Die Sabbati, 18 Aprilis, 1640.
APetitions from Essex, &c.
APETITION from Essex, affirmed to be delivered
by the County to the Knights that serve for that
A Petition from Hertford, affirmed to be delivered by
the County to the Knights that serve for that Shire.
A Petition from the City of Norwich, subscribed by
very many of the Citizens.
Court of Honour.
Mr. Hide moves against the Court of Honour,-desires
the Commission, under pretence of which they demand
their Fees, may be sent for.
A Petition from the Town of Northampton, delivered
by the Burgesses of the said Town.
Mr Secretary Windebanke reports from the Committee
for a Fast, out of a Paper, the Sense of the Committee;
which was read, in hæc verba, (viz.)
The Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of the House
of Commons, taking into Consideration the great and
weighty Affairs now in Agitation of both the Houses of
Parliament, concerning the Welfare of the King, and this
whole Kingdom; and believing the principal Way and
Means to attain to a happy and prosperous Conclusion in
the same, is, to beg the Divine Assistance, and Direction
of Almighty God, in all their Consultations, by One Day's
solemn Humiliation by Fasting, and Prayer to his Heavenly Majesty; have commanded us to acquaint your
Lordships, that you will be pleased to join with them to
move his Majesty, for his gracious Allowance of so pious
a Work to both these Houses of Parliament, and also,
that he would be pleased to grant and appoint a Day for
a Fast through the whole Kingdom.
Ordered, That there shall be a Message sent to the
Lords, according to the Sense and Meaning of this Paper,
offered by the Committee for preparing the Conference
for a Fast.
Upon Question, Ordered, That there shall be, by that Message, a Day
also desired for a Fast through the whole Kingdom.
Upon the Question, Ordered, this Message shall be deferred till Monday
House go into Committee.
Upon the Question, Whether it should be put to the
Question, for Mr. Grimston's assuming the Chair, when
Mr. Speaker left it; it was agreed it should be put to
Upon the Question, Whether Mr. Grimston, upon the
Speaker's leaving the Chair, should assume the Chair, or
no; it was resolved, that he should take it.
Thereupon Mr. Speaker left the Chair; and Mr. Grimston assumed it.
Mr. Speaker reassumed the Chair:
And then it was ordered as followeth, viz.
Proceedings against Members.
Ordered, That the Records and Proceedings in the Star
Chamber, and King's Bench, that concern several Members of this House in the last Parliament, shall be sent for
immediately, viz. such as concern Sir Jo. Elliot, Mr.
Strode, Mr. Selden, Mr. Valentine, Mr. Hollis, Sir Peter
Hayman, and others, that were questioned after the last
Parliament, for any Passages in the last Parliament.
According to this Order, there were Two several Warrants, signed with Mr. Speaker's Hand, sent, by the Officer
of the House, to the several Officers of the King's Bench
and Star Chamber.
Upon [Motion,] that the Grand Committees should
have Power to make Sub Committees, [it was] resolved
they had Power to do it without further Motion.
Mr. Speaker reassumed the Chair:
And then, upon a Report from the Committee, that
it was thought fit, that a select Committee shall be appointed;
Upon the first Question, * * * *
Violating Privilege of last Parliament.
Ordered, That a select Committee shall be appointed,
for stating the Matter of Fact touching the Violation of
the Privilege of Parliament, the last Day of the last Parliament; and for that Purpose, the Opinion of the Committee to be reported to the House:
Sir P. Hayman, Mr. Lewkenour, Mr. Treasurer, Sir
W. Erle, Sir Fr. Seymour, Mr. Comptroller, Mr. Cage,
Mr. Hampden, Sir Tho. Bowyer, Sir Jo. Strangewayes,
Mr. Pimme, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Charles Jones, Sir Jo. Hotham;
This select Committee is appointed to meet, for the
stating of the Matter of Fact touching the Violation of the
Privilege of Parliament, the last Day of the last Parliament; and for that Purpose, the Opinion of this Committee is to be reported to the House; and this Committee is to meet at Two of Clock this Afternoon, in the
Court of Wards.
* * made his Complaint, that his Goods were distrained, and taken by the Constable, within the Time of
Privilege; but in regard the Committee for Privileges
may properly take Notice of it, the House entered no further into any Debate of it.
Person to attend.
Upon Motion, that Sir Humph. Tracy, being now in
Town, might attend the Committee for Privileges, on
Tuesday next in the Afternoon; it was answered, the
Committee had already appointed it.
Ordered, the Grand Committee, in which Mr. Grimston
has the Chair, to sit again on Monday Morning, at Eight
Mr. Pimme excuses himself, for the [Word defend.]
Records concerning Ship Money.
Motion,-That the Records of the Judgment in Mr.
Hampden's Case, may be brought in by a Day certain:
That the Resolutions of the Judges, in several Courts,
may also be brought.
Ordered, That the Records, Inrollments, Judgments,
and Proceedings, in the Exchequer, and other Courts
whatsoever, concerning Ship Money, shall be sent for to
be here on Monday, at Eight of Clock; and Warrants
accordingly to issue forth to the several Officers of those
several Courts, under Mr. Speaker's Hand.
Ordered, Mr. Thurland's Case to be first proceeded
in at the Committee for Privileges, this Afternoon:
Mr. Harris's Case to be next: And it is further
Ordered, That the Committee for Privileges shall have
Power to determine all Cases of the like Nature, which
appear upon bare View of the Indenture.
Member makes Election.
Sir W. Pye waves Wendover, and chooses to serve as
Knight for Hereford.