Jovis, 9 die Decembris, 1680.
ORDERED, That a Committee be appointed to
inspect the Law made for the Erecting and Establishing a Post Office; and to bring in a Bill or Bills for regulating the Post Office.
And it is referred to Mr. Colt, Sir Samuel Bernardiston,
Sir Francis Russell, Mr. Slater, Sir Philip Skippon, Mr.
Bremen, Mr. Evelin, Sir George Downing, Sir Henry
Thompson, Mr. Foley, Sir John. Hartop, Sir William
Bastard, Mr. Hamden, Mr. Duboys, Mr. Love, Mr. Papillon, Mr. Conningsby, Mr. Burdett, Colonel Whitley,
Mr. Grey, Sir Trevor Williams, Sir Henry Calverly, Mr.
Pollixfen, Mr. Pierpoint, Sir John Knight, Mr. White,
and all the Members of the House that are Merchants;
or any Five of them: And they are to meet at Three of
the Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And
are impowered to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. John Grey and Mr. Nicolas Herne,
Members of this House, have Leave to go into the
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to prepare
and bring in a Bill for regulating the Coinage; and for
Continuance of the Law made concerning Coinage.
And it is referred to Sir George Downing, Mr. Powle,
Sir Robert Clayton, Mr. Papillon, Mr. Evelin, Sir Thomas
Player, Colonel Birch, Mr. Colt, Mr. Duboys, Sir Samuel
Bernardiston, Sir Trevor Williams, Sir Roger Hill, Mr.
Onslow, Sir William Yorke, Sir Richard Temple, Sir Henry
Thompson, Mr. Hamden, Colonel Titus, Mr. Foley, Mr.
Pilkington, Sir Robert Carr, Mr. Love, Sir John Moreton, Sir John Newton, Mr. Buscawen, Mr. Harbord; or
any Five of them: And they are to meet at Three of the
Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And
are impowered to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Woolrich, a Member of this House,
have Leave to repair into the Country.
Sir Robert Corbett reports from the Committee of
Elections and Privileges, to whom the Matter of the
Election for the Borough of Rygate in the County of Surrey was committed; That the Committee having taken
the same into their Consideration, had agreed upon the
following Resolves: Which he read in his Place; and
afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table:
Where the same being read, are as followeth; viz.
Resolved, That Ralph Freeman Esquire is not duly
elected a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament, for
the Borough of Ryegate in the County of Surrey.
Resolved, That Deane Goodwin Esquire is duly elected
a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament, for the
Borough of Ryegate in the County of Surrey.
The First of the said Resolves being read a Second
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, That Ralph Freeman Esquire is not duly elected
a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament, for the Borough of Ryegate in the County of Surrey.
The Second of the said Resolves being read a Second
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, That Deane Goodwin Esquire is duly elected a
Burgess to serve in this present Parliament, for the
Borough of Ryegate in the County of Surrey.
Leave of Absence.
A Motion being made to the House, That Sir William
Spring, a Member of this House, have Leave to go into
And the Question being put, That he have such
The House divide.
The Yeas go forth.
||Sir Samuel Bernardiston,
||for the Yeas,
||Sir John Moreton,
||for the Noes,
And so it was resolved in the Affirmative.
A Bill for exporting Leather was read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir George
Downing, Mr. Pierpoint, Sir John Knight, Mr. Love, Sir
Trevor Williams, Mr. Barker, Mr. Cotton, Sir Thomas
Clarges, Colonel Birch, Sir Vere Fane, Sir William Franklin, Sir John Moreton, Mr. Conningsby, Mr. Slater, Sir
Roger Hill, Sir Henry Foord, Sir Samuel Bernardiston,
Sir Richard Temple, Mr. Duboys, Mr. Papillon, Sir
Henry Thompson, Sir Robert Clayton, Mr. White, Sir John
Guyes, Sir Wm. Estcourt, Sir Henry Calverly, Sir John
Trevor, Sir Robert Markham, Sir Thomas Thynn, Mr.
