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Royal proclamations issued concerning bullion, and the navy

In Oxford on February 18 at 5:00 pm

18 February 1642/3 (Sat) || This day came out two [Royal] Proclamations both bearing the date the tenth of this present February. The first was for the strict observance and execution of the Lawes and Statutes made against carrying or sending of gold or silver out of the Kingdome, set out upon an information that there was a designe of sending away much of the treasure of this Realme into forreigne parts, to lye in banke till those that sent it should have opportunity to make use thereof. In which his Majesty requireth all the Wardens and searchers of the Ports, and all other Officers whom it may concerne, to use their utmost diligence and endeavour that no gold or silver in money, Bullion, Plate or vessell, be carried or transported out of the Kingdome, and that they faile not of their duty for an in respect of any Ordinance or command of one both houses of Parliament made unto the contrary, on paine of suffering such punishment as by the Law of the Land may be inflicted upon them, and with this intimation, that besides the reward promised unto them and provided for them in that case by the Lawes and Statutes, His Majesty would take it for good and acceptable service to himselfe and his Kingdome. The other was for the safety of the Royall Navy. In which his Majesty taking notice how it had beene imployed against him the last yeere by the Earle of Warwicke under pretence of some authority derived from the Earle of Northumberland then Lord Admirall, and that by order of the two houses of Parliament it was to be set forth againe without his consent, upon no other purpose then to carry away the said Navy, whereby the Realme must be disfurnished if its greatest strength, and consequently lye more open to the attempts of a forreigne Enemy, or else be used for the assistance of strangers to invade this Kingdome by Sea, as they had invited the Scots to invade it by Land, commands that neither any of the Officers of His Navie, or any Masters, Bote-swaines, or other Officers or Mariners belonging to it, doe yeeld obedience to the Earle of Warwicke, nor any of the Commands or Ordinances of the said two Houses nor that any of His Ship-wrights, Calkers, Carpenters, or others, shall mend, calke, rigge or put in readinesse to goe to Sea any of his Majesties ships whatever without His authority; nor that any of those who have the keeping of His Store-houses do furnish them with Talke, Cordage, Ancors, Sayles, or any manner of provisions for that use; upon paine of loosing their places, offices, fees, and profits, and on such other forfeitures as are therein signified. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Marquess of Hertford leaves Wales for Oxford

In Oxfordshire on January 12 at 6:02 pm

12 Jan 1642/3 (Thu)  || It was also for certaine confirmed, that the Marquesse of Hartford is come out of Wales with about 5000 men, and that he is gone to Oxford to the King, but hath left the greatest part of his forces neere Glocester. || Samuel Pecke – A Perfect Diurnall (P)

It was informed from Gloucestershire, that there are two or three thousand of the Marquesse of Hartfords forces come in thither from Wales, but the Marques himselfe is gone to the King at Oxford. || A Continuation of Certain Speciall and Remarkable Passages (P)

By letters bearing date this day from Banbury it was related that Colonel Herbert was come thither with his Regiment the night before, which were all quartered in the Town: his troope of horse being quartered 2 miles short of it in the way to Oxford: As also that the comanded men sent thither from the Lord Generall of His Majesties Army,¹ were come within three miles thereof, and that their quarter was provided at Hanwell, a mile from Banbury.

His Majesty having given command by His Proclamation (as wee declared more particularly in the former weeke) for bringing in of all such Armes as have been lost by any of His souldiers, or otherwise pawned or sold by them to any of the inhabitants of the County of Oxford, did this day cause a generall mustre of his foot to be made before him, that he might see what and how many of their Arms were wanting and so take further order in it.² || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

¹ Patrick Ruthven, 1st Earl of Forth.
² See also report of 5 Jan, where the King had forbidden locals to buy arms or horses from souldiers.

