DIE Lunæ, 21 die Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. St. David's.
Comes Shaftesbury, Præses Concilii Domini Regis.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
Ds. De Grey.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Herbert de Cherb.
Ds. Gerard de Brand.
Ds. Arundell de T.
Ds. Butler de M. P.
E. Feversham takes the Oaths.
This Day Lewis Earl of Feversham took the Oaths
of Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed
the Declaration, in Pursuance of the Act for the more
effectual preserving of the King's Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House
Marq. of Dorchester excused.
William Colgrave and Charles Feltham deposed, upon
Oath, at the Bar, "That the Marquis of Dorchester is
so afflicted at present with the Stone and the Strangury,
that he is not able to attend this House."
Which Excuse the House allowed of.
Trial of Peers, Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the
better regulating of the Trial of the Peers of England."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is
committed to the Committee of the whole House; and
Saturday Morning to begin therein.
L. Mohun's Bill.
The Lord Viscount Halyfax reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill to enable Trustees of
the Manors and Lands late of Charles Lord Mohun, to
sell Timber, and to make Leases, for Payment of
his and his Father's Debts, and to raise a Portion
for his Daughter: And their Lordships, having heard
all Parties concerned therein, and made some Amendments, do offer the same to the Consideration of the
Which Amendments were read Twice, and Agreed
to; and the said Bill ordered to be engrossed, with
the said Amendments.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords withdrew to put on Robes.
The House was resumed.
Then His Majesty, sitting in His Royal Throne,
adorned with His Regal Crown and Ornaments, commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let
the House of Commons know, "His Majesty's Pleasure is, That they attend Him presently."
Who being come; His Majesty made this short
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I thought it requisite to acquaint you with what I
have done now this Day; which is, that I have established a new Privy Council, the constant Number
of which shall never exceed Thirty.
"I have made Choice of such Persons as are worthy
and able to advise Me; and am resolved, in all My
weighty and important Affairs, next to the Advice
of My Great Council in Parliament (which I shall
very often consult with), to be advised by this Privy
"I could not make so great a Change, without acquainting both Houses of Parliament. And I desire
you all to apply yourselves heartily, as I shall do,
to those Things which are necessary for the Good
and Safety of the Kingdom, and that no Time may
be lost in it."
This being done, His Majesty withdrew; and the
Commons, with their Speaker, went to their House.
E. Danby's Time to answer enlarged.
Whereas Thomas Earl of Danby was, by Order of
this House, to put in his Answer, in Writing, on
Wednesday the 23th Instant, to the Articles of Impeachment, whereby he is charged by the House of Commons with Treason, and other high Crimes, Misdemeanors, and Offences:
It appearing, by the Petition of the said Earl, "That,
by reason of some of his Counsel being out of Town,
and that One of the Counsel whom his Lordship desired was not assigned to him, he cannot possibly be
ready so soon to answer a Charge of so high a Concern to him; and therefore prayeth, that some longer
Time may be allowed him for that Purpose;" it is
thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Earl of Danby
hath hereby Time given him, to put in his Answer to
the said Charge, till Friday the Twenty-fifth Day of
this Instant April, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Report concerning an Intention to poison Oates and Bedloe.
The Earl of Clarendon reported, "That the Lords
Committees for Examinations have received Examinations concerning a Design to poison Mr. Oates and
Which were read, as followeth:
Dr. Jones's Information.
"Midd. et Westm. ff. The Information of Doctor
Wil'm Jones, M. D. taken
upon Oath, this 28th Day
of March, 1679, before
me, Edmond Warcup Esquire, One of His Majesty's Justices of Peace
in the said County and
"This Informant faith, That, it being known that
he was and is Physician to Mr. William Bedloe, Discoverer of the horrid Plot against His Majesty's Sacred
Life and the Government, one Doctor Smith, a Physician, came to this Informant, on Saturday, being the
22th Instant, pretending some private Business; when
this Informant, after some Discourse, said, "he must
go to Mr. Bedloe." To which Doctor Smith replied, "Are you great with Mr. Oates and Mr. Bedloe?" This Informant replying, "he was Physician
to both:" The said Smith answered; "God damn
them both! why do you not poison them? You may
have more Money for that Service, than you know
what to do withal." This Informant replied thereunto, "That an Enemy could not do him a greater
Injury, than to put a Trust in him: How then could
this Informant do Mischief to his Friends?" All
which passed between this Informant and the said
Doctor Smith, at his this Informant's Lodgings, at The
Ball, at Chareing Crosse. And this Informant further
faith, That he, with Doctor Smith, went thence to
an Alehouse in Greene Streete, near The Mewes;
where the said Doctor Smith did, among other Discourses, positively affirm, "That the Plot was no
Plot at all; but a Thing pretended and contrived
by Oates, Bedloe, and the Earl of Shaftesbury, merely
to ruin the poor Roman Catholics." Whereupon this
Informant said, "That if Mr. Oates and Mr. Bedloe
did live, most of the Lords in The Tower would
suffer." To which the said Doctor Smith replied, "They will; or they shall not live to see
that Day, for they are too great Rogues to have a
Jurat. Die & Anno supradict.
