Saturday, the 23d January, 1657.
Ld. Comr Fynes' Speech.
ORDERED, That Mr. Speaker do report the
Speech made by the Lord Commissioner Fynes, on
Monday Morning next.
Clerk of the House.
The humble Representation of Henry Scobell, Clerk
of the Parliament, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Representation of Henry Scobell,
Clerk of the Parliament, and the Act of Parliament thereunto annexed, be referred to the Committee to whom it
was referred to consider of the Oath to be taken by the
Clerk of the Parliament, and by the Clerk Assistant; and
that the said Committee do sit this Afternoon, at Two
of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Ordered, That the Serjeant do go with the Mace into
Westminster Hall, to acquaint all the Members of this
House of the Long Robe, That the House enjoins them
to attend the Service of this House.
Ordered, That Mr. Smythe, the Clerk of this House,
be called in.
Resolved, That Mr. Edmond Harvey, Mr. Gewen,
Major Audley, Mr. Thurbarne, Major-General Packer,
Mr. Barington, Mr. Lisborne, Colonel Castle, Mr.
Whitegreave, Mr. Moody, Major-General Haynes, Sir
Tho. Styles, Mr. Bankes, Mr. Duncombe, Major-General
Bridge, Mr. Stone, Mr. Maidstone, Mr. Humphry Walcott,
Mr. Tymbes, Colonel Carew Mildmay, Major Burton,
Colonel Welden, be added to the Committee for Maintenance of Ministers.
Ld. Craven's Estate.
According to former Order, the Counsel of the Lord
Craven attended the House; and were called in.
And the humble Petition of Wm. Lord Craven was
this Day read.
An Order of the House of Peers, of the Tenth of
May 1641, licensing the Lord Craven to depart the
Kingdom, and to repair to his Charge in Holland,
notwithstanding any former Order of this House to the
contrary, was this Day read.
Ld. Craven's Estate.
Several Votes of this House, of the Twenty-fourth of
August 1649, concerning Revolters from the Service of
the Parliament, were this Day read.
Mr. Attorney-General's Report touching the Lord
Craven, made the Sixth of May 1650; the Deposition of
Mr. Tho. Kitchinman; the Information of Colonel Hugh
Reyley; and the Information of Major Richard Fawconer;
and also the Resolution of the Parliament thereupon; for
confiscating the Estate of the said Lord Craven; were
all this Day read.
The Proceedings in Parliament, of the Twelfth of June
1651, where, the Question being put, That the Lord
Craven be put into the Bill of Sale then in Debate upon
the Division of the House; it passed with the Negative,
were also read.
The humble Petition of Sir William Craven Knight,
and James Pickering Esquire, Commissioners deputed
by the Lord Craven for managing his Estate in his
Absence, formerly read the Twelfth of June 1651, was
this Day again read.
The Proceedings in Parliament of Third July 1651,
where the Question being propounded, That Leave be
given to take the Vote touching the Lord Craven into
Consideration again; upon a Division of the House, it
passed with the Negative; and the Summons to be given
to the Lord Craven, personally to appear before the
Parliament of the Commonwealth of England at Westminster, upon the Third of September 1651; and other
Proceedings of this House, of that Day, concerning the
said Lord Craven, were also read.
The humble Petition of William Lord Craven, formerly read the Two-and-twentieth of June 1652, was
this Day read again.
The Proceedings in Parliament of Two-and-twentieth
June 1652, where, the Question being propounded, That
Wm. Lord Craven be put into the Bill of Sale, then in
Debate for his Lands to be sold; and the Question being
put, That that Question should be then put; the House
was divided: And it passed with the Affirmative. And the
main Question being put; It was resolved, That Wm.
Lord Craven be put into the said Bill, for his Lands to
be sold, were also this Day read.
The humble Petition of Sir William Craven and Sir
Edmond Sawyer Knights, who had been long intrusted
by the Lord Craven in the Management of his Estate;
which was formerly read in this House on the Third Day
of August 1652; was now again read.
