James I: Volume 16, November, 1605

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: James I, 1603-1610. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1857.

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November, 1605.

[Nov.] 1. List of Peers summoned to attend the 1st and 2nd Sessions of the first Parliament of James I.
[Nov.] 2. List of the Members of the House of Commons summoned to Parliament, 19th March, 1603; with memoranda of deaths and promotions since the last Session.
Nov. 1.
3. Sir Fr. Newport and Robt. Nedham to the Council. Delay of Muster of the Trained Bands, on account of the labours of the harvest, and the defective state of the arms. Incloses,
3. I. Certificate of the Trained Forces, as well horse as foot, co. Salop.
Nov. 2. 4. E. F. Mak to Rich. Bankes. Hopes for the success of their proceedings. The "gallery, with the passage thereunto yieldeth the best of assurance, and a safetie of the actors themselves." Important to know whether the ascent "be a concavety or not." Strict secresy enjoined. He and his company will come over. Hopes "to behold the tiranous heretique confounded in his cruell pleasures." Partly in cipher, undeciphered. Indorsed. "A letter fownd in the streete."
Nov. 2. 5. Copy of the above.
Nov. 2.
Thos. Percy to Wm. Wicklyf. Is compelled to leave Yorkshire, being threatened by the Archbishop with arrest, "as the chefe piller of papistry in that contry." Instructions about his private affairs. [G. Plot Bk., No. 4.]
Nov. 2.
Same to Wm. Stockdale. Is warned to leave York at once, if he means to hold his journey to London. Will meet him at Doncaster on Tuesday. Private affairs. [Ibid., No. 5.]
[Nov. 2.] Same to John Walker. Charges him to be careful of the money, and meet him at Doncaster. [Ibid., No. 223.]
Nov. 2. Release to Sir Hen. Hobart from the office of Serjeant-at-law. [Grant Bk., p. 17.]
Nov. 3. Grant to Sir Hen. Hobart, of the office of Attorney of the Court of Wards and Liveries, for life. [Grant Bk., p. 17.]
Nov. 5. 6. Account [by Dud. Carleton] of monies disbursed by him for Lord Norris, since Oct. 4, 1605.
Nov. 5.
First examination of Guy Faukes, under the assumed name of John Johnson. Particulars of his past life; served Thos. Percy; details of the intended Plot; refuses to reveal the names of the conspirators. [G. Plot Bk., No. 6.]
[Nov. 5.] 7. Notes [by Sir Edw. Coke,] on the examination of Johnson, alias Faukes; with memoranda of the contents of Mrs. Vaux's letter [found upon him], &c. Indorsed with notes of Faukes' confessions.
Nov. 5. 8. Proclamation for the search and apprehension of Thos. Percy.
Nov. 5. Copy of the above. Printed. [Proc. Bk., p. 114.]
Nov. 5.
Archbp. Bancroft to Salisbury. Thos. Percy was met riding towards Croydon that morning, and reported that "all London is up in arms." [G. Plot. Bk., No. 7.]
Nov. 5.
Thos. Swyned, Postmaster at Ware, to the Same. In answer to his letter, informs him that Percy has not passed northward, but that he and his brother came from the North, on Saturday last. [Ibid., No. 8.]
Nov. 5. Examination of Isabel, servant of -- Cole. Knows Thos. Percy; he visited Carden, a recusant, whom she formerly served; saw him this day, at 8 a.m., come down by Dowgate, and pass towards Colharbour, with his man. [Ibid., No. 234.]
Nov. 5.
Serjeants' Inn.
Lord Chief Justice Popham to Salisbury. Thos. Percy is escaped towards Gravesend. Measures taken for his apprehension. [Ibid., No. 9.]
Nov. 5.
Sir Wm. Waad to the Same. Thanks God on the knees of his soul "that this monstrous wickedness is discovered." All his prisoners are safe and shall be well guarded. [Ibid., No. 12.]
Nov. 5. Same to the Same. The people exclaim against the Spaniards and their Ambassdors. Precautions to be taken against a tumult. [Ibid., No. 13.]
Nov. 5.
Same to the Same. His cousin, Sir Edw. Yorke, met Percy going northward in disguise. [Ibid., No. 14.]
Nov. 5.
St. Giles in the Fields.
Justice E. Grange to the Same. Percy's house searched, and John Roberts taken in it. Percy's wife says she has not seen her husband since Midsummer, as he serves the Earl of Northumberland. [Ibid., No. 15.]
[Nov. 5.] 9. "Points and names of persons discovered in the papers found in Percy's house."
[Nov. 5.] 10. "Points mentioned in the papers and letters found in Percy's house, likely to be the priest's, Roberts, which was taken there."
Nov. 5.
St. Martin's, London.
Geo. Southaick to Levinus Munck (Salisbury's Secretary). Has been riding day and night the last 8 days, to discover the plotters. Asks warrants for their apprehension. Their correspondence abroad, &c. [G. Plot Bk., No. 16.]
Nov. 5. 11. Examination of Rob. Rookes, servant of Ambrose Rokewood, of Coldham Hall, Suffolk, as to his master's proceedings.
Nov. 5 ? 12. Notes of persons seen in Amb. Rokewood's house.
Nov. 5. 13. Examination of Elizabeth, wife of Edw. More, as to parties lodging in her house-[Robert] Keyes, [Ambrose] Rokewood, and Chris. Wright.
Nov. 5. 14. Examination of Gideon Gibbins, porter. He and 2 others carried 3,000 billets to the vaults under the Parliament House, which Johnson (Guy Faukes) piled up.
Nov. 5. 15. Examination of Wm. Grantham, servant to Jos. Hewett. Purchase of hats, &c., by [Chris.] Wright.
Nov. 5 & 6.
Serjeants' Inn.
Lord Chief Justice Popham to Salisbury. Has given warrants to arrest two suspicious persons. Mrs. [Elizabeth] Vaux expected something was about to take place, and Gerard and Walley, the Jesuits, make her house their chief resort. [Sir Rich.] Wenman and Lady Tasburgh know of the letter. [See Nov. 18.] Particulars of Chris. Wright, Ambrose Rokewood, Keyes, Winter, Walley, and Strange, the Jesuits. (fn. 1) There are letters from abroad, at Fortescue's house by the Wardrobe. [G. Plot Bk., No. 10.] Incloses,
I. Deposition of Hen. Tatnall. He met 2 gentlemen that morn- ing near Lincoln's Inn, and one said "God's woundes! we are wonderfully besett, and all ys marred." Nov. 5. [Ibid., No. 11.]
Nov. 6. 16. Declaration of John Cradock, cutler. He engraved sword hilts with the Passion of Christ, for Rokewood, Chris. Wright, and another. Catesby and Tyrwhit were often with them.
Nov. 6. 17. Examination of Hen. Griffith, tailor. A letter was brought to his house, a few days before, for Johnson, but he refused it, not knowing such a person.
Nov. 6.
Forenoon. Tower.
Examination of John Johnson (Guy Faukes) as to the storing of powder, &c. in the Parliament cellar,-his connections abroad,- whether Mr. Percy would have allowed the Earl of Northumberland to perish, &c. He refuses to inculpate any person, saying, "youe would have me discover my frendes: the giving warning to one overthrew us all;" signed "John Johnson." [G. Plot Bk., No.16A.]
Nov. 6. The King to the Lords Commissioners [for the Plot]. Proposes interrogatories to be put to the prisoner. Suggests whether he be not the author of a "cruel pasquil" against himself, for assuming the "name of Britain" (King of Great Britain), in which his destruction was prophesied. "The gentler tortours are to be first usid unto him, et sic per gradus ad ima tenditur, and so God speede youre goode worke." [In the King's own hand. Ibid., No. 17.]
Nov. 6. Copy of the above, in modern orthography. [Ibid., No. 18.]
Nov. 6.
Answers of John Johnson [Faukes] to the above interrogatories. [Ibid., No. 19.]
[Nov. 6.] 18. Proofs [by Sir Edw. Coke] against Thos. Percy; taken from Johnson's (Faukes) examinations of Nov. 5 and 6.
Nov. 6. Examinations of Ellen, wife of Andrew Bright, and of Roger Neck, her servant, upon their letting to Percy and his man the vault under the Parliament House. [G. Plot Bk., No. 24.]
Nov. 6.
John Lepton to Salisbury. Has not heard that "that miserable man" (Percy) has gone northward. Has written to the Council at York, to stop him on the Borders, or in the northern ports. One Johnson, a seminary priest, lived near Howden, Yorkshire, and may be the same with "that mercilesse traytor" Johnson (Guy Faukes). [Ibid., No. 36.]
Nov. 6.
Serjeants' Inn.
Lord Chief Justice Popham to the Same. Percy supposed to be in London. The Thames to be guarded. [Ibid., No. 20.] Incloses,
I. List of suspected persons,-Rob. Catesby, Amb. Rokewood, Thos. Winter, [Rob.] Keyes, John and Chris. Wright, and [John] Grant; with notes of where they are likely to be found. [Ibid., No. 20 A.]
[Nov. 6 ?] Note of persons who supped at Wm. Patrick's house with Rob. Catesby, at the beginning of the Term. [Ibid., No. 132.]
Nov. 6. Examination of Rich. Browne, as to his connection with Chris. Wright. [Ibid., No. 26.]
Nov. 6.
