DIE Sabbati, videlicet, 1 die Maii,
Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
p. Carolus Princeps Walliæ, etc.
p. Archiepus. Cant.
p. Epus. London.
p. Epus. Dunelm.
p. Epus. Norwich.
p. Epus. Roffen.
p. Epus. Co. et Lich.
p. Epus. Bath. et W.
p. Epus. Bangor.
p. Epus. Oxon.
p. Epus. Cestren.
p. Epus. Landaven.
p. Epus. Sarum.
p. Epus. Meneven.
p. Epus. Bristol.
p. Epus. Asaphen.
|p. Epus. Lincoln, Ds. Cust. Mag. Sigill.
Comes Midd. Mag. Thesaur. Angliæ.
p. Vicecomes Maundevill, Præs. Concilii Domini Regis.
p. Comes Wigorn, Ds. Cust. Privat. Sigill.
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p. Comes Cantabr. Senesc. Hospitii.
p. Comes Pembroc, Camerar. Hospitii.
p. Comes Rutland.
p. Comes Sussex.
p. Comes South'ton.
p. Comes Essex.
p. Comes Lincoln.
p. Comes Sarum.
p. Comes Exon.
p. Comes Mountgomery.
p. Comes Bridgwater.
p. Comes Leicestriæ.
p. Comes North'ton.
p. Comes Devon.
p. Vicecomes Wallingford.
p. Vicecomes Maunsfeild.
p. Vicecomes Rochford.
p. Vicecomes Andever.
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Ds. Dacres de Her.
p. Ds. Stafford.
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Ds. Stanhope de H.
p. Ds. Noel.
p. Ds. Cary de Lep.
p. Ds. Grey de W.
George's Petition against the Ld. Treasurer's Servants.
THE Petition of William George was read, touching
an Affront and scandalous Words given him by John
Barnes and Richard Colbecke, Two of the Lord Treasurer's Servants, when he the said William George was
examined touching my Lord Treasurer's Business.
Ordered, The Offenders to be sent for by the Serjeant at Arms presently.
Ld. Treasurer's Answer to the Message of Thursday last.
The Messengers, videlicet, Mr. Serjeant Davis and
Mr. Serjeant Finch, who were sent to the Lord Treasurer on Thursday last, reported, That they delivered unto
the Lord Treasurer the Addition unto his Lordship's
Charge; and that they told his Lordship, that One
Point thereof was an Explanation of the former Charge,
concerning the Business of Sugars.
That his Lordship received the same, and answered,
"Indeed that required an Explanation; for it was utterly mistaken before."
Exclusive Grant to Devon and Cornwall, for curing Fifth, to be canceled.
The Earl of Mountgomery delivered in to the Court,
to be canceled, the Letters Patents, dated 5 Augusti,
Anno 17° Jacobi, of the sole Power, Privilege, Licence, and Authority, of salting, drying, and packing
of Fish, in the Counties of Devon and Cornewall,
granted unto Henry Heron, Gentleman, to the Use of
William Earl of Tilliberdine, in Scotland.
Confirmation of a Judgement against Heron.
The which Letters Patents were promised to be delivered in unto the Lords Committees of the Bill for the
Confirmation of a Judgement given for His Majesty in a
Scire facias against Henry Heron, and for Declaration of
the Letters Patents therein mentioned to be void.
E. of Tullibardine to be indemnified.
And the House thought it fit, That His Majesty be
moved by the said Earl of Mountgomery, to reward
the said Earl of Tilliberdine otherwise for his Services;
for that the said Grant had been no way beneficial to
him. And the said Earl of Mountgomery promised so to
Ld. Treasurer's Petition and Answer committed.
The Petition of the Lord Treasurer and his Answer
to his Charge, and the Interrogatories unto Four Parts
of his Lordship's Charge, which his Lordship exhibited
this Day, for his Witnesses to be examined thereon,
were read; and committed unto the
L. Archbp. of Cant.
E. of South'ton.
E. of Sarum.
L. Viscount Wallingford.
L. Bp. of Durham.
L. Bp. of Cov. et Lich.
L. Bp. of Bath et Wells.
|L. Bp. of St. David's.
L. Bp. of Bristol.
|Mr. Serjeant Crewe,
Mr. Attorney General,
Mr. Serjeant Finch,
Mr. Serjeant Crooke
|To attend the Lords.,
To meet when their Lordships please.
And to divide themselves into several Committees,
for expediting the Business; and to report to
the House what Interrogatories they do reject.
The Tenor of which Petition followeth:
"To the most Honourable Assembly of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in the High House of Parliament.
Ld. Treasurer's Petition.
"The Lord Treasurer, with most humble Thanks,
acknowledgeth the Honourable Favour of this House,
by their noble Order made in this House on Thursday
last, (fn. *) and doth most humbly take hold of the Liberty
thereby granted him (in respect of his Indisposition
which yet continueth) most humbly to present to your
Lordships herewithall his Answer in Writing, as well
to the Charge which he received the Twenty-fourth of
April, as to the Additions thereunto, which he received the 29th of the same; together with as many
of his Interrogatories for Examination of Witnesses
as he could possibly make ready by this Time; which
are full and perfect for Four of the Articles of his
Charge; most humbly desiring Monday Morning, at
the Sitting of the Court, for bringing in the rest;
and that your Lordships will pardon the Length of
his Answer, the Variety and Multiplicity of the Particulars necessarily requiring it, as well for the readier
informing your Lordships Judgements (as for Relief of
his own weak Memory, whom as yet you have been
pleased to appoint to stand alone, without Counsel, at
the Hearing); he doth withall humbly explain his
Meaning in his former Petitions, which was not to
desire Copies of the Depositions before his Answers
were put in, and all Witnesses for him and against him
fully examined. But, when that shall be done, he
hopes it will stand with the Honour and Justice of that
most Honourable House, to allow him Copies of the
Depositions on both Sides.
His Answer to the Charge.
The Tenor of the Lord Treasurer's Answer to his
"The humble Answer of the Earl of Midd. Lord
Treasurer of England, to that Part of the
Charge which was delivered him from the
most Honourable Court of the Higher House
of Parliament, on Saturday, the Four and
Twentieth of April, 1624.
"1. 2. To the First and Second Articles, concerning the
Two pretended Bribes, or Sums of Five Hundred Pounds
a-piece, alledged to be taken by the Lord Treasurer for
the several Causes mentioned in the said Articles, his Answer is, That no such several Sums were ever paid unto
him, nor any Money at all, for any the Causes mentioned
in the said Charge: out he acknowledgeth that, the
Seven and Twentieth of June last past, he by his Servant did receive, at the Hands of Abraham Jacob, one
entire Sum of a Thousand Pounds, in Consideration
of his the said Lord Treasurer's Interest in Four Two
and Thirtieth Parts of the Great farm, which he had
formerly reserved unto himself upon settling the new
Lease thereof, and for no other Cause, as he hath
truly alledged in his Answer to the House of Commons; and for better Satisfaction of this most Honourable House therein, he hath here set down a true
and particular Declaration of the State and Carriage
of that Business, as followeth.
