DIE Veneris, 29 die Novembris.
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|His Royal Highness the Duke of York.|
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Otes and Bedloe's Narratives concerning the Queen.
Sir John Nicholas delivered Four Papers at the Table;
"1. The Examination of Titus Otes; taken by Mr.
Secretary Coventry, 24th November, 1678, signed
"2. The further Examinations of Titus Otes; taken
before the Council, 25th and 26th November,
"3. The Report of the Earl of Bridgewater and
Lord Butler (Earl of Ossery), upon View of Somerset House with Titus Otes; read in Council 26th
"4. The Examination of William Bedloe, taken before the Council, 27th November, 1678."
Titus Otes, being called in, at the Bar, desired "he
might be heard a few Words, before he was sworn
to speak to the main Business."
Which being granted to him, he complained "of
the Restraint he is under, and being debarred of
the Liberty of his Friends coming to him, and of
conversing with any-body in private; and that no
Englishman ought to be restrained, unless accused by
One or more Witnesses;" and prayed, "That the
Restraint might be taken off, that he might be enabled to give his Evidence more chearfully; and that
the House would be pleased to address to the King for
that Purpose; and that his Pardon may be renewed,
because he is under Misprision of Treason."
To which the Lord Chancellor told him, "That
the House would take his Condition into Consideration."
And then, being sworn, he was told by the Lord
Chancellor, "That the Lords have received an Address from the House of Commons, in Part, upon
Evidence by him given there; and that the House
expects he should give an Account what that is
which hath begot such Astonishment in the House of
Commons as is expressed in the Address."
Upon which, Titus Otes said, "That, in July last,
he saw a Letter from Sir George Wakeman, to Richard Ashby, alias Thimbleby. In this Letter, he gave
him an Account of the Proposals made for destroying the King; and declared his Liking thereof, provided his Reward might be answerable; and told
him, the Queen Confort did approve of them;
which were, to poison the King."
And being asked, "Whether he knew Sir George
He said, "No; but Thimbleby told him it was Sir
George Wakeman's Letter.
"That, in the same July, a Messenger came with a
Letter to William Harcourt, for him, and John Keynes,
Basill Langworth, and John Fenwicke, to attend the
Queen at Somersett House; which they accordingly
did, taking him with them; Harcoart telling him,
he must go:" When they were there, having
passed by the Presence, he was left in an Antichamber, and they went into another Room. But,
the Door not being quite shut, he heard a Woman
say, "That She would no longer endure these Affronts, but would revenge the Violation of Her
Bed, and assist in propagating the Catholic Religion."
He saith, "He heard the Words spoken; and when
the Fathers came out, he, being desirous to see the
Queen, was introduced, either by Langworth or
Fenwick; and saw no Woman there but the Queen
with these Fathers."
He said further, "That the Queen had given several Sums of Money to Colker, a Benedictin, under
the Notion of Charity; which he believes was only
to pervert the King's Subjects in their Religion; and
that, if Ireland's Papers be again searched, it would
be found that several of them have had Money upon
that Account, and some so small Shares as Two or
Three Shillings; and that he himself had had several Sums. That, as a Circumstance to induce a
Belief that the Queen was engaged in this Business,
he faith, he saw Micho's Letter to the General of
the Jesuits, wherein was Mention of Four Thousand
Pounds at one Time, and One Thousand Pounds at
another Time, given by the Queen, which he cannot
say upon his Oath, but believes was given upon
this Account; upon which, a Compliment was sent
to the Queen, Duke, and Dutchess, of 500 Masses,
600 and odd Pair of Beads, and 1150 Acts of Mortification, as a Return for former Favours; Whitebread being then Provincial. He refers himself to
the Letter, which may be found amongst Micho's or
Then, being asked, "Whether this is all he had to
say in Reference to the Queen?" He said, "This is
all as to Matter of Information; saving only, that
he added, that the Queen holds Correspondency with
the Bishop of Rome, and the General of the Society of Jesus."
