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 Veneris, 11 die Martii.
L. C. J. Common Pleas, Speaker.
Upon the Indisposition of the Lord Keeper, disabling him for giving his Attendance upon the House this Day, a Commission was produced, under the Great Seal of England, to authorize the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, to supply the Place of Speaker in the Absence of the Lord Keeper.
"Charles the Second, by the Grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. to Our Trusty and Well-beloved Sir John Vaughan Knight, Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas, Greeting. Whereas Our Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved Counsellor Sir Orlando Bridgman Knight and Baronet, Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of England, is very often infirm and indisposed in his Health, so as he cannot constantly attend in the Upper House of our Parliament now sitting at Westm. continued, by Prorogation, from the Eleventh Day of December last, to the Fourteenth Day of this instant February, there to supply the Room and Place in the said Upper House, amongst the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, as to the Office of Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal hath been accustomed: We, minding the same Place and Room to be supplied in all Things as appertaineth, for and during every Time of his Absence, have named and appointed you, and by these Presents do constitute, name, and appoint, and authorize you, in the Time and Times of Our said Lord Keeper's Absence from his accustomed Place in the said Upper House, to occupy, use, and supply, the said Room and Place of Our said Lord Keeper, in the said Upper House, amongst the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, at the said Day and Time of his Absence, and then and there to do and execute all such Things as Our said Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of England should or might do, if he were there personally present, using and supplying the same Room: Wherefore (fn. 1)We will and command you, the said Sir John Vaughan, to attend to the Doing and Execution of the Premises with Effect. And these Our Letters Patents shall be your sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the same. In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patents.
The King to be attended concerning the Union:
The Lord Chamberlain acquainted the House, "That the Lord Steward and himself, according to the Directions of this House, have waited on the King, to know His Pleasure, what Time both Houses of Parliament should attend Him, to present the Vote concerning the Union of both Kingdoms to Him; and His Majesty hath appointed this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the Banqueting House at Whitehall, for that Purpose."
Message to H. C. about it.
To acquaint them, that the King hath appointed this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the Banqueting House at Whitehall, for both Houses to attend Him, to present the Vote of both Houses to Him, concerning the Union between the Two Kingdoms.
Lord Strangford's Bill.
The Earl of Denbigh reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill concerning the Lord Strangford, and have heard all Parties therein concerned, and have made some Alterations therein, which are offered to the Consideration of the House."
Lady Routh's Bill.
Stroud's and Countess of South'ton's Bill.
Message to H. C. with it, and Sir R. Banks Bill.
Lady Roos's Petition against Ld. Roos's Bill.
ORDERED, That the Petition of the Lady Anne Roos shall be read on Thursday the Seventeenth of this Instant March, when this House shall resume the Debate of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for John Mannors, called Lord Roos, to marry again, living his Wife, from whom he is divorced."
Bill against Conventicles.
Grenvile versus Elwes.
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will take the said Petition into Consideration on Tuesday Morning next; and that in the mean Time the Lord Keeper shall have a Copy of the said Petition and Resolves shewed unto him.
Lord Newport Privilege. Colles versus Price.
Upon Complaint made to this House, by the Lord Newport, and Oath made at the Bar of this House, by Thomas Childe an Attorney at Law, and John Wilson, "That John Colles, his Lordship's menial Servant, hath been sued in Michaelmas Terme last, sitting the Parliament, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, by Thomas Price, of The New Exchange, in the Liberty of Westm. he being precautioned that the said John Colles was his Lordship's Servant, but would not take Warning thereby:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, or his Deputy, shall forthwith attach the Body of the said Thomas Price, and bring him in safe Custody to the Bar of this House, to answer his said Offence: And this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.