On Wednesday the first day of February, the
Bill for the Recognition of the Queen's Highnesse's Title to the Imperial Crown of this Realm,
was read the first time, (in such manner and
form, as the Bill for the Restitution of the Firstfruits and Tenths, &c. was read, on Monday
the 30th. day of January foregoing;) and was
thereupon Committed to the Queen's Attorney,
which cannot properly be called a Committing
of the Bill, because no Lords are named Committees therein, but only a referring of the Bill
to the said Attorney, (who, as is most likely,
with the residue of the Queen's Learned Council,
did at first draw it) that so upon further perusal
thereof, he might again bring it into the House,
and Certifie the Lords, if any thing were
to be altered or reformed in it.
On Saturday, the 4th. day of February, the
Bill, for the Recognition of the Queen's Highnesse's Title to the Imperial Crown of this Realm,
was read the second time, in such manner and
form as the Bill, for the Restitution and Annexation of the First-fruits, &c. was read, on
Tuesday the 31th. day of January foregoing, and
was thereupon Ordered to be ingrossed.
The Bill also for the Restitution and Annexation of the First-fruits and Tenths and Rents
reserved Nomine Decimæ, and of Parsonages
impropriate, to the Imperial Crown of this
Realm, was read the third time, The whole
manner and form of Proceedings wherein, as
also of the sending thereof down unto the House
of Commons, I have caused to be Transcribed
out of that before-mentioned written Discourse,
touching the whole Order and Process of passing
of Bills in the Upper House, Penn'd by H. Elsing
Esq; at this time Clerk of the same, this present
year 1630. and the form of the said sending down
thereof, out of a like Treatise, of passing Bills in
the House of Commons, Pen'd by W. Hackwel
of Lincolns Inn Esq; for I conceive there is no
question, but that the Form used at this day, is one
and the same with that which was observed this
first year, and the rest ensuing of her Majesties
Reign; And therefore I have applied all to this
time, although there be nothing thereofexpressed,
in the Original Journal Book it self of the Upper
House, save only the very Title of the Bill, the
time of the reading, the dissent of the Bishops, and
the sending of it down to the House of Commons.
Francis Spilman Clerk of the House, standing by
the Table at the nether Woolsack, read the same
Bill, and then indorsed upon it, being fairly ingrossed in Parchment, these words 3. vice lecta,
and then delivered the same, kneeling to the
Lord Keeper, without any Brief of the Bill, who
thereupon, repeating the Title only of the Bill,
said, This is the third Reading of the Bill.
Then his Lordship demanded of the House,
whether he should put it to the question for
passing, which being agreed on affirmatively,
the question was thus put.
Such of your Lordships as are of opinion,
that this Bill is fit to Pass, (or shall Pass,) say,
Then the lowest Baron first beginning said,
content, without any more words, and so did all
the other Barons in their order, ascending to
Then the Bishop of Carlile, being the puisne
Bishop present, said, not content; and so also,
in like manner, said the Bishop of Chester, the
Bishop of Exeter, the Bishop of Coventry and
Lichfield, the Bishop of Landaffe, the Bishop of
Worcester, the Bishop of London, and the Archbishop of York; by which it may be seen, how
unwillingly these Popish Bishops did suffer their
Dagon to fall down.
And after the Bishops, all the other Temporal
Lords present, beginning with the lowest and
ending with the highest, did all (Nullo Contradicente) say, content.
After which, all the Barons first stood up, and
after them all the Earls and other Lords who
had voted the Affirmative. And then stood up
the Archibshop of York and all the other Bishops
who had voted the Negative, and so upon the
great inequality of their Voices at the first view,
the Bill Passed, and its likely, that the Voices
for the Passing of the Bill exceeding so much
the number of those, who were against it, that the
Proxies of the absent Lords were not at all demanded, which might have been, if the House
had moved or required it; but, I conceive, that
those are most frequently called for, when the
difference of the House stands upon some equality
The Bill being thus Passed, was delivered to
the Queen's Attorney and Solicitor, to be carried to the House of Commons, which was not
performed by them, as appears by the Original
Journal Book of the said House, until the Monday following, being the 6th. day of this instant
Feb. the manner of the delivery thereof was
as followeth, viz.
