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, 30o Maii
Debate concerning Adjournment, &c.
Sir B. Rudyard:- - That One Example of Justice (intimating the Lord Chancellor) more Good to us and our Posterity, than many Bills. - To be specially careful that our Parting now may be with Contentment to his Majesty, and also to the People. - The Consequence hereof exceeding great, both at home and abroad.
Sir J. Perrott moveth, the Bills of Grace may be presently sent up to the Lords, which are already passed here; with a Message to the Lords, to desire a Conference with the Lords, about Religion at home and abroad, and of the Remedy to prevent the Inconveniences * : Then, for Decay of Trade, Want of Money, &c. and * * represent these to his Majesty.
Sir Ro. Phillippes moveth, 1. For this Time, a Committee, to consider [of a] Declaration of the State of the Kingdom ; and to leave it to [his] Highness' Wisdom, to repair those Things which [are] amiss, in his good Time. - First, by a Message, to acquaint [the] Lords with our Resolutions here, and an Acknowledgment of our great Joyfulness in the good Correspondency between both Houses ; which we will ever retain, and express, whensoever his Majesty shall be pleased to call us again.
Mr. Solicitor: - Will not despair, but, if we be not wanting to ourselves, that this will prove the happiest Parliament that ever, both in the Beginning, Proceeding, and ending. - Diseases in, the Commonwealth ; yet not incurable. - Not to refuse to do that we may, though we cannot do what we would. - The Times of Beginning and Ending of Parliaments only in the King's Power, We can deal only by Petition. No doubt, but an Adjournment may be, yet with passing Bills ; If doubt, yet a Bill will help it. - Wisheth, such a Course be taken, as our Preparation for Bill, &c. may not be lost. - A Message to the Lords, for Conference to this Purpose.
Mr. Alford: - To go to the Lords, in a Message. - To shew them the State of this Country, and abroad ; and the State of Trade here. - To desire the Lords to join in Petition to the King, that, about Michaelmas next, we may meet again in Parliament.
Mr. Crew, - against this last Part; because the King's Prerogative. - Never so long a Sitting, without a Session; nor Subsidies, without a Pardon. - For the Time of Recess, to rest in his Majesty's Pleasure; and to let the Lords in our Message, know so much. - Rebus sic stantibus, for the Grievances, doubteth they cannot be finished in time: For the Bills; to advise with the Lords, what fit to be done.
Sir Ro. Crane: - To petition his Majesty for 14 Days longer : - Cannot * the King; will exceedingly help the Commonwealth, - [To] go to the Lords for a Conference. To set down the State [of] all things, in Writing.
Bishop of Landaph.
Sir Ro. Hitcham and Sir Wm. Byrd bring from the Lords a Message ; That they have examined Davenport upon Oath, which they have sent down hither; which they find not answerable to the Information from hence ; yet have found so much against the Bishop of Landaph, as they have directed my Lord of Canterbury to give him an Admonition for it, openly in the Convocation-house. -
Four Bills : - 1. An Act for Confirmation of a Judgment given for his Majesty, in a Scire facias, in the Time of this Session of Pafliamest against Henry Heyron, and for Declaration of the Letters Patents thereupon to be void.
Anstrother's &c. Nat.
Lords to sit.
Answer to Lords.
Answer by the same Messengers; That the Sub-committee shall meet, as is desired: And Thanks also by them returned to the Lords, for their Respect to this House, in sending down Davenport's, Examination.
Conference - Business before the Recess.
Conference agreed to.
Mercurii, 30 Maii. Post meridiem.
Conference concerning the Recess.
Mr. Pymme: - In the now Conference to consider, first, what may be prepared: If not, then what the best Course of Satisfaction to the People, and best for the Honour and Good of King and Kingdom : 3ly, Whether our Recess best to be by Prorogation, or Adjournment: Wherein considerable, whether the Adjournment be to be by Commission, or to be done by ourselves.
Sir D. Digges reporteth from the Conference : 1. A Relation, made by him, of our Grief, for this Prevention of the Fruits of our Endeavours, which was now at hand. - Now desired the Advice of the Lords, for the best Satisfaction of the Country.
Mr. Serjeant Ashley reporteth from the Sub-committee for the Bill of Informers, that the Grand Committee had, 1. altered the Title, and to make it, " for Informations upon penal Laws." 2ly, It was moved, that the King's Attorney might be at large, for 50 Causes in a Year; and then fell to 25. This not assented to: The Title was. - They likewise moved, that some Values might be allowed: This likewise not allowed. - Then, to make the Bill a Probationer: Which refused before in the House.