Monday, March 24.
Sir Henry Capel reports, That he has searched the Lords Journal of the last Session of the last Parliament, in reference to
the Judges Opinions about Commitments. This is entered the
7th of December, 1678. "The Lords entering into the consideration of the Impeachment, two questions did arise: 1. Whether
the Judges always commit, or take bail, upon an accusation of
Treason? And, 2. Whether a person, being indicted for Treason,
the Judges are obliged to commit him?" The Judges, before they
gave answer, desired to consult with their brethren. After they
had consulted, they gave this answer: "At the King's Bench
they always do commit, or take bail, as they think fit, and that
the Court of King's Bench may bail him." Then it was proposed,
Whether they bail for Misprision of Treason? They answered, "They do it as they please, in discretion." The question being put, in the Lords House, Whether the Earl of
Danby shall be committed, &c. it was resolved in the negative,
and there was an entry of the Protestation of some Lords, &c.
but that being no part of your Order, we look it not out.
"Whereas the Earl of Danby is impeached by the Commons,
&c. and the Commons have exhibited several Articles, &c.
specified, Ordered, That the Earl of Danby have a copy of the
said Impeachment, &c. and Counsel to assist him in point of
Law, for his defence." Another entry made of the Opinion of
the Lords, in reference to the State of the Impeachments the
last Parliament: "March 19, 1678-9, the House taking into
consideration Petitions of Appeal, &c. Resolved, That, in all
Impeachments, and all incidents relating thereunto, &c. all Appeals, Writs of Error, &c. dissolution of Parliament does not
alter the state of them."
Colonel Titus.] If this Impeachment be a slight business,
and the Lords will not commit the party, and the Lords
will take no notice of your Message, the Treasurer sits
there to judge himself. Let this go, and you can never
answer it to the world, if you slight it to that degree as
to adjourn the consideration of the Lords not committing him, sine die. I move, therefore, that you will adjourn the consideration of this Report to Thursday, ten
of the clock.
Sir Francis Winnington reports.] We repaired to the Chancellor, according to your command, to enquire into the manner
of passing the Lord Treasurer's Pardon. The Committee went
to the several Offices, where Pardons always must pass. At Mr
Secretary Coventry's Office there was no entry, and Mr Secretary
said, "He knew nothing of the entering any such Pardon in his
Office." Then the Committee went to Lord Sunderland's Office, (the other Secretary.) Mr Bridgman, his Secretary, assured
us, "There was no entry of the Pardon there." We then sent
the Chairman of the Committee to Lord Sunderland, &c. He
sent us word, "He knew nothing of the Pardon till the King acquainted the Parliament with it." We found no entry, &c. at
the Signet-Office. From thence we went to the Lord Privy Seal's
Office, where was no entry, &c. and the Lord Privy Seal farther
said, "That if such a Pardon had come to his Office, he would
very well have considered it before he would have passed it."
Then we went to the Lord Chancellor, &c. who said, "As to
the Pardon, &c. he neither advised it, drew it, nor altered one
word of it—And as to the manner, &c. the Treasurer delivered it
to him, and asked him, "Whether omnia et omnimoda indictamenta, &c. impetitus vel non impetitus, did extend to the Impeachment?" The date the 1st of March, &c. The Treasurer desired
"That it might pass with all the privacy in the world, because
he intended not to make use of it, except false winesses should
be produced against him at his tryal, and then he would make
use of it at an extremity." He thereupon wrote the Treasurer a
Letter, "That it was for the service of the King, that the Pardon
should be considered, and if he would take his advice, he should
let the Pardon pass in the regular course, to prevent resuming
the Impeachment against him." Then the next day he met
him, he declared to him the same advice. The Treasurer
told him, "That the King was resolved to have it done in all
privacy." The next day, the King commanded the Seal to
be brought to him, and commanded him to take it out of the
bag. Then the King wrote his name on the top of the parchment, and the person that usually carries the Purse set the Seal
to it; and at that very time this was done he looked not upon
himself to have the custody of the Seal." And the Chancellor farther said, "He took upon himself to make no Memorial
of the Pardon in his Office, and that it was a stamped Pardon
Mr Sacheverell.] By the Report that is made to you, it
is visible, that this Pardon, and the manner of gaining it,
is as dark as the crimes it has pardoned, against the
Stat. of Rich. II. which directs the method of passing the
Seal, &c. That this Pardon is nought, I doubt not, and
not according to that Statute, nor do I doubt that, when
his cunning has deceived you, you may have your end.
