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 Sabbati, 4 die Februarii.
Lord Newnham, Speaker this Day.
Mr. Culmer recommended to the Abp. for the Living of Chartham.
The House being this Day informed, "That the Benefice of Chartham, near Canterbury, is now actually void, being in the Gift of the Archbishop of Cant." It is Ordered, That Mr. Richard Culmer, a painful Minister, who was deprived of his Living for not reading the Book for Sabbath Sports, shall be recommended to the Archbishop of Canterbury, to be Minister of Chartham aforesaid.
Order to quiet the Possession in Sutton Marsh.
The House being informed this Day, "That divers Persons have, in tumultuous Manner, thrown down the Ditches and Banks, in Sutton Marsh, in the County of Lyncolne, and do threaten to proceed to further Destruction of the Houses and Banks on Shrove Tuesday next:" It is Ordained, That the Sheriff and Deputy Lieutenants of that County shall be commanded to take Care to prevent all Insurrections and Tumults; and that the Possession be quieted, until the Title be tried, either by this House or any other Court of Justice; and further, that this Ordinance shall be sent to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence herein.
Next, an Order formerly brought up from the House of Commons, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence, was read, as followeth:
Order for 1000 l;. for Sir Christopher Wray, to pay his Troop.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Committee for Subscription-monies in the Counties of Lyncolne, or any Three of them, do impress One Thousand Pounds, upon Accompt, to Sir Christopher Wray, out of the said Subscription-monies of Lyncolneshire, towards the Satisfaction of such Monies as have been by him disbursed, to pay his Troop under his Command, in the Army in the North."
Message from the H. C. for Concurrence in Two Ordinances;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Harley, which consisted of these Parts:
1. To desire their Lordships Concurrence in Two Ordinances:
1. Concerning the Soldiers and others in the Prisons in and about the City of London. (Here enter it.)
Agreed to, with the Addition of these Words ["or his Excellency the Earl of Essex, Lord General of the Army."]
2. An Order to add more Names to the Committees that are in the Ordinance mentioned, for associating of the Counties of Warwicke and Stafford. (Here enter it.)
to expedite the Ordinance for the E. of Warwick to command the Fleet.
Secondly, The House of Commons desires their Lordships to give Expedition in the Ordinance for appointing the Earl of Warwicke to command this Summer's Fleet, because they are informed that about Thirty Pilots are sent from Newcastle towards Denmarke, and conceived to be employed in conducting the Danish Fleet to come upon these Coasts.
Conference to be had with the H. C. about it.
Ordered, To have a present Free Conference with the House of Commons, to know the Reasons why they press the Passing of the Ordinance at this Time, and whether the Ships may not be set out by Order of the Commissioners for the Navy for a few Days, [ (fn. 1) as well as] by the Nomination of the Admiral, and his going down to the Fleet.
and to expedite the Confession for the next Fast.
3. The House of Commons desires their Lordships would please to give Expedition in the Confession, which is to be published at the next Fast.
The Answer returned was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House agrees with the House of Commons, in adding the Names to the Committees for Warwicke and Stafford; and concerning the Ordinance touching the Earl of Warwicke's going to Sea, and the Order concerning the Prisoners, and the Confession, this House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about the Earl of Warwick's Commission to command the Fleet.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To desire a present Free Conference, in the Painted Chamber, touching the Commission for the Earl of Warwick's going to Sea, and concerning the Order touching the Prisoners at Windsor; and to let them know, that this House agrees in the Order for paying One Thousand Pounds to Sir Christopher Wray, to pay his Troop.
The Answer returned by the Messengers from the House of Commons was:
That the House of Commons will give a present Conference, as is desired.
Heads for the Conference.
The Heads of this Conference was, "To let the House of Commons know, that their Lordships are desirous to concur with them in every Thing which concerneth the Public Good; they do therefore defire to know whether, for a few Days, the setting forth of the Ships may not be as fully advanced by the Commissioners of the Navy, as by the Nomination of the Admiral, and the sending him down to the Fleet."
The House of Commons being in the Painted Chamber, ready for the Conference, this House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
And, after Consideration of the Reasons urged by the House of Commons;
Earl of Warwick's Commission not passed.
This Question was put,
"Whether this Commission for making the Earl of Warwicke Admiral of the Navy shall be read now?"
And it was Resolved negatively.
Hereupon the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Painted Chamber, to let the House of Commons (fn. 2) know, that this House hath considered of their Reasons given at the last Conference; and their Lordships do conceive that the Commissioners may take Order for setting forth the Ships for a few Days, without any Prejudice to the Business.
