DIE Martis, 25 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
| Arch. Cant.
Epus. Bath &
Epus. St. David's.
Custos Privati Sigilli.
Comes Dorset &
Say & Seale.
North & Grey.
Grey de Wark.
Howard de Esc.
Ds. Herbert de
Ds. Gerard B.
Examinations of the Popish Lords in The Tower, concerning the
The Earl of Bridgwater reported,
"That himself and those Lords appointed Yesterday have been with those Lords
who are Prisoners in The Tower, and have shewed them the
French printed Pamphlet, and asked them what they know
concerning it: To which each Lord gave Answer as followeth:
The Earl of Powis confesseth, "That a
Person was employed into Flanders, by himself and others,
Prisoners in The Tower; whose Business was, to enquire of
Particulars relating to the Evidence against them: But he knew not the Person's
Name who was to be employed, nor could he tell which of the Prisoners it was
that agreed in the Thing; only some Discourse they had one with another, it
being said among them, "That one was going over, who would use his Endeavours
to search into these Matters;" but he did not remember who it was that first
moved this Discourse: And the Time was about Christmas
last. His Lordship owned that he had seen the Book, it having been brought to
Sir John Robinson; and Mr. Dawes
told his Lordship of it, and helped him to a Sight of it: That this Man named
in the Pamphlet to be their Agent cannot be the Person; for that he who was
employed had an English Name."
"Lord Viscount Stafford confesseth,
"That himself and some of the Prisoners had talked of a Person who went into
Flanders, but his Name he knoweth not, who was to enquire
concerning Oates's Testimony. He knows nothing of
Grebert, nor hath heard of his Name: That he had seen a
Pamphlet in English, but not this in French till now: That he did not concern himself for
Oates's Testimony, he having said little against
"Lord Petre confesseth, "That he had
heard say, that Witnesses might be found out, who would invalidate some of the
Testimonies against them who were in Prison. He had also heard, that one did go
into Flanders, about Six or Eight Weeks ago, about this
Business; but he knows not his Name, nor had any Thing to do in sending him. He
had seen, but not read, this French Pamphlet, as also the
English one; these having been sent to Sir John Robinson. As to Grebert, he said, he
knew nothing of him."
"Lord Arundel confesseth, "That he
had heard of one who went over about Two Months since into Flanders, to make Enquiry of Particulars relating to the
Accusations against the Lords, &c.; but he knew not
his Name, only he is sure 'tis not Grebert: That he had
seen the Pamphlet."
and L. Bellasis.
"Lord Bellasis saith, "That he never
employed, nor heard of any employed into Flanders, to
enquire concerning the Evidence of this Plot: That he hath heard of this
Pamphlet; but hath not seen it before."
Message from H. C. with a Vote.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir
Robert Glayton and others:
To acquaint their Lordships, that the House of Commons
have passed a Vote, unanimously, wherein their Lordships Concurrence is
The said Vote was read, and Agreed to, nemine contradicente, with adding of these Words ["by the Lords
Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in Parliament assembled."]
The Vote, made into Form, is as followeth:
Vote to assert the Reality of the Plot.
"Resolved, nemine contradicente, by
the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in Parliament assembled,
"That they do declare, That they are fully satisfied, by
the Proofs they have heard, that there now is, and for divers Years last past
hath been, a horrid and treasonable Plot and Conspiracy, contrived and carried
on by those of the Popish Religion, for the Murdering of His Majesty's Sacred
Person, and for subverting the Protestant Religion, and the ancient and
established Government of this Kingdom."
To be printed.
ORDERED, That the Vote agreed to this Day by both Houses
of Parliament, concerning the horrid and treasonable Plot and Conspiracy, shall
be printed, and inserted in the First Leaf of the Office to be publicly used on
the Day appointed by His Majesty for solemn Fasting and Humiliation.
