Sabbati, 27 die Novembris, 1680.
PETER and John Bode did take this Day the Oaths
of Allegiance and Supremacy, at the Clerk's Table,
in order to their Naturalization.
Court of Marches.
A Bill for the Taking away of the Court holden before
the President and Council in the Marches of Wales, was
read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time on
Wednesday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock.
Westbury Return amended.
The Clerk of the Crown being called in, amended the
Return for Westbury in the County of Wilts, by rasing
out the Names of Richard Lewis and Henry Bertie
Esquires, and inserting the Names of William Trenchard
and Edward Norton Esquires, instead thereof.
Ordered, That all Committees that are discontinued,
be revived; and do sit in the Places formerly appointed.
Mr. Treby reports from the Committee of Elections
and Privileges, That the Committee, having taken into
Consideration the Matter touching the Election for the
Borough of Wells, had agreed upon Two Resolves, to
be reported to the House: Which he read in his Place;
and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table:
Where the same being read, are as followeth;
Resolved, That Edward Berkley Esquire is not duly
elected a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for
the Borough of Wells in the County of Somersett.
Resolved, That John Hall Esquire is duly elected a
Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the said
Borough of Wells.
The first Resolve being read a Second time;
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, That Edward Berkley Esquire is not duly elected
a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Wells in the County of Somersett.
The Second Resolve being read a Second time;
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, That John Hall Esquire is duly elected a Burgess
to serve in this present Parliament for the said Borough
The Clerk of the Crown being called in, amended the
Return for the said Borough, by rasing out the Name of
Edward Berkley Esquire, and inserting the Name of
John Hall Esquire, instead thereof.
Evidence against Impeached Lords.
Ordered, That Sir William Waller be added to the
Committee appointed to prepare Evidence against the
Lords in the Tower.
Pardon of Denis.
Ordered, 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 grant a full and general Pardon to
Mr. Barnard Denis.
Colonel Birch reports from the Committee to whom
the Consideration of the Petition of Sir Thomas Whitgrave, Francis Eld, and Sampson Birche, was referred,
That the Committee, having examined the Matter relating to Sampson Birche, had ordered him to make the
following Report; viz.
That, about the Twenty-sixth of June last, the said
Birche, riding on the Road from London towards Staffordshire, did ask one John Bradbury, then likewise on
the Road, If he had seen Mr. Dugdale? Who answered
Yes: To which Birch replied, That Dugdale, Oates, and
Bedloe, were Rogues, to say there was any Plot of the
Papists; but it was true, there was a Plot of the Presbyterians; and he would justify it: And, as to Dugdale,
he had got the French Pox; and it would come up into
his Head in a Fortnight's time; and he would not live to
come into Staffordshire any more.
And further, That, about Midsummer last, one Thomas
Launder being at Dinner in Westminster at a Place
called Heaven, the said Birche came into his Company;
and there affirmed openly, That there was no Popish
Plot; but a Company of Rogues, and the Races in
Staffordshire, had made this Plot.
That, upon full Examination of Witnesses to this
Information before this Committee;
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That Mr. Sampson
Birche is guilty of this Information.
And further, That the said Sampson Birche, being
Keeper of the Prison at Stafford, did suffer Mr. Bromage,
a Popish Priest condemned, to walk abroad into the
Country to take the Air: But the said Birche saith, he
went with the said Priest; and it was for Recovery of
Resolved, by this Committee, That the said Birche,
Keeper of the Prison at Stafford, his suffering the said
Priest so to walk abroad, is contrary to Law.
And further reported to the House, That the said
Birch is Mustermaster of the Horse and Foot in Staffordshire, and Keeper of such Arms as have been taken
from Papists upon the Discovery of the Plot; which
Arms are now in his Custody.
Which Report he delivered in at the Clerk's Table:
Where the same was read.
The First of the Resolves being read a Second time;
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, That the said Sampson Birche is guilty of the said
The Second of the said Resolves being read a Second
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, That the said Birche, Keeper of the Prison at
Stafford, his suffering the said Priest to walk abroad, is
contrary to Law.
A Petition from the said Sampson Birche being tendered to the House.
The Question being put, That the said Petition be now
It passed in the Negative.
A Petition of John Hutchinson being tendered to the
The Question being put, That the said Petition be now
It passed in the Negative.
A Petition of John Price, and others, employed in
the Woollen Manufacture, against the Making of Canebottomed Chairs, was read.
The Question being put, That the Consideration of the
said Petition be referred to the Committee to whom the
Bill for the better Encouragement of the Woollen Manufacture, by the general Wearing thereof, is committed;
The House divide.
