Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Jovis, 17 Feb. 1641.
Innovations in Religion.
2da vice lecta est Billa, A N Act for the Suppression of divers Innovations in and about the Worship of God, and for the due Observing of the Sabbath, &c.; and for the better Advancement of the Preaching of God's Word, in all Parts of the Kingdom;
Upon Question, committed unto Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Ash, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Cage, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Nath. Fienis, Sir Walth. Erle, Mr. Crue, Mr. Ro. Goodwyn, Mr. Maynard, Sir Tho. Widrington, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. White, Mr. Hill, Sir Ben. Rudyard, Sir H. Vane junior, Mr. Glyn, Sir Rich. Buller, Sir Norton Knatchboll, Mr. Pierepoint, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Patr. Curwyn, Sir Arth. Haselrig, Sir Pet. Wentworth, Mr. Holland, Mr. Buller, Sir Tho. Dacres, Sir Martin Lumley, Sir Ro. Coke, Serjeant Wilde, Sir Dud. North, Mr. Moore, Sir Simonds D'Ewes, Mr. Rowse, Mr. Shuttleworth, Sir Wm. Lewis, Mr. Kirby, Sir Jo. Corbett, Mr. Selden: And are to meet To-morrow Morning, at Eight of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Isle of Rachraye.
They were again called in: And Mr. Speaker told them, "That they found in their Petition many Particulars of weighty Consideration; as likewise many Expressions of Affection to the Publick, and to this House; for which they return you Thanks: As for the Petition to the Lords, this House hath read it; and doth well approve of it.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee that was appointed to consider of the Entering of the Petitions, to peruse the Petitions of the Counties, to see if there be any Grievances expressed in the several Petitions, that are not yet provided for and considered of by the House; and to report them.
Kirby's, &c. Petition.
Sir Tho. Barrington is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire that somebody may be sent from both Houses to the Spanish Ambassador, to acquaint him with the Information given concerning the Ships of Duynkirke loaden with Arms and Ammunition, and bound for Ireland; and to tell him, that this House does expect, that he, being the King of Spaine's Minister, and that these are his Subjects, that he should take some Course to make Stay of those Ships.
Ordered, That the Surveyor and Keeper of the Store, or any other Officer of the Ordnance, be presently summoned to appear here, to give an Account, Why the Bullet, allotted by his Majesty's Warrant for the Service of the Scotts, are not delivered according to his Majesty's Warrant.
Sale of Offices.
Resolved upon the Question, That the Buying and Selling of Offices of Trust belonging to Courts of Justice, and the Commands of Forts, Castles, and Places of Trust, are Causes of the Evils of this Kingdom.
Petition to the King.
|Mr. Hollis,||Tellers for the Yeas, 117.|
|Mr. Nath. Fynes,|
|Sir Jo. Holland,||Tellers for the Noes, 113.|
|Sir Ro. Hatton,|
Sir Tho. Barrington brings Answer, That the Lords do agree, that a Message should be sent to the Spanish Ambassador, concerning the Ships at Duynkirke laden with Ammunition, and bound for Ireland; and have appointed One Lord to go.
Letters, &c. from the King.
RIGHT trusty and well-beloved Counsellor, We greet you well. These are to require you to deliver this inclosed Paper with all convenient Speed to the Lords in Parliament; and for so doing this shall be your Warrant. From our Court at Canterbury, the Sixteenth Day of February, 1641.
HIS Majesty, at the earnest Desire of His dearest Consort the Queen, hath thought fit to acquaint His Parliament, that She understanding that a Letter addressed unto Herself, hath been opened by the Parliament and remains in their Custody, desireth that a Transcript thereof may be speedily sent Her; and declareth, that if the Parliament shall desire to be further satisfied from Her of any Particulars mentioned in That Letter, or any Circumstance concerning the same, so far forth as may any way relate unto or reflect upon her Person, or of any Thing whatsoever concerning. Her, She is very ready and willing to give them due Satisfaction therein: To which End His Majesty thinks it fit to advertise them, that She finds that the Embarking of her Stuff and necessary Provisions, will take up so much Time, that it will be Monday before Herself can be ready to set Sail.
Answer from the King.
Sir Jo. Colpeper reports from the Committee that went from this House, with a Committee of the Lords, to his Majesty, to return Thanks of both Houses for Passing the Two Bills; One to take away the Bishops Votes, and the other to press Soldiers; His Majesty's Answer was: "I pray you take the Business of Ireland into serious Consideration; and express your Thanks therein; and I shall thank you."
Leave of Absence.
Originals of King's Letter, &c.
The Lord Gray went up to the Lords with this Message; To desire their Lordships to send to this House the Originals of the Letter from the King to the Lord Keeper, and the Paper inclosed, concerning the Queen's Desire of having a Transcript of the Letter from the Lord Digby to her Majesty; that this House may examine the Copy they have by the Original; it being always used, that the Originals with Copies of them, were sent to this House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth accept of Sir Charles Berkley, Carew Rawley, and Mr. Geo. Bampfeild, to be Bail for Sir Wm. Killigrew; the Principal in Ten thousand Pounds, and the Sureties in Five thousand Pounds apiece.
The Lords have sent down this Writing; which they conceive fit to be sent to the Spanish Ambassador, by the Earl of Newporte and Two Members of this House, concerning the Ships at Dunkirke loaden with Ammunition, and bound for Ireland.
Gray's Bail, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, that Doctor Gray, now in the Serjeant's Custody, shall be forthwith bailed: But he is not to go out of Town till he hath put in an Answer to the Articles exhibited here against him.
Originals of King's Letter, &c.
Havant, &c. Lecturers.
Persons to attend.
Message to Lords.
Sir L. Dives.
THE Lords and Commons have commanded us to intimate to the Spanish Ambassador, the Advertisement that they have received, of certain Ships lying at Dunkerk laded with Ammunition, ready to take Sail, intended for the Relief of the Rebels of Ireland. This they hold contrary to the Articles agreed upon in the Treaties of Peace between the Two Crowns: And therefore, the Ambassador is to be moved, from both Houses, to send speedily to Dunkerk, and to all other his Majesty's Dominions, and unto the King his Master, to make Stay of those, and all such Ships as may carry any Supply of Men, Victuals, Money, or any other Aid, to his Majesty's Subjects that, at this present, are in Rebellion in Ireland: Which otherwise, will be understood to be a Breach of the Treaties between the Crowns of England and Spaine, and so resented by the Parliament.