"First, he is well assured, that as his general Course,
in all Bargains of like Nature for the King, hath
been to look to his own Duty and the King's Service,
as the Husband of His Majesty's Estate, so in this
Particular, touching the Nine Thousand Five Hundred Pounds allowed to the Petty Farmers in Recompence of their Losses, he carried himself so carefully
and strictly for the King, as he could no way expect
so much as Thanks, much less any Gratuity or Reward from them; for though at first they demanded
of His Majesty a very great Sum, pretending that the
Interruption they complained of was Ten Thousand
Pounds Disadvantage unto them in their First Year
only, yet, upon good Reasons shewed by the Lord
Treasurer on His Majesty's Behalf, they were brought
to accept of Nine Thousand Five Hundred Pounds;
whereof though they earnestly pressed to have present
Satisfaction, yet he over-ruled them to take it in Nine
Years and a Half (which was not more worth than
Five Thousand Pounds in Hand); and that also to be in
full Satisfaction of all their Demands, not for One
Year, but for the whole Term of Nine Years and a
Half; so as, in that Particular, the Lord Treasurer
was so far from doing them Favour, that he thinks
they have maliced him ever since for holding them so
hard to it then for the King's Service.
"And for the Great Farm, the said Lord Treasurer
faith, That the old Farmers, becoming Suitors to renew
their Lease, propounded to leave the Silk Farm upon
His Majesty's Hands, and withall to have an Abatement
of the Rent they then paid for the Great Farm; whereupon the Lord Treasurer, finding how much that Offer tended to His Majesty's Disadvantage, desired Sir
Arthur Ingram, by himself and his Friends, to get
a better Offer made to the King, which was done
accordingly, and thereby His Majesty's Rent was
not impaired (as it first was proposed), but increased Four Thousand Pounds per Annum. And
the Silk Farm Rent was also made good, which otherwise, to have been let by itself, would not have yielded
the old Rent by Five Thousand Pounds or Six Thousand Pounds per Annum, so as the Bargain was better
to the King than the old Farmers first Offer, by Nine
or Ten Thousand Pounds per Annum, notwithstanding
it was thought fit by His Majesty that the old Farmers,
coming to the Rate offered by others within One
Thousand Pounds per Annum, should have the Preferment of the Bargain: But withall the Lord Treasurer, to gratify those who, by their said Offers, had
done the King Service, by advancing the Rent as
aforesaid, did, at the Instance of Sir Arthur Ingram,
on his and their Behalfs, reserve certain Parts of the
said Farm, with no other Intention but to dispose the
same amongst them, and then gave Order for the
Lease to proceed to the Patentees, who were named
in Trust for themselves and all the Partners.
"And afterwards the said Lord Treasurer did dispose
of the said Parts reserved to the said Sir Arthur Ingram and others, according to his first Intention. Four
of which Parts the Parties which had them did afterwards, at several Times, give up again to the said
Lord Treasurer, and left the same at his disposing.
Some Months after, Sir Phillipp Cary, who had one
of the Lord Treasurer's Parts, and some others placed
by the Farmers, upon some Mislike of the Carriages
of that Farm, did also relinquish and give up their
Parts; upon Occasion whereof the Lord Treasurer
being put in (fn. *) Mind by Sir Arthur Ingram of the said
Four Parts, which were returned unto him by those
to whom he had formerly disposed them, and being
asked what he would do with them, did, upon Jacob's
next coming to him, ask him, How the Farmers meant
to use him for his Four Two and Thirtieth Parts of the
Farm; who answered, That, because his Lordship had
formerly signed a Warrant for the King's Security of
all the Two and Thirtieth Parts, and said nothing of
those Four Parts, they thought his Lordship had waved
them; but he would speak with his Partners about it,
and then give him a full Answer: Within few Days
after, Jacob returned to him, and very freely offered
a Thousand Pounds for his Parts, according to the
Rate which, he said, they had lately given to Mr.
Chancellor for his, which the Lord Treasurer was
contented to accept; and within few Days after told
Mr. Chancellor what Bargain he had made with the
Farmers for his Interest in Four Two and Thirtieth Parts
of the Great Farm; videlicet, That he had sold them
to the Farmers for a Thousand Pounds.
"This Agreement being thus made with Jacob, and
the Thousand Pounds paid by him accordingly, it
falls out, by that which is since discovered, that he
and his Partners, which shared those Four Parts,
agreed together to ease themselves of that Money
(which should have been properly borne upon their
own private Accounts), by laying the same upon the
general Accounts of the Great and Petty Farms
(themselves being Farmers in both); and thereupon
the Thousand Pounds, as is since discovered, was
by them delivered into Two Parts, the one Half
entered upon the Books of the Petty Farms, and
the other upon the general Account of the Great
Farm, as Gratuities to the Lord Treasurer, who little
knew of this their unjust Proceeding, both with him
and their Partners, until about Christmas last, when
he had first Intimation of some such Charge laid upon
the Petty Farms, not hearing then that which was
done upon the Great Farm's Account; whereupon
he presently sent for Jacob, and was much offended
with him, that he should suffer any such unjust Thing
to be done; who at first denied it, but the next Day
confessed it, and said, It was ill done, but he was
over-ruled in it; and promised to set all strait again,
according to the Truth and Right of the Case;
which the Lord Treasurer understands was done accordingly, not by posting the Five Hundred Pounds
from the Petty Farm's Account to the Great Farm's
but by discharging both those unjust Charges out of
both Accounts; the Patentees restoring back the
Money which they had taken of the Petty Farmers
upon the Lord Treasurer's just Exception thereunto,
and also making like Restitution, of their own Accord,
to their Partners in the Great Farm, whom they had
likewise wronged, whereof the Lord Treasurer
heard nothing till of late; so as he hopes the Proofs
of this Case will make it evidently appear, that all
this Scandal hath fallen upon him by this underhand
Working of the Patentees, for their own private Gain,
by (fn. †) wrongful charging their Partners in both Farms,
to ease themselves, without the Lord Treasurer's
Privity or Knowledge; and though the Patentees, to
make their own Tale good, have lately denied that
the Lord Treasurer had any part in the Farm, yet it
will manifestly appear by Proof, upon the Oaths of
Men of good Reckoning, that themselves have acknowledged that his Lordship had referred Parts of
that Farm at his disposing.
