Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 3, 1643-1644. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Veneris, Decembris 20, 1644.
THE Petition of divers Merchants that furnished Arms to the State, to be read To-morrow.
The Northern Business to be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That Mr. Rous and Mr. Tate do desire the Assembly of Divines to send in, with all convenient Speed, all the Parts of Church Government that are yet behind; and the Reasons of the dissenting Brethren; together with the Answers and Solutions.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have appointed To-morrow Morning, at Ten of Clock, for the Reception of the Swedish Commissioners.
Negotiations with the King.
Sir Hen. Vane junior is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire, That the Select Committee appointed to meet with the Commissioners of Scotland concerning the Message sent from his Majesty, may presently meet; and that the Scotts Commissioners may have Intimation hereof; and the Lords have Notice to come and receive their Answer: And that the Answer may be signed by the Speakers of both Houses.
Ordered, That the Committee Yesterday appointed for the Reception of the Swedish Commissioners, do meet To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock.
Answer to the King.
Ordered, That the Speaker do sign the Answer to be returned to his Majesty's Message.
The Directory to be resumed after the Message.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and have appointed the Committee to meet To-morrow, at Ten of Clock.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Henry Vane junior brings Answer, That the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Negotiations with the King.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whittfeild and Serjeant Finch;
The Lords having, even now, received a Message from this House, they have taken that Message into Consideration; and have appointed the Lords of that Committee to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock; and have sent to the Duke of Rickmond and the Earl of Southampton to be there at that Time to receive the Message: They have given Order to their Officer to give Notice of so much to the Scotts Commissioners; and do desire, that this Committee may then meet: And have given Order to the Speaker to sign the Answer.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and have appointed the Committee to meet this Afternoon, as is desired: And have ordered their Speaker to sign the Answer to be returned by the Two Lords to his Majesty's Message of December 13th.
Ordered, That the Lieutenant of the Tower do give an Account To-morrow, of the Escape of Sir Edw. Ford.
Visitation of the Sick.
Ordered, That the Advice of the Divines, concerning the Visitation of the Sick, be taken into Consideration on Monday next.