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Lord Capel’s estates seized, for redistribution

In London on May 19 at 10:55 pm

19 May 1643 (Fri) || Yesterday in the Evening, his Excellency the Parliaments Lord Generall departed from hence towards Redding, being requested by the Lords and Commons, to advance with all speed, and for the better encouragement of his Army, they sent 25000. pounds after him this morning to pay them. And both the Houses have concurred in a Vote and Order, that all the Lord Capells estate and Rents shall be sequestred, and that the sequestrators shall pay them to his Excellency, in recompense of his Estate, which is taken from him by the Cavaliers in Staffordshire.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

MP commandeers King’s horses

In London on May 8 at 3:00 pm

8 May 1643 (Mon) || It was advertised from London by letters of the third of May, that the said Master [Henry] Martin having a Commission from his Excellencie to raise a Regiment of Horse at his owne charge, that is to say, be seizing on the horses of all Malignants, went presently into the Kings stables at the Mewes, and tooke thence two of His Majesties horses; notice whereof being given to the Lords, they sent their warrant to him to restore them: to which the angry Gentleman returned this answer, that had the warrant come from both Houses of Parliament it had come from the highest authority in England, but coming from the Lords onely, the horses should not be delivered upon their warrant without an Order also from the House of Commons; and that he knew no reason why he might not as lawfully take those horses for the service of the King and Parliament, (he said true in that) as the Parliament had taken from the King his Forts and Ships, with many other expressions of an high nature. At this the Lords being very angry, sent presently for a Conference with the Lower House, requiring reparations of them, and that the Commons would joine with them in a letter to the Lord Generall to discharge Martin, and take away his Commission from him: which the Commons were so farre from doing, that they justified Martyn in his action, and said it was well done not to deliver the horses on their Lordships warrant, without an Order from their House; At which the Lords were much offended, and grow exceeding sensible both of their errour and condition, but cannot helpe it. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Complaints at delay in giving Royalist lands to the Earl of Essex

In London on April 30 at 1:05 pm

Sunday 30 Apr 1643 || I was advertised from London, that a Letter was sent lately from the Earle of Essex to the House of Commons, complaining of the ill condition which they are in who serve the Parliament, in that they run the hazard both of life and fortunes, whilest the most notorious Malignants of the other side had their estates preserved, and their lifes secured: and that his meaning being understood by some sensible Members, a Conference was desired with the Lords about it, who upon hearing of the matter declared, that they knew no reason of the complaint, except it was in that they had not passed the Ordinance for setling the Lord Capels lands upon his Excellency, (which was indeed the very cause;) and that they had forborne it hitherto, in regard they thought he should have beene invested in it by some generall Ordinance, in which some other well-deserving Members were to be considered, and not by a particular one for that purpose only. To which it was rejoyned by the House of Commons, that they tooke the Lord Generall to be a publike person, and therefore did desire their Lordships to passe that Ordinance by it selfe with all speed convenient. It seemed his Excellency is in haste, and must needes have the skinne ere the beare be killed. || Peter Heyleyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Parliament distributes Royalist property to its own supporters

In London on April 13 at 12:43 pm

13 Apr 1643 (Thu) || This day it was advertised from London, that they goe forwards in the Lower House to distribute the rents and lands of the Kings good subjects, amongst themselves and such as adhere unto them; particularly, that besides the Assignement of Derby House unto Master Pym, they have allotted all the Lord Capeld lands to the Earle of Essex, and then they have disposed of Sir George Strodes and Sir William Butlers estates to others of their most assured friends; As also that upon occasion of a petition from the Turkie company, for the release of Sir H. Garroway their Governour, it was ordered that he should not onely continue a Prisoner, but be put out of his place, and such monies as were due to him in regard of his office, should be seized on for the use of the two Houses of Parliament, towards the payment of the summe assessed upon him, by some former Ordinance. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Aulicus reports J.P. imprisoned for voicing disagreement to Parliament’s plans