Lord Harrington to Salisbury. Horses have been seized in Warwickshire. Asks directions about the Princess (Elizabeth), fearing she may be seized, should a rebellion take place. [Ibid., No. 21.] Incloses,
I. Mr. Benock to Lord Harrington. All his horses have been seized in the night, by [John] Grant, of Norbrook, and the papists; "it cannot be but some great rebellion is at hand." [Ibid., No. 22.]
Nov. 6.
Lord Harrington to Salisbury. Reports of troubles spreading. He has removed the Princess Elizabeth to Coventry, where the people are very loyal. [G. Plot Bk., No. 23.]
Nov. 6.
Sheriff and Justices of Warwickshire to the Sheriff, &c., of Worcestershire. Inform them of the late assembly, and that Rob. Winter, Rob. Acton, Rob. Catesby, John Grant, and Amb. Rokewood are gone into Worcestershire. [Ibid., No. 35.]
Nov. 6.
19. Rob. Winter to Mr. Smallpece. Great events are going on. Begs him to stir up his father [in-law, John] Talbot, to pray for them and send them friends. [Half of it torn away. Found in Holbeach House.]
Nov. 6.
Sheriff and Justices of Warwickshire to Salisbury. The company that seized the horses are 100 horse strong; two of their servants have been taken and examined. [G. Plot Bk., No. 26.] Inclose,
I. Examination of John Fowes, servant to Rob. Winter. Particulars of the assembling of the plotters at Mr. Talbot's house, whence they went to Lady Catesby's, and thence into Warwickshire. Warwick, Nov. 6. [Ibid., No. 27.]
II. Examination of Rob. Conyers, servant to Amb. Rokewood. He came to meet his master at Mr. Grant's, Norbrook. [Ibid., No. 28.]
Nov. 7.
Sheriff, &c., of Warwickshire to Salisbury. Send up examinations. Three trunks of armour taken. Sir Rob. Digby has assisted in taking prisoners. [Ibid., No. 42.] Inclose,
I. Examination of Chris. Ater, servant to Amb. Rokewood. He gives contradictory accounts of himself; came from London to Mr. Grant's, to meet his master. Nov. 6. [Ibid., No. 29.]
II. Examination of Geo. Bartlett, servant to Rob. Catesby. Followed his master from London to Rob. Winter's, in Worcestershire; Grant and Rokewood are intimate with his master; knew nothing of an intended plot. Nov. 6. [Ibid., No. 30.]
III. Examination of Wm. Petty, servant to Rob. Catesby. Came to meet his master at Mr. Grant's, at Norbrook. [Ibid., No. 31.]
IV. Examination of Thos. Carpenter, of Norton, labourer. Particulars of the assembly at Norbrook; a hunting party feigned to be intended; Grant and Wright asked him to join them, and "stand for the Catholique cause," but he refused. Nov. 6. [Ibid., No. 32.]
V. Examination of Rob. Abraham, retainer to Sir Everard Digby. Further particulars; he left the assembly privately, fearing mischief. Nov. 6. [Ibid., No. 33.]
VI. Examination of Fras. Grant, gent., of Norbrook, brother to John Grant. Very many gentlemen have lately resorted to his brother's house. Nov. 6. [Ibid., No. 34.]
Nov. 7 ? List of conspirators; with reports, by James and Simon Digby, of a speech of Sir Everard Digby, on Nov. 5, about an intention to cut Catholics' throats, and of his urging them to go with him, which they refused; with a note that George Prince, servant at the inn at Dunchurch, heard some one say that they were all betrayed. [G. Plot Bk., No. 233.]
Nov. 7.
20. Proclamation denouncing as traitors, Thos. Percy, Robt. Catesby, Ambrose Rokewood, of Coldham Hall, Suffolk, Thos. Winter, brother of Rob. Winter, of Huddington, Worcestershire, Edw. [John] Grant, of Norbrook, John Wright, Chr. Wright, and Rob. Ashfield, conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot. Printed.
Nov. 7.
Duplicate of the above. [Proc. Coll., No. 4.]
Nov. 7 ? 21. Address by Geo. Blackwell, Archpriest, to the Roman Catholic priests in England, on the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot. That it is a detestable action, contrary to Scripture, to the decrees of the Councils, and to the orders of their superiors. They are to exhort Catholics to obedience and peaceable behaviour.
Nov. 7 ? 22. Copy of the above.
Nov. 7.
Examination of Guy Faukes. The conspiracy began eighteen months before; was confined to five persons at first, then to two; and afterwards five more were added, who all swore secrecy; he refuses, on account of his oath, to accuse any; they intended to place the Princess Elizabeth on the throne, and marry her to an English Catholic. Signed at the foot of each page "Guido Faukes." [G. Plot Bk., No. 37.]
Nov. 7. Copy of the above. [Ibid., No. 38.]
[Nov. 7.] Detailed account of the discovery of the Plot, up to the third examination of Guy Faukes. [Corrected by Salisbury, and written by his Secretary, Levinus Munck. Seemingly drawn up to be read to the Council, with Guy's confession. Ibid., No. 129.]
Nov. 7. Examination of Susan Whynniard. Her house close by the Parliament House, let to Hen. Ferrers, of Warwickshire, was assigned, in March 1604, with her consent, to Thos. Percy, at the entreaty of Mr. [Dud.] Carleton, Mr. Epsley, and others of the Earl of Northumberland's men. She also assigned to him, a year afterwards, the vault under the Parliament House, formerly let to Mr. Skynner, alias Bright. [Ibid., No. 39.]
Nov. 7. Examinations of Roger James and John Shepherd, servants to Mrs. Whynniard, as to the letting of the house and vault, and their occupation and storing by Percy. [Ibid., No. 40.]
Nov. 7. Examinations of Dorothy Robinson, of Spur Alley, and Mr. Jackson, as to Chris. Wright's lodging in their houses. [Ibid., No. 41.]
Nov. 7. Examination by George Lord Carew of Rob. Wilson, his tenant. He granted a lease of his house to Ambrose Rokewood resort of conspirators there, &c. [Ibid., No. 44.]
Nov. 7.
Doncaster, 9 A.M.
T. Fotherley to the Earl of Northumberland. The charge of the Earl's horses and of his money, amounting to more than 3,000£., was committed by Thos. Percy to Lawson. [G. Plot Bk., No. 45.]
Nov. 7.
Wm. Dale to the Earl of Salisbury. Report by Bartholomew Brown, of a speech made by a Page of the Archduke, that there would soon be wars throughout all England. [Ibid., No. 46.]
Nov. 7.
23. John Chamberlain to Dud. Carleton. Hopes Lord [Northumberland] will escape arrest, but being nearly related to Percy, he is desired to remain in his house. Details of the Plot and its discovery. The Earl of Cumberland and Lady Knollys dead. Sir Edwin Sandys's books burnt. Sir F. Bacon's new work on learning. Mean conduct of M. de Beaumont, the French Ambassador. Incloses,
23. I. Copy of the letter to Lord Monteagle, warning him to be absent from Parliament.
Nov. 7.
Salisbury House.
24. J. Johnson to Mr. Percivall. Informs him of divers houses of recusants in St. John's Street; amongst them, Sir Hen. James's and Thomas Sleep's. Johnson (Faukes) was often at Sleep's house. There is a wonderful resort there, since his apprehension.
Nov. 7 ? 25. Information, that Faukes lodged two months ago, with Mrs. Herbert, now Mrs. Woodhouse, at the back of St. Clement's church. Percy, the two Wrights, Winter, Catesby, and others had secret correspondence with him there. She disliked it, suspecting him to be a priest; he was tall, with brown hair and auburn beard, and had plenty of money.
Nov. 7.
26. Rich. Gibbridge to Mark Packnam. Sends acquittances to be produced in court, relative to his claim on certain lands.
Nov. 7. Grant to Sir Lewis Lewkenor of the office of Master of the Ceremonies, for life. [Ind. Wt. Bk., p. 43.]
Nov. 8. 27. Henry Lok to Salisbury. Sends information from the Keeper of Cambridge Castle. Mr. Coswarth, a Justice of Peace for Cornwall, offers his Lordship the disposal of a burgess-ship in that county.
Nov. 8.
28. Sheriffs of Northamptonshire to the Same. Send examinations of several persons of Ledgers Ashby, relative to a concourse of horsemen there. Inclose,
28. I. Examination of John Myles. Carriage of pistols from Lady Catesby's to Warwick. Nov. 7.
28. II. Examination of William Boyse. Overheard some horsemen at Lady Catesby's say they would not drink till they came to Lord Harrington's. Nov. 7.
28. III. Examination of Rich. Jackson. Gathering of armed horsemen and money at Lady Catesby's. Nov. 7.
28. IV. Examination of Bennett Leeson. He guided Catesby and others to Dunchurch, and Catesby's man to Rugby. Nov. 7.
28. v. Examination of Martha, wife of Thos. Bates. Her husband left her Nov. 5, taking five or six pistols with him, and ordered her to convey to Lady Catesby's certain trunks of armour, which had lain there since the late Queen's death. Nov. 8.
28. VI. Examination of Chris. Story, Thos. Bates's man, on his delivery of the said trunks and other armour, &c. Nov. 8.
Nov. 8. 29. Sir Fras. Bacon to Salisbury. Sends an examination about the work of a suspected papist. Thinks it "not good to neglect any thing at such a tyme." Incloses,
29. I. Examination of John Drake, servant to Thos. Reynolds, of Holborn, on Mr. Beard's remark about the Plot, that "It had been braue sport, yf it had gone forwards."
