Die Jovis, 13 Jan. 1641.
Letters from France.
SIR H. Vane, Sir Walth. Erle, Sir Sam. Rolle, Sir
Symonds D'Ewes, are appointed to peruse the Letters
that were, by Order of the House, brought from the
Milaner's in the Exchange, being sent out of France.
Search for Arms, &c.
Mr. Whittacre reports that he searched the Lodgings
of Sir James Hamilton, according to the Order Yesterday,
but found no Arms there, as was informed.
Mr. Long, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Strode, Sir Arth. Haselrig, Mr. Cary, Mr. Arth. Goodwyn, Sir Jo. Franklyn,
Mr. Whitehead, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Jo.
Holland, Sir Ro. Pye, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Browne, Mr.
Reynolds, the Citizens of London;
This Committee, or any Three of them, have Power,
when Informations come to be given to the House, to
examine them; and, if they find them worth the Knowledge of this House, to acquaint the House therewith;
and, if they find them not of any Consequence, to dismiss the Business, and the Parties: And have Power to
send for Parties, Witnesses, and Writings; and to make
Searches, as they see Cause; and to open Doors, Chests,
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Fines bring Answer of the Message sent to the
Lords Yesterday concerning Kingston; That the Lords
do concur with this House in all the Particulars of that
Mr. Hampden, * Fienis, * Stapilton, * Reynolds,
are appointed to draw up the Substance of the Message,
Yesterday sent concerning Kingston, into the Form of
Payment to Watermen.
Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler pay the Watermen Twenty Shillings, that were hired to carry the Saddles to
Hampton-court; and were staid by Order of this House;
and by that means lost their Fare.
Ordered, That Sir Edw. Partriche, Mr. Vassall, Mr.
Rolle, the Burgesses of Bristoll and Plymouth, go presently to the Lord Admiral, and acquaint him with this
Particular, concerning the Four Ships laden with Ammunition from Dunkirke; and to desire his Lordship,
that some speedy Course may be taken for the Taking of
these Ships; and that whatsoever Charge this Business
should come to, this House does undertake to see it satisfied; and to give a Reward to those that shall do so good
Service to the Commonwealth, as to take these Ships.
Persons to attend.
Ordered, That the Lieutenant and Surveyor of the
Ordnance, and one Marsh the Storekeeper, be forthwith
summoned to appear here.
It is farther Ordered, That the Master Gunner be summoned to appear here; and that he bring with him some
Six of the chief Gunners, and by Name one Henley; and
bring a List with him of all the Gunners Names.
Sir Ro. Pye, and Mr. Arth. Goodwyn, Mr. Toll, and
Mr. Jepson, are appointed to go with this Order; and to
see in what State the Stores are, and what those Provisions are that is informed are in the Minories: And are
to acquaint the House.
Treaty with Scotland.
Sir Philip Stapilton reports from the Committee, the
Articles of Treaty with the Scotts, altered according to
the Debate of the House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That these Articles are
now drawn up and prepared according to the Sense of
Resolved, That this House is of opinion, that the
Towns and Castles of Carrickfergus and Colerayne, shall
be put into the Hands of the Scotts, to be Places for their
Retreat, Magazines, and Garisons; and that those Towns
and Castles shall remain in the Scotts Hands until the Wars
shall end, or that they shall be discharged of that Service.
This House likewise holds it fit to accept of the publick faith of the Kingdom of Scotland, for the Re-delivery of the said Castle and Towns; and that the Kingdom of England shall give publick Faith for the Payment
of all Dues that shall arise upon this present Treaty.
Resolved, upon the Question, That, for the Provision
of Victuals for the Scotch Army, Money shall be advanced
out of their Pay, to enable them to make That Provision
which they may make, out of any Part of England and
Wales, to their best Advantage; and, to transport it,
they shall have the same Assistance for providing of Shipping from the State that the English Army hath; and that
his Majesty shall be moved to grant his Licence for the
Transportation thereof Custom-free; Caution being given,
that, under Colour of such Provision, Victuals be not carried to the Rebels: And, if this Proposition be not accepted, then the like Provision shall be made for them,
as hath been, or shall be, made for the English Army.
