Friday, May 20.
Mr Harbord reports, from the Committee of Enquiry into the
Miscarriages of the Navy, some Miscarriages of Sir Anthony Deane,
and Mr Pepys, relating to Piracy, &c. (fn. 1)
Colonel Scott informed the Committee, "That having opportunity of acquaintance with several great men belonging
to the Navy, by their death he is discharged from obligation
of privacy, things being now settling in England. He said,
"That Monsieur Pelisary, Treasurer General of the French
King's Navy, showed him several Draughts of Models of Ships
sent him from England; the Government of the Admiralty;
the Number of Ships; the Strength and Condition of the Navy;
Methods of Sea-fights, collected from the best Sea-commanders;
the Satisfaction of the Sea-men, those bold fools, who for Money will do any thing; Maps of the Sands and Soundings of
Medway and the Kent Shore, the Isle of Wight; Remarks upon
the present Condition of Plymouth, and Plans of Sheerness and
Tilbury. He who brought the Yatchs for the Canal of Versailles, was Captain Deane, who could give a farther account.
All these Papers were signed by Pepys. Monsieur Pelisary had orders to use Capt. Deane with great kindness. He is the same per
son, who is now called Sir Anthony Deane. He said, Pepys would
not part with these things but for so good an end as 40,000l.
(But there is a mystery in this, more than I dare speak of.) But
said Scott, "I hope these rogues that have betrayed their country
are not of our Religion, the Reformed." Pelisary answered,
"They are of the Devil's Religion; let us drink off our wine."
Because there are endeavours to take off Scott's Testimony, he
desired two that are at the door might be examined.
The Evidence, at the Bar, said, That in 1674, he had a promise to command the Jersey frigate, bnt Esquire Pepys hindered
him of it. The only reason was, "That the place was too good
for him," and he told him, the Duke of York said it was; it was
a command for the best Knight in England. The command was
never settled upon any one. In May 1679, he saw Colonel Scott
in London, and often heard him say, "That Pepys was a great
betrayer of his country, and in time he would make it appear;
and that Pepys was one of the Arch-Traytors of the Kingdom."
And he heard Pepys commend the Catholics for their constancy
Mr Harbord.] There have been reflections upon Pepys
formerly as to his Religion (fn. 2) ; and by collateral proof,
I shall much convince the House, that he is not of our
Religion. I am sorry I must say it of a man I have lived
Then was produced another Evidence.
John James, at the Bar, owned his hand, and the contents of
his Information, given in writing, to be true, viz.
John James, of Glentworth, in the County of Lincoln, said,
"That, when he served Mr Pepys as a Butler, there was one Morello, who used to say Mass at the Queen's Chapel, St James's, Somerset-House, and Whitehall, and usually went into the room with
the Queen. He was frequently shut up with Pepys in his closet,
singing of Psalms. He used to carry a pistol and a dagger, and
went often into St James's Park, and went to Pepys's house at
Chelsea. He was a learned man, and would dispute with Pepys
in Philosophy. He would be often up till three of the clock,
singing Psalms, and Pepys and Morello were shut up together.
Pepys would commend the Catholics for their constancy in Religion—He hath heard Morello say, he had studied at Rome.
He had Beads and Pictures, and a private door to his room;
and when a Proclamation was out for Papists to go out of
Town, Pepys helped him away with his Papers and Books. He
has heard Pepys say, "That there was not an Employment in the
Navy for any man, unless in the Duke's Books, and directions
from the Duke."
Sir John Hotham.] I spoke with Mr Oates in the Lobby,
who says, "He knows this Morello, and that he was a
Jesuit, and with great importunity procured himself to
have the care of the English business."
Mr Garroway.] This is one of the branches of the
Plot. We have a Land-Plot; this is a Sea-Plot. Posses
yourselves of it, by reading the Report at the Table. See
Serjeant Maynard.] I think this comes near the charge
of the Lords in the Tower. I would have the Papers put
into the Speaker's custody.
Mr Secretary Coventry.] It is reasonable that Pepys
should have Copies of the Papers.
Serjeant Maynard.] I would know whether ever Copies
of Informations can be given to a man accused or indicted
in any Court. You must first head them, and he may
have Copies of the Articles in due time, when you think
fit. Entries must be made first in the Journal, and then
you may see what Defence can be made for giving the
French King such information as you have heard.
Mr Pepys makes his Defence.] It is a mighty misfortune that I
am charged with so many accumulative ills at once, and all by
surprize. I will not speak by way of complaint of the Proceeding, but bemoaning myself in this Charge upon me of breach of
my Duty to my King, my Country, and the Government; in all
which respects if I am guilty, and what is charged be true, I deserve to be thought the greatest Criminal in the world. But
pray allow me to say this, that I have not failed in any attendance upon the Committee, &c. and I never heard of any accusation from Colonel Scott there, nor from James. All this accusation is as fresh to my hearing, as it is totally foreign to all the
actions of my life. It is not reasonable that I should be acquitted of this Charge by any professions of my own, but I submit to
any method of purging myself. As a Member, I know not whose
misfortune it may be to fall under reproaches, and I expect no
more than as any Member would by himself, as an Englishman,
and a Member. But I will not let you go away without making some Defence for myself. If I fail in repeating the Charge, it
will be for want of memory, and not design. I am accused,
"That I was a man concerned in the Ship Hunter, &c." (See
the printed Journal.) I appeal to the Committee, whether any
thing passed there, &c. There was one Query, "Whereas the
House was informed that there were several hearings about the
Ship Hunter at the Admiralty, &c." I was demanded what passed
there of all that matter. As to what related to the Hunter before the Lords of the Admiralty, and related to myself, I answer,
it never was at the Admiralty, nor was I directly nor indirectly
interested in any thing of it. I knew neither Ship, nor share in
her, nor the cause there depending. If I did, never trust me more.
