Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Thursday, 15th November, 1660.
Woolen Manufactures, &c.
A Bill for enabling George Faunt Esquire, to make Sale of some Lands in the County of Leycester, was read this Day the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to Mr. Pryn, Serjeant Rainsford, Mr. Babington, Sir Tho. Meeres, Serjeant Hales, Mr. Willoughby, Sir George Booth, Sir Richard Hopkins, Mr. Mallet, Serjeant Charlton, Mr. Hobby, Mr. Tompkins, Mr. Clifford, Mr. Baker, Mr. Harris, Mr. Knight, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Lucy, Mr. Gerard, Mr. Willoughby, Mr. Eyres, Mr. Bowman, Mr. Bacon, Sir Raph Knight, Sir Geo. Browne, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Mountague, Mr. Orme, Mr. Thurland, Lord Bruice, Mr. Westfalin, Mr. Louther, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Bampfeild, and all the Knights and Burgesses that serve for the Counties of Leicester and Northampton: And they are to send for all Parties concerned; and to send for and peruse Settlements and Evidences, as they shall find necessary; and to consider of the Values of the Lands: And they are to meet on Saturday next, at Two in the Afternoon, in the Inner Court of Wards.
Restoring Earl of Roscommon.
A Bill ingrossed, sent from the Lords, to restore Wentworth Earl of Roscommon, of the Kingdom of Ireland, all the Honours, Castles, Lordships, Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, in Ireland, whereof James Earl of Roscommon, his Great Grandfather, Robert Earl of Roscommon, his Grandfather, or James late Earl of Roscommon his Father, were in Possession on the Twenty-third of October 1641, was this Day read the First time.
Lords reminded of Bills.
Resolved, That Sir John Northcott do go to the Lords, and communicate to them the Desire of this House, that their Lordships will give Dispatch to some Bills formerly sent from this House, and now depending before their Lordships; viz. the Bill for confirming of Marriages; the Bill for confirming of Leases from Colleges and Hospitals; the Bill for confirming of Magna Charta, and other fundamental Laws; as also, the Proclamation for putting the Laws against Popish Recusants in Execution, being all of publick Importance.
A Bill for settling and constituting a Chapel of Ease in the Forest of Waltham, for the Use of the Inhabitants thereabout, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, on the Question, committed to Mr. John Stevens, Sir Waller Earle, Serjeant Rainsford, Sir Anthony Irby, Sir William Lewes, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Streete, Mr. Wendy, Sir Capell Luckin, Sir Lancelot Lake, Mr. Molleneux, Mr. Brampston, Lord Richardson, Mr. Walpeole, Mr. Merricke, Mr. Knightly, Mr. Hungerford, Sir Salomon Swayle, Mr. Ayre, Mr. Marvell, Sir Edward Turner, Mr. Crowch, Mr. Harris, Mr. Mynors, Mr. Orme, Mr. Hambden, Serjeant Hales, Mr. Daniell, Sir Edward Turner, Mr. Montague, Sir Horatio Townesend, Mr. Baker, Lord Kildare, Mr. Ellison, Sir Tho. Rant, Mr. Louther, and all the Knights and Burgesses serving for the County of Essex; And they are to meet at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon on Saturday next, in the Inner Court of Wards.
Mr. Marvell reports from the Committee, Amendments to the Bill for erecting and endowing Vicarages out of impropriate Rectories: Which he read, with the Coherence, in his Place; and were afterwards read the First and Second time by the Clerk.
Privilege- Counterfeiting Protections.
A Paper was this Day communicated to the House, purporting a counterfeit Protection, dated 10 August 1660, and signed F. Buller, for protecting William Jenes from Arrests, as Servant to the said Buller, a Member of this House: Which was read.
The House being informed, that the said William Jenes was at the Door, he was called in; and, standing at the Bar, he did, upon Examination, confess, That he was the Party mentioned in the Paper; that he knows not Mr. Buller, whose Name is added to the Paper; that he had the said Paper from one Belcher, who lives about Whitehall; that the said Belcher was brought to him by one Tabor, a Porter, who lives in Southwarke; that he gave Three Pounds for it to the said Tabor; that he entered the same in the Compters, and elsewhere, by Belcher's Direction; and that he came now to Westminster to inquire for the said Mr. Buller, he having been, since receiving of it, arrested; the Prevention whereof was the Motive of his endeavouring to obtain it.
Resolved, That the Business of forging Mr. Buller's Hand to the pretended Protection, now read, be referred to the Committee of Privileges; to examine the same; and report the State thereof to this House.
Resolved and Declared, by the Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Privilege of this House, in point of Protection, from Arrests, doth belong to the Members of this House, and their menial Servants, only; and to the Officers attending the Service of this House: And that all Protections in Writing, granted by any Member of this House to any Person whatsoever, be forthwith called in; and are hereby declared to be null and void: And all Persons, whom this may concern, are required, upon all Occasions, to take notice of the Privilege belonging to the Members of this House, and their menial Servants, and of the Officers attending the Service of this House, at their Peril.
The humble Petition of the Innholders and Victuallers of New Windsor in the County of Berks was this Day read; they thereby complaining, that about Three hundred Soldiers, lately listed in his Majesty's Castle of Windsor, are quartered upon them by several Numbers in a House; and, besides Six-pence per diem apiece, which the Petitioners are ordered to lend them, they are to allow them Fire, Candle, dressing of their Diet, and Lodging; which makes the Burden so heavy, that they are ready to sink under it; and humbly praying Redress in these their Grievances.
Resolved, That the Members of this House, who are of his Majesty's Privy Council, be desired to acquaint his Majesty with the Substance of the said Petition; and with the humble Desire of this House, that the Matters therein complained of as a Grievance, may be redressed in such Sort, as his Majesty shall, in his great Wisdom, think fit.
Answer from Lords.
Sir John Northcott reports, that he had signified to the Lords the Desire of this House, for the Dispatch of the Three Bills and Proclamation, mentioned in an Order of this Day; and that the Lords gave Answer, the Three Bills were under Consideration; and so shall be the Proclamation also: And that they will send further Answer by Messengers of their own.
Arrears of Assessments.
Mr. Pryn reports Amendments to the Bill for levying the Arrears of Assessments, due on the Act for Twelve Months, commencing 24th June 1659; and Six Months, commencing 25 December 1659: Which he read in his Place; and were, after, read the First and Second time by the Clerk; and, upon the Question, were agreed.