Die Martis, 25 Januarii, 1641.
De Boys' Petition.
THE humble Petition of Philibert Emanuel de Boys
was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
The humble Petition of Thomas Lord Viscount Baltinglass was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That this Petition and Petitioner be recommended to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, for some
Employment worthy of him: And Sir Ben. Rudyard is
appointed to wait upon the Lieutenant with this Petition,
and the Petitioner.
Harrison's, &c. Claims.
Whereas Gilbert Harrison, Edw. Clapton, and other
Citizens, preferred a Petition to the Committee at
Grocers-hall, * * * * It is this Day Ordered, That a
Letter of Directions be sent to the Lords Justices and
Council of Ireland, to acquaint them, that great Sums
of Money, to the Value of One hundred and Eighty
thousand Pounds, are intrusted to Merchants of Dublyn,
that are many of them Papists, by Merchants of London;
and to desire them, that Order may be taken, that stay
be made of those Goods, to be responsible to the Petitioners Debts: And Mr. Serjeant Wilde is to draw this
Ordered, That the Committee for the Bill, concerning
Sir Tho. Dawes' Estate, be revived, to sit To-morrow
Morning, at Eight of Clock, in the accustomed Place:
And that the Petition, this Day preferred to this House,
be referred to the Consideration of the said Committee.
Mr. Pelham reports, from the Committee for the
Petition of Wisbich, the State of that Case.
The House being informed, that some Gentlemen of
Herts' were at the Door, to present a Petition to this
House; they were called in; and did, in the Name of
the whole County, present their Petition:
Which done, they withdrew.
And the Petition being read;
They were again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the
Command of the House, told them, that the House
finds their Petition full of great Expressions, of their
Affections to serve the King and the Commonwealth;
full of Care and Zeal for a thorough Reformation in the
Church and Commonwealth: For which this House
gives them Thanks: And as they have hitherto employed
their Endeavours, so they will continue their Care for
the Reforming the Grievances in the Church and Commonwealth: And, for the other Particulars, expressed
in your Petition, they will take it into Consideration in
Hertford Petition to Lords.
A Copy of a Petition, directed to the Lords, by the
Inhabitants of the County of Herts', was likewise presented to the House.
Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Sam. Rolle, Sir Tho. Dacres, Sir
Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Wyngate, Sir Walth.
Erle, Lord Cramborne, Sir Jo. Jennins, Mr. Vane, the
Knights and Burgesses of Herts';
This Committee is to examine who printed the Petition, in the Name of the Inhabitants of the County of
Herts'; and who was the Author of it, and brought it
to be printed.
Cambridge University Petition.
They are likewise to consider and examine who printed
the Petition, in the Name of the University of Cambridge;
and who were the Authors of it, and brought it to the
Press. And they have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And are to meet To-morrow,
at Eight of Clock, in the Star-chamber.
The House was acquainted, that some Merchants
were at the Door; who made offer to set forth Twenty
or Thirty Ships, or so many as shall be necessary, for
the Defence and Safety of the Kingdom.
.. Pym, .. Stapilton, .. Hollis, .. Fines, .. Pye, ..
Bowyer, .. Bence, .. Harley, .. Rigby, .. Barrington,
.. Soame, .. Gower Hotham;
This Committee is to treat with the Merchants that
have made Propositions to this House, for Setting forth
of Ships to Sea; upon what Conditions they will set
forth these Ships; and to report to the House. And it
is farther Ordered, That this Committee be joined to the
former Committee for the Navy: And they are to meet
at such Times as they shall think fit.
The Merchants that undertook to set forth the Ships
were called in: And Mr. Speaker did give them Thanks,
for their Readiness and Affections to serve this State.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Philip Stapleton brings Answer to the Message sent
unto the Lords Yesterday: First, As to the Particular
concerning the Lord Craven's saying, that Mr. Fines had
no Authority to deliver that Message he did, they will
send Answer, To-morrow Morning, by Messengers of
their own: As to the second Particular, concerning, that
if the Lords would join with this House, in the Addition
to their Answer to his Majesty's Message, that they
would send this Answer to the Message by some
Members of their House to his Majesty; the Lord
Keeper gave Answer, that the Lords thought not fit
to join with this House in that Addition to their Answer
to his Majesty's Message.
