Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 4, 1644-1646. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Veneris, Julii 4, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the whole House, according to former Order, sat, to take into further Consideration the Matter of Church-Government.
Mr. Whittacre in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Speaker, according to an Order Yesterday made, declared to my Lord Fairfax the Acknowledgment of this House, and the Opinion and Sense this House has of the great and faithful Services done by him to this great Cause, undertaken by the Parliament for the Defence of Religion and Publick Liberty; and, by the Command of the House, did return him the Thanks of this House for his many faithful Services done; and had commanded, That this Acknowledgment, and this Return of Thanks, should be entered and recorded in the Journals of this House.
The Letter from the Lord Savile, of Julii 2, directed to Mr. Gourdon, and the Paper inclosed, concerning Mr. Holles and Mr. Whitelock, were this Day again read.
And Mr. Whitelock voluntarily, and upon his own Accord, made a Narrative in general of his Knowledge in this Business; like as Mr. Holles did on Wednesday last: Who did likewise a little inlarge himself, in declaring his Knowledge in this Business.
Resolved, &c. That this Letter, and Paper inclosed, together with all the Circumstances thereupon depending, shall be committed unto Mr. Selden, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Lisle, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Robert Goodwyn, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Henry Vane junior, Mr. Ashurst, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Sollicitor, Sir Arthur Hesilrig, Mr. Hoyle, Sir Phil. Stapilton, Sir Peter Wentworth, Colonel Long, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Wm. Brereton, Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, Sir John Clotworthy, Sir Henry Cholmley, Mr. Blakiston, Mr. Stephens, Captain Wingate, Sir Robert Harley, Colonel Walton: Who shall have Power to examine any Member of this House concerning this Business: And are to meet To-morrow at Two post meridiem, in the ExchequerChamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Mr. Nicoll is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire, That the Lord Savile may be brought to a Committee of this House, to be examined in some Matters that concern Members of this House.
A Letter from the Earl of Leven, and other Officers of the Scotts Army, from Nottingham, of Julii 27 1645, was this Day read.
Ordered, That Judgment be staid, and shall not be given against Edward Lusher, convicted for a Priest this present Session, he being a Servant to the Spanish Ambassador; and, by a former Ordinance of both Houses, be discharged: And
It is further Ordered, That the Spanish Ambassador do, according to his Promise, with all Speed, send him out of the Kingdom, not to return again.
Ordered, That Sir Humphry Tuston Baronet shall have Leave to go into the Country.
The Question being put, Whether Judgment should be staid against * White, convicted for a Priest this present Sessions;
It passed with the Affirmative.
Mr. Whittacre informed the House, That a Packet of the Portugall Ambassador's was intercepted.
It is Ordered, That the Committee of Examinations shall have Power to open the said Packet, in the Presence of the Portugall Agent, or any whom he shall send.
Ordered, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for receiving Propositions for Ireland, and for Irish Affairs, shall have the Use of that Chamber, wherein the Committee for Safety did usually meet, for Dispatch of their Affairs.
Ordered, That the Consideration of setting forth the Septuagint Bible, by Mr. Patrick Young, be referred to the Grand Committee for Religion.