House of Commons Journal Volume 2: 23 July 1642

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Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Die Sabbati, 23 Julii, 1642.


Detaining Materials belonging to the Minte.

A LETTER from Mr. Jo. Steevens, Captain of One of the Ships of the Fleet now at Sea, and riding about Scarborough, of the Fifteenth of July, 1642, * * * * .

Ordered, That the Committee for the Navy do send for Monsieur Bryatt of the Minte, and examine the Business concerning the Materials belonging to the Minte, sent by him, and stayed at Scarborough, by Captain Steevens: And that they give Order to Captain Steevens to detain them in his Hands, till he receives farther Order from this House.

Resolved, That Mr. Steevens, Master of the Ship that rides about Scarborough, that stayed the Materials of all Sorts belonging to the Minte (no Authority appearing for the Transporting of them) has done well in the Staying of them.

Stores in the Tower.

Ordered, That the Officers of the Stores of Arms and Ammunition in the Tower be required not to deliver forth any of those Arms and Ammunition, without first acquainting * * * *.

Raising Horse, &c.

Ordered, That Mr. Harrington of Laiton-stone, Sir Tho. Bendish Baronet, Sir Ro. Kemp Knight, Sir Wm. Wiseman Baronet, shall be added to those Names formerly approved of by this House, for advancing the Propositions for the Raising of Horse, &c.: And that Mr. Carew Mildmy and Mr. Sampson Sheffeild be excused; and their Names be left out, for being employed in that Service.

Prisoner discharged.

Resolved, upon the Question, That Dr. Wm. Heywood, now a Prisoner in the Fleete, by Order of this House, for injoining his Curate to read his Majesty's last Declaration in his Church, contrary to an Order of both Houses, upon his humble Petition, be forthwith delivered from any farther Imprisonment.

Irish Parliament.

The Draught of a Commission to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, giving him Power to continue the Parliament, this Day brought from the Committee by Mr. Reynolds, was this Day Twice read; and re-committed unto Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Prideaux, to consider of the Clause in it, of revoking the Power granted to the Lords Justices of Ireland.

Forces for Ireland.

Ordered, That the Committee of Adventurers for Ireland at London do forthwith deliver unto the Officers of the Horse Troops that are to go into Ireland, the Saddles, Bridles, Pistols, and other Necessaries.


Mr. Reynolds reports the Commission, with that Clause left out, and another Clause put in in the Stead: The which was read; and assented unto.

Earl of Thomond.

WHEREAS it was formerly Ordered, upon the One-and-twentieth of July, That the Earl of Thomond should have a Troop of Horse, and the Company of a Hundred Foot, under the Pay of this Commonwealth: It ... now Ordered, That the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland be desired to grant forth his Commissions accordingly.

Lord Lient. of Ireland.

The Question being put, whether the Lords should be moved to desire the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Lieutenant of the County .... to leave his Deputations to his Deputy Lieutenants, before his going;

The House was divided.

The Noes went forth.

Mr. Marten, Tellers for the Yea, 43.
Mr. Carew,
Mr. Fienis, Tellers for the Noe, 89.
Sir Wm. Lewes,

So that the Question passed with the Negative.

Mr. Nicolls carried up to the Lords * * * *.

Message to Lords.

Mr. Nicolls carried up to the Lords the Orders concerning Mr. Thomson .... the County of Shropshire, Southampton, Bury; and the Payment of the Hundred Pounds, by the Sheriff of Devon to the Dean of Rosse.


Mr. Nicholls brings Answer; The Lords concur in all.

Message to Lords.

Mr. Solicitor carried up to the Lords Four Bills; 1. concerning the Indemnity or Philip Earl of Pembroke: 2. for Naturalizing of John Kirke: 3. for Naturalizing of Richard Bogan: 4. for Naturalizing Symon Clarke; with this Amendment only, that the Words "Spiritual and Temporal" may be left out: Also, the Declaration concerning Bristoll; and the Commission concerning the Parliament in Ireland; and an Order for the Lieutenant of Ireland, to grant Commissions to the Earl of Thomond, for his Troop of Horse, and Company of Foot.

Message from Lords.

A Message from the Lords by Sir Ro. Riche and Mr. Page;

The Lords desire, that if you do intend to bring any Impeachment against Captain Slingsby and Captain Wake, that you would bring it with what convenient Speed you can: And they do likewise signify, That they intend to sit this Afternoon, at Three of Clock; and do desire this House would do the like, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House.

House to sit.

Resolved, upon the Question; That this House shall sit this Afternoon, at Three of Clock.

Capt. Slingsby, &c.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to examine and consider of the Fact of Captain Slingsby and Captain Wake, formerly sent for, as Delinquents, by Order of both Houses.

Answer to Lords.

Answer returned by the same Messengers; That, as to the first Part, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own; and have resolved to sit this Afternoon, at Three of Clock.

Letter to be read.

Ordered, That the Letter from the Earl of Warwick, of the one-and-twentieth of July, to Mr. Speaker, be read this Afternoon, at Three of Clock.

Declaration of Parliament.

The House proceeded to the Reading of the Declaration brought from the Committee, in Answer to Declarations and Messages from his Majesty, that lays Imputations and Aspersions upon both Houses of Parliament; and for the Clearing of the said Houses from the said Imputations and Aspersions.

Exceptions to Member's Words.

Exceptions were taken at some Words spoken by Sir Simonds D' Ewes, before the passing of this Declaration: Which laid Aspersions and Imputations upon the Committee that brought in this Declaration;.... viz. "That there were many Things in this Declaration, that were taken out of other Mens Pockets and Budgets, and before printed," and he was thereby commanded to withdraw.

Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Simonds D'Ewes shall ask the Committee Pardon, for the Imputation he has laid upon the Committee by these Words; and the Offence that he has done to the House thereby: And that he should acknowledge his Offence.

Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Simonds D' Ewes shall, in his Place, receive a Reprehension for it.

Sir Simonds D'Ewes was then called down; and did, in his Place, acknowledge his said Offence; and expressed his Sorrow for it.

Then Mr. Speaker did reprehend him in his Place; and admonished him to be more careful of his Expressions hereafter; and to be careful hereafter not to lay any Imputations upon any particular Member; much less upon any Committee, that, being employed in the Service of the House, shall bring any thing into the House.

Declaration of Parliament.

Ordered, That this Declaration shall be re-committed, as to that Part concerning the Accursings, and the People saying Amen: And that it be brought in again this Afternoon, at Three of Clock.

Staying Arms.

Ordered, That Mr. Corbett, Mr. Arundell, and Mr. Bence, do presently go to the Tower; to take Order for the Staying of the Pickaxes, Musquets, and Galthropes, which this House is informed are now carrying out of the Stores at the Tower and Minories, and going to Yorke: And have Power to send for Parties and Witnesses to inform them in these Particulars.

Rights of City of Bristol.

WHEREAS, in an Act made this present Session of Parliament, intituled, An Act for the Raising and Levying of Monies for the necessary Defence and great Affairs of the Kingdoms of England and Ireland, and for the Payment of Debts undertaken by the Parliament, the County of Somerset is taxed at the Sum of Sixteen thousand Eight hundred Threescore nineteen Pounds and Thirteen Shillings; the City of Bristoll in the same County, * hundred Thirty-seven Pounds Four Shillings Six-pence, whereas, in Truth, the said City is a distinct County of itself, and no ways within the Limits, or Jurisdiction, of the County of Somerset; by means whereof, and the erroneous Expressions in the said Act, being a Fault in the Transcription of the same, the Commissioners are in doubt, whether they have a sufficient Authority to proceed in making the Assessments and Levy of the aforesaid Sum imposed upon the said City by the said Act; and the Citizens are fearful, lest such Expression might, in time to come, prove prejudicial unto their Rights: For the Clearing whereof be it Declared, by the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, That the said City of Bristoll is and ought to have been so expressed in the said Act as a distinct County of itself; and is not nor ought to have been mentioned to be in the County of Somerset. And it is further Declared, That the Commissioners in the said Act ought to proceed in Execution of their Commission for Levying of the said Sum.

Post Meridiem

Naval Affairs.

