House of Lords Journal Volume 5: 2 September 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 Veneris, 2 die Septembris.


The Lord Kymbolton was appointed Speaker this Day.

Message from the H. C. for the Lords concurrence in Three Orders.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Whitlocke:

To desire their Lordships Concurrence in Three Orders:

1. Concerning the Officers of the Ordnance and the Armory in The Tower of London. (Here enter it.)

Agreed to.

2. To prevent Ordnance to be brought to the City of Worcester, without Consent of Parliament. (Here enter it.)

Agreed to.

3. An Order concerning the Safety of the Town of Oxford, and County of Oxon. (Here enter it.)

Agreed to.


The Messengers were called in, and told, "That this House agrees with the House of Commons in all the Orders now brought up."

Message from the H. C. with an Order to dispatch Lord Kerry to Ireland.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Robt. Goodwin:

That they have conceived an Order for the speedy Dispatch of the Lord Kirry into Ireland, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence.

The Order was read, for the paying of Two Thousand Pounds to the Lord Kirry, for levying Two Thousand Men for Ireland. (Here enter it.)

Agreed to.

The Answer returned was:


That this House agrees with the House of Commons in this Order.

Messenger who was sent for the Post master at Newark, for Words against the Parliament, insulted.

The Messenger that was sent with the Order of this House, for the Post-master of Newarke, gave the House this Account: "That, when he was known to be a Messenger, he was stripped, and took away his Horse; and when he went to a Justice of the Peace, Mr. Millington, to assist him, the Soldiers threatened to pull down his House."

E. of Essex proclaimed Traitor at Kymbolton.

Phillip Corbett and John Bradley testified, "That the Under Sheriff of Huntington proclaimed the Earl of Essex Traitor at Kymbolton."

Edward Sanderford, a Taylor, was brought to the Bar, and these Witnesses following were produced against him:

Sandeford's Cause, who was hired to kill the E. of Essex.

1. Robt. Bumpas, who said, "That Sanderford said, That the Earl of Essex was a Traitor; and, if any one should kill him, the King would protect him; and said, That he had Monies given him, to go up and down as a Spy, to hear what was done abroad; and said, That he had a Project to do, and, if he could effect it, he was to be at Yorke within Three Days after, and should have a Scarlet Suit and Cloak, and a Perriwig: He further said, He hath often heard him to curse the Parliament, and named Mr. Pym, calling him King Pym; and also named Sir Jo. Hotham, wishing they were all hanged."

2. Ann Bumpas said, "She heard him say, That the Earl of Essex was a Traitor, and called Mr. Pym King Pym, and hoped to see him and Sir John Hotham hanged: That he had a Project, which if he could effect, he should have a Scarlet Suit and Coat, and a Perriwig; and that he had a Shilling given him, to drink with my Lord of Essex's Men."

Anthony Leman said, "He heard Edward Sanderford say, That the Earl of Essex would not go forth with his Army, and he hoped to see the Earl of Essex's Head taken off."

Jo. Boone said, "He heard him say, That the Earl of Warwick was a Traitor, and wished his Heart in his Boots."

John Ayerson said, "He heard him say, That the Parliament were all Traitors, and that he hoped to see Mr. Pym (calling him King Pym) hanged; that Sir Jo. Hotham and the Earl of Warwicke were Traitors; and that he hoped to see the Heart of the Earl of Warwicke in his Boots; that the Earl of Essex would never go out with the Army; and that he might have a Scarlet Suit, and Cloaths, and a Perriwig, if he would be sworn to be true to the King; and Sanderford told him, if he would be sworn, that then he must be sworn to kill the Earl of Essex; and then he being demanded whether he were sworn, he replied, It was no Matter whether he were or no; but, if he did do it, the King would protect him. He further said, He had Monies given him, to go to the House of the Earl of Essex and the Lord Brooke, to hear what News he could; and that he should be at Yorke within Three Days, if he could bring his Purpose about."

This Evidence being given, Sandeford was asked, what he could say for himself; and having nothing to say to clear himself, he was commanded to withdraw; and this House, taking the whole Matter into Consideration, gave this Sentence upon the said Edward Sandeford:

His Sentence.

"1. That he shall pay to the King One Hundred Marks, as a Fine.

"2. That he shall stand on the Pillory at Westm. and in Cheapside, with a Paper on his Head, declaring his Offence.

"3. That, when he is taken off the Pillory, from each Place where he stands he shall be whipped at a Cart's Tail to Bridewell.

"4. That he shall stand committed to the House of Correction in Bridwell, there to work during his Life; and that a strict Charge shall be given to the Master of the House of Correction, that he be not suffered to go abroad at any Time."