In Hertfordshire on February 9 at 3:30 pm

9 February 1642/3 || It was advertised by Letters sent from London, that whereas an Association was projected in the County of Hertford, for the defence and service of the Houses of Parliament, and that a meeting of the Gentry had beene appointed for that purpose, one Master Keiling a Counsellour and a Justice of the Peace delivered his opinion, that it was against the Laws of the Realme to take up Armes or enter any such Association without Commission from His Majesty; and that he had often heard it said since the beginning of this Session that payment could not be imposed upon the subject, (without which no Association could hold long against them) but by Act of Parliament. Upon which reasons so delivered the project of Association was relinquished utterly, and Master Keiling for delivering his opinion in it, seized upon, and committed Prisoner to Ely house, from whence he is to be removed to Windsor, if he be not sent already thither; and (as if this were not punishment enough for so great a crime) ’tis ordered by one or both Houses, that his estate be seized on and converted to the publique use. And it was also certified that the like vote passed on Master Nevil of Holt (whose person they had taken and sent prisoner in the middle of January) for standing in his owne defence against the violence of the Lord Grey, and other Chiefetaines of the Rebels of Leicestershire, comming to dispossesse him of his house and goods, as before was told: and that they had accordingly put the said Vote in execution, taking possession of his house and lands in Essex, and leaving men to keepe possession of it to their use, never do much as charging him with any cryme, or calling him into the House to speake in his owne behalfe. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

News from London via Aulicus: Aldermen imprisoned; reports of heavy taxes across London

In London on February 5 at 9:56 pm

Sunday 5 January 1642/3 || This day by Letters of 31. of January it was advertised that Sir George Whitmore, Sir Henry Windham, and five or six others of the most substantiall Citizens of London, were sent by Sea to Yarmouth, a Sea-town of Norfolk from thence to be dispersed into severall Gaoles, because they would not submit themselves to the arbitrary impositions of the two Houses of Parliament: that Sir William Acton, another of the Aldermen of that City, was plundered on the same occasion, & a guard of Souldiers put into his house to keep possession of it against the owner, who to avoid their fury & his own imprisonment did absent himselfe; and that it was reported an excise was suddainly to be laid not only on Tobacco, Wine, but also on Victuall; which if it should proceed, would prove the heaviest pressure that ever was laid upon this Nation, and was very likely to cause a mutinie in the City. And it was further certified by other Letters brought this day, of a later date besides those remembred; Caldwell and Clerke, two of the Aldermen were committed for the like refusall, and Sir John Garret forced to play least in sight; and by the hiding of his head to save the rest of his body. That cloath to a good vallue had been taken from one Price a Draper; 10. Chests of Sugar from one Grimes a Grocer; and 900.l of other mens money from a Scrivener: besides which violent taxations and other intolerable pressures, there were some every day imployed in going from house to house to know what men would give of their owne accord towards the maintenance of the Warre. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Aulicus alleges seizure of London private and commercial assets, at command of the Commons

In London on January 25 at 11:15 am

25 January 1642/3 (Wed) || It was also certified, that the Army under the command of the Earle of Essex, was behind no lesse then five weekes pay, and that they were desired, by those who signified the same unto the Houses, to take some present Order to supply that want. And that the better to comply with the said desires, upon Sir Nicolas Crispes going out of towne, they did not onely plunder his two houses in London and Hammersmith, but by an Order of the Houses, seized on 5000l in the Tower of London, which was entrusted to his keeping by the Guinea Merchants. As also, that it was Ordered on the same day, being Saturday, Jan 21. that the Exchequer whould be broken open, in which they found more the 1600l, which they took away; and contrary to all rules of housewiferie, left not an egge in the nest for the henne to sit on. And whereas notice had beene given them, that His Majestie had 150. quarter of Oats either at Redriffe¹ or at Radcliffe (for that the Letter leaveth doubtfull) it was Ordered on the same unluckie day, that Oates should presently be sold, and the money (no great summer assuredly) sent away to Hotham  who had then sent for a supply, with intimation, that otherwise he was not able to rule his Souldiers. It seems that money comes not in so fast, as it is supposed, since such poore shifts as these are used to feed the Treasury. For howsoever the new Customers were to advance the summe of 20000l for the present use, yet ’tis affirmed by Letters of good credit thence that they raised only one thousand of it, which was immediately dispatched away to the Earle of Essex: but for the residue they neither have it of their owne, nor can they  take it up on credit, as the world now goeth. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

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¹ Redriffe was an alternative name for Rotherhithe.

