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Our said Deputy, by the advise of the said Councell, shall also practise, with some suche noble men and others as they maye think good, for the exchaunginge of some parcells of their landes for other landes of like valewe in England: wherein, as in the rest, they shall likewise, from tyme to tyme, advertise their doinges, to the intent further order maye be geven as the case shall require.
And where the captaynes and souldiors, there beinge in our wages, be sondry tymes and for sondry causes vexed and troubled, aswell in the common lawe as in the Chauncery and other Courts there, so as many tymes they are not able to attend their service, our pleasure, by thadvise of our Councell, is, that they, nor any of them, shalbe aunswerable to any suche Courte or Courtes, but only before our Deputy, or our Marshall by his appointment, so that justice be donne to him or them within three monethes nexte after the comencement of the [suit?), the same beinge followed with effect, or ells the parties to be remitted to the common lawes of the realme, accordinge to our Commission in this behalf.
And where the countreys of Offallye and Lex, late called Oconors countrey and Omores countrey, are presently in good towardnes to be wholy in our handes and possession, and yet not in perfection, our said Deputy, by thadvise afforesaid, shall take order accordinge to his or their discretions, aswell for the full and ample possession to be had to our use of the same countreys, as also for the surveyinge therof: and the same so surveyd, or as muche therof as shalbe in our possession, to let to farme, or otherwise to use, to our behoof and proffitt, so as no lease be made of any parcell therof above the terme of xxj yeares; yeldinge therfor as our said Deputy and Councell shall think reasonable, wherein they maye, at their discretion, allowe to the farmour one or two yeares rent-free to incourage them to dwell upon the same; which leases, so made by our said Deputy and Councell as afforesaid, our Chauncellour for the tyme beinge shall have full power and aucthoritie, by warrant hereof, to inseale under the Greate Seale accordingly. Moreover, our pleasure, by thadvise of our Councell, is, that in all tyme of warre betwene us and other the Emperour or Frenche Kinge, our said Deputy maye geve licence or lycences by his discretion, to any person or persons beinge subject other of the same Emperour or Frenche King, to resorte and bringe into our said realme of Ireland, to any porte or portes beinge under our obeysance, all kinde of merchandiz, with shippe and goodes, and there salfly to be under our protection so longe tyme as our said Deputy shall think requisit. And that the same straunger, so beinge there, may lawefully buy all suche merchandize as are not restrayned to be caried owt of that realme; and the same so lawefully boughte, to shipp and cary owt of the realme, withowt let, disturbance, or forfeyture of the same, payinge to us suche duties and customes as upon such merchandize is due and accustomed to be payd to our use, any lawe, statute, restraint, or proclamation made or to be made to the contrary notwithstandinge. And where our mannours and castles, aswell those of longe tyme in our hands, as others now lately builded and not yet finished, be meete to be mayntayned and fully builded, our pleasure, by thadvise of our Councell, is, that our said Deputy, by the advise of the Chancellor and the Chief Justice, the Vicethresorer and Mr. of the Rolles, for the tyme beinge, shall, from tyme to tyme, take order aswell for the necessary furnishinge of those newe begonne buildinges, as for the mayntenaunce of the same, and all the reste as need shall require, and the booke of the charges therof signed with thands of our said Deputy, Chauncellor, Cheif Justice, and Mr. of the Rowlls, or any three of them, wherof the Deputy to be alwayes one, shalbe a sufficient warrant to the Vicethresorer for defraying of the charges so bestowed, and also for the auditour and auditours for the tyme beinge to allowe the And whereas Henry Colley, Willm Duke, and others, have had chardge for making of provisions for the fortes lately comenced to be builded in Lex and Offalley, to the intente yt may appeare howe they haue expended our threasure committed to their chardge, and what remayneth therof presently in their handes, our pleasure is, that our said Deputy, Chancellor, and Barons of the Exchequer, the Mr. of the Rouls, the two Justices, and the Auditours, or any sixe of them, whereof the Deputy, Chancellor, and Auditor to be allwaies three, callinge the said Colley and Duke and suche others as have bene purveiors in that behalf to an accompte, shall, by all wayes and meanes, see the same so declared as the truthe of their doinges maye appeare, and thereupon receve theire reasonable allowances accordinge to reason, or otherwise suche as shalbe founde faultye to be punished, as to their discretions shall seeme moste convenient. The like order our pleasure is that our said Deputye and the others last before named, wherof the Deputy, Chancellor, and the Auditor to be allwayes three, shall, from tyme to tyme, take and use with all other that have had or shall have any charge of provisions for buildinges, or any other our affayres hereafter. And finally, our said Deputy and Councell shall endevour and specially bende themselves to the reducinge into order that parte of the lande called Leinster, wherein the Cavernaughes, Tooles, and Byrnes do inhabit, so as the same maye moste specially of any other be broughte to good and civill order.
