Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 1, 1547-1629. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Mercurii, 20o Aprilis
Bills of Grace.
Leave of Absence.
Business in Easter Week.
King's Grace,and Supply.
Sir Edwyn Sands reporteth the Resolution of the Committee for Petitions Yesterday. - That the Order for preferring Grievances, referred to the Committees, resolved now to stand, and be entered, as an Order of the House.
Copy of Petitions.
That Mr. James desireth he may be paid for the Copy of the Petitions: And that referred to the Committee for Privileges, to give him what they shall think fit. out of the Money in Sir Tho. Smythe's Hand. -
Mr. Fuller: - Ruled in the King's Bench, against a Monopoly of Cards, which unnecessary; where Glass necessary. - This as dangerous as the Impositions. Now to Glass, after to Iron, after to all other Trades. This like taking away the Mill-stone from the Poor.
Ordered, upon the Question, without any one Negative, That the Patentees shall bring in their Patent, to the Committees for Petitions, upon Monday after Easter Week; and they to have Warning given them by the Serjeant, then to attend, and bring in their Patent; and the Committee for Petitions to sit then for that Matter specially, and after for all other of like Nature, as the Time will serve.
French Company's Patent.
Mr. Duncombe: - That free Trade is every Man's Inheritance and Birth-right. That this a very wicked Charter, being the Undoer of many thousand Families of Spinsters, Weavers, &c. - Concludeth, it may be brought in, cancelled, &c. and their Punishment referred to a further Consideration.
Mr. Serjeant Mountague : - That, when heareth London named, he summoned. - Speaketh not for the Patent. - That in Acts negative, or penal, a Non obstante will dispense, notwithstanding a special Provision against a Non obstante: Otherwise, where it is in the Affirmative; ut hic. - Multa facta licent, quae infecta non licerent. -
That many Things done against the Laws of the Kingdom, holden good. The Law of Magna Charta general for the Liberty of Merchants in trading. That 4 Jac. a Law made for Exeter, for a Patent, for meritorious Causes, which crossed both the Law of 3 Jac. and of Magna Charta.
Mr. Crew: - If Cause, for Conveniency, to alter this Law (posteriores leges priores abrogant) let them exhibit a new Bill here, upon Point of Conveniency: In the mean time, to have the Patent called in, and Consideration for the Punishment of the Procurers of it. -
That Precedents of Punishment of Offenders in this Kind, by Fine, and Imprisonment, sedente Parliamento, or in the interim. - Reciteth their Offences in undue procuring the Patent, gathering Money, &c.
Moveth, that if they will voluntarily, in open House, surrender their Patent, to be called, the Speaker sitting in his Chair, with Means to make a Vacat, then the Punishment may peradventure be diverted. - Moveth for a second Reading of the Bills of Grace this Day.
Sir Tho. Smyth: - That he thinketh himself the fittest to put an End to this Question, That so a Proceeding to other Business. - Desireth Satisfaction, whether more honourable for the House to have it brought in, or to command it to be brought in. If he can govern them, they shall bring it in.
Mr. Middleton: - (To answer Sir Wm. Strowde, who would not only kill. But flea ) - That no Error ever in Parliament more submissly acknowleged. - That no Intendment to use the Patent otherwise than for the Good of all Parts; but confesseth some Miscarriage in it. - That the Company willing to yield up their Patent. - Moveth but for the like Patent for London, as for Excester. Sheweth great Reasons for it. - That Shop-keepers of London send over all Kind of Commodities and sell better cheap, than he bought, and return it in Tobacco; where wont to return Royals of Plate, &c. and by Tobacco get infinitely, to the Prejudice of the whole Commonwealth. -
Mr. Whittlocke: - That the Merchants of the Staple incorporated by Act of Parliament, because that altered the Common Law. - Speeches cast abroad, that, sitting the Parliament, we may dissolve what Monopolies we will; after the Parliament, they shall, all up again. -
Mr. Fanshaw moveth for some Consultation for the Safety of the King's Person, by reason of the Increase of Recusants. - That they increase every where. That now they will profess their Recusancy at Table, and defend it. That in the King's Bench they will openly allege, they may not be indicted, for they have the Council's Letters; and some, that they have Letters Patents by Dispensation. That now they are at Liberty, and not in Prison. -
Bills of Grace.
Mr. Serjeant Mountague: - Feareth, lest the keeping of these Bills of Grace should prove to them Bills of Blame. - Now offereth Two other Bills: 1. For Respite of Homage. 2. Of pleading in the Exchequer.