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 Martis, 17 die Aprilis,
Lords Leave to be absent.
L. Bp. of Rochester,
L. Bp. of Bristoll,
L. Bp. of Lincoln,
L. Privy Seal,
E. of Rutland,
|Have Leave to be absent.|
Mr. Justice Doddridge,
Mr. Baron Denham,
Mr. Serjeant Crew,
Mr. Attorney General,
|To attend the Lords.|
The Lord Treasurer signified, that, in the Interim of this Cessation, the Lord Chancellor was an humble Suitor unto His Majesty, that he might see His Majesty and speak with Him; and although His Majesty, in respect of the Lord Chancellor's Person, and of the Place he holds, might have given his Lordship that Favour, yet, for that his Lordship is under the Trial of this House, His Majesty would not on the sudden grant it.
That, on Sunday last, the King calling all the Lords of this House which were of His Council before Him, it pleased His Majesty to shew their Lordships what was desired by the Lord Chancellor, demanding their Lordships Advice therein.
The Lords did not presume to advise His Majesty; for that His Majesty did suddenly propound such a Course as all the World could not advise a better; which was, that His Majesty would speak with him privately.
That Yesterday, His Majesty admitting the Lord Chancellor to His Presence, his Lordship desired that he might have a particular of those Matters wherewith he is charged before the Lords of this House; for that it was not possible for him, who past so many Orders and Decrees in a Year, to remember all Things that fell out in them; and that, this being granted, his Lordship would desire Two Requests of His Majesty. 1. That, where his Answer should be fair and clear to those Things objected against him, his Lordship might stand upon his Innocency. 2. Where his Answer should not be so fair and clear, there his Lordship might be admitted to the Extenuation of the Charge; and, where the Proofs were full, and undeniable, his Lordship would ingenuously confess them, and put himself upon the Mercy of the Lords.
It was thereupon Ordered, That the Lord Treasurer should signify unto His Majesty, That the Lords do thankfully acknowledge this His Majesty's Favour, and hold themselves highly bound unto His Majesty for the same.
Sir Edward Villiers.
The Lord Admiral protested unto the Lords, that whereas the Opinion of the World is, that his Lordship had sent his Brother Sir Edward Villiers abroad in the King's Service, of Purpose to avoid his Trial touching some Grievances complained of by the Commons; his Lordship was so far from that, that his Lordship did hasten his coming home; and, if any Thing blame-worthy can be objected against him, his Lordship is as ready to censure him, as he was Mompesson.
His Lordship desired the Consideration of him to be expedited; for, although he be a Member of the Lower House, yet his Lordship advised him not to go there, till he had cleared himself here; and his Lordship desired, that the said Sir Edward Villiers might come to his Accusation, for so he should have the greatest Honour, his Lordship not doubting but he would clear himself.
And it was declared by divers Lords, That the said Sir Edward Villiers is named (obiter) in the Accusation against Mompesson, and others; but, as yet, he is not accused of any particular Offence by him committed.
Order for the Appearance of Foules.
"Whereas it was this Day Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of the High Court of Parliament, That Mathias Fowles, now Prisoner in The Fleet, be brought before their Lordships To-morrow Morning, by Nine of the Clock: It is required by their Lordships, that you, the Warden of The Fleet, do deliver the Body of the said Mathias Foules unto the Serjeant at Arms attendant on the said Court. And that you the said Serjeant do bring the Body of the said Mathias Foules, To-morrow Morning, before their Lordships accordingly."
Sir Henry Yelverton, &c.
Ordered also, That a special Warrant, signed by the Lord Chief Justice, be directed to the Lieutenant of The Tower, to bring Sir Henry Yelverton and Sir Francis Michaell before their Lordships, To-morrow Morning, by Nine of the Clock.
"Whereas it is this Day Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of the High Court of Parliament, That the Lord Chief Justice, now Speaker of the said Court, do direct a Warrant unto the Lieutenant of The Tower, to bring Sir Henry Yelverton, Knight, and Sir Francis Michell, Knight, (now Prisoners in His Majesty's Tower of London) before their Lordships, Tomorrow Morning, by Nine of the Clock: These are to will and require you, by virtue of the said Order, That you do bring, or cause to be brought, the Bodies of the said Sir Henry Yelverton and the said Sir Francis Michell before their Lordships accordingly."
Norton and Unwcon.
Thomas Norton et Jervis Unwoune did likewise appear this Day, according to their several Recognizances, 26 of March last; and they were ordered to attend here, de die in diem, until they shall be discharged by the Court.