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, 6 die Junii:
Lord Chancellor acquaints the House that there is a Commission to dissolve the Parliament.
THE Lord Chancellor, after a general and long Silence in the House, in a very grave and worthy Speech, gave unto the Lords great Thanks that they had so nobly born with him in many Motions, which (as he spake) he had unseasonably made unto them; and craved Leave now to move unto them a Matter, which, as he said, himself scarce understood. He then did put their Lordships in mind, That the King, for weighty and important Occasions, did call a Parliament, to begin the 5th Day of April last; and further declared unto them, That His Majesty's Pleasure now is, to dissolve the same; and that, for that Purpose, by His Highness's Commandment, a Commission is now forth, under the Great Seal, which is this Day to be executed. The Order and Form whereof his Lordship likewise remembered to be thus: videlicet, That the Lords, having first put on their Robes, do send for the Speaker and Commons, to hear the King's Pleasure. He then moved them to send a Message to the Lower House, the Effect whereof he also proposed; which, all the Lords allowing, was sent accordingly.
Message to the H.C. to that Effect.
Message sent to the Lower House, by Mr. Dr. Bird and Mr. Dr. James:
That the Lords having understood of a Commission under the Great Seal of England, for dissolving, as this Day, of the Parliament, which was begun on the 5th of April last, forasmuch as they thought to have heard this Morning something from that House, have hitherto stayed the publishing of the said Commission, and do now expect to know whether their Lordships shall hear any Thing from them or not; otherwise the Lords Commissioners must this Day dissolve the Parliament.
That they will take into Consideration the Message which the Lords have sent, and presently send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Second Answer from the Lower House, by Sir George More and others:
That they received a Message from the Lords, signifying, That there is a Commission forth, unto certain select Lords, to dissolve the Parliament this Day; and that the Lords have hitherto made Stay of publishing the same, expecting to hear something from that House, etc. ut supra; in Answer whereunto, they do let their Lordships understand, That this Morning they received a Letter, directed to their Speaker, from the King's Highness, whereby was signified, That whereas His Majesty, by former Letters, had declared his Determination to dissolve the Parliament on Thursday next, except in the mean Time that House should proceed in His important Business, for which the same was especially called; yet now His Majesty's Pleasure to be, to dissolve the Parliament To-morrow, being the 7th of this Month, unless they shall before that Time perform what by His said former Letters was required; Lastly, that they have entered into Consideration of that great Matter.
Answer returned to the Lower House, by their Messengers:
That the Lords have heard their Answer, and will take it into Consideration.
Message to the H.C. that this House will adjourn to the Afternoon.
The Lords Commissioners named in the Commission abovesaid, by Order of the Lords, withdrew themselves, to advise what, in this Case, were fit by them to be done; and being returned into the House, by the general Consent of them and all the Lords then present, Answer was sent unto the Lower House, by Mr. Dr. Bird and Mr. Dr. James: That the Lords, having considered of the Answer which that House sent unto their Lordships, have resolved to adjourn this Court until Two of the Clock To-morrow in the Afternoon, which will be the 7th Day of this Month.
Dominus Cancellarius continuavit præsens Parliamentum usque in diem crastinum, videlicet, 7m Junii, hora 2a post meridiem.