Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Wednesday, 27th June1660.
Mr. Turner reports from the Committee for Privileges and Elections, the Case upon the double Return for the Borough of Cardiffe; that, upon Examination of the Fact, it appeared, that the Sheriff summoned the Bailiffs of Cardiffe, and those of the Out Boroughs, (who are also interested in the Election) to attend the Election at the usual Place; and that the Bailiffs at Cardiffe came not up at the Time to the Place of Election, though Room was offered to be made for them, (for which they pretended the great Concourse of People); and that the Sheriff and Bailiffs of some of the Out Boroughs (the Bailiffs of Cardiffe making Default, as aforesaid) proceeded to the Election, and returned Bussy Mansell Esquire, under the Hands and Seals of the Sheriff and Two of the Bailiffs: And that the Committee are of Opinion the Return was good, and that Mr. Mansell is duly chosen, and ought to sit.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, that Mr. Bussy Mansell, who is returned to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Cardiff, is duly elected; and that he do sit in this House.
He also reports from the said Committee, the Case upon the Return for the City of Litchfield; that, upon Examination of the Fact, it appeared to the Committee, that the Sheriff of the County of the said City had carried himself partially, in the said Election, in Behalf of Mr. Watson, who is returned (together with Michaell Biddulph Esquire) to serve in this present Parliament for that City, against Mr. Thomas Minors the Petitioner; by not only denying the Poll on the Part of Mr. Minors, but saying withal, that Mr. Watson had made such a Party, at the Committee for Privileges, that, though Mr. Minors had a Thousand Witnesses, he should not carry it: And that the Committee found Mr. Minors had a greater Number of Voices than Mr. Watson; and were of Opinion, the said Mr. Minors is duly elected, together with the said Mr. Biddulph, to serve for the said City, and ought to sit in this House.
A Person ordered into Custody.
Resolved, That the Sheriff of the County of the City of Litchfield, in respect of his undue Carriage at the Election of Members to serve in this present Parliament for the said City, be forthwith taken into Custody by the Serjeant at Arms attending this House.
He also reports from the said Committee, the Case upon the double Return for the Borough of Helston in County of Cornewall; that, upon Examination of the Fact, it appeared not, that there was due Notice given of the Time appointed for the Election; and that therefore the Committee are of Opinion the said Election is void.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, that the Election of Members to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Helston in the County of Cornewall, is void, in regard due Notice was not thereof given; and that a new Writ be issued for a new Election of Members to serve in this present Parliament for the said Borough; and that Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery to prepare a new Writ for the Purpose aforesaid; and that the Lord Chancellor of England do issue and pass the same under the Great Seal accordingly.
Cardiffe, &c. Returns.
Lords concur to an Order.
Sir John Northcot brings Answer, that the Lords do concur to the Order for Payment of the Arrears of Part of the Twenty thousand Pounds to his Excellency the Lord General Monck, at the Receipt of Excise.
An Act for the Maintenance of the true reformed Protestant Religion, and for the Suppression of Popery, Superstition, Profaneness, and other Disorders and Innovations in Worship and Ceremonies, was this Day read the First time.
Anniversary of the Restoration.
Ordered, That the Manor of Tirrington be omitted out of the Order of this House of the Twenty-third of June Instant, for giving Possession to the Queen's Majesty of several Manors and Lands, Part of her Majesty's Jointure.
Pardon and Oblivion.
|Colonel Birch,||Tellers for the Yeas:||121.|
|Colonel King,||With the Yeas,|
|Sir Robert Brooke,||Tellers for the Noes:||87.|
|Mr. Fitz James,||With the Noes,|
Ordered, That this Paper, together with the Proviso, be referred to the Committee, that brought in the Proviso, to insert it into a proper Place, to make it cohere with the Proviso; and bring the same in ingrossed.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Privileges and Elections, to examine the Miscarriage of the Writ for a new Election for the Borough of Steyning, in the County of Sussex; and to report the Matter of Fact, and their Opinion therein to this House.
Ordered, That this House do adjourn itself until Friday Morning Eight of Clock, with this nevertheless, that the Grand Committee, upon the Bill of the Court of Wards, may sit this Afternoon, and act, notwithstanding the Adjournment; and the Committee for Privileges To-morrow in the Afternoon.