Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 6, 1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, 22 die Aprilis.
Sir George Sherley, a Pass.
Emperor's Agent's Servant, a Pass.
Mr. Maxwell's Servant, a Pass.
Mr. Dixon, a Pass to France.
Sir Ralph Hopton's (Ambassador to Spain) Goods protected.
Mathews to take Care of them.
Ordered, That the Goods and Writings of the English Ambassador in Spaine shall be protected in his House here in London, in the Custody of David Mathewes; and that he shall have Protection of this House for his Person, whereby he may be free to follow the Affairs of the said Sir Ralph Hopton, Ambassador in Spaine.
Thomas Jennings and Sir Phillibert Vernatti.
Upon the Petition of Thomas Jenyns Esquire, shewing, "That whereas, by Order of this House, dated the 7th of this Instant April, the Cause between Sir Phillibert Vernatti and John Latch Esquire, wherein the Petitioner is much concerned (fn. 1), and that in Case Sir Fillibert Vernatti (upon Notice given or left where he is (fn. 2) or ought to be a Prisoner) should not then appear, that then the Privilege formerly granted by this House, 30 January, 1640, shall be void, and the Cause to be so afterwards proceeded (fn. 2) in as this (fn. 2) House should (fn. 3) direct; that Notice was left for Sir Fillibert accordingly, as by Affidavit appeareth, and the Petitioner with his Counsel attended; but Sir Phillibert Vernatt appeared not, but, being escaped from the Sheriff of Midd. under whose Custody he was upon a Ne exeat Regnum, is now at Oxford, still labouring to get the said Writ superseded, and so to avoid their Lordships final Judgement.
"2. That a Day may be appointed for the Hearing of the Cause, and Sir Phillibert Vernatt to attend; and, in Default, that the Certificate made by the Auditor authorized by this House may stand confirmed."
Report from the Committee, concerning the Style of the Clerk of the H. C.
The Lord Conway reported from the Committee, "That their Lordships have taken into Consideration the Satute of 6 H. VIII. Cap. 16. and likewise the Patent of Henry Elzinge; and they find that in 6 H. VIII. in the same Month when the aforesaid Statute was made, there was a Patent granted to Rob't Ormeston, to be Sub-Clericus Parliamentorum ad attendendum super Communes Regni Nostri Angliæ, Damus et concedimus dicto Rob't. Ormston, in tam amplis Modo et Forma prout aliquis Sub-Clericus hujusmodi Parliamentorum habuit &c. So it appears that the Word Sub-Clericus ad attendendum super Communes is ancient: And the Opinion of the Committee is, That the Words in the Bill must of Necessity be altered, being both repugnant to the Statute and the Patent; but they thought the Expression in the Bill might run thus; instead of these Words ["The Clerk of Parliament of the House of Commons"], make it ["Henry Elzinge Esquire, Clerk appointed for the Commons House"]."
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about it, and about Sheriff Langham.
Message from thence, that they may communicate a Letter from Lord Fairfax at the Conference.
Heads for the Conference about Sheriff Langham.
The Substance of this Conference concerning Sheriff Langham was to be: "To let them know, that this House hath been informed that Sheriff Langham, before he knew of any Ordinance in the House of Commons against Importation of Currants, he writ to his Factors to lade him some Currants; and, when he heard the said Ordinance was passed, he sent Word they should not be sent; but, before his Letter came to his Factors, the Ship was laded with Currants; and, when the Ship came into England, Mr. Sheriff Langham offered the Master of the said Ship Freight to carry them to Amsterdam, (fn. 4) which he refused to do; so Mr. Sheriff Langham was forced to unlade them here; whereupon the House of Commons made an Order, That he should transport them within Fourteen Days. The Lords, taking this into Consideration, are of Opinion, That, in this Particular, it is equal and just that the said Ordinance of both Houses should not extend to the Prejudice of Mr. Sheriff Langham."
Answer from the H. C.
Report of the Conference, about the Style of the Clerk of the H. C.
The Speaker reported the Effect of the Conference: "That, upon a Free Conference with the House of Commons, concerning the Alteration in the Bill concerning Ireland, it is Agreed, That the Words shall run according to the Words of the Statute of 6 H. VIII. Cap. 16. which are thus, ["The Clerk of the Parliament appointed for the Commons House"]."
And this House agreed (fn. 5) that that Amendment should be inserted into the Bill.
and about the Letter from Lord Fairfax.
"2. The House of Commons presented to their Lordships a Letter of the Lord Fairfaix, giving an Account of the Affairs in the North; and the House of Commons desires that there may be a Committee of both Houses appointed, to consider of a Letter to be written to the Lord Fairefaix, to give him (fn. 6) Thanks from both Houses for his good Service done there."