DIE Jovis, 14 die Junii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Hodges.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
1 Dux Yorke.
2 Dux Glocester.
||L. Chief Baron, Speaker.
|3 D. of Bucks.
5 L. Great Chamberlain.
7 Comes Oxon.
6 L. Chamberlain.
4 Marq. Dorchester.
12 Comes Pembrooke.
13 Comes Lyncolne.
11 Comes Bedford.
25 Comes Clare.
29 Comes Monmouth.
21 Comes North'ton.
36 Comes Strafford.
43 Viscount Conway.
41 Viscount Hereford.
30 Comes Dover.
9 Comes Derby.
22 Comes Devon.
20 Comes Leycester.
19 Comes Bridgwater.
24 Comes Midd.
38 Comes Scarsdale.
44 Viscount Campden.
35 Comes Portland.
33 Comes Winchilsea.
15 Comes Suffolke.
37 Comes Norwich.
16 Comes Dorsett.
28 Comes Berks.
31 Comes Peterborough.
46 Viscount Fauconbridge.
14 Comes Nottingham.
18 Comes Exon.
26 Comes Bollingbrooke.
34 Comes Newport.
17 Comes Sarum.
40 Comes St. Albans.
27 Comes Westm'land.
10 Comes South'ton.
32 Comes Stamford.
8 Comes Shrewsberry.
45 Viscount Stafford.
39 Comes Leichfeild.
42 Viscount Say & Seale.
|19 Ds. Robertes.
15 Ds. Gerard.
26 Ds. Mohun.
24 Ds. Coventrye.
27 Ds. Fynch.
30 Ds. Leigh.
23 Ds. Maynard.
38 Ds. Lexington.
31 Ds. Loughborough.
18 Ds. Grey.
35 Ds. Astley.
12 Ds. Pagett.
32 Ds. Byron.
7 Ds. Darcy.
14 Ds. Hunsdon.
28 Ds. Seymour.
5 Ds. Sandys.
21 Ds. Lovelace.
1 Ds. Abergavenny.
11 Ds. Willoughby.
8 Ds. Wentworth.
34 Ds. Culpepper.
36 Ds. Clifford.
13 Ds. Chandos.
33 Ds. Widdrington.
17 Ds. Tenham.
37 Ds. Rockingham.
9 Ds. Crumwell.
2 Ds. De la Warr.
22 Ds. Pawlett.
16 Ds. Arrundell.
4 Ds. Morley.
6 Ds. D'a're.
3 Ds. Berkley.
25 Ds. Howard.
10 Ds. Wharton.
20 Ds. Craven.
29 Ds. Newport.
Preachers at the Thanksgiving.
ORDERED, That Mr. Hodges is appointed to preach
before the Lords, in the Abbey Church at Westm. at the
Day of Thanksgiving, on the 28th Day of June Instant.
L. Mohun protests he never took the Abjuration, &c. against the King.
The Lord Mohun protested, upon his Honour, "he
never took the Oath of Abjuration against His Majesty."
Wherewith the House rested satisfied.
Further Consideration of this Matter laid aside.
ORDERED, The Matter concerning the Engagement
referred Yesterday to the Committee for Privileges, shall
be laid aside.
The Question being put, "Whether this Matter of
the Abjuration, referred Yesterday to the
Committee for Privileges, shall for this Time
be laid aside?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it.
Memorandum, That the Lord Willoughby of Parham and
the Lord Robertes entered their Protestation to the abovesaid Vote.
Major Rolph, for conspiring the Death of the late King, in the Isle of Wight.
This Day Major Rolph was brought to the Bar as a
Delinquent; and Richard Osborne, and Dowcett,
the Witnesses, had their Oath given them at the Bar.
And then Osborne was demanded what he had to charge
Major Rolph withal.
And he produced a printed Paper formerly printed,
which were Letters he formerly (fn. *) wrote: (Here enter
them.) And Osborne said, upon his Oath, "That the
Matter in that printed Paper was true."
Dowcett also delivered in a Paper of Information;
which was read: (Here enter it.) And he avouched the
same to be true, by the Oath that he had taken. But
nothing new, but what was formerly given in Evidence.
Major Rolph was asked what he could say for (fn. †) himself, to quit him for this horrid Offence of conspiring the late
King's Death at Carrisbrooke Castle.
He denied himself to be guilty of any such horrid
Thing, as to have a Design to make away the King at
Carisbrooke Castle: That he was for this Business tried at
Winchester Assizes, by Order of both Houses of Parliament; and was there quitted by the Grand Jury. And
he laid Hold upon the King's Gracious Offer of Pardon,
in His Declaration.
