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, 18 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
L. Stafford offers to make a Discovery:
The Earl of Carlile acquainted the House, "That he was at The Tower Yesterday, with the late Viscount Stafford; who gave him Authority to propose to this House, That he is ready to make a Confession of what he knows concerning the Plot: He desires it may be by sending a Committee to him; or rather, that he may bring it to the Bar in Writing; but he shall not be ready till Monday Morning."
Address for him to be brought to the Bar.
The House hereupon appointed, an Address should be made to His Majesty presently, by the Lord Privy Seal, Earl of Bedford, and Earl of Salisbury, "That His Majesty will please to give Leave for the bring ing the said late Viscount Stafford to this House presently."
Leave from the King.
The said Lords, having waited on the King, signified the King's Leave, that the late Lord Viscount Stafford be brought hither presently.
Order to Lieutenant of The Tower to bring him.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, by Leave and Consent of His Majesty, That the Lieutenant of The Tower of London be, and is hereby, required immediately to bring William late Viscount of Stafford, now Prisoner in the said Tower, to the Bar of this House; and hereof he may not fail.
Messages from H. C. with Bills.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir George Downing and others; who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An additional Act for burying in "Woollen;" to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Trevor Williams and others; who presented an Act, intituled, "An Act for the taking away of the "Court holden before the President and Council in the Marches of Wales;" to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
Visc. Stafford heard.
William late Viscount Stafford being brought to the Bar, and having kneeled; the Lord Chancellor told him, "The Lords were informed, that he would confess what he knew concerning the Plot; which the Lords were ready to hear."
And being heard what he had to say, he was commanded to withdraw.
L. Stafford remanded.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lieutenant of His Majesty's Tower of London be, and is hereby, required to carry back to the said Tower of London, William late Viscount of Stafford.
Trials of Peers, for regulating, Bill:
Next, the House took into Consideration the Amendments and Provisos made by the House of Commons, in the Bill for the better regulating of the Trial of the Peers of England.
The Amendment was read, and Agreed to; which was, after the Word ["Trial"], and before the Word ["shall"], insert these Words ["and no other"].
Then the First Proviso was read, as followeth:
"Provided always, and be it declared and enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That nothing in this present Act contained shall extend to the Trial of any Peer, upon an Impeachment of the House of Commons; which in such Case ought to be in Parliament only, nor to any Appeal or Appeals to be brought against any Peer for any Felony whatsoever."
For the freer Debate of this Proviso, the House was put into a Committee.
The House being resumed;
The Question was put, "Whether to agree to this Proviso?"
And it was Resolved in the Negative.
Protest against rejecting a Proviso to it.
"Crewe. P. Wharton."
Then the other Proviso was read, and ordered to be laid aside.
King's Answer to Address for bringing Witnesses from Ireland.
The Lord Chamberlain reported, "That His Majesty hath been presented with the Address concerning Paul Gurmley and George Magodden: And His Majesty's Answer is, That He will give Order that they shall come out of Ireland into England."
Message to H. C. about the Provisos to the Bill for regulating the Trials of Peers.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Justice Charlton and Baron Weston:
To let them know, that the Lords agree to the Amendment made by them in the Bill for the better regulating the Trial of the Peers of England; but do not agree to the Two Provisos.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, 20um De cembris instantis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined, this 23th of December, 1680, by us,
P. Bath & Wells.