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 Veneris, 6 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
L. Delawar. takes the Oaths.
This Day Charles Lord Delawar took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed the Declaration, in Pursuance of an Act, intituled, "An Act for the more effectual preserving His Majesty's Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament."
Message from H. C. with the following Address.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Williams, &c.
That the Commons have agreed upon an humble Address to be presented to His Majesty; to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
The said Address was read.
And, after some Debate,
The Question being put, "Whether to agree to this Address, as it is now worded?" It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Address for a Proclamation to disarm Papish.
"We, Your Majesty's most loyal and dutiful Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in Parliament assembled, having sufficient Testimony of the present Dangers threatening Your Majesty's Sacred Person and Government, from the pernicious Plots and Contrivances of Popish Persons universally spread over this Your Majesty's Kingdom, do most humbly beseech Your Majesty, for the Safety of Your own Person, and Security of the public Peace of Your Kingdom, to command and require Your Majesty's Sheriffs, Justices of the Peace, Mayors, and other Magistrates, within their several and respective Counties, Cities, and Places, in England and Wales, to apprehend, disarm, and secure, all Popish Recusants convict, and all reputed Popish Recusants, and all others who shall, or may be, justly suspected Papists, and them to oblige in Recognizances, with sufficient Bail, to keep the Peace, and be of good Behaviour; and in Default thereof, them to imprison; and to return the Names of such Persons, with their Recognizances, to the next general Sessions of the Peace for their respective Limits, to proceed thereupon according to Law."
Protest against it.
"For that it is humbly conceived to be contrary to, and against Law, in several Particulars, and both unjustisable and dangerous, for those that shall put it in Execution.
Dissent. J. Frescheville.
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to the Address.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Tymothy Baldwin and Sir Andrew Hacket:
To let them know, that this House agrees with the House of Commons in the Address to be presented to His Majesty; and that the Lords do intend to know His Majesty's Pleasure, what Time He will appoint both Houses to wait upon Him, to present the same; and as soon as their Lordships know His Majesty's Pleasure, they will give the Commons Notice thereof.
King to be attended with it.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, to know His Pleasure, when both Houses may attend Him, with an Address for taking Security of the Papists for keeping the Peace of the Kingdom.
Mauson, a Papist, Leave to come to Town.
The House being moved, on the Behalf of John Mauson Goldsmith, a reputed Popish Recusant, who, in Obedience to His Majesty's late Proclamation, dated the 30th of October last, hath left his House in London, That he may have Liberty to come to Town, for disposing and settling the Affairs of divers Persons whose Concerns are in his Hands."
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Mauson hath hereby Liberty and Authority given him to come and stay in London for the Space of Ten Days next after his coming to Town for that Purpose only, and no longer.
Prugian, Leave to travel.
Upon reading the Petition of Robert Prugian Esquire; praying, "That he may have Liberty to travel into the Parts beyond the Seas:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Robert Prugian be, and is hereby, authorized and permitted, with his Servant Robert Royston, forthwith to repair to any of His Majesty's Sea Ports of this Kingdom, and to pass thence into the Parts beyond the Seas, without the Lett, Stay, or Interruption, of any Person or Persons whatsoever; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
Kenion, Clerk of the Peace for Lancashire, to attend.
ORDERED, That Mr. Roger Kenion, Clerk of the Peace for the County of Lancaster, be, and is hereby, required to attend this House within One Week next after Notice given him of this Order; and hereof he may not fail.
Information of 500 Men to meet in Derbyshire.
Upon Information given to this House, of a Paper dated from Finder, the 28th of November, 1678, and signed, "R. S." in which is Mention made of an intended Meeting of 500 armed Men, at a Place called Nungreene, in the Town of Derby, on Monday then next coming, in the Middle of the Night:
It is ORDERED, That it be, and is hereby, referred to the Lords Committees for examining Persons and Papers, &c. to send for such Persons as they shall think fit, and examine them for the finding out the Truth of the Matter of Fact in the said Paper mentioned, and give the House an Account thereof.
Sir Hen. Titchborne to be brought from Winchester.
Upon Report made by the Earl of Clarendon, from the Lords Committees appointed to examine Persons and Papers, &c. "That their Lordships think it necessary that Sir Henry Titchborne, a Popish Recusant, now Prisoner in the Gaol at Winchester, be brought up to Town:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, or his Deputy or Deputies, shall forthwith repair to Winchester, and bring thence the said Sir Henry Titchborne, and deliver him into His Majesty's Tower of London, there to remain in safe Custody till further Order; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Sir Geo. Charnock Knight, Serjeant at Arms attending this House, and to the Keeper of the Gaol at Winchester, and to the Constable of His Majesty's Tower of London, and their respective Deputies; as also to all His Majesty's Officers Civil and Military, to be aiding and assisting in this Service.
Upon reading of a Letter written by Mr. Jennison, to his Son Thomas Jennison, a Jesuit, in Newgate, persuading him to discover what he knows concerning the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person and Government:
The House thought it to be a more effectual Way to compass that Design, for Mr. Jennison to come up in Person.
To that End, the Bishop of Durham is desired to write to John Jennison; which his Lordship undertook.
Popish Recusants to disable from exercising Trades, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act disabling Popish Recusants to exercise certain Trades and Occupations.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati, 7um diem instantis Decembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.