DIE Jovis, 12 Januarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Dunel. & D. Crewe.
Comes Godolphin, Thesaurarius.
Dux Newcastle, C. P. S.
Dux Devonshire, Senescallus.
March. Kent, Camerarius.
Ds. Berkeley Str.
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for
making effectual the Provisions intended by William
Hayward, late of Quedgley, in the County of Gloucester, Esquire, deceased, for Payment of his Debts,
and providing Portions for his Younger Children."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Robert Legard and Mr. Gery:
To carry down the said Bill, and desire their Concurrence thereunto.
Perrin versus Dillingham.
The House being informed, "That the Lord Chief
Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench attended, with
Three Writs of Error, returnable in Parliament;"
he was called in, and, in the usual Manner, brought up
the Writs; (videlicet,)
Thomas Perrin Plaintiff, against Theophilus Dillingham Defendant.
Thomas Perrin Plaintiff, against Theophilus Dillingham Defendant.
Richard Gotlie Plaintiff, against Thomas Hyde Defendant.
Message from H. C. with Articles of Impeachment against Dr. Sacheverel.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr.
Dolben and others:
Who brought up Articles of Impeachment against
Doctor Henry Sacheverell.
Then the House proceeded to read the Articles of
Impeachment, as follow; (videlicet,)
"Articles exhibited by the Knights, Citizens,
and Burgesses, in Parliament assembled, in the
Name of themselves and of all the Commons
of Great Britain, against Henry Sacheverell,
Doctor in Divinity, in Maintenance of their
Impeachment against him, for high Crimes
"Whereas His late Majesty King William the Third,
then Prince of Orange, did, with an armed Force,
undertake a glorious Enterprize, for delivering this
Kingdom from Popery and Arbitrary Power; and
divers Subjects of this Realm, well-affected to their
Country, joined and assisted His late Majesty in the
said Enterprize; and it having pleased Almighty
God to crown the same with Success, the late happy
Revolution did take Effect, and was established: And
whereas the said glorious Enterprize is approved by
several Acts of Parliament, and, amongst others, by
an Act made in the First Year of the Reign of King
William and Queen Mary, intituled, "An Act, declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject, and
settling the Succession of the Crown;" and also by One
other Act, made in the same Year, intituled, "An
Act for preventing vexatious Suits against such as
acted in order to the bringing in Their Majesties, or
for Their Service;" and also by One other Act, made
in the same Year, intituled, "An Act for appropriating certain Duties, for paying The States General of the United Provinces their Charges for His
Majesty's Expedition into this Kingdom, and for
other Uses;" and the Actings of the said well-affected
Subjects, in Aid and Pursuance of the said Enterprize, are also declared to have been necessary, and
that the same ought to be justified: And whereas
the happy and blessed Consequences of the said Revolution are, the Enjoyment of the Light of God's
true Religion established among us, and of the
Laws and Liberties of the Kingdom, the uniting Her
Majesty's Protestant Subjects in Interest and Affection, by a legal Indulgence or Toleration granted to
Dissenters, the Preservation of Her Majesty's Sacred
Person, the many and continual Benefits arising from
Her Majesty's wife and glorious Administration, and
the Prospect of Happiness to future Ages, by the
Settlement of the Succession of the Crown in the
Protestant Line, and the Union of the Two Kingdoms: And whereas the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in Parliament assembled, did,
by their Address, of the Seventeenth of December
in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Five, lay before Her Majesty the following
Vote, or Resolution; (videlicet,) "That the Church
of England, as by Law established, which was rescued
from the extremest Danger by King William the Third,