Message from the H. C. for the Lords Concurrence in the Orders following.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Robt. Harley; who desired their Lordships Concurrence in Three Orders:

1. An Order to forbid Stage-plays. (Here enter it.) Agreed to.

2. That the Earl of Warwicke shall have further Power to make and appoint Admirals, &c. to guard the Seas, &c. (Here enter it.)

Agreed to.

3. To desire their Lordships to consider of the removing of the Countess of Portland out of the Isle of Wight.

Ordered, That the Earl of Pembrooke shall take Care how she be fitly removed.

4. An Order for removing the Capuchin Friars from Denmarke House, and to send them out of the Kingdom.

After a Debate concerning this Business, it is Ordered, That the Earl of Holland shall speak with the French Ambassador, from this House, touching the Manner of removing and conveying the Capuchin Friars out of this Kingdom.

The Answer returned to the Messengers was:


That this House agrees with the House of Commons in the Two First Orders; and concerning the removing of the Countess of Portland, their Lordships will give (fn. 1) Direction to the Earl of Pembrooke, to take Care of it: Lastly, concerning the Order for removing the Capuchins, this House will send an Answer, by Messengers of their own.

Captains Brett, Bucke, and Turner, sent for, as Delinquents.

Ordered, That the Earl of Pembrooke shall take Order, That Captain Brett, Captain Bucke, and Captain Tourny, shall be safely conveyed up, as Delinquents.

Message from the H. C. with a Declaration for quieting Essex;

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Thomas Barrington, Knight and Baronet:

To desire their Lordships Concurrence in a Declaration for the quieting of the County of Essex.

Agreed to; and Ordered to be printed and published in all Parish Churches and Chapels, and in all Market Towns, in the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, especially in the County of Essex.

and for Philips and Burnby not to be released.

2. The House of Commons desired, That whereas Lewis Phillips and Burnbie are committed by this House, they desired that they may not be released (fn. 2) until the House of Commons be first made acquainted with it, for they have some Matters to charge them with.

Ordered according to the Desire of the House of Commons.

E. of Carlisle to attend the House.

Ordered, That the Earl of Carlile shall attend this House To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock.

Civell's Goods to be restored.

It was moved, "That whereas Peter Civell, a Frenchman, had divers Goods taken from (fn. 1) him by Soldiers, for which he had an Order of this House for the restoring of them, which Order is not obeyed:" Therefore it is Ordered, That those that refused to obey the said Order shall be summoned forthwith to appear before this House, to shew Cause why they have not restored the said Goods, according to the Order of the 22d of August last.

(fn. 3) "Die Sabbati, 20 Augusti, 1642.

Offices of Ordnance to deliver the Stores to the Order of the Committee of Safety.

"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the several Officers of the Ordnance, and of the Armory, in The Tower of London, respectively, shall forthwith, upon Sight of this Order, deliver the Keys of the Office of the Ordnance, Arms, Ammunition, and Stores there, and of the Office of the Armory, to such as the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom shall appoint to receive them; or else that the Doors of the said Offices shall be forthwith broken up, and the Charge and Keeping of the said Arms shall be committed into the Hands of such as the said Committees shall think fit, who shall take Inventories of the same, to the Intent that a true Accompt may be taken of the said Arms, to the Use of His Majesty, the Parliament, and the Kingdom.

Agreed to, 2 Sept.

"Jo. Browne, Clericus Parliamentorum."

"Veneris, 2 Septembris, 1642.

Order for no Ordnance to be transported from Bristol to Worcester.

"Whereas Information hath been been given to the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That divers Cavaliers, and other dangerous and ill-affected Persons, have lately resorted to the City of Worc'r, and there endeavour wickedly and traiterously to raise Forces against the Parliament, and, by Terrors and Threats, and other sinister Practices, made a Party within the said City, and caused some of them to send to the City of Bristoll, for divers Pieces of Ordnance to be transported to the said City of Worc'r, for the better Execution of their mischievous Designs:

"It is therefore Ordered, by the said Lords and Commons, That no Pieces of Ordnance, or other Ammunition, be carried or transported from the said City of Bristoll, or the Parts thereunto adjacent, unto the said City of Worc'r, without the Order or Consent of both Houses of Parliament; and the Mayor of the said City of Bristoll, and all other Officers and Persons within the said City, or Parts adjacent, are hereby strictly required and enjoined, not to send or convey, or permit or suffer to be sent or conveyed, any Ordnance or Ammunition, from the said City of Bristoll, or Parts adjacent, unto the said City of Worc'r; nor shall deliver, or cause or suffer to be delivered, any such Ordnance or Ammunition, to be so sent or conveyed, without the Order or Consent of both the said Houses of Parliament, as they will answer their Contempts therein to both the said Houses."

