DIE Mercurii, 9 die Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Epus. St. David's.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
Comes St. Alban.
Ds. De Grey.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey de W.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Herbert de Cherb.
Ds. Gerard de Brand.
Ds. Arundell de T.
Ds. Butler M. P.
The Question being put, "Whether, when the
Lords come to the Bar, the Doors shall be
It was Resolved in the Negative.
Lords brought to the Bar, to hear their Impeachments read.
This Day being appointed for William Earl of Powis,
William Viscount Stafford, William Lord Petre, Henry
Lord Arundell of Wardour, and John Lord Bellasis, Prisoners in The Tower, to be brought to the Bar, to hear
the Articles of Impeachment of High Treason, wherewith
they are charged by the House of Commons, read unto
them; the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod was commanded to call for them in.
Upon which, the said Earl of Powis, Viscount Stafford, Lord Petre, and Lord Arundell of Wardour, were
brought to the Bar, by the Lieutenant of The Tower;
where they kneeled, till the Lord Chancellor bid them
Then, by Command of the House, the said Articles of
Impeachment were read unto them.
After which, the Lord Chancellor asking them, what
they had to say for themselves (letting them know that
His Majesty would appoint a Lord High Steward for
their Trials); the said Lords made several Requests unto
the House, in order to their answering the said Charge,
and making their Defences upon their Trials.
Which Requests (the said Lords being withdrawn)
the House took into Consideration.
To have Copies of their Impeachments, Counsel, &c. and Extracts from the Journals.
And, after some Time spent therein, the said Lords
were called to the Bar again; and the Lord Chancellor
did let their Lordships know, "That the House had
considered of their Requests; and had ordered that
the several Indictments found against them, the said
Earl of Powis, Viscount Stafford, Lord Petre, Lord
Arundell of Wardour, and Lord Bellasis, by the Grand
Jury, shall be brought into this Court by Writ of
Certiorari; and that their Lordships may have Copies
of the said Articles of Impeachment; and shall have
Time given them, till Tuesday the Fifteenth Day of this
Instant April, to send in their respective Answers thereunto, with further Time to answer to any new Articles that shall be brought up against them; and shall
have Liberty to search and take out Copies of Records and Journals, in order to their Defence; and
that their Lordships shall have Summons issued for
such Witnesses as they shall respectively send in the
Names of, to be by them made Use of at their Trials;
which Witnesses shall have the Protection of this House,
for their safe coming and going, during the Time of
the said Trials; and that their Lordships shall have
those Persons assigned to them for Counsel, in order
to their Defences upon their Trials, whom they have
respectively named to this House; and lastly, that all
the Peers shall be summoned, to the End there may
be a full House at the said Trials."
Then, Notice being taken by the House, that the
Lord Bellasis had not appeared at the Bar; Thomas Plessington and Robert Dent, being sworn at the Bar, attested, "That the Lord Bellasis is at this present so
ill and lame with the Gout, that he is not able to
stir out of his Bed, nor to turn himself in his Bed
Which reasonable Excuse the House allowing of;
the said Thomas Plessington, on Behalf of the Lord Bellasis, desired, "That his Lordship might have a Copy
of the Articles; and that Counsel (whom he named)
might be assigned to him."
Which, with the other Requests made by the Lords
who appeared, were equally condescended to, for the
Lord Bellasis, as for the other Four Lords.
Then the House made the Order following:
"Whereas William Earl of Powis, William Viscount
Stafford, William Lord Petre, and Henry Lord Arundell of Wardour, have appeared this Day at the Bar,
to hear the Articles read; whereby they, together
with John Lord Bellasis, are charged upon Impeachment of High Treason: It is ORDERED, That the
said William Earl of Powis, William Viscount Stafford,
William Lord Petre, Henry Lord Arundell, and John
Lord Bellasis, shall stand committed to The Tower of
London, there to be kept in safe Custody, in order to
their Trials; having the same Liberty of Access of
Persons to them as they had before this Day; and
this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To the Lieutenant of The Tower of London,
his Deputy and Deputies, and every of
Certiorari to bring in the Indictments of the Five Lords.
"ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That His Majesty's Writ of
Certiorari be issued, returnable into the House of
Peers in Parliament assembled, for bringing into this
Court the several Indictments, with all Things thereunto belonging, whereby William Earl of Powis, William Viscount Stafford, William Lord Petre, Henry Lord
Arundell of Wardour, and John Lord Bellasis, are found
guilty of High Treason."
Counsel assigned them.
