DIE Veneris, 1 Decembris.
Lords present this Day:
Comes Essex, L. General.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Aylett return with this
Answer from the House of Commons:
That they do agree in the Alterations made by their
Lordships Yesterday, in the Ordinance for setting forth
Petition from the Assembly of Divines.
The House was informed, "That some Divines were
ready at the Door, to offer something to this House
from the Assembly:" Hereupon this House Ordered, That they shall be called in; and Dr. Burges,
Mr. Calamy, Mr. Obadiah Sedgwicke, and Mr. Chambers,
presented to this House a Petition, which was read, as
follows. (Here enter it.)
They were called in again; and the Speaker, by Direction of this House, gave the Assembly Thanks for
their great Care and Pains that they have taken, for
the Reformation of Manners, and Preservation of Learning; and that this House approves of Mr. Wallis, to be
Amanuensis and Assistant to both the Scribes in the Assembly; and concerning the rest of the Particulars in
the Petition, this House will take the same into Consideration.
Clerk of the Crown to attend the House.
Ordered, That Mr. Willis, Clerk of the Crown of
the Chancery, shall give his Personal Attendance on this
House on Wednesday next peremptorily.
Gould, to be Treasurer for Money received for Plymouth.
Ordered, That Mr. Nicholas Gould, Merchant in
London, is hereby appointed by this House to be Treasurer, for to receive such Monies as shall be received
for the Town of Plymouth, according to the Ordinance
Ordered, To send to the House of Commons, to
desire their Concurrence herein.
Officers of the Great Seal.
Upon Information to this House, "That there are
divers Officers that are to attend the Great Seal of
England, which are not in the Gift of the Lord
Keeper, therefore the Commissioners do desire the
Directions of this House therein:" Hereupon this
House Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Great
(fn. *) Seal of England shall present the Names to this House
of such Persons as they think fit for such Offices as are
attendant to the Great Seal, and are not in the Gift of
the Lord Keeper or the Master of the Rolls, that
so they may be approved of by this House: And it (fn. *) is
further Ordered, To send to the House of Commons,
to desire them to join with this House herein.
Message to the H. C. about them, and for Mr. Gould to be Treasurer for Plymouth.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Aylett:
To desire their Concurrence concerning Mr. Gould
to be Treasurer for Monies which are collected for Plymouth; and to desire their Concurrence concerning the
Commissioners of the Great Seal, to present the Names
of such Persons for those Offices about the Great Seal
as are not in the Gift of the Lord Keeper.
Petition from the Assembly of Divines, for Reformation of some Abominations, and for an Amanuensis.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled
"The humble Message and Petition of the Assembly of Divines:
"The Assembly of Divines, in all Humility, and in
Discharge of their Duty to God and to this Honourable House, do inform your Lordships of the sad
Complaints brought unto them from many Godly and
Reverend Divines in and about London, touching the
daily Increase and Growth of all Manner of outrageous and intolerable Abominations; such as are
Drunkenness, Swearing, Uncleanness, and other crying Sins, in very many Places of this Kingdom, for
Want of godly and zealous Magistrates to repress
the same; which cannot but highly provoke the Lord
to more Wrath against this Kingdom, in this Day of
His Wrath already broken out upon His People, and
render fruitless all your pious Endeavours for Reformation, and the Weal of the Kingdom, unless it
be effectually and speedily cured:
"The Assembly, therefore, most humbly prayeth,
that, according to your great Wisdom and Zeal for
the Public, there may be a speedy Appointing and
Settling of some able, godly, prudent Magistrates,
that may reside in all Places of the Kingdom where
your Wisdoms shall find it necessary, to give a speedy
Stop to those high Provocations of Almighty God,
and the most dangerous Supplanters of all our Hopes
of Good from the Parliament or the Assembly.
"Moreover, the Assembly having received a Paper,
in the Behalf of some godly and hopeful Students of
the University of Oxford, with Request to recommend
it to the Honourable Houses of Parliament, the Assembly in all humble Wise presenteth the same unto
this most Honourable House, conceiving it worthy of
your noble Thoughts and Favour; yet, not presuming to interpose their own Sense therein (albeit
they apprehend it to be a Business of extraordinary
Consequence, for which much might be said), they
lay all at your Lordships Feet.
"Lastly, the Assembly having divers weighty Businesses imposed on them by One or both of the Honourable Houses of Parliament, which do occasion
extraordinary Labour to the Scribes, and lay upon
them more Work than they are able to dispatch, the
Assembly prayeth that the Honourable Houses of
Parliament would please to add Mr. John Wallis, a
godly and judicious young Man, to be an Amanuensis
and Assistant to the Scribes, both in the Assembly
and elsewhere, in this Public Service.
"All which the Assembly most humbly submitteth
to the Wisdom and Pleasure of your Lordships; incessantly importuning the Throne of
Grace to pour down richly and daily the
choicest of His Graces upon your Honours,
and to follow all your noble Endeavours with
a Blessing to the King's Majesty, the Church,
Kingdom, and yourselves.
Paper communicated by them, to establish a College in London, for the Benefit of those who driven from their Studies at Oxford.
"Whereas divers Fellows of Colleges, and others
who have taken Degrees at Oxford, upon the coming
of His Majesty's Forces, have been constrained to
forsake that University, and thereby are deprived of
the Benefit of their Fellowships, and other Ways of
Subsistence which there they enjoyed; and whereas
divers younger Students have, by reason of the unsettled Condition of that Place, been withdrawn
thence, and live destitute of those Helps in their
Studies which there they enjoyed; and whereas divers
others fit for the University, who cannot comfortably
reside at Oxford, neither in regard of the great Distance of their Habitations from the University of
Cambridge can conveniently be sent thither, nor, in
the Midst of these Distractions which now threaten
that University also, can easily stay there, do either
betake themselves to other Ways of Employment, or
else unprofitably waste and consume their Time; all
which do import a Decay of Learning for the present, and presage a great Ruin of it in the next Age:
May it therefore (amongst other weighty Affairs, with
so much Piety and Prudence undertaken for the happy Settlement of a glorious Reformed Kingdom) be
thought (fn. *) seasonable to provide for the godly and
scholastic Education of these younger Students, who,
of their own Ingenuity, seconded with their Parents Care, desire to make a further Progress in all
University Learning, that so there may be a continued
Succession and Supply of deserving Members serviceable both in Church and State, that the Ignorance
of the next Generation may not testify the Neglect of
this, and that the unjust Aspersion of the Contempt
of Learning in our Reformers may be wiped away.
"For which End, you may be pleased to accept of this
humble Motion, That a Society, consisting of Twelve
Graduate Scholars or more, may be constituted in a
Collegiate Way, for the better Training-up of Youth;
that there being a convenient House, either in or near
unto this famous City, together with competent Maintenance out of the sequestered Revenues belonging
to that University assigned; these, elected and established by Authority, may studiously accord together,
under a sage and religious Governor, enjoying all
other necessary and Collegiate Accommodations; that
those who shall be instituted by them may, from their
several Admissions thither, reckon their Time for the
taking of their Degrees, whensoever (through the
Mercy of God) they shall with Freedom repair to
either of the Universities."
House adjourned till 10 a cras.