"Die Veneris, 2 Septembris, 1642.

Order for 2000 l. for Lord Kerry to raise Men for Ireland.

"It is this Day Ordered, by the and Commons in Parliament, That the Levy-money to be allowed unto the Lord Kerry, for levying of Two Thousand Men, to be transported into Ireland, shall be Two Thousand Pounds; and that the Treasurers for the Adventurers-monies do forthwith pay the said Sum of Two Thousand Pounds unto the Lord Kerry, or his Assigns, for the Uses aforesaid."

"Die Veneris, 2 Septembris, 1642.

Order for Stage-plays to cease.

"Whereas the distressed Estate of Ireland, steeped in her own Blood, and the distracted Estate of England, threatened with a Cloud of Blood by a Civil War, call for all possible Means to appease and avert the Wrath of God, appearing in these Judgements; among which, Fasting and Prayer, having been often tried to be very effectual, have been lately and are still enjoined; and whereas Public Sports do not well agree with Public Calamities, nor Public Stage-plays with the Seasons of Humiliation, this being an Exercise of sad and pious Solemnity, and the other being Spectacles of Pleasure, too commonly expressing lascivious Mirth and Levity: It is therefore thought fit, and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in this Parliament assembled, That, while these sad Causes and set Times of Humiliation do continue, Public Stage Plays shall cease, and be forborn, instead of which are recommended to the People of this Land the profitable and seasonable Considerations of Repentance, Reconciliation, and Peace with God, which probably may produce outward Peace and Prosperity, and bring again Times of Joy and Gladness to these Nations."

"Veneris, 2 Septembris, 1642.

E. of Warwick to send Two Ships, for the Relief of Ireland, and suppressing Pirates.

"It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That, for the better Security of Irelande, repressing the Rebellion there, and securing the Seas from Pirates, and others, that interrupt the Intercourse betwixt the Kingdoms, That the Earl of Warwick do forthwith send Two of the Ships under his Command to attend that Service; and his Lordship is hereby authorized to appoint Commanders of the said Ships, and all other the Ships already upon the Coast of Irelande, streightly charging and enjoining all Captains, Masters, Mariners, to be obedient to such Order and Direction as they shall receive from his Lordship, and to such Admiral and other Commanders in chief as shall be appointed by him in that Behalf."


"Die Veneris, 2 die Septembris, 1642.

Order for the Safety of Oxford.

"The Lords and Commons being informed, That divers Troops of Horse, armed in a Warlike Manner, have lately entered into the City of Oxford, and plundered the Houses of some of His Majesty's good Subjects in that City, and are there entertained and supplied by the malignant Persons, Inhabitants, and by many Delinquents and Papists, who have resorted to that Place, and there harbour themselves, and are now endeavouring to fortify it, and have raised Forces there, and make it a Rendezvous for wicked and ill-affected Persons, combining together, to suppress the true Protestant Religion, and to make themselves Masters of the Lives and Fortunes of His Majesty's loyal Subjects in those Parts, who, being much terrified with these Proceedings at Oxford, have many of them removed their Families from their Residence near that City, and desired Aid and Relief from Parliament; which the Lords and Commons having taken into due Consideration, do Order, and strictly require, the Lord Lieutenants, and the Deputy Lieutenants, of the several Counties of Oxon, Bucks, Berks, and Glouc. forthwith to repair to their respective Counties; and that they, and the High Sheriffs, Gentlemen, and Inhabitants of the said several Counties, do forthwith raise all such Forces as they can make, of Voluntiers, both Horse and Foot, within the said several Counties, for Defence of the Lives of themselves, their Wives, and Children, and their Fortunes from Rapine and Spoil, and for the Preservation of the Peace of their Country; and to be under the Command of such Persons as are, or shall be, appointed by both Houses of Parliament, for that Service.

"And the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, and Deputy Lieutenants, of the said County of Oxon, are hereby Ordered, and required, forthwith to raise all the Trained Bands, both Horse and Foot, of the said County, and Voluntiers there, both Horse and Foot; and the Trained Bands of the said County are hereby required to appear, with their Arms compleat, at such Times and Places, and to perform and execute such Service, for the Safety of the said County, as by the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, and Deputy Lieutenants of the said County of Oxon, or any Two of the Deputy Lieutenants, in the Absence of the Lord Lieutenant, shall be directed and required; and such of the said Trained Bands, or others, of the said County of Oxford, as shall make Default herein, shall be forthwith disarmed, and sent up to the Parliament as Delinquents; and those well-affected Persons, Voluntiers, who shall be raised in the said several Counties for the Purposes aforementioned, are hereby desired and authorized to join with the said Trained Bands, and such other Forces as are or shall be provided for the Protection of His Majesty's good Subjects, to march with all Expedition to the said City of Oxon, for the suppressing of the said Insurrection there, and the dispersing, apprehending, and disarming of those illaffected Persons and Forces, gathered together in that Place, and for the Safety of the Lives and Fortunes of His Majesty's Subjects in the said Counties, and the necessary Preservation of the Peace thereof; and that the Lord General be desired to grant such Commissions as shall be fit, to put this Order in Execution; and to add such other Forces, and to give such other Powers, as he shall think convenient, for the settling of the Peace of the County there, and Protection of His Majesty's Subjects."