of Glorious Memory, is now, by God's Blessing,
under the happy Reign of Her Majesty, in a most
safe and flourishing Condition; and that whoever
goes about to suggest and insinuate that the Church
is in Danger, under Her Majesty's Administration, is
an Enemy to the Queen, the Church, and the Kingdom;" and, by their said Address, did humbly beseech
Her Majesty to take effectual Measures for making
the said Vote or Resolution public, and also for
punishing the Authors and Spreaders of such seditious
and scandalous Reports; and on the Twentieth Day
of the same December, Her Majesty was pleased to
issue Her Royal Proclamation accordingly: Yet, nevertheless, the said Henry Sacheverell preached a Sermon, at the Assizes held at Derby, August the Fifteenth
in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven
Hundred and Nine, and afterwards published the
same in Print, with a Dedication thereof: And the
said Henry Sacheverell also preached a Sermon at the
Cathedral Church of St. Paul, before the Lord
Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens of London, on the
Fifth Day of November last, being the Anniversary
Thanksgiving to Almighty God, for the Deliverance
from the Gunpowder Treason, and for beginning the
late happy Revolution, by giving His late Majesty
a safe Arrival here, and for compleating the same,
by making all Opposition fall before Him, till He became our King and Governor; which said Sermon,
he the said Henry Sacheverell afterwards likewise
published in Print, with a Dedication thereof to Sir
Samuel Garrard Baronet, Lord Mayor of the City
of London, and with a wicked, malicious, and seditious Intention, to undermine and subvert Her Majesty's Government, and the Protestant Succession as
by Law established, to defame Her Majesty's Administration, to asperse the Memory of His late Majesty, to traduce and condemn the late happy Revolution, to contradict and arraign the Resolutions of
both Houses of Parliament, to create Jealousies and
Divisions among Her Majesty's Subjects, and to incite them to Sedition and Rebellion.
"1st, He, the said Henry Sacheverell, in his said Sermon preached at St. Paul's, doth suggest and maintain, "that the necessary Means used to bring about
the said happy Revolution, were odious and unjustisiable; that His late Majesty, in His Declaration, disclaimed the least Imputation of Resistance; and that to
impute Resistance to the said Revolution, is to cast
black and odious Colours upon His late Majesty and
the said Revolution.
"2d. He, the said Henry Sacheverell, in his said Sermon preached at St. Paul's, doth suggest and maintain, "that the aforesaid Toleration granted by Law is
unreasonable, and the Allowance of it unwarrantable;"
and asserts, "that he is a false Brother, with relation
to God, Religion, or the Church, who defends Toleration and Liberty of Conscience; that Queen Elizabeth was deluded by Archbishop Grindall, whom
he scurrilously calls a false Son of the Church and a
persidious Prelate, to the Toleration of the Genevian
Discipline; and that it is the Duty of superior Pastórs,
to thunder out their Ecclesiastical Anathemas against
Persons entitled to the Benefit of the said Toleration;"
and insolently dares or defies any Power on Earth to
reverse such Sentences.
"3d. He, the said Henry Sacheverell, in his said Sermon preached at St. Paul's, doth falsely and seditiously suggest and assert, "that the Church of England
is in a Condition of great Peril and Adversity, under Her
Majesty's Administration;" and, in order to arraign
and blacken the said Vote or Resolution of both Houses
of Parliament, approved by Her Majesty as aforesaid,
he, in Opposition thereto, doth suggest the Church to
be in Danger; and, as a Parallel, mentions a Vote, that
the Person of King Charles the First was voted to be
out of Danger, at the same Time that His Murderers
were conspiring His Death; thereby wickedly and
maliciously insinuating, that the Members of both
Houses, who passed the said Vote, were then conspiring the Ruin of the Church.
