DIE Lunæ, videlicet, 3 die Aprilis.
Earl of Manchester, Speaker this Day.
Mr. Fane, a Pass to France.
Ordered, That Mr. Rob't Fane shall have a Pass,
to go into France, with himself and Two Servants.
Report of the Conference about the Capuchins.
The Speaker made Report of the Conference some
Days since with the House of Commons, concerning
1. An Order of the House of Commons was read
concerning the same, to let their Lordships see, that
what they had now done was upon an Order formerly
made. (Here enter it.)
2. The House of Commons desired their Lordships
Concurrence, for the removing and sending the Capuchins out of the Kingdom, for the Reasons following:
"1. The State shall draw upon themselves the
Guilt of Idolatry, by unnecessary permitting, and voluntary conniving at, the Exercise
of the Mass within this Realm.
"2. It is against the Laws of the Land, and a
great Scandal, to suffer these, especially so
near the Parliament.
"3. The frequent and notorious Resort of great
Multitudes of People to the Masses of these
Capuchins, much complained of by the Petition of the neighbouring Inhabitants.
"4. They are the more dangerous in respect of
the Papists rising at this Time in Arms against
the Parliament; and there is a Letter lately
intercepted, which signifies that the Capuchins will hide themselves, and run away.
"5. The House of Commons, about a Year since,
upon some of these and the like Considerations, voted the sending of them away; whereupon the French Ambassador desired Respite
for Six Weeks, promising to take a Course to
have them removed without Offence. The
Scandal increasing, and the People much unsatisfied, the House of Commons hath entered
into a serious Resolution to execute their former Order.
"As to the Objection of the French Agent, touching the Treaty of Marriage, the Answer is,
That the House of Commons know not of
that Treaty; but that, if it were so as he alledgeth, it is without Consent of Parliament
and the Laws of this Land."
And this House taking this Business into Consideration, (fn. *) it was Resolved, To have a Conference with the
House of Commons; and these Lords were appointed
to draw up Heads for the same, and to vindicate their
Lordships Honour, and satisfy the Kingdom:
Committee to prepare Heads for a further Conference about them.
E. (fn. †)
L. Viscount Say.
Message from the H. C. with some Votes concerning the Treaty with the King.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Evelyn Knight; which was,
1. To desire their Lordships Concurrence in some
Votes following: videlicet,
"That further Time shall be given to the Committee at Oxford, to treat upon the Two First Propositions, videlicet, the First Proposition of His Majesty's, and the First Proposition of both Houses."
"That the Time prescribed for the Treaty upon the
Two First Propositions shall be until Friday next."
"That Friday, in this last Question, shall be taken
Ordered, That these Votes shall be speedily sent
to the Committees at Oxford, in a Letter from the
Speaker of this House, by Sir Peter Killegree.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees with the House of Commons
in these Votes now brought up; and that their Lordships have Ordered them to be sent speedily to the
Committee at Oxford.
House adjourned till 9a cras.