Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 1, 1547-1629. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Lunae, 14o Maii
L. 1a. An Act for the Advancing of the Trade of Dornix Weavers, and better Government of the said Trade, and Reformation of divers Abuses and Deceits used in Making of Dornix, and other Stuffs of that Nature, and of Spinsters of Dornix Yarn;
Sir Guy Palmes moveth, Sir Pet. Saltonstall may be Patent, sent [for,] and his Patent may be brought in. - His Patent [to] be brought in on Friday ; and Sanderson to [be] sent for, that dealeth for him.
That the Causes increasing, 4o Eliz. the President and Council of the North resolved, fit to have Attorneys; who had the Making of the Bills. That this thus continued, till 4 Jac. so as now grown to be a settled Court. - Might be counter Bills ; and therefore, One Man to have Sight of both Evidences, dangerous. - Bills the Foundation of the Suit, and therefore required Skill. No One Bill can serve all Mens Titles. - The Patent gotten surreptitiously. Tobias Eboracensis, Bishop of Duresme, all the Council of Yorke, and divers Gentlemen, made a Certificate, that this belonged to the Attorneys ; and, that mischievous to the Country, to have One alone make these. - That a Letter sent to the President by Ferne; who, coming up, got of Lepton 900 l. and so concealed the Letter. That the Patent brought to him, Attorney; who stayed it a Quarter of a Year, and at length, commanded, drew it, with Reference, as divers other had it before ; who, as now falleth out, had it not. - The Country charged 600 l. per Annum more than before. The King referred this to the Lord President; who gave way to it, but never received the Letter, or Certificate. That Lepton gave my Lord President, as affirmed, 10,000l. That Lepton, at first, denied the giving this, after, he said, he never - it not directly : Wherein, whether Lepton spake true, or not, cannot judge.
Sir Edw. Sands tendereth a Petition from the 5 Ports, being deprived of all other Remedy. - Remembereth the miserable Estate of Fraunce forReligion. - The Protestants disarmed by Surprize, and by the King's Command. A great Army against Rochell. - Heretofore, when Wars with Fraunce, great Care for making strong, and fortifying, these Ports. - Neither impossible, nor unlikely, we may have the like again. - That if Care be not presently had, both of the Furnishing them with Victual, and with good Inhabitants, they will be left desolate. That their Complaint is, the Merchant Adventurers have gotten a Patent, for the sole Exportation of all Manufactures of Cloth. That undone by Monopolies. That they unduly deprived of their ancient Privilege of Selling in Blackwell-hall. That that, which they have, had 500 Years before the Merchant Adventurers had any Charter: For shewed Charters for it, before the Conquest.
Mr. Towerson: - That that he charged with, but as Deputy for the Company. That the Cloths, mentioned in the Petition, were stayed by Order from the Lords of the Council. That these were thus stayed, because they should not be forfeited, as others before (being water-born) had been. That these Cloths being, by Warrant of the Lord Warden of the 5 Ports, sent back to London, the Cloths were violently taken away by some unknown Persons at Shuter's Hill: Therefore they, holding themselves engaged for these Cloths, by Counsel went to the Recorder; who examined -
That they never took any Forfeiture of Cloths, nor imprisoned any. That they desire but to be heard ; having given in the Copy of their Charter, and having always been ready to give Satisfaction to the House. - Desireth, they may be heard by their Counsel, in the Defence of their Patent; and till then, to be accounted honest Men.
Sir Edw. Coke : - For the Complaint from the 5 Ports; no greater Cause in all this Parliament. - The Ports, especially the 5 Ports, of great Consequence. - That these 5 Ports ought to find 57 Ships ready. - The Ports the Gates of the Kingdom. - Resolved, * Port of the Realm cannot be granted away to a Subject. - These decayed, because Trade decayed. To have London subsist, but other Port Towns with them ; for the Safety of the Ports the Safety of London.
That no Patent can forfeit my Goods, without an Act of Parliament; nor imprison my Body. - May seize them, but must recover them by Law : Cannot take them from my Person. - No Examination in this Case, because may not catch me by this Means. In a civil Cause (no Plea of the Crown) no Examination, or Commitment. - To have a prefixed Day for this Business for the 5 Ports.
Merchants of the Staple.
Quarrelling between Members.
Jurisdiction of Parliament.
Sir Edw. Sands : - In the now Message to the Lords,to give some intimation of our Apprehension of the Lords Readiness to Accomodation, and Liking of the Protestation offered by the Sub-committee of the Lords : Which read now by Sir Edw. Coke, and assented to by the House.
Charge against Bishop of Landaph.
Mr. Hackwill: - That an Accusation preferred from hence against the Bishop of Landaph, by the Information of one Damport; who hath sithence denied that, upon Oath, above, which testified here before us. - That we ought to send up to the Lords, to demand Judgment, before the Lords send down Word, that they are agreed of their Judgment. - Though we hear the Bishop be cleared above, yet to send up to the Lords, to demand Judgment against him : If then we hear he be cleared ; to question Damport, for his Misinformation here.
Sir Edw. Sackvyle, accordant: - The rather, because he now maketh a Scoff at the House ; saying, he told a Tale here. - That this will make others afraid to speak falsly, though without Oath; whereas, otherwise, our Course of Examination will be scandalized.
Sir Edw. Sackvyle, Sir Ro. Phillippes, Sir Geor. Moore, Mr. Hackwill, Sir H. Poole, Sir Tho. Row, Sir Edw. Peyton, Mr. Alford, Sir J. Perrott, Sir Francis Fane, to meet To-morrow Morning, in the Committee Chamber; to agree, and set down in Writing, the Message to the Lords about this Business.
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Mallett: - To reject this Petition; because nameth no Conspirators, whom we may send for. - That he publickly indicted, and found guilty: Mr. Speaker gave inEvidence against him, and he himself of Council for him. - Thinketh it fit to be rejected; and that, if he had had his due, he had not been here now to have preferred his Petition.
Committed to Mr. Treasurer, Sir Edw. Sackvyle, Sir Rich. Morrison, Sir H. Mildmay, Sir Tho. Row, Sir Geor. Moore, Sir Tho. Jermyn, Sir W. Heale, Mr. Middleton, Sir Ro. Phillippes, Sir A. Ingram, Sir Wm. Pittes, Mr. Secretary, Sir Edw. Sands, Sir H. Curwen, Sir J. Horsey, Mr. Hackwill, Sir Nath. Rich, Sir Jo. Jephson, Mr. Abbott, Sir Francis Fane, Sir Ro. Killigrew, Burgesses of Port Towns and Cinque Ports, Mr. Crew, Mr. Crooke. - Thursday next, Court of Wards.