The Proceedings also of the Third of August 1652,
whereby it was resolved, That William Lord Craven do
stand in the Bill of Sale, were also read.
The Exemplification, dated the Twenty-eighth of
November 1654, of the Verdict given in the Upper Bench
at Westminster, in Easter Term 1653, Rotulo Fourth,
whereby Major Richard Fawconer, upon a Trial, was
convicted of Perjury, upon his Deposition against the
Lord Craven, formerly read in Parliament, was this Day
Upon the Desire of the Lord Craven's Counsel to have
the Confession made by Richard Fawconer on his Deathbed, the Day before his Death, and written by him, and
put under his own Hand and Seal, read; and that the
Minister unto whom the said Confession was made,
might be heard to attest the same;
The Counsel were commanded to withdraw.
And the Question being put; It was
Resolved, That the Confession made by Richard
Fawconer, on his Death-bed, the Day before his Death,
and written by him, and put under his own Hand and
Seal, shall be read; and that the Minister, unto whom the
said Confession was made, be called in, and heard what he
can say, to attest and prove the same.
And the Lord Craven's Counsel and Solicitor were
again called in: And one Mr. James Langley, Minister
of George's Parish in Southwarke, was called; and came
in with them.
A certain Paper, signed Richard Fawconer, under Seal,
was produced by the Lord Craven's Counsel, and shewed
to Mr. Langley: Who, being required to declare his
Knowledge concerning the same, said;
That he knows the Paper: That the Name Richard
Fawconer thereto subscribed, and the Seal thereon, were
the proper Hand-writing and the Seal of the said Richard
Fawconer; and also that the said Writing, purporting the
said Fawconer's Confession, was all the said Fawconer's
own Hand-writing: That he verily believes, Fawconer, at
the Time of the Writing thereof, was of good, sound, and
perfect Memory: That he came to Fawconer, being sent
for to come to him by an Officer of the Upper-Bench
Prison, he living near the Place, and being Minister of
George's Parish in Southwarke: That he remembered
Fawconer, and knew him formerly, he being his Cotemporary in Hart's Hall in Oxford: That Fawconer, of his
own Accord, made these Confessions: And that one Mr.
White, another Prisoner, was also present; and another,
whom he had forgot: That he was with him the Third Day
of April 1655; That Fawconer spoke of the Matter specified in the Paper, both before and after the Paper was
written: That he desired Fawconer to put the same into
Writing, because it was Matter of Concernment, and might
fall from his Memory: That he never saw a Man shed
more Tears, or undergo more Racks of Conscience, or lay
himself more open in Prayer, than Fawconer, upon these
Confessions: That none on the Behalf of the Lord
Craven prompted Fawconer to it, to his Knowledge.
Whereupon the Lord Craven's Counsel, being heard
upon this Evidence, withdrew.
The humble Petition of several Purchasers of Lands,
late the Lord Craven's, was this Day read.
Ordered, That his Highness' Counsel at Law, and his
Highness' Advocate, and the Counsel of the Purchasers
of the Lord Craven's Estate, do attend, to be heard on
this Day Sevennight.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Earle, Dr. Walker, Dr.
Turnor, Mr. Greene, Mr. Churchill, Mr. Tracie Pauncefoote, be appointed to attend this House on this Day
Sevennight, as Counsel for the Commonwealth, and the
Purchasers of the Lord Craven's Estate, against the said
Lord Craven: And that the Purchasers may at that time
bring any other Counsel to attend, and be heard, for
them, if they shall think fit: And that Mr. Isaack
Morgan be the Solicitor in this Cause, and do attend
and instruct the Counsel to be ready on that Day.
Ordered, That the Lord Craven's Counsel, who attended this Day, and his Solicitor, may also attend
again on this Day Sevennight, if they shall see Cause.
The House adjourned till Monday Morning, at
Eight of the Clock.