Sabbati, ultimo Aprilis, 1642.
Leave of Absence.
SIR Wm. Playters has Leave to be absent from the
House, his Daughter dying of the Plague.
Seizure of Kentish Petitions, &c.
Sir Jo. Wollaston was called in; ... informed the
House, that the Committee for the Militia, according to
the Order of both Houses, gave Order to some of the
Captains, to see that no Multitudes armed should come
in: And divers Gentlemen coming, one of them rode in
the Front very suspiciously: Whereupon they stayed
him, and apprehended One Gentleman with the Bundle
of the Kentish Petitions (that were formerly ordered by
both Houses to be burnt) printed.
Sir Jo. Wollaston, and the Gentlemen of the City of
London, were again called in: Mr. Speaker told them,
that the House took their Service in very good part, as
an Addition of their Respect to this House, and the
Commonwealth; for which he was commanded to give
Resolved, That the Reprinting of Sir Edw. Dering's
Book, formerly ordered to be burnt, be referred to the
Consideration of the Committee for Printing, where Mr.
White has the Chair: And that they consider what is
fit to be done upon it: And that the Books be seized:
And that it be referred to the same Committee, to find
out who printed the Kentish Petitions; and to whom
this great Bundle of them was delivered.
Mr. Holborne has Leave to be of Counsel * * * *
Resolved, upon the Question, Joseph Hincksman and
Wm. Blake of Andover, be forthwith summoned to attend
this House, for refusing to be assistant to the Sheriff of
Southampton in the Execution of an Order of both Houses,
for the conducting of some Rebels from the West to
Church Government, &c.
That the Committee concerning the Government of
the Church, and the Committee of the Bill for the
better Maintenance of the Ministry, be joined: And that
they consider of the Monies formerly collected for the
buying in of Impropriations, and what has been done
with it: And that they have Power to send for Parties,
Witnesses, Papers and Records: And that it be referred
to this Committee, to consider of some Means for the
better certifying themselves of the Value of all the
Vicarages in each County: And that Sir Tho. Whitmore
and Mr. Browne be added to this Committee.
Ordered, That the several Chairman of the several
Committees be required to set up Notes at the Door, of
the Time and Place when the several Committees do
Mr. Peard reports the Charge against Sir Geo. Strode,
and the whole State of the Passages of all the Proceedings in the Management of the Kentish Petition.
The Articles of Impeachment against Sir Geo. Strode,
Knight, were first read over, all together; and then one
by one; and one by one put to the Question.
Answer to the King.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare
Answer to his Majesty's last Message concerning Hull,
&c. do meet this Afternoon at Two, in the Court of
Wards: And that all the Members of that Committee
do attend that Committee.
Ordered, That the Residue of Sir Geo. Strode's Charge
not yet voted, be recommitted to the same Committee.
The House being informed, That divers Gentlemen of
the County of Kent were at the Door, that desired to
present a Petition to the House;
They were called in; presented their Petition:
And then withdrew.
And their Petition was read, and appeared to be the
same that was formerly burnt by Order of both Houses
by the Hand of the Common Hangman.
Captain Leigh reports, That being at the Quarter
Sessions held at Maidston, he observed certain Passages
which he delivered in Writing.
Captain Lovelace, who preferred the Petition, was
called in: And Mr. Speaker was commanded to ask
him, From whose Hand he had this Petition; and who
gave him Warrant to present it.
"Mr. Geo. Chute delivered him the Petition the
next Day after the Assizes."-
"The Gentlemen, that were assembled at Blackheath, commanded him to deliver it."-
Whether he knew that the like was burnt by Order
of this House; and that some. Gentlemen were here
questioned for the Business.
"He understood a general Rumour, That some Gentlemen were questioned."-
"He had heard a Fortnight since, that the like
Petition was burnt by the Hand of the Common Hangman."-
"He knew nothing of the Bundle of Printed Petitions."-
He likewise said, "That there was a Petition at the
Quarter Sessions, disavowed by all the Justices there,
which he tore."
Sir Wm. Boteler was likewise called in; asked, When
he was at Yorke.
Answered, "On Wednesday last was Sevennight he
came from Yorke, and came to his House in London."-
"He heard of a Petition, that was never delivered."-
"He never heard of any Censure of the Parliament."-
"He heard that a Paper was burnt for being irregularly burnt."-
"He has heard that the Petition that went under the
Name of the Kentish Petition, was burnt by the Hands
of the Common Hangman."
"He never heard of any Order of either, of both, the
Houses concerning * *"
"He was at Hull on Thursday or Friday was a
Sevennight: As he came from Yorke, he took Hull in
the Way. He has heard, That Sir Roger Twisden was
questioned for the like Petition."
