Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 3, 1620-1628. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, videlicet, 27 die Aprilis,
River Thomas navigable to Oxford.
They returned One Bill unto their Lordships, intituled, An Act for the making of the River of Thames navigable, for Barges, Boats, and Lighters, from the Village of Bercott, in the County of Oxon, unto the University and City of Oxon; and that they sent to their Lordships Eight other Bills:
Bills from H. C.
2a. An Act to enlarge and make perpetual the Act made for Ease in pleading against troublesome and contentious Suits, presented against Justices of the Peace, Mayors, Constables, and certain other His Majesty's Officers, for the lawful Execution of their Office, made in the Seventh Year of His Majesty's most Happy Reign.
6a, An Act for the Naturalizing of Sir Robert Anstrother, Knight, one of the Gentlemen of His Majesty's Privy Chamber, Sir George Abercromy, Knight, late Gentleman of the Robes to the late Queen Ann, of Worthy Memory, and John Cragge, Doctor of Physick, Physician to the High and Mighty Prince Charles, Your most dearest Son.
7a, An Act for establishing of some Manors, and other Lands, in the several Counties of Cornewall, Devon, and Dorsett, upon John Mohun, Esquire, Son and Heir Apparent of Sir Reynold Mohun, Knight and Baronet, according to the true Intent and Meaning of certain Agreements between them had and made.
8a, An Act for Confirmation of the Copyhold Estates and Customs of divers Copyholders of the Manors of Stepney and Hackney, according to certain Indentures of Agreement, and a Decree in the High Court of Chancery, made between the Lord of the said Manors and the Copyholders.
The River Thames navigable to Oxford.
Manors of Stepney and Hackney.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa prædicta, An Act for Confirmation of the Copyhold Estates and Customs of divers Copyholders of the Manors of Stepney and Hackney, according to certain Indentures of Agreement, and a Decree in the High Court of Chancery, made between the Lords of the said Manors and the Copy-holders.
L. Mordant's Privilege.
Upon Complaint made to the House, That one Godier Hopton, Gentleman, Servant to the Lord Mordant, was arrested, contrary to the Privilege of this High Court, by; it is Ordered, That the said Parties shall be brought before their Lordships , by the Serjeant at Arms, to answer the said Contempt.
L. Treasurer's Petition.
"Most humbly presenting to this most Honourable House, by the Schedule annexed, the Names of such Persons as the said Lord Treasurer humbly desireth may be sworn and examined, for Discovery of the Truth, upon such Articles as he shall exhibit, touching the several Matters contained in that Part of his Charge which was delivered him on Saturday last in the Evening. To which Purpose he humbly prayeth such Warrant for calling in those Witnesses, and such others as he shall give Note of to the Clerk of the Parliament, as the Form of this High Court requireth.
"And withall humbly propoundeth to the Consideration of this most Honourable House, whether your Lordships will think fit to proceed to Examination of Witnesses to be produced on his Part before he hath made his Answer; whereby it may first appear to your Lordships what Things he will deny, and what he will confess and avoid, and in what Manner he will avoid the same; upon which, as upon Issues joined, he may particularly examine his Witnesses; and, after Copies of the Depositions taken both for and against him, the Cause may be prepared for your Lordships Honourable Judgement, which he protesteth to further on his Part to Hearing with all possible Expedition.
"Lastly, his most humble Suit is, That, in respect of the Nature and Multiplicity of the Matters objected against him, which do necessarily require Assistance of Learned Counsel, this most Honourable Court will be pleased to assign the Gentlemen undernamed to be of Counsel with him, in this Cause of Weight so much concerning him:
Witnesses for the L. Treasurer.
L. Viscount Rochford.
L. Bp. of Rochester.
Answer to L. Treasurer's Petition.
"1. That Warrant shall be given, for calling in such Witnesses whose Names shall be first exhibited in Writing, and thought fit by the House to be examined; and the Interrogatories and Witnesses Names to be sent to the House To-morrow in the Afternoon, when the House sits; and the Witnesses themselves to appear, that such of them may be sworn and examined as the House shall think fit.
Which Answer being read, and approved of by the House, the Clerk was commanded to sign a Copy thereof, and send the same unto the Lord Treasurer; which he did, and delivered it to Wyllfred Kettlewell, Servant unto his Lordship, who brought the said Petition from him.
Report made concerning Precedents of Trials.
And Memorandum, That, after the said Petition was read, and before the said Committees were appointed touching the Answer thereunto, Report was made unto the House, by the Earl of Bridgewater, one of the Lords Committees for Privileges, &c. That, according to the Order made Yesterday, his Lordship had perused many Precedents, for the Manner how the Parties complained of have answered here; and that his Lordship did not find, by any Precedent which his Lordship hath seen, that any (though a Member of this House) did answer by his Counsel; and that divers Members of this House and others have answered in Person, without Counsel; and that Counsel was denied unto Michael de la Pole, Lord Chancellor, Anno 10° Ricardi Secundi, when he required the same.