DIE Jovis, videlicet, 24 die Decembris.
Downing versus Moore.
It was reported from the Lords Committees for Imprisonments, etc. That one George Moore, Clerk, having
refused to appear upon Notice of their Lordships Order
before them, that the said George Moore be sent for by
the Messenger attending this House, to appear to answer such Things as are alledged against him in the Petition of Dr. Calibut Downing; which was Ordered by
the House accordingly.
Rouse versus Clarke, touching the Hospital at Leicester.
It was reported to the House, from the Lords Committees, That, upon reading the Petition of William
Rowse, complaining, that the new Hospital, commonly
called Wigson's Hospitall, in the Town of Leicester,
founded by Queen Eliz. and settled upon Four
Feoffees in Trust, to the Use of Twenty-four poor
People, and a Chaplain for Divine Service, and certain
Lands given of good Value to the Maintenance thereof;
and that Dr. Clarke, being Chaplain and a Principal
Feoffee in Trust, having had the sole Government
thereof, hath grievously oppressed the Tenants and
Husbandmen in divers Particulars, and hath taken Fines
to his own Use, above a Thousand Pounds, and setteth
the Places of the Poor to them that will give most; and
when any of the Poor die, he selleth their Goods, and
converteth the Money to his own Use, with many other
Things expressed in the Petition; all which the Lords
Committees thought fit should be referred to the Examination of Sir Wolston Dixie, and Thomas Babington,
Esquire, Two of His Majesty's Justices of Peace for
the County of Leycester; William Danvers, Esquire,
Archdale Palmer, Esquire, Mr. Angell, Minister or Lecturer in the Town of Leycester, and Mr. William Sherman, Gentleman, they or any Three of them; and to
certify under their Hands, unto the Lords Committees,
their Examinations of the whole Business. All which
this House did now Order accordingly.
A Message from the House of Commons, to this Effect,
by Sir Henry Mildmaye:
Message from the H. C. to charge the Bp. of Bath and Wells with Misdemeanours.
That he was commanded, by the Knights, Citizens,
Burgesses, and Barons of the House of Commons, to let
their Lordships know, That they have received Informations of heinous Misdemeanours, tending to the Subversion of the true Religion, against William Peirce, Bishop
of Bath and Welles; and they do desire that he put
in good Caution, to appear here, and abide the Judgement in Parliament.
who is to give Bail.
The said Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells being absent,
the Gentleman Usher was appointed by the House
to send presently to him; but, it being late, it was
Ordered by the House, That the Lord Chief Justice
of the Common Pleas, Speaker of the House, do cause
him to appear, and acknowledge before him a Recognizance for Ten Thousand Pounds, to appear here in
Parliament, upon Tuesday next, videlicet, Twenty-ninth
of this Instant Month of December; and then to give
sufficient Security, by Recognizance of Ten Thousand
Pounds, by himself and others, to appear here from
Time to Time in Parliament, and to be present at the
Judgement of Parliament against him, if any be; and
if the said Bishop of Bath and Welles refuse to acknowledge the Recognizance as aforesaid, then he is to be
presently restrained of his Liberty, and committed to
the Custody of the Gentleman Usher.
Answer to the Commons about him.
After this, the Messengers of the House of Commons
were called in, and the Speaker did signify from the
House to them, That their Lordships have taken their
Message into Consideration, and told them, that the
Bishop of Bath and Welles is not now present; but their
Lordships will send for him, and take a Course that he
may put in Caution to appear from Day to Day, and
abide the Judgement of Parliament.
Witnesses sworn in the Earl of Strafford's Cause:
Witnesses sworn in the E. of Strafford's Cause.
Sir Donough Maccarta.
Sir Hards Waller.
Sir William Coale.
Sir Robert Lynch.
Sir James Mountgomery.
Nicho. Barnewell, Esquire.
Sir Robert Farar.
All these received a Command for Secrecy, as former
Witnesses have had.
Damages from the Abp. of Cant. to Sir Robert Howard.
Memorandum, That the Lord Archbishop of Cant.
hath paid the Five Hundred Pounds unto Sir Robert
Howard, Knight, according to the Order of this Honourable House, and desired to be discharged thereof;
which was accordingly done.
The Lord North and the Lord Mountague were added
to all the Standing Committees.
Bp. of Oxon Leave to speak with the Abp. of Cant.
The Lord Bishop of Oxon had Leave granted him to
speak with the Archbishop of Cant.
Committee for Privileges.
Ordered, That the Lords Committees for Privileges
are to meet on Saturday next, in the Afternoon.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco, Locum tenens Domini Custodis Magni Sigilli, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis,
videlicet, 29m diem instantis Decembris, hora nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.