The said Attorney and Solicitor, being admitted into the said House, came up close to the
Table, where the Clerk sate, and made three
Congies, and then acquainted Sir Thomas Gargrave the Speaker, that the Lords had sent
unto the House such a Bill, of which one of them
Read the Title, and so again departed the
House, having made three other Congies.
There are also divers Proxies entred at the begining of the Original Journal Book of the Upper
House, to have been returned, and introducted
this day, but whether before or after the continuance of the Parliament, and rising of the
House, doth not appear.
On Thursday, the 9th. day of February, the
Bill wherein certain offences be declared Treason, was Read the first time.
The Bill also for the Recognition of the
Queen's Highnesse's Title to the Imperial Crown
of this realm, was by general consent concluded, this being the third Reading, and so the
same was delivered to Mr. Solicitor and the
Clerk of the Crown, to be carried to the House
of Commons: the whole form of which Proceedings, touching the third reading, Passing
and sending down of a Bill, see in a like Case
on Saturday, the fourth day of this Instant Feb.
The Bill against Slanderous and Seditious
words, was Read prima vice.
On Fryday, the 10th. day of Feb. The Bill,
whereby the Queen's Highness is made inheritable to the late Queen Ann her Majestie's Mother,
was read prima vice, and after the reading of
two other Bills, was read again the second time,
and Ordered to be ingrossed, which speedy course
the House took for the Passing of this Bill to
express their zeal and affection to her Majesty,
whom it so nearly concerned.
The Bill lastly, whereby divers Offences be
made Treason, and the Bill against Seditious
words and rumours, were each of them read
the second time, and Ordered to be ingrossed.
On Saturday, the 11th. day of February, two
Bills of no great Moment, had each of them their
third reading, and were sent unto the House of
Commons, by Mr. Solicitor and Mr. Lewis, of
which the first was the Bill for explanation of
the Statute of Seditious words and rumours.
Two Bills were brought up to the Lords from
the House of Commons, by Mr. Treasurer and
others, viz. The Bill of a Subsidy granted to the
Queen's Majesty by the Temporalty, and the
Bill of a Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage.
The said Mr. Treasurer, being the Principal
Messenger, accompanied with divers other Members of the House of Commons, came in the first
rank of them to the Rail, or Bar, at the lower
end of the Upper House, and, after three Congies made, declared unto their Lordships, That
the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses of the
House of Commons had sent unto them two Bills,
of which he read the Titles, and then Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper, rising from his seat,
came down to the Bar to receive them, to whom
the aforesaid Mr. Treasurer did in all humble
manner deliver them, and thereupon, with the
residue of his Company, having made other
three Congies, departed.
On Monday the 13th. of February, the Bill
for one Subsidy and two Fifteens and Tenths
granted by the Temporalty, was Read prima
vice, and Committed, (or rather referr'd) to
the Queen's Attorny and Solicitor, of which
see a like improper Commitment on Saturday the
10th. day of this Instant February foregoing,
in fine diei.
The Bill also of a Subsidy of Tonnage and
Poundage was Read the second time, but no
mention is made that it was either referr'd to
Committees, or Ordered to be ingrossed; and
the Reason thereof was that this Bill had pass'd
the House of Commons, and was sent up unto
the Lords on Saturday the 10th. day of this instant February foregoing, fairly ingrossed in
Parchment, and therefore can be no more ingrossed: neither do the Lords ordinarily refer such Bills to Committees, unless there be
very great Cause, in respect that each House
holding Correspondency with other, they do
not willingly submit that to the Agitation of a
private Committee, which hath been allowed,
and approved by the Wisdom of the whole House.