Safety of the Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to put the
Kingdom into a Posture of Defence shall presently withdraw, to consider what is fit to be done, for the Safety
of the Kingdom, upon this Denial of the Lords to join
with this House in the additional Clause to their Answer
to his Majesty's Message, concerning the Putting the
Tower of London, and other Forts of the Kingdom, and
the Militia, into such Hands as the Parliament may confide in: And they are to prepare a Petition to his
Majesty, according to the Sense and Meaning of that
Treaty with Scotland.
Ordered, That Mr. Fynes do go to the Lords with this
Message; To desire their Lordships to join with this
House, to move his Majesty to grant a Commission for
the Delivery of the Town of Carickfergus, and Castle
there, to the Scotts, according to the Agreement made
with them by both Houses; and that his Majesty will
give Allowance to the rest of the Propositions, concerning the Two thousand Five hundred Men to be presently
sent out of Scotland into Ireland, likewise agreed unto by
both Houses: And to desire their Lordships to use all
Expedition in the Passing of the former Propositions,
concerning the Ten thousand Scotts, remaining with
Payment to Scotch Commissioners.
Ordered, That the Sum of Ten thousand Pounds shall
be forthwith paid, by the Merchants Adventurers, out of
the First Thirty thousand Pounds they have already
advanced, to Mr. Fynes, Mr. Hampden, Sir Philip Stapleton, and Sir Wm. Armyn, to be disbursed by them to the
Scoch Commissioners, towards their Brotherly Assistance;
and also the Sum of Six thousand Pounds unto them,
upon Account, to be disbursed by them towards the Payment of the Two thousand Five hundred Men, to be
transported out of Scotland into Ireland, according to
the Agreement of this House: And the Acquittance
under their Hands shall be a Discharge to the Merchant
Adventurers for the Payment thereof.
London, &c. Petitions.
Ordered, That a Conference be desired with the Lords,
concerning the Petitions this Day received, from the
Aldermen and Common Council of the City of London;
and from the County of Hertford; and from other
Counties, Cities, and Boroughs of the Kingdom.
And Mr. Pym is to manager this Conference.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym, Mr. Fynes, Mr. Hampden,
Mr. Strode, and Mr. Browne, are presently to withdraw,
to prepare Heads for this Conference: and to report
the same to the House.
Defence of the Kingdom.
Sir Wm. Lewes is to go to the Lords, to desire a
Message, concerning the Putting the Kingdom into a
Posture of Defence.
Sir B. Brooke.
Ordered, That Sir Basil Brooke shall be forthwith
brought up from Yorke to this House, by the Sheriffs of
the several Counties through which he is to pass. And
Mr. Speaker is to issue forth his Warrant to the several
Sheriffs of those Counties, requiring them to have a
special Care in the safe Bringing of him up to London,
and to be assisted with a good Guard.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, upon the Question, That John Derelove and
Tho. Dearelove shall be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, for rescuing Mr. Benson from the Serjeant's
Man, employed by this House for Arresting the said
Mr. Benson, as a Delinquent. And it is further Ordered,
That the Justices of Peace, and Officers, shall be required
to be aiding and assisting for the Apprehending of the
said Bekson, and Tho. and Jo. Dearlove.
Captives in Argiere.
The Citizens of London, Mr. Rolls, Mr. King, Mr.
Cary, Mr. Bond, Mr. Mathewes, Sir Hen. Heyman, Mr.
Waddon, Mr. Cage, Mr. Moore, Mr. Peircivall, Mr.
Lisle, Mr. Long, Mr. Greene, Mr. Blakeston, Mr. Spurstoe, Sir Tho. Barrington;
This Committee is appointed to be the Committee of
this House, according to the Act of Parliament lately
passed, for the Relief of the Captives in Argiere.
