DIE Veneris, 25 die Novembris,
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomina subsequuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
p. Archiepus. Cantuarien.
p. Epus. London.
p. Epus. Dunelmen.
p. Epus. Winton.
p. Epus. Wigorn.
p. Epus. Sar.
p. Epus. Roffen.
p. Epus. Coven. et Lichf.
p. Epus. Glouc.
p. Epus. Lincolne.
p. Epus. Bathon. et Wellen.
p. Epus. Heref.
p. Epus. Cicestren.
|p. Thomas Bromley, Miles, Ds. Canc.
p. Ds. Burghley, Ds. Thesaurarius Angliæ.
Comes Oxon. Mag. Camerarius Angliæ.
Comes Salopp. Marescallus.
Comes Derbie, Magnus Senescallus.
p. Comes Kanc.
p. Comes Wigorn.
p. Comes Lincolne.
p. Vicecomes Mountague.
Ds. Howard, Admirallus.
Ds. Hunsdon, Camerarius.
p. Ds. Zowche.
p. Ds. Dacres.
p. Ds. Stafforde.
p. Ds. Lumley.
p. Ds. Stowrton.
p. Ds. Mountioye.
p. Ds. Darcie.
p. Ds. Windesor.
p. Ds. Wentworth.
p. Ds. Boroughe.
p. Ds. Mordaunte.
p. Ds. Crumwell.
p. Ds. Riche.
p. Ds. Willoughbie.
Ds. Darcie de Chiche.
p. Ds. St. John.
p. Ds. Buckehurst.
p. Ds. Delaware.
p. Ds. Compton.
p. Ds. Cheyney.
p. Ds. Norris.
Commons request a Conference.
Committee for the Conference appointed.
Form of a Petition agreed on.
Committee appointed to present the Petition to her Majesty, in Conjunction with a Committee of the H. C.
WHERE, on the 7th Day of this instant Month
of November, while the Lords were in Consultation
about the great Matter of the Queen of Scots, the chief
and only Cause of the Summons of this Parliament,
they of the Commons House came up, and desired Conference with some of the Lords of this House, what
Number it should please their Lordships to appoint,
touching the said great Cause, which, as they affirmed,
had been opened and declared unto them; whereupon
the Lords made Choice of these Lords following: videlicet, the Archbishops of Cantorburie and Yorcke, the
Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, the Earl of Derbie,
Lord Steward, the Earls of Northum'land, Kent, Rutland, and Sussex, the Bishops of London, Durham, Winchestre, and Worcestre, the Lord Howarde Lord Admiral, the Lord Hunsdon Lord Chamberlain, the Lords
Cobham, Graye, Lumley, Chandos, Buckhurst, Delaware,
and Norris; and, to attend the said Lords, the Lord
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, the Lord Chief
Baron, and Justice Gawdie. The Place and Time of
their Meeting was in the Outer Parliament Chamber,
that Afternoon, at Two of the Clock; and, after often
Meetings and long Conferences had, they agreed upon
a Form of Petition, which by both the Houses should
be presented unto Her Majesty, and that Choice should
be made of a certain Number of either House, to prefer the same unto Her Highness; which being reported
to this House, the Lords liked very well thereof, and
thereupon made Choice of these Lords following: videlicet, the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Treasurer, the
Lord Great Chamberlain, the Lord Steward, the Earls
of Northumb'land, Kent, Rutland, Sussex, Pembrooke and
Hartf. the Lord Admiral and Lord Chamberlain, the
Lords Aburgavenny, Zowche, Morley, Cobham, Graye,
Lumley, Chandos, Buckhurst, Delaware, and Norris; and
they of the Commons House appointed their Speaker,
and all such of that House as were of the Privy Council, and so many others of that House as in all, with
the said Privy Council, made up the Number of Fortytwo Persons, to join with the said Lords. And they
altogether, understanding first Her Majesty's Pleasure
for the Time of their Repair to Her Highness's Presence, which was signified to be on Saturday, the 12th
Day of November; on which Day the Lord Chancellor
in the Name of the Lords, and the Speaker in the
Name of the Commons, declared unto Her Majesty,
that both the Lords and Commons, after often Conferences and long Consultation, had concluded to be
humble Suiters unto Her Majesty, by way of Petition; the Effect whereof was then, at good length,
opened unto Her Majesty by the Lord Chancellor and
Speaker; and the Petition thereupon delivered unto Her
Majesty in Writing. And where it was before desired by them of the Commons House, that, presently
upon the Agreement of the Form of the Petition, it
might be entered into the Rolls of the Parliament, the
Lords thought it better to stay the Entry thereof until
it were presented unto Her Majesty; which being done,
the Lords ordered, this Friday, the 25th Day of November, that the said Petition should be entered into
this Roll of Parliament, in Manner and Form following:
Petition of both Houses to the Queen, praying her Majesty to put in Execution the Sentence passed upon Mary Queen of Scots.
