DIE Martis, 30 die Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
||His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.|
Epus. Cov. et Litch.
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Epus. St. David's.
Ds. Thesaurarius Angl.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Comes St. Albans.
Ds. Arundell Ward.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. Gerard de Brand.
Ds. Berkeley Strat.
Ds. Arundell T.
Ds. Butler (fn. *) West
D. Cumberland takes the Oaths.
This Day the Duke of Cumberland took the Oaths
of Supremacy and Allegiance, and subscribed the Declaration against Transubstantiation, pursuant to the
Act for preventing Dangers which may happen from
Popish Recusants. His Witnesses were sworn, and examined by the Lord Chancellor, as to the Truth of
the Certificates concerning his Lordship's receiving the
Sacrament of the LORD'S Supper.
Message from H. C. for a Conference on the Growth of Popery.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Trevor Knight, &c.
To desire a Conference, touching the Danger the
Kingdom is in by Reason of the Growth of Popery,
and to consider of the Remedies for preventing the
The Answer returned was:
That this House hath considered of their Message,
and do agree to the Conference; and appoint the same
to be presently, in the Painted Chamber.
Then the House appointed these Lords following to
be Reporters of the Conference:
The Lord Chancellor, the Lord Privy Seal, Marquis
of Winton, Earl of Bridgwater, Earl of Clarendon,
Earl of Essex, Earl of Shaftesbury, Earl of Aylesbury, Vicecomes Hallyfax.
Treaties laid before the House.
The Lord Chancellor gave the House an Account,
"That he hath moved His Majesty, that He would
be pleased to communicate to the House those Treaties
made with The States Generall: And His Majesty
hath commanded him to deliver the Originals, for
their Lordships better Information and Satisfaction
concerning those Treaties."
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Report of the Conference on the Growth of Popery.
Then the Lord Chancellor reported the Effect of the
Conference; which was, "That the House of Commons, taking into serious Consideration the Dangers
arising to this Kingdom, from the restless Endeavours of Priests and Jesuits, and other Popish Recusants, to subvert the true Religion planted amongst
us, and to reduce us again under the Bondage of
Romish Superstition and Idolatry; and finding how
great Boldness they have assumed to themselves from
the great Remissness and Connivancy of His Majesty's Officers and Ministers of Justice, both Civil and
Ecclesiastical, whereby so many good and necessary
Laws heretofore made against them have not of late
Times been put in any effectual Execution, they do
therefore think it requisite to apply some Remedy to
this growing Evil, especially at this Time, wherein
the Unity of Affections, and the mutual Confidence
between His Majesty and His People, does so much
conduce to the Preservation of the whole Kingdom:
And because they have found by Experience, that
all those Applications they have formerly made upon this Subject have not produced any Effects
answerable to their Expectations, they have endeavoured to discover the Causes and Grounds thereof,
which they conceive are principally these:
"The Difficulty to convict Romish Priests by proving
their Ordination by Authority derived from the
See of Rome; which makes them more confident
to appear in public, and perform their Offices
and Functions without Fear of Punishment.
"That Justices of Peace are discouraged, because several of those that have been forward
in excuting the Laws against Papists in such
Counties where they do most abound have been
turned out of Commission without any apparent
Cause; whilst others, suggested to be Popishly
inclined, have been continued in Commission, or
put in de novo.
"That, in several Counties, many Protestant Dissenters have been indicted under the Notion of
Popish Recusants, and the Penalties of the Law
levied upon such Protestant Dissenters; when
the Papists there have been either totally, or for
the greatest Part, discharged.
"That the Papists do evade the Penalties of the Law,
by making over their Estates by secret Trusts and
fraudulent Conveyances, and yet receiving the
Profits of them to their own Use and Benefit;
whereas, in former Times, considerable Sums
of Money were raised by the Forfeitures of
Popish Recusants, that now, by the Remissness
of some and Discouragement of others of His
Majesty's Officers and Ministers of Justice, little
or nothing is levied upon them, or likely to be
levied hereafter, unless the Care thereof be committed to particular Commissioners in the several
Counties, and the Monies arising thence applied
to some Public Use for the Advancement of the
Protestant Religion, which may encourage Persons to see it executed.
