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 Mercurii, videlicet, 18 Aprilis:
Assurance of Wentworth's Lands for certain Uses.
HODIE 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the enabling of the Assurance of certain Lands, conveyed for the Portions of Three of the Daughters of John Wentworth, Esquire, and for the Confirmation of certain other Estates for Life in other Lands, and to enable Sir John Wentworth, Knight, to sell certain Lands for the Payment of his Debts.
Tenures and Wardships.
The Lord Chancellor did put the Lords in Mind, That, before Easter, they received a Message from the Lower House, touching Tenures, and the Dependants thereon; he also remembered the Effect of the same Message; and that it is likely, their Lordships being engaged by Promise to return an Answer, the Lower House will expect the same in convenient Time, whereof he moved their Lordships to consider.
The Lord Treasurer, referring what had passed between this House and the Lower, and how proceeded in, to the Memory of the Lords, to whom (as he affirmed) the same was as well known as to himself, rehearsed, That, in the Business, there was formerly a Resolution, not to proceed without the King's Allowance, the Matter tending to take from His Majesty a great Prerogative. His Lordship shewed his Opinion to be, That, before this House do confer with the Lower, or among themselves dispute the Matter of their Offer already made, or make to them any further Demand, they should understand His Majesty's Pleasure, whether, upon any Terms, He will be pleased to leave that which the Lower House require; for that hitherto His Majesty hath not signified His Pleasure in that Behalf, otherwise than that, when He knoweth what will be offered for that Matter, then will He deliver His Pleasure and Purpose therein; wherefore his Lordship moved, That some Committees may be authorized to attend the King, and to understand whether He shall be pleased to like of this Frame of departing with Tenures, etc. as is desired; and, if such shall be His Pleasure, then what He will require for the same.
The Motion was generally allowed, and Committees named: videlicet,
Dominus Cancellarius adjornavit præsens Parliamentum usque in diem crastinum, videlicet, 19m Aprilis, hora 9a.