Jovis, 18 die Novembris, 1680.
SIR Francis Winnington's Report, consisting of several
Abstracts taken out of the Journals of this House,
and of the Lords House, of the Proceedings of the Two
last Parliaments, relating to the Popish Plot, and Impeachments of the Lords in the Tower, was read.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire their Lordships to communicate to this House all
such Papers, Writings, and Evidences, relating to the
Popish Plot, as have been received from the Clerks of
the Privy Council; as also all such Examinations and
Informations touching the said Plot, as have been taken
by their Lordships, or their Secret, or any other Committee, in this or the Two last Parliaments: And that
Mr. Treby do go up with the Message to the Lords.
The Lord Russell, being elected and returned to serve
both for the Counties of Bedford and Southampton, declared his Choice to serve for the County of Bedford.
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 Knight to serve in this present Parliament for the County of Southampton.
Ordered, That Edward Brett, of Dinsdale near Newcastle, in the County of Stafford, be sent for in Custody
of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, to answer,
at the Bar, for a notorious Breach of Privilege, by him
committed against this House.
Mr. Lewis, being called in, gave in an Information, at
the Bar, relating to the Popish Plot, in Writing.
Ordered, That an humble Address be made to his Majesty, by such Members of this House as are of his Majesty's most honourable Privy Council, to desire his Majesty to grant to Mr. Lewis a full and general Pardon;
and to take him into his Royal Protection and Care; and
to grant him some Allowance: And that, in the several
Pardons already granted, upon the Addresses of this House,
to such Persons as have given Evidence to this House relating to the Popish Plot, his Majesty's Grace and Pardon
may be extended to all Crimes and Misdemeanors whatsoever by them committed; and that to this time.
Ordered, That Mr. Lewis have the Leave of the House
to print his Information, this Day given in at the Bar of
Mr. Treby acquaints the House, that he had attended
the Lords with the Message of this House: And that
their Lordships had returned this Answer; That they
will cause to be delivered to this House the several
Papers, Writings, Evidences, Examinations, and Informations, desired by this House.
Privilege- libellous Words.
The House being informed, that a Peer of the Realm
did, in the Presence of some of the Members of this
House, drink to the Confusion of all such Persons as
voted for the Bill against the Duke of Yorke; and that
one Mr. Offley was at the Door, ready to make out the
And the said Mr. Offley being called in; who acquainted
the House, That one John Greenway, a Drawer at the
Devil Tavern, had informed him thereof;
Ordered, That the said John Greenway do attend at the
Bar of this House, To-morrow Morning at Ten of the
Clock; to give an Account concerning the same: And
that Mr. Offley do attend at the same time.
Mr. John Zeile being called in, and desiring Time to
put his Information in Writing;
Ordered, That Mr. Zeile do attend this House To-morrow Morning at Ten of the Clock, with his Information in Writing.
Privilege- Petition from a person in custody.
A Petition of Mr. Lee, Mr. Symonds, Mr. Everingham,
Mr. James, and Mr. Braddyll, in Custody of the Serjeant
at Arms attending this House, being read;
Ordered, That all the said Persons be called in; and
do receive the Censure of the House, at the Bar, upon
their Knees, from Mr. Speaker; and be then discharged,
paying their Fees.
Which was accordingly done.
Committee to search Papers.
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to search
into and examine the Papers of Mr. Gilbert Crouch of
Staple Inn; and to report the same to this House.
And it is referred to Sir John Stonehouse, Sir Robert
Clayton, Sir Gilbert Gerald, Sir Thomas Meres, Sir John
Wynne, and all the Members of this House that are
Justices of the Peace for the City of London, and Counties
of Middlesex, Berks, and Oxon.
A person to attend.
Ordered, That Mr. Crouch and his Son have Notice
to attend at the Bar of this House To-morrow Morning
at Ten of the Clock.
Ordered, That all Committees that are discontinued,
be revived; and do sit To-morrow Morning at Ten of
And then the House adjourned to Eight of the
Clock To-morrow Morning.