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 Lunæ, 18 die Martii.
Arch. de Yorke.
Epus. St. Asaph.
Marq. de Halyfax, C. P. S.
Dux de Somerset.
Dux de Grafton.
Dux de Beaufort.
Marq. de Winton.
Comes Devon, Senescallus.
Vicecomes Say & Seale.
Ds. Grey de Ruthin.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. (fn. 1) Coventry.
Ds. Arrundell T.
Lords take the Oaths.
Absent Lords excused.
Also William Edwards and Samuell Bleake, upon Oath, deposed, "That they believe the Lord Leigh is in such an ill Condition of Health, that he is not able to come and give his Attendance on this House."
Likewise Mathewe Wright and Thomas Wedgood, upon their Oaths, deposed at the Bar, "That the Lord Ferrers is in so ill a Condition of Health, that he is not able to come up and give his Attendance on this House."
Next, John Brockhurst and Rawlins deposed, upon Oath, "That the Lord Bishop of Coventry and Litchfeild is so ill of the Strangury and the Stone, at Coventry, that they believe he is not able to come to London, to give his Attendance on this House."
Also William Kenving and Agnes Macdonell deposed, upon their Oaths, at this Bar, "That the Earl of Litchfeild hath lately had a Fall from a Horse, whereby he is so bruised, that they believe he is not in a Condition at present to come and attend this House."
Then Jonathan Andrewes and John Waite declared, upon their Oaths, "That the Lord Bishop of Worcester is weak in Body, and very aged, that they believe he is not in a Condition able to give his Attendance on this House."
Bp. of St. David's to attend the House.
And the House did direct that a Letter should be written to him, to let him know, "That his Letter was not satisfactory; and did expect he should come and attend this House within a Week, or send Two Witnesses to attest upon Oath, that he is not able to attend the House."
Bill for abrogating the Oaths.
Message from H. C. with Bills.
Bill for a present Aid.
Commissioners of Great Seal Bill.
Bill from H. C. for abrogating the Oaths, and establishing new Ones.
Williams versus Reade.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Cause which was appointed to be heard To-morrow, wherein Walter Williams is Plaintiff, and Richard Reade and others Defendants, be, and is hereby, put off, to be heard on Tuesday next, being the 26th of March Instant, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Williams versus Mellish.
Upon hearing Counsel this Day on both Sides at the Bar, upon the Petition and Appeal of Elizabeth Williams late Widow (now the Wife of Marmaduke Roberts) and Administratrix of Roger Williams deceased (her late Husband) from a Decree made in the High Court of Chancery, wherein Edward Mellish was Plaintiff and the Petitioner's Husband Defendant; as also upon the Answer of the said Edward Mellish put in thereunto:
After due Consideration had of what was offered by Counsel on either Part thereupon, it is ORDERED and Adjudged, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition and Appeal of Elizabeth Williams (and Marmaduke Roberts) brought into this House the 30th of May 1685, be, and is hereby, dismissed this House; and that the said Decree from which he or she appealed be, and is hereby, affirmed: And it is further ORDERED, That the Recognizance entered into (dated the 17th of June, Anno Domini 1685) for paying such Costs as this House should think fit, be, and is hereby, vacated.
Marq. de Halyfax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, videlicet, 19um diem instantis Martii, hora nona Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.