London Petition, &c.
Several of the Aldermen and Common Council of the
City of London were called in: Who presented an humble
Petition and Answer, in the Names of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, of the City of London.
And, after they were withdrawn, the House did read
And being called in again; Mr. Speaker acquainted
them, that the House had read their Petition and
Answer; and did discern their great Care, by their
Expressions, of the Safety of the King and Kingdom;
for which he was commanded to return them Thanks:
And that this House (as hitherto they have manifested
it) will use all their Diligence, for the Safety of his
Majesty's Person, and putting the Kingdom in a Posture
of Defence; and, for the Particular of Ireland, which
they so much pressed, (as indeed we and you have
Cause to be sensible of) our best Endeavours shall not
be wanting: For the particular Answers to your Petition, it shall be very speedily sent in Writing to the
London, &c. Petitions.
Mr. Pym reports from the Committee appointed to
prepare Heads for the Conference, concerning the
London Petition, this Day received, and other Petitions
from other Counties, That, under these Heads, the
Committee conceived the Conference was fit to be
1. The Stop of Reformation in Matters of Religion.
2. The Danger that is likely to happen, by the Papists
and their Adherents.
3. The great Delay in the Relief for Ireland.
4. That the Kingdom may be put into a Posture of
And to present to the Lords Four Petitions; viz. the
Petitions this Day received, from the Mayor, Aldermen,
and Common Council of London; and from the County
of Hertford; and from the Counties of Essex and
Mr. Browne, Mr. George, Mr. Carew, and Mr. Lisle,
are appointed to read the said Petitions.
Petition to the King.
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Pierrepoint,
Lord Faulkland, Mr. Newporte, Sir Edw. Hungerford,
Mr. Vaine, Sir Wm. Savile, Mr. Sutton, Mr. Killigrew,
Lord Compton, Mr. Martyn, Mr. Ralph Hopton;
This Committee is appointed to wait on his Majesty,
with the Petition to his Majesty, now read, concerning
the Putting of the Kingdom into a Posture of Defence;
and the Forts of the Kingdom into safe Hands: And
Mr. Perepointe is appointed to read the same: And are
to go To-morrow Morning, at Eight of the Clock.
Examination of Lunsford, &c.
Sir Wm. Lewes, Sir Hen. Mildmy, Mr. Lile, Mr. Cary,
Mr. Buller, Sir Ralph Hopton, Sir Hen. Ludlow, Sir Gilb.
Gerard, Sir Wm. Widdrington, Sir Wm. Savile, Mr.
Whittacres, Mr. Arthur Goodwyn, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Whitlocke, Sir Jo. Evelyn;
This Committee is to take the Examinations of Colonel
Lunseford, Sir Jo. Pennington, Sir Wm. Flemyn, and Sir
Wm. Killigrew; and to report the same to this House:
And are to meet To-morrow Morning, at Eight of the
Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Ordered, That the several Sub-committees, made at
Grocers-hall, to take the Examinations, concerning the
Abuse done to the Citizens, as they passed Whitehall;
and the Matter concerning O Neale and the Lord Digbie;
and concerning the Resort to Persons in Prison, or under
Bail, for Designs against the Parliament; and the Committee concerning the Complaint against Doctor Walton;
shall be made Committees of the House.
Charge against the Bishops.
Ordered, That the First Five of the Committee, that
were appointed to prepare the Charge against the Twelve
Bishops, shall be the Members of this House, in whose
Presence the Examinations shall be taken, concerning
the said Bishops: And they are to prepare Interrogatories, concerning the same.
And it is further Ordered, That this Committee, as
soon as the Examinations are finished, concerning the
Twelve Bishops, shall prepare the Charge against them;
and present the same to this House: And That Committee are required to give their Attendance in the
Expedition of that Business: And Sir Symonds D' Ewes
is added to this Committee.
Person to attend.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Cornelius
Vermeuden shall be forthwith summoned to attend this
House, to give an Account by what Authority he goeth
on with his Works in the Fens, in the Isle of Eley; and
to bring up with him his Commission, or Warrant, by
which he doth the same.
