On Thursday the first day of April, the Lords
Spiritual and Temporal Assembled in the House;
but nothing was done, save only the Parliament continued by the Lord Keeper in Form following.
Dominus Custos magni Sigilli continnavit præsens Parliamentum usq; in diem Sabbati prox. hora
On Saturday the 3d day of April, Three Bills
were brought from the House of Commons; of
which the first was the Bill for relief of the Poor,
with divers Amendments added by the House of
Commons, and two Provisoes; And the second
for Confirmation of Letters Patents granted to
the Town of Southampton, touching the bringing
in of Wines by Merchant Strangers, with a Proviso added by the Commons. The Bill touching the Annuity granted for the finding of a
School at Guildford, was read tertiâ vice & conclus.
Hodiè introduct. est à domo Communi Billa,
touching an Assignment of the Queens Majesties
Houshold; with certain Provisoes thereunto added by the Commons, quæ primà secunda & tertia vice lect. & conclus. sunt.
The Bill lastly for the Annexing of the County
of Dorset to the Jurisdiction of the Bishoprick of
Salisbury, was read prima vice.
On Monday the 5. day of April, the Bill for
the translating of the Bible, and other Divine Service into the Welch Tongue, was read the third
time; and a Proviso added thereunto by the
Lords, was also thrice read, & conclus. & commissa Servienti Carus in Domum Commnnem deferend.
The Bill for the relief of the Poor was read
tertiâ vice & conclus.
On Tuesday the 6. day of April, Five Bills
were brought up to the Lords from the House
of Commons; of which the first being the Bill
for the translating of the Bible into the Welch
Tongue, with three others, was returned, &
conclus. And the fifth, being the Bill touching
Curriers, Shoo-makers, and other Artificers, occupying the working of Leather, was read prima
The Proviso added by the Lords to the Bill
for the Town of Southampton, was read primâ,
Secundâ & tertiâ vice & counclus. & commissa Attornato & Sollicitatori Dominæ Regin. in Domum
Dominus Custos magni Sigilli continuavit præ
Sens Parliamentum suq; in boram secundam à Meridie.
On the aforesaid Tuesday in the Afternoon, the
Bill touching Tanners, Curriers, Shoomakers,
and other Artificers, occupying the working of
Leather, was read secundâ vice; Et nota, that
the same Bill was read the day following, tertiâ
vice & conclus.
On Wednesday the 7. day of April, Seven Bills
were brought up to the Lords from the House
of Commons; of which the one was for Orders
for Bankrupts, their Goods and Chattels, Lands
and Tenements, and another for Retailers of
Worsted Wools in Norwich, and the County of
Norsolk, with a Proviso added by the Commons.
Dominus Custos magni Sigilli continuavit præ
sens Parliamentum usq; in boram secundam à Meridie.
On the aforesaid Wednesday in the Afternoon,
the Bill touching Orders for Bankrupts, their
Goods and Chattels, Lands and Tenements, was
read primâ vice.
On Thursday the 8. day of April, Three Bills
were brought up to the Lords from the House
of Commons; of which the first being the Bill
to take away the Misdemeanors of Purveyors
and Takers, was read primâ vice.
The Bill for divers Orders for Artificers, Labourers, Servants of Husbandry, and Apprentices,
was read tertiâ vice, & conclus. and sent down to
the House of Commons, by Serjeant Carus and
Two Bills were sent up to the Lords from the
House of Commons; the one that Sanctuary
shall not be allowed to defraud any due Debt,
And the other was for the Paving of Kentish
Town near Southwark.
The Proviso annex'd by the Commons, to the
Bill for Retailers of Worsted-Woolls in Norwich,
and the County of Norfolk, was read tertiâ vice,
& communi omnium Procerum assensu conclus.
The Proviso annex'd by the Commons to the
Bill for the maintenance of Tillage; And also
one other Proviso annex'd to the same Bill, by
the Lords, were each of them read primâ, Secundâ
& tertiâ vice.
