Journal of the House of Commons
May 1571

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Sir Simonds d'Ewes

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1682

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180-190

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'Journal of the House of Commons: May 1571', The Journals of all the Parliaments during the reign of Queen Elizabeth (1682), pp. 180-190. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43685 Date accessed: 28 November 2014.


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May 1571

On Tuesday the first day of May, Two Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill against Fugitives was read the third time, and after many Arguments, passed upon the Question.

Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Doctor Huick, did desire from the Lords, that some of this House may attend upon six of the Lords to Morrow Morning for Conference touching the Bill against Priests disguising themselves in Serving-mens Apparel, which was granted; and thereupon were appointed for that purpose Mr. Treasurer, Sir Thomas Scott, Sir Owen Hopton, Sir Thomas Lucy, Sir Henry Jones, Mr. Serjeant Manwood, Mr. Cleere, Mr. Thomas Browne, Mr. Norton, Mr. Yelverton, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Mounson, and Mr. Thomas Hussy.

Mr. Serjeant Barham and Mr. Attorney General did desire from the Lords, that a convenient number be sent presently unto their Lordships from this House for Answer touching Articles for Religion. Whereupon my Lord Deputy of Ireland. Mr. Treasurer and divers others were sent for that purpose, and had with them the four Bills last passed, viz. The Bill against Fugitives, The Bill for Bristol, The Bill for William Skeffington, and the bill for Shrewsbury: And afterwards returned Answer from the Lords, that the Queens Majesty having been made privy to the said Articles, liketh very well of them, and mindeth to publish them, and have them Executed by the Bishops, by direction of her Highness Regal Authority of Supremacy of the Church of England, and not to have the same dealt in by Parliament.

Nota, That there was in this Parliament much and long agitation touching the reforming of several enormities and Ceremonies in matters of Religion, which now at last the Queen took out of the hands of the House, and promised other Amendment, as appeareth by the above-mentioned Message sent from the Lords to the said House; although the said matters and agitations were not thereupon deserted, but continued in part, as is more at large observed upon Thursday the 17th day of this instant May ensuing, where the whole beginning, Progress and Issue of this business is at large collected and digested into an orderly relation.

The Bill for allowance to be made unto Sheriffs for the Justices Diets, was read the third time.

Mr Sollicitor and Mr Doctor Lewes brought from the Lords two Bills, the one against fraudulent Gifts and Conveyances, and the other for Constats and Exemplifications of Letters Patents to be as good and available as Letters Patents themselves.

The Bill of Attainder was read the first time.

Sir Henry Peircy Knight was appointed to be heard in this House, with his Learned Council, upon Saturday next at two of the Clock in the Afternoon.

The Bill for Constats and Exemplifications of Letters Patents was read the first time.

On Wednesday the second day of May, Five Bills of no great moment had each of them their first reading.

The Bill for Leases of Benefices (being the fifth Bill of those seven Bills preferred this Parliament, touching the reformation of matters of Religion, and therefore called in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons the Bill E) was read the second time and Ordered to be ingrossed. Touching which said Bill and matters of Religion, see a more full and ample Animadversion or Declaration on Thursday the 7th day of this instant May ensuing.

Mr Treasurer with the residue of the Commissioners having been with the Lords about the Bill against Priests disguising themselves in Serving-mens Apparel, shewed, that upon Conference therein had with the Lords, their request is, that some of the said Committees might confer with the Queens Majesties Learned Councel touching the enlargement and better Explanation of some parts of the same Bill. Whereupon the House liking well of that course of proceeding, it is agreed that the Committees for the Bill against the untrue demeanors of Tellors, Receivors, Treasurers and Collectors, and for the Bill against Bulls, &c. procured from the See of Rome, and such like Bills as shall hereafter come from their Lordships, needful to be considered or added unto or altered, shall make request unto the Lords for Conference and privity in that behalf to be had and made with them, as they in the said former Bill have used and done towards this House.

The Bill for respite of Homage was committed unto Sir Walter Mildmay, Mr Serjeant Lovelace, Mr Mounson, Mr Sampoole, Mr. Wilbraham, Mr. Popham, and Mr. Fenner, to consider of this Afternoon at three of the Clock at the Rolls, and to deliver it again to the House to Morrow Morning in such sort as now it is, if in the mean time they shall not alter the same, or some part thereof.

On Thursday the third day of May, Three Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the first being the Bill for increase of Tillage and maintenance of Navigation, was read the first time.

The Bill for the Order of Ministers (being the second of those seven Bills preferred this Parliament touching the matters of Religion, and therefore called in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons the Bill B) was read the fourth time and passed. Touching all which said Bills of matters of Religion see a more ample and full Animadversion or Declaration on Thursday the 17th day of this instant May ensuing.

The Bill for allowance to be made unto Sheriffs for the Justices Diets, was sent up to the Lords by Mr. Comptroller and others.

The Bill for making Peregrine Barty free Denizen was read three times and passed the House; as also the Bill against Usury; after they had been brought from the Lords by Mr. Sollicitor and Mr. Doctor Vaughan.

It was Ordered that Sir Nicholas Points Knight, one of the Knights from the County of Glocester, shall have a Writ of Priviledge for his Servant Thomas Wickham, being attached in the City of London upon two Actions of Trespass, the one at the Suit of Christopher Temple Goldsmith, and the other at the Suit of Fr. Acton Grocer.

On Friday the 4th day of May, Two Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill against Licences and Dispensations granted by the Archibishop of Canterbury was read the second time, and committed unto Mr. Treasurer, Sir Thomas Smith, Mr. Recorder of London, Mr. Norton, Mr. Greenfeild, Mr. Eglenby, Mr. Strickland, and Mr. Yelverton.

The Bill for Fines and Recoveries was read the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed.

The Bill for coming to Church, and receiving of the Communion, was read the third time, and passed the House.

