Die Jovis, 5 Maii, 1642.
Importation of Currans.
ORDERED, That Mr. Browne do prepare a Bill,
and offer it to the House, for the Inhibiting the Importation of Currans, from the First of August next;
according to the Resolution and Order of the House:
And he is to bring it in To-morrow Morning.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Rate of Currans sold by the Retailers, shall not be above Four-pence
Halfpeny the Pound, in any Part of the Kingdom.
Agent to Constantinople.
Ordered, That the Lords be moved, that the Committee of Lords and Commons may meet, and consider of a
fit Person to be sent to Constantinople, to move the Grand
Signor concerning the English Captives.
Transporting Lead to Edinborough.
Ordered, That the Inhabitants of Edenborough, or such
Person or Persons as shall be deputed by them, according
to his Majesty's Grace and Favour unto them, shall have
Liberty to transport out of England, to the City of Edenborough, Five hundred Fodder of Lead, Custom-free,
towards the Building of Churches there, or other such
publick Use; giving Security before the Shipping thereof,
that the said Lead, nor any Part thereof, shall be employed or converted to any private Use.
Franciscan Frier, &c.
Ordered, That the Sheriff of Caermarthenshire shall
send back the Franciscan Frier to the Gaol of the County
of Pembroke, that Proceeding may pass upon him according to Law: And that the High Sheriff of that County do
receive him at the Confines of that County: And that the
rest of the Prisoners be delivered to the Sheriff of Brecon,
to be brought up from Sheriff to Sheriff, according to the
former Order of this House: And that the Sheriff of
Brecon be summoned to answer his Contempt.
Trial of Beling.
Sir Walth. Erle is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire their Lordships, that Colonel Beling, in regard of
the great Businesses of Parliament, may be referred to a
speedy Trial at the King's Bench; and that they would
give Order to some of the King's Learned Counsel to
prepare and manage the Evidence against him.
Loan from Merchant Adventurers.
IT is this Day Ordered, and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Twenty thousand Pounds,
now lent unto the Houses by the Fellowship of Merchants Adventurers of England, shall be repaid unto
them, or their Assignees, together with Interest, after the
Rate of Eight per Cent. for a Year, out of the Monies
which shall be paid into the Chamber of London, of the
Receipt of the Four hundred thousand Pounds lately
granted by way of Subsidy: And that this Ordinance
shall be a sufficient Warrant unto the Commissioners of
both Houses, nominated and appointed in the said Act, to
authorize the Lord Mayor of London, and the other Commissioners of the City therein also named, to make due
Payment of the said Principal and Interest out of such
Monies as shall come to their Hands of the said Subsidy
of Four hundred thousand Pounds.
Security for Loans, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for the State of Accounts shall have Power to consider of some Way to secure such Monies as shall be necessary to be borrowed for
the Service of the Commonwealth: And that they do
consider how the Hundred and Ten thousand Pounds,
the First Payment of the Brotherly Assistance, may be
advanced and paid to the Scotts, at the Time appointed:
And that this Committee do meet this Afternoon, at Two
of Clock, in the Star-chamber: And all that will come,
to have Voices: And that they do meet constantly
Thursdays and Tuesdays; and at such other Times as
they shall see most convenient.
The Articles of Impeachment of Sir Tho. Gardiner
Knight, Recorder of the City of London, were this Day
read, one by one: And the First Article for the present,
was laid aside by Vote.
Kent counter Petition.
The House being informed, that divers Gentlemen of
the County of Kent were at the Door, that desire to present a Petition to the House:
-That there was a Petition lately framed at Maidston,
which did intitle all the County, though there were many
that dissented from it, which are now come to disclaim it.
They presented their Petition: And then they withdrew.
And their Petition was read.
And they were then called in again: And Mr. Speaker,
by the Command of the House told them, "The House
had seriously read their Petition; and finds it full of
Matter of Weight and Consequence; wherein you have
expressed so much Duty to his Majesty, Love and Respect to this House, and Care of the Commonwealth: For
which they return you hearty Thanks, in the best Manner they can: And as for the Militia, you know what has
been done: The Care you desire to be had of the Forts,
this House * * * *"
Members to attend.
Ordered, That Sir Ralp Hopton, and Mr. Tho. Smyth,
Members of this House, be forthwith summoned to
attend the Service of the House.
Answer to the King respecting Hull.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche and Dr.
The Lords have returned unto this House the Answer
that was to be made to the Messages from his Majesty,
concerning Sir Jo. Hotham's Refusal to admit the King
into the Town of Hull, with One Amendment.
