Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Lunæ, 12 die Maii, 1679.
Delay of a Writ.
The House being informed that John Jay Esquire, High Sheriff of the County of Norfolke, refuseth to make a return of the Writ for the Electing of Two Knights of the Shire to serve in this present Parliament for the said County.
Ordered, That the said John Jay be sent for, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for not returning the Writ for Electing of Two Knights of the Shire to serve in this present Parliament for the said County.
Privilege- A person discharged.
A Petition of Mr. Edward Dackombe Mayor of Corfe Castle, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, acknowledging his Fault, and humbly begging Pardon of the House; and praying that he may be discharged from his Confinement; was read.
Leave of Absence.
House reminded of Bills.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have commanded us to put you in mind of Three Bills: The Bill for better Discovery, and more speedy Conviction, of Popish Recusants; The Bill for freeing the City of London, and Parts adjacent, from Popish Inhabitants; The Bill for better Securing the Liberty of the Subject, and preventing of Imprisonments beyond the Seas: And that this House would make Dispatch of the said Bills in some reasonable Time.
Shipping of Artillery.
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to examine the Account, this Day delivered to this House, of the Train of Artillery now shipping off for Portsmouth; and to examine what Arms have been lately delivered out of the Tower; and what Guns, Mortar Pieces, Powder, or other Ammunition, have been sold or sent over into France and Flanders, or any other Foreign Parts; and to inquire of the State of all the Garisons in England; and how they are fortified and provided; and how the Money, by a late Act, designed to the Office of the Ordnance, hath been employed; as also, the Money allowed for particular Garisons and Fortifications; and report the same, with their Opinions therein, to the House.
And it is referred to Sir Wm. Hickman, Sir Wm. Bastard, Sir John Hobart, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Mr. Hamden, Sir John Norton, Sir Thomas Meres, Mr. Pilkington, Mr. Love, Mr. Upton, Mr. Savage, Sir Gervas Elwes, Sir Robert Peyton, Sir Nathanael Herne, Mr. Papillon, Mr. Wright, Sir Samuel Bernardiston, Mr. Trefusis, Sir Edw. Harley, Sir Francis Drake, Mr. Reynall, Colonel Birch, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Whorwood, Lord Allington, Lord Ancram, Sir Sir Thomas Player, Mr. Thyn, Sir Edward Deering, Mr. Stone, Sir Robert Markham, Mr. Nevile, Sir Richard Graham, Sir Herbert Croft, Sir Joseph Tredenham, Colonel Whitley, Sir Thomas Clergis, Mr. Trenchard, Sir John Knight, Sir John Talbot, Mr. Powle, Mr. Hopkins, Sir John Cloberry, Sir Walter Young, Mr. Boscawen, Sir Patience Ward, Sir Wm. Portman, Serjeant Rigby, Sir Thomas Stringer, Sir Wm. Coventry, Lord Huntingtower, Mr. Freake, Mr. Browne, Mr. Harboard, Sir John Hewley, Mr. Garraway, Mr. Colt, * Duke, Sir Anth. Deane, Sir Robert Carr, Sir Thomas Lee, Mr. Thomas Thyn, Sir Edward Deering, Sir John Coventry, and all the Members that serve for the Port Towns: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and to sit de die in diem, until they have perfected their Report: And are impowered to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.