Journal of the House of Commons
March 1589

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Sir Simonds d'Ewes

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1682

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441-455

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'Journal of the House of Commons: March 1589', The Journals of all the Parliaments during the reign of Queen Elizabeth (1682), pp. 441-455. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43719 Date accessed: 29 August 2014.


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March 1589

On Saturday the first day of March, Two Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill concerning Pluralities and Non-Residents was read the second time; and after sundry Arguments, many with the Bill and some against it, was in the end committed unto Mr Treasurer, Mr Morrice, Mr Beale, Sir Robert Jermin, Mr Francis Hastings and others, who were appointed to meet in the Exchequer Chamber at two of the Clock in the Afternoon.

The Bill for Tunbridge-School with Amendments was brought in by Mr Cooke one of the Committees, and the reasons of the same Amendments were shewed by him.

Mr Doctor Awberry and Mr Doctor Cary do bring from the Lords two Bills, viz. An Act to avoid Horse-stealing, and an Act upon Writs of Proclamations and Exigents to be currant within the County Palatine of Durham; with further signification from their Lordships, that if this House have either Bills ready to send them, or else any Motions for Conference to be had with them, their Lordships are presently at good leisure for the same.

The Bill concerning the Pier of Hartipool is deferred to be considered of by the Committees upon Monday next in the Afternoon, and Mr. Vice-Chamberlain and Sir John Parrot are added unto the former Committees.

The sitting of the Committee touching the Bill of Mortmain (appointed on Saturday the 22th day of this instant February foregoing) is likewise deferred till the same time.

John Luttwich Gentleman, one of the Burgesses for the Borough of Bridge-North in the County of Salop, Christopher Wike Gent', one of the Burgesses for the Borough of New Sarum in the County of Wilts, John Bennet Gentleman, one of the Burgesses for the Borough of Westbury in the said County of Wilts, and Mr John Shirley, one of the Burgesses for the Borough of Lewes in the County of Sussex are all of them Licensed about their necessary business and occasions to depart.

The Bill for Tunbridge-School, the Bill touching Writs of Covenant, &c. and the Bill for relief of George Ognell Esquire, were brought in by the Committees with some Alterations and Amendments, whereof none at all were then read or expedited.

The Paper-Book of the Bill touching Process and Pleadings in the Court of Exchequer is delivered to the Serjeant of this House to be by him delivered over this present Afternoon to the Committees for search and Conference.

On Monday the third day of March upon many Speeches used by Mr Grafton touching a report to be made to this House by the Committees for Examination of the Return of one of the Barons of the Port of New Rumney in the County of Kent not yet certified into this House from the Clerk of the Crown, Mr Cromwell one of the said Committees sheweth, that the same Committees had met about the same according to the Commission of this House; and so shewing his own opinion, it was after sundry other Speeches resolved in the end upon the Question, that he that was chosen by the said Town should be received into this House as a Member thereof accordingly.

Mr Cromwell one of the Committees appointed for Articling the Bill concerning Captains and Souldiers sheweth, that they have Articled the same Bill, and so delivered in both the Bill and the Articles.

Mr Morris one of the Committees in the Bill touching the benefit of the Clergy in some Cases of offences, sheweth, that the Committees have altered the old Bill and framed a new Bill, and yieldeth the reasons of the same their doings, and delivereth in both the old Bill and the new, and prayeth the new Bill may be read.

The Bill for the true payment of the Debts of Thomas Hanford was read the third time and passed upon the Question.

The Bill for the maintenance of Orford-Haven was read the third time, and after many Arguments both with the Bill and against it, is in the end passed upon the Question.

The Bill this day passed for the true payment of the Debts of Thomas Hanford, and the Bill also for abridging of Proclamations upon Fines were sent down before unto this House by the Lords with some Amendments, and being amended accordingly are sent to the Lords by Mr. Treasurer and others; which Mr Treasurer moved before he went, that the Lords might be desired by this House, that Mr Sollicitor being returned a Member of this House might come hither into this House and give his attendance in the same, which was assented unto, and required that he would move the Lords and the said Mr Sollicitor also to that end accordingly.

Mr Serjeant Puckering and Mr Attorney General do bring word from the Lords touching the Motion made of this House in that behalf for Mr Sollicitor his Attendance to be given in the service of this House being a Member of the same, That their Lordships having had consideration of the said Motion of this House in that behalf, are of opinion, that the said Mr Sollicitor is to continue his Attendance in the Upper House of Parliament and not in this House, for that he was called by her Majesties Writ to serve and attend in the said Upper-House of Parliament long before he was Elected or Returned a Member into this; and also that the said Mr Sollicitor by force of her Majesties said Writ had served in the said Upper House since the beginning of this said Session now already almost by the space of one whole Month.

On Tuesday the 4th day of March, the Amendments in the Bill touching Writs of Covenant, &c. and a Proviso added were both twice read, and upon the question Ordered to be ingrossed.

Mr Grafton one of the Committees in the Bill for repealing of certain Statutes delivered in the Bill with some Additions, and shewed the reasons, and also delivered in both the Bill and the Additions.

Two Bills did each of them pass upon the third reading; of which the first was against Common Informers, and the second for the assurance of the Jointure of Anne the Wife of Henry Nevill Esquire, in which there were several Amendments inserted. All which Amendments being thrice read, in the end after some Speeches had the Bill was passed upon the question; which said Bill with another were sent up to the Lords by Mr. Vice-Chamberlain and others.

The Master of the Wardrobe, one of the Committees touching Conference and search of Precedents for resolution to be had upon the Message of her Majesty delivered unto this House by a Committee of the Lords concerning the passing of the Bills against the abuses of Purveyors and Process and Pleadings in the Exchequer, sheweth, that they have met and travailed in the said Commitment, and so reciting some particularities of their proceedings doth refer the residue of the report thereof unto Mr. Cook one other of the said Committees, who likewise setting down at large the whole travail of their search and Conference, concludeth their resolution to be (if the House shall so think good) that in most humble and dutiful wise this House by their own Mouth Mr. Speaker do exhibite unto her Majesty the causes and reasons moving this House to proceed in the two said Bills in such sort as they had done; which course after sundry other Speeches was thought fittest by this House to be prosecuted, and best to stand with the Liberties and the honor of this House; and resolved further, that this their resolution might be imparted unto the Lords, that with their Lordships good favours this House meant so to do. And it was thereupon then also further thought good and prayed by this House, that Mr. Vice-Chamberlain being a Member of this House would be pleased at the humble Petition of this House unto her Majesty, to know her Majesties most gracious pleasure what number of this House her Majesty would vouchsafe to attend upon her Highness with Mr. Speaker, and at what time. Which resolution of the House touching their said course in proceeding, in shewing unto her Majesty the causes and reasons of their dealings in the said Bills against the abuses of Purveyors and Process and Pleadings in the Exchequer in such sort as they have done, was committed unto Mr. Vice-Chamberlain and such others of the House as were sent up with the two last mentioned Bills to the Upper House, to signifie their said resolution at the same time unto their Lordships.

After which (the Bill touching the gaging of Casks and other Vessels, &c. having been read the second time, and committed unto Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Wroth, Mr. Alford and others) Mr. Vice-Chamberlain and the rest returning from the Lords, he shewed, that according to the Commission of this House they had delivered the Message of this House unto those of the Committees of the Lords, from whom the Committees of this House had before received this Message from her Majesty; shewing them, that this House by their Lordships good favours had determined to become Suitors to her Majesty, to render unto her Highness the causes and reasons of their Proceedings in the said two Bills by the Mouth of Mr. Speaker. And that thereupon (he said) they were then to hear, but not to Answer. And that afterwards this House should hear further from their Lordships. Vide concerning these matters on Saturday the 15th day, on Monday the 17th day, and on Thursday the 27th day of February foregoing; as also on Thursday the 6th day, Saturday the 8th day, Monday the 17th day of this instant March.

On Wednesday the 5th day of March, the Bill concerning Richard Southwell had its first reading.