I beg I may be referred to my Books. Possibly, in the Dutch
War, applications might be made to the Admiralty for Letters of
Reprisal, and such a Commission might be granted. If upon
search there appears to be such a Commission, I will take upon
myself the blame of it, so cautious I was of it. As for the other
part of the Information, the Informer will not say he ever knew
me; for the Captain is a stranger, &c. and till he seized the
Ship, I knew nothing of it. It is not improbable, that when this
Cause was at the Council Board, the Case was stated in writing,
and the foulest practice that was ever done by Englishmen. Supposing this Case of the Ship Catherine as it is stated, it is worthy
your enquiry, as the greatest piece of cheat that ever was, and so
filthy in all circumstances of those that complain, that I wish
you saw all the Proceedings. If any man will say, I know a
word of the Ship Hunter, &c. to be true, I will give it under my
hand, that I am the greatest villain in Nature. As for the
charge of Colonel Scott, (Lord! Sir,) it is a crime upon me of
that weight, a man of my place, and in a time so dangerous,
that I am willing to contribute to my own prosecution to clear
myself. This Gentleman I know not, nor ever saw; I know neither his name nor quality. Where is his abode or dependencies?
he is to me utterly a stranger. This House made not the Committee a Secret Committee. I hoped that before this had been
reported to the House, I might have been thought worthy to
have heard something of it; but I was not privy to any part of
this; but let that hardship go. I overheard a Gentleman say,
"Is not this that Colonel Scott that gave Information the last
Parliament?" I know it not. The story is this. There was
an Information about the breaking out of the Plot, from an Officer at Gravesend, that a stranger came thither on Saturday
night, and walked about all Sunday, and would have hired a
boat to carry him away any where. He set up his horse without the town (I will do nothing with malignity.) This man made
his escape before he could be seized; he was pursued to Deal and
to Dover. This man could not get passage directly, but goes to
Sandwich, and so to Rye, under the name of Godfrey. The House
commanded me to seek after him. The Lord Mayor found out his
lodgings, and found Papers of ill importance, which were delivered
to the Speaker, and are now in the Secret Committee's hand. I
would not have troubled you with this story without some reflection upon it. If the same be true of this Gentleman (Scott)
you will find, that these Papers, found at his lodgings, were just
such Papers as he accuses me of. What construction you will
make of it, I will leave to you. Now whether Scott does this
to quit scores with me, I know not; but this I am sure of, for
writing into France, to the Ambassador, or any French Minister,
or for communicating any of these weighty secrets, it is out of
my province, for the fashions of ships, &c. are entirely out of my
watch. In these Papers you will find all Representations, as reported from the Navy Officers to the House, word for word, and
the Ordnance, transcribed. He tells you, "That the Papers in
France, &c. were signed by me." 'Tis Scott's "Yea, by report;"
'tis my "No, before God Almighty." I have ever industriously
avoided being within the smell of the French Ambassador. As
for this James, this is an Information of a servant against his
master, and a Member of the House, and that Member never
called to the Committee to hear it. For the thing itself; this
man was my Butler, recommended to me by Sir R. Mason; he
had been servant to Sir William Coventry, and in his way was a
very ingenious servant; but it was his ill luck to fall into an
amour with my house-keeper, and, as fortune was, Morello overheard their intrigues, and catched them together at an unseasonable time of the night. It was Sunday, three o'clock in the morning (the better day the better deed.) I turned him away, and he
was never in my House since; but I had cause of suspicion that
James came within my House at a window, and robbed me. As
for Morello; my leisure will not permit me to go abroad for
diversion, and I sent abroad for a man of learning, and a
good Musician; a Merchant, one Hill, sent me over Morello.
His qualifications are these: He is a thorough-bred Scholar,
and may be the greatest Master of Music of any we have. He
came to Lishon a page to a great man; and my friend, Thomas
Hill, found him out there for me. There are Members of the
House, if they will, can tell you, that Hill is not a man of that
strain. I have entertained myself harmlesly with him, singing
with his Lute, till twelve o'clock, when it was time to rest. At
Lishon he was thought so moderate a Catholic, that he was under some suspicion. There is a Member, who knows him so
well to be a harmless person, that I need say no more. Another thing was said, "That he uses to go on Saturdays to Chelsea
with me," I never went with him one night to Chelsca. If
ever he lodged there one night, let all be taken for true that is
alleged. As for staying him after the Proclamation, &c. I never stayed him; he went publickly out of town to a friend in
the country. He shall attend you, when you please; and if he
lives not with all the harmlessness and virtue, that a stranger can
live in a strange country, never credit me more. This is as
much as a Member can say in such a matter.
