Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Veneris, 3 die Martii, 1670.
Leave of Absence.
Hemp and Flax planting.
Mr. Birch reports from the Committee to which the Bill to encourage the planting of Hemp and Flax was committed, that the Committee had made no further Alteration to the Bill, save only, had agreed, that the Bill should be made temporary, for Eleven Years: And a Clause, to that Purpose, was agreed at the Table.
Employment of the Poor.
Sir John Birkenhead reports from the Committee to which the several Petitions of Saint Giles' in the Fields, Saint Martin's in the Fields, Saint Paul's Covent Garden, Whitechapel, and the rest of the Parishes within the Bill of Mortality, in the County of Middlesex, were committed,
1. That this Committee is of Opinion, That a Bill be brought in for Repeal of the Clauses of the Act, constituting the Corporation for setting the Poor on Work, in the Parishes within the Bill of Mortality, within the County of Middlesex:
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the former Committee, to consider of the Debates of the House, and of the Clauses in the former Act, for the raising of Monies upon the Parishes within the Bills of Mortality; and, upon the whole Matter, to prepare and bring in a Bill for regulating the Workhouses, and taking an Account of the Monies raised by virtue of the former Act, as they shall find necessary: And, for that Purpose, the Committee is revived; and to sit this Afternoon, in the Place formerly appointed.
Information being given of a Breach of Privilege committed against Sir Bainham Throgmorton, by arresting Thomas Stevens, his menial Servant, and detaining him Prisoner in the Poultry Compter, at the Suit of one William Yard;
Ordered, That these Members following be added to the Committee to which the Petition of Sir John Prettyman is committed; viz. Sir Edm. Pooley, Col. Edw. Phillipps, Mr. Mallet, Mr. Mervill, Sir Bain. Throgmorton.
Supply Bill; foreign Commodities.
Supply Bill; Subsidies.
Growth of Popery.
Mr. Speaker, We are commanded to acquaint you, that the Lords have agreed with this House for leaving out of that Proviso, in their Amendment to the Bill of Subsidies, concerning Distresses to be made in their Lordships Houses: And likewise, that their Lordships desired a present Conference with this House, in the Painted Chamber, upon the Address to be made to his Majesty, for preventing the Growth of Popery.
Ordered, That Mr. Attorney General, Sir Trevor Williams, Sir Thomas Meeres, Mr. Vaughan, Sir John Earnely, Sir Thomas Dolman, Mr. Coleman, Sir John Coventry, Mr. Cheney, Sir Rich. Temple, Mr. Whorwood, be appointed to manage the said Conference.
Conference on Bill of Subsidy.
Ordered, That the Reasons, Yesterday deliverd at the Conference, upon the Lords Amendments, by way of Proviso to the Bill of Subsidy, concerning Distresses to be made in the Lords Houses, be entered in the Journal of this House.
I. It is a Privilege demanded against the King, and against the Execution, for his Duty; which ought not to be clogged with any unnecessary Circumstances, it being itself a Non omittas propter aliquam libertatem.
3ly, Their Lordships are certainly the best Judges of their own Honour: But, in the Bill of the Royal Aid, there is the very same Clause, in Syllables, as in this Bill; yet their Lordships did not then think fit to add such a Qualification to that Clause then.
5ly, It were a Dishonour to their Lordships to have this Clause stand in the Bill; for it doth not concern the Tax upon personal Estates or Offices, but supposes a Lord taxed for his Land, and not a Hoof left upon the Land to destrain; and that, after all this, a Lord barricados up his House, to resist a Distress: Is it fit to suppose such a Case? Or should it be treated with Ceremony, when it happens?
6ly, If a Lord be returned into the Exchequer, the meanest Bailiff of the Sheriff may break open the House of a Peer, without more Ceremony: Why should a Commissioner be appointed to attend in This Case, unless all Exchequer Process be intended to be barred by this Clause too; and then, that is a further Exception?
IIIly, The Lords have no Privilege above the Commons, as to Execution against their Estates; and therefore we hope this Occasion shall not be taken to create Precedents for new Privileges, in Payment of Money.
VIIly, If a Distress be wrongful, why should a Lord have a better Man to bring his Action against, than a Commoner? And who will ever go to subject himself to the Action of a Peer, if he be displeased with the Distress?
Conference on Growth of Popery.
Mr. Attorney General reports the Conference had with the Lords, upon the Address, sent up to the Lords, to be made to his Majesty, for preventing the Growth of Popery; and that their Lordships were not satisfied, as to Matter of Fact, in several Particulars therein; viz.
In the Third Cause of the Growth of Popery, concerning Fraternities, or Convents of English Popish Priests and Jesuits at Saint James's, and at the Combe in Herefordshire, and in other Parts of the Kingdom, &c.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee that prepared and brought in the aforesaid Address, and the Committee to whom the Bill for preventing the Growth of Popery is committed, (who are both joined together) to consider of the said Address; and further to examine those Matters of Fact wherein their Lordships are not satisfied; and to report their Opinions therein to the House: And the said Committee are therefore revived, to sit this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: And have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.