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 Lunæ, 17 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
King present: Speaker of the H. C. presented.
This Day His Majesty, sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with His Regal Crown and Ornaments; the Commons presented Serjeant Gregory to be their Speaker.
Who was accepted of by His Majesty; and making the usual Requests on the Behalf of the House of Commons, they were granted by His Majesty.
Lords take the Oaths.
These Lords following took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed the Declaration, in Pursuance of the Act for the more effectual preserving of the King's Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament:
Guy Lord Bishop of Chichester.
William Richard George Earl of Derby.
Last Prorogation a Session.
The House resuming the Consideration of Yesterday, "Whether the last Prorogation made a Session;"
The House is of Opinion, "That it is a Session in relation to the Acts of Judicature of this House, but not as to the determining of Laws determinable upon the End of a Session of Parliament."
Then the House proceeded, and named the Committees following:
Committee of Privileges.
Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Customs and Orders of the House of Peers, and Privileges of the Parliament, and of the Peers of this Kingdom and Lords of Parliament, and report to the House.
Their Lordships, or any Seven of them; to meet this Afternoon, and every Monday after, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Committee for the Journal.
Lords Sub-committees appointed to consider of the Orders of the House of Peers, and Privileges of the Peers of this Kingdom and Lords of Parliament, and to peruse and perfect the Journal Book.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet on Saturday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in, or any where near, the House of Peers; and after, when, and as oft as, they please.
Committee for Petitions.
Lords Committees appointed by the House of Peers to receive and consider of Petitions, and afterwards to make Report thereof to the House.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Tuesday next, after Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber; and to adjourn themselves as they please.
Committee to receive Informations concerning the Plot.
Lords Committees appointed to receive all Informa tions tending to the Discovery of the late horrid Conspiracy, and to report to the House.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock, in the Lord Privy Seal's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn themselves as they please.
Address for Papers concerning the Plot.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, humbly to desire Him, from this House, "That His Majesty will be pleased to give Order, that all such Papers relating to the Discovery of the late horrid Conspiracy as have been before the Council Table, either before or since the Dissolution of the last Parliament, may be communicated to this House."
Appeals and Impeachments of last Parliament.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That it be, and is hereby, referred to the Lords Committees for Privileges, to consider, "Whether Petitions of Appeal, which were presented to this House in the last Parliament, be still in Force to be proceeded on; as also to consider of the State of the Impeachments brought up from the House of Commons last Parliament, and all the Inci dents relating thereunto;" and make Report thereof unto the House.
Committee to examine the Journal.
ORDERED, That the Lords Sub-committees for Privileges and Perusal of the Journal Book have hereby Power given them to meet after every Sessions of Parliament, for examining so much of the Journal Book as shall be left unexamined at the Time of the Ending of such Session, without any further Order.
Committee for the Plot, to send for Persons, Papers, &c.
ORDERED, That it be, and is hereby, referred to the Lords Committees for examining Matters relating to the Discovery of the late horrid Conspiracy, to send for, and examine, such Persons as they shall think fit, who have declared, or shall declare and publish, that the Persons, or any of them, who have been executed as guilty of the said Conspiracy, were innocent, and have suffered wrongfully; as also to send for such Justices, Constables, and other Persons as they shall think fit, who were entrusted with the Execution of His Majesty's late Proclamation for banishing Popish Recusants from the Cities of London and Westminster, and to require an Account why the said Proclamations have not been effectually prosecuted; and make Report thereof unto the House.
Lewis, a Jesuit, in Monmouth Gaol.
This House being moved, "That Lewis, a Jesuit, now Prisoner in the Gaol at Monmouth, may be sent for, and brought unto this Bar:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That it be referred to the Lords Committees appointed to examine Matters relating to the Discovery of the late horrid Conspiracy, to consider what is fit to be done concerning the said Lewis, and make Report thereof unto this House.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, 18um diem instantis Martii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.