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 Sabbati, 27 Nov. 1641.
Proceedings concerning Courtney.
ORDERED, That the Examination of Adam Courtney, and Papers (Pieces of Letters) that were taken with him, be referred to the Committee for Mr. Beale; and that Mr. Peard, and Mr. Wheeler, do go to the Justices of the King's Bench, to desire that Adam Courtney, alias Smyth, now a Prisoner in Aylesbury Gaol, be forthwith removed hither by Habeas Corpus.
Abuse of Wiseman.
Ordered, That the Abuse informed to be offered to Mrs. Wiseman by one Smyth a Messenger employed by this House for Apprehending of Priests, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee, appointed to examine the Abuse of those Persons so employed.
Habeas Corpora for bringing up a Prisoner.
Ordered, That the Serjeant's Man shall attend the Court of King's Bench for Two Habeas Corpora, to bring one Adam Courtney hither, now a Prisoner in Aylesbury Gaol; One returnable on Monday next, the other returnable before the Lord Chief Justice out of Term, in case the Messenger cannot come thither time enough for the Execution of the first.
Person to attend.
Ordered, That James Best, at the Sign of the Death's Head in the Old Bailey, be forthwith summoned to attend the House presently.
Letters, &c. concerning the Plot.
Ordered, That the Letters and Examinations taken upon the first Design, &c. be referred to the Committee of Seven; to prepare in such a Manner, as may be fit for the Carrying of them up to the Lords.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Bill concerning trained Soldiers do meet this Afternoon, in the usual place; and do bring in that Bill on Monday Morning.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to frame a Petition to be presented unto his Majesty, shall prepare Reasons, and offer them to this House, to be presented unto his Majesty for the Continuance of the Guards: And shall have Power to receive from any of the Members of this House, or any other, such Informations as shall be offered, as may conduce to this Business.
Colonel Goring delivereth this Answer to the Message sent to the Lords last Night;
That the Lords had taken into Consideration the Message of this House; and would join with this House in a Request to the King to continue the Guards; and to that Purpose had sent the Earl of Warwicke and Lord Digby to his Majesty.
Tonage and Poundage.
The House was resolved into a Committee, and proceeded with the Bill of Tonage and Poundage: And
Mr. Lisle was called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Lisle reported the Bill concerning Tonage and Poundage, with the Additions and Amendments, and Two Provisoes: The which Additions, Amendments, and Provisoes, were twice read.
Resolved, upon...., That the Proviso concerning the Herrings shall be struck*
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Bill of Tonage and Poundage, thus reported, with the Amendments, shall be ingrossed, and brought in on Monday.
Mr. Kinge reports the Bill for the Relief of the Captives of Algiers, with the Amendments: The which were twice read; and then the Bill was, upon the Question, recommitted to the same Committee: And are to meet upon it on Monday Morning next at Eight of Clock, in the Starchamber.
Petition to the King.
Mr. Pym reports the Petition to be presented unto his Majesty, which was twice read.
Resolved, That these Words, "in a Parliamentary way," shall be added to this Petition.
Resolved, That these Words, "by the Favour and Blessing of God," shall be added to*
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Petition shall be ingrossed, and presented unto his Majesty.
Ordered, That the Clerk shall cause Copies of the Declaration to be fair written, for his Majesty and the Lords.
Resolved, upon the Question, That a Copy of the Declaration shall be presented to his Majesty, together with this Petition.
Resolved, upon the..., That another Copy of the Declaration shall be written for the Lords.
Parliament Guards, &c.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Rich and Sir Edw. Leech;
The Lords do desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it, may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning a Message sent from his Majesty, in Answer to the Message of both Houses for continuing the Guards: And further, to acquaint this House, that on Monday next the Lords intend to proceed in the Business concerning Mr. Wm. Sheldon, and Mr. Edward Sheldon: As for Mr. Edward Sheldon, he is not able to come up by reason of his Age, as by Affidavit it will appear.
Mr. Pym, Sir John Colpeper, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir H. Vane, Sir Sam. Roll, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Sir John Colpeper reports the Conference.
The Lord Keeper told them, 'That, according to the Desires of this House, and the Resolution of their House, they had sent Two of their Lords, the Earl of Warwick, and the Lord Digby, to present unto his Majesty the Desires of both Houses, for the Continuance of Guards &c. To which his Majesty had returned this Answer: Which was read, in hæc Verba;
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