DIE Lunæ, 12 die Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Epus. St. David's.
Ds. Præses Concilii Domini Regis.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
Comes Dorset & Midd.
Vicecomes Say & Seale.
Ds. De Grey.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Herbert de Cher.
Ds. Gerard Brand.
Ds. Arundell T.
Ds. Butler M. P.
Sir Francis Ratcliffe to be examined.
The House being informed, by the Earl of Clarendon, "That Sir Francis Ratcliffe is brought to Town
in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That the Lords Committees
for Examination of Matters relating to the Discovery
of the late horrid Conspiracy be, and are hereby, appointed to send for and examine the said Sir Francis
Ratcliff and report to this House; and that in the
mean Time he remain in the same Custody he now is.
L. Carrington, Leave to come to Town.
The House being moved, "That the Lord Carington and Mr. John Smith may have Leave to come
to Town, to perfect a Business of great Importance
to the Lady Smith and her Children:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Carington
and Mr. John Smith be, and are authorized and permitted to come and stay in the Cities of London and
Westm. or either of them, for the Space of One Week,
from the Time of their coming to Town for effecting
the said Business, but no longer.
Child's Deposition concerning Words spoke by Lawson against Oates and Bedloe.
It being moved, "That Mr. Bedlo desired that Two
Persons may be examined at this Bar, touching
some Words of dangerous Consequence spoken by
Thereupon Richard Child was produced, and, upon
Oath given him at this Bar, deposed, "That Mr.
Henry Lawson, of St. Clement's Inne, Attorney, hath
often said, "That, within some little Time, he
hoped, and did not question, but to have Oates and
Mr. Bedlo shorter by the Head; for that he did believe, that there were not Two such Rogues in the
World; and that he could not imagine a Death
could be bad enough for them." And as for Mr.
Oates, the said Lawson said, "That he was burnt in
the Shoulder and Hand, and broke out of Dover
Gaol:" And further said, "That nothing should be
wanting on his Part, to have both Mr. Oates and Mr.
Bedlo hanged within some short Time." And further the said Lawson said, "That he did verily believe, that there was no Plot; for that Mr. Oates
and Mr. Bedlo were Two as perjured Rogues as ever
lived, and that the Lords now in The Tower were
innocent, and so were all others; as to what was
sworn against them." And further he said, Mr.
Lawson said, "That, by virtue of an Order which
he had in his Pocket, he valued not any Thing what
he said or did; for he feared not what any-body
could do to him:" And further said, "That he believed, that if there were any true Religion in the
World, it was the Popish Religion; and that if he
could but evade Mr. Oates's Testimony and Mr. Bedloe's, then he and his Family would be made for
The Mark of Richard Childe. m.
Lawson to appear at the Bar;
It is this Day ORDERED, That Mr. Henry Lawson,
who is Solicitor for the Five Lords who are Prisoners
in The Tower, be, and is hereby, required to appear
at the Bar of this House, To-morrow, at Ten of the
Clock in the Forenoon.
ORDERED, That William Day, in Horseshoe Court, in
St. Clement's Lane, be, and, is hereby, required to
appear at the Bar of this House, To-morrow, at Ten
of the Clock in the Forenoon, to speak his Knowledge concerning some Words uttered by Mr. Henry
Dudhall to appear at the Bar.
ORDERED, That Mr. Dudhall, at The Queene's Head
in Princes-streete, be, and is hereby, required to appear
at the Bar of this House, To-morrow, at Ten of the
Clock in the Forenoon, to answer such Things as shall
then and there be objected against him; and hereof
he may not fail.
Report from Committees of both Houses, concerning the Manner of trying the impeached Lords.
The Lord President reported, "That the Committee
of both Houses appointed to consider of Propositions
and Circumstances in Reference to the Trials of the
Lords in The Tower, have met this Morning, in the
Inner Court of Wards, and made an Entrance into
"The Committee of the House of Commons propose, That the Lords would consider of a longer
Time for the Trials of the Lords in The Tower.
"This Proposition is agreed to be the last Thing
to be considered.
"The Commons also propose and desire to see the
Commission that is prepared for a Lord High Steward at these Trials; and also the Commissions in the
Earl of Pembrooke's and Lord Morley's Cases."
"To this the Lords Committees said, The High
Steward is but Speaker pro Tempore, and gives
his Voice as well as the other Lords: This
changeth not the Nature of the Court; and
the Lords declared they have Power enough
to proceed to Trial, though the King should
not name an High Steward.
"This seemed to be Satisfaction to the Commons; provided it were entered in the
Lords Journals, which are Records.
"The Commons also propose and desire to know,
what Resolution the Lords have taken concerning the
Bishops being, or not being, at the Trials of these
"The Commons say, That, in the Earl of Strafford's
Case, the Lords acquainted the Commons, That the
Bishops intended not to be at the Trials.
"The Commons think it necessary to know, whether
the Lords intend any new Forms in Trials upon Impeachment.
"They conceive, all Trials upon Impeachments in
Parliament have been by the Temporal Lords only."
Trials of the Five Popish Lords put off fine Die.
Hereupon it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual
and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Trials
of the Earl of Powis, Viscount Stafford, Lord Petre,
Lord Arundell of Wordour, and Lord Bellasis, now Prisoners in The Tower, which were appointed to begin
To-morrow Morning in Westminster Hall, be, and are
hereby, put off till further Order; and that timely
Notice shall be given to the said Lords of such further Day as shall be appointed for that Purpose.
Clerk of the Crown to attend L. Chancellor, with Copies of Commissions for High Stewards.
ORDERED, That the Clerk of the Crown do attend
the Lord Chancellor this Afternoon, with Copies of
the Commission for the Lord High Steward, in order
to the Trials of these Lords; and also the Commissions in the Earl of Pembrooke's and Lord Morley's
Message to H. C. to remind them of the following Bills.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Samuell Clerke and Sir Miles Coke;
To put them in Mind of these Bills sent down to
1. The Bill for better Discovery and more speedy
Conviction of Popish Recusants.
2. The Bill for freeing the Liberties of London and
Parts adjacent from Popish Inhabitants.
3. The Bill for the better securing the Liberty of
the Subject, and preventing Imprisonment beyond the
Trial of Peers Bill.
The House was adjourned into a Committee during
Pleasure, to proceed further in the Consideration of
the Bill for the better regulating the Trial of the Peers
The House was resumed.
And the Earl of Huntingdon reported, "That the
Committee of the whole House have finished the Bill
for the better regulating the Trial of the Peers of
England; and think it fit to be engrossed, with some
Amendments, which are offered to the Consideration
of the House."
The Amendments were read Twice, and Agreed to;
and the said Bill ordered to be engrossed, with these
L. High Steward not essential to Trials on Impeachments.
It is Declared and ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual
and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Office
of a High Steward, upon Trials of Peers upon Impeachments, is not necessary to the House of Peers; but that
the Lords may proceed in such Trials if a High Steward be not appointed, according to their humble Desire.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, 13um
diem instantis Maii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis
Hitherto examined, this 15th Day of
May, 1679, by us,
P. Bath & Wells.