Then, being asked, "Whether Mrs. Elliot came
first to him from the King, or he did send her first
to the King, about his speaking with the King?"
He said, "She came first to him, and told him, The
King would speak with him; but whether she came
from the King, he knows not;" but saith, "he
never desired her to speak with the King." He said
further, "That, when he went to the King on the
13th Instant, the King was dissatisfied with what he
said; and because there was One present whom he
believed to be an Enemy to the King and Kingdom,
he did not speak so freely as otherwise he should
Then, being asked, "Why he said (the last Time
he was here) that he had no other Person to accuse, being then required to name them (if any such
were) of what Quality soever?" He said, "That
he had no more to name, meaning of this House,
before whom he then was; and that he then desired that he might not be further pressed to say any
more, in Prejudice of the Evidence he was to
Then, being asked, "Why he concealed this Matter so long?" He said, "It was because the Queen
was the Wife of the King's Bosom, and he had not
then acquainted the King with it, and therefore
thought not fit to mention it before a public Council;
and if therein he erred in his Judgement, it was not
his Intention so to do."
Then he said, "This Plot was designed in 1670;
he believes it was so in 1666. Further, he could
swear, That their own Records say, it was designed
upon the King's coming in 1660." And being asked,
Why he, knowing this Matter of the Queen's being
in it in July and August last, did not acquaint the
King with it till November?" He said, "That the
Queen was not to act till all other Practices failed;
and that then She was to have further Notice." And
being asked, "How he knew that the Queen had not
Notice in all this Time?" He said, "It was to be
done when the King should take Physic; which was
not done, because of His going to Newmarket."
And being told, "That, if he had mentioned this
Matter of Sir George Wakeman's Letter so fully at
the Council as he hath done now, Sir George had
then been taken into Custody;" to this he said,
That he had been up all the Saturday and Sunday
at Night; and had attended the Council so long,
that he was ready to saint; and that the Weakness
of his Body so confounded his Memory, that he
forgot to mention that Letter."
Then, being commanded to withdraw, Mrs. Elliott
was sent for.
Bedloe's Examination concerning the Queen.
Then William Bedloe, being called in and sworn, is
told of the Occasion of his coming hither, upon the
Address now brought up from the House of Commons;
and "that his whole Knowledge concerning this Matter is expected from Him."
Upon which he said, "That, about the End of
April, or Beginning of May, 1677, there was a
Consult held in the Chapel Gallery at Somerset House,
where were present the Lord Bellasis, Mr. Coleman,
Lee Phaire, Pritchard, Sheldon,
and Latham, and Two French Abbots, and
the Queen (and he thinks the Lord Powis): That he
was below in the Chapel, with Walsh and
others, at the same Time; and, when the Consult
was over, Coleman came down, and told Walsh and
him, "That the Queen wept much, before they
could bring Her to it; but the French Abbots, by
their Arguments, had prevailed."
Then he said, "That he was afterwards dispatched,
by Coleman, with Letters for France; and that he
overtook Stapleton at Cambray, for whom he had
Letters; which Letters Stapleton read by a Key, or
Cypher, which he had in his Hand: That Stapleton (after he had read them) said, "I am glad they
have brought Her to it; our Party grows stronger
and stronger." And Bedloe asking, "Who was
meant by Her?" Stapleton said, "The Queen." And
that he received this Letter from Coleman in his
Then, being asked, "If he knew the Lord Bellasis?" He said, "He did; and had seen him at
his House in St. Albane's Square about Three Years
since:" And said, "That he had no more to say of
any Person, either in or out of this House, than he
had already charged."
