Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Mercurii, 13 die Martii;
Letter from Sir John Trevor, Speaker.
I did intend to have waited upon you this Morning; but after I was up, I was taken suddenly ill, with a violent Colick: I hope to be in a Condition of attending you To-morrow Morning: In the mean time I desire you will be pleased to excuse my Attendance. I am, with all Duty,
But an Objection was made, That there could be no Debate until the Mace be brought, and laid under the Table; and that no Question could be put until that be done: Others being of Opinion, That was not essential, notwithstanding a former Precedent, it was not insisted upon.
But the Clerk, about One of the Clock (to whom all that spoke directed themselves, according to former Practice), by Order of the House, put the Question for adjourning the House until 10 a Clock the next Morning.