Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Lunæ, 29 die Aprilis; 1° Willielmi et Mariæ.
Nassau's, &c. Nat.
A BILL for Naturalizing Henry de Nassau, and others, was read the Third time.
Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act for the Naturalization of Henry de Nassau, and others.
Ordered, That Sir Robert Cotton do carry the Bill up to the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Bailing and Escape of Brent.
Mr. Cristy reports from the Committee, to whom the whole Matter of Fact relating to the Bailing of Mr. Robert Brent was referred to be examined, and particularly to examine Sir James Smith touching the same, That the Committee oftentimes met, and examined divers Witnesses, and Sir James Smith himself, touching the Commitment and Bailing Mr. Brent: And
That they find, That Mr. Brent was taken and imprisoned the Fourteenth Day of January 1688, by the said Sir James Smith's personal Assistance of Sir Wm. Waller; and that the said Sir James Smith made his Mittimus, directed to the Keeper of the Poultry Compter, in these Words, viz.
"Receive into your Custody the Body of Robert Brent, Esquire, being a Roman Catholick, and charged before me with High Treason, for assisting and aiding, and abetting divers Romish Priests and Jesuits, in their several Treasons against the Laws of this Realm; and for conspiring the Subversion of the Protestant Religion in this Kingdom, and aiding the Pope's Nuncio therein; and for endeavouring the Subversion of the Government by new modelling several Corporations of England: And himself safely keep, until he shall from thence be discharged by due Course of Law: And for so doing, this shall be your Warrant. Dated, and given under my Hand and Seal, this Fourteenth Day of January 1688.
That, the Twenty-fourth Day of January following, the said Sir James Smith, by his sole Authority, without the Privity or Concurrence of any other Justice of the Peace, took a Recognizance of the said Mr. Brent of Five hundred Pounds; and the like Recognizance of Arthur Shallett, Joseph Moor, Gilbert Whitehall and Richard Poole, for the Sum of Two hundred and Fifty Pounds apiece; conditioned, that the said Mr. Brent shall appear at the next Session of the Peace for London: And it appears, by the Testimony of Wm. Walters, Servant to the said Mr. Brent, that, within Two Days after his being bailed, the said Mr. Brent conveyed away himself secretly beyond Sea, as his Servant saith he believes.
That in the Committee's Examining the said Sir James Smith, they demanded of the said Sir James Smith his Reason, why he bailed the said Mr. Brent by his single Authority, when he stood committed under his own Hand and Seal for High Treason: He pretended the Advice of Sir Wm. Waller, from whom he alledged to have expected Witnesses against the said Mr. Brent.
And, that he further pretended the Advice of Sir George Treby, the then Recorder of London: But, upon the Examination of Sir Wm. Waller, he utterly denies any such Advice given; and the said Sir George Treby, being a Member of the Committee, in like Manner denied, that he advised, that the said Mr. Brent should be, in that Matter, bailed.
That it further appeared, by the Examination of John Wright, Wm. Tindall, and Nicholas Piggot, and the said Sir Wm. Waller, that the Interposition and Messages of several Lords, in Behalf of the said Mr. Brent alledged by the said Sir James Smith, were only pretended; the same being denied by the said Witnesses.
That it further appears to the Committee, That several Applications were made by the said Mr. Pigott, and one Mr. Bazire, to the said Sir James Smith, for the Bailing the said Mr. Brent; and that the said Mr. Bazire, was the principal Transactor of the whole Matter, and agreed with him to accept of Bail for One thousand Pounds, for setting the said Mr. Brent at Liberty; and that, by the said Mr. Bazire, the Four Persons aforesaid were procured in a few Hours, to be his Bail, and Notice given, that they should all be bound for no more than One thousand Pounds.
