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 Lunæ, 30 Nov. 1640.
ORDERED, That Mr. Owen shall give Answer to a Petition exhibited against him by one Wm. Jenkins, Merchant; complaining that Mr. Owen, a Member of this House, did privilege one John Poyer to His Prejudice; the said Poyer being none of his menial Servants:
And it is further Ordered, That the said Poyer, notwithstanding his Claim of Privilege, be kept still in safe Custody, till the House shall take farther Order in it.
Mr. Rowse reports from the Committee for Mr. Wilson's Petition, that Mr. Wilson hath been sequestred Four Years from his Living, worth Sixty Pounds per annum; only for not reading the Book for Recreations on the Lord's Day.
It appeared to the Committee, that the Archbishop himself suspended him in March 1634; and was absolved in December 1638: In the mean time, his Tithes were sequestred; and, for Three Years, hath attended the High Commission: Complaint was made there against him, for not reading the Prayer, of the last Edition, commanded to be read by the Archbishop: He answered, he was not to read the Prayer that was arbitrary, but that which was enacted. He was summoned to appear again at the Court Day; and a Pursuivant hath prosecuted him ever since.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Wilson had just Reason of Complaint: And that there is just Cause for this House to relieve him.
Petitions against Hide, &c.
Mr. Hollys, Mr. Strode, Sir W. Erle, Sir Wm. Masham, Sir Edw. Aiskew, Mr. Rowse, Sir Fr. Seymour, Sir Hugh Cholmeley, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Oliver Luke, Sir H. Anderson, Sir Tho. Roe, Sir Jo. Hotham, Sir Peter Hayman, Sir M. Fleetewood, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Sir Edw. Deering, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Selden, Sir Nevill Poole, Mr. Kirton;
This Committee is to take into Consideration the Petitions exhibited here against Mr. Serjeant Hide, and Mr. Jo. George, Two Members of this House; to examine the State of the whole Business, and to report it to the House; and has Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, and Records, or any other thing that may conduce to the Business; and are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-court.
Delinquents in Serjeant's Custody.
Wednesday Morning is appointed to hear and consider of the State of all those Delinquents, that are now in the Serjeant's Custody.
Impeachment of Earl of Straford.
Sir Tho. Roe, Mr. Pimme, Mr. Strode, Mr. St. Johns, Mr. Grimston, Ld. Digby, Sir Jo. Clotworthy, Sir W. Erle, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Hide, Mr. Whistler, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Selden, Ld. Dungarvon, Sir Fr. Seymour, Sir Hugh Cholmeley, Ld. Wenman, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir Ben. Rudyard, Sir Ja. Thinne, Sir Jo. Culpepper, Sir Jo. Strangewayes, Sir Simonds D' Ewes, Mr. Geo. Vane, Ld. Cramborne, Ld. Compton, Mr. Bellassis, Mr. Kirton, Sir Tho. Hutchinson, Sir Wm. Bowyer, Sir Ja. Smyth, Sir Arthur Ingram, Ld. Russell, Ld. Ruthyn, Mr. Cunnisby, Mr. Noell, Sir Tho. Bowyer, Mr. Cecill, Ld. Fairfax, Sir Tho. Widrington, Sir Peter Hayman, Sir Jo. Holland, Mr. Ja. Fines, Sir Ro. Crane, Sir Jo. Corbett, Mr. Jo. Alford, Sir Roger North, Sir Edmund Mountfort, Mr. Whitlock, Mr. Mountague, Ld. Falkland, Sir Ph. Stapleton, Sir H. Mildmay, Ld. Herbert, Sir Rich. Winne, Sir Edw. Rodney, Sir Ralph Hopton;
This Committee is to meet with the Committee of Thirty of the Lords, concerning a Message sent hither on Friday last from their Lordships; touching a Message sent formerly from this House to them, by Mr. Pym, for the Examination of their Members, in the Accusation of the Earl of Straford; and touching a free Conference concerning the last Point of that Message "that some of the Members of this House should be present at the Examination of Witnesses, to be propounded by this House, to be examined in the Accusation of the Earl of Straford."
Sir Tho. Roe went up with a Message to the Lords, to know when their Lordships would please to appoint a Time for the Conference desired by their Lordships on Friday last.
Sir Tho. Roe brought Answer, that their Lordships will be ready to give a Meeting at the Conference, presently.
Petition from Irish Parliament.
The Petition of several the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of the Commons House of Parliament in Ireland, whose Names are under-written, directed, "To the Honourable House of Commons in England," read:
Petition from Irish Parliament to the King.
