THE JOURNAL OF THE House of LORDS.
A Journal of the Passages of the House of Lords in the Parliament
holden at Westminster, Anno 27 Reginæ Eliz. Anno Domini
1584. which began there on Monday the 23th Day of November,
and then and there continued until the Prorogation thereof on Monday the 29th Day of March Anno Domini 1585. after which it
was lastly Dissolved on Wednesday the 14th Day of September,
Anno 28 Reginæ ejusdem, Anno Domini 1586.
THIS Parliament Summoned and
holden in the twenty seventh year
of her Majesties Reign, lasted a
long time in respect of the continual sitting of either House' for
the space of about three Months, at two several
Meetings, between which there intervened only
one Adjournment of about forty days space.
There were no publick matters of any great consequence debated in it, but many Excellent Passages for the Power, Priviledge and Order of the
Upper House may be observed from it. At the
first Prorogation thereof on Monday the 29th
day of March in Anno 27 Reginæ Eliz. Anno Domini 1585. there passed near upon fifty several
A(?)ts or Statutes publick and private; from
which time it continued until the Dissolution
thereof as abovesaid.
The day before the Parliament began being
Sunday, and the 22th day of November, the Original Journal-Book setteth down amongst others
two unusual or extraordinary Proxies to have
been introdu(?)ted or returned thereon into the
hands of the Clark of the Upper House; for
any Proxy if it be delivered into the hands of the
said Clark, whether it be before the Parliament
begin or after, is well returned: and it is most
likely that these two with some other ordinary
or usual Proxies which are here omitted, were
delivered as aforesaid this Sunday towards the
Evening, because the Parliament was to begin
the next Morning. Which said Letters Procuratory are Entred as aforesaid in manner and form
22° die Novembris introductæ sunt literæ Procuratoriæ Johannis Episcopi Carliolen' in quibus
Procuratorem suum constituit Johannem Episcopum
Item introductæ sunt literæ Procuratoriæ Willielmi Episcopi Cestren' in quibus Procuratorem suum
constituit Edwinum Archiepiscopum Eboracen'.
Nota, That here two Bishops did constitute
but one Proxy apiece, whereas it seldom happeneth that any spiritual Lord nominateth fewer
than two. But for any further observation upon
the Proxies returned this Parliament, Vide on
Friday the 27th day of this instant November following.
On Monday the 23th day of November the Parliament began according to the Summons. Which
had been sent forth.
The Queens Majesty went to this Parliament
in her accustomed Pompous and Royal manner,
being attended first unto the Cathedral Church
of Westminster from her Palace of Whitehall by
the Lords and others; where having heard a Sermon, she was afterwards conducted by them in
the like Royalty into the Parliament Chamber,
commonly called the Upper House, whither she
came about two of the Clock in the Afternoon.
Nota, That the whole manner and form aforesaid of her Majesties most Royal going to this
Parliament, is set down at large in Mr Mills his
Catalogue of Honour, imprinted at London Anno Domini 1610. pag. 64.
The Queen and the Lords Spiritual and Temporal being all set in their several places, the
Knights, Citizens and Burgesses of the House of
Commons had notice thereof; who thereupon
repairing thither, as many as conveniently could,
were let in, and standing all together at the Rail
or Bar at the lower end of the Upper House, Sir
Thomas Bromley Knight Lord Chancellor, by
the Queens Commandment declared unto them
the Causes of the Assembling of this Parliament.
But what those Causes were, neither the Original Journal-Book of the Upper House nor that
of the House of Commons do at all mention, in
setting down the other daily Passages of this Parliament de Anno isto 27 Reginæ Eliz. But in respect they are set down in the above-mentioned
Catalogue of Honour, imprinted at London An.
Domini 1610. pag. 67. and that it is most probable that they were there inserted out of the Collections or Memorial of some Member of the
House of Commons at this Parliament, therefore
I have thought good to supply it verbatim as it is
there set down.
The said Lord Chancellor declared unto them
in her Majesties name, that this Assembly of Parliament was for three causes called, viz. For the
glory of Almighty God and the furthering of
Religion, for the health and preservation of her
Royal Majesty, and the welfare of the CommonWeal. Which after that he had a loud and most
eloquently at large declared, turning his Speech
unto the Knights and Burgesses standing on a
heap together below, he willed them to make
choice of their Prolocutor, and to give notice of
him so Chosen unto the Lords of the PrivyCouncil, from whom they should expect what
the Queens Pleasure and Answer was concerning
him so Chosen to be afterward presented.
The substance of this Speech being so shortly
set down in the said Catalogue of Honour, I
thought good to transcribe, although it were imprinted, because it doth much augment and perfect this present Journal of the Upper House.
