Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 1, 1547-1629. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Veneris, 5 Martii
Negotiations with Spaine.
Sir Edw. Sandys reports from the Conference Yesterday with the Lords. - Must be very brief. - King hath appointed Committees of both Houses to attend him this Afternoon at Theobalds. - At this Committee the Reasons presented to his Highness' Hands; and declared, that this
House very careful, not to have them published; These approved by the general Vote of both Committees, without any Alteration. The Lords desired to annex some of theirs to ours. These tendered by my Lord Chamberlain. - Adds a great Strength to our Resolution.
Sir Isaac Wake: - Some Letters intercepted: whereby appeared, that the Resolution of Rome was, to have no Restitution of the Palatinate, and to have a present Translation of the Electorate. Friar Hiacinth wrote the Cardinal, that the King of Spaine had given his Consent for it. Hereupon a Message brought by the Duke his Grace, that the Committee of both Houses should attend this Afternoon at Theobalds. - The Opinion of the Committee, that a Message should be prepared, set down in Writing, and approved by this House.
Address to the King - Negotiations with Spaine.
"WE are come unto you, employed from your most faithful Subjects and Servants, the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled: And first, they and we do give most humble and hearty Thanks unto Almighty God, that, out of his gracious Goodness, he hath been pleased now at last to dispel that Cloud and Mist, which for so many Years had dimmed the Eyes of a great Part of Christendom in that Business, whereof we do now consult.
And 2ly, we acknowledge ourselves most bound unto your Majesty, that you have been pleased to require the humble Advice of us your obedient Subjects, in a Cause so important as this, which hitherto dependeth between your Majesty and the King of Spaine: Which we jointly offer from both Houses, no one Person therein dissenting or disagreeing from the rest: And that is, that, upon mature Consideration, and weighing many Particulars, of sundry Natures, finding so much Want of Sincerity in all their Proceedings, we, super totam materiam, present this our humble Advice unto your Majesty, that the Treaties, both for the Marriage, and the Palatinate, may not any longer be continued, with the Honour of your Majesty, the Safety of your People, the Welfare of your Children, and Posterity, as also the Assurance of your ancient Allies and Confederates.
Sir Edw. Sandys: - They were informed at Committee, that my Lord of Southampton had made an Objection, that the King might, upon this Message, object, there might be, upon this, a Breach with Spaine, and War ; and therefore the King might demand, what Assistance we would afford. That hereupon the Lords grew to a Resolution ; which set down in Writing, and read : -
Committee to attend the King, &c.
The Lords have sent to acquaint this House, that they have nominated Twelve Lords, to attend the King this Afternoon, at Theobalds, at Ten a Clock : - And that this House would forthwith appoint a proportionable Number of their House: - That they meet in the Painted Chamber at Ten a Clock ; and that those of the Committee, that have any Papers, should presently go up ; for they stay for them.
Mr. Treasurer to signify to their Lordships, the Desire of this House to hold all good Correspondence with their Lordships; to deliver to them the Papers brought into this House by the Committee; and to let them know that this House hath -
Mr. Treasurer, Secretary Calvert, Chancellor Exchequer, Secretary Conway, Secretary Cottington, Sir Edw. Cecill, Chancellor Duchy, Lord Candish, Mr. Recorder, Sir Rob. Philips, Sir Dud. Diggs, Sir Rob. Mansill, Sir Nath. Rich, Lord Percy, Lord Wreithsley, Sir Benjamin Ridiard, Mr. John Cooke, Sir Geo. Moore, Sir Jo. Ratcliffe, Sir Myles Fleetwood, Sir Oliver Cromwell, Sir Jo. Elliot, Sir Will. Herbert, Sir Hen. Mildmay.
Mr. Glandvile reports from the Committee for Privileges, Petition from Cambridgshire. - Three : - Concerning the Validity of the Election : 2. The Misdemeanor of a Sheriff: 3. The Abuse of Affidavit, l. For the Election ; found it thus: On the Day at Cambridge, the Under Sheriff, Ingrey, came to the Place at an unseasonable Time : . . Read : Four called on ; Sir Edw. Peyton, Sir Simeon Steward, Sir John Cuts, Sir Toby Pallevisine. -
2ly, The Misdemeanor of the Sheriff. - Made a false Return. - Their Opinion, to have him sent for. - Sheriff confessed, after Eleven a Clock, had made no Election. Proved also, that, after Twelve . . One a Clock, he had committed an Error, and would come back again, and make an Election. - To have the Sheriff sent for. -
Affidavits in Chancery concerning Elections.
Message to Lords.
They return Thanks to this House, for their Desire of good Correspondence; and will still maintain it upon all; and will meet presently with our Committee, at the Council Chamber at Whitehall, and so go away to the King. -
Sir F. Popham.
Committed to Sir Edw. Cook, Mr. Wild, Mr. Neale, Mr. Alford, Sir N. Poole, Sir Fra. Fane, Sir Rob. Hicham, Sir Will. Fleetwood, Mr. Glandvile, Mr. Currington, Mr. Weare, Mr. Denny, Mr. Dyett, Sir Tho. Morgan, Sir Edw. Warder, Sir Tho. Estecourt, Sir Will. Massam:- - Inner Temple, To-morrow Afternoon.