The subject has a right of entering a Caveat against any
Patent. In the name of the House, if you, by Order,
&c. resolve that no such Patent be entered, I doubt not
but it will be so effectual, as that never an Officer in
England would dare to touch it.
Mr Garroway.] The Treasurer has mistaken himself in
this, &c. and I am glad he has so. Now let him have no
advantage upon you, since he has missed the right way.
Go on with your business of the Caveat, that neither this, nor any other Pardon, pass in this clandestine
Sir Francis Winnington.] I propose, that a form of a
Caveat, &c. may be drawn, to be entered at the several
Offices. I believe that no learned man can pretend, that
a Pardon can pass in bar of an Impeachment. It is a
duty we owe to our King and Country to be very cautious
how to proceed in this matter; and that it may be put
into such method as may have effect, I would not confine
ourselves to a Caveat; that looks too little for the Commons of England. Consider these two things; first, what
to do in this; and then, how to prevent it for the future;
and I hope you will resolve on apt methods to prevent such
mischiefs for the future.
Mr Secretary Coventry.] What is moved is full of reason. But as to the matter of prevention of passing Pardons in all future cases; if the Commons urge, that no
Pardon shall pass till they be heard, no particular man
goes to a general—That no man shall get a Pardon, till
I am heard—That no Pardon shall pass for robbing or
killing such a man, till I am heard generally—That never was; but that a Pardon pass no farther than a Caveat
Mr Sacheverell.] The Motion that I made was not general, but only to this particular and individual person,
Serjeant Ellis.] This Report is of great concern to do
something upon it. Consider whether the Chancellor, by
the duty and trust of his place, ought not to have acquainted the King with the exorbitancy of this Pardon; neither
fit for the King to grant, nor the Treasurer to receive, in
a clancular and clandestine manner. I think that you may
declare "that the Chancellor has not done the duty of
his place to pass this Patent;" an illegal Patent both in
matter and manner! I offer it to your consideration
whether the Pardon is not absolutely void? The King is
the fountain of Justice and Mercy; he may pardon offenders, but some things the King cannot pardon, though
the Indictment be in the King's name; as that of the repair of a high way, or a bridge, or any nusance, because
all the people are concerned in it, and it is pro bono publico, &c. and is not this matter of the Treasurer, &c. as
public as a high-way, or a nuisance, or any other thing?
This Impeachment is at the suit of all the Commons of
England; neither the King nor the Attorney General are
parties to it. It is in the nature of an Appeal of Rape,
which the King cannot pardon. And now that all the
Commons of England are in the nature of Appellants, I
offer it to your consideration, and would have the Gentlemen of the Long Robe consider, whether this be a good
Pardon, or valid in Law, or not. I advise that, notwithstanding this Impeachment of the House of Commons,
this Pardon has walked in the dark—Let the Treasurer
put his case to it, whether it be a good Pardon in Law,
and put it whether he ought not to be imprisoned. I
move therefore that you will go on to the Lords upon the
Impeachment, and desire that the Treasurer may be imprisoned. This is the reason of all our misfortunes, that
the Lords do not imprison him, and do us Justice at
Mr Powle.] The entering a Caveat by this House in
the several Offices, &c. against this Pardon of the Treasurers is a diminution of the authority of the House; our
obligation must be to the King—Not the Officers to go
to every petty Office to enter Caveats. The very procuring this Pardon is criminal, and it will make those that
have been faulty in it criminal. As for the Pardon, I take
it to be a void Pardon—By 13 Richard II. "all Pardons
for Treason, Murder, Rapes of women, &c." 18 Hen. VI.
