Die Veneris, 7 Maii, 1641.
LORD Wenman, Sir Thomas Peyton, Mr. John
Lowry, Sir Tho. Danby, made the Protestation.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Perfecting of
the Draining of the great Level of the Fens, surrounded
in the Counties of Norfolke, Suffolke, Lincolne, Cambridge, Huntington, and the Isle of Ely, &c. undertaken
by Francis Earl of Bedford.
Moved, That this Bill be not read the Second time,
but in a full House, after Nine of Clock.
Mr. John Evelyn, Mr. Longe, Sir Phi. Musgrave,
Mr. George Parry, Mr. Wm. Morgan, Mr. Walt. Kirke,
made the Protestation.
Leave of Absence.
Sir Francis Barnham has Leave to be absent for a
Sevennight, or thereabouts.
Moved, That a short Bill be prepared to repeal a Proviso, in a Statute made 3° Jacobi, providing, that all
Recusants, that exercise any Trade of Manufacture, may
remain and abide about the City of London; and likewise
to consider of such Doctors in Physick, as are Recusants:
That the Explanation of that Branch of the Statute,
that debars Recusants to come to Court, unless they
be sent for by the King, may be so explained, that no
Popish Recusant, of the English, Scottish, or British
Nation, shall remain either in the King's Court, the
Queen's or the Prince's, above Ten Days at farthest.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of London, be required
to bring in a Certificate of all Papists, as are within the
City, and the Liberties thereof, by Monday next; and that
the Justices of Peace of Middlesex, Westminster, and
Surrey, for the Borough of Southwark, and Places adjoining, bring in a Certificate of all Papists, as are remaining within their Liberties and Precincts; to the
end, that those that have remained here, notwithstanding
the King's Proclamation, may be fined for their Contempt
to that Proclamation.
Moved, That the Papists, that are about the Town,
as well convict as not convict, be suddenly disarmed;
and that a Letter be forthwith sent into Ireland, for the
Disbanding of the Irish Army:
To send to the Sheriffs of London, to take some Course
for the Apprehending and Seizing of Priests:
To secure the Persons of such Papists, as are the Men
of chiefest and greatest Quality in all Counties.
Ordered, That the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex
be forthwith required, from this House, to apprehend and
seize all Priests and Jesuits, that they may be proceeded
against by Law, for not obeying the King's Proclamation
for their Banishment, grounded upon an Ordinance in
Proceedings concerning the Plot.
Commissary Wilmott is appointed to go up to the
Lords with this Message;
To desire a free Conference, by a Committee of both
Houses, so soon as will stand with their Lordships Occasions, concerning the Peace and Safety of the Kingdom.
The Committee of the Six are to prepare Heads for
the Conference, and to manage it; and to report, if
Continuance of Parliament.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act to prevent Inconveniences, which may happen by the untimely adjourning,
proroguing, or dissolving this present Parliament; and,
upon Question, passed.
Conference agreed to.
Commissary Wilmott brings Answer, that the Lords
will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Continuance of Parliament.
Ordered, That so soon as the Conference shall be
ended, Mr. Pierepoint carry up the Bill to prevent Inconveniences, that may happen by the untimely Adjourning,
&c. of this present Parliament.
Mr. Serjeant was sent, with the Mace, to call in the
Members that were gone up.
Sir Thomas Parker, Mr. Grantham, Mr. Taylor, Mr.
Wm. Constantine, Mr. John Trenchard, made this
Proceedings concerning the Plot.
Mr. Pymme reports the Heads of a Conference to be
had with the Lords:
"That Seven or Eight, that would have been material
Testimony in this great Matter, being run away, upon
our sending for them; that, in That Regard, our Suspicion is much confirmed, concerning the Design to seduce
the King's Army, and bringing them hither, to join with
2. Head. "That we have probable Information of
some Forces, now at Sea-side, in France, designed for
Portesmouth: Hereupon to desire their Lordships to join
with us, in all convenient Ways, for Discovery of this
Business; not doubting, but that these Designs are
"That therefore Three Persons, One Lord, a Member
of their House, and Two Commoners, Members of this
House, be sent forthwith to Portesmouth; and, with a
Commission, directed to the Lord, a Member of their
House, in the Presence of the Two Members of this
House, to examine the Governor of Portesmouth, upon
Interrogatories; and, if any Cause of Jealousy to suspect
the Governor, forthwith to command him to come to
Parliament; and One of the Commoners come up with
him, and the other to stay there, to make as good Provision as they can for that Place, till they hear from
hence: If he refuses to come up to London, that some
speedy Course be taken, that there be no further Mischief: Next, that there may be some Forces drawn out
in Wiltshire and Barkshire, inland Counties, next adjoining to those Counties, to be drawn together, to secure
Portesmouth: Then, to take care, Provision be made
for the Isles of Jersey and Garnesey; and that the
Trained Bands of Hampshire, Sussex, and Dorsett, may
be in Readiness: Also, that Order may be taken, that
the Ships there be put in a good Posture, for the Defending of that Town; and that my Lord Admiral be
spoken withal, to put Commanders of Trust and Fidely
into the Ships: And that a Letter be sent down, under
Mr. Speaker's Hand, from this House, and from the
Speaker of the Lords House, (that they may see there
is good Correspondency between us) to the Commanders
of the Army, to give Satisfaction to the Army, To think
of some fit Way, how the Bottom of this Plot may be
discovered: That Sir John Clotworthy and Sir Philip
Stapleton may be appointed to go to Portesmouth, and
Sir Walter Earle into Dorsetshire, for Drawing of the
Men together, to be ready at hand upon Occasion: And
Sir John Hotham, and Sir Hugh Cholmley, to be employed to go down to the King's Army in the North;
and to take to their Assistance young Sir Arthur Ingram
and Mr. John Mallory, for satisfying the Army, and to
discover the Plot," &c.
