DIE Lunæ, 15 die Novembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Epus. St. David's.
Epus. St. Asaph.
L. President of the Council.
L. Privy Seal.
Duke of Albemarle.
Duke of Monmouth.
Duke of Newcastle.
Marq. of Worcester.
Comes Dorset & Midd.
Comes St. Alban.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey de Warke.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Herbert de Chirb.
Ds. Arundell T.
Ds. Butler W.
L. President Speaker.
This Day the Lord President of the Council supplied the Place of the Lord Chancellor.
L. Coventry takes the Oaths.
This Day George Lord Coventry took the Oaths of
Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed the
Declaration, in Pursuance of the Act for the more effectual preserving the King's Person and Government,
by disabling Papists from fitting in either House of
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord Russell and others; who said,
"He was commanded, by the Knights, Citizens, and
Burgesses of the House of Commons, to present to
their Lordships, a Bill, intituled, "An Act for securing of the Protestant Religion, by disabling James
Duke of Yorke to inherit the Imperial Crown of
England and Ireland, and the Dominions and Territories thereunto belonging;" to which Bill their Lordships Concurrence is desired."
Bill to exclude the D. of York from the Crown.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for securing
of the Protestant Religion, by disabling James Duke
of Yorke to inherit the Imperial Crown of England
and Ireland, and the Dominions and Territories
After Debate, the House was adjourned into a Committee for a freer Debate.
The House was resumed.
It was propounded, That the Question may be put
for the rejecting this Bill.
The Question was put, "Whether the Question
for rejecting this Bill shall be now put?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Then the Question was put, "Whether this Bill
shall be rejected?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it.
These Lords following, before the abovesaid
Question was put, desired Leave to enter their
Dissents, if the Question was carried in the Affirmative, and accordingly do enter their Dissents:
"Anglesey, C. P. S.
"Stamford. Essex. Ra. Eure.
"C. Cornwallis. J. Lovelace.
"Pagett. Delamer. "Howard.
"North & Grey. Grey.
"Because rejected upon the
L. Stafford's Petition for his Witnesses, &c. and for a longer Day.
Upon reading the humble Petition of William Viscount of Stafford;
"That he received, on Friday Night last, an Order,
That his Trial was by their Lordships appointed to
be on the 30th of this Month. He doth most humbly
beseech their Lordships, to command all the Peers that
are absent to attend upon their Lordships at his
Trial. He doth likewise most submissively shew unto
their Lordships, that Mr. Ralph Lawson is now detained at Rye, though an Habeas Corpus be sent, for
to bring him to Town, from the Court of King's
Bench, which is not obeyed; and that he is so necessary for his Lordship's Trial, that he is no Ways
able to make his just Defence before their Lordships
without him; his Lordship not knowing the Names
of several of his Witnesses; and for other Reasons
belonging unto his Trial. Likewise humbly sheweth,
that he fears that he can no Way have his Witnesses so soon in Town.
"Therefore, with Submission, most humbly beseecheth their Lordships, to grant him some
Days longer for his Trial, and to grant him
an Order for his Witnesses to appear; and to
assign him Mr. Wallope, Mr. Saunders, and
Mr. Hunt, to be of his Counsel."
Habeas Corpus for Lawson, his Solicitor, in Prison.
Hereupon the House made these following Orders:
"It appearing, by the Petition of the Lord Viscount
of Stafford, now a Prisoner in The Tower, and shortly
to come upon his Trial upon the Impeachment of the
House of Commons, That Mr. Ralph Lawson, who
is a Person necessary for his Lord's Defence at
his Trial, is detained Prisoner at Rye, and that an
Habeas Corpus hath been issued for bringing him up,
which hath not been obeyed: It is this Day ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That His Majesty's Writ of
Habeas Corpus in due Form be forthwith issued, for
bringing up the said Ralph Lawson, in order to the
The Clerk to issue Orders of Course for Witnesses.
