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 Jovis, 27 Maii, 1641
Bowyers and Fletchers Petition.
ORDERED, That the Petition of the Bowyers and Fletchers be referred to the Committee for Secretary Windebancke and Sir Hen. Spiller: And are to meet to consider of it on Thursday next at Two post Meridiem, in the Duchy-court.
Captain Rainesborough, Mr. Alexander Rigby, Mr. Rich. Leigh, Mr. Walter Yonge, Mr. Jo. /?/ this Day made the Protestation.
Counsel in the Lords.
Sir Thomas Widdrington has Leave to be of Counsel before the Lords.
Ferries from Gravesend.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act concerning the ancient Ferries from Gravesend, in the County of Kent, to the City of London, and from thence to Gravesend, aforesaid; and for the better Ordering and Governance of the same, and the Boats, Rowers, and Watermen, having in any wise Relation thereunto.
Sir Peter Richaut and Mr. Peter Richaut this Day took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy; having a Bill for Naturalization in the House.
Reflections on Parliament reporting E. of Straford.
There was a Paper brought in, containing Words spoken by Mr. Taylor a Member of this House, concerning the Passing of the Bill of Attainder of Tho. Earl of Strafford: "That the House of Commons had not his " Consent to pass the Bill of Attainder of Thomas Earl of " Strafford; for that were, to commit Murder with the " Sword of Justice," Which Words were attested by John Hall, the Mayor of Windsore: And Mr. Broughton witnessed, that the words were, "That the House had not his Consent, to pass the Bill of Attainder against the Earl of Strafford: for to do that, before the Lords had finished the Trial, upon the Articles, were to commit Murder with the Sword of Justice." Mr. Waller attested the same Words; or much to that effect.
Mr. Taylor was heard, to explain himself; and then commanded to withdraw.
And after some Debate in the House, it was
A Member expelled.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Wm. Taylor shall be expelled this House; be made uncapable of ever being a Member of this House; and shall be forthwith committed a Prisoner to the Tower, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House; and shall make Acknowledgment of his Offence, here at the Bar, and at Windsore, publickly.
He was called to the Bar: And, there kneeling, Mr. Speaker pronounced the Sentence against him accordingly.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker shall issue forth his Warrant, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for Electing of a Burgess, to serve in the Stead of Mr. Wm. Taylor, formerly returned to serve as a Burgess for the Town of Windsore; and since, by Sentence of the House, expelled the House.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning Printing of Books, and especially the Speeches of Members of this House, shall meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards; and shall make Report Tomorrow Morning.
Prisoner to be sent to Bedlam.
Ordered, That John Randall Clerk, shall be released out of the Gaol in Buckinghamshire, where now he is; and be forthwith sent to Bedlam; it being affirmed, by divers Members of the House, that he is absolutely mad.
Speaking against Parliament.
Ordered, That * Graie, Rector of Downham, in Gloucestershire, be referred to the Committee for scandalous Ministers; for Words, that were attested to be spoken by him against the Parliament.
The humble Petition of many of his Majesty's Subjects, within the County of Lincolne, was read.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the utter Abolishing and Taking away of all Archbishops, Bishops, their Chancellors and Commissaries, Deans, Deans and Chapters, Archdeacons, Prebendaries, Chanters, and Canons, and other Under-officers, out of the Church of England.
Royal Assent to Bills.
The Gentleman Usher brought Word, that the Lords were ready to give his Majesty's Assent, by Commission, to some Bills; and expected the House of Commons to come up.
Upon the Question, whether the Bill for Abolishing of Bishops &c. should be now read the Second Time;
The House was divided: And the Yeas went out.
|Sir Jo. Evelyn,||To tell the Noes.|
|Mr. Kirton,||To tell the Yeas.|
|Mr. Charles Price,|
|With the Yeas||- - 139|
|With the Noes||- - 108|
2da vice .. est Billa, An Act for the utter Abolishing and Taking away of all Archbishops, Bishops, their Chancellors and Commissaries, Deans, Deans and Chapters, Archdeacons, Prebendaries, Chanters and Canons, and other Under-officers, out of the Church of England; and upon Question, committed unto a Committee of the whole House: And are to meet upon it on this Day Sevennight, at Seven of Clock in the Morning.
