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, 12 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Popish Recusants Children, Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the more effectual preventing the sending or going of Children of Popish Recusants beyond the Seas."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to these Lords; (videlicet,)
L. Chief Justice of the Common Pleas,
L. Chief Baron of the Exchequer, and
Mr. Justice Windham,
|are to assist their Lordships.|
Their Lordships, or any Five; to meet To-morrow, at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings; and to adjourn as they please.
The Committee for Privileges are to meet on Monday next.
Popish Recusants, to disable from exercising Trades, Bill.
The Earl of Essex reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill against Popish Recusants exercising certain Trades, wherein there are so many Alterations made, that the Committee were forced to write it over anew."
The said Bill fair written was read, and compared with the First Draught.
But, there being several other Amendments offered, the House was put into a Committee, to consider of them, and make them agreeable to the Bill.
The House being resumed;
The Lord Privy Seal reported the Amendments; which were read, and Agreed to, and the Bill ordered to be engrossed, with those Amendments.
Message to H. C. to remind them of the Bill, for Conviction of Papists.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir William Beversham and Sir Edward Lowe:
To put them in Mind of the Bill, formerly sent down, for the Conviction of Popish Recusants.
Masters of Conduits and Waterworks, not to entertain Popish Servants.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the respective Governors and Masters of the several Conduits, Water-works, and Water-pipes, used for the Service of the Cities of London and Westminster, and the respective Liberties thereof, be, and they are hereby, required to take special Care, that no Papist, nor reputed Papist, be by any of them entertained in any Kind of Service belonging to the said Conduits, Water-works, or Water-pipes, as they and every of them will answer the contrary to this House.
King's Answers to Addresses.
The Lord Viscount Newport reported His Majesty's Answers to Three Addresses of this House, presented Him; (videlicet,)
"1. That for preventing the scandalous Resort of Numbers of His Majesty's Subjects to the Chapels of Foreign Ministers residing here:
"His Majesty hath given Order for the remedying thereof.
"2. To that for a List of the Numbers, Names, and Places of Abode, of the Priests belonging to Foreign Ministers:
"His Majesty hath appointed Mr. Secretary Coventry, to go to the said Ministers, for such a List as is desired.
"3. To that for an Account of the Papists in Whitehall and the Verge thereof, and Somersett House:
"His Majesty faith, That a List of them shall speedily be brought in.
"4. To that of tendering the Oaths to Lawyers, Physicians, and Apothecaries:
"His Majesty hath given Order for issuing Commissions for administering the Oaths, as is desired."
Address concerning Foreign Ministers Servants, and the Protestant Interest Abroad.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, humbly to desire Him, from this House, "That His Majesty will be pleased to signify to the Foreign Ministers residing here, That all such Persons as are their proper Servants may reside in their Families; and that no Persons, being His Majesty's Subjects, and exercising any Trade here, may plead the Privilege of being their Servants; and also that, by His Majesty's Royal Mediation, the English Factories in Foreign Parts may have Chaplains professing the Protestant Religion allowed to them; and that His Majesty will be pleased to take Order, that no Agents, Residents, or Consuls, may be employed Abroad, but such as are Protestants; and lastly, That His Majesty will be pleased to take into His special Care the Protestant Interest Abroad."
Serjeant at Arms, a Room to be assigned him near the House, for securing Prisoners.
Upon Report made from the Lords Committees for examining Persons and Papers for the Discovery of the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person and Government, "That they have received and read a Petition of Sir George Charnoeke, Serjeant at Arms attending this House, shewing, That he hath apprehended several Persons engaged in the said Design, and hath not any Place to secure them in, while they attend the Pleasure of the House or of the said Committee, but in the Painted Chamber; which being constantly filled with Pages, Lacquies, and all Sorts of People, he cannot sufficiently secure his Prisoners there, notwithstanding all the Vigilancy and Care he and his Deputies can use; and therefore praying, that some convenient Place near the House of Peers may be assigned to him for that Purpose:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That it be, and is hereby, recommended to the Lord High Chamberlain of England, to appoint some such Place to the said Serjeant at Arms, for the Purpose aforesaid, during this present Necessity, as his Lordship shall think fit.
Sheriffs of Bristol to send up Dominico Gratiano, a Prisoner for Debt there, to be examined against Georgerine.
Upon Information given to this House, "That the Sheriffs of the County and City of Bristol, who, by Order of the 30th of November last, were required to send up Dominico Gratiano in Safety from Bristol, to attend the House of Peers, express their Willingness to obey the said Order; but doubt whether such sending up of the said Dominico Gratiano (who is now a Prisoner in Newgate there for Debt) should not be accounted an Escape in Law, for which the said Sheriffs must be answerable to the Creditor:"
Upon Consideration had thereof, it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Sheriffs do take Care forthwith to send up the said Dominico Gratiano, from Bristol, to attend this House, with such Keeper or Attendant as the said Sheriffs shall think fit, for securing the safe Return of the said Dominico Gratiano to Bristol, when he hath been heard before this House, upon his Depositions against Josephus Georgerine; and that the Charge of bringing up and returning the said Dominico Gratiano shall be allowed to the said Sheriffs, upon their Accompt in the Exchequer: and this shall be a sufficient Indemnity and Warrant on that Behalf.
To the Sheriffs of the County and City of Bristol, and to the Keeper of Newgate there, and all other Persons concerned therein.
Blank Order, for seizing Papers, &c. allowed to Lords Committees.
This House being moved, by the Lords Committees appointed to examine Papers concerning the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person and Government, That a Blank Warrant may be issued, and signed by the Clerk of the Parliaments, for seizing some Papers which may make further Discovery thereof; and that their Lordships may be entrusted to insert the Place to be searched for the said Papers, and also the Names of the Persons who shall execute the said Warrant, to prevent a Discovery of the intended Seizure:"
Upon Consideration had thereof, it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That such a Blank Warrant shall be issued as is desired, so as the said Search be not to be made in the House of any Member of either House of Parliament.
Which their Lordships assured the House they would take Care of.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, 13um diem instantis Decembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.