DIE Jovis, 26 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
|His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.|
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Ds. Thesaurarius Angl.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Comes Dorset & Midd.
Comes St. Alban.
Ds. De Grey.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Herbert Cher.
Ds. Gerard de Brand.
Ds. Arundell T.
Ds. Butler M. P.
L. Ward takes the Oaths.
This Day Edward Lord Ward took the Oaths of
Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed
the Declaration, in Pursuance of the Act of Parliament for the more effectual preserving His Majesty's
Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament.
E. Danby desires a Copy of Articles, &c.
The Lord Treasurer moved the House, "That he
might not lye long under so heavy a Charge as is
against him; and therefore prayed their Lordships
Favour, that he might have a Copy of the Articles
against him, and that the Proceedings thereupon
may be put into a speedy Way of Dispatch."
Debate about his Commitment.
Then the Articles against the Lord Treasurer were
And it was moved, "That the Desire of the House
of Commons, for Commitment of his Lordship to safe
Custody, might be taken into Consideration."
Others moved, "That the Statutes might be read,
and considered, whether by the Statutes there is
Matter of High Treason contained in the Charge."
The House, entering into Debate concerning this
Matter, adjourned presently the Debate until the Conference with the House of Commons be past.
Absent Lords excused.
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That
he had received a Letter from the Lord Bishop of
Hereford, whereby he excuses himself from giving
his Attendance on this House, in regard he is enquiring after the Discovery of Combe Abby by their
Lordships Directions; where he hath found a Jesuits
College, and a Library fit for a College of Jesuits.
His Lordship is still in Prosecution thereof, and
hopes to discover the Bottom of it. And because
those Servants as he should send up to give their
Lordships an Account of his great Age and Infirmities, whereby he is unable to take so great a Journey, are employed by him in the Discovery of
Combe, he begs their Lordships Pardon for the
William Glasse and William Anderson, upon Oath, deposed at the Bar, "That the Earl of Bollingbrooke is
so lame and indisposed, that he is not able to take
so great a Journey in coming to attend this House."
Which Excuse the House allowed.
The Lord Bishop of Landaffe is excused for his attending this House for some Time, in regard he is employed, by their Lordships Directions, in examining the
Business concerning Chepstow Castle.
Harcourt, a Priest, taken at Shrewsbury, to be brought up.
Upon Information given to this House, by the Lord
Viscount Newport, "That one Valentine Harcourt, a
Popish Priest, is taken, and now in Custody in the
Gaol at Shrewsbury:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Sheriff for
the County of Salop be, and is hereby, required to
take and give Order for the sending of the said Valentine Harcourt in safe Custody, to appear at the Bar of
this House; and that the Charge of the said Sheriff
shall be allowed upon his Accompt in the Court of
Exchequer: And it is further ORDERED, That the
Sheriffs of the respective Counties through which the
said Valentine Harcourt shall pass, in his being sent up
as aforesaid, be aiding and assisting to the Furtherance
thereof, as Occasion shall require; and this shall be a
sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To the Sheriff of the County of Salop, and
the Keeper of the Gaol in Shrewsbury,
and to all other His Majesty's Officers
Civil and Military, to be aiding and assisting in this Service.
Oates, Complaint of their
in the Publication of Mr.
Upon Complaint made to this House, by William
Bedlo, "That he is wronged in the Publication of the
Trial of Edward Coleman, by inserting what he said
not, and omitting in Part what he did say;" and
upon Information that Tytus Otes is injured in the
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That it be referred to
the Lords Committees for examining Persons and Papers
concerning the horrid Design against His Majesty's
Person and Government, to examine this Matter; and
that the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's
Bench be present, and Tytus Otes and Wiliam Bedlo
attend at such Time as their Lordships shall appoint
for this Business.
Debate concerning E. of Danby.
ORDERED, That the Debate concerning the Lord
Treasurer is adjourned till To-morrow Morning, the
Conference on the Supply Bill, for disbanding Forces from Abroad.
The House of Commons being in the Painted Chamber, ready for a Conference appointed on Monday last,
concerning the Amendments in the Bill for granting a
Supply to His Majesty for disbanding the Army;
The Lord Privy Seal,
Earl of Bridgwater,
Earl of North'ton,
Vicecomes Halyfax, and
The Lord Berkeley,
Were appointed to report the Conference.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Report of it.