Sir Anthony Deane makes his Defence.] In the Dutch War,
1673, seven or eight persons were minded to set out a Privateer.
I had an eighth part, which was about 400l. The Bills of Sale, and
all things thereunto relating, you shall see when you please.
Next, it is said, "That the furniture of the ship was taken out
of the King's Stores." I never knew any thing of fitting the ship
out but paying the Money, and the person is living that received
the Money—And if they that commanded the ship have not
done what they ought to do, you may punish them. I had for
my eighth part 35l. The vessel went to sea, and took Prizes, and
at Calais, a Prize was condemned, and the Captain (Moone) spent
the Prize there, and returned with the ship to Dover, and I never saw a penny, nor had a penny of that Prize. By chance, the
very individual account of the vouchers I have. The matter
has been before the King and Council, and discharged there.
The Captain was committed at his return, and removed himself
by Habeas Corpus, and never showed cause why he made the
Prize away. He gave it out, "That he was set on by some English Merchants to say that the ship was set out by the King's
Stores." This is all I know, as to Captain Moone. It was
never in my thoughts to procure a French Commission—The
ship called the Catherine was manned by Dutch, which was
the cause of the Turkish War—This is no free ship—This was
taken by Captain Swaine—Dutch ships, not naturalized, you
have confiscated. As to Colonel Scott's Information; I was a
builder of ships at Portsmouth, and the King sent for me to go to
the King of France, with two boats, for the Canal at Versailles,
the depth of my stick, about three foot and a half. The Question was, whether they should be at the King's charge, or the
French Ambassador's. Says the French Ambassador, "we will
pay for it." I built them in obedience to the King's command, little thinking I should be questioned here for it. The boats were
carried nine miles by land to Versailles. At the King of France's
desire, I went over to see them carried to the Canal. The King
went into the Vessel, and failed with me. When I had done all,
&c. the King of France presented me with 600 Pistoles, for my
charges, and his Picture set with Diamonds, worth 200l. and
he gave my Son a Medal of 100l. the Captain of the Convoy, a
Chain of 100l. and the men that took the pains were rewarded
accordingly. I was used well, and kindly, but could not speak
one word of French. I was not presented to the King of France,
but by my Son, who spoke French. Such was my caution. I
endeavoured to improve my time whilst I stayed, by information
of their whole methods of Government of their Navy, which I
presented to Secretary Williamson, the Duke, Lord Anglesea, Secretary Coventry, and my Lord Treasurer, to show them, they had
no need of learning from England, they had got into so excellent
a method. I did present a man, &c. to give an account of all their
Ports, but that man came short home, and I feared to send another. In the presence of God, I speak it, I never sent any
Plan of Forts, or Soundings, &c. All things in France are in such
order, that, for my part, I was afraid to see it. I, that have done
this! And never gave any one mark or line to the French. I have
twelve children to take care of, and I to think of a better way
than that happy station I was in !—I have bewailed and lamented
our station—I hope you will take it from a Gentleman. If it
should be the last word I should ever speak, I never carried script
nor scroll from Mr Pepys to Monsieur Pelisary. This is the
truth of all I know, and nothing in the world more than I do
know. A Member of this House, who was lately at Paris,
named this Col. Scott, to have given all intelligence to the French
Court; this man that did it, said it to me on Sunday, by accident. For these nineteen years I have faithfully served the Navy, and more regulations have been under my hand, than were
ever before. This, I hope, will give satisfaction to the House.
Sir Joseph Williamson.] It is but due to this Gentleman
to give you an account of his care, and great care. I
must do him right, that he carried all his queries along
with him into France. It is not happy, when such things
as this arise in great Assemblies. Deane sent a man of his
own trade to be farther informed of the French naval affairs, and he came short home, which deterred another
from going. I have borrowed great lights from Deane.
I remember one thing that Deane forgets. There was a
time when the French sent the Marquis de Signelays
(fn. 3) , who
took his way, affectedly out of his way, by Portsmouth.
I remember, Deane laid a counterplot against the Marquis,
to prevent any information he could get of the Navy.
Mr Sacheverell.] I have heard the Report from the
Committee, and the Gentlemens Defence, but I would
not have the thing lightly passed over. If what is charged against them be true, they are as great crimes as
the Lords in the Tower are charged with. If you will
not go forward with this matter to-day, the Witnesses may be heard at the Bar to-morrow, and then you
may hear what they can say for their justification.
Mr Harbord.] These Gentlemen have made long
speeches in defence of themselves, and made themselves
innocent. But I will call Witnesses to prove those ships,
&c. fitted out of the King's Stores. It was said to Pepys,
by one, at the Council-Table, "That he would forfeit
500l. if he did not prove this to be true. He will undertake to prove this of the Hunter;" and as for the Information given by Pepys's Butler, &c. the Butler had 500l.
security for his honesty. When you had an account, the
last year, of the two Navies, the French, and the Dutch
—In this, Deane now contradicts himself. The Duke
of York is put out of Commission of Admiral by Act
of Parliament, and yet these men must be directed by
the Duke, to put the Navy into Papists hands. Pepys is
an ill man, and I will prove him so.