"For the Hundred Pounds alledged to be received in
Lieu of a Tun of Wine offered and refused, the
Truth is this: That Abraham Jacob, being with
the Lord Treasurer about other Business, told him,
That the Farmers of the Petty Farms had or did intend to present him with a Tun of Wine, for a New
Year's Gift: The Lord Treasurer then answered him
merrily, That other Lord Treasurers before him had
been better respected by those Farmers, and that he
would have none of their Wine. And shortly after
Barnard Hyde brought him a Hundred Pounds, for a
New Year's Gift only, and for no other Cause.
"3. To the Third Article, concerning George Heriott's Reckoning and the Sugar Farm, the Lord
Treasurer maketh this Answer. In December 1620,
a Lease was granted to George Heriott, of the Impose
upon Sugars, for Three Years, not as the Rent of
Ten Thousand Marks per Annum, as is alledged in
the Charge; but at less by a Thousand Pounds per
Annum, videlicet, at Five Thousand Six Hundred
Sixty-six Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, and Fourpence Rent. Afterwards, the Seventeenth of February
1620, in the Time the Lord Viscount Mandevill was
Treasurer, Heriott obtained a Privy Seal of Assignment, whereby he had Power to pay himself,
out of the Sugar Farm Rent, by Way of Retainer, a Debt of Thirteen Thousand Eighty-nine
Pounds, and Sixteen Shillings, formerly due to
him: videlicet, for his Fee Arrear in the Exchequer,
One Hundred Eighty-seven Pounds, Ten Shillings;
and upon Six Privy Seals, for Jewels formerly bought
of him, Twelve Thousand Nine Hundred Two
Pounds and Six Shillings; in which Privy Seal of
Assignment there was one special Clause, That, if the
said Three Years Rent would not suffice to clear the
whole Debt, by reason of Defalcations which might
fall out upon the Farm, the rest should be made good
out of the Exchequer. And afterwards, in May and
August 1621, in the Viscount Mandevill's Time,
Heritt obtained Two other Privy Seals, for Two
other Debts due to him, amounting to One Thousand
Nine Hundred Sixty-two Pounds and Fifteen Shillings; which, being added to the former Debts by
Privy Seal, makes up the great Sum of Fourteen
Thousand Eight Hundred Sixty-five Pounds, mentioned
in the Lord Treasurer's Charge.
"And where it is alledged, that this whole Sum of
Fourteen Thousand Eight Hundred Sixty-five Pounds
was paid to Heriot, by the now Lord Treasurer's Order, within the Space of Six and Twenty Days; the
Truth is, there was not One Penny paid at all in Money; but Heriott being indebted to His Majesty Seven
Thousand Seven Hundred Ninety-nine Pounds, upon
Account, for the Rents and Profits of the Sugar Farm,
until Christmas 1621, the same was allowed in Discharge of so much of his Debt of Fourteen Thousand Eight Hundred Sixty-five Pounds; videlicet, Five
Thousand Six Hundred Sixty-six Pounds, Thirteen
Shillings, and Four Pence, which he had Power to
pay himself by virtue of the said Privy Seal of Assignment; and Two Thousand One Hundred Thirty-two
Pounds, Fifteen Shillings, Six-pence Half-penny,
which was done by him upon his Account before his
Lease of the Sugar Farm began. And whereas he
might, by the said Privy Seal of Assignment, have
paid himself the other Seven Thousand Sixty and six
Pounds, within less than Fifteen Months, the Lord
Treasurer did, by Heriott's Consent, transfer the
same to be paid out of the Tobacco Farm, videlicet,
Four Thousand Pounds at Michaelmas 1622, and the
rest at Michaelmas 1623, which was a longer Time,
and more advantageous Assignment for the King, than
the former was. So, although there were several Orders
signed, as if the Money had been paid immediately out
of the Exchequer, yet that was done of Necessity, to
enable the striking of Tallies for the Tellers Charge
and Discharge, as the Form of the Exchequer required, without issuing any Money at all; so that it
will appear upon Record, this Charge laid upon the
Lord Treasurer is wholly mistaken; and that he was
so far from paying so much ready Money as he is
charged with, that he paid no ready Money at all,
but by Assignment, which he made at longer Days
than it was formerly settled in his Predecessor's Time.
And thereupon Heriott, having his Debt thus settled
and paid to his Contentment, did surrender up his
Lease, which he had procured to no other End but
to secure the Payment of the Debts owing to him by
the King: Afterwards, it is true, That His Majesty
granted a new Lease of the Sugar Farm, to the Lord
Treasurer's Use, at the Rent of Two Thousand
Pounds per Annum; in the granting whereof, His
Majesty was truly informed of the State of the same,
and particularly made acquainted that the said Farm
of Sugars might be improved to Six Thousand Pounds
per Annum, though Herriott had it but at Five
Thousand Six Hundred Sixty-six Pounds, Thirteen
Shillings, and Four pence; it being His Majesty's
Pleasure, out of His own Grace and Goodness, to
grant the same, in Form aforesaid, to the Lord Treasurer, for his many Services, and Considerations best
known to Himself.
"For the slow paying of his Rent, it is true, that
One of the Three Thousand Pounds was paid Three
or Four Days after the Rent-day, and the other Two
Half Years Rents were forborn in respect of some
private Disbursements of his Lordship's for the King,
upon Bills of Exchange to the Commissioners for Ireland, and other Engagements for His Majesty, which
his Lordship intended should be discharged and cleared
by the said Rent.
"And lastly, the Liberty for transporting Merchants
Sugars formerly imported remaineth now in the same
Estate and Condition, without any Alteration since the
Lord Treasurer's Lease, as it did at any Time before;
neither is there any such Restraint or Denial made by
him, or any under him, to the Merchants Prejudice,
or his own Profit, as is alledged in the Charge.
"4. To the Fourth Article, touching the Composition
for Grocery Wares in the City of Bristoll and the
Out-Ports, the said Treasurer saith, That Complaint
being made unto him, on His Majesty's Behalf, that
the said Composition Money being no less due in the
Out-Ports than in the Port of London, no certain
Course was settled for the receiving of it, or bringing
it to Account for His Majesty's Use; so as little
or no Benefit thereof came to the King: He
thereupon thought fit to send a General Warrant to
the Out-Ports, to authorize Abraham Jacob to take
Care of that Collection, and receive such Duties of
that Nature as had been formerly used to have been
paid; to the End the whole Collection thereof might
come in upon One Man's Account, with no Intention
to raise any new Charge upon the Subject, but only to
settle the Collections of the King's Duties in Order.