House of Commons prepares more propositions to the King

In Uncategorized on January 16 at 2:57 pm

16 Jan 1642/3 (Mon) || The House of Commons having fuly agreed and concluded upon the Propositions to be sent to his Majestie, they presented them to the Lords at a conference desiring their assent and concurrence with them that they might be forthwith sent to his Majesty, & the said Propositions were then read at the Conference, there being fourteene of them, the effect whereof being as hath beene formerly related, for the setling of Religion by the passing of such bills as have beene, and are made ready by both Houses, for his Majesties assent, that the processe of Parliament may have its free course for the punishment of Delinquents; For the suppressing of Popery throughout the Kingdome, and that the Children of all Papists may be trayned up in the Protestant Religion, and the fines and forfeitures of all Recusants to be levied upon their estates according to Law, for the setling of the Judges, Justices of the Peace and other officers that hath beene removed by his Majesty, for the paying of the debts of the Kingdome, upon the publique Faith, for the making of reparation to all such as have beene plundered in this warre, except such as have an hand in the Rebellion of Ireland, for a generall pardon to all that have beene ayding in the Warre from the tenth of Janary 1641. except the Lord Digby, and Earle of Newcastle, and that the Earle of Bristoll and Lord Herbert be not permitted to come within the verge of the Court. And that the Militia by Land and Sea, be setled by Bill and Cinque Ports secured in such hand as the Parliament may confide in, with some other perticulars, which have beene formerly related, which propositions the Lords promised to take into speedy consideration, and to joyne which the Commons in them. The Lords accordingly spending the greatest part of this and the next day about the same. || Samuel Pecke – A Perfect Diurnall (P)

King prohibits sale of seized Spanish goods

In Uncategorized on January 2 at 11:30 am

2 Jan 1642/3 || This day came out a Proclamation from His Majesty at the instance of Don John Alonco de Cardenas, Ambassadour from the King of Spaine, prohibiting the buying or disposing of any of the lading of the Ship called the Sancta Clara, lately brought into Southampton by one Captaine [Benedict] Strafford; in which His Majestie taking notice, how destructive the sequestring and disposing of the goods thereof, might prove to the commerce and trade of His Majesties Subjects, how contrary it was unto the Law, and to the Articles of treaty betweene the Crownes, doth expresly prohibit all persons of what condition soever, upon pretence of any Order or Warrant from one, or both Houses of Parliament, or any authority derived from thence to buy, meddle with, or dispose of any part of the said Goods and Merchandizes (most of it being Cocheneale) belonging to the said Ship, till the propriety be judicially decided and determined, upon paine of His Majesties high displeasure, as also of being responsible and lyable to payment and satisfaction; for whatsoever dammage shall happen to any of His Majesties Subjects, whose goods or estates shall for that cause be embarqued or seized in Spaine.¹ || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn Mercurius Aulicus (R)

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¹ The Commons Journal of 22 December 1642 reveals that the Parliament intended to sell the cargo, and hold the money until ownership could be established; however, the Parliamentarian news editor Samuel Pecke reported that the “Scutcher Neale” was to be sold and the proceeds “imployed for the publique service”. Other entries in the Commons Journals and newsbooks suggest the money might be used to compensate English Earls who had suffered losses from Dunkirk pirates, or to help Parliament pay off a loan from the City of London, given to help fund military action against the Royalists.

In the Commons: seizure of bishops’ rents; Suffolk corn smuggling; a Royalist escape

In Hampshire, Military News, Suffolk on December 7 at 11:54 pm

7 Dec 1642 || The Lords declared their assents with the Commons in an Order formerly made by them for the seizing upon the Rents of the Bishops, Deanes, and Chapiters and also for the removing of the Kings Children out of London [City] backe to Saint James house.

The Commons received a Letter from Woodbridge in Suffolke, Intimating that there were some Shipping lying there [that] had taken in a great quantity of Corne in outlandish bottomes,¹ but they have made stoppe of the same untill the Houses pleasure should be knowne concerning it; whereupon it was Ordered, that the said shippes should be detayned and examined, and their lading to bee taken out and sold for the service of the Common-wealth.

By Letters from the Governours of Portsmouth to the Houses, It is informed that they have in an extraordinary manner secured Portsmouth and the Castle, and reinforced themselves for their owne defence, for that they heard the King intended to come that way, and that they have expended a 1000.l in making their provisions. And the like news also came from the Isle of Wight, of their securing that Island, onely that one of their Castles they desire might bee better manned, and that the Houses would grant them an Order for the taking in of 20. men more into that Castle, which was granted accordingly.

It was informed the Houses that Sergiant Major Bamfeild Prisoner in the Gatehouse made escape out of prison the last night, and is got to His Majesties Army. || Samuel Pecke – A Perfect Diurnall of the Passages in Parliament

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¹ “Bottom” in nautical terms can refer to a ship’s cargo space, or the cargo ship itself; thus the meaning here probably refers either to oddly-disguised cargo vessels (hence “outlandish”) , or to hidden cargo spaces holding smuggled goods.