Saturday, 2d June, 1660.
Proceedings against the Regicides.
THE House being informed, by a Letter to Mr.
Trelawney, a Member of the House, dated at
Looe, the 29th of May last, that John Carew, being one
of those who are ordered to be secured, having sat in
Judgment upon the late King, when Sentence of Death
was pronounced against him, being lately in Cornwall,
was entertained by one Henry Chubb, an Officer of the
Customs, at his House near Looe, and that, although
the said Chubb had received an Order from the Commissioners of the Customs, for seizing of all such Persons,
yet, on Pretence, that he intended not to go beyond Sea,
and that the Order did not reach him, he suffered the
said Mr. Carew to escape; who also took Advantage of
getting away, on Pretence that the Warrant, for Seizure,
concerns John Carey, not John Carew;
Ordered, That the Warrant, for apprending John
Carey, be amended, and made John Carew; and that
the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, and all other
Officers, be required to seize and secure the Person of
the said John Carew, as they, or any of them, shall have
Resolved, That the said Henry Chubb be forthwith
sent for, in Custody, by the Serjeant at Arms attending
Resolved, That this House doth approve of what his
Excellency the Lord General hath done, in sending of
Colonel John Jones, one of the Persons who sat in Judgment upon the late King, when Sentence of Death was
pronounced against him, to the Tower of London; and
of Colonel Morley, Lieutenant of the Tower of London,
his safe keeping of the said Colonel John Jones Prisoner
in the Tower.
Mr. Pryn reports a Proclamation, requiring the several
Persons who sat upon the late King, when Sentence of
Death was pronounced against him, to render themselves
within Fourteen Days, next after the publishing of this
Proclamation; or else to be excepted out of the Act of
general Pardon, Oblivion, and Indemnity; which was
this Day read the First and Second time; and agreed
unto, to be the Form of a Proclamation, to be presented
to the King's Majesty.
Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired
herein; and that Mr. Pryn do carry it to the Lords.
Proceedings against Regicides.
Ordered, That William Lilley be forthwith sent for,
in Custody, by the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House, in order to his being examined, for discovering
the Person who was employed in putting to Death his
late Majesty King Charles; which Examination the
Committee to whom Mr. Thurloe's Business is referred,
is to take care of.
Members to take Oaths.
Ordered, That the Lord Steward be desired to administer the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy to some
of the Members of this House, on Monday Morning
next; and that his Lordship will be pleased, that a Commission be prepared, impowering some of those Members
of this House who shall so take the said Oaths, to administer the same to the rest of the Members of this House.
Resolved, That no Member of this House do, after
this Day, sit in this House, before he hath taken the
Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy.
Privilege-Words against a Member.
Colonel White informs the House of some Words
charged by Mr. Clapham, a Member of this House, to
be spoken by him, to the Effect, "That if no other
Man would cut off the King's Head, he would do it
himself;" which he denied to be true.
Mr. Clapham, standing up in his Place, did acknowledge, that he had been informed so much; and that the
Person who informed it, said it in the Presence of other
Persons; and that the Substance of what the Person said
was, that Colonel White, who married Sir Edward Barkham's Daughter, did, at the Table of Sir Edward Barkeham, utter these Words, "If there wanted one to cut
off the King's Head, he would cut it off himself," or
to that Effect:
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee to
whom Mr. Thurloe's Business is referred, to examine this
Matter, and to state Matter of Fact, and report it to
this House: And they are to meet this Afternoon: And
that the Person who gave the Information, be forthwith
sent for in Custody: To which Purpose, his Name is to
be communicated to Mr. Speaker: Which was done accordingly; and a Warrant signed by Mr. Speaker.
Resolved, That Mr. Speaker do presently deliver the
Warrant for apprehending the Person who gave the Information against Colonel White, unto the Serjeant at
Arms attending this House, to be forthwith executed:
And the Serjeant is hereby required to keep the Name
of the Person summoned, secret.
Pardon and Oblivion.
The House resumed the Debate upon the Act of general Pardon, Oblivion, and Indemnity.
The Question being propounded, That the Time for
Receivers, &c. to be accountable, be from 1648;
And the Question being put, That That Question be
The House was divided.
The Noes went forth.
||Tellers for the Yeas:
|Sir John Holland,
||With the Yeas,|
||Tellers for the Noes:
|Sir Rich. Temple,
||With the Noes,
So it passed with the Negative.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee in this Amendment, "that Receivers, Collectors,
&c. do account from the 30th of January, 1642."
Resolved, That, upon the whole Debate of the House,
it be referred back to the former Committee, to consider
and agree upon Expedients, to be tendered to this House,
for securing such Treasurers, Receivers, and Collectors,
as have already accounted, from further Charge and
Vexation; as also for clearing of Officers and Soldiers of
any of the Armies, and the Heirs and Executors of such
as are deceased: And they are to sit this Afternoon at
Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Resolved, That the Time, for calling Persons to Account, extend to the Space of Two Years next coming,
and no longer.
Speech, &c. of Member sent to the King.
Mr. Denzill Hollis informs the House, that, he having
been sent, with other worthy Members of this House, to
the King's Majesty, some Aspersions have been cast upon
him, as if he had, in his Speech to the King's Majesty,
transgressed the Instructions given by this House.
Resolved, That Mr. Hollis have the Leave of this
House to print his own Speech to his Majesty, together
with his Majesty's Answer thereto, which he hath Leave
given him by his Majesty to print, and also the Instructions of this House, for his Vindication.
The Members thanked,
Resolved, That the Gentlemen, the Members of this
House, who were employed to his Majesty with a Letter
from this House, have the Thanks of this House, for
their eminent Service performed in that Employment to
Mr. Speaker gave them the Thanks of this House
Gentlemen, I shall not need to tell you, what Notice
the House hath taken of the eminent Service you have
performed, in your late Employment to his Majesty;
you have brought home the Ark, the Glory of England,
his Majesty's Person, in Safety; and truly, if ever a Service deserved to be called a Service of ever-blessed Memory, this is such a Service. Therefore the House hath
commanded this Service to be singled out from all your
former eminent and worthy Services; and to do it per
Excellentiam, as much exceeding all that ever hath been
done before for this Nation. And since the Merit thereof
is such that no Thanks can be proportionable thereunto,
but the Thanks of this House, I am therefore commanded in the Name of this House, and of all those
they represent, the Commons of England, to return
you their very hearty Thanks.
Privilege-Words against a Member.
The House being informed, that Mr. Wm. Garrett,
the Person who informed against Colonel White, was at
the Door; he was called in; and being at the Bar, and
examined by Mr. Speaker, he denied that he ever heard
Colonel White speak the Words, whereof he was accused;
but said, he heard it reported (but being asked by whom
he made no Answer thereunto) and particularly, that he
heard it reported, that the Words were spoken at Sir Edward Barkham's Table, in a Discourse betwixt his
Cousin Deane and Colonel White; and that the Words
reported were to the Effect, "That rather than the
King should want a Headsman, he would do it;" and
that he hath several times heard the Report; and that
it is a Twelvemonth since he last heard it.