Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 12, 1666-1675. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, 11 die Aprilis.
Bill against Duels.
Herbert versus Sir J. Lenthall.
Whereas, upon the Petition and Complaint of Zouch Herbert, against Sir John Lenthall Knight, Marshal of the King's Bench Prison, Edward Merry, Oliver Clovery, Sandalin, and William Kendar, being Prisoners, who are to give Evidence of their Knowledge concerning the Matters complained of in the said Petition, are Prisoners under Execution in the Custody of the said Sir John Lenthall, and so cannot be brought to this House without special Order:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That His Majesty's Writ of Habeas Corpus, returnable immediate, shall be awarded, commanding the said Sir John Lenthall to bring the Bodies of the said Edward Merry, Oliver Clovery, Sandalin, and William Kendar, before the Lords in Parliament, and the Lords Committees for Petitions, on Tuesday the 14th of this Instant April, to the End they may be sworn and give Evidence concerning the Complaint aforesaid: And because it is alledged, that some of the said Persons have formerly made their Escapes, and others have attempted to escape, it is further ORDERED, That the said Sir John Lenthall shall take Care to bring them in such safe Custody, as that they may be returned in Safety again.
Byron versus Balstons and Weldon.
Upon Report made by the Earl of Dorset, from the Lords Committees appointed by the House to receive and consider of Petitions, "That their Lordships have heard Counsel on both Parts, upon the Petition of William Byron Esquire Plaintiff, and Dorothy Balston, Mary Balston, and George Weldon Gentleman, Defendants; and, after Consideration had thereof, in respect of the many Difficulties which their Lordships found therein, which they conceive themselves not altogether proper to judge of, and for that they conceived it not relievable elsewhere, it is their Lordships Opinion that the said Petition was sit to be retained, and to have a Hearing at the Bar, upon the Merits thereof;" as also upon reading the said Petition of William Byron Esquire, and the Petition of the Defendants Balstons and George Weldon Gentleman, in Answer thereunto, this Day in the House:
After due Consideration had thereof, it is Resolved, upon the Question, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House doth not agree with the Report made from the Committee.