Martis, 23 die Novembris, 1680.
Privilege- a person discharged.
A PETITION of Sir Thomas Holt, Serjeant at
Law, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending
this House, was read.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Holt be called in; and do
receive the Censure of the House, upon his Knees, at the
Bar, from Mr. Speaker; and be then discharged, paying
Which was done accordingly.
Person to be brought to the Bar.
Ordered, That William Rapley, Bailiff of the Borough
of Haslemere in the County of Surrey, now in Custody
of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, be brought
to the Bar To-morrow Morning at Ten of the Clock, to
receive the Censure of the House.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for
Continuing of Two Acts; One to prevent the Planting
Tobacco in England, and regulating the Plantation Trade;
the other for Exporting of Beer, Ale, and Mum.
A Bill to the same Purpose, being presented to the
House, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
Address- Fine for a Misdemeanor.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to prepare a
further Address to his Majesty, upon the Debate of the
House, humbly to desire his Majesty to pardon and remit
the Fine set upon Benjamin Harris, for which he continues
And it is referred to Lord Annesley, Mr. Duboys, Mr.
Foley, Sir William Poultney, Mr. Secretary Jenkins, Sir
Roger Hill, Mr. Pilkington, Colonel Titus, Mr. Whorwood, Sir Thomas Lee, Sir Thomas Player, Sir Trevor
Williams, Sir William Roberts, Sir William Bastard, Sir
Henry Ford, Sir Edward Baynton; or any Three of them:
And they are to meet at Three of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Mr. Sacheverell reported from the Committee to whom
it was referred to prepare and bring in a Bill for Repeal of
One Act made in the Thirty-fifth Year of Queen Elizabeth, Chapter First, a Bill agreed upon by the Committee: Which he delivered in at the Clerk's Table.
The Bill being read the First time;
Resolved, That the said Bill be read a Second time
Address for a Fast.
Sir Francis Russell reports from the Committee appointed to draw up an humble Address to his Majesty, to
desire his Majesty to appoint a Day for a solemn Fast and
Humiliation, to be kept throughout the Kingdom, 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 read, was, upon
the Question, agreed to; and is as followeth;
WE Your Majesty's most Dutiful and Loyal Subjects
the and Commons, in this present Parliament
assembled, being deeply sensible of the sad and calamitous
Condition of this Your Majesty's Kingdom, occasioned
chiefly by the impious and horrid Conspiracies of a Popish
Party, who have not only plotted and intended the Destruction of Your Majesty's Royal Person, but the total
Subversion of the Government and true Religion established amongst us; and finding the same detestable Machinations still obstinately prosecuted by them, as well by
fomenting Divisions amongst Your Majesty's loyal Protestant Subjects, as all other the most wicked Contrivances,
notwithstanding the many Discoveries thereof by God's
great Mercy, and wonderful Providence, lately brought to
Light; all which dreadful Judgments are now impending
over us, most deservedly, for our many and grievous Sins;
and cannot otherwise in human Reason be prevented, but
by the particular Blessing of God upon the Consultations
and Endeavours of Your Great Council now assembled
in Parliament; do in all Humility beseech Your Majesty,
That by Your Royal Proclamation, a Day may be solemnly set apart, wherein both Ourselves, and all Your
Majesty's loyal Subjests, may, by Fasting and Prayers, endeavour a Reconciliation with Almighty God; and with
humble and penitent Hearts, implore him, by his Power
and Goodness, to divert those Judgments, and defeat the
wicked Counsels and Devices of our Enemies, to unite
the Hearts of Your loyal Protestant Subjects, and to continue his Mercy, and the Light of his Gospel, to us and
our Posterities; and more especially to bestow his
abundant Blessings on Your Sacred Majesty, and this
present Parliament, that our Consultations and Endeavours may produce Honour, Safety, and Prosperity to
Your Majesty, and Your People.
Resolved, That the Lords Concurrence be desired to
the said Address: And that Sir Francis Russell do attend
the Lords with the same, and desire their Concurrence.
A Petition of Anne Bedlowe Widow, Relict of Captain
William Bedlowe, deceased, was read.
Resolved, That an humble Application be made to
his Majesty, from this House, by such Members thereof
as are of his Majesty's most honourable Privy Council,
to desire his Majesty to take into his Consideration the
Condition of the said Mrs. Bedlowe; and to grant her
some Allowance for her Subsistence.
Lords agree Address.
Sir Francis Russell acquaints the House, That, in
pursuance of the Order of the House, he had attended
the Lords with the Address: And that their Lordships
returned Answer, That they had taken the said Address
into their Consideration; and had agreed to it, according
to the Desire of this House.
Proclamation against Petitioning.
Mr. Thomas Ware and Mr. Edward Stroud, being
called in, gave the House an Account touching their
Signing of Addresses in the County of Somersett.
Ordered, That Mr. Attorney General be desired to
attend this House To-morrow Morning, to give the
House an Account touching the Proclamation, styled,
"A Proclamation against tumultuous Petitioning."
Arbitrary discharge of Grand Juries.
Several Persons that served upon the Grand Jury for
the County of Middlesex, in Trinity Term last, being
called in, gave an Account to the House of the Manner
of the Proceedings of the Court of King's Bench, in
discharging the said Grand Jury.
Several Persons being called in, gave an Account, at
the Bar of the House, touching the Charge given by
Mr. Baron Weston, at the last Summer Assizes held at
Kingston upon Thames, for the County of Surrey.
And a Debate arising in the House upon the whole
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That the Discharging
of a Grand Jury by any Judge, before the End of the
Term, Assizes, or Sessions, whilst Matters are under their
Consideration, and not presented, is arbitrary, illegal,
destructive to publick Justice, a manifest Violation of
his Oath, and is a Means to subvert the fundamental
Laws of this Kingdom.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That a Committee be
appointed to examine the Proceedings of the Judges in
Westminster Hall; and to report the same, with their
Opinions therein, to this House.
And it is referred to Sir William Jones, Sir Fra. Winnington, Mr. Sacheverell, Mr. Foley, Mr. Trenchard, Sir
Richard Corbett, Mr. Powle, Sir John Hartup, Colonel
Titus, Mr. Love, Sir Thomas Player, Colonel Birch, Mr.
Evelyn, Serjeant Rigby; Sir Tho. Armstrong, Sir Francis
Rolls, Sir Eliab Harvey, Sir Edward Harley, Mr. Hopkins, Sir John Moreton, Sir Thomas Lee, Sir Samuel
Bernardiston, Sir Robert Henley, Sir Gilbert Gerald,
Mr. Pilkington, Serjeant Streete, Sir John Cary, Sir Henry
Capell, Mr. Hamden, Sir Henry Calverly, Sir John Otway,
Mr. Lewis, Lord Russell, Sir Thomas Meres; or any Five
of them: And they are to meet at Four of the Clock this
Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And are impowered
to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Ordered, That all Committees that are discontinued,
be revived; and do sit in the respective Places formerly
Answer to Address.
Sir Edward Deering acquaints the House, That his
Majesty having referred the Condition and Circumstances
of the several Witnesses relating to the Popish Plot in
Ireland, to the Consideration of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, and that the Commissioners
were not as yet informed of the Number, Names, and
Conditions of the said several Persons; desired the Direction of the House therein.
Ordered, That Mr. Hetherington do attend Mr. Speaker,
and do communicate to him the Names and Condition of
all the said Witnesses.
And then the House adjourned to Eight of the
Clock To-morrow Morning.