DIE Martis, videlicet, 16 die Novembris.
The Lord Keeper sat Speaker again.
Impeached Bishops Counsel.
Ordered, That Mr. Arthur Trevor is assigned to be
of Counsel with the Lords the Bishops that are impeached.
Instructions to the Agent at Venice, about the Satisfaction given to the Venetian Ambassador, for opening his Letters.
It was moved, "That, lest the Merchants of Venice
may suffer for the opening of the Venetian Ambassador's Letters here, That a Committee might be appointed, to consider of some Dispatch to be sent to
the King's Agent at Venice, to let him know what
Satisfaction this House hath given to the Ambassador
here, that so he may be the better instructed how to
apply himself to the State there, to give them Satisfaction;" which Motion was liked well of; and the
same Lords that were appointed for this Business first,
were directed to meet; and the Lord Newneham, being
absent, was sent for.
Account of the Lords Pollmoney unpaid to be delivered in.
Ordered, That Mr. Parramour do give Account to
this House, on Saturday next, what Monies are behind
and unpaid for Poll-money and Subsidies; and the
Names of the Lords and Dowagers.
After this, the Lord Privy Seal reported the Effect
of the Conference Yesterday, with the House of (fn. *) Commons:
About securing Recusants;
"First, he delivered, That the House of Commons
had presented to their Lordships divers Papers, containing the Names of such particular eminent Romish
Recusants, in several Counties, which they desire their
Persons may be secured, for the Safety of this Kingdom, in this Time of Danger.
"1. The First Paper was the Names of some Nobility and Knights, Recusants.
"2. The Names of the chiefest Recusants of Warwickshire.
"3. The Names of such as are in South'tonshire.
"4. Of Dorsettshire.
"5. Of Worcestershire.
"6. Of Buckinghamshire.
"8. Of Pembrookeshire.
"9. The Names of Recusants of Staffordshire."
All which were read particularly.
and for securing the King.
Next, his Lordship reported further, "That the
House of Commons offered another Paper to their
Lordships Consideration, desiring them to join with
the House of Commons for securing of the King at
this Time; which Paper was read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament,
having received Informations of dangerous Designs
and Practices by Priests and Jesuits, and ill-affected
Persons, to disturb the Peace of this State, and the
Proceedings of Parliament, and to attempt upon the
Persons of many of the Members of both Houses;
and well knowing that there is no Way to prevent the
Mischief which the Malice of such Men may suddenly
bring upon this Realm, to the utter Subversion of our
Religion, Laws, and Liberties, but by putting the
Kingdom into a Posture of Defence, and so to be
ready upon all Occasions to oppose Force to Force;
they the Lords and Commons have thought fit to appoint and ordain, and do hereby appoint and ordain,
the Earl of Essex to have the Trained Bands of the
several Counties in Readiness, and do hereby give
him Power to command them, whensoever there shall
be Need, to march, and gather themselves into a
Body, and to oppose and set upon all those who shall
attempt or do any Thing, which may be prejudicial
to the public Peace, or dangerous to the Parliament
in general, or to any of the Members of Parliament
in particular; and they the said Lords and Commons
do likewise hereby require and enjoin all the Trained
Bands of the several Counties, and every particular
Person who is Officer or Soldier of these Trained
Bands, to be obedient to the Commands of the said
Earl, as they will answer the contrary at their Perils.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about the Safety of the Kingdom.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir William Armyn, Baronet:
To desire a Free Conference, by a Committee of both
Houses, touching the Safety of the Kingdom.
The Answer hereunto returned was:
That this House will give a Meeting presently, as is
desired, in the Painted Chamber.
Lords not to depart till the House adjourns.
The Peers were enjoined not to depart the House
until it be adjourned, without Leave of the House.
Then this House was adjourned during Pleasure, and
the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended,
the House was resumed; and the Lord Keeper reported
the Conference, to this Effect: videlicet,
"The House of Commons did acquaint their Lordships, That they have discovered some Things further
About Beale's Narration;
searching the Earl of Worcester's House.
concerning the Plot which was related by Beale; for,
upon Examination, they are informed, that there are
Two such Priests as Father Jones and Father Andrewes,
Jones, they understand, is here in Town, at the Earl
of Worcester's House; and Andrewes is described to
be near Fifty Years of Age, and uses to come much
to Sir Basill Brooke's House. And they let their Lordships (fn. *) know, that the House of Commons have caused
a Guard to be set about the Earl of Worcester's House;
and have Ordered, That his House shall be searched;
but, because he is a Peer of this House, they have first
acquainted their Lordships therewith.
and for pardoning any of the Conspirators that will surrender.
