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 Martis, 16 Feb. 1640.
Committees to send for Parties, &c.
ORDERED, That the Gentlemen, that sit in the Chairs of the several Committees that are to be revived on Friday come Fortnight, or before, shall have Power from the House, to send for Parties and Witnesses, to be here against those several Times, that those several Committees shall be revived.
Ordered, That the Petition against the Dean and Chapter of Worcester be referred to the Bishop of Elye's Committee; with the like Power for this Petition, as it has for other Petitions; and that the Petition of Gloucester which is now with the Committee of the Bishop of Elye, be referred to the Committee for the Bishop of Bath and Welles; and that the particular Petitions from the particular Parishes, mentioned in the Petition of the City of Gloucester, be referred to the same Committee.
Ordered, That Titus Campian's whole Petition, now in Sir Tho. Widrington's Hands, be referred, upon the whole Matter, to the Committee for the Bishop of Elye.
2a vice lecta est Billa, An Act to enable Gilbert Welles, Son and Heir of Tho. Welles, late of Brambridge in the County of Southampton Esquire, deceased, to make Sale of certain Lands, for Payment of Debts, and Advancement of younger Children.
The Questions being put, for the Committing; and Ingrossing;
They both passed in the Negative:
And so the Bill was rejected.
Counsel in the Lords.
Sir Tho. Widrington and Mr. Perd have Leave to be of Counsel before the Lords.
Earl of Straford.
Sir Jo. Culpeper, Mr. Pimme, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Strode, Mr. Hamden;
This Committee is to retire presently into the Court of Wards, to prepare Heads of the Conference, to be desired with the Lords, concerning the Earl of Straford.
Hoogan's, &c. Petition.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Henry Hoogan Robert Houghton, and others, now read in the House, be referred to the Committee for the Bishop of Elye.
Mr. Edward Colfer, and others, that subscribed the Petition, were called in; and did avow the Petition.
Earl of Straford.
Ordered, That Sir Ph. Stapleton go up to the Lords, with this Message, to desire a Conference with their Lordships, by a Committee of both Houses, presently, if it may stand with their Lordships Occasions, concerning the Earl of Straford.
Resolved, upon the Question, That no longer Time shall be given, than already is given by the Committee, for Bringing of Witnesses, to be examined in the Cause of the Election of a Knight, and Burgess, for the County, and Town, of Caernarvon.
Earl of Straford.
Resolved, upon the Question, That these Heads reported. by Mr. Pimme, from the Committee appointed to prepare the Heads of the Conference, to be desired with the Lords, concerning the Earl of Straford, shall be the Heads of that Conference: And that Committee is to manage the Conference.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Phi. Stapleton brings Answer from the Lords, That their Lordships do expect his Majesty at their House, this Morning; and that, so soon as his Majesty shall be gone, they will send Answer, by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown do bring the several Indentures of Return, and the Certificates and Writs, that concern the Election for the Town of Warrick, to the House, To-morrow Morning: that, upon the View of them all, the House may judge, which of the Parties is legally returned.
A Message from the Lords, by the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas and the Master of the Rolls;
Their Lordships are ready to give a present Meeting, in the Painted Chamber, by a Committee of both Houses, concerning the Conference desired by this House.
Ordered, That a Bill for the Queen's Jointure be read To-morrow Morning early; and that then the House be resolved into a Committee, to take into Consideration, according to an Order formerly made, when Mr. Hide had the Chair, the whole Business concerning the Army, the Northern Counties, the King's Revenue, and the Navy.
Ordered, That the Knights and Citizens of the County and City of Worcester be added to the Committee for the Bishop of Elye, as to the Petition of the City of Worcester only.
Royal Assent to Triennial Bill.
A Message from the Lords, by the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas and Justice Heath;
That their Lordships are so full of Joy for his Majesty's gracious Answer to the Bill of the Triennial Parliaments, that they do intend to wait upon his Majesty, to know when he will please to give them Leave to express their most humble Thanks: And they desire, that this House would join with them in it:
And that their Lordships will likewise intimate unto his Majesty, that there may be Ringing of Bells, and Bonfires, through the whole City.
Answer returned, by the same Messengers; that this House has taken into Consideration their Lordships Message, and do receive it with much Joy; and were in Agitation of the same Business, just as the Message was sent; and will be ready to join with their Lordships, as is desired, at such Time and Place as shall be appointed.
Ordered, That the Petition of Rich. Gorges Esquire be referred to the Committee for Privileges; to take his Turn next, at that Committee, upon that Day, that was last opened for that Committee.
Court of Wards.
Mr. Grimston, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Rich. Lee, Mr. Partridge, Mr. Cary, Mr. Mannaton, Mr. Morley, Mr. Cage, Mr. Knatchbull, Sir Edw. Hales, Sir H. Worseley, Mr. Griffith, Mr. Bodevile, Sir Rich. Winne, Mr. Purefry, Sir W. Erle, Sir H. Rainsford, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Northcott, Sir Ben. Rudyard, Mr. Darley, Mr. Rolles, Sir Anth. Irby, Lord Ruthyn, Mr. Moore, Sir Wm. Carnaby, Mr. Potts, and all the Lawyers of the House; and all, that will come, are to have Voices at this Committee;
This Committee is to consider of all Matters concerning the Court of Wards; and the irregular Proceedings of that Court, and the Abuses of all the Feodaries and Escheators, in England and Wales, and all Officers belonging to that Court, in Receiving of Fees, or otherwise: And they are likewise to consider of the Petition preferred hither by William Madox: And have Power to receive all Petitions that may concern that Court, or the Proceedings thereof: And have likewise Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, or any thing else, that may conduce to the Business: And are to meet on Friday next in the Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Petition from Wales.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of many of the Subjects in the Principality of Wales, in the Names of themselves, and many others, which was now read in the House, be referred to the Committee for the Ministers Remonstrance.
Royal Assent to Triennial Bill.
A Message from the Lords, by the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas and Mr. Justice Heath;
That the Lords that attended his Majesty are returned, with this Answer, to the Lords House; "That his Majesty is pleased, that both Houses shall attend him this Afternoon between Two and Three a Clock, at the Banqueting-house at Whitehall." They conceive, that which is to be spoken, is to be said by the Lord Keeper, in the Name of both Houses; and for that Purpose, have conceived a Form, to this Effect; but leave it to this House, to make such Alteration as they shall think fit:
My Lord Chief Justice Bankes read, out of the Paper, as followeth;
"The Lord Keeper is to give his Majesty most humble and hearty Thanks, in the Name of both Houses, and this whole Kingdom, for his speedy and gracious Royal Assent unto the Bill, intituled, An Act for Preventing of Inconveniences happening by the long Intermission of Parliaments; which, as it is of singular Comfort and Security for all his Subjects, for the present; so, we are confident, it will be of infinite Honour, and Settlement of his Royal Crown and Dignity, as well as Comfort to our Posterity."
Ordered, That all Committees, that should have met this Afternoon, do meet so soon as the House shall return from Whitehall.