Monday, the 20th of October, 1656.
ORDERED, That no private Petitions be admitted
for a Month.
A Bill touching Marriages, and the Registering thereof;
and concerning Births and Burials; being tendered and
read; before the same was opened, Exceptions was taken
thereunto; for that the same was in divers Places razed,
interlined, and half of one of the Sheets cut off; It was,
upon the Question,
Ordered, That the said Bill be delivered back to the
Gentleman who brought in the same: And the same was
delivered back accordingly, without being opened.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Bedford have the Leave of this
House to go into the Country for a Fortnight.
Lynne Regis Election.
Colonel Chadwick reports from the Committee of
Privileges, the Case of the City of Lynne Regis in the
County of Norfolk, as followeth:
11 October 1656.
IN pursuance of an Order of this present Parliament,
of the 25th of September last, the Business of Election for
the Town and Borough of Lynne Regis in the County of
Norfolk, where three are elected, coming this Day to be
heard before this Committee, in the Presence of Council,
for the Burgesses and Inhabitants of the said Town, and
of Thomas Toll Esquire, late Mayor thereof; the State
of the Case being, by both Sides, agreed to be, That
Time out of Mind, before the Reign of Henry the VIIIth,
late King of England, the Elections of Burgesses to serve
in Parliament for the said Borough were made by Twelve
Persons chosen out of the Burgesses at large: That from
the 28th Year of the Reign of the said King Henry the
VIIIth until the Year of our Lord 1640, all Burgesses to
serve for the said Town, in the respective Parliaments
called during all that Time, were respectively elected by
the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the said
Town, for the Time being: And that in the said Year
1640, the ancient Custom and Usage aforesaid was interrupted: And that then, and ever since, till the Calling
of this present Parliament, the Burgesses and Inhabitants
of the said Town have claimed to have Voices; and
accordingly have joined with the Mayor, Aldermen, and
Common-Council of the said Town, in the Election of
Burgesses to serve in the respective Parliaments, since that
Time; and by virtue thereof, pretended a Right in having
Voices in the Election of Burgesses to serve for the said
Town, in this present Parliament: Which being denied
them, and the said Mayor, Aldermen, and CommonCouncil, proceeding to the Election, without admitting
them thereunto; and having made Choice of General
Disbrow, and Major-General Skippon, to be Burgesses
for the said Town, sealed to an Indenture testifying such
their Choice: And thereupon the said Burgesses and Inhabitants proceeding likewise to an Election; and, having
made Choice of the said General Disbrow, and Guibon
Goddard Esquire, Recorder of the said Town, divers of
the said Burgesses and Inhabitants sealed to another Indenture, testifying such their Choice: Which Indenture
they delivered to the said Thomas Toll, the Mayor of the
said Town, who returned the same, together with the
first-mentioned Indenture, sealed by him the said Mayor,
and the said Aldermen, and Common-Council, to the Sheriff of the said County of Norfolk; both which Indentures, together with the Writ of Summons to Parliament,
to him directed, annexed, he, the said Sheriff, hath since
returned into the Office of the Clerk of the Commonwealth in Chancery; as by the Return thereof produced
to this Committee, by the said Clerk of the Commonwealth, appeared:
Now, upon Debate of the whole Matter, and hearing
what could be alleged on either Side, this Committee
do not find, that, before the said Year 1640, the Burgesses and Inhabitants of the said Town had Voices in
the Election of Burgesses for Parliament; and therefore
are of Opinion, that the Election made by them of General Disbrow, and Guybon Goddard, as Burgesses for
this present Parliament, as aforesaid, is void: And that
the said General Disbrow, and Major General Skippon,
elected Burgesses by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common-Council, as aforesaid, have been duly elected: And
that the Return of the Indenture, made by the said Thomas Toll, testifying such Election, is a good Return:
All which this Committee think fit to be reported to
the Parliament; and to order, that Colonel Chadwick do
report the same accordingly.
