DIE Lunæ, 7 die Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Epus. St. David's.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Comes Dorset & Midd.
Ds. De Grey.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Herbert de Cherb.
Ds. Arundell de T.
Ds. Butler de M. Park.
Message from H. C. with an Impeachment against the E. of Powis, Visc. Stafford, L. Arundel of Ward. L. Petre, and L. Bellasis.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons by the Lord Russell and others; who was commanded, by the House of Commons, to bring up Articles of Impeachment of High Treason, and other
high Crimes and Offences, against William Earl of
Powys, William Viscount Stafford, Henry Lord Arundell of Wardour, William Lord Petre, and John Lord
Bellasis, now Prisoners in The Tower of London.
The said Articles were read, as followeth:
"Articles of Impeachment, of High Treason, and
other high Crimes and Offences, against William Earl of Powys, William Viscount Stafford, Henry Lord Arundell of Wardour, William Lord Petre, and John Lord Bellasis,
now Prisoners in The Tower of London.
"That, for many Years now last past, there hath
been contrived and carried on, by Papists, a traiterous and execrable Conspiracy and Plot, within
this Kingdom of England and other Places, to alter,
change, and subvert, the ancient Government and
Laws of this Kingdom and Nation, and to suppress
the true Religion therein established, and to extirpate
and destroy the Professors thereof; which said Plot
and Conspiracy was contrived and carried on in
divers Places, and by several Ways and Means, and
by a great Number of Persons of several Qualities
and Degrees, who acted therein, and intended thereby to execute and accomplish the aforesaid wicked
and traiterous Designs and Purposes.
"That the said William Earl of Powys, William Viscount Stafford, Henry Lord Arundell of Wardour,
William Lord Petre, and John Lord Bellasis, together
with Philip Howard, commonly called Cardinal
of Norfolke, Thomas White, alias Whitebread, commonly called Provincial of the Jesuits in England,
Rich'd Strange, lately called Provincial of the Jesuits in England, Vincent, commonly called
Provincial of the Dominicans in England, James Corker, commonly called President of the Benedictines,
Sir John Warner, alias Clare, Baronet, William Harcourt, John Keins, Nicholas Blundell, Pole,
Edward Mico, Thomas Bedingfeild, alias Benefeild,
Basill Langworth, Charles Peters, Richard Peters,
John Connyers, Sir George Wakeman, Thomas Fenwick,
Dominick Kelly, Fitzgerrald, Evers,
Sir Thomas Preston, William Lovell, Jesuits, Lord
Baltemore, John Carrell, John Townely, Richard Langhorne, William Fogarty, Thomas Penny, Mathew Medbourne, Edward Coleman, William Ireland, John Grove,
Thomas Pickering, John Smith, and divers other Jesuits, Priests, Friars, and other Persons, as false
Traitors to His Majesty and this Kingdom, within
the Time aforesaid, have traiterously consulted, contrived, and acted, to and for the accomplishing of
the said wicked, pernicious, and traiterous Designs;
and, for that End, did most wickedly and traiterously
agree, conspire, and resolve, to imprison, depose, and
murder, His Sacred Majesty, and to deprive Him
of His Royal State, Crown, and Dignity; and, by
malicious and advised speaking, writing, and otherwise, declared such their Purposes and Intentions;
and also to subject this Kingdom and Nation to the
Pope and His tyrannical Government; and to seize
and share amongst themselves the Estates and Inheritances of His Majesty's Protestant Subjects; and to
erect and restore Abbies, Monasteries, and other
Convents and Societies, which have been long since
by the Laws of this Kingdom suppressed, for their
Superstition and Idolatry; and to deliver up and
restore to them the Lands and Possessions now vested
in His Majesty and His Subjects by the Laws and
Statutes of this Realm; and also to found and erect
new Monasteries and Convents, and to remove and
deprive all Protestant Bishops, and other Ecclesiastical
Persons, from their Offices, Benefices, and Preferments, and by this Means to destroy His Majesty's
Person, extirpate the Protestant Religion, overthrow
the Rights, Liberties, and Properties of all His
Majesty's good Subjects, subvert the lawful Government of this Kingdom, and subject the same to the
Tyranny of the See of Rome.
"That the said Conspirators, and their Complices
and Confederates, traiterously had and held several
Meetings, Assemblies, and Consultations, wherein it
was contrived and designed among them what Means
should be used, and what Persons and Instruments
should be employed, to murder His Majesty; and did
then and there resolve to effect it by poisoning, shooting,
stabbing, or some such like Ways and Means, and
offered Rewards and Promises of Advantage to several Persons to execute the same; and hired and employed several wicked Persons, to go to Windsor and
other Places, where His Majesty did reside, to murder
and destroy His Majesty; which said Persons, or some
of them, accepted such Rewards, and undertook the
perpetrating thereof, and did actually go to the said
Places for that End and Purpose.
