Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Mercurii, 6 Maii, 1668.
Privilege- Reflection on a Member.
The House being acquainted of a great Abuse, Scandal, and Aspersion, cast upon Sir Gilbert Gerrard, a Member of this House, by one Wm Carr, charging him with Tampering with one Captain Awbry, and others, pretended Witnesses in a Cause depending between the said Carr, and the Lord Gerrard; and endeavouring to take off their Testimony; it being averred, that Captain Awberry, upon Discourse, had utterly denied it: And the Matter being debated;
Resolved, &c. That this House is satisfied, that the Information given out against Sir Gilbert Gerrard, a Member of this House, for endeavouring to take off one Mr. Awberry, a pretended Witness in a Cause depending before this House, between Wm. Carr and the Lord Gerrard, is scandalous and untrue.
Ordered, That after the Matter of Jurisdiction and Privilege, now depending between the Lords and this House, is ended, the Report in the Case of the Lord Gerrard be assumed; and that Awberry, and the other Persons concerned, do attend.
Committee of Privileges.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to draw up Articles of Impeachment against Mr. Brunckard be revived; and do sit this Afternoon: And that Mr. Wright, and Sir Jonathan Trelawny be added to the Committee.
Ordered, That the Order of the House, made in the Case of Mr. James Herbert, a Member of this House, for a Breach of Privilege, be enlarged; and that the Sheriff of the County of Kent be required to deliver John Butler Bailiff and Servant to Mr. Herbert, out of Execution, and set him at Liberty.
Supply Bill; Wine Duties, &c.
Spirits and Wine Trade.
Ordered, That the Matter upon the Petition of the Merchants trading in Spirits made of Wine, commonly called Brandy; setting forth, that the Farmers of the Excise demand Eight Pence the Gallon for the Excise thereof, whereas there is but Four Pence the Gallon due, and do sue and prosecute the Petitioners before the Commissioners of Excise, thereby to deprive the Petitioners of the Benefit of Juries; be heard at the Bar of this House, the First Monday of the Meeting of the House after the Recess.
Privilege- A Person discharged from Custody.
Ordered, That Charles Durdant, now in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for a Breach of Privilege committed against Sir Fretchvile Hollis, be discharged of his Commitment, and released, paying his Fees.
Sir Charles Harbord delivered Two Accounts; one, of Grants in Fee, or by long Leases from the Crown, since the Twenty-fifth of March 1640: Another, of an Account of Leases granted by the Crown since the Twenty-fifth of March 1640.