Die Jovis, videlicet, 11 die Maii,
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The King's Majesty came; and, sitting under the
Royal State, the Lord Keeper and Lord Treasurer
standing on each Side in their Places, and the Lords in
their Robes, His Majesty spoke to this Effect: videlicet,
"The Cause, and only Cause, of My coming unto
you this Day, is to express the Sense I have of all
your Honours; for he that toucheth any of you
toucheth Me in a very great Measure. I have thought
fit to take Order for punishing some insolent Speeches
spoken to you Yesterday, by Way of Digression.
"I have been too remiss heretofore in punishing
those insolent Speeches that concerned Myself; not
that I was greedy of their Monies; but for that
Buckingham, through his Importunity, would not suffer Me to take Notice of them, left he might be
thought to have set Me on; and he might come on
the forwarder to his Trial, to approve his Innocency.
For as touching the Occasions against him, I Myself
can be a Witness to clear him in every one of them.
I speak not this to take any Thing out of your Hands;
but to shew the Reason why I have not hitherto punished those insolent Speeches against Myself; and
now I hope ye will be as tender of Mine Honour,
when Time shall serve, as I have been sensible of
And so His Majesty was pleased to depart; and the
Lords put off their Robes, and the Lord Keeper went
to his Seat on the Wool-sack.
The Lord President reported the King's Answer unto
the Petition from the House, touching the Earl of Arundell: videlicet,
The King's Answer touching the Earl of Arundell reported.
"I did little look for such a Message from the
House. I have been of the House, and did never know
such a Message sent from the one House to the other.
Therefore, when I receive a Message fit to come from
you to your Sovereign, you shall receive an Answer."
The Lord President further reported, That the Lords
Committees appointed to deliver the said Petition to the
King did hereupon withdraw, and require him the Lord
President humbly to desire His Majesty to be pleased to
let them know unto what Point of the said Petition he
takes this Exception. And that His Majesty willed him
(the said Lord President) to say this of himself from Him:
"The Exception that the King takes is at the Peremptoriness of the Term, to have a present Answer;
and the King wonders at their Impatience, since He
hath promised them an Answer in convenient Time."
Petition to the King, touching the Earl of Arundell altered.
Hereupon the House altered their former Petition;
leaving out the Word present; and appointed the former
Committee humbly to present the same unto His Majesty,
at such Time as the Lord Chamberlain shall signify unto
them when His Majesty will be pleased to admit them to
Message from the Commons, by
Sir Nathaniell Rich and others:
Message from the H. C. desiring the D. of Bucks may be committed.
The Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of the Commons House of Parliament, taking into their serious
Consideration the manifold Mischiefs and Inconveniencies which this Renowned Kingdom doth now suffer,
threatening apparent Danger unto the King and Commonwealth, have, by Search and Disquisition into the
Causes thereof, found that they do principally slow from
the exorbitant Power and abusive Carriage of the Duke
of Buckingham; whereof he hath this Parliament been
impeached before your Lordships by the Commons; besides an Accusation of a Peer in your own House, who
hath charged him (as they are informed) with High
Treason. They therefore, with one Voice, make entire
Declaration, That they hold it a Thing of dangerous
Consequence, both for the present and future, that a
Man of so great Eminency, Power, and Authority, being impeached and accused of such high Crimes and
Offences, should yet enjoy his Liberty, hold so great a
Part of the Strength of the Kingdom in his Hands, sit
as a Peer in Parliament, and be acquainted with the
Counsel thereof; whereby inevitable Mischief may suddenly fall upon the Kingdom; (fn. *) wherefore they have
thought it their Duties to recommend this their unanimous Desire to your Lordships, as agreeable to Law and
Reason, that you would be pleased forthwith to commit
the Person of the said Duke to safe Custody.
The Lords will, in due Time, take your Message into
their Consideration, and return an Answer by Messengers
of their own.
The Commons being departed; the Duke of Buckingham said:
D. Buck's Speech.
"If I should hold my Peace, it would argue Guilt;
if I should speak, it may argue Boldness, being so
foully accused. Your Lordships see what Complaints
are made against me by the House of Commons; how
well I stood in their Opinions not long since, your
Lordships know; and what I have done since, to lose
their good Opinions, I protest I know not.
"I cannot so distrust my own Innocency and my
Heart (which abhors Guilt), as to offer to decline any
Course or Court of Justice. And, had not they
brought my Cause to your Lordships (I so much trust
in the Justice and Equity of this House), that it
should have been my Work to have done it; so as in
this only they have done me a Favour, to deliver me
out of their Hands into your Lordships.