The rest of the Article is assented unto.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the House holds
it fit to assent unto the Scotts Third Proposition; and
that Power shall be given to the General there to raise
Horses for the Service expressed in the Article, at the
publick Charge of that Kingdom, as they shall have
Occasion to use them.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House holds
it fit to assent unto the Scotts Fourth Proposition.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Scotts shall go
in the Way and Order of an Army, under their own General and Subaltern Officers; Which General shall have
the same Pay that the Scotts allowed when they employed
one themselves: And that they shall have the Province of
Ulster appointed, wherein they shall first prosecute the
War: And, to that Part of the Article concerning Power,
to give Conditions to Towns, Castles, &c. as shall be
most expedient for the Service, it is assented unto; but
not to grant any Toleration for the Popish Religion.
To be treated on again;-That their whole Army should
be commanded out of their Circle by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, if he shall think fit, before the Rebellion be totally suppressed in Ulster; as also, that a third
Part of their Army may be drawn away upon Occasion.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Scotts shall be
entertained and paid for Three Months; and that they
shall have a Month's Pay advanced beforehand; and shall
be afterwards paid as the English Army is paid; And it is
Resolved, That this shall be the Answer to the first
Part of the Sixth Article: And to the rest of this Article
this House doth assent unto.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Seventh Article shall be recommitted.
Forces at Kingston, &c.
Whereas Information hath been given to the Parliament, that the Lord Digby, Son to the Earl of Bristoll,
and Colonel Lunsford, with others, have gathered Troops
of Horse, and have appeared in a warlike Manner at
Kingston upon Thames, in the County of Surrey, where
the Magazine of Arms for that Part of the County lies,
to the Terror and Affright of his Majesty's good Subjects,
and Disturbance of the publick Peace of this Kingdom:
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in
Parliament, That the Sheriffs of Surrey, Berk', Buck',
Oxford, and Midd', calling to their Assistance the Justices of the Peace, and the Trained Bands of these several Counties, or so many of them as shall be necessary
for the Service, shall suppress this unlawful Assembly,
and all other the like Assemblies, gathered together to
the Disturbance of the publick Peace of this Kingdom, in
their several Counties respectively, and that they take
care to secure the said Counties, and the Magazines in
them; and that the Sheriff of Midd' take especial care
to secure the Strond and Westminster: And that all the
said Sheriffs do give speedy Account of their Proceedings
herein to the Parliament.
London Common Council.
Whereas the Common Council of London hath appointed a Committee to consider of the Defence and Safety of the City; and that the Resolutions of the said Committee can take no Effect, until they be communicated
to the Common Council; It is therefore Ordered, by the
Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Lord
Mayor shall call a Common Council as often, and at such
times, as shall be desired by the said Committee; and that
whatsoever Order the said Lord Mayor hath, or shall receive from either of the Houses of Parliament, shall be
by him forthwith imparted to the said Committee.
Town of Portsmouth.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in
Parliament, That the Governor of Portesmouth shall neither deliver up the Fort or Town, nor receive any Forces
into either of them, but by his Majesty's Authority, signified to him by both Houses of Parliament.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Philip Stapilton reports, That he carried up Yesterday to the Lords the Two Votes concerning Sir. John
Byron, Lieutenant of the Tower: To the first, the Lords
do fully concur with this House: As to the second, they
will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The humble Petition of the Soldiers of his Majesty's
Garison of Portesmouth was this Day read.
That Sir Rob. Pye, Sir Arth. Ingram, and Sir Hen.
Vaine, do speak with the Commissioners of the Treasury,
and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to know why there
is so much Arrear to the Garison of Portesmouth; and
what Monies may be had towards the Payment of the
same: And they are likewise to send for the Customers;
and to know what Monies remain in their Hands, that
some Payment may be made out of the same to that
Garison; and to report the same to this House.
Sir Walter Earle reports, that the Committee appointed to peruse the Letters sent to Mr. Crofts, ... that the
Committee finds nothing in them of any Consequence,
that concerns the Publick there.