THE Letter from the Earl of Warwicke to Mr. Speaker, concerning the State of the Navy; and concerning the Sending of some Ships in, and keeping out the rest; and Re-victualling and Supplying to those that * * * *.

Resolved, up * *, That the Merchants Ships that are now at Sea, shall be re-victualled for Two Months longer.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to consider how many of the King's Ships shall be called in.

Resolved, upon * *, That such of the King's Ships, as shall be thought fit to be continued longer in Service at Sea, shall be re-victualled for Two Months longer.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to consider by what Means Money may be provided for Re-victualling of those Ships as shall be thought necessary to continue longer in Service at Sea.


The Declaration recommitted as to One particular Clause, and brought from the Committee amended in that Clause, was read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be carried up unto the Lords, for their Concurrence therein.

Ordnance to Portsmouth.

Ordered, That Mr. Greene do write his Letter to the Earl of Warwicke, to take Care that the Ten Pieces of Ordnance, sent down to go to Portsmouth, (being, through Negligence, put into a small Vessel, slenderly guarded) be conveyed in a more safe Manner to Portsmouth.

Officers Arrears.

Ordered, That Captain Jo. Jefford, Sir Cha. Valvasor. Captain Ric. Douce, Colonel Goring, Captain Herne, Serjeant Major Gibson, Captain Tho. Parham, Sir Chr. Abdy, Colonel Ballard, be paid their Arrears for their personal Entertainment for their Service in the late Northern Expedition, according to the former Order to pay other Officers listed according to Sir Wm. Uvedall's Certificate, out of the Essex Money that comes in upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds.

Ordered, That One hundred and Ten Pounds of the Arrears due to Colonel Goring, be paid out of the same Arrears that is due to Colonel Goring for his personal Entertainment in the North, as soon as the same is paid to Capt. Geo. Lisle, according to Colonel Goring's Assignment.

Person summoned.

Resolved, &c. That Mr. Curtis, the Minister of Martocke Com' Somerset, be forthwith summoned to attend this House, to answer his Contempt in not obeying the Order of this House, for recommending Mr. Gundrye to be Lecturer there.

Laighton Lecturer.

Ordered, That Mr. Samuel Fisher be recommended by this House, to be a Lecturer to the Inhabitants of Laighton, in the County of Bedforde, to preach there every Lord's Day, in the Afternoon, and every Tuesday in the Week; and to be suffered to preach without Interruption.

The like Order for * * * *

Arms to Coventry.

Ordered, That Mr. Jesson shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant for transporting of Forty Musquets and Bandileers, and Forty Pikes, to Coventry.

Message from Lords.

A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche and Mr. Page;

The Lords have commanded us to let you know, that they agree with you in the Declaration concerning the Earl of Stamford: They likewise send down unto you, a Letter from his Majesty, to H. Hastings, of Leicestershire, Esquire; and likewise a Warrant from the said H. Hastings to Tho. Bowyer, One of the High Constables of Sparkenhowe Hundred; and likewise an Order concerning Mr. Solomon Smyth, Marshal of the Admiralty, appointed to take Care of the Magazine conveyed from Hull, whilst it remained on Shipboard.

These were all read; and the Order concerning Mr. Solomon Smyth, assented unto.

Marshal of Admiralty Court.

WHEREAS Solomon Smyth, Marshal of the Court of Admiralty, hath, upon the Command of the Earl of Northumberland, late Lord High Admiral of England, by Warrant under his Lordship's Hand and Seal, taken Care of the Safe-keeping the Magazine conveyed from Hull, whilst it remained on Shipboard, and employed Persons, at his own Charge, for the Safe-keeping of the same; which said Magazine hath been lately disposed of by Order of both Houses of Parliament; but he not discharged of the Trust so imposed upon him as aforesaid, nor satisfied for those Monies which he hath really disbursed to several Persons to keep the said Magazine in Safety: It is therefore thought fit, and so Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Solomon Smyth shall be hereby freed and discharged of and from his said Charge concerning the said Magazine: And that the Committee of both Houses for the Defence of the Kingdom, shall consider of his Service and Disbursements in this Particular; and take Order for his Satisfaction and Recompence for the said Service.

