DIE Jovis, 21 die Novembris.
Domini tam (fn. *) Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
||His Royal Highness the Duke of York.
| Dux Cumberland.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
Dorset & Midd.
Ds. De Grey.
North & Grey.
Ds. Arundell de
Ds. Butler M. P.
Fiquet's and Verdier's Examinations, concerning La
The Lord Marquis of Winchester
reported Two Examinations; one, of Olivier Du Fiquetts,
the other of Francis Verdier; which were read, as
"La Colombiere, Jesuit, and Preacher
to the Dutchess, hath, for the Space of Three Months, had frequent
Communications with Mr. Coleman, who came every Day to
communicate with him in his Chamber, from Eleven in the Morning till Mid-day.
Further, That Mr. La Colombiere sent his Servant
Lievre to stay in the Country for the Space of Two Months
and an Half; and took to his Service the Nephew of Mr. Coleman, betwixt Thirteen and Fourteen Years old. And, after
that Mr. Coleman was put in Prison, Monsicur
La Colombiere took his Servant again, and sent away the
Nephew of Mr. Coleman, and went to live in the Country.
Further I know, that Monsieur La Colombiere hath great
Correspondence with Father La Chaise, and with Cardinal
"2. Monsieur La Colombiere told me,
to induce me to his Religion, "That, if I made so much Difficulty, the King
would not hinder me to make Choice of the Roman Catholic
Religion, seeing He knew very well that the King was a Catholic in His
"3. Furthermore, when I represented to him, "That the
Parliament would not suffer Perversion in England,"
Monsieur La Colombiere said to me, "That, if the
Parliament opposed Roman Catholics, the King would
dissolve it." And further, "That the Parliament should not be always Master."
He told me also, "That I should see, in a little Time, all England changed;" which also was confirmed to me many Times by his
"4. And, as I had a Design to go study at Oxford, in order to be a Minister, he turned me from it, in representing to me, "That, if I went to study at Oxford, I
should fill my Mind with the Errors which the Divinity of Oxford teacheth, contrary to Holy Scripture; and if I would
return into France, he would, by the Means of Father
La Chaise, Jesuit, and Confessor of the King of
France, place me to study in the College of
Clermont; and also that he did write to Paris, to a Jesuit, in the Absence of Father La
Chaise, whose Answer I read myself in Monsieur La
Colombiere's Chamber; and also that I had told the Duke of
York, that he had turned me from my Purpose of being a
Minister;" and said, "That his Highness expressed much Satisfaction in it;"
which surprized me much. But then Monsieur La
Colombiere told me, "That I ought not to wonder at that, seeing his
Highness was a Catholic, and received often the Sacraments." This also was
confirmed to me by his Servant.
"5. Moreover, Monsieur La Colombiere
hath received many Abjurations in his Chamber; as well of French as of English; and also I spoke in
his Chamber to an English Gentleman, whom he sent into
France to pervert, by Means of Cardinal Bouillon.
"6. That Monsieur Drevil, a
Frenchman, carried to Monsieur La
Colombiere's an English Merchant, to pervert
him; whom Monsieur La Colombiere was to send into
France, and his Family, to the Cardinal Bouillon.
"7. That Monsieur La Colombiere
sends secretly Priests into Virginia; amongst others,
Maccarty an Irish Priest, who was
carried by La Colombiere's Servant, and by his Order to
Monsieur Le Chocqueux, who lives at The
Savoy; and also La Colombiere told me, "That he
desired to go thither."
"This is all that I can affirm upon Oath.
"8. Furthermore, That La Colombiere
hath made Mass to be said, at Mr. Robert Angier's, by
Maccarty, every Sunday and Holiday,
and also in the Country.
"9. That La Colombiere hath seduced
Monsieur Salamon, a Minister at The
Savoy, to put him into a Convent; and another Person, that was come
with an Intention to enter into the Ministry; La
Colombiere hath sent them into France, and gave
them Money in Picardy, in his Servant Lievre's House; and then they were to pass to Rome, by the Means of Cardinal Bouillon.
"This is all I can affirm upon Oath, and in the Presence
of the Parties.
"Capt. & jurat. Novem. 16, 1678,
Olivier Du Fiquet.
"Francois Verdier faith, That, about
Five or Six Months since, he was at Monsieur Colombiere's
Chamber with Mr. Fiquet, and there heard the said
Colombiere speak to Mr. Fiquet,
persuading him to become a Catholic, using Arguments for it. Whereupon the
aforesaid Fiquet said, "Though all were true that he
urged, yet it was not fit for him in this Coun- try, while the King would not
permit it. To which the said Colombiere replied, "That
the King would not take it ill, if he the said Fiquet
should turn Catho- lic, for that the King was Himself a Catholic in His
Sworn the 19th Day of November,
Address for the Banishment of La Colombiere.
