Die Veneris, 9 Octobris, 1646.
ACcording to former Order, the Grand Committee
of the House sat, to take into Consideration the Advice of the Assembly of Divines, concerning a Part of the
Confession of Faith.
Mr. Whittacre in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Upon Mr. Whittacre's Report from the Grand Committee;
It is Resolved, &c. That Five hundred Copies of the
Advice of the Assembly of Divines, concerning Part of a
Confession of Faith, brought into this House, and no
more, be forthwith printed for the Use of the Members
of both Houses only; with some Expression in the TitlePage, that they are printed to the end that the Members
of both Houses may advise thereupon: And that the
Divines be desired to put in the Margin the Proofs out of
the Scripture, to confirm what they have offered to the
House, in such Places as they shall think it most necessary.
Ordered, That Mr. Selden and Mr. Tate do acquaint
the Assembly of Divines with this Order: And that, according to the Meaning and Purport of the said Order,
Mr. Selden and Mr. Tate do likewise prepare some convenient Expression to be put upon the Title-Page, That
the said Books are printed, to the end the Members of
both Houses may advise thereupon.
Resolved, &c. That the House be resolved into a Grand
Committee, on Wednesday Morning next; to take into
further Consideration the Ordinance for preventing the
Growth of Heresies, the first Business.
Ordered, upon the Question, That the Committee appointed to confer with the Commissioners of Scotland,
touching the Disposal of the Person of the King by both
Houses of Parliament, do make their Report on Monday
Ordered, That the Ordinance for laying Assessments,
for Maintenance of the Army under the Command of Sir
Thomas Fairfax, General, for Six Months longer, be
brought in on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Ordinance, formerly sent from the
Lords, for appointing Commissioners for the Custody of
the Great Seal, be committed to Mr. Lane, Sir Thomas
Widdrington, and Mr. Serjeant Wilde; with the Addition
of all the Lawyers of the House: Who are to meet upon
it this Afternoon; and report it To-morrow Morning,
the first Business.
Ordered, That the Reports concerning the Breach of
the Articles of Oxford, and Exeter, Truro, and other
Places, be made on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Baron Atkin and
Mr. Serjeant Finch;
The Lords have commanded us to acquaint you, that
they have agreed to the Ordinance for the Sale of the
Bishops Lands, as it came from this House. They likewise desire you to take into Consideration the Ordinance,
formerly sent from their Lordships, for Appointing of
Commissioners for the Custody of the Great Seal; the
Term now approaching, and it hath remained some time
here: The Ordinance for taking away Country-Committees. They have likewise sent you an Ordinance for
appointing one Mr. Thomas Willis to be Vicar of Twickenham, in the place of Doctor Soame: To which they desire
An Ordinance for nominating Mr. Thomas Willis to the
Vicarage of Twickenham in the County of Middlesex, this
Day sent from the Lords, was this Day read.
And the Question was propounded, for the Passing
And the Question being put, Whether this Question
shall be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
And thereupon the Ordinance, upon the Question,
Ordered, That the Committee, formerly appointed to
meet with the Committee of the Common-Council, concerning the Advance of Monies upon the Credit of the Sale of the
Bishops Lands, do this Afternoon communicate unto the
said Committee a Copy of the Ordinance now passed both
Houses, for Abolishing of Archbishops and Bishops within
the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales; and
for estating their Lands in the Hands of Feoffees.
And this is referred to the more particular Care of Mr.
Resolved, &c. That no other Sums of Money, except
the Two particular Sums of Ten thousand Pounds for the
poor Wives and Widows of Soldiers, &c. and of Four
hundred Pounds for Seventy poor distressed Protestants of
Ireland, charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course,
shall have Precedency before the Engagements to the City,
Secured upon those Receipts, for the Loan of Two hundred thousand Pounds.
An Ordinance for Charging of Four hundred Pounds
upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, to be
employed for the Relief of Seventy poor Protestants of
Ireland, was this Day read; and, upon the Question,
passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Distribution of the Four hundred Pounds, charged upon the ReReceipts of the Excise, in Course, to be employed for the
Relief of Seventy poor Protestants, do take especial Care,
that the said Monies may be distributed to none but to
such as shall appear unto them, upon good Certificate, to
be such as may in Charity deserve Relief.
An Ordinance, by way of Declaration, upon the Engagements for the Raising of Two hundred thousand
Pounds, was this Day read; and, upon the Question,
passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their
Concurrence, and that it may be printed.
Ordered, That Sir Walter Earle do bring in an Ordinance for preventing any Lapse to be incurred by the
Patron, for want of Institution or Induction to be given
to the Vicar of Axmouth in the County of Devon.
An Ordinance for Settling of One hundred and Fifty
Pounds apiece upon Three Ministers, to preach in the
City of Chichester, to be paid out of the Revenues belonging to the Dean, and Dean and Chapter of the said City,
was this Day read the First time; and, upon the Question, ordered to be read the Second time on Tuesday
Ordered, That the Reports from the Committee of the
Navy, and concerning Trade, be made, and taken into
Consideration on this Day Sevennight, the first Business.
Ordered, That Mr. Pierepoint do make the Report from
the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the Scotts
Commissioners, To-morrow Morning.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and
The Lords have commanded us to bring you this Petition of Doctor Joseph Hall, with a Resolve of the House
of Commons, formerly made, annexed thereunto; and an
Order of the Lords thereupon: To which the Lords desire your Concurrence: A Declaration of the Lords, concerning an Order of their Lordships, formerly made,
about the Estate of Sir John Wolstenholme; and relating to
Mr. Richard Shewte, Merchant. They have commanded
us to put you in mind of Mr. Greenhill's Ordinance; and
Doctor Bastwick's Petition. They have sent you Four
Reports from the Committee of the Admiralty: Which
the Lords approve of; and desire your Concurrence
therein. And the Lords do agree to the Order concerning
the Commissioners of Ulster; with one Amendment:
And that Sir John Clotworthy be added to the Commissioners, as is desired.
The Report from the Committee of the Admiralty was
read; and was, for Approving of Captain William Penne
to command the Assurance Frigate, lately built at Debtford. And
It is thereupon Resolved, &c. That this House doth
agree with the Lords; and doth approve of Captain
William Penn to command the lesser Frigate, lately built
at Debtford, called the Assurance; he having served the
Parliament formerly, in several Expeditions at Sea, with
Courage and Fidelity.
The Amendment, from the Lords, to the Order for
the Commissioners for Ulster, was read; and was, upon
the Question, assented unto: And the Order agreed was
as followeth, in hæc verba; videlicet,
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in
Parliament, That the Commissioners in Ulster be continued until the Last of November next: And that they
have Power to act alone, according to the former Ordinance, in case, upon due Notice given unto the Commissioners of Scotland, or any of them, of the Time and
Place of Meeting, the Commissioners of Scotland shall not
be present to join with them."
Ordered, That the several Ordinances, formerly sent
from the Lords, for Placing of Ministers, be read on
Thursday Morning next.
The First Messengers were called in: And the House
returned this Answer; That they had taken their Lordships Message into Consideration; and did take Notice
of the Lords Assent to the Ordinance for Sale of Bishops
Lands; and did agree to the Ordinance for appointing
Mr. Willys to be Minister of Twickenham: And, as to
... rest, will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Second Messengers were called in: And the
House returned this Answer; That they had taken their
Lordships Message into Consideration: And, as to the
Report concerning Captain Penn, and the Amendments
to the Order concerning the Commissioners in Ulster, they
do agree: And, as to the rest, they will send Answer by
Messengers of their own.