Nov. 8. 30. Ben. Jonson [the poet] to the Same. Has done his best to procure a fitting person to perform a certain business [to betray the actors in the Plot?], but many are removed and concealed; some say they must consult the Archpriest; thinks "they are all so enweaved in it as it will make 500 gent. lesse of the religion, within this weeke." Offers his own services, if a better person cannot be found.
Nov. 8. 31. Examination of Henry [Huddleston alias] Hurleston, of Paswick, Essex, son of Sir Edm. Huddleston, as to his previous proceedings; visit at Lady Vaux's; meeting with John Wright, Catesby, and Percy, &c.
Nov. 8.
32. Bailiffs, &c., of Warwick to the Council. Seizure of horses at Warwick Castle. Assembly of persons at Rob. Winter's house; they went to Lord Windsor's, and thence to Dudley Castle; the party sent against them is feeble, because of the absence of the Lieutenants, &c., in London. Their numbers are constantly increasing. At the foot is a list of the chief insurgents. Inclose,
I. Examination of Gertrude, wife of Rob. Winter, as to the persons that came to her house at Huddington. Nov. 6. They went away about sunrise; she heard no talk of rebellion. Nov. 7. [G. Plot Bk., No. 43.]
II. Examination of William Browne, servant to Rob. Winter, on the assembly at Winter's house. Nov. 7. [Ibid.]
Nov. 8.
33. Justices of Bedfordshire to Salisbury. Send up Story, Percy's servant, with examinations. Inclose,
33. I. Examination of John Story, servant to Percy. Proceedings of several conspirators; Percy and Wright passed in haste through Hockliffe, Bedfordshire, on Nov. 5th, where Story was awaiting them, with a relay of horses. Nov. 8.
33. II. Examination of Wm. Johnson servant of Rob. Keyes. His master serves Lord Mordaunt; he ordered him to wait at Hockliffe with a relay of horses, which has not yet been called for.
33. III. Memorandum that Wm. Johnson, being detained at Hockliffe, sent to Lady Mordaunt for directions, but she refused to meddle with any of Mr. Keyes' affairs.
[Nov. 8 ?] Petitions of Faghuy Offerrell and John Offerrell, Irishmen, to the Earl of Devonshire. A servant of Lord Mordaunt's engaged them to serve Rob. Catesby; they never saw him but once, nor had they entered his service; therefore beg they may not be involved in trouble, by his late treason. [G. Plot Bk., No. 239.]
Nov. 8.
34. Thos. Tempest to Lady Carew. Intelligence of the conspirators' proceedings in Warwickshire. Old Sir Fulk Greville raises the country for their apprehension. A package of popish vestments, crosses, &c., intercepted. The house at Clopton searched.
Nov. 8.
Sir Thos. Bennet's House.
Anthony Visct. Montague to the Earl of Dorset, his father-in-law. Cares not for his imprisonment, but for the imputation of guilt involved; protests his innocence; entreats to be placed with him [Dorset], or at least to have an interview with him. [G. Plot Bk., No. 48 A.]
Nov. 8 ? 35. Deposition of Agnes Fortun, servant to the Duke of York, that Thos. Percy came to the Duke's lodgings about Nov. 1, made many inquiries as to the way into his chamber, where he rode abroad, how attended, &c.
Nov. 8.
Proclamation promising a reward for the apprehension of Thos. Percy. Printed. [Proc. Bk., p. 117.]
Nov. 8.
36. Rich. Ferrers, Messenger of the King's Chamber, to Salisbury. Percy has been seen riding towards Rochester; the constable of Gravesend has gone to Dover in pursuit.
Nov. ? 37. Note of Percy's secret appearance at the last Stafford assizes. The Sheriff of Staffordshire and Sir Walter Leveson suspected to favour recusants. [See Nov. 12]
Nov. 8.
Sir Wm. Waad to Salisbury. Faukes is in a "most stubborn and perverse humour, as dogged as if he were possessed." He promised to give a full account of the Plot, but now refuses. Lord Arundel, Sir Griffin Markham, and one Tresham, long a pensioner of the King of Spain, are suspicious persons. [G. Plot Bk., No. 48 B.]
[Nov. 8.] 38. Interrogatories [by Sir Edw. Coke], for the further examination of Guy Faukes, founded upon his deposition of Nov. 7. Indorsed with other queries relating to the Plot;-what foreign aid was expected; what were the designs of the conspirators as to the Princess Mary, whom, as English born, they intended to make Queen; whether Edw. Neville, titular Earl of Westmoreland, and the titular Lord Dacre, were connected with it, &c.
Nov. 8.
Examination of Guy Faukes. A plot for the Catholic cause was first revealed to him eighteen months ago, by an Englishman in the Low Countries; details of preparing the vault; as they knew not how to seize Prince Charles, they resolved to surprise the Princess Elizabeth, and make her Queen; they prepared, in her name, a proclamation against the Union of the Kingdoms, and in justification of their act, but without any declaration as to religion; they would have taken the Princess Mary, but knew not how; had sent down armour into Warwickshire, &c. [G. Plot Bk., No. 49.]
Nov. 8.
Deposition of Guy Faukes. Thos. Winter first proposed a conspiracy to him; Catesby, Percy, and John Wright were next taken into the scheme, then Chris. Wright, afterwards Sir Everard Digby, Amb. Rokewood, Francis Tresham, John Grant, Rob. Keyes, and many others. Details of the Plot, the same as in the examinations. [Ibid., No. 101.]
Nov. 8. Copy of the above. [Ibid., No. 50.]
[Nov. 8.] Names of the first five conspirators, and of seven more afterwards admitted; taken from the above examination of Faukes, by Levinus Munck. [G. Plot Bk., No. 133.]
Nov. 9.
Sir Wm. Waad to Salisbury. Has persuaded Faukes to disclose "all the secrets of his heart" to his Lordship only, "but not to be set down in writing." Undertakes to procure his acknowledgment and signature to his confession, by degrees. Advises Salisbury to speak with him alone. [Ibid., No. 53.]
Nov. 9.
Declaration of Guy Faukes [made to Salisbury]. Further details of the Plot. It was communicated to Hugh Owen, the Jesuit, in Flanders. The conspirators met at the back of St. Clement's Inn. Gerard, the Jesuit, gave them the sacrament, to confirm their oath of secrecy, but knew not their purpose. They also met at Walley's [Garnet's] lodgings near Enfield. [On the 10th, this declaration was acknowledged before the Lords Commissioners, and is signed in a tremulous hand "Guido." The signature is supposed to have been extorted by the rack, and the prisoner to have fainted before completing it. Ibid., No. 54.]
Nov. 9.
Sir Rich. Walsh, High Sheriff of Worcestershire, to the Council. Further proceedings of the rebels; they were overtaken at Holbeach House, near Stourbridge. Many fled; the rest refusing to surrender, the house was attacked, Catesby, Percy, and the two Wrights slain; Grant, Rokewood, and others taken prisoners. All papers found in their pockets sent up. [Ibid., No. 55.] Annexed are,
39. I. Note of affection from Mrs. Clare to Mr. Lessingham, found in the pocket of Richard Whiting, alias Johnson.
39. II. Note of articles of dress left at the Mermaid and Anchor.
Nov. 9.
Edward Lord Cromwell and the Justices of Leicestershire to the Council. Wm. Andrew, servant to Sir Everard Digby, being told by his master to do something which he thought unlawful, confessed it to Sir Andrew Turpin, Justice of the Peace. Ask directions about him. [G. Plot Bk. No. 56.] Inclose,
I. Examination of William Andrew. Particulars of the meeting at Dunchurch. He withdrew on being ordered to Warwick, to steal horses. Nov. 9, Leicester. [Ibid., No. 64]
Nov. 9.
Sir Edw. Leigh to the Council. Proceedings in Staffordshire in repressing the tumult. Attack on Holbeach House. The two Wrights not killed, as was reported, but wounded. [Ibid., No. 57.] Incloses,
I. Examination of John Flower and Stephen Kirke, servants to Amb. Rokewood. The assembly at Rob. Winter's house at Huddington; on their way to Holbeach, the party asked all those they met to join them; they fled away because they suspected rebellion. Nov. 8. [Ibid., No. 58.]
II. Note of persons in Holbeach House, Nov. 7 and 8, 1605. [Ibid.]
Nov. 9.
Essex House.
40. Sir Edw. Francis to the Earl of Northumberland. Josceline Percy is not in the house; when he comes in, will get all particulars about the man whom [Giles] Greene saw, and described.
Nov. 9.
Essex House.
Sir Edw. Francis to the Earl of Northumberland. Josceline Percy has set down all particulars about his uncle [Thos. Percy's] man; and his own conversation with his uncle. [G. Plot Bk., No. 59.] Annexed is,
I. Statement by Josceline Percy, that on Nov. 3, he went with Davison, his uncle's servant, to seek him; did not find him; saw him several times that day and the next; his uncle appointed a private interview with him, but did not come to it. [Ibid., No. 59.]
Nov. 9 ?
Croydon, Saturday.
41. Earl of Northumberland to the King. Is sorry for having offended him. Fears his displeasure will lead the world to cast imputations on his character. Intreats His Majesty to save his loyalty from suspicion.
Nov. 9.
