DIE Lunæ, 7 die Aprilis,
Domini tam Spirituales
quam Temporales, quorum nomina subscribuntur,
p. Archiepus. Cant.
p. Epus. Winton.
p. Epus. Hereforden.
p. Epus. Norwicen.
Epus. Co. et Lich.
p. Epus. Oxon.
p. Epus. Lincoln.
p. Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Bath. et W.
p. Epus. Bristol.
p. Epus. Gloucestren.
p. Epus. Carliol.
p. Epus. Exon.
p. Epus. Landaven.
|p. Thomas Coventry, Miles, Ds. Custos Mag. Sigilli.
Comes Marleborough, Mag. Thesaur. Angliæ.
p. Comes Manchester, Præs. Conc. Domini Regis.
p. Dux Buckingham, Magnus Admirallus Angliæ.
p. Comes Lindsey, Mag. Camerar. Angliæ.
p. Comes Arundell et Surr. Comes Maresc. Angliæ.
p. Comes Pembroc, Senesc. Hospitii.
p. Comes Mountgomery, Camer. Hospitii.
p. Comes Kantii.
p. Comes South'ton.
p. Comes Bedford.
p. Comes Hertford.
p. Comes Essex.
p. Comes Notingham.
p. Comes Suffolciæ.
p. Comes Sarum.
p. Comes Exon.
p. Comes Bridgewater.
p. Comes Leicestriæ.
p. Comes North'ton.
p. Comes Warwic.
p. Comes Devon.
p. Comes Bristol.
p. Comes Angles.
p. Comes Clare.
p. Comes Bolingbrooke.
p. Comes Westmerland.
p. Comes Berk.
p. Comes Cleveland.
p. Comes Tottnes.
p. Comes Monmouth.
p. Comes Norwich.
p. Comes Newcastle.
p. Comes Dover.
p. Comes Petriburgh.
p. Comes Stanford.
p. Vicecomes Purbeck.
p. Vicecomes Say et Seale.
p. Vicecomes Wimbleton.
p. Vicecomes Conway.
p. Vicecomes Bayninge.
p. Ds. Percy.
p. Ds. Delawarr.
p. Ds. Dacres.
p. Ds. Darcy.
Ds. St. John de Bas.
p. Ds. Pagett.
p. Ds. North.
p. Ds. Compton.
p. Ds. Spencer.
Ds. Stanhope de H.
p. Ds. Stanhope de Sh.
p. Ds. Noel.
p. Ds. Kymbolton.
p. Ds. Newnham.
p. Ds. Mountague.
p. Ds. Grey.
p. Ds. Tregoze.
p. Ds. Tufton.
p. Ds. Mountioy.
p. Ds. Fawconbridge.
p. Ds. Lovelace.
p. Ds. Maynard.
THESE Lords were excused, &c. videlicet,
Absent Lords excused.
The Lord Bishop of Rochester.
Bishops thanked for their Sermons at the Fast.
The Earl Marshal moved the House to give Thanks
unto the Three Reverend Bishops, who preached at the
Fast and Communion; which was done accordingly. And
the said Bishops were appointed by the House to publish
their said Sermons in Print.
To repress the Excess of Diet and Apparal.
The Earl Marshal moved the House likewise to take
some Order to repress the Excess of Diet and Apparel
in this Kingdom; and that their Lordships would be
pleased to declare, that they themselves will be an Example herein unto others. The which was left to the
Consideration of the Committee for the Bill of Apparel; unto which are added, the Earl of Essex and the
Bishops of Lincoln and Bathe and Welles. And the said
Committee are to draw up the said Declaration; which
is then to be entered.
The Lord Keeper signified unto the House, That
His Majesty had now given His Answer unto the Petition exhibited by both Houses against Recusants, and
had commanded his Lordship to read the same Answer
in this House, and Mr. Secretary to read it in the House
of Commons. Whereupon the Clerk read the First
Article of the said Petition; and the Lord Keeper read
His Majesty's Answer unto the same, and so to each
The which Petition, with the Answers, follow, in
hæc verba: videlicet,
Petition of both Houses against Recusants, and His Majesty's Answers to each Article.
