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, 24 die Novembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
E. of Mulgrave to be brought to the House.
The Lord Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household acquainted the House, "That the King commanded him to signify to their Lordships, that the Earl of Mulgrave is in the safe Custody of an Officer of the Guards, in Suffolke Street, to be disposed of as their Lordships shall think fit."
Hereupon it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, or his Deputy, shall presently bring the Person of the said Earl of Mulgrave before this House.
Bp. of Rochester, Charitable Uses Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for settling certain Charitable Uses, devised by John late Bishop of Rochester."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to these Lords following:
Their Lordships, or any Five; to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings; and have Power to adjourn as they shall think fit.
Report from the Committee for considering the Decay of Trade, Fall of Rents, &c.
The Earl of Essex reported, "That he was appointed by the Committee for considering of the Reasons and Grounds of the Fall of Rents and Decay of Trade within this Kingdom, to acquaint this House, that the Committee have often met, and made some Progress in the Business, and have had before them several Persons of the Committee for Trade, and Merchants, to give their Lordships the best Information they could, concerning the Fall of Rents and Decay of Trade within this Kingdom: And, after a serious Debate of the Matter, for the present, the Lords Committees do think fit to offer to the Consideration of this House Three Things, as in their Opinions most conduceable to those Ends; as, that it is adviseable,
Interest of Money.
"1. That the Interest of Money be reduced to Four Pounds per Centum; and that a Bill be prepared for that Purpose.
Registers for Estates.
"2. That One Cause of the Decay of Rents and Value of Lands is the Uncertainty of Titles of Estates; and, as a principal Remedy for this, their Lordships offer it as their Opinion to this House, That there be (fn. 1) a Bill of Registers for the future.
"3. That the Want of People in England is One of the Causes of the Decay of Rents; and One chief Remedy for this is, to have a Bill of Naturalization.
ORDERED, That the Matter of reducing Interestmoney shall be taken into Consideration on Friday Morning next.
E. of Mulgrave will not proceed any further in his Quarrel with the E. of Rochester.
The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod acquainted the House, "That he had found the Earl of Mulgrave, and had him now in his safe Custody."
Hereupon the House directed he should be brought in, and sit in his Place as a Peer; which being accordingly done; the Lord Keeper, by Directions of the House, told his Lordship, "That His Majesty, being informed that there was an Intention of a Duel to be fought between him and the Earl of Rochester, gave Intimation thereof to this House, by the Lord Chamberlain of his Household; and their Lordships do expect that he should now declare and promise upon his Honour to proceed no further in this Business between him and the Earl of Rochester; as neither to give nor receive any Challenge: And if he should receive any Message from the Earl of Rochester concerning any such Matter, this House lays their Command upon him, not to do any Thing therein, but presently to acquaint their Lordships therewith."
The Earl of Mulgrave, upon this, declared that he would give Obedience to the Commands of this House; and promised, upon his Honour, to observe what was now declared to him as the Pleasure of this House.
E. of Northumb. versus Clifton, Privilege.
Upon Complaint made to this House, "That John Clyfton, One of the Sheriff's Bailiffs of the County of Warwick, did, upon the Third Day of this Instant November, during the Sitting of the Parliament, take and drive away some Cattle of the Earl of Northumberland from off his Lordship's Land lying in Newnham Regis, in the said County, for a Distress (as he alledged) for a Fee Farm Rent of Three Pounds Six Shillings and Eight Pence due to the King's Majesty:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords Committees for Privileges are hereby appointed to examine this Matter, and make Report thereof to this House.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, 25um diem instantis Novembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.