House of Commons Journal Volume 1: 25 March 1624

Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 1, 1547-1629. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Jovis, 25 Martii

Wye River.

L. 1. AN Act for prostrating of Weares upon the River of Wye.

Ward's Estate.

This Day Fortnight for Ward's Bill, former Place. Northampton, Stafford Knights and Burgesses added to the Committee.

Cope's Estate.

Knights, Burgesses Northampton added to Cope's Bill: And the Bishop Coventry to have Notice of it.

New River.

Monday sevennight for Anwell River.

Thames Navigation.

The Bill to make Thames navigable to Oxford, to be Monday sevennight, same Place.

Salmon, &c.

L. 2. An Act for the Preservation of Salmon, Trouts, and Peals : - Committed to Chancellor Duchy, Serjeant Hicham, Sir Rob. Jackson, Sir John Stradling, Mr. Tomkins, Mr. Currington, Sir Edw. Warder, Mr. Glanvill, Sir Ar. Ingram, Knights, Burgesses Wales, Gloster, Chester, Mr. Fetherstone, Sir Jo. Savyle: All, that will come, to have Voice : - Friday fortnight, Two Clock, Court of Wards.


L. 1. An Act for Free Trade into all Countries.

Durham Franchise.

L. 2. An Act, that the County Palatine of Durham may send Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, to Parliament: - Committed to Sir Jo. Savyle, Sir Hen. Fane, Mr. Solicitor, Sir Fra. Seymour, Mr. Ravenscrofte, Mr. Pepper, Mr. Wainsford, Mr. Boswell, Mr. Lucy, Mr. Kirton, Sir Clem. Throckmorton, Mr. Louther, Sir Jo. Danvers, Sir Tho. Wentworth, Sir Tho. Bellosis, Knights, Burgesses Yorheshire, Northumberland, Mr. Lively, Sir Anth. Forrest, Mr. Fetherstone, Knights, Burgesses Devon

and Cornwall, Serjeant Hicham, Sir Hen. Mildmay: - Tuesday sevennight. Star-chamber, Two a Clock.

Decree in Chancery.

L. 3. An Act for Confirmation of a Decree in Chancery, between the Lord and Tenants -

Upon Question, passed for a Law.


A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Crue and Attorney : -

The Lords desire, that the Committee of both Houses may instantly meet, to agree upon the Report to be made of the King's Answer, in the Painted Chamber.

Answer: This House will give a present Meeting, as is desired.

The Committees sent away. Sir Edw. Sandys, Mr. Solicitor, to make Report. Cutlers.


Sir Jo. Savyle prefers a Bill for the Cutlers of -

L. 1. An Act - Sheers.


L. 1. An Act concerning petty Larceny, and the Manner of the Punishment of Offenders therein.

Duke of Buckingham.

Mr. Solicitor reports from the Lords. - Will first relate what passed Sunday last. - Lord Keeper, in the Name of both Houses, declared to the King, to this Effect: That Lords, and we, being informed, that the Duke of Buckingham had let fall some Words -

A threefold Representation : 1. Concerning that great King, - With One Consent resolved by both Houses to clear him from letting fall any Words derogatory to that King.

2. Concerning that eminent Lord -

3. Concerning ourselves. - Did much honour the Duke for that Narration.

The King returned a gracious Answer; which was read; having been viewed, and approved, by the King. -

Duke desired him to say, that he is much comforted to go on with his faithful Endeavours to the Publick : Returns hearty Thanks to every Member of the House :

Will never fail to employ his Advantage of Favour to do good Offices between the King and his People. -

Dissolution of Treaties with Spain.

Second Part. - When Committee of both Houses attended the King on Tuesday, the Bishop of Canterbury did it, and presented the Remonstrance to him, in Writing. When that was read, the King returned a full, and, as he hopes, a satisfactory Answer. This hath been presented to the King. - In Reading of it, said, the best Speech taken of any before. Lord President told him, the best received of any before. -

Read in the House. -

At last Conference added somewhat.

