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.
1a vice lecta est Billa, AN Act for Confirmation of Letters Patents, granted by his Majesty to Sir Jo. Reyner Baronet, of divers Lands in Kent, &c.
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.
It is further Ordered, That Commissaries shall be named, by the Gentlemen of those Countries where the Horse Troops lie, for the Mustering of them also.
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.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Reformadoes of the Earl Craford's Troops shall be paid for Eleven Days after the Eighth of December, at such Time as this House shall think fit.
And it is further Ordered, That the Countries shall be paid the Monies, that these Reformadoes owe for their Billet, out of those Eleven Days Pay.
Trial of Earl of Straford.
Upon Mr. Whittlock's Report from the Committee for the Earl of Straford, the Heads of the Conference appointed to be had this Day, concerning the Trial of the said Earl, it was
Resolved, upon the Question,
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 Petition of . . Lynolde, late Rector of Heling in the County of Lincoln, be referred to the Committee for the Bishop of Ely.
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.
Ordered, That the particular Petition of the Widow Palmer, of the County of Leicester, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Deputy Lieutenants.
Counsel in the Lords.
Mr. Bagshaw has Leave to be of Counsel in a Cause depending before the Lords.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Whittlock reports from the Conference with the Lords; that their Lordships will send Answer, by Messengers of their own.
Treaty with Scotland.
Ordered, That Mr. Capell go up to the Lords, to desire a free Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, concerning the Matter of the last free Conference about the Treaty.
Ordered, That the Committee, formerly appointed to prepare Heads for this Conference, do manage and report this Conference.
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.
Ordered, That all the Lawyers of the House be added to the Committee for Mr. Lownes' Bill.
Ordered, That the Committee for Naturalizations do meet on Friday next at Two of Clock, in the Exchequerchamber.
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.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning Mr. Poole and Mr. Rich do meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-court.
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.