Arms, &c. at Yorke.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of the City of Yorke
shall not suffer the King's Arms and Munition there to
be disposed of, but by his Majesty's Authority, signified
unto him by both Houses of Parliament: And Sir Wm.
Allinson is to send down this Order.
Votes of Committee in London.
Ordered, That Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Whitlocke, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Samuel Browne, Mr. Grimston,
Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Cage, or any Three of them, to draw
into the Form of an Order the several Votes of the Committee, appointed by this House to sit in London, to consider of the Safety of the Kingdom: And to present the
same unto the House.
Privilege-Impeachment of the Five Members.
Articles of Impeachment against Five Members of this
House, depending in the Lords House, was read.
Lord Gray is to go up to the Lords with this Message; To acquaint their Lordships, that this House finds,
under the Clerk's Hand of their House, that there are
Articles of High Treason exhibited in their House against
divers Members of this House: And to desire their
Lordships to be pleased to inform this House, who did
bring in the said Articles.
Mr. Glyn, Sir Hen. Vaine, junior, Mr. Greene,
Mr. Martin, Mr. Whistler, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Reynolds,
Mr. Hill, Mr. White;
This Committee is appointed to consider of some
Heads for a Conference, concerning the Articles of Impeachment, in the Lords House, against some Members
of this House, and the Breach of Privilege thereupon.
Lieut. of the Tower.
Ordered, That a Conference be had with the Lords
concerning the Lieutenant of the Tower; and that the
Lords be again desired, at that Conference, to join with
this House to move his Majesty, that Sir John Conyers
may be appointed Lieutenant of the Tower, and Sir
Jo. Byron removed: And Mr. Pym is to manage this
Mr. Peard, Sir Jo. Hotham, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr.
Lisle, Mr. Rob. Goodwyn, Sir Tho. Boxyer, Sir Wm.
Litton, Mr. Moore, or any Three of them, do consider
of the Bail given to the Serjeant, for any Person committed by the House to the Custody of the Serjeant; and
to report their Opinion to this House, both concerning
the Bail, and the Persons bailed.
Committee at London.
Resolved, upon the Question. That this House doth
approve, allow, and confirm the particular Votes, now
presented from the Committee at London, and now read:
It is Ordered, that they be referred to the former
Committee, to be drawn into Form of a Declaration.
Answer from Lords.
Lord Gray brings Answer, that Mr. Attorney General
did exhibit those Articles.
Information against Prickett.
An information of Words, spoken by Allen Prickett,
and avowed by Matthias Bennett, against Mr. Pym, a
Member of this House, was this Day read; and ordered
to be referred to the Committee for Informations.
Ordered, That those Lords that are Bail for Captain
Legg shall be moved to bring in Captain Legg forthwith:
and the Serjeant is to move those Lords accordingly.
Serj. Major Berry, &c.
Ordered, That Serjeant Major Berry, and his Officers,
shall be discharged from the Constables, and proceed in
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire their Lordships to join with this House, in a Message
to the Dutche Ambassador, to desire him to give Order
and Encouragement to the Dutche Admiral, now at Plimouth, to do his best Endeavours for the Taking of the
Four Frigates, or any other Vessels, laden with Ammunition, coming from Dunkirke, and bound for Ireland.
Sir Jo. Hotham went up with this Message to the Lords.
States Ambassador thanked.
Sir Rich. Cave is ordered to give Thanks from this
House to the States Ambassador for his good Affections
expressed to this State.
Lieut. of the Tower.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfeild and
The Lords have commanded us to let you know, that
the Lieutenant of the Tower is come, and is with their
Impeachment of the Bishops.
A Message from the Lords by Sir Rob. Riche and
The Lords have commanded us to let you know, that
they have appointed Monday for the Twelve Bishops,
impeached, to appear before them in Person.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider
what way is most fit to proceed against the Twelve Bishops
impeached, to meet To-morrow, at Seven of Clock in
the Court of Wards.
Sir Jo. Hotham brings Answer, That the Lords did
fully agree with this House, to send to the Dutch Embassador to make Stay of those Ships, or any other, that
should bring Succours to Ireland, as was desired.
Privilege- Impeachment of the Five Members.
