Source Problems in English History


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8. Townshend,

Historical Collections.

Page 37.

The Queen’s Reply through the Lord Keeper to the Speaker’s demands for Privilege at the Beginning of Parliament, Feb. 19, 1593.

To your three demands the Queen answereth, liberty of speech is granted you; but how far this is to be thought on. There be two things of most necessity, and those two do most harm; which are wit and speech; the one exercised in invention, the other is uttering things invented. Privilege of speech is granted; but you must know what privilege you have, not to speak everyone what he listeth, or what cometh in his brain to utter, but your privilege is to say yea or no. Wherefore, Mr. Speaker, her Majesty’s pleasure is, that if you perceive any idle heads which will not stick to hazard their own estates, which will meddle with reforming of the church and transforming of the commonwealth, and do exhibit any bills to such purpose; that you receive them not until they be viewed and considered of by those whom it is fitter should consider of such things and can better judge of them.

9. Townshend.

Page 54.

[Feb. 24, 1593.] This day Mr. Peter Wentworth and Sir Henry Bromley delivered a petition unto the Lord Keeper, therein desiring the Lords of the Upper House to be suppliants with them of the Lower House unto her Majesty for entailing the succession to the crown; whereof a bill was ready drawn by them. Her Majesty was highly displeased therewith, after she knew thereof, as a matter contrary to her former strait commandment, and charged the Council to call the parties before them. Sir Thomas Heneage presently sent for them; and after speech with them commanded them to forbear coming to the Parliament, and not to go out from their several lodgings.

About this matter in the beginning of the Parliament was a committee appointed to be had of many wise, grave, and ancient Parliament men as were of the House; but at this time few met at the place appointed, at least such men as were expected. . . . The day after being Sunday and Feb. 25th, and the House sat not; yet the aforesaid Mr. Wentworth, Sir Henry Bromley, and some others, were called before the Lord Burleigh. . . . Lord Buckhurst, and Sir Thomas Heneage, who entreated them very favorably, and with good speeches; but so highly was her Majesty offended that they must needs commit them, and so they told them. Whereupon Mr. Peter Wentworth was sent prisoner to the Tower, Sir Henry Bromley and one Mr. Richard Stevens . . . were sent to the Fleet, as also Mr. Welch the other knight for Worcestershire.


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Chicago: "Historical Collections.," Source Problems in English History in Source Problems in English History, ed. Albert Beebe White and Wallace Notestein (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1915), 200–202. Original Sources, accessed July 15, 2020,

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