And as soon as the said Lord Treasurer had Notice
that the Citizens of Bristoll had formerly yielded to
furnish His Majesty's Household with Grocery in Specie, upon Purveyance at the King's coming into those
Parts, and thereupon had obtained an Order in the
Exchequer, to exempt them from Payment of the
Composition; the Lord Treasurer did presently discharge the former Warrant sent thither, and referred
the Merchants, who acquainted him with it, to Sir
Simon Harvie, One of the Officers of the Greencloth, who certified his Lordship that he had agreed
with them to their good Contentment.
"5. To the Fifth Article, concerning the Business of
the Court of Wards, the Lord Treasurer makes this
humble Answer: That, in December 1618, His Majesty did set forth Instructions for the Ordering of the
Court of Wards; which Orders were so set forth by the
Procurement and Solicitation of some of the Officers,
without the Privity of the Lord Viscount Wallingford, then Master, and of some other of the Counsel
of that Court, and near about the Time of his Lordship's leaving the Place; divers of which Articles
tended to the Abridgement of the ancient Authority
and Profits of the Master's Place, and for the Profit
of others of the Officers of the Court.
"Whereupon the Lord Treasurer, being made
Master, was an humble Suitor to His Majesty, to restore him to the former Rights of his Place, by altering the said Instructions, in some Points not prejudicial to His Majesty's Profit, nor grievous to His Subjects: Upon which it pleased His Majesty to refer the
same to some Privy Counsellors, as is mentioned in the
Charge; after which Time, and before any Thing
was done, upon the humble Motion of the Lord Treasurer, His Majesty was pleased to direct, That the
Master and Officers should first confer and agree (if
they could) amongst themselves, and resort to the
Referees if they agreed not: Whereupon the Master and all the Officers, upon sundry Meetings and
Debatings, agreed amongst themselves upon the new
Instructions, and thereunto voluntarily subscribed all
their Names. There was no Misinformation used to
His Majesty; neither are the Points contained in the
new Instructions (fn. *) disadvantageous to the King or Subject, more than the former, and in some Points (fn. †) of
much Advantage both to the King and Subject.
"Touching the taking Petitions from the Clerk of
the Court, and appropriating them to himself and
his Secretary, who is charged to take great Rewards for
procuring Answers to the same: he saith, That, until the said Instructions, 1618, all Petitions were
ever delivered to the Master, which, by the said Instructions of 1618, were, to the great Prejudice of
the Subject, and Delay of His Majesty's Service, delivered to the Clerk of the Court, who was to present it at the Sitting of the Council (which could be
only in Term Time); whereas, by the former ancient
Course, and by the last Instructions, the Petition
being delivered to the Master, he only giveth Order
for finding and returning an Office, which must also
be entered with the Clerk; and the Office being returned, the Grant is made by the Master and Council,
at the Council Table. By this Course, the Suitor
hath Expedition at all Times, and the Master no
Profit at all; and the Secretary neither hath taken nor
exacted any Reward of the Subject for procuring
Answer, to the Knowledge of the Lord Treasurer.
"Touching the doubling Fees for Continuances of
Liveries by the new Institutions, he faith, That ever,
until the Instructions of 1618, the Suitor might continue his Livery, either with the Master or Surveyor;
and the Master's Fee for such Continuance was ever
Ten Shillings. The Instructions of 1618 appropriated the Continuances only to the Surveyor, which
was an Incroachment by the Surveyor upon the
Master. Now the new Instructions enjoineth the Continuances to be with both; for which the Master taketh no other Fee than Ten Shillings, which was the
ancient Fee for Continuances, taken by all Masters
before him; and for Tenders the Master, doth now
take but Five Shillings, whereas his ancient Fee is
"By the Continuance before both Officers, Men are
rather enforced to sue out their Liveries, to the Benefit of the King, and Good of such as have Cause to
sue against them.
"Touching the having of concealed Wardships, and
to that Point that the Master may easily make Wardships concealed by the Course of the new Instructions,
The Lord Treasurer faith, That, although he hath
the disposing of concealed Wardships, yet the Benefit
of them is to the King's own Use; and it is not in his
Power to make a concealed Wardship; for, if the
Petition should be suppressed, or not answered, yet it
is no Concealment by the new Instructions, if any
Suit be made for it within a Year after the Death of
the Tenant, neither is the Lord Treasurer charged
to have done, or so much as to have attempted, any
"Touching the Stamp, which he is charged to have
delivered to his Secretary, he doth humbly acknowledge the same; but withall desireth your Lordships
to take into Consideration, that the whole Purpose
and Scope of doing thereof was only for the present
Dispatch of Suitors, in ordinary Matters of Course;
and such Businesses as could not be effected by the
Stamp alone, but with the Assistance and Joining with
other Officers therewithall, either before or after
putting of the Stamp. And the Lord Treasurer was
the rather induced to give Way thereunto, because he
had understood that the Lord Treasurer Burleigh made
Use of the like, and for that Stamps are in Use in
other Offices at this present; yet, if the Lord Treasurer had ever conceived or been informed that it been
unlawful or unfit, he would not have used it. Also
he directly affirmeth, That, by the Use thereof, neither the King's Majesty nor the Subject hath hitherto
had any Charge or Prejudice, but much Ease in their
"6. To the Sixth Article, the said Lord Treasurer
answereth, That Dallison's unsettling of the Office of
the Ordnance fell out Eight or Nine Years since, and
the Supply set down by the Lords, in Anno 1617,
was Four Years before the Lord Treasurer was in
Office; neither did the Commissioner of the Treasury, nor his Predecessor, pursue any Point thereby
directed; but it lay wholly neglected, and now only
revived against the Lord Treasurer, who never saw
it but in this Parliament. And for the Book made
up by the Commissioners of the Navy, in Anno 1620,
for Supply of the Stores and future upholding of
the Office of Ordnance, though, being the last of
Three Settlements mentioned in this Article, it might
be sufficient to suspend both the former, yet was it
so far from being an Establishment to govern the
Office by, that all the Officers have, and still do oppose it, and protest against it to this Day; so as,
there being only Propositions without Resolutions,
and no settled Rule of Establishment and Direction,
how should the Lord Treasurer be bound to keep it
or why the Breach thereof be made his Fault now,
when it was first broken and neglected in his Predecessor's Time, who was then the proper Officer to
have put it in Execution, the now Lord Treasurer being but one of the Propounders of it?
