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 Lunæ, videlicet, 12 die Junii.
Countess of Rivers to have her Pass, to go beyond Sea.
Therefore it was moved, "To recommend it to the House of Commons, that they will give Order that the Cloaths may be restored to her; and that they will grant the Pass formerly sent down to them, for her going beyond the Seas."
Earl of Leicester's Horses to be restored.
This House was also informed, "That the Horses of the Earl of Leycester, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, were taken away, by a special Order from Mr. Marten;" and in regard that his Lordship is a Peer of this House, and employed for the Service of Ireland, and stays only for His Majesty's Dispatch, this House conceived it to be a Breach of the Privilege of Parliament: Therefore the House Resolved, To send to the House of Commons, to desire that the Horses may be restored.
Message to the H. C. about these Matters.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Rich and Dr. Aylett, concerning the Lady Rivers, that she may have her Pass granted her for going beyond the Seas, and her Cloaths restored to her; and also to acquaint them of taking away the Earl of Leycester's Horses, by Mr. Marten's Warrant; and to desire that they may be restored to him.
Answer from thence, about Mr. Corbett's Ordinance.
Ordinance for Sir T. Middleton to be Major General of Six Welch Counties.
Next, the Speaker reported the Ordinance for making Sir Thomas Middleton Major General of Six Welsh Counties; and the House of Commons adheres, to it, as it came from them, leaving out these Words ["excepting the Members of both Houses of Parliament"]; which this House Agreed to, leaving out those Words. (Here enter it.)
Earl of Denbigh to command in Warwick, &c.
Report of the Conference concerning the Ordinance for an Assembly of Divines;
"The First was, concerning the Ordinance touching the Assembly, the House of Commons agree to their Lordships Alterations, with the Word ["Scotland"] to be in, because it was in the Bill sent to the King; and they desire that these Words may be added in the Proviso ["nor shall they in this Assembly assume or exercise, &c.]." (Here enter this Ordinance.)
"Likewise they desire their Lordships Consideration, whether it be fit to join with them, that no Person whatsoever shall be of the Assembly, but such as shall first take the Vow and Covenant lately agreed unto by both Houses."
and concerning the Ordinance about the Treatment of Prisoners.
"Next, was reported the Ordinance concerning the Usage of Prisoners, where they adhere to the said Ordinance as it was brought up first, and they desire their Lordships Concurrence therein; and further they desire, that the Earls of Lyndsey, Newport, Westmerland, Bath, Berks, Chesterfeild, and the Lord Mountague, may be restrained of their Liberty, in regard of the ill Usage of the Prisoners at Oxford."
Message from the H. C. that the Earl of Portland and Lord Conway were privy to the late Plot, and desiring that they may be examined.
To acquaint their Lordships, that they have received Information, "That Two Peers of this House, Earl Portland and the Lord Viscount Conway, are privy to the late Plot; therefore the House of Commons desire that they may (fn. 1) be set apart, and examined by a Committee of Lords, in the Presence of some Members of the House of Commons; and that, until they be examined, that they may not be permitted to speak with one another."
Committee to examine them.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answer to the H. C.
That their Lordships have Ordered a Committee, to examine the Earl of Portland and the Lord Viscount Conway, presently, in the Presence of some Members of the House of Commons; and have Ordered them not to speak together until they be examined.
Ordinance for an Assembly of Divines.
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House of Commons in the Ordinance concerning the Assembly, with the Alterations now brought; and that the same be presently printed and published; and that the Clerk of the Parliaments shall issue out Summons according to the Ordinance.
Message to the H. C. that the Lords agree to it.
To let them know, that their Lordships do agree with them in the Ordinance concerning the Assembly, with the Alterations and Additions; and that their Lordships have Ordered that the said Ordinance shall be presently printed and published, and Summons shall be issued out accordingly; and touching the offering of the Covenant to the Persons of the Assembly, their Lordships will consider of it.
Message from the H. C. to sit a while.
Sir R. Lucy, a Pass.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference, about the Examinations of the Earl of Portland and Ld. Conway.
Ordinance to prevent the seizing of Horses in London, or within Twenty Miles.
Next, an Ordinance, drawn up by the King's Counsel, was read, concerning the preventing of taking away of Horses in London and Westm. and Thirty Miles about, (fn. 2) without special Licence of both Houses of Parliament.
