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, 5 Decembr. 1640.
Malton and Allerton Boroughs.
AMOTION was made, for Malton and Allerton, Two Towns in Yorkshire, that have anciently sent Burgesses to Parliament, but for a long while have discontinued: It was desired it might be referred to the Committee for Privileges, to certify the State of the Matter, upon View and Examination of the Record.
Reading of Bills.
Ordered, A Warrant to issue forth, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, for a new Writ, for Electing of a Knight to serve for the County of Bedford, in the Place and stead of the Lord Wentworth, summoned, by his Majesty's Writ, to the House of Lords.
Sir Rich. Anslow, Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Hollys, Sir Hugh Cholmeley, Sir Guy Palmes, Ld. Digby, Mr. Sutton, Sir Rich. Luson, Mr. Duns, Mr. Cecill, Sir Oliver Luke, Sir Nath. Barnardiston, Mr. Capell, Mr. Ri. Moore, Ld. Fairefax, Mr. Strangewayes, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Tho. Widrington, Mr. Purefrey, Sir Peter Hayman, Mr. Vane, Sir Wa. Devoreux, Mr. Lane, Ld. Wenman, Mr. Aston, Sir H. Bellingham, Sir Jo. Culpepper, Mr. Hide, Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Crew, Sir Bevil Greenvile, Mr. Stevens, Sir Tho. Hutchinson, Sir Simonds D'Ewes, Sir Edw. Aiskew, Sir Harbottle Grimston, Sir. Wm. Massam, Sir Wm. Brereton, and all, that will come, are to have Voices at this Committee, except those that, either as Sheriffs, or other Officers, have been employed in the Levying of Ship-money: And this Committee is to take into Consideration the Petition exhibited by the Inhabitants of the Town of Wattford, against Tho. Connisby, Esquire, some time High Sheriff of the County of Hertford, for the rigorous Levying of Ship money; and [has] Power to receive all Petitions, concerning Shipmoney; and to send for [Records, Witnesses, Papers, or any thing] else, [that may conduce to] the Business; and are to meet on Wednesday in the Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-chamber.
Army Supply, &c.
Ordered, That the Thirty thousand Pounds, allotted for the Relief of the King's Army, and now sent down by Sir Wm. Uvedall, shall be by him disposed of, according to my Lord of Northumberland's, Warrants; which shall be a sufficient Discharge for the said Sir Wm. Uvedall: And, as for the Twenty thousand Pounds, allotted for the Relief of the Northern Counties, it is referred to the former Committee that is appointed to consider of the State of the King's Army, to prepare the Forms of Acquittances, to be given to Sir Wm. Uvedall, by the English Commissioners in the North, for his Discharge, for the Payment of those Monies.
Sir E. Coke's Books, &c.
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to make Inquiry after such Books, Papers, and Manuscripts, as have been seized from Sir Edw. Coke, or his Servant; and by what Authority, and by whom, they were seized; and to present some Course to the House, for the Recovery of them; and has Power to send for Parties, and Witnesses, or any thing else, that may conduce to this Business.
Person sent for.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Dawes be forthwith sent for, to give an Account [to] this House, why he does forbid the Landing of the Wines, complained of in a Petition, exhibited here, from the Merchants trading in [French Wines.]
Committee of Privileges.
Mr. Maynard, who has the Chair at the Committee for Privileges, by Leave of this House, is dispensed with from being there this Afternoon: And the Committee is to appoint another to the Chair in his Place, for this Time.
St. Gregorie's Church.
Ordered, The whole Business concerning the Church of St. Gregorie's by Paule's, is referred to the select Committee with the Addition that is appointed for that Business: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-Court.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Halford, now a Prisoner in the Tower, by Order of this House, shall be forthwith discharged of his Imprisonment; performing his Submission here, and in the Country, as was ordered.
Resolved, upon the Question: That Mr. Warner, now a Prisoner in the Tower, by Order of this House, shall be forthwith discharged from his Imprisonment in the Tower; performing the rest of the Order, according to a Sentence pronounced against him here.
Leave to visit E. of Straford.
Sir W. Penyman, and Sir Rich. Buller, have Licence to go and speak with the Earl of Straford, upon their own private Occasions: And, in the open House, they made their Protestations of discovering nothing unto him, concerning the Businesses of this House.
Property of the Subject.
Monday Morning is peremptorily appointed for the Debate of the Subjects Property in their Goods: And it is likewise ordered, that no other Business whatsoever shall then precede this Business: And Mr. Speaker is ordered to put the House in mind of this Order, so soon as he is in his Chair.
The Debate, concerning the Levying of the One hundred thousand Pounds, by way of Subsidy, or otherwise, is deferred, to be considered of on Monday Morning next, after the Debate of the Subjects Property in their Goods.