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir
Tymothy Baldwin and Sir John
To let them know, that, as soon as their Lordships
received the Vote this Day from them, they read it; and have unanimously agreed
Black Rod reports, he can't find the E. of Danby:
The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod gave the House an
Account, "That, as soon as he had received the Order of this House, for taking
into his Custody Thomas Earl of Danby, and to bring him to the Bar of this House this Morning;
he went immediately to his Lordship's House here in Town, and Two several Times
hath searched for him; but cannot find him: And his Lordship's Servants say,
they know not where he is. And this Morning he went to Wimbleton, and made Search there; but cannot find him."
The Lords thought fit to give Notice of this to the House
Message to H. C. to acquaint them with it.
And a Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Baron
Littleton and Baron Thurland, to
"That the Lords have received an Account from the
Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, who was ordered Yesterday to take
Thomas Earl of Danby into Custody,
and to bring him to the Bar of this House this Morning; but, after diligent
Search made for him, he is not to be found."
Bill to disable the E. of Danby.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for disabling
Thomas Earl of Danby."
And, after some Debate,
The Question being put, "Whether this Bill shall be now
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protests against committing it.
"For these Reasons:
"1. Because no Summons or Hearing of the Party is first
directed; which, by the essential Forms of Justice, ought to be.
"2. Because, it's conceived, this will be Error.
"3. Because it's a dangerous Precedent against all the
Peers, to have so penal a Bill precipitated.
"4. Because no Committee can proceed on any Bill without
hearing Parties; and no Peer is to be tried in Parliament, but by the whole
House of Peers."
"Having given my Vote against the bringing in an Act,
intituled, "An Act for disabling Thomas Earl of
Danby," and voting against the Commitment of that Act; I
enter my Dissent.
ORDERED, That this Bill is committed to a Committee of the
whole House; to be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Report of a Paper concerning Sir Robert Southwell.
The Earl of Clarendon reported from
the Lords Committees for examining Persons concerning the Discovery of the late
horrid Conspiracy, a Paper for the clearing of Sir Rob't
Southwell from false Aspersions which have been cast upon him; which the
Lords Committees desire may be entered into the Journal Book of this House, for
The said Paper was read, as follows:
Sir Robert Southwell's Vindication.
"Whereas Stephen Dugdale did, on
Friday the 21th Instant, in his Deposition made before
the Lords Committees for receiving Information tending to the Discovery of the
late horrid Conspiracy, set forth as follows:
"That, for these Two Years last past, all or most Letters
that were sent to Mr. Evers were directed to the
Deponent; and that, about the 13th or 14th of October
last (but of the Time he is not very certain), there came Two Letters from
Harcoat and Bennyfeild, to the said
Mr. Evers; in one or both of which Letters was expressed,
"That this Night Sir Edmond Bury Godfrie is dispatched;"
which when the said Evers read to the Deponent, the
Deponent told the said Evers, "He would be hanged if that
did not overthrow the whole Business." Which made Evers
answer, "No; it will not be taken to be us, for he used to punish lewd Persons,
and such as used to go to debauched Houses; and it will be supposed to be some
of those that have killed him."
"Upon which Deposition, the said Lords took Notice that,
in the Book of Proceedings of the Committee of the Privy Council touching the
Plot, there was mentioned on the 11th of January last no
more relating to this Matter than in the Words following:
"That, upon Notice of the Murder of Sir Edmond Bury Godfrey, he much blamed to Mr. Evers the Indiscretion of that Business, as a Thing that might
help to discover their Design; but Mr. Evers told him,
"it could not do much Hurt; for, he being a Man much given to punish
Debauchery, it would easily be thought that some of them had done it."
"Whereupon the Lords did interrogate the said
Stephen Dugdale, "Whether he had not formerly told the
Committee of the Council, as well concerning the Time and the Person or Persons
who writ the Letters in his Deposition mentioned, as of the Discourse which
passed between him and Evers thereupon; or whether any
Member of the said Committee, or the Clerk of the Council, who then attended
them, did tell him, "that it was not material to make Mention of the said Time
or Persons?" The said Deponent saith, "That he did never mention any Thing,
either of the said Time, or of the said Persons, unto that Committee, or to the
Clerk of the Council attending them; nor was he told by any of them, that to
mention the said Time and Persons was not material: And he doth upon his Oath
declare, That, although he did mention that Circumstance to one Mr.