Hales: And they are to meet at Three of the Clock this
Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Eye Return amended.
The Clerk of the Crown being called in; amended the
Return for the Borough of Eye in the County of Suffolk.
by taking off the Indenture, whereby Sir Charles Gaudy,
and Sir Robert Reeves, were returned.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown do attend Tomorrow Morning, to amend the Return for the Borough
of Ryegate in the County of Surrey.
Colonel Birch reports from the Committee appointed
to examine the Matter of the Information given to this
House by Mr. Peter Norris, That the Committee, having
taken the same into their Consideration, had not thought
fit to come to any Resolution therein: But had ordered
him to report the Matter especially to the House: Which
Report he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the
same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same being read,
is as followeth;
That the Committee, in the first place, after Hearing
of the said Norris his Complaint, That several Papers were
taken from him, sent for the said Papers, which were
informed to them, to be in a Chest in the Council Chamber: Which Papers were brought to this Committee, by
an Inventory: Which the said Norris then acknowledged
to be all: And they still remain with this Committee.
In the next place, They proceeded to examine, Upon what
Occasion the said Mr. Norris was sent beyond Sea: Which
not only by the said Papers, but also by a Certificate delivered to the Chairman of this Committee, from the Earl of
Essex; and divers other Informations, as well as the said
Norris his Instructions, given by Doctor Tonge; was, to
fetch over one Dowdall, an Irish Priest, who had been
conversant with the Priests in France and Flanders, who
managed the Plot both in England and Ireland; and,
mixing himself amongst them, was privy to the whole Plot;
which the said Dowdall, by several Letters, had made
known to Doctor Tonge: Which Letters were perused by
the Earl of Essex; and also Satisfaction was given by a
known Merchant in London, That the said Dowdall was
an honest man, of good Understanding, and might be
Then the Committee proceeded to inquire, Who at
any time had Knowledge of the Sending over for the said
Dowdall; and found by an Order of Council, bearing
Date the Eighteenth Day of July One thousand Six
hundred Seventy-nine, That the said Dowdall, by the
Name of Edward Dowdall, was permitted to come from
Dover: and stay for a Month: But in that Order there is
no Mention of Dowdall's being a Priest.
And it likewise appears to this Committee, That not
long after the said Order for his coming over, Dowdall
died, and not without suspicion, that it was a violent
Death: But it doth not appear to this Committee, That
the Death of Dowdall was known in England till after
the Return of Norris, who was sent to fetch the said
Dowdall over; which was about Ten Months after the
Date of the said Order of Council.
Upon which, this Committee proceeded to examine,
How it came to pass, That the said Norris was in such
Danger beyond Sea, and particularly at his coming aboard
the Pacquet Boat at Calais; and likewise his Imprisonment at Dover in the common Prison, and his being
brought from Dover by a Messenger: And they found
the Cause of it to be by a Description given of Peter
Norris to Secretary Jenkins the Twenty-ninth of May
One thousand Six hundred Eighty, in these Words;
"Peter Norris, some calls him Morris, a Scotchman,
handsome, neat Face, sanguine Complexion, short Nose,
bald-pated, white Wig, slender Body, little Stature,
civil and smooth in Discourse, speaking French, aged
Thirty-four Years more or less; Taylor by Trade:" And,
under this Description, written with another Hand and
Ink, these Words, "Went into France on Wednesday was
Three Weeks, to bring with him a Priest."
Thereupon, this Committee proceeded to examine,
Who brought this Description to the said Secretary; and
where and by whom it was drawn, with all the Circumstances that they could find about it: And first they found
That Thomas Sheridan, a Gentleman, who affirmed himself a Protestant, born in Ireland; heretofore employed
in collecting the Revenues there, and lately with the
Duke at his Court at Brussells, and came over with him
in the same Yacht; confessed, upon his Examination,
That he carried the said Description to the said Secretary:
But, it being shewed him, he denied the Writing any
Part of it, save the last Line: But confesseth that it was
written and brought to him by one Anthony Day, Doctor
of Physick to the late Army in Flanders: Whereupon the
said Sheridan was commanded to produce the said Day;
and, with him, to attend.
