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 Veneris, 4 Martii, 1641
RESOLVED, upon the Question, That this House doth accept of Mr. Geo. Hall, of Oswell Church in the County of Yorke, and Henry Chater, of the said County, to be Bail for Michael Pemerton's Appearing at such time as the House shall require; the Principal in Two thousand Pounds; the Security in One thousand Pounds a-piece.
Ordered, That the Packet of Letters, sent from Foye, and brought this Morning to Mr. Speaker, be referred to the Committee for Informations.
Trial of Mr. Attorney.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Doctor Bennett;
That, whereas the Lords had appointed this Day to hear Mr. Attorney; upon his humble Request, in regard his Counsel are out of Town, and so fain to take new Counsel, and that he had many Witnesses to produce; that they had appointed Monday next for his Trial; and that this Message should have come on Wednesday Night last, but that the House was first risen.
Exporting Wools, &c.
Sir Arth. Ingram, according to the Order of Tuesday last, carried up the Bill against the Exportation of Wools and Woolfells; and he was ordered to recommend it to the Lords for a speedy Recommendation.
Ships stayed, &c.
Ordered, That the Lord Admiral be desired, from this House, to take care, that the Master and others that came in a Ship from France, bound for Ireland, and put in at Feymouth in Cornewall, be examined; and that the Ship be carefully searched, for Arms and Ammunition; and likewise, to take care, that none of those Goods in that Ship be transported into Ireland for the Relief of the Rebels.
Ordered, That the like Order be made for the Ships and Goods therein, at Dartmouth and St. Ives, which are stayed there, being bound for Ireland.
Persons sent for.
Ordered, That the Master of the Ship, and the Five Friars or Pilgrims, and other Passengers therein, that were bound for Ireland, and taken in Cornewall by Mr. Bassett, and others, be forthwith sent for up: And the several Sheriffs of every County, through which they are to pass, are hereby required to provide strong and sufficient Guards, for the Conducting of the said Persons, in safe Custody, through their several Counties to London.
The House being informed, that divers of the Gentlemen of the County of Norf' were at the Door, who desired to present a Petition to the House;
They were called in; and did deliver a Petition from the County and the City of Norwich.
Then they withdrew.
And their Petition was read.
Linne Regis Petition.
There was likewise a Petition read from the Town of Linne Regis.
Then they were again called in: And Mr. Speaker told them, "That the House had read * * * * They perceive great Expressions of your publick Affections; for which they return you Thanks: For One Particular, for removing the Bishops, That is already provided for; and for the other Matters contained in the Petition, they will employ and continue their best Endeavours to give you Satisfaction therein."-The Gentlemen of Linne were likewise thanked: - And for One Particular, concerning Bishop Wren, they had sent up his Impeachment; and for the rest * * * *
The House being informed, That the Gentlemen of Berks were at the Door; who desired to prefer a Petition to the House;
They were called in: and did prefer One to this House; and the Copy of One to the Lords, of which they desired the Approbation of this House, and the Assistance in the Delivery of it.
The Petitions were read; and the Gentlemen again called in:
And Mr. Speaker told the High Sheriff, and the rest ".... have read.... and find a great Expression of Care to the King, the Church, and this Commonwealth, in general; and to this House in particular: For which they return you Thanks; especially, in regard it comes presented by the High Sheriff: And for the Copy of the Petition to the Lords, they do very well approve of it; and find you, Gentlemen of that Quality, that, for the Delivery of it, they leave it to your Discretions."
Bassett thanked, &c.
Mr. Bassett was called in; And Mr. Speaker told him, "That the House takes notice of the good Service you have done, in staying the Ship, and apprehending the Passengers, and the Letters; for which they return you Thanks; and desire, that the rest of the Letters, stayed by you, may be sent up with Speed. The House has made an Order, for the Sending up of the Passengers, directed to the High Sheriff; which they desire your Care, in the safe Conveying of.
Bishops heard at Bar.
The Bishop of Durham, having formerly desired this House, that he might be heard, was called in; and, at the Bar, was patiently heard what he desired to say.
Then the Bishop of Co' and Lich', who formerly likewise desired to be heard, was called in; and standing at the Bar, was patiently heard what he desired to say.
The humble Petition of John. Archbishop of Yorke, and other the Bishops, now Prisoners in the Tower, whose Names were subscribed, was read.
The humble Petition of Joseph Bishop of Norwich was likewise read.
Bill against the Bishops.
Ordered, That the Committee, to whom the Bill against the Twelve Bishops Impeachment was committed, do proceed with that Bill; and do meet To-morrow Morning, at Eight of Clock, in the Star Chamber.
Declaration of Parliament.
Mr. Pym reports the Declaration, ordered to be framed by the Committee, expressing the Grounds of Jealousies and Fears given to the Parliament, and taken against the Parliament.
Resolved, upon the Question, That, in the Sixth Clause, the Word "seditious" shall be put out, and the Word "dangerous" put, instead thereof.
The Question being put, whether, instead of these Words, "these Businesses" there shall be added these Words, "some of these Businesses;"
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That after the Word "Privileges," in the Seventh Clause, these Words, "and Affronts to the," shall be strucken out.
Exceptions to a Member's Words.
Great Exceptions were taken to some Words, spoken by Sir Ralph Hopton, at the Debate of the Tenth Clause of the Declaration; in which he gave great Offence, laying an Imputation upon the Committees of both Houses, "That the Tenth Clause of the Declaration, prepared and brought in from the Committees of both Houses, did accuse the King, for being an Apostate from his Religion, not only in his own Person, but in endeavouring to bring his People to the same Apostacy and Idolatry," or Words to that Purpose; and did desire, that such things might not pass, without very good Proof; whereas no such thing could be collected out of that Clause.
A Member committed.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Ralph Hopton shall be sent to the Tower, for this Offence; there to remain a Prisoner during the Pleasure of this House.
Resolved, That Sir Ralph shall be brought to the Bar, and there receive this Sentence of being sent to the Tower.
Sir Ralph Hopton was accordingly called down; and kneeling at the Bar, Mr. Speaker pronounced Sentence against him accordingly, That he was adjudged to be sent to the Tower, there to remain a Prisoner during the Pleasure of the House.
Ordered, That no Motion shall be made, for the Enlargement of Sir Ralph Hopton, but between the Hours of Two and Four.
Ordered, That this Declaration shall be taken into further Debate To-morrow at Nine... Clock.