"there must be a Warrant from the Chancery; and a
recipe for the date of all Pardons;" otherwise obtained,
they are void within that Stat. Pardons must go by regular steps, and all things are to pass through those hands
that may be accountable for them; otherwise, both the
King and the subject may be abused. Lord Coke, in his
Institutes, says, "that if the Lord Chancellor put the King's
Seal to a Grant, without a Warrant to a Grant, it is Treason." If any thing passes the Seal without a Warrant, it
is void. It is true, that Writs, and things of ordinary
course, as Pardons for killing a person se defendendo, or
by Chance-medley, may pass without Warrant; but where
there is not a Warrant for the Great Seal, as the Statute
appoints, it is absolutely void. The Order of the day is "to
consider of the Conference with the Lords on Saturday,"
where they acquainted you with their intention about a
Bill for banishment of the Treasurer, &c. I suppose that
the meaning of the Lords is, that you should lay aside
the Impeachment and embrace that Bill; but that way is
very improper; for I never heard of a Conference upon an
Order for a Bill to be drawn up, from either of the Houses.
The same power that brings in this Bill on Saturday may
throw it out on Monday, and can this convince any reasonable man that we do Lord Danby Justice? If Danby
can be had to answer Justice, then there is no need of this
Bill, nor Bill of Attainder. Lord Cromwell advised an Act
of Attainder, and the person was never brought to tryal,
and Lord Cromwell was attainted in the same manner. I
hope, as that was the first Precedent, &c. so it will be the
last. If men fly from Justice, let an Act of Attainder follow them; but I am for this Lord's tryal, and I would go
on in the same steps as before. One process of Law is as
much as judgment of Court. The Lords deny Justice to
this House, and the whole Kingdom, &c. and I would
send a Message to the Lords to demand Justice of them,
and send it in writing, to desire that this Lord may be
committed; and when the Lords will not do it, and refuse
to take it into consideration, if great men may offend with
impunity, I know not what will come of it. Therefore I
move as before.
Sir William Pulteney.] It may be this Pardon is conditional, and will depend upon Averment; but admitting
that the form be good, and the Non obstante, I cannot
speak to it till I see it; but whether the King can pardon
any great Minister impeached by the House of Commons,
or not, is the Question?
Sir Thomas Lee.] I would have you demand a Conference, upon the subject-matter of the last Conference, and
so take an opportunity of reasoning with the Lords on your
right, &c. and how this Bill is not suitable to Justice,
and that it will look like an encouragement, &c. of
their assuming to commit, or not commit, a person impeached of Treason, arbitrarily, and the offender may
be protected for want of Justice, that he may retire into the country. What is before you to-day is not the
Pardon, &c. whether it be good or not good, but that
the Lords should let slip the opportunity of committing him, and that he should be so near the King, as to
put you to all this trouble. You may show the Lords,
that they are the Great Court of Justice, and how
can they punish inferior Courts for delay of Justice, when
they snew them the example?
Sir Thomas Meres.] I would have a Conference with
the Lords, rather than a Message; it loses time; as papers and letters do, when persons may speak together. I
would ask a Conference upon the subject-matter of the last
Mr Vaughan.] By what appears to us, this Pardon,
thus let go by the Lord Chancellor, is as ill as what Lord
Danby has done. What we go to confer about, is not ours
or the Lords right, as to the Pardon, but the right of the
Kingdom. All the traytors in England may get away at
this rate. I would therefore send to the Lords, to demand
Justice against the Earl of Danby.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That a Message be sent to the
Lords, to demand Justice, in the name of the Commons of England, against Thomas Earl of Danby; and that he may be immediately sequestered from Parliament, and committed to safe
On a Motion for an Address to the King, to represent the
irregularity of the Earl of Danby's Pardon, &c.
Mr Sacheverell.] I remember, of late, but one singular
instance that you have had benefit by Addresses. That
against the Duke of Lauderdale, and for preventing the
growing greatness of France, you had excellent success in.