The Yeas go forth.
||for the Yeas,||117.|
||Sir Thomas Armstrong,
||for the Noes, ||151.|
|Sir John Holmes,
And so it passed in the Negative.
Ordered, That Mr. Stonehouse, Sir John Brookes, Mr.
Arnold, Sir James Long, Mr. Barker, Sir Philip Skippon, Sir William Poultney, Mr. White, Mr. Pierpoint,
Mr. Savage, Mr. Wyndham, Sir Richard Graham, Sir
Samuel Bernardiston, Mr. Wright, Sir John Hobbart, Mr.
Duke, Sir Philip Parker, Sir William Hickman, be added
to the Committee to whom the Bills touching the Regulating of the Elections of Members to serve in the
Commons House of Parliament, are committed.
Address on State of the Kingdom.
Mr. Hamden reports from the Committee appointed
to prepare an Address to his Majesty, upon the Debate of
the House, humbly representing the dangerous State and
Condition of this Kingdom, in Answer to his Majesty's
Message relating to Tangier, 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, after a long Debate,
upon the Question, agreed to; and is as followeth;
May it please Your most Excellent Majesty,
WE Your Majesty's most Obedient and Loyal Subjects, the Commons in Parliament assembled, having,
with all Duty and Regard, taken into our serious Consideration Your Majesty's late Message relating to Tangier,
cannot but account the present Condition of it, as Your
Majesty is pleased to represent it in Your said Message,
after so vast a Treasure expended to make it useful, not
only as one Infelicity more added to the afflicted Estate
of your Majesty's faithful and loyal Subjects, but as one
Result also of the same Counsels and Designs, which have
brought Your Majesty's Person, Crown, and Kingdoms,
into those great and imminent Dangers, with which at this
Day they are surrounded: And we are the less surprised to
hear of the Exigencies of Tangier, when we remember,
that, since it became Part of Your Majesty's Dominions,
it hath several times been under the Command of Popish
Governors; particularly for some time under the Command of a Lord impeached, and now Prisoner in the
Tower, for the execrable and horrid Popish Plot; that
the Supplies sent thither have been, in great Part, made
up of Popish Officers and Soldiers; and that the Irish
Papists among the Soldiers of that Garison have been
the Persons most countenanced and encouraged.
To that Part of Your Majesty's Message, which expresses a Reliance upon this House for the Support of
Tangier, and a Recommendation of it to our speedy
Care; we do, with all Humility and Reverence, give this
Answer; That, although, in due Time and Order, we shall
omit nothing incumbent on us for the Preservation of
every Part of Your Majesty's Dominions, and advancing
the Prosperty and flourishing Estate of this Your Kingdom; yet at this time, when a Cloud, which has long
threatened this Land, is ready to break upon our Heads
in a Storm of Ruin and Confusion, to enter into any
further Consideration of this Matter, especially to come
to any Resolutions in it, before we are effectually secured
from the imminent and apparent Dangers arising from
the Power of Popish Persons and Counsels, we humbly
conceive will not consist either with our Duty to Your
Majesty, or the Trust reposed in us by those we represent.
It is not unknown to Your Majesty, how restless the
Endeavours, and how bold the Attempts, of the Popish
Party, for many Years last past, have been, not only
within this, but other Your Majesty's Kingdoms, to introduce the Romish, and utterly to extirpate the true
Protestant Religion. The several Approaches they have
made towards the compassing This their Design, assisted
by the Treachery of perfidious Protestants, have been so
strangely successful, that 'tis matter of Admiration to us,
and which we can only ascribe to an over-ruling Providence, that Your Majesty's Reign is still continued over
us, and that we are yet assembled to consult the Means
of our Preservation.
Address on State of the Kingdom.
This bloody and restless Party, not content with the
great Liberty they had a long time enjoyed to exercise
their own Religion privately amongst themselves, to . . .
