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 Jovis, 12 Januarii, 1642.
Students in University.
ORDERED, That the former Order, for freeing the Students, and other Graduates, in the University, at the taking their Degrees, from the Subscriptions imposed upon them, be renewed, and stand in Force as if this Day made.
Sir K. Digby.
Resolved, That Sir Kenelme Digby shall continue still a Prisoner in Winchester House; notwithstanding the Warrant Yesterday made and issued, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, for the Removal of him to Windsore Castle.
Neutrality of Cheshire.
A Letter from Mr. Speaker to the Gentlemen of Cheshire, concerning the Neutrality, entered into between the Commissioners of Array, and the Committee for the Militia: and a Declaration, concerning the protecting Sir Wm. Brereton, in his Person and Estate, notwithstanding his being proclaimed Traitor by his Majesty; were both read; and assented unto; and the Letter signed by Mr. Speaker.
Message to Lords.
Sir Robert Pye went up to the Lords, to carry up the Orders concerning the Stay of Ships from going to Newcastle: the Order concerning the Fortifying of Ipswich: The Order for Four hundred Pounds, to be detained in the Hands of the Receivers of the Subscription Monies in the Town of Linne: And was likewise to desire the Lords to sit this Afternoon at Three of Clock.
Payment for Printing.
Upon the Petition of Edw. Husbands and John Franck, Printers;
It is Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler do forthwith pay unto the said Usbands and Franck Fifty-five Pounds Eight Shillings, remaining due unto them upon the former Bill of Accounts delivered unto this House, for Service they have done for the Publick, in printing Books and Declarations appointed by Order of this House to be printed: And that an Acquittance under their Hands shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Mr. Wheeler, upon his Account.
St. Martin's in the Fields Vicarage.
Resolved, &c. That Dr. Wincop shall be settled and continued in the Vicarage of St. Martin's in the Fields; and the Profits of the said Vicarage sequestered unto him, for Discharge of the said Cure, till the House take farther Order.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That the Lords will sit this Afternoon, at Four of Clock, as is desired: They do agree to the Orders for Fortifying of Ipswich; and for Four hundred Pounds to the Town of Linne, out of the Subscription Monies: And, as to the Order for Stay of the Newcastle Ships, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Grant to Olly, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Potts shall have Ten Pounds allowed unto him, out of the Monies remaining in any of the Collectors Hands of the Contribution Monies for Ireland, in the County of Norfolk, to be disposed of to the Widow Olly, and her Company, lately come out of Ireland.
Mr. Glyn, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Hill, Mr. Jo. Goodwyn;
Ordered, That Mr. Winch do attend this Committee with the Bill of Sale, by which he claimeth an Interest in certain Goods and Chattels, which Mr. Jordan, by Order of this House, hath seized, as the Goods of Captain Hudson; That the Committee may consider of the Validity of the said Bill; it being informed by Ric. Watts, and others, whom the said Hudson hath plundered, That the said Bill is fraudulent; to the end that, if it, be so, the said Rich. Watts may be relieved for this Losses, sustained by the said Plundering, out of the said Goods, according to the Order of the Nineteenth of December last: And, in the mean time, Mr. Jordan to secure the said Goods which are in his Possession.
Restraining Ships going to Newcastle.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Robert Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Message they lately received from this House, touching the Restraining of Ships to go to Newcastle.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House has resolved to give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Cage, Mr. Whittlock, Sir Tho. Soame, Mr. Vassall, Sir Wm. Armyn, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Continuing Term at Westminster.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and
Commission of Array.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you these Reasons, to be presented unto his Majesty, to desire him to continue the Term at Westminister, as usually it has been: They do likewise concur with this House in the Declaration concerning the Commission of Array; and desire it may be printed.
Ordered, That the Copies of the Declaration, concerning the Commission of Array, now in several Presses, shall be forthwith suppressed and stayed; and the Printers required and injoined not to disperse or publish any of them: And that Mr. Sam. Browne, a Member of the House of Commons, be desired to have a Care of the Printing of it: And that none presume to print it, but such as the said Mr. Sam. Browne shall appoint.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur, that the said Declaration may be printed.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords in the Reasons to * * *.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House doth agree to the Reasons sent down by the Lords, to be presented unto his Majesty, to move him, that the Term may continue at Westminister, notwithstanding his Majesty's Proclamation: And do likewise agree to the Printing of the Declaration concerning the Commission of Array.
