Jovis, 28 die Novembris, 1678.
Answer to Addresses.
MR. Secretary Coventry acquaints the House, That
he had attended his Majesty with the Address
relating to Mr. Bedlow's Pardon for Misprision of Treason: And that his Majesty was pleased to return this
Answer: That Mr. Bedlow should have his Pardon according to the Address: And likewise, with the Address
for disbanding the Army: Which being a Matter of great
Moment, he would consult and advise with his House of
Lords before he would give an Answer.
Bedlow to attend.
Ordered, That Mr. Bedlow be forthwith sent for, to
attend at the Bar of this House.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir William Beversham
and Sir Samuel Clerk;
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have sent you down a Bill,
intituled, An Act for the better Discovery, and speedy
Conviction of Popish Recusants; to which they desire
the Concurrence of this House.
A Petition of several Freemen of Dunwich, complaining of an undue Return of Thomas Allen Esquire, to
serve in this present Parliament as Burgess for the said
Borough, was read.
Resolved, That the said Petition be referred to the
Consideration of the Committee of Elections and Privileges; to examine the Matter, and report the same, with
their Opinions therein, to the House.
An ingrossed Bill, sent from the Lords, intituled, An
Act for the better Discovery and speedy Conviction of
Popish Recusants, was read the First time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be read a Second time.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare a
Bill or Bills for the more easy and speedy Discovery and
Conviction of Popish Priests, and the more effectual
Conviction of Popish Recusants, do sit this Afternoon in
the Place formerly appointed, to prepare the said Bills.
Proceedings relating to the Plot.
Ordered, That the Door of the House be locked.
Ordered, That Mr. Bedlow be called, and examined,
to the Christian Names of the Persons mentioned in the
Bill, sent down from the Lords, intituled, An Act requiring the Persons therein named to render themselves
to Justice; and, in Default thereof, to attaint them of
Mr. Bedlow being called in, informed the House, That
he knew not the Christian Name of Symonds; and that
Le Phaire's Name was Carolo; and that Pritchard was
called by the Name of David Pritchard, alias Charles
Mr. Bedloe delivered in a further Information in
Ordered, That Mr. Bedloe do take his Information, and
write a fair Copy; and deliver the same in to the House.
The House having received an Information concerning
one Douglas an Ensign;
Ordered, That Sir Gervas Elwes have Leave to go
into the Hall, to inquire after the Person that gave the
Information against Ensign Douglas.
Information being given to the House, That some
Members were above in the Speaker's Chamber, making
Copies of Mr. Bedlow's Information;
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms do go up to the
Speaker's Chamber; and give the House an Account of
the Members that are taking Copies of Mr. Bedloe's
The Serjeant acquaints the House, That he knows
not the Members Names; but he shews the House the
Persons, and delivered the Copies to Mr. Speaker.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do tear the said Copies.
Ordered, That Mr. Oates be sent for to attend at the
Bar of this House.
Ordered, That Mr. Secretary Coventry have Leave to
go out, and no Member else, without Leave of the House.
Ordered, That the Information given in by Mr. Fleetwood against Ensign Douglas be entered in the Journals:
Which is as follows; * * * *
Resolved, &c. That a Message be sent to the Lords, to
acquaint their Lordships, That this House will sit this
Afternoon, upon Matters that relate to the Preservation
of his Majesty's Person and Government; and to desire
their Lordships to do the like.
Ordered, That my Lord Cavendish, Lord Russell, Sir
Wm. Portman, and Mr. Montagu, do go up to the Lords
with the said Message.
Ordered, That Mr. Bedloe be sent for in to the Bar of
the House, to own the Paper of Information under his
Hand delivered to the House.
And Mr. Bedloe, being called in, did own the said
Mr. Speaker read the same Information of Mr. Bedloe
to the House: And the same was afterwards sealed up.
Ordered, That Mr. Oates be sent for in to the Bar of
Mr. Oates, being called in to the Bar, gave his Information to the House; and withdrew.
The Lord Cavendish acquaints the House, That he had
attended the Lords with the Message of this House; and
that their Lordships returned Answer, That they would sit
this Afternoon, according to the Desire of this House.
