Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 5, 1646-1648. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Jovis, 2 Decembris, 1647.
Leave of Absence.
ORDERED, That Mr. Sayer and Mr. Arthington, Members of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country for Six Weeks.
Earl of Lincoln's, &c. Impeachment.
According to an Order of 28 Octobris last, the very same Articles, then read and passed against Francis Lord Willoughby of Parham, were now read, mutatis mutandis, against Theophilus Earl of Lincoln.
Resolved, &c. That, on Saturday next, Mr. Myles Corbett be ready with the Proofs and Evidences against the Lords that are accused by this House of High Treason: And that then the House do proceed upon the Articles of Impeachment against the said Lords.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire them to appoint a longer Time for this House to bring up the Articles of Impeachment against the Lords accused, by the House, of High Treason.
Message to Lords.
Sir John Danvers is appointed to go to the Lords with this Message.
He likewise carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for Two thousand Seven hundred Seventysix Pounds, advanced by the Commissioners of Excise for the Service of the Army, upon the Credit of the Interest due upon the Twenty thousand Pounds, payable out of the Excise, to the Eastern Association: And was to put the House . . mind of the Bill of Tonage and Poundage.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the taking off Free Quarter, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Right of petitioning.
According to former Order, a Petition, directed "To the Supreme Authority of England, the Commons, in Parliament assembled," and stiled, "The humble Petition of many free-born People," was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That this shall be the Answer to the Petitioners; viz.
That this House doth declare, That it is the Right of the Subject to petition; and that it is the Right of the Parliament to judge of such Petitions, when they are presented: And that all Persons are bound to acquiesce in the Judgment of the Parliament, upon Petitions presented: And that this House doth expect the same from the Petitioners.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be no other Addition to this Answer.
Bills to be read.
Resolved, &c. That the Four Bills, Yesterday reported, shall be read the Second time, To-morrow Morning the first Business.
Answer from Lords.
Sir John Danvers brings Answer, That the Lords have appointed To-morrow Sevennight, peremptorily for this House to bring up the particular Impeachments against the Lords accused, by this House, of High Treason: That they do agree to the Order for Two thousand Seven hundred Seventy-six Pounds for the Army: And will send Answer to the Bill of Tonage and Poundage, by Messengers of their own.