The Journals of All the Parliaments During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. Originally published by Irish University Press, Shannon, Ire, 1682.
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On Thursday the first day of April, Four Bills had each of them one reading; of which the second touching Enrollments of Deeds in Lancaster, And the last for the relief of the Poor, were each of them read the third time, and passed.
In the Afternoon the Bill for sale of course Woolls in Norfolk and Suffolk, was read the second time; but neither Committed nor Ordered to be ingrossed, because it had been formerly sent from the Lords.
The Bill for the Assignment of forty thousand twenty seven pound four shillings and two pence half penny, to the Queens Houshold, with three Provisoes from this House, was read the third time and passed; and sent to the Lords by Mr. Comptroller.
The Bill lastly, that Cloathiers for every Cloth of Woollen, or thirty Kerfies, shall make a piece of Linnen-Cloth, of twenty Yards long, was read the second time, and (as it should seem) committed to Mr. Norton, and others not named.
Three Bills also had each of them their third reading, and passed the House; of which the first being the Bill touching Artificers, Servants of Husbandry, Labourers and Apprentices, was sent up to the Lords by Mr. Comptroller.
On Wednesday the 7th day of April, Two Bills had each of them one reading; of which the first being the Bill that the Alneager of Lancaster shall Seal the Cloaths there made, was read the third time, and passed the House; and was with two others, sent up to the Lords by Mr. Secretary.
In the Afternoon three Bills of no great moment, had each of them one reading; of which the first being the Bill for encrease of Tillage, and reedifying of decayed Houses of Husbandry, was read the third time, and passed the House.
On Thursday the 8th day of April, the Bill touching Hat-makers, and Felt-makers, to buy Spanish Wooll; And the Bill to avoid the dressed Flax brought out of Flanders, were each of them read the third time, and passed the House; and were with two others, sent up to the Lords by Mr. Secretary.
The Bill also for paving of Kentish-Street near Southwark; And the Bill that Sanctuary shall not be allowable for Debt, were each of them read the third time, and passed the House; and were sent to the Lords by Mr. Vice-Chamberlain.
The new Bill for uniting of Churches in Boroughs or Towns, being under the value of twenty Marks, was read the first time; And the Proviso lastly of this House to the Bill for repairing of Goals, was read the third time, and passed.
On Saturday the 10th day of April, It was Ordered that Mr Pleddall shall have the Copies of such Examinations and Writings, as have been certified into this House, by the Master of the Rolls and other Committees; and also that Mr Francis Newdigate may have like Copies; And that such Evidence, as Mr Pleddall hath delivered to the Committees hands, may remain under their Seals, and Mr Pleddall's Seal in the keeping of the Officer of the Rolls, that useth to keep the Evidences there. Vide concerning this matter on Monday the 22th day, and on Tuesday the 30th day of March foregoing.
A Proviso sent down to the House of Commons from the Lords, touching the Bill of Bankrupts; And the addition to the Bill concerning Purveyors, were read the first, second and third time, and passed the House.
In the Afternoon about three of the Clock, the Queens Majesty sitting in her Royal Seat, Mr Speaker made an Excellent Oration, rehearsing divers Laws made by divers Queens of this Realm, and requiring the Queen to Assent to the Acts past both Houses, and presented to her Majesty the Book of Subsidy, and the Book of the general Pardon, with most humble thanks for the same. And the Lord Keeper, by the Queens Commandment, gave great thanks unto the Nobility and Commons, and earnestly required them severally in their Countries, to look that the Laws might be Executed. And touching the Succession, the Queen Commanded the Lord Keeper to declare her Highness device thereof; the effect and conclusion whereof was, that for the great weight of the matter, her Majesty minded to take further advice: Vide plus concerning this matter of Succession on Thursday the 28. day of January, and on Tuesday the 16. day of February foregoing.
Then were the several Titles of the Acts read, and thirty one publick Statutes, and seventeen private, were made Laws by her Majesties Royal Assent. And then this Parliament was Prorogued until the second day of October next.
At which second day of October, for that the Plague was great in London and Westminster; The Queens Majesties Letters Patents of Commission, were directed to the Lord Treasurer of England, and other Bishops, and Lords of the Upper House, to Prorogue this Parliament unto the fifth day of October, 1564. which was done accordingly in the presence of the said Lords, and a few of the House of Commons, Mr. Speaker not being there.