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freedom of debate, and have free access to his Majesty. He declared that his Majesty had been graciously pleased to confirm and continue all their privileges, rights and immunities, in as full and ample a manner, as ever were granted in any time heretofore.
The Speaker now said, he must again intreat them to accept'The Speaker. of his warm thanks for the distinguished confidence which they had reposed in him, and the honour they had conferred in placing him in that chair. He could only add to his former declarations, that the only hope which he had of succeeding in his arduous fituation, was in the assistance which he trusted he should receive from every member of the House; and he would assure them that zeal, attention, and ailiduity, should not be wanting to inake up for the weakness and inadequacy of his talents.
Mr. speaker alone, and then the other members present, took the oaths, and made and subscribed the declaration, and took and subscribed the oath of abjuration, according to the laws made for those purposes; and Mr, speaker, and such of the said members as are by law required to deliver in to the Clerk of this House an account of their qualification, and to take and subscribe the oath of qualification, delivered in such account, and took and subscrived the said oath, accordingly. And then the House adjourned till the next morning.
November 2. Several other members present took the oaths, and delivered in to the Clerk of the House an account of their qualification. And then the House adjourned.
November 3. :
Ordered, that the grand committee for religion do fit every
Ordered, that the grand committee for grievances do fit every Thursday in the afternoon, in the House.
Ordered, that the grand committee for courts of justice do fit every Saturday in the afterneon, in the House,
Ordered, that the grand committee for trade do fit every
Ordered; 'That a committee of privileges be appointed.
the clock in the afternoon, in the speaker's chamber; and to fit every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, in the afternoon; and all who come are to have voices ; and they are to take into consideration all such matters as shall or may come in question, touching privileges; and to report their proceedings, with their opinion thereupon, to the House, from time to time; and the committee are to have power to send for persons, papers, and records, for their information : and if any thing thall come in question touching the matter of privilege of any member, he is to withdraw during the time the matter is in debate.
Ordered, that all persons who will question any returns of members to serve in Parliament, do question the same within fourteen days next, and so within fourteen days next after any new return shall be brought in; and that all members who are returned for two or more places, do make their election by this day three weeks for which of the places they will serve, provided there be no question upon the return for that place; and if any thing shall come in question touching the return or election of any member, he is to withdraw during the time the matter is in debate ; and that all members returned upon double returns do withdraw till their returns are determined.
Resolved, that no peer of this realm hath any right to give his vote in the election of any member to serve in parliament.
Resolved, that where this House shall judge any petition touching elections to be frivolous and vexatious, the House will order satisfaction to be made to the person petitioned against.
Resolved, that, if it shall appear that any person hath procured himself to be elected or returned a member of this House, or endeavoured fo to be, by bribery or any other corrupt practices, this House will proceed with the utmost severity against such persons.
Resolved, that if it shall appear that any person hath been tampering with any witness, in respect of his evidence to be given to this House, or any Committee thereof, or directly or indirectly hath endeavoured to deter or hinder any person from appearing, or giving evidence, the fame is declared to be a high crime and misdemeanor, and this House will proceed with the utmost feverity against such offender.
Resolved, that if it shall appear that any person hath given falle evidence, in any case, before this House, or any committec thereof, this House will proceed with the utmost severity againit fuch offender.
Resolved, that it is a high infringement of the liberties and privileges of the Commons of Great Britain, for any Lord of Parliament or any Lord Lieutenant of any county, to concern themselves in the elections of members to serve for the Cominons in Parliament.
Resolved, that in all cases of controverted elections for counties in England and Wales, the petitioners do by themselves or by their agents, within a convenient time, to be appointed by the House, deliver to the sitting members, or their agents, lists of the persons intended by the petitioners to be objected to, who voted for the fitting members ; give ing, in the said lists, the several heads of objection, and diftinguishing the fame against the names of the voters excepted to ; and that the sitting members do, by themselves or by their agents, within the same time, deliver the like lifts, on their part, to the petitioners or their agents.
Ordered, that the ferjeant at arms attending the House, do from time to time, take into his cuftody, any stranger or strangers that he shall fee, or be informed of to be in the House, or gallery, while the House, or any committee of the whole Houle, is fitting; and that no person, so taken into custody; be discharged out of custody without the special order of the House.
Ordered, that the back door of the speaker's chamber be locked up every morning at the fitting of the House, and the key delivered to the clerk, to be locked up by him; and that he do not presume to deliver the same to any person whatsoever, without order of the House; and that the ser. jeant at arms attending this House, do take care to clear the speaker's chamber every day before the door is locked up.
Ordered, that no member of this Houfe do presume to bring any stranger or strangers into the House, or gallery thereof, while the House is fitting.
