DIE Lunæ, 4 Augusti.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Warde.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Message from the Assembly of Divines, with a Petition.
A Message was brought from the Assembly of Divines, by Mr. Newcomen and others; who presented
an humble Petition to this House, concerning their
former Advice, "That the ignorant and scandalous
may be kept from the Sacrament;" which Petition
was received, and read, as follows: (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
Answer to them.
That this House hath read their Petition, and find it
to be a Business of very great Moment, and will take
it into speedy Consideration.
Answers from the H. C.
Mr. Doctor Heath returns with this Answer from the
House of Commons to the Message:
That they concur for the Meeting of the Committee
for Foreign Affairs, as is desired.
As concerning the Business of the Earl of Stamford;
The Ordinance concerning Bennetts Fincks;
The Petition of the Lady Brooke;
The Ordinance for taking off the Taxes from the
Lands of Sutton's Hospitall;
The Letter of Dantz;
The Petition of Captain Church;
The Petition of the Dutch Officers;
The Ordinance for adding Lords to the Committee
that manage the War in the Northern Association;
The Petition concerning the King's Footmen:
To all these, they will send an Answer by Messengers
of their own.
Mr. Serjeant Whitfield, &c. returned with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Ordinance concerning the
Election of a Master of Trynity Hall, in Cambridge.
(Here enter it.)
Officers in Col. Norton's Regiment.
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House
of Commons, that Mr. Norris Jepson be Lieutenant
Colonel, and Mr. John Lobb to be Major, of Colonel
Norton's Regiment of Foot now at Portsmouth; and that
the Committee of both Kingdoms do grant them (fn. *) Commissions respectively.
Passage in a Paper called Britanicus complained of.
Complaint was made to the House of a Passage in
Brittanicus, concerning the King.
Hereupon it is Ordered, That the Author and Printer be sent for, to appear before this House, to answer
The Earl of Warwicke reported a Paper from the
Committee of both Kingdoms; which was read, as follows:
"Die Saturni, 2 Augusti, 1645.
Free Trade allowed with all the Ports in England, except for Ammunition, Money, Stores, &c.
"At the Committee of both Kingdoms, at Derby
"Ordered, That it be reported to both Houses,
as the Opinion of this Committee, That from henceforth any Person or Persons, subject to any Prince
or State in League and Amity with this Crown,
may freely and quietly, with their Ships and Goods,
pass and re-pass into any Port or Place, in this Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales, and Town of
Barwicke, notwithstanding any former Ordinance.
"Provided, That those Ships or Vessels, which they
shall bring into any such Port or Place, do not carry
or bear any Money, Ordnance, Arms, Ammunition,
Contraband Goods, Materials for Shipping, or Victuals, more than such Guns, Gunners Store, Money,
and Victuals, as shall be necessary for the Sustentation of the Company of such Ship or Ships, and such
Monies as shall be necessary for the Uses of such
Ship or Ships, for the necessary Supply of them and
"Provided also, That such Cities, Towns, or Places,
be not then besieged by the Ships or other Forces of
"Provided also, That all such Foreigners and
Strangers, under Pretence of such Trade and Commerce, do not carry in, or bring away, the Goods of
any of His Majesty's Subjects; and, in (fn. †) case any Ship,
or other Vessel, going to, or coming from, any such
Port or Place as aforesaid, shall be found to have
aboard her any Goods, Monies, or Merchandize,
belonging to any His Majesty's Subject or Subjects,
that such Goods, Monies, and Merchandizes, as also
the Ship itself in which they shall be found, may be
seized, and brought in, and proceeded against in the
Court of Admiralty according to Justice in that Behalf.
"And it is the Opinion of this Committee, that a
Committee may be appointed, to confer with such
as shall be appointed by the Common Council of
London about this Business.
"Secretary to the same Committee."
E. of Kent, Leave to be absent.
"Ordered, That the Earl of Kent hath Leave to be
absent from this House for Two or Three Days.
Petit & al. and Rednes & al.
