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An ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament. For the visitation and reformation of the Universitie of Oxford and the severall colledges and halls therein. With the names of the committee and visitors for the better regulating of the same. Die Sabbathi 1. Maii. 1647. Ordered by the Lords assembled in Parliament, that this ordinance for the visitation of Oxford be forthwith printed and published. Jo. Brown Cler. Parliamentorum.; Laws, etc.
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AN ORDINANCE OF THE LORDS and COMMONS Assembled in PARLIAMENT For the Visitation and Reformation of the Universitie of OXFORD And the severall Colledges and Halls therein With the names of the Committee and Visitors for the better regulating of the same Die Sabbathi 1. Maii. 1647. ORdered by the Lords Assembled in Parliament That this Ordinance for the Visitation of Oxford be forthwith printed and published Jo. Brown Cler. Parliamentorum London Printed for John Wright at the Kings Head in the old Bayley 1647. Die Sabbathi 1. Maii. 1647. An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons Assembled in Parliament for the Visitation and Reformation of the University of Oxford and the severall Colledges and Halls therein FOr the better regulating and Reformation of the University of Oxford and the severall Colledges and Halls in the same and for the due correction of offences abuses and disorders especially of late time committed there Be it Ordained by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament and by the Authority of the same That Sir Nathaniel Brent Master Edward Corbet Master John Pulipeton of the middle Temple Master Henry Wilkinson Master William Prynne of Lincolnes Inne Master William Typing Sir William Cobb Master George Greenwood Dector John Wilkinson Master Edward Reynolds Master Robert Harris Master Francis Cheynell Master John Packer Master John Wilkinson Master John Mills Master Christopher Rogers Master William Cope Master Bartholomew Hall of the middle Temple Master Thomas Knight of Lincolnes Inne Master John Heling of Crayes Inne William Draper Gabriel Beck of Lincolnes Inne John Cartwright and Samuel Dunch Esquires shall be and they and every of them are hereby appointed to be Visitours of the said University and of all and every the said Colledges and Halls And of all and every the Masters Schollers Fellowes Members and Officers of the said University and of the said Colledges and Halls and every of them respectively And be it further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid That the said Visitors or any five of them may and shall visite the said University Colledges Halls Masters Schollers Fellowes Members and Officers and inquire of and heare and determine all and every crimes offences abuses disorders and all other matters whatsoever which by the Lawes and Statutes of this Realme or by the Customes or Statutes rightly established of the said University or by the severall Statutes of the said Colledges or Halls or any of them respectively may lawfully be inquired of and heard and determined in the course and way of Visitation of the said University or of the said Colledges Halls Masters Schollers Fellowes Members and Officers or of any of them respectively And that they may and shall therein proceed to all intents and purposes as and according as by the said Lawes Statutes and Customes or by any of them any other Vifitors by any Authority whatsoever appointed might proceed respectively And be it also further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid That the said Visitors or any five of them may inquire by Oath viva voce to be taken before them respectively of and concerning all the Master Schollers Fellowes and Officers of the respective foundations of all and every the said Halls and Colledges and of all and every the Officers belonging to them or to the said University concerning those that neglect to take the Solemne League and Covenant and the Negative Oath being tendred to them by such as are authorized thereunto by Parliament and likewise concerning those that oppose the execution of the Ordinances of Parliament concerning the Discipline and Directory or shall not promote and cause the same to be put in execution according to their severall places and callings And likewise concerning those that shall teach or write against any point of Doctrine the ignorance whereof doth exclude from the Sacrament of the Lords Supper And be it also further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid That the said Visitors or any five of them may and shall inquire upon Oath viva voce to be