Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Martis, 19 Octobris, 1675.
Evidence of a person attended by Committee.
SIR Thomas Littleton reports, That, in Obedience to the Order of the House, they had been with Mr. Thomas Howard, at his House in Holborne, and acquainted him with the Order, and shewed it to him, offering to read it. He said, We need not do so; for that he took for granted, that Persons of our Quality would not come upon such a Business without Order: And, touching the Business to which the Order did refer, he said, That he was sensible of the Displeasure of the House, and doubted, that, if he should give any Answer to the Message, being not versed in such Affairs, he might give Occasion of their further Displeasure; and therefore he must beg Pardon, and answer only to what could be proved against him: That he had always borne a great Respect to the House, and the particular Members of it; and would always do so, as became an Englishman. The Letter being tendered to him the Second time, and put into his Hand, he then looked upon it, saying, He was not afraid to look upon a Paper; but left it to Proof: With the like Expressions of Respects to the House as before.
Sir Thomas Littleton further acquaints the House, That Mr. Howard, in the Discourse, told them, That he had sent a Message to Mr. Speaker, by Mr. Collingwood, That he would not further prosecute, or do any thing in, this Matter; and that he did renew the same Engagement to them.
Order for attendance.
Paper voted scandalous.
The House then resolved into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of that Part of his Majesty's Speech which relates to the Supply to take off the Anticipations upon his Revenue, and for the Building of Ships.
Sir Charles Harbord reports from the Committee of the whole House, That they had taken that Part of his Majesty's Speech into Consideration, which relates to a Supply for taking off the Anticipations upon his Revenue; and had agreed a Vote to be reported to the House; and humbly moved from the said Committee, that the House would again resolve into a Committee of the whole House on Friday next, to consider the other Part of his Majesty's Speech relating to a Supply for building more Ships. Which Vote of the Committee was as followeth; viz.
Resolved, &c. That this House do, on Friday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, resolve into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of that Part of his Majesty's Speech relating to a Supply for the building more Ships.