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 Jovis, 24 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
The Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, sat Speaker this Day in the Absence of the Lord Keeper, being not well.
Deeping Fens Bill.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for settling the Draining of the Fens in Lynco'nshire, called Deeping Fenns."
The Question being put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Bill to prevent malicious Burning Houses, &c.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act to prevent the malicious Burning of Houses, Stacks of Corn and Hay, and killing or maiming of Cattle."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill be committed to these Lords following:
Their Lordships, or any Five; are to meet on Saturday, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Sir W. Gostwick's Bill.
ORDERED, That the Bill concerning Sir William Gostwick be read the Third Time at the next Sitting of this House.
The King to be thanked for coming frequently to the House.
ORDERED, That the humble Thanks of this House be presented to His Majesty, for His gracious Presence in this House, lately renewed, according to the Custom of His Royal Predecessors, though the same had been discontinued for many Years past.
ORDERED, That this Thanks be presented to His Majesty by the whose House; and the Lord Steward and the Lord Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household are appointed to attend His Majesty from this House, to know what Time He will please this House shall wait upon Him for this Purpose.
L. Fitzwater's Precedency.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That on the First Wednesday of the next Sitting of the Parliament after Midsummer next, the Trial of the Lord Fitzwater's Cause, upon the Claim of his Precedency to all Barons now sitting as Barons, shall be heard, by Counsel, at the Bar; at which Time all such Lords as shall oppose his said Claim may be heard in this House.
L. Newport Privilege.--Price released.
Whereas Thomas Price, of The Newe Exchange, in the Liberty of Westminster, now in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, or his Deputy, for sueing John Colles, menial Servant to the Lord Newport, a Peer of this Realm, in Michaelmas Terme last, sitting the Parliament, hath submitted himself to the Lord Newport, and acknowledged his said Offence; and prayed his Lordship's Pardon and Intercession for him:
It is thereupon ORDERED (at the special Motion of the Lord Newport on that Behalf), That the said Thomas Price be, and is hereby, discharged of his present Restraint for his said Offence, paying his Fees: And this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
Lord Roos's Bill.
The Earl of Berks reported, "That the Committee for the Bill to enable John Mannors, called Lord Roos, to marry again, living his Wife, from whom he is divorced, having read the Bill through entire, entered into Consideration of the Lady Anne Roos's Petition, referred to that Committee; and thereupon sent out Three Times, to have Enquiry made in all the Precincts of the Lords House, whether the Lady Anne Roos, or anybody for her, were attending? And Answer was made as oft, That neither the Lady Roos, nor anybody for her, was attending. Upon which, the Lords proceeded to read the Bill by Paragraphs, and compared the Preamble with the original Act for illegitimating the Children of the Lady Anne Roos; and agreed to the several Paragraphs of the Bill: And then proceeded upon Debate of the Lady Roos's Petition, what was fit to be done thereupon; when a Petition and Proviso were offered to the Committee on Behalf of the Lord Castleton, to save his Right to a Fourth Part of the Lands settled by the Lady Grace Mannors, Grandmother to the Lord Roos. The Lord Castleton was called in, and fully heard; and being withdrawn, upon Consideration had of what was offered, the Committee found no Cause to admit the Proviso.
"Then the Committee being informed that the Lady Roos was attending, she was called in, and her Petition read; and being asked, "What she said to the Scandals laid on the Countess of Rutland therein?" Her Ladyship answered, "She hopes the Petition is no Scandal if she can prove it, which, if she may have the Liberty of Appeal, she doubts not to do; and prayed she may have Counsel to speak for her." Upon which, she withdrew.
"And, after some Time spent in Consideration hereof, the Lady Roos being called for again, to be heard by her Counsel; Answer was returned, That she was gone: Upon which, the Lords Committees proceded to the Title of the Bill, and think fit, that the Words ["living his Wife, from whom he is divorced,"] be left out; and that their Lordships are of Opinion, the Bill is fit to be engrossed.
"After this, the Lord Castleton sent in Word to their Lordships, That he desired to withdraw his Petition and Proviso; and, being called in, his Lordship desired as much, saying, "He would wave the Prosecution of it." Upon which, the Petition and Proviso were delivered to him; which was agreed to be reported with the Bill."
Then the Amendment, being read Twice, was agreed to; and the Bill is ordered to be engrossed, according to the Amendments; and that the said Bill be read the Third Time on Saturday next, at Eleven of the Clock.
ORDERED, That this House do sit this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, and proceed further in Consideration of the Bill against Conventicles, in a Committee of the whole House.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Com. Placit. decalravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in post meridiem hujus instantis diei hora tertia, Dominis sic decernentibus.
DIE Jovis, 24° die Martii, post meridiem.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
The Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas sat Speaker this Afternoon, in the Absence of the Lord Keeper.
House to attend the King.
The Lord Chamberlain reported, "That the Lord Steward and himself, according to their Lordships Command, have attended His Majesty, to know what Time He will please to appoint for the House of Peers to wait upon Him; and His Majesty hath appointed To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock, at Whitehall."
Persons to be naturalized, take the Oaths.
This Day these Persons following took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy at this Bar, in order to their being added to the Bill for naturalizing Captain Christopher Gunman and others:
Additional Act for rebuilding London.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Steward and others; who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An additional Act for the rebuilding of the City of London, uniting of Parishes, and rebuilding of the Cathedral and Parochial Churches within the said City;" to which their Lordships Concurrence is desired.
Bill against Conventicles.
The House was adjourned into a Committee, to proceed in the further Consideration of the Bill against Conventicles.
The House being resumed;
It is ORDERED, That the said Bill shall be proceeded in by a Committee of the whole House, as soon as the Sub-committee are ready to make Report of what is committed to them.
No Strangers to come into the House when it sits.
ORDERED, That it be recommended to the Lord Great Chamberlain of England, to take Care that no Persons be permitted to be in this House whilst it is sitting, except such Persons as by Privilege are admitted to be present at Debates.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Com. Placit. declaravit præsentes Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, 25um diem instantis Martii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined by us,