Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Jovis, 16 Aprilis, 1668.
Leave of Absence.
ORDERED, That Mr. Dalston have Leave to go into the Country.
Complaint against Sir P. Pindar.
Ordered, That the Matter concerning Sir Peter Pindar, be referred to the Committee of Grievances: And to take it into Consideration on Wednesday next.
A Bill on the Behalf of Mr. Brome Whorwood, to vacate a Decree for Alimony, was read the Second time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be committed to Sir Bainh. Throckmorton, Mr. King, Mr. Westphaling, Mr. Pepis, Sir Robert Brookes, Sir Richard Oateley, Sir Charles Harbord, Sir Jo. Heath, Sir Solom. Swale, Mr. Morice, Sir Thom. Heblethwaite, Sir Thom. Gower, Mr. Milward, Mr. Vaughan, Sir Jo. Talbott, Sir Wm. Oglander, Major General Langhorn, Sir Edw. Massey, Sir John Moreton, Mr. Mountague, Mr. Piercy Goring, Sir Thom. Bludworth, Sir Robert Long, Sir Phil. Musgrave, Lord Richardson: And all that shall come are to have Voices: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Preserving Timber in Deane Forest.
An ingrossed Bill for the Increase and Preservation of Timber within the Forest of Deane was read.
A Proviso, to exclude Red and Fallow Deer, was tendered; and once read.
The Question being put, That the Proviso be read a Second time;
It passed in the Negative.
Another Proviso, to prevent the Firing of Wood in the Forest, was twice read: But it being found necessary to make some Alterations thereunto, which could not be done at the Table, the Proviso was withdrawn, that the Recommitment of it might not hinder the passing of the Bill: But the Sense of the House was, that a Bill might be brought in next Session, for a general Remedy of Mischiefs of this Kind.
Another Proviso, for enabling his Majesty to make Leases of the Quarries of Coal and Grindstones in the Forest of Deane was thrice read; and, on the Question, agreed to be made Part of the Bill.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill do pass: And the Title shall be, An Act for Increase and Preservation of Timber within the Forest of Deane: And Sir Bainham Throckmorton is to carry up the Bill to the Lords.
Brandy and Strong Waters.
A Petition was tendered, and opened, to the House on the Behalf of some Merchants, touching Brandy and strong Waters; and the Matter debated:
Resolved, &c. That the Matter of the Petition be further debated on Saturday next.
Ordered, That the Bill for the City of London be read on Saturday next.
Charges against Sir W. Penn.
Sir Wm. Penn having tendered and delivered in an Answer in Writing, as to the Matter of Imbezzlement of Prize Goods objected against him in the Narrative of the Commissioners of Accounts;
The Answer of Sir Wm. Penn was read.
A Letter of the Commissioners of Accounts, directed to Mr. Speaker, was read.
Sir Nicholas Carew reports from the Commissioners of Accounts, that they had transmitted the original Depositions and Evidence relating to the Imbezzlement of Prize Goods, having not Time to make Extracts; but had sent a Calendar to direct to such Particulars as did relate to Sir Wm. Penn: Which he delivered in:
And the Evidence concerning Sir Wm. Penn's Imbezzlement of Prize Goods being read;
And Sir Wm. Penn, in his Place, giving Answer in several Particulars which did arise upon debating the Matter in the House;
A Motion being made to call in Sir Joseph Jordan, to testify his Knowledge in this Matter.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Joseph Jordan be called in to the House.
Sir Joseph Jordan was called in, and examined.
And the Matter to Sir Wm. Penn's Imbezzlement of Prize Goods being further debated:
The Question being propounded, That an Impeachment be had against Sir Wm. Penn;
The Question being put, That the Question be now put;
It was resolved in the Affirmative.
The main Question being put, That an Impeachment be had against Sir Wm. Penn;
It was resolved in the Affirmative.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Pryn, Sir Tho. Littleton, Sir Robert Howard, Sir Nicho. Carew, Sir Thom. Meres, Sir Francis Goodrick, Sir Robert Atkins, Mr. Weld, Mr. Scawen, Sir Robert Carr, Sir Job Charlton, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Wright, Col. Birch, Mr. Seymour, Sir Thom. Lee, Mr. Steward, Mr. Milward, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Waller, Mr. Coleman, Sir Jo. Moreton, or any Three of them, to prepare and draw up the Impeachment; and to search into Precedents, in relation to the Suspension of Members from Sitting whilst they are under Impeachment; and report it to the House.
Person to attend.
Ordered, That Sir Roger Cuttance, Sir Thom. Tyddiman, and Mr. Cuttance, who were to attend this Day, do attend the House on Tuesday next.
Ordered, That all Committees that were to sit this Afternoon, be adjourned.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Eight of the Clock.