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, 3 die Martii, 1672.
Poor Children Apprentices.
Sir William Coventry reports from the Committee to which the Bill for binding poor Children Apprentices was committed, some Amendments, agreed by the Committee to be made to the said Bill: Which he read in his Place; and after delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Also a Clause, agreed to be added instead of the Clause brought in and committed with the Bill, for Relief of Covenant Servants and Labourers: Which he read in his Place: And the same being twice read; and, with one Amendment made at the Table, severally agreed;
A Petition of James Heblethwaite Esquire was read; complaining of an undue Return made of William Levison, alias Gower, Esquire, to serve for the Borough of Malton in the County of Yorke, in the stead of Sir Thomas Gower Knight and Baronet, deceased, in Wrong of the Petitioner, who was duly elected and returned for that Place.
Preservation of Timber.
The House then resumed the Debate of the Report of the Election for the Borough of Chippenham in the County of Wiltes, between Mr. Gwynn and Mr. Bartie, and the several Resolves agreed by the Committee.
Address for preventing Growth of Popery.
Mr. Powle reports from the Committee appointed to prepare an Address, to be presented to his Majesty, for suppressing the Growth of Popery, an Address agreed to by the Committee, and prepared and drawn up in Writing: Which he read in his Place; and after delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Which being again read; and being a Second time read over by Paragraphs; and after some Amendments made at the Table; was agreed to; and is as followeth, viz.
WE Your Majesty's most loyal Subjects, the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, being very sensible of the great Dangers and Mischiefs that may arise within this your Majesty's Realm, by the Increase of Popish Recusants amongst us; and, considering the great Resort of Priests and Jesuits into this Kingdom, who daily endeavour to seduce Your Majesty's Subjects from their Religion and Allegiance; and how much Your loyal Subjects are disheartened to see such Popish Recusants admitted into Employments of great Trust and Profit, and especially into military Commands over the Forces now in Your Majesty's Service; and, having a tender Regard to the Preservation of Your Majesty's Person, and the Peace and Tranquillity of this Kingdom; do, in all Humility, desire, That Your Majesty would be pleased to issue out Your Royal Proclamation, to command all Priests and Jesuits (other than such as not being natural born Subjects to Your Majesty, are obliged to attend upon Your Royal Consort the Queen), to depart within Thirty Days out of this Your Majesty's Kingdom: And, that if any Priest or Jesuit shall happen to be taken in England, after the Expiration of the said Time, that the Laws be put in due Execution against them: And that Your Majesty would please, in the said Proclamation to command all Judges, Justices of the Peace, Mayors, Bailiffs, and other Officers, to put the said Laws in Execution accordingly:
That Your Majesty would likewise be pleased, that the Lord Chancellor of England shall, on or before the Twenty-fifth Day of March instant, issue out Commissions of Dedimus Potestatem, to the Judge Advocate, and Commissaries of the Musters, and such other Persons as he shall think fit, (not being Officers commanding Soldiers) to tender the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy to all Officers and Soldiers now in Your Majesty's Service and Pay: And that such as refuse the said Oaths, may be immediately disbanded, and not allowed or continued in any Pay or Pension: And that the Chancellor shall require due Returns to be made thereof, within some convenient Time, after the Issuing out of the said Commissions:
That the Commissaries of the Musters be commanded and enjoined by Your Majesty's Warrant, upon the Penalty of losing their Places, not to permit any Officer to be mustered in the Service and Pay of His Majesty, until he shall have taken the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and received the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, according to the Laws and Usage of the Church of England: And, that every Soldier, serving at Land, shall take the said Oaths before his First Muster; and receive the Sacrament in such manner, before his Second Muster.
And this, we present, in all Dutifulness, to Your Majesty's Princely Wisdom and Consideration, as the best Means for the satisfying and composing the Minds of Your loyal Subjects; humbly desiring Your Majesty graciously to accept of this our Petition, as proceeding from Hearts and Affections intirely devoted to Your Majesty's Service; and to give it Your Royal Approbation.