House of Lords Journal Volume 5: 23 June 1642

Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 5, 1642-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.

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DIE Jovis, videlicet, 23 Junii.


The Lord Wharton was appointed to be Speaker this Day.

Letter from the Deputy Lieutenants of Hampshire, about the Execution of the Militia.

The Earl of Pembrooke acquainted the House with a Letter written to him from the Deputy Lieutenants of Hampshire, concerning the Execution of the Militia in that County; which Letter was read.

E. of Salisbury returns to the Parliament.

The Earl of Sarum gave Thanks to this House, for taking off the Order for his coming to the Bar. He confessed, he hath committed an Offence in going away to Yorke, without Leave of this House, for which he was heartily sorry. He further said, "That the King sent him an express Command, upon his Allegiance, to give his Attendance, which accordingly he did; and when his Lordship came to Yorke, he desired the King's Leave to come to the Parliament; but His Majesty commanded him not to come away; yet his Lordship came away without the King's Leave."

Sir Wm. Balfore to be repaid extraordinary Expences.

This and other like Cases to be communicated to the H. C.

It was (fn. 1) moved, "That some Consideration might be taken how Sir Wm. Balfore might be re-paid Fifty Pounds, which he dispensed in extraordinary Charges in the Earl of Strafford's Time;" and this House Ordered, That this, with the rest of this Kind, shall be communicated to the House of Commons.

Escot sent for, for Words against the Parliament.

Ordered, That John Escott, who hath spoken scandalous Words against the Parliament, shall be sent for as a Delinquent, as by Affidavit read this Day.

(Here enter it.)

Lord Balmerino versus Justice Heath.

Ordered, That the Cause between the Lord Balmerino and Justice Heath shall be heard this Day Sevennight; and he put in his Answer then, or else this House will proceed.

Bill against scandalous Ministers.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to debate the Bill concerning scandalous Ministers. The Bill was read; and, after the Debate, the House was resumed; and these Lords were appointed Committees, to consider of some Amendments in the Bill, as those which are deprivable by Law to be enquired of as the Bill prescribes; as for other Offences as are not deprivable by Law, to look forward:

E. Bedford.
E. Lyncolne.
E. Leycester.
E. Portland.
Ds. North.
Ds. Kymbolton.
Ds. Robarts.
Ds. Wharton.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Hunsden.
Justice Crawley and
Baron Henden

Any Three to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Three a Clock.

Clobery and others Petition communicated to the Scots Commissioners.

Upon reading the Petition of Oliver Clobery, George Fletcher, and Henry Taverner; it is Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners do acquaint the Scotts Commissioners herewith, and return their Answer to this House.

Lord Spencer's Offer of Horse.

The Lord Spencer voluntarily offered to attend in his Person, with Twenty Horse, when there shall be Occasion to employ them, according to the Declaration, for the Maintenance of the Protestant Religion, the King's Person, His Royal Crown and Dignity, and Liberty of the Subject.

Green's Cause.

Upon the Petition of Greene; it is Ordered, That the said Cause shall be heard this Day Sevennight, at this Bar.

Arding and Morton sent for, for printing scandalous Pamphlets.

Ordered, That William Arding, that printed a scandaous Pamphlet, intituled, Most welcome News from Yorke; and Nath. Morton, that printed a Pamphlet, intituled, A Witty Answer and Vindication to a Foolish Pamphlet, intituled, New Orders, New; shall be sent for, to answer the Printing of the same.

Captain Bell's Cause.

Ordered, That Captain Bell's Cause shall be heard this Day Sevennight.

Conisby's Bill.

Crossland's Bill.

Ordered, That the Earl of Bedford, Lord Hunsden, Lord Spencer, Lord Feilding, shall be added to the Committee for Mr. Conisbie's Bill, and the Quorum to be any Three; to meet on Saturday next, in the Afternoon; at which Time the (fn. 2) Committee for Mr. Crosland's Bill shall sit, on the same Day.

Countess of Banbury to transport Horses.

