Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 5, 1642-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, videlicet, 27 die Decembris.
Earl of Manchester, Speaker this Day
Lieutenant of The Tower detains Mr. Hone for his Fees.
The Lieutenant of The Tower informed this House, "That Yesterday he having received an Order of this House, for delivering of Sir John Curzon, and Mr. Hone to the Gentleman Usher; but he hath been so bold to detain Mr. Hone, because he refuses to pay his Fees due to him, for which he craves their Lordships Pardon; and he desired that their Lordships would please to Order hereafter, that the Fees may be paid to the Officers before the Prisoners are released."
All Prisoners to pay their Fees before they are released.
Hereupon this House approved of the retaining of Mr. Hone; and Ordered, That it shall be inserted in all Orders hereafter, That all Prisoners shall pay Fees to all Officers before they are released out of Prison.
The Lieutenant of The Tower being called in, the Speaker, by the Direction of the House, told him, "That this House approves of the detaining of Mr. Hone, for refusing to pay his Fees; and that this House hath Ordered, That hereafter no Prisoners shall be released until they have paid their Fees, which is to be mentioned in the Order."
Branthwait released upon Bail.
Ordered, That Mr. Branthwayte be released upon Bail, putting (fn. 1) in Security as Sir Jo. Curzon and Mr. Hone have done.
Earl of Portland to be released if the H. C. bring up no Charge against him.
Upon reading the Petition of the Earl of Portland, desiring "to be released, and to be restored to his Right of a Peer:" It is Ordered, (fn. 2) To let the House of Commons know, that the Earl of Portland lying with out any Charge against him, if they do not let their Lordships know what Accusation they have against him, speedily, their Lordships are Resolved to release him, he being but secured for a Time. (Here enter it.)
Hen a Pass to the King at Oxford.
Ordered, That Mr. Hen, a Page of the Back Stairs to His Majesty, shall have Leave to go to Oxford, to give his Attendance on the King.
Congregation of the French Church, Petition for Mr. Cursoll to be their Pastor.
Upon reading the Petition of some Members of the French Church in London; shewing, "That heretofore, when a Pastor hath been wanting in the said Church, the People have nominated unto the Consistory able Persons for that Office; but the said Consistory, taking upon them to rule the Church at their own Pleasures, but not according to the Manner of the said Congregation, and out of their Opposition to the Desires of the People, have not only rejected their Nomination, but suspended divers from the Sacrament for desiring the same.
"That the said Church is at present wholly destitute of Pastors (the former being dead); and the Petitioners, in respect thereof, have requested of the said Consistory, that Mr. Steven Cursoll (a Man of unblameable Life and Conversation, and well sitted with Abilities for the discharging of that Place) may be admitted to be their Pastor; which the Consistory have not hitherto admitted, though they could not any Way dislike, merely because the People requested the same.
"The Petitioners Desires are, That the said Consistory may be directed, by the Honourable Assembly, to admit the said Mr. Cursoll to be Pastor of the said Church, which is now altogether destitute of any."
Committee to consider of it.
Ordered, That the Consideration of this Petition is referred to the Earls of
Or any Two, to meet when they please: Who are to send for the Parties, and some of the Consistory; and, after hearing of both Sides, to report the same to this House.
E. of Nottingham's Cause.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Earl of Nottingham's Cause shall meet on Thursday next, in the Afternoon, and hear the Cause.
Militia and Admiralty Bills.
Ordered, That the Committee, for the Bill concerning the Militia and the Admiralty, shall meet this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, and consider of the said Bills.
E. of Portland's Petition, to be released, and restored to his Seat in the House.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in the High House of Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of the Earl of Portland,
"That your Petitioner having been now restrained from his Privilege of Parliament due to him as a Peer, from his Liberty as a Subject, almost Six Months, without either Guilt in himself or Crime, or Accusation from any body else laid against him:
"He humbly prayeth that your Lordships will be pleased either to restore him to that Right which belongs to him as a Peer; or, suspending that, without Imputation of Breach of Privilege, to that Recourse for his Liberty, which the Common and Statute Law affords every Subject of England.
"And he shall ever pray for Your Lordships.
House adjourned till 10a, Thursday.