Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Sabbati, 7 Martii, 15 Car. IIdi.
Resolved, &c. That this Bill be committed to Sir John Shaw, Sir Geo. Ryve, Sir Tho. Tompkins, Serjeant Maynard, Sir Cha. Harbord, Sir Tho. Gower, Mr. Hungerford, Sir Edm. Peirce, Mr. Knight, Mr. Harbord, Sir John Newton, Mr. Crouch, Sir Ralph Hare, Sir Phil. Warwick, Mr. Fra. Finch, Mr. Flint, Sir Clifford Clifton, Sir Geo. How, Sir Rich. Onslow, Sir Fra. Goodrick, Dr. Arris, Mr. Gaudy, Mr. Devereux, Sir John Tirrell, Sir Wm. Hickman, Mr. Jay, Sir Hen. Worsley, Sir John Brampston, Sir Rich. Everard, Mr. Newport, Sir Robert Brooke; and all the Members of this House that are of the Long Robe: And they are to meet in the Speaker's Chamber, on Monday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Sir Charles Harbord reports from the Committee appointed to peruse the Act for regulating Corporations, several Particulars: Which, being in Writing, he read in his Place: And the same were as followeth;
2. And if so, then, Whether it were the Meaning of the House it should be so: If not, then, Whether it be not fit to provide for the Quiet of the Commissioners, and the Security of Persons placed by them, by another Bill for that purpose.
3. Whether it be not fit to prevent the Inconveniences arising to Corporations, by the better sort of the Members and Inhabitants evading the Offices and Services incident to their Places, by refusing, or not taking the Oaths, and subscribing the Declaration, and taking the Sacrament, according to the Act; and so leaving the Burden and Charge of the Government upon mean Men, not able to bear it.
Touching Dawson's Case, he opened the Writ, directed to the Commissioners, and also to the Aldermen and Chief Burgesses of the Borough of Richmond; which was delivered to the Alderman: Who thereupon delivered up the Mace and Staff to Dawson; and so put him in Possession of the Place of Alderman, from which the Commissioners had removed him, for just Cause, arising from before, and in the Time of War: And so this Writ is obeyed and executed by the Alderman, without the Commissioners Notice; and will have no Return.
Whether the Commissioners, having executed the Commission, and left their Act, under their Hands and Seals with the Alderman and Burgesses, may again put out Dawson; and put in the Man they had formerly placed in his Room.
Resolved, &c. That the Matter upon the Report, and present Debate, be re-committed to the former Committee: And all the Gentlemen of this House that are of the Long Robe, are added to the Committee: And they are also to take into Consideration the Charge occasioned by issuing Writs of Mandamus out of the King's Bench, on the Behalf of Persons displaced; and report their Opinion therein also to the House: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber, at Two of the Clock.