House of Lords Journal Volume 3
21 March 1621

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'House of Lords Journal Volume 3: 21 March 1621', Journal of the House of Lords: volume 3: 1620-1628 (1767-1830), pp. 57-60. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=30288 Date accessed: 18 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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DIE Mercurii, videlicet, 21 die Martii,

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:

p. Carolus Princeps Walliæ.

Archiepus. Cant.
Archiepus. Eborum.
Epus. London.
p. Epus. Dunelm.
p. Epus. Winton.
Epus. Exon.
p. Epus. Petriburgh.
Epus. Hereforden.
p. Epus. Wigorn.
p. Epus. Asaphen.
Epus. Norwicen.
p. Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Glocestren.
p. Epus. Meneven.
p. Epus. Covent. et Leich.
p. Epus. Carlien.
p. Epus. Bathon. et Well.
p. Epus. Bangor.
p. Epus. Elien.
p. Epus. Lincoln.
p. Epus. Cicestren.
Epus. Oxon.
p. Epus. Bristol.
p. Epus. Cestren.
Epus. Landaven.
p. Epus. Sarum.
p. Jac. Ley, Miles et Bar. Ds. Capit. Justic. Locum tenens, etc.
p. Vicecomes Maundevil, Mag. Thes. Angliæ.
Comes Wigorn. Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
Marchio Buck. Mag. Admirallus Angliæ. Marchio Winton.
Comes Oxon. Mag. Camer. Angliæ.
p. Comes Richmond, Sen. Hospitii.
p. Comes Pembroc. Camerar. Hospitii.
p. Comes Arundell.
Comes Northumbr.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Salop.
Comes Kanciæ.
Comes Derbiæ.
p. Comes Rutland.
Comes Cumbriæ.
Comes Sussex.
p. Comes Huntingdon.
Comes Bathon.
p. Comes South'ton.
Comes Bedford.
Comes Hertford.
p. Comes Essex.
p. Comes Lincolne.
p. Comes Suffolciæ.
p. Comes Dorsett.
p. Comes Sarum.
Comes Exon.
p. Comes Mountgomery.
p. Comes Bridgewater.
p. Comes Leicestr.
Comes North'ton.
p. Comes Warwic.
Comes Devon.
p. Comes Cantabr.
Comes March.
Comes Holdernesse.
Comes Berks.
Vicecomes Mountague.
Vicecomes Walingford.
Vicecomes Doncastr.
Vicecomes Purbeck.
Vicecomes Maunsfeild.
p. Vicecomes Feildinge.
p. Ds. Abergaveny.
Ds. Audeley.
Ds. Zouch.
p. Ds. Willoughby de Er.
Ds. Lawarr.
Ds. Morley et Mounteg.
p. Ds. Dacres de Herstm.
p. Ds. Stafford.
p. Ds. Scrope.
p. Ds. Duddeley.
p. Ds. Stourton.
Ds. Herbert.
p. Ds. Darce de Men.
Ds. Sandis.
Ds. Vaux.
p. Ds. Windsor.
p. Ds. Wentwoorth.
Ds. Mordant.
p. Ds. Cromwell.
Ds. Eure.
Ds. Wharton.
Ds. Willoughby de Par.
p. Ds. Sheffeild.
p. Ds. Paget.
Ds. Darce de Chich.
p. Ds. North.
p. Ds. Chandois.
p. Ds. Hunsdon.
p. Ds. St. John de Bletsa.
p. Ds. Howard de Wal.
Ds. Wotton.
p. Ds. Russell.
p. Ds. Gray de Grooby.
p. Ds. Petre.
p. Ds. Danvers.
p. Ds. Gerard.
p. Ds. Spencer.
p. Ds. Say et Seale.
p. Ds. Denny.
Ds. Stanhope de Har.
p. Ds. Carew.
Ds. Arundel.
p. Ds. Knyvett.
p. Ds. Houghton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Stanhope de Shelf.
p. Ds. Noel.
Ds. Dighy.

Clergy's Subsidy.

THE Subsidy of the Clergy was sent to the House of Commons, by the Lord Chief Baron and Mr. Justice Warburton.