"Upon reading of the Petition of the Lord Viscount of Stafford, praying (among other Things) that
he may have an Order for Witnesses to be made use
of in his Lordship's Defence upon his Trial, now
appointed: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual
and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the
Clerk of the Parliaments shall issue out an Order, or
Orders, for summoning such Persons as the said Viscount Stafford shall from Time to Time send in the
Names of, to be summoned as Witnesses for the
The House being informed, "That a Person was
without, to inform Matters concerning the Discovery
of the horrid Plot and Conspiracy;" Thomas Dangerfield was called in; and, having his Oath given
him at the Bar, made a full Information of what he
knew concerning the Plot.
He being asked, "Whether the Earl of Peterborow was present, when the Duke of Yorke gave
him the Twenty Guineas?" He answered, "He
"Dangerfield desired, "That the Lady Powis, Nevill,
and Singe, and Stamford who is Agent for the
Duke of Newburgh, may be restrained from the Liberty they take, of doing much Mischief."
ORDERED, That Thomas Dangerfeild put his Narrative into Writing, which he made now at the Bar;
and Sir Sam. Clerke is appointed to take it.
Which he did, and delivered the same to the Clerk
of the Parliament, and is entered as followeth:
"The Information of Thomas Dangerfeild Gent.
given in upon Oath before the House of
Lords, the Fifteenth Day of November, in
the Two and Thirtieth Year of the Reign of
His Majesty King Charles the Second, &c.
Annoque Domini 1680.
"Who saith, That about the Months of September
or October 1679, when Mrs. Cellier and this Informant waited on the Lord Peterborough, to be introduced to his Highness the Duke of Yorke, his Lordship enquired of this Informant, "if the Lady Powis
had given him this Informant any Directions how to
discourse the Duke?" This Informant replied, "she
had." Then the said Lord of Peterborough desired to
know what they were. Whereupon this Informant
shewed his Lordship a little Book, in which was
contained a Scheme, and the pretended Discovery
which this Informant had made in the Presbyterian
Plot; which Book his Lordship had carefully perused, and finding some Omissions therein, he ordered this Informant to write, while his Lordship did
dictate to this Informant, these Words following; (videlicet,) "That the Presbyterian Party intended to
make an Insurrection in the North, and so to join
with an Army of the Scotts." Immediately after
this, his Lordship took the said Mrs. Celier and this
Informant into the Duke's Closet at Whitehall, where
we both kissed his Hand; and this Informant he took
from the Ground (for this Informant was kneeling).
After which, this Informant gave his Highness the
aforementioned little Books, which he (after a short
Perusal thereof) thanked this Informant for, and also
for his Diligence in the Catholic Cause; and did
advise this Informant to go on, and wished good Success
to all this Informant's Undertakings; adding in these
very Words, (videlicet,) "That the Presbyterian
Plot was a Thing of most mighty Consequence, and,
if well managed, would be very conducible to the
Safety of the Catholic Cause; and I do not question
but the Effects of it will answer our Expectation,
especially in the Northern Parts, where, I am well
assured, the major Part of the Gentry are my
Friends, and have given sufficient Demonstration of
their Affections to me, as also of their Intentions
to prosecute this Presbyterian Plot to the utmost;
for they are no Strangers to the Design." Immediately after this, his Royal Highness ordered both
Mrs. Cellier and this Informant (in the Hearing of
the Lord Peterborough, who was Privy to the whole
Discourse) "to be very careful of what we communicated to the Persons who were to be the Witnesses in that new Plot, left we should be caught in
the Subornation, and so bring a terrible Odium
upon the Catholics, and make ourselves uncapable
of any further Service." After this, the Duke informed the said Mrs. Cellier and this Informant,
"that, in a Month or Two's Time, the Commissions would be ready; but ordered us, in the mean
Time, to bring our Parts to bear with the Commissions; and particularly ordered this Informant
to find out some Persons (as there were enough
such among the Catholics as elsewhere) which were
fit to be trusted, and that should accept of such
Commissions, which should be delivered them by a
Person for that Purpose, but not to be known by
them to be any other than a Presbyterian; so that,
when Occasion should require, they might be ready
with those which we then had to swear in the Plot,
and that the Presbyterians were raising Forces
against the King and Government, and had given
out Commissions to that Purpose." And, in order
to this, this Informant did in some short Time after
procure one Bedford, Curtice, Grey, Hill, Hopkins,
and others, to accept of such Commissions when
they should be ready; whose Business in the mean
Time was, to spread Reports in the Coffee Houses,
"That the Popish Plot was a Contrivance of the
"Now, for our Encouragement in the Prosecution
of that sham Plot, the Duke promised, "that he
would take Care that Money should not be wanting."
But ordered the said Mrs. Cellier and this Informant
to use all the Expedition the Thing would allow, to
make a Discovery thereof to the King; after
which," the Duke said, "the Catholic Party would
be eased of the Charge, in regard he was sure it
would be defrayed some other Way."
"Then the Duke made divers Vows and Execrations to stand by us in the Thing, and engaged on
his Honour to be our Rewarder; adding, "that
such considerable Services ought not to be slighted;" and further promised, "that to whose Lot
soever it should happen to be imprisoned, according to their Fidelity and Steadfastness in the Cause,
so much the more should their Reward be augmented;
and that all Care possible should be used to support
and preserve them;" but particularly desired this
Informant, "to keep up to the courageous and active
Character which his Highness had heard of him this
Informant." All which this Informant promised to
do. Whereupon the said Mrs. Cellier and this Informant withdrew to the Lord Peterborough's Lodgings; where the said Mrs. Cellier and this Informant
continued till his Lordship had introduced Sir Robert
Peyton to the Duke; which being done, his Lordship left the Duke and Sir Robert Peyton together
as he said, and came to the said Mrs. Cellier and
this Informant; where, among other Discourse, his
Lordship told this Informant, "I had a great Opportunity of making my Fortune, what I would myself, if I would but follow the Advice of his Master
the Duke of Yorke, who (as his Lordship said) would
certainly be my King in a very short Time;" adding,
"that I must be resolute in my Undertakings; for,
says he, the Duke much affects Resolution, but hates
mortally the timorous Man."
"Then this Informant answered his Lordship, "that
he this Informant valued not his Life, provided
that to lose it would be serviceable to the Duke's
Interest." At which Expression the said Lord Peterborough seemed fully satisfied; and from that Time
called this Informant "Captain Willoughby;" and, at
our coming away, his Lordship gave particular Order
to his Servants, "that at what Time soever, Day or
Night, either Mrs. Cellier or this Informant should
come to speak with his Lordship, we should be admitted." And so we parted.
"Some short Time after, this Informant went to
wait on his Lordship, from the Lady Powis's, at
Midnight, to desire him "to move the Duke to get
this Informant with all Expedition to the King, for
that he this Informant was ready."
"About Four Days after this, his Lordship the
Earl of Peterborough sent for this Informant, and
took him, this Informant, to the Duke again (who
was in his Closet at Whitehall). And the Duke told
this Informant, "that he this Informant must prepare himself to wait on the King, to give His Majesty a more particular Account of the Presbyterian
Plot than what the little Book made Mention of
(which Book the Duke said he had given to the
King); and that he had so ordered the Matter, that
this Informant should be furnished with Money, to
enable him, this Informant, in the Prosecution thereof." But his Highness charged this Informant to
consider well his Story before he waited on the
"Then the Duke told this Informant, "That he,
this Informant, had gained, by his Diligence, a good
Reputation among the Catholics; and that he, this
Informant, should highly merit by his Services to
that Cause;" adding, "that he this Informant
should in a short Time see the Catholic Religion
flourish in these Kingdoms, and Heresy torn up by
the Roots; and that he had heard of the Proposals
that had been made to me this Informant by the
Lords Powis and Arundell, about taking off the King,
and of my Refusal; as also of what I had accepted touching the Lord Shaftsbury, and of all my
Transactions in the Presbyterian Plot;" saying in
these very Words, (videlicet), "If you value the
Religion you profess, my Interest (as you say you
do), and your own future Happiness, take my Advice, and depend upon my Honour and Interest for
your Advancement; for, Sir, you look like a Man
of Courage and Wit, and therefore less Discourse
may serve with you than another; so that, if you'll
but move by the Measures which I will give you,
you shall not only escape with Safety, but be rewarded according to the Greatness of your Actions."
