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 Mercurii, 14 Julii, 1641.
Propagating the Gospel.
THAT the Committee for the Bill for propagating the Gospel do sit To-morrow, post meridiem, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Impeachment of Archbp. of Canterbury.
The Commons Declaration and Impeachment, upon the Complaint of George Walker, Alney, and *, against Wm. Laud Archbishop of Cant', &c. was read; and, upon Question recommitted to the same Committee.
Mr. Kinge, Mr. Browne, Mr. Lane, this Day made the Protestation.
Mr. Maynard, Mr. Hide, and Mr. Reignolds, are added to Mr. Walker's Committee.
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Ashton has Leave to go into the Country for some convenient time.
Leather staid at Dover.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Customers, to examine the whole Business of Mr. King's, in drawing up an Order contrary to the Vote of the Committee, as is informed, for the Delivery of the Leather staid at Dover, by a former Order of the Committee.
Letter of Sir Wm. Faunt read.
Star-chamber Proceedings- Faunt's Case.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Sentence in the Star-chamber against Sir Wm. Faunt was without any just Ground, either in the Answer or Proof; and that the Executors ought to be restored to all that Sir Wm. Faunt or they have paid upon the Sentence.
Resolved, &c. That this Case be transmitted unto the Lords; to the end the Sentence may be reversed, and the Parties restored to all that is paid.
Ordered, That the Sheriff of Leicester, for the time being, shall make stay of the Execution of the Process out of the Exchequer, upon the Extent upon the Lands of Sir William Faunt, for Monies payable by Force of a Decree, in the Star-chamber; and that if any Monies be levied, and now remaining in his Hands, that they shall be staid there, and no Payment made thereof: And that no further Process shall be granted forth, till this House shall have taken further Order herein:
Reports from Committees.
That the several Chairmen, that have any Reports in their Hands, shall attend the Committee appointed to consider what Business are of greatest * * with all such Reports as are in their Hands, that they may consider what Reports are fittest to be made; and make Report thereof to the House.
Appropriation of Money.
That, of those Monies, which, by Order of this House, made the Eighth of July last, are appointed to be paid into the Hands of the Earl of Warwicke, or Sir Wm. Uvedale, for the Services and Uses mentioned in the said Order, none shall issue forth, or be disposed of, either by the Earl of Warwicke, or Sir Wm. Uvedale, without special Order from this House. And it is likewise ordered, that Sir Wm. Uvedale shall, from time to time, inform this House what Monies come to his Hand by virtue of the said Order. And it is further ordered, that Sir Wm. Uvedale, out of those Monies that are now in his Hands, shall pay a Month's Pay to the Garisons of Berwicke and Carlile respectively.
Sir Philip Stapleton, Mr. Hollis, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Sir Walt. Erle, Mr. Pym, Sir John Hotham, Sir John Wray, Sir H. Vane, Sir Ra. Verney, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Morley, Sir Sam. Rolle, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Nath. Fines;
This Committee is to prepare Heads [for] a Conference; to be desired with the Lords, [concerning] the Queen's Journey, and to present them [to the] House: And have Power to send for Sir Thomas Mayhern, or any other, as they shall think fit: And are to meet presently, in the Inner Court of Wards.
Ordered, That the House shall be resolved into a Committee To-morrow Morning, at Eight of Clock, to preceed with the Bill, concerning Episcopacy: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind of this Order; and to interrupt any other Business at that time.
Leave of Absence.
Sir John Strangewaies has Leave to go down into the Country.
Queen's Jointure, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Arthur Haslerigge shall be added to the Committee appointed to consider of the Queen's Jointure; and that the Power of That Committee be enlarged, to consider of the Transportation of Jewels and Treasure; and the Carrying over of the Princess Mary: And they have Power to send for such Persons as they shall think fit, to inform them of the Particulars.
Wales Court of Marches.
Upon Mr. Hide's Report from the Committee for the Marches of Wales; it was
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Counties of Salop, Hereford, Worcester, and Gloucester, and the Counties of the Cities of Gloucester and Worcester, are not within the Jurisdiction of the President and Council of the Marches of Wales, by the Statute of 34to of H. VIII.
Sir Robert Harley reports the Bill for exempting the Four Shires from the Jurisdiction of the Marches of Wales, with the Amendments and Additions: The which Amendments and Additions were twice read; and, upon the Question, the Bill, with the Amendments and Additions, is ordered to be ingrossed.
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Constantine has Leave to go into the Country.
