Die Jovis, 5 Martii, 1645.
REsolved, &c. That Corse-Castle be forthwith demolished.
Resolved, &c. That the Garison of Wareham be forthwith slighted: And that it be referred to the Committee
of the West, to take care for the doing of it accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That Twenty Pounds be bestowed upon
the Captain that brought the News of taking in CorseCastle; and Ten Pounds upon the Messenger that brought
the News thereof: And that it be referred to the Committee of the West, to give Order for the Payment thereof
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
West, to consider What is fit to be done with the Castle
and Garison of Devizes; and to report their Opinions
with Speed to the House.
Ordered, That Five Pounds be bestowed upon the Messenger that brought the News of beating off the Enemy
from Abingdon: And that it be referred to the Committee
of the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, to give
Order for the speedy Payment of this Five Pounds accordingly.
Ordered, That the House do take into Consideration
the Business of the Great Seal of England, How and in
whose Hands the same shall be intrusted, between the
Hours of Ten and Twelve To-morrow Morning: And
that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, That an Ordinance be brought in To-morrow
Morning, for raising a monthly Sum upon the County
of Derby, for Payment of their Forces; with like Powers
and Authorities as are contained in an Ordinance of the
Six-and-twentieth of May 1645.
Mr. Hallowes and Sir John Curson are to bring in this
A Letter from Sir Thomas Fairfax General, from
Launcesdon, of 25 Februarii 1645, was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Lords
and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, forthwith to give Order for a convenient Number of Shipping
to attend the Western Coasts, for the better Securing of
those Parts, and for preventing the Landing of any Foreign Forces there.
Upon Sir William Lewes his Report from the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and
Cinque-Ports, concerning some Commanders of Ships,
whose Approbation was respited, till they were further
considered of by the said Committee;
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of
Captain John Bowen to have the Command of the Ship
Garland, for this Summer's Expedition.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Captain John Stansby to have the Command of the Ship
Providence, for this Summer's Expedition.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Captain John Pierce to have the Command of the Waymouth
Frigate, for this Summer's Expedition.
An Ordinance concerning divers Parts and Points of
Church-Government was this Day read the Third time.
A Proviso, to be added to the said Ordinance, was this
Day read the First and Second time; being tendered after
the Ordinance had been read the Third time.
And the Question being put, For the Adding of it to
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
||Tellers for the Yea:
|Sir Philip Stapleton,
||With the Yea,
|Mr. Nath. Fiennes,
||Tellers for the Noe:
|Sir John Evelyn, Wiltes,
||With the Noe,
So that the Question passed with the Negative;
Resolving, &c. That the Proviso should not be added.
Another Proviso was tendered to be added to the said
Ordinance: Which was twice read; and, upon the Question, rejected.
Another Proviso, to be added to the said Ordinance, was
read the First, Second, and Third time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be added to the Ordinance.
Another Proviso was tendered to be added to the said
Ordinance: The which was read the First time; and
upon the Question, rejected.
Resolved, &c. That these Words, in the Fifteenth Article of this Ordinance; viz. "and willing to undergo the
said Office;" be left out.
An additional Clause, concerning a Moderator and Register, to be chosen by the respective Assemblies, was
read; and, upon the Question, rejected.
The Ordinance concerning Church-Government was
put to the Question; and, upon the Question, passed;
and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence: And that the Members of the whole House do
accompany this Message to the Lords: And Mr. Holles is
appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Holles and Sir William Lewes
do go to Monsieur de Montereull, to confer with him
concerning his Desires of a Pass, his Powers, and Credentials.
