Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 13, 1675-1681. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 29 die Januarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
King's Answer to the Address.
The Lord Chancellor reported, "That the Lords waited on His Majesty Yesterday, with their Thanks, for marrying His Niece to the Prince of Orange, and for making Alliances for the Preservation of Flanders; which His Majesty took very kindly, and said, He had great Contentment in the Apprehension the House had of what He had done; and did assure them, That He would be careful to do, not only what should be satisfactory to them, but to all His Subjects."
Farrington, a Bankrupt, pretends a Protection.
Upon Complaint made to the House, "That John Farrington, now a Prisoner in The King's Bench Prison, hath often refused to appear, and after Appearance refused to be examined before the Commissioners named in a Commission of Bankrupt, issued forth on the Behalf of the Creditors of Richard Thompson, Edmond Page, John Farrington, and Edward Nelthrop; the said Farrington alledging a Protection signed (Ardglas):" After Consideration had thereof, it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Marshal of The Prison of the King's Bench, or his Deputy, be, and are hereby, required to bring the Body of the said John Farrington before the said Commissioners, to be examined in the Matters relating to the said Richard Thompson, Edmund Page, John Farrington, and Edward Nelthrop, and their Creditors, at such Times and Places as the said Commissioners shall appoint within the Rules of the said Prison of The King's Bench, notwithstanding any such Protection as aforesaid alledged by the said John Farrington to the contrary.
Ld. Cromwell to attend.
ORDERED, That the Lord Cromwell, a Peer of this Realm, be, and is hereby appointed forthwith to attend this House, as a Member thereof.
Protections how far to be granted.
ORDERED, That it be, and is hereby, referred to the Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Privileges of the Peers of this Realm and Lords of Parliament, &c. to prepare an Order, or Declaration, to be presented to this House, for preventing the ill Consequences of granting of Protections, and setting forth how far the Privilege of Parliament is to be allowed, to the End the same may be printed and published, and make Report thereof unto this House.
A Petition was presented to the House, from the Earl of Pembrook; which was read, as follows:
E. Pembroke's Petition to be released.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of Phillip Earl of Pembrook and Montgomery;
"That your Petitioner is a Prisoner in The Tower of London, committed thither by Warrant under the King's Majesty's Royal Signature, expressing the Cause to be for Blasphemous Words, which your Petitioner doth from his Soul detest and abhor; and since he hath been accused but by One Person (to whom he intended no Injury, nor was at that Time in a Condition of imposing on him), he hopes your Lordships will not believe the Accusation, or your Petitioner to be capable of so horrid a Crime: However, he is heartily sorry to have been thought in any sort to have offended; and his Health being much impaired by his long Restraint,
"He humbly implores Parden of God, of the King, and of this House; and that he may be released from his Imprisonment, and attend his Duty in Parliament.
"And your Petitioner shall pray, &c.
Bill to prevent Biasphemy.
The House, in the First Place, to shew their great Sense and Abhorrency against Blasphemy, which is now grown so common, ordered, That a Bill be brought into this House, for the severe Punishment of all Blasphemies for the Time to come.
Then the House took Consideration of the Earl of Pembrooke's Petition.
And, after a serious Debate thereof, it was moved, "That an humble Address should be made to His Majesty;" a Draught or Form of which Address was offered to the House, and read, (videlicet,)
Address to the King, on the Behalf of the E. of Pembrooke.
"Upon hearing of the Causes of the Earl of Pembrooke's Imprisonment, which, by His Majesty's Direction, have been delivered to this House by the Lord Chancellor, and due Consideration had of the Proof against him by a single Witness, together with the Petition of the Earl of Pembrooke, detesting the Fact, whereof he stands charged by One Witness only: It is Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That an humble Address be made to His Majesty, in the Name of this House, to beseech His Majesty, that the Earl of Pembrooke may be released from his Imprisonment, and have Leave to come to his Place in Parliament; and that, at the same Time, His Majesty may be also informed, That this House, in Detestation of all Crimes of this Nature, have ordered a Bill to be brought into their House, for the due and severe Punishment of all Blasphemies for the Time to come."
The Question being put, "Whether this Address, now read, shall be made to His Majesty in Behalf of the Earl of Pembrooke?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it.
"W. Cant. James.
H. London. Berkeley of B.
N. Duresme. Jo. Gloucester.
ORDERED, That the Lords with White Staves now present do, in the Name of this House, humbly present to His Majesty the said Address.
Bill against Blasphemy.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for punishing of Atheism and Blasphemy."
ORDERED, That the Committee for Privileges do meet on Thursday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon.
E. Burlington's Privilege.
Whereas Drury Deane and Roger Bowden were, in Pursuance of an Order of this House, dated the 7th Day of April last, taken into Custody by Sir George Charnock Serjeant at Arms, or his Deputy, for a Breach of Privilege of Parliament by them committed against the Earl of Burlington, a Peer of this Realm, who have since made their humble Submission to the said Earl, wherewith his Lordship hath declared himself satisfied:
Deane & al. released.
The House being moved that they may be discharged, it is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Drury Deane and Roger Bowden be, and are hereby, discharged from their present Restraint, paying their Fees; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Sir George Charnock Knight, Serjeant at Arms, his Deputy and Deputies, and every of them.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, 31um diem instantis Januarii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic desernentibus.