Jovis, 24 Octobris, 1667.
ALVARA Dacosta did this Day take the Oaths of
Allegiance and Supremacy before the Speaker, at
the Clerk's Table, in order to his Naturalization.
Sending Soldiers abroad.
The House being informed, that there are some Soldiers, with their Horses and Arms, now in a Readiness to
be transported into foreign Parts;
Ordered, That an Address be made to his Majesty, by
Sir Wm. Coventry, to restrain their Exportation; the
Matter being now under the Consideration of the House,
for strengthening the Nation against foreign Invasion.
Woodmongers and Inn-holders.
Upon a Report made by Mr. Pryn, from the Committee appointed to inquire into the Abuses of Woodmongers;.
Resolved, &c. That the Clerk of the Woodmongers
Company be sent for, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms
or his Deputy, for his Contempt, in refusing to appear,
and bring in his Books belonging to the Company, to the
Committee, though he were summoned so to do.
Resolved, &c. That the Master of the Woodmongers
Company do, at his Peril, attend the Committee appointed to inquire into Abuses of Woodmongers, Tomorrow in the Afternoon; and cause the Books of By
Laws, and such other Books as concern the Company,
to be brought in to the Committee.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of the City of
London, the Bailiff of the City of Westminster, and the
Bailiff of the Borough of Southwarke respectively, be
required forthwith to put the Law of 43 Eliz. Chap. 14.
touching the Act of Talwood, Billet, and Faggots, in
Execution: And that they do accordingly forthwith
inquire, find out, and seize, all such Wood and Faggots
as they shall find in the Hands of the Woodmongers,
and Retailers of Wood and Faggots, under the Assize
prescribed by the said Statute; and that they do thereupon forthwith deliver, or cause the same to be delivered,
to the Overseers of the Poor, in their respective Parishes;
to be distributed to the Poor of the same Parishes; as
by the same Act is directed in that Behalf: And that
they give an Account thereof to the House on this Day
East Rainham Rectory.
Sir John Holland reports from the Committee to
which the Bill for settling the Glebe Lands belonging to
the Rector of East Rainham in Norfolk, was committed,
several Amendments to be made to the said Bill: Which,
being twice read, were, upon the Question, agreed.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill, with the Amendments
agreed to, be ingrossed.
A Bill for assessing of the Taxes of certain Fen Lands,
lying in Bedford Level, was read the Second time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be committed to Mr. Pryn,
Mr. Pepys, Sir Solloman Swayle, Sir Tho. Lee, Sir Thomas
Gower, Mr. Morrice, Col. Reames, Sir Gilbert Talbott,
Mr. Rigby, Sir Geo. Clarke, Sir John Bennett, Sir John
Moreton, Sir Wm. Terringham, Sir Tho. Tompkins, Sir
John Napper, Sir John Talbott, Sir John Goodrick, Lord
Ancram, Sir Adam Browne, Sir John Holland, Sir Lanc.
Lake, Sir Nich. Carey, Sir Tho. Allen, Mr. Cooke, Sir
Walter Younge, Sir Edm. Windham, Mr. Otway, Sir Tho.
Littleton, Sir Edw. Massey, Sir Tho. Higgons, Sir Clifford
Cliffton, Sir Robert Carr, Lord St. John, Mr. Maynard,
Sir Rich. Francklin, Col. Phillipps, Sir John Coventry,
Mr. Streete, Sir William Lewis, Mr. Price, Mr. Westfaling: And they are to meet To-morrow, at Two of the
Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And
to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
A Petition of Colonel Samuel Sands was read.
Ordered, That this Petition be referred to the same
Committee; to inquire the Matter of the Petition; and
report it, with their Opinions, to the House.
Miscarriage of the War.
Mr. Secretary Morrice, by Leave from his Majesty,
gave an Account of what he knows concerning the Miscarriage and Dividing of the Fleet.
Ordered, That Mr. Secretary Morrice be desired to
peruse his Letters and Papers of Intelligence; and set
down, in Writing, the particular Dates of those Letters
that gave him Intelligence of the Dutch Fleet coming
forth; and of their being out accordingly; and the Time
of Reception; and when imparted; and the Dates of
the Orders thereupon; and the Time of the dividing the
Fleet: And bring in the same to the House, with the
Letters themselves which contain nothing but what
relates to the Matter aforesaid; and, for such Letters
as do contain other Matters, the Contents of so much
in them as concern this Affair.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.