Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 2, 1578-1614. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, videlicet , 21 die Aprilis:
HODIE 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for Restitution to be granted, in certain Cases, upon Entries with Force, or holding with Force.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act touching Common Recoveries against Infants.
Hodie Ia vice lecta est Billa, An Act authorizing Justices of Peace to deliver certain Prisoners out of Gaol, and for the placing and settling of Poor Prisoners after their Delivery.
Boundaries of Exeter.
Hodie Ia vice lecta est Billa, An Act for Explanation of a Statute, made in the Time of King Edward the Sixth, concerning the Boundaries of the Country of the City of Exceter.
Sir Edward Bruce.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Naturalizing of Sir Edward Bruce, Knight, Lord of Kinlosse, his Wife and Children, and for Confirmation of Letters Patents made to him.
Hodie allatæ sunt tres Billæ a Domo Communi, presented by Mr. Vice-chamberlain and others: videlicet,
1. An Act for the better Execution of Justice.
2. An Act for Apparel, restraining the excessive Wearing of Cloth of Gold, Cloth of Silver, and Gold and Silver Lace, and Embroideries.
3. An Act to secure Sympson's Debt, and save harmless the Warden of The Fleet, in Sir Thomas Sherley's Case.
Sir Thomas Shirley. The Union of England and scotland.
When those of the Lower House had presented the said Bills, they also delivered a Message to their Lordships, to this Effect: That they are now resolved for Conference with the Lords, touching the Matter of Union; and therefore desired to know what Number their Lordships would appoint for Committees of the Higher House, and the Time and Place for Meeting; whereunto Answer was returned, That the Number of the Lords was agreed on to be Fifty, or thereabouts; and the Meeting desired to be this present Day by Two in the Afternoon, at the Outward Chamber, near the Parliament Presence.
Sir Thomas Shirley's Bill.
Furthermore, they made Suit to the Lords, to move the King's Majesty for His Royal Assent to be speedily granted unto the Bill concerning Sir Thomas Sherley; signifying that, if it should depend till the End of the Parliament, the Desire and Purpose of their House by this Bill would be frustrate. Answer to this, That the Lords will take some Time to consider of it, and then give further Answer.
Unto Committees formerly appointed for the Matter of Union, the 14th of this Instant, were added, by Consent of the House, this Day, these Lords hereunder named: videlicet,
E. of Sussex.
E. of Lincolne.
L. Bp. of Bathe and Wells.
L. Bp. of Exceter.
L. Bp. of Hereford.
Lord Russell's Leave to be absent.
The Lord Chancellor made known to the Lords, that the King's Majesty was pleased to give Leave unto the Lord Russell to be absent from the Parliament for some Time, being to make his Repair to The Bathe for his Health.
Form of the Union Bill by his Majesty.
After that the Lords had received the Message before set down from the Lower House, they entered into Consideration of the Course to be taken, and the Particularities meet to be propounded in their Meeting with the Committees of the said House, in the Conference with them; which having been diversly debated by the Lords, the Lord Cecyll did produce a Draught, or Form (which had been conceived by the King's Majesty himself, and the same written out as His Majesty did dictate), being thought fit by His Highness to be the Substance of such a Bill as might be framed for that Matter of the Union; and that the House should be made acquainted with it; which Form, or Draught, was read unto the Lords; but not offered unto the House as a Bill, but as a brief Draught, or Memorial, to serve for a Bill afterward to be made, if it should be agreed on.
Dominus Cancellarius continuavit præsens Parliamentum usque in diem Jovis, videlicet, 26m Aprilis, hora octava.