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, 28 die Octobris, 1678.
THE House being acquainted, That Mr. Oates had some further Information to make to the House;
Ordered, That Mr. Oates be forthwith summoned to attend the House.
Rooms underneath the House to be searched.
The House being informed, That there was a Discourse of blowing up the Two Houses of Parliament; and that This was the Day for executing the same;
Ordered, That Sir Trevor Williams, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Ph. Warwick, Colonel Birch, Sir Tho. Clerges, Sir Rich. Everard, do go and search the Rooms underneath this House.
Answer to Address.
Mr. Speaker reports, That he had attended his Majesty, on Saturday last with the Address to remove the Papists: And that, after my Lord Chancellor had read the Address to the King, his Majesty was pleased to return Answer to this Effect;
That you shall have the Effect of your Desire; and that He would give speedy Order for putting the same in Execution.
Mr. Oates being called in; and having given in a further Information;
Ordered, That the Members, who are Justices of the Peace for the County of Middlesex, do withdraw, and take Mr. Oates Examination upon Oath: And that no Person be present at his Examination, save the Justices of the Peace only.
Papists not to sit in Parliament.
An ingrossed Bill for hindering Papists to sit in either House of Parliament, was read the Third Time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act for the more effectual Preserving of the King's Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament: And that Sir John Knight do carry up the Bill to the Lords, for their Concurrence.
The Papers delivered in by Mr. Secretary Williamson, on Saturday last, were then opened: And in the same, there being several Letters written by Mr. Coleman in French;
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to translate the Letters of Mr. Coleman.
And it is referred to Sir Rob. Southwell, Sir Tho. Meeres, Mr. Godolphin, Lord Cavendish, Sir Tho. Doleman, Sir John Knight, Mr. Hide, Sir Edm. Jenings, Colonel Titus, Mr. Secretary Williamson, Sir Charles Cotterell, Lord Russell, Sir Hen. Capell, Sir Thom. Lee, Colonel Whitley, Sir Edw. Deering, Mr. Hopkins, Mr. Sachaverell, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Wm. Lowther, Mr. Secretary Coventry, Mr. Papillon, Sir John Nicholas, Sir Tho. Clergis, Mr. Duncomb, Mr. Waller, Sir Tho. Littleton, Sir Wm. Hickman, Mr. Pepis, Sir John Trevor, or any Three of them: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and to send for an Inventory of all Mr. Coleman's Letters received by the Clerk of the Council now in waiting: And the Committee has Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, at Eight of the Clock.