42. Sir Nich. Coote to Salisbury. Sends up the examination of a fisherman at Barking. Incloses,
42. I. Examination of Rich. Franklin. His master, Hen. Paris, has transported goods and soldiers to Calais, on behalf of Rich. Fuller, alias Johnson, and was engaged by him to carry some persons to France.
Nov. 9 ? Note of Faukes, alias Johnson, hiring a boat from [Hen.] Paris, of Barking, to carry him and another man, disguised, to Gravelines. Paris waited 6 weeks there to bring them back. [G. Plot Bk., No. 130.]
Nov. 9.
Justices, &c., of Warwickshire to Salisbury. Send the examinations of many suspected persons. Have assembled their troops. Some of the rebels were burned to death, in drying gunpowder at Holbeach. [Ibid., No. 59 A.] Inclose,
I. Examination of James Garvey, servant to Sir Everard Digby. He was sent by his mistress in search of his master, when he was apprehended; Sir Everard had horses at Coughton, at Thos. Throckmorton's house. Nov. 8. [Ibid., No. 51.]
II. Examination of Wm. Kyddall, servant to Rob. Tirwhit, of Kettleby, Lincolnshire. Proceedings of John and Chris. Wright; Kyddall brought John Wright's little girl to him at Lapworth, Warwickshire, and again at London; J. Wright sent him back to Lapworth, where he was going when apprehended. Nov. 8. [Ibid., No. 52.]
III. Examination of Matthew Batty, late servant to Lord Monteagle, on his being found riding near Warwick; will not go to church; refuses to say whether he would join the Pope against the King. Nov. 9. [Ibid., No. 60.]
IV. Examination of Rob. Askew, servant to Rob. Catesby, on his acquaintance with the conspirators. Nov. 9. [Ibid., No. 61.]
V. Examination of Thos. Maunder, servant to Rob. Winter. Movements of his master and the other conspirators; he feared mischief, and left them. Nov. 9. [Ibid, No. 62.]
Nov. 9. 43. Examination of Rich. Parker, servant to Rob. Catesby. Movements of his master and the other conspirators; is a Roman Catholic.
Nov. 10. Elizabeth Vaux to Sir John Roper, her father. Is amazed at his suspecting her of knowing anything of the Plot. Confident that none of her letters can implicate her. Her son would have gone to London about his match with Lady Suffolk's daughter, had not Sir George Fermor and his lady brought news of "this pitifull and tragicall intendment." [G. Plot Bk., No. 226.]
[Nov. 10 ?] The Same to Sir Rich. Verney, Sheriff of Warwickshire. Earnestly entreats him to give a pass for Lancashire to two gentlemen from her house, whom she describes, and who, she fears, are apprehended. His niece Mary would rather give her portion than have the younger of them called into question. Mrs. Huddleston, who is with her, begs that her husband may go up to London with the Lord Lieutenant. [Ibid., No. 227.]
Nov. 10. 44. Geo. Southaick to Levinus Munck. Movements of English Catholics in France, Charles Sutton, Dr. Bagshawe, &c. Mr. Baptista came to Lady Vaux's, to find Jarrett [Garnet], Superior of the English Jesuits. Told the Ambassador two months ago, that a plot was brewing. Incloses,
44. I. Notes of priests who have had meetings in Paris, or have been written to in England.
Nov. 10.
Lord Cromwell to Salisbury. Services of the Leicestershire magistracy. Turpin, steward to Sir Rob. Tirwhit, of Lincolnshire, supposed to know much of the conspiracy. [G. Plot Bk., No. 63.]
Nov. 10.
Sir Thos. Denys and Sir Benj. Ticheborne to the Same. Send examinations of Rich. Wranford and Wm. Bassett, taken up for sending for a priest to Bassett's brother. [Ibid., No. 65.]
Nov. 10.
Sir Thos. Gresley to the Council. Begs favour for Wm. Handy, servant to Sir Everard Digby, who surrendered himself. [Ibid., No. 66.] Incloses,
I. Examination of Wm: Handy. The meeting at Dunchurch; horse stealing; arming of the conspirators; he fled from them at Holbeach. [Ibid., No. 67.]
Nov. ? 45. Account of wardrobe expenses incurred by Lord Norris; with note of similar payments for Monsieur [Dud.] Carleton.
Nov. 10. 46. Dud. Carleton's account of money disbursed for the Lord Norris, from the 5th of Oct. to the 10th of November 1605.
Nov. 10. 47. Ratification of a grant to Thos. and Michael Heneage, of Hogsdon, Middlesex, in reversion after Ralph Gill, of the office of keeper of the lions and leopards in the Tower, with increase of 6d. per diem wages, for their charge of young lions and leopards recently whelped in the Tower.
Nov. 10. 48. Warrant for payment of 15,593£. 14s. 8d., due to sundry shopkeepers and artificers, for stuff and workmanship for the childbed of the Queen.
Nov. 10. 49. Warrant for payment of the wages and allowance of liveries to ten additional Warders of the Tower, to be appointed by the Lieutenant, it being thought expedient to increase the number.
[Nov. 10.]
Sunday Afternoon.
Earl of Northumberland to the Council. Hears that Percy is wounded. Begs that a good surgeon may be sent to take charge of him, "for none but he can shew me clere as the day or darke as the night." [G. Plot Bk., No. 225.]
Nov. 11 ? Same to Salisbury. Sends an old servant who can tell Percy's proceedings, whereby he hopes to get some of his lost goods again. [Ibid., No. 224 A.]
Nov. 11 ? Sir Wm. Lane to the Same. Sends the preceding note by the old servant, who will tell of Percy's abuses in his trust. [Ibid., No. 224 B.]
[Nov. 11.] 50. Same to the Same. Has delivered to the Earl [of Northumberland] his Lordship's verbal answer to his letter. Fotherley is coming up with the Earl's money.
Nov. 11.
51. Sir John Ferne to the Same. Proceedings for the arrest of Perkinson, the companion of Tho. Percy. As no christian name was specified, he has issued warrants to arrest five gentlemen of that name, and also others intimate with Percy. Mr. Lepton passed northward in search of Percy, who had been at York Oct. 30, and had had conference with one Collingwood, a lewd recusant.
Nov. 11. Examination of Rob. Reve. Has neither seen Rokewood nor Wright for a year past. [G. Plot Bk., No. 71.]
Nov. 11.
[White Webbs, Enfield Chace.]
Israel Amice and Thos. Wilson to the Council. Have searched Dr. Hewick's house, called White Webbs, in Enfield Chace. Found Popish books and relics, but no papers nor munition. The house has many trap doors and passages. Walley was not found, but Jas. Johnson, whom they have confined as an obstinate papist, and three women, all whose examinations they send. [Ibid., No. 70.] Inclose,
I. Examination of James Johnson. The books, &c., found belong to the wife of Thos. Jennings; his master, Mr. Meaze, of Berkshire, [alias Garnet,] took the house for his sister, Mrs. Perkins [alias Mrs. Anne Vaux]; names of visitors there. [Ibid.]
II. Examination of Elizabeth, wife of Wm. Shephard, coachman to Mrs. Perkins. Mr. Jennings lives in London; her mistress spent a month at White Webbs lately; mass has not been performed at the house. [Ibid.]
III. Examination of Marg. Walker. Three gentlemen came to White Webbs, the day the King left Royston; she is a Catholic. [Ibid.]
IV. Examination of Jane Robinson. Mass was said at White Webbs 3 months ago, but she knows not the priest's name, &c. [Ibid.]
Nov. 11. Sir Fras. Hastings to Salisbury. Reports a speech of Foxwell, a notorious recusant, predicting danger to the Parliament. [G. Plot Bk., No. 72.]
[Nov. 11.] Declaration of Dr. Wm. Hill. Foxwell, a recusant, pardoned for high treason in the late reign, predicted danger to the Protestants this Parliament, to Thos. Hind, parson of Babington, co. Somerset. [Ibid., No. 231.]
Nov. 11. "Information concerning goods of y° traytors," i.e., notes by John Boorne, servant to Sir Wm. Turpin, of debts which were owing to Sir Everard Digby and Francis Tresham, on Nov. 9. [Ibid., No. 73.]
Nov. 12.
Sir Thos. Bennet's House.
Anthony Visct. Montague to the Earl of Dorset. Protests that no warning was given him to absent himself from Parliament. Relates a conversation with Catesby. His request for a private interview [see Nov. 8] was not because he had anything to disclose, but that he might defend himself. [Ibid., No. 74.]
Nov. 12. Discharge to Raphael Warter and others of a debt of 500£. [Ind. Wt. Bk., p. 43.]
Nov. 12. 52. Lewis Duke of Lenox to Sir Thos. Lake. To draw a grant to Sir Edw. Harrington of the rangership of Lyfield Forest, shortly to fall void, by the attainder of Sir Everard Digby.
Nov. 12. 53. Petition of Rich. Fitz Gerald to the King, for increase of pension for services in the Irish Wars; with reference to the Earl of Devonshire, and his report that the petition cannot be granted, because of the King's resolution not to increase his charges.
Nov. 12.
Justices, &c., of Warwickshire to Salisbury. Have apprehended and sent up Mrs. Grant, Mrs. Percy, and the wives of other conspirators. Divers servants of rebels taken, also Mr. Huddleston, and some persons known to be priests. The gaol and many houses full of prisoners. Send their examinations, and some others taken by Sir F. Greville, and detained too long by mistake. Danger from the flocking into the country of mounted and armed recusants. [G. Plot Bk., No. 75.] Inclose,
I. "Kalender of the names of the persons apprehended within the saide countie, knowne and suspected for the late conspirasye and insurrection," including 3 gentlemen, 7 suspected priests, 9 wives of conspirators, and 27 servants. [Ibid., No. 134.]
