Die Sabbati, Novembris 2, 1644.
ORDERED, That, on Thursday next, peremptorily, the first Business, the House do take into Consideration the whole Matter and State of the Navy, both in relation to the Charge, and of the Monies accruing to defray the Charge, and of the Store, and of the Winter and Summer Guard: And that the Letter from my Lord Admiral be then read again: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof.
Attainting Archbishop of Canterbury.
Mr. Niclas reports, from the Committee, the Amendments to the Ordinance for attainting Wm. Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, of High Treason: The which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Letter from Hamburgh.
A Letter from the Commonwealth of Hamburgh, of Octobris 18, in Latin, directed to the Lords and Commons, was this Day read; concerning a Ship of one of their Merchants, taken by some Parliament Ships, in his Voyage from Scotland, being freight with Coals, and bound for Rouen: And
It is Ordered, That this Letter be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Lords and Commons appointed to receive the Complaints of the States Ambassadors, and other Foreign Complaints.
Archbishop of Canterbury brought up.
According to an Order Yesterday made, the Archbishop of Canterbury was brought to the Bar; and, first kneeling, was then commanded to rise; and did ease himself in a Chair set purposely for him: And then, in his Hearing, Mr. Browne, according to former Order, summed up the Evidence formerly given against him in the Lords House; and the Answers then given by him to the Particulars of the said Evidence.
After all, the Archbishop desired Time to give Answer; the Charges being so many, and so various.
Whereas there has been a Report this Day made in the House of Commons, by Mr. Browne, a Member thereof, of all that passed in the Lords House against the Archbishop of Canterbury, both what was proved there, and what was answered there by him; the House has appointed Monday come Sevennight for him the said Archbishop to be heard, if he can say any thing to show wherein the Reporter was mistaken, either in what was proved against him in the Lords House, or in what was there answered by him.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Durand Hotham Esquire, this Day read, desiring that he may be Assistant to his Father and Brother, at their Trial at the Council, be referred to the Council of War.
Leave to visit a Prisoner.
Ordered, That Sir Oliver Luke shall have the Leave of this House to visit the Earl of Cleveland, a Prisoner in the Tower.
Exchange of Prisoners.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth allow of the Exchange of Major Willis, now Prisoner to the Parliament, for Major Rigby, Prisoner to the King's Forces; provided, that Major Willis be none of those Officers formerly employed in Ireland.