That's a single instance against all, &c.
Colonel Birch.] I remember not that success in other
things, as in the Declaration, but I know not why we
should not lay before the King the prejudice this will create,
if the King renews the Pardon of Lord Danby. It is impossible this Nation should be defended, if there be this
precedent of Money squandered away, as has been in
these six years last past. There are twelve or thirteen petty
farms upon the Customs, though given for the defence of
the Seas by Act, &c. I would let the King know this.
A thing may be well done by three or four Officers, and
ill done with fourteen by putting in a friend. Money has
been forgiven and remitted, for what consideration I know
not. What has been well done with 400,000l. has been
ill done with 700,000l. In the garrisons of thirty guns,
not ten mounted; and this, by putting in friends to be
Officers. As for the Plot, "Damn me, why should they
meddle with the Plot?" And "There goes Oates, (says
Danby) the Saviour of England; I hope to see him hanged
within a month;" and persuades others to go away
where they say he is gone—Rather be under one tyrant
than a hundred—I mean France. As for this Pardon,
had I a hundred lives to breathe, I would not breathe
one of them if these things be endured. I would therefore represent to the King, in all humility, that he would
be pleased to lay aside this Pardon.
Mr Garroway.] I would address the King with submission and gentleness; but before they should touch one
penny of our Money, I would have satisfaction about
this Pardon. But when they come with strained stories
of necessity for Money, next to Perjury, the Plot was
upon our purses, and then we were sent home, and did
nothing for the Nation; and for these eighteen years we
have done nothing. But I hope these Gentlemen will be
wiser. If you will address the King, I am not against
it, &c. and send to command the inferior Officers, &c.
for the rest.
Sir John Ernly.] What calls me up is not for Money;
I had no thoughts of it; but for the embezzlement of
the Treasury for these seven years, as is alleged. I have
a paper in my hand, of what has been done in the Exchequer. Of 900,000l. there has gone 700,000l. to the
Navy, and the Bankers; since these six years, not particular to the King's purse one penny. But the additional
Duty went only to the King's purse.
Mr Vaughan.] When a Motion for Money is unseasonable, it will be denied when it is seasonable. When
Laws are broken, it is not by the Prince, but by his Ministers. Addresses have been denied; but (to what Ernly
moved) as we have been unfortunate in our Addresses,
so has the King been in having such Ministers, that have
advised him to deny our Addresses. When Laws were
abused, we addressed; and when we gave the King good
reasons, he yielded to us, and you have as good reasons
now as ever. You had success then, and I hope you will
have so now.
Sir Francis Winnington.] When we appeal to the King
in his Royal power, then it is reasonable he should do
us right; but an Address is a kind of compliment and
wish, and the King may deny us. All that is desired
now is, to represent to the King the undue manner
of Lord Danby's obtaining this Pardon. The parchment was brought to the King. I would know who
brought it, ready cut and dried! When great men are
too hard for honest men—All have complained of the exorbitancy of this man; and we are like to do little service in Parliament, when all the Answer to an Impeachment from the Commons is a Pardon. My Motion is,
"That you would make an Address to the King to stop
any farther Pardon, and on Thursday take into consideration how to prevent such unexampled mischiefs for the
future." Else I shall neither esteem my life, nor my
estate, to be my own.
Lord Cavendish.] I would have a Committee appointed to draw up an Address to the King, as was done in the
case of the Declaration, "That such Pardons may
not pass, but by Act of Parliament."
Sir Thomas Lee.] There is a difference betwixt desiring
the King, "that it may be done for the future," and saying, "that it is against Law, and it ought not to be
done." As Sir Thomas Clifford said, "Give the King Money by Land-Tax this once, and you shall for the future
petition the King that you might give Money by LandTax again." If you enter a Caveat against this Pardon
in the Offices, &c. it is below the dignity of the House.
If you address the King, &c. I would express that the
Pardon is against Law.
