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 Lunæ, videlicet, 2 die Aprilis:
Tenures and Wardships.
The Lord Chancellor did put the Lords in Mind, That, at their last Sitting, their Lordships were minded to send a Message to the Lower House, touching the Matter of Tenures, and Dependants thereon, &c. and that, as he conceived, this is the Time to resolve whether they will, according to that their former Intent, send; and to what Effect: Whereupon, being generally resolved to send, his Lordship remembered unto the House, how the Business in Hand had passed; and that the Lower House, upon the whole Proceedings, doth expect a Conference; for which, as his Lordship conceived, this House is not sufficiently prepared; and therefore his Lordship wished it might now be determined what Message shall be sent.
This Motion was generally approved; and thereupon the Lord Treasurer declared his own Opinion, touching the Effect of the Message; which likewise was generally allowed of by the House; and accordingly the said
Message to the Commons, concerning Tenures and Wardships.
That the Matter in Treaty, concerning Tenures, and the Dependants thereon, hath been in this House spoken of, and dealt in so far forth as Time hath permitted: That, as the same is of great Weight and Importance generally, so doth it concern their Lordships of this House equally or more than any others: That their Lordships could not hitherto sufficiently consider thereof: That now the Time is more fit for Cogitations of a higher Nature, namely for Meditation and Preparation against the good Time of Easter, approaching and at Hand: That the respective Carriage of that House, towards this, engendereth a great Desire in their Lordships to hold answerable Correspondence, and to yield them Satisfaction in that they expect. Howbeit, for the Reasons aforesaid, their Lordships cannot meet with them further to treat of this great Business before a Reccess, and the next Meeting of the Assemblies.