"Notwithstanding, he humbly conceives, and hopes
to prove clearly, that there hath been no such wilful
Negligence, as is alledged; for, though it be true
that the Officers of the Ordnance, always opposing
that Book of the Commissioners, would never sue
out the Two Warrants thereby required, the one of
Thirteen Thousand Six Hundred Forty Pounds,
Fourteen Shillings, and Two Pence, for Supply of
the Stores, and the other of Three Thousand Pounds
per Annum for the Ordinary; yet there have been
other Privy Seals of the same Nature sued out,
whereupon hath been issued to that Office, since that
Book of the Commissioners was delivered; videlice,
for Supply of the Stores, Eleven Thousand Ninety
Six Pounds, Seventeen Shillings, and Six Pence;
and upon the Quarter Books of the Ordinary, Seven
Thousand One Hundred Ten Pounds, Fourteen Shillings, and Six Pence; which Sums want not much
of the Commissioners Proportions; considering that
the Ordinary Quarter Books are yet unpaid for a
Year and a Quarter. All which doth argue no wilful Negligence in the Payments, howsoever the Officers have disposed of the Monies; nor any great unfurnishing of the Stores; which, if they have less
Proportions of some Sorts of Provisions than were
set down in the Commissioners Books, yet they have
more of other Sorts of Provisions, which have since
been thought more useful and more necessary.
"7. Concerning the Second Branch of this Article,
for neglecting the Supply of Gunpowder; the Lord
Treasurer saith, That the Bargain with Evelyn was
made in the Lord Maundevill's Time, who continued
in the Office the first Five Months after; in which
Time Evelyn served in Powder for the first Three
Months; but, getting no Money for it, made a Stop
of his Delivery, according to the Liberty of his
Contract; so as the same was broken in the Lord
Mandevill's Time, and lest wholly in Distraction to
the now Lord Treasurer, with a Debt for the Three
Months Powder delivered as aforesaid; his Predecessor not paying One Penny upon that Contract in
all his Time.
"Neither did that Bargain with Evelyne suffer any
small Interruption by the continual Complaints stirred
up against him by Mr. Sadler, and new Propositions
made by him for settling the Powder-making otherwise; whereby Evelyn's Contract stood under Question; and both the Lord Treasurer and Mr. Chancellor, and the Commissioners of the Navy, several
Times troubled to examine the same. The Lord
Treasurer, having a Purpose to bring Evelin to Account for the Profit made by him of the Surplusage
of the Price of the Powder put to Sale; by this
Means, and by reason of other Mishaps of blowing
up the Powder-mills by Fire, Evelyn grew discouraged, and the Service neglected, till Sadler's Suggestions were found frivolous, which was near a Year's
Interruption of the Service.
"Besides, when the Lord Treasurer entered, he
found in the Stores, but One Hundred and Sixteen
Lasts, odd Hundreds of Powder; and the Twentieth
of March last he left in Store above One Hundred
Forty-one Lasts; notwithstanding the great Expences
of Powder upon Extraordinaries in the now Lord
Treasurer's Time; which also might have been
One Hundred Ninety-four Lasts, if the Lord Maundevill had settled and maintained the Contract in his
Time, by Addition of his Five Months Provision,
and the Three Months which he left the new Lord
Treasurer to pay for; whereas the whole Proportion
for Gunpowder, assigned by the Commissioners of the
Navy's Book to be in Stores, was but One Hundred
Forty-three Lasts of Powder; and good Reasons given wherefore there should be no more.
"Lastly, it will appear, by comparing the Quantity
of Powder paid for by the now Lord Treasurer with
the Times before, that his Lordship had paid for as
much, in this short Time of Two Years and a Half,
as hath been paid for in the next Seven Years before; so as never, in the King's Time, were the
Stores so well furnished with Powder, for Quantity
and Goodness, as they are now; and yet never more
Want of Money in the Exchequer these Twenty
Years, than hath been in the now Lord Treasurer's
"To the last Article of the Charge, about the Bargains for the Lands which were Sir Roger Dallison's,
the Lord Treasurer saith, That he hath not made
any unlawful Bargain for the Lands of the said Dallison; neither hath he paid for the said Lands with
making of Baronets, or freeing Copyholders, or any
other Suit to the King, as by that Article is pretended; but hath really paid for the same in Money
and Money's-worth, out of his own Estate, to the full
Value of the Lands, and more. And, for more full
Declaration of the Truth, he saith, That, the said
Sir Roger Dallison being indebted to the King in
Thirteen Thousand Sixty-two Pounds, Four Shillings,
Ten Pence Halfpenny, whereof Sir Thomas Mounson,
his Surety, was found Debtor for Three Thousand
One Hundred Pounds; the said Dallison's Lands were
extended for Nine Thousand Nine Hundred Sixtytwo Pounds, Four Shillings, Ten Pence Halfpenny
thereof; and the said Sir Thomas Mounson's Lands for
the said Three Thousand One Hundred Pounds; and
these Lands, so extended, together with the said
several Debts, were granted, by His Majesty's Letters Patents, the Twentieth of July, 18° Regis Jacobi,
unto Francis Morrice, and other Officers and Creditors of the Ordnance, for Thirteen Thousand Sixtytwo Pounds, owing to them by His Majesty; with a
special Command to the Lord Treasurer and Chancellor of the Exchequer, to make out such Writs
and Process, for the said Debts, as should be required; and with a Covenant, on the King's Part,
that if, by reason of Incumbrances, they could not
receive the same in convenient Time, then it should
be paid unto them out of the Exchequer.
