DIE Sabbati, videlicet, 19 die Decembris.
The Earl of Huntington excused for being absent.
A Message was sent from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Hamden, to this Effect:
Bp. of Ely charged by the H. C. with Idolatry and Superstition.
That he was commanded by the Knights, Citizens,
and Burgesses of the House of Commons, to let their
Lordships know, that they have received Informations of
a very high Nature against Mathew Wren, Lord Bishop
of Elie, for setting up of Idolatry and Superstition in
divers Places, and exercising and acting some Things
of that Nature in his own Person; and, because they
hear the said Bishop of Ely endeavours to make an
Escape out of the Kingdom, he was commanded to desire
that their Lordships would think of some such Course
that he may put in Security for his Forth-coming and
to abide the Judgement of Parliament.
After this, the Bishop of Ely was commanded to
And the House, taking the said Message into Consideration, did Order, That the said Lord Bishop of
Ely should put in sufficient Bail for Ten Thousand Pounds,
for his Forth-coming, and to appear at the Time of
the Censure of Parliament.
Hereupon the Bishop of Ely was called to his Place
again; and the Lord Keeper acquainted him with the
Order that the House had made concerning him; which
he consented to, hoping to get Friends to be bound
To put in Bail.
Then it was moved, That the said Bishop of Ely
might be bound, in a Recognizance of Ten Thousand
Pounds, for his Appearance, until he put in such Security as this House shall approve of; which he consenting to, did immediately, before the Lord Keeper
in the House, acknowledge as followeth: videlicet,
Mathæus Wren, Episcopus Eliensis, recognovit se debere Domino Regi Decem Mille Libras levari de Terris
et Tenementis, Bonis, et Catallis suis, etc. ad usum Domini Regis, etc.
The Condition was, That he should appear from Day
to Day, until Wednesday next, against which Day he is
to provide sufficient Bail for Ten Thousand Pounds,
such as this House shall approve of, to be bound for
his Forth-coming, and his abiding the Judgement of
Commons acquainted with these Proceedings.
The Commons were called in; and (fn. *) the Lord
Keeper told them what Order the House had made concerning Bishop Wren, upon their Information.
Lord Audley's Complaint against Mr. Davies, a Counsellor.
The Lord Awdley acquainted the House, That one
Mr. Davies, a Counsellor, lately spoke some Things
to his Lordship, which he thought his Honour was to
be cleared in; which his Lordship protested upon his
Honour to be true: Thereupon the House thought it
fit that the Business should be respited until Monday
next; in the mean Time, the Lord Awdley to consider
whether he will prosecute it, yea or no; and further,
in Case the Lord Awdley should resolve to prosecute
the Business, their Lordships thought it fit that the
Lord Cottington do give Intimation to the said Mr.
Davies (but not as from this House), he being a Member of the House of Commons, that an Information
hath been given to the Lords, by the Lord Awdley, concerning that Business.
Bishop of Bristol Leave to be absent.
The Lord Bishop of Bristoll moved the House for
Leave to be absent for a few Days, upon some urgent
Occasion; which the House was pleased to grant.
Bishop of Oxford Leave to speak with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Bishop of Oxford desired Leave of the House
to go speak with the Lord Archbishop of Cant. which
Riot in the Church at Halsted, in Essex.
Poole, et al. to be discharged upon their Submission.
This Day Jonathan Poole, Robert Haward, and John
Sach, were brought to the Bar, as Delinquents, for
the Riot committed in the Parish Church of Halsteed,
in Essex; and Lancelott Carter the Curate, William
Till the Clerk, Ben. Foster, Thomas Chadwick, and
Grace Poole, being sworn and examined in Court as
Witnesses, it did appear that the Delinquents were
guilty of the Fact charged against them. Thereupon
it was Ordered by the House, that Jonathan Poole,
Robert Haward, and John Sach, being poor and silly
Men, shall make public Submission and Acknowledgement for their foul and contemptuous Fact committed, on
Simon and Jude's Day last past, in the Parish Church
of Halsteed, in the County of Essex, in striking the
Book of Common Prayer established and confirmed by
Act of Parliament out of Mr. Carter the Curate's Hand,
as he was baptizing a Child, and kicking the said
Prayer Book about in the Church in a despiteful Manner; and likewise for taking William Till, the Clerk of
the said Parish, by the Throat, forcing him to deliver
the Surplice and Hood, which was by them torn in
Pieces in the Church; and this Submission to be done
before the Congregation, in the said Parish Church,
in the Presence of the next Two Justices of Peace:
And it was further Ordered, That the aforesaid Delinquents shall ask the Curate and Clerk Forgiveness
for the Wrong and Injury done unto them; and that
it be declared, That this House doth deeply condemn
the Fact to be an Offence of a very high Nature; and
that, if any Person whatsoever shall hereafter dare
presume to commit the like Offence, he shall be severely
and exemplarily punished; and the said Jonathan Poole,
Robert Haward, and John Sach, shall forthwith be released from their Imprisonment in The Fleet; and,
having made their Submission and Acknowledgement
as aforesaid, then they are to be discharged of the
Indictments preferred against them for the said Offence.
The said Delinquents being called in to the Bar, the
Lord Keeper gave them a Reprehension, and told them
what their Lordships had Ordered.
His Majesty to be informed of this, and the Commitment of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Earl Marshal and the Lord Chamberlain were
appointed by the House to acquaint His Majesty what
Order the House hath made concerning the aforesaid
Riot in Essex; and likewise of the Sequestering and Commitment of the Lord Archbishop of Cant. upon the
Accusation of the House of Commons.
Waferer to be discharged.
It was Ordered by the House, That Mirth Waferer, Parson of Compton, in Surrey, now in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, by Order of this House,
that he should be now discharged of his present Attendance, and make his Appearance upon the 24th
Day of January next, before their Lordships; and,
in the mean Time, to enter into good Security to the
aforesaid Serjeant at Arms for his Appearance accordingly.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens
Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ,
videlicet, 21m diem instantis Decembris, hora nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.