Sir Francis Rolle.] Pepys has been very unfortunate in
his Servants; one accused to be in the Plot (Atkins his
Secretary!) another, his best maid, found in bed with
his Butler! another accused to be a Jesuit! very unfortunate !
Sir William Coventry.] This James was formerly my
Butler. I do not love to do ill offices to one that has
served me, but when he was with me, his service was not
so direct, as to recommend him to a friend.
Mr Pepys.] All know I am unfortunate in my Servants, but I hope that is no crime to be so. I have not taken servants at hap-hazard. I have had bond for James,
and a recommendation of Morello. That I am unfortunate is my misfortune. The account I gave you formerly
of the French Fleet, I had not from foreign hands, or
French Secretaries, but from Lord Arlington and Deane.
Mr Garroway.] I never desire to have crimes so charged,
but to be proved. You have called in Witnesses, &c.
Now the matter is, how you will proceed. I like not to
have Felony and Treason put up. There were crimes
charged against the Duke of Lauderdale, &c. and the
Witnesses were sent away, you may remember. Either
these Witnesses speak true, or false. I think that those
mens Evidence is a ground of charge, and whether you
will impeach them, or let the Attorney General prosecute them, you cannot leave it.
Mr Secretary Coventry.] It was said by a Gentleman,
(Pilkington,) "That the Information against Colonel Scott
was, that he might be clapped up, and starved." But it was
Conyers, the Jesuit, who was searched for in the City, and
Scott's absconding himself gave the suspicion against
him. When Scott was seized, at the Quarter Sessions, at
Dover, he said his name was Johnson. His Father's name
was John, and he was John's son. He is at this time
under a recognizance. You are told, "That these very
Papers are in Scott's hand that he accuses Deane of."
Scott pleaded, "That he was in France to survey the Prince
of Conde's land in Burgundy and Picardy, and had a
thousand pounds for his pains."
Mr Harbord.] Secretary Williamson said, "That he
thought Scott the ablest man in England for a West India
voyage, and it was pity to lose him." Scott has a testimonial from De Wit, that he commanded eight Regiments
of Foot for the relief of Flanders. A great man in England told me, "That Scott was attempted to be corrupted to bear false witness against him, and Scott detested
it." Though the matter is not Treason against Pepys,
yet it is Felony, &c.
Mr Sacheverell.] I move that the Serjeant may take Pepys
and Deane into safe custody, and they may be heard tomorrow, that they may have time to make their Defence,
and you will be just to them, and yourselves too.
Mr Harbord.] I must remind you, that the night you
committed Mr Bertie, Mr Brent was with him at the
Devil Tavern, one that was as deep in the Treasurer's box
as any man. Bertie is charged with 100,000l. &c. and
I will tell you of 200,000l. not put to account. The
King's debts will pay themselves, if you look into these
things. This will be made out against Bertie. If you
are in earnest, take care that these persons be kept. These
are not proceedings like great men, nor Englishmen, and I
would have Pepys and Deane committed to the Tower.
Let them withdraw, and you may debate it.
Mr Secretary Coventry.] This looks proper for an Accusation, but not for Conviction. I would have you do
equally. You have taken one part of the Evidence at the
Bar, and left another part to your Committee. I would
have all the Evidence at the Bar, and then it is equal.
Mr Seymour.] I speak to Method of Proceeding only;
what I propose is to your Justice; you will do it to every man; especially to those who have the honour to be
Members of this Body. The Parties should have had the
Matter before them for some time to make Answer. But
now you have another Rule to walk by. You have had
a narrative of the Charge, and their Answer to it, which
you thought not satisfactory, and the Gentlemen are withdrawn. It is not suitable to your Justice, not to be under
Commitment, and now they ought to have their particular
Charge formed and put into their hands, and their Answers must be as particular as their Charge.
Sir Thomas Littleton.] This is not to be understood
such a custody, as that their servants may not bring them
their Papers. Withers's Commitment formerly was by
way of punishment; this is of another nature.
Sir William Coventry.] The Commitment of Withers
was in the height of your zeal, soon after the King's Restoration; and if you commit into close custody, much
more the King may do it; and that stopped your mouths
into enquiry into close custodies the last Parliament.
Ordered, That Mr Pepys and Sir Anthony Deane be committed
to the custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House,
[and that the Matter of the Report, this Day made, be farther
examined, at the Bar of the House, on Thursday next.] See the
Wednesday, May 21.
Mr Treby reports several Letters, and Papers, relating to the
Duke of York's being a Catholic, and Romish correspondences.
The Bill for disabling the Duke of York to inherit the Imperial
Crown of this Realm, was read the second time.
Sir Thomas Clarges.] I desire that there may be no
farther proceeding in this Bill. If I did think that the
Person of the King, Laws, or Religion were in danger
without this Bill, I would give my consent to it with as
great alacrity as any body; but this Bill seems to me to
hazard the King's life. Religion is of great moment to
provide for hereafter, and to secure it by all means lawful and just; but I am taught to do no Evil, that Good
may come of it, and through the consequences of the Bill,
I would not disgrace the Protestant Religion. Justly the
Papist's is called a bloody Religion; let us not so far take
their arguments, that, because they are Idolaters, we may
depose lawful Successors. I have (thank God!) no place
at Court, nor care for any. I desire only to live with
comfort in what I have; and for Religion, to follow
nothing but what the Primitive Christians practised.
