DIE Martis, 21 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Comes St. Alban.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. Arundell T.
Lords take the Oaths.
This Day Charles Viscount Mordant and Charles Lord
Delawar took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy,
and made and subscribed the Declaration, in Pursuance
of the Act for the more effectual preserving of the King's
Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament.
Visc. Mordant takes his Seat.
This Day Charles Viscount Mordant sat first in Parliament as a Peer, after the Decease of John Viscount
Mordant his Father.
His Writ of Summons to Parliament bears Date the
20th of December, in the 32th Year of the Reign of
His Majesty that now is.
Burying in Woollen, additional Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, "An additional Act
for burying in Woollen."
ORDERED, That this Bill is committed to these Lords
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Their Lordships, or any Five; to meet on Thursday next, at 9 of the Clock in the Forenoon,
in the Prince's Lodgings; and to adjourn as they
Protestant Dissenters, for distinguishing, Bill.
The House was adjourned into a Committee, to proceed in the Bill for distinguishing Protestant Dissenters
from Popish Recusants.
The House was resumed.
And the Earl of Bridgewater reported, "That the
Committee of the whole House have spent many
Days in the Consideration of the Bill for distinguishing of Protestant Dissenters from Popish Recusants;
in which Bill are made some Amendments and Additions, which the Committee offers to the Consideration of the House."
The Amendments were read Once; and the Judges
were appointed to word some Clauses better, before the
King's Writ to be obeyed, concerning the Execution of L. Stafford.
Upon Application from the Sheriffs of London and
Midd. making some Scruples concerning the Execution
of the late Lord Viscount Stafford, which were found
by this House to be unnecessary:
This House do declare, "That the King's Writ
ought to be obeyed."
Message from H. C. to impeach Mr. Seymour.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Gilbert Gerrard Knight, and others; who did, in
the Name of the Commons assembled in Parliament,
and in the Name of all the Commons of England, impeach Edward Seymour Esquire, for several high Crimes
and Misdemeanors and Offences; and was commanded
to exhibit Articles against him for the said high Crimes
The House commanded the said Articles to be read,
Articles of Impeachment, by the Commons of
England assembled in Parliament, in the Name
of themselves and of all the Commons of England, against Edward Seymour Esquire, One
of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy
Council, Treasurer of His Majesty's Navy,
and One of the Members of the House of
Commons now in Parliament assembled, for
several high Crimes, Misdemeanors, and Offences.
Articles of Impeachment against Mr. Seymour.
"Imprimis, That whereas the Sum of Five Hundred
Eighty-four Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy-eight
Pounds, Two Shillings, and Two Pence, was raised,
by an Act of Parliament, for the speedy building of
Thirty Ships of War, and thereby appropriated to
the said Use; by which Act, it was particularly directed, that the Treasurer of the Navy should keep
all Monies, paid to him by virtue of the said Act,
distinct and apart from all other Monies; and should
issue and pay the same, by Warrant of the Principal
Officers and Commissioners of the Navy, or any
Three or more of them, and mentioning and expressing that it is for the Building, for the Guns,
Rigging, and other Furnishing of the said Thirty
Ships of War, and to no other Use, Intent, or Purpose whatsoever; he the said Edward Seymour, on
or about the Year One Thousand Six Hundred Seventy and Seven (being then Treasurer of the Navy),
did, contrary to the said Act, and contrary to the
Duty of his said Office, lend the Sum of Ninety
Thousand Pounds (at Eight per Cent.), Parcel of the
said Sum raised by the said Act (being then in his
Hands), for and towards the Support and Continuance of the Army then raised, after such Time as
by an Act of Parliament the said Army ought to
have been disbanded; whereby the said Two several
Acts were eluded, and the said Army was continued
and kept on Foot, to the great Disturbance, Hazard,
and Danger of the Peace and Safety of the Kingdom; and the Nation was afterwards put to a new
Charge, of raising and paying the Sum of Two Hundred Thousand Pounds, for the disbanding of the said
"Secondly, That whereas an Act of Parliament had
passed, for raising of Money by a Poll, for enabling
His Majesty to enter into an actual War against the
French King; and the Money raised by virtue of the
said Act was thereby appropriated to the said Use,
and to the Re-payment of such Persons as should furnish His Majesty with any Sums of Money, or any
Stores, necessary for the said Service; and whereas
certain Eastland Merchants were desired by His Majesty's Officers to furnish and supply great Quantities
of Stores for the Navy, and, as an Encouragement
thereunto, were assured that the Sum of Forty Thousand Pounds, Parcel of the said Monies raised by the
said Act, was at that Time actually in the Hands of
the said Edward Seymour (which he did acknowledge
so to be), and did promise that the said Sum should
be paid to the said Merchants in Part of Satisfaction
for the said Stores which they did furnish upon the
Credit of the said Affirmation and Undertaking; he
the said Edward Seymour did, on or about the Year
One Thousand Six Hundred Seventy-eight, issue out
and pay the said Sum to the Victuallers of the Navy
by Way of Advance, and for Provisions not then
brought in, contrary to the true Intent and Meaning
of the said Act; whereas the same, by the Provision
of the said Act, ought to have been paid to the Eastland Merchants, who had furnished His Majesty with
Flax, Hemp, and other Necessaries, for the said Service; of which said Deceit and Injustice the said
Merchants did complain in the last Parliament.