Lord General to be acquainted with it.
Ordered, That a Letter be written, from the Speaker of this House, to the Lord General, to acquaint him with the Grounds upon which this Ordinance was made, and desire him to take Notice of it, that so no Commissions may be granted.
Report of the Conference concerning the Earl of Portland and Lord Conway.
The Speaker reported, "That the Effect of this Conference was, That the Occasion of this Conference is upon the Examination of the Earl of Portland and the Lord Viscount Conway, which the House of Commons desired upon the voluntary Confession of Mr. Waller; therefore they desired that the said Two Lords may be secured, that they may not speak one with another, nor any else to speak with them, until the Examinations be perfected."
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the Earl of Portland shall be committed to the Custody of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, and the Lord Viscount Conway to be in the Custody of Sheriff Andrewes, there to remain without speaking one to another, or any body else with them, until they be further examined; and the Gentleman Usher is appointed to convey them in Safety to the Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of London: And it is further Ordered, That the Lands and Goods of the Earl of Portland, and the Lord Viscount Conway, shall not be sequestered nor seized upon, until it shall appear by Trial that they are guilty of the Charge against them.
Message to the H. C. about some Ordinances.
To let them know, that their Lordships have passed the Ordinance concerning the Earl of Denbigh to command in the Counties of Warwick and Staff. &c. and (fn. 3) likewise agree to the Ordinance concerning Sir Tho. Middleton; also to deliver to them an Ordinance concerning the preventing the taking of Horses in London and Thirty (fn. 4) Miles from the said City, wherein they desire their Concurrence.
Sir T. Middleton's Ordinance, to be Commander in Chief of Six Welch Counties.
"Whereas the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament have received credible Information, that very many Papists, notorious Delinquents, and other ill-affected Persons, inhabiting within the several Counties of Denbigh, Mountgomery, and Flinte, in the Dominion of Wales, have, in mere Opposition to, and Contempt of, the Power and Authority of this present Parliament, entered into an hostile and dangerous Association amongst themselves, and with many other Persons of like Condition with them, inhabiting in other adjacent Counties, for the raising and promoting of an intestine and Civil War within this Kingdom; and, in Pursuance thereof, have (contrary to their Allegiance) levied, and do daily levy, great Forces both of Horse and Foot, within their said several Counties, compelling the common People, by Imprest, Imprisonment, and other violent Courses, to enter into Acts of Hostility and Rebellion with them, and enforcing the Inhabitants of the said Counties, by illegal, unjust, and insupportable Taxations, to support and maintain them in their said Rebellion and Force, contrary not only to the ancient known Laws of this Kingdom, but also to several Acts made and consented unto by His Majesty this present Parliament; and Multitudes of His Majesty's good Protestant Subjects have been, and daily are, robbed of their Estates, imprisoned, ruined, and destroyed by them; which Proceedings of the said Persons do tend not only to the Disturbance of the Peace and Tranquillity of this Kingdom, but also to the Subversion of the fundamental Government thereof, and of the Protestant Religion therein professed, in Case they should receive into their Aid and Assistance any considerable Number of the Irish Rebels, which is not improbable; it being the Aim (as it is probable) of all the Papists now in Arms in this Kingdom, and in the Kingdom of Ireland, to free themselves from the Laws established against them; and the cruel and bloody Outrages committed by them upon the Protestants of both Kingdoms (in ruining whole Families, consuming by Fire whole Towns, and using His Majesty's Name for their Authority to countenance their treasonable Practices) making it evident to all Men that the said Rebellion and Civil War in both Kingdoms have sprung from the same Root, and must needs live and die together: The said Lords and Commons, taking the same into their serious Considerations, do hold it necessary (for the more speedy suppressing of the said Rebellion, and reducing of the said Papists, Delinquents, and ill-affected Persons, to their due Obedience) that the said several Counties of Denbigh, Mountgomery, Flint, Merioneth, Carnarvon, and