Upon reading the Petition of Dominiq' Petit, &c.
and the Petition of Leonard Rednes and James Gardner:
It is Ordered, That Captain Hunter shall see that the
Büsiness do go forward, that so the Time may not be
elapsed; and that Dominiq', &c. do deposit the Monies, according to the Articles dated the Tenth June,
1645, in the Hands of the said Captain Hunter, who
is to employ such as he shall approve of to be fittest
for the Prosecution of the Business.
Griffith to find better Bail.
The House not approving of such Bail as Mr.
Griffith tendered to this House: It is Ordered, That
Four others be presented to this House, who are to be
bound in Five Hundred Pounds a Man, for Mr. Griffith's
good Behaviour, and Appearance before this House
when he shall be summoned.
Petition of the Assembly of Divines, against admitting scandalous and ignorant Persons to the Sacrament.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and
Commons in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Assembly of Divines, now sitting by Ordinance of Parliament in Westm.
"The Assembly of Divines having formerly presented their humble Desires unto the Honourable Houses,
that Ministers and Elders may be sufficiently enabled
to keep back all such as are justly and notoriously
scandalous, from partaking in the Holy Sacrament
of the Lords Supper; and having given many Reasons of that their humble Desire; as namely, the
Burthen which would else lie upon the Consciences
of many godly Ministers, the great Offence to other
tender Consciences, the Occasion of Schisms and Separation from our Churches, the Prophanation of
the Ordinance, the Dishonour which would be done
to Jesus Christ, the Hardening of scandalous Sinners in their Sins, the Judgement and Practice of the
Churches of Christ, the great Expectation of all
who desire to see a happy Reformation established;
and having, through God's Assistance, finished and
sent up their humble Advice touching Church Government, whereof this is One principal Part; and
perceiving every where the great Danger and sad
Distractions which daily more and more cover the
Face of our Church, while so great a Matter is unsettled; most humbly crave Leave farther to address themselves unto the Honourable Houses in this
"We cannot but be deeply affected with Consideration of the Burthen of those arduous and most pressing Affairs which lie upon you; and we most
heartily praise the Lord, for that Fidelity, Constancy, and indefatigable Diligence, wherewith He
enableth you, with so much Denial of your own
private Case and Interests, to attend upon them;
and we cannot but understand, that so great Variety
of such weighty and difficult Businesses doth unavoidably occasion the more slow Prosecution of any One
"Nevertheless, when we seriously consider how God
hath honoured this present Parliament above all other
Parliaments since the First Reformation, by putting
it into your Hearts to repair His House, and to
carry on Reformation unto a further Perfection than
at the first (which we humbly conceive to be One
of the most important Businesses before you), and,
in the Pursuance of so great and pious a Work,
given unto you the most admirable, and little less
than miraculous Evidences of His gracious Providence and Protection over you, and of His powerful Concurrence therein with you; and when we
consider, there is no more proper Way of returning
Praise unto God for these glorious Things, wherein
He seemeth to make Haste to shew Himself merciful, and to work all your Works for you, than that
you likewise should hasten those Works which concern Him, nor any surer Way to preserve and ripen
these Mercies of God towards you and us, than by
our mutual Zeal in prosecuting the Service which
we have undertaken for His Church:
"And when we remember that, as formerly in Times
of Reformation amongst the Jews, sometimes the
godly Magistrates encouraged the Priests and Levites
to promote the Reformation by them intended, as
Hezekia and Josiah did; and sometimes the Lord's
Prophets have in like Manner encouraged the godly Magistrates unto the same Work, as Haggai and
Zacharie did; so it hath been your often pious Care,
to call upon this Assembly, to hasten the Work of
the Government of the Church (when, by reason of
great Difficulties, it staid longer in our Hands than
was expected by others, or by ourselves desired);
and withall you have been pleased to receive with
much Favour the humble Desires of this Assembly,
when, out of the Conscience of our Duty both to
God and you, we have at any Time stirred you up,
by putting you likewise in Remembrance of the same
great and most necessary Business:
