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 Lunæ, 12 die Januarii.
L. Finch introduced.
This Day Sir Heneage Finch Baronet, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, being created Heneage Lord Finch de Daventry, was brought from the lower End of the Parliament House (where he put on his Robes), between the Lord Newport and the Lord Butler of Moore Park, to the State; the Lord Great Chamberlain of England, and the Earl of Suffolk officiating the Office of the Earl Marshal, going before in their Robes, with Garter King at Arms in his Coat of Arms, and the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod before him.
His Lordship laid down his Patent, and his Writ of Summons, upon the Chair of State, kneeling; and from thence took them, and gave them to the Clerk of the Parliaments, who brought them to his Table, and read the Patent, which bears Date the Tenth Day of January, in the 25 Year of the Reign of His now Majesty; and also the Writ of Summons, dated the Tenth Day of January, in the 25 Year of the Reign of His now Majesty: Which being done, his Lordship was brought and placed at the lower End of the Barons Bench, and afterwards went to the upper End of the Earls Bench, and sat there as Lord Keeper, and then took his Place on the Woolsack as Speaker of this House.
Call of the House.
Message from H. C. with the following Petition.
To let their Lordships know, that the House of Commons have prepared a Draught of a Petition to be presented to His Majesty, concerning the keeping of a Fast, wherein their Lordships Concurrence is desired.
Petition for a Fast.
"We, Your Majesty's most loyal and obedient Subjects, the, and Commons, in Parliament assembled, being passionately sensible of the calamitous Condition of this Kingdom, not only by reason of the War wherein it is at present involved, but many other intestine Differences and Divisions amongst us, which are chiefly occasioned by the undermining Contrivances of Popish Recusants, whose Numbers and Insolencies are greatly of late increased, and whose restless Practices threaten a Subversion both of Church and State, all which our Sins have justly deserved; and being now assembled in Parliament, as the Great Council of this Your Kingdom, to consult on such Means as we conceive fittest to redress the present Evils wherewith we are surrounded, we do in the First Place humbly beseech Your Majesty, That, by Your especial Command, One or more Days may be forthwith solemnly set apart, wherein both ourselves and this Your Kingdom may, by Fasting and Prayer, seek a Reconciliation at the Hands of Almighty God, and with humble and penitent Hearts beseech Him to heal our Breaches, to remove the Evils we lie under, and to avert those Miseries wherewith we are threatened, and to continue the Mercies we yet enjoy; and that He will be graciously pleased to bestow His abundant Blessing upon Your Majesty and this present Parliament, that all our Councils and Consultations may tend to His Glory, and the Honour, Safety, and Prosperity, of Your Majesty and all Your People."
King's Pleasure, when to be attended with it.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord High Treasurer of England, the Duke of Bucks, the Duke of Monmouth, Lord Great Chamberlain, the Lord Steward, and the Lord Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household, the Lord Newport, and the Lord Maynard, do wait on His Majesty, to know His Pleasure what Time His Majesty will please to appoint for both Houses to attend Him with their humble Petition for a Fast.
Message to H. C. about it.
To let them know, that the Lords do agree to the Petition brought up from them to be presented to His Majesty, for keeping of a Fast; and they have sent a Committee to His Majesty, to know what Time His Majesty will please to appoint for both Houses to attend Him for that Purpose; whereof the Lords will give the Commons further Notice.
Next, the Standing Orders of this House (fn. 1) were read.
Oath of Allegiance to be taken by the Lords.
ORDERED, That the Oath of Allegiance shall be taken by all the Lords of this House, according to the Standing Orders of this House; and the ancient Precedents to be perused To-morrow Morning for the Manner of it; and then this House will give Directions for the Time and Manner of taking it.
Lady Read versus Sir J. Read, her Husband.
Whereas Dame Alissimon Reade, Wife to Sir John Reade Baronet, hath a Petition depending in this House, setting forth the cruel Usage of the said Sir John Reade, and her being divorced from him by a Court of Delegates, with other Matters therein contained, and therefore prays Relief:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will take the said Petition into Consideration on Friday the Three and Twentieth Day of this Instant January, on which Day the said Sir John Reade is hereby required personally to appear, at the Bar of this House, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon: And it is further ORDERED, That a Copy of this Order, left at the Dwelling House of the said Sir John Reade at Dunstew in Oxfordshire, and a like Copy at Brockets Hall in Hartfordshire, shall be a sufficient Notice given, in order to the said Sir John Read's appearing at the Bar at the Time aforesaid.
Barwis to be examined, concerning a Paper by him found.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Justice Newman and Justice Filmer do examine John Barwis, concerning a Paper found by him, and read this Day, and give an Account thereof to this House.
E. of Norwich Leave to be absent.
The Earl Marshal of England acquainted the House, "That, in regard of his great Indisposition of Health, he hath been advised to go beyond the Seas, for Recovery of his Health; to that End, hath obtained Leave of the King, and desires also the Leave of this House, for his Absence from Parliament; resolving, as often as he can conveniently, to attend this House before his going, and at his Departure to leave his Proxy."