Martis, 19 Octobris, 1675.
Evidence of a person attended by Committee.
SIR Thomas Littleton reports, That, in Obedience
to the Order of the House, they had been with
Mr. Thomas Howard, at his House in Holborne, and acquainted him with the Order, and shewed it to him,
offering to read it. He said, We need not do so; for that
he took for granted, that Persons of our Quality would
not come upon such a Business without Order: And,
touching the Business to which the Order did refer, he
said, That he was sensible of the Displeasure of the
House, and doubted, that, if he should give any Answer
to the Message, being not versed in such Affairs, he might
give Occasion of their further Displeasure; and therefore he must beg Pardon, and answer only to what could
be proved against him: That he had always borne a great
Respect to the House, and the particular Members of it;
and would always do so, as became an Englishman.
The Letter being tendered to him the Second time, and
put into his Hand, he then looked upon it, saying, He
was not afraid to look upon a Paper; but left it to
Proof: With the like Expressions of Respects to the
House as before.
Sir Thomas Littleton further acquaints the House, That
Mr. Howard, in the Discourse, told them, That he had
sent a Message to Mr. Speaker, by Mr. Collingwood,
That he would not further prosecute, or do any thing in,
this Matter; and that he did renew the same Engagement to them.
Order for attendance.
The Paper being again read; and the Matter debated;
Ordered, That Mr. Howard be sent to, to attend this
House on this Day Sevennight.
Paper voted scandalous.
Resolved, &c. That the Paper produced, and read,
subscribed Howard of Richmond, and Carlisle, is a scandalous Paper, and a Breach of the Privilege of this House.
The House then resolved into a Committee of the
whole House, to consider of that Part of his Majesty's
Speech which relates to the Supply to take off the Anticipations upon his Revenue, and for the Building of
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir Charles Harbord takes the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumes the Chair.
Sir Charles Harbord reports from the Committee of the
whole House, That they had taken that Part of his Majesty's Speech into Consideration, which relates to a Supply for taking off the Anticipations upon his Revenue;
and had agreed a Vote to be reported to the House; and
humbly moved from the said Committee, that the House
would again resolve into a Committee of the whole
House on Friday next, to consider the other Part of his
Majesty's Speech relating to a Supply for building more
Ships. Which Vote of the Committee was as followeth; viz.
That it is the Opinion of the Committee, not to grant
his Majesty any Supply for the taking off the Anticipations upon his Majesty's Revenue.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Committee, that it is the Opinion of this House, not to
grant his Majesty any Supply for the taking off the Anticipations upon his Majesty's Revenue.
Resolved, &c. That this House do, on Friday Morning
next, at Ten of the Clock, resolve into a Committee of
the whole House, to consider of that Part of his Majesty's Speech relating to a Supply for the building more
Resolved, &c. That all Committees, that were to sit
this Afternoon, be adjourned.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.