Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Sabbati, 18 Aprilis, 1640.
APetitions from Essex, &c.
Court of Honour.
The Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of the House of Commons, taking into Consideration the great and weighty Affairs now in Agitation of both the Houses of Parliament, concerning the Welfare of the King, and this whole Kingdom; and believing the principal Way and Means to attain to a happy and prosperous Conclusion in the same, is, to beg the Divine Assistance, and Direction of Almighty God, in all their Consultations, by One Day's solemn Humiliation by Fasting, and Prayer to his Heavenly Majesty; have commanded us to acquaint your Lordships, that you will be pleased to join with them to move his Majesty, for his gracious Allowance of so pious a Work to both these Houses of Parliament, and also, that he would be pleased to grant and appoint a Day for a Fast through the whole Kingdom.
House go into Committee.
Proceedings against Members.
Ordered, That the Records and Proceedings in the Star Chamber, and King's Bench, that concern several Members of this House in the last Parliament, shall be sent for immediately, viz. such as concern Sir Jo. Elliot, Mr. Strode, Mr. Selden, Mr. Valentine, Mr. Hollis, Sir Peter Hayman, and others, that were questioned after the last Parliament, for any Passages in the last Parliament.
Violating Privilege of last Parliament.
Ordered, That a select Committee shall be appointed, for stating the Matter of Fact touching the Violation of the Privilege of Parliament, the last Day of the last Parliament; and for that Purpose, the Opinion of the Committee to be reported to the House:
Sir P. Hayman, Mr. Lewkenour, Mr. Treasurer, Sir W. Erle, Sir Fr. Seymour, Mr. Comptroller, Mr. Cage, Mr. Hampden, Sir Tho. Bowyer, Sir Jo. Strangewayes, Mr. Pimme, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Charles Jones, Sir Jo. Hotham;
This select Committee is appointed to meet, for the stating of the Matter of Fact touching the Violation of the Privilege of Parliament, the last Day of the last Parliament; and for that Purpose, the Opinion of this Committee is to be reported to the House; and this Committee is to meet at Two of Clock this Afternoon, in the Court of Wards.
* * made his Complaint, that his Goods were distrained, and taken by the Constable, within the Time of Privilege; but in regard the Committee for Privileges may properly take Notice of it, the House entered no further into any Debate of it.
Person to attend.
Records concerning Ship Money.
Ordered, That the Records, Inrollments, Judgments, and Proceedings, in the Exchequer, and other Courts whatsoever, concerning Ship Money, shall be sent for to be here on Monday, at Eight of Clock; and Warrants accordingly to issue forth to the several Officers of those several Courts, under Mr. Speaker's Hand.