"To all this, this Informant replied, "I would
stand and fall in the Defence of the Roman Catholic
Religion and his Highness's Service;" and was not a
little concerned for my Refusal to kill the King,
whom I was then satisfied, by my Ghostly Father,
stood condemned as an Heretic. But this I did offer; "if his Highness would commannd me to attempt, I would not fail, either to accomplish it, or lose
my Life." Upon which, the Duke gave me Twenty
Guineas; and said, "if I would but be vigorous in
what I had undertaken already, he would so order
it, that my Life should not be in the least Danger;
adding in these Words, (videlicet,) "We are not
to have Men taken in such Actions, but to have
them make an effectual Dispatch, and be gone."
Upon which, this Informant took his Leave.
"Some short Time after this, when this Informant
was ready to convey the Letter into Colonel Mansell's Chamber, he this Informant went to the Lord
Peterborough, who brought this Informant to the
Duke; to whom this Informant told, "that he was
ready to fix the Letters in the Colonel's Chamber."
To which his Highness answered, "I (this Informant)
must make Haste, that I might be empowered to
make a general Search of the like Nature;" for, said
the Duke in these Words, videlicet, "since I saw
you last, the Lady Powis has informed me, that
there are Abundance of Letters, and the Witnesses
ready; so that it is now high Time to begin." By
this Time there was some great Man came to wait
on the Duke: So this Informant withdrew.
"About Four Days after this, when this Informant
had been pressing earnestly with Mr. Secretary Coventry for a Warrant, and could not prevail, this
Informant went to the Lord Peterborough's, and desired his Lordship, "to make Application to the
Duke, to use some Means for a Warrant." To
which his Lordship answered, "'Twas my Fault
there was not a Warrant granted; that the Duke was
sensible of my neglecting to make an Affidavit; and
that he did now begin to doubt my Courage."
"This Informant further saith, That, in or about
the Months of June, July, or August, 1679, the
Countess of Powis sent this Informant with a Letter
to the Lord Privy Seal, who was then at his Lordship's House in Kensington; but the Contents of that
Letter this Informant remembereth not, more than that
it was, "to pray some Favour in the Behalf of one
Anderson, alias Muson, a Priest, and then in The King's
Bench." At the same Time this Informant also delivered to his Lordship some Papers of one Stroud,
who was then a Prisoner in The King's Bench, and
was reported to know something of the Plot; which
Papers contained Matters of Fact, drawn up to render Strowd's Testimony invalid, in case he should
make any Discovery; and, by that Lady's Order,
this Informant was to pray his Lordship to take the
Papers; so that, if Stroud should be sent for on
Examination before the Council, that his Lordship
would produce them to stop his Evidence; which his
Lordship promised to do. But Strowde was not sent
for; and so the Papers were of no Use. But this
Informant supposes they may still remain with his
"At the same Time, this Informant did, by Order
from the Lady Powis, inform his Lordship, "that
the Presbyterian Plot would be ready for Discovery
in a Month's Time." To which his Lordship answered, "that he this Informant should tell the Lady
Powis, that he was of Opinion, that a Month would
be too soon, in regard Things then moved with too
much Violence for such an Affair to have any Success." So this Informant took his Leave.
"Some short Time after, this Informant went, by
the Lord Powis' Order, with another Letter to his
Lordship, the Contents of which this Informant
never knew; but was ordered to acquaint his Lordship that the Presbyterian Plot still went on; and
that we had divers Letters and Witnesses ready to
lay open the Matter when it should be thought fit."
To which his Lordship answered, "He feared the
Lords in The Tower were too vigorous in that Design; but promised, when the vigorous Prosecution
against the Catholics was somewhat abated, he did
intend to move it to the King and Council; adding,
"that if Things of that Nature were but well timed,
they could not fail of Success." So this Informant
took his Leave.