Colonel Titus.] You were told the other day (by Howard) of the dismal state of the Exchequer by anticipations,
and now by Ernly of the good estate of it, and what vast
debts have been paid by this Treasurer, and a course
taken for the payment of the Bankers; but in six Terms
it will appear, there has been 231,000l. paid by the
Treasurer for secret service. Both these accounts cannot
be true. By another you are told, "that the Revenue is
so anticipated, it is impossible to be redeemed." I am of
opinion that you address the King, but am far from thinking it fit for the House to enter a Caveat, and as far from
commanding the inferior Officers not to enter the Pardon, &c. But you may address for the inferior Officers to
be punished for entering it. Put a brand upon this surreptitious way of obtaining Pardons, and provide against
such things for the future. Back your Address with reasons, and appoint a Committee and prepare your reasons
to obviate such an inconvenience for the future.
Resolved, That an humble Address be made to his Majesty, representing to his Majesty the irregularity and illegality of the
Pardon lately granted to the Earl of Danby; and the dangerous
consequence of granting Pardons to any persons that lie under an
Impeachment of the Commons of England.
Mr Goring.] I understand that this is the day appointed for Mr Oates and Mr Bedlow to give evidence against
some Members, &c. and I understand that Mr Oates has
complained of me. I thought it a great misfortune; but
if I gave Mr Oates ill language, he was even with me.
I had a bad journey yesterday, and I expect my ague today, and I desire Mr Oates may be heard now.
It was adjourned to the next day.
Tuesday, March 25, 1679.
Mr Oates, at the Bar, reads his accusation against Mr Edward Sackville, viz. After the House of Commons had declared
the Plot, and that I had given my evidence against Mr Coleman,
and he was found guilty and executed, &c. Mr Sackville declared frequently in discourses, "That it was no Plot, and that he
would lay 100l. that Oates was proved a rogue and a rascal."
The Speaker gave Mr Oates a reprimand for what he said the
other day, viz. "The King holds his Crown by the same title I
hold my liberty, &c."
Mr Oates answered,] I am sorry I gave offence to the House,
in what I said, but it was my conscience, and it was truth;
and though I may not say it here, I will say it elsewhere, and believe it too. He was ordered to withdraw.
Mr Secretary Coventry.] Pray consider what this House
will come to, if persons be permitted to speak here at this
The Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Robert Howard.] Mr Oates went very high in his
expressions the other day, and you gave him a gentle reprimand, but now he has asserted the judgment of the
House of Commons and his judgment to be different.
He says, "that he would say the words elsewhere." Let
him know that the House will not suffer it. It is a high
thing, and I would have him told of it sharply by the
Sir Robert Peyton.] It will be very hurtful to give any
discouragement to the King's Evidence. It has already
gone all over the city.
Sir John Ernly.] He tells you, notwithstanding your
tenderness in reprimanding him, "that he will say the
words elsewhere." Send for him, and give him a reprimand.
Mr Garroway.] I would not enter into a Debate of
this nature. Mr Oates is a passionate man, and none of
the best mannered men, but no man can regularly censure Mr Oaies, but he must debate the merits of the
thing he has said. Send for him in, and only admonish
him to use better language for the future, but I would by
no means enter into the arguments of the merits of the
Mr Secretary Coventry.] This language is like a woman
indicted for being a whore, and she says, "she is as
honest as any woman in the highest place." This is
Sir Robert Howard.] I know not but your safety depends upon what Mr Oates has to say of the Plot, and I
would not discourage him.
Sir Thomas Lee.] I am concerned to speak at this time.
Could I sit still, I would. Though the words which fell
from Mr Oates are very considerable, and though they
were true, yet all truth is not to be said at all times.
You can do no less than reprimand him for what he has
said; yet, though he be great evidence, he is not to be
privileged to say what he pleases. The Long Parliament,
in the height of their discontents, &c. were very tender of
any reflections upon the King, though Debates went high
in the House. You can do no less than reprimand him.
