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.
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.
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,
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.