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 Mercurii, 14 die Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Dugdale's Information against Sir Tho. Whitgrave.
The Earl of Clarendon reported an Examination of Stephen Dugdale; which was read, as follows:
"Midd. et Westm. ss. The Information of Stephen Dugdale, of Whitehall, Gentleman, taken upon Oath, this 13th Day of May, 1679, before me, Edmond Warcupp Esquire, One of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace in the said County and City.
"This Informant saith, That Sir Thomas Whitgrave, of Bridgeford, in the County of Stafford, Knight, was a Person always applied unto in the Papists Behalf, in order to their evading the Penalties and Punishments of the Penal Laws against Papists; and the said Sir Thomas, to the certain Knowledge of this Informant, did, from Time to Time, advise the Papists in those Occasions; and did, as a Justice of the Peace in the said County, in open Sessions, assist the Papists on all Occasions; and particularly the said Sir Thomas Whitgrave did direct this Informant to write the Presentments of the Constables for divers Quarter Sessions, and therein to omit all Presentments against Papists, and then to make the Constables to set their Names to such Presentments; and then Sir Thomas set his Name to the same Presentments as a Justice of the Peace, in order to their Allowance at the Sessions; and this Course this Informant knows he practised for above Ten Years together: And the said Sir Thomas did also labour the Inhabitants to choose the Lord Stafford for Steward of the said Town, knowing him to be of the Romish Religion. And this Informant further saith, That the Lord Aston did give divers Sums, or a Sum of Money, to the said Sir Thomas Whitgrave, for his said Practices and Endeavours in the Popish Behalf of the said County: And this Informant hath been told, and by certain Proofs doubts not but to make appear, that the said Sir Thomas Whitgrave hath lately fraudulently purchased divers Papists Estates, to the Value of Forty Thousand Pounds at the least, in the said County, for very inconsiderable Considerations, in his own and others Names, on Purpose to defraud His Majesty of the Estates forfeited by Law by such Papists. And this Informant hath just Cause to suspect, that the said Sir Thomas is popishly affected; for that he was acquainted with the Secrets of the Papists, and particularly with the Orders and Degrees of the Popish Priests in and about the said County. And further saith not.
Jurat. Die et Anno supradict. coram me,
Committee of H. C. acquained with the Vote about the Bishops staying in Court in Cases of Blood.
The Lord President reported, "That the Lords Committees have met this Morning with the Committee of the House of Commons, and communicated to them the Resolution of this House given Yesterday, concerning the Lords Spiritual sitting in Court in Capital Cases: To which the Commons took Exceptions; objecting, that the Lord High Steward's pronouncing the Judgement of the Court is, in Time, after all the Lords in the Court have voted particularly; and consequently the Lords Spiritual may vote."
Bishops to stay only till the Lords are going to vote.
Upon which Report, the Lords explained themselves, "That the Meaning of the Resolution passed Yesterday concerning the Lords Spiritual is, That the Lords Spiritual have a Right to stay and sit in Court till the Court proceed to the Vote of Guilty, or Not Guilty."
D. of Monmouth's and L. Newport's Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for confirming a Conveyance lately made, by his Grace the Duke of Monmouth and the Lord Viscount Newport, of several Manors and Lands, to several Trustees; and for indemnifying the said Trustees."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to these Lords following:
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet To-morrow, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings; and to adjourn as they please.
Upon Report made from the Lords Committees for Examination of Matters relating to the Discovery of the late horrid Conspiracy, "That the Lords have examined Augustine Beltson, now a Prisoner in Newgate, upon Suspicion of being a Popish Priest; and that it appears to their Lordships at the Committee, that the said Augustine Beltson is not a Popish Priest, and that he hath His Majesty's License to go beyond the Seas:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, That the said Augustine Beltson be forthwith discharged from his present Imprisonment in Newgate; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To the Keeper of Newgate, his Deputy and Deputies, and every of them.
ORDERED, That the Committee for examining of Matters relating to the Discovery of the late horrid Conspiracy is revived; and are to sit To-morrow Morning.
Trial of Peers Bill
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the better regulating the Trial of the Peers of England."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
And Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it.
Before the putting the Question, the Lord Robertes desired Leave to enter his Protestation against the passing the said Bill; which he did, by subscribing his Name.
"Like Leave being given to any others to dissent; we also dissent to the said Bill:
"Anglesey, C. P. S.
D of Norfolke Bill shewed to him; but no Answer received about it.
Henry Keymore, sworn at the Bar, saith, "That he went into Flanders, with the Order of this House, and a Copy of the Bill for settling the Duke of Norfolke and Lord Mowbraye his Son's Estates, and delivered the said Copy to the Duke as his Grace was going to Bruxells; and attended him there, to know his Grace's Pleasure therein; and that he would attend his Grace's Leisure for a Day or Two, to carry his Answer back with him, being to return speedily. And saith, That the Duke received him very kindly, and offered him Money to supply his Occasions, if he needed; but could not return an Answer (which must be considered of) so soon. And so the said Mr. Keymore came away."
Upon which, it is ORDERED, That the said Bill be read the Second Time To-morrow Morning.
Manner of naming Committees to be considered.
This House being moved, "That the naming of Committees may be after the ancient Manner:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That it be referred to the Lords Committees for Privileges, to examine what hath been the ancient Way of naming Committees, upon Occasion either of Bills, or any other Matter committed by the House to the Consideration of particular Lords; and to report to the House.
ORDERED, That the Lord Windsor is added to the Committee for Privileges.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, 15um diem instantis Maii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.