Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 6, 1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 19 die Decembris.
Lords present this Day:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker this Day.
Answer from the H. C.
The Messengers sent Yesterday to the House of Commons return with this Answer:
That they agree to the adding of the Earl of Kente to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom.
Wheeler to be attached, for Contempt in pressing Hunt's Servants, contrary to an Order of this House.
Upon reading the Affidavit of Thomas Hunt, of Walton upon Thames, in the County of Surry, Yeoman, taken before Sir Rob't Rich Knight, One of the Masters of the Chancery, the 14th of December 1643; shewing, "That, upon the 12th of this Instant December, John Wheeler, Constable of Walton aforesaid, came to this Deponent's House, and pressed Two of his Servants in his Absence, he having shewed the said Wheeler on Sunday before an Order from the Honourable House of Peers assembled in Parliament, for the sparing of himself, his Servants, and Horses, being all daily employed for the carrying of Wood and Coals for the Provision of the said House: And this Deponent further saith, That, after his said Servants were imprested, he again shewed the said Wheeler the said Order, and desired him to release his said Servants; which he refused to do, saying to this Deponent, That that Order, for aught he knew, was made under an Hedge; and carried his Servants away notwithstanding."
Hereupon this House conceiving this Business to be a great Contempt to this High Court; Ordered, That the said Wheeler shall be attached as a Delinquent, and brought before this House, to answer his said Offence; and the Party complaining is to produce his Witness, to prove the same.
Pettus and Ayliff.
Ordered, That the Cause between Pettus and Ayliff shall be heard To-morrow come Three Weeks.
House adjourned till 10 a cras.