Die Veneris, 25 Novembris, 1642.
A LETTER from Sir Jo. Hotham, of * * * *.
Resolved, That this House holds it fit, that Six
thousand Pounds be immediately sent away to Sir Jo.
Hotham, Governor of Hull, upon Account, to pay the
Garison, and defray the other Charges.
Sir Tho. Barrington went to the Committee for the
Safety of the Kingdom, to acquaint them with the Sense
of the House, concerning this Six thousand Pounds;
and to desire that they would take some Course for the
present Advancing and Sending of it away.
Sir J. Hotham.
A Letter from Sir Jo. Hotham, concerning Mr. Pelham, was read; and ordered to be referred to the
Committee for Dispatches.
Resolved, That Sir Jo. Hotham has performed his Duty
with all Trust and Fidelity to the Commonwealth, both
in his Proceedings in the Government of the Town of
Hull, and in the other his Proceedings for the Safety and
Defence of the County of Yorke.
Resolved, That the Matter of the Letter from John
Piers, Mr. Pelham's Man, of the Second of November,
is a Scandal both to the House, and Sir John Hotham.
Resolved, That Jo. Piers be forthwith sent for, as a
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Strickland do prepare a Letter
to be sent from Mr. Speaker to Sir John Hotham.
Ordered, That the Two Horses belonging to Sir Hen.
Cholmeley, stayed by Mr. Browne, and now in the Possession of Captain Boswell, be forthwith re-delivered to
Sir H. Cholmeley: And that Sir H. Cholmeley be repaired
the Four Horses he lost at Kyneton, out of the next Horses
seized for the Commonwealth.
Defence of the Kingdom.
Mr. Browne, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Millington, Mr. Constantine, Sir Tho. Dacres, Mr. Hill, are to prepare the
Draught of an Order to pass both Houses, to enable
and authorize the several Counties and Towns of this
Kingdom, to stand upon their Defence; and oppose all
such as come to plunder their Houses, or drive away
their Cattle; and to have Power to kill, slay, &c.
Person to attend.
Ordered, That the Under Sheriff of Kent shall be
forthwith summoned to attend this House.
London, &c. Assessment.
An Ordinance for Assessing of Monies to be raised within the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Suburbs.
Committee to Common Hall.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. *;
The Lords have appointed Five Lords to go to the
Common Hall in London, this Afternoon at Three of
Clock, according to an Order Yesterday agreed upon by
both Houses: And do desire this House would appoint
a proportionable Number.
Mr. Pym, Sir H. Vane, Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Holles, Mr. Ashe, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr.
Long, Sir Tho. Middleton, Mr. Vassall, are appointed to
go with a proportionable Number of Lords, to go to the
Common Hall, this Afternoon, at Three of Clock.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That the
House has considered their Lordships Message; and has
appointed a proportionable Number to go to the Common Hall.
Ordinance of Supply.
The Ordinance for assessing Monies to be speedily
raised, was read; and, by Vote upon the Question,
assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords
for their Concurrence.
Mr. Browne and Mr. Vassall, are to consider of the
Names to be put into the said Ordinance: And to that
Purpose the said Ordinance was delivered to Mr. Browne.
Succours to Sussex, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym do, from the House, recommend unto my Lord General the Consideration of some
present Supply and Succours to be sent into Sussex: And
that he do likewise recommend unto my Lord General, to
take into his Care and Wisdom some Course to prevent
Plunderings in the several Counties, by the King's Army.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Hebblethwayte have Leave to go
into the Country: And that he have Mr. Speaker's
Warrant to transport him with the better Security into
the County of Yorke.
Peace of Buckingham.
Ordered, That Sir Peter Temple be injoined to go
forthwith into the County of Bucks, to join with the rest
of the Gentlemen of that County, for the Preservation
of the Peace of that County.
Ordered, That the Consideration and Examination of
the whole Business concerning the Lord Dumfaerling be
referred to the Committee for Informations, where Mr.
