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, 16 die Januarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Order to prevent Stoppages in the Streets leading to this House.
Whereas Complaint is made unto this House, "That there is much Interruption, by Hackney Coaches, Carts, and Drays, in Kingstreet, in the City of Westminster; so that the Lords and others are frequently hindered from coming to Parliament, to the Disservice of the King and Kingdom, and Hinderance of the Members of Parliament passing to and from the Houses of Parliament aforesaid:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Steward of His Majesty's Household, as he is High Steward of the City of Westminster, or his Deputy, together with the Justices of Peace of the said City, shall, by their Care and Directions to the Constables within the said Limits, take special Order, That no empty Hackney Coach be suffered to make any Stay, between Whitehall and The Old Palace Yard in Westm. aforesaid, from Nine of the Clock in the Morning to One in the Afternoon of the same Day, during all the Sitting of this Parliament; and that no Carriages by Carts or Drays be permitted to go through the said Streets, between the Hours aforesaid, during the Sitting of both Houses of Parliament: And herein a special Care is to be taken by the said Justices and Constables, as the contrary will be answered to this House.
Ly. O Brian's Claim to the Barony of Clifton, of Leighton Bromswold.
The Earl of Berks reported the Opinion of the Committee for Privileges, concerning the Claim of the Lady Katherine O Brian to the Title of the Barony of Clifton, of Leighton Bromswold, as followeth:
"That, upon Examination of the Business referred to their Lordships, concerning the Claim made by Katherine Lady O Brian, on the Behalf of herself and Donatus O Brian her Son, to the Barony of Clifton of Leighton Bromswold, their Lordships do find, that Jervais Lord Clifton was summoned, by Writ, to Parliament, in Sexto Jacobi, by the Title of Lord Clifton of Leighton Bromswold; so as the Barony, being a Fee Simple, ought to descend from the said Lord Clifton upon his Heirs; and that the Lady Katherine O Brian (the Petitioner) being the Heir General, lineally descended from the said Lord Clifton, the said Barony doth of Right descend to her and her Heirs."
Hereupon the House made the ensuing Order:
"Upon Report made this Day by the Earl of Berks, from the Lords Committees for Privileges, concerning the Claim made by Katherine Lady O Brian, on Behalf of herself and Donatus O Brian her Son, to the Barony of Clifton of Leighton Bromswold: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear His Majesty's Counsel Learned in the Laws, videlicet, Mr. Serjeant Maynard, Mr. Attorney General, and Mr. Solicitor General, on Tuesday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, upon the said Claim; whereof the said Lady Obrian is to cause timely Notice to be given to His Majesty's said Counsel, to the End they may be ready accordingly, at which Time she may likewise attend with her Counsel."
Order to be kept in the Rooms near this House.
ORDERED, That it be referred to the Lords Committees for Privileges, to enquire and consider of the Means of keeping good Order in the Painted Chamber and Court of Requests, and the Rooms whereinto the Lords do retire about the House of Peers, as also in all the Avenues unto the House, and who are proper Officers for that Purpose; and make Report thereof unto the House.
Bill against Abuses on the Stat. of Bankrupts.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That it be, and is hereby, recommended to the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench, and Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, to prepare a Bill for reforming the Abuses practised upon the Statute of Bankrupts, and present the same unto this House.
Bp. Sarum to preach 30 Jan.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Bishop of Salisbury be, and is hereby, desired and appointed to preach before the Lords, in the Abbey Church at Westminster, on Friday the Thirtieth Day of this Instant January, being the Anniversary Fast for the Martyrdom of King Charles the First.
Bp. Rochester to preach at the Fast.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Bishop of Rochester be, and is hereby, desired and appointed to preach before the Lords, in the Abbey Church at Westm. on Wednesday the Fourth Day of February next, being appointed by His Majesty for a Public Fast.
The Lord Fretchevile is added to the Committee for the Bill concerning the Lord Cornwallis.
The Lord Asteley is added to be of all the Standing Committees.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati, 17um diem instantis Januarii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Lords take the Oath of Allegiance.
This Day, after the Adjournment of this House, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal whose Names are underwritten did, in the Presence of the Lord Keeper and a competent Number of the Lords of His Majesty's Privy Council, kneeling at the Woolsack whereon the Lord Keeper sits, take the Oath of Allegiance provided and mentioned in the Parliament Anno 3° Regis Jacobi.
The Gentleman Usher held the Bible, and the Clerk of the Crown read the Oath.