The Lord Chancellor being now present, the Lord
Chief Baron adjourned the House during Pleasure; and
the Lord Chancellor sat upon the Woolsack as Speaker,
and resumed the House.
ORDERED, That this Business concerning Rolph be
recommended to the Judges, to consider and state this
Business, and report to this House, that their Lordships
may see whether there be Ground sufficient to except the
said Rolph from His Majesty's Gracious Offer of Pardon.
Marquis of Winton and L. St. John.
ORDERED, That the Cause between the Marquis
Winton and his Son shall be heard, on Wednesday next,
before the Committee for Petitions; at which Time some
of the Judges are to attend the Lords Committees.
Report concerning the D. of Bucks Estate.
Report was made, by the Earl of North'ton, from the
Committee for Petitions, concerning the Estate of the
Duke of Buckingham; which was read, and confirmed
by this House.
E. of Derby's Order.
ORDERED, That there be an Order issued out, to prevent Waste, and cutting and carrying Wood away, upon
the Lands of the Earl of Derby, which he is to be put
into Possession of, and stopping of Rents.
Major Rolph committed to Newgate.
ORDERED, That Major Rolph be committed to the
Prison of Newgate, upon an Accusation of Treason; there
to be kept in safe Custody, until the further Pleasure of
this House be known.
Peers to take the Oath of Allegiance.
ORDERED, That these Lords Committees do take into
their Consideration the whole Business concerning the Peers
taking the Oath of Allegiance; and Report of their Lordships Opinions herein to be made To-morrow Morning:
1 D. Yorke.
2 D. Gloucester.
3 D. Bucks.
6 Comes South'ton.
12 E. Winchilsea.
10 E. Strafford.
9 E. Berks.
13 E. Leichfeild.
7 E. Pembrooke.
5 E. Oxon.
8 E. Leycester.
|4 Marq. Dorchester.
14 Viscount Say & Seale.
11 Comes Portland.
1 Ds. Berkeley.
3 Ds. Pagett.
2 Ds. Wharton.
4 Ds. Robertes.
5 Ds. Herbert.
7 Ds. Culpepper.
8 Ds. Lucas.
6 Ds. Finch.
|Lord Chief Baron,
Their Lordships, or any Seven; to meet at Four
of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Prince's
Order to prevent Waste on the E. of Derby's Lands.
(fn. *) Upon Information given this Day unto the House,
"That there is daily great Waste committed, upon the
Lands of the Earl of Derby, by cutting of Wood
and Timber, and demolishing of Houses standing
upon the said Lands:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords in Parliament, That
there shall be no more Wood or Timber cut upon the
Lands of the said Earl, neither shall there be any Houses
demolished, defaced, or pulled down, belonging to the
said Lands; and all such Timber that is cut that did
grow upon those Lands shall not be removed, or taken
off the Premises; and that the Rents of the said Lands
shall remain in the Tenants Hands, until the Pleasure
of this House be further signified: And hereof all such
as this Order doth or may any Way concern are to take
Notice hereof, and yield their Obedience hereunto,
as the contrary will be answered to this House.
Osborn's Letter to L. Wharton, concerning Major Rolph's Design against the late King in the Isle of Wight:
"A Letter to the Lord Wharton, sent by Ric.
(fn. †) "My Lord,
"Though I cannot but imagine I stand so highly
condemned in your Lordship's and many Persons
Thoughts, that any Thing of Vindication from me
must come with all the Disadvantage and Prejudice
that may be; yet (my Lord) being conscious of my
own Integrity, and confident that I shall be judged
by your Lordship by no other Rules but those of
Justice and Reason, I cannot doubt but, when I
have discovered the Grounds and Reasons of my
Actions, that it will appear to your Lordship that
what I have done hath been agreeable to the several
Duties I stand engaged in, as I am supposed to have
acted contrary before I am heard."