"May it please your Most Excellent Majesty our
most Gracious Sovereign, We Your Humble, Loving,
and Faithful Subjects, the Lords and Commons in
this present Parliament assembled, having of long
Time, to our intolerable Grief, seen by how manifold, most dangerous, and execrable Practices, Mary,
the Daughter and Heir of James the Fifth, late
King of Scots, Dowager of France, and commonly
called The Queen of Scots, hath compassed the Destruction of Your Majesty's Sacred and most Royal
Person (in whose Safety, next under God, our chief
and only Felicity doth consist), and thereby not only
to bereave us of the sincere and true Religion of Almighty God, bringing us and this Noble Crown back
again into the Thraldom of the Romish Tyranny, but
also utterly to ruinate and overthrow the happy State
and Common Weal of this most Noble Realm;
which being, from Time to Time, by the great Mercy
and Providence of God, and Your Highness's singular
Wisdom, foreseen and prevented, Your Majesty, of
Your exceeding great Clemency, and Princely Magnanimity, hath either most graciously passed over, or
with singular Favour tolerated (although often and
instantly moved by Your most Loving and Faithful
Subjects to the contrary, in Times of Your Parliaments, and at many other Times), and hath also protected and defended the said Scottish Queen from
those great Dangers, which her own People, for
certain detestable Crimes and Offences to her imputed, had determined against her; all which notwithstanding, the same Queen was nothing moved
with these and many other Your Majesty's most
gracious Favours towards her, but rather obdurate
in Malice, and, by Hope of continual Impunity, emboldened to prosecute her cruel and mischievous Determination, by some speedy and violent Course;
and now lately a very dangerous Plot being conceived, and set down by Anthonye Babington and others,
that Six desperate and wicked Persons should undertake the Execution of that most horrible Enterprize,
to take away Your Majesty's Life (whom God of his
infinite Mercy long preserve), she did not only give
her Advice and Direction upon every Point and all
Circumstances concerning the same, making earnest
Request to have it performed with all Diligence,
but did also promise Assurance of large Reward and
Recompence to the Doers thereof; which being informed to Your Majesty, it pleased Your Highness,
upon the earnest Suit of such as tendred the Safety
of Your Royal Person, and the good and quiet
Estate of this Realm, to direct Your Commission,
under the Great Seal of England, to the Lords and
others of Your Highness's Privy Council, and certain other Lords of Parliament, of the greatest and
most ancient Degree, with some of Your principal
Judges, to examine, hear, and determine the same
Cause, and thereupon to give Sentence or Judgment,
according to a Statute in that Behalf made in the
27th Year of Your most Gracious Reign; by virtue
whereof the more Part of the same Commissioners,
being in Number Thirty-six, having, at sundry
Times, fully heard what was alledged and proved
against the said Scottish Queen, in her own Presence,
touching the said Crimes and Offences, and what she
could say for her Defence and Excuse therein, did,
after long Deliberation, give their Sentence and
Judgment, with one Consent, That the Death and
Destruction of Your Royal Person was imagined and
compassed by the said Anthonye Babington, with the
Privity of the same Scottish Queen; and that she herself did also compass and imagine the Death and
Destruction of Your most Royal Person. Now, forasmuch as we Your most humble, loyal, and dutiful
Subjects, representing to Your most Excellent Majesty the universal State of Your whole People, of
all Degrees, in this Your Realm, do well perceive,
and are fully satisfied, that the same Sentence and
Judgment is, in all Things, most honourable, just,
and lawful; and having carefully and effectually,
according to our most bounden Duties, weighed and
considered upon what Ground and Cause so many
traiterous Complots and dangerous Practices against
Your Majesty's Royal Person and Estate, and for
the Invading of this Realm, have, for the Space of
many Years past, grown and proceeded, do certainly
find, and undoubtedly are persuaded, that all the
