DIE Sabbati, 28 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
||His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.
Epus. St. Asaph.
Epus. Cov. et Lich.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Comes St. Albans.
Viscount Say et Seale.
Viscount de Stafford.
Ds. Berkley de Berk.
Ds. Howard de Charlt.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Berkley de Strat.
Marquis of Worcester's Water Engine Bill.
The Earl of North'ton reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill concerning the Watercommanding Engine, and have thought fit to make
some Alterations therein, which they offer to the
Consideration of the House."
The said Alterations were read Twice; and, after
some Debate, it was ordered to be re-committed to
the further Consideration of the Committee, who are
to meet on Monday Morning next, at Nine of the
Bill to prevent destroying Wood.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the Punishment of unlawful cutting, or stealing, or spoiling,
of Wood and Underwood, and Destroyers of young
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act to enable the
Sale of some of the Lands of Richard Senior and
Anthony Senior, deceased, for Payment of some of
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is
committed to these Lords following;
Viscount de Stafford.
Epus. Cov. et Litch.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Their Lordships, or any Five; to meet on Tuesday
Morning next, at Nine of the Clock, in the
Vavasor & al. Petition.
Upon reading the Petition of Thomas Vavasor and
Peter Clarke, Delinquents, now in the Custody of the
Serjeant attending this House:
It is ORDERED, That the Petitioners shall be brought
to this Bar on Monday Morning next.
Bill to prevent Stoppages in Westm. Streets.
ORDERED, That the Committee to consider of the
Act concerning the Stoppage of the Streets do meet
on Wednesday Morning next, at Nine of the Clock;
and the Lord Petre is added to that Committee.
Message from H. C. for a Conference about the Petition to the King against Priests and Jesuits.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Duncomb Knight, and others:
To desire a Conference, upon the Subject-matter of
the last Conference.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will give the House of Commons a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber.
ORDERED, That the same Committee that managed
the last Conference, shall report this Conference.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended,
the House was resumed.
Report of the Conference.
Then the Lord Chancellor reported the Effect of the
Conference; and said, "That Mr. Solicitor told their
Lordships, that the House of Commons had proceeded in this Business with as much Care and Respect
as any House of Commons ever did.
"That they agree with their Lordships to make this
Address to the King by Way of Petition.
"That the House of Commons agrees with their
Lordships in the main Part of the Preamble of the
Petition; only they think fit to leave out some
Words; as the Word ["Provocation"], because it
is a doubtful Word, and may seem to carry with it
a Sense different from what is agreed in the Preamble
to the Act of Attainder, wherein the true Sons of
the Church of England are sufficiently vindicated;
also these Words to be left out ["extraordinary,
and in far greater Numbers than hath been known"],
because these Words carry with them some Reflection upon His Majesty's Government, as if less Care
had been taken against their coming in now than
It was further reported, "That the House of Commons desires the whole Prayer of the Petition, as it
came from their Lordships, may be left out; and
the Desires of the House of Commons for issuing
out a Proclamation, may be the Prayer of the Petition.
"The House of Commons adheres to the Method of
Proceeding by Proclamation:"
"1. Because'tis the ancient, usual, and legal Way
of enforcing Laws, and quickening their Execution. Never any Prince's Reign since the
Reformation was without it; and nothing
more aggravates an Offence against the Law,
than when the Law hath been enforced by
a Royal Proclamation."
"2. 'Tis so far from looking like a Persecution,
that on the contrary it's an Act of Mercy,
and a gracious Admonition from His Majesty,
to prevent the Severities of the Laws."
"3. It is more reasonable to believe, that a Proclamation, declaring that the Severity of the Laws
shall succeed in case the Proclamation shall be
disobeyed, will have a more certain and visible
Effect than a Petition, which refers to no
certain Expedient at all, or, if to any, to that
which they apprehend to be neither honourable for His Majesty nor safe for the Nation."
"4. The Commons think there is no Cause to
suspect that this Method of Proceeding will
be of such Latitude as the Petition proposed.
There every Person who pretends to Merit,
or can procure a Testimonial, is made capable
of Connivance; which they look on as the
worst Way of rewarding, and is such an
Advice, as they cannot think fit to offer, nor
believe His Majesty will receive well from
the Houses. Here is only Regard had to
Articles and to the Law of Nations. And
the Commons say, That no Ambassadors can
bring into this Kingdom any Person that is a
Traitor by the Laws of this Kingdom."
"The House of Commons, upon these Reasons,
desire their Lordships Concurrence in the Petition to
His Majesty, as they have now brought it up."
Petition to the King against Priests and Jesuits.
Then the Amendments and Alterations, as they came
from the House of Commons, were read, and debated.
And the Question being put, "Whether this
Debate shall be adjourned till Monday?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
The House proceeded in the Debate of the Matter
of the Conference.
The Question being put, "Whether to concur
with the House of Commons in the Alterations and Amendments in the Petition now
brought up at this Conference ?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Here follows the Petition, as it is agreed to by both
"To the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
"The humble Representation and Petition of the
Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament;"
"That, notwithstanding Your Majesty's unquestionable Affection and Zeal for the true Protestant Religion, manifested in Your constant Profession and
Practice against all Temptations whatsoever; yet, by
the great Resort of Jesuits and Romish Priests into
this Kingdom, Your good Subjects generally are
much affected with Jealousy and Apprehension
that the Popish Religion may much increase in this
Kingdom (which Your Majesty hath most piously
desired may be prevented), and so the Peace both in
Church and State may be insensibly disturbed, to the
great Danger of both."
"Your Two Houses of Parliament are therefore
humble Suitors to Your Majesty, to issue out
Your Proclamation, to command all Jesuits,
and all English, Irish, and Scotish Popish
Priests, and all such other Priests as have
taken Orders from the See of Rome, or by
Authority thereof (except such Foreign Jesuits
or Priests as by Contract of Marriage are to
attend the Persons of either of the Queens,
or by the Law of Nations to attend Foreign
Ambassadors), to depart this Kingdom by a
Day, under Pain of having the Penalties of
the Laws inflicted upon them."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum
cö;ntinüandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, 30um diem instantis Martii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.