Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 11, 1660-1666. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, 28 die Martii.
Marquis of Worcester's Water Engine Bill.
The Earl of North'ton reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill concerning the Watercommanding Engine, and have thought fit to make some Alterations therein, which they offer to the Consideration of the House."
The said Alterations were read Twice; and, after some Debate, it was ordered to be re-committed to the further Consideration of the Committee, who are to meet on Monday Morning next, at Nine of the Clock.
Bill to prevent destroying Wood.
Vavasor & al. Petition.
Bill to prevent Stoppages in Westm. Streets.
Message from H. C. for a Conference about the Petition to the King against Priests and Jesuits.
Report of the Conference.
Then the Lord Chancellor reported the Effect of the Conference; and said, "That Mr. Solicitor told their Lordships, that the House of Commons had proceeded in this Business with as much Care and Respect as any House of Commons ever did.
"That the House of Commons agrees with their Lordships in the main Part of the Preamble of the Petition; only they think fit to leave out some Words; as the Word ["Provocation"], because it is a doubtful Word, and may seem to carry with it a Sense different from what is agreed in the Preamble to the Act of Attainder, wherein the true Sons of the Church of England are sufficiently vindicated; also these Words to be left out ["extraordinary, and in far greater Numbers than hath been known"], because these Words carry with them some Reflection upon His Majesty's Government, as if less Care had been taken against their coming in now than heretofore."
It was further reported, "That the House of Commons desires the whole Prayer of the Petition, as it came from their Lordships, may be left out; and the Desires of the House of Commons for issuing out a Proclamation, may be the Prayer of the Petition.
"1. Because'tis the ancient, usual, and legal Way of enforcing Laws, and quickening their Execution. Never any Prince's Reign since the Reformation was without it; and nothing more aggravates an Offence against the Law, than when the Law hath been enforced by a Royal Proclamation."
"3. It is more reasonable to believe, that a Proclamation, declaring that the Severity of the Laws shall succeed in case the Proclamation shall be disobeyed, will have a more certain and visible Effect than a Petition, which refers to no certain Expedient at all, or, if to any, to that which they apprehend to be neither honourable for His Majesty nor safe for the Nation."
"4. The Commons think there is no Cause to suspect that this Method of Proceeding will be of such Latitude as the Petition proposed. There every Person who pretends to Merit, or can procure a Testimonial, is made capable of Connivance; which they look on as the worst Way of rewarding, and is such an Advice, as they cannot think fit to offer, nor believe His Majesty will receive well from the Houses. Here is only Regard had to Articles and to the Law of Nations. And the Commons say, That no Ambassadors can bring into this Kingdom any Person that is a Traitor by the Laws of this Kingdom."
Petition to the King against Priests and Jesuits.
"That, notwithstanding Your Majesty's unquestionable Affection and Zeal for the true Protestant Religion, manifested in Your constant Profession and Practice against all Temptations whatsoever; yet, by the great Resort of Jesuits and Romish Priests into this Kingdom, Your good Subjects generally are much affected with Jealousy and Apprehension that the Popish Religion may much increase in this Kingdom (which Your Majesty hath most piously desired may be prevented), and so the Peace both in Church and State may be insensibly disturbed, to the great Danger of both."
"Your Two Houses of Parliament are therefore humble Suitors to Your Majesty, to issue out Your Proclamation, to command all Jesuits, and all English, Irish, and Scotish Popish Priests, and all such other Priests as have taken Orders from the See of Rome, or by Authority thereof (except such Foreign Jesuits or Priests as by Contract of Marriage are to attend the Persons of either of the Queens, or by the Law of Nations to attend Foreign Ambassadors), to depart this Kingdom by a Day, under Pain of having the Penalties of the Laws inflicted upon them."