The Lord Privy Seal reported the Effect of the
Conference with the House of Commons; which was
managed by Mr. Powle; who said,
"The Commons have agreed to some of their Lordships Amendments; but do not agree to others.
To the Amendment in the 6th Skin, 30 Line,
they do not agree; because that, the Appointment
of the Receiver General being made by their Lordships in reference to the Payment of the Money into
the Exchequer, the Commons disagreeing with their
Lordships in that Amendment, the Reason of that
Appointment ceases; that, if there should be any
Defect or Delay in the Nomination of the Receiver
General, the whole Business of Disbanding might be
disappointed or deferred.
"In the 7 Skin, 2 and 3 Line, they do not agree.
"The Amendment in the 23 Line, instead of
["Gerall"], read ["General"], they do agree.
"In the 8 Skin, 12 Line, they do not agree; because that, the Commons having the last Sessions
granted a Sum of Money for the Disbanding of the
Army, and entrusted it in the Exchequer, the Money had been issued for the Continuance of the
Army, without ever disbanding any One Man, as far
as they can understand; and the Commons cannot
think it safe to trust the Money into the Exchequer
again, it remaining in the Managery of the same
"That, the Commons having disposed of the Payment of the Money into the Chamber of London,
the better to secure it from being misemployed,
your Lordships have not at any Time heretofore altered or changed any such Disposition made in a
Supply granted by the Commons.
"In the 16 Skin, 26 Line, instead of ["dispanded"], read ["disbanded"]. Agreed to.
"In the 18 Skin, 23 Line, after ["Dunbarton"],
add ["of the Kingdom of Scotland"]; and after
["Morpeth"], add ["Eldest Son and Heir Apparent of Charles Earl of Carlile"]; and after ["Allington"] add ["of the Kingdom of Ireland"]: 24
Line, after ["Douglas"], add ["One of the Sons of
Marquis Douglas of the Kingdom of Scotland"]:
And 28 Line, after ["Obrien"], add ["late Eldest
Son of the Earl of Thomond in the Kingdom of
Ireland"]. Agreed to.
"In the 20th Skin, 23 Line, not agreed to; because
that the Commons do not see any Occasion for the
Addition of these Words in this Place, because it is
sufficiently provided for in a general Clause in another
Part of the Bill; and if they were necessary here,
they ought to be likewise added in several Places.
"In the 21 Skin, leave out ["Colonel"], and
after ["Birch"] insert ["Esquire"]; because that
Colonel Birch had a Commission under the King to
be a Colonel, and had the actual Command of a
Regiment, after His Majesty's Restoration, till they
were disbanded; and it is usual to give any Man that
had such a Command the Title of Colonel ever after; and your Lordships have done the same immediately before, to Colonel Whitley.
"In the 26 Skin, 16 Line, they do not agree; because that the Commons, conceiving it necessary
for the Peace and Safety of the Kingdom, that the
Army should be immediately disbanded, have thought
fit to prevent all Ways that have been, or may be
used to continue it, and have therefore enumerated
all those particular Ways by which some former Acts
have been evaded, that thereby they might be declared to be within the Penalties of this present Act.
"In the 39 Line, not agreed to; because that, it
being so highly necessary to the Peace of the Kingdom that these Soldiers should disperse immediately
after their Disbanding, it is requisite to express the
Penalty which they should incur in case of Disobedience; and the Commons do not think the Penalty
of Felony too great, since, if they should continue
together in greater Numbers, it might be the Occasion of many Murders, Robberies, and other Felonies that the Commons think fit to continue the
Preamble to the Clause of Indemnity, because it
contains the Reasons which induced the Commons to
insert it into the Bill.
"In the 27 Skin, 14 Line, leave out ["such"],
the Commons do not agree; because they, not agreeing to your Lordships in leaving out the Preamble,
the Word ["such"] is necessary to be continued
because it relates to it.
"In the 18 Line, the Commons do not agree; not
thinking fit to agree to the former Amendments of
your Lordships, cannot agree to this, which wholly
depends upon them.
"That, this being an Act for the more effectual
disbanding the Army, the Commons did limit the
Indemnity to the Officers and Soldiers, being the
Persons that were to be disbanded, that thereby they
might be the more encouraged to disperse when
they were satisfied they might return Home with
safety; and the Commons conceive it is not necessary
or convenient to extend it any further.
