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, 20 Aprilis 1640.
offered the last Day, by the Committee for the Fast, to intreat them to join with this House, in moving his Majesty to grant and appoint a Day for a Fast to be observed by both Houses, and another Day, for a Fast through the whole Kingdom.
Motion,- That, where some are returned by the Sheriff, and others by private Hands, it may be ordered, that those returned by the Sheriff may sit, till their Election be quasht.- Nothing ordered upon this.
Plimpton Erle Election.
Motion made, concerning Sir Tho. Hele, and Sir Nicholas Slaning, chosen for Burgesses of the Borough of Plimpton Erle, in the County of Devon, chosen by the major Part of the Electors;- and that Sir Rich. Strode, not so chosen, returned himself.-Upon this, and the Desire,-whether the Third Indenture of Sir Richard Strode were delivered in to the Clerk of the Crown, by the Sheriff, or his Deputy, or by Sir Richard Strode himself; the Resolution of the House was, That this was properly to be examined by the Committee for Privileges.
Motion was made, that a select Committee may be appointed, to take the material Points of those Grievances, mentioned in those several Petitions delivered in to this House, or to be delivered from several Counties, and for all other Grievances as any Member of this House shall present.
Violation of Privilege of last Parliament.
Mr. Treasurer reports from the Committee for stating the Fact of the Violation of the Privilege of this House, the last Day of the last Parliament.-He reported, that he was helped by Mr. Lewknour's Notes, first in this manner:-
Motion,-That a select Committee to prepare a Representation to his Majesty of the Violation of the Liberties of this House, that happened the last Day of the last Parliament, humbly beseeching his Majesty, that the like Violation may not hereafter be brought into Practice, to his Prejudice or ours.
This select Committee is appointed to recollect and dispose the material Points of those Grievances mentioned in those several Petitions delivered from several Counties, or to be delivered, and all other Grievances of the like Nature; this Committee is to meet this Afternoon, in the Court of Wards, at Two of Clock.
Resolved, That, in the Opinion of this House, the Speaker's refusing to put Questions, after a verbal Command by his Majesty, signified to this House by the Speaker, to adjourn, and no Adjournment made by this House, is a Breach of Privilege of this House.
The several Officers of the several Courts, that were appointed last Day to attend this House this Day with all such Records as concern Ship-money, are injoined to be here again To-morrow, with the said Records.
Production of Records.
Upon the injoining those Officers to attend this House again with those Records, it was not only said here, but a Statute vouched for it, that the Records of the Court of King's Bench could be carried no-whither, but where the Lord Chief Justice of that Bench himself went with them. Whereunto Reply was made, that there was a Precedent, which without Doubt would be found out by To-morrow Morning, that the Lord Chief Justice has come himself hither with Records, that have been required by this House.