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 Martis, 19 die Aprilis:
For avoiding Suits at Law touching Wills of Land.
THE Bill for avoiding of Suits and Questions, touching Wills of Land, was brought into the House, by the Lord Archbishop of Canterb. first of the Committees; who declared, That the Committees had met, and taken Consideration of the said Bill, and found therein so great Imperfection, both in Matter and Form, as that their Lordships thought fit the same Bill should sleep, and be no further proceeded in.
Lord Willoughby's Privilege.
This Day Thomas Sharppe, who, on the 14th of this Instant April, was, for his Contempt in arresting Roger Bradshaw, the Lord Willughbie's Servant, committed to The Fleet, was, by the Serjeant at Arms attending this Court, brought to the Bar; and, upon his Submission and Acknowledgement of his Fault, was dismissed and set at Liberty.
Earl of Sussex's Privilege.
This Day, the Under-Sheriff of Midd. brought George Belgrave, Servant to the Earl of Sussex, before the Lords, according to a Writ of Habeas corpus directed to the said Sheriff, by Warrant of this House in that Behalf: Whereupon, because it appeared that the said Belgrave was taken and imprisoned contrary to the Honour and Privilege of this House, he was therefore, by Order of the Court, set at Liberty, and discharged of the said Arrest. And forasmuch as the UnderSheriff, or Sheriff's Deputy, alledged that he was ignorant, and knew not Belgrave to be privileged, or to serve any Peer of this Realm, and desired that Willshire, who is a Clerk in the Office, and made the Warrant for taking of Belgrave, might be called to answer the Matter; and the said Willshire, being brought to the Bar, alledged, that the Plaintiff informed him, and still alledgeth, that Bellgrave is not privileged; which requiring further Examination, and for that the Creditor (as was also informed) is not now in Town, it was therefore thought fit by all their Lordships, and accordingly Ordered, That the said Under-Sheriff and Willshire may, for this Time, depart; and as well they both, as the Creditor, and other Offenders in this Cause, to attend the Lords, at such Time as this High Court shall next fit.
Dominus Cancellarius continuavit præsens Parliamentum usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet, 2m diem mensis Maii proximum, hora 9a.