Privilege- Persons sent for.
Ordered, That James Greene and James Skittermaster, alias Skitter, shall be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, for their Contempt and Breach of the Privilege of this House, in serving a Process out of the Court of the Marches of Wales, upon Nath. Stephens, Esquire, a Member of this House, after they were informed he was a Member of the said House; and for other contemptuous Speeches and Demeanors used to the said Mr. Stephens.
It is this Day Ordered, by the House of Commons, That the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the several Counties, Cities, and Boroughs of this Kingdom, and the Dominion of Wales respectively, shall forthwith signify unto the Commissioners appointed for the Assessing and Levying of all Sums of Money, to be raised by an Act of Parliament, intituled, An Act for the speedy Provision of Monies for disbanding the Armies, and settling the Peace of the Two Kingdoms of England and Scotland, that this House doth require them to proceed effectually, impartially, and with all possible Speed, in the due Execution of the Authority given them by the said Act; whereby the Returns of all Monies, to be thereby assessed, may be seasonably made, according as the great Occasions of this Kingdom requires: And that from time to time, the said Commissioners, respectively, shall acquaint the said Knights, Citizens and Burgesses, with their Proceedings herein; and of any Difficulty that may occur to them; whereby an Account thereof may be given to this House: And further, that all Sheriffs (except of such Counties as by this Act are appointed to make their Payments at the City of Yorke) as soon as they shall have received any considerable Sum of Money by virtue of this Act, shall speedily convey and pay the same to Sir Edmund Wright, Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir James Campbell, Sir George Whitmore, Sir Nicholas Rainton, Sir Christopher Clitherowe, Knights, Aldermen of the said City, and Robert Bateman, Esquire, Chamberlain thereof, or any Two or more of them, at or in the Chamberlain's Office in Guildhall, within the said City of London: And this House doth further require, that all Collectors and Persons whatsoever, to be appointed by the said Commissioners, by virtue of the said Act, for any Service in the Execution thereof, shall faithfully diligently, and effectually attend the same, according to the true Intent of the said Act. And it is hereby further Ordered, That there shall be allowed, and paid to the Collectors of every Parish the Sum of One Penny in the Pound, for all such Sums of Money as they shall collect and pay in according to this Act; and that there shall be likewise allowed for all such Monies as shall be so collected and paid in, one Penny in the Pound to the Commissioners Clerks, and others to be employed by them, for writing and ingrossing; and that there shall be further allowed to the Sheriffs of the several Counties, residing Fifty Miles distant from the Cities of London and Yorke, or upwards, Two Pence in the Pound; and to such Sheriffs, as shall reside within that Distance from the said Cities, One Peny in the Pound; for all such Sums of Money as the said Sheriffs shall pay in respectively according to the said Act: And the Treasurers in the said Act are hereby authorized to allow One Peny in the Pound for such Sums of Money as shall be paid unto them by such Sheriffs, as shall reside within Fifty Miles of the said Cities, to such Persons as shall be employed in receiving and paying forth the Monies by them.
Ordered, That this Order shall be printed by the King's Printer forthwith.
Mr. Selden, Sir Neville Poole, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Whitlocke, Sir Hen. Bellingham, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr. Ashe, Sir Guy Palmes, Sir Tho. Huthinson, Mr. Kirby, Mr. Bellassis, Mr. George, Mr. Cage, Mr. Mathews;
This Committee is to take into Consideration the several Patents granted to the Merchant Adventurers, concerning the Transportation of Cloth, and Manufactures of Wools; and to examine all Complaints that are made touching the Abuse, by that Company, in that Particular: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Patents, Books of Accounts, Books of Orders, and all such other Writings or Things that may conduce to this Business: And are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Two of the Clock, in the Star-chamber.
And further Ordered, That all the Members of this House, that will come to the Committee, are to have Voices.
Sir J. Thynne, &c.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning, the first Business, Sir James Thynne, or some for him, is to be heard, concerning the Matter this Day informed against him, on the Behalf of his Brother Sir Hen. Fredericke Thynne; the said Sir James Thynne having Notice hereof.
Countess of Bedford's Estate.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Settling of certain Manors, Lands, and Tenements, &c. on Katherine Countess Dowager of Bedford, Wm. now Earl of Bedford, John Russell, and Edward Russell, Esquires, Sons of Francis Earl of Bedford, deceased.
Ordered, That John Moyle and Tho. Gueyn, Esquires, be added to the Commissioners to be inserted into the Bill for scandalous Ministers.
