Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 11, 1660-1666. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Die Martis, 21 die Augusti.
Bill for Judicial Proceedings.
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
Report of the Conference concerning the Bill of Indemnity.
"The House of Commons say, That they abhor and detest the horrid Murder of the late King; but they hold themselves in Honour bound to insist upon the Number of Seven to be excepted for Life and Estate, because they conceive that many came in upon the King's Proclamation; and they are obliged to consider those Persons that came in upon the Public Faith, and the King's Honour is concerned in it. They said further, That the King's Message from Breda was intended to pardon all, excepting such Persons as should be excepted by Parliament. That the House of Commons do propound an Expedient, that those that came in upon the Proclamation should stand in the Bill as they are brought from the House of Commons, and a Bill to be brought in hereafter to proceed against them as the Parliament shall think sit, both for Life and Estates.
"Concerning their Lordships excepting Sir Henry Vane and Sir Arthur Haselrigg, Colonel Lambert and Daniell Axtell, for Life and Estate; the House of Commons say, there is nothing appears to them to give that Sentence upon them: Therefore they desire that these Four Persons may stand in the Classis as they came up in the Bill.
"Concerning the Four Persons their Lordships have excepted for Life and Estate, upon the Account of sentencing to Death the Four Peers; the House of Commons say, That One of those Four is dead, and another is as good as dead: And they do not insist upon the shedding of Blood upon the Account of the Death of Commoners; and they hoped their Lordships would not have the Sacrifice of the King's Blood to be mingled with any other Blood.
Committee to prepare Heads for a further Conference about it.
And after a long and serious Debate of this Business: It is Ordered, That the Lords as managed this Free Conference with the House of Commons, with the Addition of his Highness the Duke of Glocester, Earl of South'ton, and the Lord Seymour, shall meet, and consider of Reasons, according to the Sense of this Debate, to be offered at a Conference with the House of Commons To-morrow Morning, to fortify their Lordships Resolutions herein; and to offer such Expedient as they conceive may tend to a good Conclusion of this Business between the Two Houses; and to report the same to this House To-morrow Morning.