Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 1, 1547-1629. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Jovis, 13o Decembris
Privilege - Prosecution of a Member.
Mr. Hackwill reporteth from the Committee, concerning Lepton and Goldsmylh; and for an Answer to be returned to his Majesty's Message for it. - That, by Warrant of this House, they new examined Mr. Goldsmyth. That he, examined about some special Questions, faltered, and would hardly answer ; yet, pressed, confessed, that, a little before Easter last, after the Proceedings in this House against their Patents, -
That he found Lepton full of Discontent against my Lord Cooke, for his boisterous Dealing with him: Delivered him certain Articles, before framed by him, against Sir Ed. Coke: But denied, he did it in Revenge of any thing Sir Ed. Coke had done against him about the Patent. -
This read by Parts; and the first, upon Question, agreed; Question being made, concerning Sir Edw. Coke his Stay in the House (who, offering to go out, was required to stay) Resolved, That this Cause now concerning not Sir Edw. Coke so much, as the House, he might stay, until they came to be censured.
Doubt being made, what Proof, that Goldsmyth and Lepton prosecuted Sir Edw. Coke, in Revenge of the. Service Sir Edw. Coke had performed here about their Patent: - That the Fact proved the Intention. - Remembereth Sir Gilbert Cornewayle's Testimony. - Goldsmyth confesseth, Lepton discovered to him great Discontent against Sir Edw. Coke, for his rough handling him about his Patent. That Goldsmyth confesseth, that he, finding this Discontent in Lepton, then delivered him those Articles : So as res ipsa loquitur. - Presseth the Retraction of his first Letter, by his last; which amounteth to a Confession. - Hath dealt, in this last Letter, as a true Penitent. - Confession, by his imploring the Mercy of the House. - Lepton's flying the Judgment of this House, a great Argument of his Guiltiness.
Mr. Crew: - These latter Letters to no Purpose for the Business in hand. - To look into Goldsmythe's, own Confession, and the Circumstances of the Acts done. - Lepton's Flight a Confession of the Fact, Sufficient Proof of Malice against him, and for Parliament Business.
The Notes of Goldsmythe's Examination read by Sir Ro. Phillippes ; which fully proved Malice by Parliament Business. This confirmed by Farrington's Examination fully. - That Goldsmyth, presently after his Patent condemned, desired Mr. Shillito- -
Mr. Shillito: - That Mr. Goldsmyth hath, within Four Days, sent several times to speak with him; but he hath refused. That Goldsmyth came to his Chamber, telling him, he was directed to come to him, to inquire
of a Business concerning my Lord Cooke : That he was sent to him by a great Person,for those Instructions: for that my Lord Cooke carried a heavy Hand against that Lord. - And being, upon the Question, required to name that Lord, he named my Lord Verulam.