Ordered, &c. That the Business concerning Ireland
be reported To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
THE Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament,
being very sensible of the great Duty which lieth
upon them to settle Matters concerning Religion, and the
Worship of Almighty God; and having continually before their Eyes the Covenant which they have so solemnly
taken for the Performance thereof, and the manifold
Motives and Encouragements thereunto which are given
them from God himself, by a special Hand of Providence
pouring forth daily Mercies upon them; in Discharge of
their Duty, and in pursuance of the said Covenant, and in
Thankfulness to God for all his Mercies, having diligently applied themselves to that Work of his House;
by his Grace and Assistance, they have made some Progress therein, notwithstanding the Exigency of other
Affairs, accompanied oftentimes with great and imminent
Dangers; and notwithstanding the great Difficulty of the
Work itself, in divers respects, and particularly in the
right jointing of what was to be settled with the Laws
and Government of the Kingdom; the Want whereof
hath caused much Trouble in this and other States: Yet,
by the merciful Assistance of God, having removed the
Book of Common-Prayer, with all its unnecessary and
burdensome Ceremonies, and established the Directory
in the room thereof; and having abolished the Prelatical
Hierarchy by Archbishops, Bishops, and their Dependents;
and, instead thereof, laid the Foundation of a Presbyterial
Government in every Congregation, with Subordination
to Classical, Provincial, and National Assemblies, and of
them all to the Parliament; although it cannot be expected, that a present Rule, in every Particular, should
be settled all at once; but that there will be need of Supplements and Additions, and haply also of Alterations
in some Things, as Experience shall bring to Light the
Necessity thereof; yet were the Fundamentals, and substantial Parts of that Government long since settled in
Persons, by and over whom it was to be exercised; and
the Nature, Extent, and respective Subordination of their
Power was limited and defined: Only, concerning the
Administration of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper,
How all such Persons as were guilty of notorious and
scandalous Offences might be suspended from it, some
Difficulty arising, not so much in the Matter itself, as in
the Manner, How it should be done, and who should be
the Judges of the Offence; the Lords and Commons
having it always in their Purpose and Intention, and it
being accordingly declared and resolved by them, That
all Sorts of notorious scandalous Offenders should be
suspended from the Sacrament; for the Preventing of an
indefinite and unlimited Power in the Elderships, they
held it fit, for the present, that the particular Cases of
such scandalous Offences should be specified and enumerated; with express Declaration, That further Provision
should be made, by Authority of Parliament, for such
Cases as were left out of the said Enumeration: Which
accordingly having since taken into their serious Consideration; and having had several Debates thereupon, as
the Difficulty of the Matter required, which hath taken
up much Time; for the avoiding, as far as possible may
be, all arbitrary Power, and that all such Cases wherein
Persons should be suspended from the Sacrament of the
Lord's Supper might be brought to the Cognizance, and
pass the Judgment of the Parliament, who were bound
in Justice, as well to take care that none be injuriously
detained from that Ordinance, as to give Power, whereby
such may be kept away who are unfit to partake therein;
and to the Intent also that a full and speedy Course may
be settled to enable the several Elderships to suspend all
such Offenders from the Lord's Supper, without having
recourse to the Parliament itself from all Parts of the
Kingdom upon every such emergent Case, which might
prove troublesome and tedious, and give Liberty to such
notorious and scandalous Offenders to communicate a
long Space in the said Ordinance; and to the Intent likewise, that all such Cases coming first from the particular
Elderships may, after they have passed the Judgment of
Parliament, return again to all the several Elderships
within the Kingdom, to proceed upon them, from time
to time, in like manner as in the Cases enumerated: For
the Ends and Purposes aforesaid; and also for Supply of
some Defects in the former Ordinance and Directions of
Parliament, concerning the Choice of Elders, and some
I. Be it Ordained, 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 August the Nineteenth
1645, and since that Time: And all Classes, and Parochial Congregations, are respectively hereby authorized
and required, forthwith effectually to proceed therein accordingly.
II. 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,
the next Lord's Day but one before: And that, on that
said Lord's Day, a Sermon be preached, preparatory to
that weighty Business.
III. That such Elections 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 Age, nor Servants that have no Families.
IV. That the Tryers of Elections of Elders shall have
Power to receive, hear, and determine, all Exceptions
brought in to them concerning undue Elections; and, to
that End, to call before them all such Persons so elected,
and accepting such Election; and to send for such Witnesses as shall be nominated unto them, by such Persons as
shall bring in such Exceptions: And shall have Power to
examine, upon Oath, both the Persons bringing in such
Exceptions, and the said Witnesses, concerning any undue
Proceedings in the Manner of the said Election, and concerning all Matters of Ignorance or Scandal objected
against the Party elected, and expressed in any Ordinance
of Parliament to be a sufficient Cause of Suspension from
the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, and of which any
Eldership, by any Ordinance of Parliament, hath Cognizance and Jurisdiction, and that shall be proved to have
been committed within one whole Year before the Exceptions exhibited: And that the Persons, against whom
the Exceptions are taken, shall have like Liberty to produce Witnesses, to be examined in like manner on their
V. That the Treasurers shall have Power to examine,
Whether the Elders that are to be chosen, be so qualified,
as is expressed in the Ordinance, or Directions, which hath
passed both Houses.