It was Ordered that the Officer which made the Arrest upon Sir Henry Clinton's Servants, and also the party that procured the same, do appear here to Morrow at ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.

Three Bills lastly had each of them their second reading, and were thereupon Ordered to be ingrossed; of which the first was the Bill for respite of Homage, and the last was for Southhampton.

On Saturday the 5th day of May, Three Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the first being the Bill for the River of Welland, was read the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed.

The Bill for Confirmation of Attainders was read the second time; at which time Sir Henry Peircy Knight, with Mr. Fetiplace, being of his Learned Councel, were present. And Wednesday next was given them to be further heard again.

The Bill for respite of Homage was read the third time and sent up to the Lords, with the Bill for the coming to Church and receiving of the Communion, by Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Comptroller, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Scott, Sir Francis Hastings, Sir William Pawlet, Sir John Thinne, Sir Owen Hopton, Sir Henry Gate, Sir William Buts, Sir Nicholas Arnold, Sir Thomas Lucy, Sir Robert Lane, Mr. Austley, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Serjeant Lovelace, Mr. Recorder of London, Mr. Sampoole, Mr. Mounson, Mr. Norton, Mr. Yelverton, Mr. More, Mr. Henry Knolles, Mr. Carleton, Mr. Strickland, Mr. John Hastings, and Mr. Halliard.

On Monday the 7th day of May, Three Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill against Licences and Dispensations granted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, was read the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed.

The Bill for Leases of Benefices, (being the fifth of those seven Bills preferred this Parliament touching the Reformation of matters of Religion, and therefore called in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons the Bill E) was read the third time and passed the House. Touching all which said Bills and matters of Religion, see at large on Thursday the 17th day of this instant May ensuing.

The Provisoes to the Bill against Vagabonds were twice read.

Three Bills lastly of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the first, being for the increase of Tillage, and maintenance of the Navy, was read the third time, and passed upon the Question.

On Tuesday the 8th day of May, the Bill for the maintenance of Navigation, was read the second time and committed unto Mr. Treasurer, Sir John St Leger, Sir Owen Hopton, Sir Richard Buckley, Mr. Holstock, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Mohun, Mr. John Hastings, Mr. Grice, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Lieff, Mr. Gerby, Mr. Gaire, Mr. Downing, Mr. Norton, Mr. Popham, Mr. Strickland, and Mr. Thornton, who were appointed to meet at the Star-Chamber to Morrow at two of the Clock in the Afternoon.

Three Bills lastly had each of them one reading; of which the last being the Bill for Southhampton, was read the third time, and passed upon the Question.

On Wednesday the 9th day of May, the Bill for Maurice Radney, Esq; was read the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed.

It was Ordered upon a Motion made by Mr. Norton, that upon Friday next coming the House do begin to sit at three of the Clock in the Afternoon, and to continue till five; and to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, until the end of this Session of Parliament; which time to be imployed only in the first reading of private Bills.

The Bill against Promoters was read the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed.

The Bill to avoid corrupt Presentations (being the fourth Bill of those seven preferred this Parliament, touching the reformation of the matters of Religion, and therefore called in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons the Bill D) was read the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed. Touching which Bills and matters of Religion, see a more full Animadversion or Declaration on Thursday the 17th day of this instant May following.

The Bill against Bulls, &c. procured from the See of Rome, was read the second and third time, and passed upon the Question, with a note containing some Additions and Alterations, referring to the Lines.

Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Sollicitor, did bring from the Lords the former Bill of Treasons, with a new Proviso, and certain other Alterations, contained in a Paper affiled to the same Bill.

The new Bill against Licences and Dispensations granted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, was read the third time, and passed upon the Question.

Two Bills lastly of no great moment, had each of them one reading; of which the second, being the Bill for Fines and Recoveries, with three Provisoes, passed upon the Question.

On Thursday the 10th day of May, the Bill against Collusions and delays in Vouchers was read the first time.

The Bill touching the Commutation of Penance by the Ecclesiastical Judge (being the last Bill of those seven preferred this Parliament touching the reformation of matters of Religion, and therefore called in the Original Journal Book of the House of Commons the Bill G) was read the first time. Touching which Bill see a more full Animadversion or Declaration on Thursday the 17th day of this instant May following.

The Bill for the River of Welland, was read the third time, and passed upon the Question.

The Bill for preservation of Woods was read the first time, and committed unto Sir Nicholas Arnold, Sir George Bowes, Sir Thomas Scot, Mr. Humberson, Mr. Moore, Mr. Gayer, Mr. Wightman, Mr. Sampoole, Mr. Winchcomb, Mr. Robert Snagg, Mr. Roper, Mr. Cowper and Mr. Fenner, who were appointed to meet at the Temple Church at two of the Clock this Afternoon. Vide May 14. postea.

Nine Bills were sent up to the Lords from the House of Commons by Mr. Treasurer and others; of which one was the Bill for Fines and Recoveries, and another for the River of Welland.

The Provisoes to the Bill against Vagabonds were twice read and committed to Mr. Atkins and others.

Two Bills also of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill for Lestwithiell, was read the second time and Ordered to be ingrossed.

Forasmuch as Thomas Long Gent., returned one of the Burgesses for the Borough of Westbury in the County of Wilts for this present Parliament, being a very simple man and of small capacity to serve in that place, did this day in open Court confess, that he did give to Anthony Garland Mayor of the said Town of Westbury, and unto one ...... Wats of the same Town, the sum of four pound, for that place and room of Burgesship; It was Ordered by this House, that the said Anthony Garland and the said Wats shall forthwith repay unto the said Thomas Long the same sum of four pound, and also that a fine of twenty pound be assessed upon the said Corporation or Inhabitants of the said Town of Westbury for the Queens Majesties use, for their said lewd and slanderous attempt. And that the said Thomas Long, his Executors and Administrators shall be discharged against the said Anthony Garland and ........ Wats, their Heirs, Executors and Administrators, of and from all Bonds made by the said Thomas Long to any person or persons touching the discharge of the exercise of the said room or place of Burgesship in any wise.

