Die Martis, 8 Martii, 1641.
ORDERED, That it be referred to the Committee
for scandalous Ministers, to receive the Certificates
concerning the Receiving of the Protestation, and to consider what is fit to be done with those that refuse it: And
all that will come are to have Voices at this Committee.
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, That Sir Ro. Napier shall have Leave to go
into the Country.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning, Sir H. Vane
shall report the Business concerning the Trade of the
Trade in Currans.
Sir H. Vane reports the Business concerning the Trade
of Currans: That for every Hundred Pounds in Money
at Zante, for Currans which they fetch from thence, it
costeth a Hundred Pounds; and, when they come hither,
it costeth them Fifty Pounds more for Customs: So One
hundred and fifty Pounds is raised upon One hundred
Pounds-worth of Commodities of Currans. The Merchants were at the Committee; and are so sensible of this
Mischief, that they are willing to... any Course to prevent it. Therefore they propounded this Remedy; That,
from the First of August next, there should be a direct
Inhibition by the King and Parliament, that no Currans
of the Growth of the next Year shall be permitted to
come into this Kingdom: And, by this means, the Venetians, who vent this Commodity no where else but here,
will follow us to come and trade there again, upon reasonable Conditions. The Merchants trading thither say, if you
make no Proceedings in this, and that with Expedition, it
will be worse for the Merchant. At first these Currans
were bought for Commodities of this Kingdom of small
Value; but now they are so inriched with our Trade
thither, that nothing but present Monies will buy That
Commodity: And so the Kingdom loseth the Benefit of
so much Money. The State of Venice do put a great
Imposition on our Cloths, or else will not suffer us to
unload the same at Zante; which is another thing fit to
be taken into Consideration.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider
of the Trade of Suff' Cloth, where Sir H. Vane has the
Chair, shall prepare an Order, and bring it in to the
House To-morrow Morning, to be presented to the Lords
and his Majesty, for inhibiting the Importation of Currans
into the Kingdom, after the First of August next: They
are likewise to provide in this Order, that, by this Inhibition, the Prince of Currans may not be inhanced to an
unreasonable Rate, either by the Retailers, or the Merchants, in the mean time: And they are likewise to consider what Price is fit to be set upon Currans that are
now in the Kingdom, or shall be brought in, in the mean
Resolved, upon the Question, That there shall be an
Inhibition of the Importation of Currans, from the First
of August next, it is order * * * *
Tumults in Durham.
Whereas by a Letter written by the Sheriff and divers
Justices of Peace of the County of Durham, to an
honourable Member of this House, and this Day read in
this House, it doth appear that great Multitudes of People
have of late assembled themselves, at several Times, in
several Parts of that County, to the Number of Three
hundred or Four hundred in One Company, in a warlike
Manner, upon Pretence of pulling down some Inclosures;
which they have already done, in a very dangerous Manner, in some Parts of the County; and threaten to do the
like in other Parts: And for that this House conceiveth,
that such tumultnous and disordely Meetings are altogether in themselves unlawful, and may, in these Times
prove of very dangerous Consequence; It is therefore this
Day Ordered, by the House of Commons, That the Justices of Peace of the said County, shall make diligent
Inquiry after the Names of such Persons as were the
chief Leaders in the said tumultuous Assemblies, or any
of them; and certify their Names forthwith to this House,
that such speedy and exemplary Course may be held
against them, as to Law and Justice appertains. And,
for the future, it is further Ordered, That if any tumultuous Assembly, or Rout of People, upon any Pretence
whatsoever, shall, at any time hereafter, be made in any
Part of the said County, that the said Justices of Peace
and Sheriffs shall, by all Ways and Means possible, endeavour to suppress the same; and that if need be, the
Sheriff shall go with the Power of the County to arrest
such Offenders and Rioters; and shall arrest them: And
the said Justices and Sheriffs shall record That which they
shall so find done in their Presence against the Law:
And if it happen that such Trespassers and Offenders
shall be scattered and departed, before the. Coming of
the said Justices and Sheriffs, that the said Justices, or
any Three or Two of them, shall diligently enquire after
such Assembly and Rout of People so made; and shall
do therein what by the Statutes and Laws of this Kingdom they are enabled to do: And they are hereby further
required to certify the Names of the Offenders, and their
further Proceedings in the Premises, to this House; that
in case such Offenders shall, by their Multitudes or otherwise, evade such Punishment as the Justices of Peace can
inflict upon them, then this House may take the same into
further Consideration, and take such Course for punishing
the Offenders, as in Justice shall be thought meet.
