Die Martis, 11 Jan. 1641.
Archbp. of Yorke.
MR. Noble informed the House, that a Prelate of
this Land had Arms and Ammunition.
Ordered, That Mr. Noble shall attend the Sub-committee, that is appointed to inquire, what Arms, or other
warlike Ammunition, the Lord of Yorke has made.
A Letter, directed to Mr. Bridgeman of the Fourth of
January; and a Letter, inclosed in it, to one Mr. Anderton; were this Day read; and ordered to be entered.
To the Worshipful, and my much honoured Friend,
Orlando Bridgeman Esquire, and a Burgess of the
Parliament, at his Chamber in the Inner Temple;
WE are your Friends: These are to advise you to
look to yourself; and to advise others of my Lord of
Strafford's Friends to take heed, lest they be involved in
the common Calamity. Our Advice is, to be gone, to
pretend Business, till the great Hubbub be passed: Withdraw, lest you suffer among the Puritans. We intreat
you to send away this inclosed Letter to Mr. Anderton,
inclosed to some trusty Friend, that it may be carried
safely, without Suspicion; for it concerns the common
Safety: So desire your Friends in Common-garden.
To the Worshipful, and my much honoured Friend
Mr. Anderton; These present.
ALTHOUGH many Designs have been defeated,
yet That of Ireland holds well; and now our last Plot
works as hopefully as that of Ireland. We must bear with
something in the Man: His Will is strong enough, as long
as he is fed with Hopes. The Woman is true to us, and
real: Her Counsel about her is very good. I doubt not
but to send you, by the next, very joyful News: For the
present, our Arch-enemies, Pym, Hampden, Strode,
Hollis, and Haselrig, are blemished, challenged for no
less than Treason. Before I write next, we doubt not
but to have them in the Tower; or their Heads from their
The Solicitor, and Fynes, and Erle, we must serve
with the same Sauce. And, in the House of the Lords,
Mandevile is touched: But Essex, Warwick, Say, Brooke,
and Pagett, must follow; or else we shall not be quiet.
Falkland and Colepeper are made Friends to our Side; at
leastwise they will do us no Hurt. The Protestants and
Puritans are so divided, that we need not fear them: The
Protestants, in a great Part, will join with us, or stand
Neuters, while the Puritan is suppressed: If we can bring
them under, the Protestant will either fall in with us generally; or else, if they do not, they are so indifferent, that,
either by fair or foul Means, we shall be able to command
them. The mischievous Londoners, and the Apprentices,
may do us some Hurt for present: But we need not
much fear them; they do nothing orderly, but tumultuously: Therefore we doubt not but to have them under
Command after One Brunt; for our Party is strong in the
City, especially Holborne, the New Buildings, and Westminster. We are afraid of nothing but the Scotts appearing again; but we have made a Party there, at the King's
last being there, which will hold their Hands behind
them, while we act our Parts at Home: Let us acquit
ourselves like Men: For our Religion and Country now
The King's Heart is Protestant; but our Friends can
persuade him, and make him believe any thing: He
hates the Puritan Party, and is made irreconcileable to
that Side; so that the Sun, the Moon, and Seven Stars,
are for us. There are no less than Twenty thousand Ministers in England; the greater Half will, in their Places,
be our Friends, to avenge the Bishops Dishonour: Let our
Friends be encouraged, the Work is more than half done.
Resolved, upon the Question, That these Two Letter's
shall be sent up to the Lords by Sir John Hotham: And
he is to acquaint the Lords, that this House has given
Thanks to the City, and Seamen, for their Affections expressed to the Parliament and Commonwealth; and refer
it to their Lordships to do therein as they shall think fit;
it being a Service performed to the whole Parliament.
Common Council thanked.
Ordered, That the Citizens that serve for the City of
London do return Thanks, from this House, to the Common Council of the City of London, for their great Affection to this House, and the Commonwealth, expressed,
both during the Time that the Committee of this House
was in London, and in their Furtherance of the Guard
this Day for the Parliament.
Adjournment of Parliament.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for enabling the Lords
and Commons to adjourn this present Parliament, from
Place to Place, as they shall see Cause.