VI. That, in case the Election of any Elder of a Congregation, upon just Proof and Examination, be found,
by the Tryers appointed for that Purpose, to be unduly
made; the said Tryers may order such Elder to be removed, and another to be chosen in his place.
VII. That the Chapels or Places in the Houses of the
King, and his Children, shall continue free for the Exercise of Divine Duties, to be performed according to the
Directory, and not otherwise.
VIII. That the Chapels or Places in the House of Peers
of this Realm shall have the like Freedom.
IX. That the Savoy Parish shall be reckoned within
the Eleventh Classis of London,
X. That the Chapel of the Rolls, the Two SerjeantsInns, and the Four Inns of Court, shall be a Province of
That the Presbytery of the Chapel of the Rolls, the
Two Serjeants-Inns, and the Four Inns of Court, shall be
divided into Two Classes.
That Lincolne's-Inn, Graie's-Inn, Serjeants-Inn in Chancery-Lane, and the Rolls, shall be one Classis: That the
Two Temples, and Serjeants-Inn in Fleete-street, shall be
the other Classis.
XI. That the Classical Assemblies in each Province
shall assemble themselves within One Month after they
shall be constituted, and this Ordinance published; and
shall thenceforth hold their Meetings monthly by Adjournment, or oftener, if need be, in such a certain Place, as
shall be most convenient for the Ease of the People.
XII. That, out of every Congregational Eldership,
there shall be Two Elders, or more, not exceeding the
Number of Four, and One Minister, sent to every
XIII. That all Persons, guilty of notorious and scandalous Offences, and more particularly all Renouncers of
the true Protestant Religion, prosessed in the Church of
England; and all Persons that shall, by Preaching or
Writing, maintain any such Errors as do subvert any of
those Articles, the Ignorance whereof do render any Person excluded from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper;
and all Persons that shall make any Images or Pictures of
the Trinity, or of any Person thereof; and all Persons in
whom Malice appears, and they refuse to be reconciled;
and the same appearing upon just Proof; all such Persons
may be suspended from the Sacrament of the Lord's
XIV. That, in every Province, Persons shall be chosen
by the Houses of Parliament, that shall be Commissioners
to judge of scandalous Offences (not enumerated in any
Ordinance of Parliament) to them presented: And that
the Eldership of that Congregation, where the said Offence
was committed, shall, upon Examination and Proof of
such scandalous Offence (in like manner as is to be done
in the Offences enumerated), certify the same to the
Commissioners, together with the Proof taken before
them: And, before the said Certificate, the Party accused
shall have Liberty to make such Defence as he shall think
fit before the said Eldership, and also before the Commissioners, before any Certificate shall be made to the Parliament: And if the said Commissioners, after Examination of all Parties, shall determine the Offence, so presented and proved, to be scandalous, and the same shall
certify to the Congregation; the Eldership thereof may
suspend such Person from the Sacrament of the Lord's
Supper, in like manner as in Cases enumerated in any Ordinance of Parliament.
XV. That such Persons as shall be chosen for Commissioners to judge of notorious and scandalous Offences as
aforesaid, shall be Men of good Understanding in Matters
of Religion, sound in the Faith, prudent, discreet, grave,
and of unblameable Conversation, and such as do usually receive the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, as Members
of a Presbyterial Congregation.