"4th, He, the said Henry Sacheverell, in his said Sermons and Books, doth falsely and maliciously suggest,
"that Her Majesty's Administration, both in Ecclesiastical and Civil Affairs, tends to the Destruction of the
Constitution; and that there are Men of Characters
and Stations, in Church and State, who are false
Brethren, and do themselves weaken, undermine,
and betray, and do encourage, and put it in the Power
of others, who are professed Enemies, to overturn and
destroy, the Constitution and Establishment;" and
chargeth Her Majesty, and those in Authority under
Her, both in Church and State, with a general Maladministration; and, as a public Incendiary, he persuades Her Majesty's Subjects to keep up a Distinction
of Faction and Parties, instils groundless Jealousies,
foments destructive Divisions among them, and excites
and stirs them up to Arms and Violence. And, that his
said malicious and seditious Suggestions may make the
stronger Impressions upon the Minds of Her Majesty's
Subjects, he, the said Henry Sacheverell, doth wickedly wrest and pervert divers Texts and Passages of
"All which Crimes and Misdemeanors the Commons are ready to prove, not only by the general Scope of the same Sermons or Books,
but likewise by several Clauses, Sentences,
and Expressions, in the said Sermons or Books
contained; and that he, the said Henry Sacheverell, by preaching the Sermons and publishing the Books aforesaid, did abuse his Holy
Function, and hath most grievously offended
against the Peace of Her Majesty, Her Crown
and Dignity, the Rights and Liberties of the
Subject, the Laws and Statutes of this Kingdom, and the Prosperity and good Government
of the same. And the said Commons, by Protestation, saving to themselves the Liberty of
exhibiting, at any Time hereafter, any other
Article or Impeachment against the said Henry
Sacheverell; and also of replying to his Answers, or any of them, and of offering Proofs
of all the Premises, or any of them, or of
any other Article or Impeachment that shall
be exhibited by them; as the Case, according
to Course of Parliament, shall require; do
pray that he, the said Henry Sacheverell, may
be put to answer to all and every the Premises; and that such Proceeding, Examination,
Trial, Judgement, and exemplary Punishment,
may be thereupon had and executed, as is
agreeable to Law and Justice."
Doctor Sacheverel attached.
Whereas Doctor Henry Sacheverell stands impeached
before this House, by the Commons of Great Britain
in Parliament assembled, of high Crimes and Misdemeanors; and is now in the Custody of the Serjeant at
Arms attending the House of Commons:
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Gentleman Usher
of the Black Rod attending this House, his Deputy or
Deputies, do forthwith take into his Custody the said
Doctor Henry Sacheverell, and keep him in safe Custody
until further Order of this House; and this shall be a
sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Sir David Mitchell, Gentleman Usher
of the Black Rod attending this House,
his Deputy and Deputies, and every of
Ld. Oliphant to attend.
The Justices of Peace (pursuant to Order) were called
in, and delivered the Informations taken by them upon
the Commitment of the Lord Oliphant.
And then withdrew.
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Patrick Lord Oliphant
do attend this House To-morrow, at Eleven a Clock,
pursuant to the Recognizances entered into Yesterday.
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to
enable Peter Bettesworth Esquire, and the Trustees
in the Marriage Settlement, to sell certain Lands and
Hereditaments, in the Counties of Southampton and
Sussex, for Payment of his Debts; and to settle another
Estate, of greater Yearly Value, for the better Provision for his Family."
Articles of Impeachment read to Doctor Sacheverel, at the Bar:
The House being informed, "That Doctor Sacheverell was in Custody of the Black Rod, pursuant to the
Order of the House this Day;" he was brought to
the Bar, where he kneeled until he was bid to stand up.
And the Articles of Impeachment being read to him,
he was asked by the Lord Chancellor, "What he had
to say for himself?"
Whereupon he desired a Copy of the Articles, and a
convenient Time allowed to answer thereunto, and Counsel to assist him; and that he might be bailed.
Then he withdrew; and the following Order was
Doctor Sacheverel to have a Copy, and put in his Answer.
"It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Doctor Henry Sacheverell may have a Copy of the Articles of Impeachment against him; and do put in his Answer thereunto,
in Writing, on Wednesday, the Eighteenth Day of this
Instant January, at Eleven a Clock in the Forenoon;
and hath hereby Counsel allowed him."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris,
decimum tertium diem instantis Januarii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.