Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 1, 1547-1629. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Martis, 10 Februarii
THE Petition of Humfrey Browne read; and referred to the Committee for Mr. Rolles, &c.
Isaac Detrow, Servant to Sir Wm. Brereton, One of the Members of this House, to have Privilege of Parliament; and Francis Mathewes, who served him with a Subpoena, to answer in the Star-chamber, to be sent for.
The Sixth of March, for Withrington, Cosens, and the Witnesses, to appear at the House.
L. 1a. An Act to restrain and prevent some Disorders in Magistrates, and Ministers.
L. 2a. An Act for Confirmation of the King's letters Patents, made by our late sovereign Lord -
Committed to Mr. Pymme, Sir D. Digges, Sir Nath. Rich, Sir Tho. Wroth, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Jo. Wray, Sir Jo. Maynard, Mr. Wyld, Mr. Coxe, Sir A. Ingram, Sir Ro. Harley, Sir Ben. Rudyard, Sir Wm. Fleetewood, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Goodwyn, Sir Rich Tichborne, Mr. Hackwyll, Mr. Sherfeild, Sir Tho. Grantham, Mr. Bellasys, all Burgesses of Port Towns, Sir H. Mildmay, Sir Francis Darcy, Lord Rochford, Sir Jo. Maunsell, Sir Wm. Constable, Mr. Selden, Sir Tho. Culpepper: - Thursday next. Two Clock, in the Star Chamber, Sir Nath. Rich to have the Care of the Bill.
Mr. Wyld reporteth the Bill for Explanation of the Statute of 3 Jac. concerning Recusants Lands, with some Amendments; which twice read. - Engrossetur.
Privilege - Subpoenaing a Member.
Mr. Rolles informeth the House, that Yesterday, being at a Committee in the Exchequer Chamber, one came in to him, and told him, one was without to speak with him; and going out, one Nicholas Shrimpton, One of Mr. Attorney's Messengers, served him with a Subpoena into the Star-chamber, for his Appearance there this Day; the Subpoena dated 7o Febr. That he telling him, he was to take Knowledge, he was a Parliament-man, the Messenger said to him, " Will you then refuse the Writ?" Mr. Rolles answered, " No, if you will serve it on me:" And thereupon he served it, and delivered him the Writ. That Yesternight, about Nine of the Clock, he received a Letter from Mr. Attorney-general, excusing this, by the Mistake of his Messenger, and promising the withdrawing of the Information: And delivered in both the Subpoena, and Letter.
The Subpoena, being read, and the Letter ready to be read, the Reading of the Letter was, by the general Vote of the House, stayed.
1. Upon Question, Mr. Rolles in this Case, to have Privilege of the House.
2ly. Nich. Shrimpton to be presently sent for to the House, to answer his Contempt to the House, in serving this Subpoena.
3ly. A select Committee to be named, to examine this Matter, and the Information in the Star-chamber; with Power to send for any Persons, Records, or other Things, for their Information. -
Mr. Selden, Mr. Hampden, Sir Wm. Earle, Mr. Alford, Mr. Coriton, Mr. Vaughan: - This Afternoon, . . Clock, in the Treasury Chamber.
4ly, Upon Question, all Committees named by the House, and having Power, from the House, to send for Persons or Witnesses, to have like Power, from the House, to require any to attend the House, at such Time, as they shall think fitting.
5ly, The Process-maker of the Star-chamber to be presently sent for, to satisfy the House, by what Warrant he made the Subpoena out against Mr. Rolle.
61y, This Committee to consider what Privilege is to be granted to such, as have Bills, or Petitions, depending here.
Privilege - Committal for Contempt.
Mr. Sheriff Acton called in, and first kneeling, then spoken to by Mr. Speaker, to stand up; and then charged, by Mr. Speaker, with refusing to answer some Particulars, indirect answering others, Contrariety in others, and a scornful casting in an impertinent Paper. He excuseth it, by the Shortness of his Memory: Protesteth his
Desire to avoid any Offence to any Member of the House, much less to the Committee : Desireth the good Opinion of this House, which he will endeavour to deserve. He withdrawn.
Upon Question, Mr. Sheriff Acton, for his Abuse done to the Committee, to be sent to the Tower.
He called in, and kneeling, Mr Speaker pronounced his Judgment accordingly.
The Committee for Religion, to sit To-morrow, Eight Clock.
Letters to Universities.
Ordered, Mr. Speaker, by his Letters to the Body politique of both Universities, in the Name of the House, for sending Copies of all such Recantations, Censures, and Submissions, as have been made by or to any in either the Universities, for Popery or Arminianism; and of all such Determinations, concerning the same, as have been there made.
Persons to attend.
The Customers to be here upon Friday next, which were formerly sent for, to answer their Contempt, in [Breach] of the Privileges of this House.
Saturday next appointed for the Lawyers of this [House] to speak to the Points before argued, concerning Bishop Mountague's Confirmation.