Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Veneris, 5 Feb. 1640.
2da vice lecta est Billa, AN Act for the Naturalization of Geo. Smyth, of London, Merchant; upon Question, committed, unto the Committee formerly appointed for Mr. Heren's Bill.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Naturalizing of John Beckz, Gentleman.
Superstition and Idolatry.
1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Abolishing of Superstition and Idolatry, and for the better Advancing of the true Worship and Service of God.
Petitions against Windebank.
Ordered, That the Petitions which complain of Secretary Windebank's giving Authority to certain Persons, in a secret Way, to convey the King's Subjects into Parts beyond the Seas, be referred to the Committee for Secretary Windebank, to consider of Reparations to be made to the Parties grieved: And the Committee has Power to receive all Petitions of the like Nature, that do complain of any Persons that do, in the Manner aforesaid, convey the King's Subjects beyond the Seas; and are to consider of Relief for the Parties grieved.
Seizing Books, &c.
Ordered, That all the Petitions, concerning the Books, by Order of this House, formerly seized into the Custody of the Clerk of this House, be referred to the Committee for the Lord of Cant': And it is referred to the same Committee, upon the whole Matter, to consider of the Seizing of these Books; and also to examine, by what Power the inhibiting the Printing of divers orthodox and good Books of late hath been granted: And they have Power to receive all Petitions of the like Nature.
Petition against Bowen.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Woodchurch in Kent was read; and avowed by those that subscribed it.
Ordered, That Edward Bowen Clerk, Parson of the Parish of Woodchurch in Kent, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, to answer such Complaints, as are here exhibited against him, in a Petition preferred to this House by the Parishioners of the said Parish of Woodchurch; the most material Clauses of which Petition was here avowed, and attested by Three of the Parishioners.
Clergymen not to be Justices.
Ordered, That the Lord Keeper, and the Chancellor of the Duchy, be moved from this House, that all the Clergy, which, in any of the Counties of England and Wales, are in the Commission for the Peace, may . . left out of the Commission, upon the Renewing of the Commissions this next Assizes.
Mr. Valentine, Sir Fr. Seymour, Mr. Hollis, Mr. Solicitor, are to move the Lord Keeper, and the Chancellor of the Duchy, to this Purpose.
Whereas Mr. Speaker was this Day informed, by the
Trunks to be detained.
Host of the White Lion at Islington, that certain Trunks were brought to his House, to be conveyed by the Carriers into Ireland; Mr. Woodford, the said Host, was called in; and enjoined by the House, not to suffer those Trunks to be removed from his House; nor to be opened, till he received farther Orders from this House: And it is referred to the Earl of Straford's Committee, to consider what is fit to be done with these Trunks.
Committee for Army.
Ordered, That the Committee for the King's Army do meet on Monday next in the Afternoon, in the wonted Place.
Complaint against Danby.
Ordered, That the Petition, preferred to this House by Matth. Langdale, against Sir Tho. Danby, be referred to the Earl of Straford's Committee, to examine and consider of the matter of Fact laid down in the Petition, and all the Circumstances depending upon it: And Mr. Kirton, Sir Hugh Cholmley, Sir Jo. Strangewayes, Sir H. Anderson, Sir Jo. Culpeper, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Sir Jo. Hotham, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Tomkins, Commissary Willmott, Mr. H. Bellassis, Mr. Ch. Price, Mr. Hollis, Sir Guy Palmes, Mr. Perd, Mr. Bridgman, Sir Tho. Hutchinson, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Mallory, Mr. Cage, Sir Chr. Wray, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Lord Fairefax, Sir A. Ingram, Sir Wm. Penyman, Mr. Hide, Lord Falkland, Sir Wm. Carnaby, Mr. Vaughan, Sir Humph. Tufton, are added to this Committee, as touching this Particular only: And they are to meet To morrow in the Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Star-chamber.
Message from Lords.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas and Serjeant Whittfield bring from the Lord this Message;
That their Lordships have returned to this House Two Bills, with some Alterations; the One, an Act to prevent Inconveniences happening by the long Intermissions of Parliament; the other, An Act for the Relief of his Majesty's Army, and the Northern Parts.
Ministers' Remonstrance, &c.
Ordered, That this Business, concerning the Remonstrance and Petition from the Ministers, be resumed, to be first treated on To-morrow Morning; and that the Londoners Petition be then likewise read.
Ordered, That the Report concerning the Judges be made on Monday Morning next.
E. of Meath's Petition, &c.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Earl of Meath, the Lord Nettersfield, Mrs. Anne Cage, Mr. Faey and Mr. Lonnock, be referred to the Committee for the Lord Montmorris his Business: And it is referred to the same Committee, to consider of the Fact of Ralph Welles, the Clerk attending the Office of the Rolls, in Ireland; who, when by Order, and Warrant signed under Mr. Whistler's Hand, that sits in the Chair for Irish Affairs, was required to deliver unto the Earl of Meth, or his Solicitor, a true and authentic Copy of an Office, taken in Wicklo, entitling his Majesty to the Birnes Country, refused, notwithstanding the Order was shewed unto him, to make, or let him have, a Copy thereof.