2da vice lecta est Billa prædicta; and, upon Question,
committed unto Mr. Pym, * Strode, * Glyn, * Browne,
* Northcott, * Pierrepoint, * Whittlock, Mr. Rigby,
* Hollis, * Hide, * Peard, * Whistler, * Crue: And
they are to meet, presently, in the Court of Wards, upon
Citizens Defence of Parliament.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Actions of the
Citizens of London, and others, in the Guarding and Defence of the Parliament, or the Privileges or Members
thereof, either by the Trained Bands, or otherwise, are
according to their Duties, and the late Protestation, and
the Laws of this Kingdom; and that if any Person shall
arrest or trouble any of them for so doing, he doth thereby
break the Privileges of Parliament, violate the Liberty
of the Subject, and is hereby declared an Enemy of the
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Philip Stapilton shall go up to the Lords with this Vote of the House
of Commons; and desire their Lordships Concurrence
The humble Petition of the Trained Band, and other
Inhabitants of the City of Westminster, was this Day read.
Resolved, upon the Question, to be entered: In hæc
To the Honourable the House of Commons in Parliament assembled;
THAT your Petitioners, to their great and unexpressible Griefs, lying under many heavy Fears and Distractions; but especially, for that there have been some
Doubts and Jealousies raised of your Petitioners Duty
and Affection to this Honourable House; your Petitioners, though the last, yet not the least either in Love or
Obedience, have thought fit hereby humbly to desire
your Protection in these great Dangers; and to assure
this Honourable House, that, as there are none who do
more affectionately love, so there shall not be any who
shall more readily obey and observe the Commands of
the same, nor more willingly expose both their Persons
and Estates for Defence of the Rights and Privileges of
Parliament; wherein, your Petitioners humbly conceive,
do consist the Security of Religion, the Safety of his
Majesty's Royal Person, and the due Execution of our
Laws. In real Testimony whereof, the Petitioners humbly offer their Service to this Honourable House, when it
shall please them to command it:
And humbly pray Almighty God, to crown your unwearied Endeavours with happy and good Success,
to the Settlement of Church and Commonwealth.
Mariners, &c. thanked.
Divers Sea-captains, Masters of Ships, and Mariners,
were called in: To whom Mr. Speaker delivered This
by the Commands of the House.
1. That the House did take special Notice of the Performance of this Service of theirs to this House, and to
the Commonwealth; and gave them Thanks for it; and
desired them to communicate the same to the rest of the
Seamen and Mariners.
2. For the Petition, which they delivered to the Committee of this House the other Day in London, that this
House will take it into speedy Consideration; as also any
other Desire of theirs, that they shall make to this House.
Divers of the Trained Band of Westminster were called
in; whose Petition being read, and ordered to be entered;
Mr. Speaker acquainted them as followeth;
That this House has taken Notice of the Expression
of a great Deal of Affection in their Petition unto this
House; and have commanded him to give them Thanks
for it: And that this House had never any Cause to be
jealous of them; and shall make use of them as there
shall be Occasion.
London Sheriffs, &c. thanked.
The Sheriffs of London were called in; to whom Mr.
Speaker spoke as followeth;
That this House was very sensible of their great Care
and Love, and Respect to this House, and, in them, to
the Commonwealth; as also to the Committee of this
House that sat in London; and for the special Service
done this Day: And hath commanded him to give them
hearty Thanks for it; and to desire them to return it the
like to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen.
Buckingham Petition against Popish Lords, Bishops, &c.
A Petition, in the Name of the Inhabitants of the
County of Buckingham, was delivered by divers Gentlemen of the Bar, and read; and by Vote, upon the Question, it was ordered to be entered: In hæc verba;
To the Honourable the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of the House of Commons, now assembled
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the County
THAT whereas, for many years past, we have been
under very great Pressures, which are clearly set forth
in the late Remonstrance of the House of Commons; the
Redress thereof, which hath for a long time been by you
endeavoured with unwearied Pains, though not with
answerable Success; having still your Endeavours frustrated or retarded, and we deprived of the Fruit thereof,
by a malignant Faction of Popish Lords, Bishops, and
others; and now of late, to take from us all that little
Hope was left of a future Reformation, the very Being of
the Parliament shaken; and by the mischievous Practices
of most wicked Counsellors, the Privileges thereof broken, in an unexampled manner, and the Members thereof
unassured of their Lives, in whose Safety, the Safety of
us, and our Posterity, is involved; we held it our Duty,
according to our late Protestation, to defend and maintain the same Persons and Privileges to the uttermost
Expence of our Lives and Estates: To which Purpose we
are now come to make the humble Tender of our Service,
and remain in Expectation of your Command and Order;
to the Execution whereof we shall, with all Alacrity,
address ourselves, ready to live by you, or to die at your
Feet, against whomsoever shall, in any sort, illegally
attempt upon you.
May it therefore please this Honourable Assembly, to
assist the ardent Prayer of your Petitioners, that
Popish Lords, and Bishops, may be forthwith
outed the House of Peers; that all Privileges of Parliament (yours and our Posterity's Inheritance) may
be confirmed to you: and that all evil Counsellors,
the Achanes of this Commonweal, may be given up
to the Hand of Justice; without all which, your
Petitioners have not the least Hope of the Kingdom's Peace, or to reap those glorious Advantages,
which the Fourteen Months Seed-time of your unparalleled Endeavours, have given to their unsatisfied Expectations.
So your Petitioners shall be bound to pray, &c.
The Gentlemen of Buckinghamshire being called in
again; Mr. Speaker acquainted them as followeth;
That this House had read their Petition; and finds in
it an Expression of great Affection for the Maintenance of
the Privileges of Parliament with their Lives and Fortunes: And that the House had commanded him to return
this Assurance from them, That they shall also spend their
Lives and Fortunes in Maintenance of Religion, the Privileges and Liberties of the Subjects of those Counties,
Cities, and Boroughs for which they serve: And for the Petition itself, they will take it speedily into Consideration.
The Gentlemen of Buckinghamshire desired Leave to
speak a Word more.
Buckingham Petition to the King.
Which being granted unto them, they said, "They
had a Petition to deliver to his Majesty; which they
humbly desired this House to present for them, or to direct them the best Way and Manner how to present it."
Which Petition was received, and read; and they called
in again; and received this Answer from Mr. Speaker:
That this House had read their Petition, directed to the
King; and had commanded him to acquaint them, that
their Demeanor and Carriage had been so fair in this
Business, and their Judgments and Discretion are such,
as this House makes no doubt but they know how to
present it to his Majesty:-If Ten or Twelve do go with
it, it is conceived it will be most convenient.
Skippon, &c. thanked.
Serjeant Major General Skippon, and the other Captains of the City of London, were called in: To whom
Mr. Speaker declared as followeth;
That this House did take special Notice of the great
Care and Affection expressed by them, both in the Safeguard of the Committee while they sat in London, and for
the Performance of that great Service of theirs this Day
to the House and Commonwealth; for which he was commanded by the House to give them Thanks; and further to acquaint them, that for their better Satisfaction,
this House had voted, that the Actions of themselves,
and other the Citizens of London, in preserving the Privileges of Parliament, and the Members thereof, are done
according to the Law, and to their Duty and Protestation.
Adjournment of Parliament.
Mr. Browne reported the Bill, intituled, An Act to
enable the Lords and Commons, respectively, to adjourn
this present Parliament, &c. with the Amendments an
Additions: The which Additions and Amendments were
twice read; and, upon the Question, the Bill, with the
Amendments, were ordered to be ingrossed.
Parliament Guard, &c.
Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfeild and
That the Lords had agreed to the Proposition lately
sent up: and have called in divers Citizens, and given
them Thanks: And their Lordships will take Order, with
the Sheriffs of London and Midd', for continuing such
a Guard about the Parliament, as both Houses shall
Ordered, That Mr. Fynes do go up to the Lords with
this Message; To desire the Lords, that the Guard may
be of Two Companies of the Trained Bands their Lordships have agreed to, and under the Command of Serjeant Major General Skippon.
