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, 8 Junii, 1641.
Leave to transfer Petition to Lords.
SIR Gilbert Gerrard has Leave to prefer his Petition to the House of the Lords, concerning a Bill depending in the Star-chamber, in a Suit depending between Sir Gilbert Gerrard and Mr. George Pitt.
Ordered, That the Officers of the Custom-house shall take an Entry of all such Goods in their Hands, as Mr. Thomas Lenthall and Mr. Francis Lenthall have now to transport; and take Bonds of them, to the King's Use, to pay and satisfy, upon Demand, such Rates and Prices, as shall be, by this House, settled and appointed to be paid upon Merchandize.
Ordered, That Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Selden, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Hide, Mr. Whitlocke, and Mr. Maynard, do forthwith draw and prepare a Bill for the Coining of Plate; and present the same to the House Tomorrow Morning at Eight of Clock.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare Instructions, to be sent to the Commissioners for keeping the Subsidies to a greater Proportion, do meet this Afternoon.
Cessation of Arms with Scotland.
Mr. Hide reports the Conference had Yesterday with the Lords....
A Letter from Sir Thomas Glemon was read (to my Lord General). And likewise
A Letter from Sir Jacob Ashley to Mr. Speaker.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth hold it fit, that the Cessation of Arms between the Two Kingdoms should continue for a Fortnight longer, from the 14th of this instant Month of June, upon the same Terms it was formerly agreed upon, in case the Treaty shall so long continue.
Moved, That Mr. Speaker might signify to Sir Jacob Ashley, and other the Commanders of the Army, from this House, of the good Opinion this House hath of them, notwithstanding the Information given to this House, in a Letter to Mr. Darley.
Loan from the City.
Ordered, That the select Committee of Fifty-two shall have Power to treat with the Committee of the Lords, concerning the Forty thousand Pounds, Part of the Sixscore thousand Pounds, promised to be lent by the City, as yet unpaid; and to acquaint them with the Resolution of this House, concerning the Continuance of a Cessation of Arms for another Fortnight, from the Twenty-fourth of this instant Month of June, upon the same Terms.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee, appointed to treat concerning the Lending of Monies, to consider to whom the Monies, now ready, shall be paid, and in what manner; and to report it to the House: And are to meet To-morrow Morning in the Starchamber.
Treaty with Scotland.
That the Committee of Fifty-two shall press, unto the Committee of the Lords, the speedy Signing of the Articles: And to acquaint them, that so soon as the Articles shall be signed, this House doubts not but the Monies will be ready.
Upon Mr. Crewe's Report from the select Committee of both Houses appointed to treat, concerning the Treaty, the Answers to the * Article, in hæc Verba;
Resolved, upon the Question,
Trade.-That, to the first Part, which concerns a mutual Capacity to obtain, inherit, and possess, all Benefits and Privileges betwixt the Subjects of both Kingdoms, be left to the Laws of both Kingdoms.
Resolved, &c. That the Proviso, concerning Noblemen not having Voices in Parliament, unless they have Five hundred Pounds per Annum in the Kingdom whereof they are Peers, be assented unto.
Resolved, &c. That the last Part of the Article, concerning Precedency, be left to Courtesy; as hath been accustomable, since King James his coming into England.
The Tenth Article is referred to the Consideration of the Judges: and so is the latter Part of the Eleventh Article: And as yet the Committee has received nothing of it.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this shall be an Answer to the latter Part of the Second Article of Peace; " That if either Parliament make a War, there shall be Three Months time before there be any hostile Act."
Resolved, &c. That, to the End of the Answer of this House, concerning Uniformity of Church Government, these Words shall be added to the latter End, viz. "and of both Kingdoms."
Ordered, That the Committee of the Fifty-two shall, with the Lords Committees, consider of the Commissioners Names, appointed to consider of the Trade of the Kingdom; and of the Names of so many as shall have Power to treat: And to prepare some Heads, Instructions upon which the Commissioners shall treat: And to present them to this House.
This House doth declare, and hold it fit, that Mr. Burton shall be restored to his former Liberty of Preaching.
3a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Regulating the Council-table; and taking away the Court commonly called the Star-Chamber; and, upon Question, passed.
3a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for Repeal of a Branch of a Statute, in the First Year of Queen Eliz. concerning Commissioners in Causes Ecclesiastical; and, upon Question, passed.
Proceedings concerning the Plot.
Mr. Fines reports from the close Committee of Seven;
1. Concerning the Business of the Tower;-the Examination of Billingsley,- Mr. Nut, - Bersey, - Bal four Lieutenant of the Tower.
Concerning the Army; To engage and incite That against the Parliament.
Concerning the French; - 1. Wood's * *; Actions tending this way, by a Priest in Lancashire;
Actions tending this way;-The flight of those Gentlemen into France; whither Secretary Windebank fled before, and whither the Earl of Strafford should have fled, if he had not been prevented.
The Fortifying of Portsmouth; - the Confluence of Papists, about that Part of Hampshire that lies near Portesmouth:
The Desire of Mr. Jermyn to get Portesmouth into his Hadns, as appeared by the Examination of Mr. Bland: Together with the Drawing of the French Forces towards Callies, Diep, and Granvile.
Exceptions to a Member's Words.
Exceptions were taken at the Words spoken by the Lord Digby in Seconding of some Words first spoken by Commissary Wilmott, concerning an Oath, which Colonel Goring, in his Examinations, confesseth to have taken in the Presence of Commissary Wilmott, &c.; and concerning some Words thereupon.
After some Debate of which Words; and after that the Lord Digby had explained himself; the House was not content with this Explanation: And therefore he was commanded to withdraw.
Commissary Wilmott likewise withdrew, though not by the general Command of the House.