Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Veneris, 24 Aprilis, 1640.
Sheriff of Oxford.
The Petition exhibited by some High Constable of Oxon, against the High Sheriff of that County, read, and Ordered * referred to the Committee, with whom other Petitions of this Nature are remaining; and they to consider of it.
2a vice lecta. An Act to prevent Inconveniences happening by Occupancy. -Upon Question, committed to Sir Tho. Bowyer, Sir Rich. Buller, and all the Lawyers of the House; to meet this Afternoon, at Four of Clock, in Lincoln's Inn.- Mr. Maynard to be intreated to take care of the Bill, and to report.
Privilege of Members.
It was said this Day in the House, and not contradicted, That every Member of this House had Privilege for Sixteen Days, exclusive, and Fifteen Days, inclusive, before the Beginning and Ending of every Parliament.
Mr. Cosworth and Mr. Bassett, chosen by Twentyfour. -Exceptions against the Manner of Mr. Chadwell's Election. -Mr. Courtney and Mr. Chadwell, chosen by the major Part of those that had true Power of Election.- One, Thirteen; and the other, Eleven:-Which were all that had Right of electing.-
East Grinsteed Election.
Complained,-That this present Bailiff did threaten, before the Election; and, at the Election, threatened, that those that would not give to Mr. White,-and, since the Time of the Election, threatened the Witnesses that came to give Testimony for Mr. Goodwin, saying, that if they gave their Voices for him, their Servants should be prest, and their Carts taken; and other such Words of the like Nature.
Person sens for.
Ordered, upon the Question,-Ed. Blundell, Bailiff of the Borough of East Greensteed, shall be sent for by the Messenger of this House, as a Delinquent, for Misdemeanours by him committed, at, before, and since, the Election of the Burgesses for East Greensteed.
Mr. Daniel White, of Winchelsey in Sussex, delivered his Petition, upon Saturday last, to the Committee for Privileges: It being some way mislaid, it is desired, he may prefer a new Petition to the Committee, and that it may be admitted as exhibited upon Saturday last: And so it is ordered.
Message from Lords.
The Two Lords Chief Justices bring a Message from the Lords, That their Lordships do give this House many Thanks for their great Respects shewed unto them, in the Message sent to them this Day by us.- The Reason they could not be admitted was, by reason of the very great and weighty Businesses they are now in, the King being there present: So soon as ever the Leisure and State of the Affairs of that House would permit, they would give Notice by Messengers of their own.
Lastly, (as that which relates unto all, and is a great Cause of all the former Grievances)-The not Holding of Parliaments every Year, according to the Laws and Statutes of this Realm.-Laid by for present, and not put to the Question.
Whereupon Mr. Holborne, One of that select Committee, that was appointed to view this Commission; said, that, according to this House's Order, they repaired to the Lord * *, who told them, that if they had come to him before any Question had been made of this Business,-but now desired, he might first acquaint his Majesty; which he did; and, at our Repair again unto him the same Evening, he gave us Leave, not only to see it, but to have this Transcript of it.
The first Question was, upon the Commission that was lately granted to the Convocation,-Whether this Matter of the Commission, lately granted to the Convocation; shall be One of the Heads of the Conference with the Lords, to the End to prevent any Innovations in Matter of Religion.
1. Resolved, upon the Question, That, in this Conference with the Lords, for Prevention of Innovations in Matter of Religion, there shall be Use made of this Commission lately granted to the Convocation, the rather because of the Complaints of Innovations practised before the Grant of this Commission.
2. Resolved, upon the Question, That, in this Conference with the Lords, Use shall be made of the Complaints arising from the Petitions, brought in by the several Members of the House from several Counties, against Innovations in Matter of Religion.
3. Resolved, upon the Question, That, in this Conference with the Lords, Use shall be made of the Complaints that have been made here for the Molesting and Depriving of godly and conformable Ministers, for not yielding to Matters enjoined, complained of to be without Warrant of Law.
4. Resolved, upon the Question, That, in this Conference with the Lords, Use shall be made of the Complaints that have been made, for the publishing of Popish Tenets, contrary to the Doctrine of the Church of England, in licensed Books, Sermons, and Disputations.
5. Resolved, upon the Question, That, in this Conference with the Lords, Use shall likewise be made of the Complaints that have been made, touching the Restraint of conformable Ministers from preaching in their own Charges.
3. Resolved, upon the Question, That, in this Conference with the Lords, Use shall be made of the Complaints that have been had, of enlarging the Bounds of Forests, beyond what they have been for some Hundreds of Years last past.
4. Resolved, upon the Question, That, in this Conference with the Lords, Use shall likewise be made of the Complaints that have been had, concerning military Charges, viz. Coat and Conduct Money, Wages, Arms taken from the Owners; forcing the Countries to buy or provide, at their Charges, Horses and Carts, by way of Tax.
5. Resolved, upon the Question, That, in this Conference with the Lords, Use shall be likewise made of the Complaints that have been had, concerning Denial of Justice in the Courts at Westminster, to the Subject's Prejudice, in point of the Propriety of his Goods.
6. Resolved, upon the Question, That, in this Conference with the Lords, Use shall be likewise made of the Complaints that have been, for the frequent Imprisonments and Vexations for Nonpayment of unwarrantable Taxes, and not submitting to unlawful Monopolies.
1. Resolved, upon the Question, That, in this Conference with the Lords, Use shall be likewise made of the Complaints that have been, touching the Punishing of Men out of Parliament, for Things done in Parliament, in Breach of the Privilege of Parliament.
The other Propositions,-of sudden Dissolving of Parliaments, without Redress of Grievances,-and that, Of not holding Parliaments once a Year,-and that, Of pressing the Trained-bands out of their proper Counties,-were for this present laid aside, and not put to the Question.
Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Comptroller, Mr. Secretary Windebank, Mr. Holborne, Mr. Edw. Hide, Mr. St. Johns, Dr. Jones, Dr. Eden, Sir Rob. Harley, Mr. Vaughan, Sir Ben. Rudyard, Sir M. Fleetewood, Mr. Pimme, Mr. Hampden, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Fr. Seymour, Mr. Crew, Sir H. Martyn, Mr. Bridgman, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Kirton, Sir Jo. Strangeways, Sir Peter Heyman, Sir Walth. Erle, Mr. Lentall, Sir Oliver Luke, Sir Wm. Masham, Sir Christ. Hatton, Sir Rob. Cooke, Ld. Digby, Sir Jo. Hotham, Sir Hugh Cholmely, Sir Jo. Culpepper, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Hatcher, Ld. Ruthyn, Mr. Glinne;
This Committee is to use all Expedition in preparing and giving Directions for the Managing of the Business of this Conference; and have Power to send for Records and Witnesses; and are to report it to the House To-morrow Morning, if possible; and are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Mr. Vassall moved that his particular Grievance, of having his Goods, viz. Six hundred and odd Pounds, detained from him, by Colour, as he said, of Orders from the Lords of the Privy Council, might be inserted as one of the Inducements for this Conference: But it was said, it might serve for an Instance in One of the Particulars contained under the Head of Propriety of Goods; and so it was passed by, and no further Resolution taken in it.