"It is this Day ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual
and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Mr.
Saunders and Mr. Holt, Counsellors at Law, be, and
are hereby, assigned to be of Counsel, with William
Earl of Powis, now Prisoner in The Tower, in order
to his Defence upon his Trial, upon the Impeachment
of the House of Commons, whereby he is charged
with High Treason; and that they, the said Saunders
and Mr. Holt, may have free Access to the said Earl
of Powis, from Time to Time, for that Purpose."
William Viscount Stafford; the like Order for Mr.
Saunders, and Mr. Anthony Keck.
William Lord Petre; the like Order for Serjeant
Raymond, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Saunders, and Mr. Bradbury.
Henry Lord Arundell of Wardour; the like Order, for
Mr. Saunders, Mr. Pollexfen, and Mr. Holt.
John Lord Bellasis; the like Order, for Sir Thomas
Skipwith, and Mr. Saunders.
Ld. Chancellor to write to absent Lords, to attend at their Trial.
Forasmuch as several Peers are upon their Trials for
their Lives, and that it is the Duty of the whole Body
of the Peers to attend that Service: It is therefore this
Day ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Chancellor do
write Letters to every Peer now absent, and able to
travel without Danger of Life, forthwith to come to
Town, and remain here, attending the Service of this
House, until the said Trials be over; intimating to them
therein, "That, if they shall not attend the Service of
this House according to Summons, this House will
send a Serjeant at Arms, to bring them up in Custody."
Ld. Petre, Leave to see his Lady.
This House being moved, "That the Lord Petre,
Prisoner in The Tower, who hath appeared at the Bar
this Day, may have Leave to see his Lady, now lyingin:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Lord Petre,
attended by the Lieutenant of The Tower, and such
Guards as he thinks fit, be, and is hereby, authorized
and permitted to call and see his Lady, now lying-in, in
his Return to The Tower.
Liberty of the Subject, Habeas Corpus Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the better
securing the Liberty of the Subject, and for Prevention of Imprisonments beyond the Seas."
Harding versus Edge.
Whereas Mr. Ralph Edge was, by Order of this
House, dated the 20th Day of March last, required to
put in an Answer, in Writing, to the Petition and Appeal of Sir Robert Harding, depending in this House
against him, on Thursday the Third Day of this Instant April; which is not yet done, though timely Notice was given for that Purpose:
It is this Day ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and
Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Ralph
Edge be, and is hereby, required peremptorily to put
in his Answer to the said Petition, on the First Day of
the Sitting of the Parliament next, after Easter Week;
which if he shall not then do, this House will proceed
to hear the said Cause ex parte; and hereof the said Sir
Robert Harding is to cause timely Notice to be given
to the said Ralph Edge for that Purpose.
Oates to print his own Narrative.
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
Mr. Tytus Oates complains, that Mr. Basset hath not
given Satisfaction for the printing and publishing his
Narrative of the said Conspiracy imperfectly; and desires that he may re-print his own Narrative thereof;
which the said Lords Committees judge to be reasonable."
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That the said Tytus Oates be,
and is hereby, authorized to print a perfect Copy of his
own Narrative of the said Conspiracy.
Clerks Woolsack to be mad less.
It is this Day Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and
Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Great
Chamberlain of England be, and is hereby, desired forthwith to take Care, and give Direction, that the Woolsack on which the Clerks attending this House sit may
be cut so much lesser, and ordered in such a Manner,
as that the Clerks only may sit thereon, while they attend the Service of this House.
(fn. *) The Committee for the Bill concerning the Lord
Mohun's Estate do meet To-morrow Morning.
Message from H. C. for a Free Conference about the E. of Danby's Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Gerard and others:
To desire a Free Conference, upon the Subject-matter
of the late Conference, touching the Amendments in the
Bill concerning the Earl of Danby.
The Answer returned was;
That the Lords had considered of their Message, and
agree to a Free Conference; and appoint the same to be
To-morrow, at Eleven of the Clock, in the Painted
Message from the King, for Prynn's Books to be suppressed.
The Lord Privy Seal reported, "That he was commanded, by His Majesty, to make a Complaint of some
dangerous Books re-printed, formerly made by William
Prynn, and a new Title made to them; therefore desired that a Committee may be appointed, to examine
who re-printed them, and by whom published and dispersed; and to consider how to suppress them."
The Lord Privy Seal is to renew this Motion on
Ld. Mohun's Bill.
The Committee for the Bill for settling the Lord
Mohun's Estate are to meet at the Rising of the House.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, 10 um diem
instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.