Sir Edw. Sandys: - Some small Gleanings committed to his Care. - Yesterday Duke delivered somewhat, by Way of Addition, by Command from the King. - Was determined, with all Expedition, to send into Spaine, and to give Notice to him, that, at the Petition and Advice of his Subjects in Parliament, he was resolved to break off both the Treaties, and declare so much here to the Ambassadors. - King had observed a good Moderation in sparing the poorer Sort; but withal, considering the Charge of the Business, there would be a Recompence made in the Subsidy Act. - Somewhat of himself. - Had observed so much Alacrity in the House -

Duke told King, that he doubted not, but this House would, in due Time, consider his particular Estate, and give him Satisfaction. Lord Canterbury signified, that the Duke had made a Proposition above, upon this Occasion.

The King mentioned for Civility. - To ourselves much, more to Ambassadors. - His Majesty, being moved, that there might be some Expressions of Joy, upon his

Declaration, by Bells, and Bonfires, said, he did not think it fit. - Triumphus ante victoriam. - Yet this hindered not, but Fires in the Strand. The Ambassadors came to their Windows to see: There, by uncivil People, Indignity offered them : Firebrands and Staves cast at them. This counted an Act of great Incivility. - Desires to have this House take it into Consideration : To have Search made for the Delinquents, and Satisfaction to be made to the Ambassadors, by the Justices of Peace. -

Duke said, King had now declared, that the Treaties were now dissolved. The King considered, somewhat more yet to be done, to make it more publick. - To have some chosen out of both Houses (Two out of each House) to join with the Two Secretaries, to view the whole Proceedings of this Business, to make a Declaration. Lords had chosen Two above. -

Duke added, having employed -

Beseeched him, upon his Knees, to make his Declaration. - Told him, he had done it to his People, and would do it to the King of Spaine. -

The Lords received the King's Pleasure for the Recess: Purposed to adjourn till this Day sevennight, and desire to understand of the Resolution of this House.

Sir Rob. Philips: - The Work of the present Time, to consider what now fit to be done. Four Considerations : 1. His Majesty's Speech : Which now will not cause any Debate; because reasonable clear in itself, and more by the Addition. -

2. The Matter of Indignity offered the Ambassadors of Spaine; in that Proposition, that, by the Direction of this House, some Justices of Peace might find out the Persons, and punish them. -

Their State wants not Examples of the like Case. - Dislikes not, that some Justices of Peace -

Enough for us, to distaste the Proceeding.

3. The Matter of Declaration. Although he hath declared to both Houses, and intends to do so to Spaine; yet most needful for the King himself, that there should be a publick Manifestation of it to the Princes of Christendom, - Excellently disposed of by his Majesty.

Will pass through the World, and meet with Variety of Judgments and Censures. - Concurs with the Proposition, to have Two Gentlemen of Ability to join with the Lords. -

4. Recess. - Dissents from it. - Though the Time short, may be assented to; if longer, Men will borrow more Time. 2ly, The Limitation to be used. - To have an Order, that no Bill, or Business, shall be debated, till Tuesday or Wednesday following.

Sir Edw. Cooke: - Two worthy Members of this House, Sir Edw. Sandys, Sir Isaac Wake, fit to be joined to the Lords. -

For the Indignity offered the Spanish Ambassador, who is Prorex; examine also, whether any Native was on their Part, to make them do as they did.

Mr. Maynard: - Walked up and down from Eight to Ten Clock, and saw no Disorder. - Thinks it a Fiction.

Sir Jo. Eppsley, accordant.

Agreed, to let this Matter rest.

Mr. Secretary Calvert: - Chancellor Exchequer named. He as fit, as can be, because he specially employed in this Service touching the Palatinate.

Agreed, that Mr. Chancellor Exchequer, and Sir Edwin Sandys shall be joined unto the Two Secretaries of our House, and the Two Lords.

King's Speeches.

Mr. Solicitor to deliver in, to the Clerk, the King's Speeches.


All Committees to cease this Interim, but only the Committees of this Afternoon, and the Committee for Continuance of Statutes.

Sir Jo. Walter, Serjeant Hicham, Mr. Recorder, Attorney Wards, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Brooke, Mr. Noy, Mr. Banks, Mr. Ducke, Mr. Glanvill, Sir Tho. Trevor, Mr. Selden, Mr. Rolles, Mr. Deane, Sir Pet. Mutton, Mr. Louther, are required by the House to attend this Committee : and are to meet on Saturday, Eight Clock, Temple Hall.


Two Bills of Elections delivered to Mr. Glandvyle.


This House adjourns itself till this Day sevennight, Eight Clock.