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, 12 die Februarii.
Lords take the Oath of Allegiance.
THIS Day, before the Sitting of the House, these Lords whose Names are underwritten did, in the Presence of the Lord Keeper and a competent Number of Lords of His Majesty's Privy Council, kneeling at the Woolsack whereupon the Lord Keeper sits, take the Oath of Allegiance provided and mentioned in the Parliament 3° Regis Jacobi.
The Gentleman Usher held the Bible, and the Clerk of the Crown read the Oath.
DIE Jovis, 12 die Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Mercer versus Mercer.
Whereas this House had appointed to hear Counsel at the Bar, in the Appeal of Robert Mercer against Alice Mercer.
Upon reading the Petition of the said Alice Mercer, an Infant, by her Guardian Richard Blackmore, praying a longer Day, living far remote, and being unprepared at present; it is thereupon ORDERED, That the said Cause shall be heard, by Counsel on both Parts, at the Bar, on Saturday the 21th Instant, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; of which the present Petitioner is to give timely Notice to the Plaintiff in the said Appeal.
Holcroft versus Dickinson, in Error.
Upon reading the Petition of Mary Holcroft Widow; shewing, "That she having in Easter Terme last obtained a Judgement, in the Court of Common Pleas, against John Dickinson; which Judgement being affirmed in the Court of King's Bench, the said John Dickinson hath brought a Writ of Error upon the said Judgement into this Court on the 23 of January last, but hath not assigned Errors thereon within Eight Days, according to the Rules of this High Court; and therefore prays a short Day may be appointed for that Purpose, or that the Record may be remitted:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Dickinson be, and is hereby, required peremptorily to assign his Errors upon the said Writ on or before Wednesday the 18th Day of this Instant February, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the Petitioner is to cause timely Notice to be given the said Dickenson for that Purpose.
Heads for securing the Protestant Religion.
The House was adjourned into a Committee, to proceed in the Consideration of the Heads concerning the securing of the Protestant Religion.
The House was resumed.
The Earl of Bridgwater reported, "That the Committee hath made a further Progress in Consideration of the Heads concerning securing of the Protestant Religion; and the Committee desires the House would please to appoint another Time for the said Committee to sit again for that Business."
And the House appointed Saturday Morning next, to proceed therein.
E. of Norwich's Sons, Privilege, not to be prosecuted for Recusancy.
This House being informed, "That Henry Lord Howard, Eldest Son of the Earl of Norwich Earl Marshal of England, and Thomas Howard Esquire, Second Son of the said Earl, are proceeded against for Recusancy, during the Sitting of Parliament, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament:"
Upon Consideration had thereof, it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Henry Lord Howard and Thomas Howard (not being Convicted Recusants) shall have the Privilege of Parliament, to be discharged of all Proceedings had against them, or either of them, for Recusancy, since the Time of Privilege began, and during the Continuance of the same Privilege; and that if any Indictment have been brought against them, or either of them, for Recusancy, during the Time of Privilege aforesaid, the same shall forthwith be brought into the Court of King's Bench by Certiorari, and the King's Attorney shall enter a Non Prof. upon the same.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, 13um instantis Februarii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.