Die Mercurii, 18 Februarii, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the House for Religion
met, to take into Consideration the Business concerning Church-Government.
Mr. Whittacre in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the said Chair.
Upon Mr. Whittacre's Report;
It is Resolved, &c. That there be forthwith a Choice
made of Elders throughout the Kingdom of England, and
Dominion of Wales, in the respective Parish-Churches and
Chapels, according to such Directions as have already
passed both Houses, bearing Date the Nineteenth of August 1645, and since that time: And all Classes and Parochial Congregations respectively are hereby authorized and
required forthwith effectually to proceed therein accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That Notice of the Election of Parochial
and Congregational Elders, and of the Time when it shall
be, be given by the Minister, in the publick Assembly,
next Lord's Day but one before: And that, on that said
Lord's Day, a Sermon be preached, preparatory to that
Resolved, &c. That such Election shall be made by the
Congregation, or the major Part of them then assembled;
being such as have taken the National Covenant, and
are not Persons under-aged, nor Servants, that have no
Resolved, &c. That these Three Votes be forthwith sent
to the Lords; and their Concurrence desired therein; to
the end they may be communicated to the Lord Mayor,
and immediately put in due Execution.
Mr. Ashburst carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence,
an Order for a Collection, To-morrow, for the sick and
maimed Soldiers of the Leaguer at Chester: The Order
concerning the Ministers of Foreign Princes and States, to
shew their Credentials.
Mr. Erle carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence,
the Instructions for the Members of the House appointed
to go down into Devonshire and Cornewall.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
both Kingdoms, to take special Care to send a sufficient
Body of the Horse, belonging to Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's
Army, now in these Parts of this Kingdom, to attend the
Motions of the Enemy towards the West; and prevent
the falling upon the Rear of Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army,
which is now in the West.
Ordered, &c. That it be especially referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider, What other Forces
the King hath in a Body in any other Parts of the Kingdom;
and to draw together the Forces of the several Counties;
and to give Directions to a sufficient Strength of them to
attend any such Forces of the Enemy, wheresoever they
shall direct their Motions; and to prevent the Destruction
of the Counties.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall, do
forthwith pay unto Joan Wilson, the Relict of James
Wilson, or her Assigns, the Sum of Five Pounds, upon
Accompt of what was due unto the said James Wilson,
for his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament,
to be employed for his Burial.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, &c. That the Report concerning Major-General Massie be taken into Consideration, the first Business,
on Tuesday Morning next: And that Mr. Speaker do put
the House in mind thereof.
The humble Petition of divers Aldermen, CommonCouncil, and others, free Burgesses of King's-Lynn, concerning the Election of Mr. Edmund Hudson, Alderman
of the said Town, to serve in this Parliament as a Burgess
for the said Town, in the place of Mr. Percivall, deceased, was this Day read. And
It is Ordered, That the Matters of Crime, charged in
the said Petition, and in a Remonstrance thereunto annexed,
against the said Mr. Hudson, be referred unto the Committee of Examinations; to examine, and to report the
same with all Speed to the House.
Ordered, &c. That the Mayor and Sheriffs of the Town
of Lynn-Regis do make Return of the Precept for the
Election of a Burgess to serve in Parliament for the said
Memorandum: Whereas the House was informed, that
Mr. Edmund Hudson was elected, and endeavoured
to be returned, to serve as a Burgess in Parliament for
the Town of Lynn-Regis; the House was likewise
informed, That he had been in Arms against the
Parliament; and that such Persons, by Order of the
House, ought not to be admitted to sit as Members
of this House.
Ordered, &c. That the Business of the Election of
Knights to serve in Parliament for the County of Bucks
be taken into Consideration, on Thursday come Sevennight,
the first Business: And that Mr. Speaker do put the
House in mind thereof.
Ordered, &c. That the Petition of the City of Chichester, this Day presented to the House by Sir John
Temple, be read on Saturday Morning next.
Ordered, &c. That the List of those that are presented
from the Committee of Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, and
from the Officers of Trinity-House, to have the Command
of the Navy, and the rest of the Business of the Navy,
be taken into Consideration on Saturday Morning next, the
The House was informed, That Messengers from the
Lords were at the Door:
And the Debate being, Whether they should be now
called in, it being past Twelve of the Clock; and, so, contrary to the Orders of the House;
Resolved, &c. That, notwithstanding the former Order, the Messengers to be now called in.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Serjeant Finch and
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of
both Houses, on Friday Morning next, in the Painted
Chamber, at Ten of the Clock, concerning the Propositions, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this
House. They desire to put you in mind of the Lord Savile's Petition; and of the Remonstrance and Petition of
the Scotts Officers: And the Lords do agree, according
to this Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms,
That Captain Phips his Troop may be reduced into Major
Shelborne's Troop: To which they desire your Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree, That a
Conference be had with the Lords, on Friday next, concerning the Propositions, as is desired.
The humble Petition of the Lord Viscount Savile was
read; and likewise a Paper concerning the Lords Sense
upon the said Petition: And
It is thereupon Resolved, &c. That the Lord Savile
have Leave to declare to the Earls of Essex and Denbigh,
and to Mr. Darley and Mr. Thorpe, Members of this
House, What he knows concerning the Letter for which
he is in Contempt: And that the said Lords and Members
of this House do not reveal the same, until the Party
whom it concerns, be either out of his Majesty's Dominions, or within the Parliament's Quarters.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Resolved, &c. That the Lord Savile, for his Accommodation, and the Recovery of his Health, shall have
Liberty to reside at Sir Peter Temple's House.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein by Mr.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Scotts Officers be
taken into Consideration, on Monday Morning, next after
the Business of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Lords, that Captain Phips his Troop be reduced into
Major Shelborne's Troop.-
Ordered, That the Members of this House that are of
the Long Robe, be injoined to attend the Committee for
plundered Ministers, on Friday next, in the Afternoon, concerning the Business of Paul Best: And that Mr. Millington to give them Notice; and give the House an Account hereof accordingly.-
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House has considered their Lordships Message:
And, as to the Lords Desire for a Conference on Friday
Morning, and for the Reducing of Captain Phips' Troop,
they do agree: And, as to the rest, will send Answer by
Messengers of their own.
A Copy of a Letter, from Culpeper to Ashbournham,
dated Tavestock, 12 Januarii 1645, intercepted, and uncyphered by Mr. Weckerlyn, together with the Original of
the said Letter, were this Day presented to the House by
Sir Henry Heyman: And the Copy was read.
Resolved, &c. That the House be adjourned until Friday Morning at Eight of Clock.
And Mr. Speaker adjourned the House accordingly.