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, 28 die Novembris, 1678.
Answer to Addresses.
MR. Secretary Coventry acquaints the House, That he had attended his Majesty with the Address relating to Mr. Bedlow's Pardon for Misprision of Treason: And that his Majesty was pleased to return this Answer: That Mr. Bedlow should have his Pardon according to the Address: And likewise, with the Address for disbanding the Army: Which being a Matter of great Moment, he would consult and advise with his House of Lords before he would give an Answer.
Bedlow to attend.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare a Bill or Bills for the more easy and speedy Discovery and Conviction of Popish Priests, and the more effectual Conviction of Popish Recusants, do sit this Afternoon in the Place formerly appointed, to prepare the said Bills.
Proceedings relating to the Plot.
Ordered, That Mr. Bedlow be called, and examined, to the Christian Names of the Persons mentioned in the Bill, sent down from the Lords, intituled, An Act requiring the Persons therein named to render themselves to Justice; and, in Default thereof, to attaint them of High Treason.
Mr. Bedlow being called in, informed the House, That he knew not the Christian Name of Symonds; and that Le Phaire's Name was Carolo; and that Pritchard was called by the Name of David Pritchard, alias Charles Davies.
Resolved, &c. That a Message be sent to the Lords, to acquaint their Lordships, That this House will sit this Afternoon, upon Matters that relate to the Preservation of his Majesty's Person and Government; and to desire their Lordships to do the like.
The Lord Cavendish acquaints the House, That he had attended the Lords with the Message of this House; and that their Lordships returned Answer, That they would sit this Afternoon, according to the Desire of this House.
Address concerning Oates.
Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to his Majesty, to desire his Majesty, That Mr. Oates may lie under no manner of Restraint whatsoever; and that he may be allowed his own Servants to attend him, and the Liberty of providing his own Necessaries: And that his Majesty would be graciously pleased to give Order, That he may have a present Sum of Money in Hand, and a competent weekly Allowance for his Maintenance; and that his Friends and Relations may have free Access to him: And that his Majesty would be further graciously pleased, that Mr. Oates Pardon may extend and relate to this Day, for Misprision of Treason.
Address for removing the Queen, &c.
Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to his Majesty, to desire his Majesty, That the Queen, and all her Family, and all Papists, and reputed or suspected Papists, be forthwith removed from his Majesty's Court at Whitehall.
And it is referred to Sir Robert Howard, Sir Tho. Meeres, Mr. Sachaverell, Mr. Solicitor General, Sir Wm. Coventry, Mr. Hamden, Sir John Trevor, Sir Tho. Clerges, Sir Robert Sawyer, Colonel Titus, Sir Tho. Littleton, Colonel Birch, Mr. Powle, Sir Tho. Lee, Mr. Williams, Sir Richard Temple; or any Three of them.
Conference desired with Lords.
Resolved, That a Conference be desired with the Lords upon Matters relating to the Preservation of his Majesty's Person, and Safety of the Government: And that Mr. Thyn do go up to the Lords, to desire the Conference.
Address for removing the Queen.
Sir John Trevor reports from the Committee appointed to draw up an Address to be presented to his Majesty, That the Queen, and all her Family, and all Papists, may be removed from his Majesty's Court at Whitehall, An Address agreed upon by the Committee: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where it was twice read; and, upon the Question, agreed; and is as followeth:
WE Your Majesty's most Loyal and Dutiful Subjects, the and Commons in Parliament assembled, having received Informations by several Witnesses, of a most desperate and traiterous Design and Conspiracy against the Life of Your most Sacred Majesty; wherein, to their great Astonishment, the Queen is particularly charged and accused; in Discharge of our Allegiance, and out of our Affections and Care for the Preservation of Your Majesty's Sacred Person, and consequently of the whole Kingdom, do most humbly beseech Your Majesty, that the Queen, and all her Family, and all Papists, and reputed or suspected Papists, be forthwith removed from your Majesty's Court at Whitehall.
Address on apprehending Papists.
Resolved, &c. That an humble Address be presented to his Majesty, to desire his Majesty, That all Papists and suspected Papists, within the several Counties of England, and Wales, and Town of Barwick upon Tweed, may be apprehended and secured: And it is referred to Sir John Trevor, Sir Rich. Temple, Mr. Powle, Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Browne, Sir Trevor Williams, Sir Nich. Carew, Sir Edw. Deering, Sir Wm. Coventry, Sir Rob. Sawyer, Sir Tho. Stringer, Mr. Williams, Sir John Syddenham, Colonel Titus, Serjeant Rigby, or any Three of them; to prepare and draw up the said Address: And they are to meet To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.