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 Lunæ, videlicet, 25 die Junii:
Clergy from Man-slaughter
HODIE 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act to take away the Benefit of Clergy from some kind of Man-slaughter.
Mildernex and Poul-davies.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act against the deceitful and false making of Mildernex and Poul-davies, whereof Sail-cloths for the Navy and other Shipping are made.
Charges of the King's Household.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Assigning of a certain Sum of Money, for the Defraying of the Charges of the King's most Honourable Household.
Continuing and reviving Laws, etc.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for continuing and reviving of divers Statutes, and for Repeal of some others.
Jesuits, Recusants, etc.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the due Execution of the Statutes against Jesuits, Seminary Priests, Recusants, etc.
Ld. Mountague, in opposing the Recusant's Bill, declaims against the Protestant Religion.
Upon the Third Reading of this Bill, the Lord Viscount Mountague did not only declare his open and earnest Dissent from the Bill, but undertook (as it were by way of Apology for all the Sorts of Recusants) the Defence of their Religion, and to inveigh against the whole State of Religion now established in this Realm; pretending the great Antiquity of theirs, and the Novelty of this; saying, That we had been misled to forsake the Religion of our Fathers, and to follow some light Persons, of late Time sprung up, that were of unsound Doctrine and evil Life, or to such Effect; and thereupon making most earnest Request and Intreaty to the Lords, that they would have favourable Consideration of the said Recusants, whom the Bill did concern, and not to give it Passage against them.
Answered by some Bishops.
Unto whom when some of the Lords Bishops had answered in all Points (namely, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, of London, of Winchester, and of St. David's), the Lord Chancellor interposed a Motion, declaring to the Lords, That he doubted whether it might stand with the good Order of the House, and with his Duty, that such a Speech should be suffered in the House as the Lord Viscount Mountague used, in presuming (by Pretence of speaking to a Bill) to inveigh and speak generally against the whole State of Religion established, and to speak directly in maintaining of the Popish Religion, so much derogating as it doth from the King's Majesty's Royal and Supreme Authority and Government; and therefore signified, that it was to be considered, whether the suffering of such a Speech might stand with their Duty and Allegiance unto His Majesty.
Recusants Bill passed.
Whereupon, when divers of the Lords had delivered their Opinion, all that spake agreeing in this, that it was a very offensive Speech, and not to be suffered to pass without some Censure, Animadversion, and Punishment; save only that the Lord Burghley, one of those Lords that spake, thought that the best and fittest Punishment would be to let him pass unregarded and unpunished; because he supposed that the Lord Viscount Mountague did affect a Glory therein, and would be glad to get the more Reputation among the Papists, both at Home and Abroad, if he should be censured or punished in any sort for their Cause; in Conclusion it was thought meet, that some Order should be taken for the Censuring of the said Lord for his presumptuous Speech; but the Determination thereof was deferred and respited until the next Sitting of the Lords; and, the Bill being put to the Question, was passed by far the greater Part of the House.
Dominus Cancellarius continuavit præsens Parliamentum usque in diem crastinum, videlicet, 26m Junii, hora nona.