House of Commons Journal Volume 2: 15 April 1640

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Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Mercurii, 15 Aprilis, 1640; Post Meridiem.

Message to attend the King.

ABOUT Two of Clock this Afternoon, his Majesty came by Water, and landed at Parliament Stairs.

About half an Hour after, there came one, who, by some one of the Privy Counsellors, was said to be a Quarter Waiter upon his Majesty; and he told the Speaker Elect, his Majesty was set, and staid for him.

Irregularity in its Delivery.

The last Session of Parliament, Mr. Maxwell, Gentleman Usher of the Lords House, came not neither; and it was very ill taken, as an Undervaluing and Dishonouring of the House. At this time also, that Observation of the House, entered in the Journal Book, was looked into by Mr. Speaker, and some others here near the Chair, who commanded the Quarter Waiter to acquaint Mr. Maxwell, the Gentleman Usher, that his Duty was to have come, and have brought the Message himself. But because they would not, by any Disturbance, make the King wait, the Speaker, accompanied with the House, went upon this Summons.

The Speaker returning from his Majesty, with the Mace carried before him, after three Obeisances, and he settled in his Chair, and the House settled in their Places, and the Door shut; there was, for Form, as has been usual in other Parliaments, read, an Act concerning Apparel.

Adj. Domus, to meet To-morrow Morning, at Eight of Clock.

[The Speaker's Speech to come in here.]