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 Veneris, 6 Novembris, 16 Regni Regis Caroli, 1640.
Committee of Privileges.
Sir Guy Palmes, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Fra. Barnham, Sir Jo. Hotham, Sir Jo. Trevor, Mr. Hatcher, Mr. H. Bellassis, Sir Gilb. Gerrard, Mr. Mallory, Sir Fr. Seymour, Mr. Kirton, Sir Hugh Cholmeley, Sir Rob. Harley, Mr. Selden, Sir Jo. Culpepper, Sir Jo. Strangewayes, [Sir Wm.] Litton, [Mr. St.] Johns, [Sir] Christopher Hatton, Sir Oliver Luke, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Hollis, Mr. Whistler, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Charles Price, Mr. Grantham, Mr. Bagshaw, Mr. Broxam, Mr. White, Sir Tho. Witherington, Sir Wm. Witherington, Mr. Witakers, Ld. Digby, Serjeant Eures, Mr. Christ. Lewknour, Sir Wm. Masham, Sir Edward Deering, Sir Peter Heyman, Sir Edward Hales, Sir Henry Herbert, Mr. Morgan, Lord Russell, Mr. Glinne, Mr. Hampden, Sir Roger North, Sir Tho. Walsingham, Sir Miles Fleetewood, Sir Anthony Irby, Ld. Fairefax, Mr. Owfeild, Mr. Duke, Mr. Perpoint, Sir Rich. Onslow, Mr. Strangwayes, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir Edmund Mountfort, Mr. Jo. Bellassis, Sir Walther Earle, Mr. Pimme, Sir Philip Stapleton, Ld. Dungaroon, Sir Christ. Wray, Sir Rich. Vivian, Mr. Denzell Hollis, Sir Jo. Wray, Mr. Cage, Sir Edw. Aiskew, Mr. Upton, Mr. Palmer, Sir Arthur Ingram, Mr. Grimston, Mr. King, Mr. Wm. Sands, Mr. Perd, Ld. Andever, Sir Ro. Crane, Mr. Rous, Sir Tho. Bowyer, Sir Jo. Jennings, Mr. Valentine, Sir Hen. Crooke, Sir Wm. Carnaby, Sir Arthur Haslerigg, Sir Sidney Mountague, Mr. Fines, Mr. Henry Cooke, Ld. Buckhurst;
This Committee is appointed to examine and consider all Questions, to grow and arise this Parliament, about Elections, Returns, or other Privileges of the House; and to report their Opinions and Proceedings therein to the House: And have Power to send for Records, Witnesses, and Parties, and to hear Counsel: And are, for this Service, to meet this Afternoon, and afterwards every Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, in the Star chamber, at Two of Clock after Dinner.
Ordered, That those Petitions, this Day delivered in the House, concerning Elections, shall be bundled up, and delivered to the Committee for Privileges; and they to consider, which of them to fall in hand with first.
It was moved, That where Some are returned by the Sheriff, or such other Officer, that in Law has Power to return, Others by private Hands, That those returned by the Sheriff [should sit, till their] Election be quasht by the House: But nothing was ordered [upon it].
It was likewise moved, That the Committee for Privileges might have Power to determine all Cases, that appear clear, upon the bare View of the Indenture: And the Order of this House, the last Parliament was read: But the House resolved nothing upon it.
Ordered, A Warrant to issue, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to the Clerk of the Crown, for a new Writ to be sent to the Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, for Election of the Knights of that Shire; because no County Day did intervene, between the Receipt of the Writ, and the Day of Appearance in the Parliament.
Ordered, That all such as will question any Elections, now presently returned, shall do the same, by Petition, within Fourteen Days; and those that shall question any Elections, to be hereafter returned, shall likewise do the same, within Fourteen Days after their Return.
Members doubly returned.
Upon the Debate of granting Time to Those that are doubly returned, for making their Choice for which Place they will serve; and, upon Diversity of Opinions, some being for Monday next, and some for longer Time: it was put to the Question, whether the Question should be first made for Monday next, or for longer Time: It was
Ordered, That the Case of the Knights for Buckinghamshire shall be excepted out of this general Order, "That such as are doubly returned shall make their Choice, for which Place to serve, on Monday next, or before."
Mr. Serle, an Inhabitant of Taunton, a Town in Somersetshire, lately much visited with the Sickness, returned a Burgess of this House.-After much Debate, whether he should presently-admitted into the House, or no: It was at length
These Committees have Power to send for Writings, Books, Records, Papers, Officers, Parties, and Witnesses; and to assign and hear Counsel; and are to report their Opinions and Proceedings to the House.
Ordered, That it should be referred to the Committee for Privileges, to consider of the Claims and Interests of all such Boroughs as pretend to have any Title to return any Members to sit in this House.
Committee for Trade.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Irish Affairs shall be referred to a Committee of the whole House, to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the House; and afterwards[every] Thursday, at the same Hour and Place; and this Committee is to have [the like Power as] the other Grand Committees of the whole House have.