Mr. Treasurer one of the Committees in the Bill against Pluralities and Non-Residents (appointed on Saturday the first day of this instant March foregoing) shewed the meeting and proceeding of the said Committees, brought in the old Bill and also a new Bill, shewing the reasons of making the same new Bill; and doth in the names of all the said Committees pray a present reading of the same new Bill. Whereupon the same was then read accordingly for the first reading. Which done, upon a Motion by sundry of this House for a second reading presently, Mr. Treasurer shewed unto the House, that all the residue of the said Committees likewise willed him in the name of them all to move this House for a second reading of the same Bill. Whereupon the said Bill was read the second time and Ordered to be ingrossed.

The Bill for the maintenance of the Pier of Dover was read the second time, and after sundry Speeches committed unto all the Privy Council being of this House, Mr. Mills, Mr. Alford, Sir Edward Hobby and others, who were appointed to meet to Morrow at two of the Clock in the Afternoon in the Exchequer Chamber.

The Bill against Forestallers, Regrators and Ingrossers was read the first time, and upon further Motion read again for the second reading, and upon the division of the House after the question, it was upon another question after the same division with the yielding of the negative Voices Ordered to be committed unto all the Privy Council being of this House, Mr. John Hare, Mr. George Moor, Sir William Moor, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Cromwell and others, who were appointed to meet on Friday next in the Exchequer Chamber at two of the Clock in the Afternoon.

Sir Thomas Throckmorton Knight, one of the Knights returned into this present Parliament for the County of Gloucester, having lain sick here in London, is licensed to repair into the Country to his own House for recovery of his health.

On Thursday the 6th day of March, Three Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill touching Cordwayners, and the third concerning Curriors were both of them upon the second reading committed unto Mr. Alford, Sir William Moor, Mr. Grafton, Mr. Thomas Knyvet and others, who were appointed to meet upon Saturday next at two of the Clock in the Afternoon in the Guildhall.

Mr Treasurer one of the Committees in the Bill touching Mortmain bringeth in the Bill with Amendments, and in the name of himself and the residue of the Committees prayeth the present two readings of the same Amendments, and thereupon the same Amendments were twice read accordingly.

Mr Doctor Awberry and Mr Doctor Cary do bring word from the Lords, that their Lordships desire that the Committee of this House which was with their Lordships the last day, might now be sent to their Lordships, for that now their Lordships have charge from her Majesty to make them Answer. And thereupon the names of the Committees being read, they were then presently sent to the Lords, and the Bill for maintenance of the Haven of Orford was then also sent up to their Lordships by Mr Vice-Chamberlain and the residue of the said Committees.

Whereupon Mr Treasurer, one of the Committees in the Bill touching the gaging of Casks, &c. having shewed their meeting about the same yesterday, and moved for another time of Conference about the same, and that being appointed upon Saturday next being the 8th day of this present March in the Guildhall at two of the Clock in the Afternoon; It was Ordered, that the Brewers and such others as shall think good may then and there be heard before the said Committees what they can say.

After which Mr Vice-Chamberlain with the residue of the Committees being returned from the Lords do shew, that her Majesties gracious pleasure is, that this House according to their Suits and Petitions have access to her Majesty at the Court between two and three of the Clock in the Afternoon of this present day by their Speaker, accompanied only with ten more of this House besides himself, and two of the same ten to be of her Majesties Privy Council being Members of the same House. And thereupon were appointed for that purpose Mr Vice-Chamberlain, Sir John Parrot, Sir William Moor, Sir George Cary, Sir Henry Cobham, Mr. Morrice, Mr. Cook, Mr. Francis Hastings, Sir Richard Knightley, Sir Henry Grey, with further Order of this House, that Mr. Speaker do in his Speech to her Majesty make most humble Petition and Suit to her Highness in the name of the whole House, that her Majesty would vouchsafe her most gracious favour to the allowance of the said Bills touching the abuses of Purveyors and the Process and long Pleading in the Exchequer lately passed this House and sent up to the Lords; and that this House would willingly and most gladly have taken in the passing of the same Bills any such other course whatsoever, as they might have any way known to have stood with her Highness good liking and pleasure. Vide concerning these matters on Saturday the 15th day, on Monday the 17th day, and on Thursday the 27th day of February foregoing; as also on Tuesday the 4th day of this instant March last past; and on Saturday the 8th day, and on Monday the 17th day, Tuesday the 18th day, Thursday the 20th day.

On Friday the 7th day of March, Four Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the third being the Bill for relief of Thomas Haselrigg Esquire was read the first time. And thereupon it was Ordered upon a Motion, that Mr. Thomas Drury Gentleman should come into this House and be heard. Who thereupon was brought in and heard accordingly. Vide concerning this matter on Friday the 21th day of February foregoing, and on Tuesday the 18th day, and on Wednesday the 19th day of this instant March ensuing; as also on Friday the 21th of the same Month.

The Amendments in the Bill touching the Free Grammar School of Tunbridge in the County of Kent were twice read. And Andrew Fisher Gentleman after the reading of the said Amendments being brought into the House, did presently give his assent unto the said Bill. And then the Bill upon the Question was Ordered to be ingrossed.

Mr Vice-Chamberlain after many and long Arguments made to the said Bill both with and also against the same, not only wisheth a deferring of further Argument therein at large until to Morrow, but also sheweth that Mr. Speaker and those others that were appointed by this House to have access unto her Majesty yesterday in the Afternoon, are to attend and wait upon her Highness this present day in the Afternoon at the Court after the Sermon, for that her Majesty having been abroad yesterday in the Air had taken a little cold, and therefore could not yesterday give them audience. Which done Mr Morrice offering to speak to the said Bill, is referred therein till to Morrow.

The Bill against Forestalling Regrating and Ingrossing (committed on Wednesday the 5th day of this instant March foregoing) is this day delivered unto Sir George Barne one of the Committees in the said Bill.

On Saturday the 8th day of March Mr. Speaker shewed unto this House, that he and those others of this House who were appointed to attend upon her Majesty had access unto her Highness yesterday in the Afternoon; And that they received from her Majesty most comfortable and gracious Speeches in far better sort and measure than he was any way able to repeat or open unto them, of her Highness great and inestimable loving care towards her loving Subjects, yea more than of her own self, or than any of them have of themselves. And as to the parts of the present humble Petition of this House unto her Highness in the grievances by the Purveyers and in the Court of Exchequer, It pleased her Majesty to tell them, that for the one, to wit the abuses of Purveyers, her Highness of her own Princely care towards her Subjects had given order unto the late Lord Steward to address his Letters unto all the Shires of this Realm for the due inquiry and Certificate of the misdemeanors of Purveyors in all places, for some courses thereupon to be had for convenient redress in the same: And that before any Order could well be taken for accomplishing that good intended effect, the Spaniards upon a suddain attempted the invasion of this Realm; by reason whereof (her Majesty said) the said purpose was not performed. And so shewing further, that her Majesty having as much skill, will and power to rule and govern her own Household as any Subject howsoever to rule and govern them without the help or aid of their Neighbours; so her Majesty minding very carefully of her own more great love and affection towards her dutiful and loving Subjects (whose most faithful and approved good love and fidelity towards her she more esteemeth than all the Treasures of the world besides) very shortly to cause a Collection to be made of all the. Laws already in force touching Purveyors, and also all the constitutions of her Highnesses Household in that case, and thereupon by the advice of her Judges and her Learned Council to set down such a Form and Plot for the said Redresses yea and that before the end of this present Session, as shall be as good and better for the ease of the Subjects than that which this House had attempted without her Privity, and in which they would have bereaved her Majesty the Honour, Glory and Commendation of the same. And touching the Exchequer she said, it was her Chamber, and so more near unto her than the Household: And that in the tenth year of her Raign her Majesty had caused certain Orders and Constitutions to be set down for the due and fit course of such things in the said Court as her Subjects seem to be grieved for. Vide concerning this matter on Saturday the 15th day, on Monday the 17th day, and on Tuesday the 27th day of February foregoing; as also on Tuesday the 4th day, and on Thursday the 6th day of this present March.

The Committees in the Bill for the Pier of Dover and Hartilpool (appointed to meet this day on Friday the 28th day of February foregoing) are defered till Monday next in the Afternoon at two of the Clock in the former place.

Mr Serjeant Shuttleworth and Mr Doctor Awberry do bring from the Lords two Bills; of which the first was an Act for the maintenance of Houses of Husbandry and Tillage, with commendation of the same Bills to the good consideration of this House to be dealt in by the House with all convenient speed that may be.