Mr. Sollicitor and Mr. Doctor Vaughan pray from the Lords, that some Members of this House may be presently sent to confer with their Lordships, touching the Bill of Attainders, and the Bill against Bulls, &c. Whereupon were sent unto them Mr. Heneage, Sir Thomas Smith, Sir John Thynne, Sir Nicholas Arnold, Sir Christopher Haydon, Mr. Recorder of London, Mr. Sampoole, Mr. Popham, and Mr. Alford.

On Friday the 11th day of May, it was Ordered that a Pursuivant be sent with Letters from this House unto Anthony Garland Mayor of the Town of Westbury in the County of Wilts, and ....... Wats of the same Town, for their personal appearance forthwith to be made in this House; and also to bring with them all such Bonds, as Thomas Long Gentleman, lately returned one of the Burgesses for the same Town, standeth bound in unto them, or either of them, or unto any other to their use. And also to Answer unto such matters as at their coming shall be objected against them by this House.

The Bill against Exactions of Collectors of the Tenths of the Clergy was read the first time.

The Bill against Perjury in Clarks Convict, and the Bill for the continuance of the severance of Sheriffs in sundry Shires, were each of them twice read, and Ordered to be ingrossed.

Two Bills also of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the first, being the Bill for severance of the Sheriffs in the Counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, was read the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed.

All the Privy-Council being Members of this House, Sir Henry Morrice, Sir Thomas Scot, Sir John Thynne, Mr. Attorney of the Dutchy, Mr. Attorney of the Wards, Mr. Serjeant Manwood, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Bell, Mr. Mounson, Mr. Thomas Snagg, Mr. Yelverton, Mr. Norton, Mr. Dalton, and Mr. Rugby, were appointed to consider amongst themselves this Afternoon, at the StarChamber, touching the Bill of Treasons, and then afterwards with the Lords upon further appointment. Vide plus de ista materia on Thursday the 12th day of April foregoing.

Two Bills lastly had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill for Morrice Rodney Esq; was read the first time and passed upon the Question.

Past Meridiem.

In the Afternoon ten Bills had each of them one reading; of which the fourth, being the Bill for the maintenance of the Havens of Plymouth and Dartmouth, &c. and the fifth against the Usurpation of Tinners in the County of Devon, were each of them read the first time, and thereupon committed to Sir John St. Leger, and others.

Nota, That these two Bills were committed upon the first reading, which is not usual until the second. Vide May 14.

On Saturday the 12th day of May, the Bill for the Haberdashers was read the second time, and rejected upon the Question.

The Bill for residence of Pastors (being the third Bill of those seven preferred this Parliament touching the Reformation of matters of Religion, and therefore called in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons the Bill C) was read the first time. Touching all which said Bills and matters of Religion, see on Thursday the 17th day of this instant May following.

The Bill for maintenance of Navigation, was read the third time, and passed the House.

Seven Bills were sent up to the Lords from the House of Commons; of which one was the Bill against Usury, and another touching Morrice Rodney Esq;.

The Bill of Jeofails was read the second time, and committed unto Mr. Serjeant Manwood, Mr. Thomas Snagg, Mr. Sampoole, and Mr. Cromwell.

The Bill against Exactions of Collectors of the Tenths of the Clergy was read the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed.

The Bill for the payment of Tithes, was read the first time and rejected upon the Question.

May the 13th Sunday.

On Monday the 14th day of May, the Bill for not returning in Juries persons of the Queens Majesties Household, was read the second time, and committed unto Mr. Treasurer, Sir John Thinne, Mr. Cofferer, Mr. Brown, Mr. More, and Mr. Ferrers.

The Bill for Residence of Pastors (being the third of those seven Bills preferred this Parliament touching the reformation of matters in Religion, and therefore called in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons the Bill C) was read the second time and Ordered to be ingrossed. Touching which Bill and matters of Religion see a more full Animadversion or Declaration on Thursday the 17th day of this instant May, following.

The Bill against Vagabonds, and the first Bill for preservation of Wood, were Ordered to be ingrossed.

The Bill for Conveyances and Assurances of Lands to be made without Covin, was read the second time, and committed unto Mr. Recorder of London, Mr. Marsh, Mr. Stanhop, Mr. Grice, Mr. Sampoole, Mr. Norton, Mr. Alford, and Mr. Dalton, who were appointed to meet in the Temple Church at two of the Clock this Afternoon.

Mr. Sollicitor and Mr. Attorney brought from the Lords four Bills; of which the two last were, one for the Restitution in Blood of the Children of Sir Thomas Wyat, and the other for the Assurance of the Jointure of the Lady Barkley.

Three Bills had each of them their third reading, and passed upon the question; of which the last was the Bill against the Exaction of Collectors of the Tenths of the Clergy.

The Bill lastly, for severance of the Sheriffs in the Counties of Bedford and Buckingham, were read the second time, and thereupon Ordered to be ingrossed.

Post Meridiem.

Four Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the first being the Bill concerning Hospitals, and the third for Planting of Hops, were each of them read the first time; and the second, being the Bill against great Hosen, was read the first time, and committed unto Sir Christopher Heydon, Sir William Buts, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Moore, Mr. Warncomb, Mr. St. John, Mr. Gare, Mr. Humberston, Mr. Layton, and Mr. Sackerston. Which is the rather to be observed, in respect, that this Bill was committed upon the first reading, which is not usual until the second; of which there were three like Presidents, viz. one on Thursday the 10th day, and two on Friday the 11th day of this instant May foregoing.

The Bill for making of William Watson a free Denizen was twice read; and the Bill lastly for Leverpool was read the first time.

