Die Sabbati, 13 Feb. 1640.
vice lecta est Billa, AN Act for the Settling of Sir Robert
Strode's Estate upon Sir Richard Strode
Knight, according as it was intended, upon valuable
Abuses in Printing.
Ordered, That the Sub-committee, heretofore appointed by the Grand Committee for Religion, concerning
Abuses in Licensing and Printing of Books, be now made
a Committee from the House, and enlarged, to take into
Consideration, and to examine, all Abuses in Printing,
Licensing, Importing, and Suppressing of Books of all
Sorts; and in denying Licence to some Books, and expunging several Passages out of other Books; and hath
Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records,
Books printed, or Manuscripts, conducing to this Service; and are to meet on Friday next in the Treasury,
at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon.
Persons to be summoned.
Ordered, That Sir Nath. Brent, Sir Jo. Lamb, and
Doctor Roane, be summoned to be here on Tuesday
Smelting of Lead.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act concerning the Smelting
The humble Petition of Isaac Knight was read; and
he was called in; and did avow the Petition: And it is
referred to the Committee for the High Commission,
with a Recommendation from this House, that in regard
his Occasions earnestly press him into Holland, that his
Petition may be heard with the most convenient Expedition that may be.
Ordered, That Sir Gamaliell Capell be forthwith discharged from any farther Restraint under the Serjeant
at Arms, without paying any Fees; it appearing plainly
to this House, upon Examination of the Complaint and
Suggestion made against him, by Mr. Arundell, a Member of this House, that he is no Delinquent.
Attendance dispensed with.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Savile, sent for by Order of
this House, as a Delinquent, be dispensed with for his
appearing here till Wednesday next; a Member of this
House undertaking, that he shall be a true Prisoner to
the Serjeant, and that he shall appear here at that time.
Boteler's &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of Tho. Boteler, Rich. Legg, and
others, was read; and rejected.
Superstition and Idolatry.
2da vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Abolishing of
Superstition and Idolatry, and for the better Advancing
of the true Worship and Service of God; and, upon
Question, committed unto Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Potts,
Sir Rich. Buller, Mr. Whitehead, Sir Guy Palmes, Sir
Roger North, Mr. Cradock, Mr. Pimme, Mr. Hampden,
Mr. Cary, Sir Jo. Hotham, Sir Tho. Widrington, Sir Wm.
Lewis, Ld. Falkland, Mr. Hide, Mr. Cromwell, Mr.
Broxam, Mr. Rowse, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Gilbert Gerard,
Mr. Mallory, Mr. Vaughan, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Rich.
Lewson, Sir Wm. Bowyer, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr.
Trenchard, Mr. Hatcher, Sir Edw. Deering, Mr. Hollis,
Sir Christ. Wray, Sir Tho. Hutchinson, Mr. Millington,
Mr. Fines, Mr. Evelyn, Mr. Perpoint, Lord Fairefax,
* Perd, Sir Simonds D'Ewes, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr.
Goodwyn, Sir Jo. Culpeper, Lord Ruthyn, Sir Arth.
Haselrigg, Mr. Norton, Mr. Selden, Mr. Jo. Moore, Mr.
Pury, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Noell, Sir Jo. Clotworthy,
Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Cecill, Sir Tho. Heale, Mr. Ash, Mr.
White, Sir Tho. Smyth, Sir Edm. Mountfort, Sir Edm.
Varney, Mr. Young, Mr. Hussy, Mr. Shuttleworth, Sir
Wm. Litton, Mr. Kirton, Alderman Pennington, Sir
Nevill Poole, Mr. Dutton, Mr. Hill.
And it is Resolved, upon the Question, That all that
will come, shall have Voices at this Committee: And
they are to meet on Wednesday next, at Two of Clock
in the Afternoon, in the Star-chamber.
Treaty with Scotland.
Moved, That Monday next be appointed for the Debating and Considering of the Scots Eighth Article.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare
the Heads of the Conference to be desired with the Lords,
concerning the Disbanding of the new-levied Irish Army,
do presently retire into the Court of Wards, to prepare
some Additionals, that are to be added to the Heads of
Mr. Waller, and Sir H. Anderson, are added to this
Committee, as to this Business only.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Bill of Wools
and Woolfells, now sine die, do meet on Tuesday in the
Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-court.
Complaints against Chaffin.
Doctor Chaffin, who was formerly sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House,
upon an Information delivered against him Jan. 23°
was now called into the Bar; where, after he had awhile
kneeled, he was bid rise; and the said Information
against him was read; to which he was suffered presently
to make his Answer; which when he had done he was
commanded to withdraw.
The House fell into a Debate and Consideration of the
whole Matter: But before they came to any Resolution, -
Disbanding Irish Army, &c.
The Committee that retired into the Court of Wards
returned; and Mr. Waller reports from that Committee,
That which the Committee thought fit to propose to the
House, for an Additional to the Conference to be desired
with the Lords, concerning the Disbanding of the newlevied Irish Army, and the Disarming the Papists in
England: The Matter of which Additionals were, Motives and Considerations, to be offered to the Lords, for
the Removal of the English Papists from the Court.-
A Message from the Lords, by Judge Foster and
The Lords desire a present Conference about the Bill
of the Triennial Parliament, by the same Committee of
the Lords, as Yesterday met about it, and a proportionable Committee of this House, in the Painted Chamber,
presently, if it may stand with the Occasions of this
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
That this House has taken their Lordships Message
into Consideration; and will give a Meeting, presently,
as is desired, in the Painted Chamber.-
Disbanding Irish Army, &c.
Sir Robert Harley is to go up presently with this Message to the Lords; to desire a Conference with their Lordships, by a Committee of both Houses, in the Painted
Chamber, so soon as it may stand with their Lordships
Occasions, concerning the Disbanding of the new-levied
Irish Army, the Disarming of the Papists in England,
and the Removal of the English Papists from Court.
Ordered, That the third Part of this Conference with
the Lords, concerning the Irish Army, &c. shall be concerning the Removal of all the English Papists from
Court: And Mr. Waller is to manage this Part.
Mr. Lisle is to be joined to Mr. Reignolds, to assist him
in the Managing of the second Part of this Conference.
Sir E. Coke's Books.
Ordered, That the several Books of Sir Edw. Coke, deceased, who are now come to his Executors Hands, be
delivered to Sir Robert Coke, according to the Intention
of the said Sir Edw. Coke.
1ma et 2da vice lecta, The Amendments returned from
the Lords, to the Bill, intituled, An Act for Preventing
of Inconveniencies, happening by the long Intermission
of Parliaments: The which Amendments being twice
read, and no Man speaking against them, the Question
for the Commitment of them was not put, but the
Question for the Ingrossing; and, upon the Question,
they were ordered to be ingrossed.