And, it appearing to this Committee, That the said Mr. Bazire was principally trusted by the said Mr. Brent, to treat with the said Sir James Smith about Bailing him; and that, if any secret Agreeement was made about the same, the said Mr. Bazire was the chief or sole Agent therein; That they sent several Summons for him; but could not procure him to appear to be examined, notwithstanding they were informed that he was in Town, and at his Chambers in the Temple: And, upon Complaint thereof made to this House, a Warrant was issued under the Speaker's Hand to bring him into Custody; but hitherto the Serjeant attending this House hath not been able to apprehend him: And the Committee is not informed of any other Witnesses of the Transactions with the said Sir James Smith, about the Bailing the said Mr. Brent. Therefore they humbly submit these Matters of Fact to the Consideration of this honourable House.
Annulling Sidney's Attainder.
An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for the annulling, and making void, the Attainder of Algernoon Sidney, Esquire, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time on Wednesday next.
A Petition of the Inhabitants of the County of Gloucester, and of the City and County of Gloucester, was read; shewing, That the Petitioners lie under great Grievance, by reason of a Clause in an Act of Parliament made in the Thirtieth Year of King Charles the Second, intituled, An Act for Preservation of Fishing in the River Seavorne; whereby it is Enacted, That no Persons shall fish with Nets above Sixty Yards in Length, for the taking of Salmon, in any Part of the River below Gloucester Bridge; but that such Length is not sufficicent, by Reason of the Wideness of the Channel; so that the capital Fisheries in the River are wholly made useless for above Thirty Miles together; the River being, in several Fisheries, above a Thousand Yards broad; and that by Reason the long Nets are taken away, several Families are ruined: And praving Relief against such Grievances.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for taking away the Clause in the Act in the said Petition complained of accordingly.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That the Lord Downe have Leave to go into the Country for a Month.
Ordered, That Mr. George Weld have Leave to go into the Country, for Three Weeks.
A Bill was brought in for Paving the Streets at Westminster, and other Places; and laid upon the Table.
Orphans of London.
A Bill for Relief of the Orphans of London was brought in, and laid upon the Table.
Armstrong's Judgment on Outlawry.
Sir Joseph Tredenham reports from the Grand Committee of Grievances, That they had, according to the Order of the House, taken into Consideration the Matter to them referred, relating to Sir Thomas Armstrong; and that, having summoned Sir Samuel Astry, the Clerk of the Crown, they attended with the Record of the Outlawry of Hill. 35 and 36 Car. II. by which it appeared, that the Quint' exact was Lunæ, prox. post fest. sanct. Andreæ Apostoli, 35° Car. II. That the Award of the Execution was die Sabbati, prox. post Quinden. Sanctæ Trinitat 36° upon a Nihil dicit.
That Sir Samuel Astry, being examined, declared he was present at the Arraignment of Sir Thomas Armstrong, who being asked, why Execution should not be awarded against him, said, That by the Statute of 5 and 6 Ed. VI. cap. 11, it is Enacted, that if the Party outlawed shall, within One Year next after the Outlawry pronounced, yield himself to the Chief Justice of England, for the Time being, and offer to traverse the Indictment, or appeal, that then he shall be received to the said Traverse: That he was answered by the Lord Chief Justice Jefferycs, that he could pretend to no Benefit, since he did not render himself to the Lord Chief Justice, as that Statute requires: And that the Court thereupon proceeded to award Judgment against him as a Traitor; and believes he was executed accordingly.
That Mrs. Mathewes (Daughter of Sir Thomas Armstrong) being likewise examined said, She was in the Court of King's Bench when her Father, Sir Thomas Armstrong, was arraigned: That Sir Thomas Armstrong demanded to have the Statute of 5 and 6 Edw. VI. read; and it was refused: That he likewise demanded Counsel, and a Trial; but it was denied: And, he urging, that Holloway, who was in the same Circumstances, had his Trial, that the Chief Justice said, they had enough against Holloway: To which Sir Thomas replied, That then they had not against him; and said, his Blood be upon him, meaning the Lord Chief Justice: Who said, "Let it, let it, I am Clamour-proof:" That she added, that her Father had Counsel in Newgate, and had Advice there from an unknown Hand; and that he was very much loaded with Irons, and very ill used: That her Sister was struck by the Keeper of Newgate; and she herself committed by the Court of King's Bench, for crying out, when Sentence was given, That her Father was murdered.