On Tuesday the 15th day of May, the Bill against Wednesdays, was read the first time.

The Bill touching the Commutation of Penance by the Ecclesiastical Judge (being the last of those seven Bills preferred this Parliament touching the Reformation of matters of Religion, and therefore called in the Original JournalBook of the House of Commons the Bill G) was read the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed. Touching which Bill and matters of Religion see more at large on Thursday the 17th day of this instant May following.

Three Bills also of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the last being the Bill for Confirmation of Attainders was read the third time, and passed the House.

The Proviso for the Countess of Cumberland and others to the Bill for Confirmation of Attainders, was thrice read: And further Ordered by the House, that the Saving for Sir Henry Peircy Knight, shall be placed in the Book before the general saving, without any alteration or change of any word or words at all.

The Bill for Confirmation of Attainders, with the other last passed, were sent up to the Lords from the House of Commons by Mr. Treasurer and others.

The Bill for the Restitution in Blood of the Children of Sir Thomas Wyat Knight, was read the third time.

The Bill lastly for the continuance of the severance of Sheriffs in sundry Shires, was read the third time, and passed upon the Question.

On Wednesday the 16th day of May, the Bill against Wednesdays, was read the second time and Ordered to be ingrossed.

The new Bill against great Hosen, and a new Bill of Jeofails, were each of them read the first time.

Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Doctor Vaughan brought from the Lords the Bill for Confirmation of Attainders, for mending of an Indorsement.

Three Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the third being the Bill against Collusions and Delays in Vouchers, was read the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed.

Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Doctor Huick did require from the Lords to have the Committees in the Bill for Treasons presently sent to them for Conference.

The Bill for Residence of Pastors (being the third of those seven Bills preferred this Parliament touching matters of Religion, and therefore called in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons the Bill C) was read the third time, and upon the Division of the House dashed.

Mr. Doctor Huick and Mr. Doctor Yale, did bring from the Lords a Bill against Bankrupts, with Commendations for the expediting thereof.

Post Meridiem.

In the Afternoon the Bill for search of Fairs of Maidston in Kent, was read the first time.

Mr. Sollicitor and Mr. Doctor Huick brought from the Lords the Bill against Bulls, &c. and the Bill for Treasons, both reformed, as appeareth in several Papers annexed, containing the places and words of Amendments.

Seven Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the fourth being a new Bill for the maintenance of the Havens of Plymouth and Dartmouth, &c. was read the second time.

On Thursday the 17th day of May, Two Bills of no great moment had each of them their second reading, and Ordered to be ingrossed; of which the second was the Bill against Clothworkers.

The Bill against Cloth-workers was read the second time, and Ordered to be stayed.

Sir Walter Mildmay, Sir Thomas Smith, Mr. Serjeant Lovelace, Mr. Bell, Mr. Mounson, Mr. Popham, Mr. Sampool, Mr. Sands, and Mr. Yelverton, were appointed to have Conference with the Lords touching the Bill for respite of Homage, in the outer Chamber of the Upper House at two of the Clock this Afternoon.

The Bill for Sewers was read the first time.

The Bill against Bulls, and the Bill for Treasons were upon the Question absolutely passed with all the Additions and Amendments.

The Bill also against Wednesdays, and the Bill against Collusion and delays in Vouchers, were each of them read the third time, and passed the House.

The Bill touching the Commutation of Penance by the Ecclesiastical Judge (being last of those seven Bills preferred this Parliament touching Reformation of matters of Religion, and therefore called in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons the Bill G) was read the third time and passed.

Because the great matter touching Religion and Church Government (of which the passing of the aforesaid Bill is the last passage mentioned in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons) was so Religiously begun by the said House in the former Sessions of Parliament, in An. 8 Regin. Eliz. and so zealously prosecuted in this present Parliament de an. 13 Regin. Eliz. therefore it shall not be amiss here to set down at large, once for all, the whole proceeding of the same, although all in the Issue was dashed by her Majesty, perswaded unto it (as it should seem) by some sinister Counsel. The first step therefore unto this business, was upon Thursday the 5th day of December in the said former Session of Parliament in the said eighth year of her Majesty, when the Bill with the Articles Printed 1562. for sound Christian Religion had its first reading; which in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons in this present Parliament is always called the Bill A, and in the margent of the said Journal in an. 8. the said Letter A is expressed over against the title of the said Bill. A second step then followed in this their intended Reformation upon Friday the 6th day of December in the said Session de an. 8 Regin. Eliz. when all these Bills following had each of them their first reading, being there inserted in manner and form following, the words only [the first reading] being added instead of the Figure or Number [1.] set down in the margent.

