DIE Sabbati, 28 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Connaught.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker this Day.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Message to the H. C. that the Lords agree to referring the Manner of the Treaty to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Mr. Serjeant Fynch:
To let them know, that, because there hath been
much Time spent already in considering to what Committee it should be referred to consider of the Instructions, and the Manner of the Treaty; and it being
a Business of Peace or War, their Lordships are willing
to give Way for this present, and for this particular
Business, that it be referred to the Committee of both
Kingdoms; and that they meet with all convenient
Speed, and give an Account thereof to the Houses (fn. *) ,
so soon as possible may be.
Author of the Libel against the Peers, to be enquired after.
Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher attending this
House shall repair to the Lord Mayor of London, and the
Master and Wardens of the Stationers Company, to let
them know, "That this House expects a speedy Account of them, what they have done in finding out
the Author, Printer, or Publisher, of the scandalous
Woodward and Milton complained of, for printing Libels.
The Wardens of the Stationers Company gave the
House an Account, "That they have used their best
Endeavours to find out the Printer and Author of the
scandalous Libel; but they cannot yet make any Discovery thereof, the Letter being so common a Letter;
and further complained of the frequent Printing of
scandalous Books by divers, as Hezechia Woodward
and Jo. Milton."
Hereupon it is Ordered, That it be referred to Mr.
Justice Reeves and Mr. Justice Bacon, to examine the said
Woodward and Milton, and such others as the Master and
Wardens of the Stationers Company shall (fn. †) give Information of, concerning the printing and publishing
their Books and Pamphlets; and to examine also what
they know concerning the Libel, who was the Author,
Printer, and Contriver of it: And the Gentleman Usher
shall attach the Parties, and bring them before the
Judges; and the Stationers are to be present at their
Examinations, and give Evidence against them.
Directory for Public Worship.
Ordered, That this House will take the Directory
into further Consideration on Tuesday Morning next.
Sir J. Hotham's Petition for Mercy.
A Petition of Sir John Hotham Knight and Baronet,
was read; shewing, "That this Honourable House's
Clemency already experienced emboldeneth the Petitioner to present to their Consideration the sad Condition of a dejected Family, himself and his Son being
under the heavy Sentence of Death; and so much
the sadder, as that they once enjoyed a plentiful
Measure of their Favour, from which by too many of
their own Defects they are now unfortunately fallen.
"The Weight of their Lordships just Displeasure,
under which he now lies, cuts off from him all Hopes
and Claim of former Merit, further than what their
own free Goodness shall intitle him to.
"He therefore humbly casts himself at their Lordships Feet, in full Submission to their just
Authority, desiring that in Judgement you
will remember Mercy; and if such ample
Measure of their Favour as the Petitioner's
natural Affection, equally propense to himself
and his own Bowels, might desire, may not
in Justice be afforded to both; yet that this
whole Family, that was the First that drew
their Swords in this Cause, may not be cut
off Root and Branch; but that a Remnant
(according as to their just Wisdoms shall seem
most meet) may be left, as a Monument of
this House's Clemency to all Posterity. And
the Petitioner, which Way soever their Lordships Favour in Wisdom shall incline, shall
rest fully satisfied, and shall in Life or Death
acknowledge himself ever bound to pray,
To be recommended to the H. C.
And the House taking this Petition into Consideration,
and weighing the former Merits and good Service of Sir
John Hotham; it was Resolved, upon the Question, That
this Petition shall be sent down to the House of Commons, and they desired to concur with this House, that
Sir John Hotham's Life may be spared.
And accordingly the Petition was sent down, by Sir
Edward Leech and Dr. Aylett, with the Desire abovesaid.
Ordinance for excluding Members from holding Offices.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for excluding the
Members of either Houses to have Places and Command,
in Civil and Military Affairs, shall be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning, at Ten a Clock.
House adjourned till 9a, Monday next.