Charles Chetwin, when they discoursed about the Murder,
yet, when he came before the said Committee, it being at a Time when he brought
much other Evidence with him in Writing; it did not occur to him to mention
more than what is set down in the Entry Book of the said Committee; he being
then asked, as it were by Chance, what was said amongst them upon that Murder.
And further he thinks himself bound to testify, That it was not possible to
have more Care taken than was used to set down all Things he said with
Exactness, and without adding and diminishing; for so it was ordered by the
said Committee, and so put in Practice by Sir Robert
Southwell that attended them."
"All which Particulars having passed before their
Lordships on the said 21 Instant, and Sir Robert
Southwell appearing before their Lordships this Day, and complaining,
"That, by the Contrivance of some Persons, there were spread abroad against him
very injurious Reflections, as if he had wilfully suppress that material Part
of this Evidence, which now appears he never had Knowledge of, and that even
this Entry was unduly inserted by him in the Place where it now is, which
appears impossible; and praying their Lordships, that, after the strict Inquiry
which hath been made by their Lordships into the Bottom of the Proceeding,
their Lordships would either blame or acquit him, as to their Lordships should
seem most just:"
"Their Lordships, taking into Consideration, that they had
not only the Testimony of Mr. Dugdale, but the
Concurrence of Nine or Ten of the Lords of that Committee then present, who
retained a perfect Memory of this Particular, have thought fit to declare, That
they are entirely satisfied with the Care and Integrity of the said Sir
Robert Southwell; and that whatever Reflections have been
raised against him to the contrary are groundless and injurious. And their
Lordships order, That a full Entry thereof be made in their Book, in order to
ORDERED, that this Vindication be entered.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas and
Baron Thurland made this Report following:
Report of the State of the Laws concerning Papists residing in
London and Westm.
"In Obedience to your Lordships Order of the 18th Instant,
we have considered of the State of the Laws now in Being, how they stand, as to
the clearing the Cities of London and Westminster from Popish Families, and wherein the said Laws are
defective, and do humbly offer to your Lordships, that besides the general Laws
against Recusants, unto which all Popish Recusants in and about the Cities of
London and Westm. are liable; we
find none in particular relating to the said Cities, but the Statute of 3
Jacobi Cap. 5, Paragraph 4.
"The Meaning of which Law seems to be for the freeing of
the City of London, and within Ten Miles Compass of it,
from Papists: But the said Law is not clearly penned; and there is no Provision
to compel any Parish to receive such Persons as shall be willing to remove in
Pursuance of it.
"Thereupon, we humbly conceive, there will need some
explanatory or supplemental Law, to make it fully effectual in this
ORDERED, That this Report shall be considered, when the
House takes into Consideration the Means for the better securing of the
Darcy versus Darcy.
Whereas, by Order of this House, dated the 5th of
July, 1678, James Darcy the Son and
Heir, and Christopher Darcy the Executor, of
James Darcy, were required to put in their Answer or
respective Answers, in Writing, to the Petition of Sir William
Darcy; being an Appeal from a Dismission of his Bill out of the Court of
Chancery, which was for Relief upon a Trust and Agreement for Redemption of the
Manor and Castle of Witton, and other Lands in the
Bishopric of Durham, conveyed to James
Darcy his Brother; which Answers, by reason of the Prorogation then soon
after ensuing, are not since put in; this House being moved, "That a Day may be
set for that Purpose:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and
Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said James
Darcy and Christopher Darcy be, and are hereby,
required to put in their Answer, or respective Answers, to the said Appeal,
within One Week next after Notice given to them respectively of this Order for
Clerks appointed to attend Committee for Examination of the
The Earl of Clarendon acquainting
the House, "That the Clerk of the Parliaments hath, according to the Order of
the 19th of this Instant March, provided Two Clerks,
videlicet, John Sheldrake and Culverwell
Needler (of whose Diligence and Honesty he hath good Assurance), to
attend the Service of the Lords Committees for examining Matters relating to
the Discovery of the late horrid Conspiracy:"
The House approved of the said Persons, and appointed them
for that Service.
