DIE Jovis, 15 Aprilis.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Hoyle.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Count. Rivers's Petition.
A Petition of Mary Countess of Rivers, read, and
Wye and Sherman left to their Sentence.
A Certificate of Serjeant Cresheld read, touching Halfcrowns coined by one Tho. Wye; read.
Ordered, for the said Wye to be left to the Law.
Another Certificate of Serjeant Cresheld read, concerning one Henry Sherman's Felony and Robbery upon
the Highway; read.
Ordered, That the said Sherman shall be left to
the Law; and the said Serjeant Cresheld is to give Order to Mr. Eldred, Clerk of the Assize for Essex and
Surr. Circuit, to give Notice hereof to the said Sheriffs of the said Counties, with all Speed that may be.
Ordinance concerning Compositions by the Court of Wards.
The House is adjourned, and put into a Committee;
and the Ordinance concerning the Court of Wards
read therein, and amended.
The House re-assumed; the said Order read again,
and Agreed to, and Ordered to be sent down to the
House of Commons.
Curteen and the E. I. Co.
The Cause between the East India Company and Mr.
Curteene called in, to be heard at the Bar.
The Counsel of the East India Company only present;
desired by the Solicitor of the other Side to be put
off to another Day, for that their Counsel are all out
of Town; and Oath taken by one John Dorrell, the
Solicitor, touching the same.
A Question asked, "Whether the East India Company should have Cost of Mr. Curteene, for
his Not-attendance with his Counsel or no?"
And Resolved in the Negative.
And the said Cause is Ordered by the House to
be heard this Day Fortnight, at this Bar, peremptorily;
and if the said Mr. Curteene do not attend then, with
his Counsel, accordingly, the said Cause to be dismissed.
Ordinance to take off the D. of Buck's Sequestration.
The Ordinance for taking off the Sequestration of
the Duke of Buckingham's Estate, sent down to the
House of Commons, by Sir Edw. Leech.
Wye and Sherman's Order for Execution.
The aforesaid Wye and Sherman's Orders read. Sherman's Order was put to the Question, and passed; and
the other passed without Question.
Woodcock and Moyle's Bail.
Ordered, That the Bail of one Woodcocke and
Moyle, now Prisoners to this House, shall present their
Bail To-morrow Morning.
Kent-to be instituted to Hardwick.
Ordered, &c. That Dr., or his lawful Deputy, are hereby authorized and required to give Institution and Induction unto Thomas Kent Clerk, Master
of Arts, unto the Vicarage of Hardwick, in the County
of Warwicke, void by the Death of the last Incum
bent, salvo Jure cujuscunque; the said Mr. Kent taking
the National League and Covenant, and producing his
Presentation thereunto under the Hand and Seal of
Dorothy Countess of Sunderland, the lawful Patroness.
E. Rivers's Goods, taken at Halton to be sold to Sir J. Cordell.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords now assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of Mary Countess
"That whereas your Lordships were pleased, by
Order of this House, to prohibit the Sale of the
Goods of your Petitioner's Lord, taken at Halton
Castle, and sold by Mr. Brooks unto William Rudges;
so it is, that, since the said Order, your Petitioner
hath agreed with the said Wm. Rudges, that the said
Goods shall be sold unto Sir John Cordell Knight,
who will not proceed to buy the same of the said
Rudges without the Order and Licence of this Honourable House.
"She therefore prayeth, that, by your Lordships
Order, the said Sir John Cordell may be permitted to buy the same.
"And she will, &c.
Upon reading of the Petition of Mary Countess Rivers,
read this Day in the House: It is Ordered, by the
Lords in Parliament assembled, That the Goods of the
Petitioner's Lord, taken at Halton Castle, may be sold
unto Sir John Cordell Knight; any former (fn. *) Order of
this House in any Wise notwithstanding.
Certificate of Sherman's being convicted of a Highway Robery, &c. at the Surrey Affizes.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in Parliament assembled.
"Whereas your Lordships, upon Information given
to your Honours in Parliament, that there was some
Mistake in the Evidence against Henry Sherman;
condemned at the last Assizes in Southwarke, were
pleased, on the First of April Instant, to order that
I should reprieve him for Ten Days, and in the mean
Time the Matter of Fact to be certified to your Lordships in Parliament:
"May it please your Honours, in Obedience to that
Order, I have reprieved him for Ten Days; and do
humbly certify, That he, together with Eustance
Stephens, Charles Vivian, and John Turpin, were indicted at the said Assizes, for the Felonious Robbing
of Robert Shorter of a Grey Mare, of the Price of
Ten Pounds, being the Goods and Chattels of Richard Roberts Clerk, and for the putting of the said
Robert Shorter in Corporal Fear of his Life, and
taking the said Mare feloniously from his Person,
in the King's Highway, in the Parish of Croydon;
and also for the Felonious Robbing of Thomas Anthrobus, in the King's Highway, in the same Parish,
and putting him in Corporal Fear of his Life, and
(fn. †) for taking from his Person divers Goods, and Thirtyfive Shillings in Money: And I neither did nor do
know of any Mistake in the Evidence against the said
Henry Sherman; but, by the Evidence given against
him upon his Trial, it appeared, That the said Shorter
and Anthrobus were both robbed severally in Croydon
Parish, in one and the same Day, being Saturday,
by Four Men; and that the said Sherman, Stephens,
Vivian, and Turpin, lodged together that Saturday
Night at Chiddingston in Kent, where they were suspected; and going thence on Sunday in Church-time,
and Hue and Cry pursuing them for robbing of Anthrobus, they fled into a House in Charing, in Kent,
and there stood upon their Guard before they were
taken; yet, being there then apprehended, the said
Mare taken from Shorter, as also divers Goods taken
from Anthrobus, were then and there found with
them; and being all Four carried to Maydston Gaol,
the said Stephens, Vivian, and Turpin, were there indicted and condemned for several other Robberies,
and the said Sherman was brought to Southwarke,
where the Evidence against them all Four, for both
the Robberies aforesaid of the said Shorter and Anthrobus, was so full, that the Court and Jury which
tried him were fully satisfied that he the said Henry
Sherman was Guilty of both the said Robberies;
and the said Jury found him Guilty of the same:
And thereupon, according to the Duty of my Place,
I gave Judgement against him, according to the Law:
All which I humbly submit to your Lordships Consideration.
"Dated at Hertf. the 3d Day of April, 1647.
Order for his Execution.
"Upon reading of the Certificate of Mr. Serjeant
Cresheld, Judge of the Assizes for Surry Circuit;
shewing, That one Henry Sherman was condemned,
for committing Two several Roberies upon the King's
Highway: It is Ordered, &c. That the said Party
is hereby left to be proceeded against according to
Law; and that the Clerk of the Assizes of the said
Circuit is to give the Sheriff of the said County
Notice hereof accordingly."
Certificate of Wye's being convicted of Coining, at the Essex Assizes.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in Parliament assembled.
"May it please your Lordships, That, according to
your Command signified by Mr. Serjeant Finch, upon
Delivery of the Petition hereunto annexed unto me,
I do humbly certify, That, upon the Trial of Thomas
Wye, therein named, at the last Assizes in Essex, for
counterfeiting Half-crowns, Twelvepences, and Twopences, in Colchester, it appeared by the Evidence
against him, That his Wife having uttered and paid
out several Half-crowns and Twelvepenny Pieces, for
Commodities at Colchester, and he being had in Suspicion; and upon searching his House, in a false
Loft above his Chamber, which his Maid would have
kept the Officers from going into, but, perceiving
them to enter therein to search there, she wrung her
Hands, and cried, whereas before she laughed and
was pleasant, there were found many counterfeited
Half-crowns, Twelvepences, and Twopences, and also
Melting-pots, Moulds, Implements, and Metals for
Coining; and the said Wye did sweat for Fear: And
that, about the End of December last, the said Thomas
Wye, and Nelson Lence in the said Petition named,
were together in a Chamber in Wye's House most Part
of a Forenoon, and were heard to keep a great Knocking, as with Hammers, upon Iron or Metal about an
Hour together; and that, after the Commitment of
the said Thomas Wye's Wife, there was found in the
House of Office, where she had lately been, several
counterfeited Half Crowns, Twelve-pences, and Twopences: Upon all which (with several other Matters
testified against him the said Thomas Wye concerning
the Coining of falfe Money), the Jury found him
thereof Guilty; and I thereupon, according to the
Duty of my Place, gave Judgement against him, according to the Law: Yet, conceiving him the fitter
Object for your Lordships Mercy, for that, by the
View of the several Pieces of counterfeit Coin found
in his House, it might be probably conjectured that
he had been but newly practised in that Art, and
lately drawn into that Offence by the said Lence, who
is his Wife's Brother, and went from Colchester above
a Month before his Apprehension: All which I humbly submit to your Lordships Consideration.
"Dated at Serjeants Inne, in Chauncery Lane, this
14th Day of April, 1647.
His Petition, for a Reprieve.
To the Right Honourable the House of Peers
in the Most High Court of Parliament assembled.
The humble Petition of Thomas Wye, Innholder, a poor condemned Man;
"That whereas of late there happened one Nelson
Lence to come as a Guest to your Petitioner's House,
and was by your Petitioner received in no other Manner, where he remained about a Month; in which
Time a Warrant issued out for the Apprehension of
the said Lence, for coining of Money: But he, having some Intelligence thereof (as it should seem), fled;
whereupon Search was made in his Lodging-chamber
for certain Instruments and Money, where was found
about Forty Shillings in base Coin, with some Instruments for that Purpose; which Instruments, he informed your Petitioner, were to make Bosses for
Bridles: Hereupon your Petitioner was attached, and
at Chelmesford in Essex condemned to die.
"Now, in as much (may it please this Most High and
Honourable Court) as your Petitioner is innocent of
condescending to any such wicked Fact, and that he
hath always been very faithful to the Parliament's
undoubted Cause, by his continual active Service, yet
deeply sensible of the Justness of the Law in that
Case provided, and doubteth not but by his Endeavours (if it shall please your Honours so far to commiserate his sad Condition) to discover and bring to
condign Punishment the said Lence:
"May it please this High Court (in Consideration
of his great Charge of a Wife and many Children, whose sole Dependency is on your Petitioner's Livelihood and Welfare) to extend
your Mercy and Clemency, by granting him
an Order (directed to Serjeant Creswell the
Judge who condemned him), for his Reprieve
for Ten Days, in which Time may report the
whole Scope and Truth of the Fact to your
Honours; and thereupon he will humbly submit himself to God, and your pious Intentions; however, prepare himself for another
World: Yet, during Life, incessantly pray
for your Honours endless Happiness."
Adjourn, 10 To-morrow.