chapter  XIX
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CHAPTER XIX

Fees on proxies were paid by peers to the Gentleman and Yeoman Ushers.1 Black Bod's fees, and those of the Serjeant-at-Arms, appear, however, to have been chiefly derived from delinquents in custody for contempt or other

Fees to clerk cause. To the clerk of the Parliaments were paid fees on the of pEirlidi" • # #

ments, 1597. first admission of peers. In Queen Elizabeth's reign an Archbishop or a Marquis paid 6/. 13s. 4d. ; an Earl, 4/. 10s. ; a Bishop or Baron, 21. For every proxy or licence to be

skin, 33s. 4d., and for every other skin, Gs. 8d.2 Contributions In 1626, the Lords ordered " that every Earl shall give to peers for clerk the clerk 40s., every Yiscount 30s., and every Bishop and ants,aS818t" Baron 20s., as well they that were absent by proxy as they

that are present, in respect of his pains in this and former Parliaments. And it is further ordered that every Lord of Parliament, as well they that are absent by proxy as they that are present, shall pay the clerk's two men 10s. between

Mid Black them also, in respect of their pains. And also each Lord is to giv'e unto the gentleman usher of the Black Pod in like manner as to the clerk."3 This levy in aid of the officials was made on the last day of the Session.