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 Sabbati, 16 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
M. de Halyfax Speaker pro Tempore.
L. Holles takes the Oaths.
This Day Francis Lord Holles took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, according to the Acts.
Message from H. C. with the Bill to reverse L. Russell's Attainder.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Henry Capell Knight and others:
L. Russell's Attainder.
Who returned the Bill for annulling and making void the Attainder of William Russell Esquire, commonly called Lord Russell; to which Bill the Commons have agreed, with Two Amendments, to which Amendments the Commons desire their Lordships Concurrence.
The said Amendments were read Thrice, and Agreed to.
Message to them, that the Lords agree to the Amendments in it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Robert Atkins and Serjeant Dolben:
To let them know, that the Lords have agreed to the Amendments in the Bill for annulling the Attainder of the Lord Russell.
Sending Papists out of London.
ORDERED, That the Committee for the sending the Papists out of London and Westm. being now sine Die, do meet on Monday next, in the Afternoon, at Four of the Clock.
The King's Answer to the Address.
The Earl of Oxford reported, "That he had delivered the Address of both Houses to His Majesty; who returns Thanks to both Houses for it, and said That He had sent a Force of Horse and Dragoons to suppress the Rebels; and He would issue out a Proclamation, as is desired."
To be printed with the Address.
ORDERED, That the Address of both Houses, and His Majesty's Answer thereunto, be forthwith printed and published.
His Majesty, sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with His Regal Crown and Ornaments, the Peers being also in their Robes; the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod was commanded to let the Commons know, it was His Majesty's Pleasure, "That they attend Him presently."
Who being come, with their Speaker; His Majesty made the following Speech:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
His Majesty's Speech.
"Now I have the Occasion of coming hither to pass this Bill, which I hope will be for all our Safeties, I shall put you in Mind of One Thing, which will conduce much to our Settlement, as a Settlement will to the Disappointment of our Enemies.
"I am, with all the Expedition I can, filling up the Vacancies that are in Offices and Places of Trust by this late Revolution.
"I know, you are sensible there is a Necessity of some Law, to settle the Oaths to be taken by all Persons to be admitted to such Places.
"I recommend it to your Care, to make a speedy Provision for it. And as I doubt not but you will sufficiently provide against Papists, so I hope you will leave Room for the Admission of all Protestants that are willing and able to serve.
"This Conjunction in My Service will tend to the better uniting you amongst yourselves; and the strengthening you against your common Adversaries."
This being ended, His Majesty gave His Royal Assent to Two Bills:
"1. An Act for empowering His Majesty to apprehend and detain such Persons as He shall find just Cause to suspect are conspiring against the Government."
The Clerk of the Crown read the Title; and the Clerk of the Parliaments pronounced the Royal Assent, in these Words:
"Le Roy et la Reyne le veulent."
"2. An Act for annulling and making void the Attainder of William Russell Esquire, commonly called Lord Russell."
Which Title was read by the Clerk of the Crown; and the Royal Assent pronounced by the Clerk of the Parliaments, in these Words:
"Soit fait come il est desiré."
This being done, His Majesty went into the Prince's Lodgings, and the Commons went to their House; and the Lords proceeded in Business.
King's Speech to be printed.
ORDERED, That His Majesty's Gracious Speech to both Houses this Day be forthwith printed and published.
Countess of Burlington versus E. of Salisbury, for taking away his Brothers who were left to her Care.
Upon reading the Petition of Elizabeth Countess of Burlington; shewing, "That the Right Honourable James late Earl of Salisbury, by his last Will, did bequeath the Custody of all his Children to her until their Ages of One and Twenty Years; and that she did send the Honourable William and Charles Cecill to Eaton School; and that, in August last, the Right Honourable James now Earl of Salisbury took them away, and sent them into France to be educated:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Earl of Winchilsea, and the Lord Bishop of London, and the Lord Pagett, do go to the Earl of Salisbury in The Tower; and let his Lordship know, that this House requires that he gives their Lordships a present Account where his Brothers now are; and that this House doth also require that his said Brothers be forthwith brought into England.
Bill for abrogating the Oaths.
ORDERED, That it be recommended to the Committee to expedite the Bill for taking the Oaths.
Marq. de Halyfax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet, 18um diem Martii instantis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.