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 Martis, 18 Maii, 1641.
The Saints Belief.
ORDERED, That the Paper, called, The Saints Belief, be referred to the Committee for Printing; as concerning the Printer: And that the Master and Warden of the Company of Stationers be strictly required to use all their best Endeavours for the Suppressing of all those Copies: And that John Turner, who names himself the Author of this Belief, be sent for, as a Delinquent, for his Boldness, in causing a new Belief to be printed, without Authority, sitting the Parliament.
Counsel in the Lords.
Mr. Maynard and Mr. Palmer have Leave to be of Counsel with Mr. Chamberlyne, before the Lords.
The Petition of Sir Wm. Savile was read; and delivered to Sir John Hotham, that brought it in.
Mr. Ambrose Mannaton, Mr. Robert Walker, Sir Rich. Browne, Mr. Samuel Sandys, made the Protestation.
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Noell has Leave to go into the Country.
Sir Robert Harley, Sir Robert Crane, Mr. Cage, Sir Martin Lumley, Sir Martin Lister, Mr. Moore, Mr. Whittaker, Mr. Whitlocke, Mr. Bagshawe, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Perd, Sir Dudley North, Mr. Holland, Sir Antho. Irby, Mr. Tomkins;
This Committee is to consider of the Petition of Sir John Brooke Knight, One of the Members of this House; and have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records; and are to meet on Tuesday next at Two post meridiem, in the Court of Wards.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare the Transmission of the New Canons to the Lords shall have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And that they bring in the Transmission to this House, on this Day Sevennight.
Custody of Prisoners.
Ordered, That Mr. Davenant and Walley, who are in the Custody of the Serjeant, by Order of this House, shall not have Liberty to speak with any Man, but in the Presence of a Keeper.
Ordered, That the Commoners of Kensworth, in the County of Hertford, be restrained from pulling down the Inclosures of that Common, mentioned in their Petition to this House, and set up by Consent; till this House give further Order therein.
Ordered, That the Report of Mr. Walker's Case be made on Thursday next.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Crue was called to the Chair.
And the Order, Yesterday made, for the Business of this Committee, was read.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Resolved, upon the Question, That of whosoever this House shall borrow Two hundred thousand Pounds, for the Disbanding of the Armies, or Conclusion of the Peace, within a Month, or sooner, if it may be, they shall be satisfied out of the first Payment of the Four hundred thousand Pounds, agreed to be levied.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Committee appointed to treat with the Merchants shall desire them to make their full Propositions for the Lending of their Monies; and shall treat with them about the Times of Payment and Repayment; and shall present the whole Matter to the House, to be further considered of.
Army Pay, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee, last appointed to consider of the State of the King's Army, do consider, what Monies are due to both Armies; and what are necessary to be paid presently, for the Disbanding of both Armies; and how, and in what manner, it is fit they should be disbanded: And to report the whole Matter to the Consideration of this House: And are to meet at Two of Clock this Afternoon in the Inner Court of Wards.
Mr. Cage, Mr. Lucas, Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Crue, and all the Members of this House, that have Command in the Army, are added to this Committee.
Lessening Committees, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed for the Lessening of Committees, consider what Committees are fit to sit; and what Reports are fit to be made; and what Businesses are fit to be treated of, that concern the publick Good of the Kingdom: And they are to report the whole Matter to the House, on Friday Morning next: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-court.
Sir Edward Deering is added to this Committee.
Securing the Land.
Ordered, That the Committee for securing the Land do meet this Afternoon at Two, in the Dutchy-court.
Ordered, The Bill of Star-chamber, High Commission Court, and Pluralities, be reported on Thursday Morning next.
Sir G. Ratcliffe.
Ordered, That Sir George Ratcliffe's Committee do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Treasury-chamber.
Mr. Hide, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Hill, Mr. Perd, Mr. Vaughan, are added to this Committee.
Proceedings concerning Queen Mother.
Mr. Martin reports, from the Committee concerning the Queen Mother, in hæc verba;
"The House of Commons hath taken into serious Consideration the Matters of the Conference they had with your Lordships, concerning the Safety of the Queen Mother; and the Tumult lately happened about Towerhill in London".
"For the First, they cannot but join with your Lordships, in Apprehensions of Danger; and therefore should agree to all good Means, that might conduce to the Safety of her Majesty's Person; holding themselves obliged thereunto, as well by the Rules of publick Faith and Honour, as for that special Interest this Kingdom hath in the Queen her Daughter, and the Royal Issue: But, fearing lest all the Care that can be used may prove unsufficient for the Assurance of her Protection; and, desiring to prevent the Blemish which may fall upon this Nation, by any ill Accident; the House doth intreat your Lordships, humbly to represent those things to his Majesty, that her Majesty may be moved to depart this Kingdom; the rather, for the Quieting of those Jealousies in the Hearts of his Majesty's well-affected Subjects; occasioned, by some ill Instruments about the Queen's Person; by the Flowing of Priests and Papists to her House; and, by the Use and Practice of the Idolatry of the Mass, and Exercise of other superstitious Services of the Romish Church; to the great Scandal of true Religion. For the Tumult, the House of Commons will be ready to join with your Lordships, whensoever it shall please your Lordships, in sending to the Lord Mayor, and Magistrates of the Town and Parts adjoining, that from henceforth they take Order, with the best Diligence they can, for the Suppressing the like unlawful Assemblies."
It was read; and resolved to be the Subject of a Conference to be desired with the Lords.