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 Lunæ, 21 Martii, 1641.
THE humble Petition of the Parishioners of St. James the Apostle in Dover, was read.
Ordered, That Mr. John Vincent, an orthodox Minister, be recommended unto the Parishioners of St. James the Apostle in Dover, to be their Lecturer, to preach every Sunday in the Afternoon, and every Friday in the Week: And that Mr. Richards, the Parson there, do permit him the free Use of his Pulpit the Sundays in the Afternoon, and every Friday in the Week.
Resolved, That Sir Wm. Hicks shall be added to the Number of the Deputy Lieutenants for Essex, upon the Lord Lieutenant's own Recommendation.
Sir J. Wyntour.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir John Wyntour, in Respect of his Recusancy, and not performing Conditions with the King, is not fit to hold his Bargain of the Forest of Deane any longer, especially the Bargain itself being disadvantageous to the Commonwealth.
Resolved, That Sir Jo. Wyntour's Offer to surrender his Patent into the Hands of the Commissioners for the Treasury, is fit to be accepted, and his Patent surrendered accordingly.
Resolved, That the Commissioners be intreated to issue a Commission for taking Sir Jo. Wyntour's Accompt, that it may appear what Debts are owing betwixt the King and him, and Satisfaction made accordingly.
Resolved, That the Commissioners of the Treasury be likewise desired to appoint Officers for the Disposing of such Timber and Wood, to the best Advantage for his Majesty, as is now felled and will otherwise be spoiled.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the said Commissioners be further desired, to take a care that Sir Baynham Throckmorton may have his Complement of Cordwood made up unto him, until Michaelmas next, out of such Wood as is already barked, and such other Trees as are returned fit to be cut by the late Commission of Survey, the Timber being reserved for his Majesty's Use.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde reports the Bill, recommitted, against Innovations, with some Amendments and Additions: The which Admendments and Additions were twice read.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Time expressed in the Bill, for the Levelling of the Chancels, shall extend to Twenty Years last passed.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Bill aforesaid shall be ingrossed.
Proceedings concerning Benion.
Resolved, That a Message shall be sent to the Lords, to desire them, that Mr. Benion may not be released till this House be made acquainted therewith.
Resolved, That Mr. Whittacre shall make Report of this Business concerning Mr. Benion.
A Letter from Dublyn of the 9th of March, written from one Raphael Hunt.
That this Letter be forthwith printed.
Ordered, That the former Order for the Sending over of Macguir, &c. be renewed; and that the Lords be moved to join in an Order to the Lords Justices, that Colonel Read and Mac Mahoun be sent over hither in safe Custody; and that the Justices be required to send over the Examinations, or Transcripts of such Examinations, as have been taken in this Case, and in all other Cases of the like Nature, since the Rebellion first began in Ireland.
Rebellion in Ireland.
Ordered, That Dr. Jones shall have Power to print the Remonstrance of the State of the Rebellion in Ireland, presented by him; and no Man shall presume to reprint the same, without the Permission and Approbation of this House first obtained: And Doctor Jones is desired to oversee the Printing of the said Remonstrance: And the Master and Wardens of the Company of Stationers are required to take care, that the same may not be reprinted, but by the Permission and Approbation of this House first had and obtained, as aforesaid.
Supplies to Munster.
The Letter of the 7th of March instant, from Sir Wm. St. Leger, was read: And
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Irish Affairs; and that it be specially recommended to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and the Committee for Irish Affairs, speedily to take into Consideration the Sending of Supplies of Men, Arms, and Ammunition, into the Province of Munster, for the Defence of that Province.
Resolved, upon the Question, That these Words shall be offered to the Lords at the Conference, instead of their Amendments, notwithstanding any other Order of this House; viz, "but such as by the Wisdom and Authority of both Houses of Parliament shall be advised and directed to be received into that Town, and kept there, to preserve that Town for his Majesty's Service, and the Security of the Kingdom."
The House went up to the Conference, according to the Appointment on Saturday Night last.
Mr. Strode brings Answer, That Mr. Benion shall not be bailed, till the Business be farther inquired of.
Books concerning Amboina.
Ordered, That this Business concerning the Printing of the Passages between the Hollanders and the English in Amboina, be resumed, so soon as the House returns from the Conference.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, Sir Edw. Maisters has Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, Sir Guy Palmes shall have Leave also.
Ordered, That Sir Fra. Burnham shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Mr. Lisle shall have Leave to go into the Country.
The like for Sir Edw. Hungerford.
Books concerning Amboigna.
Ordered, That the Governor of the East India Company be required from this House, forthwith to take special care, that there be no Publishing of the Books that are printed, concerning the Passages between the Hollanders and the English in Amboigna; and that there be no more of them printed, till this House do give further Order: And that the Committee appointed to consider of * * * * do take the Printing of these Passages into Consideration; and that they send for the Books already printed, and take them into their Custody; and that they be sealed up, and safely kept by the Chairman of that Committee: And that the Printer that printed those Books likewise be ordered not to publish any of them; and that a Copy of this Order be sent to the Master and Warden of the Company of the Stationers, to acquaint the Company therewith, that no other Printer presume to publish or print the said Book.