Mr. * reports the Bill of Naturalization of Adam and John Lawrance, Sons of William Lawrance, born in Antwerpe; and, upon Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Mr. Whitlocke reports the Bill to restrain Bargemen and Lightermen, with the Amendments: Which were Twice read; and, upon Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Mr. Smithe's Bill for Naturalization, reported; and, upon Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Mr. Simon Clerke's Bill, brought from the Lords, reported from the Committee fit to pass; not yet the Third time read.
Kirke's Bill, come down from the Lords, reported from the Committee fit to pass; not yet read the Third time.
Mr. Wight's Bill for Naturalization reported from the Committee; and, upon Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Mr. Holstein's Bill for Naturalization reported from the Committee; and, upon Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Mr. Brooke's Bill, alias Beck, reported from the Committee; and, upon Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Mr. James Brene's Bill for Naturalization, reported from the Committee; and, upon Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Mr. Philip Henry Herbert's Bill for Naturalization, reported from the Committee; and, upon Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Mr. Wm. Blachford's Bill for Naturalization, reported from the Committee; and, upon Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Mr. Bogun's Bill, brought from the Lords, reported from the Committee fit to pass; but not yet read the Third time.
Business to be expedited.
Ordered, That Sir John Francklyn, Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Moore, Sir Hen. Anderson, Sir Edw. Aiscough, Sir Sidney Montague, Mr. Grimston, and Sir Wm. Armyn, are added to the Committee appointed to consider what Businesses are fit to be expedited before the Tenth of August: And are to meet To-morrow at Six of Clock.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare a Declaration for the present Regulating of Sheriffs Ex- pences in entertaining the Judges, &c. do meet To-morrow, in the Court of Wards.
Mr. Palmer reports the Bill of Forests, with the Additions and Amendments: The which Additions and Amendments were Twice read; and the Bill, with the Additions and Amendments, were, upon the Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Bp. of Ely.
The ingrossed Articles against the Bishop of Ely were now read.
The Heads of a Conference, to be desired with the Lords, concerning her Majesty's Journey, were brought from the Committee, and read; and voted one by one to be Heads of the Conference.
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To move the Lords, to join with this House in these Propositions; and that a Committee of both Houses may present these Propositions to his Majesty.
Lord Cramborne is appointed to go up to the Lords, to desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, concerning the Queen's Journey.
Mr. Pym and Mr. Hollis are appointed to manage this Conference.
A Message * * * *
Disbanding the Army.
The Lords desire a Conference, by the standing Committee of both Houses, touching the Northern Affairs, for the Disbanding of the Army.
Answer returned, by the same Messengers;
The House has taken into Consideration their Lordships Message; and, with all convenient Speed, will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Transporting Jewels, &c.
The Propositions, for moving the Lords, that a Committee of their Lordships, in the Presence of a Committee of this House, may examine the Business of Transporting the Jewels and Treasure out of the Kingdom; and of such Parties as were guilty of that Design; were, for this time, laid aside.
The humble Petition of Lawrence Whittaker Esquire, a Prisoner in the Tower, by Order of this House, was now read; and, upon the Question, it was
Ordered, That the said Mr. Whittaker shall be discharged from any further Imprisonment: And that Mr. Speaker shall send his Warrant to the Lieutenant of the Tower to that Purpose.
Conference agreed to.
Lord Cramborne brings Answer, that he had delivered the Commands of this House; and that the Lords will give a present Meeting, by a Committee of the whole House, presently, in the Painted Chamber.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir John Dreydon have Leave to go into the Country for Recovery of his Health.
Lord Compton to go up with this Message to the Lords;
To acquaint their Lordships, that this House is ready to give a Meeting, by the standing Committee of Fiftytwo, at such time as their Lordships please.
Charge against Bp. of Ely.
The Charge against the Bishop of Ely ordered to be sent up to the Lords To-morrow Morning: And Sir Thomas Widdrington is to go up with the same.
Mr. Pym reports from the Conference with the Lords, touching the Queen's Journey:
"That their Lordships did presently retire into their House; and came back again, and returned this Answer:"
"That they had consented to our Propositions; and had agreed to send a certain Number of Lords, to desire his Majesty to be pleased to appoint some time, when such a certain Number of Committees of both Houses, as he shall think fit, may attend him, touching this Business; and that, if he pleased, to desire the Queen to be present."
This House adjourns till To-morrow at Eight of Clock.