"That Persons are not discouraged to breed up
their Children, or to suffer them to be bred up,
in the Popish Religion, because they are as capable of inheriting the Estates of their Parents
and Relations as any other of His Majesty's Protestant Subjects.
"The Commons do therefore most earnestly desire
your Lordships to consider the Dangers and
sad Consequences that may befal this Kingdom by the spreading of that Religion amongst
us; and seriously and cordially to join with
them, in removing these and all other Impediments which obstruct the Course of Justice,
and the due Execution of the Laws, either by expediting those Remedies which
have been offered by them to their Lordships,
or by proposing such other as may be more
effectual; and that this may be done with all
Expedition, because the Commons cannot
think it suitable to their Trust for them to
consent to lay any further Charge upon the
People (how urgent soever the Occasions be
that require it) till their Minds be satisfied
that all Care and Diligence is used to secure
the Kingdom, and prevent the Dangers that
may arise from the Prevalency and Countenance
that is given to that Party by some more effectual Course than hath been already provided."
ORDERED, That this House will take into Consideration the Matter of this Conference on Thursday Morning next, the First Business.
Treaties with Holland.
Next, were read the Treaty with The States of Holland, in Latine.
1. The Original Offensive and Defensive.
2. Separate Articles concerning Friburg.
3. Separate Articles concerning Lorraine.
4. Declarat. Art. as to the Places belonging to the
5. Declar. Art. as to the Dependences, &c.
There was One other Treaty that was not read,
being in French.
Treaties to be translated.
Whereupon it is ORDERED, That the Lord Chancellor be, and is hereby, desired to take Care, and give
Order, that the Treaties Offensive and Defensive, which
were this Day produced in the House of Peers in French
and Latine, may be translated into English, against Thursday Morning next, for the Service of the House; and
that the said Originals in French and Latine may also be
then brought again into the House of Peers.
Ld. Chancellor to write to absent Lords to attend.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the Lord Chancellor be,
and is hereby, desired to direct Letters of Summons to
such absent Lords as have not His Majesty's Leave to
be absent, and have not their Proxies entered in the
House, that they forthwith appear, and attend the carrying on of His Majesty's Service in the House of Peers.
E. Powis, Privilege.
Whereas, upon Complaint made to this House,
"That, on or about the Ninth Day of March last,
John Evans (owned by the Earl of Powis; a Peer of
this Realm, to be his Servant and Receiver of his
Rents) was arrested and detained in Prison, in the
Gaol of Poole, in the County of Mountgomery, then
sitting the Parliament, contrary to the Privilege of
Parliament;" it was, on the Nineteenth Day of the
said Month of March, ordered, That the said John
Evans should be forthwith discharged; and that Gerard
Herbert, Mathew Morris, Thomas Hodson, Henry Kiffin,
Evan Thomas, and Thomas Griffith, should appear at the
Bar of this House, to answer to the said Complaint of
Breach of Privilege:
Peirce, Herbert, et al to be attached, for Contempt of an Order to release Evans his Servant, &c.
It appearing, by the Affidavit of Thomas Jones of
Kandussell, read this Day in this House, "That John
Peirce refused to discharge the said John Evans; and
that the said Thomas Hodson, Henry Kiffin, and Thomas
Griffith, refused to obey the Order of this House;
and that due Notice was given for the Appearance
of all the said Persons summoned, which they have
not obeyed;" it is thereupon 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 attach the
Bodies of the said John Peirce, Gerard Herbert, Mathewe Morris, Thomas Hodson, Henry Kiffin, Evan Thomas, and Thomas Griffith, and bring them in safe Custody to the Bar of this House, to answer for their said
Contempts; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on
To Sir George Charnock Knight, Serjeant at
Arms attending this House, his Deputy
and Deputies, and to all Sheriffs, Mayors,
Bailiffs, Constables, and other His Majesty's
Officers, to be aiding and assisting in the
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, 2um diem
Man, 1678, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.