On Friday the 9. day of April, the Bill for
Tillage was given to Mr Attorney, and Mr Martin, to be carried to the House of Commons.
The Bill touching Orders of Bankrupts, their
Goods and Chattels, Lands and Tenements, was
read secundâ vice.
Three Bills were brought up to the Lords,
from the House of Commons conclus.; of which
one was touching divers Orders for Artificers,
Labourers, Servants of Husbandry and Apprentices; And the second for the maintenance of
Tillage; And the third for the due Execution
of the Writ de Excommunicato capiendo, with a
Proviso annex'd by the Commons, and divers
Amendments; quæ primâ & secundâ vice lect. sunt;
eadem Provis. tertiâ vice lecta est & conclus.
The Bill to take away the misdemeanors of
Purveyors, and Takers, was read the second
time, and committed to Justice Southcot: Quod
The Bill for the destruction of Rooks, Coughs
and other Vermine, was brought up to the Lords,
from the House of Commons; which said Bill
was on the day following in the Afternoon read
On Saturday the 10th day of April, the Bill
for the reviving of a Statute made Anno xxiii
Hen. 8. touching the making of Goals, with a
Proviso thereunto annex'd by the Commons;
which said Proviso was read primâ, secundâ &
tertiâ vice, & conclus.
The Bill for the Queens Majesties most free
and General Pardon, was read primâ vice, &
communi omnium Procerum assensu conclusa.
Nota, That this Bill for the general Pardon,
was concluded after the first reading; whereas
to all other Bills three readings are required, before they can be passed.
The Bill also for Reformation of divers misdemeanors in Purveyors, was read tertiâ vice,
with certain Amendments, & conclusa.
And then following the ordinary from, the
Parliament was continued in manner and order
Dominus Custos magni Sigilli continuavit præsens Parliamentum usq; in boram primam à Meridie.
In the Afternoon, the Bill for destruction of
Rooks and Coughs, and other Vermin; And
the Bill touching buying and felling of course
Woolls, to make Cottons, & c. were each of them
read tertiâ vice & conclus.
Two Bills were returned from the House of
Commons conclus. One to take away the misdemeanors of Purveyors, and Takers, and the other touching Orders for Bankrupts, their Goods
and Chattels, Lands and Tenements.
Nota, That in the Original Journal-Book of
the Upper House, next after the setting down or
entring of the two Bills aforesaid to have been
returned up to the Lords, from the House of
Commons, there followeth immediately the entrance of the Prorogation of this Session of Parliament; which doubtless happened through the
great negligence of Francis Spilman Esq; at this
time Clerk of the said Upper House: For the
Queens majesty her self, with the Lords both Spiritual and Temporal was present in her Robes,
and gave her Royal Assent to such Acts as passed; Although no presence of any of the Lords
or her Majesty, be at all marked in the said Original Journal-Book. And therefore I have caused the solemn and stately manner of the Queens
coming to the Upper House, with the several
Interlocutory Speeches of the Speaker of the
House of Commons, and the Lord Keeper, to
be inserted at large out of a written Copy, or
Anonymous memorial thereof, I had by me, being doubtless the very Original Draught, set
down by some Member of one of the two Houses, or at least by some other observant person,
then present, while the said Speeches passed in the
Upper House; for it is written in a hand and
language of that very time, and in many places
amended and interlined.
About three of the Clock (this present Saturday in the Afternoon) the Queens Majesty
came by Water from Whiteball, and landed
on the backside of the Parliament Chamber;
and so the Earl of Northumberland, bearing the
Sword afore her, the Dutchess of Norfolk the
Train, she proceeded up into her Privy-Chamber, and there Apparell'd her self in her Parliament Robes: during which time the Lords
likewise put on their Robes, and took their
On the Upper Sack sate the Lord Keeper, till
the Queen came, and then he went to his
place, at the Rail, on the right hand to the
Cloth of Estate: On the Wooll-sack on the
North-side, sate Sir Robert Catlin, and Sir James
Dyer, the two Chief Justices, Sir John Mason,
and Serjeant Carus, Mr Ruswell the Queens Sollicitor, and Doctor Yale.