Nevertheless, this House doth further declare, that if any
Person or Persons whatsoever be injured by any Inclosures of late made in that County, without just Warrant
of Law, or Consent of Parties; upon their Address to this
House, by Petition, or other of their just Complaints, this
House will be careful to take such speedy Course for their
Relief as shall be agreeable to Justice; and will also take
into Consideration, in due time, the Petitions now remaining before them, against the Bishop of Durham and
others, for their Inclosures. And the Sheriff of the
County is likewise hereby required to publish this Order,
that it may be taken notice of through the County.
Resolved, That it is thus Ordered.
Information against Edmonds, &c.
Mr. Tho. Crant was called to the Bar; and did inform
the House, that he being, on Saturday Night last, at
the Balcony Tavern in Covent Garden, one Colonel
Fra. Edmonds spoke these Words, in the Presence of
divers others, "That he was glad his Majesty gave no
other Answer to the Militia; and that he did hope his
Majesty and the House would never agree; and that he
would be very glad his Majesty would display his Banner: And, if Strode, Pym, and Hampden, were in a convenient Place, they should not trouble his Majesty any
longer;- He would dispatch them."
Geo. Parker being called in, spoke to the same Purpose:- And said further, That Sir Peirce Crosby, Mr.
Baily and his Son, and Serjeant Major Hamilton:- And
saith, that the said Colonel Edmonds is a Papist.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Colonel Francis
Edmonds shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by
the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, for Speaking
of dangerous Words against the King and Parliament.
Ordered, That Sir Piers Crosby and Mr. Bayly be
forthwith summoned to appear before this House.
Letter &c. from Oxford.
A Letter from Gentlemen of the County of Oxon, and
the Copy of a Petition that is sent up and down the
County of Oxon for Subscription; the which Petition lays
Imputations upon the former Petition presented to this
House from that County: And the Letter names Sir
Wm. Walther to be a great Agent and Promoter of this
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Walter be forthwith summoned
to appear before this House, to answer unto such Matters
as shall be objected against him.
Answer to the King.
Sir Arth. Haselrig reports from the Committee appointed to prepare an Answer to his Majesty's Reply
concerning Persons passed over into Ireland by Licences
under his Majesty's Hand, the Answer to his Majesty's
Reply... was read: And
It is Ordered, That it be recommitted to the same
Committee, with the Addition of Sir Simonds D'Ewes,
Sir John Northcott, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Crue, Sir Walth.
Erle, Sir Jo. Coke, Mr. Rowse: And are to meet Tomorrow Morning, at Eight of Clock, in the Inner Court
Trial of Mr. Attorney.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Committee of
this House, employed to manage the Evidence at the Trial
of Mr. Attorney, in the Lords House, shall not continue
there to hear any Counsel to plead to the Matter of
Fact, or to the Privilege of Parliament.
Letter from the King- Trial of Mr. Attorney.
A Message from the Lord, by Sir Ro. Rich and
The Lords have received this Letter, sent by the King
to the Lord Keeper; and by him sent to the Lords. It
is concerning Mr. Attorney: It is a Letter of great Concernment: They have sent it down hither to be perused:
They have no Copy of it: and desire it may be sent up
to them again. Notwithstanding, they resolve to proceed
with the Trial of Mr. Attorney, if this House be ready
[at this Time] this being the Work of the Day.
* * * *
Answer returned by the same Messengers; The House
has taken their Lordships Message into Consideration;
and have resolved to send some Members of their House
to be present at the Trial of Mr. Attorney, at the Time
Resolved, upon the Question, That no further Question
concerning the Trial of Mr. Attorney, shall be put at this
Book of Rates.
Ordered, That the Committee of the whole House
shall meet To-morrow Morning, at Eight of Clock, to
consider of the Book of Rates.
Captains of the Fleet.
