Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 3, 1620-1628. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Jovis videlicet, 3 die Maii,
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
p. Carolus Princeps Walliæ, etc.
FRAUNCIS Samborne, being sworn in open Court, did testify, That the Five Children of Richard Samborne, videlicet, Michaell, Richard, Thomas, Margaret, and Mary, are under the Age of Seventeen Years; whereupon it was Agreed by the Court, That the Bill exhibited for the Naturalizing of those Children shall receive a Second Reading.
Dying of Silks.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, An Act against false Dying of Silks; and committed unto the
E. of Oxon.
E. of Hunt.
E. of North'ton.
L. Bp. of Ely.
L. Bp. of Chester.
L. Bp. of Sarum.
To meet on Friday, the 11th of May, at Two in the Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber.
The Lord Chamberlain reported unto the House, That His Majesty, being moved by him, is pleased, that a Committee of this House, touching the Business of Sir Henry Yelverton, shall have Access unto His Majesty on Sunday next, at Four in the Afternoon.
Gent. Usher and Serjeant at Arms their Answer.
The Gentleman Usher and the Serjeant at Arms attending this House reported, that (according to the Appointment of their Lordships Yesterday) they repaired last Night unto the Lord Chancellor, whom they found sick in Bed; and they signified unto him their Lordships Pleasure; and said, they were sent to summon him to appear here, before their Lordships, this Morning, by Nine of the Clock. Who answered, that he is sick, and protested he feigned not this for an Excuse; for, if he had been well, he would willingly have come.
To proceed against Lord Chancellor, though absent,
The Lords Resolved, To proceed notwithstanding against the Lord Chancellor, and the King's Attorney having read the Charge and Confession, it was put to the Question, Whether the Lord Chancellor be guilty of the Matters wherewith he is charged or no; and it was Agreed by all, nemine dissentiente, That he was thereof guilty.
And, to the End the Lords might the more freely dispute and resolve what Sentence to pass upon the Lord Chancellor for his said Offences, the Court was adjourn'd ad libitum.
The House being resumed, and the Lord Chief Justice returned to his Place, it was put to the Question, Whether the Lord Viscount St. Alban (Lord Chancellor) shall be suspended of all his Titles of Nobility, during his Life, or no; and it was agreed per plures, That he should not be suspended thereof.
Message to the Commons, to demand Judgment against the Lord Chancellor.
The Lords, having agreed upon the Sentence to be given against the Lord Chancellor, did send a Message, to the House of Commons,
That the Lords are ready to give Judgment against the Lord Viscount St. Alban, Lord Chancellor, if they, with their Speaker, will come to demand it.
Lords robed in Judgment.
In the mean Time, the Lords put on their Robes; and Answer being returned of this Message, and the Commons come;
The Speaker came to the Bar; and, making Three Low Obeisances, said:
Commons demand Judgment against Lord Chancellor.
"The Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the Commons House of Parliament, have made Complaint unto your Lordships of many exorbitant Offences of Bribery and Corruption committed by the Lord Chancellor. We understand that your Lordships are ready to give Judgment upon him for the same. Wherefore I, their Speaker, in their Name, do humbly demand and pray Judgment against him the Lord Chancellor, as the Nature of his Offence and Demerits do require."
The Lord Chief Justice answered: "Mr. Speaker, upon the Complaint of the Commons, against the Lord Viscount St. Alban, Lord Chancellor, this High Court hath thereby, and by his own Confession, found him guilty of the Crimes and Corruptions complained of by the Commons, and of sundry other Crimes and Corruptions of like Nature.
Lord Chancellor not able to attend, through Sickness and Infirmity.
"And therefore this High Court (having first summoned him to attend, and having received his Excuse of not attending, by reason of Infirmity and Sickness, which he protested was not feigned, or else he would most willingly have attended) doth nevertheless think fit to proceed to Judgment; and therefore this High Court doth adjudge:
Judgment against him.
"1. That the Lord Viscount St. Alban, Lord Chancellor of England, shall undergo Fine and Ransom of Forty Thousand Pounds.
"2. That he shall be imprisoned in The Tower, during the King's Pleasure.
"3. That he shall for ever be incapable of any Office, Place, or Employment, in the State, or Commonwealth.
"4. That he shall never fit in Parliament, nor come within the Verge of the Court.
"This is the Judgment and Resolution of this High Court."
Lord Chancellor's Sentence signified to the King.
The Prince his Highness was entreated by the House, that, accompanied with divers of the Lords of this House he would be pleased to present this Sentence given against the late Lord Chancellor unto His Majesty. His Highness was pleased to yield unto this Request.
Bill of Supersedeas and Sunday.
The Lords Committees of the Bill of Supersedeas, and of the Bill of the Sabbath Day, are to meet this Afternoon, at Three, in the Painted Chamber.
The Grand Committees of the Bill against Informers are to meet on Saturday next, at Eight in the Morning.
Gold and Silver.
The Lords Committees of the Bill against Transportation of Gold and Silver are to meet in the Painted Chamber, on Monday next, the 7th of this May, at Two in the Afternoon.
Bishop of Rochester's Privilege. Gillet for arresting Bird.
The Lord Bishop of Duresme shewed, That one John Gillett, an Under Bailiff of Westm. had, in a very rude Manner, arrested John Bird, Servant to the Bishop of Rochester; and, although he was told, by the said John Bird and divers others, that he was the Bishop's Man, and although he offered to pay the Debt (for which he was but a Surety), and the Use, Charges, and Fees, for the said Arrest; yet the said John Gillet did violently carry him the said John Bird into Prison.
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms attending the House do bring the said Gillett before their Lordships, at the next Sitting of the Court.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius, Locum tenens Cancellarii, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem crastinum, videlicet, 4m instantis Maii, hora 9a, Dominis sic decernentibus.