Die Martis, 23 Augusti, 1642.
Tumults at Colchester.
A LETTER from the Town of Colchester, of the
22th of August, from the Mayor; concerning the
Multitude of that Town rifling Sir Jo. Lucas his House,
and seizing his Horses and Arms, and other Goods;
and that they would not be satisfied, until Sir Jo. Lucas
and his Lady were committed to Prison; and how Mr.
Newcomen, Clerk, was to have gone with Sir Jo. Lucas
to the King; and that he administered to those that
should have gone, an Oath of Secrecy.
Resolved, That Sir Jo. Lucas and Mr. Newcomen, of
Colchester, Clerk, shall be sent for up, as Delinquents,
in safe Custody, by the Serjeant at Arms.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Horses, Arms,
Ammunition, Monies, and Plate, seized at Sir Jo. Lucas
his House (a perfect Inventory being first made), shall
be brought up to London: That those Gentlemen of
Essex that are appointed to be sent to Colchester, shall
have Power to send up such Persons in safe Custody, as,
upon Examination, they shall think necessary.
Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Grimston are appointed to
go to Colchester to appease the Tumults there.
Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Marten, Sir Tho. Barrington,
Mr. Prideaux, are appointed to prepare a Declaration to be sent to Colchester, and Instructions to
accompany those Gentlemen that are appointed to go
Mr. Spurstoe, Mr. Bence, Mr. Venne, are appointed to
repair to Sir Jo. Heyden's House; and to view the Arms,
Ammunition, and other warlike Provisions, that are
there; and to remove them from thence; and to lay
them up in some safe Place in the City.
Sending up Delinquents.
Ordered, That Colonel Edwyn Sandys be required to
send up Sir Edw. Deering, Sir Tho. Boswell, Sir Geo.
Strode, who are Delinquents, to the Parliament.
Delinquents in the Tower.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved to injoin the Lieutenant of the Tower to keep the Delinquents there in
stricter Imprisonment; and that they may not have the
Liberty to come and speak one with another, with such
Liberty and Freedom.
Person to be summoned.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Brooke be summoned forthwith
to attend the House.
Ship stayed, &c.
Mr. Bence reports, That he stayed the Ship that he
was Yesterday appointed to go after; that he could find
no Arms nor Ammunition there, but some Goods that
are said to be Serjeant Major Sibthorpe's; and a Letter
to the said Serjeant Major Sibthorpe, from Sir Wm. Widdrington, a Member of this House, to invite him to come
down to the North, to enter into Pay there.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the several Goods
in the Trunks and Chests of Clerke's Ship of Newcastle,
be stayed, and laid up in safe Custody, till the House
take farther Order.
Ordered, That the Customers, and other his Majesty's
Officers of the Customs, in all Ports of the Kingdom, be
required not to suffer any Ship to go out of any of the
respective Ports that are bound for Newcastle, without
being first narrowly searched and examined: And that
the Officers of the Customs in the Port of London do
take Care of dispersing this Order.
Rochester Trained Bands.
Ordered, That Captain Rich. Lee, of Rochester in the
County of Kent, shall have Power to assemble together,
muster, train, exercise, and command, the Trained Bands
within the City of Rochester, and the Liberties thereof,
together with the Parishes of Chatham, Gillingham, and
St. James in the Isle of Grayne, as often as he shall see
requisite; as also the Parishes of Friendsbury and Strowde,
near unto the said City of Rochester: And for his and
their so doing, this shall be, as well to the said Captain
Lee, as to the said Trained Bands, a sufficient Warrant.
It is farther Ordered, That the Mayor of Rochester,
and the Aldermen of the said City, and other the Justices
of the Peace of the City and County, such as he shall
think fit to call, be assisting and aiding to the said
Captain Lee, in this Service.
Dep. Lieuts. of Hertford.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth
approve of Robert Cecill, Esquire, Sir Jo. Garrat, Baronet, Sir Jo. Reade, Baronet, Sir Jo. Wittewronge, Knight,
Wm. Lemmon, Esquire, to be Deputy Lieutenants of the
County of Herts: And that the Lords Concurrence be
Sir Tho. Dacres acquaints the House, That he had
spoke with the Lord Cramborne, Lieutenant of the County
of Herts, about putting the Militia in Execution: And
that they had agreed to put it in Execution on Tuesday
Printer to be summoned.
