DIE Lunæ, videlicet, 4 die Januarii.
Sir George Ratcliffe's Counsel.
According to a List presented to the House from Sir
George Ratcliffe, and read, it was Ordered, That
Mr. Serjeant Godbold,
Mr. Tho. Gates,
Mr. Robert Pannell,
Mr. Richard Newdigate, and
Mr. David Jenkinge,
Shall be assigned for Counsel to Sir George Ratcliffe.
Clarke's Naturalization Bill.
The Bill of Naturalization of Simon Clarke was reported to the House by the Lords Committees, and
Ordered to be ingrossed.
E. Newport versus Faucet.
After this, Sir William Pennyman, Knight, and William Wodenoth, Gentleman, were sworn and examined in
Court, in the Cause between the Right Honourable the
Earl of Newport and James Faucet, who, upon hearing
of the Petition and other Particulars annexed, they did
deliver upon their Oaths, That they did hear Mr. Faucet speak Words to that Effect as is charged against
him. But, because the Earl of Newport had other
Witnesses to produce in the Cause, the House did
Order, That the Business should rest until other Witnesses were brought in.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Sir Peter
Hamond, Knight, to this Effect:
Message from the H. C. for a Conference touching the Cessation of Arms.
That he was commanded by the Knights, Barons of
the Cinque Ports, Citizens, and Burgesses of the Commons, to desire a Conference, with a Committee of both
Houses, touching the Cessation of Arms between the
Two Nations; and also a Free Conference, concerning
the Two Incendiaries nominated by the Scotts; videlicet,
the Lord Archbishop of Cant. and Lord Lieutenant General of Ireland.
The Answer to the said Message was:
That their Lordships will give a Meeting, with a
Committee of both Houses, presently, in the Painted
Chamber, as is desired.
Earl Marshal, Earl Hartford, and the Earl of Bristoll,
were appointed by the House to report the Conference.
The Lords went to the Conference; and the House
was adjourned during Pleasure.
Report of the Conference.
The Conference being ended, the House was resumed;
and the Earl Marshal reported the Conference:
"That the House of Commons doth unanimously
approve of the Continuance of the Cessation of Arms
with the Scots for One Month longer, videlicet, from
the 16th of January to the 16th of February 1640,
upon the same Terms as the former, if the Treaty
lasts so long."
Witnesses desired against the Incendiaries.
Next he reported, "That the Commons desired that
the Scottish Commissioners may be desired to produce
their Witnesses and Evidence, to make good their
Charges against the Incendiaries mentioned in their Papers; videlicet, the Lord Archbishop of Cant. and
the Lieutenant of Ireland."
Paper, containing the requests of the Scots, to be read.
After this, the House advising what Answer was fit
to be given to the Commons presently, when their
Lordships return to the Free Conference, it was thought
material, that a Paper, containing the Scotts Desires in
this Particular, might be read, dated 14 Decembris,
1640; which done, their Lordships thought fit that the
aforesaid Paper should be openly read at the Free Conference with the Commons, and their Lordships to confer with them amicably about it; and next, their Lordships held it convenient, that our Lords Commissioners
desire of the Scottish Commissioners, that such Witnesses, Testimonies, and Evidence, that they have present, may be produced, and examined, and to have a
Commission, or some other fit Means, for taking the
Testimonies of others that are far distant.
This being done; the Lords went to the Free Conference, appointing the same Lords to report the Conference as reported the former.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The Conference being ended, the House was resumed.
Earl Marshal shortly reported the Effect of the free
Conference. And afterwards
It was Ordered, That this House doth unanimously
consent and approve of the Continuance of the Cessation of Arms with the Scots, for One Month longer;
videlicet, from the 16th of January to the 16th of February, 1640, if the Treaty continue so long, upon the
same Terms as the former was.
Sir Richard Wiseman discharged.
It was signified to the House, That one Sir Richard
Wiseman, now a Prisoner in The Fleet, upon a Sentence
of a Fine of Eighteen Thousand Pounds in the Star
Chamber, being in great Misery and Want, having
neither Cloaths nor Money to buy him Bread, nor any
Bed to lie on but Straw; that he, being a Gentleman,
might, by the Order of this House, be discharged of
his long Imprisonment: And the said Sir Richard Wiseman, being brought to the Bar, appeared to their Lordships an Object of great Pity. After their Lordships
had taken his Cause into Consideration, they did Order,
That the said Sir Richard Wiseman shall be forthwith
discharged of his Imprisonment, and (being put into
some decent Equipage) to have Liberty to attend the
Prosecution of his Cause before their Lordships; and
that he have some Maintenance allowed him out of his
own Means, which is now in the Hands of his Wife.
Further it was Ordered, That James Ingram, Esquire,
Warden of The Fleet, shall be bound in One Thousand
Pounds, to appear and attend the Lords Committees appointed for the Examination of this Business.
Committee for the Star Chamber and Sir Richard Wiseman's Cause.
Ordered, That these Lords following shall consider
and examine the whole Business, Proceedings, and
Judgement against Sir Richard Wiseman, in the Star
Chamber, and the Usage of him in The Fleet, during
his Imprisonment there; and likewise to examine the
Institution and Power of the Court of Star Chamber:
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Howard de Charlton.
Ds. Howard de Estcricke.
Their Lordships, or any Ten or more of them, to
meet on Friday next, in the Afternoon, at Two
of the Clock.
Jacobus Ingram, Armiger, recognovit se debere Domino
Regi Mille Libras, levari ex Terris, Tenementis, Bonis, et
Catallis suis, ad usum Domini Regis, etc.
The Condition of the above Recognizance is, That,
if the said James Ingram, Esquire, Warden of The Flect,
shall Personally appear, and attend from Day to Day,
when the Lords Committees appointed for examining of
Sir Richard Wiseman's Cause do sit, that then this Recognizance to be void; or else to remain in Force.
Holt's Petition read, and referred.
Next, the Petition of Thomas Holt, Esquire, and Elizabeth his Wife, was read; and Ordered, That it
should be referred to the Consideration of the Lords
Committees for Petitions; and to be heard on Tuesday
next, the First Cause; and that Sir Thomas Holt is to
have Notice hereof, to appear then before their Lordships.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco,
Locum tenens Domini Magni Sigilli, declaravit præsens
Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis,
videlicet, 5m diem instantis Januarii, hora nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.