Mr Morrice and divers other Members of this House arguing to the Bill last read yesterday, it afterwards in the end passed upon the question.

Mr Edward Cook Esquire one of the Burgesses returned into this House for the Borough of Alborow in the County of Suffolk is for his necessary affairs licensed to depart.

On Monday the 10th day of March, Two Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill touching Writs of Covenant, &c. was read the third time, and a Proviso for the Lord Powes and Sir Edward Herbert and their Heirs, was thrice read, and after many Speeches both with the Bill and against the Bill, the said Bill was dashed upon the question.

The Bill against Pluralities and Non-Residents lately passed this House was sent up to the Lords by Mr Treasurer and others, who returning again from thence with the said Bill shewed, that their Lordships would be ready for them half an hour hence, and willed them then to come again. Upon which report it was thought good to attend their said Lordships leisure therein half an hour hence accordingly. And afterwards the said Bill was sent up by the said Mr Treasurer and others.

The Bill for the maintenance of the Pier of Dover with a Note of the Committees names are delivered to Mr Wroth one of the Committees in the same, who were appointed on Friday the 28th day of February foregoing.

The Bill for granting of four Fifteenths and Tenths and two entire Subsidies to her Majesty, being ordered upon the question to be read, was then read for the third reading, and passed upon the question accordingly.

On Tuesday the 11th day of March the Bill for relief of the City of Lincoln was upon the second reading committed unto Mr John Stubbs, the Burgesses of Norwich, the Burgesses of York and others, who were appointed to meet to Morrow at two of the Clock in the Afternoon in the Exchequer Chamber.

Mr Treasurer one of the Committees in the Bill for repairing of Dover-Haven (appointed on Friday the 28th day of February foregoing) shewed, that the said Committees have met and travailed in the said Bill, and do think good that concerning some things in the same there be a Conference prayed with the Lords; and thereupon it was assented, that the Bills last passed in this House should presently be sent up, and withal to make that request also unto their Lordships accordingly.

After which the Bill touching Pleadings in Actions of Trespass under the value of forty shillings, having had its last reading this Morning and passed the House, was with the Subsidy Bill sent up to the Lords by Mr Treasurer and others, with Commission to pray Conference with the Lords touching the Amendments desired by this House to be made in the said Bill for Dover-Haven.

Three Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the last being the Bill concerning the bringing in of salted Fish and salted Herrings, was upon the second reading committed unto Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Comptroller, Sir John Parrot, Mr. Vice-Chamberlain, the Burgesses of Oxford, Alborow, York, Norwich, Lincoln, Lin and Barwick and others, who were appointed to meet to Morrow at two of the Clock in the Exchequer Chamber.

Mr Doctor Awberry and Mr Doctor Cary do bring from the Lords the Bill lately passed this House for assurance to be made of the Jointure of Anne the Wife of Henry Nevill Esquire with some Amendments, which their Lordships pray to be considered of by this House.

Mr Treasurer and the residue returning from the Lords, he shewed, that they have had Conference with the Lords touching some parts of the said Bill for Dover-Haven, and reciting some particularities of the same shewed, that the Lords can like of such course of Amendment as by the said Committees of this House was moved unto them, if the House shall think good to set down and require those Amendments. And thereupon this form of amendment was assented unto by this House, viz. linea 18. after the word [And] put out all that followeth unto these words [be it] in the 20th line put out all from the end of the 20th line unto this word [that] in the 30th line.

Sir Edward Hobby, Mr Markham, Mr Buckley and Mr. Peter Evers were added to the Committees in the Bill for the City of Lincoln; and the Bill with the names was delivered to Sir Edward Dymock one of the Committees.

On Wednesday the 12th day of March, Five Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the last being the Bill against Aliens and Strangers retailing of Foreign Wares, was upon the second reading committed unto Mr. Vice-Chamberlain, Mr. Comptroller, Sir Robert Jermin, Sir William Moor and others, who were appointed to meet upon Friday next at two of the Clock in the Afternoon in the Exchequer Chamber.

Sir John Parrot one of the Committees for the Pier of Hartilpool brought in the Bill in the name of himself and the residue of the said Committees.

The Bill for the Pier of Hartilpool aforesaid was read the third time, and after many Arguments both with the Bill and likewise against the Bill, it was deferred to be further disputed and argued unto to Morrow.

On Thursday the 13th day of March, Three Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the last being the Bill touching Richard Southwell was upon the second reading committed unto Mr. Secretary Wolley, Mr. John Stanhope, Mr. Haydon, Mr. Recorder of London and others, who were appointed to meet in the Exchequer Chamber upon Saturday next at two of the Clock in the Afternoon.

The Bill concerning Leases made of Lands parcel of the Possessions of the Bishoprick of Oxford, was upon the second reading committed unto Mr. Treasurer, the Master of the Wardrobe, Mr. Cromwell, the Knights for the County of Oxford, Mr. Oglethorp and others, who were appointed to meet upon Saturday next in the Afternoon at two of the Clock in the Exchequer Chamber.

The Bill for repealing of certain Statutes with some Amendments was read, and afterwards referred to be further considered of by Mr. Grafton, Mr. Harris and Mr. Cromwell, and the Bill was then delivered to Mr. Cromwell.

The Amendments in the Bill for the maintenance of Dover-Haven being opened to the House, and the Bill read in such sort amended, was passed upon the question after a Proviso offered for the Cinque-Ports first refused upon another former question.

Mr. Doctor Ford and Mr. Doctor Cary do bring from the Lords the Bill lately passed this House and sent up to their Lordships for the better recovery of costs and damages against Informers, and passed since by their Lordships with a Proviso and some Amendments annexed to the same Bill.

After divers Arguments both with the Bill and against the Bill (but whether it were the Bill last before-mentioned to have been sent down from the Lords it appeareth not, although it seemeth to have been the same) and after a Proviso received upon the question and some Amendment also of one word in the Bill, viz. Sunderland to be put in the 14th line, and the word Soulderland to be put out of the Bill; And the said Bill with the Proviso and Amendment aforesaid being put to the question was dashed upon the question, and also upon the division of the House by the advantage of three persons, viz. with the Yea a hundred twenty six, and with the No a hundred twenty nine.

The Bill touching the bringing in of salted Fish and Herrings into this Realm was delivered to Mr. Wroth one of the Committees in the same.

On Friday the 14th day of March, Three Bills had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill for the Town of Barwick was read the second time, and thereupon committed unto Mr. Cromwell, Mr. Grimston, the Burgesses of Barwick, Mr. Robert Bowes and others, and the Bill was delivered to Mr. Cromwell, who with the rest was appointed to meet this Afternoon at two of the Clock in the Exchequer Chamber.

The Bill touching the Children of Aliens and Denizens was upon the second reading committed unto the Committees in the Bill for Retailers (appointed on Thursday the 12th day of this instant March foregoing) and for both to meet to Morrow in the Afternoon in the Exchequer Chamber.

Two Bills lastly had each of them one reading; of which the first being the Bill touching Mortmain was read the third time, and some Amendments then made being thrice read also, was after many Arguments both with the Bill and against the Bill, passed upon the question.

Mr. Serjeant Shuttleworth and Mr. Powle do bring from the Lords the Bill for the preservation of the Haven of Orford in the County of Suffolk lately passed this House, and since passed with their Lordships with a Proviso by them added in their passing of the same, which Proviso being thereupon presently thrice read, the same Proviso then passed also upon the question.

On Saturday the 15th day of March, Three Bills had each of them one reading; of which the third being the Bill to avoid Horse-stealing had its first reading.

The Amendments in the Bill for relief of the City of Lincoln being twice read, and the Bill also read in such sort amended, the Bill was upon the question committed to the former Committees, and unto Mr Vice-Chamberlain, Sir John Parrot, Mr Alford, the Master of the Wardrobe, Sir Robert Jermin and others, who were appointed to meet this present day at two of the Clock in the Afternoon in the Exchequer Chamber.

Mr. Doctor Clark and Mr. Doctor Stanhop did bring from the Lords a Bill against the Erecting and maintenance of Cottages. The former Committees were appointed on Mar. 11. Tuesday.

The Bill and Committees names concerning Leases made of the Lands parcel of the possession of the Bishoprick of Oxford, was delivered to Mr. Treasurer one of the Committees; And so likewise the Bill and Committees names touching Aliens and Strangers retailing of Foreign Wares, and also touching the Children of Aliens and Denizens.

The Bill and Committees names concerning Richard Southwell Esquire was delivered unto Mr. George Moor one of the Committees in the same.

The Amendments in the Bill for relief of the Curriers being twice read, the Bill was Ordered upon the question to be ingrossed.

On Monday the 17th day of March, Four Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the last being the Bill for pursuit of Hue and Cry, was upon the second reading committed unto Mr. Vice-Chamberlain, Mr. Shirley, Mr. Harris, Mr. Wroth, Sir William Moor, Mr. William Fleetwood and others, who were appointed to meet to Morrow at two of the Clock in the Afternoon in the Exchequer Chamber.

The Bill for Pleading at large in an Ejectione firmæ had its first and second reading, and an Amendment twice read, and upon the question Ordered to be ingrossed.

The Bill touching Forestallers, Regrators and Ingrossers was brought in by Mr. Treasurer one of the Committees without any thing done, and further report made; and so likewise the Bill for Denizens Children.

Mr. Speaker signified unto the House, that her Majesties gracious pleasure was, that it be signified unto them, that four of this House be specially chosen to have Conference with some of the Lords of her Highness most Honourable Privy Council and other Officers of her Houshold for convenient Orders and Constitutions to be made for .....

But what should here follow is by the great negligence of Mr. Fulk Onslow at this time Clerk of the House of Commons wholly omitted; yet it should seem that her Majesty did now by Mr. Speaker send word to the said House, that upon the above-mentioned Conference so had and passed according to her Majesties Prescription, the said House might proceed in the two Bills so often before agitated on Saturday the 15th day, on Monday the 17th, and on Thursday the 27th day of February foregoing, and on Tuesday the 4th day, Thursday the 6th day, Saturday the 8th day of this instant March preceding touching Purveyors and some exacted Fees in the Exchequer: which the rather may be gathered, because (it should seem) the House did presently upon this Message appoint the Committees in either Bill a time for their meeting to consider of them accordingly. And yet this also is set down in the said JournalBook very imperfectly in these words only following, viz. for the Purveyors this Afternoon, and for the Exchequer to Morrow in the Afternoon.

After many Speeches touching the present state of the Paper-Book of the Bill for relief of Thomas Haselrigg Esquire being altered in some parts differing from the ingrossed Bill in Parchment since the ingrossing of the same Bill; It is upon the question Ordered, that the said Paper-Book shall be by the Clerk of this House reformed again in all parts of the same agreeably to the said ingrossed Bill; And that thereupon the said ingrossed Bill should be then read accordingly, which was so thereupon read for the third reading. And upon the question in the 4th line these words [one well experimented in slights and deceits as is supposed] were put out and these words were put in the 5th line after the word [further] and these words [or his Heirs] in the six and twentieth line after this word [Haselrigg] in the same line; which amendments being three times read, and the Bill passed upon the question, the same Bill was thereupon delivered to Sir Edward Hobby to be by him carried to Mr Treasurer and those others who were but lately before gone up to the Lords with five other Bills: To the end they might then also deliver that Bill likewise to the Lords with those others; of which one, being the principal, was for the assurance of certain Lands and Tenements to the maintenance of the free Grammar School of Tunbridge in the County of Kent.

Mr Serjeant Puckering and Mr Attorney General coming from the Lords, the said Mr. Serjeant brought a Bill from the Lords for Confirmation of a Subsidy granted by the Clergy, with an Instrument of the same under Seal, and a Bill touching Horses, Armour and weapons, with very special commendation of the same Bills as things of very great importance. And the said Mr. Attorney brought again from the Lords the Bill for the relief of Thomas Haselrigg Esquire, this present day passed in this House, and afterwards sent up to their Lordships, but (as he said) brought up but with four or five Members of this House in sort not erst accustomed; whereof as their Lordships did much marvel, so did they return the same Bill back unto this House again, not any way misliking of the Bill at all, but that it might by further consideration of this House be sent up again when this House should think good, with a greater number of the Members of this House after their accustomed manner whereby their Lordships might think the Bill had passed this House with good and full liking of the same: And said further, that their Lordships commanded him to desire Mr. Speaker to put this House in remembrance, for the speedy proceeding of this House in the Bills sent from their Lordships unto this House, and some of them specially recommended from their Lordships to this House, whereof the said Lords did name five, viz. one concerning Captains and Souldiers, another touching excess of Apparel, a third touching Houses of Husbandry and Tillage, a fourth against Horse-stealing, and the fifth against the erecting and maintenance of Cottages, as very necessary Laws for the Commonwealth: And that therefore their Lordships do estsoons desire the said Bills may with all convenient speed be considered of and expedited, especially for that it is very like that this Parliament draweth near unto an end. Which being reported unto the House by Mr. Speaker, the said Bill for Haselrigg was presently sent to the Lords by the Master of the Wardrobe and a convenient number of others.

Two Bills lastly of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill to avoid Horse-stealing was read the second time.

On Tuesday the 18th day of March the Bill for Repeal of certain Statutes was brought in again without any report by Mr Harris one of the Committees.

Four Bills upon the third reading having passed this House were sent up to the Lords by Mr Treasurer and others; of which two of them were, one touching forcible Entries, and the other concerning pleading at large in an Ejectione firmæ.

Two Bills also had each of them their third reading; of which the second was the Bill for the relief of the Curriours; and after some amendments added unto it being likewise read three times, the Bill was upon the question and the division of the House dashed by the difference of thirty voices, viz. with the Yea ninety, and with the No one hundred and twenty.

Mr. Treasurer one of the Committees in the Bill against strangers Retaylers of foreign Wares (appointed on Wednesday the 12th day of this instant March foregoing) brought in the Bill again with some amendments, which were not then read.

After divers Motions it is ordered upon the question, That the Serjeant of this House do bring in Thomas Drury Gentleman into this House to Morrow at ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, to answer unto those things which he shall be charged with, as well on the behalf of this whole House, as of some particular Member of the same. Vide concerning this business on Friday the 21th day of February foregoing, and on Friday the 7th day of this instant March last past, as also upon Wednesday the 19th day of the same March ensuing.

Mr. Doctor Clark and Mr. Doctor Cary do bring from the Lords two Bills; of which the last was that Children of Aliens shall pay strangers Customes. And a little after the foresaid Doctors did bring word from the Lords, that their Lordships do desire Conference to Morrow at eight of the Clock in the morning with those of this House, which were committed in the Bill that lately passed in this House for the true payment of the Debts of Thomas Hanford; for that their Lordships having sent for the said Hanford to his House, and not finding him there, left peremptory Order for his repair to their Lordships at a day already past, and wherein he hath failed of his appearance before them; and shew further, that their Lordships have appointed six of themselves for that Conference, to wit, two Earls, two Barons and two Bishops; and thereupon Mr Cromwell, Mr Markham, Mr Recorder of London, Mr Faunshaw, Mr Osborn, and Mr Francis Hastings were added to the former Committees, and to attend upon the said Committees of the Lords to Morrow at eight of the Clock in the Forenoon according to the said appointment of their Lordships.

The Bill against Erecting and Maintenance of Cottages was upon the second reading committed unto Mr. Vice-Chamberlain, Sir Henry Knyvet, Mr. Wroth and others, and the Bill was delivered to Mr. Vice-Chamberlain, who with the rest was appointed to meet to Morrow in the Afternoon at two of the Clock in the Exchequer Chamber.

The Bill for relief of the City of Lincoln was brought in by Mr. Vice-Chamberlain one of the Committees in the same, who shewed, that they have met and conferred upon the same Bill, and have amended it in four parts thereof, and sheweth wherein, leaving the same to the further proceeding of this House in the expediting thereof.