The Messengers were Ordered by the House, to commend the same to their Consideration, and to desire Expedition thereof.

Newton discharged. Jewell's Arrest.

Edward Newton, according to the Order of the Twentieth of this March, was this Day brought to the Bar, where he confessed his Offence, and Contempt, in arresting of William Jewell, Servant to the Lord Stafford, against the Privilege of this House; expressing his hearty Sorrow for the same. Whereupon it was Ordered by the Court, That the said Edward Newton shall be discharged of his Imprisonment.

Egerton.

Edward Egerton, upon humble Suit, was admitted to deliver the Names of these Witnesses he desired to have sworn and examined touching his Cause.

Archbishop of York's Leave to be absent.

The Lord Archbishop of Yorke hath Leave to be absent.

For that divers were sworn, and many were offered to be sworn, in dicta causa Domini Cancellarii, it was Ordered Three Committees to be appointed, to take some of the Examinations to expedite the Cause.

Committee appointed to take some of the Examinations in the said Cause.

The Names of the Committees:

1. E. of Arundell.
L. Bp. of Duresme.
L. Sheffeild.
L. Hunsdon.

Mr. Baron Denham to attend the Lords.

They have Power to take Examinations of all Points generally concerning this Business, with this special Caution, that none be urged to accuse himself.

To meet near the Parliament Presence, de die in diem, quousque etc.

2. E. of Huntingdon.
L. Bp. of Winton.
L. Wentworth.
L. Haughton.

Mr. Serjeant Crew to attend the Lords.

They have Power, ut supra.

To meet, ut supra.

3. E. of South'ton.
L. Bp. of Covent and Leich.
L. Spencer.
L. Say and Seale.

Mr. Attorney General to attend the Lords.

They have Power, ut supra.

To meet, ut supra.

Message touching Informers, &c.

Message from the Lower House, by Sir Thomas Edmonds and others,

That they acknowledge, and take in good Part, the great Respect between the Two Houses, in all Causes of this Parliament; to answer which, they are well pleased, that the Lords of this House may examine any Members of their House, who will freely offer themselves to their Lordships to be examined.

That they have sent to their Lordships a Bill against Relators, Informers, and Promoters; especially commending the good Success and Expedition thereof, for that they do conceive it will give great Content to the Country.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, An Act against certain troublesome Persons, commonly called Relators, Informers, and Promoters.

The which Bill was Ordered to be read, notwithstanding the Order of the Fifteenth of this March.

Persons sworn in the Chancellor's Cause.

Francis Joyner,
Ralph Meryfill,
John Churchyll,
Jurati, prout alii, in causa Domini Cancellarii

Clergy's Subsidy. Exped.

Hodie, The Bill, An Act of Confirmation of the Subsidy granted by the Clergy, was returned to the House, by Sir Julius Cæsar and others of the Lower House.

Clerk of the Parliament to be sworn.

Moved by the Lord North, and other Lords, and Ordered, Henry Elsyng, now Clerk of the Parliament (by Patent from the King), to be sworn this Day in the Afternoon.

Adjourn.

Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius, Locum tenens Domini Cancellarii, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in horam 2m post meridiem, Dominis sic decernentibus.

Post meridiem,

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:

p. Carolus Princeps Walliæ, etc.

