Die Veneris, 4 Martii, 1641
RESOLVED, upon the Question, That this House
doth accept of Mr. Geo. Hall, of Oswell Church in
the County of Yorke, and Henry Chater, of the said
County, to be Bail for Michael Pemerton's Appearing at
such time as the House shall require; the Principal in
Two thousand Pounds; the Security in One thousand
Ordered, That the Packet of Letters, sent from Foye,
and brought this Morning to Mr. Speaker, be referred to
the Committee for Informations.
Trial of Mr. Attorney.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and
That, whereas the Lords had appointed this Day to
hear Mr. Attorney; upon his humble Request, in regard
his Counsel are out of Town, and so fain to take new
Counsel, and that he had many Witnesses to produce;
that they had appointed Monday next for his Trial; and
that this Message should have come on Wednesday Night
last, but that the House was first risen.
Exporting Wools, &c.
Sir Arth. Ingram, according to the Order of Tuesday
last, carried up the Bill against the Exportation of Wools
and Woolfells; and he was ordered to recommend it
to the Lords for a speedy Recommendation.
Ships stayed, &c.
Ordered, That the Lord Admiral be desired, from this
House, to take care, that the Master and others that came
in a Ship from France, bound for Ireland, and put in at
Feymouth in Cornewall, be examined; and that the Ship
be carefully searched, for Arms and Ammunition; and
likewise, to take care, that none of those Goods in that Ship
be transported into Ireland for the Relief of the Rebels.
Ordered, That the like Order be made for the Ships
and Goods therein, at Dartmouth and St. Ives, which
are stayed there, being bound for Ireland.
Persons sent for.
Ordered, That the Master of the Ship, and the Five
Friars or Pilgrims, and other Passengers therein, that
were bound for Ireland, and taken in Cornewall by Mr.
Bassett, and others, be forthwith sent for up: And the
several Sheriffs of every County, through which they are
to pass, are hereby required to provide strong and sufficient Guards, for the Conducting of the said Persons, in
safe Custody, through their several Counties to London.
The House being informed, that divers of the Gentlemen of the County of Norf' were at the Door, who
desired to present a Petition to the House;
They were called in; and did deliver a Petition from
the County and the City of Norwich.
Then they withdrew.
And their Petition was read.
Linne Regis Petition.
There was likewise a Petition read from the Town of
Then they were again called in: And Mr. Speaker told
them, "That the House had read * * * * They perceive great Expressions of your publick Affections; for
which they return you Thanks: For One Particular, for
removing the Bishops, That is already provided for; and
for the other Matters contained in the Petition, they will
employ and continue their best Endeavours to give you
Satisfaction therein."-The Gentlemen of Linne were
likewise thanked: - And for One Particular, concerning
Bishop Wren, they had sent up his Impeachment; and
for the rest * * * *
The House being informed, That the Gentlemen of
Berks were at the Door; who desired to prefer a Petition to the House;
They were called in: and did prefer One to this
House; and the Copy of One to the Lords, of which
they desired the Approbation of this House, and the Assistance in the Delivery of it.
The Petitions were read; and the Gentlemen again
And Mr. Speaker told the High Sheriff, and the rest
".... have read.... and find a great Expression of Care
to the King, the Church, and this Commonwealth, in general; and to this House in particular: For which they
return you Thanks; especially, in regard it comes presented by the High Sheriff: And for the Copy of the
Petition to the Lords, they do very well approve of it;
and find you, Gentlemen of that Quality, that, for the
Delivery of it, they leave it to your Discretions."
Bassett thanked, &c.
Mr. Bassett was called in; And Mr. Speaker told him,
"That the House takes notice of the good Service you
have done, in staying the Ship, and apprehending the
Passengers, and the Letters; for which they return you
Thanks; and desire, that the rest of the Letters, stayed
by you, may be sent up with Speed. The House has made
an Order, for the Sending up of the Passengers, directed
to the High Sheriff; which they desire your Care, in the
safe Conveying of.
Bishops heard at Bar.
The Bishop of Durham, having formerly desired this
House, that he might be heard, was called in; and, at
the Bar, was patiently heard what he desired to say.
Then the Bishop of Co' and Lich', who formerly
likewise desired to be heard, was called in; and standing at the Bar, was patiently heard what he desired to
The humble Petition of John. Archbishop of Yorke,
and other the Bishops, now Prisoners in the Tower, whose
Names were subscribed, was read.
The humble Petition of Joseph Bishop of Norwich
was likewise read.
Bill against the Bishops.
Ordered, That the Committee, to whom the Bill against
the Twelve Bishops Impeachment was committed, do proceed with that Bill; and do meet To-morrow Morning,
at Eight of Clock, in the Star Chamber.
Declaration of Parliament.
Mr. Pym reports the Declaration, ordered to be
framed by the Committee, expressing the Grounds of
Jealousies and Fears given to the Parliament, and taken
against the Parliament.
Resolved, upon the Question, That, in the Sixth Clause,
the Word "seditious" shall be put out, and the Word
"dangerous" put, instead thereof.
The Question being put, whether, instead of these
Words, "these Businesses" there shall be added these
Words, "some of these Businesses;"
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That after the Word "Privileges," in
the Seventh Clause, these Words, "and Affronts to the,"
shall be strucken out.
Exceptions to a Member's Words.
Great Exceptions were taken to some Words, spoken
by Sir Ralph Hopton, at the Debate of the Tenth Clause
of the Declaration; in which he gave great Offence, laying an Imputation upon the Committees of both Houses,
"That the Tenth Clause of the Declaration, prepared
and brought in from the Committees of both Houses,
did accuse the King, for being an Apostate from his Religion, not only in his own Person, but in endeavouring
to bring his People to the same Apostacy and Idolatry,"
or Words to that Purpose; and did desire, that such
things might not pass, without very good Proof; whereas
no such thing could be collected out of that Clause.
A Member committed.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Ralph Hopton
shall be sent to the Tower, for this Offence; there to
remain a Prisoner during the Pleasure of this House.
Resolved, That Sir Ralph shall be brought to the Bar,
and there receive this Sentence of being sent to the Tower.
Sir Ralph Hopton was accordingly called down; and
kneeling at the Bar, Mr. Speaker pronounced Sentence
against him accordingly, That he was adjudged to be sent
to the Tower, there to remain a Prisoner during the
Pleasure of the House.
Ordered, That no Motion shall be made, for the Enlargement of Sir Ralph Hopton, but between the Hours
of Two and Four.
Ordered, That this Declaration shall be taken into
further Debate To-morrow at Nine... Clock.