"And lastly, when we are enabled, from the Mouth
of the Lord, to assure you, that the Blessing of God
waiteth on this Work in your Hands, and on you
in the zealous Performance of it (as soon as ever
the People began to build the Temple, He promiseth, From this Day I will bless you):
"We are by these Considerations emboldened, yea
even constrained with so much the more Importunity, to renew our former humble Petition, for the
keeping of all scandalous Persons from this Sacrament; (fn. *) and which we conceive, as in all the former
respects, very necessary, most reasonable, and consonant to those Things which have already passed
the Judgement and Vote of the Honourable Houses;
for, if any scandalous Sins deserve Abstention, then
likewise all other scandalous Sins do lie under the
same Demerit; and, by Parity of Reason, should
undergo the like Censure; and this is certainly most
conform to the general Practice and Judgement of
the Churches of God, both ancient and modern;
for albeit there may be, amongst learned and pious
Men, Difference of Judgement, touching the particular Kind and form of Ecclesiastical Polity, and
some particular Parts and Officers thereunto belonging, yet in this one Point there is a general Consent,
that, as Christ hath ordained a Government and
Governors in His Church, in His Name, and according to His Will, to order the same, so One special and principal Branch of that Government is,
to seclude from Ecclesiastical Communion such as
shall publicly scandalize and offend the Church of
God, that, thereby being ashamed and humbled, they
may be brought to Repentance, and glorify God in
the Day of Visitation.
"Nor do we find that there hath been any great
Doubt or Question made thereof in the Church,
until Erastus, a Physician, who by his Profession may
be supposed to have had better Skill in curing of the
Diseases of the Natural, than the Scandals of the
Ecclesiastical Body, did move the Controversy.
"Nor may we forget to set forth unto you, that, as
the Conscience of our own Ministry, and Desire
of comfortable Continuance therein, and the Care of
all our Brethren whose Case is the same, and who
from many Parts mind us of our Duty in their Behalf; and as the Discharge of that Service to which
we are by your Authority called, to present our
humble Advice in Matters of this Nature, do hereunto oblige us; so also the Bond of our late solemn
Covenant, engaging us to promote the Reformation
of our Church, according to the Word of God, and
Example of the best Reformed Churches (both
which we humbly assume to be with us in this Particular); the longing Desires of the Godly, to have
this Business settled; the great and growing Distempers in the Church, for Want hereof; the Scorn
and Insultation of the Enemy, upbraiding us with
Sects and Schisms, which are in a very great Measure occasioned by this Defect; the long and sad
Intermission of that most comfortable Ordinance of
the Lords Supper in many Places now for some
Years together (which yet, by Christ's Institution,
ought often to be celebrated, and was so in the primitive Times), and that especially for Want of Provision in this Behalf; the great Danger to the Souls
of scandalous Communicants, which both Magistrates
and Ministers in their Places should endeavour to prevent, not only in some, but in all Scandals; yea, the
very Practice of Heathens themselves, who removed
prophane Persons from their Sacra: All these and the
like Considerations, not without the Encouragement
of these Honourable Houses in accepting our former
humble Desires in this Behalf, have at this Time engaged us to renew our earnest Petition to the same
"And we hope and persuade ourselves (though we
confess God's Ways and Councils are unsearchable,
and cannot be traced or foreseen by human Judgement), that the lord will, when you have finished
the Work of His House, put an End to the Rage of
your Enemies, and to those sad and miserable Distractions, which have so long set these Kingdoms and
Churches in a Flame.
"Which is, and shall be, the daily Prayer of your
most humble Petitioners.
"John White Prolocutor pro Tempore.
Henry Robrough Scriba.
Adoniram Byfeild Scriba."
Order to suspend the Election of a Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
"The Lords and Commons, understanding that, by
the Death of Doctor Eaden, the Mastership of Trinity
Hall, in Cambridge, is now void, do Order, That the
Fellows of Trinity Hall aforesaid do suspend their
Election of any Master, until the Houses shall further
perfect what they intend for the Reformation and Regulating of the said University."
House adjourned till 9a cras.