House of Commons Journal Volume 3: 20 March 1643

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 Luno, 20 Martii, 1642.


Horses taken by Army.

ORDERED, That Mr. Goodwyn do prepare a Letter, to be written unto my Lord General, to acquaint his Excellency, that Captain Crofts and Captain Hamond have, by Pretence of a Warrant from his Excellency to recruit his Troops, taken away the Horses of Sir Jo. Howland, and Mary Brereton, Widow, and others, very well affected Persons to the Parliament; and to desire his Lordship, that he would examine this Business; and that these Horses may be restored; and that such as have shewed their good Affection to the Parliament, by contributing, may not be troubled hereafter in this Kind.

Prisoner enlarged.

The humble Petition of William Spencer, a close Prisoner, by Order of this House, was this Day read; and it is Ordered, That he be enlarged from his close Imprisonment.


Resolved, &c. That Mr. James Standish shall be one of the Messengers to pass between the Committees and the Parliament, in the stead of Mr. James Chaloner.

Publick Accompts.

Sir Nevile Poole, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Holland, Mr. Marten, Sir Jo. Harrison, Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Holles, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Bond, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Cage, Mr. Selden, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Rigby, Sir Sam. Owfield, Mr. Wasthall;

This Committee is to make Inquiry of the several Sums that have been raised, and are come into the Treasurer's Hands; and what have been expended; and what Monies have been issued unto my Lord General, or elsewhere; and to examine the State of all the Accompts: And are to meet To morrow, at Eight of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber; and have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Writings, and Records.

Clothes, &c. taken by the King's Forces.

The Petition of Tristram Gardner, . . . . . in the Behalf of themselves, and several Clothiers, and others, of the Town of Taunton, and Parishes there adjacent, in the County of Somerset.

Ordered, That Mr. Hill do prepare Instructions, to be sent by the Committee that goes to Oxforde, to move his Majesty, that Restitution be made to the said Carriers, and others, that have had their Clothes and Horses taken from them, by his Majesty's Forces, in their Passage to and from London, since his Majesty's Proclamation for all his Subjects to trade without Interruption.

Message from Lords.

Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page:

The Lords do desire a present Conference, by Committee of both Houses, concerning the Earl of Newporte if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House.

The Lords have likewise commanded us to let you know that they have given Liberty unto the Earl of Northumberland, upon any emergent Occasion, in this Treaty, that he may repair to their House for Advice and Direction: And do recommend it to this House, to grant the like Power to the Committee of this House, or the major Part of them.


Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.

Treaty with the King.

Resolved, &c. That the Committee, appointed to go to Oxforde, shall have Power to send any one of the Committee of this House, upon any emergent Occasion, to take the further Advice of this House.

Conference desired.

Ordered, That the Lord Cramborne do desire a Conference with the Lords, concerning the Earl of Newporte, and the Matter of the last Message from the Lords, concerning the giving Power to the Committees at Oxforde, to send some one of them to the Parliament, upon any emergent Occasion.

The Lord Cramborne brings Answer;

The Lords will give a present Meeting, as is desired.

Bailing Pollard.

Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfeilde and Serjeant Glanvile;

The Lords have sent, unto this House, a Petition from Sir Hugh Pollard; whose humble Desire is to be bailed: And the Lords think fit to grant it; the rather, because he was not originally taken by any Warrant from either House; but by Warrant from the Earl of Bedforde; tho' committed afterwards, by a Committee of both Houses.

Ordered, That this Business of Sir Hugh Pollard's be taken into Consideration after the Conference.


Mr. Pym, Mr. Hollis, Mr. Martyn, are appointed Managers of the Conference.

Treaty with Scotland.

Sir Wm. Armyn delivered in to this House the Articles of the Treaty of Peace between the Two Kingdoms of England and Scotland; which was fairly ingrossed in Parchment, and the Great Seal of Scotland affixed thereunto:

And ordered, that it be kept as a Record.

Military Affairs.

A Letter from Commissary Copley was read; which was dated this Morning, at Windsor, at Three . . Clock; directed to Colonel Hampden, and Colonel Stapleton, informing them of the advancing of Prince Ruperte, with a great Force, toward Aylesbury.

Earl of Newporte.

