Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 13, 1675-1681. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Mercurii, 23 die Octobris.
Papers from the King, concerning the Plot.
The Lord Chancellor signified to the House, "That One of the Clerks of the Council, by Directions from His Majesty, attended with such Papers as their Lordships desired, concerning the Discovery of the horrid Design against the Person of His Sacred Majesty."
King's Answer about a Fast.
The Lord Chancellor reported, "That he did Yesterday present to His Majesty the Address of both Houses for a Fast; and His Majesty was pleased to give this Answer, That their Lordships should hear from Him speedily concerning a Day."
Committee to examine Papers about the Plot; and Witnesses about Sir Edm. Gofrey's Murder.
Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Papers transmitted from the Council, by His Majesty's Directions, concerning the Discovery of the horrible Design against His Majesty's Sacred Person, or of any other Design against His Majesty or His Kingdom, by introducing Popery; whose Lordships, or any Seven, are to meet this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, and afterwards de Die in Diem, in the Prince's Lodgings, with Liberty to adjourn into this House, if they think fit; and have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records, as they shall see Cause; and the Committee, at the Opening of the Committee, are to examine the particular Papers by a List; and likewise to examine them again at the Rising of the Committee, and to seal them up in a Bag: The Committee likewise have Power to examine Witnesses concerning the Murder of Sir Edmond Bury Godfrey; and make Report to the House:
Committee to prepare an Address against Papists.
The Marquis of Winton reported, "That the Committee have prepared a Draught of an Address intended to be presented to His Majesty for banishing Papists from the Cities of London and Westm. which is offered to the Consideration of the House."
Address to the King, for a Proclamation to remove Papists from London, &c.
"We, Your Majesty's most loyal and obedient Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, considering the great present Danger wherein Your Majesty's Sacred Person is involved, together with the Religion and Government of Your Majesty's Kingdoms; and being sensible of the Fears of Your Majesty's loyal Subjects, by reason of the great and more than usual Concourse of Popish Recusants to Your Cities of London and Westminster, and Your Royal Palace, at a Time that justly giveth so much Jealousy, the Parliament now sitting; do most humbly beseech Your Majesty, That You will be pleased forthwith to issue out Your Royal Proclamation, strictly to command and enjoin all Popish Recusants, and all as are justly suspected to be such, within Six Days to depart the said Cities of London and Westm. and the Liberties thereof, and not to come within Ten Miles of the said Cities; and that the Statutes for restraining such Persons to come to the Court, or depart from their Houses above Five Miles, may be put in Execution."
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves be, and are hereby, appointed to attend His Majesty, from this House, with their humble Address concerning the Removal of Popish Recusants from His Majesty's Palace and Cities of London and Westm. and the Liberties thereof.
Waller, E. Winchelsea's Servant, arrested:
Upon Oath made at the Bar of this House, by Sir William Waller Knight and Phillip Ricaut Esquire, "That Mr. Thomas Waller, menial Servant and Gentleman of the Horse to the Earl of Winchilsea a Peer of this Realm, is arrested and detained in Prison in The Compter of Woodstreat, in London, now sitting the Parliament, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, at the Suit of Rooke:"
Rooke to be attached;
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, or his Deputy, shall forthwith attach the Body of the said Rooke, and bring her in safe Custody to the Bar of this House, for her said Offence; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
and Waller released.
Upon Complaint made to this House, and Oath made at the Bar, "That Mr. Thomas Waller, menial Servant "and Gentleman of the Horse to the Earl of Winchilsea a Peer of this Realm, is arrested, and detained a Prisoner in The Compter of Woodstreat in London, at the Suit of Rooke, now sitting the Parliament, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, notwithstanding the Protection under the Hand and Seal of the Earl of Winchilsea, given to the said Thomas Waller, produced to the Officers of the said Prison of The Compter:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Thomas Waller be forthwith discharged from his present Imprisonment, upon Sight of this Order; which shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.