Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 2, 1578-1614. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Mercurii, 15 die Februarii,
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomine subsequuntur, præsentes suerunt:
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas appointed Speaker during the Chancellor's Illness.
MEMORANDUM, That this Day Sir Edmunde Anderson, Knight, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, shewed forth (to be publickly read) a Commission directed unto him from Her Majesty; in which appeared, that the Lord Chancellor was at this Time so visited with Sickness, that he is not able to travel to the Upper House, to supply his Room and Place there; Her Majesty, minding the said Room and Place to be supplied in all Things, during the Absence of the said Lord Chancellor, hath appointed and authorized the said Sir Edmunde Anderson, during the Absence of the said Lord Chancellor, to supply his Room, as by the Tenor of the said Commission here ensuing more fully appeareth:
Queen's Commission to Sir Edmund Anderson, appointing him Speaker.
"Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, Queen of England, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, etc. To Our Trusty and Right Well-beloved Sir Edmunde Anderson, Knight, Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas, Greeting.
" Where Our Right Trusty and Right Wellbeloved Counsellor Sir Thomas Bromley, Knight, Lord Chancellor of England, is at this Time so visited with Sickness, that he is not able to travel to the Upper House of this Our present Parliament, holden at Westm. nor there to supply the Room and Place in the said Upper House, among the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, as to the Office of the Lord Chancellor, or Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, hath been accustomed; We, minding the same Place and Room to be supplied in all Things as appertaineth, for and during every Time of his Absence, have named and appointed you, and by these Presents do constitute, name, appoint, and authorize you, from Day to Day, and Time to Time, when and so often as the said Lord Chancellor shall happen, at any Time or Times, during this present Parliament, to be absent from his accustomed Place in the said Upper House, to occupy, use, and supply the said Room and Place of the said Lord Chancellor, in the said Upper House, among the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, at every such Day and Time of his Absence; and then and there, at every such Time, to do and execute all such Things as the said Lord Chancellor of England should or might do, if he were there personally present, using and supplying the same Room. Wherefore We will and command you, the said Sir Edmunde Anderson, to the Doing and Execution of the Premises with Effect; and these Our Letters Patents shall be your sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the same, in every Behalf. In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patents. Witness Ourself, at Westm. the 15th Day of February, in the 29th Year of Our Reign."
Sir Edmund Anderson takes the Chancellor's Seat, and adjourns the Parliament.
The Letters Patents being read, the said Sir Edmund Anderson took the Place of the Lord Chancellor; and then, by the Assent of the Lords, etc. adjourned the Parliament until Wednesday next, at Nine of the Clock.