Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 12, 1666-1675. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, 17 die Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
The Lord Privy Seal sat Speaker this Day, in the Absence of the Lord Keeper, being not well.
This Day the House was called, and these Lords following were absent:
Absent Lords to be summoned.
ORDERED, That those Lords who were absent this Day upon the Calling of the House, for whom no Excuse was made, shall be summoned to give their Attendance, and answer for their Absence, this Day.
Belon, King's Servant, versus London and Keife, for taking his Goods in Execution.
Whereas Lodowicke London and Nicholas Keife, Under Bailiffs of the City of Westminster, now in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for taking in Execution the Goods of Peter Belon, One of His Majesty's Servants in Ordinary, for Fifteen Pounds and Ten Shillings, at the Suit of Nicholas Maubert, in November last, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, and for speaking contemptuous Words against the Protection of the Lord Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household, granted to the said Peter Belon, were this Day brought to the Bar, where the Matter of Fact was proved against them:
Maubert to repay the Money for which they were distrained.
And the House having heard what they and the said Nicholas Maubert could alledge for themselves; it is ORDERED, That the said Lodowicke London and Nicholas Keife shall, on their Knees, at the Bar of this House, acknowledge their said Offences, and ask their Lordships Pardon, To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock; and shall likewise re-pay unto the said Peter Belon so much Money as they received from him as Fees upon their taking of his Goods in Execution; and that the said Nicholas Maubert, at whose Suit the Goods of the said Peter Belon were taken in Execution as aforesaid, shall forthwith, upon Sight of this Order, re-pay unto the Shillings recovered by him contrary to Privilege of Parliament as aforesaid, as he will answer the contrary thereof unto this House.
Mason, D of Newcastle's Servant, released.
This Day Richard Mason, Servant to the Duke of Newcastle, who was arrested on Wednesday Morning last, and imprisoned in the Prison called The Compter of Woodstreet London, at the Suit of Bold Boughey, Warden of The Fleete, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, was brought to the Bar of this House, by virtue of a Writ of Habeas Corpus, by which it appeared that the said Richard Mason is in Execution for the pretended Sum of Twenty Thousand Pounds.
But John Hill, the Serjeant that arrested the said Mason, being brought to the Bar as a Delinquent, humbly acknowledged his said Offence, and confessed that he arrested him upon a Mean Process; but so soon as Mason was brought into the Prison the same Day, an Execution was laid upon him for Twenty Thousand Pounds, at the Suit of the said Warden of The Fleete, which was proved upon the Oath of Thomas Hodgson to be a Debt upon no Consideration, but only a collateral Security for the true Imprisonment of Sir John Digby, and the Payment of his Chamber Rent so long as he should continue a Prisoner in The Fleete; and the said Sir John Digby being immediately after His Majesty's coming into England released, but the Bond of the said Mason not being taken up, the Warden of The Fleete hath brought his Action for a Debt of Two Hundred Pounds, owing to him for the Chamber Rent since his being discharged out of The Fleete.
Hereupon this House made these Orders following:
"Whereas Richard Mason, being arrested, on the 12th Day of this Instant February, at the Suit of Bold Boughey Esquire, Warden of The Fleete, and now a Prisoner in the Prison called The Compter of Woodstreet London, was this Day brought to the Bar of this House, by His Majesty's Writ of Habeas Corpus cum Causa, directed to the Sheriffs of London; it appearing to this House, that the said Richard Mason was arrested within the Time of Privilege of Parliament, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, (fn. 1) he being a menial Servant to the Duke of Newcastle, a Peer of this Realm: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Richard Mason be, and is hereby, discharged of his present Imprisonment, according to the Privilege of Parliament."
Hill, who arrested him, to be released.
"Whereas John Hill, Serjeant at Mace of the Prison called The Compter of Woodstreet London, now in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for arresting Richard Mason, Servant to the Duke of Newcastle, a Peer of this Realm, on Wednesday the 12th of this Instant February, at the Suit of Bold Boughey Esquire, Warden of The Fleete, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, being brought this Day to the Bar, did acknowledge his said Offence; but pleading his Ignorance that the said Richard Mason was Servant to the Duke of Newcastle, he therefore prayed their Lordships Discharge: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Hill shall, on his Knees, at the Bar of this House, acknowledge his said Offence, and ask Pardon of their Lordships for the same To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon."
E Northumb. versus Robson and Dodd.
ORDERED, That it is referred to the Committee for Privileges, to examine James Robson and William Charlton sworn at this Bar this Day, what they can testify in the Case of the Earl of Northumb. now depending in this House against John Robson, to be made Use of at the said Hearing.
Morley and Grenvile versus Elwes.
ORDERED, That on Wednesday Morning next this House will take into Consideration what Judgement to give, in the Case between Cutbert Morley and Bernard Greenvile, and Jeremy and Henry Elwaies.
Dominus Custos Privati Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem crastinum, videlicet, 18um diem instantis Februarii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.