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, 15 Februarii:
Message to the Commons, concerning the Time of Conference.
THIS Day, Sir Jo. Tindale and Mr. Grimston were sent to the Lower House (as was Yesterday agreed on), to signify their Lordships Desire of Meeting with the Committees of that House, this present Afternoon, by Two of the Clock, at the Painted Chamber.
Lord Chancellor's Speech concerning the Laws in Force.
That the Laws of this Realm, especially the Statute Laws, being temporary, and for a Time; and divers of them become for this Time impossible, are notwithstanding in Force, and bind others; though possible to be kept, yet inconvenient, and all penal, and likewise many remain still good, but need Amendment and Alteration; his Lordship therefore wished, that the Lower House at this Conference may be moved, for Consideration to be had of this Matter; and that the Judges, before they go in their Circuit, may also consider thereof, and some meet Persons be appointed to attend them.
The Motion generally allowed, and seconded by the Lord Treasurer, who affirmed that in the Exchequer depend commonly Seven or Eight Hundred Informations, commenced merely for Vexation, and not prosecuted, the same being only beneficial to Promoters. That the Judges may first together jointly consider of the Business; and then they to appoint of themselves Two or Three to labour particularly therein. And shewed that much had in this Kind been already done at the Council Board, which will serve for Preparation in the Work.
E. of Pembroke's Privilege. Fox arrested.
Upon Signification given to this High Court of Parliament, That Richard Fox, Gentleman, a Servant in ordinary to the Earl of Pembroke, hath been of late arrested, at the Suit of Zephany Seares, of London, Mercer, by John Guersey, a Serjeant at Mace, and Phillip Smith, Yeoman, contrary to the Honour and Privilege of the said Court; it is therefore Ordered by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, That as well the said Stephany Seares, as the Serjeant and Yeoman, before mentioned, shall be brought into this Court, by the Serjeant at Arms attending the House, upon Saturday next, the 17th of this instant February, by Nine of the Clock in the Morning, to answer for their Contempt and Breach of Privilege of the said Court.