II. Examination of Rob. Higgins, servant to John Grant. Proceedings of his master and others on Nov. 6th; mass sometimes performed in the house. Warwick, Nov. 10. [Ibid., No. 68.]
III. Examination of Edw. Bickerstaff, servant to John Grant. His master would not let him go to church; visitors at the house; mass said by a priest named Yorke, &c. Warwick, Nov. 10. [Ibid, No. 69.]
Examinations taken by Sir Fulk Greville, at Beauchamps-court, as follows:-
IV. Rich. Westbury, of Norbrook, on the assembly at Norbrook, Nov. 7.
V. Rich. Yorke, gent, on recent movements of Rob. Winter.
VI. Wm. Snowe, servant to Rob. Winter, on his master's movements.
VII. Marmaduke Ward, of Newby, Yorkshire, gent. He was going with Mrs. John Wright, his sister-in-law, to Winter's house when taken; knew nothing of the Plot.
VIII. Robert Askew, of Lapworth. He has left Catesby's service; was come to see his father.
IX. Thos. Rokewood, of Clopton, gent. He was going to Worcester to pay for a hawk, but returned, because he heard the town was disquieted.
X. Rob. Townsend, of Broughton, Suffolk, gent. On his connexion with the Rokewoods, &c.
XI. Wm. Johnson, Rokewood's servant. Was going to Worcester, but found the town disturbed.
XII. Rob. Keye, of Drayton, Northamptonshire, gent. He heard that Amb. Rokewood was taken, and came to see him; Mrs. Rokewood is his kinswoman.
XIII. Fras. Prior, trumpeter. Refuses to answer; was taken up as an idle person, and associate of the conspirators.
XIV. Rich. Dey, of Tilton, Leicestershire, servant to Sir E. Digby. Suspected the ill intent of the assembly, and left them.
XV. Wm. Udall, servant to the Same. Similar to the last. [G. Plot Bk., No. 47.]
Nov. 12.
Justices of Northamptonshire to the Council. Houses of Ann Lady Catesby and Thos. Bates searched, but nothing found. Arms discovered in a garner and in a ditch near. Robt. Warren, John, son of Thomas Bates, and Chris. Story, Bates's man, taken. [Ibid., No. 76.] Inclose,
I. Examination of Wm. Rogers, of Daventry. Was sent to Lapworth, 14 Oct., to fetch John Wright, to meet certain parties at the Bell Inn, Daventry. Nov. 12. [Ibid., No. 77.]
II. Examination of Matthew Young, keeper of the Bell Inn, Daventry. Guy Faukes and Bates's son came to his inn a month before, and held a meeting there with others of the conspirators. Nov. 11. [Ibid.]
III. Examination of Rob. Warren, servant of Amb. Rokewood. Mrs. Rokewood's coach was sent to Lady Catesby's at Ashby Ledgers, and also the children of Catesby and of Sir Hen. Brown. Nov. 12. [Ibid.]
IV. Examination of Chris. Story, Thos. Bates's man. Armour brought to his master's house in Mrs. Rokewood's coach, and in a basket sent by the carrier. Nov. 12. [Ibid.]
V. Examination of John, son of Thos. Bates, of Ledgers Ashby. Went to London to enter the service of Catesby, but he having left town, was obliged to return. Nov. 12. [Ibid.]
Nov. 12.
Coldham Hall.
Justices of Suffolk to the Council. Rokewood's house, and that of his servant, Edm. Cosen, have been searched, but neither he nor any treasonable papers found. It is declared on oath that Rokewood has not been seen since 31st Oct. Ports of Suffolk are guarded. [G. Plot Bk., No. 78.]
Nov. 12.
Sir Wm. Selby and Sir Wilfrid Lawson to Salisbury. Have searched Prudhoe Castle in hopes of discovering Thos. Percy, but in vain. The country quiet. [Ibid., No. 79.]
Nov. 12.
The above, and other gentlemen of Northumberland, to the Same. Send a packet of letters directed to the Earl of Northumberland, at Tynemouth Castle, "that if the said Earle be in his Mats good favour, it may be delivered to his hands; otherwise that it may be disposed of as shall seem best." [Ibid., No. 80.]
Nov. 12. Gentlemen of Monmouthshire to the Earl of Worcester, their Lieutenant. The King's proclamations have been read in all marketplaces in the county. Search ordered for suspicious persons, and watch set in the ports and chief highways. Though the county abounds with recusants, they seemed ignorant of the Plot. [Ibid., No. 81.]
Nov. 12 ? Notes of such Justices of Peace of Worcestershire and Warwickshire as were absent when the rebellion broke out, and of the difficulties of those who remained. Sir Walter Leveson, of Staffordshire, who married Wm. Coles' daughter, would not help them, though near Holbeach. Stephen Littleton has escaped. Robt. Winter married Mr. Talbot's daughter. [Ibid., No. 131. See Nov. 8.]
Nov. 12 ? 54. Objections by Sir Edw. Leigh and Sir Gilb. Puckering, against certain propositions of Sir Wm. Whorewood, Sheriff of Staffordshire, for the apprehension of Winter and Littleton.
Nov. [12.] 55. Statement by Nich. Fortescue as to the armour in his house at Cookhill, co. Worcester. Most of it has been in his hands 5 years. He has not seen Winter for 8 years, and was not summoned to join the rising.
Nov. 12.
Wm. Oxenbridge to Sir Rob. Oxenbridge. Speeches of Booth, Sir Arthur Hopton's servant, on Nov. 5th, about "strange matters" to be done that day; he railed against English preachers. [G. Plot Bk., No. 82.]
Nov. 12.
Examination of Thomas Race, porter, of London. Was sent, Nov. 9th, by Sir John Roper, with a letter to his daughter, Mrs. Vaux, at Harrowden, Northamptonshire. She sent a reply to her father by him, and told him she was very free from those matters whereof her father had written to her. [See Nov. 10. Ibid., No. 83.]
Nov. 12. 56. Declaration of Edw. Brymstede, late factor at Lisbon. His intercourse there with Foster, an English Jesuit, who tried to pervert him to Romanism, argued on the lawfulness of king-killing, and prophesied speedy destruction to James I., unless he tolerated Catholics. Many English children brought up as Catholics, in Spain and Portugal.
Nov. 12 ? 57. Interrogatories [by Chief Justice Popham] to be put to the principal conspirators.
Nov. 12. 58. Examination of John Winter. Knew nothing of treason intended; left the party at Holbeach, and surrendered himself at his brother's house, Huddington.
Nov. 12. 59. Examination of Thos. Winter. He met the other conspirators at his brother's house; Catesby told them the Parliament had confirmed the laws against the Catholics, and that they armed in selfdefence; they expected no foreign aid and had no general head; he had never sworn secrecy; they had no priest amongst them; he was with Lord Monteagle at the last prorogation of Parliament.
Nov. 12. 60. Examination of John Grant. Knew nothing of the treason till after he was apprehended; he and others meant to go to Liverpool, to take shipping.
Nov. 12. 61. Examination of Harry Morgan. Knew nothing of the treason till the day before his apprehension, when Catesby told him of an abortive plot; heard him and Percy speak of taking the Princess Elizabeth; confessed seizing the horses at Warwick Castle.
Nov. 12. 62. Examination of Fras. Tresham as to his interviews with his cousin Catesby, Thos. Winter, and Fathers Walley and Gerard, the Jesuits. Declines to state what passed between them; has not been to Mrs. Vaux's nor to Lord Mordaunt's for a year.
Nov. 13. 63. Declaration of Fras. Tresham. Catesby revealed the Plot to him on Oct. 14th; he opposed it; urged at least its postponement, and offered him money to leave the kingdom with his companions; thought they were gone, and intended to reveal the treason; has been guilty of concealment, but as he had no hand in the Plot, he throws himself on the King's mercy.
Nov. 13.
Tynemouth Town.
64. George Whitehead to the Earl of Northumberland. Sir Hen. Wodrington, by warrant from the Council, has seized Tynemouth and Alnwick Castles, and threatens Prudhoe and Cockermouth. Asks directions.
Nov, 13.
65. The King to the Lord Chancellor. To pass immediately under the Great Seal grants of certain bailiwicks in Norfolk, made to Fras. Beaumont, in compensation of losses incurred by setting forth ships in the late reign, which were rendered useless by the King's proclamation. [Recalling all vessels sent out with hostile intent. See 1603, June 28.]
Nov. 13. 66. Warrant to pay to George Hume, Earl of Dunbar, Master of the Wardrobe, 6,000£., for discharge of certain of the King's creditors, and 492£. 12s. 10¼d. due to him for surplus of his account.
Nov. 13. 67. Lord Treasurer Dorset to Sir Thos. Lake. For a warrant prefixed, for payment of 50£. to John Murray, as the King's free gift.
Nov. 13. 68. Commission to the Lord Chamberlains and Vice-Chamberlains of the King and Queen's Households, to administer an oath of supremacy, of which the form is subjoined, to all who receive wages from the King or Queen.
Nov. 13.
