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Queen Elizabeth I seated in Parliament surrounded by members of the House. Each group is identified by a letter, which is explained in the caption. The words The Chancellors Seat appear (in italics) on a seat in the upper center.

Queen Elizabeth in Parliament

  • A. L. Chancellor.
  • B. Marquiſes, Earles &c..
  • C. Barons.
  • D. Biſhops.
  • E. Judges.
  • F. Maſters of Chancery.
  • G. Clerks.
  • H. Speaker of Commons
  • I. Black Rod.
  • K. Sergeant at Armes.
  • L. Members of the Commons houſe.
  • M. S.rSir Francis Walsingham Secretary of State.


A Compleat
of the

Votes, Speeches and Debates,
both of the
House of Lords
House of Commons

Throughout the whole Reign of
Queen Elizabeth,
Of Glorious Memory.

Collected by that Eminent Member of Parliament;
Sir Simonds D’Ewes, Baronet.

By Paul Bowes, of the Middle-Temple Eſq;

Printed for Jonathan Robinſon in St. Pauls Church-yard, Jacob Tonſon in
Chancery-lane, A. & J. Churchil in Pater-noſter-Row, and John Wyat in
St. Pauls Church-yard, 1693MDCXCIII.

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of all the

During the Reign of
Queen Elizabeth,

both of the
House of Lords
House of Commons.

Collected By
Sir Simonds D’Ewes of Stow-Hall in the County
of Suffolk, Knight and Baronet.

Reviſed and Publiſhed
By Paul Bowes, of the Middle-Temple
London, Eſq;

Printed for John Starkey at the Mitre in Fleetſtreet near
Temple-Bar. 16821682.

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On 1558-02-06Monday the 6th day of Feb.February the Bill for the Subſidy granted by the Temporalty, was read the ſecond time, and thereupon Ordered to be Ingroſſed.

The Bill for the reſtitution of Tenths, and FirſtFruits, was brought from the Lords by Mr Attorney and Mr Sollicitor, the manner of whoſe delivery thereof, being not found in the Original Journal-Book of the Houſe of Commons, I have cauſed to be ſupplied, according to the uſual courſe thereof.

The ſaid Mr Attorney and Sollicitor, being admitted into the ſaid Houſe, came up cloſe to the Table, where the Clerk ſate, and made three Congies, and then acquainted Sir Thomas Gargrave the Speaker, that the Lords had ſent unto the Houſe ſuch a Bill; of which one of them read the Title, and ſo again departed the Houſe, having made three other Congies.

It was Ordered by the Houſe, that Mr Speaker with all the Privy-Council, and thirty other Members of the ſame, ſhould attend upon the Queen this Afternoon, to petition her Majeſty, touching her Marriage, in ſuch manner and Form, as had been on 1558-02-04Saturday laſt agreed upon; but whether they were admitted to her Majeſties preſence, doth not appear, nor can poſſibly be gathered out of the Original Journal-Book of the Houſe of Commons; neither in what manner their Petition was framed, although it is plain by her Majeſties Anſwer, inſerted at large, on 1558-02-10Friday the 10th day of this inſtant February enſuing, that it was only general, to perſwade her Majeſty, for the welfare of her State and Kingdom, to be pleaſed to marry, without limiting the time, Perſon or place. And howſoever, whether this aforeſaid Petition were delivered this Afternoon or no, moſt likely it is, that her Majeſty deferred, and took time to give an Anſwer in ſo weighty a buſineſs, until the ſaid 1558-02-1010th day of February aforeſaid, which I do the rather gather, not only from the above-mentioned Original Journal-Book it ſelf, in which there is no report or mention of her Majeſties Speech, made unto the Houſe by the Speaker, until in the Forenoon of the ſaid day; but alſo from an antient written Copy of her Majeſties ſaid Anſwer, which I had by me, in which it is referred unto the ſaid 1558-02-1010th day of February, as then uttered by her, which will alſo more fully appear in the paſſages of the ſaid day, where it is at large ſet down.

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1558-02-10Friday 10 Feb.February the Bill for one Subſidy, and two Fifteens and Tenths, was read the third time and paſt.

Mr Speaker declared the Queens Majeſties Anſwer to the Meſſage, which was read to the Houſe by Mr Maſon, to the great honour of the Queen, and the contentation of this Houſe; which is all that is contained in the Original Journal-Book of the Houſe of Commons, touching this great buſineſs of their Petition, preferred to her Majeſty, to induce her to marry; and therefore it ſhall not be amiſs to leave ſome larger memorial thereof; for this buſineſs, having been firſt propounded and reſolved on in the ſaid Houſe, on 1558-02-04Saturday the 4th day of this inſtant February foregoing, and preferred to her Majeſty (as it ſhould ſeem) on the 1558-02-06Monday following in the Afternoon, was not anſwered by her Majeſty until this Morning, and was then alſo read in the ſaid Houſe; as appeareth by the foregoing imperfect mentioning thereof. And I am the rather induced to conceive, that her Majeſty gave not her Anſwer until this Morning, to the ſaid Petition of the Commons, from a Copy of the ſaid Anſwer, which I have by me, written by Alexander Eveſham, which ſaid Anſwer out of the ſaid Copy (in which it is referred to 1558-02-10this inſtant 10th day of February) with the title and ſubſcription thereof, do now in the next place follow, verbatim.