COMMISSION FOR HEARING SUITS.
[The object of this Commission to the Earl of Bedford and nine others was to relieve the King and the Privy Council from the duty of hearing and determining many suits preferred to them, which interfered with the despatch of public business of greater importance. It is provided that no suit shall be decided upon by a less number than four of the individuals appointed. In Sir John Hayward's Life of Edward VI., Anno 1552 (see Kennet's Hist. of England, ii. 328), are eighteen “Articles for the Dispatch of Causes” before the Privy Council.]
Indorsed “9 Martij 6 E. 6. A Commision to certeine Counselors to heare and determine the sutes preferred either to the Kinge or to his P. C.”
Edward the Sixte, &c. To our right trustie and right welbeloved Cosen and Counsellor John Earle of Bedforde, Keeper of our Privie Seale, our right trustie and right welbeloved Counsellor Sir Thomas Darcie, knight of our order, Lord Darcie Chichey, Lord Chamberlaine of our howse, Sir George Brooke, knight of our order, Lord Cobham, the right reverend father in God, Nicholas, Byshop of London, our trustie and right welbeloved Counsellors Sir John Mason and Sir Philip Hobie, knightes, and our trustie and welbeloved John Cockes and John Lucas, Mrs of our requestes ordinary, greetinge. Whereas through the greate nomber of sutes and requests which be daily exhibited vnto vs, and the importune callinge on of the suters of all sortes, the Counsellors of our Privie Councell have heretofore and yet be oftentimes so encombred, overcharged, as they cannot so well attend the greate and waightie causes of our estate royall as were requisite; We minding the redress thereof, and beinge also desirous that suters of all sorts, as well our own subjects as straungers, makinge their sutes unto us, our Counsell of estate, maie haue speedie answeres, and be reasonably dispatched without longe delaie, trustinge in your approoved wisedoomes, discretions and uprightnes, have appointed yow our Speciall Commissioners for the hearinge, examininge and orderinge of all the sutes and requestes aforesaide, and such other sutes as to you altogeather, eight, seaven, six, fyve, or fower of you salbe exhibited. And because the sutes and requestes commonlie exhibited be of such severall natures as doth require severall orders and directions, we have caused severall instructions signed with our hande to be made for the manner of the proceedings and orderinge of all sortes of matters accordinge to their severall natures. Wherfore our pleasure and express commaundement is that, followinge th' order which we have by our said instructions appointed, you eight, seauen, six, fyve, or
fower of you shall from hencforth diligentlie applie th’ order and speedie dispatch, as well of all such sutes and requests as remaine not yet ordered, as also of all others as from hencforth shall [be made] in forme aforesaide; straightlie chardginge and commandinge all justices, maiors, bailiffes and sheriffes, and all other our officers, ministers and subiects, that they and everie of them to be to you aidinge and assistinge in the execucion of this our commission as they tender our pleasure and will, and will aunsweare to the contrarie. In witness whereof, &c. T. R. apud Westmr, ixo die Martij, anno regni Regis Edwardi Sexti sexto. Per ipsum Regem.
IMPRISONMENT OF A PEER.
[No date is given to the subsequent address to the Lords of the Council, nor has it any indorsement; but it belongs, as we find by internal evidence, to the year 1552 or early in 1553. It speaks throughout of “the late Lord Protector” Somerset, who was beheaded on the 22nd January, 1552, and Edward VI. died on the 6th July, 1553. It is anonymous, and was written by some Peer of Parliament (who had been summoned by writ), then confined, probably in the Tower, in order to procure his liberation. It also appears from the document that it was the second appeal of the same kind which the writer had made, but whether in the last instance the demand for an instant hearing was granted, does not appear. In Mr. P. F. Tytler’s “England under the Reigns of Edward VI. and Mary,” i. 268, is a curious Report regarding the Prisoners confined in the Tower on the 22nd October, 1549. The original is in the StatePaper Office.]
AFTER my due commendations to your Lordships. Howsoever the tyme is stollen from you with the multitude of busines and varietie of matters wherewith ye be travelled, whearby you rather want tyme (as I suppose) then be glutted with it, yet with me being alone, comfortles in this miserable prison, the tyme passeth more sensibly. And as grieff groweth in length, so it bringeth more incomberance and travell with it. And being now the tyme of Parliament, wherof I am a member in my degre, called unto it by writt, and not put from it by any fault, but only by power
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