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 Saturni, videlicet, 16 Maii:
Bills from the H. C.
1. An Act for the Strengthening, Explanation, and Enlarging of an Act of Parliament, made in the Thirtysecond Year of King Henry the Eighth, of Famous Memory, for the Incorporation of Six or Four Churchwardens, in the Parish of Saint Saviours, in Southwarke.
4. An Act for Confirmation of certain Lands to the Warden and College of The Souls of all Faithful People deceased, of Oxon, and of other Lands to Sir William Smith, Knight. Returned, with a Proviso-added by the Lower House.
Establishment of the Earl of Derby's Estates.
Message from the H. C.
Grievances in the Spanish Trade.
That there hath been of late a Petition of sundry Merchants of the Realm, directed to His Majesty and the High Court of Parliament, and first exhibited to the Lower House, containing a grievous Complaint of intolerable Wrongs and Injuries that have been offered them by the Subjects of Spayne (in all Parts Abroad where they trade), as well in Taking or unjust Detaining of their Goods, as in bereaving of them of their Liberties, and in cruel Usage of divers of them, either by committing of them to the Galleys, or by other Tortures; that it hath pleased the Lower House to take the said Complaint to Heart, and have examined the same, so far forth as they could, not being able to take Examination of the adverse Parties, being of a Foreign Nation; but nevertheless they find that the Particulars of the said Complaint, being in Number Twenty at the least, are for the most part very just, insomuch as thereby they conceive that a Dishonour is offered to His Majesty, Wrong to the Subjects, and Disreputation to the State; that thereupon they, having entered into Consideration of Redress, have thought meet (in regard the Matter concerneth a Foreign Nation that is in Amity with His Majesty and this State) to forbear to proceed therein in any (fn. 1) other Course than by Petition to His Majesty; and do earnestly desire, that the Lords will be pleased to join with them in this Petition; and, for the better Information and Proceeding therein, will allow of a Conference with Committees of the Lower House, at such Time and Place as their Lordships shall think fit to assign.
Answer, That, because the Lords do find the Matter to be of great Weight, both in respect of the Form and Substance, they will therefore take some Time to enter into a mature Deliberation thereof, and then return them Answer by some Messengers of their own, so soon as conveniently they may.
Ld. Chandois's Privilege. Butler arrested.
Upon Signification given unto the House, by the Lord Compton, That one Nathaniell Butler, a Servant in ordinary to the Lord Chandos, hath been very lately arrested (in the Time of this Session of Parliament), upon an Action of Debt, at the Suit of one Richard Crumes, and by the Procurement of Rafe Ratcliffe, an Attorney of Furnevall's Inn, contrary to the Honour and Privilege of the said High Court; and that he yet remaineth under Restraint, in the Custody of, a Bailiff or Officer of the Sheriff of Middlesex; it is Ordered, by the said Court, That a Writ of Habeas Corpus shall be awarded, for the Removing of the said Nathaniell Butler out of the Custody of the said Bailiff, and for the bringing of him before the Lords, in the Upper House of Parliament, by the said Sheriff of Middlesex, upon Wednesday next, the 20th of this Instant May, by Nine of the Clock in the Morning; and that the Serjeant at Arms attending the House shall then also bring before the Lords, in the House, the abovementioned Richard Crumes and Rafe Ratcliffe, together with Thomas Keene, the Undersheriff's Deputy of Middlesex, and Daniell Bishopp, a Bailiff, and Pitman that arrested the said Butler, and any others that assisted the said Arrest, to answer for their Contempt and Breach of Privilege of the said High Court.