Whereupon the House made the ensuing Order:
"Upon Report made from the Lords Committees appointed to
examine Persons for the Discovery of the horrid Design against His Majesty's
Person and Government, That, upon the Examinations of Olivier
Du Fiquet and Francis Verdier, taken upon Oath, it
appeareth That La Colombiere (a Jesuit, and Preacher to
the Dutchess), now Prisoner in The King's Bench, hath
held frequent and long Communications with Mr. Coleman,
and hath great Correspondence with Father Le Cheese, and
with Cardinal Bouillon; and that he hath endeavoured to
pervert the said Olivier Du Fiquet and Francis Verdier, and others, to the Popish Religion, using
Arguments of a dangerous Nature for that Purpose, and hath in his Chamber
received many Abjurations of Persons as well French as
English; and that he hath secretly sent Priests into
Virginia, of whom Maccarty an
Irish Priest was One: All which Matters being of
dangerous Consequence, and in Opposition to the Peace and Government of this
Kingdom; it is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty,
humbly to desire Him from this House, That His Majesty will be pleased to give
Order, that the said La Colombiere may be banished out of
this Kingdom, and all other His Majesty's Territories and Dominions wheresoever."
Report concerning Mr. Morgan, and Address on his Behalf.
"Upon Report made from the Lords Committees appointed to
examine Persons for Discovery of the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person
and Government, That Thomas Morgan, who came out of
Yorkeshire, to inform of the Design to burn His Majesty's Fleet, hath been wounded, and in Danger of being murdered (by Persons
yet unknown), since his coming to Town, and is in Want of Necessaries: It is
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the
Lords with White Staves do wait on His Majesty, humbly to desire Him, from this
House, That His Majesty will be pleased to give Order to the Lord Treasurer, to
consider of the present Necessities of the said Thomas
Morgan, and to make such Allowance of Money, for Supply thereof, as
shall to His Majesty seem sitting."
Bill of Attainder of Conyers et al.
The Earl of Bridgwater reported,
"That the Committee have considered the Bill for attainting Conyers and others, if they do not come in by a certain Day;
the Opinion of the Committee is, That the Name of Beeston
be left out in the Bill, he having rendered himself; and, with this Amendment,
the Committee think fit the said Bill be engrossed."
The House agreed with the Committee in this Report, and
ordered the Bill to be engrossed.
Whereas Thomas Biston, alias
Beeston, being One of the Persons required by His
Majesty's Royal Proclamation (for apprehending certain Offenders therein
named, and for the better Security of His Majesty and His Government from
Dangers arising from Popish Recusants) to render themselves to Justice, did,
before the issuing of the said Proclamation, render himself to the Lords
Committees appointed to examine Persons for the Discovery of the horrid Plot
against His Majesty's Person and Government, where he was examined, and
acquitted by their Lordships; and the House of Peers, upon Report made
thereof, have given Order for the leaving the Name of the said Thomas Biston, alias Beeston, out of the
Bill of Attainder of the Persons therein named, now depending in this
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the said Thomas Biston, alias
Beeston, be, and is hereby, discharged from any further
Attendance concerning this Matter; and hath Liberty to repair to his Charge as
a Soldier, for taking the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and Test, and
receiving the Sacrament of the LORD'S Supper according to the Usage of the
Church of England.
Capt. Spalding, Governor of Chepstow Castle, examined.
The House being informed, "That Captain Francis Spalding, Deputy Governor of Chepstow
Castle, was attending without;" he was called in.
And, being brought in by the Serjeant at Arms, he was
told, "That he is accused for being a Papist, and for having been at Mass in
Somerset House." To which he said, "He is not a Papist;
and that he hath not been at Somerset House these Seven
Years, but Once, to see the Captain of the Guards, about a Year and Half
since." And being asked, "Whether he knows Mr. Charles
Price?" He confessed he did. But, being charged with a Conspiracy to
render up Chepstowe Castle to the Earl of Powis, he denied it; and further said, "He knows not his
Lordship, nor ever received any Letter from him."
Then William Bedloe, being brought
to the Bar with him, said, "That Captain Spalding was to
deliver up Chepstowe Castle to Charles
Winter, for the Earl of Powis." And being asked,
"How he knew it?" He said, "That Sir Henry Titchborne
told him so, in Paris, about Two Years since; and
Walsh and Le Phayre told him so
also; and that Captain Spalding told him, about Three
Years since, upon the Road, travelling with him toward Abergavenny, "That the Lord Brudnell had
got him into Chepstow Castle upon that Design." To which
Captain Spalding said, "He never heard any Thing of the
Delivery of Chepstow Castle to Charles
Winter till now."
Then James Bedloe (Brother to
William Bedloe) being called in, and sworn, said, "He
saw Captain Spalding at Mass in Somerset
House, about Three Years ago." And being asked, "Whether he saw him
kneel, or beat his Breast?" He said, "He saw him in the Posture of Bowing, as
other People were, with his Hand on his Breast."
Then Captain Spalding denied this
Accusation; and said, "That he goes to Church; and that, about Four "Years
since, he received the Sacrament and Test, and hath a Certificate of it; but he
cannot say he hath received the Sacrament since."
Upon which, they being withdrawn, the Lords made this
Capt. Spalding committed.
