Lunæ, 26 die Aprilis, 1675.
Abraham Palmantier, George Gosselin, Theodore
Russell, and James Frontin, did this Day take the
Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, in order to their
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for
easing and encouraging the Coal Trade; and, that it be
read in a full House, on Wednesday, after Ten of the
Clock in the Morning.
Coal and Wood Measures.
A Bill for regulating the Measures, and to prevent
Abuses in the Sale of Coal and Wood, was read the
Resolved, &c. That this Bill be read a Second time,
in a full House.
Upon Information to the House, That a Petition had
been exhibited, by Mistake, of one Mr. Mayne; and
Leave being desired to withdraw it;
Ordered, That Leave be given to withdraw the said
An additional Bill for settling the Duty of Hearth
Money, was read the First time.
Resolved, &c. That this Bill be read a Second time.
A Bill to prevent illegal Exaction of Money from the
Subject, was read the Second time.
Resolved, &c. That this Bill be committed to Mr.
Stockdale, Sir Eliab Harvey, Sir Courtney Poole, Sir John
Covert, Mr. Garraway, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Sir John
Talbott, Sir Francis Russell, Mr. Powle, Mr. Swynfen, Col.
Whitley, Mr. Thyn, Sir John Mallett, Mr. Hopkins, Sir
Tho. Littleton, Sir John Knight, Sir Tho. Lee, Sir John
Hotham, Mr. Sacheverell, Col. Grey, Sir Phill. Musgrave,
Sir John Holland, Mr. Russell, Mr. Crouch, Sir John Lowther, Mr. Vaughan, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Mallet, Sir Nich.
Carew, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Hoby, Sir Hen. Ford, Serjeant
Hardes, Sir Edw. Deering, Mr. Boscowen, Mr. Waller,
Colonel Strangewayes, Mr. Sherrard, Sir Tho. Clergis, Sir
Robert Carr, Mr. Serjeant Maynard, Sir Lanc. Lake, Mr.
Bennet, Colonel Birch, Mr. Weld, Sir John Shawe, Sir
Richard Ford, Serjeant Rigby, Sir Wm. Coventry, Sir Wm.
Hickman, Colonel Strode, Sir Tho. Meeres, Mr. Palmes, Sir
Wm. Lewis, Mr. Culliford, Sir Fra. Drake, Mr. Daniell,
Sir Joseph Ash, Sir Tho. Mompesson: And all that shall
come are to have Voices: And they are to meet To-morrow, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the
Speaker's Chamber: And &c. to send * * *
Earl of Danby's Impeachment.
A Charge or Impeachment against Thomas Earl of
Danby, Lord High Treasurer of England; containing
several Offences, Crimes, and Misdemeanors of a very
high Nature; being presented and opened to the House,
and afterwards brought in and delivered at the Clerk's
Table; and read:
And the Matter being debated; which are as followeth: viz.
A Charge or Impeachment against Thomas Earl
of Danby Lord High Treasurer of England;
containing several Offences, Crimes, and Misdemeanors of a very high Nature.
I. THAT the said Earl hath overthrown and violated
the ancient Course and Constitution of the Exchequer,
by perverting the Method of Receipts, Payments, and
Accounts, contrary to Law; whereby the King's Revenue is put into Confusion, and a wasteful Way of
Expence; to the Destruction of his Majesty's Credit;
and exposing his Majesty's Treasure and Revenue to
private Bargains and Corruptions; and hath ingrossed
into his own Hands the sole Power of Disposing almost
all the King's Revenue; laying aside the Chancellor and
Under Treasurer of the Exchequer, and other Officers:
Whereby the usual and safe Government of his Majesty's
Affairs relating to his Revenue, and all Checks and
Comptrolls are avoided.
II. That, a Suit of Law being intended about the
Marriage of the Daughter of Sir Thomas Hyde, the said
Earl caused one Mr. Brandly, a principal Witness in the
said Case, to be arrested by an extraordinary Warrant
from one of the Secretaries of State; and to be kept for
some Time in close Custody; during which Time the
Agents of the said Earl did labour the said Mr. Brandly,
by Threatenings and Promises of Reward, not to declare
the Truth: And at Midnight he was brought, and examined before his Majesty, upon Oath; where the said
Earl was present, and assisting: Whereupon the said
Mr. Brandly did, by the Means aforesaid, deliver in a
Testimony, contrary to his own Knowledge, and against
his Conscience; he being then in Duress: By which illegal Practices his Majesty was highly abused, the Parties
concerned in the said Law Suit greatly prejudiced, and
the Truth suppressed, to the manifest Obstruction of
Justice: And all this was done with an Intent to procure
the said Heiress to be married to the Second Son of the
III. That the Earl hath received very great Sums of
Money, besides the ordinary Revenue, which have been
wastfully spent, and far greater Sums than ever issued
for secret Service, without Account; the King's Debts
remaining unpaid, the Stores unfurnished, and the Navy
unrepaired, to the Discredit and Hazard of the King and
IV. That the said Earl hath violated the Rights and
Properties of the People, by stopping, without Authority,
their legal Payments, due in the Exchequer.
V. That though the Office of Lord High Treasurer
of England is always very full of great and necessary
Employments, yet the said Earl hath also assumed to
himself the Management of the Irish Affairs, which were
in precedent Times dispatched always by the Secretaries,
and passed in Council; thereby interrupting the said
Secretary's Office; and neglecting his own; and subtily
enabling himself, the better to convert a very great Sum
of Money out of the Irish Revenues, to his own private
VI. That the said Earl hath procured great Gifts and
Grants from the Crown, whilst under great Debts, by
Warrants countersigned by himself.
VII. That about the Fourth of December 1674, at the
Hearing of a Cause in the Treasury Chamber, some Acts
of Parliament, now in Force, were urged against a Proclamation, and contrary to what his Lordship aimed at:
Whereupon the said Earl, in Contempt of the Law,
uttered this arbitrary Expression, "That a new Proclamation is better than an old Act;" several of his
Majesty's Subjects being present: And, upon his Lordship's Report to the Privy Council, the Person in
Question, being a Foreigner, and not obeying such Proclamation, but pursuing his Right at Law, was banished
Resolved, &c. That as to the Charge presented against
Thomas Earl of Danby Lord High Treasurer of England,
this House will proceed Head by Head; and hear such
Proofs, Instances, and Circumstances relating to each
Article, as are requisite to an Impeachment.
Resolved, &c. That this House will proceed in the
further Consideration of this Business To-morrow Morning: And that the Matter concerning the Navy, which
was appointed for To-morrow Morning, be adjourned till
Customs and Excise Patents.
Ordered, That the Patents which relate to the Customs
and Excise, be brought in To-morrow, by the Officer
in whose Custody they are: And that the Chancellor of
the Exchequer be desired, if he be in a Condition of
Health, to be then present, or otherwise to appoint his
Secretary to give his Attendance.
Ordered, That all Committees that were to sit this Afternoon, be adjourned till To-morrow in the Afternoon.
And then the House adjourned till Three of the
Clock, in the Afternoon.
Excise and Customs Patents.
ORDERED, That the Officers of the Excise and
Customs, or such other Officer, in whose Custody the
Patents are, do To-morrow Morning attend the House
with the Patents last passed, for the Disposal of the said
Revenues by the Lord Treasurer.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.