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 Jovis, Novembris 20 , 1645.
The Lords formerly sent to this House a Petition of the Earl of Stamford's, who is in extreme Want of necessary Support: Their Lordships do again especially recommend it to the present Consideration of this House; and desire Dispatch with all convenient Speed.
The Lords have appointed a Committee of Seven Lords, and Three of the Quorum, and desire a proportionable Number to be appointed by this House, to meet this Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings, to consider of the intercepted Letters of the Lord Digby.
"Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That, for the present, till the Statutes of the University of Cambridge can be surveyed, that the Vicechancellor of the said University shall take Oath, with this Clause annexed: Hoc in me recipit in quantum Statutis et Ordinationibus Regni non repugnant."
Ordered, That Sir John Evelyn do go with a Message to the Lords; to desire them to proceed upon the Impeachment of the Earl of Stamford; to the end that Justice may be done, and the House may receive Satisfaction in the Point of their Privilege.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Sir Rivett Eldred Baronet to be High-Sheriff of the County of Suffolk: And that the Commissioners of the Great Seal do grant him a Patent for Sheriff, in Form usual, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Francis Clinton, alias Fienis, to be High-Sheriff of the County of Lincoln: And that the Commissioners of the Great-Seal do grant him a Patent for Sheriff, in Form usual, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Edward Clerke Esquire to be High-Sheriff of the County of Oxon: And that the Commissioners of the Great Seal do grant him a Patent for Sheriff, in Form usual, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concurr with the Lords, in appointing a Committee to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, this Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings, to consider of the intercepted Letters of the Lord Digby: And have Ordered, That the first Fourteen of the Committee now present where Mr. Tate has the Chair, shall be the Committee: Mr. Tate to be one.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Ordinance touching the Clause to be inserted into the Vicechancellor's Oath of Cambridge; and to the Committee to meet with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, concerning the Lord Digbie's intercepted Letters; they do agree: And, as to the Earl of Stamford's Petition, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The House was informed, That a Servant of Mr. Gourdon's, a Member of this House, avowed by Mr. Gourdon to be his Servant, was apprehended and imprisoned, by Order of the House of Peers; though he informed the Messenger, that he was Mr. Gourdon's Servant:
Resolved, &c. That the Commissioners of the Great Seal do issue a Writ of Habeas corpus, to bring to the Bar of this House Thomas Grove, Servant to Mr. Gourdon, a Member of this House; with the Cause of his Commitment.
Resolved, &c. That this Proviso be added to the Ordinance for Bristoll; viz. "Provided, That this Ordinance, nor any thing therein contained, shall not extend to the prejudicing or lessening any Power or Authority granted by any former Ordinance to Sir Thomas Fairfax General, or to Major-General Massie: And that this Ordinance shall continue for Six Months, and no longer."
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, with the Addition of the Knights and Burgesses for the County of Worcester and Hereford, to consider of the Condition of Gloucester; and what unnecessary Burdens are upon it, or otherwise; and how it may be relieved, and those Burdens taken off.