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CHAPTER II.

A.D. 1608. July. ÆTAT. 48.

1. Book of private memoranda. General survey of the contents :
COMMENTARIUS SOLUTUS, SIVE PANDECTA, SIVE ANCILLA

MEMORIÆ . . . . . . .

TRANSPORTATA EX COMMENTARIO VETERE, July 25

Ditto, July 26 .

Ditto, July 27 . . . . . . . . .

Ditto, July 28 .

Ditto, July 29 . . . . . . . . .

Ditto, Aug. 6 .
Ditto, Oct. 28, 1609 S

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2. Meeting of Parliament (9 Feb. 1609-10). Conference between

the Houses . . . . . . . . . 153

REPORT OF PART OF THE SPEECH MADE BY THE EARL OF

SALISBURY AT THE CONFERENCE OF THE TWO Houses, 18TH

FEBRUARY 1609-10 . . . . . . . 155

Contribution and Retribution. What the - King demanded, and

what he offered in exchange . . . . . . 159

3. Proceedings of the Commons against Dr. Cowell for unconstitu-

tional doctrines published in a law dictionary. Suppression of

the book by Proclamation . . . . . . . 161

4. Further conferences concerning the Great Contract. Whether

Wards and Tenures were to be part of the retribution . . 162

A SPEECH OF THE King's SOLICITOR USED UNTO THE LORDS

AT A CONFERENCE BY COMMISSION FROM THE COMMONS ;

MOVING AND PERSUADING THE LORDS TO JOIN WITH THE

COMMONS IN PETITION TO THE KING TO OBTAIN LIBERTY

TO TREAT OF A COMPOSITION WITH HIS MAJESTY FOR WARDS

AND TENURES . . . . . . . . . 163

Liberty to treat granted (March 12).

Offer made by the Commons (March 26) . .

5. Dilatory proceeding of the Government. Apparent impolicy and

probable motive of it . .

. . . . 167

6. Pretended misunderstandings. Salisbury's new version of the

Government proposal (April 26). Rejected (May 3). Negotia-

tion broken off . . . . . . . . . 169

7. Collection of Grievances. Impositions. Message from the King

to the Commons received through the Council . . .175

A SPEECH OF THE KING's SOLICITOR, PERSUADING THE HOUSE

OF COMMONS TO DESIST FROM FURTUER QUESTION OF RE-

CEIVING THE KING'S MESSAGES BY THEIR SPEAKER AND

FROM THE BODY OF THE COUNCIL AS WELL AS FROM THE

King's PERSON . . . . . . . . 177

Resolved not to receive messages from the Council as messages

from the King, but the resolution not recorded . . . 180

8. The King warns the Commons not to dispute his power to lay

impositions upon merchandises ; though willing to put a limit

upon the exercise of it . . . . . . . 181

Notes Of Bacon's SPEECH IN COMMITTEE, ADVISING THEM

NOT TO RAISE THE QUESTION . . . . . . 182

Petition of Right presented, graciously received, and granted (May

24) . . . . . . . . . . . 184

9. Assassination of Henry IV. , Negotiation of the Great Contract

resumed. Salisbury urges expedition (June 8). Tries to get

a grant of subsidies at once (June 11), but without success . 185

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