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, 1 Feb. 1640.
ORDERED, That Mr. Combe's Petition be referred to the same Committee that the Warwickshire Petition is referred unto, and in the same Manner as that Petition is referred; and that the Book of the Freeholders Names, now in Mr. Rich. Chamberleyne's Hands, be brought unto the Committee, at such time as they shall sit.
Waddsden Organ Tax.
Ordered, That Sir Nath. Brent, Sir Jo. Lamb, and Dr. Roane, be forthwith summoned, by a Warrant under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to appear here, to shew Reason why they laid the Tax upon the Town of Waddsden in the County of Bucks, contrary to Law, for the Maintaining of a Pair of Organs and an Organist in the said Town of Waddsden.
Ordered, That Jo. Bartlett's Petition be referred to the Committee for the rigorous Levying of Ship-money.
Memorandum. This Petition was delivered to Mr. Alderman Pennington.
Counsel in the Lords.
Mr. Solicitor and Mr. Maynard have Leave to be of Counsel with the Lady Chaworth, at a Committee before the Lords.
Ordered, That Cornelius de Neue, who served Mr. Wheeler, a Member of this House, with a Subpæna, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, to answer his Contempt, and Breach of the Privilege of this House.
Ordered, That the Committee for scandalous Ministers shall begin to meet To-morrow Sevennight; and are to sit at Two of Clock that Day, in the Court of Wards: And the Petition against Dr. Utie of Chigwell, and the Petition from the Inhabitants of the Town of Patiswick in the County of Essex, and all Petitions of the like Nature, are referred to the same Committee. The Petition of Chigwell is to be first considered of by that Committee.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Election of Mr. Erle, for One of the Burgesses for the Town of Warham in the County of Dorsett, is a good Election; and that he ought to sit as a Member in this House; and that the Officer, that was the Officer when the Return was made, or his Deputy, or the Electors, shall mend the Return.
Proceedings against Lord Finch.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire their Lordships, that there may be an Examination of the Judges, and other Witnesses, concerning the Charge against the Lord Finch, in the Presence of some Members of the House of Commons: And that their Lordships will take such Course for the Appearance, and speedy Proceedings against the Lord Finch, as they in their Wisdoms shall think fit.
Sir Ro. Pye is to go up with this Message.
That Part of the Remonstrance, preferred by divers Ministers, which concerns the Matter of Government in the Church, was read.
Proceedings against Ld. Finch.
Sir Ro. Pye brings Answer of the Message; That he had acquainted their Lordships with the Message from this House; who return this Answer, that, according to the Desires of this House, they will be ready to examine the Judges, and others, in the Presence of some Members of this House, in the Cause concerning the Lord Finch.
Persons to attend.
Ordered, That those Sixteen Ministers, who, as this House was informed, were deputed to follow the Petition and Remonstrance exhibited to this House, subscribed by divers Ministers, have Notice, and be summoned, to be here To-morrow Morning, to attend the Pleasure of the House, concerning the said Petition and Remonstrance.