Die Sabbati, 28 Nov. 1640.
vice lecta, AN Act, that the County Palatine of Durham
shall have Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses,
to serve in the Commons House of Parliament.
The humble Petition of Thomas Brewer Gentleman,
close Prisoner in the King's Bench, read; and referred
to the Committee for Dr. Leighton's Petition; and He
to have the same Favour and Privilege, in all Points, as
Dr. Leighton has.
The humble Petition of John Cosin, Dean of Peterborough, read; and referred to the Committee for Mr.
Smart's Petition, together with other Papers.
The humble Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, Burgesses, and other the Inhabitants of the Town and Borough
of Bambury in the County of Oxon, read; and referred
to the Committee for Religion.
* Viners, that presented this Petition, was called in;
and did acknowledge the Hand to the Petition to be His;
and that he delivered it by Order, and on the Behalf, of
the Town of Banbury.
Petition from Ireland.
The humble Petition of his Majesty's Officers, and
others the Merchants, belonging to his Highness Realm
of Ireland, read; and referred to the Committee that
was appointed to draw up the Articles against the Earl
This Petition, as it was affirmed by Mr. Burlemachi
Post-master of England, to Mr. Speaker, was sent, inclosed
in a Letter, to him from Ireland; and This, Mr. Speaker,
at the Delivery of the Petition, declared to the House.
Complaints from Ireland.
Mr. Whistler reports from the Irish Affairs, That there
are many Petitions, full of Matter of Complaints of the
Proceedings in Ireland; and Suitors there for Justice:-
There are many Petitioners here, whose Estates are so
exhausted, that they are scarce able to bring Witnesses
from Ireland hither:-Many great Persons of Quality and
Trust are in Ireland material Witnesses to be examined;
as the Master of the Rolls, the Lord Chancellor, and
others: These can hardly be spared to come hither to
give their Testimony.
The Committee desires the Advice of the House in this
Particular (which their Judgments could not determine)
to think of some Way how these Parties might have their
Testimony taken; and the Truth might be known, and
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This whole Matter, thus reported from the Committee
for Irish Affairs, is recommitted to the same Committee,
again to consider of it; and to draw those things that are
to be inquired of, under apt Heads; and to present them
to the Judgment of this House, to proceed accordingly.
Mr. Glinne reports from the Committee that is to make
Inquiry after Papists,-1. For the Proclamation; the
Committee have perused it, and find several Defects in it;
and that the Issue and Effect of it is not to his Majesty's
gracious Intention, and Expectation of this House.
In the Clause, the Proclamation commandeth all Popish
Recusants, within Fifteen Days to depart the City, &c.;
which is enlarged, with this Clause, "without special
Licence had thereunto:" So that, if by any means they
can obtain any Licence from his Majesty, (which the
Committee thinks they cannot) or from the Lords of the
Council, Bishop, or Lord Lieutenant, or Deputy Lieutenant, then they are not within that Clause:-
2. "To disarm all Recusants;"-That is, to Recusants convicted, restrained: So if any be armed, and not
convicted, a Justice of Peace cannot disarm them.
3. They do find many Recusants have Letters of
Grace, to protect them, their Persons, and Estates.
4. Where the Command is, for "Recusants to depart
to their own Dwelling-house;"-of late Days, great Resort of Recusants to London and Westminster, and Places
adjacent; so that they make their Home hereabouts;
and, by Law, there is no urging of them from their Places
This is That I am commanded, by the Committee to report unto you.
The particular Exceptions taken by this Committee,
to the Proclamation, and other Matters concerning Recusants, is recommitted to the same Committee, to draw
a Bill for that which is necessary for a Bill, and to draw
a Petition for the rest; and to offer it to the Consideration
of this House, to be after presented to the King: And
they are to take into Consideration That which was said by
a Member of this House, "that he heard a Gentleman inform the Judges of the King's-bench, and the Grand
Jury there, in open Court, that one of these neighbouring
Parishes had above Six thousand Recusants in it."
Sir Wm. Erle, Mr. Whistler, Mr. White, Mr. Palmer,
Mr. Tho. Coke, Mr. Hill, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Perd, Mr.
Bagshaw, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Hide, Mr. St. Johns; these
are added to the former Committee for Inquiry after
Impeachment of Earl of Straford.
Mr. Maynard, Mr. St. Johns, Mr. Hide, Mr. Whistler,
Mr. Palmer, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Solicitor;
This Committee is to collect, and offer to this House,
Reasons, for this House to make use of, and insist upon,
in Maintenance of that Point of the Message of this
House to the Lords, which desires the Presence of some
of the Members of this House, at the Examination of
such Witnesses, as shall be proposed by this House, in
the Accusation of the Earl of Straford.
Members to take the Sacrament.
Ordered, That if any one be chosen a Member of this
House, and his Writ not yet returned, he may notwithstanding be admitted to the Sacrament To-morrow, delivering in a Ticket of his Name, and the Place for which
Sir Tho. Barrington and Mr. Perd are added to those
that are to receive the Tickets; and Sir A. Ingram and
Sir Wm. Masham, at their own requests, are excused.
State of the Army, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to consider
of the State of the King's Army, shall meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-chamber; and
has Power to Name some convenient Number of themselves, to go and treat with the English Lords Commissioners, concerning such things as they in their Judgments
shall think fit; and shall report to the House on Monday
Ordered, That, in regard the Members of this House
are, To-morrow, to receive the Holy Sacrament, all
select Committees, that are appointed to sit this Afternoon, except that for the King's Army, shall not sit;
but shall still be upon Continuance.