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To explain An Act 40 Eliz. touching Lucas and Flowerdew's Lands.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Explanation, in some Points, of a former Act, made in the
Three and Fortieth Year of the Reign of the late Queen
Elizabeth, intituled, An Act to make the Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, of Edward Lucas, Gentleman, deceased, Executor of the last Will and Testament
of John Flowerdewe, Esquire, deceased, liable to the
Payment of certain Legacies, given by the last Will of
the said John Flowerdew, and to the Payment of divers
other Debts, owing by the said Lucas in his Lifetime.
Message from the H. C. for Conference touching Recusants.
Message from the House of Commons, by Mr.
Solicitor and others: That they have taken into their
Consideration the Model of the Petition, which they
received from their Lordships, touching Jesuits, Seminary Priests, and Recusants; and they do now desire a
Conference for the same, humbly leaving the Time and
Place, and Number of Committees, unto their Lordships.
And whereas they formerly received a Message from
their Lordships for a Conference, touching the Bill of
Monopolies, which they yielded unto, but afterwards
prayed the same to be put off, by reason of some
intervenient Business of great Importance, they did signify unto their Lordships, That they are now ready
for that Conference also, and, if their Lordships please,
Answered: That the Lords will give a Meeting for
the Conference concerning the Bill of Monopolies, on
Monday next, at Two, in the Painted Chamber; and
for the Model of this Petition presently, in the same
Place, with the former Committees.
Report from the Conference touching Recusants.
Their Lordships being returned from the Conference,
the Lord Archbishop of Cant. reported wherein the
Commons desired some few Words to be added for Explanation of the said Petition, in Four Places; videlicet,
1. For a Proclamation for the due Execution of the
Laws against the Jesuits, Priests, &c. 2. For disarming
of all such as are justly suspected Recusants, as well as
the Convicted Recusants. 3. A speedy Day to be prayed
for the Departure of the Priests and Jesuits, as well as
a certain Day. 4. In the Clause not to take away or
slacken the Execution of the Laws now in Force against
Popish Recusants, to add "Jesuits and Priests."
Their Lordships having long debated these Four Points;
and for the First, they did not think fit to pray a Proclamation, lest Posterity should hereafter deem, that the
Execution of the Laws was slackened by Proclamation,
which was neither done nor projected to be done:
wherefore their Lordships Agreed, To leave it to the
King, to take such Course as His Majesty shall please
for the said Laws to be put in Execution; as the Petition is already drawn by their Lordships.
And as, touching the Second Point, their Lordships
did not agree unto the Addition of "justly-suspected Recusants," for that the Word "suspected" is of that Extent as cannot be determined legally; wherefore the
Prince was pleased to advise, That the Disarming of Recusants may be according to the Laws, and according
to former Acts, and Directions of State in the like Cases.
As touching the Third, their Lordships agreed unto
it; and to the Fourth also.
Second Conference reported.
Their Lordships went to the Conference again: And
being returned; the Lord Archbishop of Cant. reported
the Commons Assent unto the said Petition, with no
other Explanation than those Three whereunto their
Lordships had formerly agreed.
"May it please Your most Excellent Majesty,
"It having pleased Your Majesty, upon our humble
Suit and Advice, to dissolve both the Treaties, to our
great Joy and Comfort;
"We Your Majesty's most faithful and loyal Subjects,
the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, do,
in all Humbleness, offer unto Your Sacred Majesty
these Two Petitions following:
"First, That, for the more Safety of Your Realms,
and better keeping Your Subjects in their due Obedience, and other important Reasons of State, Your
Majesty will be pleased, by some such Course as Your
Majesty shall think fit, to give present Order, That
all the Laws be put in due Execution, which have
been made, and do stand in Force, against Jesuits, Seminary Priests, and all others having taken Orders
by Authority derived from the See of Rome, and generally against all Popish Recusants; and as for Disarming, that it may be according to the Laws, and
according to former Acts and Directions of State in
the like Case; and yet that it may appear to all the
World the Favour and Clemency Your Majesty useth
towards all Your Subjects, of what Condition soever.
And, to the Intent the Jesuits and Priests now in the
Realm may not pretend to be surprized, that a speedy
and certain Day may be prefixed, by Your Majesty's
Proclamation, before which Day they shall depart out
of this Realm, and all other Your Highness's Dominions; and neither they nor any other to return, or
come hither again, upon Peril of the severest Penalties
of the Laws now in Force against them; and that
all Your Majesty's Subjects may thereby also be admonished, not to receive, entertain, comfort, or conceal any of them, upon the Penalties and Forfeitures
which by the Laws may be imposed on them.
"Secondly (seeing we are thus happily delivered
from that Danger which those Treaties now dissolved,
and that Use which Your ill-affected Subjects made
thereof, would certainly have drawn upon us, and yet
cannot but foresee and fear lest the like may hereafter
happen, which would inevitably bring such Peril unto
Your Majesty's Kingdoms), we are most humble Suitors to Your Gracious Majesty, to secure the Hearts
of Your good Subjects, by the Engagement of Your
Royal Word unto them, That, upon no Occasion of
Marriage or Treaty, or other Request in that Behalf,
from any Foreign Prince or State whatsoever, You
will take away or slacken the Execution of Your
Laws against Jesuits, Priests, and Popish Recusants.
"To which our humble Petitions, proceeding from
our most loyal and dutiful Affections towards Your
Majesty, our Care of our Country's Good, and our
own confident Persuasion that these will much advance
the Glory of Almighty God, the everlasting Honour of Your Majesty, the Safety of Your Kingdoms,
and the Encouragement of all Your good Subjects,
we do most humbly beseech Your Majesty to vouchsafe a Gracious Answer."
It is Agreed, That the Lords Committees for Munitions, &c. do make Report unto the House on Monday next, what their Lordships have done in that Business; and that the House meet that Day, at Eight in
the Morning, and to finish that Business before they
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet, 12m diem instantis Aprilis, hora octava, Dominis sic decernentibus.