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, 4 Junii
L. 1a. AN Act for the Reversal of a Decree in the Court of Wards and Liveries, against John Estofte Esquire,concerning, and for the Assurance of, certain Manors, Lands, and Tenements, therein and hereafter mentioned, unto the said John Estofte, and his Heirs, for ever.
A Petition from Mr. Estofte, read.
Privilege granted to him, for Prosecution of his Bill; and Counsel and Solicitors assigned him, according to his Petition.
L. 1a. An Act for the Strengthening and making good certain Leases and Grants, made by Tenants, in Fee-tail, and Men seised in the Right of their Wives, or Churches.
A Petition from the Planters of the Summer Islands. - Sir Edw. Coke, Sir W. Earle, Sir Nath. Rich. Sir D. Digges, Sir Ro. Pye, Sir Tho. Grantham, Alderman Molson, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir P. Hayman, Sir Ben. Rudyard, Mr. Coke, Mr. Harrison, Sir Ch. Morrison, Mr. Pymme, Mr. Mathewes, Mr. Kirkham, Sir M. Fleetewood, Sir Ro. Phillippes, Mr. Rolles, Alderman Clitherow: - To-morrow Afternoon, Two Clock, in Exchequer Chamber.
Members' Arguments to be entered.
Sir H. Martyn and Mr. Glanvyle to bring into the House their Arguments before the Lords; and their Assistants to peruse and allow the same, before it be brought in; that so it may be entered in the Journal.
Sir Edw. Coke reporteth the Case of the Brewers, concerning the 4d. upon a Quarter of Malt, brewed within London, and Four Miles. -
That agreed by the Counsel on both Parts, that this against the Law. -
That the grand Committee have voted this a Grievance, in the Creation, and Execution.
The King's Counsel to have Day peremptorily upon Saturday, to make Defence in the House; or else to proceed to Resolution.
The Scarcity, Dearness, and other Abuses about Powder, to be examined by a Committee; and what hath become of the Powder, upon Return of the Fleets. Power given, to send for the Keepers of the Store, and Clerk of the Deliveries, and all Officers of the Ordnance, to know, what became of the Powder carried out, and what Store left: And that this Committee have Power to enquire of the Conveyance of Ordnance beyond the Seas; how much, and whither.
That Mr. Burlimachi hath a Warrant for sending away yearly 400 Ton of Ordnance, and Shot and Carriages.
Sir Tho. Bludder named for a Projector, whereby the Price is enhanced 3d. per Pound. -
Sir Edw. Coke, Sir Jo. Ellyott, Sir Tho. Dacres, Sir Ro. Pye, Sir A. Ingram, Mr. Waller, Sir Ro. Mansfeild, Mr. Coriton, Sir Edw. Basse, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Sackvyle Crew, Mr. Earle, Mr. Mathewes, Sir P. Hayman, Sir Ro. Phillippes, Sir Francis Steward, Mr. Evelyn, Sir D. Digges, Mr. Eversfeild, Sir Wm. Walter, Sir Francis Barrington, Sir Edw. Gyles, Mr. Whitakers, Sir Ro. Cotton, Sir Jo. Heppesley, Mr. Barker, Mr. Harrison, Sir Nath. Rich, Mr. Pymme, Sir Ch. Morrison, Alderman Clitherow, Mr. Coke, Mr. Kirton, Mr. Royden, Mr. Hackwill, Mr. Bisse, Sir Edw. Dennys: - Two Clock this Afternoon, Court of Wards.
Charge against Manwaring.
Mr. Speaker delivereth a Message to the House, from the King.
A Message to be sent to the Lords, to desire a Conference with the Lords, about a Charge against Dr Manwaring : To be prayed, at any Time after this Forenoon. This to be done by Sir Ben. Rudyard.
