Veneris, 29 die Octobris, 1680.
ORDERED, That Sir George Downing have Leave
to bring in a Bill for wearing of the Woollen Manufacture of England.
Dr. Tongue recomtuended to the King.
Ordered, That Doctor Tongue be humbly recommended
by this House to his Majesty, for the first considerable
Church Preferment, that shall happen to become void in
this Kingdom: And that such Members of this House as
are of his Majesty's Privy Council, do represent the same
to his Majesty.
Answer to Address.
Mr. Speaker acquaints the House, That, having attended his Majesty Yesterday in the Afternoon, with the Address for a Pardon for such Persons as shall make a satisfactory Discovery to this House of the horrid Popish Plot;
his Majesty was pleased to return his gracious Answer to
this Effect; viz. "That he did intend to direct such
Proclamation; and was resolved, not only to prosecute
the Plot, but Popery also; and to take Care of the Protestant Religion established by Law: And if we join, and
this House go on calmly in their Debates without Heat,
he did not doubt to bear down Popery, and all that belongs to it.
Address for supporting the King.
Mr. Harbord reports from the Committee to whom
it was referred to prepare and draw up an Address, declaring the Resolution of this House to support the King's
Person and Government, and the Protestant Religion, both
at Home and Abroad, 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 being Twice read, was, upon the Question, agreed,
Nemine contracidente: And is as followeth:
May it please Your most Excellent Majesty,
WE Your Majesty's most Dutiful and Obedient Subjects, the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled,
do, with most thankful Hearts, acknowledge, not only
Your Majesty's many former Royal Declarations of Your
Adherence to the Protestant Religion in the Preservation
and Protection thereof, but Your further Manifestation
of the same in Your Gracious Speech to both Houses
at the Opening of this present Parliament; in which
Your Majesty is pleased to command us strictly and impartially to prosecute the horrid Popish Plot: Without
which, we do fully assent to your Majesty's great Judgment, That neither Your Person nor Government can
be safe, nor Your Protestant Subjects; it being Part
of the very Religion of Popery, where it can obtain, to
extirpate all Protestants, both Prince and People; which
hath caused, in the Times of Your Royal Ancestors, since
the Reformation, that great Care to oblige the Subjects
against their Return to the Papal Yoke, in the very same
Oaths, wherein they swear Allegiance to their Prince:
And as now the Eyes of all the Protestant Kingdoms and
States abroad are upon us; and, looking upon your Majesty as the Royal Head of so many Protestant Countries,
cannot but hope, upon a happy and solid Security in our
Religion at home, that Your Majesty will be the greatest
Protection to them, from whom we may expect a mutual
Assistance, as being involved in the same common Danger;
so we do humbly assure Your Majesty, That we shall be
always ready to preserve Your Majesty's Person and Government, and to support the Protestant Religion, both at
Home and Abroad: And do humbly beseech your Majesty, to esteem all Persons whatsover, who shall otherwise
represent us to Your Majesty, as those who design to divide between the King and his People; and to defeat the
Meeting and Sitting of Parliaments; that those Popish Designs may succeed, which they well know, cannot otherwise prosper: And this they have made more undeniably
evident in the Interval of Parliament, by contriving, with
unparalleled Insolence, a most damnable and wicked Design, to transfer their own Crimes upon so many of Your
Majesty's Loyal Protestant Nobility and Gentry; hoping
thereby to destroy those who, with the greatest Zeal and
Integrity, endeavour to discover and prosecute them.
Right of petitioning-
The House then proceeded to the Consideration of the
Matter relating to Sir Francis Wythens, a Member of
Complaint against a Member.
And several Witnesses being called in, and examined
at the Bar of this House, in that Matter;
And it appearing, upon the Confession of the said Sir
Francis Wythens in his Place, and upon the Evidence
given at the Bar of the House against him, That he had
presented an Address to his Majesty, expressing an Abhorrency to petition his Majesty for the Calling and Sitting of Parliaments;
Resolved, That Sir Francis Wythens, by promoting and
presenting to his Majesty an Address, expressing an Abhorrency to petition his Majesty for the Calling and Sitting of Parliaments, hath betrayed the undoubted Rights
of the Subjects of England.
Ordered, That Sir Francis Wythens be expelled this
House for his high Crime.
Ordered, That Sir Francis Wythens do receive his Sentence at the Bar of this House, upon his Knees, from
Which was done accordingly.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.