Ordered, That on Thursday Morning next, at Ten of
Clock, the House peremptorily consider of the List of
the Captains of the Fleet.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Brereton shall repair to the
Lord Admiral, and acquaint him with this Relation of
the Two Barks that are stayed at Chester, come from
France, and bound for Dublyn in Ireland; and to desire
him to take some Course, that the Ships may be thoroughly
searched; and that it may be examined, whether the
Goods laden aboard the Ships be Rebels Goods; and if
it shall appear that they are so, that they may be confiscate;
and, in the mean Space, that the Ship may be stayed; and
to take an especial Care of the Spanish Iron aboard the
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for
Printing, where Mr. White has the Chair, especially to
consider of the Printing of a Pamphlet, intituled, A Declaration of Sir Phelim Oneil Knight, General of Ireland,
to the High Court of Parliament, &c.; and that they do
take some speedy Course herein for repairing the Honour
of the Earl of Ormond, much wounded by this Pamphlet;
and for the corporal Punishment of the Printer, and the
Contriver; and that they make a speedy Report hereof.
That the Petition of Henry Beecher, Gentleman, be
referred to the Committee for Contributions, to consider
of his Necessities.
Proceedings against Edmonds.
Colonel Francis Edmonds being demanded where he
was in Service last; answered, In the Duke of Lorraine's:
-Confesses that he was at a Tavern in the Covent Garden on Saturday last:- Colonel Gobreth, Serjeant Major
Hamilton, Sir Piers Crosby, and Mr. Bayly a Minister,
and his Father, and all Scotts:- He did protest he remembered not any such Words as were charged.
Ordered, That Colonel Francis Edmonds be forthwith
committed Prisoner to the Gatehouse, till the House shall
* * * *; and that the farther Examination of this Business be referred to the Committee for Informations.
Raising Soldiers for France.
Colonel Fitz Williams, being at the Bar, said, That he
did raise these Recruits by virtue of an Order of the last
of January: That the French Ambassador had received
Letters from France, that those last Forty that he sent
over were arrived at Calais, and are at this time in Colonel
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for
Examinations, to examine whether these Irish, thus raised
by Colonel Fitz Williams, be really designed to be sent
into France: and whether he can give good Security for
the Delivering and Landing of them in France.
Sir G. Hambleton.
Ordered, That the Sheriff of Midd' shall deliver Sir
Geo. Hambleton, Knight, into the Custody of the Serjeant
of this House, (for which this shall be his Warrant) that
he may be examined by the Committee of this House,
where Sir Wm. Lewis has the Chair: And that Committee is to sit To-morrow, at Eight... Clock, in the
Court of Wards, to examine that Business.
Letters read. Sir A. Loftus.
Divers Letters from Ireland were this Day read.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sixpence in the
Pound, demanded by Sir Adam Loftus out of the Soldiers
Money, shall not be allowed unto him.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for
Irish Affairs, to consider what Allowance is fit to be
given to Sir Adam Loftus, for his Pains as Treasurer at
Wars for the Army of Ireland.
Ordered, That the Bill of Four hundred thousand
Pounds shall be read the Third time To-morrow, peremptorily, at Ten of the Clock.
Ordered, That the Lord Admiral be desired, from this
House, to take into his Consideration, how there may be
some speedy and constant Provision of Shipping for the
Transporting of Men and Horses from Chester to Ireland, that they may not stay there when they come to be
Contributions for Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the
Contribution Money, to dispose, as they shall think fit,
of such of the Contribution Monies as are in their Hands,
for the Relief of such Persons as are come out of Ireland,
and shall be made appear to that Committee to be in great
Necessity: And that Committee has Power to receive
all Petitions of that Nature; and to do therein, for their
Relief, as they shall think fit.
Ordered, That Mr. Hollis do go to the Lords with this
Message; to desire their Lordships to appoint a Committee of their House, to join with a Committee of this
House, for the Disposing of the Contribution Money
gathered in their Lordships House.
Soldiers raised for France.
Ordered, That the Irishmen, stayed in Milford-lane,
raised by Colonel Fitz Williams, shall be forthwith discharged: And the Constable of that Place is required to
see them imbarked in that Bark provided for their
Transportation into France.
Irish Papists, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Whittacres do prepare the Draught
of an Order, and present it to the House, for the Preventing of the great Repair of Irish Papists, and suspected
Persons, out of Ireland hither; and for the Staying and
Apprehending of such as are here already.
Butterwicke's, &c. Petition.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of George Butterwicke; and the humble Petition of Edmond Sherwyn,
late of Crenagh, in the County of Cavan, in Ireland; be
referred to the Committee for the Contribution Money.