Anglesey, and the adjacent Counties, be with all convenient Speed secured, as well from Insurrection as Foreign Invasion, being seated on the Irish Coasts; be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Lords Lieutenants for the said several Counties, and all Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels, Serjeant Majors, Captains, and other Officers, and all other Persons well-affected to the Protestant Religion, and the Peace of the Kingdom, inhabiting within the said several Counties, shall and lawfully may associate themselves together, and likewise enter into mutual Association to and with the said several Lords Lieutenants, Committee or Committees of Parliament, Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels, Serjeant Majors, Captains, and other Officers, and all other Person and Persons inhabiting within the several Counties of Chester, the County of the City of Chester, and the Counties of Salopp and Lancaster, and any other adjacent County or Counties, and (fn. 5) actually aid, succour, and assist one another, in the mutual Preservation and Defence of themselves, and of the Peace of all the said Counties, from all Rapine, Plundering, and Spoiling, by the said Delinquents, Papists, and other the said ill-affected Persons; and that the said Lords Lieutenants, Committee or Committees of Parliament, Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels, Serjeant Majors, Captains, and other Officers, shall have Power to raise Forces of Horse and Foot, and to lead them into any Place or Places which shall be fitting and convenient, either within or out of all or any of the said several Counties; and to give Battle to, and to fight with, all such Forces as are or shall be raised against the Parliament, and against all other Forces raised, or to be raised, without Authority and Consent of both Houses of Parliament; and likewise against all such Persons as do or shall make any Insurrection, or otherwise plunder or destroy any of His Majesty's good Subjects; and them to invade, resist, suppress, subdue, pursue, kill, slay, and put to Execution of Death, and by all Means to destroy, as Enemies to this Kingdom; and also to perform all other Things needful for the Preservation of the Safety and Peace of all the said several Counties, City, and Parts adjacent, observing from Time to Time such other Directions and Commands as they shall receive from both Houses of Parliament, or from his Excellency the Earl of Essex Lord General; and that all the said Persons, and other the Inhabitants of the aforesaid several Counties, that shall enter into any such said Association, by virtue of this present Ordinance, or do any other Act or Acts in Obedience to, and in Pursuance of, this or any other Ordinance of the Two Houses of Parliament, shall, for his and their so doing, be saved, defended, and kept harmless, by the Power and Authority of Parliament: And the said Lords and Commons, taking likewise into their serious Considerations as well the Danger this whole Kingdom is likely to fall into, if any of the Irish Rebels, or other Foreign Forces, should land in any of the aforesaid several Counties, being maritime, and bordering on the Irish Seas, and should join with the said Delinquents, Papists, and other the said ill-affected Persons now already in Arms against the Parliament, as also the Necessity of appointing a Commander of the Forces which shall be raised within the said several Counties of Denbigh, Mountgomery, Flint, Merioneth, Carnarvon, and Anglesey, or in any of them, for the aforesaid Service, do Ordain, That the said Earl of Essex the Lord General shall be desired to grant Commission unto Sir Thomas Middleton Knight, being One of the Members of Parliament, to command in Chief, as Serjeant Major General of all the Forces, both of Horse and Foot, raised, or to be raised, in all or any of the said several Counties of Denbigh, Mountgomery, Flint, Merioneth, Carnarvon, and Anglesy, or in any of them, for the Service aforesaid; and to have Power to lead, command, and carry the same to such Place and Places, within the said several Counties, or without, as he shall think fit and necessary for the mutual Defence, Assistance, and Aid, of all the said several Counties, and for the Preservation of the Peace of them, or any of them; and likewise to give the same Order and Instructions, in his said Excellency's Absence, for regulating of the Soldiers which are or shall be under his Command, as his Excellency hath given to his Army; and to use Martial Law, to compel Obedience thereunto, as Occasion shall require; and also to make, nominate, and