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 Lunæ, videlicet, 24 die Martii,
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
Maintenance of the Ministry.
HODIE 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the better Maintenance of the Ministry.
The Lord President reported, That the Committees of both Houses did present the Petition for the Fast unto the King upon Saturday last; and that His Majesty presently answered, "That our Desire was granted; but He would advise of the Time of the Fast until this Monday Morning." And now His Majesty had returned His Answer, which was presently read, in bæc verba: videlicet,
His Majesty's Answer to the Petition of both Houses for it.
"His Majesty is well pleased with the Petition presented, and is well content to have a Fast; and as for the Time of keeping it, He appoints that to be done on Saturday come Sevennight (the Fifth of April) here in London, Westm. and in both Houses; before which Time it may be hoped that we shall have Cause to pray to God for the good Success of what we shall by that Time resolve of, as also to beg His Mercies towards others of our Religion that now are in Danger, Calamities, and both these in one. And for that Notice cannot so timely be given for keeping the Fast throughout the Kingdom, the King appoints the general Day of Fast for all other Parts of the Kingdom to be on the One and Twentieth of April next."
Message to the H. C. for Conference to communicate it to them.
This Answer being Twice read; the Lords sent a Message to the Commons, by Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Serjeant Damport:
That the former Committees of both Houses, concerning the said Petition for the Fast, may meet presently, in the Painted Chamber.
And so they did; and the Copy of the King's Answer was there delivered unto the said Committee of the House of Commons.
Bishops to preach at the Fast.
The House appointed the Bishops of Sarum and Exceter to preach at this Fast in the Abbey Church, before the Lords; and that their Attendance shall be spared here in the mean Time.
The House also Ordered, A public Communion for all the Lords, in the said Abbey Church on the Saturday next, after the said Fast.
And, That all Constables shall have Warning to search all Taverns and Ale-houses, and to apprehend such as they shall find tippling there during the Time of the said Fast, throughout London, Westm. and Southwarke.
Contribution to the Poor.
And the House also Ordered, That every Lord of the Earls Bench shall pay Twenty Shillings unto the Poor, and every Bishop and Baron Ten Shillings; and those Lords who are absent by Proxy shall pay after the same Rate also; and those Lords who have their Proxies shall now pay the same for them. And the Clerk of the Crown is appointed to receive this Money.
And the Earl of Clare, the Lord Bishop of Norwich, and the Lord Spencer, to distribute the same.
The House also Ordered, That the Earl of Clare and the Lord Spencer shall take Notice which of the Lords are present, and which of them are absent, at this Fast.
And also the House further Ordered, That the Dean of Westm. shall preach himself at this Communion, or take Order for a Preacher then.
Idolatry to be abolished, by putting in Execution the Laws against Priests, Jesuits, and Recusants.
The Lords were moved, That, now a Fast is appointed, our Sin might first be removed, which keeps God's Mercies from us, and calls down his Judgements; videlicet, that great Sin of Idolatry, which is now too much suffered in this Kingdom.
And that this House would therefore be Petitioners unto His Majesty, that all the Laws against Seminary Priests, Jesuits, and Recusants, might be put in full Execution, without any Composition or Connivancy; and also that those Religious Orders made by His Majesty, for Restraint of His own Subjects from the Queen's Chapel and Denmarke House, to hear Mass, may be strictly observed; and that this Petition might now first begin in this House, wherein (no Doubt) the Commons will join.
This Motion was generally well approved of; and a Committee appointed to draw up the said Petition.
The Names of the said Committee: videlicet,
The L. President.
E. of Devon.
E. of Clare.
L. Viscount Say et S.
L. Bp. of Winchester.
L. Bp. of Norwich.
L. Bp. of Rochester.
L. Bp. of Bristol.
L. Grey of W.
To meet this Afternoon, at Four, in the Little Committee Chamber.
E. of Devonshire Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act concerning the Inheritance, Freehold, and Possessions of William Earl of Devonshire.
Hospitals and Free-schools.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for Confirmation and Continuance of Hospitals and Free-schools.
Ld. Newnham Introduced.
This Day Basil Baron of Newnham Paddocks was brought into the Parliament House, in his Robes, in the Manner accustomed; and delivered his Writ, kneeling; which being read, he was brought to his Place on the Barons Bench, next to the His Writ bears Date the 21st of March, Anno 3° Car. Regis.
The Earl Marshal is added to the Committee for Privileges.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii proximum, videlicet, 26m diem instantis Martii, hora nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Lords take the Oath of Allegiance.
Memorandum, That, after the House was adjourned,
these Lords did take the Oath of Allegiance: videlicet,
The Earl of South'ton.
Earl of Bristol.
Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells.