House of Commons Journal Volume 2: 13 August 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, 13 Augusti, 1642.


Letters from Henley.

A LETTER from Mr. Stevens, Warden of Henley upon Thames, Mr. Ro. Knolles, Mr. Whittlock, and Mr. Clerke, of the Twelfth of August, to Mr. Speaker, from Henley upon Thames; and a Letter inclosed, from the Commissioners of Array to the Warden of Henley, to require a Meeting of all the Gentlemen and Freeholders, to consult and consider, what is necessary for the Defence and Safety of the County.

Peace of Berkshire, &c.

Resolved, upon the Question, That a Message shall go to the Lords, to desire that the Lord Lieutenants of the Counties of Berks and Oxon may take some Care for the Preservation of the Peace of those Counties; and that Sir Robert Pye, and Sir Peter Wentworth, do write Letter to those Gentlemen that gave this House such timely Advice of the Meeting at Wattlington; and to send them the general Instructions appointed for the Counties.

Reviling the Parliament.

Upon an Information of scandalous Words spoken by Ellis Coleman, the 22th of June 1642, in reviling the Parliament in general, and of some of the Members in particular;

Persons sent for, &c.

Resolved, upon the Question, That Ellis Coleman shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House; and that Tho. Ives, and Edm. Bedwall, Witnesses in this Cause, be summoned to come and testify in this Cause.

Receivers of Money, &c.

Ordered, That H. Wiseman and Haines Barley Esquires, and Tho. Michell High Constable, be Receivers of all such Money and Plate as shall come in upon the Propositions for Bringing in of Money and Plate, for the Divisions of Dunsmoe, and Uttlesford, Freshweld, and Clavering, and the Town of Walden in the County of Essex.

Declaration on King's Proclamation.

Mr. Reynolds presented, from the Committee appointed to that Purpose, a Declaration concerning his Majesty's Proclamation; whereby he proclaims the Earl of Essex, and all that adhere unto him, Rebels and Traitors: The which was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and, That the Lords Concurrence be desired herein; and that it be printed.

Message to Lords.

Mr. Green is appointed to carry up to the Lords the Orders concerning Tonage and Poundage; the Order concerning Surrey; the Order concerning the Monies collected for Customs; the Instructions presented Yesterday from the Committee, to be sent into all Counties; the Bill concerning Sir Tho. Dawes his Creditors; the Declaration concerning his Majesty's Proclamation touching the Earl of Essex.

Letters from Hamborough.

Ordered, That these Letters from the State of Hamborough be carried up to the Lords by Mr. Green; and to acquaint them, that this House is of Opinion, that these Letters be referred to a Committee of both Houses, if their Lordships should so think fit.

Impeachment of Marquis Hertford, &c.

Resolved, upon the Question, That William Marquis Hertford, shall be accused of High Treason, for actual levying War against the King and Kingdom.

Resolved, upon the Question, That Spencer Earl of Northampton shall be accused of High Treason, for actual levying War against the King and Kingdom.

The Covenant.

Ordered, That the Committee for the Covenant do meet this Afternoon, to consider and prepare this Covenant.

Hastings' Impeachment.

Resolved, upon the Question, That H. Hastings Esquire, second Son to the Earl of Huntingdon shall be accused of High Treason, for actual levying War against the King and Kingdom.

Impeachment of Marquis Hertford, &c.

Sir Ro. Harley is appointed to go up to the Lords, to accuse Wm. Marquis Hertford, Spencer Earl of Northampton, Henry Hastings Esquire, second Son to the Earl of Huntington, in the Name of Themselves, and of all the Commons of England, of High Treason, for actual levying War against the King and Kingdom; and to desire, that speedy Proceedings may be had against them, as to Law and Justice shall appertain.

Declaration to Holland.

That Sir Philip Stapilton do go up to the Lords, to acquaint them with the Information that this House has received of Arms, Ammunition, and Officers, that are come out of Holland, into the Northern Parts; and to desire, that a Committee may be appointed to consider of some Declaration and Message to be sent to the States, concerning the Reasons that enforce this State to take up Arms for Defence of their Religion, the King's Person, and the Laws of the Land; and that they should consider, in what Security Religion can be There, if it be destroyed Here.

Declaration on King's Proclamation.

A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath;

The Lords do agree with this House in this Declaration concerning his Majesty's last Proclamation, according to the Amendments and Interlinings.

Ordered, That it be especially recommended to the Care of Mr. Pury, to take Care for the Dispersing of the Declarations concerning his Majesty's last Proclamation.


Ordered, That Mr. Stephens and Sir Rob. Cooke be injoined to go down into the County of Glocester, to employ their Endeavours for the Preservation of the Peace of that County, with such Instructions to that Purpose as are given to other Counties.

Duke of Vendosme, &c.

The humble Petition of the Dukes of Vendosme, Espernon, and Soubize, the Marquis of Vieu-ville, and the Lord Vabiqúer-ville, desiring their safe and free Living * * * * .

Bailing Prisoners.

Resolved, upon the Question, That Charles Montfort, Wm. Jennings, Edw. Rust, and Basil Wood, now in the Serjeant's Custody, for Words spoken by them against the Parliament, be forthwith bailed.

Declaration against assisting the King.

