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 Veneris, 15 die Martii.
Bill to abrogate Oaths, and appoint new ones.
The Marquis of Winton reported, "That it is the Opinion of the Committee of the whole House, That a Select Committee of the House be appointed, to draw a Clause to explain and make clearer the abrogating and making void the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy; and also to draw another Clause to take away the Necessity of receiving the Sacrament to make a Man capable of having an Office."
Message from H. C. to sit a while.
Message from H. C. with the following Address.
Address to the King, to suppress the Rebellion, and issue a Proclamation against the Rebels.
"We, Your Majesty's dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons in Parliament assembled, having received Information, that divers Officers and Soldiers are now in actual Rebellion, and levying War within this Kingdom against Your Majesty; and that divers others, Soldiers and traiterously-affected Persons, both within this Kingdom and elsewhere, are conspiring with, and adhering to, these Rebels and Traitors; do therefore most humbly beseech Your Majesty, to take such effectual Course as to Your Princely Wisdom shall seem meet, for the speedy Suppression of this Rebellion, and bring to Justice the Persons guilty thereof, with their Adherents; and that, in the mean Time, Your Majesty will be pleased to issue Your Royal Proclamation, declaring those Persons and their Adherents to be Rebels and Traitors, and requiring all Your good Subjects to apprehend, subdue, and prosecute them as such, to the End none may pretend Ignorance of his Duty by Law in this Case. The Effect of such Warning, we doubt not, will be a just Terror to Your Enemies, and an Encouragement to Your loyal and faithful Subjects. And do humbly assure Your Majesty, that, in further Prosecution of that End, we shall be at all Times ready to give our humble Advice and Assistance to Your Majesty, when Your Majesty shall be pleased to require it."
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to it, and about presenting it.
To let them know, that the Lords do concur with them in the Address sent up to them; and have appointed Two Lords to attend His Majesty with it presently, and to desire them to appoint some of their Members to go with them.
E. Macclesfield versus Sir A. Fitton and Jolliffe.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of the Right Honourable the Earl of Maclesfeld, complaining of several Orders, Decrees, and Proceedings, in the Court of Chancery, to which Appeal Sir Allexander Fitton and Thomas Jollisse Esquire are Defendants; and praying, that they may put in their Answer or Answers thereunto:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Sir Alexander Fitton and Thomas Jollise may have a Copy of the said Petition; and be, and are hereby, required to put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto, in Writing, on Thursday the 15th Day of April next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the Earl of Maclesfeld, or his Agents, are to cause Notice to be given to the said Defendants, by the Service of this Order upon them, or leaving it with their Clerk in Chancery, to the End they answer accordingly.
Mayor of Gravesend and Read to attend, about sueing Dyer for stopping Hoy with Popish Passengers.
Upon reading the Petition of Andrew Dyer; shewing, "That he having stopt a Hoy at Gravesend with several Popish Passengers, and that he had been greatly molested, and at this Time Two several Actions against him by Reason thereof; and praying Relief herein:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Mayor of Gravesend, William Reade Master of the Hoy, and Charles Reade in the Petition mentioned, be, and are hereby, required to shew Cause to this House, on Friday the 22th Day of this Instant March, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, why they do molest and trouble, or cause to be molested and troubled, the said Andrew Dyer; and hereof they may not fail, as they will answer the contrary to this House.
Serle versus Sir R. Clarke & al.
Upon reading the Petition of Henry Serle; complaining of several Proceedings in the Court of Chancery after a Judgement given by this House, and praying Relief therein, to which Sir Robert Clarke and Nicholas Barebones and others are Defendants:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Sir Robert Clarke, Nicholas Barebones, and others, Defendants, may have a Copy or Copies of the said Appeal; and be, and are hereby, required to put in their Answer or respective Answers to the said Appeal on Monday the 25th Day of March Instant, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the said Henry Serle is to cause Notice to be given to the said Sir Robert Clarke, Nicholas Barebones, or the other Defendants, by leaving a Copy of this Order with their Clerk in Chancery, to the End they answer accordingly.
Marq. de Halyfax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati, videlicet, 16um diem Martii instantis, hora nona Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.