They have likewise sent the Instructions; the which
they have assented unto, with One *.
Message to Lords.
Sir Walth. Erle likewise carried up the Ordinance of
Parliament, to secure the Merchants Adventurers the
Twenty thousand Pounds lent by them for the Service of
the Commonwealth; and likewise the Declaration appointed to accompany the Ordinance of the Militia,
amended according to the Lords Amendments, the
which he was appointed to desire it might be printed:
He likewise carried up the Answer to his Majesty's Messages, concerning Sir J. Hotham and Hull; and likewise
the Instructions to be given to the Committees sent into
Arms, &c. for Denbigh.
Ordered, That Sir Bevis Thelwall shall forthwith issue
out such Monies as are levied for the Buying of the Arms
and Ammunition for the Defence of One Division of the
County of Denbigh, and remaining in his Hands, to the
Lord Fielding; and to the end the Arms and Ammunition
provided for that County may be forthwith paid for.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Parishioners of
Criplegate shall be read To-morrow Morning, the first
Business: And some of those that do subscribe the same,
are to be here to avow the Petition.
Further, Ordered, That the Certificate made concerning that Parish shall be likewise read.
Trial of Judge Bartley.
Ordered, That Mr. Constantine, Mr. Lisle, and Mr.
Nicholas, be added to the Committee appointed to manage
the Evidence at the Trial of Judge Bartley: And they
are to meet To-morrow, at Two of Clock, in the Court
of Wards: And are to consider of the best Way for the
House to proceed upon the Charge against Judge Bartley;
and to bring in their Opinions on Saturday next at
Loan from the City.
Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Long, Mr.
Pym, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir Mart. Lumley, are appointed to repair to the Common Council of the City of
London, and to move them to the Loan of Monies, either
upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, or
Charge against Mr. Recorder.
Ordered, That the Charge against Mr. Recorder shall
be recommitted to the same Committee: And all the
Lawyers of the House, and Mr. Browne, are added to
that Committee: And are to meet this Afternoon, at
Two . . Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards: And they
are injoined to attend that Business.
Bishop of Canterbury.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning the Bishop
of Canterbury, do meet on Tuesday, at Two . . Clock,
in the Court of Wards: And they are injoined to attend
that Business; and to bring in the same on Thursday
Answer from Lords.
Sir Walter Erle brings Answer, That the Lords do
agree Colonel Bealinge shall be proceeded against according to the Desire of this House; and that some of the
King's Counsel shall attend it: They agree to the Ordinance for the Merchant Adventurers Twenty thousand
Pounds they advanced for the Service of Ireland: And
for the Declaration concerning the Militia they will
publish it in convenient Time.
He said further, he had likewise delivered the Answer
of both Houses to his Majesty's Two Messages concerning Hull; and the Instructions to the Committee that is
to go to Yorke.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Bill of Protections do meet To-morrow, at Two post meridiem, in
the Star-chamber; and do report in what State that Bill
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker shall, To-morrow, some
time when he conceives the House is fullest, put the
House in mind of the Debate that has been here, concerning Petitions to be presented to this House, against
such Members as owe Money.
Ordered, That the Impeachment of Sir Geo. Strode be
carried up to the Lords To-morrow Morning.
Money for Service of Ireland.
Ordered, That the Receivers appointed by the Act
concerning the Adventurers for Ireland, be required and
directed by both Houses to issue forth Ten thousand
Pounds, out of the Monies that come in upon that Act,
to the Committee of Adventurers of London; to be by
them employed for the Providing of Arms, and other
Necessaries, as shall be requisite for the Setting forth of
such Forces as are agreed, by the Adventurers, to be
raised for the Service of Ireland.
Ordered, That the Lord Admiral be desired to grant
Commissions and Press-warrants unto such Captains and
Masters as shall be recommended by the Committee appointed for the additional Forces for Ireland, and approved
of by his Lordship: And that it be referred to Mr.
Whittlock, and Mr. Reynolds, to prepare Instructions to
accompany such Commissions as shall be granted to such
Captains, and Masters, as aforesaid.
Committees in the North.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Two hundred
Pounds shall be delivered to the Committees that are
employed into the North, by Mr. Wheeler, to be disposed
of upon that Service.
Committee to the King.
Ordered, That if the King shall be removed out of the
County of Yorke, before the Committees Arrival, that
then they shall not need to repair unto his Majesty, until
they shall receive further Order from this House.