"Thirdly, That the said Edward Seymour, being
Treasurer of the Navy, and then and still having a
Salary of Three Thousand Pounds per Annum clear for
the same, did, during the Time that he was Speaker
to the last long Parliament, receive, out of the Monies appointed for Secret Service, the Yearly Sum
of Three Thousand Pounds, over and above his
said Salary; which was constantly paid to him, as
well during the Intervals as the Sessions of Parliament, and particularly during the Prorogation of
"Fourthly, That, on or about the Eighteenth Year
of His Majesty's Reign, and during a War with The
States Generall of The United Netherlands, he the said
Edward Seymour, being then One of the Commissioners for prized Goods, did, fraudulently, unlawfully, and in the Deceit of His Majesty, unlade a
certain Prize Ship, taken from the Subjects of the
said States, without any Order or Authority for the
same; and did house the Lading and Goods of the
said Ship, and lock up the same, without the Presence of any of the Store-keepers, and did afterwards sell the same, pretending the same to be only
Muscavado Sugars, and did account with His Majesty as such; whereas, in Truth, the said Ship was
laden with Cochineal and Indico, rich Merchandizes
of a very great Value.
"For which Matters and Things, the Knights,
Citizens, and Burgesses of the House of Commons, in Parliament, do, in the Name of
themselves and of all the Commons of England, impeach the said Edward Seymour, of
the Crimes, Misdemeanors, and Offences, in
the said Articles contained.
"And the said Commons, by Protestation,
saving to themselves the Liberty of exhibiting, at any Time hereafter, any
other Accusation or Impeachment against
the said Edward Seymour, and also of
replying to the Answers which the said
Edward Seymour shall make to the Premises, or any of them, or any Impeachment or Accusation that shall be by
them exhibited, as the Cause according
to Course and Proceedings of Parliament
shall require; do pray, That the said
Edward Seymour may be put to answer
all and every the Premises, that such
Proceedings, Examinations, Trials, and
Judgements, may be upon them, and
every One of them, had and used as
shall be agreeable to Law and Justice."
Mr. Seymour brought to the Bar.
The House being acquainted, "That Edward Seymour Esquire was attending at the Door, to receive
their Lordships Pleasure;" he was called in; and
being brought to the Bar, and kneeling, the Lord
Chancellor told him, "That there are Articles of Impeachment, for high Crimes and Misdemeanors,
brought from the House of Commons against him,
which he should hear read."
Which being read; he desired he might have a Copy
of the Articles, and a short Time given him to put in
his Answer thereunto; which he is ready to do.
To have a Copy of his Impeachment, and Time to answer.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That Edward Seymour Esquire may have a Copy of the Articles of Impeachment brought up by the House of Commons against
him this Day; and is hereby required to put in his
Answer thereunto, in Writing, at the Bar of this
House, on Thursday next, being the Three and Twentieth Day of this Instant December, at Ten of the Clock
in the Forenoon; he himself desiring no longer Time.
King's Speech to be considered.
ORDERED, That on Thursday Morning next this
House will take into Consideration His Majesty's Speech.
Ly. Grey versus L. Petre, Privilege.
Upon reading the Answer of William Lord Petre, to
the Petition of the Lady Grey of Warke, denying his
borrowing any Money of her; and insisting that his Privilege was broke, this Session of Parliament, by serving
him with a Sub-pæna out of Chancery; and praying
he may enjoy the same Privilege as other Peers of this
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition
of the Lady Grey of Warke, presented to this House on
the 10th of December Instant, be, and is hereby, dismissed this House.
Thompson, King's Servant, Privilege, versus Love, Dey, & al.
Upon reading the Petition of Robert Thompson Esquire, One of the Grooms of His Majesty's Privy Chamber in Ordinary; complaining, "That one Samuell
Love, who is in Ireland, hath, in Time of Privilege
of Parliament, prosecuted him to an Outlawry, by
one John Dey and George Newton his Attornies,
though they had Notice of his Privilege, and of
his immediate Attendance on His Majesty (as in the
Petition is suggested); and praying they may be
summoned to appear, and answer for the same:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Dey
and George Newton be, and are hereby, required to
appear at the Bar of this House, to answer the said
Complaint, on the First Day of the Sitting of the Parliament next after the Recess now at Hand; and hereof they may not fail.
Sir Thomas Bateman versus Sir Thomas Foote.
Whereas Sir Thomas Foote was to put in his Answer
to the Petition and Appeal of Sir Thomas Bateman
on Saturday next; it being this Day moved, "That
he might have longer Time for putting in his said
Answer to the said Appeal:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Sir Thomas Foote hath hereby Time given him for putting in
his Answer to the said Appeal, till Monday the Third
Day of January next, at Ten of the Clock in the
Forenoon; and hereof he may not fail.
Strickland versus Coker.
Upon reading the Petition of Robert Coker; shewing,
"That, by an Order of this House, he was to put in
an Answer to the Petition and Appeal of John
Strickland on Friday next; and praying longer Time
for answering thereunto:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Robert
Coker hath hereby Time given him for putting in an
Answer to the said Appeal, till the First Friday of the
Sitting of the Parliament next after the Recess now at
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, 22um
diem instantis Decembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.