Die Mercurii, 22 Aprilis, 1646.
ORdered, That whatsoever Member of the House shall,
during the Time the House is at Prayers, continue
either in the Committee-Chamber, or in the Judges
Room, and shall not come and be present at Prayers, shall
forfeit and pay, for every Time he shall so absent himself,
Twelve-pence; to be collected by the Serjeant at Arms,
and to be distributed to the Poor.
Ordered, That a Warrant be issued, under the Hand of
Mr. Speaker, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for a Writ to be issued, for the Election of a Burgess
to serve in this present Parliament for the Town of
Buckingham, in the place of Sir Alexander Denton, disabled
by Judgment of this House to sit and serve as a Member
in this Parliament, and sithence deceased.
Ordered, That the Report, concerning the Election of
Knights of the Shire for the County of Bucks, be made
on Monday Morning next, the first Business.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Vae's Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms be taken into Consideration on
Tuesday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Reports concerning Ireland, and the
Business of Ireland, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, the first Business: And that Mr. Speaker
do put the House in mind hereof; and is injoined to acquaint the House: And
It is Ordered accordingly, That no other Business is to
The humble Petition of John Dove Esquire, one of the
Members of this House, was this Day read; and was,
That such Bills, Bonds, and Specialties, as belong to Sir
John Penruddock Knight, Robert Long and James Long
Esquires, Doctor Hide, and others, Delinquents, not exceeding the Sum or Value of Seven hundred Pounds Principal Debt, which now are concealed and undiscovered,
might be granted and allowed to the said Mr. Dove, in
Part of Recompence and Satisfaction of his great Loss and
Damages sustained by Plunderings, and otherwise. And
It is thereupon Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Examinations, to examine Mr. Dove's Losses and
Damages, sustained by the Enemy; and to state the same;
and report it to the House; to the end that the said Mr. Dove
may have the said Sum of Seven hundred Pounds, Principal Money, paid him out of any Bills, Bonds, and Specialties, belonging to the said Sir John Penruddock, Robert
Long, James Long, Doctor Hide, or any of them not yet
discovered, and to be discovered by him to the said Committee: And that the Debtors, upon Payment thereof to
the said Mr. Dove, and upon Delivery up of the said Specialties, may be discharged of such Monies as shall be by
them paid thereupon.
An Ordinance for constituting and appointing Edward
Birkhead Esquire to be Serjeant at Arms to attend the
Speaker of this House, and for granting him a Patent of
the said Place, under the Great Seal, with all Fees and
Profits thereto belonging, was this Day read; and, upon
the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the
Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for appointing Ely-House in Holborne
to be in the Possession of the Serjeant at Arms attending
this House, during the Pleasure of Parliament, for the
Securing of Prisoners committed to his Charge, was this
Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for Continuing of an Ordinance, bearing
Date the Five-and-twentieth Day of October One thousand
Six hundred Forty-four, for the Ordering of the Militia of
the County of Middlesex, and all the Powers thereby given,
for Four Months, from the Five-and-twentieth Day of
April One thousand Six hundred Forty-six, was this Day
read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to
be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That Mr. Reynolds, one of the Members of
this House, and Bartholomew Hall, of the Middle-Temple,
Esquire, be referred to the Committee of Examinations;
to discover any Estate concealed belonging to Mr. Roger
Nott, or to Sir Thomas Nott: And that the said Committee do examine the Debts due from the said Mr. Roger
Nott, and Sir Thomas Nott, or either of them, to the said
Mr. Reynolds, or Mr. Hall: And that, out of such Estate
as they, or either of them, shall discover, as aforesaid, the
said Committee do pay the said respective Debts, and
every Part thereof; and report their Proceedings herein
to the House.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Bussy Mansell Esquire to be High-Sheriff of the
County of Glamorgan: And that the Commissioners for
the Great Seal of England do grant him a Commission for
Sheriff of the said County accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That it be especially recommended and referred to the Committee of the Navy, and Committee
for Power, Match, and Bullet, to consider of, and
examine the Debt due from the Kingdom to Claus Luis
Merchant, for Arms furnished by him for the Use of the
Kingdom; and take some Course for his Satisfaction.
