Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 11, 1660-1666. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, 30 die Maii.
Bill for transporting Felons.
Marq. of Winton's Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for confirming the Conveyances made, or mentioned to be made, in Pursuance of the Award by the King's Majesty, for composing the Differences between John Lord Marquis of Winchester and his Eldest Son Charles Lord St. John."
Box's Free-school at Witney, Bill.
Message from H. C. with Herif Hunt. &c. Highways Bill.
To return the Bill for repairing the Highways within the Counties of Hertford, Cambridge, and Huntingdon, which was sent down, with some Alterations; to which the House of Commons do agree with their Lordships.
Countess of Dorset's Petition, claiming the Titles of Clifford, Westmorland, and Vesey.
"That Henry Lord Clifford, rightful Heir of Robert De Clifford, summoned to Parliament as a Baron in the Eight and Twentieth Year of the Reign of Your Majesty's Royal Ancestor King Edward the First, had and enjoyed likewise the Names, Stiles, and Dignities, of Lord Westmerland, and Vescy, as descended to him in Fee from his Ancestors; and was by King Henry the Eighth, in the Seventeenth Year of His Reign, created Earl of Cumberland, to have and to hold the said Honour and Dignity of Earl of Cumberland, to him the said Henry and the Heirs Male of his Body; which Henry having Issue Henry, and he George and Francis, all successively Earls of Cumberland, the said George dying without Issue Male of his Body, the Title and Dignity of Lord Clifford, Westmerland, and Vescy, are rightfully devolved unto Your Petitioner, as his sole Daughter and Heir; all which she ought to enjoy.
"Yet so it is (may it please Your Most Excellent Majesty), that the said Francis Earl of Cumberland, by colour only of that Creation, did in his Life-time assume those Titles of Lord Clifford, Westmerland, and Vescy, as appertaining to him; and not only used the same, together with his Title of Earl, but, by undue Suggestion, procured from Your Royal Father, of Blessed Memory, in the Year of His Reign, a Writ of Summons to be directed unto Henry his Son and Heir, by the Name of Henry Clifford Chevalier, for the calling of him to Parliament; which Henry did accordingly come to the said Parliament, and there sat amongst the Peers of this Realm, in the Room and Place of the before specified Robert De Clifford, lineal Ancestor to Your Petitioner: And moreover, that Richard Earl of Corke in Ireland, having married Elizabeth sole Daughter and Heir of the said Henry Earl of Cumberland, being advanced to the Title and Dignity of Lord Clifford of Lansborough, by a new Creation of Your Majesty's Royal Father at Oxford, upon the Fourth Day of November, in the Twentieth Year of His Reign, hath, in and by Your Majesty's Letters Patents under the Great Seal of England, bearing Date the Fifteenth Day of November, in the Twelfth Year of Your Majesty's Reign, of the Office of Lord Treasurer of Ireland, granted unto him, procured himself to be stiled Lord Clifford, without that Addition of Lansborough; and hath, in a Fine levied in Your Majesty's Court of Common Pleas at Westminster, in Trinity Term last, likewise stiled himself Lord Clifford, without that Addition of Lansborough, whereby he was created as aforesaid (the ancient Title and Honour of Lord Clifford being rightfully in Your Petitioner, as sole Daughter and Heir to the said George Earl of Cumberland, Lord Clifford, &c.), to the apparent Disherison of Your Petitioner and her Heirs, of those Baronies, Titles and Honours, who otherwise, standing capable of the Favour of Your Majesty and of Your Heirs and Successors, might through Your or Their Princely Grace and Benignity be summoned to Parliament by those Titles, and fit there in the Place of their Noble Ancestors.
"She therefore most humbly prayeth, That Your Majesty will graciously vouchsafe, that her Right herein may be seriously examined in this present Parliament, and such mature Determination made thereof, and Judgement given therein, as that all further Disputes betwixt those as may pretend from, by, or under, the said Henry Earl of Cumberland last mentioned, and Your Petitioner and her Descendants, may be totally prevented.
King's Reference of it to this House:
"His Majesty is graciously pleased to refer the Consideration of this Petition to the Right Honourable the Peers assembled in Parliament; who are desired, by the Assistance of the Judges, to examine the Premises, and certify His Majesty their Opinions therein; whereupon His Majesty will do what shall be thought agreeable to Justice and Equity.
Order concerning it.
"Upon reading the Petition of Anne Countess Dowager of Dorsett, Pembrooke and Mountgomery, Daughter and sole Heir of George late Earl of Cumberland, Lord Clifford, Westmerland, and Vescy, presented to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, claiming the Right, Title, and Dignity, of Lord Clifford, Westmerland, and Vescy; together with the Reference from His Majesty to this House, to take the said Petition into Consideration: It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, after some Debate thereof, That this House will take further Consideration of this Matter; and, to that End, all Persons concerned therein may bring unto the Clerk of the Parliaments what they shall think fit touching and concerning the said Petition."