Then, being asked, "Where he stood in the Chapel, when the Consult was above?" He said, "He
came in from the Water-side, through the Room
where the Priests put on their Vestments; and, standing below, saw the Queen look over the Rails of
Then, being asked, "Whether he knew Mr. Otes?"
he said, "He remembered he had seen the Man, at
Valadolid, about a Month before Michaelmas last was
Twelvemonth; but knew not that he was concerned
in this Business, and that he went there by the Name
of Ambrose; and that, when he was formerly asked
here if he knew him, he denied it, because he knew
him not by that Name of Otes, and had not then
seen him here."
Mrs. Elliot examined.
Then Mrs. Elliot, being come, is called in, and
sworn; and is asked, "Whether Mr. Otes sent her
first to the King, or the King sent her first to Mr.
Otes?" She said, "The Lady Gerard of Bromley
told her, Doctor Tong would speak with her; who
told her, coming to him, "That Mr. Otes must needs
speak with the King privately." And being asked,
Whether Dr. Tong told her what it was about?"
She said, "That, by the Words he spoke, she guessed
the Queen was concerned; but she did not hear him
say why, or wherein; and that she went to the King
before she spoke with Mr. Otes, at Dr. Tong's Desire."
Papers from the Privy Council, concerning the Charge against the Queen.
After this, the Papers that were brought in from
the Council were read, as followeth:
"Mr. Otes doth nform, That, in the Month of
July, he saw a Letter from Sir George Wakeman, in
which Sir George did assure Richard Thimbleby, to
whom it was directed, that the Queen would assist
him to poison His Sacred Majesty; and in the latter
Part of July, Mr. Otes did wait upon John Keines,
Basill Langworth, William Harcourt, and John Fenwicke, to Somersett House, where the Queen then was;
and, in an Antichamber, did hear the Queen say,
"That She would not take those Affronts any longer
that had been done unto Her; but would revenge
the Violation of Her Bed." Now the Deponent,
being presented before Her Majesty, saw no living
Soul there but Her Majesty and those Fathers with
whom he went to Somersett House. And the Deponent
did hear the Queen say, "That She would assist them
in the Propagation of Catholic Religion;" and
hath, by Colker the Benedictine Monk, given several
Sums of Money to pervert His Majesty's Subjects,
as Mr. Otes doth verily believe; and several Sums
have been so used by the Jesuits in Her Majesty's
Name; and £5000 hath been paid to the Jesuits
by Her Majesty, in order to destroy the Person of
His Majesty, and subvert Religion and Government,
as appeared by several Instructions from the Queen
to the Jesuits, as the Jesuits themselves have confessed to Mr. Otes.
"This Information was given upon Oath to me, the
24th of November, 1678."
"November 25th, 1678.
"Titus Otes appeared before His Majesty in Council; and, being sworn on the Holy Evangelists,
Otes's Narrative about Her.
"That, in the Month of July last, he saw a Letter,
written from Sir George Wakeman, to Richard Ashby
alias Thimbleby, advising him, for his Health, being
troubled with the Gout, to take a Pint of Milk in
the Morning, and a Pint at Night, and also an
Hundred Strokes of the Pump every Day while he
continued at The Bath.
"That, in the same Letter, Sir George Wakeman
did declre his good Liking of the Proposal about
poisoning the King, provided good Terms might be
had; and added, "That the Queen would give Her
Assistance in that Work."
"That, in the same Month of July, there came a
Messenger, to have some of the Fathers to attend at
Somersett House; who were, John Keines, William
Harcourt, John Fenwicke, and Basill Langworth.
The Messenger was one Sir Richard, or Sir Robert,
he knows not which, being a Man of a middle Stature, and about Forty-four or Forty-five Years of
Age, and a nimble Man.
"That, being at Somerset House, they went all into
an Antichamber: That he himself and some others
(whom he remembers not) were in the Room without; but that, he being curious to hear what passed
within, and the Door not being quite close, he listened,
and did hear a Woman's Voice (though he saw not
who it was) to say, "That She would no longer
endure those Affronts; but would revenge the Violation of Her Bed, and would assist in taking away
the King's Life, and propagating Catholic Religion."
