Jovis, primo die Maii, 1679.
ORDERED, That the Committee of Privileges and
Elections have Power to send for all such Persons
as shall appear to them to be concerned in the Miscarriages and undue Practices, touching the Election and
Return of John Tanner, Esquire to serve in this present
Parliament for the Borough of Tregony in Cornwall.
Dangers from Papists.
Resolved, &c. That the further Consideration of securing the King and the Protestant Religion, against the
Attempts of the Papists, both in the Reign of his Majesty
and his Successors, be adjourned till Monday next.
Disbanding the Army.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to inquire,
What Part of the Money given for disbanding the Army
is yet undisposed of, in pursuance of the Directions of the
Act of Parliament, and now remaining in the Exchequer,
be revived; and do sit this Afternoon, at Three of the
Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Mons', &c. Nat.
A Bill for naturalizing Isaac de Mons, and others, was
read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
Privilege- Reflections on the House.
The House being informed of serveral rude and indecent
Expressions uttered by one Christopher Williams, in Contempt of the Orders and Proceeding of this House;
Ordered, That the said Christopher Williams be sent
for, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, to answer at the
Bar of this House his Breach of Privilege, in uttering
several rude and indecent Expressions, in Contempt of
the Orders and Proceedings of this House.
Sir Thomas Exton reports from the Committee to whom
the Consideration of the Petition of Dr. John Nelson was
referred, That the Committee had met several times;
and had examined the Matter to them referred; and
were of Opinion, That the said Dr. Nelson be discharged
from his Confinement, and be put out of the Commission
of the Peace.
Ordered, That Dr. John Nelson be brought to the Bar
of this House To-morrow Morning, at Eleven of the
Clock: And that he be then discharged from the Custody
of the Serjeant at Arms, paying his Fees.
A Bill for the better Prevention of illegal Exaction of
Money from the Subject, was read the Second time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be committed to Sir Thomas Clarges, Sir John Hewley, Mr. Colt, Sir Thomas
Stringer, Sir Thomas Lee, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr.
Beake, Serjeant Strode, Colonel Titus, Sir Francis Russell,
Sir Robert Markham, Sir John Kempthorne, Sir William
Coventry, Mr. Duboys, Sir Robert Cleyton, Sir John Knight,
Mr. Wright, Lord Russell, Colonel Birch, Mr. Boscawen,
Serjeant Rigby, Mr. Sachaverell, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Mr.
Hamden, Sir Robert Dillington, Sir Robert Carr, Sir John
Cloberry, Sir Richard Corbett, Sir Francis Drake, Mr.
Kelland, Sir William Portman, Mr. Papillon, Sir Thom.
Player, Mr. Harboard, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Geor.
Hungerford, Sir Christopher Musgrave, Mr. Ayliffe,
Serjeant Seys, Sir John Wynn, Mr. Whitehead, Sir Ralph
Ashton, Mr. Love, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Trelawny, Sir John
Mallet, Mr. Austin, Sir Eliab Harvey, Mr. Reynall, Dr.
Jacob, Sir John Hotham, Sir Hugh Cholmley, Mr. Rushworth, Sir Thomas Meres, Sir Robert Peyton, Mr. Seymour, Mr. Treby, Sir Walter Young, Sir Wm. Bastard,
Mr. Garraway, and all the Members of this House that
are of the Long Robe: And all that come are to have
Voices: And they are to meet To-morrow, at Three of
the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber:
And are impowered to send for Persons, Papers, and
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Trelawny, and Mr. Onslow have
Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Sir Vere Fane have Leave to go into the
Country for a Week.
Ordered, That Mr. Churchill have Leave to go into
the Country for this whole Session, in order to the
Recovery of his Health.
Ordered, That Sir Robert Cann and Sir Gervas Elwes
have Leave to go into the Country for a Week.
Ordered, That Sir Richard Ingoldsby have Leave to go
into the Country for a Fortnight.
Ordered, That Mr. Cooke have Leave to go into the
Country for a Month.
Address respecting Dr. Nelson.
Resolved, &c. That an humble Address be made to his
Majesty, by such Members of this House as are of his
Majesty's Privy Council, to desire his Majesty to command the Lord Chancellor to put Dr. John Nelson out
of the Commission of the Peace.
Burying in Woollen.
Ordered, That a Bill be brought in for the greater
Ease of administring the Oaths required to be taken
by the Act for burying in Woollen: And that it be
recommended to the Care of Sir Charles Harbord, to
prepare the same
Punishments for false Returns.
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to inspect
the Journals, and search for Precedents, for punishing
Sheriffs, Mayors, Bailiffs, and other Officers, for making
false Returns of Members to serve in Parliament.
And it is referred to Sir Henry Capell, Sir William
Poultney, Sir Thomas Player, Sir John Hotham, Lord
Cavendish, Mr. Onslow, Sir Robert Carr, Sir Francis
Drake, Sir Ralph Ashton, Mr. Harboard, Sir James Long,
Sir Robert Thomas, Sir William Coventry, Mr. Whitehead,
Mr. Paul Foley, Mr.* Foley, Mr. Williams, Colonel Birch,
Sir Joseph Tredenham, Sir Trevor Williams, Mr. Vaughan,
Serjeant Rigby, Mr. Duboyes, Mr. Colt, Sir Thomas
Clerges, Sir John Trevor, Sir Robert Peyton, Sir Robert
Dillington, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Gerard Russell,
Mr. Ash, Sir William Bastard: And they are to meet
this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock in the Speaker's
Chamber: And are to report the same, with their Opinions thereupon, to the House.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to bring in
a Bill for regulating the Election of Members to serve in
Parliament, be revived; and do sit this Afternoon at
Three of the Clock, in the Place formerly appointed:
And that Mr. Williams, and all the Members of this
House that are of the Long Robe, be added to the said
Committee; do examine the Matter; and particularly report their Opinions to the House, touching the Reversing
of the Judgment in the Case of Sir Samuel Bernardiston,
and by whose Procurement and Solicitation, and by what
Ways and Means, the same was reversed; together with
the Names of the particular Judges that were concerned
for and against the Reversing the said Judgment. And
it is particularly recommended to the Care of Sir Robert
Carr, Serjeant Maynard, and Mr. Williams.
Elections instead of Members taking Office.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, That
when any Member of this House is preferred by the
King to any Office or Place of Profit, a new Writ shall
immediately issue out for Electing of a Member to serve
in his stead: And that it be recommended to the Care of
Mr. Hamden, to draw up such a Bill, and present the
same to the House To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That all Committees that are discontinued
be revived; and do sit this Afternoon in the Places
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Starkey have Leave to go into the
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Seven of the Clock.