Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 3, 1643-1644. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Mercurii, 21 Junii, 1643.
ORDERED, That the Lord Tullybardyn shall have the Protection of this House for himself, Family, and House; and that neither he, nor his House, nor Park, shall be disturbed, by Search, or otherwise, without the special Order of this House.
Exchange of Prisoners.
Ordered, That the Exchange of Mr. George for Colonel Cockram, shall not be moved till Mr. Pym has made Report of the Examinations touching Colonel Cockram.
Affairs in Bedford.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the County of Bedford, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen, Inhabitants of the County of Bedford, do forthwith go down and repair into the County of Bedford, with their Families, and reside there, to advance the Service of the Parliament; and that Mr. Sam. Browne do bring in an Ordinance in pursuance of the rest of the Desires of the said Inhabitants, expressed in their Petition.
A Letter to be sent from Mr. Speaker to the Gentlemen of Lancashire, in Acknowledgment of their great and good Service, was this Day read; and assented unto; and ordered to be signed by Mr. Speaker.
Letter from Suffolk.
A Letter of the Nineteenth of June, from the Committee of Suffolk, was this Day read; and ordered to be communicated to the Lord Grey of Werke, by Mr. Cage.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Tate do carry up the Ordinance concerning Salop; and the Aqueduct; and the Names for the weekly Assessments in Cambridgeshire.
Resolved, That this House doth nominate and appoint Sam. Pepys, Fr. Wendy, Nevile Butler, Philip Story, Edw. Browning, Dudley Pope, Tho. Duckett, James Thompson, Esquires, to be added to the Committee for the weekly Assessments in the County of Cambridge: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
A Letter from the Lords Justices and Council of Ireland, dated the Tenth Day of June instant, and a Proclamation, set forth by them, dated the Sixth of June instant, were read; informing the Necessity of raising Monies in an unusual manner, to maintain the Army; imputing, in the Proclamation, the Fault to be in the Two Houses of Parliament, that they are driven to so great Necessities.
Ordered, That, this Letter and Proclamation be referred to Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Strode, to make some Observations upon them, and to present the same to the House, to vindicate this House from the Aspersion cast upon them in the Proclamation.
The Covenant, &c.
Sir Antho. Irby reports, that he delivered to my Lord General Copies of the Covenant taken by this House, and of the Covenant to be taken by the Army and Kingdom; and acquainted him with the Plot that was lately discovered.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Tate brings Answer, that the Lords do agree to the several Orders and Names he carried up; and, as to the Ordinance for listing of Horses, they will speedily take it into Consideration, and send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Proceedings against Hotham.
Mr. Pym reports from the Committee of the Safety of the Kingdom, that they had received a Letter from my Lord General, that he had given Directions to the Commanders of the Army at Nottingham to commit Captain Hotham; which they have done accordingly to the Castle at Nottingham: That the Reason of it was: Two Gentlemen of Quality came from thence, with Instructions in Writing from the Lady Gray and Colonel Cromwell, and the Committee there, and also, by Word of Mouth, to inform the Committee of the Safety, of Mr. Hotham's, plundering, in a great measure, divers Persons of great Affection to the Parliament; that he did, of his own Accord, send Messages to Newarke, and received Messages back again, in a private manner; and likewise, turned Two Pieces of Ordnance against Colonel Cromwell; and also, upon a Difference between the Lord Gray and a Quarter Master of his, who would have had my Lord Graye's Oats, which my Lord Gray refusing, Captain Hotham proffered him to draw forth his Forces, and he would draw out his, and decide the Quarrel: That this Committee did accordingly acquaint my Lord General with the same; whereupon, he gave Warrant for his apprehending. That it was the Opinion of the Committee, the Lords, at a Conference, be made acquainted herewith.
Army at Nottingham.
Ordered, That Mr. Hatcher do desire a Conference with the Lords, concerning the State of the Army at Nottingham.
Conference with Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath;
That the Lords desire a present Conference, by Committees of both Houses, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, about some Matters that concern the Peace 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.
Conference with Lords.
Mr. Hatcher brings Answer, the Lords will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Holles, Mr. Pym, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir Wm. Armyn, are appointed Managers, and Reporters, of the next Conferences.
Person sent for.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Chr. Dighton shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for his Contempt in not obeying the Orders of this House.
Petition to the King.