When ever did Christians under Arian Emperors spoil
them of Succession, &c.? Julian the Apostate was most
violent against Christians; though they suffered their persecutions with patience, yet I well know, that, in his
conquest of Persia, they would not go against him.
They would not do ill, that good might come of it. A
certain unjust thing is not to be done for any just. No
human policy can give you an absolute security of Religion. Are we sure that the Lords will pass this Bill?
The King never will. If he does, when this Law is passed,
we must have a standing Army to maintain it. Here is
a Prince exasperated to the highest degree, and against
his Brother too, and you must have an Army to maintain this Act, and then what security can you have for
your Laws, that you shall be governed by them? The
greatness of power by an Army was lately a complaint in
Parliament, and if there be confusions and dislike of the
Government, the King goes after the Duke, and all is in
confusion. By this Bill, if the Prince of Orange should
but have any communication with the Duke, this Bill
excludes all the Posterity. It is no light thing to consider the Lords in passing this Bill. If they pass it not,
there will be Petitions from the City, and Remonstrances;
and when all is in confusion, you must have resort to an
humble Petition and Advice, as in Cromwell's time, to have
somebody to govern the Nation. This is a new Parliament, and many brave Gentlemen in it of estates, loyalty,
and integrity, fathers and sons who have suffered for
their loyalty. Consider what condition you are in; you
have passed a Law to-day against Popery, and another,
that all Papists shall be convicted by name, and if twenty
be together, they may be knocked on the head; that no
Papist shall sit in either House of Parliament; the Habeas
Corpus Bill; Bill against illegal exactions; and will you,
by this Bill of incapacitating the Duke, &c. lose all these
good Bills, that could never yet be arrived at? What
fruit can the Nation have of this, by an exasperation of
the King? Will not this Bill be as timely three or four
months hence, if it was useful? Suppose the Duke have
a son that is a Protestant, and the Duke lives to see his
son of some age, who can oppose the Duke his father to
come and live with him? We have some divisions amongst us, and discontented people will take any thing
by the hand—Has not the King come very far towards
us? Such condescensions as any would have been glad
of six months ago. I will undertake by them to show
you greater security than in this Bill. The father of
the Succession has been lately taken away (God knows!)
and this King's danger will be greater by this Bill. This
Bill will cause animosities so stupendous and inconvenient
—I cannot recollect much more I had to say, but I move
only, not to commit the Bill.
Very little was said in answer to this, but a great cry, "The
Bill, the Bill."
[The Bill was ordered to be committed to a Committee of the
whole House, on a Division, 207 to 128 (fn. 4) .]
Thursday, May 22.
[A Message from the Lords to acquaint the House, That their
Lordships had appointed Tuesday next, May 27, for the Tryal
of the five Lords, &c.]
Mr Harbord makes a farther Report concerning Deane and
Pepys, (which see at large in the Journal.)
Mr Harbord.] This ship was sent to sea with Deane's
consent, to set upon the Hollanders, after the Peace was
concluded, and the first thing they do is to take an Englishman, &c.
Then he produced the Inventory for Stores for the Hunter,
&c. signed by the Clerk of the Stores. Captain Moone, at the Bar,
acknowleged a Letter which he received from Deane at Dover,
which was read to the House.
[Ordered, That Sir Anthony Deane, and Mr Samuel Pepys, be
sent to the Prison of the Tower, and that Mr Attorney General
be directed forthwith to prosecute them for the Crimes objected
against them (fn. 5) .]
Friday, May 23.
Mr Hampden reports, out of the Lords Journal, how the Impeachments stood the last Parliament, and all things relating
thereunto from March 11, 1678, to May 16, 1679.
Sir Francis Drake.] It is generally reported, "That the
last Parliament had sold the Nation;" as if they came
up to give Money to betray their public trust. I am of
opinion that such were amongst us then. I would have
the Committee report what they are informed of it,
though Bertie's Book is not yet known.
Sir John Holman.] If my name be there, I would have
you know it.
Sir Nicholas Carew.] Though nothing can be got out
of Mr Bertie, yet the Secret Committee knows something.
I know not how long we shall last; and I would have
the World know it.
Serjeant Rigby.] I was of the last Parliament, and I
would know the names of those who have done so basely.
Mr Sacheverell.] I would give Gentlemen some little
light, before I make the Report, &c. how the matter
stands. The Committee will be able to produce several
persons, who can prove Moneys paid, &c. But you have
a Member within your walls, (if you will go to it in
good earnest) that can discover to whom Money and Pensions were paid; and if he will not, he is not fit to be
here. It is Sir Stephen Fox, who, though he has delivered
up the private Books, yet has several Books that can discover it; his Ledger, and other Books of Pensions, &c. before Bertie came in. I move you, that, if he will not give
you an account, you will deal with him accordingly.
The House being informed of several sums of Money paid to
some of the Members of the last Parliament by Sir Stephen Fox,
and that he has Books of Accounts to evidence the same;
Ordered, That Sir Stephen Fox be immediately sent for to attend the House, and do bring with him all the Books, and Papers of Accounts, of any Money that he has paid to such Members, and others, for keeping public tables.
