Sabbati, 7 die Decembris, 1678.
Answer to Address.
MR. Speaker acquaints the House, That he was present, when the Address of this House concerning
Mr. Oates was delivered to his Majesty: And that his
Majesty was pleased to declare, That He thought He
had made that Provision for Mr. Oates, that would rather
be an Encouragement to any other Person to come in,
than a Discouragement to Mr. Oates: And, that his Majesty was pleased to declare, That Mr. Oates should have
free Liberty to converse with any Person in private; and
that the Guards should be for the Security of his Person
That he had likewise acquainted his Majesty (although
it was not by Order of the House) of the Entry that was
made of his Majesty's Answer to the Address, concerning
the calling over the Forces out of Flanders: And that his
Majesty was pleased to declare, That He never gave any
Order for such Answer: but that his Majesty's Intention
was only in relation to the Forces that were in Flanders;
and that Circumstances, as to those Forces, were altered
since that time; and that his Majesty had already given
Orders, Five Days since, for calling of them over, in order to their Disbanding.
A Bill for the more easy and speedy Conviction of
Popish Recusants, and for the more effectual putting in
Execution the Laws against them, was read the Second
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Williams,
Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Gervas Elwes, Col. Titus, Mr. Finch,
Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir John Hobart, Sir John Trevor,
Mr. Buscowen, Sir Henry Capell, Sir Robert Sawyer, Mr.
Wright, Sir Edm. Jennings, Mr. Sachaverell, Sir Courtny
Poole, Sir John Hotham, Sir Thomas Littleton, Sir Joseph
Tredenham, Mr. Davies, Mr. Hamden, Mr. Spry, Mr.
Crouch, Sir Nich. Carew, Col. Birch, Master of the Rolls,
Mr. Stanhop, Mr. Waller, Sir Tho. Meeres, Sir John Holland, Sir John Knight, Sir Charles Harbord, Mr. Powle,
Serjeant Gregory, Mr. Papillon.
Resolved, That the said Committee do bring in a
Clause, That, if any Popish Recusant convict shall receive any Commission, he shall be deemed a Felon; and
shall be pursued, apprehended, and prosecuted, as such.
Resolved, That a Clause be brought in, That all Commissions granted, or to be granted, to Popish Recusants
convict, shall be declared void.
Resolved, That a Clause be brought in, That all Foreigners, that shall receive Commissions, or appear in
Arms, shall be in the same State and Condition as Popish
Recusants convict receiving Commissions, or appearing
in arms, as aforesaid.
Resolved, That a Clause be brought in, That such Offenders shall not be pardoned, but by Act of Parliament
for that Purpose.
Colonel Birch reports from the Committee appointed
to take an Account of what has been paid to the Forces
that are to be disbanded, That the Committee had agreed
upon a Report to be made to the House: Which he read
in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the
Clerk's Table: And is as followeth:
Resolved, That it be reported to the House, That, by
the Accounts delivered them by Mr. Kingdome Paymaster
of the Army, it appears, That, upon the First Day of
January next, there will be due to the Forces now to be
disbanded, whether in England, or beyond the Seas, the
Sum of One hundred Forty-eight thousand Six hundred
Eighty-six Pounds Eight Shillings and Two-pence.
Resolved, That it be reported to the House, That, in
this Sum, the Cloaths delivered to the Soldiers (whether
Horse or Foot) for Eight Months, will be discounted, and
paid for by the Soldier to his Officer who stands engaged
for them, so that the Foot Soldier, at the same time of
his disbanding, will receive only Six-pence a Day; and
the Horse and Dragoons their several Proportions; the
rest being set off, as it hath already been since the First of
May last, towards Payment of their Cloaths respectively.
Resolved, That it be reported to the House, That, notwithstanding the Defalcations aforesaid, there will, on the
First Day of January next, remain unpaid of the Cloaths
One Third Part of the whole Sum, which was to have
been defalked from the Soldiers in Twelve Months, had
they stood so long; but, being continued only Eight
Months, there will be unsatisfied the Sum of Thirty-three
thousand Pounds; which the Officers do affirm to this
Committee, they stand engaged for.
Resolved, That this House will, on Monday next, resolve into a Committee of the whole House: And that the
Report, now made, be referred to the Consideration of
the said Committee: And they are to consider of a Way
for Raising of Money for disbanding the Army.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Timothy Baldwyn
and Sir Andrew Hacket;
King appoints to be attended.
Mr. Speaker, We are commanded to acquaint you,
That his Majesty has appointed both Houses to attend
him at Three of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Banqueting-house, concerning the last Address.
Danger in case of a Popish Successor.
Resolved, That this House will, on Wednesday Morning next, resolve into a Committee of the whole House,
to consider how to preserve the Protestant Religion,
and Peace of the Kingdom, in case a Prince of another
Religion should succeed.
And the House adjourned till Monday Morning,
Eight a Clock.