Die Lunæ, videlicet, 8 die Maii,
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
p. Archiepus. Cant.
p. Epus. London.
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|p. Thomas Coventrey, Miles, Ds. Custos Mag. Sigilli.
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p. Ds. Noel.
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Ds. Roberts de T.
THE Lord Keeper delivered a Message from the
King, to this Effect: videlicet,
Message from the King touching the E. of Bristol's having Counsel allowed him.
"Whereas the Earl of Bristol hath made Request
unto this House, for Counsel to be allowed to plead
his Cause, His Majesty understands that the not using
of Counsel for a Defendant, in Cases of Treason and
Felony, is an ancient Fundamental Law of this Kingdom; and therefore His Majesty desires (fn. *) that, forasmuch as he hath committed this Cause to the Honour
and Justice of this House, your Lordships would proceed with all Caution, that that ancient and fundamental Law may receive no Prejudice or Blemish."
The Duke of Buckingham moved the House, That the
Lord Chamberlain might again declare his Knowledge
of that which the Earl of Bristol had vouched him for,
sexto Maii, 1626.
Whereupon the Lord Chamberlain (by Commandment of the House) did again declare his Knowledge
therein, to the same Effect he had on Saturday last; and
the Duke presently spake as followeth: videlicet,
"I can do no less, on the Behalf of this Noble Lord, of
whom I will not leave it uncertain in your Lordships
Opinions that he hath alledged any Thing of a Friend
that is dead that he might not very well say, nor suffer my dead Friend, who cannot answer for himself,
to be thought that he had in the least Kind broken the
Trust I reposed in him; but to acknowledge, on the
Behalf of them both, that I have often said to him
and others (not under the Seal of Secrecy), that, if
the Earl of Bristol have Access unto His Majesty with
new Hopes, (fn. *) he would go near to alter the Resolution taken by Advice of both Houses; and I added
thus much further (not out of any Malice to his Person), that, if the Earl of Bristol had been my Brother, considering his Carriage in this Business, I should
have thought The Tower the fittest Lodging for him."
The Petition of the Earl of Bristol was read, in hæc
"To the Right Honourable the Lords of the Higher
House of Parliament.
"The Humble Petition of John Earl of Bristol.
Petition of E. of Bristol.
"Humbly sheweth unto your Lordships, That whereas it appeareth, by the Title of the Charge exhibited
against the Earl of Bristol in this Honourable House,
that the Earl of Bristol is to answer before His Majesty
and the Peers; and that His Majesty is his Judge;
and, by Mr. Attorney's Confession, this Charge is by
His Majesty's Relation, and so he standeth by His Majesty accused; and that several Points of the said
Charge are grounded only upon Private Conferences
with His Majesty; so that His Majesty, by His Testimony, becometh a Witness; and, in case the said Earl
should be convict, his Confiscation cometh unto the
Crown: For this regard, and divers others, he humbly beseecheth your Lordships to take into Consideration of what Consequence such a Precedent may be;
and therein most humbly to move His Majesty for the
declining (at least) of His Majesty's Accusation and
Testimony, in such Sort as you, in your high Wisdom,
shall think fit; whereunto the said Earl doth most willingly submit himself. And forasmuch as the said Earl
is so unhappy (as he understandeth) to have fallen into His Majesty's high Displeasure, for which he is most
heartily sorry; and the Duke of Buckingham, against
whom he contesteth, standeth so eminent in His Majesty's Favour, whereat the Earl presumeth not in the
least Measure to repine, but holdeth most just that His
Majesty should, according to His Affection and good
Pleasure of His own Royal Heart, favour, prefer, or
make Difference of Persons, in all Points of Grace
and Favour and Mediation; yet, in a Case of Justice,
wherein Two Peers of the Realm, Two that have been
Privy Counsellors and Ambassadors, employed in the
same Affairs, and thereupon do now contest in Point
of Honour and their Loyalty; he most humbly beseecheth your Lordships to be Intercessors unto His
Majesty, that their Causes may, by His Majesty, be
equally referred to the Justice of this Honourable
House, and their Persons remain in equal Condition.
"Further, he humbly beseecheth your Lordships so
far to favour him, as to present unto His Majesty the
true Sorrow and Grief of his Heart, for having ever
offended His Majesty; and to make Offer unto His Majesty, on the said Earl's Behalf, of all the Acts of Hamiliation and Submission (not tending to the wronging
of his Innocency), that ever Subject made unto his
Sovereign; and that your Lordships would be earnest.
Mediators herein for him to His Majesty.
"That your Lordships would be pleased to move His
Majesty, to give Leave that all the Dispatches, concerning the Negotiation of the Years 1621, 1622,
1623, may be brought into this High Court; and
that he may make Use of them as his Evidence.
"That His Majesty may be moved, that my Lord
Conway may not use His Majesty's Name ex Officio, in
any Thing that may concern the Earl of Bristol or his
Cause; and he shall pray, &c.
Unto this Petition was also annexed as followeth: videlicet,
"The Names of such Counsel as the Earl of Bristol
humbly desireth may be assigned to him:
"Mr. Serjeant Hedley.
Mr. Serjeant Bromston.
Mr. Serjeant Crawley.
Mr. Anthony Lowe."
"The Earl of Bristol, concerning the Time of putting
in his Answer, faith, That, though the Charge looketh
no further back than 1621, yet the Inferences thereof
are drawn from his Dispatches of far ancienter Date;
so that he is constrained to send Post for some of them
to his House in the Country, which he hath done.
And therefore desireth the Space of Eight Days; assuring your Lordships, that, if in shorter Time (as he
nothing doubteth) he shall be able to finish it, he will
presently advertise your Lordships thereof.
"The said Earl further humbly prayeth, that, being
in the Custody of Mr. Maxwell, Gentleman Usher of
this House, and there being many Things that may in
the Interim happen wherein he may need your Lordships further Order; that your Lordships will be pleased now to Order, That Mr. Maxwell may present unto
your Lordships such further Petitions, or Requests, on
the Behalf of the said Earl, as he shall have Occasion
to prefer unto your Lordships.
And it was Ordered, That Mr. Maxwell may present
to the House any Petition, which he shall have Occasion
to make hereafter.
The House was put into a Committee, that their Lordships might the more freely debate the Contents of this
Petition; and the Petitions were read in Parts, and each
Part considered of by itself. But, before any Conclusion was had thereof, a Message came from the House
of Commons; whereupon their Lordships proceeded no
further herein at this Time; and the House was resumed.
Message from the Commons, by
Mr. Vice-chamberlain and others:
Message from the H. C. for a Conference.
That the Commons desire a Conference, between a
Committee of both Houses, if it shall so please their
Lordships; and at such Time, after this Morning, as
their Lordships shall appoint.
A Committee of this whole House will meet a Committee of the whole House of Commons, at Two this
Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber, to receive what
shall be propounded unto their Lordships.
The Messengers being departed; the House appointed these Lords to report what the Commons should propound at this Committee: videlicet,
The Lord President.
E. of Dorsett.
E. of Bridgewater.
|E. of Devonshire.
E. of Clare.
L. Viscount Say et S.
L. Bp. of Norwich.
And it was Agreed, That these Eight Lords should
have the first and most convenient Places at this Committee.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem crastinum,
videlicet, nonum diem instantis Maii, hora nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.