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;
7° Gulielmi Tertii.
Letter from Sir John Trevor, Speaker.
THE Members being met, between Eleven and Twelve a Clock, Mr. Serjeant came without the Mace; and delivered to the Clerk, at the Table, a Letter from Sir John Trevor, Speaker; directed thus;
To Mr. Jodrell, Clerk to the Honourable House of Commons.
Which was opened, and read; and is as followeth;
I desire you to present the Inclosed to the House; and in that you will oblige,
Your humble Servant,
J. Trevor, Speaker,
March 13th, 1694.
Inclosed was another Letter; which also was read; as followeth; viz.
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,
March 13th, 1694.
Your most obedient
J. Trevor, Speaker.
After the reading of the said Letters, many Members spake; and some proposed to proceed to the Choice of a new Speaker immediately.
Whereupon, former Precedents were called for, and read out of the Journals.
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.