Die Martis, 15 Martii, 1641.
ORDERED, That the Committee for the Universities be revived.
Privilege- Libelling a Member.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Shawbery shall
be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at
Arms attending on this House, for speaking very scandalous Words against a Member of the House: The which
Words were proved by Two Witnesses upon Oath:
Which were, that, being told by the Mistress of the
Spread-eagle in Gracechurch-street, that she hoped to
see him upon his Knees, for some Words spoke by him
against Mr. Pym, a Member of this House, he replied,
"That he would cut his Throat, and his Sinews in pieces,
before he would down of his Knees in that sort;" and did
call the said Mr. Pym, "King Pym, and Rascal." Another Witness saith, that he said, "he could find in his
Heart to cut King Pym in pieces."
Reflections on Members.
Ordered, That the Informations received by Mr. Blakiston, of Words spoken against Members of this House,
be referred to the Committee for Informations.
Privilege- Punishing Shawbery.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Tho. Shawbery shall
be fined One hundred Pounds to his Majesty, and be committed a Prisoner to the Gatehouse; there to remain till he
has paid the Fine: And that Dr. Eden shall write to the
University, to desire them, from this House, not to admit him to farther degree.
He was again called in; and kneeling at the Bar, Mr.
Speaker pronounced Sentence against him accordingly.
Letter from the King- Naval Appointment.
Sir Hen. Vane junior reports, that the Lord Admiral, last
Night, received a Letter from his Majesty, signifying his
Pleasure, that Sir Jo. Penington hath deserved so well, and
his Majesty reposes so much Confidence in him, as (though
the Earl of Warwicke be a Man of Honour) yet he could
give an Approbation to no other to be Commander in
Chief under the Lord Admiral, but Sir Jo. Pennington.
Resolved, That this House doth adhere to their former
Vote, that the Earl of Warwick should command this
Fleet in Chief, under the Lord Admiral; and that the
Lords be desired to join in that Vote: And Sir H. Vane
junior is appointed to go to the Lords with this Message:
And likewise to desire the Lords to send down the Names
of such as they think fit to appoint, to be their Deputy
Ordered, That Sir Lewis Dive's Committee be revived,
as to the Election of Andevor; and do sit on Friday
Morning, at Eight of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber:
And that Mr. Bond, Sir Ph. Stapleton, Mr. Long, Mr.
Green, Sir Ro. Coke, Sir Wm. Strickland, be added to
The humble Petition of Sir Ralph Hopton, formerly
committed to the Tower, by Judgment of this House,
was this Day read: And
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That he be forthwith discharged from any farther Imprisonment.
Ordered, That John Walker, Simon Richardson, John
Harford, Constable, be forthwith summoned to appear
before this House To-morrow Morning.
Declaration concerning the Militia.
Mr. Pym reports from the Committee appointed for
that Purpose, several Heads for a Declaration:
"That the Kingdom hath been of late, and still is,
in so evident and imminent Danger, both from Enemies
abroad, and a Popish and Discontented Party at home,
that there is an urgent and inevitable Necessity of putting
his Majesty's Subjects into a Posture of Defence, for the
Safeguard both of his Majesty and his People."
Resolved, upon the Question, That this shall be One
Head of the Declaration.
"That the Lords and Commons, fully apprehending
this Danger, and being sensible of their own Duty to
provide a suitable Prevention, have, in several Petitions,
addressed themselves to his Majesty, for the Ordering
and Disposing the Militia of the Kingdom, in such a
Way as was agreed upon by the Wisdom of both Houses,
to be most effectual and proper for the present Exigents
of the Kingdom: Yet, could not obtain it; but his Majesty did several times, refuse to give his Royal Assent
Resolved, upon the Question, That this shall be One
other Head of the Declaration.
3. "That, in this Case of extreme Danger, and of his
Majesty's Refusal, the Ordinance agreed on by both
Houses for the Militia, doth oblige the People, and ought
to be obeyed by the fundamental Laws of this Kingdom."
Resolved, That this shall be One Head of the Declaration.
Resolved, That this House shall desire the Lords to
join with this House in these Votes.
Coats, &c. stayed.