Forces for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Five hundred Men, which the Lord
Viscount Ranulagh, Lord President of Connaght, had
Commission to raise within that Province, shall, in regard
that That Country is much burnt, and over-run by the
Rebels, be now raised here in England, and transported
into Ireland; and such Monies allowed, for the Levying
of them, and Transportation, as hath been allowed for
other Levies and their Transportation, here in England,
designed for the present Service of Ireland; and are
designed for that Province, as formerly.
Stay of Ship at Bristoll.
Whereas there was an Information this Day given to the
House, that there is a Ship freighting by Irish at Bristoll,
bound for Ireland; It is this Day Ordered, That the
Mayor of Bristoll shall have Power to search the said
Ship; and certify this House with what Commodities
she is fraught: And to make Stay of the Ship, Goods,
and Persons, until he shall receive farther Order from
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Fines brings Answer, That, as to the First Part of
the Message, the Lords agree unto it; as also to the
Moving of his Majesty, to give Warrant to deliver the
Town and Castle of Carrickfergus to the Scotts: And,
for the other Scotts Propositions, concerning the Ten
thousand Men, they have gone through them all.
Irish Papists, &c.
Sir Ralph Hopton, Mr. Whittlock, Sir Wm. Lewis, Mr.
Fines, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Hampden,
Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Ro. Pye, Mr. Walth. Long, Sir
Christ. Wray, Mr. Glyn, Sir H. Mildmay;
This Committee is to prepare a general Order, for
the Stay of all Irish Papists, that shall come into any
County, or Port, of England or Wales; and likewise to
take care, that all the Orders, made for the Service of
Ireland, be put in Execution: And they are to meet Tomorrow, at Eight of Clock, in the Star Chamber.
This Order to be printed.
Message from Lords.
Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfeild and
That, according to the Desires of this House, the
Lords had caused the Carriages of the Lord Digbie to
be stayed; and have sent a Particular of them: They
have likewise sent for Sir Jo. Penington; who is now
at the House of Lords: They have likewise named a
Committee of Nine, upon the Statute lately made, for
the Relief of the Captives of Argiers.
Levies for Ireland.
The House doth declare, that the Advancing and Furthering the Levies of Five hundred Men, in the Counties
of Devon and Cornewall, under the Command of Colonel
Charles Valvasor, for the Service of Ireland, will be an acceptable Service to this House; and therein to the whole
Kingdom: And this House doth likewise desire and require, that the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Exeter
and the Justices of Peace of the Counties of Devon and
Cornewall, will be assisting to the Officers of the said
Colonel Valvasor, for the speedy Raising of these Men.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Arrears of
Papists, do meet To-morrow at Eight.. Clock, in the
Court of Wards.
Charge against Mr. Attorney.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to prepare
the Charge against Mr. Attorney, do bring in the same
To-morrow Morning: And that, To-morrow at Ten a
Clock, the House do take into Consideration his Majesty's
Answer to the Petition of both Houses, concerning the
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee, appointed to treat with the Merchants of London, concerning the Setting forth of Ships, to treat with the Citizens
that serve for Bristoe, concerning the Setting forth of
Ships from thence, for the Service of Ireland, and Defence of this Kingdom.
Pym thanked, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker, in the Name of the
House, shall give Thanks unto Mr. Pym, for his so well
performing the Service he was employed in, by the Commands of this House, at this Conference. And it is further
Ordered, That Mr. Pym be desired to put the Speech,
he made at this Conference, into Writing, and to deliver
it in to the House, to the end that it may be printed.
Lord Digby's Waggon.
A Note of such Things as were contained in the Waggon of the Lord George Digby at Meer, the said Day
and Year where the said Waggon was stayed:
In the Bottom of the Waggon Four Trunks locked,
of small Weight.
Item, Thirty-eight Cases of Pistols.
Item, Five great Saddles.
Item, Twenty-five Pad-Saddles.
