House of Lords Journal Volume 5: 24 August 1642

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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 Mercurii, 24 Augusti.


Lord Kymbolton, Speaker.

Scots Declaration.

That the Lords have appointed a Committee of the whole House, to meet at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber, for the receiving of a Declaration from the Scotts Commissioners; and desire the House of Commons to join with them in the said Committee, if they think fit.

E. Westmoreland, and the other Commissioners of Array in Northamptonshire sent for.

Ordered, That the Committee of Parliament, and the Sheriff of North'tonshire, shall send up the Earl of Westm'land, the Lord Mountague, the Lord Cockine, and such others in that County as have exercised the Commission of Array, from Sheriff to Sheriff, to the Parliament.

French Ambassador, a Pass.

Ordered, That the French Ambassador shall have a Pass into France.

A Message from the Commons, by Mr. Strickland and others:

Message from the H. C. with an Order for Sir Jo. Hotham to have 5l. per Diem;

1. That the House of Commons having considered of the great Charge that Sir Jo. Hotham hath been, and still is at, for the Service of the Parliament and Kingdom, which he, with so much Willingness, and Hazard of himself and Fortune, hath chearfully undergone; the said House of Commons have thought fit to allow unto him the Sum of Five Pounds per Diem, for his Entertainment, as Governor of Hull.

and Two more Orders for the Lords Concurrence.

2. An Order touching the Fast.

Read, and approved.

3. An Order touching Great Yarmouth.

Read, and approved.

Answer to the H. C.

The Messengers told, "That the Lords agree with them in all."

E. of Bath's House in Devon, to be searched for Ammunition.

The House was informed, "That the Earl of Bath had great Store of Powder in his House in Devonshire:" Whereupon it is Ordered, That Search shall be made; and the Powder and Ammunition to be kept safe, until the Pleasure of the House be further known.

Skipwith, the Queen's Servant, a Pass.

Ordered, That Raphe Skippewith, the Queen's Servant, shall have a Pass (fn. 1) into Holland, (fn. 2) to the Queen.

Mr. Dr. Aylett and Mr. Dr. Heath:

Answer from the H. C.

That the Commons will meet with a Committee of the Lords, in the Painted Chamber, To-morrow, at Two, to receive the Scotts Declaration, as is desired.

"Mercurii, 24 Augusti, 1642.

Bailiffs of Great Yarmouth to muster the Trained Bands.

"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Bailiffs of Great Yarmouth, in the County of Norff. for the Time being, shall have Power to assemble together, muster, train, and command, all the Trained Bands, and other Persons in that Town able to bear Arms, and, by the Advice of the Aldermen and Common Council of that Town, to nominate and appoint such Persons as are fit, to be Captains, and other Officers, to conduct, lead, and command, the said Trained Bands; and that the said Bailiffs do cause the said Town to be fortified, and the Ordnance there to be mounted, and the said Town put into a Posture of Defence, and to raise strong Watches, by armed Men, to be set, by Day and by Night, in such Places as are necessary and fitting; and that they do not permit any Soldiers to come into the said Town, without Authority of Parliament; and also that the said Bailiffs and Justices of the Peace in that Town do apprehend, and commit to safe Custody, as well the Persons of such as (being Commissioners of Array) do put in Execution the same Commission, as also all such as do promote or endeavour to put the same Commission in Execution, and such Persons also as do send Money, Plate, or Arms, to His Majesty, for the Maintenance of a wicked and unnatural War against His Majesty's good Subjects, and that do disturb the Peace of the Kingdom; and that the said Bailiffs, as oft as Need shall require, do call in Aid of the Deputy Lieutenants appointed by Parliament for the Counties of Norff. and Suffolke, and, in their Absence, (fn. 3) of the Justices of the Peace, Captains, and all other His Majesty's Officers in these Counties, for the raising of such of the Trained Bands, and others, within the Hundreds of East and West Flegg, and of Loveing Land, to assist the said Bailiffs in Defence and Preservation of the said Town; and that the said Bailiffs, and all other Officers that have Admiral Jurisdiction in the said Town and the Liberties thereof (in case any Enemy come to the said Town by Sea or by Land, or any Hostility used against the said Town), do command all Ships and other Vessels, within the said Town and Liberties thereof, to be employed in Aid, as the said Bailiffs shall direct, for the Safety and Preservation of the said Town."

"An Ordinance for the better Observation of the Fast.

Ordinance for the Fast.

"Whereas the King's most Excellent Majesty, upon the Request of the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, and by and with their Advice and Consent, considering the lamentable and distressed Condition of His good Subjects in the Kingdom of Ireland, that there might be a general Humiliation of all the Estates of this Kingdom before Almighty God, in Fasting and Prayer, was graciously pleased to command the Keeping of a Monthly Fast; and, to the End that all Persons might the better take Notice thereof (and to leave such without Excuse as should not duly keep and observe the same), did afterwards, by His Proclamation of the 8th of January, 1641, appoint that the same should be generally, publicly, and solemnly holden, and kept, as well by Abstinence from Food, as by public Prayers, Preaching, and Hearing of the Word of God, and other Religious and Holy Duties, in all Cathedral, Collegiate, and Parish Churches, and Chapels, within the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales (without any Exception), on the last Wednesday of every Month, to continue during the Troubles in the said Kingdom of Ireland: All which His Majesty did strictly charge and command should be reverently and devoutly performed, by all His Subjects, as they desire the Blessing of Almighty God, and would avoid His heavy Indignation against this Land and People, and upon Pain of such Punishments as may justly be inflicted upon all such as shall contemn or neglect so Religious a Work and Duty: And whereas the Lords and Commons, in both Houses of Parliament, have received divers Informations, from several Parts of this Kingdom and Dominion of Wales, of the great Neglect of the due Observation and Keeping of the said Fast upon the Days appointed, and of the Profanation of the same by many malicious, ill-affected, loose, and scandalous Persons, as well of the Clergy as others, who are so far from afflicting their Souls, and loosing the Bands of Wickedness, as that they provoke the Wrath of Almighty God, and make so pious a Means to procure His Blessings the Occasion of greater Judgements. For the Prevention whereof for Time to come, the and Commons do Order, Declare, and Ordain, That, in all and every the Cathedrals, Collegiate, and Parish Churches, and Chapels, within the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales (without any Exception), upon every Lord's-day next and immediately before any the Days appointed for the said Public Fast, the Parson, Vicar, Curate, or Minister, that upon that Day shall officiate or exercise in any of the said Cathedrals, Collegiate, Parish Churches, or Chapels, shall give public Notice, in every of the said Cathedral, Collegiate, Parish Churches, or Chapels, respectively, of the Fast-day next ensuing, immediately after Sermon or Prayer ended in the Forenoon, before the Congregation be dismissed, earnestly exhorting and persuading all the People to the solemn due Keeping and Religious Observation of the whole Day appointed for the said Fast; and that they would repair to some Church, or Chapel, there diligently and reverently to attend all such Holy Duties as shall be used in the Observance of the same; that they forbear to use all Manner of Sports and Pastimes whatsoever, and their ordinary Trade and Callings, upon the said Day, as well Carriers, Waggoners, Carters, Wainmen, Drovers, Butchers, Hucksters, Shop-keepers, Labourers, or any others using any Art, Trade, Mystery, or Manual Occupation whatsoever; and that all Vintners, Taverners, Alehouse-keepers, and Keepers of Victualing-houses, do forbear to keep open their Doors, Bulks, or Shops, or to sell or utter (except in Cases of extreme Necessity) any Wine, Beer, Ale, or Victuals, till the Public Exercises and Religious Duties of that Day, in the respective Cathedrals, Collegiate, Parish Churches, and Chapels, be past and over: And lastly, all and every the Justices of the Peace, Mayors, Bailiffs, Constables, Churchwardens, and other Officers, inhabiting or residing within the Limits or Precincts of any such Cathedral, Collegiate, Parish Church, or Chapel, are hereby required to take special Notice, as well of such Parson, Vicar, Curate, or other Minister, that ought to officiate in any of the said Cathedrals, Collegiate, and Parish Churches, or Chapels, upon any such Day appointed for the said Fast, that shall either refuse or neglect to do the same, or not do, or cause the same to be done, in that religious and solemn Manner as it ought to be, or that shall refuse to give Notice of the Fast-day at the Time and in Manner as aforesaid, and forthwith to return their Names, and the Names of all such (from Time to Time) as shall wilfully offend herein, in Contempt of the Laws, His Majesty, and both Houses of Parliament, unto some One or more of the Knights, Citizens, or Burgesses, that serve for the County where such Offence is or shall be committed; that some speedy Course may be taken, for the severe punishing of such as shall offend herein, according to the Laws."


Adjourn, 2a post meridiem, To-morrow.


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