DIE Veneris, videlicet, 20 die Aprilis:
p. Archiepus. Cant.
p. Archiepus. Eborum.
p. Epus. London.
p. Epus. Dunelme.
p. Epus. Carliol.
p. Epus. Bangor.
p. Epus. Peterburgh.
p. Epus. Norwicen.
p. Epus. Bristoll.
p. Epus. Oxon.
p. Epus. Assaphen.
p. Epus. Cestren.
p. Epus. Lincolne.
p. Epus. Bathon. et Wellen.
|p. Ds. Ellesmere, Cancellar. Angliæ.
p. Comes Salisburiæ, Mag. Thesaurar. Angliæ.
p. Comes Northampton, Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
p. Comes Notingham, Mag. Admirallus et Senescallus.
p. Comes Suffolke, Camerar. Hospitii Regis.
p. Comes Arundell.
p. Comes Salopp.
p. Comes Cumbriæ.
p. Comes Sussex.
p. Comes Huntingdon.
p. Comes South'ton.
p. Comes Pembrooke.
p. Comes Hertford.
p. Comes Dorsett.
p. Comes Mountgomerye.
p. Vicecomes Lisle.
p. Ds. Zouch.
p. Ds. Willughbie de Eresby.
p. Ds. Stafford.
p. Ds. Darcie de Menell.
p. Ds. Mountegle.
p. Ds. Evre.
Ds. Willughby de Parham.
Ds. Darcie de Chich.
Ds. Howard de Effingham.
p. Ds. North.
p. Ds. Hunsdon.
p. Ds. St. John.
p. Ds. Howard de Walden.
p. Ds. Knollis.
p. Ds. Wotton.
p. Ds. Russell.
p. Ds. Petre.
p. Ds. Harrington.
p. Ds. Danvers.
p. Ds. Saie.
p. Ds. Stanhope.
p. Ds. Carew.
p. Ds. Arundell.
p. Ds. Cavendish.
p. Ds. Knyvett.
Absent Lords excused.
LORD Bishop of Rochester excused for Absence by
the Lord Archbishop of Cant. for Sickness.
Lord Bergevenny excused for the like Cause, by the
Lord Bp. of Sarum excused for the like Cause, by
the Lord Bishop of Oxon.
The Lord Chancellor, putting the Lords in Mind of
the Meeting appointed to be this Afternoon with the
Committees of the Lower House, shewed, That hitherto the Committees of this House have from hence no
Warrant in what Sort to proceed in the Business at such
Meeting, whereof he remembered their Lordships that
this Day was appointed to advise and give Direction.
Deliberation concerning His Majesty's Answer to Tenures and Wardships.
The Lord Treasurer, in a very effectual, grave, and
worthy Speech, declared, That the Subject of this present Deliberation is, to advise touching the Delivery of
His Majesty's Answer to the Committees of the Lower
House: That the Matter to which the Answer was made,
is not ordinary; not a Grievance, not a Request for
Justice, nor any such Matter, whereunto the King may
or ought to be urged to any present or certain Answer;
but a Suit, for valuable Recompence, to be eased of
certain Payments and Burthens, by Law justly lying on
the Subject, whereof no Man can justly complain. The
Matter requested his Lordship remembered to be, That
all Tenures by Grand Serjeanty, Petit Serjeanty,
Knights Service in Capite, etc. be turned into Free and
Common Socage, as of a Manor, which he likewise
affirmed to be the basest and meanest Service: Unto
which Request his Lordship reported His Majesty's Answer to be in Effect thus: videlicet, "That he would
upon no Terms depart with any Part of His Sovereign
Prerogative, whereof the Tenure in Capite of His
Person, which is all one as of His Crown, is no small
Branch: But, touching the Dependants upon such
Tenures, videlicet, Wardship, Marriage, Primier
Seizin, Relief, Respect of Homage, and the like,
which be the only Burthens of these Tenures (the
Honour and Tenures reserved), His Majesty is
pleased, when He shall have understood what Recompence will be therefor offered unto Him, with
convenient Speed, to give further Answer, for contracting for the same."
Judges required to give their Opinion concerning Tenures and Wardships.
Hereupon it was generally required, That the Lords
the Judges then present, videlicet, the Lord Chief Justice of England and the Lord Chief Justice of the
Common Pleas, should declare unto the House, whether the Tenures of Honour aforesaid, and the like,
may be reserved to His Majesty, and the Matters of
Charge or Burthen afore-remembered, and others of
like Nature, be released and discharged.
The said Lords the Judges having satisfied the House
by Delivery of their Opinions and Reasons (with Reservation) to be:
Opinion of the Judges.
That such Tenures of Honour as aforesaid may be
retained, and the Incidents of Charge and Burthen be
discharged and released; it was Resolved, That the
Lord Treasurer should, in the Afternoon, deliver His
Majesty's Answer and good Pleasure to the Committees
of the Lower House, and leave the Consideration of
the Means and Course to their Wisdoms and Advice.
Dominus Cancellarius continuavit præsens Parliamentum usque in diem crastinum, videlicet, 21m Aprilis,