King's Answer to Petition.

Sir Jo. Holland reports the Passage of the Committee's delivering the Petition from both Houses to his Majesty * * * *

Resolved, upon the Question, That on Monday next, his Majesty's Answer to the Petition from both Houses, by the Earl of Holland, Sir Jo. Holland, and Sir Philip Stapilton, shall be taken into Consideration.

London Subscriptions.

Ordered, That Mr. Vassall and Mr. Ven do go to the Treasurers at London, for the Subscriptions for Bringing in of Money, Horse, and Plate; and peruse their Book; and take Notice who have brought in their Money, Plate, or Horse, according to their Subscriptions; and who not: And that they take the Names of them that have not; and require them to bring in their Money, Horse, and Plate, according to their several Subscriptions.

A Message from the Lords by Sir Ro. Riche and Mr. Page;

Conference; King's Answer to Petition.

The Lords desire a Conference, by Committes of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House concerning an Answer which they have received to the Petition from both Houses, lately presented unto his Majesty.

Defence of the Kingdom.

Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, do move the Lord General, with all convenient Speed, to issue out his Commissions, and to make all Haste with the Levies for the Defence of the Kingdom.


Answer returned by the same Messengers: That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting as is desired.

Message to Lords.

Sir Walth. Erle carried up to the Lords the Draught of a Commission to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, for the Continuing of the Parliament in that Kingdom: And was likewise appointed to move the Lords for their Answer to the Propositions for Removing of Ten thousand Men out of Ulster and Lemster into Munster, for Defence of that Province.


Mr. Holles, Sir Philip Stapilton, Mr. Pym, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.

Answer from Lords

Sir Walth. Erle brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Commission, and to the Propositions for Bringing of Ten thousand Men of the Forces of Ulster and Lemster into Munster.

Conference; King's Answer to Petition.

Mr. Holles reports from the Conference, That there was read his Majesty's Answer to the Petition from both Houses, delivered by the Committee of both Houses; which being the same with that which our Committee brought, he delivered it back unto them again: That the Lords, upon the Reading and Consideration of this Answer in their House, had made an Order; which was read; in hæc verba;

Levies to be hastened.

"Ordered, by the Lords now assembled in Parliament, That the Earl of Essex, Lord General, shall pursue his Levies with all the Vigour and Speed he can, for the Safety of the King, Kingdom, and Defence of the Parliament."

Then the Reporter observed, how necessary it needs must be, vigorously to pursue and hasten these Levies; seeing it was the concurrent Sense of both Houses so to order it.

He likewise reported, that the Lords desired, that the Committees for the Defence of the Kingdom might presently meet: Which was agreed unto.

Stores in the Tower.

Ordered, That the Lieutenant of the Tower, and the Officers of the Ordnance respectively, be required to take Order, and to be very careful that no Arms or Ammunition, or other Provisions or Materials for War, be carried out of the Stores at the Tower, without the particular Licence of the Lieutenant of the Tower; and that this House be first acquainted therewith: And the Lieutenant is farther required to be careful, that this Order be duly observed; and that he give an Account hereof, from time to time, to this House.

Officers Arrears.

It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That the several Sums of Money appearing, by Sir William Uvedall's Certificate delivered into the House, to be due to the Persons hereafter named, viz. Unto Sir John Coniers Knight, as Lieutenant General of the Horse, and as Colonel and Captain, Two hundred Fifty-one Pounds Nine Shillings; and to him; more, as Governor of the dissolved Garison in Barwick, One hundred Fourteen Pounds Nine Shillings; To Captain Arthur Roberts, serving in Sir Thomas Culpepper's Regiment, Forty-two Pounds; and to Thomas Carne, Lieutenant Colonel to Sir John Merrick, Four-score two Pounds Ten Shillings, as the Arrears of their personal Entertainments in the late Northern Expedition; be forthwith paid unto Sir Wm. Uvedall, for them, or their Assigns, by the Treasurers appointed to receive the Monies that come in upon the Act of Four hundred thousand Pounds, out of the Monies that shall be paid in, out of the County of Essex, upon the said Act of Four hundred thousand Pounds.