"These Lands of the said Sir Roger Dallison's were
so incumbered by former Charges, that the said Officers and Creditors of the Ordnance could not raise,
by the said Extent thereof, near so much as the bare
Interest of the said Nine Thousand Nine Hundred
Sixty-two Pounds, Four Shillings, Ten Pence Halfpenny, Parcel thereof; and therefore did not conceive how it could give Satisfaction unto them for the
said Nine Thousand Nine Hundred Sixty-two Pounds,
due Debt, long forborne; but that they must, of
Necessity, have Recourse unto His Majesty again, for
their better Satisfaction, according to His Majesty's
Covenant, contained in the said Lease made unto
them in that Behalf; and yet there was nothing allowed to relieve the poor distressed Lady of the said
Sir Roger Dallison, and her Son: Whereupon the
now Lord Treasurer, in July 1621, being then but
one of His Majesty's Commissioners for His Debts,
was made acquainted, by the said Francis Morrice,
and others the said Officers and Creditors of the
Ordnance, of their Intent and Purpose; and, being
willing to do His Majesty the best Service he could
therein, after divers Conferences, did come to an
Agreement with them for their Interests in the said
Extents, and to make them Payment of the said Thirteen Thousand Sixty-two Pounds for the same, as followeth: videlicet, One Thousand Sixty-two Pounds before the last Day of November following, 1621; and
the rest by Five Hundred Pounds every Six Months,
at and after the Annunciation, 1623. After which
Agreement made for the Extents, he, not perceiving
how he could make any Use thereof, unless he compounded also with such as had the Inheritance and
other Estates in the said Dallison's Lands, did deal
with some of them for the same; and then came to
a second Agreement with the said Francis Morrice,
and the rest of the Officers and Creditors of the Ordnance, to convey to them an Estate, which he then had
for Nine or Ten Years to come, in the Petty Farms of
Currants and Wines, of the yearly Value of One
Thousand Four Hundred Pounds, and worth Seven
Thousand Pounds, and more, to be sold; which he
did grant, and they did accept, in full Satisfaction of
the said Thirteen Thousand Sixty-two Pounds, Ten
Shillings Halfpenny, and for their Interest in the
said Extents accordingly. Not long afterwards, the
Lord Treasurer, being desirous to free himself of any
further Trouble or Care, by reason of many other the
Incumbrances which were upon the said Lands, did,
in or about November 1621, agree with Sir Arthure
Ingram, to deliver the same Lands, with other Lands
then of him the said Lord Treasurer, in the County
of Yorke, unto the said Sir Arthure Ingram, in Exchange for other Lands of his, and to give unto him
Nine Thousand Pounds in Money for the compounding and freeing of the Estates and Incumbrances,
which were upon the said Lands, late Dallison's, and of
a Lease, which he held of one Anthony Meeres, of
other Lands, intermixt with the said Dallison's Lands,
esteemed of the yearly Value of Four Hundred Pounds
per Annum; of which Nine Thousand Pounds the said
Lord Treasurer, afterwards, in February and March
1621, by the Consent of the said Sir Arthur Ingram,
did pay unto Sir Thomas Munson, Knight, for his Interest in Dallison's Lands, the Sum of Three Thousand Pounds, besides the freeing of his the said Sir
Thomas Munson's own Lands of the said other Extent
for the said Three Thousand One Hundred Pounds.
And all the Residue of the said Nine Thousand
Pounds he, the said Lord Treasurer, hath paid and
satisfied, as it hath been required by the said Sir Arthur Ingram accordingly; which said several Sums of
Seven Thousand and Nine Thousand Pounds, amounting together to Sixteen Thousand Pounds, are more
than the said Lease and Lands are worth. And at and
from the Time of the said Agreement, for the Exchange so made between the said Lord Treasurer and
the said Sir Arthur Ingram, the Lord Treasurer did
leave the said whole Business thereof to the said Sir
Arthur Ingram; and thereupon the Lady Dallison,
and Sir Thomas Dallison her Son, upon a Composition
made with them by the said Sir Arthur Ingram, did,
in February 1621, make an Assignment of the said
Lease to certain Persons, named by the said Sir Arthure Ingram, in Trust for his Use; and sithence the
said Agreement, and that Time, the Lord Treasurer
had no more to do therein, than as the Duty of
the Place requires, and (as hath been advised by
His Majesty's Learned Counsel) convenient and fit to
be done on His Majesty's Behalf. And therefore,
as touching the rest of the said last Charge, That
the Lord Treasurer, having agreed with Sir Thomas
Dallison and the Officers of the Ordnance, he, to
gain indirectly, and by oppressive Means, an Estate
which Sir Roger Dallison had passed to Sir Richard
Smith and Sir John Davie, setteth on foot an Outlawry of Sir Roger Dallison's, and thereby dispossesseth Sir Richard Smith and Sir John Davie, who had
been in Possession by a Trial at Law, using the Power
of his Place, and Countenance of the King's Service,
to wrest them out of a Lease and Estate of great Value. The Lord Treasurer saith, the same is wholly
mistaken; and that the Truth is, that the said Sir
Richard Smith having a Conveyance of all the Freehold Lands which were the said Sir Richard Dallison's,
in Scotton, as a Mortgage for Payment of One Thousand Three Hundred Pounds; and the said Sir John
Davy having an Assignment of the said Lease, as a
Mortgage for the Payment of Six Hundred Pounds
by Year, for Ten Years, upon a very hard Contract for
Money, he the said Sir Richard Smith, long before
the said Lord Treasurer had any thing to do with the
said Lands or Lease, was dispossessed of the said
Freehold Lands, by virtue of the said Extent for the
King; and, after such Time as the said Lord Treasurer had so bargained and agreed with the said Sir
Arthure Ingram, and had left the said whole Business
unto him as aforesaid, it was found that the said Sir
Roger Dallison stood outlawed after Judgement, at
divers several Mens Suits, whereby the same Lease
and Interest was in His Majesty; by means whereof,
some Differences grew between the said Sir Richard
Smith, Sir John Davie, and the said Sir Arthur Ingram, which the Lord Treasurer used the best Means
he could to reconcile; and, to that End, endeavoured
to have the same arbitrated and ended by Sir Thomas
Savage and Sir Nicholas Fortescue, Knights; but, their
Travail and Pains therein taking no Effect, after some
Suits in the Prerogative Court, the Exchequer, and
Common Pleas, between Sir Richard Smith, Sir John
Davie, and Sir Arthur Ingram; in Conclusion, by and
with the Consent of all Parties, the said Differences
were heard, and ended, by Sir Henry Hobard, Knight
and Baronet, Lord Chief Justice of the Common
Pleas, and by the rest of the Justices of the same
Court; by whose Mediation and Order, there is to
be paid unto the said Sir Richard Smith and Sir
John Davie, in Satisfaction of their Estates and Interests in the said Lands and Lease (over and besides
other great Sums of Money, by them formerly received), the Sum of Three Thousand Pounds; and,
touching the Charge of the Contract about paying
the Eight Thousand Pounds old Arrear, the Lord
Treasurer saith, That all the said Eight Thousand
Pounds was not old Arrear, as is pretended; for that
Three Thousand Eight Hundred Pounds thereof was
then newly due, by Quarter Books, for certain Quarters ending at Midsummer then next before, in the
said Year of our Lord 1621; and also saith, That his
Promise therein was made before he became Lord
Treasurer; and that Promise was but to do his Endeavour to get the said Eight Thousand Pounds paid;
the same being a just and due Debt, owing to about
a Hundred poor Families, whose pressing Necessity
would have inforced him, after he came to the Place
of Treasurer, to have given them Satisfaction, if he
had made no such uncertain Promise before; and the
said Debt was paid at Thirteen several Times, by
several Portions, as Moneys could best be spared, between March 1621, and May 1623; and the King's
Majesty was so far from being prejudiced by the
Lord Treasurer's Dealing in this Bargain, that His
Majesty was thereby eased from the re-paying of the
said Thirteen Thousand Sixty-two Pounds, Four Shil
lings, Ten Pence Farthing, according to the said
"And, to make it appear that no Oppression or
Power was used in this Purchase, for any private Benefit or otherwise; nor that the same was paid for
by making of Baronets and Suits to the King, as is
pretended; the Lord Treasurer will undertake, and
freely offereth, that the Lands shall be conveyed again
to whom this Honourable House shall appoint, upon
Re-payment of his said Nine Thousand Pounds, and
re-assuring of his said Leases and Interests in the said
Petty Farms, with the Re-payment of the Moneys received upon the same; it being also apparent, by
this Declaration, that, if any such Suits, Oppressions,
or other hard Measure, hath been offered touching
the said Lands or Lease, as is alledged in the Charge,
the same were no way done by the Lord Treasurer,
or by his Privity or Direction, or while the said Lands
remained in his Hands, which was not for above Five
Months, so as the same can in no Manner concern the
Lord Treasurer; neither doth he know of any Thing
done therein by any other, but what hath been just
"And touching the Baronets, the same nothing at
all concerneth this Matter; but was a Grace that the
King's Majesty, upon the Suit of a Nobleman (who
was assisted by the Lord Treasurer), was pleased to
confer upon Sir Thomas Mounson, in regard of his
Loss of his Office of Hawks; and the same taking no
Effect, His Majesty, upon the said Sir Thomas Mounson's late Petition, was pleased, in Lieu of the Baronets
formerly intended him, to grant him another Suit, for
the compounding with certain of the Copyholders in
Wakefeild, for the Value of Fifty Pounds by the
Year, whereof as yet he hath received no Fruit at
"The humble Answer of the said Lord Treasurer
to the Addition of his Charge, received from
the most Honourable Court of the Higher
House of Parliament, on Thursday, the Nine
and Twentieth of April, 1624.
