Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Monday, the 4th of April, 1659.
Mr. Scott reports, from the Committee for Privileges and Elections, The Opinion of the said Committee concerning the Election of Sir William Windham Baronet, and Colonel Thomas Gorges, to serve as Members in this present Parliament for the Borough of Taunton in the County of Somerset: And that the Committee had taken into Consideration the Petition of divers Inhabitants of the said Borough, on the Behalf of themselves, and others: That an Indenture was produced to the said Committee, subscribed for the Election of Dr. John Palmer, and Richard Bovett, Esquires, to serve for the said Borough as Members in this present Parliament; but not returned, nor filed: That in the said Petition, it was complained of, That the Mayor of the said Town of Taunton, who, by another Indenture, filed and returned, had returned the said Sir Wm. Wyndham, and Colonel Gorges, as Members, duly elected, for the said Borough: Finding, at the Election, by the Voices of the People, that Dr. Palmer, and Mr. Bovett, had the greater Number of Electors; did, by translating the Poll from one Place to another, without the Petitioners and others Consent, discourage them from Prosecution of their Right in Electing: And that the said Mayor refused to take the Names of divers of the Petitioners, and others, then present, who voted for Dr. Palmer, and Mr. Bovett; and to insert them into the Poll, tho' often called upon, and desired to do it: That, upon Two Days Hearing of Counsel, and Examination of Witnesses, on both Sides, before the Committee, it was resolved, upon the Question, by the Committee, and ordered to be reported to the House, as the Opinion of the said Committee, That, notwithstanding any thing to them appearing to the contrary, upon the whole Matter, Sir William Wyndham, and Colonel Thomas Gorges, are duly elected, and duly returned, to sit and serve as Members in this present Parliament for the Borough of Taunton.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Committee, That Sir William Windham, and Col. Thomas Gorges, are duly elected, and duly returned, to serve as Members in this present Parliament for the Borough of Taunton.
|Sir William Windham,||Tellers for the Yea:||94.|
|Mr. Wise,||With the Yea,|
|Mr. Gorges,||Tellers for the Noe:||62.|
|Colonel Grosvenor,||With the Noe,|
The Eleventh Paragraph was read; and was in these Words; viz. "For which Purpose, His Highness the Lord Protector, and the Parliament, do appoint, That in all Places within England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the Dominions thereto belonging, the Day of be set apart, and observed as a Day of solemn Fasting, and Humiliation, in all Churches, Chapels, and Congregations within the same."
The Twelfth Paragraph was read; and was in these Words; viz. "And we do will and require all Ministers and Pastors of Congregations to read this Declaration in their several Churches, Chapels, and Congregations, on the Lord's Day next before the said Day of Publick Fasting; to the end the same may be the better taken notice of.
The Thirteenth and last Paragraph was read; and was in these Words; viz. "And we do also hereby will and require all Justices of the Peace and other Officers, to see that the said Day be duly observed: And do prohibit all Fairs, Markets, ordinary Labours, and Employments, and all Recreations, upon the said Day."
Resolved, &c. That, in the Eleventh Paragraph, already passed, after the Words "For which Purpose," these Words; viz. "as also, to implore a Blessing from God upon the Counsels and Proceedings of this present Parliament; be added, and made Part of this Declaration.