Corbett has the Chair, to represent the true State of this
Business to the House: And Sir Jo. Dreyden, Mr. Tate,
and Mr. Knightley, are added to this Committee, as to
this Business: And are appointed to send forthwith to
the Committee at Northampton, to desire them to send
up the Examinations taken by them, concerning my
Lord Dumfaerling; and likewise the Men that took
him, and brought him up; that they may testify what
they can in this Cause.
Mr. Erle, Mr. Constantine, Lord Ruthen, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Jo. Goodwyn, Sir Jo. Bampfield,
Mr. Bond, Mr. Rich. Moore, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr.
Fountaine, Sir Tho. Middleton, are added to the Committee for Seizing and Discharging of Horses.
And the House doth Declare, That the Committee for
raising a Body of Horse shall discharge such Horses as
are seized, and not already employed in my Lord General's Army, and do belong to Persons that have contributed in a considerable Proportion to the Parliament.
And the House doth farther Declare, That no Horses
that bring Provisions of Mens Meat, Horse Meat, Cloth
or other Provisions, be seized; And, if they be seized,
that they be forthwith discharged.
Defence of Exeter.
An Order concerning the Providing the City of Exon
with Men and Ammunition, &c. was this Day read; and,
by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered
to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Resolved, That Mr. Jo. Jacob of Dover, brought up
from Dover, be forthwith committed Prisoner to the
Gatehowse; there to remain a Prisoner during the
Pleasure of the House.
The Certificate from the Advocate of the Army, concerning the Dragoons under the Command of Colonel
Browne, upon the Reference from his Excellency was
this Day read.
The House doth Declare, That in respect that these
Dragoons, since the Twenty-ninth of October, have absented themselves from their Colours, and have refused
to be mustered, and have sold their Horses and their
Arms, that nothing is due unto them: And that the
House will allow them nothing from that Time: And
concerning any thing pretended by them to be due unto
them before that Time, the House doth refer it to my
Upon the Report from the Committee for Informations, made by Mr. Constantine;
It is Resolved, That Mr. Tho. Philips, now in the
Serjeant's Custody, be forthwith discharged.
Upon Mr. Glyn's Report;
It is Ordered, That Mr. Niclas, the Apothecary, be
forthwith discharged from any farther Restraint.
King's Proclamation not to be published.
Ordered, That the Mayor of the City of Exon shall
not publish the Proclamation from his Majesty, dated
the Ninth of November: And that, for his yielding
Obedience to this Order, he shall be saved harmless by
Authority of Parliament.
Defence of Exeter.
UPON the humble Petition of the Mayor, Deputy
Lieutenants, and Captains, of the City and County of
Exon, shewing the great Importance of the Safety of
that City to many of the Western Parts, and the imminent
Danger the same is now in, by means of the present Insurrection in the County of Cornewall, and their threatening
an Invasion of the County of Devon; and the said City
complaining of an ill-affected and Malignant Party in
and about the said City, who, being Men of great and
wealthy Estates, do not only refuse to contribute to the
publick Works of Fortification and Defence; but neglect
to perform the ordinary Duties of Watching, which may
be very dangerous to the Peace and Safety of that City,
if some Means of Redress be not timely directed therein:
And having made known likewise their present Need of a
Garison, to be put into the Castle of Exon; and that
some of the Citizens, and others of the Trained Bands,
or Volunteers of the County of Devon, may be listed,
and commanded on all Summons to repair thither for
Defence of the said Castle and City: It is Ordered, by
the Lords and Commons, now in Parliament assembled,
That the said Mayor, and Deputy Lieutenants of the
City of Exon, or any Two of them, shall be, and they
are hereby authorized, and required to place a Garison
of Soldiers in the said Castle of Exon, together with
such Gunners, Engineers, and other Officers, as they
shall think fit and necessary for Defence and Security
of the said Castle and City; and to list and appoint
such Number of the Trained Bands, or Volunteers of
the said City, as shall be needful to attend that Service:
And the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Devon
