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 Lunæ, Januarii 6, 1644.
Resolved, &c. That notwithstanding the Order made on Saturday last, That this House doth adhere to the former Ordinance, which appoints, that all such Matters, as shall be presented from the Assembly of Divines, and shall be thought fit, by both Houses, to be published, shall be remitted to the Care of the Assembly, to take Order for the Printing thereof; and, in pursuance of the said former Ordinance, do appoint, That the Printing of the Ordinance for taking away the Book of Common Prayer, and establishing the Directory, and of the Directory itself, be referred to the Assembly of Divines, to take care of the Printing thereof.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider of fit Persons to be sent as Commissioners into Ireland, to take the Muster of the Armies there; and to prepare fit Instructions for their Directions therein; and to represent all to the House.
Mr. Reynolds is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire them to expedite the Ordinance for disenabling the Members of either House to bear Office; in regard of the Posture the Armies are now in, and that the Houses are now upon the Treaty.
Resolved, &c. That Execution shall be done upon the Body of Wm. Laud Archbishop of Canterbury, upon Friday next, being attainted of High Treason by Judgment of both Houses of Parliament: And the Lieutenant of the Tower is hereby injoined to deliver his Body over to the Sheriffs of London: And the Sheriffs of London are hereby required to see Execution done, accordingly, upon TowerHill.
Sir Wm. Lewis is appointed to go to the Lords, to acquaint them, That this House doth agree to the Paper concerning the Manner of the Treaty, with the Addition of the Propositions for Ireland, to be treated in the first place, next after Religion and the Militia: And to desire it may be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms; to the end the Scotts Commissioners may be acquainted with this Alteration, and treated with upon it.
Ordered, That the Letter directed from both Houses to the Parliament of Scotland be likewise addressed to their Committees, to be delivered to them, in case the Parliament be not sitting: And that the Letter and Instructions be immediately sent to Sir Wm. Armyn, to deliver them, according to the Direction, with the best Speed he may; and likewise to put in Execution the Instructions.
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, To-morrow at Ten of Clock, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Ordinance for disabling Members of either House to bear any Office Military or Civil.
The House of Commons, having received, from the Honourable and Reverend the Commissioners of the Church of Scotland, a Paper, dated January the 1st, 1644; wherein they desire to know what is done, and what is in doing, concerning Uniformity of Religion, returneth this Answer:
Some Propositions concerning Church Government being presented to the House of Commons from the Assembly of Divines, This One, of great Concernment, that the Scripture doth hold forth, "That many particular Congregations may be under One Presbyterial Government," is appointed to be debated in the said House, upon the Sixth Day of this Instant January, 1644.
Ordered, That Mr. Byfield do deliver unto every one of the Scotts Commissioners one of the printed Books of the Reasons of the Dissenting Brethren; and the Answer and Solutions of the Assembly of Divines touching the Third Proposition concerning Church Government.