House of Commons Journal Volume 1: 30 January 1621

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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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Martis, 30o Januarii

Parliament meets.

HIS Majesty, with all the Nobility, riding from Whytehall to the Abby, to hear the Sermon, the Duke of Lennox, Lord Steward of His Majesty's Household, in the mean Time came into the Room, called the Court of Requests, near Westmymter Hall, in his Robes; where, being attended with the Deputy Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, and with the Clerk of this House, the Crier of the Chancery called over the Names of all the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, then returned; whereof some being sworn by the said Lord Steward; he then made a Deputation to divers Members of the said House; who, dividing themselves, did, by the Alphabet, swear the Residue.

Mr. Treasurer: - That he glad of this Meeting in Parliament; and that this the common Joy of the House. - The Necessity, in Regard of Things abroad and at home ; principally to reconcile King and the People. - Hopeth, the Issue shall prove, these neither proceeded from want of Duty in Subjects, or Love in Prince. - Persuadeth Temper.

Serjeant Richardson chosen Speaker.

The Work of this Day to chuse a Speaker. - Propoundeth, as acceptable to his Majesty, the Choice of Serjeant Richardson, eminent for his Parts, Learning, Faculty in speaking, and -

Mr. Serjeant Richardson, thereupon standing up, acknowlegeth their infinite Favours, for Choice to this Place; yet his own Disabilities discourage him. -

He ignorant of the Service: Wanteth Apprehension, Judgment, Experience, &c. specially of the last; for never so happy, as to be of this House before now; never saw the Way, wherein now must walk : - When, how, what. - That never heard any here. - Not gotten by Reading: - He nothing, but by Tradition.

Short of all others in his Estate, Favour with the * Countenance in the World : - He giveth * to the Service. - Despaireth of his * * speak to the King. - Difference between * * * therefore * * most willing to satisfy the House. -

That he never desired the Place. - Like the wise Romane. -

Desireth a proceeding to a new Eleetion.

Brought in the Chair by Mr. Treasurer and Mr. Secretary.

Desireth Liberty to appeal to the King, for a new Choice.

Speaker to be presented.

Saturday next appointed for presenting the Speaker to his Majesty.