DIE Veneris, videlicet, 10 die Decembris.
Watchmen about the House disliked.
There being this Day a Company of Watchmen with
Halberds about the Parliament Door; it was moved,
That some of them might be called in, to know who
did command them to come, and by what Authority
and to what Purpose they come. Hereupon Two of
the Constables were brought in, and demanded the Reason why they came hither. They said, "They came by
virtue of a Warrant from the High Constable, to be
ready this Day to attend the Houses of Parliament,
because a Riot is likely to be in Westm."
High Constable and Undersheriff to attend.
Ordered, That the High Constable and the Undersheriff do attend this House presently.
Petition of Somersetshire, concerning the Church Government.
A Petition was delivered into this House, by the Lord
Marquis of Hartford, from some of the County of Som'settshire, concerning the Government of the Church;
which was read presently.
Petition of Huntingdonshire, about the same.
Next the Petition, under the Hands of some of the
Inhabitants of Huntingtonshire, was read, touching Church
High Constable examined, concerning the Watchmen about the House.
The High Constable was brought in, and asked by
what Authority he gave Order for the Watchmen to
guard this House. He said, he received (fn. *) it from the
Justices of the Peace.
Under-sheriff examined about them.
After this, the Under-sheriff of Midd. was called
in, and demanded by what Warrant the Watchmen are
here. He said, he had received a Warrant from the
Justices of the Peace of Midd. which they sent forth
by virtue of the King's Writ directed to them, for preventing of Routs, Riots, and unlawful Assemblies, according to the Statute of 2 H. V.
Committee to enquire into this Business.
Then this House appointed the Lord Great Chamberlain, the Lord Wharton, the Lord Brooke, and the
Lord Roberts, to go into Westm. Hall, and other Places
near this House, to see what Company there is, whether any unlawful Assemblies or Routs were there; and
these Lords reported unto this House, "That there was
no Face of any Routs or Assemblies, nor any greater
Number of People than usually."
The Watchmen discharged.
The Justices sent for.
Hereupon this House discharged the Guard, in the
King's Name; and, in regard it appeared that it was
the Precipitation of the Justices that caused these Men
to come, by virtue of their Warrants, it is Ordered,
That those Justices of the Peace for Midd. and Westm.
that subscribed the Warrants, be sent for, to attend this
House To-morrow, to (fn. †) give a Reason why (fn. ‡) they sent
forth those Warrants, and what Reasons induced them
to believe that there would be a Tumult this Day in
Symonds, about printing a Book against the Common Prayer.
Next Mathewe Symonds, a Printer, was brought in,
and asked whether he printed a Book, intitutled, Certain
Grievances, or Errors of the Service Book; and who delivered him the Copy thereof. The said Symonds confessed he printed such a Book, but it was printed divers
Times before by others; and that one Lewis Hughes
the Author did bring it him; but who did license it he
Hereupon these Lords following were appointed to
consider of the aforesaid, and report their Opinions of
it to this House: videlicet,
The L. Archbp. of Yorke.
|L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Their Lordships, or any Five, to meet on Monday
next, at Twelve a Clock, in the Painted Chamber.
Symonds committed, and Hughes sent for.
Ordered, That Mathewe Symonds shall be committed to The Fleet, unless he find Bail to appear before
the Lords Committees, and that Lewis Hughes do likewise attend the Lords Committees, on Monday next.
E. of Warwick versus Langhorne.
This House being this Day informed, "That William
Langhorne, Merchant, hath been served with an Order of this House, dated the 26th of August last past,
concerning the Right Honourable the Earl of Warwicke, and that the said Langhorne doth refuse to
obey the same, by paying the Monies therein mentioned:" It is therefore Ordered, &c. That the
said William Langhorne shall forthwith, upon Sight
hereof, appear before their Lordships, to shew Cause
why he hath not obeyed the said Order; upon whose
Appearance their Lordships will take such further Course
herein as in their Wisdoms they shall think fit.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Marten:
Message from the H. C. for a Conference on the Bill for pressing Soldiers.
To desire a present Conference, by a Committee of
both Houses, if it may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, touching the Amendments in the Bill for
pressing of Soldiers.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will give a present Meeting, in
the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed; and the Lord Keeper reported the
Effect of this Conference; which was, "That the House
of Commons agree to all the Amendments and Alterations in the Bill for pressing of Soldiers; only they
desire that Two Words may be omitted, videlicet, ["or
Further Conference to be had about this Bill.