On the Sack on the South-side, sate Sir William
Cecill Secretary, Sir William Cordall Master of the
Rolls, Justice Weston, Serjeant Southcott, Mr Gerrard the Queens Attorney, and Doctor Lewes.
On the nether Sack sate Mr Spilman, Clerk of
the Parliament, Mr Powle Deputy and joint Patentee with Mr Martin, Clerk of the Crown,
Mr Heming and some Clerks of the Signet, Dister
and Permiter, before which nether Sack stood a
Then the Queens Majesty, being Apparell'd in
her Parliament Robes, with a Caul on her Head,
came forth, and proceeded up, and took the
Seat; the Duke of Norfolk, as Earl Marshal, with
his gilt Rod, before her, with the Marquess of
Northampton bearing the Cap of Maintenance,
and stood on her right hand, and the Earl of
Northumberland the Sword on her left hand; the
Queens Mantle born over her Arms by the Lord
Admiral, and Lord of Hunsdon; her Train born
by the Dutchess of Norfolk, assisted by the
Lord Chamberlain, and Mr Astley Master of the
Jewel-House; and so her Majesty being placed,
the Duke of Norfolk, the Lord Admiral, and the
Lord Hunsdon, took their places, and from time
to time, as her Majesty stood up, her Mantle
over her Arms, was assisted up with the Lord
Robert Dudley, Master of the House, and Sir
Francis Knowles Vice-Chamberlain.
Then all being placed, Mr Williams the Speaker
was brought in between Sir Edward Rogers
Comptroller, and Sir Ambrose Cave Chancellor
of the Dutchy; and after one obeysance made
proceeded down to the Wall, and from thence
came up to the Rail, in the way making three
Obeysances; and after he was up at the Rail, he
made three Obeysances, and then began his Oration, as followeth.
This it is, most Excellent and Vertuous Princess, &c. As nature giveth to every reasonable Creature to speak, so it is a grace to be
well learned; and I presenting the Mouth of such
a Body, as cannot speak for it self; and in the
presence of your Majesties Person and Nobles,
must most humbly desire and crave of your
Highness, to bear with my imperfections.
This Common-Wealth hath been by Gods Providence first instituted, and since by Mans Policy
continued, wherein Justice and good Counsel is
most to be preferred; for Antient Law-makers,
and Authors of good Laws, be worthy to be
praised, and had in perpetual remembrance; and
such are the Laws that we have made in this
Common-Wealth, as (in mine Opinion) do excel and pass all other humane Laws.
Amongst divers Authors of good Laws, we
have set forth unto us, to the end they should
not be forgotten, three Queens; the first Palestina
the Queen, Reigning before the Deluge, who
made Laws as well concerning Peace as War.
The second was Ceres the Queen, which made
Laws concerning evil doers; And the third was
Marc. Wife of Bathilacus, Mother to Stillicus
the King, who enacted Laws for the maintenance
and preservation of the good and well-doers.
And since that time, Etheldred a King in this
Realm, Established Laws, and set in most beaten,
high, and cross ways, a Cross, and therein a
Hand, with a Ring of Gold, pointing to the
most usual way, which also stood untaken away
or diminished during his Life.
And so you are the fourth Queen, Establisher
of good Laws, our most dread Soveraign Lady,
for your time as happy as any of the three, which
happiness for the present I let slip, and desire, as
all our hearts do, that some happy Marriage to
your contentation might shortly be brought to
pass; your Majesty finding this Realm out of
Order, and full of Abuses, have continually had
a special care to reform the said Abuses; and for
the more expelling thereof, have Congregated
together this Assembly, whereby partly to your
Contentation, for Reformation of the same, to
its old pristine Estate, and for Money and Peace,
is all that chiefly we have done; for which purposes we have agreed upon and made certain
Laws, which until your Majesty have granted
your Royal Assent, and so given Life thereunto,
cannot be called Laws.
