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 Mercurii, 4 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Answer from the King, about the E. of Clarendon's being withdrawn.
The Lord Chamberlain reported, "That, according to their Lordships Order Yesterday, he had acquainted the King, that their Lordships had received a Petition from the Earl of Clarendon, which intimated that he was withdrawn. And His Majesty returns this House Thanks, for their Lordships Expressions of their Duty towards Him therein."
Judges Report, concerning Mangy's Creditors.
The Lord Chief Justice further reported, "That the Judges have all met, and considered of the Order referring unto them what Remedy the Creditors of George Mangy may have for securing their Debts, he being released out of Prison by Order of this House, according to Privilege of Parliament; and they find that the Order consists of Two Branches, videlicet, of Actions and Executions; and their Opinion is, That those Creditors who had only laid Actions on him may supply their Actions again by a new Arrest; but the Executions laid upon the said George Mangy after the Privilege of Parliament determined, when the Party was in Prison, he being discharged, the Executions are discharged also; and the Creditors are to be relieved only by Act of Parliament, if this House shall think it fit."
E. of Clarendon's Petition voted scandalous:
Next, this House took into Consideration the Petition and Address of the Earl of Clarendon, according to Order Yesterday.
The said Petition was read again; and, after a serious Debate, it was Resolved, That the said Petition should be communicated to the House of Commons, at a Conference, as a scandalous and seditious Paper.
Message to H. C. for a Conference about it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Justice Twisden and Justice Tyrrill:
To desire a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, touching a Paper received Yesterday from the Earl of Clarendon.
These Lords following were appointed to manage this Conference; videlicet,
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return with this Answer:
That the House of Commons do agree to a present Conference, as is desired.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Painted Chamber to be sitted up, for accommodating the Lords at Conferences.
Upon Report made by the Earl of Bolingbrooke, from the Committee for Privileges; "That their Lordships have, according to the Order of this House, dated the 23th of November last, directing them to consider how the Lords may be better accommodated than heretofore in their sitting at Conferences with the House of Commons; the said Committees have considered thereof, and viewed the Place, and do offer it as their Opinion to the House, That the Table in the Painted Chamber be set cross the upper End of the Painted Chamber, where (on Forms) the Lords only are to fit; and that a Bar shall be put at each End of the Table, to the End no other Persons may intermingle with or crowd the Lords; and that, on the Outside of the Table, there be no Forms to fit on; so that the Committees appointed by the Commons to manage or report Conferences may stand close to the Table, right before the Lords; and that no Persons, who are not Members of the House of Commons, be permitted, during the Time of Conference, to come above the Lower Bar, or Rails, in the Painted Chamber."
All which being considered of, and approved by this House; it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Painted Chamber be sitted for Conferences accordingly; and that the Lord Great Chamberlain of England be desired to take Care of the doing thereof, and give particular Directions therein.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, videlicet, 5tum diem instantis Decembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.