Mr. Vice-Chamberlain shewed that he and divers others of the Committees of this House met yesterday in Conference about the matter touching abuses of Purveyors, and received all such Informations as were then delivered untothem, which (he said) were very many and foul and some of them offered to be proved true in such sort as the same had been reported unto them; and so moving this House to make choice of four of the Members of the same to be specially selected to attend upon the Lords in the said matter according to her Majesties said pleasure formerly signified unto them by Mr. Speaker, Sir Henry Knyvet, Mr. Thomas Cromwell, Mr. John Hare and Mr. Robert Wroth were thereupon nominated for that purpose and Ordered and assented that all the Members of this House might at their pleasure (in the mean time of the said Conference so to be had with the Lords) repair unto the said Sir Henry Knyvet, Mr. Thomas Cromwell, Mr. John Hare and Mr. Robert Wroth and to every or any one of them, with such instructions either in writing or by information otherwise as they shall think fit, for the better furnishing of the same Sir Henry Knyvet, Mr. Cromwell, Mr. Hare and Mr. Wroth, with matter against the time of the said conference to be had with the Lords.

Nota, That this House having formerly dealt in this matter, and in reforming some exactions of the Exchequer, had been forbidden by her Majesty to deal any further therein; and yet afterwards upon some new considerations had leave for their further proceeding in the said matter, as see before on Saturday the 15th day and on Thursday the 17th day and on Monday the 27th day of February foregoing, and on Tuesday the 4th day, Thursday the 6th day, Saturday the 8th day and on Monday the 17th day of this instant March last past.

Mr. Vice-Chamberlain one of the Committees in the Bill of Hue and Cry (appointed on Saturday the 15th day of this instant March foregoing) shewed, that in respect of other particular attendance committed unto him in her Majesties service elsewhere, he could not be at the said Commitment this Afternoon; and therefore prayed he may be excused and some other appointed in his stead. Whereupon presently Sir John Parrot and the Master of the Wardrobe were added to the former Committees; and the said Mr. Vice-Camberlain withdrawn: And the Bill together with the names of the Committees was then delivered to the said Sir John Parrot.

On Wednesday the 19th day of March the Bill concerning Glass-houses and Glass-Furnaces was upon the second reading committed unto Sir William Moore, Mr. George Moore, Mr. Markham and others, and the Bill was delivered to Sir William Moore, who with the rest was appointed to meet in the Exchequer Chamber at two of the Clock this Afternoon.

The Bill for the Lady Gressam was upon the second reading committed unto Mr. Cromwell, Mr. Graston, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Recorder of London and others, who were appointed to meet in the Exchequer Chamber to Morrow in the Afternoon at two of the Clock.

The Bill against discontinuances in Writs of Error in the Courts of Exchequer and the Kings Bench, was read the second time, and upon further Motion was read again for the third reading thereof, and so passed upon the question.

The Master of the Wardrobe one of the Committees in the Bill touching Leases of the Lands Parcel of the Possession of the Bishoprick of Oxford, brought in the same Bill, with report that the said Committees do think the same Bill not meet to be further dealt in by this House.

The Bill concerning Captains and Souldiers was read the second time, and after the doubtfulness of the voices upon two several questions for the commitment thereof, was upon the division of the House by the difference of thirty five Persons Ordered to be committed, (viz. with the Yea one hundred thirty one, and with the No ninety six) unto all the Privy Council being of this House, Sir Henry Knyvet, Mr Wroth, Mr Lieutenant of the Tower, Mr North and others, who were appointed to meet upon Friday next in the Exchequer Chamber at two of the Clock in the Afternoon.

Sir John Parrot one of the Committees in the Bill touching Hue and Cry brought in the Bill again with report, that the Committees have met and conferred upon the same Bill, and finding good Laws in force already touching that matter are of opinion, that in respect also partly of the shortness of this Parliament likely to ensue, the said Bill may be reserved to be further considered of in another Session.

Thomas Drurie Gent. being brought to the Bar was charged by Mr Speaker in the name of this whole House with great and deep offences committed by him against the whole State of this House in general, in having untruly reported and given out both to some of the Lords in the Upper House, and also to divers others Persons elsewhere, that he could have no justice in this House, nor could himself be heard, nor have his Witnesses in his Cause heard, neither in the House nor before the Committees, and also against divers Members of this House in particular, in offering unto some of them great threats, and to some others of them great sums of Money to speak in this House for him and not against him, and likewise in using of hard Speeches both to some of them and of some of them, to the great discredit, wrong and prejudice both of the whole State of this said House in general, and also of divers Members of the same in particular; for that in very deed he had been heard at large both in this House and also before the Committees: and for that likewise sundry of his misbehaviours towards divers Members of this House were directly proved in this House against him, to the full satisfaction of this House in the same. And so was required by Mr Speaker to answer therein for himself. Whereupon the said Thomas Drurie in very humble sort and good terms sought to excuse himself, not directly acknowledging any the said offences, but humbly craving pardon of this House, if he had committed any such. And then being sequestred the House till his said pretended Speeches of excuse and conditional form of craving pardon were considered of, it was by divers of the Members of this House, grieved and touched with his said misbehaviours, delivered in their Motions and Speeches, that as for their own particular they could be pleased upon his confession of his said offences and his due submission thereupon to remit the same, so in regard of the publick injury by him done to the whole House, they referred the further consideration thereof to the same House.

It should seem that these speeches and misdemeanours of Thomas Druric Gentleman were accasioned by a certain Bill (which passed the House against him upon Monday the 17th day of this instant March foregoing) for the relief of Thomas Haselrigg Esquire; of which matter see on Friday the 21. day of February preceeding, and upon Friday the 7th day and on Tuesday the 18th day of this instant March last past, and upon Friday the 21. day of this said Month.

Which very Bill also having been this day read secunda & tertia vice in the Upper House, (and having had also its first reading before with the Lords) was by them concluded and sent down to the House of Commons, and now brought to them (whilest it should seem they were in agitation of these misdemeanours of the said Thomas Drurie) by Mr Doctor Ford and Mr Doctor Stanhop, with some amendments; but the sending down of the said Bill is omitted in the original Journal-Book of the said House.

On Thursday the 20th day of March two Bills had each of them one reading; of which the second being the Bill for continuance and perfecting of divers Statutes was upon the second reading committed unto Mr Morrice, Mr Hare, Mr Wroth and others; and the Bill was delivered to Mr Wroth, who with the rest was appointed to meet in Serjeants-Inn Hall in Fleetstreet this present day at two of the Clock this Afternoon.

The amendments in the Bill for the relief of the City of Lincoln being twice read, the Bill was upon the question ordered to be ingrossed.

The amendments in the Bill for the relief of George Ognell Esquire were twice read, and after many arguments was deferred from the question of ingrossing, till my Lord of Warwick's Council be further heard; which was first appointed to have been done to Morrow at two of the Clock, but upon a further Motion of Mr Sutton, alledging my Lord of Warwick not to be in Town, is deferred till Monday next at 10 of the Clock.

Mr Doctor Stanhop and Mr Powle do bring word from the Lords, that touching the Bill lately passed this House against secret Outlawries, and sent up unto their Lordships, they have considered thereof with some advice of the Judges, and do pray that some six of this House do meet this Afternoon at two of the Clock in the Chamber of the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas at Serjeants-Inn in Fleetstreet, that thereupon some such good course may be taken, as the same Bill may be made to become a Law. And thereupon were then nominated for that purpose Mr Alford, Mr John Hare, Mr Harris, Mr White, Mr Shirley, Mr Grafton, Mr Cromwell, and appointed to meet at two of the Clock this Afternoon at the said Serjeants-Inn in the Chamber thereof the said Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.

Mr Vice-Chamberlain one of the Committees in the Bill against the erecting and maintenance of Cottages shewed, that the Committees have met together and considered of the same Bill, and in their own opinions have thought good, that some things in the same Bill were very meet to be put out of the same, and some other things to be put in; And also a proviso fit to be added to the same, and shewed how and wherein. And moved further, that some of this House may be sent to the Lords to pray conference whith their Lordships touching the said amendments and Proviso for the passage of the said Bill. Whereupon Mr Vice-Chamberlain and sundry other of the former Committees were presently sent to their Lordships to move for Conference, and the Bill lately expedited and passed in this House against discontinuances in Writs of Error in the Court of Exchequer and the Kings Bench was then sent up by them unto their Lordships. Vide de ista materia in fine hujus diei.

