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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|LORD Treasurer,||Excused, etc.|
|Lord Bishop of Exceter,|
|Lord Grey, of Werke,|
Message from the King, to explain Part of His Speech of Yesterday.
The Lord Duke of Buckingham signified to the House, That the King had commanded him to make an Explanation of somewhat spoken Yesterday unto both Houses at Whitehall, by His Majesty and the Lord Keeper, touching His Majesty's Demand of a larger Gift, and His prefixing a certain Day for the same, lest it might be thought that His Majesty hath a Desire to break up the Parliament, which he hath not.
Message to the House of Commons, for a Conference on this Point.
That the Lords desire a present Meeting, in the Painted Chamber, between a Committee of both Houses, upon a Commandment which the Lord Duke hath received from His Majesty, touching an Explanation of somewhat which was spoken Yesterday unto both Houses at Whitehall, by the King and the Lord Keeper.
Collection for the Poor.
Report from the Committee touching the Earl of Bristol's Petition for his Writ of Summons.
"Whereas the Earl of Bristoll hath preferred a Petition unto this House, thereby signifying, that his Writ of Summons is with-held from him, whereupon he humbly desires this House to become Mediators for him to His Majesty, that he may have his Writ of Summons, according to the Privilege of a Peer of this Realm; this Petition being referred unto the Committee of Privileges; and, after diligent Search, no Precedent being found, that any Writ of Summons hath been detained from any Peer that is capable of sitting in the House of Parliament; and considering withall how far it may trench into the Right of every Member of this House, whether sitting by ancient Right of Inheritance, or by Patent, to have their Writs detained; the Lords Committees are all of Opinion, That it will be necessary for this House humbly to beseech His Majesty, That a Writ of Summons may be sent to this Petitioner, and to such other Lords to whom no Writ of Summons hath been directed for this Parliament; excepting such as are made incapable to sit in Parliament by Judgement of Parliament or any other legal Judgement."
Whereupon the Duke of Buckingham signified unto the House, That, upon the Earl of Bristoll's Petition, the King had sent him his Writ of Summons; and withall, his Grace shewed unto the Lords a Copy of a Letter, written from His Majesty unto the said Earl, dated the 20th of January, 1625; which was publickly read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
Letter from the King to the Earl of Bristol.
"We have read your Letter, addressed to Us by Buckingham; and We cannot but wonder, that you should, through Forgetfulness, make such a Request to Us, of Favour, as if you stood evenly capable of it, when you know what your Behaviour in Spaine deserved of Us, which you are to examine by the Observations We made; and know you will remember, how, at Our first coming into Spaine, taking upon you to be so wife as to foresee Our Intentions to change Our Religion, you were so far from dissuading Us, that you offered your Service and Secrecy to concur in it, and in many other Conferences, pressing to shew how convenient it was for Us to be a Roman Catholick; it being impossible, in your Opinion, to do any great Action otherwise. How much Wrong, Disadvantage, and Disservice, you did to the Treaty, and to the Right and Interest of Our dear Brother and Sister, and their Children; what Disadvantage, Inconvenience, and Hazard, you intangled Us in, by your Artifices, putting off and delaying Our Return Home; the great Estimation you made of that State, and the vile Price you et this Kingdom at; still maintaining that We, under Colour of Friendship to Spaine, did what was in Our Power against them; which (you said) they knew very well; and last of all, your approving of those Conditions, that Our Nephew should be brought up in the Emperor's Court, to which Sir Walter Aston then said he durst not give his Consent, for Fear of his Head; you replying to him, that, without some such great Action, neither Marriage nor Peace would be had Given at Our Palace at Westm. the 20th Day of January, in the First Year of Our Reign."