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From the Lords. The members of the Commons spilled out of the hall in great confusion. Among those members who now streamed back to their own house to hear the new evidence Pym had intended to present was Sir Arthur Hesilrige. ' 7 The evidence Glyn had spoken of was not really new, simply the notes of a Privy Council meeting recorded by the elder Vane, the King's secretary of state, and already presented in his testimony before the court. These notes had been copied by his son, who had discovered them by chance and shown them to Pym.

330 Albion his base of support by appealing beyond the Commons to the people. His tool in this attempt was the Grand Remonstrance. There is no need to recount the Remonstrance's stormy passage through the Commons. Hesilrige was one of its supporters as it passed by a slim majority of eleven. He was also one of the committee of twelve who presented the Remonstrance to the King on December 1. Charles gave them no encouragement other than to reply that his response would be given after he had taken time to consider the petition.

If Pym had intended to introduce the bill that day it is unlikely he would have disclosed Vane's notes as he did, which was embarrassing to both the secretary and to his son. If in fact Pym did '6Commons Journal, II:31. '7Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series of the Reign of Charles 1, 1640-1641 (London, 1882), pp. 539-540. I8Ibid. 19 Certainly Hesilrige's act had not been that of a renegade, but was in accordance with the ambitions and goals of the members of his party. 20 The Puritan leaders were determined not to let this one man, whom they all detested, stand in the way of their aspirations.

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