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 Luno, 14 Junii, 1641.
Service in Cathedrals.
ORDERED, That the Deans and Chapters of all Cathedrals in general be, from this House, required and enjoined, to suffer the Inhabitants of the Places, where those Cathedrals are, to have free Liberty to have a Sermon preached in their Cathedrals of the said Places, every Sunday in the Afternoon.
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Coventry and Mr. Seaborne have Leave to go into the Country, for some convenient time.
Richaut's, &c. Nat.
2da vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Naturalizing of Sir Peter Richaut, and divers of his Children; and, upon Question, committed unto the Committee for De Vischer and Heren.
Mr. Venne, Sir Henry Anderson, are added to that Committee: And are to meet on this Day Sevennight at Two post meridiem, in the Star-chamber.
Proceedings concerning Smart.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of the Message from the Lords, concerning the transmission of Mr. Smart's Business, do meet on Wednesday next at Two post meridiem, in the Inner Court of Wards: And Mr. Perd, Serjeant Creswell, Serjeant Wilde, Sir Symonds D'Ewes, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Mr. Reignolds, are added to this Committee.
Members liberated from Custody.
The humble Petition of Sir Wm. Widdrington Knight, and Herbert Price Esquire, was this Day read: And, upon the Question, it was
Resolved, and Ordered, That Sir Wm. Widdrington and Mr. Price shall be forthwith discharged from their Imprisonment, and restored to their Liberties of sitting here, as Members, as formerly they did.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee appointed to consider of the Breach of Privilege of 3° Car. be made on Thursday Morning next at Nine of Clock.
Treaty with Scotland.
Mr. Crewe reports from the Committee appointed to meet with the Committee of Lords concerning the Treaty:
A Proviso of Exception to some particular Persons, named in the Proviso, was read: But nothing as yet done upon it; because his Majesty desired, before that the House come to any Resolution upon it, that they would hear his Majesty's Reasons to those Exceptions.
Informs, .... that the former Answer to the Propositions concerning the Garisons was altered to this following; (the which was, by the House, upon the Question, Resolved)-
" And that the Works be not repaired, but suffered to decay; and that the Ordnance and Ammunition be removed; and that it be without Prejudice to his Majesty's former Grant of the Second Demand, concerning the Keeping of the Castles of the Kingdom."
Upon the Second Article, Resolved, upon the Question, That the Way of conveying Forces, for suppressing such as levy War, be, as in case of Invasion: And that it be Enacted, that it shall be lawful, for any of his Majesty's Subjects, to convince, and suppress such ill-affected Party.
For the rest; they adhere to the former Answer; and that publick Faith shall be given for the Performance of that Article.
Upon the First Article of Trade, concerning pressing Ships; it is assented they shall be used * * Desire it should be added, "or as other Nations." Upon the Votes of the House:
Resolved, upon the Question, That these Words shall be struck out, "or as other Nations."
Upon the Ninth Article, concerning mutual Capacity,
Resolved To adhere to the former Answer.
As to Precedency.
Resolved, upon the Question, in the Ninth Article, instead of "left to Custom," to be altered to "according to Custom."
In the Tenth Article, concerning Decreets;
Resolved, To adhere to their former Answer.
Disbanding the Army.
Mr. Hotham appointed to go up to the Lords, with this Message;
To desire a Conference, concerning the Disbanding of some Part of the Army.
Sir John Hotham to manage this Conference.
Mr. Hotham brings Answer, that their Lordships will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Supply Bill; Subsidies.
Mr. Serjeant Euers reports from the Grand Committee, the Bill of Subsidies.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Counties of Cumberland and Westmorland shall be taxed, towards Payment of these Subsidies, in the same Proportion as they were taxed in 21° Jacobi.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Lands and Goods of Recusants, and Aliens, shall bear a double Part towards the Payment of these Subsidies.
Resolved, &c. That the Moiety of the whole Charge laid upon Recusants Lands and Goods shall be Surplusage, over and above the Four hundred thousand Pounds.
Resolved, &c. That the Poll-money, upon Recusants, shall be raised to Two Shillings and Eight-pence per Poll.
Resolved, &c. That the Tax laid upon Cumberland and Westmorland, and the Mistake of the Sum of One hundred and Sixty-one Pounds One Shilling and Six-pence, shall be Surplusage Money.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords shall be taxed, for their Lands and their Goods, promiscuously, as the rest of the Kingdom; and not in a Sum certain.-
The Report interrupted by a Message from the Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by J. Reeve and Serjeant Glanvile.
That they are ready to give a present Conference, touching the Business they received in the last Message from this House: And that then they are likewise ready to impart something concerning the Army, which they have lately received.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has taken their Lordships Message into Consideration; and will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Sir John Hotham, Mr. Hollis, Mr. Peirpoint, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Fines, Sir John Colpepper, Mr. Pelham, Lord Fairefax, Sir Philip Stapleton, are appointed Managers and Reporters of this Conference.-
Taxing the Houshold.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Houshold shall be taxed for their Fees they receive at Court.
Resolved, &c. That the Tax laid upon the Houshold shall be Surplusage Money.
Sir John Hotham acquaints the House he had delivered the Votes of the House concerning the Army.
Proceedings concerning the Plot.
Sir Tho. Widdrington reports-the Conference had this Day with the Lords, concerning the Army; viz. the English: A Letter from divers of the Officers of the Army was read; and likewise a Copy of a Letter, written formerly to Henry Darley Esquire, a Member of this House.
Mr. Hollis, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Pymme, Sir John Hotham, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Sir John Colpepper, Mr. Hampden, * Holland;
This Committee is to draw a Letter, to be sent to the Army, in Answer to the Letter sent from thence: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards.
Mr. Hollis and Mr. Hampden are appointed to go to the Lord General, to desire him from this House, to be pleased to take the Care upon him to do his best in finding out those Persons that have done these ill Offices between this House and the Army; and to inform the House thereof.
Mr. Hollis acquaints the House, he waited upon the Lord Admiral, concerning a Transcript of so much of Mr. Peircye's Letter to the Lord Admiral, as concerned the Business lately discovered.
The Transcript was read; in which there was much that concerned Three Members of the House; viz. Wilmott, Ashburnham, and Pollard: Of the which, Two of them were commanded to withdraw:
And Captain Pollard stayed; and was examined upon divers Interrogatories, proposed to him by Mr. Speaker.
Then Commissary Wilmott was called down; and was examined, upon Interrogatories prepared.
Colonel Ashburnham was called in; and examined upon the same Interrogatories as Mr. Wilmott formerly was.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Wilmott, Mr. Ashburnham, and Mr. Pollard, shall be, by Order of this House, forthwith committed Prisoners, upon Suspicion of High Treason; viz. Mr. Wilmott, to the Tower; Mr. Ashburnham to the King's-bench; and Mr. Pollard to the Gatehouse.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir John Berkeley and Mr. Daniel Oneale shall be sent for, as Delinquents, upon Suspicion of High Treason, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House: And that Mr. Hollis and Mr. Hampden do move the Lord General, to send his Letter to the chief Officers of the Army, to be assistant to the Serjeant's Deputy or Deputies, in the Executing of this Order of the House.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare a Letter, to be sent to the Army, do meet To-morrow Morning at Seven of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards.