Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Mercurii, 22 Maii, 13 Car.
Resolved, That the said Bill be committed to Sir William Doyle, Sir William Lewes, Sir Hugh Windham, Mr. Churchill, Mr. Reyms, Mr. Swanton, Sir John Goodrick, Sir John Strangwayes, Mr. Giles Strangwayes, Mr. Morton, Mr. Geoffery Palmer, Sir John Brampston, Colonel Francis Windham, Dr. Craddock, Sir Robert Atkins, Mr. Yorke, Mr. Wm. Lowther, Sir Edmond Peirce, Sir Solomon Swale, Sir Humphrey Winch, Mr. Milward, Sir Thomas Meres, Mr. Lewis Palmer, Mr. Crouch, Sir Benjamin Ayloff, and all the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, that serve for Sommersetshire: And they are to meet in the Queen's Court at Two of the Clock this Afternoon: And have Power to send for all Parties concerned, Papers, Witnesses, and Records.
Resolved, That the same be committed to Sir Robert Atkins, Mr. William Lowther, Mr. Wharton, Colonel Gilby, Sir John Goodrick, Sir Solomon Swale, Sir Thomas Dike, Sir John Pelham, Mr. Ofeild, Sir Edmund Peirce, Sir Charles Harbord, Mr. Long, Mr. Wm. Sands, Mr. Talbot, Sir John Rolls, Sir Humphrey Winch, Sir John Dawney, Mr. Prideaux, Dr. Chaddock, Sir John Yorke, Sir Hugh Bethell, Mr. Lewis Palmer, Mr. Vaughan, Sir Thomas Strickland, Sir Richard Franklyn, Sir Thomas Ingram, Sir Matthew Appleyard, Lord Bruce, Mr. Jefferay Palmer, Mr. Milward, Sir Thomas Meres, Sir Phillip Musgrave, Mr. Chetwynd, Lord Castleton, Sir John Hotham, Sir Richard Braham, Sir Thomas Woodcock, Sir Wm. Hickman, Mr. Spencer, Mr. Clifton, Mr. Hussey, Sir Edmund Pooley, Sir George Sandys, Mr. Crouch, Sir Jervas Clifton, and all other Members of this House that serve as Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, for the County and City of Lincolne: And they are to meet in the Inner Court of Wards, on Friday next in the Afternoon, at Two of the Clock: And to have Power to send for any Persons concerned, Papers, Witnesses, or Records, as they shall think fit.
Resolved, That the same be committed to Lord Bruce, Mr. Wm. Mountague, Mr. JohnGeorge, Sir Charles Harbord, Mr. Edward Smith, Sir Solamon Swale, Mr. George Mountague, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Yorke, Mr. Mallet, Mr. Crook, Mr. Richard Taylor, Mr. Wm. Coventry, Sir Thomas Fanshaw, Mr. Manwaring, Mr. Spencer, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Stafford, Mr. Millward, Mr. Crouch, Mr. Lewis Palmer, Mr. Jeffery Palmer, Sir Robert Atkins, Sir John Brampston, Sir Edm. Bowyer, Sir Tho. Leigh, Sir Tho. Ingram, Mr. Hen Probey, Sir Wm. Doyley, Sir Tho. Meres, Mr. Chetwyn, Serjeant Charleton, Sir Henage Finch, Sir Allen Broadrick, Mr. Flint, Sir Charles Cornewallis, Sir Edm. Pooley, Mr. Wm. Sandys, Sir Tho. Allen, Sir Lancelot Lake, Sir Chechester Wray, Mr. Peepis, Sir Edm. Peirce, and all other Members of this House, who serve for the Town and County of Bedford: And they are to meet this Afternoon in the Star Chamber, at Two of the Clock: And have Power to send for any Persons concerned, Papers, Witnesses, or Records, as they shall think fit.
Serjeant Charleton reports from the Committee for Privileges and Elections, touching the Return for the Town of Northampton, That, to the Indenture returned by the Sheriff, wherein Sir John Norwich and Sir James Langham were named, there was mention made, as if the Mayor who is the proper Officer, had joined therein; and Wax, with a Paper about it, was affixed with a Label thereunto, but not the Mayor's Seal; and that, to the other Indenture, brought in by the Mayor, and owned by him, whereby Sir James Langham, and Mr. Francis Harvey, were returned as Burgesses for that Place, the Mayor's Seal was affixed; that the first Indenture came to the Sheriff's Hand the Fourth of May, and the latter not till four Days after; that the Precept not being returned with the Indenture, and the Mayor having printed a Paper against the Sheriff, and refusing to come to speak with him, to give him Satisfaction about the Return, he forbore to return the latter, until he, being scandalized in Print, had publickly vindicated himself; and the Opinion of the Committee, that the Sheriff is not guilty of any Misdemeanor that deserves the Censure of this House.
And the said Serjeant Charleton further reporting from the said Committee, as their Opinion, That the said Sir James Langham, and Mr. Francis Harvey, being returned by the proper Officer, ought to sit, until the Merits of the Cause touching the Election be determined; and that the Indenture, whereby they are returned, ought to be put upon the File; and that the other Indenture, wherein Sir John Norwich was named, not being made by the proper Officer, was but in the Nature of a Certificate; so as he ought not to sit, until the Merits of the Cause be determined; and that that Indenture ought to be withdrawn.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the said Committee, that the said Sir James Langham, and Mr. Francis Harvey, being returned by the proper Officer, ought to sit in this House, until the Merits of the Cause touching the said Election be determined; and that the Indenture whereby they were returned, ought to be put upon the File; and that the other Indenture, wherein Sir John Norwich was named, not being made by the proper Officer, was but in the Nature of a Certificate; and that he ought not to sit, until the Merits be determined; and that that Indenture ought to be withdrawn.
Members taking the Communion.
Sir Ralph Ashton, one of the Members of this House, desired he might be admitted to shew his Reason why he could not (as his particular Case was) with a good Conscience receive the Communion, as he was enjoined by the Order of this House.
Whereupon some other Members going about to draw into Debate the Order of this House, made the Thirteenth of May Instant, for all the Members of this House to receive the Communion, which is to be administered according to the Form prescribed in the Liturgy of the Church of England on Sunday next;
Resolved, upon the Question, that the Bill for settling the Forces in the several Counties of this Kingdom, be committed to a Committee of the whole House; to proceed de die in diem, at Ten of the Clock, till the same be completed.
His Majesty's Solicitor General made Report from the said Committee of the whole House, That the said Committee had taken the said Bill into their Consideration; and made some Proceedings therein. Thereupon