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, 18 die Januarii, 1670.
A BILL to regulate and increase the Art of Weaving, was read the Second time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be committed to Mr. Sprye, Sir Solomon Swale, Sir John Duncombe, Sir Edw. Deering, Lord Richardson, Sir Adam Browne, Mr. Westphaling, Mr. Robert Car, Sir Geo. Probert, Sir John Knight, Sir Thom. Higgons, Sir John Coriton, Mr. Musgrave, Colonel Williams, Lord Fitzwilliams, Mr. Progers, Mr. Daniel, Mr. Garaway, Sir John Heath, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Morrice, Mr. Crouch, Colonel Birch, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Thom. Allen, Mr. Seymour, Sir Will. Doyley, Sir Gilbert Talbott, Lord Ancram, Mr. Hobby Sir Thom. Gower, Mr. Morris, Sir John Pettus, Mr. Fox, Mr. Blaker, Sir Robert Holt, Sir John Northcot, Sir Thom. Meeres, Colonel Strode, Mr. Buscawen, Mr. Otway, Sir John Moreton, Mr. Onslow, Sir Eliab Harvey, Mr. Love, Mr. Bishop, Sir Robert Howard, Sir Fowlke Lucy, Sir Rich. Francklyn, Captain Jones: And all that shall come, are to have Voices: And they are to meet on Friday next at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
A Motion being made, for issuing out a Writ, for electing another Knight of the Shire for the County of Devon, in the stead of the now Duke of Albemarle, being not now in a Capacity of sitting in this House;
And Information being given to the House, of an Endeavour to forestal a free Election, by issuing out Papers in the Nature of Warrants, to pre-engage the Country, before any Writ issued:
And several of the Papers being delivered in at the Table; and being, upon the Question, ordered to be read; and read accordingly;
Resolved, &c. That the sending of Warrants, or Letters in the Nature of Warrants, or Letters to High Constables, or Constables, or other Officers, to be communicated to the Freeholders, or other Electors, when a Knight of the Shire, or other Member, is to be chosen to serve in Parliament; or threatening the Electors; is unparliamentary; and a Violation of the Right of Elections.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Speaker do certify the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, that the now Duke of Albemarle, who lately served as a Knight of the Shire for the County of Devon, is not now in a Capacity of sitting as a Member of this House; desiring him, that a Writ may issue forth, under the Great Seal, for the Election of a Knight of the Shire to serve in this present Parliament, in his place and stead.
Committee of Grievances.
Ordered, That the Committee of Grievances do sit on this Day Sevennight, to take into Consideration the Matter appointed to be heard this Afternoon.
Supply Bill; Subsidies.
Resolved, &c. That the House will resolve into a Committee of the whole House, To-morrow Morning, Ten of the Clock, to proceed in the further Consideration of the Bill of Subsidies.
Ordered, That all Committees that were to sit this Afternoon, be adjourned till To-morrow, Two of the Clock in the Afternoon; to sit in the Places formerly appointed.
Committee of Elections.
Ordered, That Sir Edw. Seymour, Mr. Progers, Mr. Golde, Mr. James, Mr. Williams, Mr. Dyott, be added to the Committee of Elections.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Eight of the Clock.