Ordered, that the conftables and other officers of Middlefex and Westminster, do take care, that from eleven of the clock in the morning till one in the afternoon, and from four till fix in the afternoon, during the session of Parliament, the passages through the streets between Temple-Bar and Westminster-Hall shall be kept free and open; and that no obstructions be made, by cars, drays, carts, or otherwise, to hinder the passage of the members to and from this House ; and that the ferjeant at 'arms attending this House, do give notice of this order to the officers aforesaid.
Ordered, that the constables in waiting do take care, that there be no gaming or other disorders in Westminster-Hall,
or the passages leading to the House, during the fitting of Parliament, and that there be no annoyance, by chairmen, footmen or otherwise, therein, or thereabouts.
Ordered, that the said orders be sent to the high bailiff of Westminster, and that he do fee the same put into execution.
Ordered, that no footman be permitted to be within the lobby of the House; or upon the stairs leading thereto.
Ordered, that the serjeant at arms attending this House do take care, that there be no gaming or other disorders in the room appointed for the footmen attending the members of this House to wait in.
Ordered, that the ferjeant at arnis attending this House, do take into his custody such footmen as shall presume to disobey the orders of the House; and that no such footmen be disa charged out of custody but by the special order of the House,
Ordered, that, to prevent the intercepting or losing of letters directed to members of this House, the person appointed to bring letters from the General Post Office to this House, or some other person to be appointed by the post master general, do, for the future, every day, during the session of Parliament, Sundays excepted, constantly attend, from ten of the clock in the morning till one in the afternoon, and for two hours at least immediately after the rising of the House, and also from five of the clock in the afternoon till seven, at the place appointed for the delivery of the said letters; and take care, during his stay there, to deliver the same to the leveral members to whom they shall be directed, or to their known servant or servants, or others bringing notes under the hands of the members sending for the fame.
Ordered, that the said officer do, upon his going away, lock
l letter be delivered but within the hours aforesaid.
Ordered, that the said orders be sent to the Poft master general.
Ordered, that when any letter or packet directed to this House, shall come to Mr. speaker, he do open the same; and acquaint the House, at their next fitting, with the contents thereof, if proper to be communicated to this House.
Ordered, That the ferjeant at arms attending this House do, from time to time, when the House is going to prayers, give notice thereof to all committees; and that all proceedings of committees in a morning, after such notice, be de. clared to be null and void.
Ordered, that the votes of this House be printed, eing firit perused by Mr, speaker, and that he do appoint the
printing thereof; and that no person but such as he shall appoint do presume to print the fame.
The House taking notice, by the book of returns that the sheriffs of the city of Coventry had not returned any citizens to serve in this Parliament for the said city ; and that they had made a special return why they had not returned such citizens; the said return was read, and is as followeth :
“ By virtue of the writ of election to us directed (to which this is annexed) proclamation being first made of the premises in the faid writ mentioned, and of the day and place, as by the faid writ is directed, we, the within-named theriffs, did, in obdience thereto, on the ninth day of September, in the twentieth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord the King, proceed in order to cause two citizens of the most fufficient and discreet of our faid city, freely and indifferently to be chosen, according to the form of the statutes in such cafe made and provided, when there appeared as candidates Edward Roe Yeo, and John Baker Holroyd, esquires, Sir Thomas Halifax, knight, and Thomas Rogers, esq. and thereupon a poll was opened in the usual and accustomed manner, and proceeded in a peaceable and orderly way for about the space of half an hour, at the end of which space of time divers perfons, and particularly colliers, and others, not inhabitants or freemen of the said city, to the number of five hundred and more, with a blue flag carried before them, and having blue and white cockades in their hats (being the marks and badges by which the party of the said Edward Roe Yeo and John Baker Holroyd where distinguished) tumultuously and riotously assembled together at the place of election, and did disturb and impede the said election; and did, in our view, violently, riotously, and outrageously assault, beat, strip, bruise, and otherwise ill-treat a great number of voters attending at the place of election, and offering to poll for the said Sir Thomas Halifax and Thomas Rogers, esq. and then and there disturbed, impeded, and obstructed the said voters from giving their votes; the faid rioters and disturbers at the same time openly and publicly threatening that no person should come up to poll for the said Sir Thomas Halifax and Thomas Rogers, esq. Whereupon we adjourned the said poll to Monday the eleventh of the said month of September, and continued the fame, by divers other adjournments, from day to day, to the eighteenth of the said month, in order that the said election might be made ; but the said poll was disturbed and impeded from time to time, by like tumults, riots, and by affaults and outrages, committed upon the persons of