"In the 23 Line, not agreed to; because, the Commons having restrained the Indemnity to the Officers
and Soldiers only, they conceive this Alteration to be
"24 Line, after ["such"], add ["respective"].
"26 Line, they do not agree to; because that the
Commons do not think fit to extend the Indemnity
to any Persons listed and mustered since the First of
November last, because they see no Occasion why
any such Persons should be taken into the Army, unless it were to increase the Charge, or for some
other ill Purpose."
Lords Amendment to it insisted on.
These Amendments were read; and it was debated,
Whether this House shall agree with the House of
Commons in these Amendments."
The Question being put, "Whether to insist upon
the Amendment made by this House in that
Point which relates to the Payment of the
Money into the Exchequer?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it.
The House insisted upon the Amendment that the
Receivers General in the Counties be nominated by His
And insisted upon the Amendment concerning the
Companies of the Earl of Bath, Lord Arundell, and
Agreed to the Amendment concerning Colonel Birch.
To all the rest of the Amendments not agreed to by
the House of Commons, this House doth insist.
Heads to be proposed for another Conference on the Supply Bill.
The House agreed to have a Conference with the
House of Commons.
And these Lords following were appointed to draw
up Reasons to be given to the House of Commons,
for their Lordships insisting upon the Amendments:
L. Privy Seal.
E. of Huntingdon.
E. of North'ton.
E. of Clare.
E. of Peterboroug.
E. of Essex.
E. of Aylesbury.
E. of Guilford.
Their Lordships, or any Three; to meet at Six of
the Clock this Evening, in the Prince's Lodgings. (fn. *)
The Duke of Monmouth, by His Majesty's Command,
communicated to the House, the Examinations of Miles
Prance and others, taken at the Council Table; which
were read, as followeth:
Prance's Examination about the Plot.
"24th December, 1678.
"Miles Prance, a Silversmith, being this Day examined
at large, touching the Murder of Sir Edmond-bury
Godfrey, and being upon Oath interrogated what he
knew concerning the Plot, made Answer as followeth:
"That he was at Mr. Ireland's Chamber, in Russell
Streete, some Time before Micheelmas; and that, Fenwicke and Grove being there present, Ireland said, "That
there would be 50,000 Men in Arms." Prance asking,
Where they would be had, and what to do?" Ireland
said, "We must have them in a short Time, to
settle Religion; or else all would be ruined."
"That, soon after this, Grove came to his Shop, to
buy Two Silver Spoons, for a Christening where he
was to be Godfather. Prance asked him, "What
Office he should have in the Army?" He answered,
"He did not know." But asking him, "Who was
to govern this Army?" He said, "The Lord Powis,
the Lord Bellasis, Lord Peters, and Lord Arundell."
"And further faith, That he was also told by Mr.
Fenwicke, "That the Lord Powis, Lord Bellasis, and
Lord Arundell, were to command the Army."
"He further faith, That there came to his Shop Mr.
Le Fevre, to buy a Second-hand Sword; and being
asked by him, "What he meant to do therewith?"
He answered, "He knew not what Times they should
have." Prance replied, "What then shall we poor
Tradesmen do?" He said, "That when Catholic Religion was brought in, it would be better for Tradesmen; and particularly there would be more Church
Work for Goldsmiths."
"He further says, That one Mr. Moore, that belongs
to the Duke of Norffolke, was seen by him riding in the
Streets on a very brave Horse; upon which Occasion,
meeting him afterwards in the Court at Somerset House,
and speaking of that brave Horse, Moore wished that
he had 10,000 of them, and hoped in a short Time
that they might have them, for the Catholic Cause.
"That one Lawrence (an Apothecary in Drury Lane,
over against the End of Queen's Streete), when the
Oaths were upon tendering, wished, "That Half the
Parliament were poisoned; for they would ruin them
"He further said, That he hath heard one Mr.
Messenger (that belongs to the Lord Arundell) say,
"That he hoped to see the Catholic Religion flourish
here before it be long."
"And as concerning the Plot, he has no more to say."
Prance's Examination, concerning the Murder of Sir E. B. Godfrey.
"Council Chamber, 24 December, 1678.