"That the House of Commons thinks it fit, that a
Declaration be made, that whosoever of the Hundred
and Eight Men designed to do this Mischief shall
come in, and discover the same, both Houses will be
humble Suitors to the King, that they may be pardoned; and they shall be well rewarded.
Militia of both Sides Trent.
"That the House of Commons desires, that their
Lordships would join with them in the Ordinance,
concerning the Earl of Essex; and the like Ordinance
they desire may be for the Earl of Hollande, that he
may command the Trained Bands on the North Side
of Trent; and that they may nominate particular Men
of Trust in every County, to take Care of the Militia, that the People may know whom to resort
Isle of Wight.
"That the House of Commons desires that the Isle
of Wight may be secured, by sequestering it into
another Hand for the present.
and the Forts of the Kingdom.
"And that the Forts and Castles of this Kingdom
may be secured.
Priests and Jesuits.
"And lastly, the House of Commons desired that
Search may be made in the City, and the Liberties,
for all Priests and Jesuits, and for all suspected Persons; and that their Names and Conditions may be
delivered into the Parliament."
Earl of Worcester's House to be searched.
Hereupon it is Ordered, That James Maxwell,
Esquire, Gentleman Usher of this House, shall join with
any such as the House of Commons shall appoint and
employ, for the searching of the Earl of Worcester's
House, and any other Recusants Houses, being the
King's Subjects, for the apprehending and taking of
any Romish Priests and Jesuits whatsoever.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir
Edward Leech and Dr. Bennett:
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with this Order.
To let them know, That this House agrees with the
House of Commons, for searching the Earl of Worcester's House, for Priests and Jesuits. For this Purpose, they have assigned Mr. Maxwell to be joined with
such others as the House of Commons shall employ in
this Business; and that this House agrees for the
searching of the House of any others of the King's
Subjects that are Recusants, if there shall be Cause so
Search for Jesuits.
Ordered, That Thomas Wall, and the Justices of
the Peace for Midd, and London, to whom he delivered
the Orders of this House (fn. †) last Night, for the present
searching for Priests, shall attend this House, at Two
a Clock this Afternoon, to give an Account what they
have done therein.
List of the Queen's Priests to be sent in.
Ordered, That the Earl of Dorsett, Chamberlain
to the Queen, do move Her Majesty from this House,
That She will be pleased to send a List of the Names of
such Priests as belong to Her.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in post meridiem
hujus instantis diei, hora 2a, Dominis sic decernentibus.
St. Germain and De Chair to be examined.
It was moved, "That the Committee of the House
of Commons desires that Mr. St. Gemain, and Peter
de Chair, may be sworn, and afterwards examined (fn. *) by
the deputed Lords:" And it was declared, "That
any Peer of this House may be present at the said
Examination, if he please."
Order concerning Examinations and Interrogatories.
Ordered, That when any Committee do return any
Examinations into this House, they shall return the Interrogatories upon which the Witnesses were examined.
Ld. Strange's Letter about the State of Lancashire.
The Lord Wharton signified to this House, "That he
had received a Letter from the Lord Strange, Lord
Lieutenant of Lancashire, which had some Particulars
in it fit for this House to know." Then the Letter
was commanded to be read; wherein it was said, "That
his Lordship was upon his Guard; that some in that
County were stronger than he;" and said further,
That, if ever Need was to look to Lancashire in our
Time, it is now." Upon this, the Lord Wharton had
Command to give the Lord Strange Thanks from this
House, for his timely Information of the Danger of that
It being agreed, That the Lord Strange's Letter
should be communicated to the House of Commons; it
was presently sent down, by Sir Edward Leech and Dr.
Wall, a Doorkeeper, committed for neglecting to deliver immediately an Order to the Justices about searching for Priests, &c.
and dismissed from his Place.
