Friday, the 29th of January, 1657.
Examination of Collingwood.
THE House being acquainted, that one Sir Robert
Collingwood, who was sent for in Custody, as a Delinquent, to answer an Information exhibited against him
in this House, concerning some Words, charged to be
spoken by him, concerning his Highness, and Robert
Fenwick Esquire, one of the Members of this House;
Resolved, That Sir Robert Collingwood be now called
in, and examined concerning the Words informed to have
been spoken by him.
Whereupon he was called in; and brought to the Bar:
Where he kneeled down; and afterwards was, by Mr.
Speaker, commanded to stand up: And the said Information being read unto him, as the same was delivered
into the House, under the Hand of one Robert Ogle;
and the said Sir Robert Collingwood examined concerning
the same; he confessed his being at Alnwick at the Time
and Place and in the Company of the Gentlemen named
in the said Information; but did utterly deny the Speaking of the Words contained in the said Information, and
now read to him: Whereupon it was
Resolved, That Sir Robert Collingwood be discharged
of his Imprisonment.
Protector's Answer when attended.
Mr. Nathaniel Bacon reports from the Committee
appointed Yesterday to attend his Highness with some
Resolves of this House, concerning his Speech made in
the Banqueting-House at Whitehall, on Monday the
Twenty-fifth of this Instant January, That the Committee,
in a full Appearance, attended his Highness at the Withdrawing-Chamber at Whitehall, and presented to him the
Resolves of this House: And further reports, The Substance of his Highness' Answer to the said Committee:
The which was read; and was as followeth; viz.
His Highness said, He could not have looked upon
the Committee as a Committee of the House of Commons, had he not seen the Paper, and the Persons of
That what he spake in the Banqueting-house was delivered to both the Houses; the House of Lords and the
House of Commons: And that he was exceeding tender
of the Breach of Privilege of either House, whereunto he
had sworn; and, by the Blessing of God, would maintain: And that he did not know, nor was satisfied, that
it was not against the Privilege of either House, for him
to give an Answer to either of the Houses apart.
That he spake to the Houses those Things that did lie
upon his own Heart; and that he did acquaint them honestly and plainly how Things stood, in Matters of Fact;
but, of the Particulars, he doth not remember Four Lines.
That he had considered with some Persons about the
Papers relating to Money; and found some Particulars
short, and some over; but he would take them into Consideration, and set them right; and would give a timely
Account thereof. He desired his Affections might be
presented to the House; and that he would be ready to
serve them faithfully in the Capacity that he is in.
Resolved, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House do go, with the Mace, into Westminster-Hall; and
require the Members to give their Attendance in the
Call of the House.
Resolved, That the Names of the Members of this
House be called over on Monday Morning next.
Answer to Message from Other House.
The House, according to former Order, did this Day
take into Consideration, What Answer they will return
to the Message brought from the Other House by Mr.
Justice Wyndham and Mr. Baron Hill, on Friday last.
Resolved, That this Debate be adjourned till To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock.
The Question being propounded, That the House shall
be resolved into a Grand Committee To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock, to take the Matter now in
Debate into Consideration;
The Question being put, That that Question be
The House was divided.
The Noes went forth.
|Sir Thomas Rous,
||Tellers for the Noes:
||With the Noes,
|Sir John Thorowgood,
||Tellers for the Yeas:
|Sir John Copplestone,
||With the Yeas,
So it passed with the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put, That the House
shall be resolved into a Grand Committee To-morrow
Morning, at Nine of the Clock, to take the Matter now
in Debate into Consideration;
It passed with the Negative.