Die Jovis, Novembris 20 , 1645.
ACcording to former Order, the Grand Committee of
the whole House sat, to take into further Consideration the Propositions for a safe and well-grounded Peace.
Sir Thomas Widdrington in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Thomas Widdrington reports the Bill for demolishing
Monuments of Superstition: The which is ordered to be
read To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee of the House, for
the Matter of the Propositions for a safe and well-grounded
Peace, do meet on Saturday Morning next, at Eight of
Sir Robert Harley brings Answer, That, to the Message
he carried to the Lords, concerning the receiving an Account of Doctor Walker's Negotiation, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Heath and Mr.
The Lords have made an Order touching a Clause to..
inserted in the Vicechancellor's Oath of Cambridge: In
which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
The Lords formerly sent to this House a Petition of the
Earl of Stamford's, who is in extreme Want of necessary
Support: Their Lordships do again especially recommend
it to the present Consideration of this House; and desire
Dispatch with all convenient Speed.
The Lords have appointed a Committee of Seven Lords,
and Three of the Quorum, and desire a proportionable
Number to be appointed by this House, to meet this
Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings, to consider of the
intercepted Letters of the Lord Digby.
The Ordinance, touching a Clause to be inserted in the
Vicechancellor's Oath, was read; and, upon the Question, passed; and was in hæc verba; viz.
"Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That, for the present, till the Statutes
of the University of Cambridge can be surveyed, that the
Vicechancellor of the said University shall take Oath, with
this Clause annexed: Hoc in me recipit in quantum Statutis
et Ordinationibus Regni non repugnant."
Ordered, That Sir John Evelyn do go with a Message
to the Lords; to desire them to proceed upon the Impeachment of the Earl of Stamford; to the end that Justice
may be done, and the House may receive Satisfaction in
the Point of their Privilege.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Sir Rivett Eldred Baronet to be High-Sheriff of
the County of Suffolk: And that the Commissioners of the
Great Seal do grant him a Patent for Sheriff, in Form
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Francis Clinton, alias Fienis, to be High-Sheriff
of the County of Lincoln: And that the Commissioners of
the Great-Seal do grant him a Patent for Sheriff, in Form
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Edward Clerke Esquire to be High-Sheriff of
the County of Oxon: And that the Commissioners of the
Great Seal do grant him a Patent for Sheriff, in Form
Sir John Evelin carried up likewise the Names of the
Persons above-named to be High-Sheriffs of the respective
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concurr with the
Lords, in appointing a Committee to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, this Afternoon at Two
of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings, to consider of the
intercepted Letters of the Lord Digby: And have Ordered,
That the first Fourteen of the Committee now present
where Mr. Tate has the Chair, shall be the Committee:
Mr. Tate to be one.
Mr. Pury brings Answer, That, to the Ordinances and
other Messages carried up by him, they will send Answer
by Messengers of their own.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as
to the Ordinance touching the Clause to be inserted into
the Vicechancellor's Oath of Cambridge; and to the Committee to meet with a Committee of a proportionable
Number of the Lords, concerning the Lord Digbie's intercepted Letters; they do agree: And, as to the Earl of
Stamford's Petition, they will send Answer by Messengers
of their own.
The House was informed, That a Servant of Mr.
Gourdon's, a Member of this House, avowed by Mr.
Gourdon to be his Servant, was apprehended and imprisoned, by Order of the House of Peers; though he informed the Messenger, that he was Mr. Gourdon's Servant:
Resolved, &c. That the Commissioners of the Great
Seal do issue a Writ of Habeas corpus, to bring to the
Bar of this House Thomas Grove, Servant to Mr. Gourdon,
a Member of this House; with the Cause of his Commitment.
The House, according to an Order Yesterday, resumed
the Consideration of the Ordinance for establishing and settling the Garison of Bristoll: The which Ordinance was
Yesterday twice read.
Resolved, &c. That this Proviso be added to the Ordinance for Bristoll; viz. "Provided, That this Ordinance,
nor any thing therein contained, shall not extend to the
prejudicing or lessening any Power or Authority granted
by any former Ordinance to Sir Thomas Fairfax General,
or to Major-General Massie: And that this Ordinance shall
continue for Six Months, and no longer."
Resolved, &c. That the Rates and Proportions, set down
in the Ordinance for Bristoll, shall be the Rates and Proportions to be levied for the Maintenance of that Garison.
And then the Ordinance, upon the Question, passed;
and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the
North, to consider of and bring in an Establishment for
the Garison of Scarborough.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
the Army, with the Addition of the Knights and Burgesses
for the County of Worcester and Hereford, to consider of
the Condition of Gloucester; and what unnecessary Burdens are upon it, or otherwise; and how it may be relieved,
and those Burdens taken off.