DIE Jovis, primo die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
||His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.|
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Ds. Thesaurarius Angl.
Comes Marescallus Angl.
Ds. Arundell Ward.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Herbert Ch.
Ds. Gerard B.
Ds. Arundell Trer.
Ds. Butler M. P.
Ds. Butler W.
Ds. Grey Roll.
Report concerning Libels, &c. about the last Prorogation of this Parliament.
The Earl of Aylesbury reported, "That the Committee appointed to inquire after the Authors of
Libels and unlawful Pamphlets have met several
Times, and examined many Persons as Witnesses;
and so far as they have proceeded, they think fit
to acquaint this House therewith, which was as followeth:
"To report, That their Lordships have read Two
seditious and scandalous Books, the one intituled,
Some Considerations upon the Question, Whether the
Parliament is dissolved by its Prorogation for Fifteen
Months; the other, The Long Parliament dissolved:
And have made Inquiry after the Authors and Printers; but cannot yet discover them, though several
Printers are now under Examination.
"They have also read a Third seditious Book, intituled, The Grand Question concerning the Prorogation of this Parliament for a Yeare and Three
Monthes stated and discussed; Part of which hath
also been printed, which Doctor Cary owns he corrected; as also that he knows the Servant that went
with him to the Printer with the said Book, and the
Gentleman that gave it him; but refuseth to discover them; and faith, "That he durst not declare
what he had told His Majesty, which he thought
had given His Majesty Satisfaction."
"On Monday 26th February, my Lord Treasurer
acquainted the Committee, That the King called
Doctor Cary before Him at Whitehall that Morning,
where were divers of the Lords of this Committee then present. The King repeated what had
passed betwixt His Majesty and Cary: How, at the
First Conference, Carey said, "He that employed
him to get that Book printed was a Person of Quality, who had been employed in great Trusts at
Home and Abroad, and was advanced to Honour."
"By this Description, said the King, it must be the
Lord Hollis ?" "Sir, says Carey, I name nobody;
but he that employed me will own it in Three or
"At a Second Conference, the King said to Carey,
"My Lord Hollis hath not done what you expected;
for you told me, it would be owned in Three or
Four Days." "Sir, said he, I have not had Liberty
nor Opportunity to send to him." "Oh! said the
King, now you confess it was the Lord Hollis?"
"Sir, said he, I name nobody; but whoever it be,
he is a Man of Worth and Courage, and I suppose
he will not disown it; it becomes not a Nobleman
to be worse than his Word." The King asked
him, "If he would say, it was not the Lord Hollis?"
To which Carey replied, "He had no Reason to
say that." And being further asked, "If he knew
the Name of the Servant who brought him that
Book in Chancery Lane which he gave to the Printer?"
He answered, "He knew not his Name." But
being asked, "If he knew whose Servant he was?"
He answered, "Yes. He was Servant to One whom
he had served many Years." Being asked, "Who that
was?" He did again desire to be excused to name
anybody. Being asked further, "If he would say,
it was not the Lord Hollis's Servant?" He replied,
"He would not say that; for no Man can speak
to a Negative." But he said, "I think I have
given Your Majesty such Satisfaction, that I hope
Your Majesty will expect no more."
"Then Doctor Carey was asked, "If these Particulars so related were not true?" His Answer was,
"God forbid he should deny any Thing His Majesty said." With this General often repeated, he
would have evaded the Question: But, being kept
to the Question, he answered at last clearly, That
all was true which had been related of the Two former Conferences."
This Relation of the Lord Treasurer was owned to
be true, by my Lord Steward and the Earl. of Guildford; and at this last Examination of Doctor Carey by
His Majesty were likewise present his Royal Highness,
his Highness the Duke of Cumberland, and Mr. Secretary Williamson.
Dr. Cary examined about them.
Hereupon it was moved, "That Doctor Carey might
be brought to the Bar."
Which accordingly he was.
And then the Lord Chancellor, by Directions of
the House, commanded him to declare whose Servant
that was that went with him to the Printing House,
with the Book, or Paper, intituled, The Grand Question
concerning the Prorogation of this Parliament for a
Year and Three Monthes stated and discussed; and who
that Gentleman was who delivered the said Book to
Doctor Carey refusing to make Answer to these
Questions, though he was often pressed thereunto; he
was commanded to withdraw.
And the House judged this to be a Contempt; and
made this following Order:
Fined 1000£. and committed for Contempt.
"Whereas Doctor Nicholas Carey being this Day
brought to the Bar, and there required by this
House to discover his Knowledge concerning the
Author of a Book, or Paper, intituled, The Grand
Question concerning the Prorogation of this Parliament for a Year and Three Monthes stated and discussed, and whose Servant that Person is who delivered the said Book or Paper to him; he the said
Nicholas Carey refused to discover his Knowledge
thereof: Upon Consideration had thereof, the Lords
Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled do
order and adjudge, That the said Nicholas Carey, for
his said Contempt committed in the Face of this
High Court, be, and is hereby, fined to the King's
Majesty in the Sum of One Thousand Pounds; and
further, that the said Nicholas Carey shall be and
remain a close Prisoner in The Tower of London, not
to be delivered till he have paid the said Fine."
The House ordered the said Doctor Carey to be
brought to the Bar, as a Delinquent; and the Lord
Chancellor to pronounce this Judgement upon him.
Which was accordingly done.
ORDERED, That the Paper which is before the
Committee concerning this Business shall be brought
into this House To-morrow Morning.
E. of Manchester's Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act to enable
Robert Earl of Manchester to sell Lands, for Payment
of his Debts; and for settling other Lands, of a
greater Value, in Lieu of those appointed to be sold."
The Question being put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. with
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir William Beversham and Sir John Hoskins:
To deliver the Bill concerning the Earl of Manchester, and desire their Concurrence thereunto.
Augmentations of Vicarages Bill.
Upon Report of the Earl of Dorset, concerning the
Bill for Augmentation of Vicarages:
It is ORDERED, That the said Bill is re-committed to
the same Committee.
Vacat per Ordinem 13tii Novembris, 1680, coram
P. Bath & Wells.
North & Grey.
Bills to secure the Protestant Religion.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's
Bench, the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, and the Lord Chief Baron of the Court of
Exchequer, presented to the House what Bills they had
prepared, by Order of this House, for securing the
Which Bills the House received.
"But as concerning a Bill against Atheism and Profaneness," the Judges say, "Having received no
Heads of Directions concerning that Matter, they
have not prepared any Bill, neither can they without
Bill for further securing the Protestant Religion.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for further
securing the Protestant Religion, by Education of the
Children of the Royal Family therein, and providing
for the Continuance of a Protestant Clergy."
Bill for more effectual Conviction of Popish Recusants.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the
more effectual Conviction and Prosecution of Popish
Bill for better Observation of the Sabbath, &c.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the better
Observation of the Lord's-day, called Sunday, the
Baptizing of Infants, and the Exercise of Catechism."
Bill to prevent unnecessary Delays in Law.
The Earl of Bridgwater reported from the Committee, the Bill for perpetuating the Act for preventing
unnecessary Suits and Delays; which Bill the Committee thinks fit to be engrossed, with a small Amendment.
Which, being read Twice, was Agreed to; and the
said Bill ordered to be engrossed, with the said Amendment.
The Lord Windsor and the Lord Butler of Weston
are added to the Committee for the Earl of Aylesburye's
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, 2dum diem
instantis Martii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined by us,