King orders payment of all rents due in Berks & Oxon

In Berkshire, Oxford on January 11 at 5:50 pm

11 Jan 1642/3 || This day came out a Proclamation from his Majesty, wherein it was commanded that all rents and arrearages of rents now due and payable unto is Majesty in the two Counties of Berks and Oxford should be payed to Mich. Holman Esquire, His Majesties Receiver Generall for the said two Counties, at this time resident in Oxon; the paiment to be made within ten dayes after the date of the said Proclamation. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Royal proclamation forbids purchase of horses and arms from soldiers

In Oxford on January 5 at 11:40 pm

5 Jan 1642/3 || A Proclamation was set forth this day, prohibiting all persons in the County of Oxford, from buying or receiving Horse or Armes of any kind, from any Souldiers of His Majesties Army, with a Command of bringing in all such as have been sold, pawned, left, or lost by any Souldiers, to Winter Graunt Esquire, His Majesties Waggon-master generall; a pardon being promised in the same for offences past, in hope of reformation for the time to come. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

The King attempts to have law courts moved to Oxford

In London, Oxford on January 5 at 11:32 pm

5 Jan 1642/3 || There was a Proclamation presented to the Parliament which came from his Majesty for the rejourning of the next Terme being Hillary Terme from London to Oxford, upon which Proclamation the two Houses had a conference at which the Lords moved the Commons that they would joyne with them in sending a Message to his Majesty to informe him of the illegality of that Proclamation and to desire of him to give Command against the publishing of the said Proclamation, but that the said Terme may be kept at Westminster according to the usuall custom, and as by Law it ought and not to be removed to any other place during the siting of Parliament without their consent, which businesse the Commons promised to consider of. ||
A Continuation of Certain Speciall and Remarkable Passages (P)

The King hath published a Proclamation at Oxford to remove the next Terme from Westminster thither; but if the Parliament keepe the Judges and Records heere, there will bee small doings there for the Lawyers. || Stephen Bowtell – England’s Memorable Accidents (P)

Dubious “Royal” proclamation alleges Parliamentarian plunder

In Oxfordshire on December 15 at 11:27 pm

15 Dec 1642 || A Proclamation is divulged in the Kings Name, but not attested by him, nor any Printer, wherein these imputations are cast upon the Lord Generalls souldiers, (but falsely) that they seize the Horses of his loving Subjects without their consents, and to which they are authorised by a late pretended Ordnance, that they pillage and plunder his good subjects with unheard of Rapine, Insolence and Inhumanity, whilest his horse for want of assistance of Dragoons, in respect of the Lanes and deepe narrow wayes, cannot prevent those outrages, though he hopeth never to bee forced to follow the example of those ill men who having received such vast summes of money from his Subjects, and seised all his, can yet have no cause of such impositions, but their love of Rapine. Under colour of which untruthes he declareth, that it will be an acceptable service to him for any to send him in at this time, Horses, Geldings, Mares or Naggs to bee used as Dragoon-Horses for his service, and the defence of Oxfordshire, not doubting but that every man will send in such horses with Saddles and bridles, and whosoever can send in men armed with Muskets upon those horses, shall much adde to this service, and those horses are to be sent in to the signe of the Katharine Wheele in Oxford, and to be delivered to Winter Grant his Wagon Master generall. Behold herein a subtile trick of the Cavaliers, to defraud people of their Horse and Armes. || Stephen Bowtell – England’s Memorable Accidents

Royal Proclamation forbids King’s soldiers interfering with trade

In Oxford on December 15 at 12:32 pm

15 Dec 1642 (Thu) || A Proclamation was lately published at Oxford,¹ to inhibite all the Officers and souldiers of the Kings Army, from giving stop or interruption to any of his Majesties loving subjects, as they travell to London with any Clothes, Wares, or other Merchandises, but that they suffer them with such their goods freely and peaceably to passe without any let, trouble, or molestation whatsoever. And he doth thereby promise and assure all his loving Subjects that if they shall suffer by any of his Army in this case, and shall upon complaint to any of his chiefe Officers in that Quarter, not receive Justice and Reparation for their damage, that upon complaint made to them, hee will take on speedy care for the severe and exemplary punishment of the Offenders, and for the full satisfaction of the parties grieved and injured. || Stephen Bowtell – England’s Memorable Accidents

¹ In fact it was published at Reading, on Nov 25 (see)