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 Jovis, 21 die Aprilis.
Bill against Gaming.
Lady Petre versus Joyce and Walker, for arresting her.
Upon Report made by the Earl of Petriburgh, from the Committee of Privileges, "That, according to the Order of this House, referring to their Considerations the Petitions of the Lady Elizabeth Petre and William Joyce, the Committee have called all Persons complained of before them; and, upon Examination, do find that William Joyce hath acknowledged the Fact of his causing the Lady Petre to be arrested, contrary to the Privilege due to the Peerage; as also his hearty Sorrow for offending the House of Peers, in breaking the Privilege due to the Peerage; whereupon the Committee, considering of his said Submission to them, and that he hath suffered for some Time by Restraint, are of Opinion, That he should (upon receiving the Reprehension of the House) be discharged, being enjoined likewise to make a Submission to the Lady Petre."
His Lordship further reported, "That James Walker the Bailiff (who, with his Servants and Followers, made the Arrest) acknowledgeth the Fact; and faith, he had a Warrant from the Marshal's Court, but produced it not; concerning whom the Committee are of Opinion, That he should be taken into Custody, till the Pleasure of the House be further signified."
Then the said Joyce was brought to the Bar; who kneeling, the Speaker told him, in the Name of the House, "That the Lords have considered of his great and transcendent Offence, in arresting the Lady Petre, contrary to the Privilege due to the Peerage, she being a Peeress of this Realm, for which he deserves to be severely punished: But their Lordships, considering of his humble Submission and Acknowledgement of his said great Offence, are willing to shew Mercy towards him for this Time, expecting it will be a Warning to him not to commit the like Offence for the future. And he was also enjoined to make his humble Submission to the Lady Petre."
Joyce released, and Walker to be attached.
Upon this, it is ORDERED, That the said William Joyce shall make his humble Submission to the Lady Petre, for his Offence against her; and so doing, is hereby discharged of his present Restraint; and this to be a sufficient Warrant in that Behalf.
It is further ORDERED, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, or his Deputy, shall attach the Body of James Walker, Bailiff, for arresting the Lady Petre, Wife of the Lord Petre, a Peeress of this Realm, contrary to the Privilege of Peerage, and keep him in safe Custody until the Pleasure of this House be further signified.
Report concerning the Common Sewer near the Parliament Office.
Upon Report from the Committee of Privileges That their Lordships have received an Information from the Clerk of the Parliaments, that there is an Endeavour to obtain a Grant from the King, of a Piece of Ground, being a Ditch, or Common Sewer, close adjoining to the King's House wherein the Clerk of the Parliaments liveth, with an Intent to fill up the said Ditch with Earth, whereby, it is conceived, it will much prejudice the King's House, for Want of a sufficient Water-course, and may endanger the Security of the Tower where the Records of Parliament are kept:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Earl of Bridgwater, the Earl of Bollingbrook, the Earl of Petriburgh, and the Lord Craven, are hereby appointed, calling to their Assistance Sir John Denham Surveyor General of His Majesty's Works, at such Time as they shall think convenient, to survey the said Ditch and Common Sewer, to the End this House may be informed whether the same may be filled up without Prejudice to the Safety of the Records, and a sufficient Water-course made and maintained, for preventing any Annoyance as may come to His Majesty's said House.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Com. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, videlicet, 22um diem instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.