Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Saturday, May 26th, 1660.
MR. Turner makes Report from the Committee for Privileges and Elections, upon the double Return for the City of Peterborough; that, upon Examination of the Fact, it appeared, that Humphry Orme Esquire had, without Dispute, the greater Number of Votes; and the Question remained betwixt Francis St. Johns Esquire and Charles Lord Delespencer; and that, after Allowance made of Fourteen Voices to the Lord Delespencer, which the Committee conceived fit to be allowed him, and substracting from Mr. St. Johns Eighty-three Votes, which, upon the Grounds now opened, the Committee conceived fit to be substracted, and Seventy-one Votes from the Lord Delespencer, concerning which the Committee had passed several Resolves, and which the Counsel for the Lord Delespencer did consent should be withdrawn, it appeared that the Lord Delespencer had a greater Number of Voices than Mr. St. Johns, and was therefore duly elected, and ought to sit in this House.
Proceedings against the Regicides.
Resolved, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, be, and is hereby, impowered to seize all Goods belonging to any of the Persons, who sat in Judgment upon the late King's Majesty, when the Sentence of Death was pronounced against him, and to secure and dispose them, so as they may be forthcoming for his Majesty's Service: And that the Seven Horses, late of Oliver Cromwell's, and all other such Horses belonging to any of the said Persons, as are, or shall be, seized by the said Serjeant at Arms, be carried to the Mews, and there kept for his Majesty's Use.
Ordered, That the Members of this House, who are double elected, and neither of their Elections questioned, do make their Elections by Thursday next; or, in Default thereof, the House to elect for them.
The Clerk of the Crown in Chancery came up to the Clerk's Table; and there amended the Return for the City of Peterborough, and inserted the Name of Charles Delaspencer, instead of the Name of Francis St. Johns, Esquire.
Privilege- a Person discharged.
Message from Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Knightly do go to the Lords, to let them know, that this House hath agreed to the Amendments, Alterations, and Proviso, in the Ordinance for Three Months Assessments, as the same were sent by the Lords.
Proceedings against the Regicides.
Mr. Annesley reports from the Council of State, that Yesterday the Council of State did commit Gregory Clement Esquire, one of those who sat in Judgment on the late King, when Sentence of Death was pronounced against him, to the Tower of London for High Treason.
Col. Morley acquaints the House, that there was found about Mr. Gregory Clement a Book, which may be serviceable to make a Discovery of his Estate; which Book he now tendered to be disposed of by this House.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Perrepoint, Mr. Finch, Serj. Halles, Serj. Maynard, Mr. Turner, Sir Rich. Onslow, Mr. John Stephens, Mr. Pryn, Serj. Glynn, Mr. Wesson, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Serj. Twisden, to withdraw, and, upon the whole Debate of this House, to consider, how this Money, to be levied by the Ordinance for the Three Months Assessments, may be the speediest levied in a parliamentary and legal Way; and report their Opinion therein to the House.
Papists and Recusants.
Ordered, That the Committee, who brought in the Declaration for putting the Statutes in Execution against Priests, Seminaries, and Popish Recusants, do consider of the Form of a Proclamation, instead of this Declaration, to be tendered to the King's Majesty.
The Lord Aungier reports, that, according to the Order of this House, he had attended the Lords with the Declaration concerning the Irish Rebels; and that they gave him Answer, that they would return Answer by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Serj. Maynard reports from the Committee appointed to withdraw, an Act relative to the Ordinance of Assessment for Seventy thousand Pounds by the Month upon England, for Three Months, for patting the Powers, Clauses, and Provisoes, in that Ordinance, in Execution; which was this Day read the First and Second time.
Pardon and Oblivion.
Maimed Soldiers, &c.
The humble Petition of about Two thousand and Five hundred sick and maimed Soldiers, belonging to Ely House and the Savoy Hospitals, on the Behalf of themselves, and above Three thousand Widows and Orphans, Pensioners there, was read.
Ordered, That the Sum of Fourteen hundred Pounds, Part of the Two thousand Pounds formerly ordered for the Relief of the maimed Soldiers, Widows, and Orphans, at Ely House and the Savoy Hospitals, be forthwith paid, for their present Relief; and that the further Sum of Two thousand Pounds be, and is hereby, ordered for their further Relief; and that the same be charged upon the Ordinance of Seventy thousand Pounds per Mensem, and paid in Course.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee to consider, upon the whole Debate, how the maimed Soldiers, Widows, and Orphans, at Ely House and the Savoy, may be disposed of, so as they may be provided for in the future, and the Kingdom be most eased of the Charge; viz. to Col. Birch, Mr. Knightly, Col. Morley, Sir Wm. Wheeler, Col. Standish, Alderman Robinson, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Pryn, Mr. Orbe, Mr. Williams, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Ralph Hare, Col. King, Sir Wm. Waller, Col. Shapcott, Sir Rich. Onslow, Sir John Temple, and all Members of this House, that were of the former Committee, or any Three of them: And they are to meet in the Court of Wards on Monday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon.
Ordered, That this Committee have Power to tender the Ordinance for Three Months Assessment, as a Security for Repayment of the said Two thousand Pounds, ordered for the Relief of the maimed Soldiers, Widows, and Orphans, at Ely House and the Savoy, to the Lenders, with Interest.
Resolved, That a Conference be presently had with the Lords upon the said Declaration: And that Mr. Finch, Sir John Temple, Mr. Annesley, Sir Anth. Irby, Lord Aungier, Col. Shapcott, Sir Edward Deering, be a Committee to manage this Conference.
Privilege- a Person discharged.
Ordered, That Sir Edward Dobbins, Mayer of East Lowe in the County of Cornwall, being summoned to attend this House, by the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, be discharged of his further Attendance, he paying the Charges of the Summons.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Pryn, Mr. Browne, Mr. Charleton, Serj. Twisden, * Skipwith, Sir Guilbert Gerrard Lord President Annesley, Mr. Turner, Mr. Finch, Lord Aungier, Lord Spencer, Mr. Clapham, Mr. Chafe, Col. Bowyer, Mr. Crew, to withdraw, and amend this Order, upon the Debate of this House; and report it to this House.