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, 1 Decembris, 1641.
ORDERED, That the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of the several Counties, Cities, and Boroughs, respectively, shall take the best Care and Diligence they can, for the Dispersing and Sending down the Certificates and Declarations concerning the Poll-money; and that Copies of the said Certificates and Declarations shall be likewise delivered to the Messengers that carry down the Commissions to the several Sheriffs: And they shall be enjoined from this House, carefully to deliver the said Copies, together with the Commissions: And the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, are to write to the several Commissioners, and inform them, that the House does expect and require an Account from them of the Performance of this Order.
Newcastle upon Tyne.
Petition to the King.
Habeas Corpus for bringing up a Prisoner.
Ordered, That the Judges of the King's Bench shall be moved to grant forth a Habeas Corpus, for the Removing of Wm. Chorley, a Prisoner in the Prison at Leverpoole, or in the County Prison of Lancashire, that he may be brought to this House in safe Custody; to be examined of Matters of great Consequence.
The humble Petition of Rich. Perkins Esquire was this Day read; and ordered, that it be referred to the Committee for Irish Affairs; to recommend the Petitioner to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, for such an Employment in these Wars of Ireland as he shall be worthy of. And
Petition to the King.
It is farther Ordered, That if neither Sir Ra. Hopton, nor Sir Edw. Deering, shall be there, that then the Committee shall agree among themselves for the Reading the Petition, and Presenting that and the Declaration unto his Majesty.
Serjeant Wilde reports the Bill for Raising of Soldiers, for the present Defence of the Kingdoms of England and Ireland, with the Additions and Amendments: The which Additions and Amendments were twice read; and, upon the Question, recommitted: And they are to meet upon it this Afternoon, at Five of Clock, in the inner Court of Wards.
Memorandum. Sir John Clotworthy this Day had from me, to carry to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the Letter from the Lords Justices of Ireland, of the Fifth of November; and the Letter from the Lord Chichester and Sir R. Terringham, of the Thirteenth of November; together with the... and Sir Faithfull Fortescue's Petition.
Ordered, That Alderman Penington and Mr. Spurstoe shall use their Endeavour for providing a House, well furnished, for the Entertainment of the Commissioners, that are to come from the Parliament in Scotland, if the Lord Mayor have not already provided one: And they are likewise to acquaint the Lord Mayor, that this House takes it not well, that he has not already provided one, according to the former Desires of this House.
Proceedings against the Bishops, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House shall desire the Lords, that they may proceed to their Proofs against the Bishops, charged by this House, notwithstanding their pretended Plea and Demurrer.
Mr. Hatcher is appointed to go to the Lords; To desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, concerning the Proceedings against the Thirteen Bishops; and concerning their Lordships Message, touching Ro. Phillips the Priest.
Relief of Captives.
Mr. Kinge reports the Bill for Relief of the Captives of Algiers, with the Additions and Amendments: The which Additions and Amendments were twice read; and, upon the Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Proceedings against Wilmott, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of the Examinations in Mr. Wilmott's Business, and Mr. Oneile's Business, shall meet To-morrow Morning upon that Service; and bring them in To-morrow, if they can: And Mr. Peard, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Hill, and . . Nicholas, are added to this Committee: And they, or any Three or Two of them, have Power to meet upon this Business.
Sir F. Windeback.
Absence from Committee.
Searching Phillips' Trunk.
Whereas a Trunk was brought to the Tower, by Two Capuchins, to Ro. Phillips Priest, and was committed, by Order from this House, to the Custody of Captain Cunisby, Deputy to the Lieutenant of the Tower: It is this Day Ordered, that the Lieutenant of the Tower, and Sir Wm. Parkhurst, shall open the said Trunk in the Presence of Ro. Phillips: And if they find any Papers of Consequence, that may concern the State of Parliament, that they take them, and keep them till they receive farther Order from the House: And shall deliver the Trunk unto the said Phillips.
Persons to attend.
Ordered, That Mr. Chillingworth be required to attend this House To-morrow at Eleven of Clock: And that Mr. Tho. Wadland, and John Dan of Clements Inn, and Andrew Broughton, be required to attend here at the same time.
House to sit.
Proceedings against the Bishops.
That Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Peard, Mr. Pury, Sir Ro. Pye, shall take Order that the Records, and other Proofs, that tend to the making good of the Charge of this House against the Bishops, be brought into their Custody: And that they prepare those Proofs, that this House may make use of them as they shall have Occasion: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Raising Mariners, &c.
Tumults about the House.
The Lords sent us with this Message; That, whereas they delivered unto you lately, at a Conference, the great Inconveniencies that may happen, by the tumultuous Assembling of Multitudes about the Houses of Parliament; they desire this House would take it into speedy Consideration; and deliver their Resolutions thereupon.
The Lord Keeper told the Committee, That their Lordships had received Information, of great Numbers of People gathered together in a tumultuous, unusual, and disorderly Manner about the Houses of Parliament: And therefore desired this House to join with them, in a Declaration to remove them, for these Two Reasons: 1. If these Disorders should continue, they might render the good Acts and Provisions of this Parliament of Suspicion to Posterity, by the Interpretation of ill Ministers: 2. It did not stand with the Dignity of Parliament, to suffer such Tumults to be so near the House.
Ordered, That the Report now made of the Conference had last Night with the Lords, concerning the tumultuous Assembly of People about the Houses of Parliament; and the Petition now read in the House, and signed by Jeremy Baines, and Griffith Marshall; shall be taken into Consideration To-morrow at Eleven of Clock.