A second reason, that sometimes a Bill may neither be referred to Committees, nor Ordered
to be ingrossed upon second reading, although
it hath not Passed the House of Commons, may
be, because Bills of Grace, viz. for the Restitution of Blood, of Naturalization, and such like,
are sent to the House from her Majesty fairly
ingrossed in Parchment, and Signed with her
hand, which for the most part do pass the House
without any Stop or Question. A third and last
reason thereof may be, when the Lords defer
the Committing, or ingrossing of any Bill, unto
some other time, as tell out in the Bill touching the Commission of Sewers, in A. 13. Regin.
Eliz. which was Read secunda vice on Fryday
the 20th. day of April, and referred to Committees on the day following (although sometimes it may be omitted likewise through the
negligence of the Clerk of the Upper House.)
The Bill lastly, whereby the Queen's Majesty was restored in Blood to the Late Queen
Ann, her Highness's Mother, was read tertia
vice & Communi omnium proceram assonsu conclus.
Custos magni Sigilli continuavit presens Parliamentum usq; in diem Mercurij prox' hora
On Wednesday, the 15th. day of February,
The Bill of a Subsidy, and two Fifteens, and
Tenths, granted by the Temporalty was read
the second time, but no mention is made, that
it was either referred to Committees, or Ordered to be ingrossed, vid. Consimil. on Monday,
the 13th. day of this instant February foregoing.
The Inhabitants of the Shires of Wales, and
County Palatine of Chester, who are Charged
as well with Mises as divers Subsidies, now immediately due, made Petition to the Lords to
be respited and to have longer day for the payment thereof, whereupon it was thought good
by the Lords, that the Queen's Majesty should
be moved therein by the Lord Keeper of the
Great Seal, who having knowledge of her Will
and Pleasure in that behalf, signified the same
unto the Lords, according to which, and for
more Corroboration thereof, it was in her Highnesse's name commanded that an Entry thereof
should be made, as followeth.
It is Ordered and Decreed by the Queen's
Highness, and assented unto by the Lords, that
in that year, in which our Sovereign Lady the
Queen's Highness shall award her Commission
for the assessing and payment of any her Majesties Subsidies, now due, or by the Authority
of this present Parliament to be due, the Shires
of Wales, and Counties Palatine of Chester,
chargeable with the payment of the same, and
every of them, shall not be charged, or chargeable with the payment of the Mises now due to
her Majesty, nor in that year, in which her
Highness shall have payment of the said Mises,
the said Subsidies, or any of them, shall be paid by
any the said Shires or County Palatine aforesaid.
Custos Magni Sigilli continavit presens Parliamentum usq; in diem Jovis prox' hora nona.
On Thursday, the 16th. day of February the
Bill of a Subsidy, and two Fifteens, and Tenths,
granted by the Temporalty, being read tertia
vice, and by common consent concluded, with
certain Amendments to be inserted, was delivered to Mr. Attorny and Mr. Vaughan, to be
carried to the House of Commons.
In which Bills sending down, because both
the manner of writing the said Amendments, and
the Subscription of the Lords under them, do
differ from all ordinary Proceedings, if the Bill
had Passed the Upper House without such
Amendments; therefore I have thought good
to add the whole manner and form thereof,
according to a like President in the Original
Journal Book of the House of Commons, An.
39. & 40. Regin. Eliz. Decemb. 20th. Tuesday:
although there be not mention there made in
the Original Journal Book of the Upper House
on this foresaid present Thursday the 16th. day of
But because it is difficult to conjecture the Express manner of the Lords proceedings at this
time, therefore I can only apply the imitation
of that President to this present occasion by
The Lords having added certain Amendments
to the Bill of Subsidy, which had formerly
Passed the House of Commons, and been sent
up from thence to their Lordships, ingrossed in
Parchment, and so remained still the Bill of the
same House; did cause the said Amendments to
be written in Paper, and annexed them to the
Bill, shewing the Line, and the place of the Line in
the Bill, where such words or Amendments should
be put in, and where any other former words in
the Bill should be put out. And then their Lordships subscribed or indorsed under the Superscription or indorsment of the House of Commons in the same Bill, à Ceste Bille avecque les
amendments à mesme le Bille annexe les Seigneurs
sont assentus; and so the Bill was delivered to
Mr. Attorny and Mr. Vaughan as aforesaid, to
be carried to the House of Commons, together
with the Bill whereby the Queen's Majesty is
made inheritable to the late Queen Ann her
Highnesse's Mother. But if the Lords had
added any new Proviso to the foresaid SubsidyBill, that ought to have been sent down to the
House of Commons written in Parchment. ut
vid. March 23. Thursday, postea.
