdom, and Peace of the People, to be exposed to the
Malice of the malignant Party at home, or the Fury of
Enemies from abroad; and knowing no other Way to encounter the imminent and approaching Danger, but by
putting the People into a fit Posture of Defence; do
resolve to put their said Ordinance in present Execution:
And do require all Persons in Authority, by virtue of
the said Ordinance, forthwith to put the same in Execution; and all others to obey it, according to the fundamental Laws of the Land in each Cases; as they tender
the upholding of the true Protestant Religion, the Safety
of his Majesty's Person and his Royal Posterity, the Peace
of the Kingdom, and the Being of this Commonwealth.