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, 26 Novembris, 1642.
St. Ives Lecturer.
THE humble Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of St. Ives was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Order formerly made, for Mr. Tookey to be Lecturer of St. Ives in the County of Huntingdon, shall be revived, and confirmed.
Person sent for.
Resolved, That Mr. Downehall, Vicar of St. Ives, and Mr. Reynolds the Curate there, be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents; for their Contempt, in refusing to obey the Orders of this House, for admitting Mr. Tookey to be Lecturer there.
Sufferers at Old Brentford.
The humble Petition of all and every the Inhabitants of the Town of Old Brentford, in the County of Middlesex, . . . . . And.
It is Ordered, That the Ministers of Middlesex, and of those Parishes that are partly Middlesex, and partly of London, do, the next Fast Day, read in their several Parish Churches the Relation of the Sufferings of the Inhabitants of Old Brentford, on the Twelfth and Thirteenth of this Month, by his Majesty's Forces: And that they do excite the People to a compassionate Consideration of them: And that whatsoever shall be collected upon the next Fast Day, within the Parishes aforesaid, may be employed for the Relief of the Inhabitants of Old Brentford aforesaid, and of such of New Brentford as have been plundered and ruined by the Forces aforesaid.
London Poor, &c.
Ordered, That the Collection at the next Fast within the City of London and Suburbs, be employed for the Relief of the Poor of London, notwithstanding the Order of the Two-and-twentieth of September; by which Order the Monies collected upon the said Fast is to be employed for the Relief of the Poor of Coleraine in Ireland; excepting the Collection in those three Parishes, which are partly Middlesex, and partly London; the which is ordered to be employed for the Relief of the Inhabitants of Brentford, plundered and ruined by his Majesty's Forces.
The humble Petition of Mr. Edmund Bower, Prisoner in the Compter, by an Order from the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom.
The humble Petition of Samuel Mason, Citizen and Upholster of the Parish of Christ-church, London, who was committed Prisoner to the Compter, for refusing to carry Arms in his own Person, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee for Examinations.
Sheriff not to publish Proclamations.
The Under Sheriff of the County of Kent was called in: And being demanded, Whether he had received any Writs or Proclamations; said, He had received some: Which he was commanded to deliver in; and not to publish them: And for his Obedience herein he shall be saved harmless.
The humble Petition of Peter Walley, a Prisoner in the Gatehouse, was this Day read; and referred to the Committee for Examinations.
Removing a Prisoner.
Ordered, That Mr. Cheslyn, now a Prisoner in Colchester Gaol, by a former Order of this House, be removed from that Prison to some House in Colchester: And that he give good Security for his true Imprisonment.
East Barfold Lecturer.
Ordered, That the Town of East Barfold shall have Mr. Rich. Moore to be their Lecturer there, to preach every Sunday in the Afternoon, and Wednesday in the Forenoon.
Ordinance of Supply.
The Ordinance for assessing Monies, with the Names to be intrusted therewith, was read; and the Names assented unto: And
It is Ordered, That Mr. Browne do bring in the like Ordinance for Assessing of Monies, and Rating of Persons, in the Country, on Monday Morning: And that he carry up to the Lords this Ordinance for Assessing of Monies in the Cities of London, Westminster, and Suburbs.
Divers Letters from Plymouth, Exon, and Barnstaple, expressing and setting... the State of those Western Parts, in relation to the Cavaliers, and to Marquis Hertford.
Ordered, That a Conference be desired with the Lords, to desire that the Earl of Pembroke, long since chosen General of the Western Counties, may speedily repair into those Parts for the Defence of those Parts.
It is farther Ordered, That these Letters from Cornewall and Devon be delivered at this Conference.
Sir Jo. Bamfield is to desire this Conference; and to carry up the Orders for Fortifying and Defence of the City of Exon; and for saving harmless the Mayor of Exon, for not publishing the Proclamation of the Ninth of November.