1558-02-10Friday 10th of Feb. 1558. &c.

The Anſwer of the Queens Highneſs, to the Petition propounded unto her, by the Lower Houſe, concerning her Marriage.

As I have good cauſe, ſo do I give you all my hearty thanks, for the good Zeal and loving Care you ſeem to have, as well towards me, as to the whole Eſtate of your Country. Your Petition I perceive conſiſteth of three parts, and my Anſwer to the ſame ſhall depend of two. And to the firſt part, I may ſay unto you, that from my Years of Underſtanding, ſith I firſt had conſideration of my ſelf to be born a Servant of Almighty God, I happily choſe this kind of life, in the which I yet live: which, I aſſure you, for mine own part, hath hitherto beſt contented my ſelf, and I truſt hath been moſt acceptable unto God: from the which, if either Ambition of high Eſtate, offered to me in Marriage, by the pleaſure and appointment of my Prince (whereof I have ſome Record in this preſence (as you our Treaſurer well know) or if eſchewing the danger of mine Enemies, or the avoiding of the peril of Death, whoſe Meſſenger, or rather a continual Watchman, the Princes indignation, was no little time daily before mine Eyes (by whoſe means (although I know, or juſtly may ſuſpect) yet I will not now utter, or if the whole cauſe were in my Siſter her ſelf, I will not now burthen her therewith, becauſe I will not charge the Dead) if any of theſe, I ſay, could have drawn, or diſſwaded me from this kind of life, I had not now remained in this Eſtate, wherein you ſee me. But ſo conſtant have I always continued in this determination, although my Youth and words may ſeem to ſome hardly to agree together, yet is it moſt true, that at this day I ſtand free from any other meaning, that either I have had in times paſt, or have at this preſent; with which Trade of Life I am ſo throughly acquainted, that I truſt, God, who hath hitherto therein preſerved and led me by the hand, will not of his goodneſs ſuffer me to go alone.

For the other part, the manner of your Petition I do well like, and take it in good part, becauſe it is ſimple, and containeth no limitation of place or perſon; if it had been otherwiſe, I muſt needs have miſliked it very much, and thought it in you a very great preſumption, being unfitting and altogether unmeet for you to require them, that may command; or thoſe to appoint whoſe parts are to deſire, or ſuch to bind and limit, whoſe Duties are to obey, or to take upon you to draw my Love to your liking, or to frame my will to your fantaſie: For a Guerdon conſtrained, and gift freely given, can never agree together. Nevertheleſs, if any of you be in ſuſpect, whenſoever it may pleaſe God to incline my heart to another kind of Life, you may very well aſſure your ſelves, my meaning is not to determine any thing, wherewith the Realm may or ſhall have juſt cauſe to be diſcontented. And therefore put that clean out of your heads. For I aſſure you (what Credit my aſſurance may have with you, I cannot tell, but what Credit it ſhall deſerve to have, the ſequel ſhall declare) I will never in that matter conclude any thing that ſhall be prejudicial to the Realm. For the well, good and ſafety whereof, I will never ſhun to ſpend my Life, and whomſoever my chance ſhall be to light upon, I truſt he ſhall be ſuch, as ſhall be as careful for the Realm, as you; I will not ſay as my ſelf, becauſe I cannot ſo certainly determine of any other, but by my deſire he ſhall be ſuch as ſhall be as careful for the preſervation of the Realm, and you, as my ſelf. And albeit it might pleaſe Almighty God to continue me ſtill in this mind, to live out of the State of Marriage, yet is it not to be feared but he will ſo work in my Heart, and in your Wiſdom, as good Proviſion by his help may be made, whereby the Realm ſhall not remain deſtitute of an Heir that may be a fit Governour, and peradventure more beneficial to the Realm than ſuch Off-ſpring as may come of me. For though I be never ſo careful of your well doing, and mind ever ſo to be, yet may my Iſſue grow out of kind, and become perhaps ungracious, and in the end, this ſhall be for me ſufficient, that a marble ſtone ſhall declare, that a Queen having Reigned ſuch a time, lived and died a Virgin. And here I end, and take your coming to me in good part, and give unto you all my hearty thanks, more yet for your Zeal and good meaning,ing, G4r 47 ing, than for your Petition. And under her Majeſties Anſwer aforeſaid, was ſubſcribed in the ſame hand, as followeth;

This was Copied out of a Printed Copy, garniſht with gilt Letters, given to the Honourable the Lady Stafford, of her Majeſties PrivyChamber, and written out by Alex.Alexander Eveſham, 15901590. By which ſubſcription the authentickneſs of this Copy doth ſufficiently appear.

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