"Most Gracious Sovereign,
"We Your Majesty's most Loyal and Obedient Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in Parliament assembled, having, to our singular Comfort, obtained Your Majesty's Pious and Gracious Assent for a Public Fast, to appease the Wrath
of Almighty God, kindled against us, and to prevent
those grievous Judgements which do apparently press
upon us, do, in all Humility, present unto Your
Sacred Majesty all possible Thanks for the same;
and, because the public and visible Sins of the Kingdom are the undoubted Causes of those visible Evils
that are fallen upon us, amongst which Sins (as is
apparent by the Word of God) Idolatry and Superstition are the most heinous and crying Sins; to the
End that we may constantly hope for the Blessing of
God to descend upon this our Public Humiliation,
by abandoning those Sins which do make a Wall of
Separation betwixt God and us;
"We most humbly and ardently beg at the Hands
of Your most Sacred Majesty, That Your Majesty
will be pleased to give continual Life and Motion to
all those Laws that stand in Force against Jesuits, Seminary Priests, and all that have taken Orders by
Authority of the See of Rome, by exacting a more
due and serious Execution of the same. Amongst
which Number, those that have highly abused Your
Majesty's Clemency, by returning into the Kingdom
after their Banishment, contrary to Your Highness's
express Proclamation, we humbly desire may be left
to the Severity of Your Laws, without admitting of
any Meditation or Intercession for them; and that such
of Your Majesty's unsound and ill-affected Subjects,
as do receive, harbour, or conceal any of that viperous Generation, may without Delay suffer such Penalties and Punishments, as the Laws most justly impose
His Majesty's Answer unto the First Article of this
"To the First Point, His Majesty answereth, That
He will, according to your Desire, give both Life
and Motion to the Laws that stand in Force against
Jesuits, Seminary Priests, and all that have taken Orders by Authority of the See of Rome; and, to that
End, His Majesty will give strict Order to all His
Ministers for the discovering and apprehending of
them, and so leave them, being apprehended, to the
Trial of the Law. And, in Case, after Trial, there
shall be Cause to respite Execution of any of them,
yet they shall be committed (according to the Example
of the best Times) to the Castle of Wisbitch, and
there be safely kept from exercising their Functions,
or spreading their Superstitions and dangerous Doctrine. And the Receivers and Abettors, they shall
be left to the Law."
"That Your Majesty would be pleased to command
a sure and straight Watch to be kept in and over Your
Majesty's Ports and Havens; and to commit the Care
and Charge of searching of Ships, for the Discovery
and Apprehension as well of Jesuits and Seminary
Priests brought in, as of Children and young Students
sent over beyond the Seas to suck in the Poison of
Rebellion and Superstition, unto Men of approved
Fidelity and Religion; and such as shall be convicted
to have connived or combined in the bringing in of
the one, or conveying of the other, that the Laws
may pass upon them with speedy Execution."
His Majesty's Answer to the Second Article:
"To the Second: His Majesty granteth all that is in
this Article; and, to this End, will give Order to the
Lord Treasurer, Lord Admiral, and Lord Warden of
the Cinque Ports, That, in their several Places, they
be careful to see this Article fully executed; giving
strict Charge to all such as have Place or Authority
under them to use all Diligence therein. And His
Majesty requireth them, and all others his Officers
and Ministers, to have a vigilant Eye upon such as
dwell in dangerous Places of Advantage or Opportunity for receiving or transporting of any such as
are here mentioned. And His Majesty will take it
for good Service, if any will give Knowledge of any
such as have connived or combined, or shall connive
or combine, as is mentioned in this Article, that
Justice may be strictly done upon them."
"That, considering those dreadful Dangers (never
to be forgotten) which did involve Your Majesty's
Sacred Person, and the whole Representative Body
of Your Majesty's Kingdom, plotted and framed by
the free and common Access of Popish Recusants to
the City of London, and to Your Majesty's Court,
Your Majesty would be graciously pleased to give
speedy Command for the present putting in Practice
those Laws that prohibit all Popish Recusants to come
to the Court, or within Ten Miles of the City of
London, as also those Laws that confine them to the
Distance of Five Miles from their Dwelling Houses;
and that such by-past Licences, not warranted by Law,
as have been granted unto them, for their Repair to
the City of London, may be discharged and annulled."
His Majesty's Answer to (fn. *) the Third Article:
"To the Third: His Majesty will take Order to
restrain the Recourse of Recusants to the Court; and
also, for the other Points in this Article, His Majesty
is well pleased that the Laws be duly executed, and
that all unlawful Licences be annulled and discharged."
"That whereas it is more than probably conceived
that infinite Sums of Money have, within these Two
or Three Years last past, been extracted out of the
Recusants within the Kingdom, by Colour of Composition, and a small Proportion of the same returned
into your Majesty's Coffers, not only to the sudden
enriching of private Persons, but to the emboldening of Romish Recusants to entertain Massing Priests
into their Private Houses, and to exercise all the
mimic Rites of their gross Superstition without Fear
of Controll, amounting (as by their daily Practice
and Ostentation we may conceive) to the Nature of
a concealed Toleration, Your Majesty would be graciously pleased to entertain this Particular more
nearly into Your Princely Wisdom and Consideration,
and to dissolve this Mystery of Iniquity, patched up
of colourable Leases, Contracts, and Pre-conveyances,
being but Masks on the one Part of Fraud to deceive
Your Majesty, and Stales on the other Part for private
Men to accomplish their corrupt Ends."
His Majesty's Answer to the Fourth Article:
"To the Fourth: His Majesty is most willing to
punish for the Time past, and prevent for the future,
any the Deceits and Abuses mentioned in this Article; and will account it a good Service in any that
will inform Himself, His Privy Council, Officers of
His Revenue, Judges, or Learned Counsel, of any
Thing that may reveal this Mystery of Iniquity: And
His Majesty doth strictly command every of them, to
whom such Information shall be brought, that they
suffer not the same to die, but do their uttermost
Endeavour to effect a clear Discovery, and bring the
Offender to Punishment. And, to the Intent no concealed Toleration may be effected, His Majesty leaves
the Laws to their Course."
"That, as the Persons of Ambassadors from Foreign
Princes, and their Houses, be free for the Exercise
of their own Religion, so their Houses may not be
made Free Chapels and Sanctuaries unto Your Majesty's Subjects Popishly affected, to hear Mass, and
to participate in all other Rites and Ceremonies of
that Superstition, to the great Offence of Almighty
God, and Scandal of Your Majesty's People loyally
and religiously affected; that either the Concourse
of Recusants to such Places may be restrained, or at
least such a vigilant Watch set upon them, at their
Return from those Places, as they may be apprehended, and severely proceeded withall-ut qui palam
in luce peccant, in luce puniantur."
His Majesty's Answer to the Fifth Article:
"To the Fifth: His Majesty is well pleased to prohibit and restrain their Coming and Resort to the
Houses of Ambassadors; and will command a vigilant
Watch to be set for their taking and punishing, as is
"That no Place of Authority and Command, within
any the Counties of this Your Majesty's Kingdom,
or any Ships of Your Majesty's, or which shall be
employed in Your Majesty's Service, be committed
to Popish Recusants, or to Non-communicants by
the Space of a Year past, or to any such Persons as,
according to Direction of former Acts of State, are
justly to be suspected; as the Place and Authority of
Lords Lieutenants, Deputy Lieutenants, Justices of
Peace, or Captains, or other Officers or Ministers,
mentioned in the Statute made in the Third Year of
the Reign of Your Father of Blessed Memory; and
that such as, by Connivance, have crept into such
Places, may, by Your Majesty's Royal Command, be
discharged of the same."
His Majesty's Answer to the Sixth Article:
"To the Sixth: His Majesty is persuaded, that this
Article is already observed with good Care: Nevertheless, for the avoiding (as much as may be) all Errors and Escapes in that Kind, His Majesty will give
Charge to the Lord Keeper, That, at the next Term,
he call unto him all the Judges, and take Information from them of the State of their several
Circuits, if any such (as are mentioned in this Article) be in the Commission of the Peace, that due
Reformation may be made thereof; and will likewise give Order to the Lord Admiral, and such
others to whom it shall appertain, to make diligent
Inquiry, and Certificate to His Majesty, if any such
be in Place of Authority and Command in His Ships
"That all Your Majesty's Judges, Justices, and Ministers of Justice, unto whose Care and Trust, Execution (which is the Life of Your Majesty's Laws)
is committed, may, by Your Majesty's Proclamation,
not only be commanded to put in speedy Execution
those Laws which stand in Force against Jesuits, Seminary Priests, and Popish Recusants; but that Your
Majesty would be further pleased to command the
said Judges and Justices of Assize, to give a true and
strict Account of their Proceedings, at their Returns out of their Circuits, unto the Lord Keeper;
and by the Lord Keeper to be presented unto Your
His Majesty's Answer unto the Seventh Article:
"To the Seventh: His Majesty doth fully grant
"And, for a fair and clear Eradication of all Popery
for the future, and for the breeding and nursing up
of a holy Generation, and a peculiar People sanctified unto the true Worship of Almighty God, That,
until a Provisional Law may be made for the training and educating of the Children of Popish Recusants in the Grounds and Principles of our Holy
Religion, which we conceive will be of more Power
and Force to unite Your People unto You in Fastness of Love, Religion, and Loyal Obedience, than
all Pecuniary Mulcts and Penalties that can possibly
be devised, Your Majesty will be pleased to take
it into Your own Princely Care and Consideration.
"These our humble Petitions, proceeding from
Hearts and Affections loyally and religiously devoted
to God and Your Majesty's Service, and to the
Safety of Your Majesty's Sacred Person, we most
zealously present to Your Princely Wisdom, craving
Your Majesty's chearful and gracious Approbation."
His Majesty's Answer to the Eighth Article:
"To the Eighth: His Majesty doth well approve
it, as a Matter of necessary Consideration; and, the
Parliament now sitting, He recommendeth to both
Houses the Preparation of a fitting Law to that
"And His Majesty doth further declare, That the
Mildness that hath been used towards those of the
Popish Religion, hath been upon Hope that Foreign
Princes thereby might be induced to use Moderation
towards their Subjects of the Reformed Religion:
But, not finding that good Effect which was expected,
His Majesty resolveth, unless He shall very speedily
see better Fruit, to add a further Degree of Severity
to that which in this Petition is desired."
Ld. Delawar's Privilege.
The Judges delivered their Opinion this Day, touching the Discharge of Thomas Willoughby, by Privilege
of Parliament, according to the Order of 31 Martii.
Their Opinion was this in Effect:
"That the Delivery of Wylloughby by Privilege of
Parliament will be inconvenient, both to the Marshal and to the Creditors, in respect of the Debts
and Executions laid on him since the Time of Privilege expired."
This was long debated; and, in the End, referred
again unto the Committee for Privileges, etc.
Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Secretary Cooke and others:
Message from the H. C. for a Conference touching the Liberty of the Subject.
That the Commons desire a Conference with their
Lordships, about some ancient Fundamental Liberties of
The Lords will give them a Meeting, by a Committee
of both Houses, at Three this Afternoon, in the
These Lords were appointed to report what the Commons shall deliver at this Meeting: videlicet,
Earl of Herteforde,
Earl of Devon, and
The Lord Bishop of Lincoln.
And these Lords were appointed to be Assistants unto
Earl of Leicestre,
Earl of Clare,
Lord Viscount Say et Sele, and
The Lord Bishop of Norwiche.
And these Eight Lords are to have the first Places at
Making Arms serviceable.
The Earl of Bedforde reported the Bill of Arms fit
to pass, with some Amendments; the which Amendments were Twice read, and approved of; and the Bill
amended accordingly. Then divers Motions were made
for some Additions to be added; whereupon the said
Bill was re-committed to the former Committee.
Earl of Banbury's Precedency.
The Earl of Clare moved the House, To expedite the
Business concerning the Precedency of the Earl of
Banburye; and signified, That the Earl of Tottnes doth
give his Consent thereto, during the Earl of Banburyes
Life only, in respect of the King's Desire; so that
now there resteth only the Earls of Mullgrave and
Marleborough to be treated with herein: Whereupon the
Duke promised to speak with the Earl of Marleborough
herein, and to signify his Answer to the House; and
the Earl Marshal proffered to write to the Earl of Mulgrave; which were agreed on.
Earl of Cleveland assents to it.
Then the Earl of Clevelande, who, in his former
Answer (2 Aprilis), desired Respite touching the Earl of
Banburyes Precedency in this House, did now this Day
declare his Consent therein also, as well as in all other
Places, out of his Lordship's Respect unto His Majesty's
Committee for Privileges, etc.
The Committee for Privileges, etc. are to meet this
Afternoon, at Two.
Hospitals and Free-schools.
The Committee on the Bill for better Maintenance
of Hospitals, etc. are to meet To-morrow at Eight.
Making Arms serviceable.
And the Committee on the Bill of Arms are to meet
on Wednesday next, at Two post meridiem.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem crastinum,
videlicet, diem Martis, 8m diem instantis Aprilis, hora
nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.