B. The Bill for the Order of Ministers, the first reading.

C. The Bill for residence of Pastors, the first reading.

D. The Bill to avoid corrupt Presentations, the first reading.

E. The Bill for Leases of Benefices, the first reading.

F. The Bill for Pensions out of Benefices and Leases of Benefices, the first reading.

All which several Bills are no otherwise stiled in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons in this present Parliament, than the Bill B, the Bill C, &c. and therefore without recourse to the aforesaid Journal of the same House in an. isto prædicto 8 Regin. Eliz. it could not have been possibly herein understood what had been intended thereby. Which last mentioned five Bills had no further progress in the said Session of Parliament, by reason that it was Dissolved soon after on Thursday the second day of January, but only the first before-cited Bill, called the Bill A, had its second reading on Thursday the 10th day, and its third and last reading on Friday the 13th day of December in the same Session. After which the said Bills so rested until the beginning of this present Parliament in an. 13 Regin. Eliz. when upon Friday the 6th day of April foregoing these six Bills foregoing were again presented to the House, and a seventh Bill also, as is very probable, which was not at all read in the aforesaid last Session in An. 8 Regin. Eliz. which was the Bill read the third time this present day, touching the Commutations of Penance by the Ecclesiastical Judge, and is always stiled in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons the Bill G. And thereupon all the said seven Bills touching Religion were referred to Committees to consider of them. And on the day following, being Saturday, and the seventh day of the same Month, the said Bills were read. The first Bill of them stiled the Bill A, was delivered to the foresaid Committees, or Commissioners, and the residue appointed to remain in the House, and that to stand for no reading of any of them. Which great Caution doubtless the House of Commons did the rather observe in their proceeding with these Bills touching the Reformation of matters of Religion and Church Government, because they desired her Majesty might the more graciously interpret their endeavours, and give way to the passing of the said Bills. To which purpose also the House appointed two of their Members before their rising that very day, to have their furtherance also for the same; who returned their Answer on Thursday the 10th day of the same Month, and advised the House of Commons to pray a Conference with the Lords for that purpose; which was accordingly had in the Afternoon of the same day. And that day also the second of the said seven Bills, stiled the Bill B, had its first reading, and was read the second time on Saturday the 28th day of April, and the third time on Monday the 30th day of the same Month. On the Morrow after the foresaid 10th day of April, being the 11th day of the same Month, and Wednesday, the Bill D had its first reading, being the fourth of the aforesaid seven Bills touching Religion: And on Wednesday the 9th day of May its second reading. And on Saturday the 12th day of May the Bill C, being the third of the said seven Bills, had its first reading, and its second reading on Monday the 14th day, and its third reading on Wednesday the 16th day of the same Month. The Bill E also, being the 5th of the said seven Bills, had its first reading on Friday the 13th day of April, its second on Wednesday the second day, and its third on Monday the 7th day of May. For the Bill F it appeareth not by the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons, that it was at all read, although it concerned Pensions out of Benefices, and Leases of Benefices. For the Bill G lastly, which was the seventh of the aforesaid Bills touching Religion, it had its first reading on Thursday the 10th day of May; its second on Tuesday the 15th, and the third on this instant Thursday, being the 17th day of the same Month, as is before set down. Although it is to be observed, that some of the readings of the aforesaid Bills are omitted upon some of the said days as matters of no great moment. Of which Bills also there was some treating on Wednesday the 25th day, and on Saturday the 28th day of April foregoing. But her Majesty on Thursday the first day of May, by the Lords of the Upper House, declared unto the Committees of the House of Commons, who afterwards declared it to the House it self, that she approved their good endeavours, but would not suffer these things to be Ordered by Parliament. Notwithstanding which Message, as appeareth by the reading of some of the said seven Bills afterwards, the House of Commons still proceeded, and having passed two of the said Bills, viz. the Bills B and C, on Wednesday the 16th day of May foregoing, and the Bill G this present Thursday, as is aforesaid, they sent them up to the Lords by Mr. Comptroller and others, as soon as the said Bill G had passed the House.

All the Bills last passed except that for severance of Sheriffs of sundry Shires, were sent to the Lords by Mr. Comptroller and others.

Three Bills lastly of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill against great Hosen, was read the second time and committed.

On Friday the 18th day of May, Two Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the first being the Bill for the Free Grammar-School in Southwark, was read the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed.

The Bill against great Hosen was read the third time, and upon the division of the House, with the advantage of one man, it was Ordered that the Clause for disabling the wearer to prosecute or commence any Suit, shall be allowed to be in the Bill in manner and form as in the Bill is contained.

The Bill for the preservation of Woods, &c. was read the third time, and upon the division of the House passed.

Post Meridiem.

This day in the Afternoon eleven Bills of nogreat moment had each of them their first reading; of which the first was the Bill for the FreeSchool of Bletchingly, and the second for John Tirrell.

On Saturday the 19th day of May, the Bill against the bringing into this Realm of Foreign Wares forbidden, was twice read, and Ordered to be ingrossed.

Two Bills also of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the first, being the Bill for the twelve Shires of Wales, was read the second time; but no mention is made that it was either referred to Committees or Ordered to be ingrossed, which is usual upon the second reading.

Mr Doctor Lewes and Mr Doctor Yale, did bring from the Lords seven Bills, whereof one was to License the Earl of Leicester to found an Hospital; another for the Restitution in Blood of Henry Brereton Esq; another against fraudulent gifts to defeat Dilapidations; another against corrupt Presentations to Benefices; another against Simony; another for the River of Welland, and another for the coming to Church, and receiving the Communion. All which Bills are particularly transcribed, in respect that the sending down of them to the House of Commons is wholly omitted in the Original JournalBook of the Upper House.

The Bill for preservation of Wood, and the Bill against Vagabonds were sent up to the Lords by Mr Treasurer, and others.

Mr. Doctor Lewes and Mr. Doctor Yale brought from the Lords three Bills; one against Fugitives, another for Southampton, and another for Confirmation of a Subsidy of the Clergy.

All the Privey-Council being of this House, my Lord President, Sir Nicholas Arnold, Sir Owen Hopton, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Mounson, Mr. Bell, Mr. Yelverton, Sir Francis Hastings, Sir Henry Knolles Sen., Mr. Edward Hastings, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Carleton, Mr. More, Mr. Norton, and Mr. Dalton, were appointed to conser with the Lords touching the Lords Bill, for coming to Church and receiving of the Communion.

May the 20th Sunday.

On Monday the 21th day of May the Bill for Confirmation of the Subsidy granted by the Clergy was read three times.

The Bill also for reviving and continuance of certain Statutes, was read the second time; but no mention is made that it was either Ordered to be ingrossed or referred to Committees, as was only this day a Bill against Bankrupts.

It was this day Ordered, that the Court do from henceforth every day during this Sessions sit in the Afternoon, and proceed as well to the second reading of Bills as to the first.

The Proviso to the Bill for reviving and continuance of Statutes, and the Proviso to the Bill against buying of the Wares for Apparel without ready money, were each of them twice read.