Colonel Titus.] I am in some difficulty what to say. I
commend Mr Oates's zeal, but I like not his heat. He
has used the House of Commons little better than the
King. I am not to be angry with a man for pulling me
out of a ditch, though he tears my cloaths. Let him be
called down, give him a reprimand, and let him proceed
to manage his evidence.
Sir Thomas Clarges.] Consider of it farther, before you
call him down. Should he not answer your expectation,
what would you do with him? The fault was only the
unmannerliness of the expression. Consider of it. Should
he say still "that it is his opinion," and you send him
to the Tower, and that opinion be upon your Books, a day
or two hence he may be cooler, and pray defer it.
Mr Seymour.] This is a new way of proceeding. Persons who have been reprimanded at your Bar, ought
to go away satisfied with your pleasure. Though Mr
Oates has done, and may do, great service to the Public, yet he has no privilege to be saucy to his Prince,
and uncivil to you. When you told him of a thing not
fit to be done, he tells you, "he will do it." You can do
no less than reprimand him.
Mr Secretary Coventry.] I am glad you are out of this
business, for fear you should fall into a worse business. I
would have you tell Mr Oates, "That the House expects
not expostulations nor answers from him, but obedience
to the House, and no more."
Mr Oates at the Bar.
The Speaker.] I am commanded by the House to tell
you, that the House is not satisfied with the reply you
made when you was reprimanded for what you said
the other day, and it does not become you at all. You
come not here to expostulate, but to obey the Orders of
Then Mr Oates produced the following evidences against Mr
Mr Ray.] Mr Sackville said, "That Mr Oates, the main evidence against Berry, Hill, and Green, was perjured, and that
the Parliament were a pack of knaves and fools to take cognizance of two such perjured rogues as Oates and Bedlow, and
that, to his knowlege, the Plot would prove a fanatical sectary
Plot to destroy Monarchy. That Bedlow was a perjured rogue,
and a highway-man, and, he wondered that the House would
take cognizance of him." This Mr Sackville said at the Coffeehouse in Bow-street, Covent Garden.
Mr Franklin.] I was at the Coffee-house, about a fortnight
after Mr Coleman's tryal, where Mr Sackville said, "He thought
that Mr Oates was mistaken in his evidence, and would lay a
wager, that Mr Oates was proved perjured in a fortnight's time."
Mr Molineux.] I was at the Coffee-house with Franklin, and
heard Mr Sackville say, "That it was no Plot, and it would be
proved no Plot, for the evidence would be proved perjured in a
month's time; and he would lay 100l. to some shillings, that
there was no more truth in the Plot, than in the killing of Sir
Edmundbury Godfrey; for it was the opinion of the best of the
land, and the King believed that he had killed himself, and was
not murdered." I was questioned by Mr Oates, why I did
not complain of Mr Sackville; but men of better quality than
myself heard what was said, and therefore I thought not fit to
Mr Tizard.] I heard Mr Sackville in discourse several times
say, "That there was no Plot, and that Oates and Bedlow were
rogues, and not to be believed." But I do not remember particular words. At another time, in a great discourse, he was
arguing against the Plot, and said, "Possibly we were in a
dream, and that it was no Plot, and no murder, &c." and
threatened to beat me for saying the contrary.
Mr Speke.] I was at the same Coffee-house, when I heard Mr
Sackville say confidently, "That it was no Plot, and that Oates
and Bedlow were rogues and rascals."
Mr Irwin, an old Taylor.] I heard Mr Sackville say, "That
Oates and Bedlow were rascals, and that none but fools would
Another said, "he did remember little of Coffee-house talk;
company came to him from the other table, and said, "they
admired to hear so much vindicating of Popery."
Robert Smith.] I cannot say much of particulars, but observed
Mr Sackville very zealous to persuade persons that there was no
Plot, after the House of Commons had voted it a Plot, and persons were executed upon their Evidence, and "that none but
fools and knaves would believe it a Plot." They withdrew.
A Message from the Lords, by Baron Thurland and Baron
Littleton, That their Lordships had taken into consideration
the matter relating to the Earl of Danby, and had ordered the
Usher of the Black Rod (before they had received the last Message from this House) to take him into custody, and bring him
to the Bar of the House of Lords to-morrow morning, and that
the Usher had returned their Lordships answer, that he could
not be found (fn. 1) .
