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, 12 December. 1640.
Person to be sworn.
Leave of Absence.
Upon Sir Guy Palmes his Motion, the House granted Leave to young Mr. Mallory to go into the Country for a Time, being employed about his Majesty's Affairs, and some Occasions of his own necessitating him.
Committee for Petitions.
Sir Thomas Widrington, Mr. Rolls, Sir Peter Heyman, Mr. Vassell, Mr. Cage, Mr. Upton, Mr. Wingate, Sir Anthony Ireby, Mr. Cradock, Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Alston, Sir Ed. Ascough, Sir Christopher Wrey, Mr. Ofeild, Mr. Jane, Sir Richard Buller.
Peruse and to peruse
This Committee, or any Four of them, are to peruse all Petitions, that are come in, or to come in; and to peruse them, to see what Petitions are fit to be received, and to what Committee they are fit to be referred; and to report the same to this House: and to meet in the Committee-chamber, at Two of the Clock this Afternoon.
Concerning Leave of Absence.
Mr. Treasurer, and Capt. Rainsborow, are to represent unto his Majesty, that there are Ten Turkish Pirates, as this House is informed, upon the Western Coasts; and humbly to move his Majesty, That Two of his Majesty's Ships, now riding upon the Downes, may forthwith be sent to scour the Seas, and secure the Merchants.
State of the Army, &c.
Mr. Treasurer is added to the Committee that is appointed to consider of the State of the King's Army: And this Committee is to take into Consideration the Condition of the Garison Towns, and what Payments are fit to be made to the Soldiers there; and to consider of the Proportioning of the Residue of the Monies that are to go down to the North; and to consider of the Exposition of the Word "justly suspected."
The humble Petition of Henry Browne, of Herts,'Tanner, was read; and he was called in; and did avow his Petition: And his Petition is referred to the Committee that is appointed to prepare the Charge against the Lord Keeper, and the Judges.
Persons sent for.
Ordered, That Alexander Huish, Parson of Beckington, Henry Anketill, Parson of Mells, Richard Erle, Parson of Hemington, complained of in a Petition, exhibited by the Inhabitants of the Parish of Beckington in the County of Somerset, be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Bp. of Bath and Welles.
Sir Jo. Stoell, Sir Ra. Hopton, Mr. Ash, Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Fines, Sir Ed. Aiskew, Mr. Pimme, Mr. Hatcher, Sir Edm. Mountfort, Mr. White, Sir Jo. Strangewayes, Mr. Strangewayes, Mr. Hide, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Waller, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Kinge, Sir T. Middleton, Mr. Spurstow, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Rob. Harley, Sir J. Curson, Sir Ja. Thinne, Mr. Cage, Mr. Ed. Ash, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Strode, Sir Thomas Hutchinson, Mr. Grantham, the Knights and Burgesses of Somersets;
This Committee is to take into Consideration the Petition exhibited by the Inhabitants of the Parish of Beckington in the County of Somerset; and to receive all Petitions, that concern the Bishop of Bath and Welles; and to represent the State of the Business to the House: And has Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, or any thing else, that may conduce to the Business; and are to meet on Tuesday at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-court.