Four Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the last being the Bill against abuses in election of Scholars and Presentations to Benefices had its first reading, and then read also again for the second reading of the same, and was committed unto Mr Treasurer, Mr Vice-Chamberlain, Mr Secretary Wolley, the Master of the Wardrobe, Sir Philip Butler and others, and the Bill was delivered to Mr Treasurer, who with the rest was appointed to meet at two of the Clock this Afternoon in the Exchequer Chamber.

Sir Edward Hobby, Mr Shirley, Mr Francis Moor and Mr Morrice for the Exchequer matter.

It should seem that these were appointed to consider of the Bill referred before upon Friday the 14th day of February, touching certain Exactions imposed upon the Subject by certain Officers of the Exchequer; which is the more plain, because Sir Edward Hobby, who then preferred it and obtained the first reading thereof, is here named in the first place now again to consider of it; which it seems was occasioned by the stopping of this Bill, and another touching Purveyors by reason of her Majesties dislike, and the entring of the House again upon the treating of them after her Highness had been fully satisfied with their clear and honest intentions therein. Concerning which matters see more on Saturday the 15th day, on Monday the 17th day, and on Thursday the 27th day of February foregoing; as also on Tuesday the 4th day, Thursday the 6th day, Saturday the 8th day, Monday the 17th day, and on Tuesday the 18th day of this instant March last past.

Mr Vice-Chamberlain and the residue returning from the Lords he shewed, that they have had Conference together with a Committee of the Lords, and that their Lordships after some long and effectual Arguments used by them for maintenance of all the parts of the said Bill in sort as the same Bill now is, without any great cause or necessity of such amendments as this House doth require in the same; Their Lordships yet nevertheless were pleased to gratifie the House in yielding to assent unto their request of the same amendments; wishing withal that this House in the same their amendments would have consideration of such Cottages as might happen to be erected for the burning of Lime or making of Brick, during the time only of such burning of Lime or making of Tyles and Bricks.

On Friday the 21th day of March, Four Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the third being the Bill for the repeal of certain Statutes was read the third time and passed upon the question.

Mr Vice-Chamberlain, Mr De-la-Bar, Mr Palmer and others are appointed to meet this day in the Afternoon in the Exchequer Chamber at two of the Clock for the Glass-Houses.

The Bill against excess in apparel was upon the second reading committed unto Mr Comptroller, Mr Lieutenant of the Tower, Mr Cromwell, Mr Jones, Mr Morrice and others, who were appointed to meet to Morrow at two of the Clock in the Afternoon in the Exchequer Chamber.

The Amendments made by the Lords in the Bill for the relief of Thomas Haselrigg Esquire, and in the Bill for the better recovery of Costs and damages against common Informers, before passed this House and sent up unto their Lordships, and the Proviso added by the Lords to the said last recited Bill, were three times read, and the same Proviso and Amendments were thereupon passed upon the question accordingly.

Mr Vice-Chamberlain one of the Committees in the Bill against the erecting and maintenance of Cottages shewed, that since their Conference with the Lords yesterday he and the residue of the same Committees have met together and agreed upon the setting down of such further Amendments in the said Bill as were liked of both by the Committees of the Lords and also by the Committees of this House: And thereupon the said Amendments and the Proviso also being twice read, the said Proviso was Ordered to be ingrossed.

Mr Treasurer one of the Committees in the Bill against Abuses in Elections of Scholars and Presentations to Benefices shewed, that the Committees have met together and considered of the said Bill, and have devised some Amendments to be made of the same; which Amendments being then opened to the House and read and liked well of, and also an Addition to the same Bill offered by Mr Wroth being likewise open and read to the House and liked well of, he moved that Conference might be prayed of the Lords touching the same Amendments and Addition for the better passing of the said Bill: Whereunto this House assented accordingly.

Mr Serjeant Puckering and Mr Doctor Awberry do bring from the Lords a Bill concerning the Almeshouse of Lamborn in the County of Berks, with further Message from the Lords, That their Lordships desire that Mr Speaker would put this House in remembrance to have care of speedy expediting the Bills they have in hand, the rather for that this Parliament draweth near unto an end; and to shew them withal that her Majesty is very desirous that this Parliament should end before Easter if it might be without lett or hindrance to the passing of those good Laws that they are in hand with for the good of the Common Wealth, and wisheth very earnestly it might end upon Wednesday next. And their Lordships do likewise desire that this House would have care of the good Laws passed with their Lordships and sent down to this House, and especially that concerning Horses, Armour and Weapons; which as they did recommend unto this House from themselves, so do they now in like sort recommend the same from her Majesty by her Highness special direction. And that their Lordships do further pray, that if this House have any Bills ready, they would send them unto their Lordships, who will deal in the same very willingly having now leisure.

Three Bills which passed this House this present day, two of which were, one for repeal of certain Statutes, and the other for the Naturalizing of Joice Lambert, were sent up to the Lords by Mr Treasurer and others, with Commission further to pray Conference with their Lordships touching the said Amendments and Addition to the said Bill against Abuses of Elections of Scholars and Presentations to Benefices.

The Bill for relief of the City of Lincoln was read the third time, and after many Arguments both with the Bill and against the Bill, passed upon the question, with the difference of fifty three persons, upon the division of the House, viz. with the Bill a hundred and eighteen, and against the Bill sixty five persons. Which difference being reported to the House, the Bill was afterwards according to the antient Orders of this House in such Cases, carried out and brought in again by Mr Vice-Chamberlain with the Bill in his hand, followed and attended on by all the Members of this House then present, as well those that had first before given their Voices against the passing of the said Bill, as those that had given their Voices with the passing of the same.

Mr Treasurer and the residue returning from the Lords he shewed, that they had conferred with their Lordships touching the said Amendments and Addition to the said Bill against the Abuses in Election of Scholars and Presentations to Benesices; And that their Lordships do like very well of the same: And do further wish that this House in their said Amendments would have a further Consideration also for notice to be given in some Cases to the Patrons of Benefices which may happen to become void in some sort by reason of some part of the Law intended in the said Bill, and referred them therein further for the better Explanation thereof unto Mr. Morrice one other of the said Committees, unto whom then the said Bill was there upon delivered to be provided for likewise in that point accord ingly.

Upon a Motion made by Mr. Francis Hastings for the setting at liberty of Thomas Drury Gentleman, lately Committed by this House to the Serjeants Custody, the said Thomas Drury was presently brought to the Bar and discharged by Mr. Speaker in the name of the whole House, paying his Fees. Vide concerning this business upon Friday the 21th day of February preceeding, and upon Friday the 7th day, Tuesday the 18th day, and on Wednesday the 19th day of March last past.

Upon a Motion made by Mr. Markham on the behalf of Mr. Aylmer, that with the good favour and liking of this ...... But what should here follow is wholly omitted by the negligence of Mr. Fulk Onslow Clerk of the House of Commons; although it should seem, that this Motion made by Mr. Markham was in the behalf of Mr. Aylmer against Mr. Puleston touching the invalidity of his Election for Knight of the County of Denbigh in Wales. Of all which matters see on Wednesday the 12th day, Monday the 17th day, and on Wednesday the 19th day of February foregoing.

On Saturday the 22th day of March Mr. Palmer one of the Committees in the Bill touching the gaging of Casks and other Foreign Vessels, bringeth in the Bill with some Amendments and Provisoes. The same Amendments and Provisoes being twice read, the Bill was upon the question Ordered to be ingrossed.

Two Bills of no great moment had each of them their first reading; of which the first was, that Children of Aliens shall pay Strangers Customs.

Mr. Cromwell one of the Committees in the Bill for Continuation and perfecting of divers Statutes, bringeth in the Bill with some Additions, and shewing the same prayeth the reading thereof, which were afterwards twice read, and the said Bill and Additions upon the Question were Ordered to be ingrossed.

Mr. Treasurer one of the Committees in the Bill against Election of Scholars and Presentations to Benefices, bringeth in the Amendments in all parts reformed according to the Assent of this House therein Yesterday, referring the residue of the report thereof to be made unto this House by Mr. Morrice, who shewing all the parts of the same, the said Amendments and Proviso were twice read, and then the same Proviso being ready ingrossed in Parchment and Examined by the Paper-Book, was offered to the House for the more speedy expediting of the said Bill, which with the Amendments and Proviso aforesaid were read, and the said Bill in such sort being put to the question, passed accordingly.

