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, 5 Julii, 1604
Bills sent to Lords.
Three Bills touching Clothing and Clothiers, returned from the Committee by Mr. Gore; with Report, that as well those, as the other great Bill of Clothing, called the Lord Chief Justice's Bill, were thought fit to sleep till the next Session.
In the Interim (before the Naming of the Committees) came in Message from the Lords, Sir Edw. Coke, and Sir Matthewe Carewe; That their Lordships are willing to enter into Conference presently, touching the Bill of Annexation;
The Committees named for the Bill of Confirmation, &c. were all the Privy-Council of the House, all the King's learned Council, Sir John Heigham, Sir Edw. Stafford, Sir John Smyth, Mr. Johnson, Sir Oliver St. John, Sir John Savill, Mr. Diggs, Mr. Yelverton, Sir Peter Manwood, Mr. Noy, Sir Herbert Crofts, Sir Edwyn Sandys, Sir Timothye Whittingham, Mr. Dyett, Mr. Hungerford, Mr. Francis Moore, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Martin, Sir John Scott, Mr. Washington, Mr. Oldsworth, Sir Tho. Horsman, Mr. Bromley, Mr. Trevor, Sir Rob. Wroth, Sir Lewys Lewknor, Mr. Tolderby, Sir Tho. Darrell, Mr. Doyley, Sir Wm. Harvye, Mr. Carleton, Sir Edw. Lewknor, Mr. John Hele, Mr. Wentworth, Sir Tho. Ridgeway, Sir Wm. Strode, Mr. Wyvell, Mr. Duncombe, Sir Tho. Biggs, Mr. Herbert Pelham, Sir Maurice Berkley, Sir Edmund Bowyer: - To meet Tomorrow in the Afternoon, in the Middle Temple Hall.
Privilege- Petition from a Prisoner.
Privilege - Petition from a Prisoner.
MOST humbly beseeching this honourable Assembly, that whereas about Weeks past your Suppliant delivered into this honourable Court, a Bill, declaring certain treasonable Practices of the Bishop of London, whereunto, in Conscience, and the Allegiance of a good Subject, he was persuaded ; for which Cause he was, that Night, retained by your honourable Speaker's Commandment; the next Day your Suppliant was, by Mr. Speaker, carried to my Lord Cecill's Chamber, and there delivered to a Messenger, to attend the Council in the Afternoon ; after that your Suppliant was examined by the Lords of the Council, he was again delivered to the Messenger; the next Day towards Night, your Suppliant's Keeper was sent for to the Court, where he received Commandment to carry your Suppliant early in the Morning to Mr. Speaker's House ; where being come, Mr. Speaker commanded your Suppliant to attend the Parliament-house; the which your Suppliant did Friday and Saturday, still beseeching Mr. Speaker to move this honourable Assembly on your Suppliant's Behalf; who promised, on Monday then following, to do it: Whereupon, your Suppliant waiting at the Door, Mr. Speaker sent Mr. Serjeant, commanding your Suppliant's Keeper to take him away, and to keep your Suppliant till the Speaker sent for him; so hath your Suppliant ever since continued, humbly waiting your honourable Pleasures, to whom your Suppliant was sent back by the Lords of the Council, as the Keeper, being called upon his Oath, cannot but testify; your Suppliant is a poor Man, having a Wife and Five small Children depending on the Labour of his Hands. It may therefore please this honourable Assembly to have Commiseration,
Order for his Discharge.
WHEREAS William Jones, Printer, was, by former Order, committed to the Custody of the Serjeant attendant upon the Commons House of Parliament; it was this Day moved, in respect of his long Restraint, his Charge of Children, and Poverty, and that he was become sorry and penitent for his Offence, the said House would be pleased, out of their wonted Custom of Mercy and Compassion in the like Cases, to discharge, and set him at Liberty: Which by general Assent, for any thing done to the Prejudice or Offence of the said House, was accordingly ordered; and the said Serjeant commanded to discharge him, he paying the ordinary Fees.
THAT drawing a Bill to this most honourable House, Mr. Serjeant arrested me by Warrant of his Mace, commanded me to attend the House's Pleasure about the said Bill, and carried me as a Prisoner to Mr. Speaker; who straitly examined me, as deputed thereunto by this honourable Court; and having taken mine Hand to the Examination, he committed me to Mr. Serjeant's Man; by whom I was caused to attend Mr. Speaker, till he delivered me to a Messenger, to be detained until the next Sitting of his Majesty's most honourable Privy Council; by whom, after Examination, I have been committed to this Time, being almost Two Months, to my great Charge, and Danger of my Health in this close, noysom, and infamous Prison.
My humble Suit is, that sith I was originally restrained by Authority of this honourable Assembly, and for a Bill exhibited to the same, it would please you to extend Pity and Compassion to a Minister of Jesus Christ, and to vouchsafe your honourable Mediation to their Lordships, for Appeasing of their Displeasure, which I much bewail; and for procuring my Liberty, which I hope to employ to better Services in the Church of God.