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, 11 Nov. 16 Car. Regis, 1640.
Person to attend Committee.
ORDERED, That Alderman Abell shall be sent for, to appear at the Committee for Grievances this Afternoon by Two of Clock; and to bring with him his Patent concerning Wines, and all Articles, Convenants, and other Papers, that concern that Business.
Popish Schoolmasters, &c.
Alderman Pennington moved, that the Consideration of Popish Schoolmasters, Physicians, and Books, may be referred to the Committee for Inquiry after Papists; but it was said, by the House, it should rather be referred to the Committee for Religion.
Complaint against Oconner.
Messengers sent for.
Ordered, Mr. Newton and Mr. Gray, Messengers of the King's Chamber, to be forthwith sent for to this House; and that no Member of this House shall go forth, till this Business shall receive a Disquisition in this House, or till the Messenger return, that is sent for these Messengers.
Treaty at Rippon.
The King hath commanded the Lords that were the Commissioners to treat with the Scots Commissioners at Rippon, and at York, to give an Account to both Houses of Parliament, of that which passed there : To this Purpose, the Lords desire there may be a Meeting, by a Committee of both Houses, this Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber, at Three of Clock, if the Occasion of this House will give Leave.
The House has taken into Consideration the Message from the Lords:-This House is, at this Time, in Agitation of very and weighty and important Business; and therefore they do doubt they shall not be ready to give them a Meeting this Afternoon, as they desire; but, as soon as they may, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Charge against E. of Straford.
Member makes Election.
Persons sent for.
Members doubly returned.
Exception to Member's Words.
Distaste being taken by the House at Words spoken by Mr. Ch. Price, in Answer to something spoken by Sir Jo. Packington; Mr. Ch. Price, in his Place, stood up, and said, He was sorry that he spoke any such Words as might distaste the House : Whereupon the House did rest satisfied.
Witness at Bar.
Impeachment of Earl of Straford.
Resolved, upon the Question, First, That a Message shall be sent from this House to the Lords, to accuse Tho. Lord Wentworth, Earl of Straford, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, of High Treason; and to desire, that he may be sequestered from Parliament, and be committed; and that, within some convenient Time, this House will resort to their Lordships with particular Accusations and Articles against him.
Intercourse with Ireland.
Resolved, upon the Question, That a Message shall be sent from this House, to desire the Lords, that some fit Course may be taken, that there may be a free Passage between Ireland and England, notwithstanding any Restraint made to the contrary.
Priests and Jesuits.
Francis Newton, brought hither by Order, was called in; and sundry Questions demanded of him, by Mr. Speaker, concerning his Prosecution of Popish Priests and Jesuits, their Commitments, and Discharges : Upon his Answers, there was nothing as yet further resolved.
John Gray, brought hither by Order, was likewise called in; and sundry Questions demanded of him, by Mr. Speaker, to the like Purpose: He produced a Note of sundry Priests, which he had caused to be committed; the which Note, he being withdrawn, was read; but nothing as yet further resolved.
Impeachment of Earl Straford.
Mr. Pimme's Report of the Message.-"By the Order and Command of this House, I repaired to the Lords; and there in the Name of this House, did accuse the Earl of Straford of High Treason : I have also delivered the other Particulars I had in Charge : They do desire to take this weighty Matter into their serious Consideration, and will speedily send an Answer by Messengers of their own."
Charge against Windebank.
Moved, That the Clerk of the King's Bench might be commanded to bring the Record hither, to see, by whose Authority, the Cesset Processus was entered upon the Back of the Record of the Indictment and Outlawry of Smyth, alias Rivers, &c.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have taken into serious Consideration the Accusation sent from this House against the Earl of Straford; they have [sequestered him] from the House; they have committed him [in safe Custody] to the Messenger of their House; and they will move his Majesty, that the Passage from Ireland into England may be open, notwithstanding any Restraint made to the contrary.
Ordered, That there may several Warrants issue under Mr. Speaker's Hand, directed to the Keepers of the several Prisons, named in a Note lately read, and delivered in by John Gray, brought hither by Order of this House, to require the said Keepers to bring with them the Causes of the Commitment of those several Priests named in that Note; and to certify by whose Warrant and Authority they, or any of them, have been discharged : And this they are to do To-morrow by Ten of Clock : And Newton and Gray are, by Authority of this House, required to attend here at the same Time.