"That, upon opening of the Door, he desired One
of the Fathers, that he might see the Queen; and
being admitted, he doth, on his Salvation, declare
that he saw nobody but the Queen and the said
Mr. Otes being afterwards asked, "If the Queen
saw him when he was presented?" He said, "She
did, and took as much Notice of him as one of Her
Rank usually doth of such as he was, being then
in another Habit than at present;" but he thought
She gave him a gracious Smile.
"That the Queen, under the Notion of Charity,
hath given to Mr. Corker several Sums of Money,
in order to pervert His Majesty's Subjects in their
Religion; and that, if Mr. Ireland's Papers be again
examined, it will appear that there was made Distributions of this Charity, and some so small as Two or
Three Shillings, whereof he himself has had some
"That, as a Circumstance to induce a Belief that
the Queen was engaged in this Matter, he says, he
saw a Letter, which Micho had prepared, to the
General of the Jesuits, wherein was Mention of
Five Thousand Pounds given by Her Majesty, Four
Thousand Pounds at one Time, and One Thousand
Pounds at another, which he cannot swear was for
this End; but verily believes it was." And being
asked, "How he came to see that Letter?" He says,
Micho, the Secretary of the Order, consulted with
him about a Latin Phrase; and he advised him to
put a Word into the Dative Case, as being better
"That, as to the Question why he concealed this
important Matter so long, he answered, That he had
much Distrust within himself, in his Judgement, about
the discovering it; and that once he intended to disclose it, upon Sir George Wakeman's Business at this
Board; but was willing His Majesty should know it
first in private.
"And further, upon this Account, and the Objection
that Pickering was employed to have killed the
King with a Pistol and Silver Bullets, and that he
had been disciplined with Twenty Strokes for having
failed (which was before the Consult in April last, as
near as he remembers), it appeared the Business was
committed to other Hands to be executed: He answered hereunto, That the Matter had been designed
in the Year 1670; and that he knew Her Majesty
(let Her Virtues be what they will) held Correspondence with the Bishop of Rome and the General of
the Jesuits, by the Hands of the Jesuits here; but
that She was not to act, until they judged Things
to be ripe. And he further said, That Endeavours were used that the Queen should not be engaged in this Business till all other Means failed."
He further added, as to the said Question of his
being so long silent in a Matter of that dangerous Consequence, "That he was unwilling to communicate
any Thing of the Queen to any public Court, but
only to the King Himself in private, to prevent the
Danger, She being the Wife of His Bosom."
He says, "He cannot remember the precise Day
when these Words were spoken; but that it was on
a Week-day, not a Sunday, and a Day of some
Solemnity, just before High Mass."
And as to the Place where he heard the same,
he says, "He never was there before, nor since; but
thinks he shall know the Room again, if he sees
Being put in Mind, "That he had declared, at the
Bar of the House of Peers, that he had no more to
say against any Person of Quality;" he answered,
His Meaning was, that he had no more against any
of that House before whom he then was; and prayed
their Lordships to remember, that he then desired he
might not be further pressed to say any more, to the
End his Evidence might not be superseded."
And being further questioned, "How it came about
that he could not give an Account of the precise
Day when those Words were spoken, having in
other Things referred himself to his Papers?" He
declared, "That he had not committed this Thing to
Writing, not daring to trust more with it than his
own Soul; yet he hopes he may recollect something
as to the very Time; and would examine his Papers,
but that they are in the Custody of Mr. Thomas
Being asked, "Whether he knew Bedloe before?"
He said, "'Tis like he had seen him, but not by that
Name; but that, if he had seen him, 'twas in Spaine,
and as going by the Name of Williams; but that he
never knew him as concerned in this Business."
Mr. Otes, being asked, "How many several
Hands he could write?" did answer, "That he
never had been taught any, but had learnt of himself, and did write differently, according as his Pen
was; and that, when he saw a Hand that pleased him,
he endeavoured to imitate the same."