"He was Yesterday at Blackheath."
Resolved, upon * * That Captain Lovelace shall be
presently committed Prisoner to the Gatehouse.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Wm. Boteler,
shall be presently committed Prisoner to the Fleet.
Ordered, That the Serjeant shall apprehend them, and
carry them in safe Custody, and deliver them as Prisoners
to the several Prisons aforesaid.
Messages from the King.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Robert Riche and
Sir Edw. Leech;
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of
both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it
may stand with the Conveniency of this House; concerning Two Messages that they received now from the
King, of the highest Consequence that ever came to
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has taken their Lordships Message into Consideration, and will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Holles, Mr. Pym, Mr. Glyn, Sir H. Vane, are
appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Persons to attend.
The Serjeant was commanded to require the Gentlemen that preferred the Kentish Petition, to attend, till
the House came down from the Conference.
Ordered, That the Letter sent from Mr. Moore to
Mr. Speaker, be referred to the Commissioners for Irish
The Gentlemen of Kent that presented the Petition,
were called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of
the House, told them, "That the House has considered
of the Petition that you presented. And they know you
cannot be ignorant, what Opinion both Houses have
formerly expressed of the same Petition: Yet, considering that you are young Gentlemen, misled by the
Solicitation of some not affected to the Peace of the
Kingdom; and that, howsoever they intend to proceed
against the chief Agents and prime Actors in this Business; yet they are willing that you should be dismissed;
hoping that you may hereafter prove good Members of
Messages from the King respecting Hull, &c.
Mr. Hollis brings from the Lords, at a Conference, a
Letter, and a Message inclosed, concerning Sir Jo.
Hotham's Refusal to give his Majesty Entrance into the
Town of Hull; and a Letter, and a Message inclosed,
concerning his Majesty's Refusal to pass the Bill concerning the Militia:
Lord Mandevile moved from the Lords, That there
might be a Committee of both Houses appointed to
consider what is fit to be done upon these Messages:
And that the Lords had appointed Twelve.
The Lord of Essex, from the Lords, said, "That by
these Messages you may see the Effects of evil Counsel:
That we have oftentimes complained of them; but
named none: By this we have angered many; but have
had no Redress: Therefore they desire they might be
named; and that this House would join with the Lords
in the Removal of them, where-ever they be in the
Resolved, That a Committee of Twenty-four shall be
appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the
Lords to consider what is fit to be done upon these
Mr. Hollis, Sir H. Vane, Sir Philip Stapilton, Mr.
Glyn, Mr. Morley, Lord Fairefax, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr.
Marten, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Peter
Wentworth, Sir Hugh Cholmley, Sir H. Heyman, Sir
Walth. Erle, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir H. Ludlow, Sir
Roger North, Mr. Strode, Sir Wm. Lewis, Mr. Pierrepoint, Mr. Whittlock, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Pym, Mr.
This Committee is appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, to consider what is fit
to be done upon these Messages received from his
Majesty, concerning Sir Jo. Hotham's Refusal to give
his Majesty Entrance into the Town of Hull; and concerning his Majesty's Refusal to pass the Bill touching
Ordered, That the Adventurers for the additional
Forces by Sea may underwrite several such Sums, as
they please, the Whole not exceeding the Sum of Forty
thousand Pounds: And that the Receivers of the Adventurers Money for Ireland shall give Receipts to the
several Men, for their several Sums so subscribed, all
not exceeding the Sum of Forty thousand Pounds: And
that the said Receivers make the said Sum of Forty
thousand Pounds, or so much thereof as shall be so
underwrit, paid into the Hands of the Adventurers, for
the Shipping, upon Account, to be disbursed and laid
laid out, by the said Underwriters, as they shall agree,
for the Service aforesaid; which Account shall be made
to the Committee of the Land Adventurers; and what
shall not be disbursed upon the Service of the Sea Adventure of the said Sum underwritten, shall be repaid to
the said Receivers in ready Money.
House to meet.
Ordered, That the House shall meet again at Three
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Henry Horsley
and Reynold Horsley, this Day presented to this House,
be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of
the Business and Petition concerning Sir Jo. Delavall
and Mr. Edward Gray.
That a Committee * * * *
Declaration on Kent Petition.
Sir Ro. Coke, Sir Jo. Holland, Mr. Wingate, Sir Jo.
Northcott, Sir Sam. Rolle, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Grimston,
Mr. Reynolds, Sir H. Ludlow, Mr. Cage, Sir Jo. Potts,
Mr. Marten, Mr. Peard, Mr. Strode, Sir T. B.;
This Committee is appointed to prepare a Declaration; and therein to set down the Reasons and Grounds
of the Proceedings of this House, upon the Petition of
Kent, and the Petitioners: And are to meet on Monday
next, at Two post meridiem, in the Court of Wards.