Vice-Chancellor, &c., of Cambridge to Salisbury. Have examined Nich. Bastwick, an obstinate papist, who has been in gaol 10 years, about his saying he should soon be at liberty, in spite of his keeper; he wrote to the Lord Chief Justice, pretending a wish to conform. [G. Plot Bk., No. 84.] Inclose,
I. Examination of Nich. Bastwick. His proposed wish to conform was not, as he pretended, the result of persuasions from another party, but because, being put into the lower prison, he thought he could not live there. His expressions about getting free were only because he hoped the Lord Chief Justice would interfere for him. Nov. 12. [Ibid., No. 85.]
II. Examinations, upon Bastwick's expressions of hope to be at liberty, of the following persons, all taken Nov. 12: William James, prisoner for debt in Cambridge; Wm. Constable, soldier and prisoner there; Wm. Longworth, soldier and prisoner there; Edw. Mascall, wheelwright, dwelling near the castle; John Holland, of Cambridge, vinegar maker; Wm. Piper, keeper of the gaol at Cambridge; Thos. Cooke, prisoner for debt; and Rob. Wood, prisoner. [Ibid.]
Nov. 13.
69. Dud. Carleton to John Chamberlain. Money affairs. Lord Norris's health improving. The Gunpowder Plot reported in France to be a fable. Much warmth between the two religions, since the return of the Jesuits.
Nov. 13.
Sir Thos. Ben- net's House.
Anthony Visct. Montague to Earl Dorset. Rectifies a mistake in his former letter [see Nov. 12,] about the time of his conversation with Catesby. Hears "the miserable fellowe that shoulde have bin the bluddy executioner of that woefull tragedie was called Guie Faux." If so, he was in his service a few months, some time ago. [G. Plot Bk., No. 86.]
Nov. 13.
Sir Rich. Walsh, High Sheriff of Worcestershire, to Salisbury. Several gentlemen hurt (at Holbeach House) are dead; viz., Rob. Catesby, Thos Percy, John and Chris. Wright. Thos. Winter is recovering. "Rokewood, Grant, Morgan, and others, grievously brunt with powder," are now out of danger. [Ibid., No. 87.]
Nov. 13.
Same to the Same. Will send up by Sir Hen. Bromley such prisoners as may travel without injury. Commends the zeal of Sir John Folliott and Humphrey Salway. [Ibid., No. 88.]
Nov. 13.
Justices of Warwickshire to the Same. By Barth. Hales, "a very forward and careful man in these late uproars," they send up Mrs. Grant, and other female prisoners. Mrs. Mounson, of Mallerthorp, co. Lincoln, and Mrs. Higgins, wife of Grant's bailiff, are detained. [Ibid., No. 90.]
Nov. 13.
Sir Henry Bromley to the Same. A principal conspirator seized; asks directions as to bringing him and other prisoners to Court. [Ibid., No. 89.]
Nov. 13.
Sir Rich. Verney, Sheriff of Warwickshire, to Salisbury. Upright conduct of Mrs. Grant; hopes she disapproved her husband's proceedings. [G. Plot Bk., No. 91.]
Nov. 13.
Wm. Tate to the Same. Search at Lord Vaux's house at Harrowden; his mother, Mrs. Vaux, gave up all her keys; all the rooms, especially his closet, narrowly searched, but no papers found. She and the young Lord strongly deny all knowledge of the treason; the house still guarded. [Ibid., No. 92.] Annexed are,
I. Examination of Fras. Swetnam, baker to Mrs. Vaux. He went on Nov. 5 to Wellingbourne, with Matthew [Batty], Lord Monteagle's servant, who bought 20 lbs. of gunpowder. [Ibid., No. 93.]
II. Examination of Patrick Kent, of Harrowden, innkeeper. Batty lodged at his house the night of Nov. 5, and left on the 6th for Kettering. [Ibid.]
Nov. 13. Examination of Giles Greene, as to his last seeing Percy, hiring lodgings at Westminster for him, &c. [Ibid., No. 95.]
Nov. 13.
Wm. Stallenge to Salisbury. Particulars of Mr. Littleton and Mr. Tracy, who travelled from Sherborne to Salisbury, in October. [Ibid., No. 96.]
Nov. 13. Geo. Southaick to Levinus Munck. Sutton has returned from Rome, and has particular business with priests in England. Gerard, the Jesuit, gave the sacrament to Percy and others. Is embarrassed from having but one warrant to apprehend [Arthur] White, Browne, Gerard, and Charnock. Suggests the seizure of Hen. and Thos. Shelley, of Mapledingham, Hampshire, and of Mr. Reves; and search of And. Hilton's house at Burton, Westmoreland, where Freysarde and Owen lurk. [Ibid., No. 97.]
[Nov. 13.] 70. "Kalender of letters come about this treason" by [Levinus Munck.] In addition to many noted above, the following are named which are missing:-
Nov. 5. Contents of Mrs. Vaux's letter, "fast and pray that that may come to pass which we purpose, which yf it doe, wee shall see Totnam turned French."
One of "two letters from Fotherley, the Earl of Northumberland's servant, to his lord, concerning his treasure coming up from his audytt."
Nov. 8. "A paper reporting that at Clopton there hath ben with Ambrose Rockwood, John Grant, Mr. Winter, Mr. Ross, Mr. Townshend, Mr. Cee, Mr. Wright, Sir Edward Bushell, Robert Catesbye."
Nov. 9. "Sir Walter Ralegh, his declaration concerning Whitlock."
"Steward's information against one Archibold of Grayes Inne."
Nov. 12. "Lord Herbert, out of Monmouthshire, to my Lord. Privy searches appointed in those parts, and all wayes, ports, havens, and ferryes layd, so that none can escape. Proclamations published upon 10 Novemb."
Nov. 13. "Sir Edward Bushell's declaration. Description of one Barnes, by Jonas Bodenham."
"A letter of Sir Edw. Bushell's to Tho. Wyntour, without date."
Nov. 13. Sir Fras. Hastings to Salisbury. Returns Dr. Hill's writing; requests favour, as a "pore younger brother, and an oulde servant to my deare dead Quene." [G. Plot Bk., No. 94.]
Nov. ? 71. Hackett's report touching the movements, &c. of Sir Hen. Hastings, of Branston, Hen. Hastings, and their people in Leicestershire, about the time of the treason.
Nov. 14.
72. Commissioners for the Borders to the Council. Arrest of the Grahams returning from Flushing and the Brill. Proceedings against them, and other malefactors. Offences multiply by hopes of a general pardon.
Nov. 14.
Holy Island.
73. Sir Wm. Bowyer to the Council. Has put 20 soldiers into the fort at Holy Island, Capt. [Sir Wm.] Reede being on guard there.
Nov. 14.
Holy Island.
74. Sir Wm. Reede to the Same. Has received the soldiers. He and they will hazard their lives before any mischief shall come to the King.
Nov. 14.
75. Patrick, Master of Gray, to [Salisbury.] Has been dangerously ill. Hears from abroad that the King of France intends "to occupie the mutinous heumour of his people" in foreign war. Thanks him for remembering his little suit, &c.
Nov. 14. Information from Sir Geo. Fermor [taken by Chief Justice Popham]. Lord Vaux sent for him Nov. 6, and Mrs. Vaux requested him to ride to London with her son, to treat for his marriage with the Earl of Suffolk's daughter; but she afterwards wished him to postpone the journey, because Sir Griffin Markham's man told her there were broils in London, &c. [G. Plot Bk., No. 98.]
Nov. 14. 76. Sir Edw. Coke to Salisbury. Sends a declaration of a gentleman of good credit; would have come himself, but was prevented by Purveyors' business in the Star Chamber. Incloses,
76. I. Declaration of Vincent Earle that two gentlemen described, walking near Holborn, said Lord Northumberland would do well if Percy were dead, and that Rob. Newport, one of the Earl's servants, was an arrant papist. Newport lives with Wm. Mylwarde, of Caversham near Reading.
Nov. 15.
77. Earl of Northumberland to the Council. Argues the course of his life, unambitious and given to private pleasures, such as gardening, building, &c. as presumptions of his innocence; also his scanty supply of arms, horses, and servants. He knew none of the plotters excepting Percy.
Nov. 15.
3 A.M.
Sir Rich. Verney to Salisbury. His house has been set on fire a second time, but hopes to keep his prisoners safe. [G. Plot Bk., No. 99.]
Nov. 16.
78. Gentlemen of Cumberland and Westmoreland to the Council. They are ready to watch for the arrest of Thos. Percy, and his adherents. Quiet state of those counties.
Nov. 16.
79. Sir Wm. Bowyer to Salisbury. Means for guarding Berwick and Holy Island. Has laid watches for Percy. He is said to be in Scotland; many of the Borderers were prepared to join him.
Nov. 16.
80. Sir Wilfrid Lawson to the Same. Cumberland and Westmoreland quiet. Percy's connexion therewith. The Grahams remain in those parts as yet, in hope of the pardon. Thanks for being excused attendance at Parliament.
[Nov. 16.]
Commission to Henry Earl of Northampton to muster and train soldiers about the Cinque Ports. [Grant Bk., p. 17.]
Nov. ? 81. Lord Dunfermline to Salisbury. Surprise and horror at the Gunpowder Treason; hopes for the rigorous prosecution of the offenders. Praises the King and Council. Recommends that the prisoners be confined apart, in darkness, and examined by torch-light, and that the tortures be slow and at intervals, as being most effectual.
Nov. 16.
