Veneris, 15 die Novembris, 1678.
SIR John Knight reports from the Committee appointed to examine Mr. Coleman's Papers, That the
Committee had transcribed several of the Letters which
were sent to Mr. Coleman, and written in Vinegar, and
were difficult to be read: And had likewise translated
several, which were written in French: Which he delivered in at the Clerk's Table.
And some of them were by Mr. Speaker read to the
Justices of Peace.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown do, on Monday
Morning next, bring in a List of such Persons as have
been put out of the Commission of the Peace, within the
Space of Seven Years last past.
Answer to Address.
Mr. Secretary Williamson acquaints the House, That
his Majesty had been attended with the Address of this
House, for a Pardon to be granted to Mr. Bedlow: And
that his Majesty had readily granted him a Pardon; and
given Order for drawing the same.
Further Address for administering Oaths.
Sir Thomas Littleton reports from the Committee
appointed to draw up the Address, concerning tendering
the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy to the Servants
of the Queen and Duchess, an Address agreed upon by
the Committee: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where
the same was twice read; and, upon the Question,
greed: And is as followeth; viz.
WE Your Majesty's most Dutiful and Loyal Subjects
the Commons, in Parliament assembled, having taken
into Consideration Your Majesty's Message of the
Fourteenth Instant, do humbly render our Thanks to Your
Majesty, for graciously condescending so far to our Desires; and willingly granting, that a Special Commission
be issued forth, for tendering the Oaths of Allegiance
and Supremacy to all Your Majesty's own Servants,
all the Servants of his Royal Highness, and all other
Persons residing in Whitehall, St. James, and Somerset-house, or any other of Your Majesty's Palaces or Houses,
except the menial Servants of the Queen and the Duchess;
as also, all Persons within either of the Serjeants Inns,
or any of the Inns of Court, or Inns of Chancery.
As to the Persons excepted in this Your Majesty's
Message, We, Your Majesty's Commons, do humbly
advise Your Majesty, and renew our Desires, that they
may be comprehended in the said Commission: For
which, we do, with all Duty, lay before Your Majesty
the Reasons following;
1. For the Quieting of the Minds of Your Majesty's
good Protestant Subjects; who have more than ordinary
Care and Solicitude for the Safety of Your Majesty's
Person, by reason of the notorious Conspiracy of the
Popish Party at this Time, even against the Life of
Your sacred Majesty.
2. By Your Majesty's Proclamation, set forth upon the
Address of both Houses, for banishing Popish Recusants
Ten Miles from London, there is no such Restriction.
3. The Discouragement it would be to the whole
Kingdom, to see so great a Neglect; and the Occasions
that Papists would take from thence to say (as they daily
do), That all our Fears are groundless.
4. It is too great Countenance to the dangerous Factions, who are already come to that Height, that it renders
all manner of Discouragement on that Side necessary.
It is against the Laws and Statutes of the Realm;
which, as they are preserved and maintained by Your
Majesty's Authority, so we assure ourselves, You will
not suffer them to be thus violated in Your own Family,
and Royal Presence; and upon the Account of Popish
Resolved, &c. That the Address be presented to his
Majesty, by such Members of this House as are of his
Majesty's Privy Council.
Address for Trial of Popish Priests.
Resolved, &c. That an humble Address be presented
to his Majesty; desiring his Majesty, That Special Commissions of Oyer and Terminer may be issued forth, for
Trying of Charles Mehaine, now in Custody in the
Borough of Denbigh, and Wm. Lloyd, now in the County
Gaol of Brecon, as Popish Priests.
And it is referred to Mr. Solicitor General, Colonel
Birch, Sir Hen. Capell, Mr. Williams, Sir John Salisbury,
Mr. Powle, Sir Wm. Coventry, Mr. Sachaverell, Sir Tho.
Lee, Sir Tho. Clerges, Sir Eliab Harvy, Mr. Mansell, Sir
Tho. Meeres; or any Three of them: And they are to
meet at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the
Speaker's Chamber, to prepare and draw up the said
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.