take of an equal Freedom of their Persons and Estates
with Your Majesty's Protestant Subjects, and of an Advantage above them, in being excused from chargeable
Offices and Employments, hath so far prevailed, as to
find Countenance: From an open and avowed Practice
of their Superstition and Idolatry, without Controul, in
several Parts of this Kingdom, great Swarms of Priests and
Jesuits have resorted hither, and have here exercised their
Jurisdiction, and been daily tampering to pervert the Consciences of Your Majesty's Subjects, their Opposers they
have found means to disgrace; and, if they were Judges,
Justices of the Peace, or other Magistrates, to have them
turned out of Commission: And, in Contempt of the
Laws of the Land, they have practiced upon People of
all Ranks and Qualities, and gained over divers to their
Religion; some openly to profess it, others secretly to
espouse it, as mostly conduced to the Service thereof.After some time, they became able to influence Matters of State and Government, and thereby to destro
those they cannot corrupt: The Continuance or Prorogation of Parliaments has been accommodated to serve
the Purposes of that Party: Money raised upon the
People, to supply Your Majesty's extraordinary Occasions, was, by the Prevalence of Popish Counsels, employed to make War upon a Protestant State, and to
advance and augment the dreadful Power of the French
King; though, to the apparent Hazard of this, and all
other Protestant Countries: Great Numbers of Your
Majesty's Subjects were sent into, and continued in the
Service of that King; notwithstanding the apparent Interest of Your Majesty's Kingdoms, the Addresses of the
Parliament, and Your Majesty's gracious Proclamations
to the contrary: Nor can we forbear to mention: How
that, at the Beginning of the same War, even the Ministers of England were made Instruments to press upon
that State the Acceptance of One Demand, among others,
from the French King, for procuring their Peace with
him; that they should admit the publick Exercise of the
Roman Catholick Religion in the United Provinces; the
Churches there to be divided; and the Romish Priests
maintained out of the publick Revenue.
At Home, if Your Majesty did, at any time, by the
Advice of Your Privy Council, or of Your Two Houses
of Parliament, command the Laws to be put in Execution against Papists; even from thence they gained
Advantage to their Party, while the Edge of those Laws
was turned against Protestant Dissenters, and the Papists
escaped, in a manner, untouched: The Act of Parliament, injoining a Test to be taken by all Persons admitted into any publick Office, and intended for a Security
against Papists coming into Employment, had so little
Effect, that either, by Dispensations obtained from Rome,
they submitted to those Tests, and held their Offices
themselves; or those put in their Places were so favourable to the same Interests, that Popery itself has rather
gained than lost Ground since that Act.
But, that their Business in hand might yet more speedily
and strongly proceed, at length a Popish Secretary, since
executed for his Treasons, takes upon him to set a-foot
and maintain Correspondencies at Rome (particularly
with a native Subject of Your Majesty's, promoted to be
a Cardinal), and in the Courts of other foreign Princes,
to use their own Form of Speech, "for the subduing that
pestilent Heresy, which has so long domineered over this
Northern World;" that is, to root the Protestant Religion
out of England; and thereby to make way the more easily
to do the same in other Protestant Countries.
Towards the doing this great Work (as Mr. Colman
was pleased to call it), Jesuits, the most dangerous of all
Popish Orders to the Lives and Estates of Princes, were
distributed to their several Precincts within this Kingdom; and held joint Councils with those of the same
Order in all Neighbour Popish Countries: Out of these
Councils and Correspondencies was hatched that damnable and hellish Plot, by the good Providence of Almighty God brought to Light above Two Years since,
but still threatening us; wherein the Traitors, impatient
of longer Delay, reckoning the Prolonging of Your
Sacred Majesty's Life (which God long preserve) as the
great Obstacle in the Way to the Consummation of their
Hopes; and having in their Prospect a proselyted Prince
immediately to succeed in the Throne of these Kingdoms;
resolved to begin their Work with the Assassination of
Your Majesty; to carry it on with armed Force; to destroy Your Protestant Subjects in England; to execute a
Second Massacre in Ireland; and so, with Ease, to arrive
at the Suppression of our Religion, and the Subversion of
When this accursed Conspiracy began to be discovered,
they began the smothering it with the barbarous Murder
of a Justice of the Peace within One of Your Majesty's
own Palaces, who had taken some Examinations concerning it.
Amidst these Distractions and Fears, Popish Officers
for the Command of Forces were allowed upon the
Musters, by special Orders surreptitiously obtained from
Your Majesty, but countersigned by a Secretary of State,
without ever passing under the Tests prescribed by the
aforementioned Act of Parliament: In like manner,
above Fifty new Commissions were granted about the
same time to known Papists; besides a great Number
of desperate Popish Officers, though out of Command,
yet entertained at Half Pay.
When, in the next Parliament, the House of Commons
were prepared to bring to a legal Tryal the principal Conspirators in this Plot, that Parliament was first prorogued,
and then dissolved: The Interval between the Calling
and Sitting of this Parliament was so long, that now they
conceive Hopes of covering all their past Crimes, and
gaining a seasonable Time and Advantages of practising
them more effectually: Witnesses are attempted to be
corrupted; and not only Promises of Reward, but of the
Favour of Your Majesty's Brother, made the Motives to
their Compliance: Divers of the most considerable of
Your Majesty's Protestant Subjects have Crimes of the
highest Nature forged against them; the Charge to be
supported by Subornation and Perjury, that they may be
destroyed by Forms of Law and Justice.
