Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 13, 1675-1681. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, 26 die Maii.
Barret versus L. Loftus.
Upon reading the Petition of Dacre Barret, alias Lennard, Esquire, this Day, wherein he doth not allow of the Deeds and other Matters which the Lord Viscount Loftus doth desire he may have Time to prove, if not admitted by the said Dacre Barret:
Commission to examine Witnesses.
It is thereupon ORDERED, That, in order to the hearing of the Cause now depending in this House between the said Dacre Barret and Lord Loftus, a Commission shall forthwith be issued, under the Great Seal of England, to such Persons in the Kingdom of Ireland as the Lord Chancellor of England shall think fit, for the Examination of several aged and other Persons in Ireland (wherein the said Dacre Barret may join if he think fit), for making Proof of several Sales, Mortgages, Leases, and Settlements, and other Matters of Fact, necessary for the said Lord Loftus his Defence in the said Cause; which Commission is to be made returnable at or before Michaelmas now next coming, to the End that both Parties may be in a Readiness for a Hearing at the Bar of this House in October next, if the Parliament be then sitting (without any further Notice to be given to the Lord Loftus for that Purpose; but that both Parties peremptorily attend, as it is expressed in the Order of this House, dated on the 14th Day of April last past), or so soon as the Parliament shall fit after October next.
Message from H. C. with a Bill; and to remind the Lords of the Bill against the Growth of Popery.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Powle and others; who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for the re-calling of His Majesty's natural-born Subjects out of the Service of the French King;" to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
Bill to recall English Subjects from the French Service.
Bill to prevent the Growth of Popery.
Darrell versus Whitchcott.
King to be moved, to issue His Proclamation for apprehending Smith.
Whereas Aaron Smith was, by Order of the 21th Instant, to be taken into Custody by the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, and to be brought to the Bar, for speaking dangerous and seditious Words against the Being of this Parliament, who therefore absconding himself in secret and unknown Places cannot hitherto be apprehended, notwithstanding the utmost Endeavours of the said Serjeant and his Deputies used for that Purpose, as by the Account given by Sir George Charnock Serjeant at Arms attending this House doth appear:
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That His Majesty be humbly moved, from this House, to issue out His Royal Proclamation for seizing and apprehending the Person of the said Aaron Smith, when and wherever he shall be found, and bring him before the House of Peers, if the Parliament shall be then sitting; or otherwise that he be kept in safe Custody till he shall appear before this House, to answer for his said Offence.
L. Stourton, Privilege: Barnes, his Servant, arrested.
Upon Oath made at the Bar of this House, by John Hellier, "That Charles Barnes, a menial Servant to the Lord Stourton, a Peer of this Realm, is arrested, and detained in Prison in the Common Gaol in the City of Bristol, now sitting the Parliament, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, at the Suit of Edmond Reddish, of Bristol aforesaid, Ironmonger, who not only refuseth to discharge the said Charles Barnes, notwithstanding the Protection of the said Lord Stourton on Behalf of the said Charles Barnes produced to the said Edmond Reddish; but he also then uttered to the said John Hellier and John Rowe Words very derogatory to the Privileges of the House of Peers and the said Lord Stourton:"
Reddish to be attached.
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, or his Deputy, shall forthwith attach the Body of the said Edmond Reddish, and bring him in safe Custody to the Bar of this House; to answer for his said Offences; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.