Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Sabbati, 14 Nov. 1640.
Popish Recusants, &c.
ORDERED, Mr. Geo. Vane, Sir Jo. Wray, Mr. Cage, Mr. Tho. Coke, Mr. Purefrey, Mr. Rolles, to be added to the Committee for Inquiry after Popish Recusants, &c.
And this Committee to have Power to examine touching the Discharges of Priests, Jesuits, and other Recusants, that have been formerly committed.
Warrants against Ratcliffe.
Ordered, That a Warrant shall issue, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to all Mayors, Justices of the Peace, Bailiffs, Sheriffs, Constables, and other his Majesty's Officers of this Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Ireland; requiring them to be assistant to the Bearer or Bearers of the Warrant of this House, for the bringing, in safe Custody, Sir Geo. Ratcliffe to this House, for the better and more effectual Execution of his or their said Warrant.
It is likewise Ordered, That the like Warrant shall issue forth, directed to the Postmasters of this Kingdom; requiring them to furnish him with so many Post-horses, and a Guide, as shall be requisite for the effectual Execution of his said Warrant.
It is likewise Ordered, That the like Warrant shall issue to all Mayors, Constables, Portreves, or any other his Majesty's Officers, whom it may concern, in any his Majesty's Ports of England or Ireland; and to the Masters and Owners of Ships, in any of his Majesty's said Ports requiring them to give him the best Furtherance they can, for his speedy and safe Passage into Ireland, and back again.
Mr. Maynard reported from the Committee of Privileges, that there were several Indentures returned for Burgesses for the Borough of Bossinny, in the County of Cornewall; the One returned by Mr. Corriton, the Mayor of that Town; and the other Indentures returned promiscuously: The Committee are of Opinion, that Sir Charles Herbert, who is returned by the Mayor, upon View of the bare Return, is well returned.
But Declared, by the House,-Sir Charles Herbert, not to sit in the House, till the Election be decided.
Mr. Corryton, and also Sir Rich. Buller, are commanded to withdraw.
Mr. Selden, Mr. Maynard, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Hugh Chomeley, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Hollys, Sir Jo. Colpepper, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Sir Arthur Ingram, Mr. Paulwheele, Sir Wm. Bowyer, Sir Jo. Hotham, Mr. Nicholls, Mr. St. John, Sir Jo. Jennings, Mr. Mannaton, Lord Digby, Sir Edw. Askew, Mr. Perpoint, Mr. Ashburneham, Sir Peter Hayman, Mr. Upton, Mr. Rolles, Mr. Kirton, Sir Walther Erle, Mr. Strode, Sir Chr. Wray, Mr. Arondell, Mr. Hill;
This Committee is to take into Consideration the Matters complained of against Mr. Corriton and Sir Rich. Buller, Two Members of this House, touching blank Indentures for Returns of Burgesses to Parliament; and also to take into Consideration the Matters complained of against the said Mr. Corryton, touching the undue Election of Burgesses for the Town of Bossiny in the County of Cornewall; and the Validity of that Election; and of the undue Proceedings of the said Mr. Coryton, as Vice Warden of the Stannaries, contrary to the Petition of Right.
This Committee has Power to send for Witnesses, Records, Writings, and Certificates, or any other thing, that may conduce to the Clearing of the Matters referred unto them.
This Committee hath Power also to take into Consideration all other blank Indentures, that shall be complained of touching Elections. And the Committee for Privileges has Power to come to this Committee, and to have Voice, to assist them; and are to meet on Monday next, at Two of Clock, in the Afternoon, in the Court of Wards.
Answer to Message.
Mr. Treasurer, after he had read out of a Paper the Message, which Yesterday the House intreated him to deliver to his Majesty, declared, that he had acquainted the King therewith; who this Morning hath given Order to Mr. Secretary Windebank, who deals for the Affairs into Ireland, to make instant Dispatch to the Deputy there, that all Expedition be done, according to the Message:- 2dly, concerning the Three Letters desired by my Lord Montnorrys; they were procured by Mr. Secretary Coke, who was employed about the Affairs for Ireland at that Time; that he is now in the Country in Derbyshire: His Majesty will take some Time to be informed in this; and no Time shall be lost; and there shall be an Account given.
Person to attend.
Ordered, That Sir Marmaduke Langdale, Knight, late High Sheriff of the County of York, shall be summoned to attend this House forthwith.
Person sent for.
Ordered, Sir H. Spiller, Knight, shall be forthwith sent for to this House, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms now attending on this House.
Account of Subsidies.
Sir Tho. Fanshaw, according to Yesterday's Order, delivered in the particular Account of the last of those Five Subsidies, granted by the Laity to his Majesty, in the Third Year of his Majesty's Reign.
Tho. Chude and John Clay were called in, to testify touching a Book, intituled The Jubilee of Jesuits.
Tho. Chude declareth, he had One of those Books in his Custody; he had it from a Woman at Redriffe, Wife to H. Groodwell, a Cobler, whose Wife is a Papist: He delivered the Book, the same Day he had it, to the Sheriff of London, Sheriff Warner: In which Book was contained, that the Papists should fish in troubled Waters, while the King was at War with the Scots; with Prayers in it for the holy Martyrs, that suffered in the Fleet sent against the Hereticks in England, 1639.