"Some Time after, Mrs. Cellier and this Informant
went to wait on his Lordship at Kensington, where
they both had Admittance. Then it was, that Mrs.
Cellier informed his Lordship, "that she came in the
Name of her great Master the Duke of Yorke, and
at the most earnest Request of the Lords in The
Tower, to pray his Lordship to use some Means that
the Proceedings against the Catholics might be
more easy; and that the Presbyterian Plot might be
discovered." Then his Lordship desired her, "to
let the Lords in The Tower know, that he was not
idle in the Consideration of their Safety; for (added
his Lordship in these Words) I myself have discoursed lately with all the great Ministers of our Party;
and the Lord Peterborough has done the same. And
we both find, there is Favour intended; but we must
wait the Time; for Things of that Nature must be
moved gently, or the whole Royal Party may be
destroyed at once; for there are many Eyes upon
"Then Mrs. Cellier informed his Lordship, "that
Sir George Wakeman's Trial had broken the Ice;"
and of the great Difficulty there was in prevailing
with the Lord Chief Justice Scroggs to come over;
and also of the Meeting that was between the Lady
Powis and the Lord Chief Justice Scroggs. To
which his Lordship replied, "that the Lord Chief
Justice had taken more Time to consider of his Part
than Five other far greater Men had done (who they
were this Informant knoweth not); and that his
Lordship was forced to shew the Lord Chief Justice
the Duke of Yorke's Letter, before he would believe any Thing. Nay, (said his Lordship) notwithstanding this, I was forced to get a particular Letter sent him from the Duke, before he would make
any Promise. Truly, Madam, (said his Lordship)
'tis no small Pains I take, to serve the Duke, and
their Lordships; and that you may assure them."
"Then Mrs. Cellier acquainted his Lordship, "that
Dugdale was come about, and intended to throw himself at the Duke's Feet, with a Recantation of all he
had sworn in the Plot; and, said she (the said Mrs.
Cellier), I am, in the Name of the Lords, to pray
your Lordship he may be secured in your House, as
being a Place more proper than any other.
"To this his Lordship answered, "he was glad to
hear of Dugdale's Ingenuity in that Affair; and did
assure Mrs. Cellier, that Dugdale should be entertained in his House; and that his Lordship's Priest
should be his Companion, so that it should be impossible for him to do any more Mischief." But his
Lordship desired, she (the said Mrs. Cellier) would
tell the Lords they must use all the Means imaginable
to get him sent beyond Sea, lest a too strict Enquiry
should be made after him.
"To which Mrs. Cellier replied thus: "My Lord,
we do not intend he shall stay in your Lordship's
House above Nine or Ten Days; for, though he
might do us Service by a general Recantation, yet
we can never think him safe till we have got him into the Inquisition; for such Persons are to be encouraged, not trusted." Upon this, his Lordship sent a
Compliment to the Lords in The Tower; and so we
Countess of Powis' Case to be stated.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That it be referred to the Lords
Committees for examining Matters relating to the late
horrid Plot and Conspiracy, to examine and state the
Case of the Countess of Powis, and of her being at
Liberty, and make Report thereof unto the House.
ORDERED, That the Committee for Examination be
revived, and sit To-morrow Morning, at 8 of the Clock.
Nevill and Singe summoned.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That Mr. Nevill, alias Payne,
and Mr. Singe, be, and are hereby, required to appear at the Bar of this House To-morrow Morning, at
Ten of the Clock, to answer respectively to such
Matters as shall there be objected against them; and
hereof they may not fail.
Lords absent; summoned.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Chancellor do
forthwith write Letters to all the Peers and Prelates,
Members of this House, who have not attended the
House of Peers since the Beginning of this Parliament,
requiring the said Lords to come and attend His Majesty's Service in the House of Peers; intimating in the
said Letters, "that such of the said Lords as are
within Fifty Miles of this Place, do give their Attendance within One Week after the Receipt of the
Letters to them respectively sent; and that those
Lords that are at a greater Distance from this Place
give their Attendance here within Ten Days next
after the Receipt of the said Letters; and that every
of these Lords, who through Age or Sickness cannot
come up, do, within the Times to them respectively
limited for their Attendance, send Two credible
Persons to attend this House, to avow upon Oath
at the Bar the true Cause why such Lords cannot
attend this House according to this Summons."