Order to add Names to Committees for associating Stafford and Warwickshire.
"It is Ordered and Ordained by the Lords and and Commons in Parliament, That, for the more convenient and effectual putting in Execution a certain Declaration and Ordinance of Parliament, for the associating of the Counties of Warwicke and Stafford, and the Cities of Coventry and Leichfeild, and the Counties of the said Cities, that there be added to the Committees in the said Ordinance mentioned those whose Names are herein expressed; that is to say, for the County of Warwick and the City and County of Coventry, Sir William Bolestrode, Sir Edward Peyto, and Sir Richard Skessington, Knights, Lieutenant Colonel Phippes, Serjeant Major Burgoine, Isaack Bromwich, Humfry Mackworth, Thomas Willoughby, Gamaliell Purefoy, and Waldine Willington, Esquires; the City and County of Leichfeild, Symon Ridgley Esquire, John Chitwood of Okeley Esquire, Edward Manwareing Junior Esquire, Lewis Chadwick Esquire, William Jolly, Anthony Rudiard, Joseph Whitehall, William Bendy, Thomas Dollman, William Turton, and John Smicox, Gentlemen, to be Committees in the said several and respective Counties and Cities, to all Intents and Purposes, according as is expressed in the said Declaration and Ordinance of Association."
Order to remove Prisoners to Windsor.
"The Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, taking into Consideration that many Soldiers and others, late in the Prisons in and about the City of London, might be dangerous to the Peace of the City of continued there, have removed Fiftyfive of them, mentioned in the Paper hereunto annexed, unto the Castle of Windsor; now in the Custody of Colonel John Venn; for their more safe Keeping, and better Preservation of the Peace both of the Kingdom and City of London, do hereby Order and require the said Colonel John Venn, Governor of the said Castle of Windsor, to receive them, and such other Prisoners as shall be committed by Authority of both or either of the Houses of Parliament, into his Custody, and to keep them in some Place of Safety in the said Castle, until both Houses of Parliament, or either of the said Houses, or his Excellency the Earl of Essex General of the Army, by whom the said Prisoners shall be committed, shall give further Order for their Enlargement; most of the said Prisoners being committed for levying actual War against the King and Parliament, the rest as being ill-affected and very dangerous Persons: And, during the Imprisoment of all such Prisoners as aforesaid, the said Colonel Venn is hereby required not to permit or suffer any One of them, to him so committed, to go abroad out of the said Castle, or to suffer any Man to come and speak with any One of them, without the special Licence, and in the Presence, of such as shall be appointed by him; nor to permit any Letters to be delivered unto any One of them, or sent from any One of them; but that he take into his Custody any such Letter or Letters as shall be tendered or endeavoured to be delivered unto any One of them, or sent by any One of them, and to open the same, and, finding that they contain Matter conducing to the Breach of the Public Peace of the Commonwealth in general, or derogatory to the Honour of both or either Houses of Parliament, to send them up to One or both Houses with all Expedition: And for the better regulating of Fees of all such Prisoners as are now to him, the said Colonel, committed, and by him taken into Custody, or shall hereafter be to him committed, by One or both Houses of Parliament, or by my Lord General the Earl of Essex, the said Colonel, his Deputy or Assigns, shall or may, from Time to Time, receive and take of every Lieutenant, Cornet, or Ensign, Twenty-six Shillings and Eight Pence, and not above, at his or their Entrance; of every inferior Officer, or other ordinary Person, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, at his or their Entrance, and not above; of every Knight, Captain of Horse or Foot, or Esquire, Forty Shillings, and not above, at his or their Entrance; and for any Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, Serjeant Major, or any Person of high Degree, Five Marks, and not above, at his or their Entrance: And lastly it is Ordered, That the said Colonel, his Deputy or Assigns, shall and may take of every Prisoner, during the Time of his or their Imprisonment, and before (fn. 3) he or they be enlarged, for the Accomodations of his or their Chamber or Cham bers, some reasonable Allowance Weekly, according to the Room or Rooms, with their Accomodation, that any one so imprisoned shall make use of: And whatsoever the said Colonel Venn shall do in Obedience to this Order, the Lords and Commons in Parliament shall take it as an acceptable Service done to the Parliament and Kingdom, and will save him, the said Colonel Venn, harmless and indemnified for his so doing."
"A List of the Names of the Prisoners sent to Windsor Castle, the 11th of January 1642.
House adjourned till 10a die Lunæ.