Item, Three small Barrels; which is conceived to be
Powder and Bullets.
Item, Two Swords.
The Waggon being stayed at Meere, a Gentleman
came from Shurborne, from the Earl of Bristoll his
House; and did voluntarily cause the said Waggon to be
set open, and the Things therein contained to be viewed.
Rob. Banister, Constable.
Wounding Citizens in Whitehall.
Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Lawr. Whittacres, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr. Constantine, Sir Ralph Verney, Sir Gilb. Gerard,
Sir Jo. Franklyn, Mr. Glyn;
This Committee, or any Four of them, are to examine
the Matters touching the Wounding of the Citizens at
Supplying Ireland with Provisions.
Whereas his Majesty's Liege People of the Kingdom of Ireland have been much infested, through the
violent Outrages and Oppressions committed on them, by
the traiterous Practices of the Popish Inhabitants within
that Kingdom; whereby they are rendered uncapable of
relieving either themselves or others, and are exposed to
extreme Wants, even of those things which are most
necessary for Sustentation of Life: For Remedy whereof,
and that his Majesty's Forces already sent, and hereafter
to be transported thither, may not be exposed to any
Extremity through Want of Victual, or other necessary
Provision; it is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons
in this present Parliament, That whosoever, either Merchant or other, shall bring into any of the Ports of
Dublyn, Carrickfergus, Youghall, or Londonderry, any
Proportion of Goods and wholesome Corn, Meal, or
other Victual, or any other Provision necessary for their
Sustenance; and shall deliver the same unto the Victualler
appointed for these several Parts, at such Rates as he
and they shall agree upon; and shall bring Certificates,
under the Hand and Seal of the said Victualler and Treasurer, or Vice Treasurer, or whomsoever he shall
appoint therein, in the said several Ports, of the certain
Sums agreed upon to be received for the same; that,
upon Delivery of such Certificate unto the Officers
which shall be assigned thereunto, here in London, the
Seller of the said Victual, or other Provisions, or his
Assigns, shall receive certain full Payment of such Sum
or Sums of Money, out of the Chamber of London, as
shall appear due upon such Certificate, within Thirty
Days after the Producing the same. Provided always,
that the Money to be so paid here, or such Certificate
for the Victual and Provision aforesaid, shall not exceed,
in the Port of London, Ten thousand Pounds, in the Port
of Carrickvergus Fifteen thousand Pounds, in the Port
of Youghall Five thousand Pounds, in the Port of Londonderry Five thousand Pounds, until the Lords and
Commons, in this present Parliament, shall give further
Order herein, for the future Victualing of those Parts,
after such Proportions of Victual brought into these Parts,
and satisfied for, as is agreed by this Ordinance of Parliament. And the Houses of Parliament are of Opinion,
and do declare, that, if any Person whatsoever shall
send or supply, or cause to be sent or supplied, to the
Rebels in Ireland, or any of them, any Corn, Victual,
Powder, Ammunition, Arms, or other Provision, for or
towards the Assistance or Support of the Rebels, or any
of them; such Person is thereby guilty of High Treason; and forfeits his Life and Estate.
Money for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Twenty thousand Pounds, formerly,
by Order of this House, designed for the Affairs of Ireland, shall be paid into the Hands of Nicholas Loftus
Esquire, Assignee to the Treasurer at Wars for Ireland,
or his Assignee, out of the Fifty thousand Pounds lent
unto the House by the Merchants Adventurers: And
his, the said Nicholas Loftus his Receipt for the said
Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds, or any Part thereof,
shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Merchants
Adventures: Which Twenty thousand Pounds is to be
issued forth, in Pursuance and Execution of such Orders
and Warrants as have been already agreed upon by the
Committee for Irish Affairs and this House.
Petition to the King.