Vise. Stafford, Counsel assigned.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That Mr. Wallop, Mr. Saunders, and Mr. Hunt, be, and are hereby, at the Desire of the Lord Viscount Stafford, now Prisoner in The
Tower, assigned to be of Counsel for his Lordship, in order
to his Defence in Matters of Law upon his Trial upon
the Impeachment of the House of Commons, whereby
he is charged with High Treason; and that the said
Mr. Wallop, Mr. Saunders, and Mr. Hunt, may have
free Access to the said Viscount Stafford for that Purpose.
It was moved, "That there is a Member that sits in
the House, who is accused of Treason by Mr. Dangerfeild, in his Narrative to this House."
And the Earl of Peterborough was named, who was
sitting in his Place; and it was desired he might be committed to safe Custody.
E. of Peterborough, Debate upon Dangerfield's Information against him.
The Earl of Peterborough referred himself to the
Pleasure of the House; and desired to have a Copy of
his Accusation, and a Time to consider of it.
The Earl of Peterborow voluntarily withdrew himself.
The House proceeded in the Debate of the Earl of
It was ORDERED, That he should be called to his
And the Question was put, "Whether he should
be asked what he can say to what Mr. Dangerfeild
hath said at the Bar against him; and what he can
say why he should not be committed?"
Then the Earl of Peterborow was called to his Place;
and the Lord President told him, "that he was commanded to ask him, what he can say why he should
not be committed."
The Earl of Peterborow having been heard; the
House laid the Debate aside.
L. Byron to have a Writ of Summons.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the Lord Chancellor be,
and is hereby, desired to send a Writ of Summons to
Parliament, to William Lord Byron.
Charles Howard versus D. of Norfolk.
Upon reading the Petition of Charles Howard; shewing, "That the Marquis of Dorchester having transferred his legal Interest in the Barony of Greystock in
Cumberland (for which he was a Trustee) to his Grace
the Duke of Norfolke, subject to the same Trust for
the Petitioner, as it was in the said Marquis's Hand,
which Trust the Duke of Norfolk refuseth to perform; and praying, that he may have Leave to proceed against the Duke of Norfolk in Chancery, his
Grace being only a Trustee in the present Case?"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Charles Howard do forthwith give Notice of his Petition to the
Duke of Norfolk; who is hereby appointed to put in an
Answer thereunto, on Monday the 29th Day of this
Instant November, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Fletcher versus Dr. King, in Error.
Upon reading the Petition of John King, Doctor in
Physic; shewing, "That Christopher Fletcher hath, by
Writ of Error, brought into this Court a Judgement
given in the Court of King's Bench on the Behalf of
the Petitioner, but hath not prosecuted the same according to the Rules of this Court; and therefore
praying, that the Transcript of the Record of the said
Judgement may be remitted:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Christopher
Fletcher be, and is hereby, required peremptorily to
assign Errors within One Week next after the Date hereof; or the Transcript of the said Judgement shall be remitted.
Sir Timothy Baldwin delivered in the Information
which he had taken of William Lewis, by Order of
this House; which Information was in the Presence of
the said William Lewis read; who acknowledged the
same to be true.
The Contents of which Information is as followeth:
"The Information of William Lewis, sworn before the House of Peers, this 13th of November, 1680.
Lewis's Information concerning the Plot.
"Who saith, That, coming out of Sir John Morton's
Service, and being acquainted from his Childhood
with one Walter Jones, a Priest, sometimes belonging
to Weld-House, he applied himself to the said Jones,
to help him to a Service; who carried this Informant
to Groves's House, at The Golden Ball in Yorke Street,
in Covent Garden; which Grove was since executed.