A Presentment being prepared for a Grand Jury of
Middlesex against Your Majesty's said Brother the Duke
of Yorke, under whose Countenance all the rest shelter
themselves, the Grand Jury were, in an unheard-of, and
unprecedented, and illegal manner, discharged; and That
with so much Haste and Fear, lest they should finish that
Presentment, that they were prevented from delivering
many other Indictments by them at that time found
among other Popish Recusants.
Because a Pamphlet came forth weekly, called, "The
Weekly Pacquet of Advice from Rome," which exposes
Popery, as it deserves, as ridiculous to the People; a new
and arbitrary Rule was made in Your Majesty's Court
of King's Bench, rather like a Star Chamber than a Court
of Law, That the same should not for the future be printed
by any Person whatsoever.
We acknowledge Your Majesty's Grace and Care in
issuing forth divers Proclamations, since the Discovery of
the Plot, for the banishing Papists from about this great
City, and Residence of Your Majesty's Court and the
Parliament: But, with Trouble of Mind, we do humbly
inform Your Majesty, That, notwithstanding all these
Prohibitions, great Numbers of them, and of the most
dangerous Sort, to the Terror of Your Majesty's Protestant Subjects, do daily resort hither, and abide here.
Under these and other sad Effects and Evidence of
the Prevalency of Popery, and its Adherents, we Your
Majesty's faithful Commons found this Your Majesty's
distressed Kingdom, and other Parts of Your Dominions,
labouring, when we assembled: And therefore, from our
Allegiance to Your Majesty, our Zeal to our Religion,
our Faithfulness to our Country, and our Care of Posterity, we have lately, upon mature Deliberation, proposed
One Remedy of these great Evils, without which (in
our Judgments) all others will prove vain and fruitless;
and, like all deceitful Securities against certain Dangers,
will rather expose Your Majesty's Person to the greatest
Hazard, and the People, together with all that is valuable to them, as Men or Christians, to utter Ruin and
We have taken this Occasion of an Access to Your
Majesty's Royal Presence, humbly to lay before Your
Majesty's great Judgment, and gracious Consideration,
this most dreadful Design of introducing Popery, and, as
necessary Consequences of it, all other Calamities, into
Your Majesty's Kingdoms: And if, after all this, the
private Suggestions of the subtle Accomplices of that
Party and Design should yet prevail, either to elude, or
totally obstruct, the faithful Endeavours of us Your
Commons, for an happy Settlement of this Kingdom,
we shall have this remaining Comfort, That we have
freed ourselves from the Guilt of that Blood and Desolation, which is like to ensue.
But our only Hope (next under God) is in Your Sacred Majesty; That, by Your great Wisdom and Goodness, we may be effectually secured from Popery, and all
the Evils that attend it; and that none but Persons of
known Fidelity to Your Majesty, and sincere Affections
to the Protestant Religion, may be put into any Employment, Civil or Military; that, whilst we shall give a
Supply to Tangier, we may be assured we do not augment the Strength of our Popish Adversaries, nor increase
our own Dangers.
Which Desires of Your faithful Commons if Your
Majesty shall graciously vouchsafe to grant, we shall not
only be ready to assist Your Majesty in Defence of Tangier; but do whatsoever else shall be in our Power, to enable Your Majesty to protect the Protestant Religion and
Interest at Home and Abroad, and to resist and repel the
Attempts of Your Majesty's and the Kingdom's Enemies.
Lord Stafford's Impeachment.
A Message from the Lords by Sir Timothy Baldwyn,
and Sir Samuel Clarke;
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have appointed a Committee
of Five Lords to meet with a Committee of this House,
to adjust the Methods and Circumstances in the Tryal
of the Lord Viscount Stafford: And have appointed the
Five Lords to meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock,
in the Inner Court of Wards.
The Messengers being withdrawn;
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed, of Ten
Members of this House, to meet the Committee of Lords,
to adjust the Methods and Circumstances in the Tryal of
the Lord Viscount Stafford; viz. Sir William Jones, Sir
Francis Winnington, Sir Henry Capell, Mr. Hamden, Sir
Thomas Lee, Colonel Titus, Mr. Powle, Mr. Garway,
Serjeant Maynard, Mr. Treby.
The Messengers being called in;
Mr. Speaker acquaints them, That this House had
appointed a Committee of this House to meet with the
Committee of Lords.
King to appoint being attended.
Ordered, That such Members of this House as are of
his Majesty's most honourable Privy Council, be desired
to know his Majesty's Pleasure, When this House may
attend his Majesty with an Address.
Ordered, That the Matter touching the Election for
Taunton in the County of Somersett be heard at the Bar
of the House, on Wednesday Morning next.
And then the House adjourned to Monday
Morning, Eight of the Clock.