Lord Treasurer's Answer to the additional Charge against him.
"To that Part that concerns him as he was Master
of the Great Wardrobe, the said Lord Treasurer saith,
That he held that Office for the Three Years mentioned in the Charge, and that, within that Time,
he did receive the ordinary Assignment of Twenty
Thousand Pounds per Annum, or thereabouts; wherein, he conceives, he did no ill Service to the King,
when he did reduce the vast Charge of that Office to
Twenty Thousand Pounds per Annum; and, by Three
Years Experience, to shew His Majesty the Means
how that Twenty Thousand Pounds might be again
reduced to Twelve Thousand Pounds; which, he
conceives, is no Argument that he hath brought that
Place to any Disorder or Confusion, as in a Generality
"It is true, that he made no Account for his Time,
neither for the Wardrobe, nor for the late Queen's
Funeral; neither was there any Cause why he should
do so; for that, by His Majesty's Contract with him
for the Wardrobe, he was to defray the ordinary
Charges thereof for Twenty Thousand Pounds, at
his own Hazard; and for the said Funeral, having
Warrant by Privy Seals to receive Twenty Thousand Pounds, he received but the Sum of Thirteen Thousand Five Hundred Pounds, and yet
saved some Part thereof; besides what he yearly
saved upon the ordinary Allowance for the Wardrobe; with all which Savings he, from Time to Time,
truly and particularly acquainted His Majesty, as
being not willing to gain so much by the same, as he
found he did, without His Majesty's Privity and
gracious Allowance, who, being truly and rightly
informed in all the Particulars, did, upon the said
Lord Treasurer's voluntary surrendering of that
beneficial Contract for the Wardrobe, for Advancement of His Majesty's Service (having therein an
Estate for his Life), grant him a general Release and
Pardon, by Indenture under the Great Seal of England, for all Matters concerning the said Office of the
Wardrobe and Funeral aforesaid.
"He faith further, That, in the Time of his being
in that Office, he paid divers extraordinary Sums,
which were not within his Bargain, upon special
Warrants and Privy Seals; as Three Thousand Pounds
to the Earl of Carlile; about Two Thousand Pounds
for new-furnishing Ely House, for the Spanish Ambassador; above One Thousand Pounds for a new rich
Barge-cloth; and other extraordinary Disbursements,
of about a Thousand Pounds more: For all which
(amounting to Seven Thousand Pounds or thereabouts)
he never yet received or demanded any Allowance;
and, if any Man hath any Thing owing unto him in
the Time the said Lord Treasurer was Officer (as he
is well assured there are none, except some small Remains upon the Foot of some private Reckoning), the
same are no way chargeable upon the King, the said
Lord Treasurer being their proper Debtor, and
bound by that Indenture to discharge the same;
which he hath been ever ready, upon their Demand,
to do accordingly; it being acknowledged by the
Creditors of the Wardrobe, that they have been
better paid and used in his Time than either before
or since. And, concerning the Charge of his not
duly serving the Lord Chamberlain's Warrants for
Supplies; it may well be, some few Parcels, in some
Warrants, which could not then be suddenly provided, were upon that Occasion, or by some Fault
or Negligence of his Servants trusted in that Business,
left unserved; but that neither hath been, is, or
shall be, any Loss to the King; for he acknowledgeth
it to be just and fit that he should provide and furnish the same at his own Charges; though the Neglect of that little is no great Matter, considering he
hath disbursed so much for His Majesty in Extraordinaries as aforesaid, for which he never yet had any
"To that Explanation of the former Charge, concerning his not re-paying the Merchants the Impost
due to them upon Exportation of Sugars formerly
imported, according to His Majesty's Letters Patents
of the Fifth of December 1610; the said Lord Treasurer saith, That the Usage in that Particular is such
now as hath been ever since the Impost was first
laid, without any Alteration by him, or any for him,
in his Time. Neither did any Merchant bring his
Certificate, and make his Demand for that Allowance, according to the Form prescribed by those Letters Patents, as the Lord Treasurer is informed by
those that farm the Impost of him; and therefore,
there could be no Denial, when there was no Demand made; and besides, this is so far from being a
Matter of Benefit to the Lord Treasurer, that the
Farmers of that Impost under him (who should have
that Profit, if there (fn. *) was any) have been, and are,
willing to give the Merchants Content in their Desire,
if they will petition His Majesty, and sue out a Privy
Seal to warrant it; without which, it hath ever been
understood it could not be done, in respect of the
King's Interest therein, and in regard it never had
been allowed heretofore.
"All which the said Lord Treasurer doth aver
to be true in all Points; and shall be ready
to justify and maintain the same, in such
Manner as this most Honourable Court shall
Bills from H. C.
