Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 1, 1547-1629. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Lunae, 19 Martii
Fry of Fish.
L. 2a. An Act for the Ease of the King's Tenants, in the long and chargeable Pleading of Alienations with Licence, or of Pardons of Alienation without Licence, in the Court of Exchequer: - Committed to Mr. Secretary, Sir H. Poole, Sir James Perrott, Sir Hamond Strange, Sir Wm. Strowde, Sir Edw. Mountagew, Mr. Shervyle, Sir Ro. Payne, Sir Ro. Bevyll, Sir Lewys Watson, Sir Edw. Gyles, Mr. Taylor, Sir Edw. Sands, Sir Francis Barrington, Mr. Weston, Sir Tho. Hinton, Sir Myles Sands, Sir Wm. Pitts, Mr. Glanvyle: - Wednesday Afternoon, Exchequer Chamber.
Committed to Mr. Nevyll, Sir Edw. Sackvyle, Knights and Burgesses of Sussex, Yorkeshyre, and Northumberland, Citizens of the City of Yorke, Mr. Wrenham, Mr. Noye, Sir Edw. Payton, Mr. Serjeant Towse, Sir Tho. Denton, Sir Guy Palmes; - Thursday next. Exchequer Chamber.
Courts of Equity.
Sir Edw. Gyles: - That another Bill of like Nature, which committed. - That this may be committed to the former Committee for Limitation of Suits in Courts of Equity; and Sir Tho. Row, Sir Wm. Pitts, &c. to be added. - Upon Friday next, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Message from the King.
Mr. Treasurer, from his Majesty: - His great Contentment, received by this House in all Occasions, stirreth him up to be as careful to express his Thanks upon like Occasions: - Particularly giveth Thanks for the Course holden in the Manner of the Rejecting and Tearing of Waltham Forest Bill; which will lay up among the Residue of the Kindnesses he hath received from this House.
Patent for concealed Tythes.
Sir Edw. Coke reporteth, from the Committee for Grievances, the Patent for concealed Tythes. - That the Commission against the King's Book: - General throughout England and Wales: - For Ten Years: - To them, their Executors or Administrators: So Women, Fools, &c. may be Commissioners after their Death. - All such general Commissions void. Such universal Commissions, in Ed. III. time, void. - These make Warrants to the Churchwardens, and other Parishioners: Examine them upon Interrogatories, whether they have any Abbey Land, discharged of Tythes. If yea; then ticket them, to appear at the Hanging Sword. -
- Divers worthy Gentlemen ticketed. - An honourable Personage ticketed by Sparrow and Sparrow: - Yet Two Sparrows sold for a Farthing. - That this against Law; where no Evidence for the King. - That knoweth not, what Service Sir Jo. Wentworth hath done, to be rewarded with this Commission.- - That, when they come to the Hanging Sword, and sheweth sufficient Matter, yet must pay 17s. for Entry of their Discharge. -
The Lord Chancellor of England, and Exchequer the Referees. - That the Chancellor of the Exchequer asked his Opinion, and oppugned it, at long as he could. - That the Committee resolved it to be a Grievance.
Presenting Subsidy Bill.
King's Thanks for Subsidy.
L. 2a. - Burlimachi: - Committed to Sir Edw. Cecill, Mr. Whitson, Sir Baptist Hicks, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Cooke, Sir Tho. Low, Mr. Brett, Mr. Wentworth, Sir A. Ingram, Sir J. Perrott, Sir Rich. Yong, Mr. Morgan, Sir Ro. Crane, Mr. Towerson, Mr. Bateman, Sir Jo. Brooke: - To-morrow Morning, Court of Wards.
Limitation of Actions.
Sir H. Poole, - against the Bill: - For to take away from the Subjects their Right, and true Inheritance. - For Formedons, 20 Years not sufficient: The Possession sometimes many hundred Years before, and may be overslipped. That Deeds of Entail may be concealed for a longer time. - This Bill taketh away, not only the Action, but the Right. That this Bill looketh backward to the Entries. That, if the King hath a Man's Land, he cannot enter upon him : Shall he therefore lose his Right?
Sir Edw. Coke: - The Bill cannot be re-committed now, but may be amended here at the Table. - No better Bill, than this, - Great Reason to bind Formedones. - No Act of Parliament, which lameth the Common Law, but of infinite Inconvenience. -
Message from the King - Easter Recess.
Mr. Secretary, from the King : - That the Parliament hath now sat long : easter at hand. - Leaveth the Time of Cessation to this House. Would have Tuesday, the 10th of April to be the Time of Meeting again, if this House will: Which leaveth to them.
Lord Chancellor Bacon.
That the King taking Notice of the Accusations against the Lord Chancellor ; That the King very sorry, a Person so much advanced by him, and sitting in so high a Place, should be suspected. That he cannot answer for all others under him : His Care, in his Choice of Judges, hath been great. - That his Majesty, if the Accusation shall be proved, will punish it to the full.
Thanks to the King.
Sir Edw. Coke: - That this gracious Message taketh not away our parliamentary Proceeding. - To go on with our Message; then to deliberate upon this. To return no Answer to the King, till the like Message to the Lords.
Sir Edw. Sackvyle: - To have no Divorce between the Lords and us. - That Mr. Secretary let the King know, we desire the same Message be sent by him to the Lords; and to have their Consent; before we give any Answer to the Point of the Commission.
Sir Edw. Coke: - To return the King humble Thanks, for his Liberty to depart, and meet: And a Message to the King, by Mr. Secretary, that we desire the like Message from him to the Lords; that so, they consenting, we may unanimously with the Lords, as heretofore we have done.
L. 2a. An Act for the Naturalization of Sir W. Stewart, &c. - Committed to Sir Tho. Hatton, Sir Jo. Brooke, Sir Gilbert Haughton, Sir Tho. Jermyn, Mr. Chancellor Duchy, Mr. Gifford, Sir Tho. Cheeke, Sir Jerome Horsey, Sir Ro. Killigrew, Mr. Tho. Fanshaw, Sir H. Mildmay, Sir Tho. Low, Mr. Murray, Sir Edw. Gyles, Mr. Drake:
Mr. Cage, - against a Patent of the Ship-carpenters; who impose exceedingly upon Builders of Ships, - Strange Impositions. - That their Patent, Book of Ordinances, &c. may be brought in to the Committee for Grievances on Friday. - And Ordered.
Trials by Battle.
King's Answer to Message.
Mr. Secretary, from the King: - That he acquainted the King with the Thanks of the House, for his gracious Licence to the House to adjourn this Session for some small Time; and that the House desireth, he will be pleased to send a Message to the Lords, about the Commission, and receive their Answer; that so they, and this House, may proceed with an unanimous Assent, as hitherto they have done.
Sir Ro. Phillippes: - That he acquainted the Lords, that where this House had made Inquisitions into the Courts of Justice within this Kingdom, they had met with some Complaints against some Lords of that House ; and that therefore they desired a Conference with the Lords, where they would acquaint them with the Particulars.
Lord Chancellor Bacon.
Sir Geor. Hastinges required to deliver the Truth, upon his Credit. - That, about Three Weeks, he was sent for, by One of my Lord's Men, from Hackney: That my Lord, in his Bed, putting away his Servants out of the Chamber, told him, he hoped, he loved him so well, he hoped, nothing, passing by him, should reflect upon my Lord; and required him to take off Awbrey. - And took Awbrey his Petition, carrying it to my Lord, desired him to do the Party that Right, as might keep this off from his Lordship, and him : Which his Lordship promised, wishing his Counsel to come : Which was done ; but could not be heard : And therefore this pursued.