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 Mercurii, 16 Decembr. 1640.
MR. Coke, Mr. Ellis, Sir Geo. Dalston, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, are added to the Committee for Mr. Borlacy and Mr. Hobby: And this Committee, now sine die, is to meet To-morrow at Two of Clock in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer-court.
The Sub-committee, for Mr. Poole's Business, is made a select Committee, from this House; with the Addition of Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Dutton, Mr. Young, Mr. Paulwheele; and with Power to assign and hear Counsel; and to receive all Petitions, that may have Relation to this Business.
Complaint against Georges.
The whole Matter concerning Mr. Jo. Georges, a Member of this House, is re-committed to the same Committee, formerly appointed to examine the Complaint, exhibited here, against the said Mr. George; with Power to send for the Patent of Conservacy, and the Patent for Amerciaments; and are to deliver their Opinions to the House, upon the whole Matter; And they are likewise to take into Consideration all Patents and Commissions whatsoever, concerning the pretended Conservacy of Waters: And are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Two of Clock in the Exchequer-court: And there are added to this Committee Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Cage, Sir Edmund Mountfort, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Hill, Mr. Palmer, Sir Robert Pye, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Hodges, Sir Ch. Wray, Mr. Maynard, Sir A. Ingram, Mr. White, Sir Jo. Colpepper, Mr. Fettyplace, Mr. Martyn, Mr. Partridge, Sir Guy Palmes, Mr Capell, Mr. Allinson, Mr. Ashton, Mr. Sutton, Mr. Mountague, The Knights and Burgesses for Gloucester, Berks, Hunt', and Worcester.
Ordered, A Warrant to issue forth, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, directed to the Clerk of the Crown, for a new Writ for a new Election of a Burgess, to serve in this present Parliament for the said Town of Bramber.
Person sent for.
Mauleverer's, &c. Petition.
Committees to meet.
Treaty with Scotland.
The Lords do desire a Conference presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Convenience of this House, by a Committee of both Houses, touching the Treaty of the weighty Affairs with the Scots.
Answer returned, by the same Messengers, that this House has taken into Consideration the Message from the Lords; and they are now in the Debate of a great Business; and will send Answer, by Messengers of their own, in convenient Time.
Ecclesiastical Canons, &c.
Resolved, upon the Question, Nullo contradicente, That these Canons and Constitutions Ecclesiastical treated upon by the Archbishops of Cant' and Yorke, Presidents of the Convocations for the respective Provinces of Cant' and Yorke, and the rest of the Bishops and Clergy of those Provinces, and agreed upon, with the King's Majesty's Licence, in their several Synods, begun at London and Yorke, in the Year 1640, do contain in them many Matters contrary to the King's Prerogative, to the fundamental Laws and Statutes of the Realm, to the Right of Parliaments, to the Property and Liberty of the Subjects, and Matters tending to Sedition, and of dangerous consequence.
Resolved, upon the Question, Nullo contradicente, That the several Grants of the Benevolence, or Contribution, granted to his most Excellent Majesty, by the Clergy of the Provinces of Cant' and Yorke, in the several Convocations, or Synods, holden at London and Yorke, Anno Domini, 1640, are contrary to the Laws, and ought not to bind the Clergy.
Mr. Pimme, Mr. Hollys, Sir Fr. Seymour, Sir W. Erle, Sir Jo. Hotham, Sir Guy Palmes, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Mr. Bagshawe, Sir H. Anderson, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Grimston, Sir M. Fleetewood, Sir Jo. Strangewayes, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Nath. Fines, Sir Edw. Deering, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Ro. Harley, Mr. Young, Mr. A. Goodwyn, Mr. Strangewayes, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Hugh Cholmeley, Sir Oliver Luke, Mr. Perd, Sir Ro. Howard, Mr. Coke, Mr. White, Mr. Rigby, Sir Tho. Widrington, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Whistler, Mr. Pelham, Mr. St. Johns, Mr. Rogers, Mr. Whitlock, Mr. Weston;
This Committee is to prepare the several Votes concerning the new Canons, and to make them ready for this House, to present the same to the Lords; and to consider and examine who were the Promoters of these new Canons, and who the principal Actors; and what Execution has been made upon them, and by whom; and to consider how far, in particular, the Lord Archbishop of Cant' has been an Actor in all the Proceedings of them; and farther, to examine, how far he has been an Actor in the great Design of the Subversion of the Laws of the Realm, and of the Religion; and to prepare and draw up a Charge against Him, and such others, as shall appear Offenders in these Particulars: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Books, Records, and to do any other Act, which they, in their Judgments, shall think fit, to conduce to this Business; and are to meet this Afternoon, at Four of Clock, in the Starchamber.