The Bill for the twelve Shires of Wales, was Ordered to be ingrossed.

The Bill for limitation of the Subsidy of the Clergy was sent to the Lords by Mr. Comptroller and others.

The Bill against Bankrupts was read the second time.

Nota, That this Bill having formerly passed the Upper House, was sent down from them to the House of Commons on Wednesday the 16th day of this instant May foregoing; And therefore now upon the second reading, is neither Ordered to be ingrossed, nor referred to the Committees: for it being sent down fairly ingrossed in Parchment from the said House after it is passed, unless the Bill be wholly dashed, or much altered, it shall need no other ingrossing. And for referring a Bill to Committees, it is chiefly for amendment or alteration thereof, after it hath been penned, and put into the House by some one or more private men. But when a Bill hath once passed the Upper House, in which besides the Lords the greater part of the Judges of the Realm are commonly Assistants, there shall need no consideration thereof either for Addition or mutation; for either House doth ever, for the most part, shew it self so careful to keep firm correspondency with the other, as that when a Bill hath passed either of the said Houses and is sent to the other, it doth for the most part pass, and is neither dashed, nor altered, without very great cause upon mature deliberation, and usually also not without Conference desired, and had thereupon; that so, full satisfaction may be given to that House from which the Bill so rejected, or altered was sent. Of which the Presidents are so frequent in every Journal of her Majesties Reign, as there shall need no further reference or Citation.

Mr. Doctor Lewes and Mr. Doctor Vaughan, brought from the Lords three Bills; one for Pastors to be of sound Religion; another that no Hoyes or Plate shall cross the Seas, and another that no Purveyor shall take any Victuals within five Miles compass of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Mr. Treasurer, Sir Christopher Heydon, Sir Henry Gate, Sir Valentine Brown, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Grice, Mr. Holstock, Mr. Langley, Mr. Humberston, Mr. Holliard, Mr. Sampoole, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Hassett, and Mr. Vaughan, were appointed to conser this Afternoon with the Lords touching the Bill for increase of Tillage and maintenance of the Navy.

Three Bills of no great moment had each of them their third reading, and passed the House; of which the first was the Bill for the Free Grammar-School of Southwark.

The Bill that no Hoy or Plate shall cross the Seas, was read the first time.

Post Meridiem.

In the Afternoon five Bills of no great moment had each of them their second reading, and were Ordered to be ingrossed; of which the first was the Bill for the removing of the Grammar-School from Laughton to Gainsborough.

The Bill to License the Earl of Leicester to found an Hospital; and the Bill for Restitution in Blood of Henry Brereton Esq;, were each of them read twice, being the first and second time.

The Bill against fraudulent gifts to defeat Dilapidations, was read the first time.

The Bill lastly, for the Restitution in Blood of the Children of Sir Thomas Wyat Knight, and the Bill for the severance of the Counties of Huntington and Cambridge, were each of them read the second time: But neither Ordered to be ingrossed, nor referred to Committees, because they had been sent from the Lords.

On Tuesday the 22th day of May, Two Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the first, being the Bill for John Tirrell Esq;, was read the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed.

Mr. Doctor Lewes and Mr. Doctor Yale brought from the Lords two Bills; one against the untrue Demeanours of Tellors, Receivors, Treasurers, and Collectors; and another for Treasons newly written, and truly examined by the former Book thereof lately passed this House, to the end the same may likewise be Examined by this House, and so then pass accordingly.

Mr Doctor Vaughan and Mr Doctor Yale, did pray from the Lords that this House would send unto them such Bills as are already passed this House, for that their Lordships do tarry for them: and thereupon five Bills were sent unto them, by Mr Chancellor of the Dutchy and others; of which one was the Bill for the River of Welland.

The Bill for coming to Church and receiving the Communion, was Ordered upon the Question to be general as to the body thereof.

Post Meridiem.

In the Afternoon the Bill against taking of any Grain or Victual within five Miles compass of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, was read the first time.

Mr Attorney General and Mr Doctor Huick, brought from the Lords a Bill against the Oppression of common Promoters.

Four Bills lastly of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the first, being the Bill against fraudulent gifts and Conveyances for defeating of Dilapidations, and the third for Sewers, were each of them read the second time: but no mention is made that they were either Ordered to be ingrossed or referred to Committees, because they had been sent from the Lords.

On Wednesday the 23th day of May, Five Bills of no great moment had each of them their third reading, and passed the House; of which the first was the Bill for the paving of the street without Aldgate.

The Bill that no Hoy or Plate shall cross the Seas, was read the second time, but neither ingrossed nor committed, because it had been sent from the Lords.

Two Bills also had each of them their third reading; of which the second was the Bill for the removing of the Grammar-School from Laughton to Gainsborough.

All these Bills which passed this Day, were sent up to the Lords by Mr Treasurer and others.

Mr Attorney General and Mr Richard Read, did bring word from the Lords, that their Lordships prayed Conference with some of this House, touching the Bill for preservation of Timber and Woods, the Bill against Vagabonds, and the Bill for continuance of Statutes: Whereupon were sent unto them the former Committees in the Bill for coming to the Church, and receiving the Communion, whose names see on Saturday the 21th day of April foregoing.

Three Bills lastly had each of them their third reading, and passed the House; of which the second was the Bill for Restitution in Blood of the Children of Sir Thomas Wyat Knight.

Post Meridiem.

In the Afternoon six Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the first being the Bill for the Jointure of the Lady Berkley, and the fifth against taking of any Grain or Victual within five Miles compass of the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge, were each of them read the second time; but neither Ordered to be ingrossed, nor referred to Committees, because they had been formerly sent from the Lords.

On Thursday the 24th day of May, the Bill against the untrue Demeanors of Tellors, Receivors, Treasurers and Collectors, was read the second time; but neither Ordered to be ingrossed nor referred to Committees. Vide consimile May the 22th Tuesday foregoing.

