Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Tuesday, 20th November, 1660.
A Bill for making Provision of Livelihood and Maintenance for the younger Children of Sir Edward Gosticke, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Sir Tho. Rowse, Sir Capell Lucken, Sir Ant. Irby, Mr. Willoughby, Sir Sal. Swayle, Sir Henry Cesar, Mr. Pedley, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Prin, Sir Hen. North, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Crowch, Mr. Goodrick, and all the Knights and Burgesses who serve for the Counties of Hertford and Bedford: And they are to meet in the Court of Wards, at Two of the Clock this Afternoon; with Power to send for Persons, Papers, Witnesses, and what else may conduce to the Business.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Privileges, to examine the Miscarriage of a Warrant for a Writ issued for the Election of a Burgess to serve for the Borough of Tiverton in the County of Devon, so that the Writ cannot be executed; by reason whereof this House is deprived of a Member; and to state the Matter of Fact; and report it to this House.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, to issue forth a Writ for the Election of a Knight of the Shire, to serve in this present Parliament for the County of Gloucester, in the Place of Mr. Serjeant Hales, called by his Majesty to be Chief Baron of his Highness' Court of Exchequer: And the Lord Chancellor is to issue and pass the same under the Great Seal of England accordingly.
Arrears of Assessments.
A Bill, ingrossed, for the speedy levying of the Arrears of the Twelve Months Assessments, commencing the Twenty-fourth of June 1659; and the Six Months Assessment, commencing the Twenty-fifth of December 1659; was this Day read the Third time.
Resolved, That this be the Title of this Bill; viz. An Act for the levying of the Arrears of the Twelve Months Assessment, commencing 24 June 1659; and the Six Months Assessments, commencing 25 December 1659.
Ordered, That Mr. Ansley and Mr. Prynn do withdraw, and pen a Letter, to be sent to the Benchers of the several Inns of Court, and Heads of the Houses of the several Inns of Chancery, to take effectual Order, that the several Members of their respective Houses, and all other Persons who shelter themselves there, who have not paid their Poll Money, do make speedy Payment thereof.
Pivilege Libellous Publication.
Mr. Serjeant Rainsford reports from the Committee of Privileges, the several offensive Passages in the Book, intituled, The long Parliament Revived; with several Votes of the Committee thereupon: Which were by the Reporter read in his Place; and were after read by the Clerk; and were as followeth; viz.
"The Act is express, that by no Means, but by an Act of Parliament, it shall be dissolved; which, being it cannot be done by the dead King, but may be done by his Successor, it ought to be so dissolved; else it remains in full Being and Authority." Page 14.
'3. That the House be desired to appoint a Committee for the drawing up an Impeachment, in the Name of all the Commons of England, against William Drake, for penning and publishing of this seditious Pamphlet; to be presented to the Lords.'
Impeachment of Drake.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to draw up an Impeachment against Wm. Drake; and that Sir Henage Finch, Sir Edw. Turner, Mr. Annesly, Lord Howard, Mr. Hollis, Serjeant Glynn, Serjeant Maynard, Mr. Thurland, Mr. Bampfeild, Serjeant Rainsford, Sir Wm. Lewes, or any Four of them, be the Committee: And that the said Committee be also impowered to draw up Articles against the said Wm. Drake.
The Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, in Parliament assembled, do, in the Name of themselves, and of all the Commons assembled in Parliament, impeach William Drake of London, Merchant, of Sedition, for writing, printing, and publishing, a seditious Pamphlet, intituled, The Long Parliament Revived.