Die Veneris, 22 Jan. 1640.
ORDERED, That Mr. Colfer's Petition, exhibited
to this Court, against Mr. Anguish, late Mayor of
the City of Norwich, be referred to the Committee for
the rigorous Levying of Ship-money.
Privilege-Reflections on the House.
Ordered, That Geo. Preston, Vicar of Rothers Thorpe,
for very scandalous Speeches, spoken by him against this
House, (the which Words are contained in a Petition
delivered into this House, and were all clearly proved
against him, by sundry Witnesses, examined here at the
Bar) be forthwith committed to the Prison of the Gatehouse, there to be kept a Prisoner during the Pleasure of
this House: And that the Petition exhibited against him,
be referred to the Committee for scandalous Ministers,
to consider of the Residue of the Petition.
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Proceedings in High Commission Courts.
Upon Mr. Rowse his Report from the Committee for
Mr. Smart, it was
Resolved; upon the Question,
1. That the several Proceedings of the High Commission Courts of Yorke and Cant' against Mr. Smart, and
the several Fines imposed by them upon him, were illegal
and unjust, and ought not to bind:
2. That the Degradation of Mr. Smart, and his Deprivation from his Prebend, and other Ecclesiastical Livings,
were unjust and illegal; and that he ought to be restored
to all of them, together with the mesne Profits:
3. That Dr. Coesens, and others, the Prosecutors of
Mr. Smart, ought to make him Satisfaction for his
4. That Dr. Coesens is guilty of bringing in of superstitious innovations into the Church, tending to Idolatry;
and of speaking of scandalous, scornful and malicious
Words, against his Majesty's Supremacy, and the Religion established:
5. That Dr. Coesens is, in the Opinion of this House,
unfit and unworthy to be a Governor in either of the
Universities, or to continue any longer Head or Governor
of any College; or to hold and enjoy any Ecclesiastical
Referred to the Committee for Mr. Smart, to prepare
such things as may be fit to be transmitted to the Lords,
concerning Dr. Coesens; and likewise to consider of some
fit Way of Reparations to be made to Mr. Smart, for his
Relief of the Scots.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair, according to an Order
Mr. Maynard was called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker reassumed the Chair.
Mr. Maynard reports from the Committee, that, after
a serious and long Debate, the House came to this
That this House thinks fit, That a friendly Assistance
and Relief shall be given, towards Supply of the Losses
and Necessities of the Scots; and that, in due Time, this
House will take Consideration of the Measure and
Manner of it.