Die Mercurii, 27 Maii, 1646, Die publicæ Humiliationis
ORdered, That Mr. Long and Sir Thomas Barnadiston
do, from this House, give Thanks to Mr. John
Ward: And that Colonel Moore do, from this House, give
Thanks to Mr. Herrick, for the great Pains they took in
the Sermons they preached this Day, at the Intreaty of
this House, at St. Margaret's, Westminster; it being the
Day of Publick Humiliation; and to desire them to print
their Sermons: And they are to have the like Privilege
in Printing of them, as others in the like kind usually
Ordered, That Sir Benjamin Rudyerd do, from this
House, give Thanks to Mr. Herle; and that Mr. Holles do, from this House, give Thanks to Mr. Tassell; for
the great Pains they took in the Sermons they preached
upon the Twelfth Day of May last past, at the Intreaty
of the House of Commons, at St. Margaret's, Westminster; it being a Day of Publick Thanksgiving; and to
desire them to print their Sermons: And they are to have
the like Privilege in Printing of them, as others in the
like kind usually have had.
Ordered, Mr. Bainton do, from this House, desire Dr.
Smyth; and that Mr. Rose do, from this House, desire
Mr. Calamy; to preach before the Commons, at St. Margaret's, Westminster, the next Fast-Day.
Ordered, That the several Members that are in Town,
and have not taken the Covenant, have Notice, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, to be present in the
House on the next Fast-Day, to take the Convenant: And
are hereby injoined to give their Attendance accordingly.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare an
Ordinance to prevent the Growth and Spreading of Heresies and Blasphemies, and to punish the Divulgers and Assertors of them, do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, in
the Exchequer-Chamber; and so de die in diem.
Herbert Board, Peter Brookes, John Corbett, George
Fenwick, Thomas Hodges, John Hutchinson, Henry Lawrence, Luke Robinson, Richard Shuttleworth, Richard
Tolson, Francis Thornhagh, Esquires, this Day took the
National League and Covenant.
The House being informed, That divers Ministers of
the Counties of Suffolk and Essex were at the Door;
They were called in; and presented to the House a Petition, intituled, "The humble Petition of the Ministers
of Suffolk and Essex."
The which was read.
Ordered, That the several Certificates, from the Counties,
of their Appointing of Classes, be taken into Consideration
the next Day wherein the House shall proceed in the Settlement of the Business of the Church.
The Ministers were again called in: And Mr. Speaker,
by Command of the House, acquainted them, That most
of the particular Desires of their Petition are now under
Consideration; and, they hope, will be brought to a Settlement speedily: That the House is very sensible, that,
through some intervening Obstructions, the Church-Government has not been so fully settled as they desire: They
give them Thanks for their good Affections; and desire
them to put all Ordinances in Execution concerning
Church-Government, as lie within their Power.
An Ordinance for better Observation of the monthly
Fast was this Day read the First and Second time; and,
upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Ball, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Ashburst, Mr.
Knightley, Mr. Francis Bacon, Sir Nath. Bacon, Mr. Swynsen, Mr. Allen, Mr. Stephens;
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to consider of the said Ordinance; and to take care, that a Clause
be inserted, That in case any Person, for executing this Ordinance, or any other Ordinance of Parliament, shall be
molested, or sued at the Common Law, that it shall be
lawful for him to plead the General Issue; and, in case
the Tryal pass for him, or the Plaintiff be Nonsuit, to
have Double Costs and Damages: And are to meet upon
it To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in
Ordered, That, on Wednesday Morning next, the first
Business, the House do take into farther Consideration the
Business concerning Paul Best: And that Mr. Speaker put
the House in mind thereof: And all the Lawyers of the
House are required to attend at the same time.