Die Veneris, 25 Feb. 1641.
Privilege - Arrest of a Witness.
NICHOLAS PAY affirms, that he shewed
Mr. Wooddall the Warrant under Sir Jo. Hotham's
Hand, for the Bringing up Mich. Burnelay, a Witness
at the Committee of Poll-money, notwithstanding he
would * * * *
Resolved, That Mr. Baptista Goodall, who caused one
Mich. Burnelay, that was summoned to appear before the
Committee of Poll-money, as a Witness, to be arrested,
contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, shall be.. for
as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms, to answer the
Breach of Privilege of Parliament aforesaid.
Answer from the King.
Lord Compton reports, that the Lord Lieutenant himself, and Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, attended his
Majesty, with the Answer of both Houses, concerning
his Majesty's Demand touching the Letters written from
the Lord Digby: His Majesty's Answer was, that it was
an Answer, and required no Answer.
The Order for resolving the House into a Committee,
to proceed with the Bill of Four hundred thousand
Pounds, was read: And
Accordingly Mr. Speaker left the Chair: And
Mr. Serjeant Wilde was called to the Chair:
And the Committee proceeded with the Bill aforesaid.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Ordered, That To-morrow at Ten of Clock, Mr.
Serjeant Wilde do report the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, at Ten a Clock To-morrow Morning:
And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind thereof;
and no Business to intervene.
Answer from the King - Militia.
Sir Wm. Saville reports, That the Earl of Portland
read unto his Majesty the Petition of the House, concerning the Militia.
HIS Majesty having received a Petition from both
Houses of Parliament, by the Hands of the Earl of
Portland, Sir Thomas Hele, and Sir Wm. Savile, gives
That He deferred giving His Answer to the Petition
formerly presented to Him, concerning the Militia, to an
indefinite Time, only for that He was not assured when
He should return: But since that the Queen will, by the
Grace of God, be aboard To-morrow, He is resolved, on
Saturday next, to be at Greenwich; where he will give
His full Answer to the said former Petition, without any
Letters from France.
Ordered, That Mr. Whittaker shall send the Letters
taken, that are come from France, to the Parties that
they are directed unto; and shall attend upon the French
Ambassador, with the Letter directed to himself.
Vindicating the Members.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider
of the Bill concerning the Vindicating the Members of the
House, do withdraw, to consider of that Bill.
Ordered, That no Manshall print the Sermons preached
at the last Fast Day, before the House of Commons, by
Mr. Calamy and Mr. Marshall, besides themselves, for the
Space of these Two Months, without the particular Licence and Approbation of the said House of Commons.
Whereas Mr. Luttrell did furnish the Soldiers of Sir
Charles Vavasor with Victuals and other Necessaries; the
House doth well accept of the Service; and returns him
Thanks for it; and doth undertake, and so order, that
he shall be repaid and satisfied, all such Sums of Money
as shall appear upon Account to have been disbursed by
him upon these Occasions; and Mr. Hunt is to return
these Thanks, and to send this Order.
The Petition of James Nicoll, against Mr. Flick, was
this Day read: And
Person sent for.
It is Ordered, That Mr. Nathaniel Flick, Parson of
Hardingham, in the County of Norf, shall be forthwith
summoned to appear here, to answer to such Matters as
shall be objected against him.
Council in the Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Bridgman shall have Liberty to be
of Counsel in the Lords House.
Provisons for Ireland.
Whereas his Majesty, according to the Advice of both
Houses, hath granted a Warrant for a Privy Seal. to licence his Majesty's Subjects to transport Corn, Victuals
and other Provision, Custom-free, for the Relief of the
Protestants in Ireland: And whereas this House hath
given Directions to the Clerk of the Signet, to hasteh the
Issuing of the Privy Seals, in pursuance of his Majesty's
Warrant: It is therefore Ordered, by the Commons House
of Parliament, That Eusebius Hayes, of the Port of Chichester in Sussex, be licensed and authorized by this House,
to transport into Ireland Five hundred Quarters of Wheat,
and other Provision, for the Relief of the Protestants there;
the said Mr. Hayes giving good Security to the Customers
or Officers of the Port, from whence he goes, to transport
the same for the Relief of the Protestants there; and to
bring Certificate from the Lords Justices of Ireland, (if he
deliver the same at Dublyn) or the Mayor or other Head
Officer, of the Towns of Yowhall, Colraine, Londonderry,
or Knockfergus, of the Delivery of the said Corn and Provision there, for the Relief of the Protestants there.
