Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Mercurii, 19 die Februarii, 1672.
A PETITION of William Williams Esquire, Recorder of Chester, was presented, and read; complaining of a Practice and undue Return, made of Colonel Worden, to serve for Chester, in Prejudice of the Petitioner, who was duly elected to serve for that Place.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Elections, to examine the Matter of the Petition; and report the Truth of the Case, with their Opinions therein, to the House; and, in the first Place, to examine who is returned by the proper Officer.
The House then resolved into a Committee of the whole House, to take into Consideration the Subject Matter of a Bill for Ease to his Majesty's Protestant Subjects, who are Dissenters, in Matters of Religion, from the Church of England.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir Thomas Meeres took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Thomas Meeres reports from the said Committee, That they had made some Progress in the Consideration of the Matter to them committed; and humbly moved, from the said Committee, that the House would resolve into a Committee of the whole House, To-morrow Morning, to proceed in the Consideration thereof.
Resolved, &c. That the House be resolved into a Committee of the whole House, To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock, to proceed in the Consideration of the Subject Matter of a Bill for Ease to his Majesty's Protestant Subjects, who are Dissenters, in Matters of Religion, from the Church of England.
And then the House adjourned till Two of the Clock, Afternoon.
The House attends the King with Address.
MR. Speaker and the House being met, in order to attend his Majesty with their humble Petition and Address: Which being again read;
They adjourned to Five of the Clock; and went up to attend his Majesty.
Mr. Speaker and the House returning;
Mr. Speaker reports, That he had, according to their Direction, presented their humble Petition and Address to his Majesty: Who was pleased to return this Answer;
That it was of Importance; and He would take it into His Consideration.
Committee of Privileges.
Ordered, That Sir Edward Wise, Sir John Coventry, Mr. Ellyott, Mr. Henry Goring, Sir John Trevor, Mr. Charles Smith, Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Banister Mainard, Sir Herbert Price, Mr. Henley, Mr. Legg, Sir John Holman, Sir John Napper, Mr. Man, Mr. Piercy Goring, Sir Will. Francklyn, Sir Char. Wheeler, Mr. Spencer, Sir Thom. Hanmer, Mr. Grimston, Sir Wm. Smith, be added to the Committee of Elections and Privileges.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Eight of the Clock.