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into my own conscience, and calling my memory to account so far as I am able, I do plainly and ingenuously confess, that I am guilty of corruption; and do renounce all defence, and put myself upon the grace and
mercy of your lordships. * The particulars I confess and declare to be as followeth :
'1. To the first article of the charge, viz. in the cause between sir Rowland Egerton and Edward Egerton, the lord Chancellor received five hundred pounds on the part of sir Rowland Egerton, before he decreed the cause :--I do confess and declare, that upon a reference from his majesty, of all suits and controversies between sir Rowland Egerton and Mr. Edward Egerton, both parties submitted themselves to my award, by recognizance reciprocal in ten thousand merks a-piece. Thereupon, after divers hearings, I made my award, with advice and consent of my lord Hobart. The award was perfected and published to the parties, which was in February; then, some days after, the five hundred pounds mentioned in the charge was delivered unto me. Afterwards Mr. Edward Egerton fled off from the award; then, in Midsummer term following, a suit was begun in chancery by sir Rowland, to have the award confirmed; and upon that suit was the decree made, which is mentioned in the article.
2. To the second article of the ge, viz, in the my
same cause, he received from Edward Egerton four hundred pounds :- I confess and declare, that, soon after
first coming to the seal, (being a time when I was presented by many,) the four hundred pounds mentioned in the charge was delivered unto me in a purse, and I now call to mind, from Mr. Edward Egerton; but, as far as I can remember, it was expressed by them that brought it, to be for favours past, and not in respect to favours to come.
'3. To the third article of the charge, viz. in the cause between Hodie and Hodye, he received a dozen of buttons, of the value of fifty pounds, about a fortnight after the cause was ended :-I confess and declare, that, as it is laid in the charge, about a fortnight after the cause was ended (it being a suit of a great inheritance,) there were gold buttons about the value of fifty pounds, as is mentioned in the charge, presented unto me, as I remember, by sir Thomas Perient and the party himself.
•4. To the fourth article of the charge, viz. in the cause between the lady Wharton and the co-heirs of sir Francis Willoughby, he received of the lady Wharton three hundred and ten pounds :- I confess and declare, that I received of the lady Wharton, at two several times, (as I remember) in gold, two hundred pounds and an hundred pieces, and this was certainly pendente
lite ; but yet I have a vehement suspicion that there was some shuffling between Mr. Shute and the Register, in entering some orders, which afterwards I did distaste.
5. To the fifth article of the charge, viz. in sir Tho. mas Moncke's cause, he received from sir Thomas Monk, by the hands of sir Henry Helmes, an hundred and' ten pounds; but this was three quarters of a year after the suit was ended :-I confess it to be true, that I received an hundred pieces; but it was long after the suit ended, as is contained in the charge.
6. To the sixth article of the charge, viz. in the cause between sir John Treavor and Ascue, he received, on the part of sir John Treavor, an hundred pounds :I confess and decfare, that I received at New Year's tide an hundred pounds from sir John Treavor; and because it came as a New Year's gift, I neglected to inquire whether the cause was ended or depending; but since I find, that though the cause was then dismissed to a trial at law, yet the equity is reserved, so as it was in that kind, pendente lite.
"7. To the seventh article of the charge, viz, in the cause between Holman and Yonge, he received of Yonge an hundred pounds, after the decree made for him :-I confess and declare, that, as I remember, a good while after the cause ended, I received an hundred pounds, either by Mr. Tobye Mathew, or from Yonge himself; but whereas I understood that there was some money given by Holman to my servant Hatcher, with that certainly I was never made privy.
8. To the eighth article of the charge, viz, in the cause between Fisher and Wrenham, the lord Chancellor, after the decree passed, received from Fisher a suit of hangings, worth an hundred and sixty pounds and better, which Fisher gave by advice of Mr. Shute:I confess and declare, that some time after the decree passed, I being at that time upon remove to YorkeHouse, I did receive a suit of hangings, of the value (I think) mentioned in the charge, by Mr. Shute, as from sir Edward Fisher, towards the furnishing of my house; as some others that were no way suitors did present me , the like about that time.
9. To the ninth article of the charge, viz. in the cause between Kenneday and Vanlore, he received a rich cabinet from Kenneday, prized at eight hundred pounds :- I confess and declare, that such a cabinet was brought to my house, though nothing near half the value; and that I said to him that brought it, that I came to view. it, and not to receive it; and gave commandment that it should be carried back, and was of fended when I heard it was not; and some year and an half after, as I remember, sir John Kenneday hav
ing all that time refused to take it
away, as I am told by my servants, I was petitioned by one Pinckney, that it might be delivered to him, for that he stood engaged for the money that sir John Kenneday paid for it. And thereupon sir John Kenneday wrote a letter to my servant Shereborne with his own hand, desiring that I would not do him that disgrace as to return that gift back, much less to put it into a wrong hand; and so it remains yet ready to be returned to whom your lordships shall appoint.
'10. To the tenth article of the charge, viz. he borrowed of Vanlore a thousand pounds, upon his own bond, at one time, and the like sum at another time, upon his lordship's own bill, subscribed by Mr. Hunt, his man:I confess and declare that I borrowed the money in the article set down; and that this is a true debt. And I remember well that I wrote a letter from Kewe, above a twelvemonth since, to a friend about the King; wherein I desired that, whereas I owed Peter Vanlore two thousand pounds, his majesty would be pleased to grant me so much, out of his fine set upon him in the Star Chamber.
11. To the eleventh article of the charge, viz. he received of Richard Scott two hundred pounds, after his cause was decreed (but upon a precedent promise,) all wbich was transacted by Mr. Shute :--I confess and de