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. 7o Junii, 1604
L. 1. Nova. B. TO take away the Benefit of Clergy for some Kind of Manslaughter.
L. 1. Nova. B. For the Relief of such as use the Handicraft of Skinners.
L. 2. B. For the Maintenance of Artillery, and the Debarring of unlawful Games [d]: Committed to Sir Geo. Fleetwood, Mr. Johnson, Sir Edw. Denny, Mr. Duncombe, Sir Francis Barrington, Sir Rob. Oxenbridge, Sir Tho. Ridgeway, Sir Jerome Horsey, Sir Rob. Wingfield, Sir Tho. Biggs, Mr. Baxter, Sir John Shirley, Mr. Twinhoe, Sir John Savill, Sir Henry Beamount, Sir John Heigham, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Prowse, Mr. Wentworth, Mr. Blinco: - To meet on Saturday, in the Exchequer Chamber.
B. Touching Depopulation and Inclosure, reported from the Committee by Sir Edw. Mountague, as thought fit to sleep till the next Session : Which, upon Question, is so ordered.
L. 2. B. For Henry Jernegan the younger, for the Sale of the Manors of Dages in Raveningham, &c. - Committed to Mr. Serjeant Tanfield, Mr. Clifford, Sir John Heigham, Sir Charles Cornwallys, Sir Henry Compton, Sir Tho. Horsman, Mr. Nath. Bacon, Mr. Wyseman, Sir Edw. Lewknor, Sir Henry Constable, Mr. Serjeant Hobart, Sir Tho. Biggs, Sir Barnard Whytston, Sir Wm. Cook, Sir Edw. Grevill, Mr. Moore, Mr. Serjeant Barker, Sir John Hobart, Sir Rob. Maunsell, Mr. Toby Matthewe, Mr. Reignold Nicholas. - To meet on Saturday, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Added, upon Motion, to the Committee named for the Bill touching Marriage of Infants, Sir Thomas Crompton, Sir Edward Hext, Mr. Wyseman, Mr. D. Mountloe, Mr. Hyde, Mr. Wentworth, Sir Henry Beamount.
The Amendments in the Bill to restrain all Persons from Marriage, until their former Wives, &c. twice read, and ordered to be inserted.
L. 3. The Bill thirdly read, and, upon Question, passed.
L. 3. An Act touching the true Making of Hats and Felts, &c. - Thirdly read, and, upon the Question, passed.
Trinity College Cambridge.
An Act touching the Exchange between Trinity College Cambridge, and Sir Thomas Mounson, &c. with Provisoes and Amendments added, thirdly read; and argued by Mr. Duncombe, Mr. Moore, Mr. Wentworth, Mr. Hitcham, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Hyde, Sir Rob. Wingfield, Sir Tho. Hobby, Mr. Hoskins, Sir Edw. Hext, Sir Dan. Dunne, Mr. Hare, Sir Thomas Holcroft, Sir Edw. Grevill, Sir Vincent Skynner. -
Since the local Statute is, that they may alien by Assent of Parliament; that therefore we ought to take more heed how we assent.
The Bill, after long Argument pro et contra, rejected.
An Act against Conjuration and Witchcraft, &c. (which came from the Lords) being formerly re-committed, now again reported, with new Amendments; which were twice read ; and the Bill thirdly read; and, so, amended, upon Question passed.
Bills sent to Lords.
Moved, that some Bills, passed this House, might be sent up to the Lords. The Bills sought out, and sorted.
Union with Scotland.
Moved also, That the Order agreed on the last Day, and now drawn by the Clerk, touching the Placing of some Gentlemen, Commissioners in the Act of Union, might be read, and approved by the House; and by these Messengers sent up, with Desire, that it might be there also entered.
The Order was read in these Words :
Die Saturni, secundo Junii, 1604.
THIS Day the Bill, intituled. An Act authorizing certain Commissioners of England to treat with Commissioners of Scotland, for the Weal of both Kingdoms (having passed the Higher House) was the third Time read in the House of the Commons; and by sundry Members there observed, and moved, that some Commissioners, by their particular Names and Additions inserted in the said Bill, had not their due Place of Precedency; yet, because the House, in their Duty to his Majesty, and Respect to the Lords (from whom it passed) was willing to foresee, that neither that, nor any other literal, titulary, or personal Exception, might endanger, or give Impediment to the speedy Passage of a Bill, so much recommended and desired by hisMajesty, and of so great Consequence ; it was assented unto by such as had Cause to take Exception, and resolved, by Question of the House, that the Bill should pass, without any Amendment or Alteration in that, or any other Part of the Bill: Howbeit, but of a Fear, that this Misplacing in an Act of Parliament might haply, either at the Time of the Execution of the Commission, or upon other Occasions, breed Question or Difference in Point of Precedency (which the House was careful to prevent, presuming also, it was not meant by those that first so placed them) Two Cautions were propounded; One, that it might be entered in the Journal Book, as an Act and Order of the House, That neither the Judgment of the said House for the Passing of the Bill, nor the Assent of such as pretend to be misplaced, should be any Derogation or Prejudice to their proper Right of Precedency; but that they might be at Liberty to challenge and take upon them such Place, as they now have, or hereafter shall have, in sort, as if this Bill had never been assented unto, or passed the said House: Another Caution propounded, was, that Mr. Vice-chamberlain (who being accompanied with sundry Members of the House, was immediately sent up with the Bill itself) should deliver to the Lords their Resolution and Proceeding in that Behalf; and pray their Lordships so to take Knowledge of it, as the like Act or Order might be entered with them, lest the Wrong (if there were any) might seem to be warranted by their Allowance. And this was accordingly performed by Message ; and a Report made by the Messenger, upon his Return, of their Lordships Assent and Liking.
This Order, being read, was approved; and, according to the Motion, committed to the Messenger sent with the Bills.
L. 3. An Act for providing a godly and learned Ministry: - Upon this third Reading, much disputed, and re-committed to the former Committees : - To meet Tomorrow Morning, in the Committee Chamber.
Speakers in this Bill were, Sir Dan. Dun, Sir Edw. Hobby, Sir John Bennett, Sir John Hollis, Sir Tho. Hobby.
Privilege- Objectionable Publication.
Sir John Crook and Sir Rich. Swale bring from the Lords this Message;
That, touching the Conference about the Book published by the Bishop of Bristowe, they have proceeded with that Gravity, which they usually hold in Cases of that Consequence; that, having made Relation of the Exceptions to the Book, to the House, they now desire a further Meeting with the same Committees, on Saturday in the Afternoon in the former Place.
The same Messengers brought also Two Bills, which had passed the Lords :
Gordon's, &c. Nat.
1. An Act for the Naturalizing of John Gordon, Dean of Sarum, his Wife and Children.
2. An Act for Restitution in Blood of the Children of Littleton's John Littleton Esquire, &c.