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 Martis, 5 die Aprilis.
The Earl of Dorsett reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill to enable Thomas Leigh to sell certain Lands, for Payment of Debts; and having heard all Persons therein concerned, and received their Consents, the Committee thinks it fit to pass as it is."
Message from H. C. to return a Bill ;- and for a Conference on Yarmouth Harbour Bill.
Dutchy of Cornwal Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act to enable the King's Majesty to make Leases, Grants, and Copies of Offices, Tenements, and Hereditaments, Parcel of His Highness' Dutchy of Cornwall, or annexed to the same."
E. of Strafford and Wainsford.
Report of the Conference on the Yarmouth Harbour Bill.
The Earl of Anglesey reported, "That the Effect of this Conference was concerning the Amendments and Proviso made by their Lordships in the Bill concerning the Repairing of the Harbour of Great Yarmouth; to which Amendments the Commons do agree; but to the Proviso they agree not, because it mentions Fifty Pounds a Year to be paid by the City of Norwich, whereof no Mention is made in the Bill; and the Occasion of the Bill was for Yarmouth particularly, being a Nursery for Fishers, and of great Trade: Besides, the Imposition intended by the House of Commons is to cease after the Harbour and Piers are repaired; but their Lordships Proviso extends further; and so this is a new Imposition: Therefore the Commons prays their Lordships Concurrence, for laying aside the said Proviso."
Report of the Conference on the Bill against Conventicles.
Then the Earl of Anglesey reported the Effect of the last Free Conference with the House of Commons, concerning the Amendments in the Bill against Conventicles; and said, "That Mr. Solicitor said, That the House of Commons have agreed to all the Amendments and Alterations in that Bill, saving in the Two Clauses or Provisos concerning, 1. the Searching of the Houses of Peers; 2. the Attaching of their Persons.
"They say, Both Amendments are of one and the same Nature; and that the Bill, as it is sent up from the House of Commons, hath a great Reverence for the House of a Peer, for they have directed a Difference in the Search of their Houses; whereas every other House may be searched by a Constable: They do not set Limits to the Distance between Peers and Commoners.
"They say, That if their Lordships should not agree with the House of Commons herein, it makes the Bill wholly ineffectual, if the Peers should have their Houses freed from being searched; there being but Two Ways to punish by this Law: 1st, To take the Offenders in the Manner. 2. Or by punishing the Fact afterward by Indictment. This last, they say, is, Tabula post Naufragium, being no Warrant can be had to take them in the Manner until it be too late, if the Course be not taken as it is in the Bill; and if a Peer cannot be taken in the Manner, there must be Indictments, and Fine and Imprisonment follows; and cannot be brought to answer but by Attachment: Therefore the House of Commons desires their Lordships Concurrence with them in those Two Particulars."
Protest against a Clause in the Bill for searching Peers Houses.
Memorandum, That, before the putting the abovesaid Question, these Lords following desired Leave of the House to enter their Dissents, if the Question was carried in the Affirmative; and accordingly do enter their Dissents, by subscribing their Names:
Message to H. C. for a Conference about it.
Woodhouse's Nat. Bill.
Obliterating Proceeding's against the E. of Strafford.
ORDERED, That the Committee for Privileges do meet this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, to proceed in the vacating and obliterating the Proceedings in the Journals of the Earl of Strafford's Business, in Pursuance of the Act of Parliament.
Bill against stealing Children.
The Earl of Dorsett reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill against transporting of Children and others; and have made some Alterations therein, and added a Proviso, which are offered to their Lordships Considerations."
Bill against burning Houses, &c.
Laws expiring to be inspected.
ORDERED, That the Sub-committee for Privileges do meet this Afternoon, to consider what Acts are lately expired, and what are fit to be continued; and present a List of them to this House, that further Directions may be given therein.
Answer from H. C.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem (fn. 1) Mercurii, 6um diem instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.