Die Veneris, 24 Decembris, 1641.
WHEREAS it was ordered by the House of
Commons, that Sir Wm. Uvedale Knight, Treasurer at Wars, should forthwith pay unto the late Captains, and other superior Officers, of his Majesty's Army,
the One half of the Arrear of their several Entertainments due unto them; It is this Day farther Ordered
and Declared, That the said Sir Wm. Uvedale shall defalk, and stop in his own Hands, out of the aforesaid
several Half-pays, the One Half of such Debts as any
of the aforesaid Officers shall owe unto any Person or
Persons in those Countries where they were billetted,
for or in respect of their Billet, since they entered into
Pay, in his Majesty's Service, for this late Northern Expedition: And the Residue of such Debts to be paid off
at the next Pay of the said Officers, if the said Debts do
appear under their own Hands, or be ordered to be paid
under the Hand of the late Lord General the Earl of
Whereas his most Excellent Majesty was graciously
pleased, by the Advice, and with the Assent of his Parliament, to command a publick Fast to be kept and observed by both Houses of Parliament, and the City of
London, on Wednesday the 22th of December: and by
the City of Westminster, on Thursday the 23th of this
Month; and that the like Fast should be observed and
kept through the whole Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, on Thursday the 20th of January next:
Now, to the end that all Places may the better take
notice hereof, It is this Day Ordered, by the Commons
now assembled in Parliament, That the Knights, Citizens,
Burgesses and Barons of the Cinque-ports, that serve
for the several Counties, Cities, Boroughs, and Cinque-ports respectively, shall forthwith send down Copies of
this Order to the several Sheriffs, requiring them to deliver Copies thereof to the several Head Constables; and
they are likewise required to deliver the like Copies to
the Petty Constables and Church Wardens; and, they to
the Minister of each several Parish respectively: And
that they may the more speedily and conveniently be
dispersed: It is farther Ordered, by the Commons, That
this Order be forthwith published in Print.
Resolved, upon the Question, it shall be thus ordered.
Trade with Ireland.
A Petition from divers Citizens and Merchants of London, trading into the Kingdom of Ireland, was this Day
presented by some of the said Merchants, and read:
And the Petitioners were called in.
-"The House has taken into Consideration your
Petition; and, as it is a Matter of great Consequence, so
it hath already fallen under the weighty Consideration of
this House: And they intend to continue their Care in
the Consideration of it; and doubt not but, by God's
Blessing upon their Endeavours, if they may find a Concurrence with the Lords, to bring things to such an Issue,
as may, with all convenient Speed, procure Peace to
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Speaker delivered the Sense of the House, in his Answer to the Petition from the Merchants and Citizens trading into the
Kingdom of Ireland.
That the same Auditors that are appointed to take the
Accounts of the Paymaster of Carlell, shall likewise take
the Accounts of the Paymaster of Berwick.
List of Officers.
A List of such Officers, with their Entertainments, as
were continued in Pay after the Disbanding of the Garison at Berwicke, for the Shipping of the Ammunition, and
Sleighting of the Works there, from the Eighteenth of
October 1641, until the Thirtieth of November 1641, was
this Day presented unto the House, [and read;] and
ordered to be allowed of.
Monthly Fast, &c.
Ordered, That the Lord Ruthyn do go to the Lords
with this Message; to desire their Lordships to join
with this House, to move his Majesty, that a monthly
Fast may be kept and observed by both Houses of Parliament, and the whole Kingdom, while the Troubles
continue in Ireland; and that his Majesty will be pleased
to issue forth his Proclamation, both for the Keeping and
Observing the publick Fast on Thursday the Twentieth
of January next, according to his Majesty's Declaration
to both Houses; as likewise for Observing of a monthly
Ordered, That, at the next Message that shall be sent
to the Lords, their Lordships shall be desired to give
their Resolutions, concerning the Matter of the Conference last Night touching Colonel Lunsford.
Ordered, That the House shall be forthwith resolved
into a Committee, to take into Consideration the present
Raising of Monies; and proceed with the Bill of Four
hundred thousand Pounds.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair accordingly.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair: And
Message to Lords.
The Lord Ruthyn went up with a Message to the
Lords, according to former Order.
Serjeant Wilde presented to the House the Form of
an Ordinance of Parliament, for putting in Execution
the Laws and Statutes against Sabbath-breakers,
Swearers, and * * * *
Ordered, Serjeant Wilde and Mr. Glyn, do bring in
with all convenient Speed, a Bill against Sabbathbreakers, common Swearers; Drunkards; and to prevent
the Increase, and suppress the great Number Alehouses and Tippling-houses.
Monthly Fast, &c.
Lord Ruthyn brings Answer, that, as to the monthly
Fast; and to the Proclamation for a publick Fast on the
Twentieth of January next; they do consent to join with
this House; but as to the Matter of the Tower, they
have not thought fit to join with this House.
Lords to sit.
Sir Tho. Ingram went up to the Lords with this Message; To desire the Lords to sit awhile, in regard this
House conceives they shall...Occasion to come up
The Tower, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House holds
Colonel Lunsford unfit to be or continue Lieutenant of
the Tower of London; as a Person in whom the Commons of England cannot confide.
Sir Tho. Ingram brings Answer, that the Lords will sit
a convenient time, in regard that this House shall have
Occasion to come unto them, touching Matters that
concern the Safety of the Tower, and the Kingdom.
