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 Jovis, 31 Decembr. 1640.
Dive's, &c. Petitions.
Sir Jo. Hotham, Sir Beauch. St. Johns, Mr. Hollys, Mr. H. Bellasis, Ld. Digby, Sir Jo. Strangewayes, Sir Arth. Haselrigg, Sir Fr. Seymour, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Kirton, Sir Hugh Cholmeley, Sir Oliver Luke, Sir Arth. Ingram, Mr. Capell, Sir Christopher Wray, Sir H. Herbert, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir W. Erle, Sir Ro. Parker, Sir Nath. Barnardiston, Sir Rich. Buller, Mr. Strangewayes, Mr. Mountague, Ld. Ruthyn, Sir Nevill Poole, Sir Tho. Middleton, Mr. Gourdon;
This Committee is to take into Consideration the Petition of the Inhabitants of the County of Bedford, and the Petition of Sir Lewis Dives Knight; and have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, or any thing else, that may conduce to the Business; and are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequercourt.
Leave to attend Lords.
Proceedings against Lord Mountnorris.
1. That the several Proceedings, by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, against the Lord Montnorris, concerning the Office of Secretary, the Office of the Privy Signet, and Fee of Two hundred Pounds per annum, are unjust and illegal.
3. That the Commission, which issued forth during the Time of the Imprisonment of the Lord Montnorris, returnable at the Council-table in Ireland, and the Proceedings thereupon, are illegal and unjust.
Proceedings against Ld. Dillon.
4. That these several Judges, viz. Sir Rich. Bolton, Knight, now Lord Chancellor of Ireland, late Lord Chief Baron there, Sir Gerrard Lowther, Knight, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and Sir James Barry, Knight, One of the Barons of the Exchequer, are fit to be questioned, as criminous, for such their extrajudicial Opinions and Proceedings.
Resolved, upon the Question, That these Articles, thus ingrossed and read, shall be sent up to the Lords, by the Commons assembled in Parliament, in Maintenance of their Accusation of Sir Geo. Ratcliffe, whereby he standeth charged of High Treason.
Resolved, upon the Question, That a Message be forthwith sent to the Lords, to desire a conference with their Lordships, by a Committee of both Houses, concerning Articles to be exhibited, in Maintenance of the Charge against Sir Geo. Ratcliffe Knight.
Preaching Ministers, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee concerning preaching Ministers, to consider of the Decree, made in the Exchequer, concerning the Impropriations; and to think of some fit Way, for the Reversing of the said Decree; and likewise to think of some fit Course, how to settle that good Work of the Feoffees, for the Propagation of Religion and Piety.
Charge against Spiller.
Mr. Pimme reports, that, according to the Command of this House, he had delivered to the Lords the Articles against Sir Jo. Ratcliffe; that they had received them, and would make Report of them to their House.
Business to be done.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the House shall sit To-morrow; and that the first Business To-morrow Morning shall be, to treat of the Bill of Subsidies, twice read, and committed to a Committee of the whole House: And that, next to that Business, the House shall consider of some Way, agreeable to the Laws of the Land, for preventing and restraining of Disorders in the King's Army; and of some Ways for providing Monies to supply the King's Army in the mean time, till Monies can be raised by Subsidies: And likewise, to think of some fit Way to move his Majesty for the Disbanding of the Army, lately raised in Ireland.
Archbp. of Canterbury, &c.
It was moved, that the House would think of some Answer to the Lords, concerning the Charges, against the Lord Archbishop of Cant', and the Earl of Straford delivered from the Scotish Commissioners, by the English Lords Commissioners, at a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses.