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 Veneris, videlicet, 9 die Junii,
Absent Lords excused.
Message from the King, to acquaint the House of His having sent the following Letter to the Speaker of the H. C.
"That His Majesty had observed with what Duty their Lordships had proceeded towards Him all this Parliament, and of their Care to provide for the Safety of the Realm; and that He doubted not but their Lordships had seen the Fruits of their Labours, had Money been supplied by the Commons; wherefore he had written a Letter unto the Speaker of the House of Commons, a Copy whereof He had sent unto their Lordships, which was read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
His Majesty's Letter to the Speaker of the Commons.
"Trusty and Well-beloved, We greet you well; Our House of Commons cannot forget how often and how earnestly We have called upon them, for the speeding of that Aid, which they intended unto Us, for Our great and weighty Affairs, concerning the Safety and Honour of Us and Our Kingdoms; and now, the Time being so far spent, that, unless it be presently concluded, it can neither bring Us Money nor Credit by the Time which themselves have prefixed, which is the last of this Month; and, being further deferred, would be of little Use; We being daily advertised from all Parts of the great Preparations of the Enemy, ready to assail Us; We hold it necessary, by these Our Letters, to give them Our last and final Admonition; and to let them know that We shall account all further Delays and Excuses to be express Denials. And therefore We will and require you to signify unto them, that We do expect that they forthwith bring forth their Bill of Subsidy, to be passed without Delay or Condition, so as it may fully pass that House by the End of the next Week at the furthest; which if they do not, it will force Us to take other Resolutions. But les them know that, if they finish this according to Our Desire, That We are resolved to let them sit together for the Dispatch of their other Affairs, and, after their Recess, to bring them together again the next Winter. And if, by their Denial or Delay, any Thing of ill Consequence shall fall out, either at Home or Abroad, We may call God and Man to Witness, that We have done Our Part to prevent it, by calling Our People together to advise with Us, by opening the Weight of Our Occasions unto them, and by requiring their timely Help and Assistance in those Actions wherein we stand engaged by their own Counsels. And We will and command you that this Letter be publicly read in the House."
Message from the H. C. for a Copy of the Duke of Buckingham Answer.
That they have heard that the Duke of Buckingham hath put in his Answer unto their Charge; and therefore they do require a Copy thereof, as they may reply thereunto, if (fn. 1) Need be, and send up their Proofs.
Ordered, This Request of the Commons to be referred unto the Lords Committees for Privileges; and their Lordships to meet thereon, at Two this Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber; and the Earls of Essex and Carlile were added to the said Committee.
Witnesses to be examinelin the E. of Bristol's
The Earl of Bristol, being at the Bar, moved the House, That his Secretary (being sick in the Country) might be examined by Commissioners in the Country; which was granted, so the Interrogatories be first presented to the House, and approved by their Lordships.
These Persons underwritten were this Day presented to the House, by the Earl of Bristol, as Witnesses to be examined on his Behalf, and were sworn to make true Answers to such Questions as shall be demanded them by the Lords Committees: videlicet, Walsingham Grisley, James Mubb, Vincent Goddarde, Simon Digby, Peter Wight.
E. of Bristol's Charge against the D. of Buckingham.
Upon the Petition of the Earl of Bristol, It is this Day Ordered, The King's Counsel to take Consideration of the Heads delivered in by him against the Duke of Bucks, and of such other Informations as the said Earl shall give them; and to put them into the Form of a Charge against the said Duke, and to present the same to the House on Tuesday next.