DIE Veneris, videlicet, 11 die Decembris.
Earl of Cleveland and the Lord Wentworth excused for
Exchange between the Bp. of London and Sir Nicholas Crispe.
Hodie 1a (fn. †) vice lecta est Billa, An Act for Exchange of
Lands between the Right Honourable the Lord Bishop
of London, Lord Treasurer of England, and Sir Nicholas
Crispe, Knight, etc.
Mr Howes examined and committed
This Day Mr. Howes, Vicar of Banbury, was brought
to the Bar, as a Delinquent, to answer the Petition of
the Inhabitants of Banbury against him; and these Witnesses following were sworn and examined in open Court:
Witnesses sworn against him
His Scandal against L. Say and Seale, for which he is committed to The Fleet.
And, after a full Hearing of what the Witnesses
could say touching the Proof of the Matters charged in
the Petition, the House did conceive, that there was not
a sufficient Proof made, whereby to censure Mr. Howes
upon those Particulars, but, concerning the Words
which Mr. Howes did speak, concerning the Right Honourable the Lord Viscount Say and Seale, though they
were not mentioned in the Petition, yet, because they
were proved by one Witness, and confessed by Mr.
Howes himself, the House did think fit that he should
be committed; whereupon the Lord Viscount Say did
desire the House, That, if their Lordships did not think
it fit to censure him upon the Charge in the Petition,
that the House would be pleased to remit what did concern himself in particular; which Motion the House
commended, as proceeding from his noble Disposition,
yet thought it fit that some exemplary Punishment be
shewn therein. It was therefore Ordered, by the
House, That Mr. Howes should be forthwith committed
to The Fleet, there to remain until he make his humble
Submission for his foul and scandalous Words against the
Lord Viscount Say and Seale.
Bernardo at the Bar.
Phillip Bernardo, an Italian, was brought to the Bar as
a Delinquent, being accused for divers scandalous Words
against some Lords; but he denying the Words, and
professing himself to be innocent, he was commanded to
Garret Day committed for his false Accosation against him, and to pay his Fees.
Then the House took into Consideration the Witness
which was against him, being one singular Witness,
named Garrett Day, concerning whom it did appear to
the House, that he was an infamous Person, sentenced
formerly for Perjury, and stood in the Pillory, and so
thought fit not to be received as any Testimony, whereupon it was Ordered by the House, That the said
Phillip Bernardo shall be forthwith discharged of his
Imprisonment; and the said Garret Day, for his false
Accusation, to stand committed to The Fleet, until he
satisfy and pay to the said Bernardo such Charges as he
hath expended by reason of his Imprisonment in this
Witness sworn in the E of Strafford's Cause.
The Lord Viscount Conway was sworn as a Witness,
to be examined in the Cause of the Earl of Strafford,
at the Clerk's Table; and afterwards received, by the
Lord Keeper, an Injunction from the House for Secrecy,
and not revealing any Depositions, until Publication or
Leave from the House.
L Maynard excused.
Lord Maynard excused, for being absent.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati,
videlicet, 12m diem instantis Decembris, hora nona,
Dominis sic decernentibus.