On Munday the 20th. day of February, The
Bill of the Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage
which by common consent was concluded upon
the third reading, was delivered to Mr. Solicitor
and Mr. Martin Clerk of the Crown to be carried to the House of Commons, with certain
Amendments to be put thereunto.
On Tuesday the 21th. day of February, two
Bills were sent up to the Lords from the House
of Commons, of which the first being the Bill
for the Subsidy, and the second to restore the
Queen in blood to the late Queen Ann her Highnesse's Mother, were each of them return'd exped'.
The Bill also for the restitution of the Firstfruits and Tenths and Rents reserved Nomine Decimæ and of Parsonages impropriate, to the
Imperial Crown of this Realm, was returned
from the House of Commons, with five Provisoes added thereunto by the said Commons, and
certain Amendments to be reformed therein;
which said Provisoes were written in Parchment,
and the Amendments in Paper.
Whereas J. Broxham brought an Assize against
the Lord Willoughby of Parham, to be Tryed at
the Assizes and Sessions now next to be holden
at Lincoln, at the Complaint and Petition of
the said Lord Willoughby, in respect of his necessary attendance at the Parliament, whereby
he cannot attend with his Learned Council at
the Assizes, the rather for that some of his
Council are also Burgesses, and attend the Parliament, it is Ordered and Decreed by the
Lords, that an Injunction presently be awarded
out of the Chancery to the said John Broxham,
his Counsellors and Solicitors commanding them
and every of them, upon pain of 500 l. that none
of them in any wise proceed in and to the Tryal
of the said Assize, at this Assizes now next to be
holden at Lincoln.
On Wednesday the 22th. day of Feb. the Bill
for the Restitution in blood of Sir James Crofte
was read prima vice.
On Fryday the 24th. day of February, the
Bill for the restitution in Blood of Sir Henry
Gate was read three times, and the like Bill for
Sir James Crofte was read Secunda & tertia
vice, and both sent down to the House of Commons by Mr. Solicitor and the Clerk of the
Crown. The manner whereof vide on Saturday
the 4th. of this instant Feb. foregoing.
On Saturday the 25th. day of February, the
Bill for the Restitution in blood of the Lord John
Gray was twice read, and after that, the Bill
against Conveyance of Horses into Scotland,
was read the first time, the said Bill for the
Lord Gray was read the third time, and Passed,
and sent to the House of Commons by Mr. Attorny, and Mr. Solicitor, which was done in
honour of him.
On Monday the 27th. of February, the Bill
whereby certain Offences be made Treason, with
a Request, that a Proviso therein contained,
be put out, and another devised by the House
of Commons to be put in the stead thereof; The
Bill for the restoring the Supremacy to the Imperial Crown of this Realm, and Repealing divers Acts of Parliament made to the contrary,
and the Bill for the restitution of the Lord Cardinal Pool, were sent up to the Lords from the
House of Commons, the manner of which see
on Saturday the 11th. day of this Instant Feb.
foregoing. And the said Bill, touching Cardinal Pool, was read prima vice and committed to
the Chief Justice, and the Queen's Attorney,
vid. March 3. postea.
The Bill lastly against Conveyance of Horses
into Scotland, was read Secunda vice, & Commissa ad ingrossandum.
On Tuesday the 28th. day of February, the
Bill for the restoring of the Supremacy to the
Imperial Crown of this Realm, and the Bill for the
explanation of the attainder of the Lord Cardinal
Pool, were each of them read Secunda vice, but
there is no mention made, that they were either
Ordered to be ingrossed, or referred to Committees, because they had been sent from the House of
Commons, on the day immediately foregoing.