Doctor Day and Mr. Sheridan both appearing, were
examined severally; and first the said Day, who confessed himself a Papist, and pretended very little Knowledge
of Mr. Sheridan; but that, coming to give him a Visit,
which he had not done of Six Weeks before, Mr. Sheridan began to discourse of News; and particularly of the
Plot: To which the said Doctor replied, That now the
whole Plot would be discovered, and laid open; for he
heard there was one gone beyond Sea to fetch over a
Priest, that knew of the whole Plot; and doth not remember any thing more at that time but common
Discourse: But some few Days after, meeting with
Mr. Sheridan, the said Mr. Sheridan desired him to
describe the Person that was so sent over: The said
Doctor replied, That he knew not the Person that was
gone, nor the Priest he was to fetch; but that John
Butler, Keeper of a Brandy Shop near the French
Ambassador's, upon Discouse, had told him so: To
whom Mr. Sheridan desired him to go, and get the
Description: Which he did accordingly: And the Description being shewed him, confessed he writ it from
his Mouth, save the last Line: But saith, That Person is
now dead, who gave him the said Description; but his
Wife is living.
Mr. Sheridan, being then called in, and examined, said,
He had no great Acquaintance with the said Doctor; and
seldom saw him but upon a Visit, which haply might be
once a Week, or the like: Confesseth, that the said Doctor
told him, as News, The Plot would now be laid open; for
there was one sent over into France to fetch a Priest that
knew of the whole Plot: And further said, That he that
went over, knew also as much of the Plot as any Man in
England: Whereupon the said Sheridan confessed, That
he went shortly after, but remembers not how long, to
Secretary Jenkins; and told him, That there was one gone
over into France that knew as much of the Plot as any
Man: And that he went over to fetch a Priest, that also
knew the whole Plot; which he, the said Sherridan, supposed, was to be a Witness: Upon which the said Secretary commanded him the said Sherridan to give him a
Description of the Person so sent over; but remembers
no other Discourse at that time: But that some short time
after (but remembers not how long) he met with Mr. Day;
who gave him the Description, in the Presence of Mr.
John Wilson, of the Middle Temple: Which he shortly
after delivered to Mr. Secretary; and used, as he remembers, only these Words, "Sir, Here is the Description
of the Person I mentioned to you."
After this Description so delivered to the Secretary, a
Letter was written by Mr. Cooke; which Mr. Secretary
declared at the Committee, he would take upon himself,
in these Words following;
Sir, Whitehall, May 31th, 1680.
THE Right honourable Sir Leoline Jenkins, One of
his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, being
hastily called this Day to wait upon his Majesty at Windsor,
hath commanded me to send you the inclosed Description
of a Person, who, if he shall happen to come from France,
and land at your Port, Mr. Secretary saith, you will do
the King and Kingdom a great Service, if you will keep
a strict Eye upon him, and the Company that shall arrive
with him, till they be all brought before Mr. Mayor, or
other Chief Magistrate of your Town, whom Mr. Secretary desires to offer the said Persons the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy; and, in case of their or any of
their Refusal of the same, to secure them, and deal with
them according to Law; giving Mr. Secretary an Account, with what Speed may be, of all the Proceedings
in this Affair: If such a Person, as is here described,
should come, and make no Bones of taking the aforesaid
Oaths; yet, in case Mr. Mayor, or other Chief Magistrate, before whom they are brought, shall have reasonable Ground to suspect, that he is the Man so described;
and that he hath One or more in his Company, who may
be reasonably suspected to be Priests; some handsome
Course is to be taken to detain them, till Mr. Secretary can
be acquainted with what is done, and send such further
Directions as shall be thought necessary. Mr. Mayor's
Authority, with your Prudence and Zeal in this Matter,
will, I hope, produce a good Effect upon this Command.
