House of Commons Journal Volume 1: 02 June 1604

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

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Saturni, secundo Junii, 1604


L. 1. B. TO establish and confirm to the King's Majesty the Subsidy of saleable Cloth, and other Stuffs made of Wool, or mixed with Wool.


L. 1. B. To encourage the Seamen of England to take Fish, whereby they may encrease, to furnish the Navy of England.

Decree in Chancery.

L. 2. B. For Confirmation of a Decree made in Chancery, for the Payment of 505 l. 10s. 6d. and Resignation of a Lease, after Sixteen Years Suit: - Committed to Sir Roger Wilbraham, Sir Robert Wroth, Mr. Doyley, Sir John Trevor, Sir Tho. Hobby, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Wynch, Mr. Mutton, Mr. Serjeant Snig, Sir Edw. Hobby, Mr. Francis Moore, Sir Francis Bacon, Mr. Wymark, Mr. Martin, Mr. Hoskins, Sir Geo. Moore, Sir Jerome Horsey, Sir Herbert Crofts, Mr. Yelverton, Sir Rob. Oxenbridge, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Cole of Winchester: - To meet on Tuesday, in the Exchequer Chamber.


L. 2. Nova B. For Apparel, restraining the excessive Wearing of Cloth of Gold, &c. - Committed to the Committees in the former Bill [a].

Union with Scotland.

B. Authorizing certain Commissioners of England, &c. reported from the Committee by Sir Francis Bacon. Exception taken to the Marshalling of some Commissioners in the Bill, which the Committees commanded him to propose to the Consideration of the House.


L. 3. An Act authorizing certain Commissioners of England, to treat, &c.

Upon this third Reading, the Misplacing of some Commissioners, reported from the Committee, was observed by the House ; and thereupon an Order moved, and agreed, to the Effect following, viz.

That the Misplacing in the Act should be no Prejudice to the Place of any :

To let the Lords know, they would not stay the Bill for Matter of Form, though some conceived themselves wronged in their Places :

To desire their Lordships, that the Order might be entered with them [b].

The Bill in this mean while, upon Question, passed.


Sir Geo. Moore moveth,that it might be well considered by the House, whether it were not the fittest, and best for the Subject, to give an annual Composition to his Majesty, and not to continue longer subject to Purveyance; and, thereupon offered a Bill, intituled, An Act for the Levying rateable Contributions towards Compositions for the King's House, so long as they hold.

This Motion was seconded : And it was said, that the Subject, to be freed of Purveyors, would be content to give Two Subsidies : And this pursued with sundry other Motions; viz. l. That the Contributions should be rated indifferently in the Countries by Commission. 2. That the Law might have a Passage, and then the Contribution be thought on. 3. That Cords bind Beasts, Words bind Men, Treaties bind Kings abroad, and Laws at home; yet in this Business more Moderation and Respect to be used; and that Thirty thousand Pound Composition might be offered and some Trial made of that. 4. To forbear to proceed any further touching the Contribution, until the next Session ; till when the Bill of Purveyors might sleep; and in the mean time the Knights and Burgesses, in their several Counties, to deal with their Country Neighbours, and finding their Disposition, to report it to the next Session.

Hereupon was made a Question, Whether the further Proceeding in Matters of Purveyors and Composition should be deferred till the next Session ?

Hereupon was made a Question, Whether the further Proceeding in Matters of Purveyors and Composition should be deferred till the next Session?

Jud'm And it was, upon the Question, resolved in the Affirmative.

Only it was wished, that the Lords might be satisfied in the Order, in respect of some former Project of 50,000 l. Composition: Which was instantly done by Message accordingly.


Sir Rich. Swale and Mr. D. Hone bring from the Lords, An Act for the Explanation of the Statute made in the Fifth Year of the late Queen Elizabeth's, Reign, concerning Labourers (which passed from this House) with Amendments, and Addition of a Proviso.


The Dispute, touching Purveyors and Composition, continued by Mr. Hare, Mr. Hoskins, Sir Wm. Fleetwood, Sir Wm. Strowd, Mr. Fuller, Sir Tho. Hobby, Sir Wm. Burlacy, Sir Walter Cope, Mr. Hedley, Mr. Winch, Sir Rob. Wroth.

Some against the Composition; saying, We had shewed our Thankfulness to the King in naturalizing the Scotts.

- Quod fecimus hiis, fecimus tibi. -

To live under a Law, and not under arbitrary Government.


A Motion for Two Subsidies, and for indifferent rating in the Countries, &c.

Ans. No Subsidy to be spoken on till the next Session.

Union with Scotland.

Mr. Vice-chamberlain returneth, that the Lords received the Act of the Union with great Applause; and approved their Care and Proceeding, touching the Placing of some Gentlemen, Commissioners named in the Act.

Berwick Charter.

Sir John Crooke and Sir Matthew Carewe bring from the Lords, An Act for Confirmation of the Charter of Barwick, &c. (which passed from this House) with Amendments.

Privilege- Objectionable Publication.

The Proceeding in the Conference intended, touching the Matter of the Book published by the Bishops, &c. considered and disputed [c].

Seven Clauses in the Book to be moved. -

Sir Henry Hobart to begin the Speech of Inducement to the Lords.


All Committees, deferred Yesterday, to sit this Afternoon, at the same Times and Places.

Jones's Petition.

After the Rising of the House, a Petition of Wm. Jones, the Printer, that delivered the Bill against A. B. to Mr. Speaker, was left upon the Table by a Member of the House, directed as followeth :

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