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, 12 Maii, 1641.
Bp. of Eley.
ORDERED, That Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Whistler, Mr. Whitlocke, Mr. Heblethwaite, be added to the Committee for the Bishop of Eley: And that Committee is to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Attendance dispensed with.
Whereas the Inhabitants of the City of Exon were, by a former Order from the Committee for Grievances, summoned to appear before the said Committee; in regard, that their Cause is not likely to be heard this long time, there being several great Causes in course before it; and in respect that a Member of this House does undertake, that they shall appear at any time, upon a Week's Warning; it is therefore ordered, that the said Inhabitants shall have Liberty to repair into the Country, to follow their Occasions there.
Publishing Sir E. Cooke's Books.
This House doth desire, and hold it fit, that the Heir of Sir Edward Cooke do publish in Print his Commentary upon Magna Charta, The Pleas of the Crown, and The Jurisdiction of Courts, according to the Intention of the said Sir Edward Cooke: And that none but the Heir of the said Sir Edward Cooke, or he that shall be authorized by him, do presume o publish in Print any of the foresaid Copies or Books.
Proceedings against Aston.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Wm. Aston, the Vicar of Painswicke, is a common Hunter of Alehouses, a common Drunkard, a frequent Attempter upon the Chastity of Women; and therefore altogether unfit to continue Vicar there, or to have or hold any Benefice or Promotion in the Church.
Deans and Chapters.
The Petitions from the Universities; a Latin Letter from Cambridge; the Petitions from the Church of Cant', and the Tenants of that Church, and the Officers and Members of the said Church; were this Day read.
Proceedings concerning Ly. Shelly.
Ordered, That Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir John Francklyn, Mr. Tomkins, Mr. Law. Whitakers, Mr. Perd, do presently repair to the House of the Lady Shelly; to search her House; to examine her concerning a Letter brought to this House, and directed to her; and concerning such other Matters as they in their Judgments shall think fit; and such of her Servants, as they shall think expedient.
Recusants, Arms, &c.
Moved, That a Conference be had with the Lords, concerning a Proclamation to be set forth, to enjoin all Men, upon some Penalties, to make known what Arms they have in their Custody of any other Persons, but especially of Recusants.
House to meet.
Persons to attend.
Priests and Jesuits.
Ordered, That Warrants shall be directed, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to Richard Deane, Fra. Newton, John Gray, Christopher Jenkes, James Waddsworth, Thomas Mayo, Rich. Parker, Francis Longuevile, John Vesey, Alsop Crosse, Charles Wright, thereby requiring and anthorizing them, and every of them, to seize and apprehend all Jesuits and Romish Priests, within the Cities of London, Westminster, the Suburbs and Liberties, and in all other Places and Counties whatsoever, within the Dominions of England and Wales; and, them so seized, to take Course that they be committed to Prison, there to remain in safe Custody, till the Pleasure of the House be further known: And it is also ordered, that the Mayors, Sheriffs, Bailiffs, Constables, and other his Majesty's Officers and Liege People, within the Counties and Places aforesaid, be assistant to the Bearers hereof in the Execution and Performance of the said Warrants.
WHEREAS the Committee for SirLewis Dive was appointed to sit onFriday next,to consider of the petitions concerning the Election for Carnarvonshire; and likewise the Petitions, of the Sheriff of the said Shire,of John Griffith and Wm. Thomas, Esquires, concerning the Election for the said County, and other Businesses thereupon depending: It is now Ordered, That the said Committee sit To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the Court of Requests, to consider of the Businesses and Matters aforesaid.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Popish Hierarchy do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Treasury-chamber; and that Browne, who was made a close Prisoner, by the Order of this House, may have the Liberty of the Prison.
Resolved, upon the Question, That whereas some Doubts have been raised by several Persons, out of this House, concerning the Meaning of these Words contained in the Protestation lately made by the Members of this House, viz. "the true reformed Protestant Religion, expressed in the Doctrine of the Church of England, against all Popery and Popish Innovations within this Realm, contrary to the same Doctrine:" This House doth declare, that by those Words was and is meant only, the publick Doctrine professed in the said Church, so far as it is opposite to Popery, and Popish Innovations; and that the said Words are not to be extended to the Maintaining of any Form of Worship, Discipline, or Government; nor of any Rites or Ceremonies of the said Church of England.
Deans and Chapters.
Doctor Burgesse called in; and said, That he did agree in the Five Propositions named by the Deans and Chapters; but whether Deans and Chapters, as they now stand, conduce to those Ends, is the Doubt; if they do not, whether they may not be employed to some other Way, that does conduce to those Ends, is likewise another Question.
It was declared by the House, and assented unto by the Knights that serve for Cumberland and Westmorland, that those Counties shall be rated and assessed, proportionably to former Subsidies, to the Raising of the Four hundred thousand Pounds.