Ordered, That Roger Daniell, Printer to the University of Cambridge, be forthwith summoned to attend the
House, concerning printing the Book set forth in Defence
of the Commission of Array.
Answer from Lords.
Sir H. Mildmay brings Answer, That the Lords do
agree to the Order for the Training of the Volunteers of
Linne: And as to the Message concerning the Prisoners
in the Tower, they will send Answer by Messengers of
They do likewise agree to the Conference desired.
Irish Catholicks Petition to the King.
A Copy of the Petition of the Catholicks of Ireland to
the King's most Excellent Majesty, was this Day read:
It is Ordered, That the Lords be acquainted with this
Petition: And that it be printed.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the
Defence of the Kingdom; to take Care, that an Admiral
and Vice Admiral may be appointed over the Ships that
are employed for the Coasts of Ireland, whose Commands
they are to receive: And that Course may be taken, that a
Ship of good Strength may be appointed to ride at Anchor in all the Ports of Ireland, as well such as are in the
Hands of this State, as those in the Enemies Hands.
Ordered, That Mr. Green do write to the Earl of Warwicke, to desire him to call Home the Rainbowe to the
Fleet, and to send another Ship to ride at Tynmouth.
Rebels in the Tower.
Ordered, That Mr. Prideaux and Mr. Hill do go to
the Lord Chief Justice, and go along with him to reexamine the Rebels in the Tower, upon the Interrogatories prepared by the close Committee.
Two Letters from the Lord Inchiquin, brought by Sir
Wm. Ogle, one of the 25th of July, another of the 5th
of August, both from Donneraile; the first relating what
passed between the Lord Forbes and the Lord Inchiquin;
the other concerning Sir Wm. Ogle's being deputed from
the Council of War in Munster, to negotiate the Affairs
of that Province.
A Message from the Lords by Doctor Aylett and
Declaration to Holland.
The Lords do return this Letter of Credence, together
with the Declaration to be sent to the States of the United
Provinces, with these Amendments; and desire that it
may be very fair written, and sent to their Speaker; and
he will subcribe it. They do concur with you in the
Contract for the Five thousand Pounds to be paid to
Mr. Quarles for Arms for Ireland.
The Amendments were read and assented unto.
Declaration concerning Colchester.
Mr. Martyn reports the Declaration to be sent into
Essex, concerning the Business at Colchester, about Sir
Jo. Lucas: Which was read; and, upon the Question,
assented unto; and ordered to be carried up to the Lords
at a Conference: And that their Concurrence be desired
therein, and in the former Votes.
Message to Lords.
Sir Hen. Mildmay went up to the Lords with this
Message; To desire a Conference concerning a Letter
out of Essex, and concerning a Petition from the Rebels
in Ireland to his Majesty; and carried up the Order
concerning the Town of Lynne to train and exercise;
and to desire the Lords, that the Prisoners in the Tower
may be more strictly kept, and not have the Opportunities of Meeting and Consulting.
Message, .... by Sir Ro. Riche and Mr. Page;
That the Lords desired a present Conference concerning Provision to be allowed to Officers and others
employed in executing the Orders of both Houses; and
concerning the Alteration in One Clause in the Declaration for Disarming of Recusants.
Answer was returned by the same Messengers; That
this House will give a Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Grimston, Mr. Pym, * Martyn, are appointed
Managers and Reporters of this Conference.
Sir Hen. Mildmay brings Answer; The Lords will
give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Thanks to Mayor of Rochester, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Hen. Heyman prepare a Letter of
Thanks to be sent to the Mayor of Rochester, and those
Gentlemen in Kent, for the good Service done by them.
Conyers, &c. Services.
Mr. Pym reports the Conference: That there were Two
Gentlemen that had done great Service for both Houses
of Parliament, for which they had received no Recompence; Sir Jo. Conyers, and the Gentleman Usher of the
Black Rod: That the Lords did desire this House to
consider of their Services.
He likewise reported, That the Lords had made an
Alteration of the last Clause of the Declaration sent to
the Gentlemen of Yorkeshire, concerning the Disarming
of Recusants: The which was read, and assented unto;
and ordered to be re-printed thus amended.
Yorke Presentment to the King, &c.
