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 Luno, 8 Martii, 1640.
Whereas, by an Order of the House of the Twentieth of January last, it was directed that a new Muster should be taken of the Army, in such Manner as by the said Order is directed; and that the Army should be paid upon that Muster, from the Eighth of December last; forasmuch as it stands with Justice, that all such Soldiers as have died, or are departed from the Army, since the last Muster, and have had Entertainment, either from their Officers, or Billet, should be paid; it is therefore this Day Ordered, That the Entertainment of such dead or departed Soldiers shall be paid to the Officer, or Inhabitants, respectively, for so long a Time as it can be made appear, to such Persons as take this Muster, they did continue in the Army.
And it is likewise Ordered, That, whereas Sixteen Commissaries were formerly appointed to be named by the Gentlemen of Yorkshire, to be joined with the Commissaries of the Army; it is now Ordered, That those Sixteen shall be made Thirty, in regard that many, for sundry Occasions, may be absent; and that those Thirty, or any Sixteen of them, shall be joined with the Commissaries for the King's Army, to take Care and Order for the Mustering of the Army.
Clergy's Lay Employments.
2da vice lecta est Billa, An Act to disable the Clergy to exercise any Temporal or Lay Office or Commission; upon Question, committed unto Mr. Whitehead, Mr. Hollis, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Tho. Hutchinson, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Arth. Goodwyn, Sir Simonds D'Ewes, Sir Robert Crane, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Fines, Mr. Darley, Sir Arth. Haselrigg, Sir Edm. Mountfort, Sir Jo. Culpeper, Mr. Valentine, Mr. Rouse, Sir Ro. Pye, Mr. Martin, Mr. Kirton, Mr. Bridgman, Mr. Griffith, Sir Jo. Wray, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Mannaton, Mr. Ofield, Mr. Purefry, Mr. Cary, Sir Rich. Buller, Sir Guy Palmes, Sir Jo. Holland, Mr. Drake, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Edw. Deering, Alderman Soames, Mr. Tomkins, Sir Tho. Middleton, Mr. Perpoint, Mr. Hide, Mr. Upton, Sir Edw. Vowell, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Varney, Sir Sidney Montague, Mr. Green, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Pury, Ld. Falkland, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Bodevile, Sir H. Rainsford, Mr. Catlyn, Sir Wm. Allinson, Mr. Burgan: They are to meet on Wednesday next in the Afternoon, in the Duchy-court.
Reformadoes, Pay, &c.
Trial of Earl of Straford.
1. To propose to the Lords, that they would be pleased to take some Order, that there may be a convenient Place appointed for the Trial of the Earl of Straford; and to give such Directions as shall be fit, for preparing Conveniency of Room for both Houses, and for such Members of the House as are appointed to manage the Evidence, and for Witnesses, and for the Prisoner; and for Excluding of all such as ought not to be present at the Trial.
2. That whereas, in the last Message to the Lords, this House did intimate unto them, that they did intend to manage the Evidence by Members of their own; they are now commanded to explain the Reason; that their Lordships may take Notice, that we do not expect any Counsel shall be admitted the Earl of Straford, at the Giving of Evidence at the Trial.
Ordered, That the Business concerning Mr. Dennis' Tobaccoes being detained by the Customers, or their Assignees, in the Port of Poole, for Nonpayment of such Monies as the Customers require, be referred to the Committee for the Customers; to call all Parties, that are concerned, before them; and to report the State of the Business to the House, that the House may take farther Order in it.
Counsel in the Lords.
Answer from Lords.
Treaty with Scotland.
Ordered, That a Warrant forthwith issue, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for a Writ, for Electing of a Burgess to serve for the Town of Rumney, in the Place and Stead of Mr. Webb, formerly returned to serve for that Place, and since disabled to serve, in respect of an Order, made in this House, against Monopolists or Projectors.
The House being this Day acquainted with the Complaint of the Parishioners of Painswick, in Com. Glouc' against their Minister, the which Business as yet depends before a Committee of this House; therefore the House will as yet order nothing in the Business; but leaves them to address themselves to the Bishop of that Diocese.
Re-payment of Loans.
Ordered, That the Twenty thousand Pounds, that shall be advanced to make up the Sixty thousand Pounds, formerly promised by the City, shall be repaid out of the Four Subsidies, to those that advance the same, next after the One hundred thousand Pounds, advanced by the City and Sir Jo. Harrison, upon these Four Subsidies; and that, next after these Monies shall be satisfied, then those that first bring in their Monies, to be first paid, out of the Residue of those Subsidies.
Committee to meet.
Clergymen not to be Justices.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning the Putting of Clergymen out of the Commission for the Peace, do meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards, for Drawing up of Heads for a Conference with the Lords, touching that Matter.
Disbanding Irish Army, &c.
Ordered, That the whole Matter concerning the Conference, touching the Disbanding of the Irish Army, the Disarming of Recusants, and the Removal of English Recusants from the Court, be peremptorily taken into Debate To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That Mr. Jo. Vaughan and Mr. Walther Lloyd shall be added to the Committee for Sir Lewis Dive, as touching the Business that concerns the Election of a Knight and Burgess for the County and Town of Carnarvon: And the Petitions of Jo. Griffith and Wm. Thomas are referred to that Committee, to be considered of together with the former Petitions concerning the said Election.