Mr. Peck and Mr. Prince, informed the House, that
he had made Stay of Nine Hampers of Coats and Caps,
that were brought from Sir John Wyntour's House.
Resolved, &c. That such Deputy Lieutenants as shall
be nominated and approved of by both Houses, shall receive the Commands of both Houses, to take upon them
and execute their Offices.
Resolved, &c. That these Heads shall be referred to
the Committee of this House, that is appointed to join
with the Lords Committee, to prepare the last Declaration to his Majesty; and that the Lords be moved to refer
the same to the Committee of their House, appointed
for that Purpose.
Mr. Fynes is ordered to carry up all these Votes to
Answer from- Lords.
Sir Hen. Vane the younger bringeth Answer, That he
received from the Lord Keeper this Answer; That for
the First Part, concerning the Earl of Warwicke, they do
agree with this House: For the Second Part, concerning
the Deputy Lieutenants, they have taken Order that the
several Lieutenants shall deliver the Names of the
Deputy Lieutenants to the Knights of the Shires, or
Burgesses of every County, Members of this House.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Widdrington and those Gentlemen that were formerly appointed to peruse and put into a
Method, the Extracts of the Letters out of Ireland, do fit
the same to be printed; and that it be printed accordingly.
Mr. Glyn, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Walth. Long, Mr. Hollis,
Mr. Strode, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Holland, Mr. Reynolds,
Mr. Ven, Alderman Pennington, Mr. Vassal, Mr. Pierrepoint, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Martin. Lumley, Mr. Green,
This Committee is presently to withdraw into the Inner Court of Wards, to consider of the Grievances this
Day presented by the Common Council of London: And
have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, &c.
Affairs in Yorkshire.
Sir Ph. Sapleton informed the House, that he was
advertised by the High Sheriff of the County of Yorke,
that there is an Endeavour, in some Persons, to possess
the County that their Petition to this House had ill Acceptance; and that this House was satisfied they stood
not in need of their Billet-money, in regard of their free
Offer to muster some of their Trained Bands, at their own
Charge, for a Time; and lastly, that this House did much
dislike the Setting up of Lectures in those Places.
Ordered, That Sir Ph. Stapleton, Mr. Hampden, Sir
Hugh Cholmley, and Sir Wm. Strickland, do draw the
Form of a Letter to be sent by Mr. Speaker, from this
House, to the County of Yorke, to satisfy them of the
Well-acceptance of their Petition by this House.
Answer to the King.
Sir Wm. Lewis reports from the Committee the Answer
to his Majesty's Reply, concerning Persons passed into
Ireland by Licences under his Majesty's Hand: Which
was read: And
Resolved, upon the Question, That it should be the
Answer to his Majesty's Reply: And ordered to be fair
written, to be sent unto his Majesty.
Lord Compton and Mr. Bainton are appointed to carry
this Answer; and to present it to his Majesty.
Upon Mr. Green's Report from the Committee for the
Resolved, upon the Question, That, whereas the present Collectors of the Customs have made an Account, by
Estimate, from Christmas 1640 till Christmas 1641, that
they now make a particular and perfect Account of that
whole Year, with the Auditors of the Impress, and bring
it to the Committee.
Resolved, upon the Question, That, out of the Ninetyfive thousand Pounds received by the present Collectors
of the Customs, from the Twenty-fifth of December 1640
to the Twenty-fifth of May 1641, that they do pay the
Sixteen thousand Pounds Arrear due to the Officers of
Book of Rates.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Book of Rates,
do meet To-morrow, at Eight ... Clock, in the House;
and proceed in that Business.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Fynes reports, That the Lords do agree with this
House in all the Votes; and for the Three First Votes
they have referred it to the Committee, as was desired;
And are to meet To-morrow at Seven... Clock, in the
St. Bride's Lecturer.
Upon the humble Petition of the Parishioners of St.
Brides, London; it is this Day Ordered, That Mr. Symeon
Ashe be recommended by this House, to be Lecturer in
the said Parish, every Lord's Day in the Afternoon, and
every Tuesday in the Week; the Parishioners allowing
him competent Maintenance for the same: And Mr.
Palmer is hereby required to permit the said Mr. Ashe,
the free Use of his Pulpit.