Bishops to be heard at Bar.
Resolved, upon the Question, That a Day certain shall
be appointed, when the Bishops of Durham, and Coventry and Lichfield, or any other of the Bishops, if they
desire it, shall be heard.
Resolved, upon the Question, That these Bishops, and
such other of them as shall desire it, shall be heard here
at the Bar on Tuesday next.
Ordered, That the Letters sent from the Justices of
Lincolneshire, concerning some Recusants Arms, be referred to the Committee for Informations.
The House being informed that divers of the Gentlemen of Somersettshire were at the Door, who desired to
present a Petition to this House;
They were called in; and did present their Petition:
And then they withdrew.
And their Petition was read.
And then they were again called in: And Mr. Speaker
told them, "That the House perceived in the Petition,
very good Expressions of Care to the Publick, and of Respect to this House; for which they have commanded me
to return you Thanks: And, for the Particulars, that are
not yet dispatched, mentioned in the Petition, they will
continue their Endeavours to give you just Satisfaction
Impeachment of Lord Digby.
Sir Jo. Evelyn presented the Articles of Impeachment
of Geo. Lord Digby, in Maintenance of their Accusation
of High Treason: The which were first read over all together; and then One by One; and voted.
Impeachment of Ld. Digby.
Articles of Impeachment against Geo. Lord Digby, by
the Commons in this present Parliament assembled,
in Maintenance of their Accusation, whereby he
standeth charged with High Treason, in their Name,
and in the Name of all the Commons of England.
1. THAT the said Geo. Lord Digby, in or about the
Month of January 1641, maliciously and traiterously
endeavoured to persuade the King's Majesty to levy
Forces against his Majesty's liege Subjects within this
Kingdom: And the said Geo. Lord Digby did, in or about
the same Month, actually levy Forces within this Realm;
to the Terror of his Majesty's Subjects.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this shall be the
First Article, in Maintenance of the Accusation of High
Treason against the Lord Geo. Digby.
2. That the said Geo. Lord Digby, in and about the
said Month of January, and at other Times, falsly, maliciously, and traiterously, laboured to raise a Jealousy and
Dissention between the King and his People; and to possess his Majesty that he could not live with Safety of his
Person amongst them; and did thereupon traiterously
endeavour to persuade his Majesty to betake himself to
some Place of Strength for his Defence.
Resolved, &c. That this shall be the Second Article,
in Maintenance of the Accusation of High Treason,
against the Lord Geo. Digby.
3. That the said George Lord Digby, in or about the
same Month of January, and at other Times did maliciously and traiterously endeavour to stir up Jealousies and
Dissentions between the King and his Parliament; and,
to that End and Purpose, did, the same Month of January, wickedly advise the Framing of certain false and
scandalous Articles of High Treason, against the Lord
Kymbolton, Densill Hollis Esquire, Sir Arth. Haselrig,
Baronet, John Hampden, John Pym, Wm. Strode, Esquires; and did persuade his Majesty, accompanied with
divers Soldiers and others in warlike Manner, to come in
Person into the House of Commons, sitting in Parliament,
to demand the said Members of the said House, to the
apparent Endangering of his Majesty's Person, and the
high Violation of the Privileges and Being of Parliaments.
All which Matters were done by the said George Lord
Digby, traiterously and wickedly, to alienate the Hearts,
of his Majesty's liege People from his Majesty, and set
Division between them, and stir up War within this
Kingdom: For which the said Commons do impeach him
the said George Lord Digby, of High Treason. And the
said Commons by Protestation, saving to themselves the
Liberty of exhibiting at any Time hereafter, any other
Accusation or Impeachment against the said George
Lord Digby; and also of replying to the Answer which
he shall make to the said Articles, or any of them; or of
offering Proof of the Premises, or of any of them; or of
any other Impeachment or Accusation that shall be exhibited by them; as the Case shall, according to the
Course of Parliament, require; do pray, That the said
George Lord Digby may be put to answer all and every
the Premises in the Presence of the Commons; and that
such Proceedings, Examinations, Trials, Judgments, and
Executions, may be, upon every of them, had and used,
as is agreeable to Law and Justice.
Persons to be
Ordered, That Mr. Wm. Murray and Sir Tho. Lansford, shall be forthwith summoned to appear before this
House, to be examined, upon Oath, in the Case of the
Lord Digby: And that the Lords be moved, that Mr.
