DIE Sabbati, videlicet, 24 Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Marshall.
Lords present this Day:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker this Day.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Husbands to be attached, for printing a Declaration contrary to an Order of this House.
Upon reading the Petition of John Wright, Printer to
this House: It is Ordered, That Edward Husbands, the
Printer that printed the Declaration contrary to the Order
of this House, shall be taken into Custody again by the
Gentleman Usher attending this House, and brought
before this House on Tuesday Morning next, to hear
what he can say concerning this Business.
Ordinance for the free Importation of Bullion.
The Lord Admiral reported from the Committee,
That they have considered of the Ordinance concerning the free Importation of Bullion, and the Committee have heard Merchants on both Sides; and,
upon Debate, the Committee thinks it fit to make
some Alterations therein:" Which being read, this
House approved of them; and Ordered to be sent
down to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence therein.
Ld. Howard's Petition.
The Earl of Northumb. reported, "That whereas the
Petition of the Lord Howard's was referred, from
both Houses, to the Committee of Sequestration, the
said Committee have taken the same into Consideration, and have drawn up their Results into an Ordinance, which is offered to the Consideration of this
House:" Whereupon the House commanded it
should be read; which was read Thrice, and approved
of by this House, and Ordered to be sent down to
the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence
Sent to the H. C. with the Ordinance for Importation of Bullion.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Whitfeild and Mr. Page:
To deliver unto them the Ordinance for Bullion, and
the Ordinance concerning the Lord Howard, wherein
this House desires their speedy Concurrence.
Sir Henry Cholmeley to have a Subsistence.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament, That it be recommended to the Committee of
Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, to consider
Sir Henry Chomeley's Condition, and to order and appoint some Way for his present Subsistence, being
plundered of his whole Estate, and for that the Profits of the sequestrable Estate of the Provost of Eaton
Colledge formerly granted unto him are since granted
and assigned unto Mr. Rous (a Member of the House
of Commons), who is constituted Provost by Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament.
Report concerning the Oath of Secrecy to be taken by the Committees of both Kingdoms.
The Earl of Lyncolne reported to this House, "That
the Committee have considered of the Oath to be
taken by the Committees of both Kingdoms; and
their Opinions are, That this Oath is inconvenient,
and inconsistent with the Privileges of this House,
and not fit to pass; and that for some Reasons which
the Committee offers to the Consideration of this
The Reasons were commanded to be Read Twice, as
1. The Members of both Houses named for the
Committee are of such unquestionable Integrity, as
there can be no Doubt of their Discharge of the Duty
intrusted by them by the Ordinance, without any Oath
to bind them to a Secrecy therein.
2. That the Members of both Houses have an
equal Liberty to offer their Reasons in all Debates at
their Committees, though the Vote be only theirs that
are appointed thereto.
3. This Oath doth deprive the House of Peers of
Power to call for an Account of their own Members
in the Service intrusted with them by the Ordinance,
without the Consent of the House of Commons.
4. That this Oath is inconsistent with the Privilege of Parliament, debarring the Members of both
Houses from coming to the Knowledge of those
Things that concern the Safety of the Kingdom, and
more especially to be insisted on in these Times,
when the Counsel and Advice of the Parliament is
so necessary upon all Occurrents, to prevent the Mischief that threatens us on all Sides, every particular
Man's Fortune being now all at Stake; and therefore no Reason the Peers, who are in so high a Manner engaged and concerned both for themselves and
Posterity, should preclude themselves from all Knowledge of the Condition of the Affairs of the Kingdom,
but must be implicitly led by the Conduct of a few
chosen for this Service.
5. That it is derogatory to the Honour of Parliament, being never used before, and of ill Consequence
to future Times, when the Parliament, the great
Council of the Kingdom, chosen and intrusted to debate de arduis Regni, and carries with it the Dignity
of being composed of Persons qualified for that Purpose with Secrecy and Fidelity; that now, in Distrust
of that Body as unfit for the Work to which it is
called, some very few must be chosen, to be engaged
and bound up by an Oath of Secrecy thereunto."
And the Question being put,
The Oath rejected.
Whether this Oath brought up from the House
of Commons shall pass?
It was Resolved Negatively.
E. of Monmouth will take the Covenant.
The Lord General acquainted this House, "That
the Earl of Monmouth is desirous to take the Covenant;" Hereupon this House desired the Lord General (in regard he is at his own House in the Country)
that he would give him his Pass, to come to London, to
House adjourned till 9a, Monday next.