Sir Stephen Fox.] I came but just now from my lodgings, by water, and I was told of the Order, &c.
The Order was read to him. He proceeded,
I know not whether I can do what you command me
in any time. I have paid much Money for "Secret Service," but for these four years I have paid none. I have
paid it as "the King's Bounty," and under such other titles, but not as "Members of Parliament." It is absolutely necessary that I have some time to peruse my Books.
Mr Williams.] Your design is to have his Books,
and you to judge whether the Pensions, &c. given, be
"the King's Bounty," or to what other purpose. This matter has been depending a month; it has been examined
already, and no doubt but Fox has the thing ready for
Mr Garroway.] I would know, whether Fox kept the
Book of Secret Service apart, or mixed with other Accounts.
Formerly, when the Committee of Accounts was, Sir
Philip Warwick brought in 60,000l. Pensions, and in a
little Book "for Secret Service," in one folio, there
were fifty Items of Money "for Secret Service," for Members of the House.
Sir Stephen Fox.] If your design be to know the Money
"for Secret Service," I desire I may have time to ask
leave, &c. When I was discharged, my Books were
commanded from me.
Mr Whorwood.] I think it not fit that any person
should ask leave to do his King and Country service. I
hope he will better consider of it. I hope this Gentleman will be so ordered, that he must bring his Books hither—He has no dependence more upon that unfortunate
person now under the obloquy of the Nation.
Mr Boscawen.] Fox has acknowleged that he has such
Books. You have been told by a learned Gentleman (Maynard)" of corrupting the Fountain of Justice and Law."
If this place has been corrupted, it is God's great mercy
that such a House had not delivered up the Nation to
arbitrary Government. I will not stick to move you, if
Fox will not do it, for a Law to confiscate his Estate, and
to take off his head.
Sir Stephen Fox.] This is an entire surprize to me. I
have made a Book "of Secret Service," but I have delivered up my Books; but I have other Books. I was a
great Accountant, and this "of Secret Service" is mixed
with other Accounts. What is meant is, time to ask leave
to have those Books I have delivered. It will give no satisfaction to the House to bring my Ledgers. They are
great vast Books. I desire that I may have time to ask
leave to recover that Book "of Secret Service" I extracted
out of the Books.
Sir Eliab Harvey.] I would know, whether Accounts
"of Secret Service" are entered into the Ledgers.
Sir Stephen Fox.] All that ever I paid in my life are in
that Book; but they are so intermixed, that you will have
no satisfaction. What I desire, is leave, &c. This, "of
Secret Service," is of divers natures, and the Ledger is of
several millions. That for Secret Service is mingled. When
I delivered up my Books, that particularly "of Secret
Service" I delivered up likewise. I kept no transcript of the
Account "for Secret Service," but it is within that
Sir Francis Winnington.] Fox tells you, that he has
his Ledgers ready, but as for the Book "of Secret Service," he desires to ask leave for it. If the Ledger Book
be brought with the Book "of Secret Service," you may
compare them. I understand that Fox is a well-bred Gentleman; and what he does must be modestly and softly.
I know that 3 Char. I. the Parliament sent to the Office of
the Privy Seal for their Dockets. This we have authority
to do, and I would order him to bring his Ledgers.
Mr Garroway.] I love not hardships, to put streights
upon any Gentleman. I know the fair demeanor of Fox,
and what hardships he has been under. He has confessed
the Book, and I see not how he can ask leave; he is so
great a Master of Accounts, that he keeps transcripts. If
he denies you the Books, you must command his Papers
to be seized, and brought hither.
Sir Stephen Fox.] I would be understood, that I would
not have refused you the Ledgers; but the thing coming
hastily upon me, I desired leave, &c. The Ledgers will
not satisfy you, but if I can obtain leave, I will bring the
Book, or extract of what is "for Secret Service" out of
the Ledger. It was my own care to keep an exact Account, to satisfy the Master I serve. This was not an
employment I desired. I never spoke, nor was adviser,
but I was directly to issue out Money, as I was ordered.
I hope to obtain leave to bring that Book; but I would
be understood that I have not that Book.
Sir Eliab Harvey.] I would know, whether every man's
name is put into the Ledger, to whom Money has been
given "for Secret Service?" If not, the Ledger Book
will do you no good.
Sir Robert Clayton.] Without doubt, Fox is regular in
his Accounts, and you may find them under proper
heads, and you may see the same things in his Ledger
with as much ease as if you had his Book "of Secret
Mr Seymour.] Fox tells you, "that he had a disposition
of Money "for Secret Service," and all is in his Ledger,
and that he has made out a particular Book for Account
of the Money "for Secret Service." I would know,
whether out of his Ledger he can extract it?
Mr Love.] That Book, called the Ledger, will do
your work abundantly. It is but a Cash-Book, "paid
to John and Thomas," and so we post it into the Ledger
Book; so that by looking into the alphabet you may
know in half an hour.
Mr Williams.] Entries of Moneys may be under disguised names, and so you are never the nearer. As
for Fox, he fences with you; he is no Exchequer Officer,
here are no footsteps of his payments. This is a cunning
insinuation. Let him answer plainly, if the Book he
showed the King, be exactly what is entered into the
Sir Stephen Fox.] Nothing will satisfy the House but
the Book "of Secret Service;" the other is so mixed. I
will endeavour to bring that Book.