"His Majesty, having this Morning appointed a
Council Extraordinary, sent for Miles Prance, a
Silversmith, and Prisoner in Newgate for the Murder
of Sir Edmond-bury Godfrey; who appearing at the
Board, His Majesty was pleased to tell him, "That if
he spoke the Truth, and made it good, He would
give him His Pardon." And the said Prance, being
sworn, did promise that he would faithfully open all
his Knowledge concerning that Murder; and did declare to the Effect following:
"That, about a Fortnight before the said Murder,
he was spoken to by one Gerald, an Irish Priest that
belonged to the Venetian Ambassador, to take Part in
the Killing of a Man, not then telling him who it
was; but, about a Week after, the said Gerald and
one Greene an Irishman (that lays Cushions in the
Chapel at Somerset-house), and Lawrence Hill that
was formerly Servant to Doctor Gawden (and who
then lived at the same Place in Somerset-house), did
acquaint him, "That they intended to kill Sir Edmond-bury Godfrey; for that he was a great Enemy to
the Queen or Her Servants; and that he had used
some Irishmen ill;" and that Gerald told him,
"That they were employed by the Lord Bellasise; and
that there would be a Reward for them." That he
did consent hereunto; and the rather, for some
Malice he bore to Sir Edmond, who, about Two
Years before (when he was troubled at Hicks' Hall
about Parish Duties), did not consent to his Discharge,
as another Justice did; but said, "That the Queen
had no Power of protecting Her Servants:" Yet that,
until this Motion was made him, he did not think of
what had thus formerly passed. He said, They had
been watching him a Week or a Fortnight before his
Death; and that Greene had the same Morning called
at his House, enquiring for him of the Maid; and
that the said Greene, Gerald, and Hill, did dodge him
from his House that Morning to all the Places he
went to, until he came to his Death."
"And because His Majesty thought fit, for the better
ascertaining the Relation he gave touching the Place
and Manner thereof, to appoint his Grace the Duke
of Monmouth and the Earl of Ossory to meet the Examinant at Somerset-house, and a Clerk of the Council
to attend, and take the Information, from Place to
Place, where the Things were acted; His Majesty
did, in the Afternoon, sitting in Council, receive the
"May it please Your Majesty,
"In Obedience to Your Majesty's Order, signified to
us this Morning in Council, we have been at Somersethouse, and there taken the Examination of Miles
Prance, a Silversmith, touching the Murder of Sir
Edmond-bury Godfrey, upon the Place where the same
was committed; and, in Virtue of the Oath taken
before Your Majesty, he declared as followeth:
"That it was either at the latter End or the Beginning of a Week, that Sir Ed. Godfrey did, about
Nine of the Clock at Night, pass from towards St.
Clements, as far as the Great Water Gate of Somersethouse, being watched and followed by Lawrence Hill,
one Greene, and one Gerald: That Hill, making
some Haste before, stept within the Wicket, which
was open; and turning soon out again, called to Sir
Edmond, as he was passing, and said, "That there
were Two Men quarrelling within, who might soon
be quieted, if once they saw him." Whereupon he
entered through the Wicket, and after him Greene
and Gerald; and down all went till they came to a
Bench that is at the Bottom of the steep Descent, and
joining to a Rail next to the Upper End of the Stables
on the Right Hand: That, upon the said Bench,
there were sitting, and attending their Coming, the
Examinant Miles Prance, one Berry the Porter of
the other Gate, together with an Irishman that lodged
at Greene's House, whose Name he knows not; and
by that Time they were come Half Way down, he
the said Prance went up to the Wicket, there to attend and give Notice if any came; and at the same
Time the said Berry went streight on from the Bench
towards the Stone Stairs which lead to the Upper
Court: That, when Sir Edmond-bury Godfrey came
down to the Bench, Greene, who followed him, put
about his Neck a large twisted Handkerchief; and
thereupon all the rest assisted, and dragged him into
a Corner which is behind the said Bench and the said
Rail; and Greene, who informed him in the Manner
hereof, and with whom he had before seen the said
large twisted Handkerchief, added, "That he had
thumped him on the Breast, and twisted his Neck until he broke it."