82. Sir Wm. Waad to the Same. Sends a note of what room is left in the Tower. "My Lord Mordaunt is fallen into an extreeme pensivenes, not without great cause." Will provide bedding for the prisoners expected.
Nov. 16.
83. Sir Jas. Sempill to the Same. Congratulations on escape from "that Catholique blast." Met with Percy on his journey northward. A Jesuit has said mass at Lord Temple's. Answers many enquiries about his [Salisbury's] religious principles.
Nov. 16.
Declaration of Guy Faukes. Catesby had advised Lord Montague not to come to Parliament, because he could do no good there. Lord Mordaunt was to be absent at the opening, because he would not attend the sermon; Lord Stourton to be detained by accident. Tresham was very anxious to have Lord Monteagle warned; they wished to warn the Earl of Arundel, but though under age, he was eager to be present. They intended to secure the absence of the Catholic Lords, by telling them that strict laws were framing against Catholics, which they could not prevent, &c. [G. Plot Bk., No. 101.]
Nov. 17.
Sir Wm. Lane to Salisbury. The Earl [of Northumberland] refrains from writing himself, but trusts for protection to Salisbury's justice and friendship. He is a man of so excellent temper that it were a pity he should incur the stain of disloyalty. [Ibid., No. 102.]
Nov. 17.
84. William Earl of Bath to the Same. Joy at the deliverance of the King and Parliament from the Powder Treason. Desires to know if his former proxy will be available for the next Parliament. Had prepared to quell any risings in Somerset or Cornwall.
Nov. 18.
85. Proclamation for searching for and apprehending Robt. Winter and Steph. Littleton; with description of their persons.
Nov. 18. Copy of the above. Printed. [Proc. Bk., p. 118.]
Nov. 18.
86. The King to Lord Treasurer Dorset. To make stay of granting any lease, &c. of Pipewell Manor, which will be forfeited by Fras. Tresham, if convicted of a share in the late horrible conspiracy, Sir Thos. Lake being a suitor for the same.
Nov. 18. 87. Grant to Robert Earl of Essex, of remission of a fine of 761£. 1s. 0d. due on a lease of land, value 190£. 5s. 3d., in cos. Cardigan, Pembroke, and Carmarthen, granted in trust for him to Owen Shepherd and Hen. Gerard.
Nov. 18. 88. Anne Lady Markham to [Salisbury]. Hen. Huddleston can tell him best about Gerard, and Sir Everard Digby about Walley. Knows not where Mrs. Vaux is. Chris. Parker, an embroiderer, and Brian Hunston a painter, removed with Gerard or imprisoned. The "Plot hath taken deep and dangerous root;" many will not believe "that holy good man" [Gerard] was an actor in it. Death of her father.
Nov. 18. Examination of Elizabeth Vaux. Does not know Gerard the priest. The visitors at her house were Rob. Catesby, Sir Ever. Digby, Hen. Huddleston, Sir George and Lady Fermor, and Greene and Darcy, priests; heard of the broils in London by Sir G. Fermor and Sir Griffin Markham's brother's servant; wrote to Lady Wenman last Easter, and said that "Tottenham would turn French," &c. [G. Plot Bk., No. 103.]
Nov. 18. Copy of the above, annotated [by Sir Edw. Coke.] [Ibid., No. 104.]
Nov. 18. Declaration of Lady Tasburgh. Mrs. [Eliz.] Vaux wrote the letter to Lady Wenman, bidding her be of good comfort, for there should soon be toleration for religion; Sir Rich. Wenman was dis- pleased with his wife's acquaintance with Mrs. Vaux. At the back, are notes [by Sir Edw. Coke] of examinations of Rob. Keyes' wife. She serves Lord Mordaunt's children; had a month's holiday; met her friends on Nov. 7, at her cousin Rokewood's; knows Dobbes, Lord Mordaunt's man. Also of examination of [Henry] Morgan's wife. Her husband and she were sworn to secrecy at Grant's; he left her a fortnight ago, and said he should never see her more; she knows Thos. Bates, Mr. Catesby's man. [Ibid., No. 105.]
[Nov.] 89. Notes [by Chief Justice Popham] of Dobbes, Shenston, and Bath of Ashby, suspicious persons. Marg. Ash says the two Moatfords are priests, and call themselves Croft and Grey. One serves Lord Sandys' daughter as footman, and says mass there.
[Nov. 19]
90. Proclamation warranting Sheriffs to prosecute rebels into other counties.
Nov. 19. Copy of the above. Printed. [Proc. Bk., p. 118.]
Nov. 19.
91. Jas. Elphinstone, Lord Balmerinoch, to Salisbury. Recommends the bearer, who will acquaint his Lordship how his Majesty's service proceeds in the Northern parts.
Nov. 19.
92. Charles Earl of Devonshire to Sir Thos. Lake. For a bill granting to Rich. Radcliffe a Gunner's room in Estmessy, Essex, void by death of Leonard Fryer.
Nov. 19. Geo. Southaick to Levinus Munck. Intreats a new warrant, his former one having expired. [G. Plot Bk., No. 106.] Incloses,
I. Warrant to aid the bearer in the apprehension of suspicious persons, for 10 days only. Whitehall, Nov. 8. [Ibid., No. 107.]
Nov. 19. 93. Examination of Jane Lady Lovel. Knows Rob. Catesby and Sir E. Digby slightly, but none other of the conspirators; Broughton was formerly her servant; Phil. Roper, Mr. Norris, and Mr. Iseley, have been at her house.
Nov. 19. 94. Examination of Sir Everard Digby. Catesby told him better days were coming for Catholies; advised him to take a house in Warwickshire or Worcestershire; he borrowed Thos. Throgmor- ton's; came down, Nov. 4, to hunt with Sir Robt. Digby; the conspirators joined them; Catesby told him the King and Salisbury were dead, urged him to join the Catholic cause, and said they had many adherents; he was with them two days, but finding they had few supporters, left them and was taken.
Nov. 20.
95. Second examination of the Same, confronted with Guy Faukes. Confesses his previous knowledge of the Plot, which he dared not reveal because he had sworn secresy.
Nov. 20 ? 96. List [annotated by Popham] of Plot prisoners in Worcestershire and Staffordshire.
Nov. 20. Grant, in reversion to Francis Earl of Cumberland, and Henry Lord Clifford, of the office of Keeper of Carlisle Castle, for life. [Ind. Wt. Bk., p. 43.]
Nov. 20. Grant to Brian Taylor of the office of postmaster of Newark-upon- Trent, for life. [Grant Bk., p. 17.]
Nov. 21 ? Extracts from examinations, to prove what meetings have been held amongst the Gunpowder conspirators and priests since Midsummer last; what preparations they had made; that the assembly at Dunchurch was on pretence of hunting: the plan of insurrection, &c. [G. Plot Bk., No. 240.]
Nov. 21. 97. Earl of Northumberland to Salisbury. Requests that Rob. Davison and Wm. Tailbois, two of Percy's servants, and Laurence Rushford, may be apprehended; and that Percy's study at Alnwick may be sealed, as there are bonds there belonging to himself. Begs that his Auditor may be examined upon Percy's conduct.
Nov. 21. Examination of Wm. Ellis, servant to Sir Everard Digby. Rob. Catesby, Thos. Winter, and Sir Oliver Manners are intimate with his master; proceedings in Warwickshire; seizure of horses, arms, &c.; Browne, a seminary priest, was often at his master's. [G. Plot Bk., No. 108.]
Nov. 22. Examination of Mich. Rapier, servant to Sir Everard Digby. Is a recusant; has served Sir Oliver Manners, Lady Catherine Gray, and Sir Hen. Bellasis; private masses said by Duckett, Fairfax, or Fisher, Brown, and Darcy, priests; all the conspirators received the sacrament at Rob. Winter's house, Nov. 7th; their proceedings; general hope of Catholics that times would mend. [G. Plot Bk., No. 111.]
Nov. 22.
98. The King to Henry Rowlands, Bishop of Bangor. Grant of dispensation from attendance on Parliament, on account of ill health and the poverty of his living. His proxy to be sent.
Nov. 22.
99. Giles Arkenstall to Salisbury. Being employed to transport wheat into Spain, has had access to certain religious houses of English priests there. Can give information of their proceedings. George Dowlies's work is printed in English, to be sent into England.
Nov. 22.
Co. Worcester.
Examination of Wm. Cole, brother-in-law to Rob. Winter. Was sent by R. Winter on a message to the Countess of Shrewsbury; his intercourse with the two Winters, Grant, Percy, and other conspirators; left London Nov. 5, on hearing of the stir excited by the Plot, to secure his wife whom he had left at John Grant's, but finding Grant's house under guard, travelled to and fro till his apprehension; denies all knowledge of the Plot. [G. Plot Bk., No. 110.]
Nov. 23. 100. Suggestions [by Lord Chief Justice Popham] for questions to be put to the Earl of Northumberland, as to his promising to join the Catholics; his intercourse with Percy; communications with Sir Walter Raleigh, &c.
[Nov. 23.] 101. The above, with other interrogatories [by Sir Edw. Coke], in the form in which they were actually put to the Earl.
Nov. 23. Copy of the above, enlarged and corrected. [G. Plot Bk., No. 112.]
Nov. 23.
Replies of the Earl to the above and similar interrogatories. In the late Queen's time, the King allowed him to give hopes to the English Catholics, which he did, but went to further; his association with Percy was only on business matters; heard of the King's nativity being cast in Paris, but never saw it. [Ibid., No. 113.]
