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 Martis, 5 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Epus. St. Asaph.
Comes Danby, L. President.
Marq. De Halyfax, C. P. S.
(fn. 1) Dux Norfolk, Comes Marescallus.
Duke of Somerset.
Marq. of Winton.
Comes Lyndsey, L. Great Chamberlain.
Ds. Grey de Ruthin.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Marq. de Halyfax Speaker pro Tempore.
Lords take the Oaths.
This Day these Lords following took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration:
Theophilus Earl of Huntingdon.
Robert Earl of Scarsdale.
James Earl of Anglesey.
James Lord Chandos.
Message from H. C. for a Conference, about assisting the King.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Hampden Junior and others:
To desire a Conference, concerning the Subject-matter of the last Message.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will give a Conference, as is desired; and appoints the same to be presently, in the Painted Chamber.
These Lords were appointed to report this Conference:
The Commons being come, the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
The Earl of Mulgrave reported, "That the Commons have passed an Address, to be presented to His Majesty, from both Houses; whereunto they desire their Lordships Concurrence."
"Which Address was read; videlicet,
Address to His Majesty, that the Houses will assist Him:
"We, Your Majesty's most faithful and dutiful Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons assembled in Parliament, being highly sensible of our late great and signal Deliverance from Popery and arbitrary Power, whereof it hath pleased Almighty God to make Your Majesty the glorious Instrument; and desiring to the utmost of our Abilities to express our Gratitude to Your Majesty for so great and generous an Undertaking, no less necessary for the Support of the Protestant Interest in Europe, than for the recovering and maintaining the Civil Rights and Liberties of these Nations, so notoriously invaded and undermined by Popish Counsels and Counsellors; and being likewise fully convinced of the restless Spirits and the continued Endeavours of Your Majesty's and the Nation's Enemies, for the Extirpation of the Protestant Religion, and the Subversion of our Laws and Liberties; do unanimously declare, That we will stand by and assist Your Majesty, with our Lives and Fortunes, in supporting Your Alliances Abroad, in reducing of Ireland, and in Defence of the Protestant Religion and Laws of the Kingdom."
Which, being read, was Agreed to.
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to it; and about presenting it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Robert Atkins and Sir Edward Nevill:
To let them know, that the Lords (fn. 2) agrees with them in the Address delivered at the last Conference, to be presented to His Majesty, from both Houses; and that the Lords intend to send to His Majesty, to know what Time and Place He will please to appoint that both Houses may wait upon Him, to present it.
The Lord Great Chamberlain and the Lord Viscount Newport appointed presently to wait upon His Majesty, to know His Pleasure herein.
Sir Robert Atkins and Sir Edward Nevill return with this Answer:
That they had delivered their Message.
Trial of Peers, Bill.
Next, the House took into Consideration the Amendments made in the Bill concerning the Trial of Peers.
The Clause offered by the Committee was read.
The Question being put, "Whether to agree with the Committee in this Clause?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
Then the Clauses brought in by the Private Committee, with the Amendments, were severally read, and Agreed to.
And it is ORDERED, That this Bill, with the Amendments, be engrossed.
Leave is given to such Lords as will, to enter their Dissents.
Upon Report by the Lord Paget, from the Committee concerning Papists, these Orders were made:
Coffin sent for, for refusing to give an Account of Popish Lodgers.
"This House being informed that Coffin, a Papist, hath refused to give an Account to the Constable of the Names of his Popish Lodgers: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Coffin be, and is hereby, required to attend this House To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, as he will answer the contrary to this House."
Filkins's House to be searched for Arms;-and they to be sent to The Tower.
"This House being informed that there are divers Arms in the House of one Filkins, in the Parish of St. Giles: It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Doors of the Rooms where those Arms are, be broken open by the Officers of the Ordnance, in the Presence of a Constable; and that the Arms there found be taken, and sent to The Tower of London."
"This House being informed that there are Arms in the Custody of Moleneux, a Pawnbroker: It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That what Arms or Belts shall be found in his Custody, with the King's Mark on them, be taken, and sent to The Tower of London; and that such other Arms as shall be found in his Custody shall be inventoried, and secured until further Order."
Committee empowered to search for Papists Papers.
"ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords Committees appointed to consider what is fit to be done to prevent Papists and reputed Papists from staying in Town, have hereby Power given them to employ or empower Persons to search for and seize Papers and Writings belonging to any Papist or Papists, that keep Correspondencies Abroad."
"ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Edward (fn. 3) Ailsey, suspected to be a Priest, now in Custody of the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, be, and is hereby, discharged from any further Restraint (paying his Fees); and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
"To Sir Thomas Duppa, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, &c."
The Lord Great Chamberlain reported, "That His Majesty is going out of Town; but He intends to return To-morrow; and then He will signify His Pleasure, when both Houses shall wait upon Him."
Marquis de Halyfax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, videlicet, 6um diem instantis Martii, 168/9;, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.