The Bill for Sewers was read the third time, and a Proviso added to the said Bill was thrice read; whereupon the Bill passed the House.

The Bill also against Bankrupts, and the Bill that no Hoyes nor Plate shall cross the Seas, were each of them read the third time, and passed the House.

All the Bills which last passed the House were sent to the Lords by Mr Treasurer and others.

The Bill for the reviving and continuance of Statutes was read the third time.

Mr Serjeant Barham and Mr Doctor Huick, did bring from the Lords a Bill for bringing the River of Lee to the North-side of the City of London.

Mr Doctor Lewes and Mr Doctor Yale, did bring word that the Lords pray present Conference with three or four of this House, touching the amendments of the Bill for coming to Church and receiving the Communion; and thereupon were sent Mr Treasurer and others.

The Bill for not paying for Wares sold for Apparel without ready money, was upon the Question Ordered to be rejected, and not to be revived or any longer continued.

The Bill for carrying out of Leather beyond the Seas, was likewise upon the Question Ordered to be rejected or discontinued.

Post Meridiem.

In the Afternoon two Bills of no great moment had each of them their third reading, and passed the House; of which the first was the Bill for Restitution in Blood of Henry Brereton Esq;.

The Bill for maintenance of Tillage was upon the Question Ordered to be revived and continued in such sort as in the Bill for the reviving and continuance of Statutes is contained.

The Proviso to the Bill against Regrators, Forestallers and Ingrossers mentioned in the said Bill of Reviver, was read the third time, and passed the House.

An Addition to the old former Statute for preservation of Woods, was read the second time.

Mr. Doctor Yale and Mr. Doctor Vaughan, brought from the Lords two Bills; the one for coming to Church and receiving the Communion, and the other for the severance of the Sheriffs in the Counties of Bedford and Buckingham, with some amendments: and did also require, that six of this House may presently confer with the Lords touching the Bill against Bankrupts.

The Bill for reviving and continuance of certain Statutes was passed upon the Question with some Additions and some Substractions.

On Friday the 25th day of May, Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Scott, Sir Henry Morrice, Mr. Serjeant Manwood, Mr. Mounson, Mr. Norton, Mr. Alford, Mr. Cromwell, Mr. Thomas Snagg, Mr. Bedle, Mr. Nicholas St Leger, and Mr. Sands, were appointed to have Conference with the Lords touching the Bill against Fugitives.

The Bill against taking of any Grain or Victuals within five Miles of the City of London, was read the third time and passed the House.

Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Doctor Vaughan brought from the Lords three Bills; one for the Incorporation of both the Universities; another for the Incorporation of Weymouth and Melcomb Regis in the County of Dorset; and another for the increase of Tillage, and maintenance of the Navy; with recommendations from the Lords of the Bill against taking of any Grain or Victual within five Miles compass of the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge, like as their Lordships had done on their parts upon like request of this House in the said Bill concerning Tillage and the Navy.

Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Doctor Huick brought word, that the Lords pray Conference with some of this House at two of the Clock this Afternoon, touching the Bill for the twelve Shires of Wales, and also present report of the Committees of this House, touching the Bill against Bankrupts.

My Lord Deputy of Ireland, Mr. Comptroller, Sir Nicholas Arnold, Mr. Attorney of the Dutchy, Sir Henry Jones, Sir George Blunt, Mr. William Gerrard, and Mr. Bassett, were appointted to attend upon the Lords touching the Bill of the twelve Shires of Wales.

The Bill against the taking of any Grain or Victual within five Miles compass of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, being a Bill sent from the Lords, and specially recommended from them, having at the third reading thereof an Addition or amendment in paper upon the Question affiled unto it, the said Addition or amendment then having been but once read, the Bill was put to the Question, and the House thereupon divided; and afterwards the error aforesaid being found, it was after sundry motions Ordered upon another Question, that the said Addition or amendment being three times read, the Bill should go to the Question again; which being so done, the Bill afterwards passed upon the division of the House accordingly.

Post Meridiem.

In the Afternoon the Bill for the maintenance of the Havens of Plymouth and Dartmouth, &c. was read the third time, and passed the House.

Sir Thomas Smith, Sir William Pawlet, Sir Francis Hastings, Mr. Heneage, Mr. Recorder of London, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Thomas Browne, Mr. Hussy, Mr. John Hastings, Mr. Thomas Snagg, Mr. Strickland, and Mr. St John, were appointed to have Conference with the Lords touching the Bill against corrupt Presentations.

The Bill for the Incorporation of the Towns of Weymouth and Melcomb-Regis, and the Bill for the increase of Tillage and maintenance of the Navy were each of them twice read.

Mr. Comptroller, Sir Christopher Haydon, Sir Thomas Russell, Sir William Pawlet, Sir Nicholas Arnold, Sir Henry Gate, Mr. Baynton, Mr. Grice, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Seckerson, Mr. Cleere, Mr. John Horsey, Mr. Stanhop, Mr. Hasset, Mr. Edgcomb, and Mr. Laton, were appointed to ........ And here the whole matter breaks off abruptly in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons, through the negligence of Fulk Onslow Esq; Clerk of the same: but it is most probable, that these Committees were nominated in the Bill last before-mentioned, upon the first and second reading thereof.

On Saturday the 26th day of May, the Bill for the River of Lee was read the first time and referred to be considered of by Mr Comptroller of the Dutchy, Mr Wilson, the Master of Requests, Sir Henry Gate, Sir John White, Mr Moore, Mr Holstock, Mr Grimston, Mr Baghe, Mr Robert North, Mr Henry Cock, Mr Dacre, Mr Norton, Mr Humbereston, and Mr Bowyer.