Ordered, That Mr. Oates be called in again: And that
Mr. Speaker do ask him such Questions as he shall think fit.
And Mr. Oates having been called in, and examined;
and being withdrawn;
Ordered, That the Lord Herbert, Mr. Buscawen, Mr.
Graham, Sir Charles Wheeler, Sir Thomas Woodcock, and
Sir Thomas Allen, have Leave to go out of the House.
Address concerning Oates.
Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to his
Majesty, to desire his Majesty, That Mr. Oates may lie
under no manner of Restraint whatsoever; and that he
may be allowed his own Servants to attend him, and the
Liberty of providing his own Necessaries: And that his
Majesty would be graciously pleased to give Order, That
he may have a present Sum of Money in Hand, and a
competent weekly Allowance for his Maintenance; and
that his Friends and Relations may have free Access to
him: And that his Majesty would be further graciously
pleased, that Mr. Oates Pardon may extend and relate
to this Day, for Misprision of Treason.
Ordered, That such Members of this House as are of
his Majesty's Privy Council, do present the said Address
to his Majesty.
Address for removing the Queen, &c.
Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to his
Majesty, to desire his Majesty, That the Queen, and all
her Family, and all Papists, and reputed or suspected
Papists, be forthwith removed from his Majesty's Court
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to withdraw
immediately, and prepare and draw up the said Address.
And it is referred to Sir Robert Howard, Sir Tho.
Meeres, Mr. Sachaverell, Mr. Solicitor General, Sir Wm.
Coventry, Mr. Hamden, Sir John Trevor, Sir Tho. Clerges,
Sir Robert Sawyer, Colonel Titus, Sir Tho. Littleton,
Colonel Birch, Mr. Powle, Sir Tho. Lee, Mr. Williams,
Sir Richard Temple; or any Three of them.
Conference desired with Lords.
Resolved, That a Conference be desired with the Lords
upon Matters relating to the Preservation of his Majesty's
Person, and Safety of the Government: And that Mr.
Thyn do go up to the Lords, to desire the Conference.
Address for removing the Queen.
Sir John Trevor reports from the Committee appointed
to draw up an Address to be presented to his Majesty,
That the Queen, and all her Family, and all Papists, may
be removed from his Majesty's Court at Whitehall, 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 it was twice read; and, upon the
Question, agreed; and is as followeth:
WE Your Majesty's most Loyal and Dutiful Subjects,
the and Commons in
Parliament assembled, having received Informations by
several Witnesses, of a most desperate and traiterous
Design and Conspiracy against the Life of Your most
Sacred Majesty; wherein, to their great Astonishment,
the Queen is particularly charged and accused; in Discharge of our Allegiance, and out of our Affections and
Care for the Preservation of Your Majesty's Sacred
Person, and consequently of the whole Kingdom, do
most humbly beseech Your Majesty, that the Queen,
and all her Family, and all Papists, and reputed or
suspected Papists, be forthwith removed from your Majesty's Court at Whitehall.
Mr. Thyn acquaints the House, That the Lords had
agreed to a present Conference in the Painted Chamber.
Resolved, That the Persons who did prepare and draw
up the Address, do attend and manage the Conference.
Sir John Trevor acquaints the House, That the Members appointed, had attended the Conference with the
Lords; and delivered the Address.
Address on apprehending Papists.
Resolved, &c. That an humble Address be presented
to his Majesty, to desire his Majesty, That all Papists and
suspected Papists, within the several Counties of England,
and Wales, and Town of Barwick upon Tweed, may be
apprehended and secured: And it is referred to Sir John
Trevor, Sir Rich. Temple, Mr. Powle, Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Browne, Sir Trevor Williams, Sir Nich. Carew,
Sir Edw. Deering, Sir Wm. Coventry, Sir Rob. Sawyer,
Sir Tho. Stringer, Mr. Williams, Sir John Syddenham,
Colonel Titus, Serjeant Rigby, or any Three of them;
to prepare and draw up the said Address: And they are
to meet To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Disbanding the Army.
Resolved, That this House will To-morrow Morning,
at Ten of the Clock, resolve into a Committee of the
whole House, to consider of the Method for disbanding
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.