Mr. Strode, Mr. Pym, Mr. Rous, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Maynard, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Sir Jo. Bamfield went to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, to desire that the Lords would presently sit, in regard this House has Occasio. * * * *.
An Ordinance for Setting forth of Ships for the Guard of the Northern Coasts was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Warrant to Blount.
Ordered, That Sir H. Blount shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to transport himself beyond the Seas, with Two Servants, and his Baggage usual in such Cases.
Letters from the Hagh.
Divers Letters from the Hagh, of November the 12th and 13th; the One to Mr. Secretary Niclas, without a Name; another to Mr. Piercy, without a Name; but both thought to come from Mr. Webb, Secretary to the Duke of Lenos and Richmond; and another from the Duke of Richmond to Secretary Niclas; and another Letter from Mr. Wogan, from Pembrokeshire, of the 16th of November.
Ordered, That a Conference be desired upon these Letters: And that they be desired to be published, with some Observations upon them.
League with Holland.
Mr. Pym, Sir H. Vane senior, Mr. Pierrepointe, Sir H. Vane junior, Mr. Holles, Mr. Rous, Mr. Whitlock, are appointed to consider of some Propositions to be presented to this House, for the Entering into a strict League with the States of the United Provinces: And are to meet when and where they please.
Sir Jo. Bamfield went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference concerning some Letters received from Cornewall and Devon; and some from the Hagh; and One from Pembrokeshire, which much concerns and import the Safety of the Kingdom.
Norfolk, &c. Association.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen that serve for the Counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex, do meet this Afternoon together; to consider of an Association of those Counties.
Order respecting Prisoners.
Ordered, That the Masters and Keepers of the several Prisons do make no Returns of any Prisoners committed to their several and respective Custodies, by both or either House, or any Committee of both or either House; or any Authority derived from both or either House; or any Committee of both or either House: And that no such Returns be received, or allowed of, without first acquainting One of the Houses of Parliament therewith: And the Clerks of the Crown Office in the King's Bench are hereby required to take Notice hereof; and to see, that this Order in all Points be fully observed.
Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Whitlock, are appointed to consider of a Form of a Warrant, to be used by all such as shall commit any Men to Prisons, by Authority derived from both or either House of Parliament, or from any Committee of both or either House of Parliament; and to present it to the House.
Answers from Lords.
Sir Jo. Bamfield brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to a present Conference, as is desired: And to the Two Orders, concerning the Securing the City of Exon; and saving harmless the Mayor of Exon.
Mr. Browne brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for assessing Monies; and to the Order for Relief of Brentford.
Ordered, That the Letter from Sir Robert Harley and Sir Ro. Coke, of the 22th of November, be referred to the Committee for the Safety.
Pickering's Mission to Scotland.
Mr. Pym is appointed to bring in a Declaration to express Mr. Pickering's being employed in the Service; and, by the Warrant and Authority of both Houses of Parliament, in Scotland, for the Promoting such Things there, as may conduce to the Peace of this Kingdom.
Demanding Murray of the Scotts.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Hill, are appointed to consider how far this State, by the Act of Pacification, may demand Mr. Murray to be delivered, being an Incendiary between the Two Kingdoms.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Robert Riche and * *;
The Lords have sent down this Order; which they have thought fit to frame, for the Putting in Execution of the Order for Raising of Monies for Maintenance of the Army: They have named Five Members of their House; and desire this House to name a proportionable Number; to go this Afternoon to Guildhall, to put it in Execution.
The Names of their Members are, Earl of Manchester, Lord Viscount Say and Seal, Lord Wharton, Lord Brooke, Lord Howard D'Escrig.
Sir H. Vane, Mr. Vassall, Sir Tho. Middleton, Sir Tho. Soame, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Spurstoe, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Purefrey, Mr. Strode, Mr. Pym.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Order: And have appointed a Committee of a proportionable Number.
Raising Money in the Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Strode do move the Lords, on Monday next, by a Message, That they would advance the Raising of Monies, among the Members and Assistants of their House.