Ordered, That the Countess of Banbury shall have Liberty to transport with her Six Coach-horses and Three Nags.

Proclamation in the City, against levying Forces without the King's Leave.

This House was informed of a Proclamation proclaimed in London, which was read, in hæc verba:

"A Proclamation, forbidding all Levies of Forces, without His Majesty's express Pleasure, signified under His Great Seal, and all Contributions or Assistance to any such Levies."

(Here enter it.)

To be communicated to the House of Commons Tomorrow.

Lord Mayor and Two Sheriffs to attend.

Ordered, That the Lord Mayor and the Two Sheriffs shall attend this House To-morrow, to know by what Authority and Direction this Proclamation was proclaimed; and the Sword Bearer and Perry Herbert to appear likewise; and that the Lord Mayor, the Sheriffs, and all other Officers, are hereby enjoined to forbear to publish this Proclamation any further.

"My Lord,

Letter from the Deputy Lieutenants of Hampshire, about the Execution of the Militia.

"This being the First Day of our mustering the Regiments within this County, having the Opportunity of this Bearer's Address to you, we thought it worth your Lordship's Knowledge, that, calling Sir Thomas Jervoyse and Mr. Wellopp's Regiments before us, consisting, by their old Muster Books, of Eighteen Hundred, we had so ready an Obedience to your Commands, by the Ordinance of Parliament, that the full Number made their Appearance, completely armed, before us, with a Hundred Voluntiers out of the Town of Basingstoake, and divers others from other adjacent Parts. This, being our Beginning, doth put us in Hope that we shall be able to give your Lordship a good Account of your Commands in this (fn. 3) Place, to

"Your Lordship's most humble Servants,

Rooksdowne, 21 Junii, 1642.

"Will. Lewis.
Richard Whithead.
Tho. Jarvoise.
Rich. Norton.
Will. Waller.
John Lisle.
Robt. Wallop.
John Button.

"To the Right Honourable Philip Earl of Pembrooke and Mount. Lord Lieutenant of the County of South'ton. These."

Willis's Deposition concerning Words spoken against the Parliament by Escott.

"Henry Willis, of Lanceston, in the County of Cornwall, Gentleman, maketh Oath, That, on the 30th Day of May last past, being Whittson Monday, he did hear John Escotte, of Lanceston aforesaid, Woollendraper, voluntarily to deliver these Words following (or to the same Effect); videlicet, That he never knew nor heard of a Parliament that did proceed so basely as this present Parliament now doth; that many able honest Men of the House were grieved at their Proceedings; and that Mr. Seldon (who was a Man that had more Learning than a Thousand Round-headed Pyms) being demanded by an Acquaintance of his, why he came so seldom to the House, made Answer, That he knew not to what Purpose he should come thither; they were so overborn that there was no Good to be done; and that then the said Mr. Seldon instanced thus to his said Acquaintance:

"Suppose that you and I were playing a Game at Slamme, and I have one Card in mine Hand, which I am sure will either get or save the Game, which is the Ace of Trumps; which I play, and you play the Knave of Trumps upon it, and take up the Trick: I ask you, Why you do so? You answer, Because you have gotten it. How! say I, doth your Knave get my Ace? You tell me, Yes. Hereupon we refer it to a Vote; and the major Voice carrieth it for you.

"And this Deponent saith, That then the said Escott further said, Thus the Parliament commands the King; or used Words to that Purpose; and did then also deliver other Words derogatory to the Parliament, which this Deponent doth not now certainly remember. And he saith, That the same Words were so delivered at Lanceston aforesaid.

"At Lanceston, the 16th Day of June, 1642.

"Henry Willis aforesaid did testify, upon his Oath, before us whose Names are subscribed, That the Words abovementioned were delivered, at the Time and Place above specified, by the said John Escott, as they are above set forth, or to the same Effect.

"Nicholas Gennys, Mayor.

"Leonard Treise, One of the Justices of the Peace of the County of Cornwall."


Nona cras.


  • 1. Deest in Originali.
  • 2. Origin. Bill.
  • 3. Origin. Peece.