House of Lords Journal Volume 4: 10 March 1641

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Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 4, 1629-42. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.

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Die Mercurii, 10 die Martii.


Watermen's Petition.

The Petition of the Watermen was read, and referred to the Committee of Petitions.

Report concerning the Printing unlicensed Books.

The Lord Seymour reported, "That the Lords Committees appointed to examine the Business of Printing and Selling unlicensed Books and Pamphlets, That the Master and Wardens of the Company of Stationers have discovered unto them divers Persons, for Printing and Selling unlicensed Books and Pamphlets; and the Parties being brought before the Committee, and being examined, most of them did appear to be faulty in divers Abuses, which were either proved or confessed;" and further reported, "That the Committee were of Opinion, That this House do require the Company of Stationers, from Time to Time, to search, according to their Charter, for all unlicensed Books and Presses, in any Bookbinders and Booksellers Shops and Houses; and, if they find any, to seize them, with other Particulars to this Purpose."

But the House being put into a Committee during Pleasure, to debate the Opinion of the Committee, the House was resumed.

It was Ordered, That this Business be re-committed to the aforesaid Lords Committees; and the whole Business to be heard again in the House upon Friday Morning next; and all the Delinquents who have printed or published unlicensed Books to be sent for, to appear here in Court, upon the same Day. In the mean Time, the Master and Wardens of the Company of Stationers are to attend the Lords Committees with their Charter, and to bring with them the Patent for Printing, to be perused by the Lords Committees, on Thursday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon.

Ordered, That Richard Kylvert, now in the Custody of the Serjeant of the House of Commons, be brought to the Committee at Two of the Clock this Afternoon, to be examined in Mr. Osbaston's Cause, as a Witness.

Dr. Pocklington's Books to be burnt.

It was moved, That whereas, by the Judgement of this House, Two Books, made by Dr. Pocklington, called Sunday no Sabbath and Altare Christianum, were to be burnt by the Hand of the common Executioner, both inthe City of London and in both the Universities; it was Ordered, That the Sheriffs of the City of London, and the Vice-chancellors of both the Universities, do forthwith take Care and see that the Order of this House be put in Execution accordingly. And further it was Ordered, That Dr. Braye be sent for, by the Gentleman Usher, to give this House an Account for Licensing of Dr. Pocklington's Books.

Leigh, a Serjeant at Arms, to be sent for, about the Countess of Suffolk's Business.

It was signified to the House, That Serjeant Leigh, a Serjeant at Arms, upon a Warrant from a Court of Equity, brake into the Lodging Chamber of the Countess of Suffolke, late deceased; which was referred to the Committee for Privileges to consider of it; and Ordered, That the said Serjeant Leigh be sent for, to appear before the said Committee, to be examined by their Lordships, touching the said Business.

Sutton Marsh.

Ordered, That the Counsel on both Sides shall be heard To-morrow Morning, the First Cause, touching the Examination of Witnesses, and bringing in of Articles, concerning Sutton Marsh.

Committee for Treaty with The Status.

Ordered, That the Committee for the Treaty of Confederation with The States do meet this Afternoon, with the Lords Commissioners appointed by His Majesty to treat with The States Ambassadors touching the Marriage, to consider whether it be fit to add any Lords of the Committees with the Lords Commissioners to treat with The States Ambassadors.

Committee of Religion.

Ordered, That the Committee for Religion do meet on Friday next in the Afternoon, and no other Committee to sit that Afternoon; and their Lordships to have Power to send for what Learned Divines their Lordships shall please, for their better Imformation; as the Lord Archbishop of Armagh, Dr. Prideaux, Dr. Warde, Dr. Twiste, Dr. Hacket; who are to have Intimation given them by the Lord Bishop of Lincolne to attend the Lords Committees.


Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius, Locum tenens Domini Custodis Magni Sigilli, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, videlicet, 11m diem instantis Martii, hora nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.