"That the said Conspirators, the better to compass
their traiterous Designs, have consulted to raise, and
have procured and raised, Men, Money, Horses,
Arms, and Ammunition, and also have made Application to, and treated and corresponded with, the
Pope, His Cardinals, Nuncios, and Agents, and with
other Foreign Ministers and Persons, to raise and
obtain Supplies of Men, Money, Arms, and Ammunition, therewith to make, levy, and raise War, Rebellion, and Tumults, within this Kingdom, and to
invade the same with Foreign Forces, and to surprize,
seize, and destroy, His Majesty's Navy, Forts, Magazines, and Places of Strength, within this Kingdom;
whereupon the Calamities of War, Murders of innocent Subjects, Men, Women, and Children, Burnings, Rapines, Devastations, and other dreadful
Miseries and Mischiefs, must inevitably have ensued,
to the Ruin and Destruction of this Nation.
"And the said Conspirators have procured and
accepted, and delivered out, several Instruments,
Commissions, and Powers, made or granted by or under the Pope, or other unlawful and usurped Authority, to raise and dispose of Men, Monies, Arms, and
other Things necessary for their wicked and traiterous
Designs; and namely, a Commission for the said
Henry Lord Arundell of Wardour, to be Lord Chancellor of England; another Commission to the said
William Earl of Powys, to be Lord Treasurer of England; another Commission to the said John Lord Bellasis, to be General of the Army to be raised; another
Commission to the said William Lord Petre, to be
Lieuteuant General of the said Army; and a Power
for the said William Viscount Stafford, to be Paymaster
of the Army.
"That, in order to encourage themselves in prosecuting their said wicked Plots, Conspiracies, and Treasons, and to hide and hinder the Discovery of the
same, and to secure themselves from Justice and Punishment, the Conspirators aforesaid, their Complices
and Consederates, have used many wicked and diabolical Practices; videlicet, they did cause their Priests
to administer to the said Conspirators an Oath of Secrecy, together with their Sacrament; and also did
cause their said Priests, upon Confessions, to give
their Absolutions upon Condition that they should
conceal the said Conspiracy; and when, about the
Month of September last, Sir Edmondbury Godfrey, a
Justice of Peace, had, according to the Duty of his
Oath and Office, taken several Examinations and
Informations concerning the said Conspiracy and Plot,
the said Conspirators, or some of them, by Advice,
Assent, Counsel, and Instigation of the rest, did incite and procure divers Persons to lie in Wait and
pursue the said Sir Edmondbury Godfrey divers Days,
with Intent to murder him, which at last was perpetrated and effected by them; for which said horrid
Crimes and Offences, Robert Greene, Henry Berry, and
Lawrence Hill, have since been attainted, and Dominick Kelly and Girald, and others, are fled for
the same; after which Murder, and before the Body
was found, or the Murder known to any but the Complices therein, the said Persons falsely gave out that
he was alive, and privately married; and, after the
Body found, dispersed a false and malicious Report
that he had murdered himself; which said Murder
was committed with Design to stifle and suppress the
Evidence he had taken and had Knowledge of, and
discourage and deter Magistrates and others from
acting in further Discovery of the said Conspiracy
and Plot; for which End also the said Sir Edmondbury
Godfrey, while he was alive, was, by them, their Complices and Favourers, threatened and discouraged in
his Proceedings about the same; and, of their further
Malice, they have wickedly contrived, by many false
Suggestions, to lay the Imputation and Guilt of the
aforesaid horrid and detestable Crimes upon the Protestants, that so thereby they might escape the Punishments they have justly deserved, and expose the Protestants to great Scandal, and subject them to Persecution and Oppression in all Kingdoms and Countries
where the Romish Religion is received and professed.
"All which Treasons, Crimes, and Offences, abovementioned, were contrived, committed, perpetrated,
acted, and done, by the said William Earl of Powys,
William Viscount Stafford, William Lord Petre, Henry
Lord Arundell of Wardour, and John Lord Bellasis,
and other the Conspirators aforesaid, against our Sovereign Lord the King, His Crown and Dignity, and
against the Laws and Statutes of this Kingdom.
"Of all which Treasons, Crimes, and Offences, the
Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, in Parliament assembled, do, in the Name of themselves and of all
the Commons of England, impeach the said William
Earl of Powys, William Viscount Stafford, William Lord
Petre, Henry Lord Arundell of Wardour, and John
Lord Bellasis, and every of them.