And herein requiring of your Majesty three
Petitions, two for the Commons, and one for
my self; the first for such Laws as they have
made, being as yet without Life, and so no
Laws, that it would please your Majesty to grant
your Royal Assent unto them; Secondly, that
your Highness would accept their doings in good
part, that the imperfections of their Labours, by
your acceptance may be supplied; for, as appeareth in sundry Histories, the persons of those
Princes and Subjects have long continued, which
have well used themselves one toward th'other;
which without neglecting of my duty, I cannot
in your presence so let slip; for, as it appeareth
in divers Histories, the Noble Alexander having
presented unto him by one of his poor Souldiers
the Head of one of his Enemies, he, not forgetting the Service of his Souldier, although
herein he had done but his Duty, gave unto him
a Cup of Gold, which first the Souldier refused;
but after that Alexander had Commanded it to
be filled with Wine, and delivered him, he received it, whereby appeareth the Noble and Liberal Heart of the said Alexander.
Also Xenophon writing of the Life of Cyrus,
who being liberal of Gifts, having vanquished
Cræsus, and he marvelled at his liberality, said, it
were better to keep it by him, them so liberally
to depart from it; unto whom Cyrus answered,
That his Treasure was innumerable; and appointed Cræsus a day, to see the same; and thereupon took Order, that his Subjects should before
that time bring in their Treasure; which being
innumerable, and more than Cyrus by any other
means could have given, Cræsus much wondred
thereat; Cyrus said, thou causest me to take of
my Subjects, and retain the same; but what need
I to take, when they so frankly will bring it unto me? and so as occasion serveth, ready continually to supply my want? therefore how can
I be but rich, having such Subjects? but if they
by my meanas or any other were poor, then were
I poor also.
Which two worthy Examples of Alexander and
Cyrus, your Majesty hath not forgotten to ensue;
but with the like zeal have hitherto always used
us, and now especially at this present, by your
most gracious and free Pardon; for the which,
and all other, they by me their Mouth, do most
humbly thank you; knowledging such, and so
much love and zeal of their parts towards your
Majesty, as ever any Subjects did bear towards
their Prince and Governour. And in token
thereof, with one Assent do offer to your Highness, one Subsidy and two Fifteens, most humbly beseeching your Majesty to accept it, not in
recompence of your benefits, but as a Token
of their Duty, as the poor Widdows Farthing
was accepted, as appeareth in the Scripture.
Thirdly, That it may also like your Majesty,
to accept my humble thanks in allowing, and
admitting me, being unworthy of this place, and
bearing with my unworthy service; and last of
all, my unfitting words, uplandish and rude
Speech; beseeching God to incline your Majesties
Heart to Marriage, and that he will so bless, and
send such good success thereunto, that we may
see the Fruits and Children, that may come
thereof, so that you, and they, may prosperously,
and as long time Regin over us, as ever did any
Kings or Princes, which God for his Mercies take
grant unto us. And so he ended, making his
Then the Queen called the Lord Keeper unto
her, Commanding him, in her Name, to Answer
him, as she then declared unto him; which followeth.
Mr Speaker, The Queens Majesty hath heard
how humbly and discreetly you have declared
the Proceedings, and for Answer hath Commanded me, that I should utter three or four
things, the first for her Royal Assent to the Acts
made at this Parliament; Secondaly, How comfortably, and also thankfully, her Majesty accepteth your Liberality; And thirdly, For the
Executing of the Laws.
Here my Lords and Masters, although I cannot declare, or open it unto you, as her Majesty
hath Commanded me; and therefore willingly
would hold by Tongue, if I might, which, for
that I cannot be so excused, say unto you as followeth; not doubting of her Highness Clemency
in bearing with me herein.