Archiepus. Cant.
Archiepus. Eborum.
Epus. London.
p. Epus. Dunelm.
p. Epus. Winton.
Epus. Exon.
p. Epus. Petriburgh.
Epus. Hereforden.
p. Epus. Wigorn.
p. Epus. Asaphen.
Epus. Norwicen.
p. Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Glocestren.
p. Epus. Meneven.
p. Epus. Covent. et Leich.
p. Epus. Carlien.
p. Epus. Bathon. et Wel.
p. Epus. Bangor.
p. Epus. Elien.
p. Epus. Lincoln.
p. Epus. Cicestren.
Epus. Oxon.
p. Epus. Bristol.
p. Epus. Cestren.
Epus. Landaven.
p. Epus. Sarum.
p. Jac. Ley, Miles et Bar. Ds. Capit. Justic. Locum tenens, etc.
p. Vicecomes Maundevil, Mag. Thes. Angliæ.
Comes Wigorn. Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
Marchio Buck. Mag. Admirallus Angliæ. Marchio Winton.
Comes Oxon. Mag. Camer. Angliæ.
p. Comes Richmond, Sen. Hospitii.
p. Comes Pembroc. Cam. Hospitii.
p. Comes Arundel.
Comes Northumbr.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Salop.
Comes Kanciæ.
Comes Derbiæ.
p. Comes Rutland.
Comes Cumbriæ.
Comes Sussex.
p. Comes Huntingdon.
Comes Bathon.
p. Comes South'ton.
Comes Bedford.
Comes Hertford.
p. Comes Essex.
p. Comes Lincoln.
p. Comes Suffolciæ.
p. Comes Dorsett.
p. Comes Sarum.
Comes Exon.
p. Comes Mountgomery.
p. Comes Bridgwater.
p. Comes Leicestr.
Comes North'ton.
p. Comes Warwic.
Comes Devon.
p. Comes Cantabrig.
Comes March.
Comes Holdernesse.
Comes Berks.
Vicecomes Mountague.
Vicecomes Walingford.
Vicecomes Doncastr.
Vicecomes Purbeck.
Vicecomes Maunsfeild.
p. Vicecomes Feilding.
p. Ds. Abergaveny.
Ds. Audeley.
Ds. Zouch.
p. Ds. Willoughby de Er.
Ds. Lawarr.
Ds. Morley et Mounteg.
p. Ds. Dacres de Herstm.
p. Ds. Stafford.
p. Ds. Scrope.
p. Ds. Duddeley.
p. Ds. Stourton.
Ds. Herbert.
p. Ds. Darce de Men.
Ds. Sandis.
Ds. Vaux.
p. Ds. Windsor.
p. Ds. Wentwoorth.
Ds. Mordant.
p. Ds. Cromwell.
Ds. Eure.
Ds. Wharton.
Ds. Willoughby de Par.
p. Ds. Sheffeild.
p. Ds. Paget.
Ds. Darce de Chich.
p. Ds. North.
Ds. Chandois.
p. Ds. Hunsdon.
p. Ds. St. John de Bletso.
p. Ds. Howard de Walden.
Ds. Wotton.
p. Ds. Russell.
p. Ds. Gray de Grooby.
p. Ds. Petre.
p. Ds. Danvers.
p. Ds. Gerard.
Ds. Spencer.
Ds. Say et Seale.
Ds. Denny.
Ds. Stanhope de Har.
p. Ds. Carew.
Ds. Arundell.
p. Ds. Knyvett.
p. Ds. Houghton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Stanhope de Sh.
p. Ds. Noel.
Ds. Digby.

Clerk of the Parliament sworn.

MEMORANDUM, That, according to the Order made this Day, Henry Elsyng, the Clerk of the Parliament, did take the Oath of Supremacy, and the Oath of Allegiance, kneeling before the Lord Chief Justice (his Lordship sitting in the Place of the Lord Chancellor per Commission); the Clerk of the Crown also kneeled, and also held a Roll of Parchment, out of which the said Henry Elsyng read the said Two Oaths; the Clerk of the Crown also held the Bible. Then the said Clerk of the Crown, and the said Henry Elsyng, stood up; and the said Clerk of the Crown held the Bible, and read the Oath prescribed for the Clerk of the Parliament to take; the which Oath is set down in the said Roll, amongst the Oaths of the great Officers. The Tenor of which Oath followeth: videlicet,

His Oath,

"Ye shall be true, faithful, and Trouth ye shall bear, to Our Sovereign Lord the King, and to His Heirs and Successors; ye shall nothing know, that shall be prejudicial to His Highness, His Crown, Estate, and Dignity Royal, but that ye shall resist it to your Power, and with all Speed ye shall advertize His Grace thereof, or at the least some of his Council, in such wise as the same may come to his Knowledge; ye shall also well and truly serve His Highness in the Office of Clerk of his Parliaments, making true Entries and Records of the Things done, and past in the same; ye shall keep secret all such Matters as shall be treated in his said Parliaments, and not disclose the same, before they shall be published, but to such as it ought to be disclosed unto. And generally ye shall well and truly do and execute all Things belonging to you to be done, appertaining to the Office of Clerk of the Parliaments; as God you help, &c."