Restraining Ships going to Newcastle.
Mr. Long is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire a free Conference with their Lordships, by Committees of both Houses, so soon as shall stand with their Lordships Conveniency, touching the Matter of the last Conference, concerning the Restraint of Ships to go to Newcastle.
Mr. Cage reports, from the last Conference, the Objections and Doubts, delivered by the Lords against the Ordinance for Restraint of Ships to go to Newcastle.
1. They doubt, Whether the Pits and Mines of Coals, by Discontinuance, may not be endangered to be quite lost, and become irrecoverable.
2. Whether the Trade for Coals to Newcastle, by this means, may not be diverted, and endangered to be lost, from that Town.
3. They desire that some Provision may be made, that a reasonable Rate may be set upon Coals in the City.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth adhere to their former Resolution, concerning the Ordinance for restraining the Ships to trade to Newcastle for Coals.
Mr. Vassal, Mr. Cage, Mr. Blackiston, Sir Tho. Soame, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Bence, Mr. Hoyle, Sir Robert Crane, are appointed to prepare Heads, to be delivered, to the Lords at a Conference, in Answer to the Reasons delivered by the Lords at the last Conference, concerning the Ordinance for Restraint of Ships to go and trade to Newcastle.
Difference between Ld. Fairefax, &c.
A Letter from the Lord Fairefax to Mr. Speaker, concerning some Difference in the Superiority of Commands, between himself and Mr. Hotham ...: And
It is Ordered, That a Copy of the Letter be made; and sent to my Lord General Essex.
... Prideaux,... Armyn, ... Fienis, .. Purefrey,.. Scawen, Hampden, .. Marten;
This Committee is to consider of the Authority granted by both Houses to the Lord Fairefax, Sir Jo. Hotham, or Mr. Hotham.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the House doth Declare, That all Forces that are or shall be drawn out of the Garison of Hull by Sir Jo. Hotham, Mr. Hotham, or any other Commanders or Officers into the County of Yorke, and the other Northern Counties, for the Service of the said Country, are and ought to be, during the Time of the said Service, out of the Garison, under the Command of my Lord Fairefaxe, Lord General of the Forces of the Northern Counties.
Person sent for.
Resolved, That Mr. Nightingall shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for not paying in Contribution for Ireland.
Lord Fairfaxe's, &c. Commissions.
Ordered, That the Lord General the Earl of Essex be desired to make a Declaration likewise, concerning the Commission, granted by his Excellency to the Lord Fairfaxe, Sir Jo. Hotham, and Captain Hytham.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Hotham do forthwith, upon Sight hereof, deliver to the Lord Fairefaxe, or such as he shall appoint, One thousand Musquets, with Bandaleers, Swords, and Rests, to be employed by his Lordship for the Defence of that County.
Person sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Tho. Squire Esquire shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for refusing to appear before the Committee of Lords and Commons, appointed to sit in London, for Raising of Monies, being summoned thereunto.
Letter to Sir J. Hotham, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Hampden, Mr. Fynes, and Sir Wm. Armyn, do prepare a Letter, to be sent to Sir Jo. Hotham and Mr. Hotham, concerning the Votes aforesaid.
Ordered, That the Committee for Contributions be forthwith required to take Care to send unto the several Places where any the King's Revenues are kept, especially the Court of Wards and Duchy of Lancaster; and to require the several Officers thereof to bring in a just Account of such Monies as any of them have in their Keeping; and not to dispose of any of those Monies as formerly they have been injoined by Order; and to report the same to the House To-morrow Morning; Who will then dispose thereof as they shall further think fit. And further Ordered, That the said Officers, where the King's Revenues are kept, do bring in their Books of Accompt unto the said Committee; that it may thereby appear, what Monies remains in their Custody.
Contribution for Ireland.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Cotton, of the County of Cambridge, to pay in the Monies remaining in his Hands, of the Contribution for Ireland, by Monday come Sevennight at farthest.
