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, videlicet, 29 die Martii,
Absent Lords excused.
Hospitals and Free-schools.
E. of Bedford.
E. of Warwicke.
L. Bp. of Winchester.
L. Bp. of Norwich.
L. Bp. of Oxon.
L. Bp. of Co. et Lich.
Bromfeild and Yale.
E. of Bridgewater.
E. of Westm'land.
E. of Dover.
L. Bp. of St. David's.
L. Bp. of Gloucester.
L. Bp. of Carlile.
L. Bp. of Landaffe.
Earl of Stamford introduced.
Report of the Conference concerning the Petition against Recusants.
The Earl of Bedford reported the Conference Yesterday between the Committees of both Houses, touching the Petition against the Recusants, etc. how that at the said Conference Sir John Cooke (one of His Majesty's Secretaries) spake in Manner following, on the Behalf of the Commons: videlicet,
"We are sent to attend this Conference, from the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the Commons House. And, first, we acknowledge all due Honour both unto the Reverend Fathers of the Church and to your Noble Lordships, in that you have shined before us as worthy Lights in the Encouragement and Maintenance of God's true Religion. It is the true Support of all your Dignities and Honours. And this Forwardness of yours is the more remarkable, when that viperous Generation (as your Lordships justly stile them) do at Ease, with Tooth and Nail, assay to rent the Bowels of their Mother. For give me Leave to tell you what I know, that they do now both vaunt at Home, and write to their Friends abroad, that they are in Peace, that they hope all will be well, and they doubt not to prevail and win Ground upon us. And, a little to awaken the Zeal and Care of our Learned and Grave Fathers, it is fit they take Notice of that Hierarchy, which is already established in Competition with their Lordships. For they have a Bishop consecrated by the Pope. This Bishop hath his subalternate Officers of all Kinds, as Vicars General, Archdeacons, Rural Deans, Apparitors, and such like; neither are they Nominal or Titular Officers alone, but they all exercise their Jurisdictions, make their Ordinary Visitations through the Kingdom, keep Courts, and determine Ecclesiastical Causes. And, which is an Argument of more Confidence, they keep ordinary Intelligence by their Agent at Rome, and hold Correspondence with the Nuncios and Cardinals, both at Bruxells and in France. Neither are the Seculars alone grown to this Height; but the Regulars are more active and dangerous, and have taken deeper Root. They have already planted their Societies and Colleges of both Sexes; they have settled Tenements, Houses, Libraries, Vestments, and all necessary Provisions, to travel or stay at Home. Nay, even at this Time, they intended to hold a concurrent Assembly with this Parliament. But now, since His Sacred Majesty hath extended His Regal Arm, and since the Lords of His Council have, by their Authority, caused this Nest of Wasps to be digged out of the Earth, and their Convention to be scattered, and since your Lordships join in Courage and Resolution (at least) to reduce these People to their lawful Restraint, that they may not do more Hurt; we conceive great Hope and Comfort that Almighty God will henceforth prosper our Endeavours, both at Home and Abroad. But now, my Lords, to come to the chief Errand of this Meeting, which is to make known unto you the Approbation of our House of that Petition to His Majesty, wherein ye were pleased to require our Concurrence; the House hath taken it into serious Consideration, and, from the Beginning to the End, approve of every Word, and much commend your happy Pen. Only we are required to present unto you a few Additions, whereby we conceive the Petition may be more agreeable to the Statutes which are desired to be put in Execution, and to a former Petition granted by His Majesty, recorded in both Houses, confirmed under the Great Seal of England, and published in all the Courts of our ordinary Justice. But these Things were propounded not as our Resolutions, or as Matters to raise Debate, or Dispute; but commend them only as our Advice and Desire; being ready, notwithstanding, to join with your Lordships in the Petition as now it is, if your Lordships shall not find these Reasons to be of Weight."
Lords to attend His Majesty, to know when He will be attended with this Petition.
Message to the House of Commons concerning it.
And a Message was sent unto the Commons, by the Lord Chief Justice and Mr. Justice Jones, to let them know that the Lords have approved of their Additions, and inserted them in the said Petition, and passed the same by the General Vote of their House, and appointed certain Lords to know His Majesty's Pleasure when both Houses shall be admitted to present the same.