The House, taking this into Consideration, Resolved
to have a Conference with the House [ (fn. *) of Commons],
to desire their Answer to a late Conference, to know
whether they will fortify the Declaratory Clause in the
Preamble of the Bill for Pressing, with the Reasons that
induced them thereunto.
King's Counsel to be heard concerning it.
Ordered, That the King's Counsel shall be heard
on Monday next, touching the Bill for pressing of Soldiers.
Message to the H. C. for a further Conference concerning it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Ayliffe and Dr. Bennett:
To desire a present Conference, touching some Matter in the Bill for pressing of Soldiers.
The Answer which the House of Commons returned
That they will give a present Meeting, as is desired,
in the Painted Chamber.
Pluralities and Non-residents.
Ordered, That the Bill of Pluralities be taken
into Consideration by the Committee on Monday next,
at Nine of the Clock in the Morning.
Committee for Pirates.
Ordered, That the Committee for Pirates do meet
To-morrow Morning, at Nine a Clock.
This Day Inigo Jones, Esquire, appeared in this House,
according to an Order of their Lordships, to hear the
Declaration read, which was brought up against him
from the House of Commons; which was read in his
Presence, in hæc verba: videlicet,
Impeachment of Inigo Jones.
"Declaration of the Commons, upon the Complaint, and in the Behalf, of the Parishioners
of the Parish of St. Gregoryes, London, against
Inigo Jones, Esquire:
"The Parish Church of St. Gregoryes, adjoining to
the Cathedral Church of St. Paule, in London, aforesaid, is, and, from the Time whereof the Memory of
Man is not to the contrary, hath been, the Parish
Church for the Inhabitants of that Parish (lately computed to be Three Thousand Persons), for the Administration of Divine Service and Sacraments.
"The said Inigo Jones, being Surveyor of His Majesty's Works, and particularly to be designed for the
Re-edifying of the said Church of St. Paule, would
not undertake the Work, unless he might be (as he
termed it) the sole Monarch, or might have the Principality thereof, conceiving that the Work could not
well be done without pulling down the said Church
of St. Gregoryes, presented a Plot to His Majesty
"The said Inigo Jones having presented the said Plot,
His Majesty thereupon signified His Pleasure; and, in
Pursuance thereof, several Orders also were made at
the Council Board, that the said Church should be
taken down by the Parishioners, for the more convenient Repairing of the Cathedral Church of St. Paule;
which the Parishioners refusing to obey, as was lawful for them to do, the said Inigo Jones, in Execution
of the Plot and Design by him presented as aforesaid, and of His Majesty's Signification, and the Orders at the Council Board thereupon had, in or about
March 1639, did pull down, and cause to be pulled
down, Part of the said Church, and did also threaten
that, if the Parishioners would not take down the
rest of it, then the Galleries should be sawed down,
and with Screws the Materials of the said Church
should be thrown down into the Street; and the said
Inigo Jones did further threaten the Parishioners,
that, if they did not take down their said Church,
they should be laid by the Heels; whereby the Parishioners, being thus affrighted, and to save the Materials (which not long before had cost them Fifteen
Hundred Pounds), were inforced to take down some
Part of the said Church, insomuch as it thereby was
made altogether useless; and the said Parishioners, to
that great Number, have ever since been wholly
destitute of any Place within their own Parish for the
public exercising of Religion.
"The Damages the Parishioners have hereby sustained
is very great, and the Charge of Re-edifying the said
Church, and restoring it to as good Plight as it was
in before it was so wrongfully taken down, will
amount at the least to Three Thousand Pounds; all
which the said Parishioners are ready to prove and
"For Remedy therefor, and Redress herein, and
chiefly to the End that the said Church of St. Gregoryes may be fully repaired and restored to the
Plight and Condition wherein it formerly was, by and
at the Charge of him and them by whose undue
Means it was in Part taken down, or caused to be
taken down, as aforesaid; it is desired that such Proceedings may be had and used against the Offenders
herein as to Right and Justice doth appertain."
Time given him to put in his Answer.
This being read, the said Inigo Jones desired that he
might have some Time to answer, by his Counsel:
Hereupon it is Ordered, That he have a Copy
of the Declaration against him, and shall put in his
Answer thereunto on Tuesday come Sevennight.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati, videlicet, 11m diem Decembris, hora 1a post meridiem,
Dominis sic decernentibus.