Witnesses in Lord Chancellor's Cause.

Witnesses sworn in open Court, in causa Domini Cancellarii:

Sir George Reynell, Knight.
George Hull, Mercer of London.
Sir Henry Helmes, Knight.
Sir Thomas Peryn, Knight,
John Hunt.
Edward Sherburne.
William Peacocke.
Robert Pye.
Richard Keeling.
Anthony Gardiner.
Bouham Norton.
Robert Barker.
Thomas Mewtas.
George Norbury.
Thomas Bowker.
Frauncis Kinge.

Memorandum, Forasmuch as the Examinations of these Witnesses would require much Time, it was Agreed, That the Committees should transmit the Names of some of the principallest of them, and the Heads whereupon they were to be examined, and the Examinations to be taken in open Court.

The Form of the Oath agreed upon:

The Oath administred to Witnesses.

"You shall swear, that you shall true Answer make to all such Questions and Interrogatories as shall be mentioned unto you by this High Court, or by the Lords the Committees, or by any Person or Persons authorized by this High Court. You shall say the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth; and you shall not spare to do so, neither for Fear, Favour, Affection, or any other Cause whatsoever; whether your depositions be in Writing or by Word of Mouth. So help you God, and the Contents of this Book."

Interrogatories in Lord Chancellor's Cause.

Interrogatories to be ministred to them that shall be so transmitted to be examined in open Court:

"1. Whether they, by themselves, or any other Person, have given Money, or other Gratuity, to the Lord Chancellor, or to any other Servants, Friends, or Follower of his?

"2. Whether they have advised or directed any so to do, or known of any other that hath so done?

"3. Whether they, or the Parties which they advised so to do, or have heard so to have done, had then any Cause or Suit depending before him, or intended to have any?

"4. Whether they have intended, attempted, or known others that have attempted or contracted for any Gratuity, so to be given, though not performed?

Sir George Renell examined in open Court.

He did also set down his Knowledge of Bribes given by him to the Lord Chancellor, in Writing under his Hand, and delivered the same upon his Oath.

Ordered, No Witnesses to be examined what they received themselves, but only what Bribes were given to the Lord Chancellor.

Message concerning the Lord Chancellor.

Message from the Lower House, by Sir Robert Phillips and others:

Moved, That the Lord Chief Justice should not relate the Message unto the House until the Prince be present, who was desirous to hear the same.

Answer.

Answer to the Commons in the mean Time, That the Lords take Notice of the great Care and Industry used (by the Lower House) in the Search and Examination of these great Grievances now complained of; for which they give them hearty Thanks, and will hold Correspondence with them therein, as is desired. And, when the Lords are resolved of the Recess of this Parliament, and when to meet again; Notice thereof shall be given, as they likewise desire.

Witnesses examined in the Lord Chancellor's Cause.

Thomas Mewtas examined in open Court, touching Bribes given to the Lord Chancellor, (fn. *) Oath; he desired Respite until To-morrow, to set down in Writing his full Knowledge herein upon his Oath.

John Hunt examined also in open Court, touching the same, and required to set the same down in Writing under his Hand and upon Oath, and deliver the same in open Court To-morrow Morning.

Edward Shereburne examined in open Court; and Memorandum, the said Edward Shereburne was admitted to explain himself upon his former Examination; which being done, he also was required to set down in Writing his Knowledge therein, and deliver the same in open Court To-morrow Morning, signed with his own Hand.

Randolph Davenport examined in open Court.

Robert Barker examined in open Court, touching the same; and ordered to set down his full Knowledge therein in Writing, under his Hand, and deliver the same in open Court To-morrow Morning.

Adjourn.

Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius, Locum tenens Domini Cancellarii, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem craftinum, videlicet, diem Jovis, 22m Martii, Dominis sic decernentibus.

Footnotes

* Sic in Origin.