And that the Committee had agreed upon several Resolutions: Which he read in his Place; and after delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were read; and are as followeth:
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Award of Execution by the Court of King's Bench, against Sir Thomas Armstrong, in Trinity Term, in the Thirty-sixth Year of King Charles the Second, was a high Violation of Justice, and against the express Law of the Land.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the House be moved, that a Bill be brought in to reverse the Attainder of Sir Thomas Armstrong.
The First of the said Resolves being read a Second time;
Resolved, That the House doth agree with the Committee, That the Award of Execution, by the Court of King's Bench, against Sir Thomas Armstrong, in Trinity Term, in the Thirty-sixth Year of King Charles the Second, was a high Violation of Justice, and against the express Law of the Land.
The Second of the said Resolves being read a Second time;
Resolved, That the House doth agree with the Committee, That a Bill be brought in to reverse the Attainder of Sir Thomas Armstrong.
Marches Court in Wales.
A Bill for taking away the Court held before the President and Council of the Marches of Wales, was read the Third time
Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title thereof be, An Act for the taking away the Court holden before the President and Council of the Marches of Wales.
Ordered, That Mr. Gwyn do carry up the Bill to the Lords, for their Concurrence.
A Motion being made, That a Committee be appointed to consider the Case of the Patent Officers of that Court and report the same to the House;
The Question was put, That such a Committee be appointed: And
It passed in the Negative.
Privilege-Publication of Proceedings.
The House being informed, that Richard Janeway, according to the Order of Yesterday, attended at the Door, to answer the Matter of the Breach of Privilege of this House, complained of, in printing a Paper, intituled, An Address agreed upon at a Committee of the House, without any Order of the House for the doing thereof; he was called in to the Bar; and examined concerning the Matter aforesaid: And thereupon owned, that he having a Copy thereof, carried the same to Mr. Frazier the Licenser, to be licensed, and entered it at Stationers Hall; and thereupon printed it: But refused to give any Account, from whom he had such Copy.
Ordered, That the said Richard Janeway be committed to the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, attending this House.
Resolved, That Mr. Frazier the Licenser be summoned to attend this House To-morrow Morning.
The House being informed, that there is a treasonable and scandalous Libel spread abroad, intituled, A short History of the Convention; or, New-christen'd Parliament; One of which was delivered in, and read;
Resolved, That his Majesty be humbly desired from this House, by such Members thereof as are of his Majesty's most honourable Privy Council, to propose a Reward to such Persons as shall discover the Author, Printer, or Publisher of a treasonable and scandalous Libel, intituled, A short History of the Convention; or, Newchristen'd Parliament.
Ordered, That the said printed Paper be burnt by the Hands of the common Hangman To-morrow, in the Palace Yard, at Temple Bar, and the Old Exchange.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Miles Cooke and Mr. Mcthwyn;
Corresponding with late King James.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act making and declaring it to be Treason, to keep any Intelligence or Correspondence with the late King James the Second; to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Supply Bill; Poll Tax.
Also, they have passed the Bill, intituled, An Act for the raising Money by a Poll, and otherwise, towards the Reducing of Ireland; without any Alteration.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
Supply Bill; collecting Revenue.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Adam Ottley, and Sir Robert Legard;
Mr. Speaker, the Lords have agreed to the Bill for collecting the publick Revenue; with some Amendments; to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
Removing Papists from London.
Resolved, That his Majesty be humbly desired from this House, by such Members as are of his Majesty's most honourable Privy Council, to issue out a Proclamation to command all Papists to depart from the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Parts adjacent, according to the Act lately passed for that Purpose; upon Pain of being committed, as Persons suspected to be conspiring against the Government.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to put them in mind of the Bill sent up to them, for the more speedy and effectual convicting and disarming of Papists.
Ways and Means.
The House then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of a Way to raise the Seven hundred thousand Pounds, for the Supply of the Navy.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Hamden took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine of the Clock.