Thomas Wall, one of the Door-keepers of this House,
being called in, to give an Account of the delivering of
the Orders of this House to the Justices of Midd. and
London, for the searching for Priests and Jesuits, last
Night, confessed that he did not deliver them last Night,
but early this Morning: For which Neglect of his, in a
Matter of that Consequence, this House Ordered he
shall be committed to the Prison of The Fleet, until the
Pleasure of this House be further known; and that he
shall never attend about this House any more.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Arthur Goodwin, Esquire:
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about Lord Strange's Letter, and the Command of the Trained Bands on both Sides Trent.
First, he was commanded to give their Lordships
Thanks, for communicating the Lord Strange's Letter
unto them. Next, that the House of Commons desire
a Free Conference, touching that Letter, and other Informations which they have received of that Nature;
and further, to know of their Lordships, whether they
have resolved any Thing concerning the Ordinance of
Parliament, to give Power to the Earls of Essex and Holland for the Command of the Trained Bands.
The Answer returned to the House of Commons
That this House will give a present Meeting, in the
Painted Chamber, as is desired; and touching the Ordinance of Parliament, it is not yet fell into Debate,
being in the last Place; but, as soon as this House grows
to any Resolution therein, their Lordships will acquaint
the House of Commons with it.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure; and the
Lords returning from the Conference, the House was
resumed; and the Lord Keeper reported the Effect of
Propositions of the House of Commons.
"That the House of Commons gives their Lordships
Thanks, for communicating to them the Lord Strange's
Letter; by which, and other Relations from Members of their House, they hold that there may be just
Causes of those Fears.
"1. Next, they desire their Lordships Expedition of
the Ordinance, concerning the Earls of Essex and
"2. They desire an Answer concerning the securing
the Persons of Recusants.
"3. They desire that the Isle of Wight may be secured, as they formerly desired; and that the Forts
of the Kingdom may be fortified.
"4. That the Magazines in the County of Mountgomeryshire may be sequestered into other Hands, for
better Security, they being now in the Hands of a
Servant of a great Recusant.
"5. That they think it fit, that the fortifying of
Milford Haven be taken into Consideration.
"6. They desire that Sir Simon Harcourt may have
a Commission, to levy Soldiers for the Service of
Ireland in the nearest Parts of (fn. *) ; and that Thursday
next may be the longest Time of his Stay there."
To these Particulars this House gave these Resolutions:
The Lords Answer to them.
1. To the First Proposition, it is Ordered, That the
Paper concerning the Earls of Essex and Holland shall
be debated To- (fn. †) morrow.
2. Touching the securing of the Persons of Recusants.
Agreed to by this House.
3. Touching the sequestering of the Isle of Wight into
another Hand; their Lordships will take the same into
Consideration when the House of Commons present their
Reasons why it should be taken out of the Hand where
it is now.
As for the Forts, to let the House of Commons know,
That this House hath given them formerly an Account
of the State of them, and of the Charge which will
be requisite to repair them; and that the Money must
proceed from them.
4. To the Fourth; agreed to.
5. To the Fifth; this House thinks it fit that Milford
Haven be secured, by appointing some Ships to ride in
6. To the Sixth; the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland is to
bring the Commission To-morrow Morning, which he
is to give Sir Symond Harcourt, for levying Men for the
Service of Ireland.
This being done, the Lord Keeper was appointed to
acquaint the House of Commons (who stayed in the
Painted Chamber) with the aforesaid Answers to their
These Answers delivered to the H. C.
Then this House was adjourned during Pleasure, and
the Lords went to the Conference; which, being ended,
the Lord Keeper reported, "That he had delivered to
the House of Commons what he was directed."
House to be called Tomorrow.
Ordered, That this House shall be called To-morrow, at Twelve of the Clock at Noon; and such Lords
as are absent are to be fined Twenty Shillings a-piece,
unless they can give a good Reason of their Absence.
E. of Worcester's House searched.
Mr. Maxwell, the Gentleman Usher, gave this House
an Account, "That, according to their Lordships Order,
he had searched diligently the Earl of Worcester's
House for Priests and Jesuits; but can find none."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem crastinum,
videlicet, diem Mercurii, 17m diem instantis Novembris,
hora 11a Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.