Die Sabbati, vicesimo Martii,1640.
ORDERED, That the Committee for licensing the
Printing of Books do meet this Afternoon, at Two of
Clock, in the Council-chamber of the Court of Wards.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Sir Hamond Le
Strange, and of the Inhabitants of the Town of Holme, be
referred to the Committee for Dr. Tomson and the Fens.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of the Inhabitants
of the Town of Thornham, in the County of Norfolk,
be likewise referred to the Committee for Dr.Tomson
and the Fens.
Petition against a Member.
The humble Petition of Wm. Widucere, Gentleman,
on the Behalf of himself, and divers others, complaining
against Tho. Lane, Esquire, a Member of this House,
was this Day read, and avowed by the Petitioner; and
ordered, that it be referred to the Committee for the
Ordered, That Serjeant-major Yoward, who was formerly sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms
attending on this House, shall, upon his giving good
Security to appear de die in diem, at such Times as the
House, or the Committee appointed for his Business,
require, be bailed.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for suppressing and
destroying all Turkish, Moorish, and other Pirates.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Limitation and
Abbreviation of Michaelmas Term; and, upon the Question passed.
Trial of Earl of Straford.
Ordered, That the Earl of Straford's Committee of
Thirteen shall have Power to manage the Evidence, in
such Manner as they themselves shall think fit to manage
the same, at the Trial of the Earl of Straford.
Ordered, That Mr. White and Mr. Prideaux be appointed to take Notes of the Passages at the Trial of the
Earl of Straford; and to report them to the House, if
Occasion be: And that the Committee shall have Power,
if Occasion be, to make use of Two more, such as they
shall think fit, though they be not of the House.
Moved, from the Earl of Straford's Committee, That
it would please the House, to give a fair and candid Interpretation of the Committee's Labours and Endeavours
in this Business.
Upon Sir Jo. Culpeper's Report from the Committee
that was appointed to view the Place, and to regulate the
Order and the Manner of the Committee of the House
coming, and being there,
It was Ordered,
1. That the Members of the Commons shall sit together, without Intermixture of any others, in that Place
which is prepared for them:
2. That, in respect of the Inconveniency of it, the
Members shall not come to meet at the House on Monday
Morning, but come directly to the Place of the Trial:
3. That, for the well-ordering of the Business, the
same Committee, with the Addition of Mr. Perd, shall
be present at the several Doors at the Entrance of the
Place appointed for the Members of the House, by Six
of Clock; and are directed and required by the House,
to admit none, but such as shall bring Tickets of their
Names, and the Places for which they serve; and that
none of the Members of the House shall be admitted to
come in, before those that are appointed to attend at the
Doors shall come; and that, if any, either Stranger, or
Member of the House, shall offend this Order, those
who are appointed to attend this Service shall report it
to the House.
And it is farther Ordered, That all of the House shall
be there by Eight of Clock at the farthest; and that such
Places shall be reserved for them who shall attend this
Service, as they shall find to be most proper and convenient for them.
4. Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms shall attend
within the Court, and his Men without, to be employed
in such Service, as they who manage the Evidence shall
He farther reported, That the Speaker might be present, in some private Place, and as a particular Member
of this House, but the Committee doth not think fit,
that the House shall declare any Order in it.
Touching the Members of the House being covered
at the Trial, the Committee thinks it not fit for them to
deliver any Opinion; only they offer the Difference, that
may be, when both Houses meet, or Committees of both
Houses, and the present Case; where the Lords are to
meet as a House, and the Commons as a Committee of
House to sit.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the House shall sit
this Afternoon; and shall meet at Two of Clock.
Mr. Bellassis went up to the Lords with this Message;
Lords to sit.
To desire their Lordships, that in regard this House
is much streightened in Time, and hath great Affairs in
hand, and will sit this Afternoon, and may have Occasion
of a Conference with their Lordships, that they will
please to sit likewise.
Earl of Straford's Witnesses.
The humble Petition of Tho. Earl of Straford was this
Day read; wherein he desires, that he may make use of
some Members of this House, nominated in his Petition,
as Witnesses at his Trial.
The House leaves those Members, nominated in the
said Petition, to do therein as they shall please, without
thereby giving any Offence to the House.
Lords to sit.
Mr. Bellassis brings Answer, that their Lordships
intend to sit this Afternoon, as is desired.
Ordered, That Mr. Jo. Cravon, a Member of this
House, shall pay in to Sir Wm. Uvedale, towards the Relief of the King's Army, the Thousand Pounds he voluntarily lends to the Service of the House; and that an
Acquittance, under Sir Wm. Uvedale's Hand, shall be a
sufficient Discharge for him, for the Receipt thereof.
ORDERED, That so soon as the Lords are set,
and that the House is fuller, a Message shall be sent
to the Lords, to desire a free Conference, concerning the
Trial of Earl of Straford.
Mr. Martin is to go up to the Lords, to desire a free
Conference with their Lordships, by the same Committee,
that was formerly appointed, touching the Matter of the
last free Conference, concerning the Trial of the Earl of
Mr. Treasurer, Sir Jo. Culpeper, Mr. Nath. Fines,
Mr. Hollis, Mr. Hide, Sir Jo. Hotham, Mr. Crew, Sir
H. Vane, Mr. A. Goodwyn, Sir Ph. Stapleton, Sir Edw.
Hungerford, Mr. H. Bellassis, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Cage,
This Committee is presently to retire into the Court
of Wards, to prepare Heads for a Conference to be desired with the Lords, about the Business of the Paper,
that came from the Lords at the last Conference, and the
Consequences that depend upon it; and concerning the
Ordered, That those Members of the House, that are
appointed to manage the Evidence at the Trial of the
Earl of Straford, shall have Power, if any Witnesses be
produced for the Earl, to ask, if they have been sworn;
and, if it shall appear, that they have been sworn, or if
any shall be sworn at the Bar, to forbear to proceed any
farther in the Managing of their Evidence, until they
have resorted unto the House, and have received farther
Order from * *
Mr. Martin brings answer from the Lords, that their
Lordships will give a present Meeting, by the same
Committee, as is desired.
All the Orders, that concern the Proceedings against
the Earl of Straford, are required to be copied out, for
the Service of that Committee.
Mr. Whittlock carried up, to the Conference, the
Protestation and Savings of the House of Commons,
according to the Order of 16° Martii.
Farmers of Customs.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Customers shall
have Power to examine the latter Grants in King James
his Time, by which the great Farm, and petty Farms,
are let out to Farmers; and also have Power to send for
the said Patents.
Bishop of Ardagh.
A Letter from Sir Rich. Bolton Knight, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and Speaker of the Lord's House there,
directed "To Mr. Speaker of the House of Commons
in England," on the Behalf of the Bishop of Ardagh, who
is summoned to attend here, and is a Member of the
Lords House there, was this Day read; and ordered to
be referred to the Committee for Irish Affairs.
Ordered, That no Petition, nor any other new Matter,
be received into the House for this Month, unless it be
public or private Bills.
Ordered, That the Committee for scandalous Ministers
do prepare and draw a Bill against scandalous Ministers,
and present it to the House: And they are to take That
into Consideration, which has been offered concerning
Commissions to be sent into the several Counties to examine Scandals in Ministers: And That Committee is to
entertain no new Business.
Business before Committees.
Ordered, That those Gentlemen, that sit in the several
Chairs, shall, with the Assistance of the Committees,
consider what Businesses are of most publick Concernment; and proceed in them, and lay aside all others, till
those be perfected, and presented to the House.
Ordered, That a Warrant issue, under Mr. Speaker's
Hand, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery,
for a new Writ, for Electing of a Knight to serve for the
County of Devon, in the Room and Stead of Mr. Wise,
formerly chosen to serve as One of the Knights for that
County, and since deceased.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the
Judges, to consider of the Judgment in the Exchequer
concerning Knighthood-money; and likewise to consider
of the Matter of Escuage; and to present the Inconveniencies of them to the House.
Sir Jo. Strangewayes, Mr. Mallory, Sir Simonds
D'Ewes, and Mr. Philip Smyth, are added to that
Supply for the Army.
Mr. Hide reports from the Committee appointed to
draw up Heads for a free Conference to be desired with
the Lords, concerning the Paper that came from the
Lords at the last free Conference; and concerning the
King's Army; in hæc verba;
The House of Commons, upon Consideration of the
Paper last sent down from their Lordships, touching the
Affairs of both Kingdoms, are very sensible both of the
Extremity and Sufferance of the Scotts Army, and the
Two Counties wherein they are, for want of Money and
Supply expected from hence; and of the King's Army,
and the County of Yorke, in which that is, under the
same Extremity: The House of Commons have used
their best Endeavours, both for the Prevention and Removal of these Mischiefs; and to that Purpose hath passed
an Act for the Levying of Four Subsidies; and, finding
That Supply not to be sufficient for the present Occasions, have since voted, in their House, Two Subsidies
more: Upon the Computation of these Six Subsidies,
they suppose the Sum, to be raised thereupon, will
amount to above Three hundred thousand Pounds.
The Money already raised by the House upon their
Credits, and disbursed for those Employments, amounts..
One hundred Seventy-five thousand Pounds; so that,
if their Computation upon the Whole, fail not, there
remains still, of the Six Subsidies, above One hundred and
Twenty thousand Pounds. There have been no Ways
left unattempted, we could possibly think of, for the Providing of present Money; but cannot find any, which is
likely to answer the Urgency and Necessity of the Occasion. Since it appears, there remains of the Six Subsidies,
towards the present necessary Disbursements, above One
hundred and Twenty thousand Pounds; and the present
providing the same so much concerns the Welfare and
Subsistence of the whole Kingdom; we desire their Lordships to advise, what is to be done in this great Exigent,
for the Safety of the Kingdom.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Report from
the Committee shall be the Ground of the Conference
to be desired with the Lords.
Mr. Hide is to manage this Conference.
Sir Hugh Cholmeley went up to the Lords with this
To desire a free Conference with their Lordships,
concerning the Paper that last came from the Lords, concerning the Affairs of both Kingdoms.
Sir Hugh Cholmeley -, that the Lords will give a
Meeting presently, as is desired.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde reports from the Committee for
Tonage and Poundage, some Matters that concern the
Setting forth of a Fleet this Year.
Nothing was done upon this Report, more than the
Recommitting of the farther Consideration of the Ways
of setting forth a Fleet to the same Committee.
House to sit.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whittfield and
Sir Edward Leech;
The Lords do intend to sit on Monday next in the Afternoon, concerning the Business of the late Conference;
and do desire, that this House would do the like, if it
may stand with their Conveniency.
Answer returned by the same Messengers, that this
House has taken their Lordships Message into Consideration; and resolves to sit on Monday next in the Afternoon.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Bill of Tonage
and Poundage do meet on Monday Morning next, at
Seven of Clock, at Mr. Treasurer's Chamber at Whitehall; to confer and treat farther with such as they shall
think fit, concerning the Occasions of the Navy.
Privilege of a Witness.
Ordered, That Edw. Nicholson, who, by a Warrant
from the Committee for the Fens, was sent for up to
witness in a Cause depending before that Committee;
and, since his coming up, is arrested upon a mesne
Process, and carried to the Prison of the Computer in
Wood-street; be forthwith discharged from his Imprisonment.