Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 1, 1509-1577. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Veneris, 25 die Octobris,
Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas appointed Speaker, during the Lord Keeper's Illness.
MEMORANDUM, That this Day, the Lord Treasurer signified unto all the Lords, that the Queen's Highness, considering the Decay of his Memory and Hearing, Griefs accompanying hoary Hairs and old Age, and understanding the Lord Keeper's slow Amendment, minded to supply both their Defections, by Sir Robert Cattelyn, Knight, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas; and, for Corroboration of the same, shewed forth Her Highness's Commission, under the Great Seal of England, which the Clerk, by Commandment, openly read; the Tenor whereof hereafter ensueth:
Queen's Commission to Sir Rob. Cattelyn, appointing him Speaker pro Tempore.
"Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, Queen of England, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, etc. To Our Trusty and Well-beloved Sir Robert Cattelyn, Knight, Chief Justice of the Pleas to be holden before Us, Greeting:
"Where Our Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved Counsellor Sir Nicholas Bakon, Knight, Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of England, is at this present fore visited with Sickness, that he is not able to travel to the Upper House of this Our present Parliament holden at Westm. nor there to supply the Room and Place, in the said Upper House, amongst the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, as to the Office of the Lord Chancellor, or Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, hath been accustomed; We, minding the same Place and Room to be supplied in all Things as appertaineth, have named and appointed you, and by these Presents do constitute, name, appoint, and authorize you, from Day to Day, and Time to Time, hereafter, during Our Pleasure, to use and occupy the Place and Room of the said Lord Keeper, in Our said Upper House of Parliament, amongst the said Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, and there to do and execute, in all Things, from Day to Day, and Time to Time, as the said Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England should or might do, if he were there present, using and supplying the same Place.
"Wherefore We will and command you, the said Sir Robert Catelyn, to attend in, to, and about, the Execution of the Premises with Effect; and these Our Letters Patents shall be your sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the same, in every Behalf. In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patents. Witness Ourself, at Westm. the Twenty and Fifth Day of October, in the Eighth Year of Our Reign.