Veneris, 11o Die Aprilis, 1606
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Parkinson hath Leave. - Recorder of Barwick.
Sir Edw. Herbert, sick, hath Leave.
Mr. Davies reporteth from the Committee, the new Bill touching the Repairing of Chepstowe Bridge : The Amendments read.
Sir Rob. Johnson, against it; and offereth a Proviso for Monmouth; which being twice read; Mr. Hoskins
desireth another, that none of Monmouth may pass over that Bridge : And then this to pass.
Mr. Wyseman: - That it is a new Bill.
Proviso rejected: - The Bill to be ingrossed.
Sir Edward Hobby maketh Report of the Committee for Search in the Record-house. -
Four Committees present. -
Protestation Twenty-two Days after the Presentation. -
The Speaker not tied to the Beginning or Ending of Parliaments; but at any time.
The Precedent, 7 et 8 H. IV. read in the House.
Sir Fr. Bacon: - No mention of Bill, but only in Writing. -
We cannot amend, upon the third Reading; much less send for it, being passed.
Sir H. Mountague - That the Use of those Times to receive the Petitions. - Escritt was Petitions, and not Bills.
The first Grievance, touching the Imposition of Currants. -
No Counsel against the Grievance.
Sir Fr. Bacon speaketh against it in the House. -
Merchants the Guides of Princes for raising Customs. -
When they devise it, quiet; when it is reverted, they startle, and stir. - Unjust and cautelous.
Mr. Chancellor: - When he was Under-treasurer, this Matter much handled. -
Merchants ever heard by Counsel. -
Found they had made an Imposition amongst themselves, of 4,000 l.
The Queen thought this fitter for her: - They well contented. -
Their Charter renewed : - All quieted. - This a standing Revenue to the King: - Suitors heretofore for it.
Mr. Hitchcock, for the Grievance, in the Behalf of the Merchants, heard at the Bar. -
Eldridge, a Merchant, challenged by Garnett, being * *
The Merchants offer to leave all, rather than this shall stand : - Go beyond Seas. -
Maintenance of Ambassadors ; - of Consuls : - Of yearly Revenue in Removes of the Turk: - Presents upon the Demise of any Prince here. -
Mr. Cordell heard to speak himself: - All the Imposition amongst themselves towards their Charges, and not any Benefit.
A Petition in the behalf of one Bayte, that is imprisoned for not answering the Imposition. -
Desired Favour of the House. -
Letters Patents renewed : - A Flaw found : - The Queen had granted * * *
Mr. James, Mr. Whitston: -
Mr. Middleton : - That the Grievance is, it comes not to the King's own Use, but to a Subject. -
If this not a Grievance, we shall run in infinitum.
Sir Rob. Hitcham: - No Grievance, being with the Law. -
The Grievance being the Proportion of the Imposition: and in that Nature to be presented, and not otherwise.
Sir John Savill, against the Imposition generally. -
Mercury a Thief - Eloquence.
Sir Fr. Bacon: - When he doth well, no Man better ; when he doth ill, no Man worse. -
He doth many good Offices; but his Page, that waits upon him, doth much Ill.
Sir Walter Cope: - That the King, for Seven Years, hath bound himself to lay no Imposition upon Merchandize.
Q. The Substance of the Article to be inserted in a Petition : - Upon Question.
Union with Scotland.
Mr. Fuller : - That the Union may stay till another Session.
Sir Rob. Wingfield: - That it may now pass.
Sir John Heigham: - That, as the Lords left it to us, so we to the Lords.
Sir Wm. Strowd: - That it may now be dealt with.
Q. - Upon Sir John Heigham's Motion.