The Presentment of the Grand Jury in the County of
Yorke, the Inhabitants Desires, and his Majesty's Answer
thereunto, was read: Which was committed to Mr. Prideaux, Sir Hugh Cholmley, Sir Ph. Stapleton, Mr. Martyn, Mr. Strode, Mr. Pym, Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Hill,
Mr. Corbett, Mr. Reynolds; to consider of the same; and
such Observations and Declarations as they hold fit to be
made thereupon: And are to meet this Afternoon, ..
Three .. Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Forces for Hull.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House holds it
fit, that Two Regiments be forthwith sent to Hull: And
that it be referred to the Lord General to consider where
it will be most fit to raise them, and when to send them.
King's displacing Sheriffis, &c.
Mr. Young, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Hill, Sir Ar. Haselrigg, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Glyn, and all the Lawyers of
This Committee, or any Four of them, are to consider
of the King's Displacing and New-placing Sheriffs of
Counties, and Justices of Peace; and to present their
Opinions to this House.
Order to be brought in.
Ordered, That Sir Ar. Haselrigg do bring in an
Order for * * * *
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords by Sir Robert Riche and
That the Lords do concur with this House in the Two
Votes at the last Conference; and to the Declaration of
Essex, with One Amendment: Which was read; and,
upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That the House do consider, To-morrow
Morning, of the Irish Letters brought by Sir Wm. Ogle,
Powder to the City.
Ordered, That the Two hundred and Eighty-nine Barels of Powder sent hither by the Earl of Warwick, shall
be forthwith unladen, and delivered to Captain Bradly;
to lay up in the Magazine in the City: And that the Ship
be discharged: And that Mr. Vassal do take Care for her
King's Childrens Maintenance.
Ordered, That the Monies seized on by Order of this
House, in a little Trunk, sealed up, which is informed by
Sir David Cunningham, to be for the Maintenance of the
King's Children, shall be delivered to him, to be disposed
of for the Maintenance of the King's Children that are
here now residing at St. James, and for no other Use;
and that he be accountable to this House for the so Disposing of it accordingly: And Mr. Taylor the Constable,
and Mr. Wright, are hereby required to see the said
Monies safely brought to the Place where it was seized.
Sir J. Cutts, &c. thanked.
Ordered, That Mr. Cromwell give Thanks from this
House, to Sir John Cutts, Sir Thomas Martyn, and other
Gentlemen of the County of Cambridge, for their ready
Assistance of him in the Service wherein he was employed
in that County, by the Commands of the Committee of
the Lords and Commons for the Defence of the
Ordered, That, by reason of the Lord North's Indisposition of Health, at this Time (by reason whereof he is not
able to travel into the Country), that the Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Cambridge do forthwith repair
thither, and put the Ordinance for the Militia in Execution: And that the Lords be moved to join therein.
Declaration concerning Colchester.
WHEREAS the Lords and Commons in Parliament
have this Day received, from the Mayor of Colchester in
Essex, an Information, That Sir John Lucas, at his House
there, had made great Provisions of Horse, Arms, and
Ammunition, to be secretly conveyed to the King, for his
Assistance in oppressing and destroying his good People;
which Act of Sir John Lucas, and his Adherents, is, by
the Law of the Land, High Treason; and that the honest
Inhabitants of that Town, and Parts adjacent, having Notice thereof, did seize the same Horse and Arms; and did
cause the said Sir John, with others of his Family and Adherents, to be kept in safe Custody, and the Parliament
to be speedily advertised thereof: It is now Declared, by
the said Lords and Commons, That Sir Thomas Barrington and Mr. Grimpston, Members of the House of Commons, and Gentlemen employed by that House to impart
this Declaration to the Country, shall, in the Name of
both Houses, assure the said Inhabitants, that in seizing
upon the Horse and Arms of Sir John Lucas, prepared
for the Assisting in the War now levied against the Parliament, they have done a very acceptable Service to the
Commonwealth, and such a one as doth express a great
Zeal to their Religion and Liberties: Yet, lest the Gathering together of so many Persons might seem to give
some Occasion to Persons ill affected, of misconstruing
their peaceable Intentions, they are farther to signify unto
them, that it is thought fit they should, for the present,
disperse themselves, and repair every Man to his own
Home; with this Confidence, That the Lords and Commons, as they have already begun, so they will not fail to
continue their uttermost Care in securing That, and all
other Counties of the Kingdom, by Disarming not only
Papists, but all other Persons who shall give just Cause
of Suspicion to the disaffected to the publick Peace and
Freedom of the Subject.