L. 1a. An Act concerning Apparel.
L. 2a. An Act for Restitution in Blood of Carey Raleighe, Son of Sir Walter Raleighe, late attainted of high Treason; and for Confirmation of certain Letters Patents, made by our late Sovereign Lord King James, to John Earl of Bristoll, by the name of John Digby, Knight: - Committed to Sir Ro. Killigrew, Mr. Tomkyns, Mr. Godfery,
Sir Tho. Lucy, Sir Francis Darcy, Sir Tho. Dacres, Captain Brett, Sir Tho. Grantham, Sir Francis Glanvyle, Sir Charles Thynn, Sir Jo. Scudamore, Mr. Glanvyle, Mr. Noy, Mr. Littleton, Mr. Coke, Sir Edw. Leech, Sir Jo. Jackson, Sir Tho. Badger, Mr. Browne, Sir Jo. Stanhope, Sir Tho. Hatton, Lord Lambert, Sir Ro. Harley, Sir Lewys Dyve, Sir Francis Drake, Lord Carey, Mr. Rolles, Sir James Perrott, Sir Peter Hayman, Mr. Ashpernon, Sir Roger Palmer, Sir Wm. Carnaby, Mr. Kirton, Mr. Hackwill :
- To-morrow, Two Clock in the Afternoon, Court [of Wards.] Notice, and Counsel on either Part.
Sir Ben. Rudyard returneth Answer from the Lords, that they have appointed Two of the Clock this Afternoon, for the Conference, in the Painted Chamber.
Sir D. Digges reporteth from the Committee for Trade.
- Our Ships our only Bulwark. - Two generals : 1. The great Decay of Trade, the Nurse of our Shipping ; the Neglect of the Settling of Tonage and Poundage ; and of Impositions, &c.
2ly, The not Guarding of the Seas. - Great Decays of our Shipping, and Men. Of Ships, of above 100 Ton, between Dover and Berwicke, 248 good Ships lost. -
The Causes, besides the Decay of Trade, Three : l. Errors before Employment of Ships. Ships stayed, when ready to go out; sometimes taken for Service, sometime embargoed. -
Their Mariners taken from them: Thrust, by this Means, into Winter Voyages, with few Men. Great Shipwreck by this Means. -
An irregular Course in pressing Mariners, in the North and West Parts. The Fishing Trade now given over. Great Corruption in Pressing. Where 3,000 Mariners heretofore, now not 500. -
Want of sufficient Pay, for Wages, and Freight. Mischiefs upon our Ships and Men abroad: Commanded by young and unexpert Commanders : Not good Provision for sick Men in the Voyages : Long Journies to the Mariners : Ill-clothed: Long kept, then infect the Ships : Clothes provided for them, but not delivered, till shipped ; and before that Time, for want of them, infected.- -
Employment in Winter Voyages a great Decay of our Men, and Shipping. -
Inconveniencies after the Employment: Not paid, either for Ships, or Wages for Men, after their Return. This hindereth new Building of Ships, and Repairing of Ships. Where Sixteen in One Year new built, now in Three Years not above Eighteen. - Build now unserviceably, that they may not be taken. -
1. Remedy for settling Trade by Bill of Tonage or Poundage: The Encouragement of Traders : Defence and Guard of the Sea. -
Three Points propounded, for Remedies: 5s. per Ton allowed to every Ship, above 100 Ton : Now would have it for 150: To be duly paid: Proof to be made hereof in the Admiralty: Certificate from thence, and then Payment by some certain Officer. -
The Increase of 2 s. per Ton, to 3 s. for Freight of Ships : The Tonage to be agreed upon, before they go out, by Agreement with the Officers. -
Consideration, how the Arrearages to the Mariners, and Owners of Ships, may be paid : This to be done out of these Subsidies; and his Majesty, for the future, to publish, where, and of whom, they shall be paid.
Serjeant Davenport and Serjeant Berkeley bring from the Lords a Bill, intituled, A Bill for Naturalizing of John Aldersey, Mary Aldersey, now the Wife of Ro. Crane, Ann Aldersey, Eliz. Aldersey, and Marg. Aldersey, Children . . .
Mr. Ratcliffe, Mr. Whitby, Mr. Rolles, Mr. Noy, Mr. Alford, Sir M. Fleetewood, added to the Committee for Preservation of Timber.
Declaration to the King.
The House to be turned presently into a grand Committee, for the Declaration to the King. Mr. Whitby in the Chair.
Time of Meeting.
Ordered, The House to meet at Seven of the Clock To-morrow ; and the main Businesses to begin at Eight.
Absence from Prayers.
Upon Question, every Man, absent from Prayers, to pay 12d. to the Poor; to be gathered by the Serjeant's Man.
Report to be made.
Ordered, The Heads of the Report, by Sir D. Digges, to be by him delivered to the grand Committee.
Bill of Arms, - this Afternoon, Four Clock. Sir Jo. Lowther, and Mr. Dyett, added to this Committee.
E. of Devon's Estate.
Lord of Devon's Bill adjourned till To-morrow Morning.