"And the said Commons, by Protestation, saving
to themselves the Liberty of exhibiting at any
Time hereafter any other Accusations or Impeachments against the said William Earl of
Powys, William Viscount Stafford, William Lord
Petre, Henry Lord Arundell of Wardour, and
John Lord Bellasis, and every of them, and
also of replying to the Answers which they
and every of them shall make to the Premises
or any of them, or to any other Accusation or
Impeachment which shall be by them exhibited (as the Cause according to Course and
Proceedings of Parliament shall require), do
pray, that the said William Earl of Powys,
William Viscount Stafford, William Lord Petre,
Henry Lord Arundell of Wardour, and John
Lord Bellasis, and every of them, be put to
answer all and every of the Premises; and that
such Proceedings, Examinations, Trials, and
Judgements, may be upon them and every of
them had and used, as shall be agreeable to
Law and Justice, and Course of Parliament."
Committees to consider or a Method for Trial of these Lords.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That the Lords Committees
for Privileges do meet this Afternoon, to consider of
the Method and Progress of the Proceedings to be had
upon the Trials of the Lords now Prisoners in The
Tower, upon the Impeachments brought up against
them from the House of Commons; and that the Lord
Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Mr. Baron
Thurland, and His Majesty's Attorney General, do attend their Lordships this Afternoon, in the House of
Sidway's information against the Bishop of Ely and other Bishops.
This Day John Sidway brought in an Information
upon Oath against the Lords Bishop of Ely and other
And, upon Debate thereof,
The Question being put, "Whether John Sidway
shall stand committed?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against (fn. *) Sidway's Commitment.
Hereupon the House made the ensuing Order;
Sidway committed to The Gatehouse.
"Whereas John Sidway hath brought into this House
an Information against the Lord Bishop of Ely and other
Bishops, which, upon the Examination of the said John
Sidway at the Bar, appeared to be frivolous and untrue: It is thereupon Resolved, That the said John
Sidway shall stand committed to the Prison of The
Gatehouse, at Westminster; and that the Gentleman
Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, or his
Deputy or Deputies, shall take Care to convey him
thither; and for his or their so doing, this shall be
a sufficient Warrant; as also to the Keeper of the
said Prison, his Deputy and Deputies, and every of
them, for detaining the said John Sidway in safe
Custody, till the Pleasure of this House be further
ORDERED, That the Business concerning John Sidway
be further considered on Wednesday next.
The Lord Grey de Wark is added to the Committee
Weld's Trunks, &c. restored.
Upon Report made from the Lords Committees for
examining Matters relating to the Discovery of the late
horrid Conspiracy, of an Account given their Lordships,
by Sir Tymothy Baldwin, Sir Robert Southwell, Edmond
Warcup Esquire, and William Blathwaite Esquire, of
their searching the Trunks and Chests at Mr. Weld's
House, "That there is nothing among the Papers in
them, relating to the said Conspiracy:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual
and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said
Edmond Warcup be, and is hereby, authorized and appointed forthwith to discharge the Guard of a Constable
and Watchmen, by him placed upon the said Chests
and Trunks; and for so doing, this shall be his sufficient
Oates versus Basset, for printing his Narrative incorrectly.
Upon Report made from the Lords Committees, for
examining Matters relating to the Discovery of the late
horrid Conspiracy, "That their Lordships have examined Mr. Basset, who printed the Narrative complained of by Tytus Oates to be published imperfectly and to his Injury; and find that Mr. Basset
was not the Cause of, but is sorry for, the Mistake;
and hath delivered the Original, by which the said
Books were printed, to the Committee; and that he
is willing to give the said Tytus Oates all reasonable
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and
Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Mr.
Basset be discharged from any further Trouble concerning this Matter; and that Edmund Warcup Esquire,
into whose Custody such of the said Books as, being
unsold and seized, were put, do deliver, or cause the
said Books to be forthwith delivered unto the said Tytus
Hicks to be attached, for contemptuous Words against the Parliament.
Upon Information given to this House, upon Oath,
"That Robert Hix, of Woodstock, hath uttered contemptuous Words, reflecting upon the Parliament:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Serjeant at Arms
attending this House, or his Deputy or Deputies, shall
forthwith attach the Body of the said Robert Hix, and
bring him in safe Custody to the Bar of this House, to
answer for the said Words; and this shall be a sufficient
Warrant on that Behalf.
To Sir Geo. Charnock, Serjeant at Arms attending this House, his Deputy and Deputies, and to all His Majesty's Officers
Civil and Military, to be aiding and assisting in the Execution hereof.
Ducket versus Mildmay et al.
Upon reading the Petition of William Mildmay Esquire,
and others; praying, "That, in regard the Cause wherein they are Defendants is of great Length, and the
Points many, and the Pleadings very long, they may
have a Fortnight's Time longer, to put in their Answer
to the Petition and Appeal of Thomas Ducket, depending in this House against them:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said William Mildmay, and other Persons concerned, have hereby Time
given them, for putting in their Answer to the said Petition and Appeal of Thomas Ducket, till Monday, the
Twenty-eight Day of this Instant April, at Ten of the
Clock in the Forenoon.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, 8um diem
instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined, this 12th
of April, 1679, by us,
P. Bath & Wells.