Ordered, That Sir Chr. Wray do go to the Lords as soon as they are set, to put them in mind of the Conference, formerly desired by this House, concerning the Bill of Pluralities.
Ordered, That the Bill of scandalous Ministers be reported To-morrow Morning, by Mr. Corbett.
Suspicious Persons, &c. at Yarmouth.
Ordered, That the Bailiffs of Yarmouth be required from this House to have a watchful Eye upon any suspicious Persons that come from beyond Sea; and to seize the Letters brought by them, or any other Letters that are suspicious, that come into that Town of Yarmouth, or brought by any Persons that land on the other Side of the River, or at the Town of Gorleston; and to apprehend the Persons that are so suspected; and to send such Letters as they find Cause to seize, to this House; and to take to their Assistance the Constables and other Officers for the Apprehending of any suspicious Persons, or seizing of their Letters.
Town of Hull, &c.
Mr. Pym reporteth the Conference with the Lords, concerning the Answer to his Majesty's Speech at Newmarkett, and the Orders concerning Hull, &c. That, whereas it is expressed, that no English Forces be permitted to come into Hull, the Lords desire, that it may be "no English, or other Forces."
Which being put to the Question, this House assents unto; and doth order, it be fair written over, to be presented to his Majesty.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Sarjeant Wilde, and Mr. Perd, do draw into the Form of an Order such Matters agreed upon at That Conference, as is to be sent, as an Order of both Houses, to Hull and other Places.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, and Recorder of London, be required to give an Account to this House, why the Priests that are condemned, are not put to Execution, according to the Sentence pronounced upon them, and according to the Laws.
Ordered, That the Bill for the more speedy Conviction of Recusants * * * *
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for securing the Persons of Popish Recusants.
Ordered, That a Letter be written to the Justices of Peace of the Counties of Chester and Staff, to require them to be very careful in seizing the Arms of Recusants, according to the Ordinance of Parliament: And Sir Wm. Brereton is appointed to write this Letter.
The humble Petition of the Twelve Bishops in Prison was this Day read.
Mr. Glyn reports the Bill against the Bishops, from the Committee, with some Amendments and Additions: The which were twice read.
The Question was propounded, Whether a Question shall be now put upon every particular Bishop: And
It went with the Affirmative.
Resolved, upon the Question, That a Question shall be put upon every particular Bishop.
Resolved, That by this Bill, the Archbishop of Yorke shall not forfeit the Inheritance of his Temporal Estate.
The like Question was put upon Tho. Bishop of Durham, Matthew Bishop of Ely. Joseph Bishop of Norwich, Gul. Bishop of Bath and Welles, Ro. Bishop of Cov' and Lich', Godfrey Bishop of Gloucester, Geo, Bishop of Heref', Jo. Bishop of Peterburg, Robert Bishop of. Oxon, John. Bishop of Asaph, Morgan Bishop of Landaffe: And
It was Resolved upon them all negatively.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Jo. Archbishop of Yorke, shall by virtue of this Bill, forfeit the Issues and Profits of his Temporal Lands, of his Freehold and Inheritance, during his Life.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Tho. Bishop of Durham, shall by virtue of this Bill, forfeit the Profits and Issues of the Temporal Estate of his Freehold Land, and Land of Inheritance, during his Life.
Resolved the like upon Matthew Bishop of Elye, Joseph Bishop of Norwich, Guil. Bishop of Bath and Welles, Ro. Bishop of Cav' and Lichfield, Godfrey Bishop of Gloucester, Geo. Bishop of Heref, Jo. Bishop of Peterborough, Ro. Bishop of Oxon, Jo. Bishop of Asaph, Morgan Bishop of Landaff.
Resolved, &c. That the Archbishop of Yorke shall be allowed an Hundred Pounds per Annum.
Petitions from Cinque Ports.
Mr. Speaker being informed, that there were divers Gentlemen of the Cinque Ports, and their Members, that desired to prefer a Petition to this House;
They were called in; and did prefer One Petition directed to this House; and another directed to the Lords, of which they desired the Approbation of the House.
Then they withdrew.
And the Petition to this House, and That to the Lords, was read.
They were again * * Mr..... told them, by the Directions of this * "That they found their Petition to this House full of Expressions of Care to the Kingdom, and of Respect to this House, for which they give you hearty Thanks; and will take the Particulars of your Petition into Consideration in due time; As for the other Petition directed to the Lords, they do approve of it, and leave you to your own Discretions in the Delivery of it.
Ordered, That this Petition be entered in the Journal of this House.
Ordered, That this Report concerning the Bishops Bill, shall be resumed To-morrow Morning, at Nine of Clock.
Ordered, That the High Sheriff of Leicestershire shall have Power to erect a Lecture in the Parish of Warley, in the said County of Leicester, at his own Charges: And that the Parson of the said Parish shall permit the Person nominated by the said High Sheriff, the free Use of his Pulpit, provided that the Person so nominated be orthodox, and in Orders.