Mercurii, 18 die Novembris, 1685.
THE House being informed, That Sir John Guise,
Baronet desired to withdraw his Petition he had
formerly presented to the House, complaining of an undue
Election of a Knight to serve in this present Parliament
for the County of Gloucester;
And he being called in to the Bar of the House, and
owning such his Desire;
Leave was given for him to withdraw his said Petition.
A Petition of Ralph Leicester Esquire, for Leave to
bring in a Bill to enable him to sell Part of his Estate for
Payment of his Debts, and Raising of Portions, was read.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, as is
Answer to Address.
Mr. Speaker acquaints the House, That the House
having Yesterday attended his Majesty; and he having
read and presented to his Majesty the Address of this
House; his Majesty was pleased to give his gracious
Answer thereto: Which, to prevent Mistakes, he had
obtained a Copy of: Which he read to the House; and
is as followeth; viz.
I did not expect such an Address from this House of
Commons; having so lately recommended to your Consideration the great Advantages a good Understanding
between us had produced in a very short time, and given
you Warning of Fears and Jealousies amongst ourselves:
I had Reason to hope, that the Reputation God hath
blessed Me with in the World, would have created and
confirmed a greater Confidence in you of Me, and of all
I say to you; . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and be very just to
My Word in every one of My Speeches.
The House then, according to the Order made on
Monday last, resolved into a Committee of the whole
House, to consider of Heads for a Bill to render the
Militia more useful.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir Thomas Meres took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Thomas Meres reports from the Committee of the
whole House, That they having taken into Consideration the Matters to them referred, they had made some
Progress therein: But that they had directed him to move
the House, That the House would resolve itself into a
Committee of the whole House, on Saturday Morning
next, at Ten of the Clock, to consider further of the Heads
for a Bill to render the Militia more useful.
Resolved, That this House will, on Saturday Morning
next, at Ten of the Clock, resolve itself into a Committee
of the whole House, to proceed further in the Consideration of Heads for a Bill to render the Militia more
A Member committed for offensive Words.
A Motion being made, That this House do take into
their Consideration his Majesty's gracious Answer to the
Address of this House;
And John Cooke Esquire, a Member of this House,
thereupon standing up in his Place; and saying the Words
following; which were directed by the House to be set
down in Writing at the Table; viz.
"We are Englishmen; and we ought not to be
frighted out of our Duty by a few high Words;"
And the said Mr. Cooke endeavouring to excuse himself; and being afterwards ordered to withdraw;
And a Debate arising in the House thereupon;
Resolved, That Mr. John Cooke, a Member of this
House, for his indecent, and undutiful Reflecting on the
King, and this House, be committed to the Tower.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to
the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, to take into
his Custody the Body of the said Mr. John Cooke; and
him to deliver into the Hands of the Lieutenant of his
Majesty's Tower of London, to be there kept in safe
Custody, during the Pleasure of this House.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning at Ten of the Clock.