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 Mercurii, 10 Martii, 1640.
Leave of Absence.
MR. Millington and Mr. Dowse have Leave to go into the Country, upon some great Occasions.
Motions for Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That after this Day, no Motion shall be made, for any Member of this House to have Leave to go out of Town, till after Nine of Clock.
Marquis of Winton's Estate.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act to enable the Marquis of Winton to make Leases for three Lives, or One-and twenty Years, of Lands in the County of Southampton, reserving the old Rent.
2da vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Naturalizing of Wm. Wright Merchant; and, upon Question, committed unto the Committee for Peter Heren and De Vischer.
Ordered, That Mr. Wasthall, Mr. Hill, Sir Jo. Francklyn, Mr. Whitehead, Mr. Hoyle, be added to the Committee for the Bill for the King's Tenants of Clethro, &c. in the Duchy of Lancaster.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for Reformation of Pluralities and Nonresidency.
2da vice lecta est Billa, An Act against Pluralities of Spiritual Promotions; upon Question, committed unto Sir Sidney Mountague, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Whitehead, Sir Jo. Strangewayes, Mr. Rigby, Sir H. Anderson, Sir Jo. Culpeper, Mr. Cage, Sir Simonds D'Ewes, Mr. Jane, Sir Walth. Erle, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Crue, Sir Jo. Wray, Mr. Upton, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Rennolds, Sir Humph. Tufton, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir Edw. Deering, Mr. Selden, Mr. Whistler,
Mr. Arth. Goodwyn, Sir Ro. Hatton, Sir Edm. Vowell, Mr. Sutton, Mr. Hampden, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Jo. Harrison, Sir Edm. Mountfort, Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Hide, Sir Tho. Hutchinson, Sir Jo. Holland, Mr. Hollys, Mr. Hussy, Mr. Knatchbull, Mr. Fines, Sir Hugh Cholmeley, Mr. Noell, Mr. Young, Ld. Gray, Sir Patricius Curwyn, Mr. Godolphin, Mr. Smyth, Mr. Perpoint, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Coventry, Mr. Palmer, Sir Ph. Stapleton, Mr. Hatcher, Mr. Noble, Mr. Wingate, Sir Robert Crane, Mr. Kirton, Sir Edw. Boys, Sir Arth. Haselrig, Sir Jo. Coke, Mr. Moore, Sir Edw. Hales, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Purefrey, the Knights of Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire, the Burgesses of both the Universities; and are to meet on Thursday, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-court.
According to an Order made Yesterday, the Three Heads, presented by the Committee for the Ministers Remonstrance, were read: And it was
Resolved, upon the Question, That the First Head, concerning Secular Employments, shall he first treated of in the House.
Ordered, That in handling the First Head, concerning Secular Employments, the House shall observe this Method; First, to treat of the legislative and judicial Power in Parliament: Next, their judicial Power in the Starchamber, and Commission for the Peace: Thirdly, their Employments, as Privy Counsellors, at the Council-table, and in Temporal Offices.
Resolved, upon the Question, That, for handling of the First Head, concerning Secular Employment, the House shall not be resolved into a Committee.
After a long and mature Debate of the First Branch of the First Head, it was
Resolved, upon the Question, That the legislative and judicial Power of Bishops, in the House of Peers in Parliament, is a great Hindrance to the Discharge of their Spiritual Function, prejudicial to the Commonwealth, and fit to be taken away, by Bill: And that a Bill be drawn to that Purpose.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning at Nine of Clock, the House do proceed to the Debate of the other Two Points of the First Head, presented to the Consideration of this House, from the Committee for the Ministers Remonstrance, concerning the Secular Employment of the Clergy.