Mr Garroway.] Fox has given you a shifting Answer,
and no ways satisfactory. I would have his Answer
plainly, whether those in the Ledger be the same sums
Sir Nicholas Carew.] Ask Fox no more questions, but
send some Gentlemen to seize all his Books and Papers
that he has, and to bring them hither.
Mr Williams.] If Gentlemen will suppose this Book
to be with the rest, you may find it; but if in a dark and
close hand, you will not find it. Ask him whether this
Book is in his hand, and let him declare it sincerely.
Sir Stephen Fox.] This Book lies not among my other
Books, but I delivered it up to Lord Danby, but I will
endeavour to bring this Book. It lies in the King's Closet, and I will obtain it, if I can; if not, I will bring
you the best copy I can.
Being asked about the Acquittances, he answered,] I certainly always took Acquittances, and they are with my
Books and Papers at home.
Mr Garroway.] Ask him, and let him answer positively. They have Books wherein men subscribe the Receipts
with their names. I have been conversant in Accounts,
and know that such things are done.
Sir Stephen Fox.] I was not so careful as to enter the
Receipts into Books, but in loose Papers. This business
went on by degrees, 2 or 3000l. per annum, and I am
not an Accountant by law. But could I have foreseen
so long an employment, I would have been more exact;
but I have them in loose Papers.
Sir John Hotham.] Remember the place you are to go
to (Whitehall) and make no Order to seize, nor search for
Books, nor Papers, but take such as he will deliver to
you. He knows your mind, and what is for your purpose; and if he will not deliver them, you may take an
Order with him.
Mr Williams.] Whitehall may be a sanctuary for these
concealments, but no place is sacred against your search.
I would not have that pass for doctrine.
Sir John Hotham.] If it be your Order to search, &c. I
will go as far in obeying it, as any man.
Mr Swynfin.] I would not use your power, till you
have occasion for it. Spend no farther time, but let this
Gentleman (Hotham) go.
Sir John Hotham.] If Fox desire to speak with any body, or go from us, (in this nice point, I desire to understand you fully, and I will serve you fully,) whether are
we to permit it, or not?
Sir Stephen Fox.] My Cash-keeper and Book-keeper
are gone to the Exchange; and if I am not so ready in it,
you will excuse me, and have no ill thought of me, for
I protest I never knew of this before.
Ordered, That Sir John Hotham, Sir Robert Peyton, and Sir
John Holman do accompany Sir Stephen Fox to Whitehall, and
that he do bring his Ledger Book, Cash Book, and Journal, and
his Receipts for Money by him paid, "for Secret Service;"
[and he is enjoined not to go out of the company of the said Members, before they return to the House; and that no Member do
depart the service of this House, untill Sir Stephen Fox and the
other Members do return.]
Sir John Trevor reports, from the Committee of Lords and
Commons, Rules and Orders about the Tryal of the Lords in the
Tower, (which see in the Journal.)
Sir John Hotham, and the rest, return from Whitehall, and
report, That, according to Order, they attended Fox to Whitehall. They were not half a quarter of an hour there, but Fox
called his servants to bring such Books as they had in their custody, and sent for other servants that had the rest. Some
great Books were brought into the room; but whilst he sent for
the Acquittances, the Lord Chamberlain (fn. 6) came in, and spoke to
Fox. Fox said, "These Gentlemen are some Members of the
House, and I shall not speak without their hearing." My Lord
Chamberlain said, "I take notice that you are employed to
search for Books and Papers, but you shall not take any away
out of Whitehall." I replied, "Some, it seems, do make friends
of the unrighteous Mammon. Your Lordship has quick information of what we came about, for our House-doors were shut."
My Lord Chamberlain saw the mistake, and would have debated
some things, but I said, "I was not sent to argue this, or that,
but to obey my Order." (He had been so taught.) My Lord
Chamberlain was very desirous to tell us why those Books were not
to be taken out of Whitehall; but I said, "Let me have what your
Lordship would say in writing, and I will inform the House of
it." But what he said was, "That he dared not consent that
any Books should go out of Whitehall, without the King's Orders, nor that we should inspect any Books, without the King's
command." I had forgot one thing that my Lord Chamberlain
said, viz. "I would not do any thing that should look like the
displeasure of the House of Commons; but I believe if the
House address the King, they may have their desire (fn. 7) .
Several moved, "That Fox should tell the House, upon his
memory, when, and what Monies he had paid to Members
of the former Parliament, and if the House find that he omits
any thing wilfully, that they will take an Order with him.
Sir Stephen Fox.] I hope the House will not lay this
upon me, that no man could have imposed upon me. It
is so easy a way to ask the King's leave for the Books, &c.
that I hope you will take that way. What you desire to
know is four years ago, and I cannot charge my memory
Mr Sacheverell.] I hope he can remember to acquaint
the House, what he told the Committee. He has named
some Gentlemen of the last Parliament, whom he has
paid Money to, &c.
Sir John Trevor.] For my part, I am one of those
that never had any Money. What Question you put to
Fox is a general Question. If he has said any thing to
your Committee, they may report it; and then ask him,
&c. and he is obliged to answer; but to make him a reprover is very indecent.