Money belonging to the King, &c.
Ordered, That the several Receivers, and all other Officers, appointed to receive and issue out any Monies that belong to the King, Queen, and Prince, shall issue forth no Monies whatsoever, that come into their several Charges and Custody, without first acquainting this House therewith: And that, if they do, it shall be no Discharge for them; but that this House will take Course to levy as much upon their Estates, as they shall issue forth contrary to this Order.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
And it is referred to the Committee for his Majesty's Revenue, to see this Order put in Execution; especially to Mr. Rous, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Marten, and Mr. Rigby.
Reports to be made.
Ordered, That, on Monday Morning next, Mr. Serjeant Wilde do make Report concerning the new Sheriffs, the first Business: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof: And that afterwards he make Report concerning the Great Seal; and concerning the Deans and Chapters.
E. of Devon's, &c. Tenants.
Ordered, That the Tenants of the Earls of Devon and Newcastle do pay such Monies and Rents as they have in their Hands, due to the said Earls, to Sir Gilbert Gerard, Treasurer at Wars, to be employed for the Service of the Commonwealth: And for their so doing they shall be saved harmless by Authority of both Houses of Parliament: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Committee for maimed Soldiers shall take some Course to provide suits of Apparel for such of the Soldiers of the Army, under the Earl of Essex, as were taken Prisoners at Brentford, and stripped, and are now returned, and listed in the Service of the Parliament.
Ordered, That the Petition of Samuel Merry, a maimed Soldier, be referred to the Committee for maimed Soldiers.
Ordered, That Dr. Heywood be forthwith brought hither in safe Custody.
Ordered, That the Officers of the King's Bench do return a List of the Names of such Prisoners as have been bailed upon Writs of Habeas Corpus in the King's Bench, this Term, on Monday next.
Resolved, That Sir Alexander Hope shall have his Horses discharged, that are seized.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom do issue forth their Warrant to the Treasurer at Wars, to pay unto Mr. Holland and Mr. Jennour Two hundred Pounds, for Relief of maimed Soldiers; to be distributed according to the Directions of the Committee for maimed Soldiers, as the former Monies have been.
Ordered, That the Treasurer at Wars do detain from the several Colonels and Captains, One Month's Pay, for the Soldiers which were maimed at the Battle at Kyncton, and remain at Warwick, and thereabouts, according to a List of the Number of the said several wounded Soldiers, presented to the Committee for maimed Soldiers, and ordered to be delivered by the said Committee, to the said Treasurer.
WHEREAS many of the Inhabitants of the County Palatine of Chester, who have discovered their forwardness and good Affections to the Peace and Safety of the King and Parliament; and have been therefore much distressed, imprisoned, fined, and constrained to forsake their Houses; so as the greatest Part of that County is wholly subject to the Power of the Commissioners of Array; who have imposed great Taxes upon the Country, Fining, Imprisoning, and Disarming of the Inhabitants thereof, who would not submit to their illegal Commands: And whereas there are divers of the well-affected Inhabitants of the said County, and others, who are desirous to rescue and deliver themselves from under that Oppression: It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That there shall be so much of the Money to be raised upon the Propositions of Subscriptions for Raising of Money within the said County, as shall be necessarily requisite, for the Relief and Recovery thereof, be employed by the Deputy Lieutenants of the said County to That End: And that the Residue of the said Monies to be raised upon the Propositions within the said County, shall be disposed of according to the Direction of both Houses of Parliament.
IT is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That this Committee [a], or any Three of them, shall have Power to call such Persons of the City, or others, whom they shall think fit, to their Assistance, for the Advance of Monies upon the Credit of the late Ordinance passed by both Houses, or otherwise; and to summon such Persons, or Companies before them, as they shall think fit for their Service; and to consider of and improve all other Ways for the Procuring of Monies, or other Necessaries, for the Army, as well within the City as other Parts of the Kingdom: And have Power to sit when and where they please.