Die Jovis, 14 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Epus. Dunel. & Crewe.
|Ds. Custos Magni Sigilli.
Comes Pembroke, Præses.
Comes Kent, Camerarius.
Address against Papists.
The Lord Viscount Townshend reported from the
Lords Committees, the Address drawn by them, upon
the Petition of the Inhabitants of the South Parts of
Lancashire, and the Resolution of the House, and Debate thereupon:
Which was read, and agreed to, as follows; (videlicet,)
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament
assembled, do humbly beg Leave to acquaint Your
Majesty, That the Lord Bishop of Chester has presented to the House a Petition, for himself and the
Gentry and Clergy of the South Parts of Lancashire;
complaining of the intolerable Boldness and Presumption of the Romish Priests and Papists, in employing
all their inveigling Arts and Devices, in perverting
and seducing the Gentry and Commonalty, and that
not only secretly, but openly and publicly, in Defiance
of the Laws; that their Priests are numerous, their
Masses frequent; their People go affectedly in Troops;
they marry without License, or Publication; they
visit Protestants, when sick or dying, in order to pervert them; they throw out ill Language against the
Church and Government, and spread false Reports
and scandalous Reflections upon the Orthodox Clergy;
and have built a stately Edifice, which, as the Petitioners had good Reason to believe, is intended for a
Seminary; and several Lands have been settled, for
the Endowment of that and other Places; that the
Popish Gentry are assistant to their Priests in their
Perversions; and, to insinuate themselves into Protestant Families, catch at all Opportunities to marry
amongst them, whereby they have proselyted many
of the Gentry.
"Such open Insolence, shewn by People so obnoxious to the Laws, in the Midst of a War, in
which Your Majesty is engaged against the French
King, the declared Protector of One of the Popish
Religion, who openly pretends a Title to Your Majesty's Crown, does not only raise in us a just Indignation; but makes us think it absolutely necessary,
for the Safety of Your Majesty's Royal Person and
Government, that a more watchful Eye should be
had over them for the future; and, for that Purpose,
that a distinct and particular Account should be taken
of all Papists, and reputed Papists, in the Kingdom,
with their respective Qualities, Estates, and Places
"We do therefore most humbly beseech Your Majesty, that You would be graciously pleased to send
Directions to the several Lords Lieutenants and
Custodes Rotulorum of the several Counties and
Places, to cause all the Deputy Lieutenants and Justices of the Peace of the respective Counties and
Places to assemble together, and, being so assembled,
there to agree of the most proper Manner to subdivide themselves into several Divisions, for the more
effectual performing the said Service within such
Sub-divisions; and that, at such General Meeting, an
Account be taken distinctly of the Names of the
several Justices and Deputy Lieutenants designed for
the said several Sub-divisions; and that the several
Justices of Peace and Deputy Lieutenants should,
under their several Hands, return a particular Account, in Writing, of what they shall perform in the
said several Sub-divisions, which the said Lords Lieutenants and Custodes Rotulorum shall return to Your
Majesty in Council, together with the Names of every
One of the Deputy Lieutenants and Justices of Peace
who did neglect or refuse to perform their Duties in
relation to that Service.
"And, to the End the said Account may be the
more exact and useful, we most humbly beseech Your
Majesty to send Your Royal Commands to the Archbishops, requiring them to issue Orders to all the
Bishops in their respective Provinces, directing them
to require the Clergy in their several Dioceses to
take an exact and particular Account of the Numbers of the Papists, and reputed Papists, in every
Parish, with their Qualities, Estates, and Places of
Abode, and to return the same to their respective
Diocesans, who shall return the same to their several Archbishops, in order to be laid before Your
"And we do also desire Your Majesty will be pleased
to direct, that the Archbishops do require the Bishops,
in their several Dioceses, to proceed against such of
the Clergy as shall refuse or neglect to do their
Duty in respect to the said Service, according to the
utmost Severity of Law; and also to return the
Names of the Clergy, who shall be defective in performing the said Service, in order that the same may
be laid before Your Majesty.
"And we farther beseech Your Majesty, to command
the Archbishops to require the Bishops, by all proper
Ways and Means, to inform themselves what Advowsons, or Rights of Presentation, or Donation of
Churches, Benefices, or Schools, are in the Disposition of any Papists, or reputed Papists, or of any
in Trust for them; and to return what they shall
find, particularly and distinctly, to the Archbishops,
to the Intent the same may be represented to Your
"And lastly, we most humbly desire Your Majesty,
that You will be graciously pleased to cause
the several Accounts of all these Inquiries
to be laid before this House, at the next
Session of Parliament."
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with
White Staves do humbly attend Her Majesty, with the
Address of this House, agreed to this Day.
The Lord Herbert reported from the Lords Committees, the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable Trustees
to sell several Houses and Lands, in and near Portsmouth, late the Estate of Elizabeth Hicks, for Payment of a Debt, and Interest charged thereupon;
and for laying out the Residue of the Money in other
Lands, to be settled to the same Uses," as fit to pass,
without any Amendment.
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to
enable Trustees to sell several Houses and Lands, in
and near Portsmouth, late the Estate of Elizabeth
Hicks, for Payment of a Debt, and Interest charged
thereupon; and for laying out the Residue of the
Money in other Lands, to be settled to the same
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Ordered, That the Commons have Notice, the
Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amendment.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, decimum quintum diem instantis Martii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.