Sir Stephen Fox.] When I attended the Committee,
several Questions were asked me. I named no persons
to them: They named some to me; and I told them all
the truth I could.
Ordered, That Sir Stephen Fox do, upon his memory, name to
the House such Members of the last Parliament as he paid Money to, for Secret Service.
Sir Henry Ford.] It is very fit that you should arrive
at the knowlege of what the Nation desires to know. Pray
ask Fox, what names, and what persons, and what sums?
Sir Stephen Fox.] At the Committee, I took no notes of
what was asked me, and to recollect it, I cannot do it.
Mr Sacheverell.] I desire to know of him, during the
time he paid Money "for Secret Service," whether he
cannot remember a name? If he cannot, I can.
The Speaker.] Who did you pay Money to, of the
Members of the last Parliament," for Secret Service?"
Sir Stephen Fox.] These are hard circumstances I am
under, either to disobey the House, or to divulge a secret by the King's command. I can name so few persons, that it will give no satisfaction to the House. I named none but what the Committee named to me, and my
memory is not good enough to repeat it. It may be, the
persons may have an Action against me. Upon my memory I cannot tell who I paid Money to "for Secret
Service," and who upon other Accounts. I humbly pray,
that I may not be put to answer.
Sir Robert Peyton.] Fox has Receipts from the persons,
and those will justify him—Possibly some of the persons
may be in his eye.
Mr Bennet.] Seeing you have nothing but evasive anwers from Fox, I would have him withdraw, and consider what is fit to do with him.
Mr Williams.] They that will be ridden shall be ridden—
You have been strangely used at Whitehall. Let him withdraw, and then you will consider what to do with him.
Sir Robert Howard.] The list of all the Members, &c.
is a way proposed to do your business. Will you not assist
your own Order, by letting him have a list to help his
memory? If it be so great a thing as you apprehend,
let not Fox pick and chuse whom he will to accuse.
Mr Boscawen.] For Fox to be the first accuser seems
hard. But let the Clerk read the list of the names of the
last Parliament, and Fox will be careful to tell you no
untruth in those he shall name to have received Money,
and not forfeit his reputation.
The Clerk was ordered to read the names of the Members,
one by one, in the Catalogue, beginning with the Speaker, &c.
Fox charged Mr Seymour, Speaker, at the end of every Session
to have received 1500l. as Sir Edward Turner had received before
Mr Seymour somewhat affrontively answered,] I would
have Fox answer you, whether I received any Money before I was Speaker? In the presence of God I speak it, I
never, directly nor indirectly, disposed of any Money
"for Secret Service." I told the King, "That my fortune
was not sufficient for that service" (of Speaker,) and I was
paid the Money out of the Exchequer; but that was so
troublesome, I desired it might be paid another way; and
it was the only favour Lord Danby ever did me, to let
me receive it out of the Money appointed "for Secret
Sir Stephen Fox.] Neither Clerk nor Agent of mine, to
my knowlege, paid any to Seymour, &c. I might have
paid some to counterfeit names I did not know. I paid
1. Sir Charles Wheeler 400l. per Annum, upon the account of
2. Sir Jonathan Trelawney 4 or 500l. per Annum, upon account
of being put out of the employment of the Excise.
3. Robert Roberts, Esquire, 500l. per Annum, upon account of
4. Sir Philip Howard, upon account of a Farm he had of the
Excise, 4 or 500l. per Annum.
5. Sir Courtney Poole 1000l. per Annum, upon account of "Secret Service."
6. Sir Richard Wiseman 400l. per Annum, as the King's Bounty.
7. Thomas King, Esquire, had some Money, but I know not
8. Thomas Price, Esquire, 400l. per Annum.
9. Herbert Westphaling, Esquire, 200l. per Annum.
10. Humphry Cornwall, Esquire, 200l. per Annum.
11. Sir John Barnaby 200l. per Annum.
12. Sir Lionel Walden, upon account of a Farm of the Excise,
300l. per Annum.
13. Daniel Collingwood, Esquire, upon the same account, 2 or
300l. per Annum.
14. Somerset Fox, Esquire, had a Pension paid out of the Exchequer, but what I cannot remember.
15. Sir Job Charlton had 1000l. Pension whilst he was Speaker.
16. Mr Knowles 200l. per Annum, upon account of the Excise.
17. Robert Philips, Esquire, had 300l. per Annum, upon the
18. Randolph Egerton, Esquire, 4 or 500l. per Annum, upon the
19. Sir George Reeves had several sums of 500l. paid him at a
20. Sir Thomas Woodcock had 200l. per Annum, out of the Excise.
21. Henry Clerk, Esquire, of Wiltshire, ever since he was out
of the Prize Commission, 400l. per Annum.
22. Sir John Talbot 500l. per Annum, upon account of "Secret
Service," paid out of the Excise.
23. Sir Philip Monckton 300l. Pension out of the Excise.
24. Sir Gilbert Gerrard 300l. per Annum, on account of his
Farm in the Excise.
25. Mr William Robinson 200l. per Annum.
26. Mr Edward Progers 400l. per Annum.
27. Colonel Roger Whitley 300l. per Annum, on account of a
Farm in the Excise (fn. 8) .