Proceedings in Parliament 1624: The House of Commons. Originally published by British History Online, 2015-18.
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THURSDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 1624
I. JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, PA, HC/CL/JO/1/12
[CJ 670; f. 1]
Jovis, 120 Februarii, 210 Jacobi
It was generally known the day before that his Majesty, in respect as was conceived of the better dispatch of the term-businesses (whereof this was the last day), had resolved to adjourn this Parliament until Monday after, and that a commission, under the Great Seal of England, was made and sealed to that purpose.
Yet this day, being Thursday the 12th of February, the Duke of Lennox, Lord High Steward of his Majesty's most honourable Household, accompanied with Mr. Treasurer of the Household and others of his Majesty's Privy Council, came into the outward room of the House of Commons, where a table was prepared. And there his Lordship, having in person sworn 100 and upwards, made a deputation under his hand and seal to Mr. Treasurer of the Household, and to others of the Privy Council, and to divers other members of that House, all in number about 16, for taking the oaths of supremacy and allegiance of the rest of the members of that House during all this Parliament, power being thereby given to them, some, or one of them, to administer the said oaths, by virtue whereof there were that day about 250 members of the said House of Commons sworn.
And about 11 of the clock this forenoon, the Lords, to whom his Majesty's commission was in that behalf directed, in the Upper House of Parliament (where many of the Commons were also assembled and present at the adjournment) did, by virtue thereof, adjourn this present Parliament until Monday then next after, at two of the clock in the afternoon.
II. JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, PA, BRY/73
[12 February 1624]
The time prefixed by the writs of summons for the meeting of this present Parliament was the 12th day of this instant February. But it was generally known the day before that his Majesty (for the better dispatch of the term businesses, whereof the said 12th was the last day) had resolved to adjourn this Parliament until Monday after, and that a commission under the Great Seal of England was prepared for that purpose.
Yet this day, being Thursday the said 12th day of February, the Duke of Richmond and Lennox, Lord High Steward of his Majesty's Household, about 8 of the clock in the forenoon, came into the outward room of the House of Commons, where being attended by Mr. [John] Benbow, deputy Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, with a roll of the names of all such of the Commons as were then returned, who, being by his Lordship's commandment called over by a crier of the Chancery attending that service, drew near and answered to their names. Then his Lordship ministered the oaths of supremacy and allegiance to Sir Thomas Edmondes, kt., Treasurer of his Majesty's Household; Sir John Suckling, kt., Comptroller of the Household; Sir George Calvert, kt., one of the Principal Secretaries of State; Sir Richard Weston, kt., Chancellor of his Majesty's Exchequer; and to divers other members of the House in number about 100. The oaths being read unto them by John Wright, esq., Clerk of the House of Commons. That being done, his Lordship made a deputation under his hand and seal unto William, Lord Cavendish, and to the said Sir Thomas Edmondes, Sir John Suckling, Sir George Calvert and Sir Richard Weston, and to Sir Edward Conway, kt., another of the Principal Secretaries of State, and to divers other members of the House all in number about 16, thereby giving power to any one or more of them to give [f. 426v] the oaths of supremacy and allegiance unto all other the members of that House during this Parliament; and so his Lordship departed. By virtue of which deputation, about 250 other members of the House of Commons were presently after sworn accordingly.
Then about 11 of the clock this forenoon, the said adjournment was made in the Upper House by such Lords to whom his Majesty's commission under the Great Seal was in that behalf directed, in presence of sundry of the Commons then and there assembled, until Monday after, the 16th day of this instant February, at 2 of the clock in the afternoon.
III. DIARY OF JOHN HAWARDE, WILTSHIRE AND SWINDON ARCHIVES, 9/34/2
Jovis, 12 Februarii0 1623
Jacobus Rege Anglie 210 et Scotie 570 a Parliamente fuit sommon par brefe de commencer cest jour mes fuit adjourne par le Lord Keeper et autres seigniours par commission in l'Upper Huise al die lune prochein ensuit, et uncore le Duke de Richmond jure les members del Huise, et jeo ove Poynings More, les burgesses de Londres [Mr. Martin] Bond et [Mr. Robert] Bateman, Sir Charles Cavendish et autres fueront jure devant Secretarie Calvert et Sir George More in le committee chamber.
IV. DIARY OF JOHN HOLLES, BL, HARL. MS 6,383
[12 February 1624]
Notes taken of the Parliament first appointed the 12th of February 1623, but put off with foul weather to Monday following, the 16th...
V. DIARY OF SIR THOMAS JERVOISE, HAMPSHIRE RECORD OFFICE, 44M69/F4/20/1
[12 February 1624]
The Parliament called in the xxi of his Majesty's reign was to have been the 12th of February 1623, but was that day adjourned until Monday following, being the 16th of that month.
VI. DIARY OF JOHN LOWTHER, CUMBRIA ARCHIVE CENTRE, CARLISLE, DLONS/L/2/1
[12 February 1624]
12 Februarii l623 was the Parliament summoned to begin and adjourned from that day, being Thursday, until Monday next after.
VII. DIARY OF SIR NATHANIEL RICH, BL, ADD. MS 46,191
[12 February 1624]
This Parliament was summoned to appear on Thursday the 12th of February 1623 and from thence was adjourned to the Monday following, being the 16th of the same month ...
VIII. ANONYMOUS DIARY, KENNETH SPENCER RESEARCH LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, MS E237
The Parliament, the 12th [of] February 1623
The writs went out to have the Parliament begin the 12th of February 1623. Upon the 12th day it was adjourned to one of the clock the 16th day of February.
IX. ANONYMOUS DIARY, BODL., MS RAWL. D. 723
[12 February] 1623
The Parliament called in the xxi of the reign of King James was by writ to have been the 12th of February 1623, but for some occasions of his Majesty it was adjourned until the 16th of that month, being Monday ...
X. DIARY OF JOHN PYM, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE RECORD OFFICE, FH/N/C/0050
February 19 [sic], anno Regis Jacobi 21, 1623
This Parliament was begun 12th of February 21mo Jac. anno Domini 1623, the last Parliament of King James I.
At the Parliament summoned to be held upon the 12th day of January [sic] in the 21th [sic] year of his Majesty's reign and held by prorogation the 19th of the same month, the Duke of Richmond and Lennox, Lord Steward of his Majesty's Household, attended in the morning to take their oaths of the knights, citizens and burgesses, and for his assistants therein made divers deputies of the principal [blank] of the Commons House ...
XI. JOURNAL OF SIR SIMONDS D'EWES, BL, HARL. MS 159
February 12, being Thursday
The summons for this Parliament were sent out for this day, being Thursday and the twelve of February and the last day of this Hilary term. But about the beginning of this week, the King declared himself to the two Houses that it should be deferred to the 16th of February, being Monday, and that, it seemed, for two ordinary causes: first, in regard that all the burgesses were not yet come to London and so the Lower House would not be complete; and also in regard that the weather at this time fell out to be exceeding foul, for besides the extremity of cold at this time more than ordinary, there fell this very Thursday a great abundance of snow, which made the streets very slabby and so would have been incommodious to the solemnity.