Mr Sackville.] I have heard my Lord Chief Justice
Scroggs say, "That it was Mr Coleman's Letters, and not
the evidence, that condemned him." As to the whole
matter that has been said against me, it is a hard thing to
prove a negative; it is impossible. But I have behaved
myself so all my life, as never to be against the King,
nor the Government. I believe that there was a Plot,
but not every thing of the Plot. I shall limit my discourse
so for the future, as not so much as to name Mr Oates,
nor any thing of his former life. He withdrew.
Serjeant Maynard.] Our throats were in danger of being cut, and the King's life of being taken away, and Oates
gave information of it. Coleman was tryed; his Letters were produced, which justified Oates's evidence; upon
which he had his prosecution and death. The House of
Commons voted this a Plot, &c. and the Lords also,
and tryal went upon this, and clear evidence was the
conviction of Coleman. What is now before you? We
are called "fools, and knaves, and rogues, and mad
men," for believing it. I hope the Gentleman will not
continue among us, to be a companion of fools and
knaves. Where did this Gentleman do this? At a coffee-house and taverns. It has been a great design, and
general in the Nation, to disgrace the evidence and the
Parliament, and then the Plot was a foolish thing. It is
a great charge upon this Gentleman, and deserves the
severest censure that can be. Put him into such a condition, that Mr Oates and Mr Bedlow may have remedy
against him, and that is by expelling him the House.
It was moved, that the Evidence against Mr Sackville might
Mr Hampden.] I remember not that ever the Clerks
did read an Evidence given viva voce at the Bar, unless
when a paper is given in (to be read) by the Evidence.
The crime of this Gentleman is invalidating the King's
Evidence. What has been delivered by the Witnesses is
not so long, but it may be remembered. You need no
more than to consider whether the Evidence be sufficient to prove the charge against the Gentleman.
Mr Vaughan.] Though the words were spoken of a
Parliament that is gone, and dissolved, yet as to the Plot,
their opinion is still your opinion. The words proved
upon this Gentleman are as bad as can be; and if you
believe them to be spoken, you need not any farther to
have the Evidence repeated.
Sir Francis Winnington.] The particulars, as I apprehended, of the Evidence, were, that this Gentleman should
say, "That Oates and Bedlow were perjured rogues," and
"that the Parliament that voted it to be a Plot, were a
pack of fools and knaves, that would meddle with the
Plot, or believe it." Smith, and the first Evidence,
proved, "That he said it was a fanatical Plot to destroy
Monarchical Government." Pray put these things down
in your Question.
Mr Du Bois bringing the words he had collected from
the Evidence to the Clerk,
Sir William Coventry said,] No man takes notes exactly, and no man is to be believed more than another.
When Witnesses give Evidence at a tryal, no man takes
notes of it for the Jury, but they may take notes for
themselves. When a Committee reports a matter, &c.
then the Evidence is reported, because all of the House
are not present at the Committee, and so all must be
informed of the Evidence, to give judgment upon it.
But in this case you have nothing farther to do, but to
give your opinion of the whole matter. If you believe
the Evidence, then put it into a general charge.
Resolved, That it appears to this House, by Evidence heard this
day at the Bar, that Mr Edward Sackville, a Member of this
House, has, in several public discourses, dishonoured and aspersed the King; and that he has gone about to make it be believed
that there is no Popish Plot, by vilifying and disparaging the
evidence given for the discovery thereof, and contemning the Proceedings of Parliament thereupon; and endeavouring to stifle the
belief of the murder of Sir Edmundbury Godfrey by the Papists.
Ordered, That Mr Edward Sackville be sent to the Tower,
and that he be expelled the House.
On a Motion that the King be moved to turn him out of
his employments, &c.
Mr Secr. Coventry.] He has committed great faults,
and all extensive to his punishment. But when the King
is particularly moved, I would not have you confine the
King to punishment, but leave that to the King.
