House of Commons Journal Volume 5
28 April 1648

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'House of Commons Journal Volume 5: 28 April 1648', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 5: 1646-1648 (1802), pp. 547. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=25356 Date accessed: 21 October 2014.


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Die Veneris, 28 Aprilis, 1648.

Prayers.

The Covenant.

RESOLVED, &c. That the Covenant be tendered to the Members of the House, that have not taken it, on Monday Morning next, the first Business.

Meeting of Essex Grand Jury, &c.

Whereas the House is informed, by a Report from the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, that there is a Meeting of the Grand Jury, and some Thousands of the Freeholders, and other Inhabitants, of the County of Essex intended at Stratford Langthorne in the said County, on Thursday the Fourth Day of May next: This House doth Declare, That such Meetings, in so great Numbers, are very prejudicial to the Peace of the Kingdom, in these distracted and tumultuous Times: And do Order, That the said Grand Jury, Freeholders, and other Inhabitants, of the said County, do forbear to meet as aforesaid; and that the Committees and other Officers, of the said County do cause this Order to be forthwith published in every Market Town in the said County: And do Order, That the Members of this House which do serve for or are of the said County do send this Order forthwith to the said Committee, or other Officers of the said County, to be put in speedy Execution accordingly.

The House doth further Declare, That if the said County have any thing to represent to the House, that they send it to the Members that serve for their County: And the House will give such Answer thereunto, as shall be just; ever remembering the good Affections testified by the said County to the good of this Parliament and Kingdom.

Settling the Government.

The Question was propounded, That the House doth declare, that they will not alter the fundamental Government of the Kingdom, by King, Lords, and Commons:

And the Question being put, Whether this Word, "will," shall be in the Question;

The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.

Mr. Annesley, Tellers for the Yea: 165.
Sir Thomas Dacres, With the Yea,
Sir Michaell Livesay, Tellers for the Noe: 99.
Mr. Morley, With the Noe,

So that the Question passed with the Affirmative.

Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth Declare, That they will not alter the fundamental Government of the Kingdom, by King, Lords, and Commons.

The Question being put, That these Words, "the Matter of," shall be added to the Question under Debate in the Beginning of it;

The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.

Mr. Annesley, Tellers for the Noe: 105.
Sir John Temple, With the Noe,
Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, Tellers for the Yea: 108.
Sir Michaell Livesay, With the Yea,

So that the Question passed with the Affirmative.

Resolved, &c. That the Matter of the Propositions sent to the King at Hampton Court, by Consent of both Kingdoms, shall be the Ground of the Debate for the Settlement of the Peace of the Kingdom.

The Question being propounded, That Leave be given to any Members of the House, in Debate of the Settlement of the Kingdom, to propound any thing for the same, notwithstanding the Votes of the Third of January;

And the Question being put, Whether this Question be now put;

The House was divided.
The Noes went forth.

Sir Michaell Livesay Tellers for the Noes: 101.
Sir Wm. Massam, With the Noes,
Lord Cramborne, Tellers for the Yeas: 146.
Sir Henry Cholmeley, With the Yeas,

So that the Question passed with the Affirmative.

Resolved, &c. That Leave be given to any Member of the House, in Debate of the Settlement of the Kingdom, to propound any thing for the same, as they shall think fit, notwithstanding the Votes of the Third of January.

Ordered, That the House do proceed, To-morrow Morning, the first Business, with the Matters this Day in Debate, touching the Settlement of the Kingdom.