Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Jovis, 14 die Novembris, 1678.
Bedlow to attend.
ORDERED, That Mr. Bedlow be forthwith sent for, to attend at the Bar of this House.
Ordered, That Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Wright, Mr. Pepis, Sir Anth. Deane, Sir John Newton, Sir Edm. Windham, Sir John Hobart, Mr. Hamden, Sir George Hungerford, Mr. Spry, Sir Giles Hungerford, Sir Ro. Berkley, Sir John Holland, Mr. Wentworth, Mr. Browne, be added to the Committee appointed to examine Mr. Coleman's Papers.
Dr. Stilling-fleet thanked.
Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be returned to Doctor Stilling fleet, Dean of St. Paul's, for his Sermon, Yesterday preached before this House at St. Margaret's Westminster: And that he be desired to print his Sermon. And Colonel Titus is desired to give him the Thanks of the House; and to acquaint him with the Desire of the House to print his Sermon.
Justices of Peace.
Ordered, That Mr. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster be desired to give Orders, That a List of the Justices of the Peace within the said Jurisdiction; as also, a List of such as have been turned out within this Seven Years last past; may be brought to the House.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to examine Mr. Langhorne's Papers, do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon; and do examine and sort such of his Papers as they have laid by; to the end that those that are necessary for the Service of the House, may be fitted and prepared to be presented to the House.
Answer to Address.
Mr. Secretary Williamson acquaints the House, That his Majesty had been attended with the Two Addresses of this House; the One in relation to the Calling Home of Sir William Godolphin; the other, concerning the Issuing forth of Special Commissions for tendering the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy to certain Persons: That, as to that concerning Sir Wm. Godolphin, his Majesty was pleased to return Answer, That he had already ordered his Letter of Revocation; and that he had a Person in his Eye, whom he designed should succeed him in that Service: That, as to the other Address, his Majesty was pleased to return his Answer in Writing: Which he delivered to Mr. Speaker, who read the same to the House; and is as followeth, viz.
HIS Majesty having considered of the Address of this House, of the Twelfth Instant, desiring his Majesty, That a Special Commission may be issued forth, for tendering the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, to all the Servants of his Majesty, and his Royal Highness, and to all other Persons (except her Majesty's Portugal Servants) residing within his Majesty's Houses of Whitehall, St. James, and Somerset-house, and all other his Majesty's Houses; and that there may, likewise, Special Commissions be issued forth, for tendering the said Oaths to all Persons residing within the Two Serjeants Inns, all the Inns of Court, and Inns of Chancery; His Majesty is pleased, That this Answer be returned:
That, as to all His Majesty's own Servants, all the Servants of his Royal Highness, all other Persons residing in Whitehall, St. James, Somerset-house, or in any other of his Majesty's Palaces or Houses, except the menial Servants of the Queen, and of the Duchess; as also, all Persons within either of the Serjeants Inns, or any of the Inns of Court or Chancery; His Majesty willingly grants it: But, as to the Queen's menial Servants, who are so very inconsiderable in Number, and within the Articles of Marriage; His Majesty doth not think it fit. And his Majesty cannot but take Notice, that in a late Address from the House of Peers, for Prohibiting all Papists to come to Court, the menial Servants of the Queen and Duchess were excepted: And his Majesty hopes, this House will proceed with the same Moderation as to that Particular. Given at the Court at Whitehall, the 14th Day of November, 1678.
Further Address for administering Oaths.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That a further Address be presented to his Majesty, for Issuing forth of Commissions for tendering the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy to the Menial Servants of the Queen, and her Royal Highness.
And it is referred to Sir Wm. Coventry, Colonel Birch, Sir Tho. Clerges, Mr. Powle, Mr. Sachaverell, Colonel Titus, Sir Tho. Meeres, Mr. Hamden, Sir Eliab Harvey, Sir Rich. Temple, Sir Tho. Lee, Sir Tho. Littleton, Sir Wm. Hickman, Sir Nich. Carew, or any Three of them, to prepare and draw up the said Address: And they are to meet at Two of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Lords put in mind of Address.
Resolved, &c. That a Message be sent to the Lords, to put them in mind of the Address sent from this House, to be presented to his Majesty, for the Printing of Mr. Coleman's Letter to Mons. Le Chese, the French King's Confessor, dated the 29th of September 1675; and another Letter of Mr. Coleman to the same Person, owning the Sending of the same; and Mons. Le Cheze's Answer to Mr. Coleman, acknowledging the Receipt thereof.
Address for pardoning Bedlow.
Mr. Bedlow was then called into the House to give in his further Information: And being withdrawn;
Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to his Majesty, by such Members of this House as are of his Majesty's Privy Council, to beseech his Majesty, That he will be graciously pleased to grant Mr. Bedlow his Pardon.
Address for Removal of Duke of York.
Resolved, &c. That the adjourned Debate, for an Address to be presented to his Majesty, That his Royal Highness may withdraw himself from his Majesty's Person and Councils, be further adjourned until Monday Morning next.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Eight of the Clock.