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 Sabbati, 16 die Junii.
Petition to be presented to the King, concerning His Proclamation against Prophaneness.
ORDERED, That the Speaker of this House do present to the King the Petition passed both Houses, for issuing out a Proclamation, that the Proclamation of His Majesty against debauched Persons may be read in Churches.
L. Purbeck brought to the Bar as a Delinquent, he refusing his Peerage.
But the Gentleman Usher informing the House, "That the said Viscount Purbeck told him, he had neither Writ nor Patent to be a Peer, and therefore knew no Place he had here in this House, but was now a Member of the House of Commons; and therefore he would not come:"
Hereupon this House, conceiving this Answer and Refusal to be a Contempt to this House, ordered, That he should be brought to the Bar as a Delinquent; and accordingly he was brought in, and kneeled at the Bar as a Delinquent, until, by Order of the House, he was commanded to stand up.
Informations against him.
1. The Information of the Earl of Monmouth, who heard the said Viscount Purbeck say, "That rather than the late King should want one to cut off His Head, he the said Viscount Purbecke would do it himself."
2. The Information of the Lord Petre, who, at the pretended High Court of Justice upon the late King, did hear the Lord Viscount Purbeck say to this Effect, "That Bradshaw was a gallant Man, the Preserver of our Liberties; and that he the said Lord Viscount Purbeck hoped that Bradshaw would do Justice upon that Tyrant (speaking of the late King)."
3. An Information, that he the said Viscount Purbeck should say in the House of Commons, in Richard's Convention, standing near the Speaker's Right Hand, "Mr. Speaker, I wonder that I should be accused of being a Cavalier, or bearing Arms for Charles Stuart, which I never did; for I protest, I so much hated Him and His Cause, that, because those of the Name of Villiers did side with Him and assist Him, therefore I hated that Name also, and changed it for D'anvers."
4. The Information of John Harris: "That, Monday, December the 17th, 1649, young Robert Villers, Son to Viscount Purbeck, came in the Afternoon to the Earl of Monmouth's House, being then in Queencstreet, London; and amongst other atheistical Speeches, where he denied the Immortality of the Soul, and scoffed at Judgement to come, he asked the Lady Philadelphia Wharton, "What she feared? That (fn. 1) she had read of the Three-headed Dog Cerberus, and was afraid he would bite her." He also, with blasphemous Words, dared God to maintain His own Quarrel. Asked her, "Supposing she were shut up in a Sheet of Lead, only a little Hole left against her Mouth to breathe at; if that Hole were suddenly soldered up, whither her Soul would go?" Lastly, he scoffingly said, "That God was a good old Man, and troubled himself with little, &c. But He had a Son that was a dapper young Man, that was likely to bestir Himself, &c."
His Reasons for refusing his Peerage;
And then he said, "He valued the Honour of this House very much; but he hath no Right himself to this Honour of a Peer, because he can find no Patent for any such Honour in the Petty Bag Office, nor any Writ." He said further, "That he petitioned the King to give him Leave to levy a Fine, to clear him of any Title to that Honour; and His Majesty hath made an Order to the Attorney General to that Purpose: And the Reasons (he said) to induce him to this were,
and his Defence:
"As touching the Information now against him," he said, "he is chosen a Member of the House of Commons, to serve there this Parliament; and being so, he did not know whether he should answer or no: But appealed to their Lordships, whether he is to be tried here by their Lordships or no?"
And the Lords, upon Consideration of what the Lord Viscount Purbeck had said; the Speaker was directed by the House to tell him, "That the Lords were not satisfied with his Plea; but expected he should make further Answer."
Desires a Copy of his Charge:
And their Lordships, advising upon the Answer, ordered, That he should be called in again, and told by the Speaker, "That what was read now unto him was but an Information, and no Charge; and the House doth not think fit to give him a Copy, but expects he should answer to the Information."
Unto which his Lordship replied, "That he desired Leave to advise with his Counsel, whether he should answer; and he did not know, in regard he is a Member of the House of Commons, whether he might answer."
To remain in Custody of the Black Rod.
Message from H. C. with Votes to prevent Waste on the Lands of the King and Queen:
To be put into Orders of this House.
The aforesaid Votes were read; and ORDERED, That both these Votes be put into single Orders of this House alone, and so to be published; but did not agree to have the Commons joined with their Lordships therein.