Four Bills were sent up to the Lords by Mr. Treasurer and others; of which the two first were, one for relief of the City of Lincoln, and the other against Abuses in Elections of Scholars and Presentations of Benefices with the Amendments and a Proviso.

The Bill concerning the Almeshouse of Lamborn in the County of Berks, was upon the second reading committed unto Mr. Vice-Chamberlain, Mr. Alford, Mr. Hill, Mr. Morrice, Mr. Graston, Mr. Francis Moore and others who were appointed to confer presently in the Committees Chamber.

Four Bills of no great moment had each of them one reading; of which the second being against the false packing of Hops was read the third time, with the words [Authority Royal] inserted in the Bill twice read, and these words also [this Act to continue to the end of the next Session of Parliament] thrice read, but this Bill was upon the question dashed.

Mr. Doctor Carew and Mr. Poole did bring from the Lords the Bill for the better assurance of certain Lands and Tenements to the maintenance of the free Grammar School of Tunbridge in the County of Kent, before passed this House and sent up to their Lordships, and now passed also by their Lordships with some Amendments therein offered by them to this House.

The Bill against the Erecting and maintenance of Cottages in former sort amended, together with the Proviso to the same Bill, being all the third time read passed upon the question accordingly.

On Monday the 24th day of March Mr Anderson was licensed to depart about her Majesties Service.

Two Bills had each of them one reading; of which the first being the Bill concerning GlassHouses was brought in by Mr De-la-bar one of the Committees, in sort as it was delivered unto them, and thereupon being twice read was after sundry Speeches and division of the House Ordered to be ingrossed, viz. With the Yea one thirty five, hundred and with the No forty three.

Mr Vice-Chamberlain one of the Committees in the Bill touching Captains and Souldiers shewed, that the Committees have met and conferred the Bill with the old Laws already in force, and finding many imperfections both in the old Laws and also in the new Law offered by the said Bill, shewed forth a Note collected of the same imperfections, and also of sundry sharp and dangerous Points in both the same Laws, and especialy in the said later Law, which was thereupon then read accordingly.

Mr Comptroller one of the Committees in the Bill against excess of Apparel shewed likewise the meeang and travail of the Committees in the same Bill, with some amendments thought sit by them to be added to the said Bill, which amendments were also then read in the House and refered to be further considered of afterwards, and more fully and advisedly compared with those Laws which are already in force.

The Bill for continuation and perfecting of divers Statutes had its third reading, and after some Speeches and Motions for some Reformations and Additions was passed upon the question without any such Reformation or Addition at all.

Five Bills were sent up to the Lords at two several times this day, the first four being of no great moment by Mr Treasurer and others, of which the last was the Bill for the continuance and perfecting of certain Statutes; and the fifth touching the Gaging of Casks and other Foreign Vessels was sent up by Mr Comptroller and others, which said Bill had passed the House this very Morning a little before it was sent up.

Mr Tasborough one of the Committees in the Bills concerning Jurors and Freeholders shewed, that the Committees have met and had conference together about the same Bill, and having used also therein the privity and advices of the Judges, and also of some of her Majesties Learned Council, have thought good to make a new Bill for that purpose, and so offered the same new Bill, and prayed the present reading of the same, which was thereupon then read accordingly. And afterwards upon a further Motion the same was read again for the second reading, and Ordered upon the question to be ingrossed.

Mr Doctor Clark and Mr. Doctor Awberry do bring word from the Lords, that their Lordships do pray Conference with some of this House in the Bill concerning Captains and Souldiers, and in the Bill against Excess of Apparel, this present day at two of the Clock this Afternoon in the Council Chamber at the Court. Which being signified unto this House by Mr. Speaker, It was Ordered thereupon that the former Committees in both the said Bills should attend their Lordships at the said time and place. And the names of the Committees in both the said Bills were read by the Clerk. And that Mr. Morrice one of the said Committees in the said Bill concerning Captains and Souldiers should shew unto their Lordships the great imperfections conceived by this House in the same Bill, and also the reasons (if their Lordships should require it, and else not) without any further Conference or reply unto any answer to be made by their Lordships unto the said Reasons of this House so as before to be rendred.

After which the aforesaid Doctors did bring from the Lords the Bill touching forcible Entries with amendments, which lately passed this House, and was sent up to their Lordships; and thereupon the same Bill was referred over to be further considered of touching the same amendments, unto Mr. Morrice, Mr. Harries, Mr.Atkins, and others; and the Bill was delivered to Mr. Harries, who with the rest was appointed to meet this Afternoon at four of the Clock in the Middle-Temple Hall.

Thomas Shuter and Humfrey Wall returned into this House Burgesses for the Borough of Lemster in the Country of Hereford, are for their special and necessary businesses licensed to depart.

On Tuesday the 25th day of March it was Ordered upon the question, that both the Learned Councel of the Lord of Warwick, and of George Ognell do attend this House to Morrow in the Morning, and that the Serjeant of this House do make the said Earl of Warwick privy unto the same.

Mr. Treasurer reported, that he and the residue appointed by this House to attend the Lords yesterday at Court touching the Bill of Captains and Souldiers, were there accordingly, and shewed unto their Lordships the opinion of this House touching the same Bill; and that their Lordships did make answer unto the same: But what their answers were, is wholly omitted through the negligence of the Clerk.

Mr. Doctor Carie and Mr. Powle do bring word from the Lords, that their Lordships do desire present Conference with some of this House in a Bill for continuation and perfecting of certain Statutes; and thereupon it was, upon relation thereof made to the House by Mr Speaker, ordered, that the former Committees in the same Bill and divers others now added unto them, be presently sent to their Lordships accordingly, and withal the Bill for confirmation of two Subsidies granted by the Clergy, and the Bill touching Jurors (both which passed the House this Morning) and the Bill touching the Free School of Tunbridge in Kent were sent up to their Lordships by Mr. Vice-Chamberlain and others, with request of this House for special Commendation to be made to their Lordships for their favourable considerations of the said Bill touching the said Jurors.

The Bill for maintenance of Houses of Husbandry and Tillage was upon the second reading committed unto all the Privy. Council, Mr. Cromwell, Mr. Wroth and others, to meet this Afternoon at two of the Clock in the Exchequer Chamber.

The Bill that the Children of Aliens shall pay Strangers Customs was read the second time, and after many Speeches both ways it was committed to the former Committees to meet at the said former time and place, and both the same Bills were delivered to Mr. Vice-Chamberlain.

On Wednesday the 26th day of March the Bill concerning Denizens Children was read the second time; the Bill also against Strangers retailing of Foreign Wares was amended by the Committee (appointed on Wednesday the 12th day of this instant March foregoing) which said Amendments being brought in by them with the Bill were now twice read, although it be mistaken in the Original Journal-Book, that the Bill it self had its second reading.

Mr. Doctor Cury and Mr. Powle did bring from the Lords the Bill against privy and secret Outlawries, which had its first reading.

Sir John Parrott shewed that her Majesty told him, that she thought it requisite that provision were had for her Majesty as well as for her Subjects against the imbezelling and purloining of her Armour, Weapons and other Habiliments of War; and offereth a Bill to the House to that end, and prayeth a present reading of the same.

The Bill against imbezelling of Armour, Munition and other Habiliments of War was twice read and Ordered to be ingrossed, and read the third time and passed upon the question, and presently sent up to the Lords by Sir John Parrot and others.

The House was this day called, and the defaults noted (upon a former Motion this day made by Sir John Parrot) by her Majesties Pleasure, upon some intelligence given to her Highness of the small number of the Members of this House presently attending the service of the same, the one half at the least supposed to be absent.

Mr. Vice-Chamberlain and the residue of the Committees returning from the Lords, he shewed, that according to the Commission of this House they prayed Conference with their Lordships touching such parts in the Bill concerning Houses of Husbandry and Tillage, as this House had thought meet to be considered of; and that thereupon their Lordships asked them, if they then were ready for Conference. Whereunto he and the residue Answered, they were. And thereupon (the Committees of this House being sequestred) their Lordships did send unto them a Committee of themselves, unto whom he and the residue of the Committees of this House did impart the opinion of this House touching the said Bill, together with such Amendments of the same as this House prayed their Lordships Assent and good-liking unto. And that thereupon the Committees of the Lords willing the Committees of this House to stay a while for Answer went in again to the Lords, and some of them shortly after returning brought from their Lordships this Answer, That we of this House were possessed of the said Bill and might do therewith as should seem good unto us; and that when it should come back again to them, their Lordships would then likewise do therewith as they should think good.