"Not to detain your Lordship in Circumstances; I
shall make this Protestation, That, as no other Thing
but the Danger of the King's Life could in Reason
excuse such an Attempt, so I protest that no inferior Considerations did or could have moved to such
an Action. But, my Lord, having had such particular
and well-grounded Information that so horrid a Design was intended, and moved from those that could
when they pleased have had the Power to put it
in Execution; I hope I shall not be censured for
having postposed all other Considerations to that
Loyalty, which cannot be questioned but I owe to
But not to leave your Lordship unsatisfied with
the general Account; the Intelligence I speak of,
concerning this Design, I received from Captain Rolfe,
a Person very intimate with the Governor, privy to
all Counsels, and One that is very high in the Esteem
of the Army; he, my Lord, informed me, that to
his Knowledge the Governor had received several
Letters from the Army; intimating, they desired the
King might by any Means be removed out of the Way,
either by Poison or otherwise; and that another Time
the same Person persuaded me to join with him in a
Design to remove the King out of that Castle, to a
Place of more Secrecy, proffering to take an Oath
with me, and to do it without the Governor's Privity,
who, he said, would not consent, for losing the Allowance of the House. His Pretence to this Attempt
was, that the King was in too public a Place, from
whence He might be rescued; but, if He might be
conveyed into some Place of Secrecy, he said, he
might dispose of His Person upon all Occasions as we
thought fit; and this he was confident we could effect without the Governor's Privity. My Lord,
Considering all these pregnant Circumstances, I think
it will appear that there were, if there are no such
Intentions concerning His Majesty's Person, as may
well justify my Endeavours that have been made for
His Remove from so much Danger; and for my own
Part, my Lord, I must be so plain as to declare concerning my own Actings in relation to this Business,
that, had I not done this (having such Grounds), I
must believe I had then verified all those Aspersions
of Disloyalty and Breach of Trust which I am contented to suffer, from those whose Interest is perchance opposed to my Endeavours to prevent such
"My Lord, I have spoken nothing here but what
I shall be ready to testify upon Oath, whenever I
shall be called to it, with Promise of Freedom and
Security. Till then, I must be content to support
all Censures, and satisfy (fn. *) myself with the Vindication
I receive from my own Conscience. I am
His Letter to the E. of Manchester, on the same Subject.
"I did by a Letter of the First of June acquaint
my Lord Wharton with what I send here inclosed, expecting it would before this have been communicated to both Houses: What should be the Reason
of concealing a Business of this Nature I know not,
except it be to give those Time that are concerned
in it, better to think of some Stratagem to evade this
"I humbly desire your Lordship, upon Sight of
this Relation, to communicate it to the House of
Peers, which I shall be ready to attest upon Oath
in every Particular whenever your Lordship shall
please to allow me that Freedom and Security which
ought to be afforded to any Gentleman and Christian in witnessing a Truth."
June 16, 1648.
"My Lord, I am
Most humble Servant,
For the Right Honourable the Lord
Manchester, Speaker of, &c."
Dowcett's Information concerning it.
"Abraham Dowcett, of Windsor, in the County
of Berks, Esquire, aged Forty-eight Years,
or thereabout, sworn and examined before
the Lords in Parliament assembled, the 18th
Day of July, in the 24th Year of the Reign
of our Sovereign Lord King Charles, and in
the Year of our Lord God 1648, informeth
and saith, upon his Oath, as followeth; (videlicet,)"
"That this Examinant being placed by the Commissioners of both Houses of Parliament to attend
upon His Majesty, as Clerk of His Majesty's Kitchen, at Newcastle, about the End of January, 1646,
and continued in that Service always afterwards in
several Places to which His Majesty from Time to
Time removed, until the 28th Day of May last
"He deposeth and saith, That, about a Fortnight
before the said 28th of May, Mr. Richard Osborne,
who attended upon the King as Gentleman Usher to
His Majesty, at Carisbrooke Castle, in the Isle of Wight,
came unto this Examinant, into his Chamber in the
said Castle, and then and there told him, "That the
King was weary of His being in the said Castle, and
had a great Desire to be gone from thence." To
which this Examinant made Answer, "That he could
not blame His Majesty for it, being in the Condition
He there was; but this Examinant conceived, and
also said, that it would be very difficult for His Majesty, and hazardous to His Person, to attempt any
Escape from thence;" or used Words to that Effect.