Secretary Nicholas, an Assistant of their House, may
likewise be examined upon Oath.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Finch and
The Lords have received, by the Earl of Portland, his
Majesty's Answer to the Message from both Houses, concerning the Militia; of which they have sent a Copy.
Cambridge Militia, &c.
They have likewise received, by the Hands of the
Lord North, a Letter from the Justices of Cambridgeshire, concerning the Arms and Militia of the County.
concerning the Prince.
That the Earl of Essex delivered to the Lords the
Answer of the Marquis Hertford, to the Order of both
Houses concerning the Prince; which was, that the Intention never was that the Prince should be removed
from Hampton Court, until his Lordship's Health would
give him Leave to wait upon him in Person; neither
The Information of the Vicar and Churchwardens,
&c. of the Parish of St. Sepulchre's, against the Lord
Mayor of the City of London, for his not putting in Execution the Laws against such as he was complained to of,
for Breaking of the Sabbath; but, on the contrary, for
rather encouraging such as were brought before him for
violating the Sabbath, contrary to the Laws of the Realm,
and an Order of this House; was this Day read.
And the Vicar, and Two others of those that subscribed
the Petition, were called in; and did avow this Petition:
It is Ordered, That this Information be referred to that
Committee of this House that is appointed to meet with
the Committee of the Lords, to consider of the Petition
Yesterday presented from divers of the Citizens of
London: And that any other Member of this House that
has any thing under his Hands, that concerns the Lord
Mayor, shall bring it to this Committee: And they are
to meet To-morrow, at Eight of Clock, in the Court of
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Jo. Merrick
shall be nominated to be a Commissioner in the Commission for the Affairs of Ireland; and Mr. Hampden, formerly nominated, spared; in regard of his great Employments, being a Commissioner appointed to treat with the
Propositions concerning Ireland.
Sir Walth. Erle reports from the Committee that was
appointed to consider of the Propositions concerning the
Succours of Ireland; and his Majesty's Answer to them;
and what was fit to be done thereupon: And
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That the said Propositions, his Majesty's Answer, and the Directions, shall
be forthwith published and printed: And that the Lords
be moved to join with this House in an Order for the
Printing of them.
The Directions reported by Sir Walth. Erle, were likewise read; and voted; and, upon the Question, assented
Ordered, That the Lords be moved to concur with this
Mr. Reynolds, * Widdrington, * Browne, * Mr. Selden, Mr. Solicitor, are appointed to prepare a Bill, and
to bring it in with all Speed, concerning the Propositions
for the Succour of Ireland.
Sir Walth. Erle carried up the Votes and Propositions
concerning the Succours of Ireland; his Majesty's Answer
thereunto: And is ordered to desire their Lordships Concurrence herein, for the Printing and Publishing of them.
He likewise carried a Copy of Directions to accompany
these Votes: And to desire their Concurrence unto them.
Transporting Wools, &c.
Mr. Lisle reports the Bill concerning the Transportation of Wools, Woolfells, &c. with some Additions and
Amendments: The which Additions and Amendments
were twice read: And the Bill, with the Additions and
Amendments, ordered upon the Question to be ingrossed.
The Time when this Bill should take Force, to be
altered to the First Day of May.
Ordered, That the English Commissioners shall treat
with the Scotts Commissioners, to move them, that some
Course may be taken, that no Wools nor Woolfells may
be transported out of Scotland beyond the Seas; and that
they do acquaint them with the Bill this House has prepared, concerning the Exportation of Wools, Woolfells, &c.
Mr. Hampden acquainted this House with a Desire of
the Scotts Commissioners to come in as Adventurers upon
the Propositions concerning Ireland.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Scotts shall be
admitted as Adventurers in the Propositions concerning
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Time of their
Subscribing shall be according to the Time limited to the
Northern Counties of this Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Forest of Deane
shall be revived; to sit To-morrow, at Eight... Clock,
in the inner Star-chamber.
Allowance to Seabroke.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to receive the
Contribution Money, do take into Consideration the
Petition of Mr. Seabroke, a Minister of Ireland; and for
some Allowance to be made unto him.
Propositions concerning Ireland.
Sir Walth. Erle reporteth, That the Lords have agreed
to the Instructions to be annexed to the Propositions concerning Ireland, and to the Printing of the Propositions,
King's Answer, and Instructions; and have given Directions for the Printing thereof.