House of Lords Journal Volume 4: 17 June 1641

Pages 277-278

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 Jovis, videlicet, 17 die Junii.


Riot in St. Saviour's Church, Southwark.

Upon the reading of a Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of St. Saviour's, Southwarke, "complaining against William Smyter, William Sheapheard, Toby Gratwike, Hugh Barcoke, George Ewer, George Pitcher, Thomas Loe, and Edward Symons, for their pressing into the Church of the said Parish, and violent breaking and pulling down the Rails about the Communion Table, in an insolent and tumultuous Manner;" the Parties complained of were brought to the Bar of this House, and their Counsel were admitted to speak for them; and, after a full Hearing of both Parties, and several Witnesses examined on either Side, it did appear unto this House, that the said Parties were guilty of the Complaints laid against them in the Petition: Thereupon it is Ordered, That new Rails shall be forthwith set up (by the Appointment of the Church-wardens of the said Parish) about the Communion-table, in the same Manner as they have been for the Space of Fifty Years last past, but not as they were for Four or Five Years last past; and this to be done at the Costs and Charges of the abovesaid Delinquents; and further, that they shall make a public Acknowledgement of their Faults, in the Body of the Church, upon a Sabbath-day, when the Congregation shall be present; and lastly, that they shall stand committed to The Fleet during the Pleasure of this House.

Riot in St. Olave's Church, Southwark.

Upon reading the Petitions of the Minister and Inhabitants of St. Olive's Parish, in Southwarke, "against Robert Wainman, George Bonace, Hugh Evans, and Jo. Moore, for making, and causing to be made, a great Tumult and Disorder in the Church of the said Parish, in the Time of the Administration of the Blessed Sacrament, and for the Hinderance of the performing of the same, and for the great Abuse of the Minister that administered the same, and for using unreverent Speeches when the said Duty was performing;" the Parties aforesaid were brought to this Bar, and admitted to speak for themselves; and, after full Hearing of both Sides, and Witnesses examined, it appeared unto this House, that the said Parties complained (fn. 1) of were guilty of the Complaints laid against them: Whereupon this House did think fit, and Ordered, That the said Robert Waineman and George Bonace, for their said Offences, shall stand committed unto the Prison of The King's Bench forthwith, and there to continue for the Space of Six Months, without Bail or Mainprise; and that they shall stand upon a high Stool, in Cheapeside and Southwark, for Two Hours together, upon Two Market-days, and acknowledge there their Faults publicly; and lastly, that they shall pay Twenty Pounds Fine to His Majesty, and to be bound to their good Behaviour. And it is further Ordered, That the said Hugh Evans and Jo. Moore shall forthwith stand committed to The King's Bench, until they find Sureties to answer, at the next Assizes to be kept for the County of Surrey, their Faults and Offences in the disturbing and hindering the Administration of the Blessed Sacrament, who are there to be proceeded against according to Law; and that Robert Osbaston, Gentleman, and Richard Cant, shall enter into Recognizance, before Sir Jo. Lenthall, Knight, One of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Surrey, to appear at the next Assizes, and prosecute against the said Hugh Evans and Jo. Moore, for their Offences as aforesaid.

A Message was sent from the House of Commons, by the Lord Fairefaix:

Message from the H. C. for a Conference about disbanding the Armies.

To desire a present Free Conference, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, by a Committee of both Houses, touching the disbanding of both the Armies.

The Answer to this Message is:


That this House will give them a Meeting presently, in the Painted Chamber, as is desired.

Lords to report the Conference.

Lords appointed to (fn. 2) report the Conference were, The

Lords to report the Conference.

Lord Privy Seal,
Earl of Bath,
Earl of Bristoll, and
Lord Viscount Saye & Seale.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed, and the Lords came into the House.

The Earl of Bristoll reported the Conference, which was in Answer to the Conference Yesterday:

Report of the Conference.

"That the House of Commons give their Lordships great Thanks, for their Offer to join with them for the speedy disbanding of both Armies; and the House of Commons, having taken the same into Consideration, do find that the total Sum which will be required to disband both Armies amounts to Two Hundred and Forty-two Thousand Pounds, besides Billeting and Half-pay, which Sum will require great Endeavours to compass: Therefore the Commons desire their Lordships to take into Consideration, and to join with them for the raising of some Supply of Monies for the disbanding of both Armies; and what Monies they lend, the House of Commons will secure the Re-payment of it."

The House Resolved to debate this Business further To-morrow Morning.

House to be called To-morrow.

Ordered, That this House be called To-morrow Morning, at Nine a Clock.

L. Audley versus L. Cottington.

Ordered, That the Lord Awdley's Cause be deferred till To-morrow Morning.

Ordered, That this House doth sit this Afternoon, at Four a Clock.


Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco, Locum tenens Domini Custodis Magni Sigilli, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in horam quartam post meridiem hujus diei, Dominis sic decernentibus.

Post meridiem.


Marshal to be discharged out of Newgate.

Upon Report from the Lords Committees for Petitions; it is Ordered, That Francis Marshall, now Prisoner in Newgate, committed upon a Commission of Rebellion, issuing out of the Star-chamber, for not paying of Costs in that Court to William Massingall, shall be discharged for this Cause only, but not upon Execution, or any other Cause.

Wm. Hull released from The Fleet.

Upon Report of the Lords Committees for Petitions, "That William Hull, now a Prisoner in The Fleet, for not answering at the first unto a Bill in the Starchamber, which afterwards he answered unto, and hath lain in Prison for the said Offence for the Space of Three Years;" it is Ordered, That the said William Hull shall be released of and from his said Imprisonment for this Cause only; but, if any Execution, or other Suit, lie upon him, this House doth not free him by this Order, but to leave him to give that Satisfaction which the Law requireth.

Abolishing the Star-chamber, &c.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for regulating of the Privy Council, and for taking away the Court commonly called The Star-chamber.

Ordered, To be committed to the Committee of the whole House, and to be debated on Monday Morning next.

The Petition of Sir William Pennyman was read, and referred to be considered of when the Bill for the Starchamber is debated.

High Commission Court.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for Repeal of a Branch of a Statute of 1° Eliz. concerning Commissioners for Causes Ecclesiastical.

Ordered, To be committed to a Committee of the whole House, to be debated on Tuesday Morning next.

Bill against Popish Recusants.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, An Act to prevent the Dangers that may happen by Popish Recusants.

Ordered, To be committed to a Committee of the whole House, to be debated on Wednesday Morning next.

Cassier and Watchter's Naturalization.

The Bill of Naturalization of Cassier and Watchter, &c. was reported; but re-committed to the Committee, to consider how the King's Customs which is due, as from Strangers, may be secured.

E. of Nottingham versus the E. of Middlesex.

Ordered, That the Cause between the Earl of Nottingham and the Earl of Middlesex shall be heard in this House, at the Bar, To-morrow Sevennight, in the Morning.

Sir Bal. Gerbier to attend, concerning the Depredations.

Ordered, That Sir Balthazer Gerbier have Notice to attend this House To-morrow Morning, concerning the Depredations; and the Parties that are Owners of those Ships that have been taken by Foreign Nations, to attend likewise.


Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco, Locum tenens Domini Custodis Magni Sigilli, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, videlicet, 18m diem instantis Junii, hora nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.


  • 1. Deest in Origin.
  • 2. Origin. the Report.