DIE Mercurii, videlicet, 11 die Januarii.
Earl of Manchester, Speaker this Day.
Justice Bacon ordered by the King to attend Him at Oxford.
Mr. Justice Bacon acquainted this House, "That he
hath received a Letter from the King, commanding
him, upon his Allegiance, to attend Him speedily at
Oxford; and humbly desired the Directions of this
To attend the House.
The House taking this into Consideration, and because of the great Matters now in Agitation, Ordered,
That the said Mr. Justice Bacon shall give his Attendance upon this House, as an Assistant, according
to his Writ, notwithstanding this Letter.
Petition of the Ministers of the Dutch and French Congregations in London.
A Petition of the Ministers and Elders of the Dutch
and French Congregations within the City of London,
complaining of the Disorders in their Churches.
(Here enter the Petition.)
Ordered, That these Lords Committees following
shall take this Petition into Consideration, and examine
the whole Business, and report the same to this House;
and that they shall have Power to send for the Parties
on both Sides, to hear them:
Committee to consider of it.
L. Grey de
Their Lordships, or any Three, to meet when they
A Petition from some Gentlemen of the County of
Hertford was read, as followeth: (Here enter it).
The Answer returned was, "That this House approves of their Petition of Desire of Peace, which
hath always been (fn. †) their Endeavours; and nothing
shall be wanting by their Lordships to effect it."
Pretended Speeches of Two Lords called in.
Ordered, That a scandalous Pamphlet, of Two
pretended Speeches to be made by the Earl of Pembrooke and the Lord Brooke, shall be called in; and the
Author of it to be enquired of.
Bill against Pluralities.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act against Pluralities.
E. of Portland not to be absent from the House without Leave.
The Earl of Portland being this Day in the House,
his Lordship being Yesterday released of his Restraint:
It is Ordered, That the Earl of Portland shall have
the Command of this House, not to be absent from
this House without Leave; but to give his Attendance
upon this House, according to his Writ, which was
signified to his Lordship by the Speaker; and his Lordship promised to give Obedience to their Lordships
Order and Command.
Bill for clearing Ld. Kymbolton, &c.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for Clearing of
the Lord Kymbolton, now Earl of Manchester, and the
Five Members of the House of Commons, from the
Accusation of Mr. Attorney General.
County of Hertford Petition.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and
Commons in Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of the Inhabitants within
the County of Hertford;
"Your Petitioners, being very sensible of the great
Distractions and Distempers of the Kingdom, and the
Danger wherein it now standeth, and of the great
Effusion of Blood lately made (with great Cruelty
and Imanity) amongst People of One and the same
Nation; and considering the imminent Dangers and
Calamities that these Distractions and Distempers are
like to bring upon them and this whole Kingdom,
if this unnatural and Civil War be not, in short Time,
by some good Means determined; the greatest Number of People now (breaking the Bands of Laws)
submit not themselves to Government, but threaten
and commit Outrages and High Misdemeanors, to
the Terror of your Petitioners and others, who are
many of them likely to fall into Want and Misery,
by Reason of the Decay of Trading, and Exhausting
of their Estates, unless some speedy and happy Accommodation of the Differences betwixt His Majesty and your High and Honourable Court may (by
the Blessing of Almighty God) be obtained: In all
which Extremities, your Petitioners humbly fly to
your Grave and Honourable Assemblies for Relief.
"And therefore do, in all Humility, beg and desire your Honourable Favours, that some
Means of Accommodation and Peace may
be obtained, in such wife as to your High and
Honourable Assemblies great Wisdoms may
be thought fit; and that, in the mean Time,
there may be a Cessation of Hostility, and
some Order taken that your Petitioners may
the better possess themselves and their Estates
in Peace, with Protection from the Violence
and Fury of unruly and dissolute Multitudes,
who endeavour to raise themselves by the Ruin
of your Petitioners.
"And your Petitioners shall daily pray."
Ministers of the French and Dutch Congregations Petition.
"To the Right Honourable the House of Peers
now assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Ministers and Elders of the Dutch and French Congregations
within the City of London,
"Most humbly sheweth,
"That, in the Time of the cruel Persecutions beyond the Seas, many of the Petitioners Predecessors,
to avoid the Fury of those destroying Flames, were
enforced to fly in this Kingdom, which (by God's
Providence) was then a Sanctuary and Refuge to
their distressed Souls, where, by the special Grace
and Goodness of King Edward the Sixth (of Everblessed Memory), they did not only receive Protection and Liberty of Conscience, but also especial
Favours and Privileges (by His Gracious Letters
Patents and Authority of Parliament), to them and
their Successors, for the peaceable Exercising of their
Religion in their own Languages, according to the
Orders, Government, and Discipline, of the true Reformed Protestant Churches beyond the Seas; which
accordingly, by the Goodness and Approbation of
His Sacred Majesty that now is, and His Royal
Predecessors, they ever since have quietly enjoyed:
For which great Blessing, they praise God; and, as
they ever have done, so they shall always continue (as
in Duty they are bound) to pray for the Peace and
Happiness of this State and Kingdom.
"And whereas the said Congregations have, ever
sithence, to the Glory of God, been governed in
Unity, Peace, and Godliness, by the said Orders and
Discipline; and the Charge of maintaining the Ministry, their Poor, and repairing their Churches, hath
always been born by the free and voluntary Contributions of the Members of the said Congregations,
without being any Ways burthensome or chargeable
unto the Kingdom:
"Yet so it is, may it please your Lordships, that,
within these few Months past, one John D'espaigne,
Minister of the French Church of Santhoffs, in the
Isle of Axolme, and one Stephen Cursoll, who likewise
pretends himself to be a Minister, have, for By-respects
and private Ends to themselves, endeavoured to disturb and distract the Peace and Quiet of the French
Congregation, by making Divisions and Dissentions
amongst them, and in erecting to themselves, without
Warrant, Authority, or Example, new Congregations
(out of the Members of the said Church), who in
Conventicles assemble themselves, and preach in private Houses, whereby (if not timely prevented) not
only the Peace but also the very Being of that so
ancient French Congregation in very short Time will
be utterly destroyed, and by that Means a Gap made
to the Ruin of the Dutch Congregation likewise;
and so both Churches (so well reputed of by all Reformed Churches beyond the Seas) will be dissolved,
by losing of their Members, without whose usual
Assistance and Contribution they will not be able
to subsist, and, if once dissolved, may utterly despair
of ever being again re-established, or settled to their
"To the Prevention, (fn. *) therefore, of all these Disorders
and Evils, which otherwise may befal the said Congregations;
"It is humbly craved, that this Honourable House
will be graciously pleased, that some Order
may be settled, such as in your Honours Wisdom shall be thought fit, to suppress, by the
Authority thereof, these and such like Disorders, that so the said Churches may without
further Disturbance continue and exercise
their Orders, Government, and Discipline, as
heretofore they usually have done.
"And the Petitioners shall ever pray, &c."
House adjourned till 10a cras.