Message from the House of Commons, by Sir Edwyne
Sandes and others: They presented unto the Lords Five
1a, An Act for Continuance of a former Statute,
made in the Fourth Year of the King's Majesty's Reign
of England, etc. intituled, An Act for the true making
of Woollen Cloths, and for some Additions and Alterations in and to the same.
2a, An Act for erecting a Free-school, an Almshouse, and House of Correction, within the County of
3a, An Act for the Restitution in Blood of Carew Ralegh, Son of Sir Walter Ralegh, Knight, late attainted of
4a, An Act for the Naturalizing of Abigall Little,
Wife of Jeoffrey Little, and of William Little, Son of
the said Abigall, by the said Jeoffery Little her Husband.
5a, An Act for the Naturalizing of Peter Verbeake.
Message for Conference on several Bills.
With this Message unto their Lordships: videlicet,
That the Commons will be ready to attend the Conference appointed, touching the Two Bills for Limitation
of Actions, etc. and Licences of Alienations, etc. appointed to be this Day, at Two, in the Painted Camber.
And that they are ready also to attend a Conference
with their Lordships, touching the Bill of Monopolies,
either at that Time, or at any other Time which their
Lordships shall appoint.
Imposition on Hops by the Lord Treasurer.
They presented also unto their Lordships a Petition,
exhibited by divers Merchants (whose Names are thereunto subscribed), containing a Complaint against the
Lord Treasurer, for the Imposition on Hops; the which
Complaint they humbly referred unto their Lordships;
and compared the same with the Imposition laid on the
French Wines, even when their Merchandize was on the
River of Thames; and affirmed, that this had doubled
the Oppression of the Merchants; for that the Archdutchess (out of whose Countries the Hops came) did
thereupon lay new Impositions upon the Manufactures
of this Land.
And the Commons conceive, that this Imposition on
Hops was laid without any other Warrant than the Lord
That their Lordships will give a speedy Reading of the Bills; that they will meet this Afternoon, to confer on the Bills for Limitation of Actions,
and Licences of Alienation, as was formerly appointed.
And their Lordships have appointed Monday next for
a Conference (with their former Committees) on the Bill
And they will take this Petition into their Consideration forthwith.
Merchants Petition against the Imposition on Hops.
The Petition of the Merchants, touching the Imposition on Hops, was read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
"To the Honourable Assembly of the Commons House
"The humble Petition of sundry Merchants, whose
Names are hereunto subscribed.
"They humbly shew, That where, in the late
Queen Elizabeth's Reign, continually until the Second Year of the King's Majesty's Reign that now is,
Hops were rated, for the Custom thereof, at Twelve
Pence for every Hundred Weight; afterwards, in the
Time when the Earl of Salisbury was Lord Treasurer,
there was imposed on Hops, Six Pence upon every
Hundred, which was done by the Consent of the
Merchants; which said Custom and Impost hath so
continued until October 1622.
"That, in October 1622 aforesaid, at such Time as
the Petitioners and others had brought into this Kingdom, into the River of Thames, great Quantity of Hops,
the now Lord Treasurer wrote his Letter to the
Custom-house, that no Entries of any Hops should
be taken till further Order from him; so that your
Petitioners Hops lay long in Ships and Lighters, to their
great Charges, and Damage of the said Hops; which
was done without your Petitioners Knowledge, they
nothing mistrusting any such Prohibition; so that,
before your Petitioners could be suffered to take up
their Goods, they were forced to pay Ten Shillings
for every Hundred of Hops, over and above the
Custom and Impost aforesaid.
"And divers Strangers, of Flanders, and others,
have received up their Goods upon Bonds, by reason
of the Archdutchess's Ambassadors; but divers of
them have not yet paid their Monies, nor entered to
pay, as they themselves have given forth in
Speeches, notwithstanding the Petitioners, most of
them, were forced to pay in their Monies, without
any Favour, to their great and intolerable Loss and
Hindrance; and others entered Bonds for the same,
which are yet in Force.
"That, by reason of the said Impost, so exacted
from the Petitioners, and others, as aforesaid, there
was a great Impost laid in Flanders, in the Archdutchess's Countries (from whence the said Hops
came), upon Fustians, and other of our native Commodities, which have been to the great Loss of the
Petitioners, and to the Hurt and Prejudice of the Common-wealth in general, and of no Benefit to His Majesty but for the present; for that, since this great
Imposition, there hath not come hither the Twentieth
Part of their Commodities as formerly.
"The Petitioners humbly intreat this Honourable
Assembly to take Consideration of the Premises; and
to be a Means unto His Majesty, that the said Petitioners may be (fn. *) paid back again the said Monies so
exacted as aforesaid; and that the Impost so taxed
upon the Hops (as aforesaid), which is still continued,
may be reduced unto the former Rate of Eighteen
Pence upon every Hundred Weight of the said Hops,
whereby your Petitioners may be enabled the better
to continue their Trade, which otherwise they must
of Necessity desert; and further, that their Bonds
formerly entered into may be re-delivered up unto
them, to be canceled."
George's Complaint against the Lord Treasurer's Servants.
John Barnes and Richard Colbecke were brought to
the Bar, according to the Order made this Day, upon
the Petition of William George.
And, being examined apart, they both denied the
Words wherewith they are charged by that Petition.
Only Richard Colbecke confessed, that he told William
George, that he was too officious; and that Sir Miles
Fleetewood had been often to speak with him.
They were both committed to the Serjeant's Custody,
and ordered to be examined by the Committee for the
Lord Treasurer's Business appointed this Day; and the
Committees to make Report thereof to the House.
Bill of Grace for Wales.
The House was moved, That the Judges may make
Report of the Bill of Grace for Wales: Whereupon Mr.
Baron Bromley († the eldest Judge then present) reported
as followeth: videlicet,
Opinion of the Judges upon it.
"That all the Lords the Judges had considered of the
Bill of Grace for Wales, exhibited this Parliament,
intituled, An Act of Repeal of One Branch of the Stature, made in the Session of Parliament holden by Prorogation at Westm. the Two-and-twentieth Day of January, in the Four-and-thirtieth Year of the Reign of
King Henry the Eighth, intituled, An Act for certain
Ordinances in the King's Majesty's Dominion and
Principality of Wales.
"And that they are all of Opinion (save One only,
and he not directly on the contrary Opinion), That
the Jurisdiction of the Council of the Marches, established by the Residue of the said Act of 34° Henrici
Octavi, is not prejudiced by this Act, which only repeals this particular Branch, and no more; and that
the said Judges do assent, this their Opinion to be recorded in the Journal Book."
Ordered, To be entered accordingly, at the Motion
of the Prince his Highness.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ,
videlicet, 3m diem instantis Maii, hora nona, Dominis sic