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 Jovis, 24 die Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
L. Campden takes the Oaths.
This Day Baptist Viscount Campden took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed the Declaration, in Pursuance of the Act for the more effectual preserving of the King's Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament.
Message from H. C. for a Conference about the Answers of the impeached Lords.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Booth and others:
To desire a Conference, concerning the Pleas and Answer of the Five Lords in The Tower, impeached by the House of Commons.
The Answer returned was:
That the Lords have considered their Message, and will give them a Conference, as is desired; which the Lords appoint to be presently, in the Painted Chamber.
The Lord President, the Lord Privy Seal, Earl of Oxon, Earl of Derby, Earl of Huntingdon, Earl of Bridgewater, Earl of North'ton, Earl of Clarendon, Viscount Newport, Bishop of London, Bishop of Durham, and the Lord Wharton, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
And the Lord President reported the Effect of the Conference; (videlicet,)
Report of the Conference.
"That Sir Francis Winnington managed the Conference; which, he told us, was desired concerning the Five Pleas, or Answers, or rather Writings, of the Lords in The Tower.
"In the First Place, he offers that my Lord Belasys cannot put in his Answer but personally at the Bar; otherwise they account it as a Nullity.
"That the several Writings (for so he can only call them) of the Four Lords are argumentative and evafive; to which the Commons neither can nor ought to reply.
"That the Answer of my Lord Petre is a legal Answer.
"That the Lord Belasyse must put in his Answer, before the other Lords can be proceeded with.
"Therefore the Commons demand of the Lords, That the Three Lords may be required to put in more perfect Answers; and that the Lord Belasyse may be required forthwith to put in his Answer.
"As to what the impeached Lords complain of, the Incertainty of the Time in their Charge; the House of Commons have considered all Precedents ancient and modern; and find them all to run in general Terms, as this doth. But, because they would speed the Matter, and avoid Delays, the House of Commons do declare, That, in the Trial of these Five Lords, they will give no Evidence particularly beyond the Space of Seven Years last past."
After some Debate;
Committee to consider of the Objections made by the H. C. to the Answers of the Five impeached Lords.
These Lords following were appointed, to consider of the Objections made by the House of Commons this Day at the Conference, concerning the Pleas and Answers of the Five Lords now Prisoners in The Tower, to the Impeachments wherewith they are charged by the House of Commons, and to report to the House what they find concerning Matters of this Nature:
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings; and to adjourn as they please.
ORDERED, That the Lord Belasyse is required to put in his Answer To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock, at this Bar, personally.
L. Belasyse to be brought to the Bar, to deliver in his Answer.
It is this Day ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lieutenant of The Tower of London be, and is hereby, required to bring John Lord Belasyse, now Prisoner in The Tower, to the Bar of this House, To-morrow at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, to put in his Answer to the Articles of Impeachment, whereby he is charged with High Treason, and other high Crimes, Misdemeanours, and Offences, by the House of Commons; and for so doing, this shall be his sufficient Warrant.
E. Danby to be brought to the Bar, to deliver in his Answer.
Whereas Thomas Earl of Danby, now Prisoner in The Tower of London, is, by Order of the 21th Instant, appointed to put in his Answer in Writing to the Articles of Impeachment, whereby he is charged with Treason, and other high Crime, Misdemeanours, and Offences, by the House of Commons, To-morrow, being the 25th of this Instant April:
It is this Day ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lieutenant of The Tower be, and is hereby, required to bring the said Earl of Danby to the Bar of this House, Tomorrow at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, for the Cause aforesaid; and for so doing, this shall be his sufficient Warrant.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, 25um instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined, this 3d of May, 1679, by us,
Anglesey. C. P. S.
Craven. J. Bridgewater.
Vaughan Carbery. Scarsdale.
P. Bath & Wells.