Mr. Pym reports from the Conference with the Lords, that the Lords had sent an Order, to those in Coventry, that detain in Custody the Earl of Newporte, to send him up to London: that their Order is disobeyed; that notwithstanding it is a Breach of the Privilege of their House, yet they would not proceed upon it, till this House was made acquainted therewith, that that Order may be observed; and that this House do so no more.

Letters were read, from the Committee at Coventrie, dated 17 Martii; signifying, that the Earl of Newporte was, by Order from the Lords, which they had received, to be sent up by a Convoy; that, by reason of the King's Forces, in those Parts, they could not send him up with any Safety; and therefore craved the Direction of the House.

Ordered, That Sir Chr. Yelverton desire a Conference, concerning the Earl of Newporte; and that this Letter, from the Committee at Coventrie, be communicated to the Lords at that Conference; and that the Lords be desired, for the future, to receive a right Information before they tax this House, or any employed by them, with Breach of their Privilege.

Message from Lords.

Message from the Lords, by Sir Robert Riche and Mr. Page;

That the Lords do concur with this House in those Things brought unto them at the last Conference; and likewise do agree to move the King concerning the Wains and Carriages taken by the Forces at Readinge.

Person discharged.

Ordered, That Mr. Herne shall be discharged; and that Colonel Manwaringe do take care, that he take no Horses with him, that are fit for Service.

Lesley's Pass.

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker shall give his Warrant to Colonel Lesley, to pass to Oxforde, and from thence into Scotland.

Conference desired.

Ordered, That a Conference be desired with the Lords, concerning Sir Hugh Pollard and Sir Edw. Barkley, and the Prisoners at Oxforde, and elsewhere, for some Course for their Enlargement: And Mr. Serjeant Wilde is to deliver the Articles and Petition concerning the Prisoners at Oxford:

And Sir Walter Earle, Sir Pet. Wentworth, and Serjeant Wilde, are to prepare Heads for this Conference.

Langham's Currans.

Ordered, That Sheriff Langham shall not land his Currans, but ship them within Fourteen Days, and transport them beyond Sea; and give Security they be not landed in any Part of his Majesty's Dominions.

Billeting Soldiers.

A Letter from Sir Jo. Hotham, of the 17th of March; and another from Mr. Hotham, of the same date; were read.

Resolved, &c. That the Town of Hull shall be desired, from this House, for a convenient Time, to give Way to the Billeting of the Soldiers in Hull, upon Assurance of receiving Satisfaction for the same: And Sir Wm. Strickland is ordered to prepare a Letter to this Purpose for Mr. Speaker to sign.

Seizing Horses, &c. of Malignants.

Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Kent, or any Three or more of them, shall have Power to authorize Sir Mich. Livesey, Baronet, to take and seize the Horses and Arms of Papists, and other Malignants, in that County; to be disposed for the publick Service, and Defence of that County.

And it is further ordered, that the Deputy Lieutenants of that County, or any Three or more of them, do keep a Book, and enter, in the same, the Horses and Arms that are so seized, and from whom they were taken; and certify the same to this House.

Treaty with the King.

The Instructions for the Committee, appointed to attend his Majesty at Oxon, were read; and examined and signed by the Clerk; and openly delivered unto the Committees; and the Original sealed up by Mr. Speaker.

Mercer's Petition.

The humble Petition of * Mercer was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee for Examinations.

Affairs in Devon, &c.

Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to consider of the Business of Devon and Cornewall, do prepare Instructions for the Committee there.

Well-affected in Cumberland.

Whereas Mr. John Barwis, Mr. John Hodgson, and other, in the County of Cumberland, being well-affected to the Parliament, have been enforced to take up Arms to defend themselves against the Commission of Array in those Parts, and other Adherents of the Earl of Newcastle, now in actual Rebellion; this House doth declare, that the said Mr. Barwis, and Mr. Hodgson, and others, well-affected Persons, have therein done acceptable Service, and behaved themselves as good Subjects: And they, and all others, who shall join with them in the Suppression of the said Earl of Newcastle, and Commissioners of Array, and their Adherents, are hereby authorized to do all Acts of Hostility, and other Things, which shall conduce thereunto; and therein shall be protected by the Power and Authority of this House.

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