Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 13, 1675-1681. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, 18 die Novembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
|His Royal Highness the Duke of York.|
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Ds. Thesaurarius Angl.
Ds. Custos Privati (fn. 1) Sigilli.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Comes St. Alban.
Ds. De Grey.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Gerard Brand.
Ds. Arundell T.
Ds. Butler M. P.
Bill of Attainder of Conyers & al.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act requiring the Persons therein named to render themselves to Justice, and, in Default thereof, to attaint them of High Treason."
Report for several Addresses.
The Marquis of Winton reported from the Committee for Discovery of the horrid Design against His Majesty, "That the Opinion of the Committee is,
"That an Address be made to His Majesty, for a Proclamation of a general Pardon and Reward to such as shall come in, and make further Discoveries of this horrible Design of the Papists.
"2. That an Order may be issued out, to search all the Papists Houses and Lodgings, and other suspected Places, in The Savoy, after the Body of Mr. Powell.
"3. That Sir Ellis Leighton may not be discharged, until Mr. Otes be heard against him.
"4. That the Proclamation to be issued for Mr. Powell may contain in it a general Pardon, and a plentiful Reward to the Discoverer."
Address for a Pardon for such as shall discover the Plot.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, humbly to desire Him, from this House, "That His Majesty will be graciously pleased to issue out His Royal Proclamation of general Pardon and a Reward to every such Person or Persons as shall make any further Discovery of the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person and Government."
Address that Sir Ellis Leighton may not be discharged.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, humbly to desire Him, from this House, "That Sir Ellis Leighton, now Prisoner in Newgate, may not be discharged out of Prison, before such Time as he shall be brought Face to Face with Tytus Otes before the House of Peers."
Address for a Proclamation for Discovery of the Murder of Mr. Powell.
ORDERED, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, humbly to desire Him, from this House, "That His Majesty will be pleased, that in the Proclamation which this House hath prayed His Majesty to issue for a Reward to any Person that shall discover what is become of Mr. Powell, who hath been missing some Time, and of whom there are strong Presumptions that he is murdered, there may be also a Declaration of His Majesty's general Pardon to such Person or Persons as shall make such Discovery; and that the Reward may be so considerable as to encourage them thereunto."
Search to be made for Mr. Powell's Body.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House be, and is hereby, required forthwith to make a strict Search, in all the Papists Houses and Lodgings, and other suspected Places, in The Savoy, for the Discovery of the Body of Mr. Powell, who hath been some Time missing, and of whom there are strong Presumptions that he is murdered; and that the Duke of Monmouth be desired to appoint a sufficient Guard to assist him in this Service.
Report concerning Papers to be used in Evidence against Coleman.
The Earl of Essex reported, "That the Committee appointed to prepare such Papers as are most requisite to perfect the Evidence for the Trial of Edward Coleman do find that there are certain Letters of Mr. Coleman's with Cyphers, which cannot be de-cyphered but by Mr. Coleman himself: Therefore it is desired that Mr. Coleman may be sent for, and brought to attend the Committee To-morrow Morning, to try whether he will discover the Cyphers; and that he may be brought with a good Guard.
"2. That there are several Papers and Letters taken, which were Mr. Godwin's, amongst which it is very probable there are some of Mr. Coleman's Letters which have not been yet perused; therefore it was desired, that those Papers may be brought to the Committee."
Coleman to be examined, about Cyphers.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Edward Coleman, now a Prisoner in Newgate for Treason, be brought by the Keeper of Newgate before the Lords Committees to peruse Letters and Papers, To-morrow at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Lord Privy Seal's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and that the Duke of Monmouth be desired to send a sufficient Guard of Soldiers, to assist the Keeper of Newgate in this Service of bringing and returning Edward Coleman.
Goodwin's Papers to be brought to Lords Committees.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, humbly to desire Him from this House, "That His Majesty will please to give Order, That the Papers of Mr. Godwin, now in the Hands of the Clerks of His Majesty's Privy Council, may be brought before the Lords Committees appointed to consider of and prepare the Evidences for the Trial of Mr. Coleman."
Examinations concerning Sir Edmond Bury God. frey's Murder.
Next, the Duke of Monmouth acquainted the House with Two Examinations; one, concerning the Centinels at Somerset House; another, taken by Mr. Lloyd, concerning the Discovery of Sir Edmond Bury Godfrey's Murder.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Examinations of several Soldiers, taken by the Duke of Monmouth and the Earl of Clarendon, and read in the House this Day, be, and are hereby, referred to the Lords Committees appointed to examine Witnesses for Discovery of the Murder of Sir Edmond Bury Godfrey, to proceed thereupon as they shall see Cause.
Disabling Papists from sitting in Parliament, &c. Bill.
The House was adjourned into a Committee, to consider further of the Bill for the more effectual preserving of the Person of His Majesty.
The House was resumed.
And the Earl of Bridgwater reported, "That the Committee has gone through the Bill, and have appointed a Sub-committee to word those Amendments they have made, and then to report the Whole altogether: And the Committee desires that the House would appoint Mr. Justice Atkins and Mr. Justice Jones to assist their Lordships herein."
All which was ordered accordingly; and any Three to meet this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Message from H. C. to remind the Lords of that Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Secretary Coventry and others:
That the Commons in Parliament assembled, reflecting on the imminent Dangers wherein the Kingdom is involved, by the restless Conspiracies of Popish Recusants against His Majesty's Person and the Religion and Government established, do find themselves necessitated to remind your Lordships for a speedy Proceeding on the Bill before you, intituled, "An Act for the more effectual preserving the King's Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament; without which, they think themselves unable to prepare any effectual Remedies to prevent the Evils that hang over us."
Report of the King's Answer to Addresses.
The Lord Treasurer reported, "That the Lords with White Staves had presented Three Addresses to His Majesty.
"1. For the Removal of the Popish Families out of The Tower of London: Which His Majesty hath already given Directions for.
"2. That which concerns Tytus Otes: His Majesty will take Order he shall have Servants, and Supply for his necessary Occasions, towards which he hath had already some Money.
"3. As to the Address of a Reward to such Person or Persons as shall discover what is become of Mr. Powell, who hath been some Time missing, and of whom there are strong Presumptions that he is murdered: His Majesty looks to this as imperfect; supposing, the Reward is not intended to be given to such as shall discover where he is if living and having withdrawn himself upon his own Occasions, but if he be murdered or detained by any Persons that are guilty of the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person or Government."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, 19um diem instantis Novembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.