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, 13 die Novembris.
Commission for the Lord President to be Speaker, in the Absence of the Lord Chancellor.
"Charles the Second, by the Grace of GOD, King of Engl'd, Scotl'd, France, and Irel'd, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved Cousin and Counsellor John Earl of Radnor, Lord President of Our Privy Council, Greeting. Whereas Our Right Trusty and Wellbeloved Counsellor Heneage Lord Finch, Our Lord High Chancellor of Engl'd, is often so infirm, that he is not able constantly to attend in the Upper House of this Our present Parliament now holden at Westm. nor there to supply the Room and Place in the said Upper House amongst the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, as to the Office of Lord Chancellor of Engl'd hath been accustomed: We, minding the same Place and Room to be supplied in all Things as appertaineth, for and during every Time of his Absence, have named and appointed you, and by these Presents do name, constitute, appoint, and authorize you, from Day to Day, and Time to Time, when and so often as the said Lord Chancellor shall happen, at any Time or Times, during this present Parliament, to be absent from his accustomed Place in the said Upper House, to occupy, use, and supply the said Room and Place of the said Lord Chancellor in the said Upper House, amongst the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, at every such Day and Time of his Absence, and then and there at every such Time to do and execute all such Things as the said Lord Chancellor of Engl'd should or might do if he were there personally present, using and supplying the same Room. Wherefore We will and command you, the said John Earl of Radnor, to attend to the Doing and Execution of the Premises with Effect; and these Our Letters Patents shall be your sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the same, in every respect: In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patents.
Lords take the Oaths.
Thomas Lord Leigh took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed the Declaration, in Pursuance of the Act for the more effectual preserving the King's Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament.
This Day William Lord Bishop of St. Asaph and Thomas Lord Crowe took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed the Declaration against Transubstantiation, in Pursuance of the Act in the 25th Year of His now Majesty's Reign, for preventing the Dangers which may happen from Popish Recusants; their Witnesses being first sworn at the Bar, to prove the Truth of their Certificates concerning their receiving the Sacrament of the LORD'S Supper.
Order to vacate the Proceedings against the D. of Bucks, E. of Salisbury and Shaftesbury, and L. Wharton.
Whereas the Duke of Buckingham, Earls of Salisbury and Shaftesbury, and the Lord Wharton, were, contrary to the Freedom of Parliament, committed to Prison, by Order of the Lords House, of the 15th of February, 1676; whereupon followed a Series of many unprecedented Proceedings, derogatory to the Authority of Parliament, and of evil Example and Precedent to Posterity:
For vacating, making void, and destroying such Precedents for ever, and in Vindication of the Authority and Freedom of Parliament; upon Complaint hereof made, and due Consideration and Debate thereof by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled; it is ORDERED, Decreed, and Adjudged, That the said Order and Proceedings concerning the said Lords were unparliamentary, from the Beginning, and in the whole Progress thereof; and therefore are all ordered to be vacated (by virtue of this Judgement) in the Journal Books of this House, that the same of any of them may never be drawn into Precedent for the future.
Grosvenor versus Cartwright.
"Upon reading the Petition of Fulke Grosevenor Esquire and others, shewing Cause why Ursula Cartwright Widow should not have Ten Days longer Time, to put in her Answer to the Appeal depending in this House, according to the Prayer of her Petition read Yesterday: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Ursula Cartwright be, and is hereby, required to put in her Answer to the said Appeal within Four Days next after the Date of this Order; whereof she may not fail."
Lewis to be examined about the Plot.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Keeper of The Marshallsca Prison be, and is hereby, required immediately to bring William Lewis a Prisoner in Custody to the Bar of this House; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
Chute versus Ly. Dacree.
Irish Cattle, to prohibit the Importation of, Bill.
Message to H. C. with it.
King's Answer to Address for High Steward.
Arnold versus Sir James Herbert & al. Justices of Monmouthshire.
And the House considering thereof, and consulting with the Standing Orders of this House therein; upon Debate, it was directed by the House, that the said Persons should be called in again without Counsel, and be heard what Answer they will make to the Information to Matter of Fact; and then, if they desired to be heard in Point of Law, if there be any, they are to be allowed Counsel.
They desired to be heard by their Counsel; who, being ready, began to speak in their Defence. But Mr. Arnold desired, "that in regard he made the Information, that his Witnesses might be first heard, to prove the Matters contained in the said Information."
Lewis examined concerning the Plot.
Next William Lewis was brought to the Bar, and sworn; and then demanded what he knew concerning the horrid Plot and Conspiracy of killing the King, and subverting the Government and the Protestant Religion; concerning which, he made a long Narrative.