And this Informant and Mr. Jones went to The Windmill Taverne, in Bridges Street, which was about the
Time when the last Army for Flanders was upon
raising, by the Appointment of Grove; and thither
he came also, and promised this Informant all Kindness in his Power; desiring this Informant to come
to his House, which this Informant often did. And,
after about Four Months intimate Acquaintance with
the said Grove, this Informant told Mr. Jones, "he
had not been at Confession a long Time." Upon
which, he advised this Informant to go to Mr. Harcoat, in Groves's House, where there was an Altar up
One Pair of Stairs. And, after this Informant had
made his Confession to Mr. Harcourt, Groves told this
Informant, "that if he would be ruled by him the
said Groves, he this Informant should be made for
ever." Whereunto this Informant replied, "It was
possible he would." And then the said Groves took
up a Pistol, which lay upon the Left Hand of the
Altar: and said, "This is that which must do the
Business." During which Discourse, the said Harcourt, Fenwick, the said Jones, and Pickering, with
others, who made up about the Number of Seven,
turned their Backs, as if they would not take Notice
of the Discoursed aforesaid; and then the said Grove
told this Informant, "that he would not tell what the
Business was, until this Informant had taken the Sacrament to be secret:" Which this Informant then
took, the said Groves and Pickering taking the Sacrament at the same Time. Which Sacrament being over,
the Altar, Chalice, and other Materials belonging to
the Service, were taken down; and so the Persons
aforesaid sat down about the Table in the same Room.
And then Groves said to this Informant, "You have
taken the Sacrament of Secrecy; and so have we;"
meaning himself and Pickering. This Informant replied, "Yes;" promising to be secret. Whereupon
the said Groves further said, "What I desire you to
effect with me is, to kill the King; and you shall venture no further than I and Pickering." This Informant answered, "Kill the King! for what?" Then
all or most of the Company then present answered,
"To kill the King, being a Heretic, or any other
Heretic, to propagate the Roman Catholic Religion,
is no Sin." And then they proceeded to make great
Promises of large Gratuities to this Informant, so as
he would venture therein as they did; and they did
intimate One Thousand Pounds at the least, and that
the best Persons in England would engage for it.
And asked this Informant, "if he knew the Lord
Peters and the Lord Stafford?" To which this Informant answered, "He did." Then Groves scratched
his Head, seeming a little concerned at this Informant's Knowledge of those Two Lords. Then they asked,
"Whether this Informant knew the Lord Arundell,
the Lord Powis, and the Lord Bellasis?" To which
this Informant answered, "He did not." And after
some other Discourse to the same Effect, the Company parted; and Groves desired this Informant to
send to him where he should meet him; and Jones
did, after the Meeting aforesaid, say, "That Kelly
was One of the Number aforesaid." The next Day
this Informant sent to Groves, to come to him to a
Tavern near his own House; and thence went to The
Plow Alehouse at Somersett Water Gate, where the said
Jones met him. And this Informant there told Groves,
"he had bought a Horse, to go into the Earl of Oxford's Guards; and if he should omit his Opportunity, and go along with him and miscarry, it would
be to this Informant's Prejudice." And thereupon
the said Groves answered, "that this Informant need
not fear any Thing, but should be made a Man for
ever; for you shall have the best Persons in England
engage for what is promised unto you." Whereto
this Informant replied, "How shall I be sure of that?
I have yet nothing but the bare Word." Whereupon
the said Groves took a Manual and his Beads out of
his Pocket; and swore, "a Person of Quality should
come himself, and engage his Honour that what was
promised should be performed;" and directed this
Informant the next Day to meet him in Somersett
House Chapell; and if that were not open, to walk
about the Coach Houses, about Nine in the Morning;" which was in or about the Month of May,
1678, being about Three or Four Months before the
Plot was discovered. And the said Groves then met
this Informant before the said Coach Houses, and
took this Informant with him to the said Plow Alehouse; saying, "the Person of Quality would not
come till the Afternoon;" and desired this Informant
to meet him at Four in that Afternoon, in the same
Place; where he met this Informant, and conducted
him to the Piazza, or arched Place, in the Garden of
Somerset House; and there was Harcourt, Fenwick, and
Pickering, who walked with this Informant and Groves
about Two Hours; at which Time a Person came
down the Stairs, and asked, "Which was the Man?"