"Whereas Francis Spalding, who was
to be taken into Custody by the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, hath
this Day appeared at the Bar, denying what is charged on him: It is ORDERED, by
the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said
Francis Spalding shall stand committed to the Prison of
The King's Bench, there to remain in safe Custody, till
further Order; and that the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, or his
Deputies, take Care to convey him to the said Prison: And this shall be a
sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
"To Sir George Charnock Knight, Serjeant at Arms attending this House, and to the Marshal of The
King's Bench Prison, and their respective Deputies, and every of
Whereas Charles Winter was this Day
brought to the Bar by the Serjeant at Arms, and there heard what he hath to
say, in Answer to those Matters wherewith he was charged by William Bedloe:
After Consideration had thereof, it is ORDERED, by the
Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said
Charles Winter be, and is here-by, discharged from any
further Restraint concerning the same; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant
on that Behalf.
To Sir Geo. Charnock Knight,
Serjeant at Arms attending this House, his Deputy and Deputies, and every of
Otes's Narrative to be inserted in the Journal.
Upon Report made by the Earl of Bridgwater, from the Lords Sub-committees for examining the
Journal of this House, "That, upon Examination thereof, their Lordships find,
that the Narrative made by Tytus Otes, at the Bar, on the
31th of October last, of the horrid Design against His
Majesty's Person and Government, is only mentioned in the Journal, but not
entered at large in such Manner as he then related it; and that therefore their
Lordships desire the Direction of the House concerning this Matter:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, That the said Narrative made by
Tytus Otes, on the said 31th Day of October, shall be entered at large, and inserted in the
Journal, as a Part of the Business of that Day.
Middledorp et al. versus Regem.
Upon the Petition of Peter Middledorp,
Harman Stubbs, and others, Hamburgers, Dantzikers,
Polanders, and Lunenburghers; shewing, "That, they
having a rich Cargo of Goods in the Vessel called The
Prosperous, of London, laden in France, and bound for Hamborough, the
said Vessel, through Stress of Weather, being driven on the Coast of
England, and the said Goods seized; and, upon an
Information in the Court of Exchequer, the said Goods are there condemned, and
Judgement given against the Petitioners, contrary to the Intent and Meaning of
the late Act, prohibiting the Importation of several Goods of the Growth and
Manufacture of France (as in the said Petition is
alledged); therefore pray the Justice of this House for their Relief:"
Cargo of their Ship not to be sold, till further Order of this
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and
Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Chief Baron and other the
Barons of the Court of Exchequer be, and are hereby, directed to take special
Care, and give Order accordingly, That, although Judgement be in the Court of
Exchequer against the Petitioners, and may be entered in Condemnation of the
said Goods, yet nevertheless no Execution shall be had thereupon in the Court
of Exchequer, until the Pleasure of this House be further signified.
Thompson, the Printer, to be discharged upon Bail.
Upon reading the Petition of Nathaniell
Thompson Printer, now Prisoner in The Gatehouse,
for printing Popish Books, acknowledging his Offence, and with Sorrow begging
Pardon for the same; and praying, "That he may be restored to his Liberty,
without which his Wife and Children will be ruined:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the said Nathaniell Thompson
shall appear, and give good Security before the Lord Chief Justice of
England, for his the said Thompson's being of the good Behaviour, according to the Act
concerning Printing; and that thereupon the said Nathaniell
Thompson be discharged from his present Imprisonment; and this shall be
a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To the Keeper of the Prison of The Gate house, his Deputy and Deputies, and every of them.
Lv. Brudnell Leave to be with her Lord in The King's Bench.
The House being moved, "That the Lady Brudnell, Wife of the Lord Brudnell, now
Prisoner in The King's Bench by Warrant of the Lord Chief
Justice of England, may have Leave to come to Town, and
remain with her Husband the Lord Brudnell:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and
Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lady Brudnell
be, and is hereby, authorized and permitted to come to Town, and abide with her
said Husband the Lord Brudnell in the Prison of
The King's Bench, without Restraint as a
Bedloe's Complaint of a Mistake in his Pardon.
William Bedloe, at the Bar,
complained of a Mistake in his Pardon, granted to him by the King's Majesty;
and that, by the Omission of the Word ["non"] before
["molestetur"] he was liable to further Trouble.
Upon which, the Lord Chancellor told him, "That, if there
were such a Mistake, it might be rectified in the King's Presence; and the
Pardon should then be sealed again."
But, upon Examination of the Patent before His Majesty, by
His Attorney, in this House, it appeared that the Pardon is as it ought to be;
and that the Mistake arose from the misreading of ["volentes"] instead of ["nolentes"].
Upon which, the Lord Chancellor declared to him at the
Bar, "That the Pardon is good, as it ought to be;" and so caused it to be
delivered to him at the Bar.
Protestant Religion, for Security of.
ORDERED, That this House will be in a Committee To-morrow
Morning, to consider of Heads for a Bill, or Bills, for the better securing the
Protestant Religion; and to be the First Business.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, 22um diem
instantis Novembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.