Earl of Worcester.
Whereas One Head of the Conference Yesterday
appointed, concerning the * * * * ; That One Head
of the Conference shall be to acquaint the Lords, That
this House is informed, That the Earl of Worcester has
great Quantity of Arms in this House.
And the Managers has Power to consider of all Circumstances concerning the Earl of Worcester.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Long shall go up to the Lords,
and acquaint them, That this House has nominated a
Committee to join with a Committee of the Lords concerning the Messages this Day received; and to desire
their Lordships to appoint Time and Place; and likewise
to desire the Lords to take Order, that the Ordinance
concerning the Militia may be put in Execution, through
He is likewise to carry up the Order concerning the
Adventurers for additional Forces by Sea.
He is likewise to move the Lords, That the Power of
the Committee appointed to consider of his Majesty's
Messages may be enlarged, to consider of what shall be
necessary for the Safety.
County of Glamorgan.
Ordered, That this Information received from the
County of Glamorgan, be referred to the Committee for
Mr. Browne, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Crue, Mr. Hampden, are appointed to peruse the Declaration presented to the House,
concerning the Raising of the Trained Bands.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Foulk Huncks
shall execute the Place of Serjeant Major General of the
Field, in the Army in Ireland; and have Twenty Shillings per Diem allowed him for the Execution of this
Information concerning Hull, &c.
* Egleston says, As he was walking in Yorke Streets,
on Friday was Sevennight, at Night, he was told, That
the King intended to be at Hull the next Day: And
that he was commanded to tell Sir Jo. Hotham, That, if
the King should enter the Town, he should be in Danger
of his Life: That he went presently away; and the next
Morning came and informed Sir Jo. Hotham of as much;
who presently thereupon commanded the Soldiers to
their Arms, and prepared to guard the Passages:-And
then told all the Manner of his Majesty's coming to the
Town, to demand the Town.
That Sir Jo. Hotham wrote a Letter, and commanded
him to carry it to the Parliament: That at the Third
Stage, Sir Tho. Dorrell and Mr. Whittfield seized him,
and shewed him a Commission signed with Charles R.
for the Staying of him, and bringing him back: And, that
they brought a Constable, and searched him, and took
the Letter from him.
That one Captain Blake, that was riding to the King,
gave him very strange Words.-
Committee of both Houses.
Mr. Long brings Answer, That the Lords have appointed the Painted Chamber for the Place; and the
Time, so soon as the Lords House should adjourn: And
then to meet from time to time, as the Committees should
They have agreed to the Enlargement of the Power
of the Committee, propounded by this House: And that
they would give Directions, that the Militia should be
presently put in Execution.
Mr. Egleston was again called in.
Information concerning Hull, &c.
-The Earl of Newport, and the Lord Willoughby,
were there; and earnestly solicited Sir Jo. Hotham to
entertain the King: Sir Wm. Penyman and Mr. Endimion
Porter, were there: Captain Legg, Sir Tho. Glemham,
were there: And Sir Tho. Metham, as he was informed,
was there. The Duke of Richmond came with the King.
Sir Tho. Metham, as he was informed, was the Man
that advised the Courtiers which way they might inter
cept all Letters that should come from Sir Jo. Hotham to
Grant to Egleston.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Thirty Pounds shall
be allowed to Mr. Egleston for the Journey and Pains he
has taken, concerning Hull: And that Mr. Wheeler shall
pay him this Thirty Pounds.
Governors of Hull.
Resolved, upon the Question, That, in case Sir Jo.
Hotham shall die, who, by Order of both Houses, is
Governor of Hull; then John Hotham Esquire, his Son,
shall be Governor of the said Town, with the like Power,
in his stead: And, in case of his Death, That then
Captain Leger, his Lieutenant Colonel, shall have the
Charge and Command of the said Town, with the like
Power: And, in case of his Death, That then the next
chiefest Officer shall have the Command and Charge of
the said Place, with the like Power, till the Parliament
shall take further *
Resolved, upon the Question, That it shall be thus
ordered; and that the Lords be desired to join in the
Sir Jo. Evelyn is appointed to acquaint the Lords,
That this House has received, this Day, a Petition from
divers Gentlemen of the County of Kent; and what this
House has done with Two of them.
Governors of Hull.
And he is likewise to carry up the Order concerning
the succeeding Governors of Hull, in case of the present
* Egleston was again called in.
Information concerning Hull.
-That Sir Jo. Hotham commanding the Mayor ....
of Hull to repair to their Houses; That Sir Lewis Dive
came and told him, That he was betrayed: And that Sir
Lewis Dive told his Majesty, That Sir Jo. Hotham would
not suffer the Duke of Yorke to come unto his Majesty.