appoint, all other Commanders under him, for the levying, raising, conducting, and leading, of the said Forces, as he shall from Time to Time think fitting; and to raise Soldiers, in all or any of the said several Counties, for the aforesaid Service: And whereas the Inhabitants of the said several Counties of Denbigh, Mountgomery, Flint, Merioneth, Carnarvon, and Anglesey, are now wholly subjected to the Power and Tyranny of the Commissioners of Array, and others the said Delinquents, by reason whereof no Commissioners have been named for the putting in Execution of any of the Ordinances of Parliament in any of the said Counties (the well-affected in those Parts being over-awed); be it therefore further Ordained, That the said Sir Thomas Middleton shall have full Power and Authority, and is hereby authorized, to name and appoint Commissioners, Solicitors, and Agents, for the putting in Execution the Ordinance for the seizing and sequestering of the Estates, as well Real as Personal, in the said several Counties of Denbigh, Mountgomery, Flint, Merioneth, Carnarvon, and Anglesey, and every of them; and to require and take Accompt or Accompts, from Time to Time, of the said Commissioners, Solicitors, or Agents, of their and every of their Doings and Proceedings therein; and to receive into his Charge and Custody all such Sums of Monies, Horses, Cattle, Plate, Goods, and other Things whatsoever, which shall be seized and sequestered, in all or any of the said last-mentioned several Counties, by virtue of the said Ordinance of Sequestration; and the same to detain and keep, for the Public Service and Employments, for the Parliament and Kingdom, rendering an Accompt thereof to the Two Houses of Parliament only, or to such Persons as they shall appoint; and to receive the Submission of such Persons inhabiting within the said several Counties, or any of them, as shall upon due Summons come in, and yield Obedience to the Power and Authority of the Two Houses of Parliament, and willingly aid and assist the said Sir Thomas Middleton in the said Service; and to forbear to put the said Ordinance of Sequestration in Execution against the said Persons, until the further Pleasure of the Two Houses of Parliament be signified therein: And be it further Ordained, That the said Sir Thomas Middleton shall have full Power and Authority, and hereby is authorized, to impose and lay such Assessments and Taxes, upon the said several Counties of Denbigh, Mountgomery, Flint, Merionedd, Carnarvon, and Anglesey, for the Maintenance of the Forces, according to the several Ordinances, for the levying of Money which shall be raised, for the Preservation of the Peace of the said Counties, and reducing of the said Papists and Delinquents to their due Obedience to the Power and Authority of Parliament; and to cause the same, by Distress or otherwise, to be levied upon the Inhabitants of the said Counties accordingly, rendering an Accompt thereof to the Two Houses of Parliament; and, if any Person or Persons, so assessed or taxed, shall refuse to pay his or their Assessments, or convey away his or their Goods, or other Personal Estate, so as the Sums of Money so assessed or taxed cannot be levied according to this Ordinance, then the said Sir Thomas Middleton shall have Power, and is hereby authorized, by himself, or such other Persons as he shall appoint, to seize and sequester the Estates, both Real and Personal, of all and every such Person and Persons as shall so refuse to pay his or their Assessments, or shall convey away or obscure his or their Personal Estates, or any Part thereof as aforesaid, so that the same cannot be found, or met with, whereon to make Distress, as being Persons ill-affected to the Commonwealth, and refractory and disobedient to the Power and Authority of Parliament; and to detain and keep the same, for the Public Service of the Parliament and Kingdom, rendering an Accompt thereof to the Two Houses of Parliament."
Ordinance for the Earl of Denbigh to command in Stafford, Warwick, &c. in the room of Lord Brocke.
