Martis, 14 die Decembris, 1680.
Houghton's Marriage Settlement.
A BILL for rectifying several Errors and Mistakes
in certain Deeds of Settlement, made upon the
Marriage of Sir Charles Houghton Baronet with the
Daughter of John Lord Viscount Mazareen, was read the
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time, on
Thursday Morning next.
Privilege- Misconduct of an Under Sheriff.
Mr. England reports from the Committee appointed
to examine the Matter of the Complaint made by the
Inhabitants of the County of Norfolk, against Samuel
Verdon, Under Sheriff of the said County, That the Committee, having taking the same into their Consideration,
had directed him to make a Special Report to the House:
Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered
the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same being
read, is as followeth; viz.
The Committee having the First time they met ordered
a Summons for Mr. Verdon's Attendance; and the said
Mr. Verdon not appearing according to the Summons; the
Serjeant at Arms attending the House, gave the Committee an Account, That in Obedience to an Order of the
House for taking of the said Verdon into Custody, he had
by Himself and Servants, endeavoured to do it, by searching Furnivall's Inn, and other Places, which he usually
frequented; but could never light of him: But the Serjeant
further added, That although he could not find him, yet
he had heard of him: That Applications had been made
to him by a Friend of his, and Twenty Pound offered on
Verdon's Behalf, by way of Composition for Fees due
upon his Confinement last Parliament; and for such
Time as he should now be in Custody, in case he should
be taken, or surrender himself: And that he would surrender himself upon the Terms aforesaid. Thereupon,
the Serjeant told the Person so applying himself, That
he would not sell the Justice of the House.
The Committee then proceeded to the Examination of
Mr. Roger Crow; who attended as a Witness against the
said Verdon: And find, That the said Mr. Crow, having
Information, That a Warrant was issued out from the
House of Commons for apprehending the said Verdon; and
understanding that he was at the Salutation Tavern in
Holbourne; went to a Constable, and desired him to go
with him to secure the said Verdon: But the Constable
refused so to do, by Reason he had no Order for it: And
that, the next Day after, Mr. Crow being at the Crown in
Holbourne, one Mr. Baispole, a Norfolk Attorney, came
in; and, seeing Mr. Crow, began to quarrel and revile
him; calling him Rogue and Rascal for meddling in the
Matter informed against Verdon, and for endeavouring to
discover where he was: And immediately without any
Provocation, struck Mr. Crow over the Eyes; flung him
from the Seat whereon he sat. Mr. Crow, then turning
his Back to go away, saying to Mr. Baispole, He should
answer for what he had done in another Place: Mr. Baispole pursued him; and, taking hold of his Hair, pulled off
several Handfuls; kicked and beat him in a most barbarous Manner; and so bruised him about the Head and
Face, as he hath not been since able to eat, drink, or
breathe, without Pain.
Mr. Crow added, That Mr. Verdon hath been a great
Friend to Mr. Baispole: And particularly, when Mr.
Baispole was indicted about Two Years since at Norfolk
Assizes for Murder, Verdon then being Under Sheriff, returned a Jury very much in favour of Mr. Baispole;
whereby he was acquitted.
The Committee, hereupon, ordered him to make a
special Report of the whole Matter to the House; and
to desire their Directions in the same: And that the
Committee may proceed in the Hearing of Witnesses to
the Matter complained of against the said Verdon.
Ordered, That the said Committee do proceed to examine all Matters of Complaint against the said Verdon,
without further Summons.
Ordered, That Mr. Baispole be sent for in Custody of
the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, to answer, at
the Bar, for a Breach of Privilege by him committed
against this House.
A Petition of Mr. Jeremiah Bubb, being read;
Ordered, That the said Mr. Bubb be discharged from
any further Attendance.
Privilege- A person discharged.
Ordered, That Mr. William Tyler, in Custody of the
Serjeant at Arms attending this House, be discharged
from any further Confinement, without paying Fees.
Privilege- Absconding of a person.
Information being given to the House, That Herbert
Herring, who was, some Weeks since, ordered to be taken
into Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House, to answer for a Breach of Privilege by him committed against Mr. Colt, a Member of this House; and
still doth abscond himself, to avoid the Justice of this
House by the Execution of the said Order;
Resolved, That if the said Herbert Herring do not render himself to the said Serjeant at Arms, before Saturday
next, this House will proceed against him by a Bill in
Parliament for his endeavouring to avoid the Justice of
Tryal of Peers.
Ordered, That the Chairman of the Committee to
whom the Bill for the better Regulating the Tryal of
the Peers, is committed, do make a Report thereof on
Thursday Morning next.
Complaint against Sir R. Peyton.
A Petition of Roderick Mansell Esquire, was read.
Mr. Mansell, being called in, gave an Account to the
House of the Matter relating to Sir Robert Peyton.
Sir William Roberts reports from the Committee appointed to examine the Matter relating to Sir Robert
Peyton, That the Committee, having taken the same into
their Consideration, had agreed upon a Report: Which
he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same
in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same being read, is
as followeth; viz.
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Sir Robert Peyton having made his Defence in his Place;
And being withdrawn;
And the Matter being debated in the House; the
House made this Vote:
It appearing to this House, by the Report made at the
Bar, and by the Confession of Sir Robert Peyton, in his
Place, That Sir Robert Peyton had secret Negotiation
with the Duke of York, by the Means of the Earl of Peterborough, Mrs. Cellier, and Mr. Gadbury, at such time when
they were turning the Popish Plot on the Protestants;
Ordered, That Sir Robert Peyton be expelled this
House: And that Sir Robert Peyton be brought to the
Bar; and do receive the Censure of this House, upon his
Knees, from Mr. Speaker.
The Serjeant at Arms acquainting the House, That
Sir Robert Peyton had absented himself, so that he could
not be then found;
Ordered, That the said Sir Robert Peyton be taken in
Custody of the Serjeant at Arms; and be brought to the
Bar of this House.
Ordered, That all Committees that are discontinued,
be revived; and do sit this Afternoon in the Places
And then the House adjourned to Eight of the
Clock To-morrow Morning.