Rebuke to the House of Commons by Elizabeth I
HLRO Manuscript Journal, H.C., vol. 2
(24 January 1580, Old Style calendar; 1581, New Style)


Lunae xxiii Januarii, 1580.

This daye the house being assembled did sytt till xi of the clock withowte the Speaker for that he was by all that tyme at the Courte; In whiche meane tyme the Serjeant of thys howse apprehended one William Hannye Servaunte to Anthonye Kyrle of the mydle temple gent, syttinge in this howse; whoe being none of this howse, and further examined confessed, upon his knees that he hadd sytten theare that present daye, by the space of halfe an Howre at the least, cravinge pardon and alledginge that he knewe not the ordre of the howse; & was thereupon commytted to the Serjeant's custodye, till further ordre should be taken with hym by this howse.

Mr. Speaker coming to the howse after xi of the clocke, redd the usuall prayer, omytteng the letanye, for the shortenes of the tyme and declared unto the howse that the tyme was then so farre spent as laisour could not well serve them to procede unto the reading of any bill, and therefore willed all the howse, then present to mete there agayne on the morrowe at viii of the clock in the forenone and also that every one of the howse which weare then present shoulde gyve notice thereof unto all suche of the residewe of this house, then absent as they shoulde in the meane tyme happen to see or mete with; to thende all they also might likewise attende in this house at the tyme aforsaide accordinglye.


Martis xxiiii Januarii, 1580.

1. The Bill that Children of alyens not being denizens, and borne in Englande, should not be accompted englishe, the firste readinge.

1. The Bill againste Instruments under the counterfett seale of offices &c. the first readinge.

1. The Bill, that actions upon the case shalbe brought in proper cownties, the first readinge.

Mr. Speaker declareth hym selfe [deleted] hymselfe for his owne parte, to be very sorye for the error that happened here in this howse upon Saterdaye laste, in resolvinge to have a publike faste; and sheweth her Ma[jesty's] greate mislykeng of the proceedinge of this howse therein declaringe to fall owte in suche sorte, as he before did fear yt woulde doe & adviseng the house to a submission in that behalfe, further moved them to bestowe their tyme and endevour hereafter (during this Session) in matters proper and pertynent for this howse to deale in, and to omytt all superfluowse & unnecessarye motions and arguments with all due regarde and consideracion to the ordres of the howse.

Mr. Vicechamberlen declareng a message from her Ma[jesty] to this hole howse, by her highness commaundement sheweth unto them, her greate admiracion of the rasshenes of this howse in commytteng suche an apparent contempte againste her Ma[jesty's] expresse commaundement, very lately before d[elivere]d unto the hole howse, by the Lord Chauncellor in her highness' name, as to attempte, & put in execucion suche an Innovacion as the same faste, withowte her Ma[jesty's] pryvetie & pleasure firste knowen; blamynge firste the hole howse, and then Mr. Speaker; & declaringe her Ma[jesty's] Protestacion, for alloweng of fasting & prayer, with the use & exercise thereof in her owne person, but, reproving the undutyfull proceding of this howse, as against the dutie of subiects, did nevertheles verey eloquently and amplye setting foorth her Ma[jesty's] moaste honourable and good acceptacion of the zeale, dutie and fidelitie of this hole howse, towards Religeon, the safetie of her highness' person, and the state of this commen welthe, (in respecte whereof her ma[jest]ie hathe so longe contynewed this parliament withowt dissolucion) declareth further to the great Joye and comforte of this hole howse, that her ma[jes]tie nevertheles of her inestimable & pryncely good love & disposicion and of her highness's most graciouse clemencye construeth the said offence and contempte, to be a rasshe, unadvised & inconsiderate error of this howse; proceedinge of zeale, & not of the wilfule or malyciouse intent of this howse, or [margin: Mr. Wentworth] of any member of the same, imputyng the cawse thereof partly to her owne Lenytie towards a brother of that man whiche nowe made this mocion, who in the laste Session was by this howse, for iust cawses reprehended & commytted, but by her Ma[jest]ie graciously pardoned & restored agayne, And, after many excellent discourses & dilatacions of her highness' most honorable and loving care for the advauncement of Religion & the State, wherein she had before signyfied her prohibicion to this howse, by the L[ord] Chauncellor sheweth that her highnes hathe alreadye deeply consulted upon those matters in all due and needful respects, and prepared fitt and apte courses to digest them, mete and redye to be delyvered unto this howse from her highnes, by suche direction, as her Ma[jes]tie thincketh moaste convenyent, And so, perswading this howse to imploye the Tyme abowte the necessarie service of the Quenes Ma[jes]tie, & of the commen welthe with due & grave regarde to the auncient orders of this howse, concludeth that he thyncketh yt very mete that this hole house or some one of the howse, by warrante of the howse, in the name of the whole howse, do make moast humble Submission unto her Ma[jes]tie acknowleginge the saide offence and contempt; and, in moste humble and dutyful wise to praye remission of the same at her highness' hands with full purpose hereafter to forbeare commytting of the like offence.

Mr. Comptroller, Mr. Chauncellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Seckforde M[aster] of the requests & others, acknowleginge the rasshe and unadvised error and contempte of this hole house in the saide proceeding towchinge the saide faste, do for theire owne parts humblye submytt themselves therein to her ma[jesty's] clemencye, prayeng to be remytted and do wisshe and exhorte the hole house to do the same, some of them adviseng also that Mr. Vicechamberlein, whoe brought the said message from her ma[jes]tie to this howse, might likewise carrye & tender the humble Submission & request of this howse unto her ma[jes]tie, Whereupon yt is upon the question resolved with hole consent, that Mr. Vicechamberleyn who delyvered unto this howse the saide message from her Ma[jes]tie, do also tender unto her highenes the most humble Submission of this hole howse; with theire like moaste humble Sute unto her ma[jes]tie, to remytt and pardon theire said error and contempte.


Mercurii xxv Januarii, 1580.

2. The Bill that children of alyens not being denysens, & borne in Englande, shall not be accompted Englisshe, the second Reading and commytted unto


Mr. Tre[asure]r
Mr. Chauncellor of the Exchequer
Mr. Dale M[aster] of requests
Mr. Norton
Mr. Aldersea
Mr. Aldriche
Mr. Dalton
Mr. Recorder
Mr. Serjeant Fenner,

To meet upon Friday next in the Chequer chamber at ii of the clocke in the afternoone.


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