Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 4, 1629-42. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, 26 die Januarii,
Smith s Petition against Crokey.
Glanvil and Cooper vers Clay and Segar.
This Day, was read the Petition of John Glanvill, Esquire, and John Cooper, Clerk, against Roger Clay and John Seger, Clerk, touching the Contempt of the Privilege of this House, &c. and referred to the Committee of Privileges, &c. and Ordered, The Serjeant at Arms to bring the said Clay and Segar forthwith before their Lordships, to answer their said Contempt and Breach of Privilege of Parliament.
E. of Thanet introduced.
Hodie Nicholas Lord Tufton, Earl of Thanett (created per Chartam datam 5 Augusti, Anno Quarto Caroli Regis, 1628), was brought into the House, in his Parliament Robe, and placed next below the Earl of (fn. 1).
King s Speech.
"The Care I have to remove all Obstacles that may hinder the good Correspondency between Me and this Parliament, is the Cause I have called you together at this Time, the particular Occasion being a Complaint made in the Lower House; and for you, My Lords, I am glad to take this and all other Occasions, whereby you may clearly understand both My Words and Actions; for, as you are nearest in Degree, so you are the fittest Witnesses unto Kings.
"The Complaint I speak of is, for staying Mens Goods that denied Tonnage and Poundage; this may have an easy and short Conclusion, if My Words and Actions be rightly understood; for, by passing the Bill as My Ancestors have had it, My by past Actions will be included, and My future Proceedings authorized, which certainly would not have been stuck on, if Men had not imagined that I have taken these Duties as pertaining to My Hereditary Prerogative, in which they are much deceived; for it ever was, and still is, My Meaning, by the Gift of My People to enjoy it. And My Intention, in My Speech at the Ending of the last Session concerning this Point, was not to challenge Tonnage and Poundage as of Right, but de bene esse; shewing you the Necessity, not the Right, by which I was to take it until you had granted it to Me; assuring Myself, according to your general Professions, you wanted Time, not Wills, to give it Me.
"Wherefore, now having Opportunity, I expect that, without Loss of Time, you make good your Professions, and so, by passing of a Bill, to put an End to all the Questions arising from this Subject, especially since I have cleared the only Scruple that can trouble you in this Business. To conclude, let us not be jealous one of the other's Actions; for, if I had been easily moved at every Occasion, the Order you made on Wednesday last might have made me startle, there being some Shew to suspect, that you had given yourselves the Liberty to be the Inquisitors after Complaints (the Words of your Order being somewhat too largely penned); but, looking into your Actions, I find you only hear Complainers, not seek Complaints; for I am certain you neither pretend not desire the Liberty to be Inquisitors of Mens Actions before particular Complaint be made.
"This I have spoken, to shew you how slow I am to believe hushly of your Proceedings; likewise to assure You, that the House's Resolutions, not particular Mens Speeches, shall make Me Judge well or ill; not doubting but, according to My Example, you will be deaf to ill Reports concerning Me, till My Words and Actions speak for themselves; that so, this Session beginning with Confidence one towards another, it may end with a perfect Good understand ing between us, which God grant".