House of Commons Journal Volume 1: 25 January 1581

Pages 119-120

Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 1, 1547-1629. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Mercurii, 25o Januarii, 1580

Aliens Children.

2. The Bill, that Children of Aliens, not being Denizens, and born in England, shall not be accounted English. - The second Reading; and committed unto Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dale, Master of Requests, Mr. Norton, Mr. Aldersea, Mr. Aldriche, Mr. Dalton, Mr. Recorder, and Mr. Serjeant Fenner; to meet upon Friday next, in the Chequer-chamber, at Two of the Clock, in the Afternoon.

Queen's Answer.

Mr. Vicechamberlain declareth, that, on the Behalf of the whole House, and of himself, he hath presented unto her Majesty the humble and dutiful Submission and Petition of this House, according unto their Order and Charge, given him in that Behalf; and that her Majesty, Accepting thereof very lovingly and graciously, is pleased freely and clearly to remit their said Offence and Contempt, proceeding of Negligence and Rashness only; and will that both this House, and also all other her Majesty's Subjects, to avoid all Misconceiving and Misreporting of the Cause of her Highness's Misliking of the said Proceeding, do know and understand, that her Highness conceived the said Grief, not upon the Substance of the Matter moved for Fasting and Prayer, being godly and virtuous Exercises, but only upon the rash and unadvised Manner of the Proceeding of this House in the Prosecution thereof; tending to Innovation; presuming to indict a Form of public Fast, without Order, and without her Majesty's Privity; intruding upon her Highness's Authority ecclesiastical: And hopeth that this their great and negligent Oversight will be sufficient Admonition unto them, from henceforth, to employ their best Endeavours and Travels more gravely and advisedly in the Service of her Majesty and the Realm, according to their special Vocations in this Service.


Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer very eloquently, gravely, and wisely, sheweth the happy Blessedness of our quiet and peaceable State, under her Majesty's most gracious and careful Government; the Attempts and Practices of the Pope, and other foreign Nations to disturb and overthrow the same, as well by the late Rebellion in the North Parts, and in Ireland, and otherwise by all Devices and Practices they can: And that, as God, of his great Goodness, hath hitherto preserved her Highness and People, to her Majesty's great Honour, the Wealth and Safety of her Subjects, and the Confusion and Overthrow of all her Highness' Enemies; so, for the Continuance of the same our happy and peaceable State, it behoveth to make sharper Laws to restrain and bridle the Obstinacy of the Papists at home, than yet have been; and also to have and prepare sufficient Force and Strength, to prevent and meet with any Attempt, offered either at home or abroad, by Sea or by Land; for the Accomplishment whereof, it necessarily behoveth to have a Supply of Treasure: And, shewing further, that the late Wars in Ireland, in vanquishing the Italians and Spaniards, and other Enemies there arrived, and in pursuing the Irish Rebels, her Majesty hath expended the Contribution last granted, and half as much more besides; concludeth, that he thinketh it very necessary, that this great Council, here assembled, do confer together for a convenient Supply of Treasure, to be out of hand prepared for these Purposes accordingly.

And Mr. Norton declareth, that as he thinketh none of this House can or will mislike of the said Motion, so he prayeth, that a Committee of this House be forthwith had, as well for Devising of the said Laws, as also for the Dealing in the same Supply: And thereupon are chosen, all the Privy Council being of this House, Mr. Treasurer of the Chamber, the Master of Requests,. Mr. Knight Marshal, the Master of the Wardrobe, Mr. Recorder of London, Mr. Serjeant Fenner, Sir Thomas Scotte, Sir John Brockett, Sir Henry Ratclyff, Mr. Crooke, Sir James Harington, Sir Henry Gate, Sir Robert Stapleton, Sir Henry Knyvett, Mr. Lieutenant of the Tower, Sir Henry Leea, Sir Tho. Cecill, Sir George Speake, Sir Henry Woodhouse, Sir Arthur Bassett, Sir Thomas Sampole, Sir Thomas Browne, Sir Henry Cock, Sir Thomas Shurley, Sir Rowland Hayward, Sir Robert Wyngfeilde, Sir Edward Unton, Sir Thomas Porter, Sir William Moore, Mr. Nicholas St. Leger, Sir Thomas Parrott, Sir James Marvyn, Sir William Wynter, Mr. Charles

Morrison, Mr. Philip Sydney, Mr. Serjeant Flowerdew, Mr. Robert Wrothe, Mr. Edward Carye, Mr. Gilbert Talbott, Mr. Sands, Mr. Peter Wentworth, Mr. Edward Lewkenor, Mr. Yelverton, Mr. Edgecombe, Mr. Edward Stanhope, Mr. Layton, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Mathewe, Mr. John Pryce, Mr. Fabian Phillipes, Mr. Digbye, Mr. Payton, Mr. Hutton, Mr. Norton, Mr. Aldersey, Mr. Woolley, and Mr. Aylmer; to meet this Afternoon, at the Chequer-chamber, at Two of the Clock.

Call of the House.

It is Ordered, That the House be called upon Saturday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon.

Prisoner brought up and discharged.

William Hannye, being brought to the Bar by the Serjeant, humbly, upon his Knees, submitteth himself to the Grace and Favour of this House, acknowleging his Fault to proceed only of Simplicity and Ignorance: Whereupon, after some Examinations, when he had willingly taken the Oath against the Pope's Supremacy, he was remitted by the House, paying his Fees.