Nov. 23. Addition to the above, in the Earl's own hand, relating to the King's nativity. [Ibid., No. 113 A.]
Nov. 23. 102, 103. Two copies of the above, with the addition.
Nov. 23. 104. Sir Everard Digby to Salisbury. Is willing to tell all he knows, but can remember nothing more than he has already confessed, except that Catesby intended to send the Earls of Westmore- land and Derby to raise forces in the North, and would send information to France, Spain, Italy; &c., of their success. Begs that the King will have compassion on his family.
Nov. 23.
Confession of John Winter to the Council. He joined the assembly in Warwickshire, in ignorance of their intent; left them at Holbeach, and surrendered himself to the officers at his brother's house. [G. Plot Bk., No. 109.]
Nov. 23.
Confession of Thos. Winter. Full particulars of the Plot, from its first development till he was made prisoner at Holbeach House; with a marginal note [by the King.] [G. Plot Bk., No. 114.]
Nov. 23. Examination of John Hoppisley. He introduced Percy to Mr. Whynniard, from whom the house near the Parliament House was hired. [Ibid., No. 115.]
Nov. 23. 105. Declaration of Wm. Symonds, rector of Halton-Holegate, dioc. Lincoln, respecting the seditious speeches of Parker the recusant.
Nov. 23.
106. Sir Wm. Selby to Salisbury. Has arrested Fergus Story, a friend as intimate with Tho. Percy as Rushford or Wm. Ord. Has also arrested four Davisons, not knowing which of them was the follower of Percy.
Nov. 23.
Holyrood House.
107. Lord Balmerinoch to the Same. In favour of Captain May, of the Moon pinnace, who has done good service in the North.
Nov. 23.
108. The King to Lord Chancellor Ellesmere. To settle a dispute between Wm. Snow and George Beverley, relative to their share of profit in a joint trading transaction.
Nov. 23. Grant to Sir Wm. Cook of the office of Parker of Hartwell, co. Northampton, for life. [Ind. Wt. Bk., p. 44.]
Nov. 24. 109. Bill of Mr. Wilson's charges, for the apprehension and bring- ing to Court of Jas. Johnson, and for the guarding of White Webbs, Enfield.
Nov. 25. 110. Warrant to pay to Thos. Heton sums due for the diet and apparel of priests and other prisoners, kept in his charge at Wisbeach.
Nov. 25. 111. Grant to Rob. Scott, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, of dispensation to hold his fellowship, in conjunction with the rectories of Chelie and Covewald, diocese Chichester, until he attain his 50th year.
Nov. 25.
112. Earl of Northumberland to Salisbury. Repeats the requests of his former letter [Nov. 21], especially about sealing up Percy's study. As the bonds are from Sir Hen. Wodrington, who is made Keeper of Alnwick, he fears their falling into his hands.
Nov. 25. Examination of Thos. Winter. Money was advanced to the conspirators by Tresham, &c. Lord Northumberland was first thought to favour Catholics, but Percy reported the contrary, and that "for matter of relligion" he "trobled not much himselfe." [G. Plot Bk., No. 116.]
Nov. 25. Note by Thos. Winter, of a message sent to him by Lord Monteagle, Catesby, and Tresham, relative to the Plot. [The name of Lord Monteagle is half scratched out, and half pasted over with paper. Ibid., No. 117.]
Nov. 25. Examination of Rich. Trewman, servant to Robt. Winter. Assemblage at his master's house, arming, &c. [Ibid., No. 118.]
Nov. 25. Examination of Thos. Maunder, servant to Rob. Winter. Was persuaded to be a recusant, by Hammond, a priest, living in his master's house, who often said mass there; proceedings of his master; the assembly at Dunchurch, &c.; books and other things hid in a secret place in his master's house. [G. Plot Bk., No. 119.]
Nov. 25. Examinations of Matthew Power, Humph. Streylley, Hugh Powell, Edw. Herbert, and Thos. Caple, touching the seditious speeches of Thos. Booth, on Nov. 5; predicting great alterations to take place that day, and railing against protestant ministers. [Ibid., No. 120.]
Nov. 26. Examination of Thos. Booth, as to his uttering these speeches. [Ibid.]
Nov. 26. 113. Declaration by Thos. Holcomb, of his hearing one out of three persons who passed under the scaffold on Tower Hill say, "I'le actte it upon that croked wryche (wretch), in the habett of a gentlewoman."
Nov. 27. Examination of Wm. Handy, servant to Sir Everard Digby. Has been converted to popery by Fairfax, alias Fisher, alias Percy, a priest; mass at Thos. Throgmorton's said by Darcy, alias Walley [Garnet], an old priest; other private masses in different places; one Littlejohn serves the old priest; particulars of Walley; "Mrs. Ann Vaux doth usually goe with him whithersoever he goethe;" assembly at Dunchurch, &c.; mass and sacrament administered by Hart, a priest. [G. Plot Bk., No. 121.]
Nov. 27. Examination of Nathaniel Torporley, about his casting the King's nativity for Mr. Heriot, who lived at Essex House, the Earl of Northumberland's. [Ibid., No. 122.]
Nov. 28. Examinations of Thos. and Edw. Ockley, retainers of Rob. Winter. They were sent for by him to join the assembly on Nov. 5, but stole away at Stourbridge. [Ibid., No. 123.]
Nov. 28.
114. Mayor, &c., of Coventry, and Lord Harrington to Salisbury. Respecting Mr. Cowper, a minister, who stated in a sermon, that the papists had contrived nine plots against the King and State.
Nov. 28 ? 115. Notes [by Salisbury] of the parties to be examined for proofs against Greenway, Garnet, Baldwin, Stanley, Owen, and Creswell.
Nov. 28 ? 116. Notes [by Sir Edw. Coke] of interrogatories to be put to Faukes, Winter, and Tresham, as to foreign aid expected; the conduct of the Earl of Northumberland; a project for the Earl of Salisbury's murder, &c.
Nov. 29.
Examination of Fras. Tresham. Knew not of Spanish forces to be sent over to help the Catholics in England; knew that in the late reign, Thos. Winter went into Spain, on an employment with which Lord Monteagle, Catesby, Father Garnet, alias Walley, the Jesuit, and Father Greenway were acquainted. [G. Plot Bk., No. 124. A slip of paper is pasted over the name of Lord Monteagle.]
Nov. 29. Interrogatories for the Earl of Northumberland, to be answered in writing; similar to those of Nov. 23rd. [G. Plot Bk., No. 125.]
Nov. 30. Examination of Rob. Keyes. Was admitted into the Plot by Catesby, 18 months past, and took the oath; wished Lord Mordaunt to be warned; Catesby said he would, by tricks, keep him and other Catholic Lords away, but rather than fail, would blow them all up, were they dear unto him as his own son; had charge of the house at Lambeth, where the powder was kept; Percy boasted that he had told the Earl of Northumberland a lie, to get money from him. [Ibid., No. 126.]
Nov. 30. Brief digest of the above. [Ibid., No. 127.]
Nov. 30. Examination of Wm. Turner, carter to Rob. Winter. Drove a cart with armour from Huddington to Lord Windsor's, where more armour was put in. [Ibid., No. 128.]
Nov. ? 117. Petition of Walter Burford and Edw. Musgrave, of Wapping, Peter Kenton, of Dover, and Rob. Colthurst, of Newcastle, to Salisbury, for redress of wrongs inflicted upon them when trading to Spain.
Nov. ? 118. Petition from the English merchants trading to Spain and Portugal to the Council for redress; they complain of the injuries they receive in their trade, and of their persecutions for religion, contrary to treaty.
[Nov.] 119. Note of concessions promised by the King of Spain to Sir Chas. Cornwallis, in behalf of the English merchants trading to Spain. [See Span. Corresp., Nov. 25.]
Nov. ? 120. Robert Bennet, Bp. of Hereford, to Salisbury. Informs him that Ric. Abington, of Bromyard, an obstinate recusant, was lying at a house called Poplar, near Blackwall; and that he keeps in his house a Jesuit named Stansby, alias Drury.
Nov. ?
[King's Bench Prison.]
121. Rob. Hogg to [Salisbury ?]. Advertisements that several of Amb. Rokewood's men in the prison know of hidden money, plate, and horses; can tell more, if set at liberty.
Nov. ? 122. Notes for a Thanksgiving Sermon, after some "heavy and dreary tragedy" [the Gunpowder Plot ?].
Nov. ? 123. List of recusants indicted at Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Nov. ? 124. List of recusants in Yorkshire, Durham, Westmoreland, and Lancaster, and of those indicted at York and Durham.
Nov. ? 125. List of all the recusants in England, indicted during the past year: total number, 1,944.
Nov. 126. The King to the Warden, &c. of New College, near Winchester. Recommends Rich. Fitzherbert, of New College. Oxford, to the place of Schoolmaster of the Public School of Winchester College, likely to become void by resignation of the present master.


  • 1. The Jesuits were in the habit of assuming several pseudonymes. The following occur amongst these papers:- Henry Garnet, alias Walley, Darcy, Farmer, Meaze. Edward Oldcorne, alias Hall, Vincent, Parker. Nicholas Owen, alias Andrews, Littlejohn, Draper. Oswald Greenway, alias Greenwell, Tesmond. John Gerard, alias Brook, Staunton, Lee. Thomas Strange, alias Anderson.