DIE Martis, 14 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Epus. St. Asaph.
L. Privy Seal.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey de W.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Arundell T.
Ds. Butler W.
Report concerning Hall and Dowdall, Papists.
The Earl of Essex reported from the Committee for
examining Matters relating to the late Plot and Conspiracy, "That one Francis Hall was before them for
being a convicted Papist, and presuming to stay in
Town contrary to His Majesty's Proclamation; that
one Francis Dowdall, a Taylor, harbours in his House
the said Francis Hall, contrary to Law; the said
Dowdall, being himself a Papist, pretends that he is
a menial Servant to the Spanish Ambassador, and
produced a Testimony for the same."
The House hereupon made these Orders following:
Hall to be attached;
"Upon Report from the Committee of Examinations, That Francis Hall is a convicted Papist, and
yet stays in Town contrary to His Majesty's Royal
Proclamation: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That
the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, do forthwith attach the Body of
the said Francis Hall, and bring him in safe Custody
to the Bar of this House; and for so doing, this
shall be a sufficient Warrant.
"To Sir George Charnock Knight, Serjeant at Arms attending this House,
his Deputy and Deputies, and every
and he and Dowdal to be prosecuted.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That Mr. Attorney General
do forthwith prosecute, according to Law, Francis
Hall, a convicted Papist, for being in and about West
minster, contrary to the Law, and His Majesty's Proclamation; and Francis Dowdall, a Papist, for entertaining
him in his House, contrary to Law.
Report concerning Sanford, a Papist.
The Earl of Essex further reported, "That there is
one Sanford Esquire, who formerly was
employed by the Duke of Newburgh as his Agent
in England, but now his Character of being Agent
is withdrawn from him by the said Duke, yet presumes to live in Town contrary to His Majesty's
Royal Proclamation, and presumes (himself being a
Papist) to maintain and harbour Priests and Jesuits
contrary to the Law."
The Lords thereupon made the following Order:
Sanford to attend.
"ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That Sanford Esquire, formerly a pretended Foreign Agent, be,
and is hereby, required to attend this House forth
with, to answer such Things as shall be objected
against him; and hereof he may not fail."
Report concerning Discovery made by Oates et al. of Popish Estates forfeited.
"By the Lords Committees for examining Matters relating to the late horrid Plot and Conspiracy.
"ORDERED, To report, That Dr. Oates, in his Examinations of the Discovery of the Plot did inform,
That the Jesuits had an Estate in England of a considerable Value, (videlicet,) of Seventy Thousand
Pounds per Annum, or thereabouts.
"That, about the 28th or 29th of September, 1678,
Doctor Oates did seize divers Papers, belonging to
Ireland, Fenwicke, Whitebread, Harcourt, &c. which
Papers were brought to the Privy Council; and Dr.
Oates did then declare, though he had not perused the said Papers, That, by those Writings so
seized, some Estates belonging to the Jesuits might
be discovered. These Papers were afterwards transmitted to the House of Lords.
"That Colonel Mansell, Mr. Chetwin, and Mr. Warcupp (a Justice of Peace), made Search at one Jolly a
Taylor's, in November, 1678; where, under some
Boards, they took Two Trunks of Writings, some
of which they perused; and Mr. Chetwin affirms,
that in them were contained a Discovery of some
Jesuits Estates; which Papers were also sent to the
House of Lords.
"That Mr. Fanshaw faith, "That before the Priests
were executed, he had discovered that they had
Estates, and he had made a List of some of them; and
hearing that the Papers were before the Lords, he
obtained an Order from the Council to search the
said Papers; and upon Search of them, he found
the several Particulars comprized in a List presented
to the Lords Committees for Examinations."
"That Mr. Warcup, being upon a Commission of
Enquiry for Jesuits Estates lately executed in Midd.
doth aver, "That Doctor Oates was the principal
Witness, upon which those Estates and Monies were
found by the Jury;" and that the Three Petitioners,
Mansell, Merry, and Oates, produced the rest of the
Testimony, and were at the Charge of executing the
said Commission; and the Jury and the Commissioners
were fully satisfied that the said Petitioners had the
Right of Discovery, according to the King's Proclamation."
The House hereupon made the ensuing Order:
Referred to Barons of the Exchequer.
"ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That the Report made this
Day by the Earl of Essex, from the Lords Committees for examining Matters relating to the late horrid
Plot and Conspiracy, concerning the Discovery of
the Estates of Jesuits and other Popish Priests, to
which Estates several Persons pretend a Right and
Title by virtue of His Majesty's late Proclamation on
that Behalf made, be, and is hereby, referred to the
Barons of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer; to
proceed in this Case according to Law."
Atheism and Blasphemy Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the
punishing of Atheism and Blasphemy."
Protestant Dissenters for distinguishing, Bill.
The House was put into a Committee, to consider
of the Bill for distinguishing Protestant Dissenters from
The House was resumed.
And the Earl of Bridgewater reported, "That the
Committee have made some Progress in the Bill
concerning Protestant Dissenters; but desires the
House would appoint another Day, when the Committee may meet again to proceed therein."
And the House ordered Thursday Morning next for
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, 15um
diem instantis Decembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.