Die Mercurii, 24 Februarii, 1646.
Dies Publicæ Humiliationis.
ORDERED, That Sir Robert Harley do, from this
House, give Thanks unto Mr. Green, for the great
Pains he took in his Sermon preached on this Day at
Margarett's, Westminster, before the House of Commons:
And that he do desire him to print his Sermon: Wherein
he is to have the like Privilege in Printing of it, as others
in the like kind usually have had.
Ordered, That Mr. Leigh do, from this House, give
Thanks unto Mr. Lightfoote, for the great Pains he took
in his Sermon he preached on this Day, at Margarett's,
Westminster, before the House of Commons: And that
he do desire him to print his Sermon: Wherein he is to
have the like Privilege in Printing of it, as others in the
like kind usually had.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Mildmay do, from this House,
desire Mr. Cudworth to preach before the House of Commons at Margarett's, Westminster, on the next monthly
Ordered, That Sir William Strickland do, from this
House, desire Mr. Johnson to preach before the House
of Commons at Margarett's, Westminster, on the next
monthly Fast Day.
Mr. Wm. Edwards, Mr. John Carew, Sir Thomas Trevor, Mr. Thomas Greene, Mr. Richard Trefusis, Mr.
Henry Wills, Mr. Edward Vaughan, Mr. Thomas Twisden, Mr. Foxwist, Mr. Wm. Jones, Colonel Thomas Rainborow, Mr. George Starre, Mr. John Ratcliff, Mr. Herbert
Springett, Mr. Samuell Clerke, Mr. Richard Winne, Mr.
John Nixon, Sir Thomas Mauleverer, Mr. Walter Strickland, Mr. Hugh Boscawen, this Day took the Covenant.
Ordered, That on Wednesday next, the first Business,
the House do take into Consideration the Obstructions
of the Church Government.
Upon the Motion and Desire of Mr. Blakiston, a Member of this House, from the Mayor and Burgesses of the
Town of Newcastle upon Tyne, concerning the Stay of
Mr. Prideaux, a Minister of God's Word, now settled in
It is Ordered, That the said Mr. Prideaux be continued
there to exercise his Function: And that an Ordinance
be brought in to that Purpose.
Whereas Captain Henry Bell, having strangely found
out a Book of Martin Luther's, call'd, "His last Divine
Discourses;" which was, for a long time, marvelously
preserved in Germany: The which Book the said Henry
Bell, at his great Cost and Pains, hath translated into
English, out of the German Tongue; and the Translation
and Substance thereof is approved by Reverend Divines
of the Assembly, as appears by a Certificate under
their Hands: It is Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords
and Commons, That the said Henry Bell shall have the
sole Disposal and Benefit of printing the said Book translated into English by him, as aforesaid, for Fourteen
Years, to commence from the Date hereof: And that
none do print or reprint the same, but such as shall be
licensed by the said Captain Bell, by Authority under his
The humble Petition of the poor infected Inhabitants
of Totnes, in Devon, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That, upon Wednesday the Tenth of
March next, (formerly set apart for a Day of publick Humiliation, for the Growth and Spreading of Errors, Heresies and Blasphemies), a publick Collection be made in all
the Churches, Places, and Chapels, within the Cities of
London and Westminster, the Lines of Communication,
and weekly Bills of Mortality: And that the one Moiety
of the Money that shall be collected shall be paid and
sent, by the said Collectors thereof, unto Mr. John Garrett,
Minister of Great Bartholomew, near Smithfield, or his
Agents; who is to return it, to be distributed to such of
the poor Inhabitants of Totnes aforesaid, as shall most need
it, according to the Discretion of the Mayor and Magistrates there: Who shall give an Account of what they
receive and distribute accordingly: And the other Moiety
of the said Collection to be distributed unto the Poor of
the respective Parishes and Places in which such Collections shall be made, as other Contributions are used to be
distributed: And the Lord Mayor of the City of London
is desired to give Notice of this Order to the Ministers,
Churchwardens, and other Officers of the several Churches,
Places, and Chapels, within the Cities of London and
Westminster, Lines of Communication, and weekly Bills
of Mortality; to the end the said Petition, and this Order,
may be then published and read by them: And that they
exhort and stir up the People to contribute freely to so
charitable a Work, as the speedy Supply of the Petitioners
crying Wants and Miseries require.