Being further demanded, "Why he had omitted so
material a Thing against Sir George Wakeman as the
dangerous Letter written by him to Thimbleby aforementioned, for nothing appears of it in the First
Minutes taken at the Council Board against Sir George
Wakeman?" He answered, "That he was at that
Time faint and weak, and had been up Two Nights
together; nor could he then have said that he saw
Sir George write such a Letter, but that he saw a
Letter signed George Wakeman in Thimblebye's
And further reminded the Lords, "That he did
declare, that when the Consult was held by the
Benedictines, when Sir George was contracted with,
that he was sick of the Stone, and not there; but
that he afterwards found the Contents of their Proceeding in their Entry Book."
Touching which, it was told him, "That he had indeed made Mention of such an Entry Book at the
Bar of the House of Commons, but no Mention of
it at this Board." To which he replied, "That it
was then an Omission, occasioned by his Weakness
at that Time.
"November 26th, 1678.
"Mr. Otes, hearing this his Information read, did further declare, That it was on St. James's Day, or a
Day before or after, that he heard the Words herein
Earls of Ossory and Bridgewater's Report of carrying Otes to Somerset Home.
"Report of the Earls of Ossory and Bridgewater,
read in Council, November 26th, 1678.
"We went, by His Majesty's Direction, to Somersett House, and took Mr. Howard and Mr. Otes in the
Coach with us. When alighted at the Door, we
took Mr. Otes between us, and asked him, "Whether,
that Time that he mentions, he came into the House
that Way?" And he answered us, "Yes;" and
shewed us forward to the Guard-chamber Door, that
he went in there. And when we were come into the
Guard-chamber, he remembered that Room, and so
he did the Presence Chamber; for, he said, "he
remembered the Canopy;" but, when we went into
the next Room, he began to doubt. So we went
back again with him into the Guard-chamber, and
he again asserted his coming in that Way; but,
when we were again come into the Presence Chamber, he began to speak of a Pair of Stairs that he
had gone up, but he could not find them. All the
Doors were opened, and we went with him through
the Queen's Bedchamber, through several little
Rooms, and opened the Gallery Door, which, he
said, "he had never seen before; and that those
little Rooms were none of them the Room he looked
for;" but still talked of a Pair of Stairs. And when
he came out again into the Room next the Bedchamber, he set One of the Leaves of the Door in
the Posture he said the Door that he stood at was in;
but said, "that was not the Door he had stood at;"
but still talked of a Pair of Stairs; but could not
find any. We shewed him the Stairs that go to the
Garden by the Chapel, and went with him down to
the Bottom; "but, he said, they were not the
Stairs he meant." When we came up again to go
away, he again said, "he remembered the Guardchamber;" and when we went out of the Guardchamber into the Walk between that and the Court
Yard, we carried him to the further End of it, and
went in with him at that Door, but he immediately
said, "that that was not the Way he had come." In
all the Search he made for a Pair of Stairs, he said,
"the Stairs he sought for were a light Pair of
Stairs, and the Rooms they went to had great Folding Doors, and were high large Rooms."
"November 27th, 1678.
Bedloe's Narrative concerning the Queen.
