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, 8o Martii
L. 1. AN Act for the settling of Part of the Manors and Lands of Francis Bonington, a Lunatick, in the Name and Family of the said Francis, and for the enabling of Raphe Bonington, his Brother, and Heir Apparent, to make Sale of the Residue, for the Payment of the said Raphe & Debts, and Preferment of his younger Children.
Salisbury's, &c. Nat.
L. 1. An Act for the Naturalizing of Abraham Salisbury, Eliz. Salisbury, the Son and Daughter of Peirce Salisbury, Englishman, and Citizen and Merchant-taylor of London; Davyd Lewys, Tho. John, James, Peter, Katheryne, and Mary Kecke, Children of Jervys Kecke, Englishman.
Stewart's, &c. Nat.
L. 1. An Act for Confirmation of several Letters Patents, granted by the King's Majesty, for the incorporating of the Gardeners of the City of London, and of the Franchise, Liberties, Powers, and Jurisdictions, of the said Corporation. -
L. 1. An Act for the Confirmation of the Sale of certain Manors and Lands, in Eynsbury and Great Paxton, in the County of Huntingdon, according to several Conveyances thereof made by Sir Wm. Dyer Knight, and Dame Katheryne his Wife.
Prohibiting Import of Corn, &c.
Sir Wm. Strowde : - That this a dangerous Bill, ( and unfit at this Time, for this Time. - Unthankful to God for the Plenty) - Falleth Upon the Poor. - (Forty Buyers to One Seller. - That in their Country the Prices now above the Rates in this Bill) - Rye the Food of the Poor. If not plentiful now, Money being scarce, the Poor might starve.
(That the Case of all the Northern Parts, the Carrying of their Cloth into the Eastland Countries, whence their Return only Corn): - Can bring no Money over from thence, because so dear; nor any other Commodity (except white Rye) but they shall lose 25 in the 100; where sell their Commodity for 15 in the 100 Gain. - Fit to prohibit all Strangers importing any Grain, who carry away only Money; but not our own Merchants.
Sir Sam. Sands: - That more in his Country, that have Five Years Provision beforehand, than that want One. - The Labourer to be preserved. - The Husbandman not able to pay his Rent, which he hath taken at the same Rates, as Forty Years before, - To have a Care for all Parts of the Kingdom.)
Committed to all the Privy Council, Sir Ed. Sackvyle, Sir Geor. Manners, Sir Jo. Cutts, Sir Guy Palmes, Sir H. Poole, Sir H. Withrington, Mr. Morley, Mr. Drake, Sir H. Strange, Mr. Mallory, Sir Sam. Sands, Sir Francis Darcy, Mr. Drury, Mr. Alford: And all, that will come, to have Voice, except those which have spoken against the Body of the Bill: - Thursday next. Two of the Clock, in this House.
Precedents of Punishments by Parliament.
II. Coram Magnatibus tantum. It is of Necessity they should be a Court: For, if a Judgment given for the King in the King's Bench, the Lords only are to be Judges; so, if Judgment be given against the King, the King, here the principal Party grieved.
3ly, At the Prayer of the Commons. This frequent. Wm. Ellys, a Merchant of Great Yarmouth, Farmer of the Customs, oppressed the Merchants : The Commons complained to the Lords; prayed their Aid, and Suffrages : The Lords sentenced him to Prisonment, at the King's Pleasure, and till he had paid his Fine and Ransom. - Semble al Seigneurs et est agard. -
A Merchant of London, Rich. Lyons, well acquainted with divers Lords of the Council, and in great Favour, accused, that, by his Solicitation, and wicked Advice, he had procured Dispensations to carry Merchandizes elsewhere, than to the Staple. He a Projector. Had in his Eye, to take the Custom ; and therefore advised the King to set high Prices upon Staple Commodities: This done for his own private Lucre. Deviseth such a new Exchange of Money, as would have exhausted all the Treasure of the Kingdom. The Lords, at the Prayer of the Commons, sent him to the Tower, to be fined and ransomed ; not to come near the King, or Council; to be disfranchised, and perpetually imprisoned. -
Jo. Lord Nevyll, having a Regiment in Britayne, accused by the Commons to the Lords, for oppressing the People under the King's Authority: He sentenced to Imprisonment, during the King's Pleasure, and till he had paid his Fine and Ransom. -
31 H. VI. the Speaker in Parliament in Gaol [a], in Vacation-time : The Commons went to the Lords, complained of it: the Lords demanded of the Judges, the Law; who answered, the Parliament, and not they, were to adjudge it. The Lords judged, he could not be delivered, being in Execution in Vacation-time.
III. Coram Magnatibus et Communitate. - Lord Latymer. Lord Chamberlain of the King's Houshold : He the Maintainer of Lyons : Sentenced therefore. 50 Ed. III. Numero 45. Patentium, his Pardon by the King: Yet paid 20,000 Marks. Set down in it, that he was impetitus coram Magnatibus et Communitate.
IV. The House of Commons, alone, hath a Power of Punishment, and that judicial. 23o Eliz. Hall imprisoned here, and fined. 5o Eliz. Longe's Case : Imprisonment, and Fine. 35o H. VIII. Tit. Parlement, - Brooke; " If a Burgess made a Mayor, a new to be chosen." Therefore this House hath Power to put him out, and to make a new Writ to the Chancery. -
Records for the future: - Adam de Bury, a Captain in Callice, being complained of fled. - Seized of all his Goods, and put them in safe Custody. Sir Jo. Mortymer, so accused, fled to the wild Irish ; The Parliament gave him, a Day, to return; or else all to be holden pro confesso.
Empson and Dudley not comparable to this Man's Offence. They went about, by Words, to alien the People's Hearts from the King, proditorie; this Man hath done it by Deeds. - Will make an Analysis between their Faults. -
Remembereth a pressing Example, 42 Ed. III. Jo. Lee, Steward of the King's House, kept a Court in a Chamber, and sent Pursevants, and imprisoned them: He punished by the Lords, at the Prayer of the Commons.
Sir Nath. Rich commendeth the great Pains and Care of Sir Edw. Coke; yet wisheth Thorpe's Case may not be meddled with; which begotten by the Iniquity of that Time : And thinketh, Ed. the IVth, then sitting in the Upper House, might have over-great a Power in it: And trencheth much to the Liberty of the House.
Sir D. Digges his Part to be, first, of our Joy of the good Correspondency with the Lords; and of the King's Graciousness about our Grievances; and of his Majesty's Graciousness, before his Grants, by a Proclamation 1o Jac. and by a Declaration