The residue whereof doth next in order follow
out of the Original Journal-Book of the same
House, there being only added now and then,
as the occasion offered it self, some Observations
and Animadversions upon it.
Nota, Also that no names of any of the Lords
Spiritual or Temporal are noted to have been
present this day, which happened through the
negligence of the Clerk of the Parliament; but
it may be conjectured who they were by the
names of such whose presence is noted on Thursday next following being the 26th day of this instant November, on which said day the presence
of such Lords as attended this Parliament is first
Then follow the names of the Receivors and
Triors of Petitions, which is the more remarkable at this time because it is said that the Clerk of
the Parliament did read them by the Lord Chancellors Commandment, whereas it should seem
at other times, and which is agreeable also to the
course at this day, he doth presently stand up of
himself as soon as the Lord Chancellors or Lord
Keepers Speech is ended, and reads the said Receivors and Triors names; yet the entrance aforesaid is at this time set down in the said Journal-Book in manner and form following.
Tunc (having before-mentioned the Lord
Chancellors Speech) Parliamenti Clericus ex mandato Cancellarii omnibus Petitionibus exhiberi volentibus Receptorum & Examinatorum nomina formâ subsequenti recitavit.
Then follows all in French, of which the names
Receivors of Petitions for England, Ireland,
Wales and Scotland.
Sir Christopher Wray Lord Chief Justice of England, Sir Gilbert Gerrard Master of the Rolls, Sir
Thomas Gawdy Knight one of the Justices of the
Kings-Bench, Doctor Clarke and Doctor Ford.
Receivors of Petitions for Gascoigne and other
Countries beyond the Seas and the Isles.
Sir Edmund Anderson Knight Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Sir Roger Manwood
Lord Chief Baron, Francis Windam one of the
Justices of ...... Doctor Awbery and Doctor
Such as will deliver Petitions must so do within six days next ensuing.
Triors of Petitions for England, Ireland, Wales
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Earl of Leicester Lord High Steward of England, the Earl of
Darby, the Earl of Rutland, the Bishop of Winchester, the Bishop of Salisbury, the Lord Howard
of Effingham Chamberlain of the Queens House,
the Lord Gray of Wilton, the Lord North.
All these or any four of them calling unto
them the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, the
Lord Treasurer and also the Queens Serjeants, at
their leisure to meet and hold their place in the
Triors of Petitions for Gascoigne and the Countries beyond the Seas, and the Isles.
The Archbishop of York, the Earl of Oxford
Great Chamberlain of England, the Earl of Warwick, the Earl of Pembroke, the Bishop of Norwich, the Bishop of Chester, the Bishop of Rochester, the Lord Cobham, the Lord Lumley and
the Lord Buckhurst.
All these or four of them, calling to them the
Queens Serjeants and the Queens Attorney and
Sollicitor, to hold their place when their leisure did serve to meet in the Treasurers
Breve returnatum (which was returned this
Morning) quo Johannes Episcopus Gloucestren.
præsenti Parliamento interesse summonitus suit, qui
admissus est ad suum præheminentiæ sedendi in Parliamento locum, salvo jure alieno.
Dominus Cancellarius continuavit præsens Parliamentum usq; in diem crastinum horâ nonâ.
On Tuesday the 24th day of November, the
Lords met in the Upper House, but nothing was
done, saving the continuance of the Parliament
by the Lord Chancellor until nine of the Clock
the next Morning.
On Wednesday the 25th day of November there
was a like meeting of the Lords, but nothing
done saving the continuance of the Parliament
by the Lord Chancellor unto two of the Clock
in the Afternoon the day following: But no
presence of the Lords is noted on this day in the
On Thursday the 26th day of November, the
Commons having chosen their Speaker, who upon his Presentment to the Queen was this day
to be allowed of in the said place, her Majesty
Accompanied with divers of the Nobility came
into the Upper House about three of the Clock
in the Afternoon, whose name and the names of
such Lords Spiritual and Temporal as are marked
in the Original Journal-Book of this Parliament to have been present this day, do here
Lominus Thomas Bromley Miles, Cancellarius.
Dominus Barleigh Dominus Thesaurarius Angliæ.
Comes Oxon. Magnus Camerarius.
Dominus Howard Camerar.
Dominus Grey de Wilton.
Dominus Willoughby de Parham.
Dominus Darcy de Chiche.
Dominus St John de Bletsoe.
Dominus de la Ware.
