Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Veneris, 10 die Januarii, 13° Car. Regis.
A BILL, in the Nature of an additional Act, concerning Matters of Assurance, was this Day read the First time.
Resolved, That this Bill be read again, the Second time, on Tuesday next.
A Bill, sent from the Lords, for settling certain drained Grounds, lying within the Level of Hatfield Chace, and Parts adjacent, within the Counties of Yorke, Lincolne, and Nottingham, was this Day read the Second time.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Bill be committed to the same Committee to whom the Bill for Lindsey Level is committed: And all the Members of this House, who shall come to the said Committee, are to have Votes thereat; except such as are Owners, Undertakers, or Adventurers, or otherwise concerned in Point of Interest, in this Level: And the Petitions, of the Freeholders, Tenants, and Commoners, within the Manor of Epworth; and of Henry Portington; and of the West Riding in the County of Yorke; are referred to the same Committee: Who are to receive, and take into Consideration, their Petitions, and the Petitions, Claims, and Interests of any other Persons concerned in this Level: And they are to call before them all Persons concerned; and to give them convenient Time to come in: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Resolved, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House do search for, and take into Custody, the Persons that gave in Papers of the Names of Members of this House, to be of the Committee for the Bill of the Level called Hatfeild Chase; and do bring them in Custody; to answer their Misdemeanor, and Breach of Privilege, in giving in the said Papers.
Mr. Waller reported, That the Committee of Twentyfour, appointed by this House, had met with the Committee of Twelve, appointed by the House of Lords, at the Time and Place appointed; and that the Members of this House, when they met with those appointed by the Lords, sat down with them, and put on their Hats, without any Exception taken by the Lords: That though the Order of this House was as full as That of the Lords; yet the Committee thought fit, that the Remedies should proceed from the House itself, when it was full: That the Lord Chancellor made an additional Report of the traiterous Design set on foot at several Times; and acquainted them with the Names of such as engaged; and of the further Discovery that was made; and how it was discovered: That he named Mr. Moyer, John Lenthall, Major Haynes, Mr. Nevill, Packer, and Salmon: That Wildman, and Salmon differed upon their Examinations; Wildman saying, He had not seen Salmon in Twelve Months before; and Salmon saying, He had been with Wildman the Day before: That Salmon confessed, He had desired a Pass from Wildman; and Wildman said, He knew nothing of it: That there was found with Salmon a List of One hundred and Sixty Officers of the late Army: That it was further discovered, That there should have been a Meeting in London, about the Tenth or Eleventh of December; and that they intended, about the End of January or February, to have made sure of Shrewsbury, Coventry, and Bristol; and that they should rise in several Parts at once; that if they did but disturb our Peace they should lessen our Reputation abroad, by discovering we were at Variance among ourselves; that, where they were prevalent, they should begin with Assassination; which moved one of them to relent; that some of the late King's Murderers were entertained in France, Holland, and Germany, and held constant Correspondence with these, and were fomented by some foreign Princes; that many Arms were bought, in order to this Design; and that they bragged that if they once got footing, they should not want Means to carry on the Work: That they were discovered by one of the One-and-twenty; and his Relation confirmed by such Intelligence from abroad, as never failed: That by a Letter from Mr. Walden, at Huntingdon, it was informed, that many there met under the Name of Quakers, that were not so; and rid in Multitudes, by Night, to the Terror of his Majesty's good Subjects: That there was there a dangerous Inn, and a seditious Preacher, who uttered the same thing there as was here at London by Seaman, who used the late King so barbarously at the Isle of Wight: That the Name of the Discoverer was concealed; because some in this Design were not taken; but would shortly be made appear in Westminster Hall: That it may be wondered, that some Proposals were not made to remedy this impendent Evil: But the King had advised with the Duke of Albemarle (who was present at this Committee), and had put Two Troops into Shrewsbury, and as many into Coventry (who by the Way, had broken a great Knot of Thieves, and taken Twenty): That a Rumour was spread, that the Appointing of this Committee was only a Plot to govern by an Army; and that the Committee was made in order to it: But the Committee was very sensible of the real Danger; and hoped this House would be so too; and that, since all our Adversaries were united to destroy us, so we should unite to preserve ourselves.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed by this House, to join with the Committee named by the Lords, be dissolved.
Ordered, That the Debate upon the Report of Mr. Waller be resumed To-morrow, when the House is full.
Lambert and Vane.
Ordered, That such of the Members of this House as are of his Majesty's Privy Council, do wait upon his Majesty, to put his Majesty in mind of the former Order of this House; whereby his Majesty was humbly desired to send for Lambert and Vane, in order to their Trial; and Waller, and the other Persons attainted of High Treason, to attend this House, when they shall be called; and to beseech his Majesty to take an Account of what hath been done in Execution of his Majesty's Commands therein.
Execution of Regicides.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Bill for Execution of certain Persons attainted of High Treason is committed, be revived; and do meet on Tuesday next, in the Afternoon, at Two of the Clock; and all the Members of this House, who shall come to the said Committee, are to have Votes thereat: And the Committee are desired to hasten their Report: And the Persons hereunder named are particularly added to the said Committee; Sir Thomas Leigh, Sir John Duncombe, Sir Thomas Allen, Mr. Henry Coventry, Mr. William Coventry, Colonel Legg, Mr. John Ashburnham, Sir William Lowther, Sir Charles Hussey, Mr. Whorwood, Sir Clement Throgmorton, Sir John Brampston, Serjeant Keeling, Sir Matthew Appleyard, Mr. Milward, Lord Ancram, Sir Thomas Strickland, Colonel Fretchvile, Sir Richard Temple, Mr. Scudamore, Mr. Ellyott, Colonel Strangwayes: And the said Committee is to meddle with no Petitions for the Traitors, but such as were at first referred, or shall be recommended by the House: And the said Committee is authorized to examine all such Persons as they shall think fit, in order to the Discovery of such Persons that were upon the Scaffold in Vizards, when the late King was traiterously murdered, and put to Death.
Committee of Privileges.
Ordered, That Mr. Andrew Newport, Serjeant Rainsford, and Mr. William Russell, be added to the Committee of Privileges and Elections.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning at Eight of the Clock.