Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Martis, 4 die Januarii, 1680.
Steyning Return amended.
THE Clerk of the Crown, being called in, amended the Return for the Borough of Steyning in the County of Sussex, by taking off the Indenture, wherein John Tufton Esquire was returned; and by rasing out the Name of the said John Tufton, and inserting the Name of Philip Gell Esquire, in the other Indenture.
A Petition of Algernon Sydney Esquire, touching the Election for the Borough of Agmondesham in the County of Bucks, was read.
Ordered, That the Merits of the said Petition be heard at the Bar of this House To-morrow Sevennight.
Message from the King-Exclusion Bill.
Sir William Temple delivered in a Message from his Majesty to this House:
Which being read by Mr. Speaker, is as follows;
HIS Majesty received the Address of this House, with all the Disposition they could wish, to comply with their reasonable Desires: But, upon perusing it, He is sorry to see their Thoughts so wholly fixed upon the Bill of Exclusion, as to determine, that all other Remedies for the Suppressing of Popery will be ineffectual: His Majesty is confirmed in His Opinion against that Bill, by the Judgment of the House of Lords, who rejected it: He therefore thinks there remains nothing more for Him to say, in Answer to the Address of this House, but to recommend to them the Consideration of all other Means for the Preservation of the Protestant Religion; in which they have no Reason to doubt of His Concurrence, whenever they shall be presented to Him in a Parliamentary Way: And that they would consider the present State of the Kingdom, as well as the Condition of Christendom, in such a Manner as may enable him to preserve Tangier, and secure His Alliances Abroad, and the Peace and Settlement at Home.
Plot in Ireland.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Timothy Baldwyn and Sir Miles Cooke;
Mr. Speaker, We are commanded to acquaint this House, That the Lords have passed a Vote; viz.
"Die Martis, 4to Januarii, 1680.
"Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and in Parliament assembled, That they do declare, That they are fully satisfied, that there now is, and, for divers Years last past, there hath been, a horrid and treasonable Plot and Conspiracy, contrived and carried on by those of the Popish Religion in Ireland, for massacring the English, and subverting the Protestant Religion, and the ancient established Government of that Kingdom."
To which their Lordships desire the Concurrence of this House.
Hoghton's Marriage Settlement.
They have further commanded us to acquaint this House, That their Lordships have agreed to the Bill sent from this House, intituled, An Act for the rectifying several Errors and Mistakes in the Marriage Settlement of Sir Charles Hoghton Baronet, without any Amendment.
Call of the House.
The House, according to their Order, proceeded to the Calling over the Members thereof.
Ordered, That Mr. Samuel Starkey, Mr. Nicolas Glinne, Mr. Edward Nosworthy junior, Mr. Samuel Rolls, Sir Nathanael Nappier, Mr. William Glyde, Sir Thomas Hardresse, Mr. Edward Hales, William Lord Paston, Sir Rice Rudd, Sir Robert Henley of Andover, Sir Philip Skippon, Mr. John Hales, Mr. Allan Bellingham, Mr. Serjeant Street, Mr. Paul Barrett, and Mr. Herbert Stapeley, who made Default in attending the Service of this House this Day, be sent for in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House: And that they be not admitted to sit in the House, before they shall have paid their Fees, and have the Leave of this House.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That such Members of this House, who, in this Time of imminent Danger, do absent themselves without the Leave of this House, are to be reputed Deserters of their Trust, and Neglecters of that Duty they owe to this House, and their Country.
Message to be considered.
Resolved, That this House will, on Friday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, take into their Consideration his Majesty's Message, this Day sent to this House.
Plot in Ireland.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to receive Informations touching the Popish Plot in Ireland, do sit at Four of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Ordered, That all Committees that are discontinued, be revived; and do sit this Afternoon, in the Places formerly appointed.
And then the House adjourned to Eight of the Clock To-morrow Morning.