Mercurii, 19 die Februarii, 1672.
A PETITION of William Williams Esquire, Recorder of Chester, was presented, and read; complaining of a Practice and undue Return, made of Colonel
Worden, to serve for Chester, in Prejudice of the Petitioner, who was duly elected to serve for that Place.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of
Elections, to examine the Matter of the Petition; and
report the Truth of the Case, with their Opinions therein,
to the House; and, in the first Place, to examine who is
returned by the proper Officer.
The House then resolved into a Committee of the
whole House, to take into Consideration the Subject
Matter of a Bill for Ease to his Majesty's Protestant
Subjects, who are Dissenters, in Matters of Religion,
from the Church of England.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir Thomas Meeres took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Thomas Meeres reports from the said Committee,
That they had made some Progress in the Consideration
of the Matter to them committed; and humbly moved,
from the said Committee, that the House would resolve
into a Committee of the whole House, To-morrow
Morning, to proceed in the Consideration thereof.
Resolved, &c. That the House be resolved into a
Committee of the whole House, To-morrow Morning,
at Ten of the Clock, to proceed in the Consideration
of the Subject Matter of a Bill for Ease to his Majesty's
Protestant Subjects, who are Dissenters, in Matters of
Religion, from the Church of England.
And then the House adjourned till Two of the
The House attends the King with Address.
MR. Speaker and the House being met, in order to
attend his Majesty with their humble Petition and Address: Which being again read;
They adjourned to Five of the Clock; and went up to
attend his Majesty.
Mr. Speaker and the House returning;
Mr. Speaker reports, That he had, according to their
Direction, presented their humble Petition and Address
to his Majesty: Who was pleased to return this Answer;
That it was of Importance; and He would take it into
Committee of Privileges.
Ordered, That Sir Edward Wise, Sir John Coventry,
Mr. Ellyott, Mr. Henry Goring, Sir John Trevor, Mr.
Charles Smith, Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Banister
Mainard, Sir Herbert Price, Mr. Henley, Mr. Legg, Sir
John Holman, Sir John Napper, Mr. Man, Mr. Piercy
Goring, Sir Will. Francklyn, Sir Char. Wheeler, Mr.
Spencer, Sir Thom. Hanmer, Mr. Grimston, Sir Wm. Smith,
be added to the Committee of Elections and Privileges.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.