Mr. Pym presented from the Conference, Two Papers; the one, the Motives and Grounds of a Petition to his Majesty to settle the Peace of the Kingdom; the other, the Petition itself: The which were read; and ordered to be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, at Ten a Clock.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Estate of Sir Peter Riccard shall be forthwith sequestred; and that Five thousand Pounds thereof shall be disposed of to Sir Wm. Waller, for the Maintenance of the Army under his Command.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Accompts, where Mr. Trenchard has the Chair, to give Directions for the sequestring of the Estate of Sir Peter Riccard; and to take care, that Five thousand Pounds, out of the same, be paid unto Sir Wm. Waller: And likewise, to bring in an Ordinance for the Indemnity of the East India Company, for Fifteen hundred Pounds of Sir Pet. Riccard's remaining in their Hands (which this House doth order shall be also sequestred): And also, to seize the Money and Plate belonging to Sir Pet. Riccard, remaining in the Custody of Signior Amerigo Salvietto, Agent for the Duke of Tuskany.
And it is further Ordered, That all the Writings, Bills, and Bonds, belonging to Sir Pet. Riccard, shall be delivered over to the said Committee.
Detention of a Ship.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do send an Express to the Earl of Warwicke, to make Stay of the Ship belonging to Mr. Curteene, lately come into the Downs, wherein is informed to be good Quantities of Saltpetre: And that she be not released, till this House take further Order.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to consider whether Goods consigned from foreign Parts, by Bills of Lading, or Charter-party, to be landed in England, ought not to pay half Custom, if they once come within the Command of any Fort or Port, though they unlade none of it.
Lady Cambden's Legacies.
The Ordinance concerning the Lady Cambden's Executor, for his Indemnity, for the Payment of the Legacies, due to Delinquents, to this House, for the Service of the Commonwealth, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Mr. Reynolds reports from the Committee appointed to consider of the placing a Garison in Bristoll: Whereupon it was Resolved, upon the Question, That it is necessary to have a sufficient Garison in Bristoll, for the Defence of that City, and Good of the Kingdom.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Lord General, to consider what Garison will be sufficient to defend the City of Bristoll.
Resolved, &c. That, Mr. * Foster, Lecturer for the Mathematicks in Gresham College, and Mr. Jo. Booker, shall be nominated, by this House, to license Books concerning the Mathematicks, Almanacks, &c.
Ordered, That a Conference be desired with the Lords, concerning the listing * *
Mr. Reynolds, and Mr. Strode, Mr. Bainton, to manage it.
Impeachment of the Queen.
Articles of Impeachment of High Treason, against Henrietta Maria, Queen of England, were read, One by One; and particularly One by One voted, and assented unto; and ordered to be forthwith ingrossed; and to be sent up to the Lords, To-morrow Morning.
Duke D'Espernon's Bail.
Whereas Peter de la Salle, and Peter Mathews, Bail for the Duke D' Espernon, to answer a Suit commenced against him in the King's Bench, by the Owners of the Ship called the Unity, did formerly endeavour, after the entering into Bail, to depart the Kingdom; whereupon, a Ne exeat Regnum was obtained against them: And whereas this House is this Day informed, that the said Peter de la Salle, and Peter Matthews, endeavour to obtain a Supersedeas to the said Ne exeat Regnum: It is therefore this Day Ordered, That the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex be hereby required, not to admit of any such Supersedeas, till the House be made acquainted therewith, and their Pleasure further known, notwithstanding the Admittance of the Supersedeas: And if the said Peter de la Salle, and Peter Mathews, do endeavour to depart the Kingdom, that then the Serjeant at Arms do take them into his Custody, and bring them to this House, to answer their Contempt.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant for a Search to be made, in the Pond of * * , for a Chest of Silver, or other great Value, there hid: And, if any thing considerable be there found, it shall be disposed of to the Use of Sir Wm. Waller.
Discovering Delinquents Goods.
Ordered, That such Persons, as shall discover, where the Goods of any Persons, that are in Arms against the Parliament, are hid or concealed, shall have the Twentieth Part of the Value of the Goods discovered, to him or them, for their Service.
Ordered, That the Monies received of the Rents of Lands and Impropriations purchased by the late Feoffees thereof, received by and remaining in the Hands of Mr. Jackson, be forthwith paid over to the Treasurers at Guildhall, London: And that Mr. White do bring in an Ordinance for the same, and for other Rents, and for his Indemnity: And that it be disposed of for the Use of Sir Wm. Waller.