Mr. Hollis, Mr. Pym, Mr. Strode, Sir Edmund Montfort, Mr. Glyn, Sir Philip Stapleton, Mr. Martin, Sir
This Committee is presently to withdraw, and to prepare Heads for a Conference to be desired with the
Lords, upon the Debates that have here been, concerning
the Safety of the Tower, and the Kingdom.
Resolved, That this House doth approve and allow of
the Earls of Dorsett and Stamford, to be Bail for Sir John
Berkeley, a Prisoner in the Tower; the Principal to be
bound in the Sum of Ten thousand Pounds; [and the
Sureties] in the Sums of Five thousand Pounds [apiece.]
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve and
allow of the Earls of Cumberland, and Newport, to be
Bail for Captain Wm. Legg; the Principal in the Sum
of Ten thousand Pounds; and the Sureties in the Sums
of Five thousand Pounds apiece.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the better Raising
and Levying of Mariners, Sailors, and others, for the
present Guarding of the Seas, and necessary Defence of
the Realm, and other his Majesty's Dominions; and,
upon Question, passed.
Resolved, &c. That these Words, "at Two Pound
Lands, and Four Pound Goods," shall be struck out of
the Bill aforesaid.
Message to Lords.
The Lord Herbert carried up the Act concerning Mariners: An Act for restraining Bargemen and Lightermen
from working on Sundays: An Act concerning the
Settling of Mr. Fitzwilliam Conisbye's Estate.
He is likewise to desire their Lordships to sit yet
awhile; in regard this House shall come up to their
Lordships, upon Matters that concern the Safety of the
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Confirmation of
the Subjects Liberties in their Persons.
Bailing a Prisone/?/.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Williamson, a
Minister, now in the Serjeant's Custody, for a Sermon
he preached on Sunday was Sevennight, in the Parish
Church of St. Martin's in the Fields, shall be forthwith
Ordered, That the Consideration of Mr. Williamson's
Sermon, preached by him on Sunday was Sevennight at
St. Martin's in the Fields, shall be referred to Mr. Peard,
Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Mr. White, Mr. George, Mr. Bond,
Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Hotham, Sir Gilbert Pickering,
to consider of, and present their Opinions to this House.
Defence of the Realm.
2da vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the better Settling
of a military Power for the Defence of the Realm.
Lords will sit.
Lord Herbert brings..., that the Lords were now
about the Shipping Bill; and would sit awhile, as is
The Tower, &c.
Mr. Pym reports from the Committee appointed to
withdraw, to prepare Heads for a Conference to be desired with the Lords, concerning the Safety of the Tower
and the Kingdom, a Declaration to be delivered at that
Lord Cramborne is appointed to go to the Lords with
this Message; To desire a Conference concerning the
Safety of the King and Kingdom.
Lord Cramborne brings Answer, That the Lords will
give a present Meeting, by a Committee of the whole
House, in the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Word "unworthy" shall stand in this Declaration as now it is.
The Declaration was twice read; and then it was put
to the Question.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Declaration
shall be presented to the Lords at this Conference.
A Letter from Sir J. Temple to the Lord Lieutenant
of Ireland, of the Thirtieth of November last, was now
Sir Edw. Hungerford, Sir H. Mildmay, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir H. Vane, Sir Ro. Pye, Alderman Penington,
Alderman Soame, are appointed to treat with the Merchant
Adventures, or any others, concerning the Loan of Fifty
thousand Pounds for the Affairs of Ireland: And are to
report what they have done, on Monday Morning: And
they are to offer unto the ... in Security, out of the Bill
of Four hundred thousand Pounds, and Eight Pounds
per Cent. for their Forbearance of their Money.
Ordered, That the Citizens that serve [for London]
do meet and consider, how and where best a Proportion
of Victuals for Ten thousand Men, for Two Months, may
be provided and furnished into several Parts of Ireland.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare
Instructions for a Commission to be granted to certain
Persons, to treat and consider of the Affairs of Ireland
upon such Instructions, do bring in those Instructions on
Monday next: And Mr. Speaker is appointed to put the
House in mind of this Order.
Ordered, That Sir John Clottworthy, and Mr. Pym, do
speak to the Master of the Ordnance, to know whether
he have sufficient Warrant for the Delivery of such Arms
and Ammunition, out of the King's Stores, as shall be
requisite for the Service of Ireland; and, if he have not,
to treat with him of some Course, whereby he may have
a sufficient Warrant for that Purpose, on Monday Morning.
The Tower, &c.
Ordered, That the same Committee that prepared the
Declaration, that was now sent up to the Lords concerning the Safety of the Tower and the Kingdom, shall prepare a Petition, to be exhibited unto his Majesty, to the
Purposes mentioned in the said Petition.
Paper from Ld. Admiral.
Ordered, That the Paper delivered from the Lord
Admiral be taken into Consideration on Monday next.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Barrington, and Mr. Martin,
do this Night repair unto the Constable of the Tower;
and desire him, from this House, to lodge and reside
within the Tower, and take the Custody and Guard of
The Propositions made by Captain Wm. Baker, for the
Raising of a Troop of Horse, were this Day read; and
put to the Question; and assented unto; and allowed of.
Examining Ld. Dillon, &c.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Hollis, Mr. Glyn, Sir John Clotworthy,
Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Sir John
This Committee is appointed to examine the Lord
Dillon, and Colonel Taff, now in the Serjeant's Custody,
upon such Interrogatories as they shall think fit; and to
seize their Papers.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Bill for disarming
Recusants do meet on Monday Morning next at Eight
of Clock, in the inner Court of Wards: And all, that
will come, are to have Voices at this Committee.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the House shall
adjourn itself till Monday next at Ten of Clock.