DIE Lunæ, 10 die Martii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Gower.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Book called Britannicus to be examined.
Information being made to this House, "That there
is a Book lately printed and published, called Brittanicus, wherein there are divers unfitting Expressions
touching the King."
Hereupon the House referred the perusing of it to
Justice Reeves and Serjeant Whitfield, who are to report
what they find in the Book to that Purpose.
Paper from the Assembly, about admitting Persons to the Sacrament.
The Committee appointed to consider of the Paper
brought from the Assembly, concerning admitting of
Persons to the Sacrament, reported, "That they have
drawn the same into an Ordinance, which they offer
to their Lordships Consideration."
The same being read Thrice, was approved of, and
Ordered to be presently sent to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence therein.
Petition from the Ministers of London.
Next, a Petition was presented (fn. *) to this House, from
the Ministers of the City of London assembled at Zion
Colledge; which was commanded to be read, as followeth. (Here enter it).
Answer to them.
The Speaker, by the Directions of this House, gave
them Thanks, for their great Care expressed in their
Petition; and let them know, "That this House this
Morning passed an Ordinance to this Purpose, and
intend to send it down to the House of Commons to
Dowager Lady Campden's Petition, to protect her Goods from Seizure.
Upon reading the Petition of Julian Viscountess
Campden Dowager; desiring, "That her Goods may
be freed from the said Seizure, and all Proceedings in
the mean Time against her touching the same suspended:" It is Ordered, That the Contents of this
Petition is referred to the Committee of Lords and
Commons for Sequestrations.
Message from the H. C. for Concurrence in the following Particulars.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Waddon;
To desire Concurrence in these Particulars:
1. A (fn. †) Title for the Directory. (Here enter it).
2. (fn. ‡) To desire Concurrence in the mending of a
Clause mistaken in the Ordinance concerning the new
Commissioners for the Customs. (Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
3. An Order for a Collection to be made, on the Day
of Thanksgiving for Weymouth, Melcombe Regis, and
Read, and Agreed.
4. To desire Expedition in the List for Officers.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will send an Answer, by Messengers
of their own, concerning the List of Soldiers: To all
the rest of the Particulars, this House agrees to them.
Message to the H. C. that the Lords agree to the Ordinance about Essex, and Sir Tho. Fairfax's Officers; and with Two for Concurrence.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To desire their Concurrence in the Ordinance concerning admitting of Persons to the Sacrament.
2. To desire Concurrence in the Deputy Lieutenants
3. To let them know, that this House agrees with
them (fn. *) in the Ordinance concerning Essex.
4. To deliver to them the List of the Names of the
Officers which are to be employed in Sir Tho. Fairefaix'
Army, with the Alterations.
Stavely & Uxor.
Upon reading the Petition of Arthur Staveley Esquire,
desiring "a Day to be heard, to shew a legal Cause,
such as this House shall approve of, why he should
not pay the Money to his Wife, according to the
Order of this House."
It is Ordered, That this House will hear Counsel,
at this Bar, concerning the said Decree, on Thursday
after Easter Week; and convenient Notice to be given
Colonel Keye's Petition, that his Commission, Cloaths, &c. are taken from him.
Upon reading the Petition of Colonel Robert Keyes,
Prisoner in the King's Bench, "That the Officers of
the Committee of The Savoy do detain from him his
Commission, Horse, Cloaths, and other Things, which
they took from him when he was brought before the
Committee for Examinations."
It is Ordered, That Two of the Committee of The
Savoy do attend this House To-morrow Morning, and
give an Account thereof; and the Petitioner (fn. †) to attend
Title of the Directory for Public Worship.
"A Directory for the Public Worship of God,
throughout the Three Kingdoms of England,
Scotland, and Ireland.
"Together with an Ordinance of Parliament, for the
taking away of the Book of Common Prayer;
and for establishing and observing of this
present Directory throughout the Kingdom of
England and Dominion of Wales."
Order for a Collection on the Thanksgiving-day for Plymouth, Weymouth, &c.
"The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled,
taking into Consideration the great Distress and Calamity of the Town of Plymouth, Melcombe Regis, and
Weymouth, Order, That the Collections on the General Thanksgiving-day, being the 12th Day of this
present Month of March, be taken and employed for
the Relief of the Widows, maimed Soldiers, and
other poor and destitute, in and of the Town of
Plymouth, Weymouth; and Melcombe, and commend
the same to the charitable and tender Compassions of
all good Men and Women; requiring the Ministers,
in the several Congregations, to stir up and exhort
their Auditors to all Readiness and Chearfulness in so
good and godly a Work: The said Lords and Commons further Order, That the said Collections be
taken by the several Churchwardens in the usual
Manner, and then delivered and paid to Michaell
Herring Merchant, at Goldsmiths-hall, giving his Acquittance for the Receipts; and the said Monies to be
disposed of by the Committee for the Safety of the
West, for the Ends aforesaid; and the said Collectors
are, within Seven Days after their respective Receipts,
to give Accompt in Writing to the said Michaell Herring, to the End the same may be speedily employed
as aforesaid; and the Lord Mayor of London is hereby desired to distribute Copies hereof accordingly to
the several Parishes within the Lines of Communication."
Petition of the London Ministers, about Church Government, and the Administration of the Sacrament.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled
"The humble Petition of the Ministers of the
City of London, assembled at Zion Colledge;
"That your Petitioners heartily bless the Lord our
God, who hath so graciously remembered us of this
Kingdom, in our low Estate, as by His Providence to
call and continue together in Parliament so many
zealous and faithful Instruments of His Glory and
the Public Weal, having lifted up your Hearts in the
Ways of God so far above all the great Mountains
of Difficulties and Discouragements you have met
withall, as to give us some Taste of the intended Reformation, both in opening an happy Door for Ordination of Ministers, for the replenishing of the
Lord's Harvest with faithful Labourers, as also in
bringing the Directory for Public Worship so near
the Birth; for which we return all humble and
hearty Thanks, and from which First Fruits we are
encouraged in our Expectation of our full Enjoyment
of our Hopes.
"Nevertheless, Renowned Worthies, extreme Necessity doth enforce us, with sad Hearts, to present
to your deep and pious Considerations the dangerous
and unspeakable Mischiefs, which, like a Flood,
break in upon us, and swell higher and higher every
Day; every Man taking Liberty to do what is right
in his own Eyes, because no Ecclesiastical Discipline
or Government at all is yet settled, for the guarding
of the precious Ordinances of Christ, especially that
Holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, from Prophanation and Contempt; whence it comes to pass,
that God is much dishonoured; the tender Consciences of many, both Ministers and People, are offended; Multitudes fall away into several and strange
By-paths of Separation; our Parochial Congregations, both in City and Country, are woefully rent
in Pieces, through Schisms and Faction; the Celebration of the Lord's Supper in many Congregations is wholly omitted, and likely to be so in many
more, unless some sufficient Remedy against the
Abuses of this sacred Ordinance be presently applied; the pious Ministers are extremely discouraged
in their Ministerial Employments; many, that have
formerly manifested good Affections, being much
wearied with long Expectation, do daily withdraw
both from the Parliament, their Orthodox Ministers,
and from one another.
"For Removal of all such Evils, and the happy uniting of the well-affected both to you and one to another, may it please this Honourable House, according
to your Wisdoms, with the Advice of the Assembly
of Divines, to publish, with the Directory for Worship, some effectual Course to keep back ignorant and
scandalous Persons from the Sacrament of the Lord's
"And Your Petitioners shall ever pray, &c.
"Attested, in the Name of the Ministers aforesaid, by
House adjourned till 9a cras.