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 Veneris, 19 Feb.1640.
ORDERED, That Dr. Tompson shall have Monday come Three Weeks appointed him, to bring up Parties, and his Witnesses, to be heard and examined at the Committee for the Fens, where Mr. Ellis has the Chair: And he is to give the other Side Notice hereof.
Ordered, That the Committee for Dr. Tomson, &c. and the Fens, shall have Power to assign and appoint several Days, for Parties and Witnesses to be brought up and heard at the said Committee; and for the Hearing of the said several Petitions, after the Meetings of the said several Committees.
Ordered, That the Petition of divers Freeholders in and about the City of London, concerning a Decree in the Star-chamber, now with the Committee for Grievances, be referred to the Committee for the Jurisdiction of the Star-chamber.
Ordered, That the Cause concerning the Election for the Town of Downton, be heard on Saturday come Fortnight, at the Committee for Privileges.
Ordered, That the Petition of Charles Fenn be referred to the Committee for the Bishop of Elye.
Ordered, That the Petition of the several Inhabitants, and ancient Commoners, &c of Somersham, &c. in the County of Huntington, which was now read, be referred to the Committee for the Queen's Bill.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Opening, and Making of Ship Streams through the River of Wye, from Chepstow, &c.
Ordered, That this Bill be not read the Second time, but in a full House.
Leave to open a Letter.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Earl of Straford shall have Liberty to open a Letter, that is directed to Sir Geo. Ratcliffe; and, if they find it worthy the Knowledge of the House, they are to acquaint the House with it.
Chester, &c. Petitions.
Ordered, That the Petition from divers the Inhabitants of the County of Chester, and the Petition from divers the Inhabitants of the County of Devon, which were both now read in the House, be referred to the Committee for the Ministers Remonstrance; under the same Restraint, as the Petition from divers of the Inhabitants in and about the City of London, is referred.
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Constable and Earl Marshal's Court.
Upon Mr. Hide's Report from the Committee for the Constable and Earl Marshal's Court, it was
I. Resolved, upon the Question, That the Constable and Earl Marshal's Court have no Jurisdiction to hold Plea of Words.
II. Resolved, upon the Question, That the Earl Marshal can hold no Court, without the Constable.
III. Resolved, upon the Question, That the Earl Marshal's Court is a Grievance.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Constable and Earl Marshal's Court.
1. To consider, who they are that are guilty of this Grievance, which the House has voted the Earl Marshal's Court to be.
2. To consider of the Nature of the Crime, that they are guilty of, that have laid this Grievance upon the Subject.
3. They are to consider of some fit Way for Reparations to be made to the Parties grieved: And they are to prepare and draw up a Charge, to be transmitted to the Lords, against those, that have thus, to the Grievance of the Subject, usurped this Jurisdiction.
Earl of Straford.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to consider of the Proceedings in the Lords House against the Earl of Straford, do meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Treasury-chamber.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning at Eight of Clock, the House be resolved into a Grand Committee, to consider of some speedy and present Supply of Money, for Relief of the King's Army and the Northern Parts, and for the present Necessity and Safety of the Kingdom.
Loan from the City.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker write his Letter, directed to the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, of the City of London, to put them in mind of what they formerly promised this House, concerning the Loan of Sixty thousand Pounds: And Mr. Speaker is to use such Motives and Arguments as he shall think fit, to stir and quicken them to the Performance of their Promise.