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, 16; Nov. 1641.
Proceedings concerning the Plot.
Mr. Whittacre, Sir John Francklin, Sir John Hippisley, Mr. Wheler, Mr. G. Long, are appointed to go immediately, and take Order to set a good Guard upon the House of the Earl of Worcester; and to search for Persons suspected of High Treason.
They are to take the like Care for setting a Guard upon, and searching, Sir Basil Brooke's House; and likewise upon such other Houses, as they shall be informed: And that they have Power to search all such Houses at such times as they shall think fit.
To desire, that the like Ordinance as was brought up from this House, for Deriving of Power upon the Earl of Essex to command the Trained Bands on this Side Trent, may be made to enable the Earl of Holland to command the Trained Bands on the other Side the Trent: And that these Ordinances may be published in Print: And that those Lords may have Power to nominate Persons of Trust to command the Trained Bands under them, that the Country may know ...../?/
That this Information, that Beale has given, may be published; and some Reward promised to them that shall contribute any thing to the farther Discovery of this Treason, or of the Hundred and Eight Men mentioned by Beale; and that any that shall discover, though he be of the Plot, shall not only have a Reward, but his Pardon.-
Person to attend.
Ordered, That Mr. Wm. Crofts be forthwith required to attend this House; and, if he shall refuse to come upon Summons, that then the Serjeant shall apprehend him, and bring him in safe Custody: And, Mr. Speaker is to direct his Warrant to this Purpose.
Lord Petre's House.
Ordered, That Mr. Martin, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Alderman Soame, and Captain Venn, do forthwith repair to the House of the Lord Petre, and set a good Guard upon it, and search it for Priests and suspected Persons.
Moved, that the Clause that has been now read, concerning the Liturgy, shall be recommitted to the same Committee; with this Direction to the Committee, that a Clause may be brought in, that may not cast any Aspersions or Scandal upon the Book of Common Prayer established by Law; and to bring in a Clause that may declare, that this House does approve of a set Form of Prayer.
Proceedings concerning the Plot.
The Lords have sent us to let you know, that they do join with you in the Searching of the Earl of Worcester's House: That they have appointed Mr. Maxwell to go with any that this House shall appoint for that Purpose: And they are likewise of Opinion that any Recusant's House, that is the King's Subject, * * * *
Ordered, That the Serjeant shall go with the Gentleman Usher of the Lords House, and, in the Presence and by the Directions of the Members of this House appointed to that Service, search the Earl of Worcester's House, or any other Recusant's, that is the King's Subject.
Memorandum. That an Addition be made to the Declaration, to this Purpose; To declare, that this House intends to vindicate themselves from the Imputation laid upon them, of Discouraging of Learning; and that they will advance Learning, and the Maintenance of preaching Ministers.
|The House was divided:|
|Sir Tho. Barrington,||Tellers for the Yea: 124.|
|Sir Martin Lumley,|
|Sir Edw. Deering,||Tellers for the Noe: 99.|
|Sir Hugh Cholmeley,|
Ordered, That this Declaration be recommitted to the same Committee that was appointed for the Penning of it; and the Additions, that are entered in the Clerk's Book, be brought to the same Committee: And they are to bring it back to the House, with what convenient Speed they can:
Examinations from Lords.
Letter from Ld. Strange.
Mr. Arthur Goodwyn is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire a free Conference, concerning the Matter of the last Conference; And also to know, whether they had agreed to the Desires of this House, in making an Ordinance of Parliament for the authorizing the Earl of Essex to be Lord Lieutenant for commanding the Trained Bands on this Side Trent, and the Earl of Holland on the North Side of Trent.
Ordered, That all Committees, except the Committees for the Irish Affairs, for the Remonstrance, for the Pollmoney, for the Bill of Protections, and for the Book of Rates, shall be suspended, till the House take further Order.