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, 7 Jan. 1640.
THE Petition of Jo. Ting, and Tho. Poole, is referred to the Committee, appointed to hear and consider of all Petitions concerning Ship-money: And the said Committee is appointed to consider of this Petition, at such time when the Petitioner and his Witnesses appear before them, either this Day, or at any other Time.
Heron's, &c. Nat.
2da vice lecta Billa, An Act for the Naturalization of Peter Heren and Jo. Devischer, Merchants; upon the Question, committed unto Sir Hen. Herbert, Mr. Selden, Mr. Strode, Mr. Vane, Mr. Nichols, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir A. Irby, Sir Rich. Buller, Mr. Ash, Mr. Stevens, Ld. Fairefax, Mr. Partridge, Sir Edw. Aiskew, Mr. Perd, Mr. Jaine, Mr. Hill, Mr. Prideaux, Sir H. Rainsford, Mr. Hoyle, Mr. Owfield, Mr. Hatcher, Mr. Charles Price, the Citizens and Burgesses of London, and all the Merchants of the House: And are to meet at Two of Clock on Saturday next in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer-chamber.
Marolois', &c. Net.
2da vice lecta Billa, An Act for the Naturalizing of Peter Marolois and Peter Hoet, Merchants; upon Question, committed unto the Committee, appointed for the Bill of Devischer and Heren.
Proceedings against Potter.
The Charge, brought in from the Grand Committee for Religion against Dr. Potter, Vice-chancellor of Oxon, for the Suspending of Mr. H. Wilkinson for a good Sermon preached by him, was twice read; and, after some Debate upon it, he was brought in to the Bar; and, after he had kneeled a while, he was bid by Mr. Speaker to stand up; who recited unto him the Heads of the Charge, and the Opinion of the House.
The Vice-chancellor desired to speak something for himself.
He was first bid to withdraw: And then, after Mr. Speaker had demanded the House's Pleasure therein, he was called in again; and Mr. Speaker told him, the House did afford him that Favour, as to speak for himself.
He humbly thanked the House for that Favour; and said, that, for the Manner of the Suspension, it was done according to the Statutes of the University; Howsoever, he submitted all to the Judgment of this Honourable Assembly; And would take off the Suspension in any such Way as this House shall appoint.
He was then again bid to withdraw:
And, after long Debate, and Consideration of the Matter, the Serjeant was commanded to let the Vice-chancellor know, that this House is contented, that he should repair to the University, to his Charge; and appear here again, when the House shall require him.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Speaker leave the Chair, and that the Committee proceed in reading the Bill of Subsidies. Hereupon.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair: And
Mr. Whistler was called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker re-assumed the Chair.
Sir W. Erle, according to an Order made to that Purpose, reports unto the House the Subject and Heads of the Conference to be desired with the Lords concerning the Disorders and Dangers of the new-levied Irish Army.
And, while the House was in Debate upon this Matter, and whether the Conference should be now desired;-
Safety of the Kingdom.
There came a Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whittfield; and the King's Attorney, to this Purpose;
That the Lords do desire, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, presently, concerning the Safety of this Kingdom.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has taken into Consideration their Lordships Message; and will give them a Meeting presently, in the Painted Chamber, as is desired, by a Committee of the whole House.
Mr. Pym, Mr. King, Sir Jo. Culpepper, Mr. Palmer, Mr. St. Johns, Mr. Hampden, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Leave to attend Lords.
Mr. Whittlock, a Member of this House, has Leave to be of Counsel with the Lord Willoughby, in a Cause depending before the Lords.
Upon a Report this Day made by Sir Edw. Hungerford, from the Committee for rigorous Levying of Ship-money;
Persons sent for.
It was Ordered, That Edm, Brunsden, a Bailiff, William Blackden, Constable of the Hundred of Hollands Downe, in Com' Wilts, Mich. Titcombe, and William Smyth, who, upon the Report, appeared to the House to be offenders in a very high Nature, be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, to answer their said Offences and Misdemeanours.
Treaty with Scotland.
Mr. Hampden reports from the Conference with the Lords, by a Committee of both Houses, &c.
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By Resolution upon the Question,
This House doth assent unto that additional Clause, desired by the Lords to be added to the Article of Continuance of the Cessation of Arms; and now reported by Mr. Hampden, in hæc Verba; viz. That in case any Breach happen, before or after the Time of the Treaty be expired, no Act of Hostility to pass on either Side, till Twenty Days after the Commissioners, on either Side, have given Notice of such Breach; and, during that Twenty Days, no Advantage is to be taken of the Scots, that are here; but that they have the Ports and Passages open to depart.