are hereby desired and required to design and appoint
Two hundred of the ablest and best experienced Soldiers
of the Trained Bands, or Volunteers of that County, and
which live nigh, or not far distant from the said City, to
be ready to give their Assistance for the Defence of the
said Castle and City: And every of the said Soldiers or
Volunteers, so to be listed and appointed, either in the
said City of Exon, or County of Devon, are injoined
and commanded by the Authority of both Houses of
Parliament, upon all Alarms, or Summons from any
Two of the Deputy Lieutenants of the said City, to
repair into the said City; there to be employed and
used, either for Defence or Security of the said Castle
or City, as by any Two of the Deputy Lieutenants there
shall be directed; and not to depart thence without their
Licence. And the said Lords and Commons do farther
Order, and appoint the said Mayor and Deputy Lieutenants, or any Two of them, to cause such strong
Watches and Wards to be set and kept in all convenient
Places in the said City, for the Peace and Safety thereof;
and to design and appoint such Citizens, and other Inhabitants of the said City, to do and perform the same,
as they in their Discretion shall think fitting and necessary: And, in case any Person that shall be required by
Authority of this Ordinance of Parliament, to do or
perform any of the Services above mentioned, do not
really and effectually attend the same, or shall be wilfully
negligent or amiss in performing the same, the Lords
and Commons do Declare and Ordain, That such Person
shall be committed into safe Custody, by the Mayor and
Deputy Lieutenants of the said City, or any Two of
them; there to remain until both Houses of Parliament
shall give Direction concerning the same; to the end that
some Course may be taken by them, for such further
Punishment as to Law and Justice shall appertain. And
forasmuch as in Times of common Danger, and when the
Publick Peace and the Safety of each particular Man is
equally threatened and concerned, the Charge and Expence for preventing and avoiding thereof ought to be
defrayed and borne by All, since the Benefit of Preservation and Safety (which without timely Preparation for
Defence, might probably be endangered) doth redound
and come unto all; and being informed of a great Unwillingness and Refractoriness in many of the wealthiest
and ablest in Estate of the Inhabitants of that City of
Exon, to contribute to the publick Charge of Fortification, and other needful Expences, for Defence of themselves, and That Place, the Lords and Commons do,
by the Authority of the High Court of Parliament,
Declare, That, in this Time of imminent Danger, when
their neighbour County is in actual Commotion, and
many of the Inhabitants thereof, his Majesty's good and
faithful Subjects, by open Force and Violence, expulsed
and driven from their Dwellings, and Places of Habitation; it is, by the established Laws, and fundamental
Constitution of this Kingdom, legal and just, and in
these Times most necessary, that a publick and general
Rate, Taxation, and Assessment, be made in the said
City and County of Exon, by taxing and assessing every
Citizen and Inhabitant within the same, to pay a certain
Sum of Money, to be employed for the Uses aforesaid:
And the Mayor and Deputy Lieutenants of that City
are hereby required to cause the same to be speedily
done; lest by such Neglect, and Want of Means to
enable them to make Defence, That City may be surprised and possessed by the Malignants now in the
County of Cornewall, or others ill affected to the Peace
of the Kingdom: And although in case any Person shall
refuse or neglect to make Payment of the Sum unto
which he shall be assessed, by the ordinary Proceedings
in the Course of Justice, sufficient Remedy is provided
for Levying of the same; yet, in regard the publick
Peace and Safety, not only of that City, but of many
of the Western Counties, is herein concerned, which the
Lords and Commons have been, and still are, desirous
to preserve; they do Declare, That they shall esteem
every such Person who shall not willingly and chearfully
contribute and pay his Rate and Proportion, as malignant
and ill affected to the Peace of this Kingdom; and,
upon Certificate thereof, from any Two of the Deputy
Lieutenants of That Place, shall accordingly proceed
This Order was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the
Lords for their Concurrence.