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 Lunæ, 28 Novembris, 1642.
Pass for Warrant to Morrison.
ORDERED, That Mr. Morrison shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to transport Himself, and Two Trunks, to Northampton.
Prisoner discharged, &c.
Ordered, That Robert Clerke be forthwith discharged from his Imprisonment: And that he be sent, together with his Petition, to my Lord General.
Proceedings concerning Trussells, &c.
Mr. Corbett reports from the Committee, the Case of Mr. Trussells, Mr. Bradborne, Mr. Halstead, Mr. Price, and Mr. Humble's going to Oxford, and to the King's Army; and coming along with the King's Army to Hounsloe-heath, upon the Saturday when the King's Forces came to Brentford; and then came to Mr. Pitts his House to Harrow on the Hill, and there stayed Three or Four Days a birding. - Bradborne is still in the King's Army: Halsteed has an House not far from Reading; and is there, and entertains the King's Forces there.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Trussell shall be forthwith discharged from any farther Restraint.
Resolved, That Mr. Humble shall be forthwith committed a Prisoner to Winchester House, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House.
Ordered, That Mr. Edw. Bedwell shall be nominated and appointed Captain of the Volunteers raised, or to be raised, within the Town of Ipswich; and to draw them forth, and arm them, upon all Occasions, and employ them for the Defence and Safety of the County; and to nominate all his Officers under him: And that he be hereby authorized and injoined to search and visit all Ships or Vessels that shall either come into that Port, or into the Port of Harwich, or pass by either of them.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Fortifying Langor Pointe, &c.
Ordered, That Captain Sussex Camock be forthwith sent for, to give an Account what he has done with the Monies that he has received, to be employed in the fortifying of Langor Pointe, and the Forts at Harwich; and likewise to give an Account wherefore he suffered the Ship laden with Ammunition to slip away.
And it is farther Ordered, That Mr. Squire Bence be forthwith sent down thither: And that Mr. Camock do pay unto him, upon Account, the Residue of the Monies remaining in his Hands to be employed by him for the Defence of that Place, and the Forts of Harwich: And that he be hereby authorized to call in such Men, Mariners, or others, as he shall think fit, for the Defence of the said Forts, and to command the said Men: And the Bailiffs of Ipswich, and Mayor of Harwich, are hereby required to give him their best Assistance herein.
Persons opposing the Militia.
Upon a Letter from divers of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Gloucester, dated from Cirencester, November 18th;
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Rich. Dacre Baronet, Sir H. Fred. Thinne, Sir Robert Points, Tho. Veale, and Humphrey Hooke, Esquires, shall be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, for opposing, and shewing themselves obstinate to, the Ordinance of Militia.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth nominate and allow of Tho. Sadler, James Beverley, and Humphry Monox, Esquires, to be Deputy Lieutenants in the County of Bedford.
Resolved, That this House doth nominate and allow of Mr. Anth. Luther, to be Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Essex.
Habeas Corpus, &c.
Ordered, That the Judges in the King's Bench be moved to grant an Habeas Corpus, returnable immediately, for Mr. Turton, High Constable in the County of Stafford; and likewise for Certioraries to remove the Indictments, if there be any: And that the Gaolers do send up the Prisoners to this House, to answer such Matters as shall be objected against them, here.
The like Order for divers Persons named by Mr. Blakiston. He is to give in the Names of them.
Thory's, &c. Sequestration.
Ordered, That the Offices of Tho. Thory and Tho. Houghton, Customers in the Port of Boston be sequestred into the Hands of Rich. Westland, and Thomas Tooly; to receive the Profits of those Places; and to be accountable to the House for them: And the said Tho. Thory and Tho. Haughton, their Deputies, Agents, and Assignees, are hereby enjoined to deliver up to the said Rich. Westland and Tho. Tooly the Seals of the said Office and Books, and other Things thereunto appertaining.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Fotherby, Dr. Blechenden, and Mr. Painter, committed Prisoners to Winchester House, by a former Order of this House, and released by a Warrant from the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, be forthwith remanded to Prison to Winchester House: And the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom is to take Care herein.
Committee for Customers.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Customers, to consider of employing of somebody else to the several Ports, in regard that this House is informed, That Mr. Rich. Ward, who the House understands to be employed in that Service, is a Malignant, as the House is very well informed.