Dr. Smith's Examination.
Westm. et Libertat. ff. The Examination of Doctor
Emanuell Smith, taken this
19th of April, 1679, in
Pursuance of an Order of
the Lords Committees for
Examination of Matters
relating to the Discovery
of the late horrid Conspiracy, before me, Edm'd
Warcup Esquire, One of
His Majesty's Justices of
the Peace in the said City
"This Examinant faith, That he knows no more
of any Plot than the Child unborn. And as to any
Belief of a Plot; he says the Circumstances speak as
if there were a Plot, but how, what, or by whom, he
knows not, nor for what Ends: But saith, That if he
knew of any Plot against the King, the Government,
or the true Protestant Religion he would reveal it.
He confesseth, that he hath been acquainted with
Doctor Jones about Five or Six Years; and that
there never was any Difference between them. And
this Examinant confesseth, that he and Doctor Jones
were together at The Greene Mewes about the Time
in the Information mentioned, when one Baxter, as
this Examinant believes his Name to be, came to
them; and there was Discourse about the Disease he
then complained of. But this Examinant faith, That
there was so little Concern about Mr. Bedloe in the
Discourse then, that he remembers it not, nor took
any Notice of it. And this Examinant faith, That,
Mr. Jones declaring that Mr. Bedloe was his Patient,
this Examinant did or might say, "Why do you
not prescribe him a Pill?" But meant not thereby
any Ill to Mr. Bedloe. And this Examinant faith,
That he had not any Thoughts of doing any Mischief to Mr. Bedloe upon any Account of the Papists; and denies that he ever mentioned the Word
"Poison." He owns that he is a Christian; but of what
Profession in Religion, refuseth to confess. And this
Examinant faith, That, to his Remembrance or Belief, there was not the least Discourse touching the
Earl of Shaftesbury; or any Design that his Lordship, with Mr. Bedloe or Mr. Oates; had to frame any
Design against the Papists, or as if they intended
any Design to make the Papists to be believed to
intend any Thing against the Government established.
And he faith, That Mr. Oates was mentioned at the
same Time; and that he had no Malice either to
Mr. Oates or Mr. Bedloe, or any Intent, by Money or
otherwise, to persuade Doctor Jones to any Act of
Poison, or hurting them. And this Examinant further faith, That, when he is in Town, he lodgeth
in Creede Lane, at Mrs. Lawrence her House; and
when he was in the Country, he was with an Aunt
of his Wife's, at or near Baseing Stoake in Hampshire, at one Mr. Chaundler's; and that both Mrs.
Lawrence and Mr. Chaundler, and all their Family,
are Protestants. And he denieth that there was any
Discourse whatsoever touching the Trial of the
Lords in The Tower. And further faith not.
Capt. coram me,
Whereupon the House made the ensuing Order:
Doctor Smith committed to The Gatehouse.
"Whereas Emanuell Smith, Doctor in Physic, is
charged with endeavouring to prevail with Doctor
Jones to poison William Bedlo; as appeareth by the
Information of the said Doctor Jones, taken upon
Oath: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and
Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Keeper
of Woodstreat Compter, in whose Custody the said
Emanuell Smith now is, do forthwith deliver him the
said Emanuell Smith into the Prison of The Gatehouse at Westminster, there to remain a Prisoner till
further Order; and for so doing, this shall be a sufficient Warrant.
To the Keeper of The Compter in Woodstreat, and the Keeper of the Prison
of The Gatehouse at Westm. their respective Deputies, and every of them."
Allen examined, concerning encouraging Eliz. Oxley to fire Houses.
Upon Report made by the Earl of Clarendon, from
the Lords Committees for examining Matters relating
to the Discovery of the late horrid Conspiracy, "That
James Allen (who was taken into Custody being
charged with encouraging Elizabeth Oxley to fire
Houses) hath been examined by their Lordships,
and denieth what is charged on him:"
Now, in regard the Examinations taken concerning
the House fired by the said Elizabeth Oxley in Fetter
Lane are before a Committee of the House of Commons, 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, do forthwith carry the said James Allen to the
said Committee, to be examined and disposed of as the
said Committee shall think fit; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Sir Geo. Charnock, Serjeant at Arms
attending this House, his Deputy and
Deputies, and every of them.
Sturges to be bröught from Chelmsford, and committed to The Gatehouse.
Upon Report made from the Lords Committees for
examining Matters relating to the Discovery of the late
horrid Conspiracy, "That their Lordships think it
necessary that William Sturges, now a Prisoner
in the Gaol at Chelmesford, should be brought to
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, do forthwith repair to the Gaol at Chelmesford,
in Essex; and bring thence the Body of the said William Sturges, and deliver him into the Prison of
The Gatehouse at Westminster, there to remain a Prisoner
till further Order; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Sir Geo. Charnock, Serjeant at Arms
attending this House, and to the Keeper
of the Gaol at Chelmesford aforesaid,
and to the Keeper of the Prison of The
Gatehouse, and their respective Deputies,
and every of them.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, 22um diem
instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic