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 Martis, 17 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
This Day the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas sat Speaker, in Place of the Lord Chancellor.
E. of Thanet takestheOaths.
This Day Nicholas Earl of Thannet 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 the Person of His Majesty and His Government, by disabling of Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament."
Popish Recusants Children, Bill.
The Earl of Huntingdon reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill against sending the Children of Papists to be (fn. 1) bred in Popish Seminaries beyond the Seas; in which they have made some Amendments."
Which were read Twice, and agreed to; and the Bill is ordered to be engrossed, with the said Amendments.
Supply Bill, for disbanding Forces from Abroad.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for granting a Supply to His Majesty of Two Hundred and Six Thousand Four Hundred Sixty-two Pounds, Seventeen Shillings, and Three Pence, for the effectual paying off and disbanding all the Forces raised, or brought over from Foreign Parts into this Kingdom, since the 29th of September, 1677."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to a Committee of the whole House; to be proceeded in To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock; and no other Business to be preferred.
D. of Albemarle, Leave to go into the Country.
The House being moved, by the Duke of Albemarle, "That he may have Leave to go into the Country for Ten Days, in order to public Service of His Majesty, by some further Discovery (his Grace hopes to make) of the Plot; and that in the mean Time he will be ready to attend the House at a Day's Warning, whenever he shall have Notice thereof:"
The House gave him Leave to go into the Country for Ten Days, for the Purpose aforesaid.
Mauson, Leave to stay Town.
Whereas John Mauson, Goldsmith, who, in Obedience to His Majesty's late Proclamation of the 30th of October last, had withdrawn himself out of London, was, by Order of the Sixth Day of this Instant December, licensed to come and stay in London, for the Space of Ten Days and no longer, for settling the Affairs of several Persons whose Concerns are in his Hands; this House being moved this Day, "That, the said Ten Days being now expiring, and, notwithstanding his utmost Endeavours, the said Business is not perfected, he the said John Mauson may have the Time enlarged, by the Favour of this House, for the perfecting thereof:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Mauson be, and is hereby, authorized and permitted to stay in Town, for the Space of Fourteen Days from the Date hereof, for the Purposes aforesaid, and no longer.
This House being informed, by the Lord Bishop of Durham, "That John Jennison, Father of Thomas Jennison, now Prisoner in Newgate, is coming to Town, in order to his endeavouring to prevail with his Son to make some further Discovery of the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person and Government:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That His Majesty's Attorney General have forthwith Notice thereof.
Pugh's Papers to be delivered to Attorney General.
Upon Report made, by the Earl of Essex, from the Lords Committees for examining Persons and Papers for Discovery of the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person and Government, "That their Lordships have perused some Papers which were seized at one Mr. Colvin's House, by Warrant of Mr. Secretary Coventry; among which they find many Letters and Writings of Robert Pugh, a Popish Priest, in some of which are very scandalous Reflections upon the King's Majesty; and desiring the Direction of the House for the Disposal thereof:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That, when their Lordships have perfectly sorted and methodized the said Papers, they deliver them to His Majesty's Attorney General, to be by him made Use of as he shall see Cause.
L Arundell's Papers to be restored.
Upon Report made by the Earl of Clarendon, from the Lords Committees for examining Persons and Papers concerning the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person and Government, "That their Lordships have perused the Papers and Writings of the Lord Arundell of Warder, which were seized, and by Order of this House delivered into the Custody of the Clerk of the Parliaments, and have taken out such of them as may be Evidence, in order to the further Discovery of the said horrid Design; and desiring the Directions of the House for the Disposal of the Remainder thereof:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That all such of the Lord Arundell of Warder's Papers as are only of private Concernment may be delivered, by the Clerk of the Parliaments, to such Person or Persons as the Lord Arundell of Warder shall appoint to receive the same: And this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To John Browne Esquire, Clerk of the Parliaments.
Gerrard to be released on Bail.
Upon reading the Petition of John Gerrard, now a Prisoner in The King's Bench, upon Suspicion of being a Popish Priest; shewing, "That he is very much impaired in his Health by his Imprisonment, and there destitute of Means for Recovery thereof, and that he will be ready to appear at any Time; and therefore praying that he may have his Liberty, giving Security for his Appearance:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Gerrard, with the Keeper of The King's Bench Prison attending him, shall, before any One of the Judges, or any Justice of the Peace, give very good Security in the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds for his Appearance from Time to Time, and thereupon be, and is hereby, discharged from his present Imprisonment in The King's Bench for that Cause, paying his Fees due to the Officers attending this House; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To the Keeper of the Prison of The King's Bench, his Deputy or Deputies, and every of them.
Upon Report made, by the Earl of Essex, from the Lords Committees for examining Persons and Papers, "That their Lordships have examined George Osborne a Bricklayer (who was brought before them in Custody), concerning some Arms by him closed up in some Part of the Roof of the Lord Bishop of Winchester's House at Chelsey;" which the said George Osborne having upon his Oath owned the doing of:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said George Osborne be discharged; and that the Committee enquire further into this Matter.
Langhorne, in Newgate, to have Access of Friends.
The Earl of Shaftesbury reported, "That the Lords who had Leave of this House to examine a Prisoner in Newgate, had some Speech with Mr. Langhorne, but could get nothing from him; but found, by reason of the great Strictness he is kept under, that he did not know of the Execution of Mr. Coleman."
The Opinion of their Lordships is; That the said Mr. Langhorne may have some Liberty given him, whereby he may have such Access of Friends as is necessary for him to have."
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Commun. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, 18um diem instantis Decembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.