Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 14, 1685-1691. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Mercurii, 20 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
M. de Halyfax Speaker pro Tempore.
Bill for a present Aid.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for granting a present Aid to Their Majesties."
The Question being put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Adam Oately and Mr. Metwin:
To acquaint them, that this House hath passed the Bill for granting a present Aid to Their Majesties.
Bill for abrogating the Oaths.
The Lord Viscount Fauconberg reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill referred to them, concerning Oaths, wherein they have made some Amendments, and prepared somes Clauses directed by the House, which they offer to their Lordships Consideration."
The Paragraphs were read; and One of the Clauses was read, in these Words; videlicet,
"And be it further enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the King and Queen's Majesties, to issue out Commissions, from Time to Time, to such Persons as they shall think fit, whereof the Quorum shall consist of Three at the least, to tender to such Person and Persons above the Age of 18 Years as shall be specially named in such Commission, the Oaths of Fidelity mentioned in a Statute made in the First Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord and Lady King William and Queen Mary, intituled, An Act for removing and preventing all Questions and Disputes concerning the Assembling and Sitting of this present Parliament; and that all and every Person and Persons so named in such Commission, and to whom the said Oaths shall be tendered as aforesaid, shall be obliged to take the said Oaths, before such Persons as shall be commissioned to take the same."
After a long Debate;
The Question was put, "Whether to agree with the Committee in this Clause now read?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
After this, the House entered into another Clause reported by the Committee.
And, after some Debate thereof, it is ORDERED, That the Gentlemen of the Long Robe, Assistants to this House, do draw up a Clause, according to the Sense of the Debate this Day, to be Part of the Bill for abrogating the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy; and that the House is to go into Consideration of this Business To-morrow, at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Roper versus Roper.
The House being moved, on the Behalf of Edward Roper, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing his Cause, now depending in this House, to which Anne Roper the Defendant hath this Day put in an Answer:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel on both Sides, at the Bar, on Saturday next, being the 23th of this Instant March, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the said Edward Roper or his Agents are to cause Notice to be given to the said Anne Roper, by leaving a Copy of this Order with her Solicitor or Clerk in Chancery, to the End both the Parties attend with the Counsel accordingly.
Marq. de Halyfax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, videlicet, 21um diem instantis Martii, 168/9, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.