House of Lords Journal Volume 3
23 January 1621

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'House of Lords Journal Volume 3: 23 January 1621', Journal of the House of Lords: volume 3: 1620-1628 (1767-1830), pp. 6. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=30254 Date accessed: 24 October 2014.


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Decimo octavo Jacobi Regis, 1620.

VICESIMO tertio die Januarii, Anno Regni Regis Jacobi, Angliæ, Franciæ, et Hiberniæ Decimo octavo, et Scotiæ Quinquagesimo quarto.

Parliament prorogued.

MEMORANDUM, Whereas the King's Majesty, by virtue of his Writ Patent, signed with His Royal Hand, and sealed with the Great Seal of England, bearing Date at Westm. the Fourteenth Day of this instant Month of January, did prorogue and adjourn His Parliament formerly, as well by His Proclamation as by His Writ of Summons, summoned to begin and open on the Sixteenth Day now past of this instant January, unto this present Three and Twentieth Day of this same Month, as by the same Writs more plainly appeareth: His Majesty, upon certain great and weighty Causes and Considerations His Highness specially moving, by the Advice of his Privy Council, did, by virtue of his Writ Patent, signed with his own Hand, and sealed with the Great Seal of England, bearing Date at Theobalds, the Twentieth Day of this instant January, further prorogue and adjourn the said Parliament, from the said Three and Twentieth Day of this said Month, until Tuesday next being the Thirtieth of this said Month of January; whereupon the Three and Twentieth Day, the Lord Chancellor of England, with the Lord Archbishop of Canterburie, and divers others His Majesty's Lords and Counsellors, repaired to the Parliament Chamber, commonly called the Upper House, and there, in Presence of divers Lords Spiritual and Temporal, the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, summoned to the same Parliament, and for that Purpose called into the said Upper House, did open and declare, That His Majesty, for the Causes aforesaid, had prorogued the said Parliament, from the said Three and Twentieth Day, unto Tuesday the Thirtieth of this instant Month of January: All which Matter being so notified to the said Assembly, the Writ for the said Prorogation, in Presence of the same Assembly, was there publickly and openly read, by the Clerk of the Upper House; the Tenor whereof ensueth, in hæc Verba:

Writ for the Prorogation.

"Jacobus, Dei Gratia, Angliæ, Scotiæ, Franciæ, et Hiberniæ Rex, Fidei Defensor, &c. Prædilectis et Fidelibus Nostris Prælatis, Magnatibus, et Proceribus Regni Nostri Angliæ, ac Dilectis et Fidelibus Nostris Militibus, Civibus, et Burgensibus dicti Regni Nostri, ad Parliamentum Nostrum, apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. vicesimo tertio die hujus instantis mensis Januarii tenendum, convocatis et electis, et vestrum cuilibet, Salutem.

"Cum Nos, pro quibusdam arduis et urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum et Defensionem Regni Nostri Angliæ et Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ concernentibus, dictum Parliamentum Nostrum, decimo sexto die dicti instantis mensis, apud Civitatem prædictam, teneri ordinaverimus, ac vobis, per separalia Brevia Nostra, apud Civitatem et diem prædictam, interesse mandaverimus, ad tractandum, consentiendum, et concludendum super hiis, quæ in dicto Parliamento Nostro tunc et ibidem proponerentur et tractarentur; cumque Nos, per Breve Nostrum, certis de Causis et Considerationibus Nos ad hoc specialiter moventibus, dictum Parliamentum Nostrum, ab eodem decimo sexto die dicti instantis mensis Januarii, usque dictum vicesimum tertium diem ejusdem mensis Januarii duximus prorogandum; ita quod nec vos, nec vestrum aliquis, ad dictum decimum sextum diem Januarii, apud dictam Civitatem, comparere teneamini, seu arctemini; volentes vos, et quemlibet vestrum inde erga Nos penitus exonerari. Et per idem Breve Nostrum vobis, et cuilibet vestrum, ad eundem vicesimum tertium diem Januarii, apud Civitatem prædictam, comparere et interesse nuperrime mandaverimus, ad tractandum, faciendum, agendum, et concludendum super hiis, quæ in dicto Parliamento Nostro contigisset ordinari. Quibusdam tamen certis urgentibus de Causis et Considerationibus Nos ad hoc specialiter moventibus, dictum Parliamentum Nostrum, ab eodem vicesimo tertio die Januarii, usque ad tricesimum diem præsentis mensis Januarii, ulterius duximus prorogandum; ita quod nec vos, nec aliquis vestrum, ad dictum vicesimum tertium diem Januarii, apud Civitatem prædictam, comparere teneamini, seu arctemini. Volumus enim vos, et quemlibet vestrum, inde erga Nos penitus exonerari; mandantes, et, tenore præsentium, firmiter injungendo præcipientes vobis, et cuilibet vestrum, ac omnibus aliis quibus in hac parte intererit, quod ad dictum tricesimum diem Januarii, apud Civitatem Westm. prædictam, personaliter compareatis et intersitis, et vestrum quilibet compareat et intersit, ad tractandum, saciendum, agendum, et concludendum super hiis, quæ in dicto Parliamento Nostro, de communi Consilio dicti Regni Nostri (savente Domino), contigerit ordinari. Teste Meipso, apud Theobalds, vicesimo die Januarii, Anno Regni Nostri Angliæ, Franciæ, et Hiberniæ Decimo octavo, et Scotiæ Quinquagesimo quarto.