Whereas the King, seduced by wicked Counsel, doth make War against his Parliament and People; and, for the Promoting of the War, divers Forces, both of Horse and Foot, have been and are levied and raised by several Persons; and his Majesty's good Subjects are most cruelly robbed, spoiled, and slain: To the end that no Man may be misled through Ignorance, the Lords and Commons in Parliament, Declare, That all such Persons as shall, upon any Pretence whatsoever, assist his Majesty in this War, with Horse, Arms, Plate, or Money, are Traitors to his Majesty, the Parliament, and the Kingdom; and shall be brought to condign Punishment for so high an Offence.

Mr. Martyn carried up this Declaration, and the Order for Volunteers for Canterbury.

Impeachment of Marquis of Hertford, &c.

Sir Robert Harley reports, That, according to the Commands of the House, he had accused the Marquis of Hertford, the Earl of Northampton, and Henry Hastings Esquire; and that the Lords do intend, they shall have a speedy Day for their coming in, and making their Answer.

Answer from Lords.

Mr. Green brings Answer, That he delivered the several Orders intrusted unto him; and that the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own.

Letter to Committee.

Ordered, That the Letter now read shall be sent to Mr. Whitlocke, and the rest of the Committee in Oxfordshire.

King's Printer, &c.

Ordered, That the King's Printer be injoined from this House, not to print any thing by Warrant from his Majesty, that concerns the Parliament, without the Consent of both or either House of Parliament; and particularly, that he do not proceed any further in the Printing of the Kentish Petition concerning the Commission of Array; and that all such as they have printed, shall be forthwith seized, and laid up in safe Custody: And Mr. Ven and * Vassall are ordered to seize and take the same into their Custody: And the Committee for Printing are ordered to take Care in sending to know what Things are in Printing there, that concerns the Parliament.

I. of Weight.

Ordered, That it be recommended to the Earl of Warwicke to furnish the Town of Newporte in the Isle of Weight with Thirty Barrels of Powder, with all convenient Speed, to be disposed of as the Mayor of Newporte, Mr. Bunckley, Mr. Tho. Boreman, and Mr. Robert Urrey of Freshwater, shall think fit, for the Safeguard of that Place and Island.

And it is further Ordered, That Mr. Venn and Mr. Vassall do write a Letter of Thanks to the Mayor of Newporte, and those that joined with him in the Certificate to the House, of the State of that Town, for their Care of the Safety of that Place, and Respects to this House; and to assure them, that this House hath, in some measure, already taken Care, and will take further Care, in providing for the Safety of that Island.

Carne's Petition.

Ordered, That the House do take into Consideration, on Monday Morning, Lieutenant Carne's Petition.

Declaration to Oxfordshire.

Ordered, That the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom do draw a Declaration, and send it into Oxfordshire, to the Committee there, to prevent the Meeting there intended on Monday next.

Southwarke Guards.

Ordered, That Mr. White, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Hill, and Sir G. Gerard, do put into the Form of an Order the Writing now presented, concerning Guards to be kept in Southwarke; and that it be a Precedent for Middlesex, and other Parts of the Kingdom.

Woodchurche Lecturer.

Ordered, upon Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Woodchurche in the County of Kent, That Mr. Rob. Everdine, an orthodox Divine, be recommended to be Lecturer there every Lord's Day in the Afternoon, to preach there without Interruption.

Persons stayed at Northampton.

Ordered, That Sam. Wightwicke, John Havers, Martyn Harvey, and Chr. Smith, stayed at Northampton, be continued there in safe Custody.

Person to attend.

Ordered, That Sir Chr. Hatton shall be forthwith summoned to attend this House.

Instructions to Coventry Committee.

Mr. Pim reports from the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, Instructions for those of the Town of Coventry, for the Preservation of that Place.

Instructions for Jo. Hales, Isaac Bromrick, Esquires, Jo. Barker Alderman, Tho. Basnot Alderman, Robert Phipps Gentleman, appointed to take Care of the Peace and Safety of the City of Coventry.

YOU are required and authorized to exercise and train all the Train Bands and Volunteers in the City and County of Coventry; and shall lead and conduct them against all Forces that attempt to seize upon that City, or disturb the Peace of it. And you are authorized to fight with all such Persons, to kill and slay them, and by all means to defend your City from all hostile Attempts there.

You are likewise authorized to disarm all Popish Recusants, and all other dangerous and ill-affected Persons, who have opposed the Orders and Proceedings of Parliament, or endeavoured to oppress the People by the Commission of Array, or otherwise.

It is left to the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom, to insert the Names to whom these Instructions are to be sent.

Bringing in Arms.

It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That whosoever shall bring in any Musquets, Pikes, or Corselets, and shall either use them themselves, or lend them to be used or born by any other, for the Service of the King and Parliament, that the Colonel or Lieutenant Colonel of whose Regiment the said Arms shall be born, shall value the said Arms; and the Owner shall be repaid for them, in the same Manner as such as have lent Money, Plate, or Horses, upon the Propositions agreed by the Lords and Commons.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

Defence of Warwicke.

That Five hundred Pounds out of the Monies that come in upon the Propositions for Bringing in of Horse, Money, and Plate, within the County of Warwicke, be allowed to be employed for the Defence and Safety of that Place.