Mr. Brown reports from the Committee appointed to
consider of Heads of a Conference, concerning the Articles against Five Members of this House, in hæc Verba;
"Whereas we understand from your Lordships, that
the King's Attorney General, in the House of Peers, hath
preferred these Articles of High Treason, and other Misdemeanors, against Mr. Denzill Hollis, Sir Arthur Hasselrigg, Mr. John Pym, Mr. Jo. Hampden, and Mr. Wm.
Strode, Members of the House of Commons; we declare,
that this is a high Breach of the Privilege of the House
of Commons; for which, in due time, we shall desire
Justice: And, to the Intent that the Truth may be discovered, and that legal Proceeding may be speedily had,
we desire your Lordships to require Mr. Attorney to
answer these Questions;"
"1. Whether he contrived, framed, or advised, the
said Articles, or any of them; if not, then whether he
doth know, or have heard, who did frame, contrive, or
advise, the said Articles, or any of them."
"2. Whether he knoweth the Truth of the said Articles, or any of them, in his own Knowledge, or by
Information; or whether he had any Testimony, or Proof,
of these Articles before the Exhibiting of them."
"3. Whether he will undertake to make good the said
Articles, or any of them, when he shall be thereunto
called in due Course of Law."
"4. From whom he received the Articles; and by
whose Directions and Advice he did exhibit the same."
Resolved, upon the Question, That this shall be the
Heads of the Conference; and that these Questions shall
be then offered to the Lords, to be propounded to Mr.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Impeachment
made by Mr. Attorney in the House of Peers, against
the Five Members of this House, is a high Breach of
the Privilege of this House.
Ordered, That Sir Philip Stapleton do go to the Lords
with this Message; To desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, concerning some Members of
this House, impeached in the Lords House, of High
Treason, by the King's Attorney General: And to desire,
that Mr. Attorney may be commanded to attend That
Conference; and that the Committee of the Lords may
have Power, at That Conference, to propound such
Questions unto him as shall be offered by the Committee
of this House; and that Mr. Attorney be required to
answer unto them.
Officers of the Tower.
Ordered, That Sir Gilb. Gerrard, Mr. Hampden, Sir
Ro. Pye, and Sir Hen. Mildmay, do examine the Officers
of the Tower, now at the Door, what Persons suspected
have been lately put into the Tower; and to ask them, if
they will all take the Protestation; and to acquaint them,
that this House sent for them, in respect that they had a
good Opinion of them; thinking they might have had
Occasion to use them; but at this time they have not:
And so to dismissed them.
Sir Philip Stapleton brings Answer, The Lords do give
a present Meeting, at a Conference, as is desired.
Mr. Browne, Sir Hen. Vaine jun. Mr. Fynes, Mr.
Reynolds, Serjeant Wilde, are appointed Managers of the
Lieut. of the Tower.
Information being given, that Sir Jo. Byron, Lieutenant of the Tower, was at the Door, ... was called in to
the Bar; and kneeled there a while; and then, rising
again, delivered an humble Petition to the House: which
was read: And Ordered, That the Serjeant should ac-quaint him, that the House hath read his Petition; and,
in due time, will take it into further Consideration.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning, peremptorily,
at Ten of Clock, the House shall take into Consideration
some way of providing such Monies, as shall be thought
necessary for the Service of Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Fynes do carry up to the Lords,
as soon as they are set, the Scoche Propositions: And
Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind hereof.
Person to attend.
Ordered, That Henley, one of the Gunners of the
Tower, do attend here To-morrow Morning.
Defence of the Kingdom.
