Saturday, 18 October, 1656.
ORDERED, That Gerard Gore and Hester Gore
be inserted into a Bill for Naturalization.
Privilege- Charge against a Member.
Colonel Shapcott reports from the Committee to whom
the Articles exhibited against Thomas Burton Esquire, a
Member of the House, was referred, That after the Committee had read the Order of the House, with the Articles and Certificates, Anthony Hilary, the Informer, was
demanded to answer unto these following Questions; viz.
1. What he knew of his own Knowlege, concerning
2. What Witnesses he had to prove the Charge, and
whether he would undertake to bear the Witnesses
Charges, if sent for.
3. What the Place of his Habitation was; and what
Children and Estate he had; and of what Profession he
was; and what was the Occasion that brought him up
to London at this time.
4. Whether, in the first Insurrection in the North and
West, he did not inform Mr. Secretary and MajorGeneral Lilborne of an Intention of some Persons in the
North, to rise up in Arms; and whether he was not
employed by Major-General Lilborne, for the finding of
To the Questions, he made this particular Answer:
To the 1. That he could inform nothing of his own
To the 2. That he had Nine Witnesses; and named
them; Eight whereof live in Apleby, and one in Kendall
in Westmorland: But said, he could not be at the Charge
to bring them unto London.
To the 3. That his Habitation was at Mollick in
Yorkshire: That he had a Wife and Two Children;
and rented a Farm worth Eighteen Pounds by the Year:
That he was of no Profession; and that the Occasion of
his coming to London at this Time, was to make out a
Discovery at Worcester-House.
To the 4. Confessed the Whole.
Major-General Lilborne gave this Account unto the
Committee: That the Informer Thomas Hillary, in the
last Insurrection, abused Mr. Secretary and himself, by his
false Information against several Persons, who, upon his
great Undertakings, was employed by himself to make a
Discovery: And to that Purpose had Authority, and the
Assistance of Soldiers: But all that was done by the said
Hilary was, the turning of a Countryman out of his Possession, and keeping of it himself, or was kept for his
Use; whereupon he was committed to the Marshal:
And it was the Opinion of the said Major-General Lilborne, that he was a very loose Fellow.
The Question being put, That Thomas Burton Esquire
is guilty of any the Matters laid to his Charge, by the
Accusation of Anthony Hillary;
It passed in the Negative.
A Person committed.
Resolved, That Anthony Hilary do stand committed,
during the Pleasure of the House.
Resolved, That the said Anthony Hilary do stand committed to Newgate, during the Pleasure of the House.
Resolved, That the Serjeant at Arms, attending this
House, do take the said Anthony Hilary into his Custody;
and deliver him over to the Keeper of Newgate.
And accordingly several Warrants were issued under
Mr. Speaker's Hand, to the Effect following; viz.
BY virtue of an Order and Resolution of the Parliament, made this present Day, These are to will and
require you to receive into your Custody, from the
Hands of Edward Birkehead Esquire, Serjeant at Arms
attending the Parliament, the Body of Anthony Hilary;
and him to keep in safe Custody, in your Prison of Newgate, during the Pleasure of the Parliament; and until
you shall receive other Warrant from the Parliament for
his Discharge. Hereof you are not to fail, as you will
answer the contrary, at your Peril: And this shall be
your Warrant in that Behalf. Given under my Hand,
this 18th Day of October 1656.
To the Keeper of the Prison of Newgate.
BY virtue of an Order and Resolution of the Parliament bearing Date this Day, These are to will and require
you to take into your Custody the Body of Anthony Hilary; and him to convey and deliver into the Custody
of the Keeper of Newgate, to be by him safely kept in
his said Prison, during the Pleasure of the Parliament.
Hereof you are not to fail: And for so doing this shall
be your Warrant. Given under my Hand, this 18th of
To Edward Birkhead Esquire, Serjeant
at Arms, attending the Parliament.
The House, according to former Order, resumed the
Debate upon the Question, whether the Bill for Registers
shall have any Retrospect to any thing already done.
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to consider of
the present Debate touching Incumbrances; and to offer
their Opinion therein to the House; and in the mean
time this Debate be adjourned: Viz. to Mr. AttorneyGeneral, Mr. Solicitor-General, Lord Chief Justice Glyn,
Mr. Robinson, Mr. Bampfield, Colonel Rous, MajorGeneral Boteler, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Master of the
Rolls, Mr. Baron Parker, Mr. Attorney of the Duchy,
Mr. Cary, Mr. Yong, Major-General Berrey, General
Disbrow, Major-General Whaley, Colonel Sidenham, Mr.
James Ashe, Mr. Reynell, Lord Lambert, Mr. Secretary
Thurloe, Lord Commissioner Fiennes, Lord Strickland,
Colonel Salmon, Colonel Clerk, Colonel Morgan, Mr.
Fowell, Sir Sam. Sleigh, Mr. Wakering, Mr. Crooke,
Colonel Cock, Major Audley, Major Burton, Mr. Owen,
Colonel Markham, Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Colonel Purefoy, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Captain Mason,
Colonel John Jones, Mr. Butler, Mr. Hopkins: And all
that come, to have Voices: And are to meet on Monday
next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the