Upon the humble Petition of divers Inhabitants and
Borderers upon the Town of Warminster, in the County
of Wilts, desiring that a Lecture may be weekly kept in
the said Town, by divers Ministers, whose Names are
here inserted, and who are willing to bestow their Pains
to preach there accordingly; it is this Day Ordered, That
a Lecture be kept in the said Town every Thursday in
the Week. And this House doth approve of Mr. Maxwell, Mr. Scudder, Mr. Chambers, Mr. Coombes, Mr.
Carpenter, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Hunton, Mr. Sanger, Mr.
Tice, Mr. Bariew, Mr. Dyer, Mr. Rosewell, Mr. Cooper,
Mr. Barnes, Mr. Wardner, Mr. Phipp, and Mr. Francklyn, to be the Ministers, being orthodox Divines, and in
Orders, to preach there accordingly: And the Minister
of the said Parish is hereby required to permit the said
Persons to preach there on the said Lecture Days, in the
Parish Church of the said Town.
Answer to the King, on Refusal of Admittance to Hull.
The most humble Answer of the Lords and Commons
in Parliament, to Two Messages from Your Sacred
Majesty, concerning Sir John Hotham's Refusal to
give Your Majesty Entrance into the Town of
YOUR Majesty may be pleased to understand,
That we, Your great Council, finding manifold Evidences
of the wicked Councils and Practices of some in near
Trust and Authority about You, to put the Kingdom
into a Combustion, by drawing Your Majesty into
Places of Strength remote from Your Parliament, and
by exciting Your People to Commotions (under Pretence
of serving your Majesty) against Your Parliament; lest
this malignant Party, by the Advantage of the Town and
Magazine of Hull, should be enabled to go through with
their mischievous Intentions, did, in Discharge of the
great Trust that lies upon us, and by that Power which
in Cases of this Nature resides in us, command the Town
of Hull to be secured, by a Garrison of the adjoining
Trained Bands under the Government of Sir John Hotham, requiring him to keep the same for the Service of
Your Majesty and the Kingdom: Wherein we have done
nothing contrary to Your Royal Sovereignty in that Town,
or legal Propriety in the Magazine. Upon Consideration
of Sir John Hotham's Proceedings at Your Majesty's being there, we have, upon very good Grounds, adjudged,
that he could not discharge the Trust upon which, nor
make good the End for which, he was placed in the Guard
of that Town and Magazine, if he had let in Your Majesty, with such Counsellors and Company as then were
Wherefore, upon full Resolution of both Houses, we
have declared Sir John Hotham to be clear from that
odious Crime of Treason; and have avowed, That he hath
therein done nothing, but in Obedience to the Commands
of both Houses of Parliament: Assuring ourselves, that,
upon mature Deliberation, Your Majesty will not interpret his Obedience to such Authority to be an Affront to
Your Majesty, or to be of that Nature as to require any
Justice to be done upon him, or Satisfaction to be made
to Your Majesty; but that You will see just Cause of
joining with Your Parliament, in preserving and securing
the Peace of the Kingdom; suppressing this wicked and
malignant Party, who, by false Colours and Pretensions of
maintaining Your Majesty's Prerogative against the Parliament, (wherein they fully agree with the Rebels in
Ireland) have been the Causes of all our Distempers and
For Prevention whereof, we know no better Remedy,
than settling the Militia of the Kingdom, according to the
Bill which we have sent Your Majesty, without any Intention of deserting or declining the Validity or Observance of that Ordinance which passed both Houses
upon Your Majesty's former Refusal; but we still hold that
Ordinance to be effectual, by the Laws of this Kingdom.
And we shall be exceeding glad, if your Majesty, by approving these our just, dutiful, and necessary Proceedings,
shall be pleased to entertain such Councils as we assure
ourselves, by God's Blessing, will prove very advantageous
for the Honour and Greatness of Your Majesty; the Safety and Peace of Your People: Amongst which we know
none more likely to produce such good Effects, than a
Declaration from Your Majesty, of Your Purpose to lay
aside all Thoughts of going into Ireland; and to make a
speedy Return into these Parts, to be near Your Parliament; which, as it is our most humble Desire and earnest
Petition, so shall it be seconded with our most dutiful Care
for the Safety of Your Royal Person; and constant
Prayers that it may prove honourable and successful in
the Happiness of Your Majesty, and all Your Kingdoms.
Instructions to Yorkshire Committee.
Instructions for the Lord Edward Howard, the Lord
Fairfax, Sir Hugh Cholmely, Sir Philip Stapilton,
Sir Henry Cholmley, Committees of both Houses of
Parliament, or any Three of them.