"Whereas, by several Ordinances made by the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, the several Counties of Warwick, Worcester, Stafford, and Salop, and the several Cities and Counties of Coventry and Litchfeild, and the Counties adjacent, are associated for the mutual Aid, Succour, and Assistance of each other, in the mutual Preservation of themselves and the Peace of the said Cities and Counties; and in and by the said Ordinances it is further Ordered, Ordained, and Declared, That the respective Lords Lieutenants, Committees of Parliament, Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels, Serjeant Majors, Captains, and other Officers of the said several and respective Cities and Counties, shall and may raise Forces of Horse and Foot, and lead them into any Place which shall be fitting and convenient, to give Battle and to fight with all such as are, or shall be, raised to levy War against the Parliament, and all other Forces raised without Authority and Consent of Parliament, that make any Insurrection, and plunder or destroy His Majesty's good Subjects: Now the said Lords and Commons, taking into Consideration the Necessity of making a Commander in Chief over the Forces which are or shall be raised in the Counties and Cities aforesaid, or any of them, for the Service aforesaid, and for the better uniting and gathering into One Body all the Forces within the said several Counties and Cities, as Occasion shall require, do therefore Order and Ordain, That the Lord General the Earl of Essex shall be desired to grant a Commission to Basill Earl of Denbigh, to command in Chief, as General of all the Forces raised, or to be raised, in the respective Counties of Warwicke, Worcester, Stafford, and Salop, and the Cities and Counties of Coventry and Litchfeild, and the Parts adjacent; and to have Power to lead, command, conduct, and carry the same, to such Places, within the said respective Counties and Cities, and Parts adjacent, as he shall think fit, for the Defence thereof; and likewise Power to give the same Order and Instructions, in his said Excellency's Absence, for regulating the Soldiers which are or shall be under his Command, as his said Excellency hath given to his Army; and to use martial Law, to compel Obedience thereunto, as Occasion shall require; and also Power and Authority to make and appoint all Officers and Commanders, for levying, conducting, and leading the said Forces, as he shall think fit: And it is further Ordered, Ordained, and Declared, by the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, That the said Basill Earl of Denbigh shall be Lord Lieutenant of the said County of Warwicke; and shall and may use, exercise, and put in Execution, within the said County of Warwicke, the same Power and Authority as Robert late Lord Brooke, late Lord Lieutenant of that County, might in his Lifetime have used or exercised in that County, or any other Lord Lieutenant of any other County within the Kingdom of England may use or exercise, within the several or respective Counties whereof they are appointed Lord Lieutenants, by virtue of an Ordinance heretofore made by the said Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, for settling the Militia of this Kingdom.
"Provided always, That it is the true Intent and Meaning of this present Ordinance, that no Officer or Commander already authorized in any of the said Counties, and in actual Service, shall be displaced by the said General, but upon just Cause, to be censured and approved of by the Committee or Council of War of that respective County where such Removal or Displacing shall happen."
Ordinance for an Assembly of Divines, to settle the Doctrine of the Church.
"Whereas, amongst the infinite Blessings of Almighty God (fn. 6) upon this Nation, none is, or can be, more dear unto us than the Purity of our Religion; and for that as yet many Things remain, in the Liturgy, Discipline, and Government of the Church, which (fn. 7) do necessarily require a further and more perfect Reformation than as yet hath been attained; and whereas it hath been Declared and Resolved, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the present Church Government, by Archbishops, Bishops, their Chancellors, Commissaries, Deans, Deans and Chapters, Archdeacons, and other Ecclesiastical Officers depending upon the Hierarchy, is evil, and justly offensive and burthensome to the Kingdom, a great Impediment to Reformation, and Growth of Religion, and very prejudicial to the State and Government of this Kingdom; and that therefore they are Resolved, That the same shall be taken away, and that such a Government shall be settled in the Church, as may be most agreeable to God's Holy Word, and most apt to procure and preserve the Peace of the Church at Home, and nearer Agreement with the Church of Scotland, and other Reformed Churches Abroad; and, for the better effecting hereof, and for the vindicating and clearing of the Doctrine of the Church of England from all false Calumnies and Aspersions, it is thought fit and necessary to call an Assembly of Learned, Godly, and Judicious Divines, to consult and advise of such Matters and Things, touching the Premises, as shall be proposed unto them