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 Sabbati, 18 Decembris, 1641.
MRS. Rachael Legg, and Rich. Legg her Son, this Day took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, having a Bill in for their Naturalization.
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Lord Gray and Mr. John Finch shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That all Process for levying the Fine of Five hundred Pounds, or any Part thereof, imposed by the Court of Star-chamber upon Mich. Sparkes, for printing a Book, intituled, Histrio Mastix, shall be staid; and, if any be already gone forth, that the same to be superseded, until the Cause be determined by this House.
2da vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the better Payment of the several Sums therein specified by and out of the Estate of Sir Abraham Dawes, Sir Tho. Dawes, and John Dawes, Esquire; and, upon Question, committed unto the Committee for the Customers.
Mr. Holland, Mr. Marton, Sir Sam. Owfeild,.. Anth. Irby, * Aiscough, are added to this Committee: And are to meet, upon it in the Star-chamber, on Monday Morning at Eight of Clock: And the Petitions of Sir * * * *
Letters from France.
Sir H. Vane, * Erle, * Colpeper, * Aiscough, * Armyn, * Northcott, Mr. Martin, Sir Jo. Holland, are to peruse the Letters sent to Mr. Speaker from the Justices of Surrey, and brought out of France by one Warnford.
The said Warnford was called in; and ordered to be kept in safe Custody till he be examined.
That Mr. Speaker write his Letter to the Commissioners of the Sewers for the great Levy, to require them, that the great Bank made on the South Side of the River of Neine, reaching from Stand-ground Staffe to Wisbich, be so made, kept, and preserved, that the Country * * * *
That the Committee appointed for the Bill for dividing the Parish of Wigan, shall proceed in the Consideration of Holland....
The Title and Articles of Impeachment of Daniel Oneale Esquire, by the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, in their own Name, and in the Name of all the Commons of England, in Maintenance of their Accusation, whereby he standeth charged with High Treason, were all severally read, and voted; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And
Resolved, upon the Question, That these Articles of Impeachment be forthwith ingrossed.
Resolved, upon the Question, That these Words, "in the Presence of the Commons," shall be inserted in the Conclusion of these Articles.
Examining Warford, &c.
Sir Walth. Erle reports, that they had examined Warford, and the Letters; and find no Matter of Consequence in them: And thereupon the Letters were again delivered unto him; and he ordered to be discharged.
House for Scotch Commissioners.
Ordered, That Mr. Spurstoe, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Venn, and Mr. Moore, do repair to the City, to view the House of Sir Wm. Midleton, and the Furniture; and to treat for the same, for the Use of the Scoche Commissioners; and to inform the Owners thereof, that this House will defray the Charges, both for the House and Furniture fitting for the same.
Ordered, That Mr. Arthur Goodwyn do go up to the Lords with this Message; and, at the Bar, in the Name of the Commons of England, accuse Daniel Oneal of High Treason; and to acquaint the Lords, that this House will, with all convenient Speed, send up Articles of Impeachment, in Maintenance of that Accusation.
Declaration and Petition.
Mr. Pym reports the Conference with the Lords, concerning the Declaration and Petition, and the Amendments: The which Amendments were read; and voted; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Sir Samson Eures and Mr. Hebblethwayte are to prepare a Bill, and present it to the House on Monday next, for a Contribution through the Kingdom, for the Relief of the distressed Protestants that are fled out of the Kingdom of Ireland.
Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed to consider of the Affairs of the Navy, to draw an Order, according to the Debate this Day, about the Disposing of the Monies for Tonage and Poundage: And likewise to consider what Way is fit for this House to take, for the Continuance of Sir Hen. Vaine in the Place of Treasurer for the Navy: and have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, and Writings: And are to meet on Monday next, at Eight of the Clock, in the Star-chamber.
The Humble Petition of the Officers of the late Army, was this Day read.
And some of the Officers, that presented it, were called in, And Mr. Speaker told *
"That it is the great Necessities of this Kingdom, that has unexpectedly fallen upon them, that has prevented the full Satisfaction, which they much desire to give you: That within a very * * * *"
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Rich and Mr. Page;
The King has been made acquainted, by some Lords appointed by the Lords House, with those Days that were desired by both Houses for a Fast: His Majesty doth well like and approve of them.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Hollis shall go to the Lords on Monday next with this Message; to acquaint their Lordships, that this House has done all they can in the Two Particulars, of the Bill for Pressing of Soldiers; and the Treaty with the Scotts; and sent them up to their Lordships; and, that if their Lordships shall not give speedy Expedition to these Particulars, and that the Affairs of Ireland do suffer thereby, that they must profess themselves free from those Inconveniencies.
He is likewise to delived up the Papers concerning the Declaration; and do declare, that this House does assent to all their Amendments.
Ordered, That, on Monday next, a Conference shall be desired with the Lords concerning the Parliament in Ireland; and likewise concerning the Preventing the Inconveniences that may happen by the Determination of the King's Commission, either by the Death of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, or the Lord Justices; and likewise concerning the Repairing into Ireland of all such as are Members of either House of that Kingdom.
Sir Walt. Erle and Mr. Pym are appointed to prepare Heads for this Conference; and to present them to the House.
Ordered, That the Citizens, that serve for the City, shall take the best and speediest Course they can, for publishing through the City the Directions for the Fast to be observed on Wednesday next.
Serjeant Wilde reports the Bill for pressing Mariners &c. with...: The which Amendments were twice read; and the Bill with the Amendments, was, upon the Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Phillips, a Priest.
That the Answer to the Conference with the Lords, concerning Ro. Phillips the Priest, shall be respited for some little time; and that a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire, that some Witnesses may be examined against him, upon Oath.
Ordered, That Mr. Chillingworth's Petition shall be read on Monday next, after that the Matter of protesting shall be settled.
The Petition of Sir John Coniers Knight was this Day read: And
Ordered, That Sir Ro. Harley, that brought in the Petition, shall return this Answer; That, when the House shall take into Consideration the Petition from the Officers of the late Army, they will likewise take into particular Consideration the Petition now exhibited from Sir John Coniers.
The Wages, reported from the Committee, to be allowed to Captain Charles Lloyd, and others; viz. to Captain Lloyd, as Quartermaster General, Twenty Shillings per Diem; as principal Engineer Ten Shillings per Diem; to the Work-master Four Shillings; to Two Conductors Three Shillings; to One Clerk One Shilling Sixpence per Diem; in all One Pound Eighteen Shillings and Sixpence per Diem; were read; and approved of, and assented unto; and ordered to be inserted into the State of the War.
Leave of Absence.
Sir Guy Palmes, Sir Edw. Littleton, have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That the Bill for securing the Persons of Papists, be recommitted to the same Committee: And all, that will come, are to have Voices: And they are to consider of such Amendments as they shall think fit to offer to the Lords at a Conference: And are to present them to this House: And are to meet on Tuesday next at Eight of Clock in the Star-chamber.