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 Veneris, 19 die Novembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Message from H. C. for a Conference to preserve a good Understanding.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir William Coventry and others:
To desire a Conference, for the Preservation of a good Understanding between the Two Houses.
The Answer returned was:
That this House have considered of the Message, and agree to have a Conference; and do appoint the same to be presently, in the Painted Chamber.
The Lord Keeper, Lord Treasurer, Lord Privy Seal, Marquis of Winton, Earl of Dorset, Earl of Bridgwater, Earl of Essex, Earl of Shaftesbury, Bishop of Rochester, and the Lord Arundell of Trerise, are appointed to be Reporters of this Conference.
Message from H. C. with Bills.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by George Clerke Esquire and others; who brought up Two Bills, to which their Lordships Concurrence is desired:
1. "An Act for the better and more easy rebuilding the Town of North'ton."
2. "An Act for Payment of the Debts of Charles late Lord Viscount Kilmurrey, and for raising Portions for Byron Needham and Charles Needham, Two of his Younger Sons."
North'ton, for rebuilding; Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the better and more easy rebuilding the Town of Northampton."
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Report of the Conference for preserving a good Understanding between the Houses.
The Lord Keeper reported the Effect of the Conference; which was, "That Sir William Coventry said, That this Conference was desired by the House of Commons, to preserve a good Understanding between the Two Houses, by avoiding the Occasions of reviving the Differences between them; His Majesty having recommended to us, at the opening this Session of Parliament, the avoiding this Difference, if possible; and if it could not be prevented, that we should defer those Debates, till we have brought such Public Bills to Perfection as may conduce to the Good and Safety of the Kingdom. The Commons esteem it a great Misfortune, that, contrary to that most excellent Advice, the Proceedings in the Appeal brought the last Session, by Mr. Sherley, against Sir John Fagg, have been renewed, and a Day set for hearing the Cause; and therefore the Commons have judged it the best Way, before they enter into the Argument for Defence of their Rights in this Matter, to propose to your Lordships the putting off the Proceedings in that Matter for some short Time, that so they may, according to His Majesty's Advice, give Dispatch to some Bills now before them, of great Importance to the King and Kingdom; which being finished, the Commons will be ready to give your Lordships such Reasons against those Proceedings, and in Defence of their Rights, as they hope may satisfy your Lordships that no such Proceedings ought to have been."
Sher'ev versus Sir J. Fagg.
The House agreed to hear Doctor Sherley's Cause To-morrow.
Heads for securing the Protestant Religion.
Then the House was put into a Committee, to proceed in the Debate of considering Heads for a Bill or Bills for securing the Protestant Religion.
The House was resumed.
It is ORDERED, That on Tuesday next the House shall be put into a Committee, to resume the Debate for considering Heads for securing the Protestant Religion.
Address to the King, for the Convocation to meet frequently.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That His Majesty be humbly moved, from this House, "That He would be pleased to direct the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Archbishop of York, that the Convocation of the Clergy may meet frequently; and that Writs may issue out, for supplying the Places of such Members of the Convocation as are dead, or removed; and that, when they are met, they do make unto the King's Majesty such Representations, as may be for the Safety of the Religion established."
Sir Robert Viner, King's Servant, Privilege.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Robert Vyner Knight and Baronet, One of His Majesty's sworn Servants in Ordinary with Salary; shewing, "That (sitting the Parliament) he is sued and prosecuted, in the Court of King's Bench and other Courts in Westminster Hall, by Sir James Bradshaw, Charles Tooke Esquire, Robert Blanye, James Howseman, and others, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament; and therefore prayeth, That a Stay may be made of all Proceedings against him, in all Courts of Law or Equity:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Sir Robert Vyner be, and is hereby, privileged against all Proceedings had or to be had against him, during Time of Privilege of Parliament; whereof the said Sir James Bradshaw, Charles Tooke, Robert Blanye, James Howseman, and all other Persons concerned against him in any Suits of Law or Equity, their Counsel, Attornies, and Solicitors, are to take Notice, as they and every of them will answer the contrary to this House.
L. Townsend, Privilege, versus Dr. Hughes, for Scandal.
Whereas this Day was appointed for Owen Hughes, Doctor of the Civil Law, to appear at the Bar of this House, to answer to the Complaint of the Lord Townshend, a Peer of this Realm, and Member of this House, for scandalous Words alledged to be uttered by the said Doctor Hughes against him; this House being moved, "That in regard the Lord Townsbend's Witnesses are not yet come to Town, who are to make good the said Complaint, another Day may be appointed for that Purpose:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Friday the Twenty-sixth Day of this Instant November be, and is hereby, appointed peremptorily for hearing the Lord Townsbend's Witnesses, and the said Doctor Hughes, at the Bar of this House at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati, 20um diem instantis Novembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.