First, Her Majesty considereth how wisely
you have done, for the abolishing of the Romish
Power, the Common Enemy of this Realm;
remembring your care for the defence of the
same Realm, your respects for the maintenance
of Victual, the banishment of Vagabonds, and
relief of the Poor, with other: And therefore
alloweth your worthy Proceedings herein.
Secondly, Your Liberality and Benevolence,
wherein your wife Considerations towards her
Charges, is by her Majesty taken in thankful
part; and I take it to be my Duty, to put you in
remembrance, that although this Subsidy is made,
and to be born by Subjects, not daily accustomed
thereunto; but that at her first entrance she had
the like; and that the grant thereof is more liberal than afore hath been accustomed, and that
it is of your necessity, yet it is to withstand a
greater necessity, that for fault thereof would
else have ensued; and therefore that penny is
well spent that saveth a groat; which also hath
been granted, neither with perswasions, threats,
nor sharp words, which afore this time hath been
accustomed, but by one general consent of you
all; wherein appeareth your good wills, and
benevolent minds, you bear to her Majesty,
which zeal she most accepteth; and as she hath
cause, thanketh you.
Again, by her Majesties Commandment, she
remembring by whom, why, and to whom this
was granted, doth think as freely as you have
granted the most part whereof hath been accepted, and left those that have so freely offered
should not be so ready towards the gathering,
thinketh it much better to lose the sum granted,
than to lose your benevolent minds.
Thirdly, To the Execution of Laws, I have
little to say, although the whole substance consisteth therein; because I did in the beginning of
this Parliament declare my Opinion in that matter; and therefore, as now you have to your
Charges taken pains in making good Laws, so
put to your helps, to see these and all other Executed; for as it is infallible, that a thing done
unconstrained, is much better than when they
be constrained thereunto, even so her Majesty
willeth you to look well, without more words, to
the Execution, lest her Grace should be driven
to do, as she doth in her Ecclesiastical Laws,
make Commissions to inquire, whether they be
done or no; whereby she shall known those Justices and Officers, who have done their Duty,
and are to be used in service of Justice, whereof
her Majesty desireth to have many; and again
she shall understand who are to be barred from
the like rooms, and the penal Statutes to be on
them Executed, after this gentle warning: which
inquiry I know is like to fall on me, as well as
another. Howbeit, if Justice be not Executed,
I shall be glad to see this Order taken. Notwithstanding, her Majesty hopeth that this her admonition shall not need, for that you see Laws
without Execution, be as a Torch unlighted, or
Body without a Soul: therefore look well to
the Executing. Here endeth the three things,
which her Majesty commanded me to say unto
Besides this, her Majesty hath to Answer your
Petitions, and as to the first, in which you desire her Royal Assent to such matters as you have
agreed upon; to that she faith, how at this present she is come for that purpose.
And for your other Petitions, to accept in
good part, as well your service as the travails
and doings of the nether House, this Parliament;
and to that she Answereth, how that she doth
not only accept them in good part, but also thanketh both you, and them for the same.
And touching your request before this made
unto her, for her Marriage and Saccession, because it is of such importance, whereby I doubted
my own opening thereof, and therefore desire
her Majesty, that her meaning might be written,
which she hath done and delivered to me, to be
read as followeth.
Since there can be no duer Debt than Princes
words, which I would observe, therefore I Answer to the same; this it is. The two Petitions, which
you made unto me, do contain two things; my Marriage, and Succession after me. For the first, If I
had let slip too much time, or if my strength had
been decayed, you might the better have spoke therein; or if any think I never meant to try that Life,
they be deceived; but if I may hereafter bend my
mind thereunto, the rather for fulfilling your request,
I shall be therewith very well content.
For the second, the greatness thereof maketh me
to say and pray, that I may linger here in this Vale
of Misery for your Comfort, wherein I have witness
of my Study and Travail, for your Surety; And I
cannot with Nunc dimittis, end my Life, without I
see some foundation of your Surety after my Grave
These foregoing Speeches being thus transcribed out of the very Autograph, or Original Memorial of them, as aforesaid; now follows the
form and manner of her Majesties Royal Assent
to such Acts as passed.
Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper, Commanded
the Clerk of the Crown to read the Acts; whereupon Mr Thomas Powle, as Joint-Patentee, and
in the absence of Mr Martin, Clerk of the Crown,
stood up before the little Table, set before the
Wooll-sacks, and after Obeysance made, began to
read the Titles of the same, as followeth.
An Act for the Assurance of the Queens Majesties Royal Power over all States and Subjects,
within her Dominions.
Then Francis Spilman Esq; Clerk of the Upper House standing up, after Obeysance made
read her Majesties Answer in these words; viz
La Roine le veult.
And then both the Clerk of the Crown, and
the Clerk of the Upper House, made Obeysance
Thomas Powle Esq; Clerk of the Crown, standing up, did read the Title of the Bill of Subsidy, and then Francis Spilman Esq; Clerk of the
Upper House, standing up likewise, did read
the Queens Majesties Answer, in manner and
form following; viz.
La Roigne remercye ses loyaulx subjects, accept
leur benevolence, & ainst le veult.
The said Clerk, having read the Queens Acceptance and thanks for the Subsidy given as
aforesaid, did then, upon the reading of the Title of her Majesties Pardon, by the Clerk of the
Crown as aforesaid, pronounce in these French
words following, the thanks of the Lords and
Commons for the same.
Les Prelats, Seigneurs & Communes on ce present
Parliament Assembles, an nom de touts vous autres
subjects, remercient tres humblement vostre Majestye,
& prient à Dieu que ils vous donne en santè bonne
vie, & longue.
The Bills of Subsidy and Pardon being passed, then were the Titles of the publick Acts read
by the Clerk of the Crown; to every one of
which allowed by the Queen, the Clerk of the
Upper House read these French words following; viz.
La Roigne le veult.
To every private Act that passed, the said
Clerk of the Upper House read the Queens Answer, in these French words following.
Soit fait come it est desire.
These two last Answers to the public and
private Acts, that pass, are to be written by the
said Clerk at the end of every Act.
To such Acts as her Majesty did forbear to
allow, the Clerk of the Upper-House read in
these French words following, viz.
La Roigne s' advisera.
Her Majesty having given her Royal Assent
to such Acts as passed, in manner and form as
aforesaid, then Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper
of the Great Seal, Prorogued this Session of Parliament by her Majesties Commandment, to a
further day; which is thus entred in the Original Journal-Book of the Upper House, viz.
Dominus Custos magni Sigilli ex Mandato Dominæ Reginæ Prorogavit præsens Parliamentum
usq; in secundum diem Octobris proximum futurum.
After which (as is contained in the often before-mentioned Anonymous Autograph, or Original Memorial of this days passages) the Queen
rose, and proceeded into her Privy-Chamber,
and shifted, and then proceeded to her Barge,
and so to the Court, which was about six of the
Clock in the Afternoon.
