Journal of the House of Commons: January 1567

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The Journals of All the Parliaments During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. Originally published by Irish University Press, Shannon, Ire, 1682.

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January 1567

On Thursday the second day of January, the Defaulters were called, and twelve allowed by the House to make default.

Dr Huicke sent in word from the Lord Keeper, that the Lords had Adjourned their House, until one of the Clock in the Afternoon.

The Almes given this day by the House for relief of the Poor, amounted to the sum of nineteen pound ten shillings, to be paid by Mr Henry Knolles Sen., and Mr Grimston, two Members of the said House.

Post Meridiem.

In the Afternoon about three of the Clock, the Queens Majesty sitting in the Upper House of Parliament, the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses of the House of Commons, with Richard Onslow their Speaker (having had notice thereof) repaired thither; where the said Speaker made an Excellent Oration, of above one hours length, tending to the Expression of the great goodness of Almighty God, shewed unto this Realm, by the quiet Government of the Queens Majesty; and shewed also the strength of Laws. And after thanks to the Queens Majesty for her Gracious Pardon, offered the Subsidy, and the Pardon. And when the Lord Keeper had made a short Answer to the special points of the Oration of the Speaker, and that the Queens Majesty had given her Royal Assent to thirty four Acts, viz. nineteen publick Acts, and fifteen private; immediately it pleased her said Majesty to declare in a most Excellent Phrase of Speech and Sentence, that she seemed not Pleased with the doings of the House of Commons, for busying themselves in this Session, with matters which did not appertain at this time unto them (intimating doubtless thereby their too violent, and eager prosecution of those two great businesses touching her Marriage, and Declaration of a Successor, in default of Issue of her own Body) but in the end of her said Speech, she concluded with comfortable words, and commanded the Parliament to be dissolved.

Nota, That this business had many and long Agitations in the House of Commons, who were especially violent in that latter branch of it, touching the Declaration of a Successor, as see more at large on Monday the 25th day of November foregoing; and lastly, I have thought good to give a short touch, that all the foregoing passages of this Afternoon, touching her Majesties Presence, Royal Assent, Speech and Dissolving the Parliament, were thus Orderly set down in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons, and have here received little Alterations.