"Mr. Bedloe, being called in before His Majesty in
Council, and told by the Lord Chancellor, "That His
Majesty had given Mr. Attorney General Order
forthwith to prepare his Pardon for all Concealments
of any Manner of Treason, from the Beginning of
the World, to the 28th Day of this Instant November; and that His Majesty did desire to be informed
of all the Heads of the Treasons he can discover
and make Proof of:"
"And thereupon taking his Oath, on the Holy
Evangelists, saith, That, about the latter End of
April or the Beginning of May last was a
Twelvemonth, about Six of the Clock in the Afternoon, there was a Consult held in the Chapel Gallery at Somersett House, where were present the Lord
Bellasis and (he thinks) the Lord Powis, Mr. Coleman, Le Phaire, Pritchard, Latham, and Sheldon,
and Two Frenchmen in Orders, whom he took to be
Abbots, and Two other Persons of Quality, but did
not see their Faces, and others, and amongst them
the Queen; and further, that Coleman and Pritchard
told him, after the Consult, "That the Queen wept at
what was proposed there; but was over-persuaded
to consent, by the Strength of the Two Frenchmen's
Arguments:" That he was below, walking in the
Chapel, at the Time of the Consult, with others,
of whom he remembers only a short fat Man, who
was the Chapel-keeper, and Mr. Walsh:
[ (fn. *) That, after the Consult, the Queen
came through the Room where the
Priests dress themselves; and that he then
observed some Alteration in her Majesty.]
Upon Examination of this Book with the Paper of Bedloe's Examination, signed by his Hand, finding these above-written Lines in the Paper, but left out in this Book, they are inserted, 12 December, 1678, in the Presence of us,
"That he was afterwards dispatched by
Coleman with Letters for France; and that
Le Phaire and Pritchard went with him
to Gravesend; that he went by Cambray,
and there overtook Stapleton, for whom
he had Letters; which Stapleton read by
a Key or a Cypher which he had in his
Hand; he standing at a Distance: That,
after Stapleton had read them, he said, "Well, I
am glad they have brought Her to it; we are now
better backed than ever." But this Deponent saith,
he did not know who they meant by Her; and that
Stapleton further added, that they got Ground every
Day; and that it was better an Hundred Heretic
Kings should be destroyed, than that the Catholic
Religion should not be propagated." And says,
That the Contents of those Letters were about subverting the Government.
"This Deponent further saith, That he did not
call any Thing of this foregoing Information to
Mind till Mr. Coleman did this Day aver, upon his
Trial, that he had never seen his Face before in his
"And being asked, "What it was that lay upon
his Spirits, that made him desire a further Pardon,
for which the House of Commons had made an Address to His Majesty?" He said, "He knew nothing of it, but by some of the Yeomen of the
Guard who attend him; but that he desired it, left
he might have forgotten any Thing, and that by a
further Pardon his Mind would be at more Ease to
"The Deponent further saith, He cannot remember any Thing of Substance more at present; and
that he knows nothing more that is considerable of
any other Persons.
"Being asked, "If ever he was at my Lord Westmorland's?" He said, "He was there about this Time
Twelvemonth, as he was going to my Lord Brudnell's; and that my Lord Brudnell came thither
whilst he was there, and that he was like to have
had a Quarrel with him, he then going by the
Name of Bennet; and that he was never at the
Lord Westmerland's but Once."
"Being asked, "If he was not here in Prison the
last Year?" He says, "He was in The Marshalsey for
his Brother's Debts; and that Harcourt and Le
Phaire sent him Money, as soon as they came to
Town, that released him.
The House, having heard the Informations of Tytus
Otes and William Bedloe, took into Consideration the
Address brought from the House of Commons, concerning the Removal of the Queen's Majesty and Her
Family from Whitehall, which was read.
Address from H. C. for removing the Queen and Her Family.
This Address not having been entered in this Book, which ought to have been entered in this Place, it is now entered in the Margin of this Leaf, this 12 Day of December, 1678, in the Presence of us,
" (fn. *) We Your Majesty's most loyal and
dutiful Subjects, the
and Commons in Parliament assembled,
having received Informations, by several
Witnesses, of a most desperate and traiterous Design and Conspiracy against
the Life of Your most Sacred Majesty,
wherein, to their great Astonishment, the
Queen is particularly charged and accused; in Discharge of our Allegiance,
and out of our Affections and Care for
the Preservation of Your Majesty's Sacred Person, and consequently of the
whole Kingdom, do most humbly beseech Your Majesty, That the Queen
and all Her Family, and all Papists and
reputed or suspected Papists, be forthwith removed from Your Majesty's Court
And, after a long Debate,
Protest against not agreeing to it.