The Question being put, That the House do agree
with the Committee in this Report;
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
||Tellers for the Yeas:
||With the Yeas,
|Sir John Hobart,
||Tellers for the Noes:
|Sir Wm. Strickland,
||With the Noes,
So it was Resolved, That the House do agree with the
Committee in this Report.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Commonwealth in
Chancery do bring in the Writ of Elections, with the
Returns for the Borough of King's Lynn, to the Bar of
this House, To-morrow Morning.
War with Spain.
Ordered, That the Business touching the Carrying on
the Spanish War, be taken up To-morrow Morning:
And that the House be resolved into a Grand Committee
to that Purpose.
Resolved, That a special Committee be appointed to
take into Consideration the Matter of Trade: Viz. Mr.
Alsop, Mr. Bond, Mr. St. Awbin, Mr. Ric. Carter, Mr.
Robinson, Major-General Haynes, Colonel Rous, Mr.
Moody, Mr. Bampfield, Provost of Edinburgh, Mr. Pickering, Mr. Noell, Alderman Foote, Major Templar, Mr.
Collins, Mr. Dunch, Lord Cockram, Lord Commissioner
Fiennes, Mr. Lockhart, Mr. Hopkins, Colonel Beamont,
Mr. Wakering, Mr. Tho. Burton, Mr. Fowell, Major
Burton, Colonel Bethell, Colonel Crompton, Mr. Whitgrave, Mr. Cobb, Captain Hatsell, Alderman Dickenson,
Mr. Wall, Captain Phillippes, Mr. Young, Sir Christopher
Pack, Colonel Whetham, Sir James Mackdowell, Mr.
Tighe Alderman of Dublin, Mr. John Clerk, Mr. Crooke,
Sir Alexander Widderborne, Mr. Downing, Mr. Stanley,
Colonel Casle, Colonel Cely, Mr. Delanoy, Major Audley,
Captain Blakwell, Colonel Cock: And all that come to
have Voices: And are to meet on Thursday next, at
Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the StarChamber.
Colonel Jephson acquaints the House with a Book
delivered at the Door, in print, intituled, "Thunder from
the Throne of God against the Temples of Idols;" with
an Epistle in it, directed to his Highness the Lord Protector, and the Parliament of England, &c. which Epistle
was now read; it being * * * *
The Question being propounded, That Samuell Chidley, be called in to the Bar;
The Question being put, That the Question be
It passed in the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put; It was
Resolved, That Samuell Chidley be called in to the
Bar: And he was accordingly called in.
And being come to the Bar, the Book was shewed
him: Who acknowleged he wrote the Epistle; and doth
own it, and all that is in it; and owns the Book too,
and all in it, the Printer's Errors excepted.
Ordered, That this Book, intituled, "Thunder from
the Throne of God against the Temple of Idols," and
the Epistle of it be referred to a Committee; Viz. to
Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Colonel Jephson, Mr.
Bennett, Mr. Bampfield, Major-General Boteler, Mr.
Gorges, Mr. Bodurda, Sir John Reynolds, Sir Gilbert
Pickering, Major General Packer, Major General
Haines, Captain Blakwell, Major Morgan, Mr. Highland,
Mr. Hoskins, Mr. Stanley, Alderman Dickenson, Lord
Commissioner Lisle, Mr. John Lockiers, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Lucy, Mr. Fowell, Mr. Reynell, Mr. Moody,
Mr. Ash, Mr. Robinson, Colonel Shapcott, Major Saunders, Mr. Bedford, Mr. Attorney of the Duchy, Mr. West:
And this Committee are to meet in the Duchy Chamber,
at Three of the Clock this Afternoon: With Power to
send for Persons, Paper, Witnesses.
Regulating the Press.
Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee,
to consider of a Way to suppress private Presses, and
regulating the Press, and suppressing and preventing
scandalous Books and Pamphlets.
Resolved, That Samuell Chidley be committed to the
Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House.