DIE Lunæ, 19 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. St. Asaph.
Epus. St. David's.
|Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Comes St. Albans.
Viscount Say et Seale.
Viscount de Stafford.
Ds. Howard de Ch.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Berkley Str.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
sat Speaker this Day.
Message from H. C. for a Conference on the Bill against Conventicles.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by the Lord Cornbury and others:
To desire a Free Conference, touching the Matter of
the last Conference.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will give a present Free Conference,
in the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
The same Lords who managed the Conference Yesterday are appointed to report this Free Conference.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Free Conference with the House of
Commons; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Report of the Conference.
Then the Earl of Anglesey reported the Effect of the
Free Conference; and said, "That the House of Commons had considered of the Proviso delivered to them
Yesterday concerning Quakers, to supply that which
was missing. They have read it, and allowed of it to
be a true Engrossment of the same; and they have
perfected it with those Papers which they have, and
have fixed the same in their right Places; and so have
passed the whole Proviso, nemine contradicente."
Bill against seditious Conventicles.
Then this House read those Alterations which the
House of Commons have inserted out of their Papers,
and do approve of them to be the same as were before;
and agree to the said Proviso as now it is; and orders,
That it be added and made Part of the Bill to prevent
and suppress seditious Conventicles, nemine contradicente.
The King sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with
His Regal Ornaments and Robes, the Lords being likewise in their Robes, sitting uncovered, His Majesty
commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to
let the House of Commons know, "That it was His
Pleasure that House should presently attend His
Majesty, with their Speaker."
Who being come, and after a low Obeisance made,
he made this following Speech:
Speaker of H. C. Speech.
"May it please Your Most Excellent Majesty,"
"At the Opening this Session, Your Majesty was
pleased to recommend several Things to the Care
of Your Two Houses of Parliament; the which we
have deliberately considered, and unanimously presented our humble Advice thereupon."
"The First Thing we took into Consideration was,
the Act made in the Sixteenth Year of the late King
of Glorious Memory, for Triennial Parliaments:
When we had given it a Reading, we found it derogatory to the essential Prerogative of the Crown, of
calling, holding, and dissolving, Parliaments; we
found it unpracticable, and only useful to learn the
People how to rebel: Therefore we melted it down,
extracted the pure Metal from counterfeit and drossy
Alloys, and then presented it to Your Majesty, to be
new stamped, and made current Coin, for the Use of
the Nation. We do return our most humble Thanks
to Your Majesty, that You were pleased to accept
our Advice, and to pass our Bill; but more especially
for those gracious Expressions Your Majesty was
pleased to use at that Solemnity, whereby we are
assured, not only of Your Personal Affection to Parliaments, but of Your Judgement also, that the Happiness of the Crown consists in the Frequency of
"In the next Place, we reviewed the Act for Chimney-money, which we intended a great Branch of Your
Majesty's Revenue, although by some Mistakes it is
fallen short: And, in Hopes Your Majesty may improve that Receipt, we have prepared a Bill for the
collecting that Duty by such Officers as Your Majesty
and Your Successors shall from Time to Time think
fit to appoint.
"Whilst we were intent upon these weighty Affairs,
we were often interrupted by Petitions, and Letters,
and Motions, representing the unsettled Condition of
some Countries, by reason of Fanatics, Sectaries, and
Non-conformists. They differ in their Shapes and
Species, and accordingly are more or less dangerous:
But in this they all agree; they are no Friends to the
established Government either in Church or State;
and if the old Rule hold true, Qui Ecclesiæ contradicit non est pacificus, we have great Reason to prevent their Growth, and to punish their Practice. To
this Purpose, we have prepared a Bill against their
frequenting of Conventicles, the Seed-plots and Nurseries of their Opinions, under Pretence of Religious
Worship. The First Offence we have made punishable only with a small Fine of Five Pounds, or
Three Months Imprisonment, and Ten Pounds for a
Peer. The Second Offence with Ten Pounds, or Six
Months Imprisonment, and Twenty Pounds for a
Peer. But for the Third Offence, after a Trial by a
Jury at the General Quarter Sessions or Assizes, and
the Trial of a Peer by his Peers, the Party convicted
shall be transported to some of Your Majesty's Foreign Plantations, unless he redeem himself by laying
down One Hundred Pounds: Immedicabile Vulnus
Ense rescindendum, ne Pars sincera trahatur.
"We have had much Thought how to improve the
Industry of the Nation, and prevent that Idleness and
Licentiousness which too fast grows upon us, especially by excessive and disorderly Gaming. Men are
not contented to sport away their precious Time, and
play away their ready Money; but to lose or pawn
their Houses and Lands, their Manors, and their Honours also. For the Prevention of the Growth of
this Disease, we have prepared a Bill, to make all
Securities for Money won at Play, whether Real or
Personal, to be void.
"We have examined also the Reasons of the Decay
of Trade. In the First Place, we found our Merchants are undermined by Fraud and Practice, and
sometimes beaten out, in the East and West Indies, in
Turkey, and in Affrica, by our Neighbours the Dutch,
who, besides the unsufferable Indignities offered to
Your Royal Majesty, have in a few Years spoiled
Your Subjects to the Value of Seven or Eight Hundred Thousand Pounds; for Remedy whereof, we
have made our humble Address to Your Majesty, and
received a Gracious Answer; and have no Cause to
fear but a short Time will produce a just and honourable Satisfaction.
"The next Obstruction to our Trade hath been, a
base and dangerous Practice of some Seamen, who
are willing to be robbed by Pirates, that they may
share in the Prize. We have therefore prepared a
Bill for the Punishment of such treacherous Actions,
and for the just Reward of those honest Seamen that
shall preserve their Owners Goods, and manfully
maintain the Honour of our English Nation.
"Some other Discoveries we have made, which may
be the Subject Matter of future Bills; but, in respect
of Your Majesty's Intimation of a short Session, we
2. The Bill for enabling Thomas Juckes to sell Lands,
for Payment of Debts.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act to enable
Francis Leigh Esquire to sell Land, for Payment of
Debts, and to make Provision for his Children."
The Question being put, "Whether this Bill shall
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is
committed to these Lords following:
Epus. St. Asaph.
Ds. Howard Ch.
Their Lordships, or any Five; to meet in the
Prince's Lodgings, at Nine of the Clock in the
Morning, on the First Friday after the Meeting
of this House next after Christmas; and to adjourn as they shall think fit.
Ld. Powis, Privilege. Langford his Servant imprisoned.
Whereas John Langford, Servant to the Lord Powis,
a Peer of this Realm, is made and detained a Prisoner,
in the Common Gaol of the County of Mountgomery, by
William Morgan Deputy Sheriff of the said County,
during the Sitting of this present Session of Parliament,
contrary to the Privilege of Parliament:
Morgan, Deputy Sheriff of Montgom, sent for.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said William Morgan, late and yet Deputy Sheriff of the said County of
Mountgomery, be, and is hereby, required to appear at
this Bar, on Tuesday the Seventeenth Day of January
next, to shew Cause why he refused to give Observance
to the Protection granted by the Lord Powis to his said
Servant John Langford; at which Time the said Deputy Sheriff shall also cause to be brought to this Bar
the said John Langford, that so this House, hearing all
Parties concerned, may give such further Order therein
as shall be agreeable to Justice.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Com. Placit. declaravit
præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem
Jovis, 22um instantis Decembris, hora decima Aurora,
Dominis sic decernentibus.