by both or either of the Houses of Parliament, and to give their Advice and Counsel therein, to both or either of the said Houses, when and as often as they shall be thereunto required: Be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, That all and every the Persons hereafter in this present Ordinance named, that is to say, Algernon Earl of Northumberland, Wm. Earl of Bedford, Phillip Earl of Pembroke and Mountgomery, William Earl of Salisbury, Henry Earl of Holland, Edward Earl of Manchester, William Lord Viscount Say & Seale, Edward Lord Viscount Conway, Phillip Lord Wharton, Edward Lord Howard of Estr. John Selden Esquire, Francis Rows Esquire, Edmund Prideaux Esquire, Sir Henry Vane Knight Senior, John Glyn Esquire, Recorder of London, John White Esquire, Bouldstrode Whitelocke Esquire, Humphrey Salloway Esquire, Mr. Serjeant Wyld, Oliver St. John Esquire His Majesty's Solicitor, Sir Benjamine Rudyard Knight, John Pym Esquire, Sir John. Clotworthy Knight, John Maynard Esquire, Sir Henry Vane Knight, Junior, William Pierpoint Esquire, William Wheeler Esquire, Sir Thomas Barrington Knight, Mr. Young Esquire, Sir John Evelin Knight, Herbert Palmer of Ashwell Batchelor in Divinity, Oliver Boles of Sutton Batchelor in Divinity, Henry Wilkinson of Maddesden Batchelor in Divinity, Thomas Valentine of Chalfont Giles Batchelor in Divinity, Dr. William Twist of Newbury, William Reynor of Egham, Mr. Hanniball Gammon of Maugan, Mr. Jasper Hicks of Lawricke, Dr. Hoyle late of Dublin in Ireland, William Bridges of Yarmouth, Thomas Wincop of Ellesworth Doctor in Divinity, Thomas Goodwyn of London Batchelor in Divinity, John Ley of Budworth in Cheshire, Thomas Case of London, John Pyne of Bereferrers, Mr. Whydden of Mooreton, Dr. Richard Love of Ekington, Dr. William Gouge of Blackfriers, London, Dr. Ralph Brownerigge Bishop of Exeter, Dr. Samuell Ward Master of Sidney Colledge, John White of Dorchester, Edward Peale of Compton, Stephen Marshall of Finchingfeild Batchelor in Divinity, Obediah Sedgewicke of Cogshall Batchelor in Divinity, Mr. Carter, Peter Clerke of Carnaby, William New of Estington Batchelor in Divinity, Richard Capell of Pitchcombe, Theophilus Bathurst of Overton Catervile, Phillip Nye of Kymbolton, Dr. Brockett Smith of Barkway, Dr. Cornelius Burges of Watford, John Greene of Pencombe, Stanley Gower of Brampton Bryan, Francis Taylor of Yalding, Thomas Wilson of Otham, Anthoney Tuckney of Boston, Thomas Coleman of Bliton, Charles Herle of Winwicke, Richard Hericke of Manchester, Richard Cleyton of Showell, George Gibbs of Ayleston, Dr. Calibute Downeing of Hackney, Jeremy Boroughes of Stepney, Edmund Calamy Batchelor in Divinity, George Walker Batchelor in Divinity, Joseph Carroll of Lincolnes Inne, Lazarus Seaman of London, Dr. John Harris Warden of Winchester Colledge, George Morley of Mildenhall, Edward Reynolds of Branston, Thomas Hill of Titchmarch Batchelor in Divinity, Dr. Robert Saunderson of Boothby Pannell, John Foxcroft of Gotham, John Mackson of Marske, William Carter of London, Thomas Thoroughgood of Massingham, John Arrowsmith of Lynn, Robert Harris of Hanwell Batchelor in Divinity, Robert Crosse of Lincolne Colledge Batchelor in Divinity, James Archbishop of Armagh, Dr. Matthias Stiles of St. George Escheape, London, Samuell Gibbson of Butley, Jeremiah Whittacre of Stretton, Dr. Edmund Stanton of Kingston, Dr. Daniell Featley of Lambeth, Francis Coke (fn. 8) of Yoxhall, John Lightfoote of Asheley, Edward Corbett of Merton Colledge Oxon, Samuell Heldersham of Felton, John Langley of Westendersley, Christopher Tysdale of Uphursborne, Thomas Young of Stowmarkett, John Phillips of Wrentham, Humphrey Chambers of Claverton Batchelor in Divinity, John Conant of Lymington Batchelor in Divinity, Henry Hall of Norwich Batchelor in Divinity, Henry Hutton, Henry Scuddir of Colingborne, Thomas Baylie of Manningford-Bruce, Benjamine Pickering of Easthoateley, Henry Nye of Clapham, Arthur Sallaway of Seavernestoake, Sydrake Sympson of London, Anthoney Burgesse of Sutton Coldfeild, Richard Vines of Calcott, Wm. Greenhill of Stepney, William Morton of Newcastle, Richard Buckley, Dr. Thomas Temple of Battersey, Mr. Ash of St. Bride's, London, Mr. Nicholson, Thomas Gattaker of Gotherhithe Batchelor in Divinity, James Weldy of Sylatten, Dr. Christopher Pashleg of Hawarden, Henry Tozer Batchelor in Divinity, Wm. Spurstowe of Hampden in Bucks, Francis Channell of Oxon, Edward Ellis of Gilfeild Batchelor in Divinity, Dr. John Hackett of St. Andrew's Holborne, Samuell De la Place, John De la March, Mathew Newcomen of Dedham, William Lyford of Sherborne in Com. Dorsett, Mr. Carter