"And now, my Lords, while I protest mine Innocency, I do not justify myself from all Errors, as if I
were an Angel amongst Men. I know not who may
do that: Offices of Trust and Places of Eminency
cannot be discharged by Men whose Abilities are
better than the best of mine, but the managing of
them may lie open to Exception.
"The King and the State shall have few to serve
them, if for their Favour, if for their Reward of Service, if for every Particular that may happen in the
Success of Things, or for doing Things better than
some would wish, or refusing to do all they wish, they
shall be given up, in the Times of their Masters
Wants, for a Grievance or a Sacrifice; but this I
shall say confidently, for such Crimes as truly deserve
public Punishment from the State, I hope I shall ever
prove myself free, either in Intention or Act.
"My Lords, I speak not this arrogantly; nor will I
speak any Thing else to cast Dirt at those who have
taken Pains to make me soul; but to protect my Innocency in that Measure which I shall ever hope to
prove it, nay am confident, being before so just
"I humbly beseech your Lordships to be sensible of
me in this Point, what Dishonour I have sustained,
not only at Home, but Abroad; wherefore I humbly
desire your Lordships to hasten my Trial as soon as
may be, that I may no longer suffer than I must
needs; and yet I desire further of your Lordships,
that no such Precipitation may be used as may disadvantage or prejudice my Cause.
"And here, my Lords, I had a Purpose to offer unto your Lordships my voluntary Absence from this
Place, even now in the Beginning of the Handling of
my Cause, as your Lordships may perceive in Part by
my former Carriage towards the Earl of Bristol; for,
doubting left my Presence might any Way disturb
him, and put him into Passion, or any other Way disadvantage him in his Cause, I did voluntarily (as your
Lordships saw) absent myself. But, now that my Accusers (fn. *) are not only content to make my Process, but
to prescribe your Lordships the Manner of my Judgement, and to purge me before I am heard, I shall not
give Way in my own Particular to any of their unjust
Demands; but yet submit myself in this and all
Things else to your Lordships Consideration."
D. Buck's Impeachment to be reported.
The Lord President signified to the House, That the
Eight Lords appointed to report what was delivered by
the Commons had agreed to confer their Notes together, and had allowed unto each Lord what Part thereof he should report; for which they were not yet ready.
And it was Agreed, That this Report shall be made
on Saturday next; and that all that was delivered unto
them shall be reported to the House; and that it may
be done fully and entirely, they may (and they please)
read the same out of their Notes thereof. And it was
further Agreed, That each Lord is and ought to report
all to the House, and not to qualify the same in any
Part; and nothing so spoken or delivered to be imputed
to the Reporter; and that they might help their Memories with the Gentlemen of the House of Commons who
spake at that Conference.
The Lord President also reported an Order for the
Four Sons of Sir William Essex, Baronet: videlicet,
Sir W. Essex's Children's Petition.
The Lords Committees for Petitions, having heard
Counsel on both Sides, upon the Petition of the Sons
of Sir William Essex, Baronet, for certain Annuities
granted unto them by the Feoffees of the said Sir
William, out of the Upper Broad Leasowes, in Beccot,
in the County of Berks, the which Lands the said Sir
William Essex did (after the Grants of the said Annuities) sell unto one Roger Glover, in Fee, and canceled,
and by his Deed revoked, the said Annuities, upon a
Power alledged for the Revocation thereof reserved
unto the said Sir William, and in the several Grants of
the said Annuities contained; their Lordships think
fit, That the Petitioners take their Course in Law or
Equity against the said Roger Glover, his Heirs, and
Assigns, for Recovery of the said Annuities, if the
same were not legally revoked by the said Sir William;
and, in respect of the extreme Wants of the Petitioners, their Lordships think fit that One Hundred Pounds
be paid equally amongst them out of Four Hundred
Pounds left by the said Sir William Essex in the Hands
of Henry Elsynge, for his Counter-security of Bonds
and Conveyances entered into by the said Henry, for
the said Sir William; and that the said Henry Elsynge
shall be forthwith and for ever acquitted of the said
One Hundred Pounds, and of all Troubles concerning the same. And the said Henry Elsinge to be
cleared and freed of all that is contained in the said Petition, concerning the said Annuities."
All which was Ordered accordingly.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati proximum, videlicet, 13m diem instantis Maii, hora nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.