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ITS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT.
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1620-1, Jan. 1st. Sir Henry Coinpton and Thomas Pelham.
This was the third Parliament of James and the first in his reign to do any real work. Thomas Pelham was, no doubt, the second holder of the Pelham baronetcy, to which he succeeded in 1624, and an ancestor of the present Earl of Chichester.
1623-4, Feb. 7th. Sir Robert Heath and Mathias Caldicote.
Sir Robert Heath was made Solicitor-General on Jan. 22nd, 1620, and Attorney-General on Oct. 31st, 1625. When the House met on Feb. 9th, 1625-6, the Speaker drew the attention of the Members to the fact that the Bailiff of East Grinstead had returned the Attorney-General as a Member contrary to the decision the House had come to on April 8th, 1614, that this officer of the Crown should not be allowed a seat in Parliament. The House decided to uphold this decision, and the next day a new writ was ordered to be issued for East Grinstead in the room of Robert Heath, Attorney-General, declared incapable of sitting. He became Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas in 1631 and Chief Justice of the King's Bench in 1643. The Heaths were a well-known Exeter family, who from 1685 to 1785 owned and resided in the house at Ottery St. Mary, the present seat of Lord Coleridge, whose ancestors bought it from the Heath family about 1795.
1625-6. Sir Henry Compton and Sir Robert Heath. 1625-6. Sir Henry Compton and Robert Goodwyne, Goodwin or Godwin.
Robert Goodwin, a Covenanter, was afterwards knighted and four more times elected for East Grinstead. He last sat in Richard Cromwell's Parliament, which met on Jan. 26th, 1659.
1627-8, Feb. 18th. Sir Henry Compton and Robart Goodwyn.
From 1629 to 1640 there was no Parliament, Charles I. dissolving it because of the " seditious carriage of some vipers, members of the Lower House."
1639-40, March 4th. Sir Henry Compton and Robert Goodwin.
This was the " Short Parliament." Charles wanted money, the Commons would give him none, so he dismissed
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