DIE Mercurii, videlicet, 3 die Februarii.
Ld. Treasurer Leave to visit the Abp. of Cant.
Lord Treasurer had Leave granted him to visit the
Lord Archbishop of Cant.
Marquis of Winchester's Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for enabling
the Lord Marquis of Winchester to make Leases for
One and Twenty Years.
Upon reading the Petition of Dixon, it
was Ordered to be referred to the Examination of the
Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench, and to be reported to the House.
The King desires both Houses should wait on Him.
The Lord Keeper signified to the House, That His
Majesty's Pleasure is, That both Houses of Parliament
do wait on Him at Whitehall, in The Banquetting House,
this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock, to receive an
Answer to the late Remonstrance of both Houses presented to His Majesty.
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with it.
Hereupon a Message was sent, by Mr. Justice Reeves
and Mr. Serjeant Whitfield: To give Notice to the House
of Commons of His Majesty's Command therein.
Bill to prevent too long Intermission of Parliaments.
The Lord Privy Seal reported the Bill for preventing
the Inconveniencies which happen by the long Intermission of Parliaments, together with the Amendments and
Alterations therein, which were read Twice; and, being put to the Question, whether the said Bill with the
Amendments shall pass, and be sent down to the House
of Commons, it was consented to, nemine contradicente.
The Earl Marshal, Earl South'ton, Earl Dorsett, Earl
Sarum, were by Order added to the Committee for the
Time fixed for the E. of Stratford to put in his Answer.
The Bill, intituled, "An Act for the Relief of His
Majesty's Army, and the Northern Parts of this Kingdom," was reported, with the Amendments; which being Twice read, it was agreed, nemine contradicente, it
should be sent down, with the said Amendments, to the
House of Commons.
The Lord Privy Seal reported, That the Lords Committees for Privileges, upon Consideration, thought fit,
That the Earl of Strafford should be allowed this Day
Fortnight to put in his Answer to his Charge brought
up against him from the House of Commons; and that
he should deliver his said Answer in Writing; but, upon a different Opinion, whether he should answer in
Writing, or Verbally, Guilty, or Not guilty, the House
was adjourned into a Committee during Pleasure, for Debate thereof; and the House being resumed, it was resolved, by the major Part, upon the Question,
That the Earl of Strafford shall this Day Fortnight,
at Nine of the Clock in the Morning, put in his Answer
in Writing to the further Charge against him from the
House of Commons.
Ordered, That Mr. Longevile's Cause be first heard
Bishops decline voting in a Question concerning the E. of Strafford.
Memorandum, That when the Question was voted,
whether the Earl of Strafford should put in his Answer
in Writing or not, all the Lords the Bishops did forbear to vote at all.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens
Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis,
videlicet, 4m diem instantis Februarii, hora nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.