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 Sabbati, 22 die Aprilis,
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
Absent Lords excused.
Report of the Lords Thanks to the King.
The Lord Keeper reported to the House, That the Committee appointed Yesterday did present to His Majesty their Lordships Thanks, for His Message sent unto them; and, though they bring back no Answer, yet they did well perceive, by His Majesty's Countenance, that He received the same graciously, and with good Acceptance.
Benefit of Clergy.
The Lord Chamberlain reported the Bill to take a way the Benefit of Clergy, in some Cases, etc. not fit to pass. Whereupon it was Rejected.
The Earl of Herteford reported the Bill concerning Edmond Nicholson, a Projector of the Pretended Prætermitted Customs, sit to sleep.
Dyed and dressed Cloths.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act made for the better venting of Dyed, Dressed, and Mingled Coloured Cloths, etc.
Certain Clergymen not to be Justices of the Peace.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, That certain Clergymen shall not be Justices of the Peace.
Citations from Ecclesiastical Courts.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act concerning Citations issuing out of Ecclesiastical Courts.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the better Preservation of the Mine of Salt-petre.
Abuse of the Sabbath.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the further Reformation of sundry Abuses committed on the Lord'sday, commonly called Sunday.
Committed unto the
To meet on Monday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber.
E. of Dorset's Bill.
Hodie 1a et 2a vice lecta est Billa, concerning the Earl of Dorsett, etc.
Committed unto the
To meet on Tuesday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon.
Moygne versus Hyde and others.
The Lord President reported the Petition of John Moygne, His Majesty's Ward, exhibited this Parliament, touching an Information depending in that Court, against Richard Hyde and others, for the Manor of Lissington, in the County of Lincoln; wherein are some Aspersions against Mr. Attorney of that Court; of all which the Lords Committees for Petitions, upon hearing Mr. Attorney's Answer, have clearly freed him. Nevertheless, for that there are some Allegations against a Servant of Mr. Attorney's the Lords think fit, That the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench, and the Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, Assistants to the said Court of Wards, be desired to be assisting the Master of the Wards, when the Cause shall come next to Hearing.
All which was Ordered accordingly.
Ld. Berkley's Privilege.
Upon the Complaint of Richard Lumley, Servant to the Lord Berkley, touching the Contempt of Mathew Fraunces, Serjeant at Arms; these were sworn: videlicet, Humphrey Fox, George Balyley, Cycely Bayly, and Nicholas Highmore. But their Examination deferred till Monday next, and then Mathew Frances is to attend, and bring his Witnesses also.
Creditors of the Muscovy Company.
The Earl of Bridgewater reported the Petition of John Manninge and others, complaining against the Muscovie Company, for Moneys owing unto them from the said Company; and that, upon the full Hearing of the Cause, the Lords Committees think fit, that the last Order, dated 27 Maii 1624, concerning the Muscovia Company and their Creditors, be performed; and all that have the Common Seal to be paid out of the Leviation, excepting out of the said Leviation such as have been formerly excepted by Order of the Lords of the Privy Council; and this to be performed with all Expedition by the said Muscovia Company.
1. And for the better, more easy, and sooner effecting thereof, their Lordships do think it expedient (having heard several Allegations and Replies on either Part), that all such as owe Leviations, or are behind for their Impositions upon the Muscovie or Greenelande Trade, may bring in what they are in Arrear before the last Day of May next, or stand committed.
2. That Five Hundred Pounds Legacy, given by Sir Thomas Smith, by express Words in his Will, towards the Payment of the Old Company's Debts (as is informed), may be likewise brought in, and divided amongst the Petitioners by this Order.
3. Thirdly, That the Treasurer of the Company may receive the Moneys as they shall be paid in to the said Company (because they are many-times paid in by small Sums); and an Account to be made every Three Months; which being so made, then the Moneys to be paid in to the Clerk of the Parliament, who shall have a Chest left with him by the Company, with Two several Locks, and several Keys to each of them; the one Key himself shall keep, and the Creditors the other.
4. That Mr. Alderman Dury and Mr. Alderman Johnson be joined to Benjamine Decro and Mr. Ralfe Hanson, to oversee, audit, and perfect, the Accompts in the said Decroe's Books, of all such Moneys, Leviations, and Impositions, as are to go towards the Payment of the Creditors Debts.
5. That the Creditors that have lent Money to the Company, and for their Security have the Common Seal of the said Company, shall have Five Marks per Centum, pro Anno, since Midsummer-day 1624, till such Time as their Debts be paid, according to the said Order of Parliament, bearing Date 27th of May 1624; and that the said Benjamine Decroe be paid his Money accordingly, but without any Interest.
6. That no Man receive before others; but let the Money, as it shall be brought in, be paid to the Petitioners, by equal Rates, according to their just Debts, until they be first satisfied.
And lastly, that Sir Henry Davyes (who hath the Common Seal for Money lent, and formerly had Judgement and Execution thereupon) attending at the Committee, and informing in Person the Lords of the Committee thereof, although he be no Party to the Petition preferred unto this House, may be included within this Order (if your Lordships shall find good to approve thereof); that he may, amongst the Petitioners, have his due Debts paid, by virtue of this Course intended, and now offered to your Lordships Consideration.
All which was Ordered by the House; and referred to the Court of Chancery to see this Order put in Execution accordingly.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet, 24m diem instantis Aprilis, hora (fn. 1), Dominis sic decernentibus.