of Dynton in Com. Bucks, William Lance of Harrowe in Midd. Thomas Hodges of Kensington in Com. Middlesex, Andreas Perne of Wilby in Com. Northampton, Dr. Thomas Westfeild of St. Bartholomew Le Greate London, Bishop of Bristoll, Dr. Henry Hamon of Penshurst in Kent, Nicholas Prophett of Marleborough in Com. Wilts, Mr. Gibbon of Waltham, Henry Painter of Exeter Batchelor in Divinity, Mr. Michelthwayte of Cheryburton, Dr. Wincopp of St. Martin's in the Feilds, Mr. Price of Paule's Church in Covent Garden, Henry Wilkinson Batchelor in Divinity, Dr. Richard Oldsworth Master of Emanuell Colledge in Cambridge, Mr. Will'm Duning of Coldaston, and such other Person and Persons as shall be nominated and appointed by both Houses of Parliament, or so many of them as shall not be letted by Sickness, or other necessary Impediment, shall meet and assemble, and are hereby required and enjoined, upon Summons signed by the Clerks of both Houses of Parliament, left at their several respective Dwellings, to meet and assemble themselves, at Westm. in the Chapel called King Henry the Seventh's Chapel, on the First Day of July, in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Six Hundred Forty-three; and, after the First Meeting, being at least of the Number of Forty, shall from Time to Time sit, and be removed from Place to Place; and also that the said Assembly shall be dissolved in such Manner as by both Houses of Parliament shall be directed; and the said Persons, or so many of them as shall be so assembled or fit, shall have Power and Authority, and are hereby likewise enjoined, from Time to Time, during this present Parliament, or until further Order be taken by both the said Houses, to confer and treat amongst themselves, of such Matters and Things, touching and concerning the Liturgy, Discipline, and Government of the Church of England, or the vindicating and clearing of the Doctrine of the same from all false Aspersions and Misconstructions, as shall be proposed unto them by both or either of the said Houses of Parliament, and no other; and to deliver their Opinions and Advices of or touching the Matters aforesaid, as shall be most agreeable to the Word of God, to both or either of the said Houses, from Time to Time, in such Manner and Sort as by both or either of the said Houses of Parliament shall be required; and the same not to divulge, by Printing, Writing, or otherwise, without the Consent of both or either House of Parliament: And be it further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That Will'm Twist, Doctor in Divinity, shall sit in the Chair, as Prolocutor of the said Assembly; and, if he happen to die, or be letted by Sickness or other necessary Impediment, then such other Person to be appointed in his Place as shall be agreed on by both the said Houses of Parliament; and, in case any Difference of Opinion shall happen amongst the said Persons so assembled, touching any the Matters that shall be proposed to them as aforesaid, that then they shall represent the same, together with the Reasons thereof, to both or either the said Houses respectively, to the End such further Direction may be given therein as shall be requisite in that Behalf: And it is further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That for the Charges and Expences of the said Divines, and every of them, in attending the said Service, there shall be allowed unto every of them that shall so attend, during the Time of their said Attendance, and for Ten Days before and Ten Days after, the Sum of Four Shillings for every Day, at the Charges of the Commonwealth, at such Times, and in such Manner, as by both Houses of Parliament shall be appointed: And be it further Ordained, That all and every the said Divines, so as aforesaid required and enjoined to meet and assemble, shall be freed and acquitted of and from every Offence, Forfeiture, Penalty, Loss, or Damage, which shall or may arise or grow, by reason of any Non-residence or Absence of them, or any of them, from his or their or any of their Church, Churches, or Cures, for or in respect of their said Attendance upon the said Service; any Law or Statute of Non-residence, or other Law or Statute enjoining their Attendance upon their respective Ministries or Charges, to the contrary thereof, notwithstanding: And, if any of the Persons beforenamed shall happen to die before the said Assembly shall be dissolved by Order of both Houses of Parliament, then such other Person or Persons shall be nominated and appointed, in the Room and Stead of such Person and Persons so dying, as by both the said Houses shall be thought fit and agreed upon."