Sir L. Dive.
Whereas the House has been informed of some Miscarriages of Sir Lewis Dive, towards Sir Jo. Hotham,
Sir Jo. Hotham is hereby required to certify unto this
House, what the Carriage of the said Sir Lewis Dive
was, to this House.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Jo. Evelyn brings Answer, That the Lords do agree
to the first Part of the Message, concerning the Petition
of Kent: As for the Second, they will * * * *
A Message from the Lords, by S. B. * * * *
Governors of Hull.
Their Lordships have returned the Order concerning
the Governors of Hull, with some Alterations: They
have likewise sent certain Informations they have received
Resolved, upon the Question, That the House doth
assent to these Alterations.
Message to Lords.
Sir Ralph Varney is appointed to go to the Lords, to
acquaint them, That this House has assented to the foresaid Alterations: And likewise to desire a Conference by
Committees of both Houses, touching a Declaration
against the raising of Forces, &c.: And likewise the
Order concerning the Sea Adventurers.
That the Informations received from Ireland, and sent
from the Lords, shall be read the first Business on
Sir Ralph Varney brings Answer, That the Lords will
give a Meeting at a Conference, by a Committee of both
Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber.
Ordered, That Ambrose Mostyn, a godly and faithful
Preacher, be, at the Desires of divers of the Parishioners
of Pennard, in the County of Glamorgan, recommended
to the said Parish, to be their Lecturer, at their own
proper Costs and Charges; to preach every Lord's-day
in the Forenoon and Afternoon: And that the Vicar of
the said Parish* * * *
Relief of Persons from Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for
Contributions, to consider of a convenient Way for the
speedy bringing in of the Monies collected upon the Act
of Contribution for the Relief of the poor distressed
English, that are come out of Ireland, within the County
of Middlesex, and all other Counties of this Kingdom:
And they have likewise Power to consider of Reward to
be given to such as shall be employed in the Execution
of this Order.
Mr. Whittlock and Mr. Pym, are appointed Managers
of this Conference.
Ordered, That the Certificate returned from Sir Ro. Pye
and Mr. Wheeler, concerning the Monies due to the
Captains for their personal Entertainment, be referred
to Mr. Trenchard, Sir Wm. Uvedale, and Mr. Scawen;
to consider whether the Billet-money due to the Country
for Themselves and the Waggons, be paid by the said
Ordered, That Mr. Trenchard shall have Liberty to
deliver out Copies of the Auditors Account of the Billet-money due to the Northern Counties.
A Message from the Lords by Baron Henden and Sir
The Lords have sent down the last Order concerning
the Adventurers for Additional Forces by Sea, with some
The which Additions were read; and, by Vote upon
the Question, the House assented to these Additions.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Six hundred Pounds
shall be imprested unto Sir Wm. Balfour, for the raising
his Troop of Horse.
Declaration against King's raising Forces.
THE Lords and Commons in this present Parliament
assembled, being informed, That upon the Three-and-twentieth Day of this instant April, his Majesty repaired
to the Town of Hull, and demanded that Town to be
delivered up unto him: And, being denied by Sir John
Hotham, appointed by both Houses of Parliament to
keep that Town, for the Peace and Safety of the Kingdom, his Majesty said, That if Sir John Hotham would
not let him into the Town, he would raise the Trained
Bands, and force him to deliver up the Town: And being
further informed, That shortly after the Sheriff of the
County of York did receive a Message intimating a Command from his Majesty to raise the Trained Bands and
Power of that County; and that the Justices of the
Peace, and Gentlemen of that County, have been summoned to attend his Majesty at York, as they have just
Cause to believe, for the same Purpose; to the great
Terror of his Majesty's Subjects in those Parts, and the
Disturbance of the publick Peace: The Lords and Commons do declare, That the said Command to the High
Sheriff of the County of York, and the Summoning of
the Justices of Peace, and Gentlemen of that County,
to the Purpose aforesaid, is against the Laws of this
Realm, and the Liberty of the Subject, and very derogatory from the Honour and Power of the Parliament now
sitting, being his Majesty's Great Council, and most
ready and willing to advise and assist his Majesty in all
Things, that may tend to the Honour and Safety of his
Person, and the Weal and Happiness of this Church and
State. And they do further declare, That if any Person
whatsoever, in the said County of York or elsewhere,
shall advise or assist in the Raising of any Forces to the
Purpose above mentioned, they shall be taken as Disturbers of the common Peace, and Enemies to his
Majesty, and this State; and shall receive such severe
Punishments as by the Laws of this Kingdom are to be
inflicted upon Offenders of so high a Nature.