Manuscript Journal of the House of Commons
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- Held At: Parliamentary Archives: GB-061
- Catalogue Reference: HC/CL/JO/1/5
- Date: 5 Nov 1605 - 26 May 1606
- Level: File
- Extent: 1 volume
- Custodial History: On the evening of 4 November a royal official, Sir Thomas Knyvett, and Edward Doubleday found Guy Fawkes and his gunpowder. Realising on the morning of 5 November that the Plot had been discovered, most of the conspirators fled.
- Description: Composed of 4 original volumes.
Includes the record of the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot on 5 November 1605. The Journal records what happened when the House briefly assembled on the morning following the arrest of Guy Fawkes, in a marginal note by the Clerk of the time, Ralph Ewens. This reads:
'This last night the Upper House of Parliament was searched by Sir Tho. Knevett; and one Johnson, servant to Mr Thomas Percye, was there apprehended; who had placed 36 barrels of gunpowder in the vault under the House, with a purpose to blow King and the whole Company, when they should there assemble. Afterwards divers other gentlemen were discovered to be of the Plot.'
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