Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Thursday, the 11th of June, 1657.
Proceedings concerning Collingwood.
SIR Wm. Strickland acquaints the House with a Paper he hath received from Robert Ogle Gentleman, subscribed by him: Which was read; being as followeth;
The Information of Robert Ogle, of Eslington in the County of Northumberland, Gentleman:
WHO saith, That in April last, he being at his Inn at Alnwick in the said County, Sir Robert Collingwood, of Branton; John Salkeld, of Rock, the younger; Daniell Collingwood, Son of the said Sir Robert; and one Robert Pemberton; came into the Room where this Informant was: Where, falling upon Discourse about a King, Sir Robert Collingwood said, "We must have a King, and will have a King; and my Lord Protector dares not refuse it." And afterwards, the said Sir Robert Collingwood began to inveigh against Robert Fenwick Esquire, a Member of this present Parliament; saying, "He was a base Fellow; his Father was hanged for Felony; and he did wonder who sent him to the Parliament."
And further this Informant saith, That some few Days before, he being in Company where Cavalier Gentlemen were murmuring, that they had been debarred from Horse-Races, Daniel Collingwood, Son of the said Sir Robert, thereupon took Liberty to say, "That there was none now in Power, but the Rascality; who envied that Gentlemen should enjoy their Recreations."
The said Robert Ogle, being at the Door, was called in: And, being come to the Bar, the Speaker examined him upon the Matters in the Paper; which he affirmed in the several Particulars: And the Paper being shewed unto him, he acknowledged, that the same was subscribed with his Hand; and the Matters therein are true.
Ordered, That Sir Robert Collingwood, and Daniel Collingwood his Son, be sent for as Delinquents.
Doctor Clerges reports Amendments to the Bill for preventing the Increase of New Buildings: Which were twice read.
The Question being put, That this House doth agree with the Committee, in the Clause touching Making of Lime or Brick within Five Miles of London;
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, That this Debate be adjourned until Three of Clock this Afternoon.
Bibles falsely printed.
MR. Bampfeild reports from the Grand Committee for Religion;
At the Sub-Committee for Religion, concerning false Printing the Bible, and the Versal of Psalms, printed by Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Sternhold; and to offer a better, if thought fit, November 12, 1656.
AMONG other late Impressions of the Bible yet under Examination, this Committee have examined the Impression particularly referred in 24, printed in the Year 1653; which is acknowledged by Mr. John Feild, Printer, to be by him printed; and that he printed to the Number of about Two thousand of them.
That, in the said Bible, there are already discovered these Omissions, and Misprintings; viz. Know ye not that the Unrighteous shall inherit the Kingdom of God?" for "shall not inherit." John ix. 21. these Words wholly left out, "or who hath opened his Eyes we know not." Romans vi. 13. "Neither yield ye your Members as Instruments of Righteousness unto Sin;" for "Unrighteousness:" Besides several other Errata's.
That Mr. Feild hath alleged something in Extenuation of his Fault: But, in regard the Committee have not Power to take Cognizance thereof, they thought it not fit to proceed to the Examination of the Truth thereof.
That the Committee, by Two of their Members, have secured Seven thousand Nine hundred of the said imprinted Bibles in Mr. Feild's Hands, till further Order: Which are all at present discovered, and unsold.
That we understand there are yet, in the Hands of several Booksellers, in and about London and the Country, many of the said Bibles undispersed.
It is humbly offered by the Committee, as their Opinion, That some speedy Course be taken to prevent the dispersing the said Bibles, now in Booksellers Hands: And that Order may be given concerning these in Sheets secured.
The Committee have under Examination other Bibles, which are discovered very faulty: And, in one Bible, 2 Cor. last Chapter, the Sixth Verse is wholly left out.
Version of Psalms.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee be moved to impower this Committee to send for such godly learned Ministers, and others, as they shall think fit, to advise with concerning the best Versal of the Psalms, or the Amendment of Mr. Sternhold and Mr. Hopkins Versal of the Psalms, or any other, if need be; and what is fittest to be done thereupon.
Bibles falsely printed.
Resolved, by the said Grand Committee, That this Business be presented to the Parliament: And that the House be moved to secure the Person of the Printer.
Resolved, That the House be moved, That they will be pleased to give Order, That the Impressions of these Bibles in the Printer's Custody be secured; and those sold be called in.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That the Seven thousand Nine hundred Bibles in 24, printed in the Year 1653, secured by the Sub-Committee of the Grand Committee for Religion, be seized on, to prevent the Sale and Dispersing thereof.
Ordered, That John Feild the Printer be required to get in such Books as have been of that Impression: And that he do attend the House the first Wednesday in November next, to give the House an Account thereof; and also touching the Misprinting the said Bibles.
The House resumed the Debate upon the Amendments to the Bill touching Buildings.
A Proviso in the Amendments, concerning Sailors and Mariners, was read.
Ordered, That the said Proviso be committed, upon the present Debate, to Mr. Godfrey, Colonel Shapcott, Mr. Bond, Lord Lambert, Mr. Jenkinson, Mr. Highland, General Mountagu, General Disbrow, Dr. Bathurst, MajorGeneral Kelsey, Mr. Bampfeild: To meet in the Speaker's Chamber To-morrow Morning at Seven of the Clock: And are to bring it in To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Proviso on Behalf of Mr. Henly, and others, now read, be committed to the same Committee, to prepare a Preamble to the said Proviso, upon the Debate of the House; and to bring in the same Tomorrow Morning: And that Mr. Pedley, Mr. Bodurda, Colonel Carter, Mr. Steward, Mr. Fowell, be added to that Committee.
The Proviso touching Mr. Hatton was re-committed.
The rest of the Provisoes and Amendments were agreed.
Another Proviso was tendered to this Bill, in these Words; "Provided always, That this Act shall not extend to be prejudicial to the Governors of the FreeSchool in Olave Parish in Southwark, or to Francis Prichard Esquire; who have built Houses upon Horsleydowne, for the Use and Benefit of the said Free-School; any thing in this Act contained to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding."
Resolved, That this Proviso be referred to the same Committee; to examine the Matter of Fact; and report the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House.
Another Proviso was tendered to this Bill touching Building upon Two hundred and Fifty Acres of Meadow, lying by the State's Dock at Deptford, for Making of a Mould lately purchased of Sir John Barkstead, and his Regiment, by Roger Stanton and others, upon Encouragement of the Making a Mould or Harbour for Riding of Two or Three hundred Sail of Ships of England without Anchor or Cable; towards which, much hath been already expended, and Contracts made, to a great Value.
Ordered, That this Proviso be referred to the same Committee; to state the Matter of Fact, and report their Opinion therein to the House.