Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Wednesday, 10 June, 1657.
MR. Thomas Gorges acquaints the House, That he hath received, from some Justices of the Peace in the County of Somerset, several Examinations concerning Words spoken by one John Browne, of Ilchester, against the Dignity of the Parliament, and several Members thereof: Which Examinations were read; being as followeth;
JAMES Portnill, of Ilchester in the said County, Mercer, upon Oath, saith, That, being at the House of Valentine Dawe, in Ilchester in the County aforesaid; and talking with Mr. John Browne, of the said Town, thro' the Window of the said House, the Casement being open; on Tuesday the 12th Instant; the said John Browne, upon some Discourse between them concerning Kingship, and this Examinant then saying, That it was the Pleasure of the Parliament to propose or offer such a Thing unto the Protector; the said Browne replied, "The Parliament! A Den of Thieves, Rogues, and Robbers," or Words to that Effect; And that the said Browne did, at the same time, use very reproachful Language of particular Members of the Parliament; to wit, of the Lord Chief-Justice Glyn, Sir Thomas Wroth, Colonel Jephson, and the Lord Broghill; saying these Words, "Glynn, Wroth, Jephson, and Broghill, are Knaves and Fools;" or Words to that Purpose: And then said, "Glyn hath been arraigned for High Treason."
THIS Examinant, upon his Oath, saith, That, about the 12th Day of May last, one Mr. John Browne, of Ilchester in the County aforesaid; came to the House of this Examinant, in Ilchester aforesaid; and the Casement of the Window being open, looked into the Room where this Examinant was at Work with one Wm. Marters; and one James Portnill, of the said Town, coming then into the Room, where this Examinant was at Work, there was a Discourse between the said Browne and Portnyll, concerning the Ministers, the Army, and Parliament: And there being some Speeches concerning the Parliament's Proposals about Kingship, the said Browne said, "That the Protector was a wiser Man than to be gulled or guided by Rogues, Knaves, and Fools:" But whether the said Browne spake the said Words relating to the Parliament, or Army, or Ministers, he cannot tell. And the said Browne speaking of Sir Thomas Wroth, said, "He was pulled or thrown out of the Parliament." And saith, That the said Browne then spake Words concerning the Lord Chief-Justice Glyn, Colonel . . . Jephson; but, being then at his Work, he (this Examinant) did not take any particular Notice of the Words.
The Examination of Wm. Masters, of Ilchester in the said County; taken at Compton-Pancefoot this 30th of May, before Robert Hunt Esquire, one of the Justices assigned to keep the Peace of the County aforesaid.
THIS Examinant, upon his Oath, saith, That, being at the House of Valentine Dawe, in Ilchester aforesaid, on Tuesday the 12th of May instant, there then happened a Discourse between John Browne of Ilchester, and James Portnill of the same Place, concerning the Proposition of the Parliament to the Lord Protector, in relation to Kingship; the said Browne then told Pertnill, "That the Lord Protector was wiser than to be ruled by a Company of Knaves and Fools;" And said, "That they were a Den of Rogues and Thieves:" And then used very reproachful Words concerning the Lord Chief-Justice Glyn, Sir Thomas Wroth, and Colonel Jephson: And used these Words also, "Such Fellows as Glyn, Wroth, and Jephson, they would have a King; but my Lord Protector will not be ruled by Knaves and Fools:" And repeated these or the like Words often: Whereupon this Examiannt said, Mr. Browne, these are high Words that you have spoken: I would not speak them for all that I am worth:" And, the next Morning, this Examinant heard the said Browne use the same Words again; and said to this Examinant, "Will. do you go tell them of it:" And the said Browne said, "That Sir Thomas Wroth had been kicked out of the Parliament home once already;" and, "That Colonel Jephson had run about the Country with a Company of Rogues at his Arse."
|Robert Hunt.||The Mark of William + Masters.|
Assessment for Scotland.
Assessment for Ireland.
|Mr. Barrington,||Tellers for the Yeas:||71.|
|Mr. Harvey,||With the Yeas,|
|Colonel Cooper,||Tellers for the Noes:||51.|
|Colonel Zanchye,||With the Noes,|
Wednesday, 10th of June, 1657. Afternoon.
|Lord Lambert,||Tellers for the Yeas:||48.|
|Major-Gen. Lilburne,||With the Yeas,|
|Sir Richard Lucy,||Tellers for the Noes:||61.|
|Mr. Puller,||With the Noes,|