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, 13 die Maii,
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
p. Carolus Princeps Walliæ, etc.
Exchange between the King and Archbp. of York.
HODIE 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the assuring of a Messuage called Yorke-house, and of divers other Messuages and Tenements, Part of the Possessions of the Archbishop of Yorke, situate in the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields, in the County of Midd. unto the King's most Excellent Majesty, His Heirs, Successors, and Assigns; and of the Manors or Lordships of Brighton, Santon, Acombe, alias Acome, with Holgate, and The Grange, called Beckhey Grange, in the County of Yorke, Part of His Majesty's Possessions, to Toby Lord Archbishop of Yorke, and his Successors.
Message to the H. C.
Message sent to the Lower House, by Mr. Serjeant Davis and Sir Edward Salter: videlicet,
That their Lordships have Occasion to send unto them this Morning, about some Business of Importance.
Answered: They will be ready to attend the same.
Ld. Treasurer to attend.
Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher and the Serjeant at Arms, Attendants on this House, do summon the Earl of Midd. Lord Treasurer of England, to appear presently before their Lordships.
This was signed by the Lord Keeper, and delivered to the Gentleman Usher.
Charges against the Ld. Treasurer and the Resolutions of the House thereon read.
The House being adjourned ad libitum; the Clerk read the Heads of the Six Charges against the Lord Treasurer, and the Six several Votes of the House, which were Yesterday passed upon the same.
And the Lords having deliberately considered upon the Proofs of Bribery, Extortions, Oppressions, Wrongs, and Deceits, objected against the Lord Treasurer; their Lordships found the same to be most apparently proved.
And, upon the Lord Treasurer's Allegations of his good and profitable Services for the King, in the Reformation of the King's Houshold, of the Navy, of the Wardrobe, and of the Kingdom of Ireland; their Lordship's entering into Debate thereof; it was made manifest unto them, by many Particulars then declared, that, as touching the Reformation of the King's Houshold, of the Wardrobe, and of the Kingdom of Ireland, he, the Lord Treasurer, had deserved very ill of His Majesty; and as touching the Navy, though his Lordship was but a Commissioner with others, who were more skilful and did more Good than he, yet he assumed the whole Glory thereof unto himself; and that his Manner was, so to do in all other Businesses, wherein his Lordship and any others were joined.
Their Lordships also considered of the Lord Treasurer's Allegation of his Advancement of the Exchange of the King's Moneys sent to the Palatinate, for Payment of the King's Forces there; and it appeared plainly unto them, that his Services therein deserved no such Respect as his Lordship assumed unto himself, the Soldiers of Frankendale being yet unpaid.
Ld. Treasurer's several Censures proposed.
Then, the House being resumed, the First Question was,
"1. Whether the Lord Treasurer, in regard of these Misdemeanors proved against him, shall lose all his Offices which he holds in this Kingdom, or no?"
And generally Agreed, "That he shall lose them all."
2. The Second Question, "Whether the Lord Treasurer shall for ever hereafter be uncapable of any Office, Place, or Employment, in the State or Commonwealth, or no?"
And Agreed, "That he shall be uncapable of them all."
3. The Third Question, "Whether he shall be imprisoned in The Tower of London, during His Majesty's Pleasure, or no?"
"And Agreed, "To be committed to The Tower accordingly."
4. The Fourth Question, "Whether the Lord Treasurer, for these Offences, shall pay a Fine to the King, or no?"
And Agreed, "To pay a Fine to the King."
Then the House was adjourned ad libitum, that their Lordships might the more freely discuss what Fine to impose on the Lord Treasurer.
And the House being resumed, The (fn. 1) Fifth Question was put by the Lord Keeper:
"5. Whether a Fine of Fifty Thousand Pounds be a sufficient Fine to be imposed on the Lord Treasurer for his Offences, or no?"
And their Lordships Agreed thereunto.
6. The Sixth Question, "Whether the Lord Treasurer shall ever sit in Parliament hereafter, or no?"
Agreed, "That he shall never sit in Parliament hereafter."
7. The Seventh Question, "Whether the Lord Treasurer shall never come within the Verge of the Court, or no?"
And Agreed, "Never to come within the Verge of the Court."
Censure against the Ld. Treasurer.
Then the Censure against the Lord Treasurer was drawn up, in hæc verba: videlicet,
"That Lionel Earl of Middlesex, now Lord Treasurer of England, shall lose all his Offices which he holds in this Kingdom; and shall be made for ever hereafter uncapable of any Office, Place, or Employment, in the State and Common-wealth.
"And that he shall be imprisoned in The Tower of London, during the King's Pleasure.
"And that he shall pay unto our Sovereign Lord the King the Fine of Fifty Thousand Pounds.
"And that he shall never sit in Parliament any more.
"And that he shall never come within the Verge of the Court."
This Censure was read by the Lord Keeper; and Agreed unto by the general Vote of the House.
Message to the H. C. That the Lord's are ready to give Judgement against the Ld. Treasurer. Answer.
Message sent to the Commons, by Mr. Serjeant Crewe and Mr. Attorney General: That the Lords are now ready to give Judgement against the Lord Treasurer, if they, with their Speaker, will come and demand the same.
Answered: They will attend presently, as the Manner is.
Ld. Treasurer at the Bar.
The Lords being all in their Robes, the Lord Treasurer was brought to the Bar, by the Gentleman Usher and the Serjeant at Arms. His Lordship made low Obeisance, and kneeled until the Lord Keeper willed him to stand up.
The Commons, with their Speaker, came; and the Serjeant attendant on the Speaker presently put down his Mace. The Speaker (in their Name) spake to this Effect: videlicet,
Commons demand Judgement against him.
"The Knights, Citizens and Burgesses in this Parliament assembled, heretofore transmitted unto your Lordships several Offences against the Right Honourable Lionel Earl of Middlesex, Lord High Treasurer of England, for Bribery, Extortions, Oppressions, and other grievous Misdemeanors committed by his Lordship; and now the Commons, by me their Speaker, demand Judgement against him for the same."
The Lord Keeper answered:
Ld. Treasurer sentenced.
"The High Court of Parliament doth adjudge: That Lionel Earl of Middlesex, now Lord Treasurer of England, shall lose all his Offices which he holds in this Kingdom, and shall be made for ever hereafter uncapable of any Office, Place, or Employment, in the State and Common-wealth.
"And, That he shall be imprisoned in The Tower of London, during the King's Pleasure.
"And, That he shall pay unto our Sovereign Lord the King the Fine of Fifty Thousand Pounds.
"And, That he shall never sit in Parliament any more.
"And, That he shall never come within the Verge of the Court."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse (fn. 2) usque in diem crastinum, videlicet, decimum quartum diem instantis Maii, hora nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.