1. YOU shall, in the Name of both Houses, declare
and publish unto the Sheriff of the County of York, the
Knights, Gentlemen, and other his Majesty's Subjects
in that County, That Sir John Hotham was by us commanded to secure the Town of Kingston upon Hull,
and the Magazine there, for his Majesty's Service, and
the Peace of the Kingdom; which otherwise would have
been much endangered: And that, upon the same Reason,
what hath since been there done by him hath been necessary, in pursuance of those Directions; and is by us
avowed, and approved of, as warranted by the Authority
of both Houses of Parliament.
2. You shall further take care, that such Resolutions
and Orders of both Houses, as have been or shall be sent
down, be put in Execution; and shall require the Sheriff, Justices of Peace, and all other his Majesty's Officers,
and loving Subjects, to be aiding and assisting to you
for that Purpose.
Instructions to Yorkshire Committee.
3. You shall take care, that no Forces be raised for
the Forcing of the Town of Hull, or otherwise to disturb
the Peace of the Kingdom: And in case any be raised,
you shall require the Sheriff, in the Name of both Houses,
to command them to disperse themselves: And if they
refuse so to do, that then the Sheriff, by the same Authority, forthwith raise the Power of the County for the
Suppressing of them. And you shall likewise, by the
same Authority, require the Lord Lieutenant, appointed
by the Ordinance of Parliament, and in his Absence the
Deputy Lieutenants, to draw together the Trained Bands
for the Assistance of the Sheriff in so doing.
4. Whereas we are informed, That his Majesty did at
York, propound unto the Knights and Gentlemen of that
County there assembled by his Command, that they would
join with Him for the Defence and Assistance of his own
Person, you shall declare unto them, and all others, that
it hath ever been, and still shall be, the chief Care and
Endeavour of the Parliament, to provide for his Majesty's
Safety; and that they do not know of any Evil intended
unto his Royal Person, which should move him to take
such a Course: That his greatest Safety is in the Affection, Duty, and faithful Advice of his Parliament; and
the greatest Danger in this withdrawing himself from
them, and proceeding in Ways contrary unto them, so as
the disaffected and malignant Party, under Colour of his
Service, go about to raise a Faction and a Party against
the Parliament; which at last may break out into open
Rebellion, to the Destruction of King and People, if it
be not, through the Blessing of God, prevented by the
Wisdom and Authority of Parliament.
5. That in case there be a Necessity of raising the
Forces of the County, for the Suppressing of any Insurrection, and keeping the Peace, you shall require Sir John
Hotham to deliver out such Proportion of Arms and Ammunition out of the Magazine there, as shall be necessary
for that Service. And you shall publish and declare, That
the Parliament holds it lawful and necessary, to dispose
of the publick Magazines of the Kingdom, for the Defence of the Kingdom; as likewise for the Suppression
of the Rebellion in Ireland, which doth so much concern the Safety of this Kingdom: But that it is their
Intention and Resolution to store them again, as holding
it fit such a Proportion should still be in Readiness, upon
all Occasions, for the Service of the King, and Defence
of the Commonwealth.
6. Whereas we are informed, That divers Persons
summoned to appear at the Parliament, have received a
Command under his Majesty's Hand, That they should
not come, but abide still near his Majesty's Person (for
which we conceive them of all others the most unfit);
and that the Sheriff hath also been commanded by his
Majesty not to execute any Warrant or Order upon them:
You shall let the Sheriff know, That the House of Parliament will expect that their Orders and Commands
shall be obeyed, the same being his Majesty's Authority,
signified by his highest Court; and that any Restraint or
Command to the contrary is against Law, and the Privilege of Parliament.
7. You shall endeavour to clear the Proceedings of
Parliament from all Imputations and Aspersions; and
shall from time to time, certify us of all things you conceive necessary for the present Service: And that we
may have a speedy Account of it, and our Directions to
you, as well as your Advertisements to us, may have a
clear and ready Passage, you shall lay a streight Charge
upon all Post-masters, That they do not suffer any Letters, or other Dispatches, directed to or from the Parliament, to be intercepted or stayed: And if they shall presume to make such Stay of those Dispatches, you shall
direct the Post-masters to repair to the Justices of Peace,
Constables, and all other Officers for their Aid and Assistance; who are hereby required to take special Care
there may be no such Interruption.
8. You shall observe and execute all such further Directions and Instructions as you shall from time to time
receive from both Houses of Parliament.