taken before them respectively of all and every the Masters Schollers Fellowes and Officers of the respective Foundations of and concerning all and every the said Halls and Colledges and of all and every the Officers belonging to any of them or to the said University that have taken up or been in Armes against the Parliament or against any Forces raised by Authority thereof or that have been active in assisting or incouraging the Forces raised against the parliament and may and shall call all and every such person and Witnesses concerning the same before them respectively and the same Witnesses and any Witnesse or Witnesses to be produced by the Party accused of or charged with any such offences put to their Oaths Viva voce concerning the Premisses and that they or any five of them shall from time to time certifie to the Committee of Lords and Commons hereafter in this Ordinance appointed what Masters Schollers Fellowes Members or Officers as aforesaid they find to have committed any of the said offences and in what manner and the especiall quality and condition of the offenders That so such further proceedings may be thereupon had as to the said Committee of Lords and Commons shall be thought meet And be it ordained by the authority aforesaid That the said Visitors shall have power and are hereby authorized to Examine and consider of all such Oathes as are enjoyned by the Statutes of the said University or of all or any of the respective Colledges and Halls in them as are not fit to be taken and to present their Opinions concerning the same to the Committee of Lords and Commons in this Ordinance named to the end that such course may be therein taken as may be agreeable to the intended Reformation of the said University Provided alwaies and it is further Ordained That if any of the said Musters Schollers Fellowes Members or Officers shall finde themselves grieved in or upon any Sentence definitive given by the said Visitors or any of them as aforesaid that then it shall and may be lawfull to and for the Party so grieved summarily by representing his Case to appeale and seeke remedy and redresse thereupon before the said Committee of Lords and Commons who are hereby authorized findly to heare and determine every such Case so brought to them by appeale according as to Justice shall appertaine And it is further Ordained by the authority aforesaid That Algernon Earle of Northumberland Henry Earle of Kent John Earle of Rutland Philip Earle of Pembrooke and Mountgomery Theophilus Earle of Lincolne Charles Earle of Notringham James Earle of Sustolk William Earle of Salisbury Robert Earle of Warwick Bazil Earle of Denbigh James Earle of Middlesex Edward Earle of Manchester Edmund Earle of Mulgrave Henry Earle of Stamford Walter Lord Viscount Hereford William Lord Viscount Say and Seale Charles Lord De la Warre George Lord Berkley Philip Lord Wharton Francis Lord Willoughby Dudley Lord North John Lord Huasden William Lord Grey of Warke Iohn Lord Roberts Edward Lord Howard of Escr Tho. Lord Bruce Members of the House of Peeres And Sir Christopher Yelverton Sir Iohn Danvers Mr. Iohn Selden Mr. _____ West Mr. Francis Rous Mr. Iohn Crew Sir William Lewes Mr. Bulstrode Whitlocke Sir Thomas Witherington Mr. _____ Poole Sir Peter Wentworth Colonell _____ Leigh Mr. Nathaniel Fiennes Mr. Walter Long Sir Philip Stapleton Mr. William Wheeler Mr. _____ Swinfen Mr. Samuel Broune Mr. Nicholas Love Sir Willam Brereton Thomas Lord Wenman Iames Fiennes Esq William Lenthall Esq Speaker of the House of Commons Denzell Holles Esq and Sir Robert Harley Knight of the Bath Humphrey Sallaway Esq Mr. Lisle Mr. Iohn Lenthall Sir Gilbert Gerrard Mr. Scot Sir Thomas Wroth Mr. Doyly Mr. Prideaux Mr. Tate Mr. Bond Mr. Ashurst Mr. Bulckley Mr. Kirle Mr. Recorder Mr. Martin Sir Iohn Burgoyne Sir Themas Dacres Mr. Nicell Sir Iohn Maynard Mr. Geurden Mr. Grimston Doctor Bond Mr. Morley Mr. Green Mr. Reynolds Mr. Grove and Mr. Knightly Members of the House of Commons and every five of them shall be and are hereby authorized to be a standing Committee and to fit at such time and place as they respectively shall appoint to receive upon appeale as asoresaid such matters as shall be so brought and represented to them and thereupon summarily to proceed according as the justice of the Case requires and also to receive such matters as shall be as aforesaid certified to them and thereupon to proceed and determine according as they shall finde the quality and condition of the Cases and Persons so certified to them respectively Provided also that nothing contained in this Ordinance shall take away the right and authority of the Chancellor for the time being FINIS