Order to prevent plundering Houses in Essex; and for disarming Recusants there.

(fn. 4) "The and Commons, having lately sent Sir Thomas Barrington and Mr. Grimstone into the County of Essex, for the appeasing and quieting of divers Assemblies of People, gathered together in great Bodies, who have much damnified the Houses, and taken the Goods, of divers Persons, without Law or other Authority; . . . . . . having received a Report from Sir Thomas Barrington, being returned, That the People, upon . . . . . First Knowledge given them that the Parliament required they should forbear the searching . . . . Houses, for Arms or Ammunition, or the taking Goods out of any House, otherwise than is or . . . . . . . . directed by the Parliament, or without the Ass . . . of some of those Persons who are by both H . . . . . of Parliament declared that they ought to be present, the People did thereupon speedily yield Obedience, and withdraw themselves in a peaceable Manner, and, as they were required, did make Restitution of Plate, Money, and many other Goods, by them taken, by such as were pretended to be Popish Recusants, and other malignant Persons; and that they had expressed great Zeal and Forwardness to comply with the Directions of the Parliament for the future: The and Commons do therefore Declare, That they resent the aforesaid Expressions of the People, and their ready Obedience, as a Testimony of that dutiful Affection which they bear to the Parliament, and to the present Service of the Kingdom; and do hereby Order and Declare, That all Persons whosoever, that have taken either Money, Plate, or any other Goods, out of the House or Houses, or from the Persons, of any whosoever, without the special Command or Order of both or either House of Parliament, shall forthwith restore the same to the Parties from whom they were taken, or otherwise be proceeded against as the Lords and Commons shall further direct, upon Complaint made: And as both Houses of Parliament have been, and will be, very careful to preserve the Peace of the Kingdom, by disarming of all Recusants, and such others as shall be known, or justly suspected, to be Enemies thereunto, and to the pious and good Endeavours of this Parliament; and to that Purpose have, by a Declaration passed by Assent of both Houses the Three and Twentieth of August last, expressed what Persons shall be intrusted for the managing of that Service; they do hereby further Order, and Command, That no Person do presume, either alone or accompanied with others, to break or violently enter the House of any whosoever, under Colour of Pretence of disarming Recusants, or other Persons pretended to be Enemies to the Peace of the Kingdom, without the particular Command of such as are intrusted or deputed by the Parliament: And it is further Declared, That special and speedy Care be taken herein, for the Security of the Kingdom, and particularly for the County of Essex, from whom they have received so many Expressions of their Duty to the Service of the Public; though the Parliament cannot but let them know, that several violent Actions, by some of them unwarrantably committed, are extremely disallowed; but, as the Lords and Commons declare that they shall be ever ready to give Assistance and Protection to all such as shall obey the Commands of both or either Houses of Parliament, so they do resolve that they will inflict exemplary Punishment on all such, according to their several Demerits, as shall be refractory and disobedient to these their Commands, made known to them; and, by all good Ways and Means, will further endeavour to bring them to a legal Trial for such their Offences; but, for the Encouragement of those who have been forward and active in the Service of the Commonwealth, it is thought fit to give Notice, that those Eight Horses taken from Sir John L . . . ., and brought up to the Parliament, by Sir Thomas Barrington, and intended by Sir John Lucas for . . . strengthening of a malignant Party, are delivered, by Command, to the Lord General, to be by him employed for the Preservation of the K . . . ; and the Parliament have caused the said Sir . . . . Lucas and Mr. Newcomen to be committed . . several Prisons: And it is Resolved, That . . . . . . shall be brought to their several Trials, and . . receive such Punishment as shall appear to be . . . ., according to their Demerits; and like Process shall be had against all such as shall be found Disturbers of the Peace of that County."


Adjourn till 10 a cras.


  • 1. Deest in Originali.
  • 2. Origin. with.
  • 3. This Order is entered in the Journal of the 20th of August almost verbatim.
  • 4. This Order is in some Places a little torn at the Edges in the Original.