On Thursday the 27th day of March the Bill against secret Outlawries had its second and third reading, and passed upon the Question.

The Councel learned both of the Earl of Warwick and also of George Ognell were brought into this House to the Bar and heard at large, and then sequestred again; and afterwards being called in again received their Answer of this House by the Mouth of Mr. Speaker. Vide principium diei Martis diei 25 Martii instantis.

The Bill against Forestalling, regrating and ingrossing had its first reading, and upon another Motion was read again, and upon one question Ordered to be ingrossed.

The Amendments and a Proviso in the Bill for maintenance of Houses of Husbandry and Tillage being thrice read, and the Bill read the third time, the said Bill, Amendments and Proviso passed upon the question.

Mr. Doctor Cary and Mr. Doctor Stanhop do bring from the Lords the Bill for the relief of the City of Lincoln, with some Amendments of their Lordships unto the same, with further Advertisement from the Lords, that their Lordships do suspend their proceeding in the Bill for continuance and perfecting of certain Statutes (lately sent from this House to their Lordships) until their Lordships do hear from this House of the Proceedings of this House in the Bill for maintenance of Houses of Husbandry and Tillage.

The Bill against privy and secret Outlawries, and the Bill with Amendments and Proviso lately passed in this House are sent up to the Lords by Mr. Vice-Chamberlain and others.

Nota, That both the sending down of the former Bill from the Lords and the sending up of this latter to their Lordships, are omitted in the Original Journal-Book of the Upper House; where it should seem there being no Bill read, the Clerk of that House, being then Anthony Mason, did very negligently omit the Entrance of any thing else besides the continuance of the Parliament to a further day.

The Bill to avoid House-stealing had its third reading, and passed upon the question.

On Friday the 28th day of March the Amendments of the Lords in the Bill touching forcible Entries, and also the Amendments of this House being all thrice read, are agreed by this House upon the question to be passed accordingly.

The Bill against Forestalling, Regrating and Ingrossing was upon the question and division of the House Ordered to be presently read for the third reading thereof, viz. with the Yea fifty six, and with the No thirty. A Proviso to the same Bill was offered to the House and twice read and ingrossed, and also once read for the ingrossing thereof, and so the Bill upon the question and division of the House was passed by the yielding of the negative Voices without going through with telling of the whole numbers on both sides, and was sent presently up to the Lords by Sir John Parrot; and a little after two other Bills, the one to avoid House-stealing, and the other touching forcible Entries, were likewise sent up to the Lords by Mr. Treasurer and others.

The Bill against such as lieal and imbezel the Goods, Chattels or Treasure of her Majesty being put in trust with the same, was read the first time.

The Bill that Aliens Children shall pay Strangers Customs was read the third time, and a Proviso added unto it thrice read; the Bill and Proviso upon the question and division of the House dashed, with the Yea sixty four, and with the No seventy four.

Mr. Doctor Cary and Mr. Powle do bring from the Lords the Bill for relief of the City of Lincoln, with an Addition of this word [yearly] added to their former Amendments, for the explaining of the same Amendments. All which Amendments being thrice read, were upon the question assented unto by this House.

Nota, That this Bill was brought down from the Lords to the House yesterday, and therefore it should seem upon some doubts the House made touching their Lordships Amendments, it was carried back again, and those Amendments explained by the word above-mentioned, and so being brought down again this day, the said Amendments were thrice read and passed the House.

On Saturday the 29th day of March Mr. Doctor Stanhop and Mr. Powle do bring from the Lords the Bill lately passed this House for continuation and perfecting of certain Statutes, with a Schedule unto the same added and annexed by their Lordships, and the same Schedule being thrice read, passed upon the Question.

The Bill for the relief of the City of Lincoln being perfected according to the Amendments of the Lords, and the Bill also for continuance of Statutes with the Schedule to the same, were sent up to the Lords by the Master of the Wardrobe and others.

The Amendments of the Committees of this House to the Bill against excess of Apparel was denied upon the Question to be opened unto the House.

The Bill against such as steal or imbezel the Goods, Chattels or Treasure of her Majesty, was brought in again by Mr. Harris one of the Committees in the same, as not to be sufficiently considered of for lack of time, the same Bill consisting of many parts.

Mr. Serjeant Puckering and Mr. Serjeant Shuttleworth did bring word from the Lords, that their Lordships do pray present Conference with some twenty or more of this House to meet with their Lordships in the nether room of the Upper House, and the rest not to depart until the return of the same Committees. Whereupon were appointed for that purpose all the Privy Council of this House, Sir William Hatton, Mr. Wroth, Mr. North, Mr. Lieutenant of the Tower, Mr. Wade, Mr. Mills, Mr. Juers, Mr. Henry Grey, Sir Edward Dymock, Mr. Robert Bowes, Mr. Harris, Mr. Heydon, Mr. Francis Moore, Sir George Barne, Mr. Robert Cecill, Mr. Shirley, Mr. Dyer, Mr. Hare, Mr. Ralph Bowes, Sir Francis Hinde, Mr. Preston, Mr. White, Mr. Hill, Mr. Henry Brooke and the Master of the Jewel-House.

Mr. Treasurer in the name of the rest of the Committees did bring word from the Lords, that their Lordships have had Conference amongst themselves of the great practices and Treasons heretofore intended against her Majesties Person, State and Kingdom; And therefore ..... What should here follow is wholly omitted by the great negligence of Mr. Fulk Onslow at this time Clerk of the House of Commons; as also the Speeches of Mr. Vice-Chamberlain, of Mr. Secretary Wolley, of Sir John Parrot, Mr. Comptroller, and of Mr. Fortescue; for the inserting of which said Speeches there is left a blank of near upon two whole Pages; and yet it may be probably gathered what the scope and end of all the said several and respective Speeches were, out of a question following, which Mr. Speaker propounded at the end of them, viz. That seeing most of all those Treasons which had been practised against her Majesty, had been either Plotted in Spain or procured by Spain, and all the Rebellions during her Highness Reign, raised either in England or Ireland had been countenanced from thence; to which as the upshot of all, that his late intended, ambitious and blood-thirsty Conquest, yet fresh in memory, may be added; That therefore her Majesty would be pleased to denounce open War against him the said King of Spain as against a most dangerous Enemy of her Majesty and her Realms.

Upon the said Speeches Mr. Speaker maketh the question; and thereupon it was resolved by the whole House for joining with their Lordships in request to her Majesty, to be delivered by the Mouth of Mr. Speaker, for concurring with their Lordships for denouncing of War against the King of Spain at the time of his going up with the Subsidy, and after the offer and delivery of the same Subsidy.

Mr. Doctor Cary and Mr. Doctor Stanhop did bring from the Lords two Bills, viz. The Act of the Queens Majesties most gracious and free Pardon, and also the Act of four Fifteenths and Tenths, and two Subsidies which had before passed this House.

The Bill of the Queens Majesties most general and free Pardon being once read, passed thereupon. Which said Bill so passed was presently sent up to the Lords by Mr Fortesoue and others.

Nota, That this is all which is found in the Original Journal-Book of the House of Commons, and therefore the Conclusion and Dissolution of this Parliament next ensuing are supplied out of that of the Upper House.

Her Majesty being (as it should seem) this very Forenoon come unto the Upper House and there set, the House of Commons having notice thereof, with Serjeant Snagg their Speaker, repaired thither, who after his delivery of the Bill of Subsidy did move her Majesty (as may be very probably conjectured) according to the former resolution had this day in the said House as aforesaid, that her Majesty would be pleased to denounce open War against the Spanish King, who had so lately threatned destruction to her Majesty and her Realms by that his not long since open and Hostile Invasion.

After which her Majesty having given her Royal Assent unto the passing of sixteen publick Acts and eight private Acts, being all the Statutes that passed this Parliament, Sir Christopher Hatton Knight Lord Chancellor, by her Majesties Commandment, Dissolved the same.