That which followeth, being the second Prorogation of this foregoing Session, de an. 5 Regin
Eliz. is entred at large at the beginning of the
Original Journal-Book of the Upper House, de
in 8, & 9 Reginæ ejusdem; being the second and
first Session of this present Parliament; yet because it fell out within this fifth Year, and may
indifferently be referred to the Upper House
Journal of either Session, I thought good in the
transcribing of it to cause it to be annexed, and
added to this present Journal in manner and form
Memorandum, quod secundo die Octobris, Anno
Regni Elizabethæ Dei Gratia &c. Quento, in
quem diem 10° die Aprilis ultimo elapso Prorogatum fuit hoc præsens Parliamentum, ex Mandato
dictæ Dominæ Reginæ convenerunt Domini tam
spirituales quam temporales, quorum nomina subsequuntur, viz
Marchio Wintoniæ Thesauraius Anglieæ Episcopus London, Episcopus Wintoniæ Dominus, north,
Qui cùm convenissent, adstantibus tune etiam
Populi Burgensumq; ut vocant satis magnâ frequentia, dictus Dominus Thesaur arius paucis verbis
declaravit conventum Procerum & Populi, quem
Parliamentum vocant, in bunc diem destinatum, à
dict a Domina Regina, certis quibusdam de causis
& considerationibus illam ad id specialiter moventibus, maximè propter infectionem Aeris pestiferi
per Civitates London, & Westmonaster, ac suburbia earundem, ad præsens grassantem, differri in
quintum diem Octobris qui erit in Anno Domini
Millesimo quingentesimo sexagesimo quarto; Atq; ut
tam Proceribus quam Populo palam fieret Regiam
Majestatem it a constituisse, Literas commissarias dictæ Domineæ Reginæ Francisco Spilman Armigero
Clerico Parliamenti publicè & claraâ voce legendas, in manus tradidit: earum autem tenor hic
Elizabeth Dei Gratia Angliæ Franciæ & Hiberniæ Regina, fidei defensor, &c. Charissimo Consanguineo, Willielmo Marchioni Winton. Thesaurario Angliæ, ac reverendis in Christo Patribus, Edmundo Episcopo London, Roberto Episcopo Winton, Willielmo Episcopo Cicestrensi, nec non prædilectis & fidelibus suis, Henrico Domino Morley,
Arthuræ Domino Grey de Wilton, Edwardo Domino Windfor, & Johanni Domino Mordaunt, Salutem. Cùm nos nuper pro quibusdam arduis &
urgentibus negotiis, nos, statum & defensionem
Regni nostri Angliæ, ac Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ concernentibus, præsens hoc Parliamentum nostrum, apud
Civitatem nostram Westmonasterii, duo-decimo die
Januarii, Anno Regni nostri quinto, inchoari &
teneri ordinaverimus, à quo die idem Parliamentum tunc & ibidem tentum & continuatum fuerat
usq; decimum diem Aprilis, tunc prox. Sequentem,
eodemq; decimo die Aprilis idem Parliamentum nostrum usq; ad & in instantem secundum diem Octobris prorogatum suerat, ibidemq; tunc tenendum &
continunadum: Sciatis quod nos, certis urgentibus
causis & considerationibus nos Specialiter moventibus, & præcipuè propter infectionem Aeris pestiferi ubiq; per Civitates nostras London, & Westminster & earundem Suburbia ad præsens invalescentem, de fidelitate, prudentiâ & Circumspectione
vestris plurimum considentes, de avisamento & assensu Concilii nostri assignavimus vos, & duos vestrum, dantes vobis, & duobus vestrum tenore præsentium plenam potestatem, facultatem, & Authoritatem hoc instanti die Sabbathi, ad præsens Parliamentum nostrum, nomine nostro, ad & in quintum diem Octobris qui erit in Anno Domini Millesimo quingentesimo sexagesimo quarto, usq; Civitatem nostram Westmonasterii prædict. Prorogandum
& continuandum, ibidemq; tunc tenend. & prosequend., & ideo vobis Mandamus, quod circa
præmissa diligenter intendails, & ea in formaprædicta effectualiter explicetis. Damus autem universis & singulis Archiepiscopis, Ducibus, Marchionibus, Comitibus, Vice Comitibus, Episcopis, Baronibus, Militibus, Civibus & Burgensibus, ac omnibus aliis quorum interest, ad dictum Parliamentum
nostrum conventuris, tenore præsentium firmiter in
Mandatis, quod vobis in præmissis faciend. agend.
& exequend. pareant, obediant & intendant, prout
decet. In cujus rei Testimonium, has Literas nostras
fieri fecimus Patentes. Teste meipsa apud Castrum
nostrum de Windsor Secundo die Octobris, Anno
Regni nostri Quinto.
After which second time of Prorogation, in
manner and form abovesaid, it was again Prorogued three several times as aforesaid; all which
Prorogations are at large set down in the begining of the Journal of the Upper House, in the
Session of Parliament in Anno 8 Regin. Eliz.