Sir William Coventry.] The King must take cognizance that this Gentleman is turned out of the House. Is
it your intention to have that a secret? For these and other
reasons, the King may examine the matter over again, to
punish it his own way; therefore I would leave that part
of your punishment to the King, to do in it as he pleases.
Mr Boscawen.] It is worthy your consideration, whether you will acquaint the King that you have turned out
your Member; but then you may let the King know his
crimes, and you will see whether such persons will be kept
still about the King.
Mr Mildmay.] The danger of England is not so much
by Papists, as by Protestants in masquerade—Some prosessed Protestants hold dangerous correspondences with
Papists; and whether this Gentleman be not such a correspondent, as disparages the Protestants, and King, and
Parliament? This now is a precedent—The spirit of
England is as much in this Plot as ever; but I know not
how that place was spirited that sent this Gentleman
hither. I would therefore address the King, to let him
see the sense of the House, of the danger the Kingdom is
in, of any man thus mixed and touched, to be in any
employment; and humbly to desire his Majesty, that he
may be dismissed from all his employments, and disabled
from farther employment; that this may be no discouragement to Parliaments.
Resolved, That his Majesty be humbly addressed to remove Mr
Sackville from all public Employments and Trusts.
Mr Boscawen.] When sentence is giving, the Serjeant ought to be within the Bar with the Mace, and the
Gentleman without the Bar. I know not how you will
favour this Gentleman, but, by course of Parliament, he
ought to kneel while the Speaker gives the sentence.
Lord Cavendish.] I like any opinion of the House that
looks like justice, and not animosity. Col. Wanklyn was
turned out of the House, for selling protections, and he did
not kneel (fn. 2) . I would have nothing look like partiality.
Sir Thomas Lee.] I am unwilling to speak in this case,
but I would not have examples of the last Parliament,
where we were pretty tender to one another. No man
knew, in Wanklyn's case, whose turn it might be next.
When judgment is given to a man's face, he always kneeled, &c. In the last Parliament, some were sent to the
Tower without hearing their sentence. But pray let this
sentence be, according to the old course of Parliament,
Sir Harbottle Grimstone.] All the Journals since Queen
Elizabeth's time show, that all persons sentenced at the
Bar were upon their knees, and I know no reason this
Gentleman should be dispensed withal.
No Question was put upon Mr Sackville's receiving his sentence upon his knees, it being agreed to be the constant Order of
Mr Secretary Coventry.] I am not satisfied with it,
but would have a Question for it.
Sir Thomas Player.] In putting this Question, pray do
not make a doubt, whether you'll have less honour done
you than your Predecessors have had. It is an acknow
ledgment that he was a guilty person, and his sentence
just, and pray let old customs be kept.
Sir Ralph Ashton.] I never knew that a criminal was
not brought upon his knees to receive his sentence at the
Bar, since the 21st of King James.
Mr Sackville was brought to the Bar, and kneeling,
The Speaker said,] The House has considered of the
crimes you have been accused of, and the evidence, &c.
They find them of a dangerous nature, and tending to
the dishonour and scandalizing of the King, and justifying those who were in conspiracy against his life. You
have contemned the Parliament, and slighted the Members; you have cut off mens procuring further discovery of the Plot; and, in what you say in your
discourse, you follow the dead to his grave, (Godfrey,)
who died for his service to the King and Kingdom. Therefore I am ordered to tell you, that you are to be committed to the Tower; and, because you have so little regard to the safety of the King and Kingdom, I am to discharge you from your attendance any longer in Parliament.
Mr Sackville.] I hear there is an Address intended to
the King to remove me from my employment. I hope
it is not the desire of the House to ruin me, for I have
nothing else to eat bread with.
He was taken into the Serjeant's custody.
Mr Oates named several Members for evidence against Mr
[Ordered, That a Bill be brought in to summon Thomas Earl
of Danby to render himself to justice, by a day to be therein
limited, or, in default thereof, to attaint him.]