I am, Sir,
Your very humble Servant,
Pray favour me with a Line, that this comes safe to
Vera Copia. John Pepper.
Upon which, Norris was committed to the common
Prison, as is mentioned in his Complaint.
All which being of more than an ordinary Nature, this
Committee thought not fit to give any Opinion; but
humbly referred it to the Wisdom of this House.
Ordered, That Mr. Sherridan and Mr. Day be forthwith brought, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, to
the Bar of this House.
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed, forthwith
to search the Papers of the said Mr. Sherridan and Mr.
Day; and to report the same to the House.
And it is referred to Sir John Moreton, Mr. Colt,
Colonel Birch, Sir John Coventry, Lord Brandon, Mr.
Harbord, Mr. Bremen, Sir William Roberts, Sir William
Waller, Mr. Vernon; or any Three of them.
A Motion being made to the House, That the Matter
touching the Election for the City of Gloucester, be appointed to be heard before the Committee of Elections
and Privileges, on the Third Day of January next;
Ordered, That the Consideration of this Motion be referred to the Committee of Elections and Privileges.
Ordered, That the Matter of the Complaint made against
Mr. Tyler be referred to the Committee of Privileges; to
examine the same: And they are to proceed therein in
the first Place; and make Report thereof to the House.
Ordered, That all Committees that are discontinued,
be revived; and do sit this Afternoon in the respective
Places formerly appointed.
Tryal of Peers.
Ordered, That the Lord Russell, Lord Brandon, Mr.
Montague, Lord Dursley, be added to the Committee to
whom the Bill for the better Regulating the Tryal of the
Peers of England, is committed: And all that come are
to have Voices at the said Committee.
Papers to be searched for.
Sir William Roberts acquaints the House, from the
Committee appointed to search Mr. Sherridon's Papers,
That the Committee had seized several of his Papers:
Which were delivered in to the House.
Mr. Sherridon being called in, was examined in the
Matter touching the Report this Day made of Mr.
And being withdrawn;
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House do, in the Presence of the Committee last-mentioned, search Mr. Sherridon, for such Papers as he hath about
him: And that such Papers be produced to the House.
Ordered, That the House of Mr. Burnetti, in Yorke
Buildings, where the said Mr. Sherridon lately lodged,
be immediately searched by the same Committee: And
if they shall find any suspicious Papers, that they bring
them to the House: And that Mr. Lucy, Sir Robert
Clayton, Mr. Arnold, Lord Annesly, and Lord Dursley,
be added to the said Committee.
Ordered, That the said Mr. Brunetti do attend this
House To-morrow Morning at Ten of the Clock.
Ordered, That the Papers of Mr. Sherridon, now delivered into the House, be perused by Mr. Papillon, Mr.
Duboys, Sir Rowland Guynn, Mr. Upton, Sir Fran.
Winnington, Sir Thomas Player, Mr. Foley, or any Three
of them: And that the same be committed to the Charge
of Mr. Papillon for the Service of the House: And the
said Committee are to make Report thereof to the House,
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to search
the House where Mr. Day formerly lodged in Princess
Street: And that they bring with them all such suspicious
Papers as they shall there find.
And it is referred to Mr. Colt, Sir Thomas Meres, Mr.
Palmes, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Vernon, Sir John Holman,
Mr. Onslow, Sir Gilbert Gerald; or any Three of them.
Mr. Day being called in, was examined in the said
Mr. Lucy acquaints the House from the Committee
appointed to search Mr. Brunetti's House, That they
had accordingly searched the same; but did not find any
Papers therein that gave Suspicion.
Ordered, That the further Consideration of the whole
Matter be adjourned to Ten of the Clock To-morrow
Ordered, That Mr. Sherridon and Mr. Day do severally
continue in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms during the
Pleasure of this House: And that no Person be admitted
to come to them, but such as shall have Occasion to
bring them Necessaries.
And then the House adjourned to Eight of the
Clock To-morrow Morning.