Her Majesty with the Lords being set, the
Knights, Citizens and Burgesses of the House of
Commons repaired to the Upper House with
John Puckering Serjeant at Law their Speaker,
and being as many as could conveniently let in,
the said Speaker was led up between two of the
most eminent Personages of the House of Commons to the Rail or Bar at the lower end of the
Upper House; and being there placed, after
humble reverence made, he declared, that the
said House of Commons amongst many other
more able Members of the said House had Elected and Chosen him for their Speaker, and that
knowing his manifold weaknesses and inability
to undergo so great a Charge, he did there implore her Gracious Majesty to free him from the
same, and to Command them to Elect and chuse
amongst themselves some other more Experienced and better fitted for that imployment.
To which the Lord Chancellor having received Instructions from her Majesty Answered, that
the said Speaker had shewed a great deal of humility and modesty in disabling himself, but
that her Highness well knowing his great sufficiency, did very well allow and approve of the
choice which the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses
of the said House of Commons had made of him
to be their Speaker.
Whereupon the said Speaker after humble reverence made and many expressions of his great
thankfulness to her Majesty for her gracious Approbation of him made certain Petitions of
Course in the name of the House of Commons,
viz. for freedom of speech and freedom of access
to her Majesty; and that themselves and their
necessary attendants might be exempted from
Suits and Arrests in such manner and form as hath
been accustomed; and lastly, that if himself
should in any thing mistake or misreport the sayings or doings of the said House it might be imputed unto himself, and that her Majesty would
be graciously pleased to pardon it.
To which Speech the Lord Chancellor having
further instructions from her Majesty replied,
that all such liberties and immunities as had been
formerly enjoyed in the like case in the times of
any of her Majesties most Royal Progenitors,
should still be continued unto them.
The Writ was returned this day whereby
Henry Lord Wentworth was Summoned to the
Parliament, who thereupon admissus fuit ad suum
præheminentiæ in Parliamento sedendi locum, salvo
cuiquam jure suo.
Then followed the continuance of the Parliament which is Entred in the Original JournalBook de Anno isto 27 Reginæ Eliz. in these words
Dominus Cancellarius continuavit præsens Parliamentum usq; in diem Sabbati Prox. horâ consuetâ.
On Friday the 27th day of November, although
the Upper House sate not (because the Parliament had been continued yesterday unto Saturday Morning at nine of the Clock) yet were divers Proxies returned or introducted, whereof
the only unusual or extraordinary one was this
27 die Novembris introductæ sunt literæ Procuratoriæ Henrici Comitis Huntingtoniæ, in quibus Procuratores suos constituit Franciscum Comitem Bedford & Robertum Comitem Leicester.
Nota, That whereas the Temporal Lords do
very seldom constitute more than one Proctor,
the Earl of Huntington here nominateth two,
which appeared also, by the other Proxies returned this Parliament, for of three other Earls and
eleven Barons who were absent this Parliament
by her Majesties Licence, not any of them constituted more than one Proctor apiece; whereas
on the other side the spiritual Lords do for the
most part nominate two Proctors at the least, for
of nine Bishops who were likewise absent during
this Parliament, two of them only nominated
each his Proctor. Ut vide on Sunday the 22th
day of this instant November foregoing, and
the other seven made every of them two
Nota also, that Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester
had this Parliament ten several Proxies sent unto
him, all Entred in the beginning of the Original
Journal-Book in such order as they now follow,
viz. from Edward Lord Dudley, Henry Lord
Scroop, Lodowick Lord Mordant, Edward Lord
Stafford, Henry Lord of Abergavenny, Edward
Earl of Lincoln, Ambrose Earl of Warwick, Henry
Earl of Huntington (who constituted Francis
Earl of Bedford joint Proctor with him)
Lord Audeley, and John Lord Lumley. By which
and many other Precedents in all other Parliaments it plainly appeareth, that any Lord of the
Upper House was capable of as many Proxies as
should be sent unto him, until in Anno 2do Caroli
Regis Anno Domini 1626. It was Ordered by
the Lords then sitting in Parliament, that no
Member of the said House should be capable of
above two Proxies at the most.
On Saturday the 28th day of November, to
which day the Parliament had been last continued, three Bills had each of them one reading; of
which the first being the Bill to provide remedy
against fraudulent Conveyances was read the first
Hodie returnatum est breve quo Henricus Comes
Sussex præsenti huic Parliamento interesse summonebatur, qui ad suum præheminentiæ in Parliamento
sedendi locum admissus suit, salvo jure alieno.
Nota, That the daily continuing of the Parliament in these words, Dominus Cancellarius continuavit præsens Parliamentum, &c. is hereafter
omitted as matter of course, unless where somewhat in it doth happen extraordinary or unusual
in respect of the time, place or manner.
On Monday the 30th day of November, to
which day the Parliament had been last continued, three Bills of no great moment had each of
them one reading; of which the first was the
Bill for appointing fit and convenient places for
Landing and Shipping of Merchandize.