Veneris, 30 die Aprilis, 1675.
Westminster Court of Conscience.
A BILL for Erecting a Court of Conscience within
the City of Westminster, and Liberties thereof, was
read the First time.
Resolved, &c. That this Bill be read a Second time,
in a full House, after Ten of the Clock.
Southwarke Court of Conscience.
A Bill being tendered, to erect a Court of Conscience
within the Borough of Southwarke, and the Parishes in
Middlesex and Surry, was received.
Resolved, &c. That this Bill be read on Monday
A Petition of the Clothiers of the County of Gloucester,
Another Petition, of the same Nature, of the Clothiers
of the City of Coventry, was tendered; and read.
Another Petition of the Serge, Say, and Shalloon
Makers, and other Worsted Manufactures, in the Counties of Essex, Suffolke, Hampshire, Devon, and Somersett,
was also tendered; and read.
Resolved, &c. That these several Petitions be referred
to the Committee, to which the Petitions, and Matter of
Abuses, complained of in the collecting the Duty of
Aulnage, was committed; to examine the State of the
Matter upon the several Petitions and Propositions therein
contained; and to consider also of the Trade between
England and France; and the Mischiefs and Inconveniences, by overbalancing the Trade of England by
France; and of a Way of setting the Poor on Work, by
making Linen in England, or otherwise; and report the
whole Matter, with their Opinions, to the House: And
all the Members of this House, that serve for the several
Counties of Devon, Gloucester, Wilts, Suffolke, Essex,
Somersett, and Kent, are added to the Committee: And
all that shall come are to have Voices: And these Members following are also added: And the said Committee
are also impowered to receive Petitions of the like Nature,
which shall be offered to them; Mr. Powle, Mr. Jones,
Sir Samuell Bernardiston, Sir Richard Everrard, Sir Cha.
Harbord, Alderman Love, Sir Ja. Smith.
Privilege-Petition from persons in custody.
A Petition of Thomas Enfeild Mayor, Wm. Stanley,
Squire Beverton, Francis Mapleden, Thomas Elwyn,
Thomas Fidge, and William Gillam, Aldermen of Canterbury, and Paule Barrett, of the same City, Esquire, now
in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, for a Breach of Privilege, in displacing of Mr. Serjeant Hardress, a Member
of this House, from his Place of Recorder of the City of
Canterbury; and speaking contemptuous Words against
the Honour and Privilege of this House; being read (by
which Petition they do submit to the Pleasure and Order
of the House); and being called in, and kneeling at
the Bar of the House; and having a Reprimand given
them by Mr. Speaker;
Ordered, That the Petitioners, having submitted to
the Order of the House, and to restore Serjeant Hardresse his Place of Recorder of Canterbury, be discharged
of the Commitment, paying their Fees.
Earl of Danby's Impeachment.
The House then proceeded to the further Consideration of the Articles of Impeachment against the Lord
And being informed, that an Order of Summons for
Thomas Salter to attend this Day, to give Testimony,
was left at his House; but he refused to attend, though
his Servant Maid owned him to be at home, this
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House, do send a Messenger to enquire whether the
said Salter hath been at his House since the Order of
Summons left at his House; and give an Account of it
to the House.
The Second Article of the Impeachment being read,
and the Matter debated;
Resolved, &c. That, before the House do proceed further in the Debate of this Article, they will hear the
Several Questions being proposed, in Writing, and
read; and delivered in at the Clerk's Table, to be demanded of the Lord Mayor of London; which are as
1. About what Sum of Money is it that is owing to
you from his Majesty?
2. Did not the Lord Treasurer, several times, promise
you, that, in case the Match betwixt his Second Son and
Mrs. Hyde took place, he would use his prevalent and
utmost Interest with his Majesty, to procure you Payment
of the Debt which his Majesty owed you?
3. Did not the Lord Treasurer enter into Articles with
you, under his Hand Seal, in order to this Match?
And, before sealing of such Articles, did you not acquaint
him with Emerton's Pretence of being married to the said
? And what was the Date of such Articles?
4. Did not the Lord Treasurer advise and encourage
you to enter into Articles with Emerton, after the Articles
with his Lordship were sealed?
5. Did you not, about the Tenth of January last, send
down into the Country a Servant, at the Lord Treasurer's Request, to accompany a Servant of his, to examine the Minister that was said had married them? And
what do you know or believe, concerning his being apprehended by one of the Lord Treasurer's Servants seizing
and bringing him to Whitehall
? And by what Warrant
was he so apprehended?
6. Did not the Lord Treasurer advise you to write him
a Letter, to the Intent he might shew it to his Majesty,
the better to engage him in that Affair? And who was
present at such Examination?
7. What did the Minister say to you at your House,
when he came thither, after his Examination before the
8. Did not the Lord Treasurer appoint you, what Solicitors, Attornies, or Lawyers, should be employed in
the King's Bench, and Spiritual Court? Or did you use
any but such as he first approved of? And did not you
always consult with his Lordship, in all the Proceedings
in reference to that Affair? Or did you act any thing but
by his Direction?
9. Did the Lord Treasurer advise and direct you to
stand out an Alias, et plures Habeas Corpus, to a Fine
and Contempt of the Court, before you brought Mrs.
Hyde thither? And was he not displeased and angry with
you, for your giving Obedience to the Court at last in
carrying Mrs. Hyde thither; saying, It was too great an
Adventure? What was the Rule of the Court, which the
King's Bench made in this Business; and under what
10. Did the Lord Treasurer's Son Lord Dumblane obey
that Rule of Court, and forbear making his Applications
to her, in order to Marriage? And how often did he persuade her to be contracted to her, by breaking of Gold?
And how was she persuaded by the Lady Clifton
what were the Discontents of the Countess of Danby, that
Day, and your Apprehensions concerning her Intentions,
to have carried Mrs. Hyde away from your House?
11. What Provocation did you give your Counsel to
join with Emerton's Counsel, last Week, at the King's
Bench Bar, to Defame you? And wherefore did you so?
12. Did not the Lord Treasurer promise you, That, if
this Marriage succeeded, he would procure the Reversion
of a considerable Office for your Son Charles Vyner
The Question being severally put, That the Lord Mayor
be called in, to answer the 1st, 2d, 3d, and 4th Questions;
It passed in the Negative.
The Question being put, That the Lord Mayor be
called in, to answer to the 5th Question;
It was resolved in the Affirmative.
The Question being severally put, that the Lord Mayor
be called in, to answer the subsequent Questions;
It passed in the Negative.
The Question being put, That, when the Lord Mayor
of London is called in to the House, he have a Chair set
him to sit down at the Bar;
The House divided.
The Yeas went forth.
||for the Yeas,
||Sir Courtney Poole,
||for the Noes,
And so it was resolved in the Affirmative.
The Lord Mayor being called in; and having answered
to the Question, withdrew.
The Question being put, Whether any fit Matter does
appear in the Examination of this Article, to impeach the
It passed in the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That the House will again proceed in the
further Consideration of the said Articles against the Lord
Treasurer on Monday Morning, Ten of the Clock.
Ordered, That all Committees which were to sit this
Afternoon, be adjourned till Monday next, to sit in the
everal Places formerly appointed.
And then the House adjourned till Monday Morning,
Eight of the Clock.