Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 4, 1629-42. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Jovis, videlicet, 7 die Aprilis, post meridiem.
Message from the H. C. to impeach Sir W. Willmore, Sheriff of Northampton;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Evelyn, Knight; who said, "He was commanded by the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the House of Commons, to impeach, and did in their Name impeach, Sir William Willmore, Knight, now High Sheriff of the County of North'ton, of high Crimes and Misdemeanors, for breaking the Privileges of Parliament, and for endeavouring to disturb the Peace of the Kingdom, by seditious Words and Actions: That the said Sir William Willmore being now in the Custody of the Serjeant of the House of Commons, they do transmit both him and the Cause, together with the Examinations, unto this House, desiring that such Punishment may be inflicted upon him as their Lordships in Justice shall think fit.
and for putting in Execution the Ordinance for the Militia.
Informations and Examinations, concerning Sir W. Willmore.
"That, upon Saturday the 12th of March last, being Constable of the Town of Wilbie, in Northamptonshire, the High Sheriff of the County, Sir William Willmore, sent unto this Informant's House a printed Book, intituled, The several Petitions and Messages of Parliament, concerning the Militia of the Kingdom, with His Majesty's Answers thereunto; which, together with a Copy of the King's Warrant, and withall a Warrant of his own, requiring and commanding this Informant to publish the Book to the Inhabitants in the Town.
"Whereupon, the Monday after, being the 14th, he repaired unto the High Sheriff, desiring his Direction what he would have done with the Book; to whom the Sheriff answered, That it was to be published; and, understanding that the Informant had not done it, he said unto him, That he would send him to the Gaol; and the Informant desiring still to be directed by him what was to be done in it, replied still, You will to the Gaol; and said further, Have you not the Printed Book? Have you not a Copy of the King's Warrant (Wm. Willmore, High Sheriff), my own Hand to it? You might have given it to Mr. Pentlow, in the Church. And this Informant desiring to know for what End it should be read, the Sheriff answered, It is to hinder the Militia, that is the End; and added, The King is to be obeyed for all the Parliament. And said besides to this Informant, pressing him still for further Direction, You Wilbymen go a contrary Way to all the World; are you wiser than all Men?
"Saith, That he went, in Company with Peter Lord, to the High Sheriff, and heard the Sheriff threaten Lord, to send him to the Gaol, because he had not published that Book; and that he told Lord, That the End of publishing that Book was, to hinder the Militia; and that the King must be obeyed for all the Parliament; and that Wilbymen would go contrary to all Men; and further referred himself to the Examination of Peter Lord.
Examination of Sir W. Willmore.
"That one who called himself the Constable of Wilby did, after the Receipt of his Warrant, repair to him, but did not, as he remembers, desire any Directions from him what to do; but this Examinant told him, he was to do according to the King's Warrant.
Order to attach Sir W. Willmore.
The House taking this Message into Consideration; Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher attending this House, or his Deputy, shall forthwith receive into safe Custody, from the Serjeant at Arms attending the House of Commons, the Body of Sir William Wilmer, Knight, High Sheriff of the County of North'ton, being transmitted by the said House of Commons unto the Lords in Parliament; and him safely to keep until the Pleasure of this House be further known.
Answer to the H. C.
That their Lordships had Ordered the Gentleman Usher to receive Sir William Willmer, Knight, High Sheriff of the County of North'ton, into safe Custody; and they would take the Impeachment into Consideration in convenient Time.
Vanhaesdonck the Benefit of the General Order for quieting Possessions.
Upon the Petition of John Vanhaesdoncke, Gentleman, this Day read in the House; it is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament, That the said Mr. John Vanhaesdonck shall have a Copy of the General Order for quieting of the Possession of improved Grounds delivered unto him, under the Clerk of the Parliament's Hand, dated the 13th of July last; and to take the same Benefit of the said Order as though it had been made in his own particular Case.
Benyon's Impeachment taken into Consideration.
After this, the House (fn. 1) took into serious Consideration the Impeachment of the House of Commons against George Benyon; and like his Answer and Defence made Yesterday at this Bar.
The House † Ordered the First Part of the Charge to be read, touching "his framing, contriving, publishing, and procuring of Hands to a false, scandalous, malicious, and dangerous Petition, and preferring the same to the Parliament."
Then the Second Part of the Charge was read, touching "the scandalous Words and Speeches which the said George Benyon had spoken, at several Times, against the Members of both Houses, and against the Privileges of Parliament."
Benyon to be censured.
To be disfranchised.
Uncapable of bearing Place or Office.
Fined 3000 l.
Committed to the Castle of Colchester for Two Years.
Surety for good Behaviour.
"Whether, after the Two Years Imprisonment, George Benyon shall put in such Sureties for the good Behaviour as this House shall think fit; and, if this House sits not, then such Sureties as the Lord Keeper shall approve of?"
Conference to be had, for moving the King that a Bill may be brought in to employ his Fine for Ireland.
It was Agreed, To have a Conference with the House of Commons, "That the King might be moved, that a Bill may pass, that this Three Thousand Pounds Fine of George Benyon may be employed for the Affairs of Ireland."
Lords Leave to be absent.
Judgement to be given against Benyon To-morrow.
Hawes versus Kilvert.
Ld. Lostus's Cause.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, videlicet, 8m diem instantis Aprilis, 1642, hora 2a post meridiem, Dominis sic decernentibus.