Sir Gilbert Gerard carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for Continuation of the Ordinance
for the Militia of the County of Middlesex for Four
Months: The Order for One hundred Pounds, out of Haberdashers-Hall, for the Lady Denny: The Order for
Major Dingley to be Governor of Evesham, and Colonel
of a Regiment of Foot there: The Order for Ten thousand Pounds per Annum, out of the Revenue of the
Crown, for the Queen of Bohemia, to commence a Year
hence: An Ordinance for Amendment of a former Ordinance passed, for Mr. Fathers to be Minister of StoakeDamerell in the County of Cornewall: And the Order for
Monsieur le Frane to have Fifty Pounds out of Haberdashers-Hall.
Sir Gilbert Gerard brings Answer from the Lords,
That, as to the Order for the Ten thousand Pounds per
Annum for the Queen of Bohemia, they do agree: And,
as to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of
The House, according to Order, took into Consideration divers Questions to be propounded to the Assembly of
Divines, concerning the Jus divinum of Church-Government: Which were read one by one; and, upon the Question, severally resolved; and were in hæc verba; viz.
Whereas it is resolved, by the House of Commons,
that all Persons, guilty of notorious and scandalous Offences,
shall be suspended from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper: The House of Commons desires to be satisfied, by
the Assembly of Divines, in these Questions following:
I. Whether the Parochial and Congregational Elderships, appointed by Ordinance of Parliament, or any other
Congregational or Presbyterial Elderships, are Jure divino,
and by the Will and Appointment of Jesus Christ; and
whether any particular Church-Government be Jure divino; and what that Government is.
II. Whether all the Members of the said Elderships, as
Members thereof, or which of them, are Jure divino, and
by the Will and Appointment of Jesus Christ.
III. Whether the superior Assemblies or Elderships,
viz. the Classical, Provincial, and National, Whether all
or any of them, and which of them, are Jure divino,
and by the Will and Appointment of Jesus Christ.
IV. Whether Appeals from Congregational Elderships
to the Classical, Provincial, and National Assemblies, or
to any of them, and to which of them, are Jure divino,
and by the Will and Appointment of Jesus Christ; and are
their Powers, upon such Appeals, Jure divino, and by the
Will and Appointment of Jesus Christ?
V. Whether Oecumenical Assemblies are Jure divino;
and whether there be Appeals from any of the former
Assemblies to the said Oecumenical Jure divino, and by the
Will and Appointment of Jesus Christ.
VI Whether, by the Word of God, the Power of
judging and declaring, What are such notorious and scandalous Offences, for which Persons guilty thereof are
to be kept from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper,
and of conventing before them, trying, and actual suspending from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, such Offenders accordingly, is either in the Congregational Eldership, or Presbytery, or in any other Eldership, Congregation, or Persons; and whether such Powers are in them only,
or in any of them, and in which of them, Jure divino,
and by the Will and Appointment of Jesus Christ.
VII. Whether there be any certain and particular Rules,
expressed in the Word of God, to direct the Elderships or
Presbyteries, Congregations or Persons, or any of them,
in the Exercise and Execution of the Powers aforesaid;
and what are those Rules.
VIII. Is there any thing contained in the Word of God,
that the supreme Magistracy, in a Christian State, may not
judge and determine, What are the aforesaid notorious and
scandalous Offences; and the Manner of Suspension for
the same: And in what Particulars, concerning the Premises,
is the said supreme Magistracy, by the Word of God, excluded.
IX. Whether the Provision of Commissioners to judge
of Scandals not enumerated (as they are authorized by the
Ordinance of Parliament) be contrary to that Way of
Government, which Christ hath appointed in his Church;
and wherein are they so contrary.
In Answer to these Particulars, the House of Commons
desire of the Assembly of Divines their Proofs, from Scripture; and to set down the several Texts of Scripture, in
the express Words of the same. And
It is Ordered, That every particular Minister of the Assembly of Divines, that is, or shall be, present at the Debate of any of these Questions, do, upon every Resolution
which shall be presented to this House concerning the same,
subscribe his respective Name, either with the Affirmative
or Negative, as he gives his Vote: And that those that
do dissent from the major Part, shall set down their positive
Opinions, with the express Text of Scripture, upon which
their Opinions are grounded.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee that is appointed to
acquaint the Assembly of Divines with the Breach of Privilege in their last Petition, do deliver unto them the Questions this Day resolved to be propounded to them concerning the Jus divinum of Church-Government.