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 Lunæ, Julii 22, 1644.
AN Ordinance for the true Payment of Tythes, &c. was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Whittacres, Lieutenant of the Tower, Sir Wm. Strictland, Mr. Cage, Mr. Tate, Mr. Hill, Mr. Browne, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Dudley North, Mr. Rigby, Mr. White, Mr. Jesson, Sir Antho. Irby, Sir Nevile Poole, Sir Edmund Vowell, Mr. Gurdon, and all the Lawyers of the House; or to any Four of this Committee: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Administrations to Wills, &c.
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That it should be re-committed: And the Committee is appointed to bring in an Ordinance for disposing of Administrations and Probates of Wills, in such a manner, as may give present Remedy to the People complaining, without Prejudice to the national Covenant, or giving any Colour of Countenance to the Jurisdiction of Episcopal Courts: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Letter to Lord General.
Ordered, That the Committee for Whitehall shall have Power to purge Whitehall from all Papists, Sellers of Beer, Ale, Wine, Meat, &c.; all Women whose Husbands are now, or have been, in Service against the Parliament; the Servants and Children of all such; all other ill-affected Persons, and Persons of scandalous Conversation; and to dispose of their Lodgings to well-affected Persons.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy, and the Lieutenant of the Ordnance, do make Stay of the Salt-petre in Mr. Courten's Ship; and contract with him, and buy it for the Service of the State; and take care, that the Money due from Mr. Courten to the State, may be satisfied.
Ship Hope, &c.
A Letter from the States Ambassadors from Covent Garden, of Julii 22, 1644, on the Behalf of John Frederick, Master of the Hope of Rotterdam, bound for Topsham, and surprised in his Journey thither . . .; and the Petition of the said Jo. Frederick, was likewise read; represented both to Mr. Speaker by the States Ambassadors, and by him to the House. And Mr. Speaker is appointed to acquaint the States Ambassadors, That the Business concerning the Hope of Rotterdam is in a legal and usual Way of Tryal; and that this House does not use to intermeddle with any Business that is put into a legal Court, without some Complaint against the Proceedings of that, or some Reasons for Appeal from that Court; and to move them concerning Mr. Pennoyer's and Mr. Tompson's Arms, stayed in Zealand.
Ordered, That the Report of the Propositions, Memorandum, and other Matters, made to the House by Mr. Speaker, be taken into Consideration on Friday Morning next, peremptorily: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind hereof.
Heaths', &c. Impeachment.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Robt. Heath Knight, shall be forthwith impeached of High Treason, by this House, in the Name of all the Commons of England, for adhereing to the Enemies of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, and now in Arms against the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Jo. Bankes Knight, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, shall be forthwith accused of High Treason, by this House, in the Name of all the Commons of England, for adhering to the Enemies of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, now in Arms against the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Robt. Foster Knight, one of the Judges of the Common Pleas, shall be forthwith accused of High Treason, by this House, in the Name of all the Commons of England, for adhering to the Enemies of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, now in Arms against the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Jo. Glanvile Knight, Serjeant at Law, shall be forthwith accused of High Treason, by this House, in the Name of all the Commons of England, for adhering to the Enemies of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, now in Arms against the Parliament.
Mr. Bainton is appointed to carry up to the Lords these Impeachments: And to desire, that such Witnesses as shall be produced by a Committee of this House, upon these Impeachments, may be examined upon Oath, by a Committee of the Lords, in the Presence of a Committee of this House.
Exchange of Prisoners.
The Letter and Confessions were delivered to Mr. Whittacre, the Lieutenant of the Tower, and Sir Jo. Hippisley, to examine the said Prisoners upon the said Confessions; and to dispose of them to safe Imprisonment.
A Letter from the Committee in Sunderland, of Julii 10, 1644; and a Letter, inclosed, from Captain Haddock; and a Letter, inclosed, from Mr. Green, to the Committee in Sunderland; and an Order of this House; all touching the Disposal of Ships for Guard of the Northern Coast, and the Fishery.
The humble Petition of the Committee of the County of Cambridge, and Isle of Elye, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Consideration of the Members of this House, that are of the Committee of my Lord Manchester's Association; with the Addition of Lord Fitz-william, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Maynard: And they have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Court.
Assembly of Divines.
And the House having considered their Desire, they were again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted them, That the House do agree, that the Assembly of Divines should adjourn till Wednesday come Fortnight.
Heath's, &c. Impeachment.
Mr. Bainton brings Answer, That he hath, according to the Commands of this House, and in the Name of this House, and of all the Commons of England, accused Sir Robt. Heath, Sir Jo. Bankes, Sir Robt. Forster, and Sir Jo. Glanvile, of High Treason, &c.: And that the Lords do agree to nominate and appoint a Committee of their House, to examine, upon Oath, such Witnesses as shall be produced in this Business, by a Committee of this House, in the Presence of a Committee of this House.
This Committee is appointed to take the Care of producing the Witnesses that are to be examined upon Oath, by a Committee of the Lords, in the Business of the Impeachments of Sir Robt. Heath, &c.; and to be present at the Examination of the said Witnesses; and to prepare Interrogatories for them to be examined upon.
Money for Army.
Ordered, That it be referred to the said Committee, to consider of the speedy providing Ten thousand Pounds for Sir W. Waller's Army, by treating with the Merchant Adventurers, or otherwise: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Star Chamber.