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 Martis, 27 die Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Epus. St. David's.
Ds. Præses Concilii Domini Regis.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Comes St. Alban.
Vicecomes Say & Seale.
Ds. (fn. 1) Wharton.
Ds. Willoughby de Parham.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Herbert de Cherb.
Ds. Gerard Brand.
Ds. Arundell T.
Ds. Butler M. P.
Debate upon the Report of the Conference about the Trial of the impeached Lords.
The Narrative and Reasons delivered at the Conference Yesterday with the House of Commons were again read.
And, after a long Debate,
The Vote of this House, dated the 13th of May Instant, and the Explanation thereupon, dated the 14th Instant, were read.
Former Vote, about the Bishops voting, insisted on:
And the Question was put, "Whether to insist upon these Votes concerning the Lords Spiritual?"
And it was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it.
"North & Grey.
Say & Seale.
Message from H. C. for a Conference on the Habeas Corpus Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Thomas Clargis and others:
To desire a Free Conference, concerning the Matter of the last Free Conference, touching the Bill for the better securing the Liberty of the Subject.
The Question was put, "Whether to appoint this Free Conference to be presently?"
And it was Resolved in the Affirmative.
The Answer returned was:
That the Lords have considered of the Message, and do agree to a Free Conference, as is desired; and do appoint the same to be presently, in the Painted Chamber.
The same Lords who were appointed to manage the Free Conference formerly concerning this Bill are to manage this Free Conference.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Report of the Conference.
The Lord President of the Council reported the Effect of the Free Conference had this Day, upon the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill for the better securing the Liberty of the Subject, and for preventing of Imprisonments beyond the Seas; to which the Commons did not formerly agree, and on which the Lords formerly insisted: "But, at the Free Conference had Yesterday at the Desire of this House, the said Amendments were so waved by the Lords, with the Condition of adding other Clauses to the Bill, as that the Commons had the Liberty of their Choice, Whether to admit of the said Conditions, waving the Lords Amendments; or to agree to the Amendments formerly insisted on: Upon these alternative Propositions, the Commons have (upon Consideration) thought fit rather to admit of the Amendments made formerly by the Lords to the Bill; videlicet, In the 4th Skin, 3d Line and 11th Line; and 5 Skin, 33th Line; and 9 Skin, 24 Line; than of the Conditional Clauses and Alterations proposed by the Lords at the Free Conference had Yesterday; and so have delivered at this Free Conference, to your Lordships, the Bill closed up and perfected."
To which this House agreed.
King is coming in His Robes.
The Lord Great Chamberlain acquainted the House, "That His Majesty did intend presently to come to this House, in His Robes."
Message to H. C. to acquaint them with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir John Franklin and Sir John Hoskins:
To give them Notice, that His Majesty will come to the House, in His Robes; therefore to desire they will sit a while.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to put on their Robes; which being done, the House was resumed.
His Majesty, sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with His Crown and other Regal Ornaments, commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the House of Commons His Majesty's Pleasure, "That they attend Him presently."
Who being come, with their Speaker; His Majesty gave His Royal Assent to these Bills following:
"An Act for re-ingrossing the Records of Fines burnt or lost in the late Fire in The Temple."
"An Act for the better securing the Liberty of the Subject, and for preventing of Imprisonments beyond the Seas."
To which Public Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced, by the Clerk of the Parliaments, in these Words,
"Le Roy le veult."
"An Act for Sale of the Lands of Charles Dale, of the County of Rutland, Esquire, deceased, for Payment of his Debts, and Provision for his Daughters and Coheirs."
To which Private Bill the Royal Assent was pronounced in these Words,
"Soit fait come il est desiré."
Then His Majesty made a short Speech, to this Effect:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I was in good Hopes that this Session would have produced great Good to the Kingdom; and that you would have gone on unanimously for the Good thereof: But, to my great Grief, I see that there are such Differences between the Two Houses, that I am afraid very ill Effects will come of them: I know but One Way of Remedy for the present; assuring you, that, in the mean Time, I shall shew My Sincerity with the same Zeal I met you here: Therefore, my Lord Chancellor, I command you to do as I ordered you."
Then the Lord Chancellor said,
"My Lords; and you the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the House of Commons;
"His Majesty's Royal Will and Pleasure is, That this Parliament be prorogued to the Fourteenth Day of August next; and this Parliament is prorogued to the Fourteenth Day of August next."
Hitherto examined, this 31th of May, 1679, by us,
North & Grey.