Mr. Whittlock reports from the Committee appointed
to prepare a Declaration to be sent into all the Counties,
advising them to put themselves in a Posture of Defence,
a Declaration, in hæc Verba:
Whereas the Papists and other ill-affected Persons
within this Kingdom, both before and since this Parliament, by many wicked and traiterous Designs, mentioned
in a Remonstrance of the State of this Kingdom, have
plotted and laboured the Confusion of this State and
Government, the Subversion of the ancient and fundamental Laws of the Kingdom, and a Division of the
Body of this Commonwealth from the Head thereof; to
the end they might the better effect their devilish and
bloody Purposes, for the utter Destruction of the true
reformed Religion, and the Professors of the same: And,
in further Pursuance of their wicked Endeavours, have,
and daily do contrive all possible Means, to bring this
Kingdom into the like miserable Condition with that of
Ireland; as doth clearly appear to the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament, by sundry Informations
and Examinations produced before them: And, the
better to bring the same to pass here, as they have
already done in Ireland, they secretly, and cunningly
work to raise Distractions in this Kingdom, by high
Breaches of the Privileges of Parliament; plotting to
have some of the Members thereof to be accused of
High Treason, and some of them to be taken by Force
out of the House of Commons, and, to that End, resorting in great Numbers, in a warlike Manner, to the
very Door of the said House, armed with Swords,
Pistols, and other Weapons, ready and intending to fall
upon the said House, and to have cut the Throats of
the Members there; as by divers Examinations clearly
appears; whereby this Parliament might have been
dissolved in Blood and Confusion, the Relief of the
Protestants in Ireland prevented, and an evident and
speedy Way opened to the Ruin of us, and our Religion, here in this Kingdom: But, failing of their Hopes
therein, through the great Mercy of God towards us,
nevertheless they still persist in their wicked and traiterous Courses, confederating themselves with Strangers,
and instigating foreign Princes to conjoin their Councils
and Forces, and by Invasion from abroad, intestine
Wars here amongst ourselves, to waste the Wealth and
Substance, and totally to annihilate the true Protestant
Religion, and the whole Frame of Government in all
his Majesty's Dominions: And, building upon that
Foundation, great Numbers of Soldiers, Papists, and
other disaffected Persons to our Existence and Wellbeing, have inrolled themselves in a List, under the
Command of Persons fit for the Execution of their
wicked Designs; and have made great Preparations of
Arms, Ammunition, and Victual, in several Parts of the
Kingdom, where they have likewise had frequent Assemblies, to consult how they might compass their detestable
Machinations: And, through malignant Councils, have
prevailed so far as to have the Tower of London, and
other Places of eminent Strength and Trust, to be put
into the Hands of such Persons, as we have just Cause
to suspect will adhere to them, and turn the Strength of
the Kingdom against itself: All which the Lords and
Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, as
Watchmen, trusted for the Good and Welfare of the
King, Church, and State, having taken into their serious
Consideration, and labouring by all fit Means, to prevent these great and threatning Dangers to his Majesty's
Royal Person, and to our Religion, Lives, Liberties, and
Fortunes, have thought good to give a timely Advertisement thereof to all his Majesty's Subjects of the
reformed Protestant Religion; declaring hereby, that
they hold it necessary, and advising, that with all Expedition, they put themselves into a good Posture of
Defence; to provide fit Arms and Ammunition, and be
ready, upon all Occasions, to defend their several Counties from domestick Insurrections, or foreign Invasions:
And that the Sheriffs, Justices of Peace, and Mayors,
and Head Officers, within their several Limits, do take
care, that their Magazines of Powder, Arms, and other
Ammunition, be compleatly furnished; and that they
cause strong Guards and Watches to be set in convenient
Places, for the Securing themselves, and for the Apprehending of such Persons whom they shall have just
Cause to suspect; and if, upon Examination, any
Grounds of Danger shall appear, to give Notice thereof
unto the Parliament: And that all Officers take special
care, that no Soldiers, Arms, or Ammunition, be raised
or levied, nor any Castles, Forts, or Magazines, delivered
up, without his Majesty's Authority, signified by both
Houses of Parliament.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Declaration
shall pass, as the Declaration of this House: and be sent
up to the Lords, to desire their Lordships to join with
this House therein.
Ordered, That Mr. Whittlock shall carry up this Declaration, touching the Safety of the Kingdom, now
passed this House, to the Lords; to desire their Lordships to join therein.
Mr. Whittlock carried up the Declaration, according
to the former Order.
Mr. Whittlock brings Answer, that he had delivered
the Declaration, according to the Command of this
House; and that their Lordships will send Answer by
Messengers of their own.