XVI. That if any Person shall commit any scandalous
Offence (not enumerated in any Ordinance of Parliament)
upon the Day of the Administration of the Sacrament of
the Lord's Supper, in the Face of the Congregation, after
it is assembled; the Minister of that Congregation may
forbear to administer the Sacrament to such a Person for
that Time: And he shall, within Eight Days after, certify the said Offence and Forbearance unto the Commissioners aforesaid: And, upon Certificate so made, the said
Commissioners shall proceed thereupon, as in other Cases
not enumerated; and shall make Certificate of the Case
or Cases, with their Opinions, to both Houses of Parliament, with all Speed: And, thereupon, the Parliament
shall proceed to a final Determination of the Case; and
send the same Determination thereof to the Parish where
such Offence shall have been committed: And, as often as
the like Case shall fall out in any Congregation, the Eldership thereof, having notice of such Determination, shall
proceed thereupon, as in case of Offences enumerated in
any Ordinance of Parliament.
XVII. That the said Commissioners (upon Notice given
to them, or any Two of them, of any Case of Scandal befallen, whereof they ought to have Cognizance by
virtue of any Ordinance of Parliament), shall assemble
themselves in such certain Place, within that Province, as
may be most convenient for the Ease of the People; and
thereof shall give timely Notice to the Ministers of that
Province, whereof they are Commissioners; and, being
met, shall adjourn their Meeting, from time to time, for
such time as the Case shall require.
XVIII. That the Eldership of each Congregation, or
the major Part of them, as also the Classis of each Province, or major Part of them, and also the Provincial
Commissioners, or major Part of them, after they shall
be assembled, shall have Power, by Warrant under their
Hands, in all Cases whereof they have Cognizance, by
any Ordinance of Parliament, to convent before them all
Persons, against whom any Complaint shall be brought by
virtue of any such Ordinance; and all such Witnesses as
shall be named, according to any such Ordinance, for the
Discovery of the Truth of any such Complaint: And, in
case any such Person shall refuse to appear, not being a
Peer of this Realm, Member of he House of Commons,
or Assistant of the House of Peers, or Officer of the
House of Parliament, then, upon Complaint made to the
next Justice of the Peace, the Party refusing shall be
brought before him; and, in case of obstinate Persisting,
shall be committed by the said Justice of Peace, till he
submit to Order.
XIX. That if any Member of a Congregation shall,
by virtue of any Ordinance of Parliament, for any Offence
of Scandal, be suspended from the Sacrament of the
Lord's Supper; and, being so suspended, shall offer himself to any other Congregation to receive the Sacrament
of the Lord's Supper together with them; such Congregation, having notice of such Suspension, shall not, without Certificate from the Congregation whereof he is a
Member, admit him unto the Sacrament.
XX. That any Minister of a Congregation may be
suspended from giving or receiving, and any Elder from
receiving the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, for the
same Causes, and in the same Manner, and have like Benefits of Appeal, as any other Person may by any Ordinance
of Parliament: And, after such Suspension of the Elder
from the Sacrament, the Elder, so suspended, shall not
execute that Office during his Suspension, until the Appeal
be determined: And if, upon the Appeal, the Suspension
appear to have been just, then another to be chosen in his
XXI. That, in all Cases of Appeal to the Classical, Provincial, or National Assembly, they shall have Power
respectively to proceed thereupon by Examination of
Witnesses, and otherwise, in such manner as the Congregational Eldership, from which the Appeal ariseth, are
enabled to do by any Ordinance of Parliament; and shall
certify such their Proceedings unto the said Eldership.
XXII. That, in case of such Suspension of any Minister,
the Classis whereunto the said Congregation doth belong,
shall appoint some fit Person or Persons for the Supply of
that Place during such Suspension; and shall have Power
to allow convenient Maintenance for that End, out of the
Profits belonging to the Minister so suspended: And have
hereby Power to sequester and employ the same for that
XXIII. That, in all Cases of Suspension of any Person
from the Sacrament, the Party suspended (upon Manifestation of his or her Repentance, before the Eldership by
whom the Party was suspended) shall be admitted again
unto the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper; and the Suspension thenceforth shall be void. Provided, That, if the
said Commissioners, or any Two of them, shall not determine the Case so certified, as aforesaid, to them from
the Eldership, within Six Weeks after the Certificate to
them made; the Party is hereby injoined to forbear comeing to the Sacrament, until the Cause shall be determined,
or until he give Satisfaction to the Eldership.