Turner, a Jesuit, committed.
Upon Report made by the Earl of Clarendon, from the Lords Committees for examining Matters
relating to the Discovery of the late horrid Conspiracy, "That their Lordships
are of Opinion, That Edward Turner, a Priest and Jesuit,
who hath been examined before them, and is now in the Custody of Francis Strutt, a Messenger, should be committed to
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the said Francis Strutt shall
forthwith deliver the said Edward Turner into the Prison
of The Gatehouse at Westm. there to
remain as a Prisoner till he shall be delivered by due Course of Law: And this
shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Francis Strutt, Messenger, his
Deputy and Deputies, and to the Keeper of the Prison of The
Gatehouse, his Deputy and Deputies, and every of them.
State of Ireland to be considered.
The House being moved, "That Inquiry may be made, what
Care is taken for the Safety and Preservation of His Majesty's Kingdom of
Ireland, in this Time of imminent Danger:"
It is ORDERED, That this House will consider thereof on
Monday next, at which Time the Lord Butler is to bring into this House such Orders as are come to
his Hands relating thereunto.
Col. Finch, Leave to go beyond Sea.
This House being moved, "That Colonel Charles Finch may have Leave to travel into the Parts beyond
Upon Consideration had thereof, it is ORDERED, That the
said Charles Finch be, and is hereby, authorized and
permitted to repair to any of His Majesty's Sea Ports of this Kingdom, and
thence to have Liberty to pass into the Parts beyond the Seas; and this shall
be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
Ly. Pierpoint, Leave to stay in Town.
This House being moved, "That the Lady Elizabeth Pierpoint, being sick in the Country, where such
necessary Helps as are requisite for the Recovery of her Health are not to be
had, may have Leave to come to stay some Time in Town for that Purpose:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the said Lady Elizabeth
Pierpoint, with such Women Servants as shall be necessary for her, be,
and are hereby, authorized to come to, and stay in, the Cities of
London or Westm. or the Suburbs of
either of them, for the Space of Two Months from the Date of this Order, for
the Recovery of her Health, but no longer.
Popish Recusants, for better Discovery of, Bill.
The House was put into a Committee, to consider of the
Bill for the better Discovery, and the more speedy Conviction, of Popish
The House being resumed;
The Earl of Bridgwater reported,
"That the Committee of the House hath considered the Bill for the better
Discovery, and the more speedy Conviction, of Popish Recusants; wherein they
have made some Amendments, and added Two Provisos, which are offered to their
The said Amendments and Provisos were read Twice, and
agreed; and the Bill ordered to be engrossed, with the said Amendments and
Prisoners for the Plot to be secured.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament
assembled, That the Judges of Assize in their respective Circuits be, and are
hereby, required to give Direction to the respective Sheriffs of Counties, and
all other Persons concerned therein, for the effectual securing of all such
Persons as now are, or hereafter shall be, Prisoners within their respective
Jurisdictions and Charges, for any Matters relating to the late horrid
Blank Warrant to be issued, to search for Persons concerned in the
The House being moved, by the Lords Committees for
examining Matters relating to the Discovery of the late horrid Conspiracy,
"That a blank Warrant may be issued, and signed by the Clerk of the
Parliaments, to search for and seize some Papers and Persons which may make a
further Discovery thereof, and that their Lordships may be intrusted to insert
the Place or House to be searched; as also the Names of the Persons who shall
execute the said Warrant, to prevent a Discovery of the intended
Upon Consideration had thereof, it is ORDERED, by the
Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That such a blank Warrant
shall be issued as is desired, so as the Search to be made be not in the House
of any Member of either House of Parliament: Which their Lordships assured the
House they would take Care of.
Fast Day appointed.
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That His
Majesty hath appointed Friday the 11th of April next, to be the Fast Day."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum
continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, 26um diem
instantis Martii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined, this 27th of March, 1679, by us
P. Bath & Wells.