Committee for Safety of the Kingdom.
The Question being propounded, Whether any Question should be put, concerning the Appointing a Day to debate the Conveniences and Inconveniences of continuing the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom;
It passed with the Negative.
Ordered, That Mr. Ashe do inform the Committee for the Customs the like Information that he informed this House with, concerning the Customers giving large Bills of Store.
Loan from Citizens.
An Order to secure such Monies as shall be advanced by the Citizens, upon the Ordinance passed last Saturday, was read; and by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Strode carried up to the Lords the aforesaid Order: The Order concerning the Receivers of the King's Revenue not to issue out any Monies, but by Warrant from both Houses: The Order for Mr. Bedwell to be Captain of the Volunteers in the Town of Ipswich: The Addition of Deputy Lieutenants to the Counties of Bedford and Essex.
Letter from the King.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. *.
The Lords have sent to this House these Letters, in Answer to the Message lately sent to his Majesty: And they desire, after Perusal, that the Original may be returned unto them.
The Message was read.
Mr. Strode brings Word, The Lords are up.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde reports from the Committee, the Business concerning the Election and Nomination of Sheriffs, as now they are elected and nominated.
Ordered, That the several Persons nominated by his Majesty to be Sheriffs, and such as shall undertake upon them to execute the same Place upon the said Nomination, be summoned in safe Custody to attend the House: And that the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees of the several Counties be required to take Care for the Sending of them up accordingly.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Rous, Mr. White, Mr. Buller, Mr. Gourdon, are appointed to take Care for Sending for those several Gentlemen.
That the Members that serve for the several Counties do send Copies of this Order to the Committees and Deputy Lieutenants in the several Counties.
The Names of the several Sheriffs were read out of the printed Paper; and so one by one ordered to be summoned in safe Custody, except Sir Benjamin Aylett.
Provisions for Army.
Mr. Pym presented from the Army an Order concerning Provisions to be provided in the several Counties for Supply of Horse Meat, and Man's Meat: The which was re-committed to Mr. Pym, to bring it in To-morrow Morning.
Norfolk, &c. Association.
An Order of Association of the Counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridge, Herts, and the County and City of Norwich, was this Day read, but not put to the Question, till the Earl of Warwick be spoken with: And
Kent, &c. Association.
Ordered, That the like Association be made for Kent, Surrey and Sussex: And the Earl of Northumberland to be nominated to have the chief Command.
Gloucester, &c. Association.
An Association, signed at the City of Bathe, the 19th Day of October, made and undertaken by divers Gentlemen of the Counties of Gloucester, Somersett, and Wiltess, for their several and respective Counties, was this Day read: And
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth allow and approve of the Resolutions of those Gentlemen and Counties, to associate themselves, for the mutual Defence of one another, and of their Counties: And it is referred to Mr. Hill.. draw up the Form of an Association for those Counties.
That whereas Five hundred Pounds ought to be paid to Mr. Baron Henden, out of the Respites of Homage: It is Ordered, That the Parties and Officers that ought to pay those Monies, do detain the same in their Hands, until this House take farther Order: And it is referred to the Committee for his Majesty's Revenue, to see this Order put in Execution.
Ordered, That Henry Younger, a common Soldier, under the Command of Captain James Euers, in the Regiment of Colonel Browne, and now a Prisoner in the New Prison, be forthwith discharged.
K. Charles' Hospital, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Bell shall deduct out of the Monies gathered upon the Assessment for setting up Posts and Chains, in the Parish of Westminster, the Fifty Pounds, which he borrowed out of the Stock of King Charles his Hospital, in Tuthill Fields, and lend to the Churchwardens to begin this Work, and pay it over to Mr. Martin, Treasurer of the said Hospital: And that he do pay over the Residue to the present Churchwardens of the said Parish: And they to give a Receipt for the Whole.
Defaulters in Assessments.
And it is farther Ordered, That the Petty Constables of the said Parish do deliver over unto the Committee for Dispatches, on Thursday next, by Ten of Clock, the Names of such Inhabitants who have not as yet paid the several Assessments, towards the Work before mentioned, with their several Answers.
Warrant to Stouden.
Ordered, That Mrs. Mary Stouden shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to pass up and down, safely and freely, without any Interruption or Seizing of her Horses.
