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 Jovis, videlicet, 10 mensis Decembris:
HODIE 3a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the establishing the Remainder of certain Lands of Andrew Kettleby, Esquire, upon Francis Kettleby.
Doub'e Payment of Debts. Expedit.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, An Act to avoid the double Payment of Debts.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the better Observation of certain Orders in the Exchequer, set down and established by virtue of Her Majesty's Privy Seal.
And was referred to Committees: videlicet,
|Lord Chief Justice of England,||To attend the Lords.|
|Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas,|
|Mr. Baron Clarke, a|
|Mr. Serjeant Yelverton,|
|Mr. Attorney General,|
Appointed to meet at the Council Chamber, at the Court, To-morrow, the 11th of this Instant, by Two in the Afternoon; and the Bill delivered to the Lord Treasurer.
The Bill concerning Resumptions, &c. delivered this Day to the Lord Treasurer.
E. of Shrewsbury, Holcroft, &c.
This Day, the Counsel Learned, as well on the Behalf of the Earl of Shrewsbury as of Thomas Holcroft, Henry Candish, and William Candish, Esquires, were heard at large in the House (as was Yesterday appointed); and thereupon Mr. Attorney was required to deliver his Opinion again of the several Provisos offered on either Part; which being done by him accordingly, in more ample and particular Manner than before, and having withall delivered his Resolution to sundry Questions propounded unto him by divers of the Lords, concerning the said Cause, it was Ordered as followeth: videlicet,
Upon Debate in the House concerning the several Provisos, offered by the Earl of Shrewsbury and by Thomas Holcroft, Henry Candish, and William Candish, Esquires, to be annexed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for Confirmation of Grants made to the Queen's Majesty, and of Letters Patents made by Her Highness to others, it was at last Agreed and Ordered, That the Lord Chief Justice of Her Majesty's Bench, and the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (calling unto them the rest of the Judges and Mr. Attorney General) should draw some new Proviso, such as they should think indifferent for all Parties, and meet to be annexed to the said Bill, and should present the same to the Lords, To-morrow in the Morning, before their Conference with the Lower House about the said Bill.
Lords admonished to attend only to Publick Business.
Memorandum, That the Lord Keeper did signify unto their Lordships, That he received Commandment from Her Majesty, to let them understand Her Pleasure to be, That the Parliament shall end upon Thursday the 17th, or Friday the 18th of this Instant, at the farthest; to the End their Lordships may repair Home into their Countries against Christmas; and therefore she required them to employ and spend that Time which remaineth in Matters concerning the Publick, and not in private Causes.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli continuavit præsens Parliamentum usque ad diem crastinum, videlicet, 11m diem instantis Decembris, hora octava.
E. of Huntington and Belgrave.
Memorandum, That this Day those of the Lower House that were appointed to confer with some of the Lords (upon the Message lately sent from the said House, signifying their Desire of Conference for some Matter touching the Honour of both Houses) did make known unto the Lords the Committees nominated for that Purpose, that the Occasion of such their Message was, for that (as they were informed) Mr. Attorney General had preferred a Bill into the Star Chamber against one Belgrave, a Member of their House, for and concerning some Matter of Misdemeanour pretended to be done towards the Earl of Huntingdon, a Lord of the Higher House; and therefore they desired this mutual Conference; letting their Lordships understand, that to the preferring of the said Bill they conceived that just Exception might be taken by them, for Two Respects; one, that Belgrave, being a Member of the Lower House, was thereby vexed and molested during his Service in the Time of Parliament, contrary to the Honour and Privilege of the House; saying, that no Member of that House ought, by any such Means, in Time of his Service, to be distracted either in Body or Mind; the other, because, in the said Bill preferred by Mr. Attorney General (who had been heretofore Speaker of that House), and therefore (as they thought) ought to have more Regard to the Honour and Liberty of the same, certain Words and Clauses were inserted, which were taken to be prejudicial and derogatory to the Honour of the said House. And therefore they desired, that the Lords would peruse and consider of the said Bill; whereupon, the said Bill having been offered to be read, forasmuch as it appeared, that it was not an authentical Bill, testified by the Hand of the Clerk of the Star Chamber (as had been meet), the Lords thought it not fit (though otherwise they were willing to have it read) nor agreeable to the Proceeding of such a Court, that the said Bill or Scroll shall be received to Reading; and therefore, with a Message to that Effect, were pleased to send it down again to the Lower House, by Mr. Serjeant Yelverton, and Mr. Dr. Hone; who, finding the House risen before they came down, brought the said Bill back again. (Vide the (fn. 1) Day following, 11th of December).