Veneris, 14 die Februarii, 1672.
A PETITION of Thomas Papillon of London,
Merchant, was read; complaining of an undue
Return of Sir Edward Spragg to serve as a Baron for the
Town and Port of Dover, by Richard Jacob Esquire,
Mayor of the said Town, in Injury of the Petitioner, who
was duly elected and chosen to serve for that Place.
Another Petition of the Inmates, Common Council,
and Freemen of the Town and Port of Dover was read;
complaining of the indirect Proceedings and Practices
of the said Mr. Jacob, Mayor of Dover, in relation to
the Election of a Baron to serve for the Town.
Ordered, That both the said Petitions be referred to the
Committee of Elections, to take the Matter hereof, touching the Election and Return of a Baron to serve for the
Town and Port of Dover, into Consideration; and report it, with their Opinions therein, to the House.
Charles I. Martyrdom.
A Bill was read, for the better Observation of the Thirtieth of January, being the Day of the Martyrdom of
King Charles the First.
Resolved, That this Bill be read a Second time.
Address on Declaration of Indulgence.
Mr. Powle reports from the Committee appointed
to prepare and draw up a Petition and Address to his
Majesty, the said Petition and Address: Which he
read, in his Place; and after, delivered the same in at
the Clerk's Table: And the same being again twice
read, is as followeth; viz.
Most Gracious Sovereign,
WE Your Majesty's most loyal and faithful Subjects,
the Commons assembled in Parliament, do, in the
first place, as in all Duty bound, return your Majesty
our most humble and hearty Thanks for the many gracious Promises and Assurances which Your Majesty hath
several times, during this present Parliament, given to
us, that Your Majesty would secure and maintain unto
us the true Reformed Protestant Religion, our Liberties
and Properties: Which most gracious Assurances Your
Majesty hath, out of Your great Goodness, been pleased
to renew unto us more particularly, at the Opening of
this present Session of Parliament.
And further we crave Leave humbly to represent, That
we have, with all Duty and Expedition, taken into our
Consideration several Parts of Your Majesty's last Speech
to us, and withal the Declaration therein mentioned, for
Indulgence to Dissenters, dated the Fifteenth of March
last: And we find ourselves bound in Duty to inform
Your Majesty, that penal Statutes, in Matters Ecclesiastical, cannot be suspended, but by Act of Parliament.
We therefore, the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses of
Your Majesty's House of Commons, do most humbly beseech Your Majesty, that the said Laws may have their
free Course, until it shall be otherwise provided for by
Act of Parliament: And that your Majesty would graciously be pleased to give such Directions herein, that
no Apprehensions or Jealousies may remain in the Hearts
of Your Majesty's good and faithful Subjects.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Committee in the Petition and Address by them drawn
up to be presented to his Majesty.
Resolved, upon the Question, nemine contradicente, That
a Bill be brought in for the Ease of his Majesty's Protestant Subjects that are Dissenters, in Matters of Religion, from the Church of England.
Resolved, &c. That this House will, on Monday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, resolve into a Committee
of the whole House, to consider of the Subject Matter
of this Bill.
The Question being put, That the Concurrence of the
Lords be desired, to the Petition and Address to be
presented to his Majesty;
The House divided.
The Yeas go forth.
Sir Solomon Swale,
||For the Yeas,
Sir Eliab Harvey,
||For the Noes,
|Sir Edward Massey,
So it passed in the Negative.
Ordered, That such Members of this House as are of his
Majesty's Privy Council, do acquaint his Majesty, that
this House do desire to present an humble Petition and
Address to his Majesty; and to desire of his Majesty,
that he would please to appoint the Time and Place,
when and where this House may attend him therewith.
Committee of Privileges.
Ordered, That Sir Lyonell Jenkins, Sir Will. Farmer,
Lord Arran, Sir Edmond Pye, Mr. Bennett, Sir Thom.
Woodcocke, Mr. Geo. Clarke, Sir John Hanmer, Colonel
Strode, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Rolles, Mr. Whittaker, Sir Robert
Long, Mr. Aldworth, Sir John Packington, Sir Will.
Morley, Sir Cirill Wich, Mr. Evelen, Sir Lewes Palmer,
Sir Phillipp Harcourt, Sir Hugh Bethell, Sir Robert
Holmes, Mr. Weld, Mr. Thomas Thinn, Mr. Streete, Sir
George Faunt, Sir George Sands, Mr. Onslow, Mr. John
Hotham, Sir Will. Hartopp, Sir Francis Wainman, Mr.
Glascocke, Mr. Fowlke Grevill, Mr. Daniel Finch, be
added to the Committee of Privileges.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.