Whereupon the said Mr. Osborne at that Time left
this Examinant; but repaired to him again about
Three or Four Days afterwards in his Chamber, and
then and there told this Examinant, "That Captain
Edmond Rolph, now Major Rolph, had a Design onfoot for the conveying of His Majesty's Person from
Carisbrooke Castle, to some Place of Secrecy, where
but Three should go with Him, and where they
might dispose of His Person as they should think
"This Examinant, fearing that the said Mr. Osborne came but to intrap him, made Answer, "That
if he might see something under His Majesty's Hand,
testifying His Majesty's Desire that this Examinant
would assist the said Mr. Osborne concerning His
Majesty's Escape, that then he would be ready to
assist Him therein." Whereupon the said Mr. Osborne again left the Examinant; and the same Day
after Supper came to this Examinant's said Chamber,
bringing with him a Note of His Majesty's Handwriting, to this Effect; (videlicet,) "Dowcett, I desire
you to assist the Bearer hereof, Osborne, for My Escape." Upon Sight whereof, this Examinant asked
the said Mr. Osborne, "If His Majesty should escape,
whither He would then go?" To which the said
Mr. Osborne made Answer, "That His Majesty would
go to His Parliament." And thereupon this Examinant yielded; and promised to join with the said Mr.
Osborne, as was by him propounded, and by His
Majesty desired; but this Examinant not daring to
keep the said Note, did presently burn the same."
"And afterwards this Examinant, upon Conference
from Time to Time with the said Mr. Osborne, and in
Pursuance of their Agreements in that Behalf, dealt
with one Tylling, one Wenscall, one Lloyd, and also
with one Fetherston, Soldiers at Carisbrook, for Rewards to them given, and promised to be given, that
they should be assistant to the said Mr. Osborne and
to this Examinant, towards His Majesty's intended Escape, which they promised to be: And Sunday Night,
the 28 of May last, was agreed for the Accomplishment thereof."
"The Manner thereof should have been thus: The
King was to be furnished with a Cord by the said
Mr. Osborne; and with the same His Majesty by
Himself alone was to come down out of His Chamber
Window within the said Castle, in the Dark of the
Night; and was then forthwith to walk on to the
New Platform in the said Castle; from thence He
was to get down by another Cord, which this Examinant had provided to be delivered to the said
Lloyd, who was therewith to help the King in His
getting down from the said Platform; from which
Place His Majesty being once gotten down, He might
without further Help of Cords pass well enough to
a Place where Mr. Edward Worseleys, an Inhabitant
of the said Island privy and consenting to the said
intended Escape, was to attend with Horses for His
Majesty; and that His Majesty, being got on Horseback, should from that Place ride about Three Miles
and a Half from the said Castle to the Sea, where
the said Mr. Osborne was to attend with a Boat ready
to receive and carry off His Majesty."
"This Examinant further saith, That, about Three
Hours before the Time that His Majesty was to escape, it did plainly appear to this Examinant, that
the said Plot for His Majesty's Escape was discovered; whereupon this Examinant, without delivering
any Cord to the said Lloyd, went to Bed in his Chamber in the said Castle; and about an Hour and Half
after, the said Colonel Hamond the Governor, and
the said Captain Rolph, with others, came into this
Examinant's Chamber, where they found him then
in his Bed; and the said Governor used then forthwith to this Examinant Words to this Effect, (videlicet,") "Oh! Sir, you are abed; you are he that
should have helped to convey away the King Tonight;" with many other Speeches. And this Examinant was forthwith commanded to rise, and make
himself ready, which he did; and from thenceforth
was confined to his said Chamber, and a Guard of
Musketeers set upon him, by Command of the said
"This Examinant also saith, That, about Three
Days after, the said Rolph came again to his Chamber; and then and there, in a jeering Manner,
asked this Examinant, "Why the King came not
down, according to His Appointment?" To which
this Examinant answered, "Because you prevented
him." Whereupon the said Rolph, with great Indignation and Fury, said, "He waited almost Three
Hours under the new Platform, with a good Pistol
ready charged, to receive Him if He had come."
Order for restoring the D. of Bucks to the Possession of his Estate.
Upon the Report of the Lords Committees for Petitions, "That the Estate of the Duke of Buckingham
was illegally disposed of, aliened, and sold, without
Hearing, Summons, or Proof of any Charge against
the said Duke, and contrary to the Privilege of
Peerage, and the fundamental Laws of the Land:"
(fn. *) Read in the House.
It is therefore ORDERED, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That the said Dispositions, Alienations, and Sales, of the Estate of the Duke of Bucks,
be, and is hereby declared to be, null and void; and
that the Duke of Bucks be, and is hereby, restored to
the Possession of his Estate, in whose Hands soever the
same is, together with all Arrears of Rents, Fines, and
other Profits, which have been unjustly kept from him,
and to all Timber and Woods felled off any Part of the
said Estate, and to all Materials of Houses and Buildings taken off any Part of the said Estate: And hereof
all Persons whatsoever are to take Notice, and yield
Obedience hereunto accordingly. (fn. †)
House adjourned till 9a cras.