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 Martis, 19 die Novembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Blank Order for attaching suspected Persons; except Peers.
This House being moved, "That a blank Order of Attachment of some Persons suspected to be guilty of the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person may be issued; and that the Lords Committees for examining Witnesses in order to the Discovery of the said horrid Design against His Majesty's Person may be intrusted to insert the Names of the Persons to be attached, as also of the Persons who shall execute the said Order, to prevent a Discovery and Escape of the said Persons:"
Upon Consideration had thereof, it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That such a blank Order of Attachment shall be issued, so as among the Names to be inserted the said Lords Committees insert not the Name of any Peer of this Realm to be attached by virtue thereof.
L. Chief Justice's Account concerning L. Carington and L. Brudnell.
The Lord Carrington, being in his Place, acquainted the House, "That he was informed that his Name was spoke of in the House of Commons, as if he had been guilty of the horrid Design against His Majesty, which he abhors; and that his Lordship hears that there is a Warrant out against him, from the Lord Chief Justice of England. His Lordship pleaded his Innocence; and submitted himself to their Lordships Pleasure."
Hereupon the House sent to the Lord Chief Justice, to come, that they may receive an Account from him of the Business.
Who, being come, did let the House know, "That, being sent for Yesterday by the House of Commons, he took the Examination of William Bedloe, upon Oath, in the Speaker's Chamber; who (among other Persons) accused the Lord Carington to be, with several other considerable Persons, in a Confederacy, for raising Money and Men, to carry on the Design against the King's Person and Government; and that William Bedloe said, in his Examination, "He knew the Lord Brudnell, and that he is in the Conspiracy; and that the Lord Brudnell told Bedloe, That he was then going into the North, to further it; and that the Lord Carington was to raise Five Thousand Pounds, and a proportionable Number of Men, to join therein with the Lord Bellasise:" That the Lord Chief Justice did issue out his Warrant for the Lord Carrington to appear before him, and delivered it to the High Constable, who was to seek the Lord Carrington late last Night, and early this Morning, but could not meet with him: That the Lord Chief Justice did intend to come Yesterday, to give this House an Account of his Proceedings; but the House was up."
After Consideration had hereof, the ensuing Question being put,
"Whether that the Lord Carington shall be com mitted to the Custody of the Black Rod, upon the Information given by the Lord Chief Justice?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
L. Carington committed to the Black Rod.
Upon Information received this Day from the Lord Chief Justice of England, concerning the Lord Carring ton, a Member of this House:
It is Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Lord Carrington shall stand committed to the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, there to remain in safe Custody till further Order: And this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Sir Edward Carteret Knight, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, his Deputy and Deputies, and every of them.
This Day Charles Price, who was one of those Per sons sent for to be taken into Custody by the Serjeant at Arms about the late horrid Design, was brought to the Bar; and being asked, "Whether he knew Mr. Spalding, the Under Governor of Chepstow Castle?" He said, "He did." Then he was told, "That he was charged for Confederacy to deliver up Chepstow Castle to the Earl of Powis;" which he denied; was or dered to withdraw.
Whereupon the House made this Order:
"Whereas Charles Price, who was to be taken into Custody by the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, hath this Day appeared at the Bar, denying what is charged on him: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Charles Price shall stand committed to the Prison of The King's Bench, there to remain in safe Custody till further Order; and that the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, or his Deputies, take Care to convey him to the said Prison: And this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
"To Sir George Charnock Knight, Serjeant at Arms attending this House, and to the Marshal of The King's Bench, and their respective Deputies, and every of them."
The Lord Chancellor told the Lord Carrington what the House had resolved concerning him, and upon what Grounds; and asked him, "Whether he had any Thing further to say at this Time?" And this Lordship said, No; only submitted himself to their Lordships Pleasure."
Disabling Papists from sitting in Parliament, &c. Bill.
Then the House was adjourned into a Committee, to proceed in the further Consideration of the Bill for the more effectual preserving the Person of His Majesty.
The House was resumed.
And the Earl of Bridgwater reported, "That the Committee have spent some Time in Consideration of the said Bill; and are now ready to report the same, when the House shall please to appoint."
And the House ordered the said Report to be made To-morrow Morning.
E. Powis's Writings to be restored to him.
Upon the Petition of the Earl of Powis, now a Prisoner in The Tower for Treason; praying, "That some Writings of his (which, being seized, are now in the Custody of the Clerk of the Parliaments) may be viewed; and that such of them as relate only to private Persons Settlements and Concerns, may be restored to him:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Sir Andrew Hackett Knight, One of the Masters in Chancery, be, and is hereby, authorized and appointed to persue the said Writings, and sort them so, that what of the said Writings shall appear to be only of private Concern to particular Persons Settlements of Estates, may, by Order of this House, be delivered to the Earl of Powis, or such Person as he shall appoint to receive the same.
Sir P. Barnwell, Leave to go to Ireland.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Sir Patrick Barnwell Knight be, and is hereby, authorized and permitted to have free Liberty to travel forward, on his direct Way hence to his own House in Ireland, without the Lett, Stay, or Interruption of him in his Journey thither by any Person or Persons whatsoever; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
L. Lumley, Leave to come to Town.
The House being moved, "That, the Lady Lumley (Mother to the Lord Lumley) being now very sick in Town, the Lord Lumley may be permitted to come to his said Mother, and abide with her during her Sickness:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Lumley be, and is hereby, authorized and permitted to come to and abide in Town with his said Mother the Lady Lumley during her Sickness, but no longer.
Report of King's Answer concerning a Proclamation for Discovery of Powel's Murder.
The Lord Treasurer reported, "That the Lords with the White Staves have presented to His Majesty the Second Address, for a general Pardon and considerable Reward to be given 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 observes this Address to be imperfect in the same Manner as the First Address was; but His Majesty, understanding what your Lordships mean by it, if it be left to Him, will do thereon what shall be sitting."
Which the House Agreed to.
Oates's Application for Money.
The Lord Treasurer acquainted the House, "That Mr. Otes had sent to him for Two Hundred Pounds, whereas he hath had paid him already One Hundred and Twenty Pounds, to supply his Necessities."
The House left it to His Majesty.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, 20um diem instantis Novembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined, this 9th of December, 1678, by us,