Bishops Secular Employments.
A Message from the Lords, by J. Foster and Serjeant Ayliffe;
The Lords desire a present Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Bill of Bishops, and Ecclesiastical Persons.
Answer returned by the same Messengers:
This House has taken their Lordships Message into Consideration; and will give a present Meeting, by a Committee of the whole House, as is desired.-
Tonage and Poundage.
Ordered, That the House meet, (the Conference being ended) to read the Bill for Tonage and Poundage.-
Mr. Peirpoint, Mr. Hollis, Mr. Pymme, Mr. Hampden, Sir John Holland, Mr. Solicitor, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Ordered, That the further Debate, concerning what Penalty the Clergy have incurred, by the Making of the last new Canons, shall be taken into Consideration on Tuesday next.
Tonage and Poundage, &c.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for a Subsidy, granted to the King, of Tonage, Poundage, Wools, &c.
Ordered, That the Bill of Tonage and Poundage shall be read the First Thing, when the House meets after Dinner.
Bishop of Canterbury.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Bishop of Canterbury meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, notwithstanding that the House sit: And the Lawyers, that are of this House, are especially required to attend the Committee.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Bill for the Protestation meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the usual Place.
MR. Tho. Whitmore, Mr. Edw. Acton, made the Protestation.
Lord Brabazon's Petition.
Ordered, That the Petition and Cause of the Lord Brabazon, who formerly preferred his Petition to the Grand Committee for Irish Affairs, be referred to the Sub-committee, appointed by the House to consider of the Petitions of the Lord Mountnorris, Earl of Kildare &c.
Lord Esmond's Petition.
It is likewise Ordered, That the Lord Esmond's Petition, now depending before the Grand Committee for Irish Affairs, be referred to the Consideration of the same Committee.
Mr. Pelham reports from the Committee for the Court of Wards, the Case of Gabrill Miles, Petitioner to the Committee for the Court of Wards, against one Holland, Trustee for Edward Bennet, his Majesty's Ward:
Upon this Report, it was, by the House,
Resolved, upon the Question,
1. That the Court hath done nothing but Justice, in this Cause.
2. That Gabriel Miles, the Petitioner, ought not to be relieved against Holland, nor Hollingsworth, in his Petition mentioned.
Tonage and Poundage, &c.
2da vice lecta est Billa, An Act for a Subsidy, granted to the King, of Tonage and Poundage, Wools, &c.; upon Question, committed unto a Committee of the whole House.
The House doth declare, That their Intention is, that Customs, Imposts, and other Payments, upon all Merchandize, except Tobacco, (the which this House doth leave to the Consideration of the Grand Committee) shall be taken for so long time as the House shall think fit, in the same manner as now they are.
Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Selden, Sir John Culpepper, Mr. Whistler, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Hollis, Mr. Greene, Mr. Prideaux;
This Committee is to prepare a Preamble to the Bill of Tonage and Poundage; and likewise an Addition to the said Bill, according to the Order and Declaration of the House; and to present it to the House To-morrow post meridiem: And are to meet To-morrow Morning at Seven of Clock, in the Inner Star-chamber.
1a vice lecta est. Billa, An Act for the Levying and Raising of Monies, for Disbanding of the Armies, and other great Affairs of the Kingdom.
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Nutt has Leave to go into the Country for a time.
Ordered, That the Bill concerning the Star-chamber shall be reported To-morrow Morning.
Bailing a Prisoner.
Ordered, That Mr. Heywood, who formerly committed Thomas Holmer to the Gate-house, concerning the Printing of scandalous Verses, in the Name of the Earl of Strafford, shall take Bail of him, to appear at all such Times as this House shall require: And thereupon shall give Order for him to go at Liberty.
Ordered, That the Tenants of Hatfield Manor, who formerly preferred a Bill to this House, concerning the Copyhold Estates of the said Manor; and had formerly preferred a Bill into the Exchequer, concerning the said Copyhold Estates; may proceed with their Bill there, according to the Course of that Court, notwithstanding any Proceedings upon the Bill, that they preferred to this House.