The humble Petition of the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of the Commons House of Parliament in Ireland, whose Names are under-written, directed, "To the King's most Excellent Majesty," read:
The Two Gentlemen, Mr. Jo. Bellewe and Mr. Ol. Castle, who brought over these Petitions, were called in; and demanded by Mr. Speaker several Questions * * *
These Gentlemen were again called in; and Mr. Speaker told them, "This House has taken into Consideration your Petition; and, in due time, you shall know the farther Pleasure of this House."
Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Comptroller, Sir Edw. Deering, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Miles Fleetwood, Mr. Goodwyn, Sir. H. Anderson, Mr. Cage, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Hollys, Mr. Perd, Sir Wm. Brereton, Sir Rich. Ansloe, Mr. Kirby, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Bagshaw, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. Cradock, Mr. Upton;
This Committee is to take into Consideration Mr. Walker's Petition; and to report the State of it to this House; and have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, or any thing else that they shall think may conduce to this Business; and are to meet on Tuesday in the Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-chamber.
Mr. Walker was called in; and did avow his Petition, and subscribe it.
Mr. Pryn was called in; and the Petition, which was exhibited here on his Behalf, by one Browne his Servant, he desired he might have a Copy of it, and Liberty either to enlarge the same, or bring in a new one on Wednesday Morning: Which was granted him.
Mr. Burton was likewise called in; and had likewise Time granted him till Wednesday Morning, either to alter a Petition formerly exhibited to this House, on his Behalf, by Mrs. Sarah Burton, his Wife, or to bring in a new one, subscribed by his own Hand.
Palmer's, &c. Petition.
There was a Petition delivered in by a Member of this House, from one Palmer and Coke; which was read, and referred to the Committee for Religion.
Images in Durham Cathedral.
The Business concerning the Images that were said to be in the Cathedral Church at Durham, was deferred, to be treated of at another time.
Issue of Public Money.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Uvedall, by Order of this House, shall receive the Sum of Fifty thousand Pounds; that is to say, Twenty-five thousand Pounds from the City of London, and Twenty-five thousand Pounds from Mr. Harrison; and shall give his Acquittances to them respectively, for those several Sums; and, having received the Money, shall convey it to Rippon; and there dispose of it, according to such Order and Direction as this House shall set down. And it is farther ordered, that, for the Monies allotted to the King's Army, he shall take such reasonable Fees, as are allowed him by his Patent: And, for the Monies allotted to the Relief of the Northern Counties, he shall present a Bill of his Charges for Conveying of it; and have such Allowance as this House shall think fit: And, for his Discharge for the Payment of those Monies, he shall take the Acquittances of the English Commissioners there, Sir Wm. Bellassis, Sir Jo. Conyers, Sir Wm. Lampton, and Mr. Gerrard Salvyn, or any Two of them.
Prisoners in the Tower.
Ordered, That the Lieutenant of the Tower be required from this House, that he do not suffer Sir Geo. Ratcliffe to speak with the Earl of Straford, a Prisoner there, until farther Order be given from this House; nor suffer any Message, or Letter, to be sent from Sir Geo. Ratcliffe unto him; or if any such be, to give Notice of it to this House; Sir Geo. Radcliffe being already sent for by Order of this House, upon an information of High Treason.
Removing Popish Officers.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Lord General be desired by a Message from this House, to remove all Commanders, and other Officers, in the Army in the North, which are Papists, or justly suspected to be Popish; and to put Protestant Commanders and Officers in their Places.
Resolved, upon the Question, That some honourable Person, a Member of this House, be desired to move his Majesty, that all Commanders, and other Officers, in any Town or Garison, that are Papists, or justly suspected to be Popish, may be removed; and that Protestant Commanders and Officers may be put in their Places.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Earl Craford's Troop, and those other Officers in the Army, that go under the Name of Reformado, are an unnecessary Charge, and fit to be spared: And that my Lord General be moved by Message from this House thereunto.
Resolved, That those Companies, or other Officers, that shall be thus cashiered by the Lord General, shall be paid to the Eighth of December next.
Resolved, That the Lord General be desired by Message from this House, speedily to make a new Muster: And that Sir Wm. Uvedall be ordered to pay the Army upon that Muster-roll.
Officers of the Army.
Mr. Treasurer is desired to move his Majesty, concerning that Particular of the Officers, and Commanders in Garrisons and Towns; and likewise to acquaint the Lord General with the Desires of this House, touching the other Particulars.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Fifty thousand Pounds now to be paid, shall be thus proportioned, viz. Thirty thousand Pounds to the King's Army, and Twenty thousand Pounds to the Relief of the Northern Counties.
That Part of the Report that concerns the Artillery, and the Manner how Sir Wm. Uvedall is to pay the Money to the Army, is referred to the Consideration of the same Committee; that the report may be perfected To-morrow Morning.