Sir John Hotham and Sir Hugh Cholmley to go into
Yorkeshire, with all Speed.
That Sir Philip Stapleton and Sir John Clotworthy go
to Portesmouth, according as it is expressed in One of
the Heads of the Conference.
Ordered, That Sir Philip Stapleton be added to the
Committee of Six; and to make the Protestation of
Sir Walter Earle to go into Dorsetshire.
Sir Philip Stapleton made his Protestation, not to discover any thing that shall be revealed unto him, unless it
be unto the Committee, and for the Service of the
Kingdom, and the House.
The Heads of the Conference, that were reported by
Mr. Pymme, were put to the Question; and, upon the
Question, agreed to be the Heads of this present Conference.
Resolved, upon the Question, That it be referred to the
Committee, for the Bill concerning the Protestation, to
explain the Word "Doctrine," according to the Sense
of the House.
Mr. Pymme did acquaint the House that he had delivered unto the Committee of the Lords, at the free Conference, the Heads of that Conference.
The Lords recommend it unto this House, that there
should be some Care had of Kent; and some Course for
Pressing of Men, to serve in the King's Ships.
Committee to Yorkshire.
Ordered, That the Committee of Seven shall prepare
the Instructions for Sir John Hotham, Sir Hugh Cholmley,
and Mr. H. Cholmley, who are appointed to go into
Yorkeshire; and a Letter for them to carry with them:
And they have likewise Power to join with them in this
Service, young Sir Arthur Ingram and young Mr.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde do prepare a Bill
for Pressing of Mariners, for this Occasion; and bring
it to the House To-morrow Morning.
House to sit.
The House to sit this Afternoon, at Two of Clock.
NR. Robert Sutton, Mr. John Whistler, Mr. Antho.
Hungerford, made the Protestation.
Mr. Grimston and Mr. Alderman Pennington, are to
prepare a Bill to restrain the Increase of Buildings in and
about the Cities of London and Westminster, notwithstanding any Licence or Grant: And they are to take
into Consideration the Judgment of all the Judges, that
make these new Buildings to be a Nuisance.
Safety of Dorset.
Ordered, That Sir Walter Earle, a Member of the
House of Commons, do make his Repair, with all Speed,
into the County of Dorset, to employ his best Endeavours there, for the Safety of that County.
Deans and Chapters.
The Order for the Deans and Chapters is revived, for
them to be heard on Wednesday next.
Lord Lieut. of Yorke.
Sir Hugh Cholmley is appointed to go up with this
Message to the Lords;
To desire their Lordships to move his Majesty, that
the Earl of Essex, in this Time of Danger, may be made
Lord Lieutenant for the County of Yorke.
Bp. of Elie.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Widrington shall make Report
of the Bishop of Elie's Business, at the next Opportunity
of this House.
Ways and Means.
Ordered, That the House be forthwith turned into a
Committee, to consider of some speedy Way of Raising
of present Monies.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Hide called to the Chair.
Resolved, upon the Question, that this Committee
shall take into their Care, a Way for the Raising of Four
hundred thousand Pounds; and that all their Discourses
shall be applied to that Purpose.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Committee to Yorkshire.
Ordered, That Sir John Hotham and Sir Hugh
Cholmley be spared from going into the North, at this
time, upon the Employment of the House: That Mr.
Cholmley only go; and take to his Assistance young Sir
Arthur Ingram and young Mr. John Mallory.
And it was afterwards Ordered, That they should
have Power to associate unto him, for this Service,
Mr. Brian Stapleton also.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair: And
Mr. Hide was again called to the Chair.
Conference with Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by J. Foster and J. Heath;
The Lords desire a present free Conference, in the
Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Occasions of
this House, about the Bill, that was brought to them this
Day; and about Disbanding the Irish Army; Pressing
and Governing of Mariners.
Answer returned, by the same Messengers;
This House has taken into Consideration their Lordships Message; and will give a Meeting presently, as is
Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Hide, Mr. Martin, Mr. Glyn,
Mr. Reignolds, Sir John Culpepper, are appointed Reporters and Managers of this Conference.
Sir Robert Pye, Sir Thomas Fanshawe, and Mr.
Wheeler, are desired to bring in the Account of any Subsidy, that comes nearest to One hundred thousand
Pounds; rather upwards, than under.
Business to be done.
Ordered, That the House meet To-morrow at Eight of
Clock; and that the Report of this Conference, now had
with the Lords, be then first made: And that then the
House taken into Consideration, the Business of Providing
of Monies, to be sent to the Army.
Letter read, &c.
A Letter from the Committee of Seven was brought;
and twice read; and delivered again to Mr. Hampden
(who brought it in) to be further considered of.