To which Groves answered, "This is he;" shewing
this Informant. Upon which, the said Person, whom
this Informant knew to be the Lord Arundell, though
they pretended was the Lord Bellasis; and the said
Lord Arundell took this Informant from the Company,
and told this Informant, "that he was sensible that
they had told this Informant what he was to do."
Whereupon this Informant asked his Lordship, "What
he was to do?" Who replied in these Words, "You
are to go along with Groves, to assassinate the King;"
adding, "you shall have Fifteen Hundred Pounds
paid you as soon as the Business is effected; and if
you will tarry in England, you shall have a Commission in the Catholic Army which is to be raised;
otherwise you shall be safely transported into France,
or where you please;" and thereupon gave this Informant a Guinea; and so my Lord left this Informant. And then Groves asked this Informant, "Whether he was satisfied?" And this Informant answered,
"Yes;" and then repeated all the Discourse that had
passed between the said Lord and this Informant.
Upon which, Harcourt told this Informant, "that if
he did not like going into France, he should go to
Florence, where the said Lord Arundell had great Interest." And this Informant saith, That the Lord
Arundell he means by this Information is squint-eyed,
and hath a Kind of a Wart upon his Nose. And
this Informant further faith, That as to what he gave
the House of Peers an Account of, as to Mrs. Elliot
and Mr. Thompson, concerning some Circumstances relating to the Duke of Yorke, and the Five Guineas
received by Mr. Thompson's Hand by this Informant
near St. James's House, this Informant refers himself
to the Informations taken before Mr. Justice Rich.
And further at present faith not.
Signed and acknowledged, in the Presence of
William Lewis confessed he was a Roman Catholic;
and humbly desired that His Majesty would please to
grant him a general Pardon, according to His Majesty's
Whereupon this Order was made:
Address for Lewis's Pardon.
"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 graciously
pleased to grant His Royal Pardon to William Lewis,
who hath made at the Bar of this House a considerable Discovery of the late horrid Plot and Conspiracy."
Then Francisco de Faria's Information was read, in
his Presence; who averred the same to be true.
Which Information is as followeth:
De Faria's further Information concerning the Plot.
"Francisco de Ferreia, of the Parish of St. Giles's in
the Feilds, in the County of Midd. maketh Oath,
That, last Summer was Twelvemonth, William Lewis,
examined at the Bar of the House of Lords this 13th
Day of November, 1680, did usually resort to the
Portugall Ambassador's House, to whom this Deponent was Interpreter; and the Reason of such his Resort was, for that a Brother of the said William Lewis
attended this Deponent as his Footman; and when
the said Ambassador was leaving England, and paying
his Servants, he refused to give any Thing to this Deponent's said Footman, for that he was so drunken a
Fellow; and the said William Lewis prevailing with
this Deponent to petition the Ambassador for Wages
for his said Brother, the Ambassador denied him.
And this Deponent telling the said William Lewis of
the Ambassador's Denial, the said William Lewis took
his said Brother that had been this Deponent's Footman, and said to him, "Come, you shall want nothing, if you will join with me." And this Deponent
further maketh Oath, That, since the Time aforesaid that the said William Lewis resorted to the Portugall Ambassador's, this Deponent never saw the
said William Lewis, to the best of this Deponent's
Remembrance, until this Morning of this 13th October, that this Deponent enquiring for Colonel Warcupp in the Lobby of the Lords House, the said William Lewis spake to this Deponent.
"Francisco de Faria."
Fur. 13° Die Novembris,
ORDERED, That the House be adjourned into a
Grand Committee To-morrow Morning, to consider
of Heads for effectual securing the Protestant Religion.
Dominus Præses Concilii declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, 16um
diem instantis Novembris, hora nona Aurora, Dominis
Hitherto examined, this 25th of
November, 1680, by us,
P. Bath & Wells.