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 Lunæ, 27 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
This Day the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas sat Speaker, in the Absence of the Lord Keeper.
Message from the King, concerning a Recess.
The Lord Steward of His Majesty's Household acquainted this House, "That he was commanded by His Majesty to deliver this Message to their Lordships: That His Majesty intends to make a Recess the Eighth Day of April next."
Bill for Relief of poor Prisoners for Debt.
The Earl of Aylisbury reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill touching Relief and Release of poor Prisoners for Debt, and have made some Amendments therein."
Which, being read Twice, were Agreed to; and the said Bill is ordered to be engrossed, with the Amendments.
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Robert Howard and others; who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for an additional Imposition on several Foreign Commodities, and for the Encouragement of several Commodities and Manufactures of this Kingdom;" to which their Lordships Concurence is desired.
The Earl of Berks reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill to enable the Executors of Robert Houghton Esquire and others to sell Land, for Payment of Debts, according to a Decree, and have heard all Parties therein concerned; and do think it fit to pass, without any Amendments."
Ly. Prettyman's Petition against it.
Upon this, a Petition of the Lady Prettyman was read, praying to be heard, by Counsel, at this Bar, on Behalf of herself and of Charles Houghton her Son an Infant, before the said Bill pass this House, concerning the Matters mentioned in the said Petition.
And, after Debate thereof,
The Question being put, "Whether the Petitioner shall be heard, by her Counsel, at the Bar of this House, on Wednesday next?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
And thereupon this Order following was made:
"Upon Report made by the Earl of Berks, from the Lords Committees to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable the Executors of Robert Houghton Esquire and others to sell Lands, for Payment of his Debts, according to a Decree," was committed; as also upon reading the humble Petition of Dame Elizabeth Prettyman, praying, "That she may be heard, at the Bar of this House, on the Behalf of herself and of Charles Houghton her Son an Infant, in the said Bill mentioned, before the said Bill pass this House:" It is Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear Counsel, at the Bar, on the Behalf of the Petitioner, concerning the Matter contained in the said Petition, as also for and on the Behalf of the Executors of the said Robert Houghton and other Persons concerned in the Passing of the said Bill, on Wednesday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon."
ORDERED, That the Bill for an additional Imposition on several Commodities, &c. shall be read To-morrow Morning, the First Time.
Ly. Wortley versus Sir R. Vynes.
ORDERED, That the Cause between the Lady Wortley and Sir Robert Vyner and Mr. Stairsmore shall be heard on Friday Morning next.
Ly. Read versus Sir John Read.
This Day the Counsel of Sir John Reade was heard, to shew Cause why an Order of this House should not be directed to the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, directing and ordering him to issue the Writ de Estoverio habendo for Dame Elissimon Read's Relief.
And whereas, by Order by this House, dated the 18th Day of March Instant, Sir John Reade was appointed to appear this Day at the Bar: It is ORDERED, That the said Sir John Reade be, and is hereby, required peremptorily to appear personally, at the Bar of this House, on Wednesday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; and he may put in an Answer in Writing to the Petition of Dame Elissimon Reade his Wife, now depending in this House, To-morrow Morning; otherwise he is hereby required to bring the said Answer with him to the Bar on Wednesday next: And it is further ORDERED, That the said Sir John Reade shall have the Protection of this House, for his safe coming, staying, and returning; whereof all Persons concerned are required to take Notice, and yield Obedience hereunto accordingly.
Cresset versus L. Roberts & al.; & è contra.
ORDERED, That the Answer of John Lord Roberts and others to the Petition of John Cresset, as also the Answer of the said John Cresset to the Petition of the said John Lord Roberts and others, depending in this House, shall be read on Saturday next.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Com. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, 28um diem instantis Martii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.