Charles II, 1667 & 1668: An Act for banishing and disenabling the Earl of Clarendon.

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Statutes of the Realm: Volume 5, 1628-80. Originally published by Great Britain Record Commission, s.l, 1819.

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Recital that the Earl of Clarendon having been impeached had withdrawn himself.

The said Earl to suffer perpetual Exile and Disability of Office.

Whereas Edward Earl of Clarendon having been impeached by the Commons assembled in Parliament of Treason and other misdemeanours hath knowingly withdrawn himselfe and is fled whereby Justice cannot be done upon him according to his demerit Be it enacted by the Kings most Excellent Majesty by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spirituall & Temporall and Commons in Parliament assembled and by Authority of the same That the said Edward Earle of Clarendon shall and doe suffer perpetuall Exile and be for ever banished this Realm and all other His Majesties Dominions and shall be for ever disabled from having holding or enjoying any Office or Place of Publique Trust or any other imployment whatsoever

II. If the said Earl return, to suffer the Penalties of Treason, and to be incapable of Pardon except by Act of Parliament.

Corresponding with the said Earl; (Exception); Penalty.; Letters sent to and received from the said Earl to be shewed to Secretary of State.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid That it shall bee and be taken to be Treason for the said Earle at any time to return into or bee found in England or any other His Majesties Dominions after the first day of February according to the Accompt of England One thousand six hundred sixty seven And that in case the said Earle shall att any time returne into or be found in England or any other His Majesties Dominions after the said first day of February That the said Earle shall suffer the paines and penalties of Treason and be made incapable of any pardon from the Kings Majesty his Heires and Successors but by Act of Parliament And that all correspondency with the said Earl except it be of his Children or such persons as shall be licensed by the King in Council concerning his Estate and domestick Affairs only after the said first day of February shall be and be taken to be of the same nature as correspondency with a Traitor and the offender therein shall suffer such paines and penalties as by the Lawes of this Realm are to be inflicted upon such persons as keepe correspondence with Traitors [And that all Letters sent to the said Earle be shewed to one of the Principal Secretaries of State before they be sent And that all Letters which shall be received from the said Earle be likewise shewed to one of the Principal Secretaries within ten dayes next after such receipt under the penalties aforesaid (fn. 1) ]

III. Proviso for the said Earl rendering himself for Trial before 1st February next.

[Provided alwaies that if the said Earle of Clarendon shall on or before the said first day of February next render himselfe unto one of His Majesties Principal Secretaries of State or to the Leiutenant of the Tower of London for the time being in order to his tryall which shall bee in Parliament That then and in such case all and every the penalties and disabilities by this Act imposed upon the said Earle of Clarendon shall be utterly void and of no effect Any thing herein before contained to the contrary notwithstanding (fn. 1) ]


  • 1. annexed to the Original Act in a separate Schedule.