"And the Examinant faith, That he did, in about
a Quarter of an Hour after he had been standing at
the Wicket, come down to see what was done, and
found that they had throttled him; but his Body remained warm, and seemed hardly dead: But he, together with the said Hill, Greene, Gerald, Berry,
and the Irishman, took him up, and conveyed him
through a Door, which is on the Left Hand coming
down at the Corner of the Coach Houses, which
leads up several Stairs into a long dark Passage or
Gallery, opening at last into the Upper Court; in
which Passage there is a Door on the Left Hand,
which, being opened, leads up with Eight Stairs into
another House adjoining; but immediately on the
Right Hand, being got up, there is a little Closet,
or square Room, into which they conveyed the Body,
and there set the Body bending with the Back against
a Bed; which the Examinant, having now seen again,
thinks to be the same Bed that was there at the said
Time. He further faith, That Hill lived at this
House, and that the Body was for Two Days left
there in his Care; but then, being afraid of Discovery, Hill, Gerrald, Greene, Berry, and the Irishman,
as they told him, did take and convey the Body from
thence, about Nine or Ten of the Clock at Night,
and carried it into the House, and into some Room
towards the Garden; and that, while the Body lay
there, he was by Hill conducted to see it, and saw
the Body as it lay bended; and Greene and Gerald
"That from thence, upon a Tuesday Night, the Body
was brought back near to the Place where first it lay,
into a Room in the said Gallery over against the First
Door, somewhat higher up towards the Court, the
Chamber belonging to some of the Servants of Sir
John Arundell, where it remained until Nine or Ten
of the Clock on Wednesday Night; and then, thinking fit to renove it to the little Room where first it
lay, the Examinant happened to come as they were
lifting it up the said Eight Steps; whereupon Hill and
Berry fled, as supposing him to be some Stranger:
But Gerald, Greene, and the Irishman stood still; and
so he helped them to lift up the Body into the former
Closet; and there it continued till after Twelve a
Clock the same Wednesday Night. Hill and Berry
came to them when their Fright was over; and Hill
having got a Sedan, and placing it in the long dark
Entry, at the Foot of the said Eight Stairs, they put
the Body thereinto. The Examinant Prance and Gerald first took up the Chair, and conveyed it through
the Upper Court; Berry the Porter opened Half
the Gate, and let them out; and they rested not till
they came to Covent Garden, where Greene and another Irishman took their Turns, and so carried the
Sedan and Body in it as far as the new Grecian Church
in The Soho; and there Hill met them with a Horse:
Whereupon they took out the Body, and, forcing
open the Legs, they set it upon the Horse; Hill riding
behind to keep the Body up, while Greene, Gerald,
and the Irishman, went on to accompany him. Berry
the Porter did not depart from the Gate; and the
Examinant Prance, fearing to be missed, returned
Home when the Body was set on Horseback; and the
Sedan, which was left in one of the new unfinished
Houses, they took up, and brought it Home, as they
"He further faith, That the Body lay in Somersett
House about Six or Seven Days before it was carried
out; but he is not certain in the Number of the
"He was very positive as to the Place where the Murder was committed, and the Manner of it, as also
for the Room where the Body was first laid: But,
being desired to conduct us to the Room he spoke of
near the Garden, he led us to the Corner of the
Piazza on the Left Hand, and so down a Pair of Stairs;
and so far seemed to be assured that he had been led,
and did think that he had passed through the Great
Court below: But, when from thence we went up
and down into several Rooms, he seemed very doubtful, and could not ascertain the Place; saying, That
he had never been there but that once, when Hill
conveyed him thither, with a dark Lanthorn; but
that it was some Chamber towards the Garden.
"In the House where the Body was first laid, we
found a Woman, whose Deposition we have taken.
She was Housekeeper to Doctor Godwin; and the
said Hill had been a Servant to the said Doctor in this
House for above Seven Years, and continued to live
there, since the Doctor's Departure, until Michaelmas
last; but that he hath been there several Times since:
And she also knew the Examinant, and called him by
"All which is humbly submitted to Your
"24 Decemb. 1678.
