House of Commons Journal Volume 9: 18 November 1680

Pages 655-656

Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Jovis, 18 die Novembris, 1680.


Popish Plot.

SIR Francis Winnington's Report, consisting of several Abstracts taken out of the Journals of this House, and of the Lords House, of the Proceedings of the Two last Parliaments, relating to the Popish Plot, and Impeachments of the Lords in the Tower, was read.

Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire their Lordships to communicate to this House all such Papers, Writings, and Evidences, relating to the Popish Plot, as have been received from the Clerks of the Privy Council; as also all such Examinations and Informations touching the said Plot, as have been taken by their Lordships, or their Secret, or any other Committee, in this or the Two last Parliaments: And that Mr. Treby do go up with the Message to the Lords.

Southampton Writ.

The Lord Russell, being elected and returned to serve both for the Counties of Bedford and Southampton, declared his Choice to serve for the County of Bedford.

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue out his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ for the Electing of a Knight to serve in this present Parliament for the County of Southampton.


Ordered, That Edward Brett, of Dinsdale near Newcastle, in the County of Stafford, be sent for in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, to answer, at the Bar, for a notorious Breach of Privilege, by him committed against this House.

Popish Plot.

Mr. Lewis, being called in, gave in an Information, at the Bar, relating to the Popish Plot, in Writing.

Ordered, That an humble Address be made to his Majesty, by such Members of this House as are of his Majesty's most honourable Privy Council, to desire his Majesty to grant to Mr. Lewis a full and general Pardon; and to take him into his Royal Protection and Care; and to grant him some Allowance: And that, in the several Pardons already granted, upon the Addresses of this House, to such Persons as have given Evidence to this House relating to the Popish Plot, his Majesty's Grace and Pardon may be extended to all Crimes and Misdemeanors whatsoever by them committed; and that to this time.

Ordered, That Mr. Lewis have the Leave of the House to print his Information, this Day given in at the Bar of the House.


Mr. Treby acquaints the House, that he had attended the Lords with the Message of this House: And that their Lordships had returned this Answer; That they will cause to be delivered to this House the several Papers, Writings, Evidences, Examinations, and Informations, desired by this House.

Privilege- libellous Words.

The House being informed, that a Peer of the Realm did, in the Presence of some of the Members of this House, drink to the Confusion of all such Persons as voted for the Bill against the Duke of Yorke; and that one Mr. Offley was at the Door, ready to make out the same;

And the said Mr. Offley being called in; who acquainted the House, That one John Greenway, a Drawer at the Devil Tavern, had informed him thereof;

Ordered, That the said John Greenway do attend at the Bar of this House, To-morrow Morning at Ten of the Clock; to give an Account concerning the same: And that Mr. Offley do attend at the same time.

Popish Plot.

Mr. John Zeile being called in, and desiring Time to put his Information in Writing;

Ordered, That Mr. Zeile do attend this House To-morrow Morning at Ten of the Clock, with his Information in Writing.

Privilege- Petition from a person in custody.

A Petition of Mr. Lee, Mr. Symonds, Mr. Everingham, Mr. James, and Mr. Braddyll, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, being read;

Ordered, That all the said Persons be called in; and do receive the Censure of the House, at the Bar, upon their Knees, from Mr. Speaker; and be then discharged, paying their Fees.

Which was accordingly done.

Committee to search Papers.

Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to search into and examine the Papers of Mr. Gilbert Crouch of Staple Inn; and to report the same to this House.

And it is referred to Sir John Stonehouse, Sir Robert Clayton, Sir Gilbert Gerald, Sir Thomas Meres, Sir John Wynne, and all the Members of this House that are Justices of the Peace for the City of London, and Counties of Middlesex, Berks, and Oxon.

A person to attend.

Ordered, That Mr. Crouch and his Son have Notice to attend at the Bar of this House To-morrow Morning at Ten of the Clock.


Ordered, That all Committees that are discontinued, be revived; and do sit To-morrow Morning at Ten of the Clock.

And then the House adjourned to Eight of the Clock To-morrow Morning.