Sir F. Williamson, &c.
Ordered, That the Informations sent from the Army, concerning Sir Fr. Williamson, &c. be referred to the Committee for Dispatches, where Mr. Prideaux has the Chair.
THE Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, taking into Consideration the great Necessity of speedy Levying a considerable Sum of Money, for the Carrying on the great Affairs of this Kingdom, assaulted by the subtle Endeavours of many Enemies, both at home and abroad; and having, for this Purpose, lately passed an Ordinance of Parliament, for the Assessing of such Persons, in a fit Proportion, who have not as yet contributed upon the Propositions of both Houses; notwithstanding which, a timely Provision of Monies cannot be made, unless some well-affected Persons shall, upon the Credit of the said Ordinance, presently advance a considerable Sum of Money; for the better Encouragement thereof, and of such Persons, and for their Security in the punctual Reimbursement of their Monies they shall now lend: The said Lords and Commons do Ordain and Declare, and be it Ordained and Declared, That all such Persons as aforesaid, who shall advance present Monies upon the Credit of the aforesaid Ordinance, shall herein perform a very acceptable Service to the Parliament and Kingdom; and shall be repaid all such Sum or Sums of Monies, so advanced upon the Credit of the Ordinance aforesaid, so soon as the Monies coming in upon the said Ordinance, shall enable thereunto. And to the end the said Monies arising from the aforesaid Ordinance, be by no means diverted, it is farther Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That the Treasurers appointed for the Subscriptions of Money and Plate, in Guildhall, London, shall receive the said Monies, and give Acquittances for the same; and detain, deposited in their Hands, so much of the Monies arising upon the foresaid Ordinance, as will satisfy and discharge all such Loan of Monies upon the Credit of the said Ordinance, which shall be advanced for the present Occasions of the Parliament and Kingdom: And the said Treasurers shall be hereby farther authorized to issue out the Monies so deposited in their Hands, to all such Persons, severally and respectively, as shall now lend the same as aforesaid, upon the Warrant of the Committee of Lords and Commons, or any Three or more of them, who are appointed for the Advance of the said Monies: And the said Committee are hereby authorized to grant out their Warrants, from time to time, for the Purpose aforesaid: And are to take Care that this Ordinance be punctually performed, according to the true Intent thereof.
Pickeringe's Mission to Scotland.
An Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, concerning John Pickeringe Esquire.
WHEREAS we the Lords and Commons, in the Parliament of England assembled, have appointed and authorized John Pickeringe Esquire to repair into the Kingdom of Scotland; and there to negotiate divers Businesses of Importance, concerning the Good of this Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Ireland, and the Preservation of the Peace and Amity betwixt the Two Nations of England and Scotland: We do hereby desire the States of that Kingdom of Scotland, the Lords of his Majesty's Secret Council, all Judges, Magistrates, and other Officers, and all the rest of our Brethren of that Nation, whom it may concern, to farther and assist the said John Pickeringe, in Prosecution of the Business aforementioned, and such other Instructions as he shall, from time to time, receive from us; and him to protect and defend from all Impeachment, Hindrance, and Disturbance, during his Abode there, or in his Travel, or Passage, from Place to Place in that Kingdom, or Return into England.
Merchant Adventurers Loan.
Whereas the Fellowship of Merchant Adventurers of England, residing in London, did at the Desire of this House (as appears by an Order of the Two-and-twentieth of July last) consent to forbear Forty thousand Pounds of the Seventy thousand Pounds they were then to receive, out of the First Payment of the Four hundred thousand Pounds granted by Act of Parliament; upon which this House did give Order to stop them in their Receipts, at the Chamber of London, after they had received Twenty thousand Pounds; and assigned the Scotch Commissioners to receive Forty thousand Pounds, which is now almost paid them: It is this Day Ordered, by the Commons in Parliament, That the said Fellowship shall proceed in the Receipt of Ten thousand Pounds more, together with Two thousand Pounds for Interest of the Fifty thousand Pounds, due unto the same Fellowship, upon Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, dated the Twentieth of May last: And, hereby, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Chamberlain, and the rest of the Commissioners for the Receipt of the Four hundred thousand Pounds, lately passed by Act of Parliament, are required and authorized to pay the said Twelve thousand Pounds accordingly.