Veneris, 17 Februarii, 1670.
Leave of Absence.
ORDERED, That Mr. Dyot have Leave of this
House to go into the Country, his Wife being dangerously sick.
Ordered, That Sir Bainham Throgmorton, and Mr.
Churchill, be added to the Committee for Repair of
Bangor and St. Asaph Lead Mines.
An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, to enable Robert
Lord Bishop of Bangor, and Isaac Lord Bishop of St.
Asaph, and their respective Successors for ever, to lett,
for One-and-twenty Years, all Lead Mines in their Soil,
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be read the Second time.
A Bill for Promoting the Fishery Trade, was read:
But being judged deficient; and brought in, without
Order; was, with Leave, withdrawn.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee of
Trade, to consider of an Imposition, and where it may
best be laid; and also to receive Proposals, and consider
of all Means expedient; and thereupon to prepare and
bring in a Bill, for the Encouragement of Fishery: And,
for that Purpose, they are to sit on Monday next.
Privilege- Petition from a person in custody.
A Petition of William Woolley Clerk, now in the
Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, was read; confessing
his Offence; and craving Pardon of the House.
Ordered, That William Woolley Clerk be discharged
from the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, paying his
Preventing Growth of Popery.
Sir Trevor Williams reports from the Committee appointed to inquire into the Causes of the Growth of
Popery, several Reasons and Causes agreed by the
Committee, and several Votes of Address to be made to
his Majesty thereupon: Which he read in his Place;
and after, delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table:
Which were twice read; and, upon the Question, agreed
to; and are as followeth; viz.
1st, Popery increaseth, because there are great Numbers of Priests and Jesuists frequenting the Cities of
London and Westminster; and most of the Counties of
this Kingdom; more than formerly; seducing his Majesty's good Subjects.
2ly, That there are several Chapels and Places used,
for saying of Mass, in the great Towns, and many other
Parts of this Kingdom, besides those in Ambassadors
Houses; whither great Numbers of his Majesty's Subjects constantly resort, and repair to, without Controul;
and especially in the Cities of London and Westminster;
contrary to the Laws established.
3ly, That there are Fraternities or Convents of English
Popish Priests, at St. James and at the Combe in Herefordshire; and others in other Parts of the Kingdom:
Besides, several Schools are kept in divers Parts of this
Kingdom, for the corrupt educating of Youth in the
Principles of Popery.
4ly, That the common and publick Selling of Popish
Catechisms, and other seditious Papist Books, even in
the Time of Parliament.
5ly, That the general Remissness of the Magistrates,
and other Officers, or Clerks of the Assizes, and Clerks of
the Peace, in not convicting Papists, according to Law.
6ly, That suspected Recusants are free from all Offices chargeable and troublesome; and do enjoy the
Advantage of Offices and Places beneficial, executed
either by themselves, or by Persons intrusted for them.
7th, That the Advowsance of Churches, and Presentations to Livings, are disposed of by Popish Recusants,
or by others intrusted by them, as they direct; whereby
most of those Livings and Benefices are filled with
scandalous and unfit Ministers.
8ly, That many Persons take the Liberty to send their
Children beyond the Seas, to be educated in the Popish
Religion; and that several young Persons are sent beyond
Sea, upon the Notion of their better Education, under
Tutors or Guardians, who are not put to take the Oaths
of Allegiance and Supremacy, and usually corrupt the
Youths, under their Tuition, into Popery.
9ly, That there hath been few Exchequer Process
issued forth, since the Act of Oblivion, against the
Popish Recusants convict, though many have been
10ly, That the great Insolencies of the Papists in
Ireland, where doth publickly appear Archbishops and
Bishops, reputed to be made such by the Pope, in Opposition to those made under his Majesty's Authority,
according to the Religion established in England and
Ireland; and the open Exercise of Mass in Dublin, and
other Parts of that Kingdom, is a further great Cause of
the present Growth of Popery.
Peter Talbott, the reputed Archbishop of Dublin, was
publickly consecrated so at Antwerpe, with great and
publick Solemnity; from whence he came to London;
where he exercised his Function, and was, all along his
Journey to Chester, treated with the Character of His
Grace, by the Popish Recusants whom he visited: And,
at his landing in Dublin, he was received with very great
Solemnity, by those of the Popish Religion there; where
also he exercised his Function publickly, great Multitudes
then flocking upon him, and still continue to do the same:
His present Residence is within Three Miles of Dublin,
at his Brother's, Colonel Richard Talbott's, who is now
here, soliciting his Majesty, as publick Agent, on the
Behalf of the Irish Papists of that Kingdom.
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1. That his Majesty, by His Proclamation, would be
most graciously pleased to command, That all Popish
Priests and Jesuits do depart this Realm, and all other his
Majesty's Dominions, on or before a short Day to be
prefixed, at their Perils; excepting only such foreign
Priests as attend her Majesty's Person by the Contract of
Marriage, and Ambassadors, according to the Law of
Nations; and that all Judges and Justices of Peace, and
all other Ministers and Officers of Justice, do cause the
Laws, now in Force against Popish Recusants, to be put
in due Execution; and in the first Place, for the speedy
Conviction of such Popish Recusants, that the Judges and
Justices aforesaid do strictly give the said Laws in Charge,
unto the Juries, at all Assizes and Sessions, under the
Penalty of incurring his Majesty's highest Displeasure.
2ly, That his Majesty would be graciously pleased to
restrain and hinder the great Concourse of his native
Subjects, from hearing of Mass, and other Exercises
of the Romish Religion, in the Houses of foreign Ambassadors or Agents; and in all other Chapels and Places
of this Kingdom.
3ly, That his Majesty would be most graciously pleased,
out of his most princely Wisdom and pious Consideration,
to take care, and cause, that no Office or Employment,
of publick Authority, Trust, or Command, in civil or
military Affairs, be committed to, or continued in, the
Hands of any Persons, being a Popish Recusant, or
justly suspected to be so.
4ly, That his Majesty would be graciously pleased to
take Notice of all Fraternities and Convents of English
and other Popish Priests, Jesuits, or Friers, and Schools
for the educating of Youth in the Principles of Popery,
erected within his Majesty's Dominions; and to cause
the same to be abolished, and the said Priests, Jesuits,
Friers, and Schoolmasters, to be duly punished, for such
Resolved, &c. That his Majesty be humbly desired to
give Order for apprehending, and bringing over into
England, one Pluncket, who goes under the Name of
Primate of Ireland; and one Peter Talbot, who takes on
him the Name of Archbishop of Dublin; to answer such
Matters as shall be objected against them.
Resolved, &c. That the former Committee, appointed
to enquire into the Causes of the Growth of Popery, be
revived; and do sit this Afternoon, in the Place formerly
And it is referred to the same Committee, or any Five
of them, to prepare and draw up an Address to be presented to his Majesty, in pursuance to the Reasons and
Votes agreed to by this House; and to consider of such
further Reasons and Remedies as they shall find expedient; and to consider of any other Proposals, that shall
be offered; and report the Matter, with their Opinions
therein, to the House.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.