Town of Hull.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Lords be moved
to join with this House, that some Companies of the
Trained Bands, of the Parts next adjoining to Hull, be
forthwith put into that Town, for the Safeguard of that
Place, and Magazine there; and to be under the Command of Sir Jo. Hotham.
Adjournment of Parliament.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act, intituled, For enabling the Lords and Commons to adjourn this present
Parliament, &c: Upon the Question, passed.
Ordered, That Sir Philip Stapleton do carry up this
Bill to the Lords; with a special Recommendation for
Expedition: And that he move the Lords, at the same
time, concerning the Trained Bands to be put into Hull,
under the Command of Sir Jo. Hotham.
Mr. Fynes reports, the Lords will take care, that such
a Guard be appointed, as is desired.
Town of Hull.
Sir Philip Stapleton reports, that he hath delivered the
Bill to the Lords; and that they have taken into Consideration the Message concerning the Trained Band of the
Parts near Hull, to be put into that Town under Command of Sir Jo. Hotham: That they do concur with this
House in it; and do desire that this House will take care
that it be done accordingly: Whereupon it was
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir John Hotham,
or such Person as he shall be responsible for, do instantly
repair to Hull, and put some of the Trained Bands, of
the Parts next adjoining to that Town, into that Place,
for the Defence of that Town, and Magazine there, according to the Resolution of both Houses.
Lords to sit.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Clatworthy do go to the Lords
with this Message; To desire their Lordships to sit To-morrow(this House intending to sit by Nine of the Clock;)
for that this House shall have Occasion to confer with their
Lordships about the weighty Affairs of the Kingdom.
Lieut. of the Tower.
Resolved, upon the Question, That a Message be sent
to the Lords; To desire their Lordships to join with this
House in a Petition to his Majesty, that Sir John Byron,
now Lieutenant of the Tower, be removed from his Command there; and that Sir Jo. Conyers, in pursuance of
their former Request, have the Command of that Place.
Ordered, That Sir Hen. Vaine do deliver this Message
to the Lords.
Lords will sit.
Sir Jo. Clotworthy reports, the Lords will sit To-morrow, as was desired.
Sir J. Byron.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Byron, Lieutenant of the Tower,
to attend this House To-morrow Morning at Ten of the
Ordered, That this shall be the Answer to the Petition
of the Reformadoes Soldiers in the Earl Craford's
Troop; That this House is no ways engaged to pay
them any Thing.
Papists in Yorkshire.
Part of Letter directed to Sir Hugh Chomley read, concerning the great Fears the People of the East Riding of
Yorkshire are in, by reason of the Papists thereabouts;
Ordered, That, in the Execution of the Warrant of
this House, for the Apprehending of Sir Basil Brooke, the
Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, his Deputy or
Deputies, do require the Assistance of all Sheriffs, Justices of Peace, Constables, and other Officers, for the
Apprehending of the said Sir Basil Brooke; and to use
all possible Diligence herein.
Lieut. of the Tower.
Sir Hen. Vaine reports, that the Lords do not join with
this House, concerning the Displacing of the Lieutenant
of the Tower.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Lieutenant
of the Tower be resumed To-morrow Morning.
Money for Service of Ireland.
Ordered, That Two thousand Pounds be forthwith
paid to Sir Jo. Nulls, and Sir Job Harby, out of the Loan-money in the Chamber of London, upon Account, for
the Payment and Transporting of the Three hundred
Horse now at Chester.
Ordered, That Three thousand Pounds shall be forthwith delivered to Sir Job Harby, and Sir Jo. Nulls, upon
Account, out of the Loan-monies in London, to give Credit to Mr. Frost, to employ Fifteen hundred Pounds to
provide a Magazine of Victuals for Dublyn; and likewise
to employ Five hundred Pounds for Oats for Horses at
Dublyn; and likewise One thousand Pounds, to make
Provision of a Magazine of Victuals for Tredagh.
Persons going to Hull.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant to
those Persons that are to go Post to Hull, that they be
furnished with good and sufficient Horses and Guides.