Ordered, That the Contribution Monies for Ireland, collected in the County of Cambridge, and Isle of Elye, remaining in the Hands of the Collectors, or any others, be forthwith paid over by the said Collectors, or others, into the Hands of Dr. Eden, a Burgess of the House of Commons: And that by him they be forthwith returned to the Treasurers appointed to receive the same at London.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Dr. Eden shall have Liberty to go into the Country for some Fourteen Days.
Ordered, That no Wharfinger do permit his Crane to be made Use of for the Landing of Goods owing Custom, or any such Goods to be unladed upon his Wharf, but in the Presence and with the Consent of the Waiters, and other Officers of the Custom-house appointed for that Purpose, having a lawful Warrant for the same.
Dep. Lieuts. of Cambridge.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Robert Castle and Wm. Marsh Esquires, to be Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Cambridge.
Payment for Provisions to Ireland.
Ordered, That the Treasurers and Receivers of the Adventurers Money for Ireland, do forthwith pay out of the said Monies, to Mr. John Burstone, and Mr. James Piercy, for Beef and Salt, One hundred and Eighty Pounds, certified by the Commissary and the Lord Inchiquin, to be delivered into the Stores at Cork.
Ordered, That the Treasurers and Receivers of the Adventurers Monies for Ireland do forthwith pay, out of the said Monies, One hundred and Sixty-five Pounds, unto Mr. Rich. French for Supplies and Necessaries delivered for the Use of the Army and Fort in the City of Corke, certified by the Letters from the Lord Inchequin.
Ordered, That the Treasurers and Receivers of the Adventurers Money for Ireland do forthwith pay, out of the said Monies, Thirty-six Pounds, to Mr. Thomas Muschamp, for Beef delivered in to the Stores at Cork, certified by the Commissary and the Lord Inchiquin.
French Officers Petition.
The humble Petition of divers French Officers, whose Names are subscribed to the said Petition, desiring Employment, and complaining of their long Attendance for the Payment of Monies due unto them, was this Day read; and referred unto Mr. Marten, and Mr. Whittacre; to examine the Matter and Cause of their Complaint; and to certify the House thereof, that they may take such farther Order therein as they shall think fit.
Seizure of Money.
The House being informed, by Letter from Colonel Goodwyn and others, Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Bucks, dated from Aylesbury, January 11th, 1642, That they had seized upon an hundred Pounds payable upon Bond, by one Mr. * Henley, to one Mr. Cadwallader Coker of Bisseter, a very malignant and ill-affected Person (the which Monies are farther thought to be the Monies of Sir Rich. Farmer a Papist) and have made Use of the said Monies for the Service of the Forces under their Commands, raised for the Defence of the King and Parliament; The House doth well approve and allow of this Act of the said Colonels and Deputy Lieutenants; and will protect and save them harmless herein; as likewise the said Henley, from any Prejudice or Penalty to be incurred by reason of the said Bond, or of the Non-payment of the Monies thereupon.
Conference- City Petition to the King.
Mr. Pym reports the Heads of the Conference to be desired with the Lords, upon the occasion of the Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, presented unto his Majesty at Oxon Januarii 2° and his Majesty's Answer thereunto.
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Resolved, &c. That these shall be the Heads of this Conference.
Mr. Long went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference by Committees of both Houses, so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, concerning the Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, presented unto his Majesty at Oxon; and his Majesty's Answer thereunto: And likewise concerning the Borrowing of Monies for Supply of the Army.
Mr. Long brings Answer, That the Lords will give a present Meeting at a Conference by Committees of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Whittacre, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Injunction on King's Printer.
Resolved, &c. That the King's Printer be required and injoined not to print or publish his Majesty's Answer to the Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, presented unto his Majesty at Oxon.
St. Martin's in the Fields Vicarage.
