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 Jovis, 7 die Novembris.
Report concerning Letters sent to Mr. Coleman.
The Lord Bishop of Bath & Wells reported, "That the Committee for Examination of Papers concerning the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person have examined Jerom Boatman, Servant to Edward Coleman now a Prisoner in Newgate, concerning Two Letters which have been suppressed, directed to Mr. Coleman; which Two Letters the said Jerom Boatman confesses he received, and delivered them into the Hands of Mrs. Coleman, who says, she does not remember that any Letters were delivered to her."
Sorocold's Report, concerning Blundell.
The House gave Directions, That the said Blundell should be brought to the Bar; and at the same Time Mr. Tytus Otes should be present, to try whether he knows him to be that Blundell, the Romish Priest, which he mentioned in his Narrative.
Rich. Langhorne, Evidence against him.
Next, Richard Langhorne the Younger was brought to the Bar; and Mary White was produced as a Witness against him; who being asked, "Whether she did know the said Richard Langhorne, and what she had to say concerning him?" She answered, "That she did know the said Langhorne; and she did hear the said Langhorne say, He did not doubt but, if one Thing hit, his Father would be the Third Man in the Kingdom."
Then Mary Planner upon her Oath said, "That she was told by Mrs. Langhorne (Mother to the said Richard Langhorne), That she went lately to her Son's Chamber, and found him very jovial; whereupon she asked him, "How he could be merry, seeing there was a Warrant against him, upon the Account of bringing the Commission to his Father, to be Judge Advocate?" He replied, "He did not fear; nor would he fly." At which Mrs. Langhorne said, "None but a Prince could make Generals." To which he said, "Let them bring it to that."
Disabling Papists from sitting in Parliament, &c. Bill.
The House was adjourned into a Committee during Pleasure, to consider the Bill for the more effectual preserving of the King's Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament.
Then John Blundell was called in; and Tytus Otes was asked, "Whether he knows the said John Blundell; and whether he be not that Person he mentions to be the Romish Priest in his Relation?" He answered, He doth not know this Person; and he who he mentions is Nicholas Blundell."
Disabling Persons from sitting in Parliament, &c. Bill.
Message from H. C. to remind the Lords of it; and with an Address.
L. Howard of Esc. takes his Seat.
Address for a Pardon for Tytus Otes.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do wait on His Majesty, humbly to desire Him, from this House, "That His Majesty will be graciously pleased to grant His Royal Pardon to Tytus Otes, for what he hath done and confessed concerning himself, for which he is liable to the Severity of the Laws of this Kingdom."
D. Bucks, Privilege. Snape & al. released.
Whereas Francis Snape and Edward Molton have for some Time lain in the Custody of the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, for arresting and detaining in (fn. 1) Person Robert Feilding Esquire, Servant to the Duke of Bucks:
It is this Day ORDERED, upon the Motion of the Duke of Bucks (on their Behalf), That the said Francis Snape and Edward Molton be, and are hereby, discharged from any further Restraint concerning that Matter (paying their Fees): And this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
Sir R. Walsh to attend the Committee for the Plot.
Whereas, upon some Information given to this House, by the Earl of Clarendon, "That there might be some Papers of dangerous Consequence in the Custody of Sir Robert Walsh," he, with all his Papers were seized Yesterday, by Order of this House, and is now in the Custody of the Gentlemen Usher of the Black Rod:
Upon reading the Petition of the said Sir Rob't Walsh this Day, praying his Release; it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That he be, and is hereby, discharged from his present Restraint for this Day; and he is hereby required to attend the Lords Committees appointed to examine Papers concerning the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person, To-morrow, at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings; whose Lordships are to peruse his Papers, and to consider whether there be any Cause for his further Restraint, and make Report unto the House.