same have been, from Time to Time, attempted and
practised by and for the said Scottish Queen, and by
her Confederates, Ministers and Favourers, who conceive an assured Hope to atchieve speedily, by Your
Majesty's untimely Death, that which they have
long expected, and whereof, during Your Majesty's
Life (which God long preserve, to our inestimable
Comfort), they despair; to wit, to place her, the
said Scottish Queen, in the Imperial and Kingly Seat
of this Realm, and by her to banish and destroy the
Professors and Professing of the true Religion of
Jesus Christ, and the ancient Nobility of this
Land, and to bring this whole State and Common
Weal to Foreign Subjection, and utter Ruin and Confusion; which their malicious and traiterous Purposes
they will never cease to prosecute, by all possible Means
they can, so long as they may have their Eyes and
Imaginations fixed upon that Lady, the only Ground
of their treasonable Hope and Conceits, and the only
Seed-Plot of all dangerous and traiterous Devices
and Practices against Your Sacred Person; and seeing also what insolent Boldness is grown in the Heart
of the same Queen, through Your Majesty's former
exceeding Favours and Clemencies towards her, and
thereupon weighing, with heavy and sorrowful
Hearts, in what continual Peril of such like desperate
Conspiracies and Practices Your Majesty's most Royal
Person and Sacred Life (more dear unto us than our
own) is, and shall be still, without any possible Means
to prevent it, so long as the said Scottish Queen shall
be suffered to continue, and shall not receive that
due Punishment, which, by Justice, and the Laws of
this Your Realm, she hath so often, and so many
Ways, for her most wicked and detestable Offences,
deserved; therefore, and for that we find, that, if the
said Lady shall now escape the due and deserved Punishment of Death, for these her most execrable
Treasons and Offences, Your Highness's Royal Person shall be exposed to many more, and those more
secret and dangerous Conspiracies than before, and
such as shall not or cannot be foreseen and discovered, as these her late Attempts have been, and
shall not hereafter be so well able to remove and
take away the Ground and Occasion of the same, as
now by Justice may and ought to be done; we do
most humbly and instantly beseech Your most Excellent Majesty, that, as well in respect of the Continuance of the true Christian Religion, now professed amongst us, and of the Safety of Your most
Royal Person and Estate, as in Regard of the Preservation and Defence of us Your most loving, dutiful, and faithful Subjects, and the whole Common
Weal of this Realm, it may please Your Highness to
take speedy Order, that Declaration of the said
Sentence and Judgement be made and published by
Proclamation; and that thereupon Direction be given
for further Proceeding against the said Scottish
Queen, according to the Effect and true Meaning of
the said Statute; because, upon advised and great
Consultation, we cannot find, that there is any possible Means to provide for Your Majesty's Safety, but
by the just and speedy Execution of the said Queen;
the neglecting whereof may procure the heavy Displeasure and Punishment of Almighty God, as by sundry
severe Examples of His great Justice in that Behalf, left
us in the Sacred Scriptures, doth appear; and, if the
same be not put in present Execution, we Your most
loving and dutiful Subjects shall thereby (so far as
Man's Reason can reach) be brought in utter Despair
of the Continuance amongst us of the true Religion
of Almighty God, and of Your Majesty's Life, and
the Safety of all Your faithful Subjects, and the good
Estate of this most flourishing Common Weal."
The Queen's Reply to their Petition.
THIS Day, the Lord Chancellor delivered Her Majesty's Answer to the Lords to the last Resolution; the
Effect whereof was: "If, said her Highness, I should
say unto (fn. *) you, that I mean not to grant your Petition, by my Faith, I should say unto you more than
perhaps I mean; and if I should say unto you, that I
mean to grant your Petition, I should then tell you more
than is fit for you to know; and thus I must deliver
you an Answer answerless."
Dominus Cancellarius continuavit præsens Parliamentum usque in diem Martis proximum.