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 Jovis, videlicet, 17 die Aprilis:
THE Bill, intituled, An Act for the Relief of such as lawfully use the Trade and Handicraft of Skinners, was this Day brought into the House, by the Lord Treasurer, the first of the Committees, with certain Amendments.
Bills from the H. C. Expedit.
Hodie allatæ sunt 10 Billæ a Domo Communi, presented by Mr. Secretary Herbert and others:
1. An Act for the Naturalizing of the Children of Sir Edward Conwaie, Knight, Lieutenant Governor of the King's Majesty's Cautionary Town of The Briell. Returned, Exped.
2. An Act for the Restoring and Enabling of Henry Lord Danvers, as Son and Heir to Sir John Danvers, Knight, deceased, notwithstanding the Attainder and Corruption of Blood of Sir Charles Danvers, deceased, elder Brother of the said Lord Danvers. Returned, with certain Amendments.
3. An Act to avoid the Extortions and Exactions of Customers, Comptrollers, Collectors, Searchers, Waiters, Clerks, or other Officers or Persons employed in or about the Custom of our Sovereign Lord the King, His Heirs and Successors.
4. An Act against such as, coming to Church, do refuse to receive the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
5. An Act for Transportation of Beer over the Seas.
6. An Act against the loathsome Sin of Drunkenness.
7. An Act for the better Execution of Penal Statutes, and Restraint of Monopolies.
8. An Act to restrain Abuses of Players.
9. An Act for the new making up, and keeping in Reparation, of Chepstow Bridge.
10. An Act for Sale of certain Lands of Edward Downes, Esquire, for the Payment of his Debts.
This Day, the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury made Relation of the Course which had been advised on by the Lords the Bishops (according to the Appointment of the House upon Tuesday last), for the Proceeding to be holden with the Committees of the Lower House, at the Meeting with them this Afternoon in Conference, concerning the Four Articles, or Points, of Matters Ecclesiastical, which they formerly propounded to the Lords, and in what Manner the said Points were severally distributed, to be handled by certain of the Bishops selected for that Purpose: videlicet,
1. Touching Silencing of Ministers, by the said Lord Archbishop.
2. Concerning the Multiplicity of Commissions, by the Bishops of Winchester and Exceter.
3. Touching Citations, by the Bishops of Bathe and Wells, Carliell, and Elie.
4. Concerning Excommunication, by the Bishops of St. David's and Hereford; with Liberty also reserved to the said Lord Archbishop, to have Speech of any other of the said Points (besides the first particularly allotted to himself) as there shall be Cause.
Whereupon it was moved by the Lord Chancellor; and accordingly Resolved by the House, That it is not intended, or to be expected, that this Day Answer shall be made, That the Lords will join, or not join, with the Lower House, in Petition, or how far forth they shall think convenient to join; but that the Lords the Bishops are this Day to make Answer unto the Four several Points that were declared by those that spake in the Committee of the Lower House the last Day; and that thereupon the Lords Committees, making Reference to the Higher House, it may there (as the Arguments and Answers shall be liked), by common Consent, be considered and resolved, what Answer is to be made, for joining or not joining in Petition; and that the Lords the Bishops are left to follow such Course in Answer as they shall agree among themselves, for distributing the Parts of Answer; always reserving the Determination and Resolution unto the full Consent of the House; and that there be Liberty of Reply upon any Point, with such Reservation as aforesaid.
Free Liberty of Trade.
Memorandum, That it is appointed by the Lords, that, at their next Sitting, there may be a Motion for a new Conference with the Committees of the Lower House, about the Bill of Free Trade with Spayne, Portugall, and Fraunce.
Dominus Cancellarius continuavit præsens Parliamentum usque in diem Saturni, videlicet, 26m instantis Aprilis, hora nona.