Veneris, 6 die Decembris, 1678.
Restraint on Mr. Oates.
SIR Trevor Williams acquaints the House, That, in
pursuance of the Order of the House, he went to Mr.
Oates: Who told him, That he was not permitted to discourse with any Person, but in the Presence of his Guard:
That thereupon he went to Col. Howard, who commands
the said Guards; and shewed him his Majesty's Message
to this House concerning Mr. Oates: And that Col. Howard told him, That he had never been made acquainted
with his Majesty's Pleasure therein: And that Col. Howard did immediately go to his Majesty, to receive his
Commands: And that Col. Howard did acquaint him,
That his Majesty was pleased, that any Member of the
House of Commons, or any Person by Order from the
House of Commons from any Committee, or any of the
Clerks belonging to the House, might have free Liberty
to discourse with him in private; but his Majesty did
not think fit that any loose or idle Persons should be admitted to come to him.
Vote respecting Restraint on Oates.
Resolved, That, this House being informed That, notwithstanding his Majesty's gracious Condescension to the
Address of this House in relation to Mr. Oates, he hath
still been deprived of the Benefit thereof, That it is therefore the humble Desire of this House, That Mr. Oates
may be at full Liberty to converse with all Persons
whatsoever in private; and that he may not be interrupted
or overheard by the Guards, or any other Person whatsoever; and that all Restraint may be taken off from him,
unless the Guard which may attend him, for the Security
of his Person only, without his Chamber.
Resolved, That this Vote be presented to his Majesty,
by such Members of this House as are of his Majesty's
Committee of Privileges.
Resolved, That the Committee of Elections and Privileges do not sit, in order to the Hearing of any Cause
upon any Election, until after Christmas.
A Bill for the more easy and speedy Conviction of
Popish Recusants, and for the more effectual Execution
of the Laws against them, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time Tomorrow Morning.
Lords agree to Address.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Timothy Baldwyn
and Sir Andrew Hackett:
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have commanded us to acquaint you, That they have agreed to the last Address
sent from this House: And have appointed the Lords of
the White Staves to attend his Majesty, to know his
Pleasure when both Houses may present the said Address. Which, when they know, they will communicate
to this House.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight a Clock.