Mr. Perpoint reporteth the Petition, to be presented
unto his Majesty: The which was read:
To the King's most Excellent Majesty;
The humble Petition of the Knights, Citizens, and
Burgesses of the Commons House, now in Parliament assembled,
That, whereas the Houses of Parliament have received a gracious Message from your Majesty, dated
the Twentieth of this Instant January, Your Petitioners
return to Your Majesty most humble Thanks, resolving
to take it into speedy and serious Consideration: And,
to enable them, with Security, to discharge their Duties
therein, they desire the House of Peers to join with them,
humbly beseeching Your Sacred Majesty to raise up
unto them a sure Ground of Safety and Confidence, by
putting the Tower, and other principal Forts of the Kingdom, and the whole Militia thereof, into the Hands of
such Persons as Your Parliament might confide in, and
as should be recommended unto Your Majesty by both
Houses of Parliament; that, all Fears and Jealousies
being laid aside, they might, with all Chearfulness, proceed to such Resolutions, as they hoped would lay a sure
Foundation of Honour, Greatness, and Glory to your
Majesty and Your Royal Posterity, and of Happiness
and Prosperity unto Your Subjects throughout all Your
Dominions: Wherein the House of Peers have refused
to join with Your Petitioners. They, notwithstanding, no
way discouraged; but, confiding in Your Majesty's
Goodness to Your People, do therefore make their
humble Address to Your Majesty, to beseech You, that
the Tower of London, and other principal Forts, and the
whole Militia of the Kingdom, may be put into the Hands
of such Persons as shall be recommended unto Your
Majesty by Your Petitioners; not doubting, but they
shall receive a gracious and speedy Answer to this their
humble Desire; without which, in all human Reason,
the great Distractions of this Kingdom must needs overwhelm it with Misery and Ruin.
And Your Petitioners shall every pray, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth
assent to this Petition; and do order it forthwith to be
ingrossed, to be presented to his Majesty.
Martin Eldred, of Jesus College in Cambridge, being
brought to the Bar, says, that he did not compose the
Petition, in the Name of Hertfordshire Petition; but
one Thomas Herbert, once of Trinity College did compose it; and that he was in the Company of the said
Thomas Herbert when he composed it; and that it was
composed at the Sign of the Antelope; and afterwards sold
it to John Greensmith for Two Shillings and Sixpence.
John Greensmyth, the Stationer was called in; and did
confess, that Eldred and Herbert brought the Petition
unto him; and that one Barnaby Alsop, of Breadstreet,
printed it: He likewise confesseth, that he had printed
sundry Pamphlets, of these Mens composing; videlicet,
Good News from Ireland; and Bloody News; and The
Cambridge Petition: That he had Two Shillings and
Sixpence the Piece for them.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Martin Eldred
shall be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Gatehouse;
there to remain during the Pleasure of the House.
Resolved, &c. That Thomas Herbert shall be forthwith
sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms
attending on this House.
Resolved, &c. That John Greensmith shall be forthwith
committed Prisoner to the Gatehouse; there to remain
during the Pleasure of the House.
Resolved, &c. That Barnaby Alsop, Printer, shall be
forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at
Arms attending on the House.
Loan from the City.
Ordered, That Mr. Vassall and Mr. Ven shall move
the Lord Mayor from this House, to quicken the
Citizens, to bring in the Remainder of the Fifty thousand
Pounds, which they long since promised to lend; which
is yet behind.
Martin Eldred was brought to the Bar; and kneeling
there, Mr. Speaker pronounced this Sentence against him.
John Greensmyth was brought to the Bar; and kneeling
there, Mr. Speaker pronounced this Sentence against
him; That he was committed to the Gatehouse.
Resort to Persons in Prison, &c.
Sir Walter Earle, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Knightley,
Mr. Matthews, Mr. Reinolds, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Martyn,
Mr. Bond, Mr. Ashton, Lord Grey, Sir Sam. Roll, Mr.
Hampden, Mr. Lisle;
This Committee, or any Four of them, is to take into
Consideration the great Resort to divers Persons in Prison, and under Bail, for Designs against the Parliament;
and touching the Meetings and Preparations for Raising
of Forces in several Places; and the Complaint of the
Churchwardens of St. Martyn's Orgalls against Doctor
Walton: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses,