DIE Martis, 20 Septembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
|Ds. Cowper, Cancellarius.
Comes Nottingham, Præses.
Comes Sunderland, Custos Privati Sigilli.
Dux Devon, Senescallus.
Dux Bolton, Camerarius.
Dux St. Albans.
Dux Ancaster, Magnus Camerarius.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Howard Eff.
Message from H. C. with a Reply to E. of Oxford's Answer:
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by the Lord Coningsby and others, as follows; (videlicet,)
"The Commons of Great Britain, in Parliament
assembled, have prepared a Reply to the Answer of
Robert Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, to the Articles of Impeachment of High Treason and other
high Crimes and Misdemeanors exhibited by the said
Commons against the said Earl; and which they have
ordered me to deliver to your Lordships."
And he delivered the same accordingly.
Message from thence, to return the Bill for shortening the Yule Vacance in Scotland.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Smith and others:
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for shortening
the Time of the Yule Vacance, in that Part of Great
Britain called Scotland;" and to acquaint this House,
that they have agreed to their Lordships Amendments
made to the said Bill.
Then the Reply abovementioned, brought up from
the Commons, was read, as follows:
"The Commons Replication to the Answer of
Robert Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer.
Commons Replication to the E. of Oxford's Answer to the Articles of Impeachment against him:
"The Commons have considered the Answer of Robert Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, to the Articles of Impeachment exhibited against him, by the
Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, in Parliament
assembled; and do with Astonishment observe, that
the said Earl, instead of giving a reasonable and pertinent Answer to the just and heavy Charge brought
against him by the Commons of Great Britain, has
presumed not only to deny his advising and being
concerned in any Matters of State in the Articles
charged against him, though confessed to be done
under an Administration wherein he was notoriously
the First Minister and Chief Director; but has also
joined therewith a false and malicious Libel, laying
upon his Royal Mistress the Blame of every Thing,
which, by imposing upon Her, he had effected against
Her Honour and the Good of his Country, thereby attemping to reflect upon the Honour and Justice of the
House of Commons, and to cast an Odium upon their
Proceedings against him, as tending to asperse the
Memory of the late Queen. But the Commons are
of Opinion, that, if it were possible to add to the
heavy Load of Guilt in which the Treasons and other
most flagitious Crimes committed by the said Earl
have already involved him, this base and ungrateful
Attempt to impute them to his Royal Mistress must
bring such a new Weight of Infamy upon him, and
so justly provoke the Indignation of the Commons,
that they might think themselves obliged to demand
your Lordships immediate Justice, for this unwarranted Attempt upon the Honour of the late Queen and
the Proceedings of Parliament.
"But the Commons, being sensible that the Treasons
and other Crimes whereof the Earl stands impeached,
and the Necessity of bringing him to speedy and exemplary Justice, require that all Occasions of Delay
should be avoided; and not doubting that your
Lordships will, in due Time, vindicate the Honour
of the late Queen and of the Commons of Great
Britain, and the Justice of their Proceedings: The
Commons do aver their Charge against the said Earl
of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, for High Treason, and
other high Crimes and Misdemeanors, to be true;
and that the said Earl is guilty of all and singular
the Articles and Charges therein respectively contained, in such Manner as he stands impeached; and
that the Commons will be ready to prove their
Charge against him, at such convenient Time as shall
be appointed for that Purpose."
Address for a Scaffold in Westminster Hall, for his Trial.
Ordered, That an humble Address be presented to
His Majesty, humbly to desire, "That His Majesty
will be pleased to cause Directions to be given to
the proper Officers, for preparing a Scaffold in Westminster Hall for the Trial of Robert Earl of Oxford
and Earl Mortimer, who now stands impeached before
Ordered, That the said Address be presented to
His Majesty by the Lords with White Staves.
E. of Strafford further Time to Answer.
The Earl of Strafford acquainted the House, "That,
since their Lordships were pleased, upon the Articles
of Impeachment exhibited against him by the House
of Commons, to allow him to take Copies of Papers
in the Secretaries Office, and a Month's Time to answer the said Articles, he has employed several
Clerks to take the said Copies; but, the same being
so voluminous, they had yet been able to make but
a small Progress therein;" and his Lordship therefore
desiring further Time to answer:
It is Ordered, That the said Earl of Strafford have
further Time allowed, to put in his Answer to the said
Articles of Impeachment exhibited against him, till Tuesday the First Day of November next.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii,
vicesimum primum diem instantis Septembris, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.