WHEREAS Dr. Braye, Vicar of the Parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, hath for the Space of these Three Months last past, deserted his Cure, and betaken himself unto the Army of the Cavaliers; whereby that great Congregation, frequented by divers of the Nobility, and many other Gentry of great Quality, hath been either wholly neglected, or for the most part supplied by unfit Men, to the Dishonour of God, and Scandal of Religion: And whereas Mr. Hall, Curate of the Church of St. Paule in Covent Garden (which is yet a Member of the Parish of St. Martin's), had, by Composition from Dr. Bray, a Stipend of One hundred Marks per Annum, for the Discharge of that Cure; which is likewise neglected by the Absence of the said Mr. Hall, now being in the said Army, as is informed: All which the Lords and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, taking into serious Consideration; for the better Supply of able and godly Men in the said several Churches, and for the Provisions of fit Maintenance for those that shall officiate therein, do hereby Constitute and Ordain, That Sir John Hipisly, Mr. Glynn, Mr. Oldsworth, Mr. Trenchard, Members of the House of Commons; and Sir Wm. Ashton, of St. Martin's aforesaid, Knight; or any Three of them, shall have Power to sequester all the Rents and Profits whatsoever, for the said Vicarage; and to appoint Collectors for the Gathering and Receiving of them, as they in their Discretion shall appoint: And shall have Power to pay the same in Manner and Form following; that is to say, to the Curate of the Church of St. Paule's in Convent Garden, and to such Minister or Ministers as shall officiate there in the said Cure, and supply the Duty of Preaching in the Morning on the Sundays, chose by them, with the Consent of such Members of either House, as are Inhabitants within the Covent Garden, or the major Part of them, the Sum of One hundred Marks; to be paid Quarterly by even Portions: And as for all the rest and residue of the Rents and Profits aforesaid, of the said Vicarage of St. Martin's, the Sequestrators aforesaid, or any Three of them, shall pay, or cause to be paid, unto John Wincopp, Doctor in Divinity; who is hereby appointed and required to preach every Sabbath Day; and to officiate as Vicar; and to take Care for the Discharge of the Cure of that Place, in all the Duties thereof, until further Order shall be taken by both Houses of Parliament. And the said Lords and Commons do further Constitute and Ordain, That the said Sequestrators, or any Three of them, shall have Power to nominate and appoint such Curates and Clerks, and other Officers belonging to the said Church of St. Martin's, which are usually nominated and appointed by the said Vicar, during all the Time of the Sequestration: And shall have Power to regulate all such exorbitant Fees as have been incroached upon at any Times since the said Dr. Bray hath been Vicar there: And if any shall refuse to pay unto the said Sequestrators, or any Three of them, or to the Collectors, appointed by them, and of the Rents, Duties, lawful Fees, accustomed to be paid; upon Information thereof, by the Sequestrators, or any Three of them, unto either House of Parliament, the said Lords and Commons do hereby Declare, They will proceed against any such Refusers, according to their several Offences and Contempts.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Robert Riche, and Mr. Page;
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Matter of the last Conference.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Glyn, Sir Philip Stapilton, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Proceedings on King's Answer to the City.
Mr. Pym reports, from the Conference, That the Lords have considered of the Matter of the Conference: They do agree, that there should be a Committee of Ten Lords, to go into the City to the Common Hall, To-morrow at Nine of Clock; and do desire, that a proportionable Number of this House might be appointed to the same Purpose: And, as for the Observations taken out of his Majesty's printed Answer, they were many, and of great Consequence; and could not be considered of in so short a Time: And do therefore desire, That the Committee of Ten Lords, and a proportionable Committee of this House, may meet Tomorrow at Eight of Clock, in the Painted Chamber; to consider of, and set down in Writing, What shall be said at the Common Hall, to vindicate the Proceedings of both Houses, and of the City.
Mr. Hampden, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Pym, Sir Ph. Stapilton, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Strode, Sir Wm. Strickland. Mr. Ashe, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir H. Ludlowe, Sir Peter Temple, Mr. Erle, Mr. Long, Mr. Marten, Mr. Tho. Jervoise, Mr. Knightley, Sir Jo. Corbett, Mr. Glyn, Sir Jo. Francklyn, Mr. Dunch, Mr. Nicoll;
This Committee is appointed to meet with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, Tomorrow Morning at Eight of Clock, in the Painted Chamber; to consider what shall be said at the Common Hall, in Vindication of the Proceedings of both Houses, and of the City, if any Scandals shall be cast upon their Proceedings by any thing that shall be delivered at the Common Hall: And are likewise to be present with the said Committee of Lords, at the Common Hall, To-morrow at Nine of Clock.