"Upon reading of which Report, it appeared that the
Particulars were very consonant to what he had spoke
at the Board in the Morning, before his going. At
which Time, being also further asked, "Why he
gave so different a Relation to the Committee of the
Lords, from what he now so freely confessed?" He
made Answer, "That he was in much Confusion before the Committee, being not sure of his Pardon;
but now, being sure of it, and also upon his Oath,
he did speak the whole Truth according to his Knowledge." And being then further asked, "Why he
came not in upon the Proclamation, and the Rewards
thereof?" He said, "He was afraid to trust thereunto." And being further asked, "What Reward
he had received from those that employed him?" He
said, "He had yet received no Reward, nor had he
sought for any, but only the Promise of Gerald, that
there should be a Reward by the Lord Bellasis." He
says, "That he wrought in the Way of his Trade to
the Queen's Chapel, and was a Roman Catholic;
but that, about Eight Weeks ago, he had taken the
Oaths." Being asked, "Whether there were no
Guards in the usual Places at the Time of carrying on
this Work?" He says, "He did not take Notice of
any." And being asked, "Whether he saw Bedloe,
when he was carried to see the Body when it lay in
the Back Chamber, near the Garden?" He answered,
"That he could not tell whether Bedloe were there
or no; but does well remember that Gerald and
Greene were then present." He adds, "That Hill,
Greene, and Gerald, told him that they had, at Primrose Hill, thrust Sir Edmond's Sword through his
Body, till it came an Inch out at his Back; and that
he struggled very much at the Time they strangled
him; but that Greene punched him with his Knees
upon his Body, to hasten his Death."
"The Council sits again in the Afternoon."
Greene's Examination about it;
"His Majesty, having been informed, That the said
Lawrence Hill, Henry Berry, and Robert Greene had
been taken, the Two former secured in Newgate,
and the latter in The Gatehouse, and having commanded them to be brought in the Afternoon; Robert
Greene was called in, and being examined did say,
"That he had lived for above Ten Years at Somerset
House; his Business being to lay Cushions in the Chapel: That he knew Hill, Doctor Gawden's Man;
also Gerald, that was at the Venetian Ambassador's,
meaning of the Resident, whom he supposes to be a
Priest; that he knows Prance the Goldsmith to the
House; but for Sir Edmond-bury Godfrey, he never
saw him dead or alive: That he never carried a Sedan,
or any dead Body, to his Knowledge; and so utterly
denied every Thing relating to the Murder." Prance
being called in and confronted, urged the Matter
unto him; "How he the said Greene had been at Sir
Edmond's House, followed him from Place to Place,
shewed him the twisted Handkerchief before he did
the Work, and many other Particulars mentioned in
the Report; and how could he deny them?" Greene
denied every Particular, and said, "That all was
false." Prance asked, "If he knew him?" Greene
replied, "Yes, very well; and had drunk with him;
but that he knew not Sir Edmond-bury Godfrey, or
had ever seen him." "Yes, said Prance, we have
often drunk together at The Plow, and there I
shewed you Sir Edmond as he passed by; telling you,
That he was the Man that would not allow the Queen's
Servants any Privilege." Prance further asked him,
"What was the Irishman's Name (a short well-set
Man) that lay at such a Time in his House?" He answered, "His Name was Kelly, an Irish Priest, who
went away a Fortnight before the Proclamation; and
that he belongs, as he does think, to a Welsh Gentlewoman, that is a Roman Catholic." And being further
asked, "How he came to be found out of his House?"
He said, "That at Michaelmas, for about Four Nights,
he was put out of his Lodging, by some People of
Sir John Arundell's, for their Conveniency." He
further faith, "He never had any Quarrel with Mr.
Prance, or any Thing to say against him."
"Lawrence Hill, being called in, says, "That he had
been long a Servant at Somerset House; that he knew
Greene, Gerald, and Prance, but not Kelly; that he
never had any Quarrel with Prance; and, for aught
he knew, he might be an honest Man; that he had
not long since been drinking at his House in Stanhop
Streete, where he keeps a Victualing House, which he
hired, and where he has lived since a Fortnight after
Michaelmas last; that he never saw Sir Edmond-bury
Godfrey but once at Somerset House, which was upon
Occasion of a Pick-pocket that was there taken; that
he was, about the Middle of October, busy about settling himself in the House he now is in; that, the
Day Sir Edmond was killed, he was agreeing with his
Landlord for the said House, but had not settled the
Agreement till the Wednesday after; that he never rid
with Sir Edmond upon a Horse, and knew very little
of him; and denies vehemently all that is charged
"It may here properly be remembered, that Anne
Broadstreete, formerly Housekeeper to Doctor Gauden, did, in her Deposition, affirm, "That Lawrence
Hill left that Place at Michaelmas, or thereabouts, going
then to a House of his own in Stanhop Streete." But,
when Prance told her, "She was mistaken, and that
he did not leave his Lodging there in Somerset House
until a Fortnight after Michaelmas:" She seemed
very warmly to contradict him; whereas Hill himself doth better agree with Prance concerning the
"Prance, being called in, accuses Hill of all the Particulars to his Face; which he denies again with Imprecations. And when His Majesty asked Prance,
"Whether he would on his Salvation declare all he
said to be true?" He made Answer, "That it was as
true as God is true; and that he did upon his Salvation affirm it." Hill faith, "That Prance testified all
this to save himself:" Whereupon, being asked the
Meaning of those Words, he said, "He spoke the
Discourse of his House, when People were drinking,
and did there Report that Prance was pardoned; but
he then little thought that he should come to be questioned on such an Account." Being further asked
about the said Kelly, he says, "There was such a
Man that did frequent the Queen's Chapel." And
Prance being asked the Colour of the Horse which
Hill brought for the Body, he said, "That, though
the Night was dark, yet he could discern the Horse to
be a Brown Horse."
