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, 30 Maii:
Sir David Wood arrested.
THE Lords being this Day informed, That Sir David Wood, Servant in ordinary to the Right Honourable the Earl of Richmond, hath been lately arrested, and taken in Execution, within the City of Westm. at the Suit of Mary Wood, Widow, contrary to the Honour and Privilege of this House, did Order, That His Majesty's Writ of Habeas corpus cum causa be directed unto the Sheriff of Mid. to bring the said Sir David Wood before their Lordships, in this High Court, To-morrow, by Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon; and that the Serjeant at Arms attending this House shall take and bring before their Lordships, at the same Time, or as soon as he conveniently may, the Bodies of the said Mary Wood, John Baker, Samuell Baker, Richard Draper, Nicholas Chute, and John Bird, Bailiff, and such other Persons as any way assisted the said Arrest, to answer their Contempt and Offence in that Behalf.
Upon Signification this Day given to the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of the High Court of Parliament, That (fn. 1)
De Caron's Naturalization.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Naturalizing of Phillip de Caron.
Yew's Lands for Payment of his Debts.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the enabling of John Yewe, Clothier, to make Sale of certain Lands, for the Payment of his Debts.
Assuring Somerscal's Portion.
The Bill, intituled, An Act for the Assurance of Eight Hundred and Fourscore Pounds, being the Portion and Marriage Money of Judith Somerscalls, Wife of Daniell Som'scalls, and Daughter of Adam Sutcliffe, Gentleman, deceased, out of such Lands as were heretofore sold and assigned for Payment of the same, was this Day brought into the House, by the Lord Archbishop of Yorke, first of the Committees, with certain Amendments, which were Twice read, and allowed; and thereupon the Bill, with the said Amendments, appointed to be ingrossed.
To punish the Abuses of the Sabbath.
The Bill for punishing of divers Abuses committed on the Sabbath Day, called Sunday, was brought into the House, by the Lord Archbishop of Yorke, who signified, The Lords Committees did hold the Drift and Purpose thereof to be good, and to tend to the Glory of God; howbeit, for that they conceived the same fit in some Points to be reformed; their Lordships therefore wished that Conference may be, concerning the same, between the Lords Committees already employed herein, or others whom this House shall assign, and the Lower House, or such Committees whom that House shall appoint; which Motion was generally approved.
Ld. Abergavenny's Absence excused.
The Lord Bergavenny excused for Absence by the Lord Chancellor, for that, being sick of the Gout, he is not able to attend.
Manor of Paineswick.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Confirmation of a Decree in Chancery, made by the Consent of the Lord of the Manor of Paineswick, in the County of Gloucester, and the Customary Tenants of the same Manor.
Complaint against the Bp. of Lincoln from the Commons considered.
The Lord Chancellor moved the Lords, To take Consideration, and resolve of an Answer to be sent to the Message, or Complaint, which lately they received from the Lower House, touching the Lord Bishop of Lincolne; and withall his Lordship remembered unto them the Order taken on Saturday last, in this Place, by the whole House, as a Committee, namely, the Lord Archbishop of Canterb. to conceive and set down such Answer as in this Case might be fit to be made; and his Lordship the said Lord Chancellor to attend likewise the same Service; and thereupon his Lordship did offer unto the Consideration of this House the Draught of an Answer in this Case, by both their Lordships last named, framed, and thought fit to be sent to the Lower House; the Tenor whereof followeth, videlicet,
Message to them concerning it.
Message sent to the Lower House:
The Lords, having received from the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the Commons House of Parliament, a Complaint against the Lord Bishop of Lincolne, have seriously entered into Consideration thereof, and do now return this Answer:
That their Lordships would take it very tenderly that any unworthy Aspersion should be laid on that Body, which they so much respect, and with whom they desire to hold all good Correspondence and Agreement.
But, forasmuch as the Complaint seemeth to be grounded not upon direct or certain Proof, but only upon a constant, public Fame, their Lordships do not think that common Fame only is a sufficient Ground whereupon they may proceed in this Cause, as is required.
Nevertheless, their Lordships are so respective of any Thing that may concern that House, that, when they shall be more certainly informed, in direct and express Terms, what the Words were wherewith the Lord Bishop of Lincolne is to be charged (and how the same are to be proved), they will proceed therein so effectually, according to Honour and Justice, as it shall thereby well appear how careful they are to give to that House in this Business all good Satisfaction that may be, and to omit nothing that may be justly or lawfully done in that Behalf.
The Draught abovesaid, of the Answer before mentioned, being openly read in the House, by the Clerk, was generally approved by all their Lordships, and sent down to the Lower House, by Mr. Doctor Amie and Mr. Doctor Ridley; to whom the Paper, wherein the same was written, was, by Order of the House, delivered, with Direction to read the same, left any Thing might be mistaken; and also that if, having read the same in the Lower House, they of that House should require to have the Paper, then the said Messengers, videlicet, Mr. Dr. Amie and Mr. Dr. Ridley, were, by their Lordships, willed and authorized accordingly to deliver the same.
For Ease of the Subject in assigning Debts to the Crown. Expedit.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, An Act against the Vexation of His Majesty's Subjects, by the assigning of Debts to the Crown.
That the Lower House, after the Lords Answer was read unto them, required to have the Writing, which so had been read; and that the Messengers, according to such Direction as they had received, did deliver the same, and, after some small Attendance, were dismissed.
Establishing an Almshouse, Free School, &c. at Monmouth, by Wm. Jones.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act to confirm and enable the Erection and Establishment of an Almshouse, a Free Grammar School, and a Preacher, in the Town of Monmoth, intended to be done and performed by the Masters and Four Wardens of the Fraternity of the Art or Mystery of Haberdashers in the City of London, at the only Costs and Charges of William Jones, Merchant Adventurer, a Member of the said Fraternity, and now resident at Hamborough, in the Parts beyond the Seas.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, An Act to confirm and enable the Erection and Establishment of an Almshouse, a Free Grammar School, and a Preacher, in the Town of Monmoth, &c. ut supra.
And was referred to Committees: videlicet,
E. of Woorcester.
E. of Pembrooke.
E. of Salisburie.
E. of Mountgomery.
L. Bp. of Durham.
L. Bp. of Landaph.
L. Bp. of Woorcester.
L. Bp. of Bath and Wells.
L. St. John.
Appointed to meet in the Little Chamber, near the Parliament Presence, To-morrow, being Tuesday, the last of May, by Eight of the Clock in the Morning.
Yew's Lands for Payment of his Debts.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the enabling of John Yewe, Clothier, to make Sale of certain Lands, for the Payment of his Debts.
Dominus Cancellarius continuavit præsens Parliamentum usque in diem crastinum, ultimum diem Maii, hora 9a.