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, 17 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Message from H. C. with the Bill for Repeal or 35 Eliz.; and the Bill to regulate the Trial of Peers.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Booth and others:
To acquaint their Lordships, that the Commons agree to the Amendments made by their Lordships in the Bill concerning the Repealing of the Act of 35 Eliz.
Also, that the Commons agree to the Bill for the better regulating the Trial of the Peers of England, with some Amendments and Provisos; to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
Protestant Dissenters, for distinguishing, Bill.
The House was adjourned into a Committee, to proceed in the Consideration of the Bill for distinguishing Protestant Dissenters from Popish Recusants.
And, after a long Debate, the House was resumed.
The Earl of Bridgwater reported, "That the Committee have further considered the Bill for distinguishing Protestant Dissenters from Popish Recusants; and desires that the House would appoint another Day, when the House shall be in a Committee to proceed further in that Bill."
And the House ordered To-morrow Morning to proceed in that Bill.
Lords to be summoned.
ORDERED, That the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod do summon all the Lords now in Town, to be present in this House To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock.
Trial of Peers, for regulating, Bill.
It was moved, "That the Amendments and Provisos made by the House of Commons in the Bill for better regulating the Trial of the Peers of England, might be read."
The Question being put, "Whether the Amendments and Provisos in the Bill for better regulating the Trial of the Peers of England shall be now read?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
ORDERED, That these Amendments and Provisos shall be read To-morrow Morning, the First Business.
Protestant Strangers, to come into England, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the Encouragement of Protestant Strangers to come into, and inhabit in, this Kingdom."
Sir G. Charnock, Serjeant at Arms, Petition for Charges.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir George Charnocke Knight, Serjeant at Arms attending this House; shewing, "That he hath been at very great and extraordinary Charge, in the last Parliament, in keeping Men and Houses (besides his ordinary Deputies), and sending them into most Parts of this Kingdom, to fetch up Priests, and other Persons concerned in the Popish Plot, many whereof have been committed to Prison out of his Custody, and he was never paid; and praying the favourable Consideration of this House thereupon:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Sir George Charnock shall attend Sir John Hoskyns, One of the Masters in Chancery, with an Accompt of his said Charges, which the said Sir John Hoskyns is to take upon Oath; and having stated and perfected the same, he is to present it to the Lord Chancellor, to the End this House may have a true Account thereof.
Upon reading the Petition of Francis Hall, now in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for being in Town contrary to His Majesty's Proclamation; shewing, "That he came to Town by License of Four of the Justices of Peace for the County of Monmouth (where he is an Inhabitant with his Family), for discharging a Recognizance entered into by himself and others his collateral Security; and that he designed very suddenly to return Home; and therefore praying, that he may be discharged from his Restraint:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Francis Hall be, and is hereby, discharged from his present Restraint, paying his Fees, in order to his speedy Repair to his Habitation in Monmouthshire; provided that the said Francis Hall do first give Security to His Majesty's Attorney General, to answer the Law, when he shall be thereunto required; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Sir George Charnock Knight, Ser jeant at Arms attending this House, his Deputy and Deputies, and every of them.
Strode versus Regem, in Error.
Upon reading the Petition of Essex Strode Esquire, William Meachin, Richard Brookes, John Kinge, and Thomas Goodman; shewing, "That they have brought a Writ of Error, upon a Judgement obtained against them, upon an Information exhibited against them in the Court of King's Bench, returnable before this Court, and have duly prosecuted the same; notwith standing which, Execution hath been sued out upon the said Judgement; upon which if they should be taken, they must be in Prison till next Term, without Bail; and therefore pray Relief in this Case:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Execution, and all other Proceedings to be had upon the said Judgement of the Court of King's Bench against the said Petitioners, be stayed till further Order; and hereof all Officers of the Court of King's Bench, and other Persons concerned, are to take Notice, and conform themselves accordingly, as they and every of them will answer the contrary to this House.
Ly. St. John, Leave to stay in Town.
Upon reading the Petition of Mary Lady St. John; shewing, "That she is very aged, and hath lived many Years in Town with all Duty and Obedience to His Majesty and Government, and hath no other Habitation; and therefore praying, that she may be permitted to stay in Town:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Mary Lady St. John be, and is hereby, permitted to stay in Town till further Order.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamen tum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati, 18um diem instantis Decembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.