"Henry Berry, being called in, says, "That he knows
Greene the Cushion-keeper; that he knows not Kelly
nor Gerald; that he knows Hill since he first came to
Somerset-house as a Servant to Doctor Gauden; that
he knows Prance, and has seen him at Chapel, and
never heard ill of him; but denies that he ever acted
any Thing with him concerning Sir Edmond-bury Godfrey, or ever sat with him upon that Bench; that he
has seen Sir Edmond, and particularly as he passed by
about a Year ago; but that he knew him not, or ever
saw him dead, or knew that he ever went out of
Somerset-house in a Sedan; or that he ever saw Prance,
Greene, or Gerald, carry a Sedan."
"Prance, being called in, urges home upon Berry all
the Particulars aforementioned, and the Share he had
therein. As to the Sittings upon the Bench, Berry
doth acknowledge that he hath often sat there, and
sometimes with one Bourk that lay at Green's House,
but never with him. He disowns all the Accusation;
"If he had done such a Thing, he would not deny
it." Prance is as positive and constant in all Things
on the other Side, saying, "There was a Time that
he also denied Things as stiffly as they."
"The Prisoners were all returned to the Places from
whence they came."
Prance & al. to be further examined.
(fn. *2) Upon reading the Examinations of Miles Prance,
Robert Greene, Lawrence Hill, and Henry Berry, concerning the Plot and Murder of Sir Edmond-bury Godfrey, taken at the Council Board; as also the Report
made by the Duke of Monmouth and the Lord Butler of
Moore Parke concerning the same, which, by His Majesty's Order, were brought before this House:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That it be referred to the Lords
Committees for examining Persons and Papers concerning the Plot and Murder of Sir Edmond-bury Godfrey,
to send for and further examine the said Persons, or any
of them, as their Lordships shall see Cause, and give
this House an Account thereof.
Thorne and Tasbrough to be examined.
(fn. *2) ORDERED, That it be referred to the Lords Committees for examining Persons and Papers, to examine
Richard Tasbrough Esquire, and Thomas Thorne, who is
now in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attend
Bully, a Priest, in Winton Gaol.
Upon Information given to this House, "That John
Bulley, a Popish Priest is taken, and now in Custody
in the Gaol at Winchester:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That it be referred to the
Lords Committees for examining Persons and Papers, to
consider whether the said John Bulley shall be sent for to
Town, or left to his Trial by Law in the County where
he now is.
The Earl of Derby, Earl Rivers, Earl Mulgrave,
Earl of Feversham, Lord Maynard, and the Lord Byron,
are added to the Committee for Examinations.
E. of Devon, excused.
Robert Loudon and John Chaddock, upon Oath, deposed at this Bar, "That the Earl of Devon, being lame
of the Gout, is not able to take so great a Journey as to
come up, to give his Attendance on this House."
Which Excuse the House allowed.
A Nunnery at Ripley.
The Lord Bishop of London acquainted the House,
"That whereas the Lord Archbishop of Yorke hath
received an Order, from this House, to enquire after
a Nunnery said to be in Ripley in Yorkeshire, wherein
Women are educated in the Popish Religion; whereupon his Grace hath made Enquiry into the Matter,
and cannot hear that within the Parish of Ripley there
either is, or hath been, any such Place or House as a
Nunnery, wherein Women are educated in the Popish
Religion; but is informed that at Dall Banck, in the
Township of Thornton, and Parish of Ripon, Two
Miles from Ripley, that there were Three Gentlewomen that did endeavour to teach Scholars for some
few Months; but of what Profession they were of,
it is not known."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, 27um diem instantis Decembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.