Martis, 24 die Januarii, 1670.
MR. Serjeant Charlton having made Report to the
House, of a Mistake in the Order concerning the
Return of a Member to serve for the Town of Dunwich;
Upon Debate thereof,
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
Elections, to examine the Matter touching the Double
Return for the Town of Dunwich; and who is rightly
returned; and report it, with their Opinions therein, to
the House: and that the former Order be rectified accordingly; and the Committee are to sit, and take the
Matter into Consideration this Afternoon.
Privilege- Resistance to Speaker's Warrant.
A Petition of William Woolley Clerk, now in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, being presented and read;
And thereupon, Information being given of a very high
Contempt and Misdemeanor committed against the
House, by assaulting and beating George Dudley, Deputy
to the Serjeant at Arms attending this House; and rescuing, out of his Custody, Thomas Parsons Bailiff, committed
for a Breach of Privilege, in arresting the menial Servant
of Mr. How, a Member of this House, at the Suit of
William Woolley Clerk, who knew him to be Mr. Howe's
Servant; and for that Cause, stands also committed:
Which Misdemeanor, and Rescue, the said Dudley, being called in to the Bar of this House, did testify, was
committed by Mr. John Cox, Under Sheriff of the County
of Gloucester, and his Bailiff, and others; the said Parsons,
at the Time of his being seized on, using threatening and
provoking Language; and Mr. Cox, being required to
give his Assistance, not only refused, but derided and
slighted Mr. Speaker's Warrant, saying, he had something
else to do; and the next Day, after Parsons was in Custody,
and ready to be brought away, Mr. Forder, one of the
Constables of Cirencester, being required to give his Attendance, did not only refuse so to do, but did disarm the
said Dudley of his sword; and Parsons, who was in Custody, and another Thomas Parsons, his Kinsman, and
Thomas Payton, and Mathew Croft, did assault and beat
the said Dudley with Staves and Cudgels, and tore the Coat
from his Back; and did rescue, and take from him, the
said Thomas Parsons: Which Cox abetted; and afterwards,
being in Company with Mr. Woolley, declared, he thought
Dudley was finely fitted now: Upon Debate whereof,
Resolved, &c. That the Serjeant at Arms attending
this House, or such Deputy or Deputies as he shall appoint, do apprehend, and take into Custody, Mr. John
Cox, Under Sheriff of the County of Gloucester, William
Forder, one of the Constables of Cirencester, Thomas Parsons of Beasly, and Thomas Parsons of Kitley, Thomas
Payton, and Matthew Croft, for their Contempt and
Breach of Privilege, and Misdemeanor, in beating George
Dudley, Deputy to the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House; and rescuing from him Thomas Parsons his Prisoner: And the High Sheriff of the County of Gloucester,
and other Officers concerned, are to be required, by
Warrant from Mr. Speaker, to be aiding and assisting in
the Execution of such Warrant.
Exporting Beer, &c.
An ingrossed Bill for exporting of Beer, Ale, and
Mum, was read the Third time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill do pass: And that the
Title be, An Act for exporting of Beer, Ale, and Mum:
And that Sir Nicholas Carew do carry it up to the Lords.
Supply Bill; Wine Licences.
A Bill for settling an Agreement and Exchange, between his Majesty and his Royal Highness, concerning
Wine Licences, was read.
Ordered, That this Bill be read a Second time.
Ordered, That the Cause concerning Lindsey Level,
he heard on this Day Sevennight.
Supply Bill; Subsidies.
The House then resolved into a Committee of the
whole House, upon the Bill of Subsidies.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Seymour took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir William Child and
Sir Will. Glascocke;
Fitz James' Estate.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have returned you Two Bills;
the one, intituled, An Act to prevent malicious Maiming
and Wounding; the other, intituled, An Act to enable
the Daughters and Coheirs of Sir John Fitz James, to join
in a Sale of Lands, for Payment of his Debts; with some
Alterations and Amendments, to which they desire the
Concurrence of this House.
The Amendments from the Lords, to the Bill to prevent malicious Maiming and Wounding, were read.
Resolved, &c. That the Debate of the said Amendments be adjourned till To-morrow Morning.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.