The Question being put, "Whether to agree
with the House of Commons in this Address?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
Heads for a Conference about it.
Lords Committees appointed to prepare Reasons
to be offered, at a Conference to be had with
the House of Commons, why the Lords do not
agree to the Address of the House of Commons,
concerning the Removal of the Queen's Majesty and Her Family from Whitehall, to which
the Lords Concurrence was desired; and to
make Report thereof on Monday next:
L. Privy Seal.
Marq. of Winton.
E. of Clarendon.
E. of Essex.
|Bp. of London.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet
when and where they please.
The House received an Account, "That Dr. Lowre
and Dr. Warner have visited Mr. Whitebread; and
they find that his former Distempers have left him,
and he hath now only a Tertian Ague; and their
Opinion is, That he may be removed safely, upon
his Intermitting Days."
Hereupon it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual
and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, or his Deputy and
Deputies, taking with them such Soldiers as shall be
necessary, shall To-morrow attach the Body of Mr.
White alias Whitebread, and carry him forthwith to The
Prison of Newgate, there to remain in safe Custody, till
he shall be delivered by due Course of Law: And this
shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Sir George Charnock Knight, Serjeant at
Arms attending this House, his Deputy
and Deputies, and to the Keeper of Newgate, his Deputy and Deputies, and to all
His Majesty's Officers Civil and Military,
to be aiding and assisting in this Service.
The Lord Marquis of Winton gave the House an Account, "That he did see a Bull, derived from the Pope,
which is now in the Hands of a Member of the House
of Commons, which is of dangerous Consequence."
Message to H. C. for one sound among Ireland's Papers.
Hereupon a Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir John Coell and Sir Samuell Clerke:
To let them know, that the Lords are informed, that
there is a Bull from Rome, which was found amongst
the Papers of Ireland, a Jesuit. The Lords desire they
may have a Sight thereof, it being in the Hands of
One of their Members.
"The Earl of Essex informed the House, That there
is one Daniell Maccarty, a Jesuit, apprehended by the
Sheriff of Norfolk, and is now in the Prison at Thetford."
Whereupon the House ordered as followeth:
Maccarty, a Jesuit, to be attached.
Upon Information given to this House, "That one
Daniell Maccarty, a Romish Priest, is now under
Custody, in Thetford, in the County of Norfolk: It is
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, or his Deputy or Deputies, shall
forthwith repair to Thetford aforesaid, and bring
thence the Body of the said Danyell Maccarty, in safe
Custody, to the Bar of this House; 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 to all His Majesty's Officers Civil and Military, to
be aiding and assisting in this Service."
Message from H. C. with the Pope's Bull.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return with a Paper, being a Faculty from Rome; which
the Commons pray the said Paper may be returned to
them, so soon as their Lordships have perused the same.
Message from thence, with the following Information from Franckfort, about the Plot.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Charles Cotterell and others; who acquainted
their Lordships with an Information they have received
from Franckford, which they thought fit to communicate
to their Lordships in this Conjuncture of Affairs.
The said Paper was read, as followeth:
"Monsieur Valkenier, Resident of Holland at Frankford, writes thus to The States, November 11/21,
"Some Days since a Jesuit, coming from Rome, arrived at Basell, with Intent to go for England, who,
being in Discourse with certain Merchants there, is
reported to have said, "That there was something designed in England against the King, whereof he believed he should hear the Effect before he should
get to his Journey's End; and that, for the going
through with that Design, he should find more than
a Thousand Jesuits in England." During this Discourse,
the Post brought News of the Discovery of the
Conspiracy in England: Whereupon the Jesuit
withdrew, and suffered himself no more to be seen."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati, 30um
diem instantis Novembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined, this 12 December,
1678, by us,