The Bill against the untrue Demeanors of Tellors, Receivors, Treasurers and Collectors, was read the third time and referred to be considered of by Mr Treasurer, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Nicholas Arnold, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Mr. Heneage, Mr Recorder of London, Mr. Sampoole, Mr. Humberston, Mr. Bedle, Mr. Norton, Mr. Ireby and Mr. Thomas Brown.

The Bill for Incorporation of both the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, was twice read.

Mr. Doctor Lewes and Mr. Doctor Huick, brought from the Lords one Bill touching the limitation, reviving and continuing of Statutes.

The Bills which lastly passed in this House, were sent to the Lords by Mr. Comptroller and others.

The Bill for the Incorporating of the Towns of Weymouth and Melcomb-Regis, was read the third time and passed the House.

Post Meridiem.

In the Afternoon Mr. Doctor Lewes and Mr. Doctor Vaughan, brought from the Lords one Bill touching the limitation of Fees for Councellors and others towards the Law, which was specially recommended from the Queens Majesty.

Mr. Doctor Yale and Mr. Doctor Vaughan, brought from the Lords the said former Bill Indorsed, for that the same was delivered without Indorsement.

Mr. Sollicitor and Mr. Doctor Yale did desire from the Lords, that six of this House be presently sent unto them of those which did yesterday conser with their Lordships touching the Bills against Fugitives.

Four Bills lastly of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill for increase of Tillage, and maintenance of the Navy, was read the third time and passed upon the Question.

May the 27th Sunday.

On Monday the 28th day of May, the Bill for the Jointure of the Lady Berkley, was read the third time, and passed the House.

The Provisoes to the Bill for the River of Lee, were thrice read and passed with the Bill upon the Question, and sent up to the Lords by Mr. Chancellor of the Dutchy and others.

The Proviso to the Bill for the Jointure of the Lady Berkley was thrice read and passed with the Bill upon the Question, and sent up to the Lords by Mr. Treasurer and others.

Sir Richard Read and Mr. Doctor Vaughan, brought from the Lords the Bill for John Tirrell Esquire, with certain amendments.

Mr. Doctor Lewes and Mr. Doctor Huick brought word, that the Lords desire to have six of this House to confer with them presently touching the severance of the Sheriffs in the Counties of Surrey and Sussex. Whereupon Mr. Thomas Brown, Mr Moor, Mr. Palmer, Mr Cowper, Mr Morley, and Mr Bowyer, were appointed and sent to them accordingly.

Mr Doctor Lewes and Mr Doctor Yale, did desire from the Lords to know the mind of this House, whether this House can be contented to leave Surrey and Sussex out of the Bill for severance of Sheriffs, if there Lordships shall so think meet: which being opened to the House, it was upon the Question Ordered, that they shall be left out, if the Lords so will.

All the Privy-Council being Members of this House, Sir Nicholas Arnold, Sir Thomas Scott, Sir Thomas Lucy, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Mr Recorder of London, Mr Mounson, Mr Yelverton, and Mr Robert North were, upon some Speeches uttered to this House, that some of the Members of this House should take money for their Voices, appointed to meet this Afternoon in the Star-Chamber, and to Examine what persons, being Members of this House, have taken any Fees or Rewards for their Voices, in the furtherance or hinderance of any Bills offered in this House, and then afterwards to make report of the particularities thereof unto this House accordingly. Vide the residue of this business on the next day following.

Post Meridiem.

In the Afternoon the Bill for shooting in HandGuns and Harquebuses, was read the second time and Ordered to be ingrossed.

Mr Doctor Lewes and Mr Doctor Huick, brought from the Lords the Bill against untrue Demeanors of Tellors, Receivors, Treasurers and Collectors, with a new Proviso; and the Bill for severance of Sheriffs in sundry Counties, Surrey and Sussex being left out.

The Bill for Councellors Fees was read the third time.

Mr Doctor Huick and Mr Doctor Vaughan, brought from the Lords the Bill for the River of Lee, with some Additions and Amendments.

Sir Walter Mildmay, Sir Thomas Smith, Sir John Thynne, Mr Wilson, Master of the Requests, Mr Heneage, Mr Recorder, Mr Mounson, Mr Yelverton, and Mr Bembrick, were appointed to meet here in the Chamber to Morrow in the Morning at seven of the Clock, to consider of the Bill for Councellors Fees.

On Tuesday the 29th day of May, Mr Serjeant Barham and Mr Doctor Huick, brought from the Lords the Bill of the Queens Majesties General and free Pardon.

The Committees for Examination of Fees or Rewards taken for Voices in the House reported, That they cannot learn of any that hath sold his Voice in this House, or any way dealt unlawfully or indirectly in that behalf, and thereupon Mr Norton declaring, that he heard that some had him in suspition, justified himself, and was upon the question purged by the Voice of the whole House, and their good opinion of him, and of his honest and dutiful dealing and great pains taking in the service of this House, were in very good and acceptable part declared and affirmed by the like Voice of the whole House.

The Bill for shooting in Hand-Guns and Harquebuses, was read the third time and passed the House. And the Bill also for the Queens Majesties most gracious and free Pardon was read.

Post Meridiem.

In the Afternoon the Bill for Councellors Fees (the third reading being yesterday accomplished) was now passed upon the Question.

All the Bills passed were sent up to the Lords by Mr Treasurer and others. After which the manner of the Conclusion of the Parliament is Entred in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons Verbatim as followeth:

About four of the Clock this Afternoon the Queens Majesty being set in her Royal Seat in the Upper House, Mr Speaker made his Oration, presented unto her Highness the Book of the Subsidy, and in the name of the whole House gave her Majesty most humble thanks for her Highness General and free Pardon; And prayed her Majesties Royal Assent unto such Acts and Laws as had passed both the Houses in this Sessions. Whereupon her Highness gave the Royal Assent unto forty one Acts, and so Dissolved this present Parliament.