Lunæ, 15 die Aprilis, 1678.
THE House being met, and Mr. Speaker Elect set
in the Chair;
Mr. Speaker approved by the King.
A Message was delivered by Sir Edward Carteret,
Usher of the Black Rod;
Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
The King commands this honourable House to attend Him, immediately, in the House of Lords.
And accordingly Mr. Speaker Elect, with the House,
went up to attend his Majesty; the Serjeant at Arms attending this House following with the Mace unadvanced.
And his Majesty having approved and allowed of
The House and Mr. Speaker returned with the Mace
carried before him.
And Mr. Speaker, having taken the Chair, acquainted
the House, That His Majesty did by the Lord Chief
Justice North, signify his Pleasure, That both Houses of
Parliament should adjourn themselves until Monday the
Nine-and-twentieth of April Instant: And that the Reason of such Adjournment was to this Effect;
That the Dutch Ambassador had not at present full
Instructions; and that the Affairs concerning the Alliances were not yet so ripe or fit to be imparted to both
Houses of Parliament, as it was expected they might
have been upon the last Adjournment.
Causes before Committee of Privileges.
Ordered, That the Causes now depending before the
Committee of Elections and Privileges, be put off Fourteen Days from the time they would have been heard in
Course, as they now stand before the Committee: And
that Sir Thomas Meres, Chairman of the said Committee,
be impowered to give Notice thereof to all Parties concerned therein; and to appoint them particular Days;
and issue out Summons accordingly.
A Petition of William Tempest Esquire, complaining
of an undue Return of John Parkhurst Esquire, to serve
for the City of Durham, in Injury of the Petitioner, was
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Elections and Privileges;
to examine the Matter, and report the same, with their
Opinions therein, to the House.
Danger from Popery.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to draw up
Reasons for the Conference to be had with the Lords, concerning the Danger the Nation is in by the Growth of
Popery, do sit during the Interval of the Sitting of the
House; to perfect the Matters referred to them; and to
make their Report at the First Sitting of the House: And
that Mr. Booth, Mr. Williams, Mr. Waller, Sir Gilbert
Gerrard, Sir Ralph Delavale, Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Sacheverell, Sir John Mallett, Sir John Moreton, Mr. Mallett, Sir John Fenwick, be added to the said Committee.
Resolved, &c. That the House be called over on Tomorrow Fortnight.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue out his Warrant to
the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ, for the
Electing of a Member to serve in this present Parliament
for the City of Norwich, in the room of Francis Corey
Members to be summoned.
Call of the House.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the House do prepare
Letters, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, to be sent to the
Sheriffs, requiring them to signify to all the Members that
serve for the Places within their respective Counties, that
they give their Attendance on Monday the Twenty-ninth
of April Instant: And that the House is to be Called
over the Day following; at which time, such as shall be
absent, will incur the Displeasure of the House.
And then the House, upon the Question, adjourned
until Monday the Twenty-ninth of April Instant,
Eight of the Clock in the Morning.