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 Jovis, 21 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
M. de Halyfax Speaker pro Tempore.
L. Willonghby takes the Oaths.
This Day Thomas Lord Willoughby of Parham took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, in Pursuance of the Acts of Parliament.
His Majesty this Day sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with His Regal Crown and Ornaments, the Peers also being in their Robes; Order was given to the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, to give the Commons Notice, "That His Majesty's Pleasure is, that they attend Him presently."
Who being come, with their Speaker; who after a short Speech;
Speaker of H. C.'s Speech.
(fn. 1) "May it please Your Majesty,
"Since Your Majesty's Accession to the Crown, the House of Commons have employed their Time in considering what Laws might be most effectual for the Support of Your Majesty's Government: And for that End, they have several Bills now depending before them, which they hope to finish in a short Time. But, lest Your Majesty's Affairs might receive any Prejudice for Want of a timely Supply, they have unanimously agreed upon a Grant of Four Hundred and Twelve Thousand Pounds, for Your Majesty's present Occasions, which they are here come to offer to Your Majesty's Gracious Acceptance.
"This they present to Your Majesty, as an Earnest only of what they further intend for Your Majesty's Service; humbly desiring Your Majesty to accept of the same, together with their hearty Prayers, that Your Majesty may continue long to reign a glorious Prince over a happy and obedient People:"
Presented to His Majesty, in the Name of the Commons, a Bill, intituled, "An Act for the granting of a present Aid to Their Majesties."
Which being received by the Clerk of the Parliaments, and brought to the Table, the Clerk of the Crown read the Title; and then the Clerk of the Parliaments pronounced the Royal Assent in these Words,
Bill for a present Aid passed.
"Le Roy et la Reyne, remerciant leur loyals Subjectz, et acceptant leur Benevolence, et ainsy le veulent."
After this, His Majesty withdrew.
The House, understanding that the King had made Three new Judges, thought fit to excuse the now Assistants from attending any longer on the House.
Whereupon these Orders were made:
New Assistants called.
"ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Mr. Justice Dolbin, Mr. Justice Powell, and Mr. Baron Nevill, do attend this House as Assistants."
The Assistants recommended to the King.
"ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That whereas the Honourable William Mountagu Esquire, Sir Robert Atkins, Sir William Dolbin, Sir Creswell Levins, Sir John Holt, Sir Edward Nevill, Richard Wallop, William Whitlock, George Bradbury, and William Petit, Esquires, have so well served this House as their Assistants, and have therein much contributed to His Majesty's Service; this House thinks fit hereby humbly to recommend them in a particular Manner to His Majesty's Favour: And it is further ORDERED, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty herewith."
Bill for reviving Proceedings at Law.
(fn. 2) Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the reviving of Actions and Process lately depending in the Courts at Westminster, and discontinued by the not holding of Hillary Terme; and for supplying of other Defects relating to Proceedings at Law."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to these Lords following:
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet at Four of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings; and to adjourn as they please.
ORDERED, That Mr. Justice Dolbin, Mr. Justice Powell, and Mr. Baron Nevill, do attend the Lords Committees appointed to consider the Bill, intituled, "An Act for reviving of Actions and Process lately depending in the Courts at Westm. and discontinued by the not holding of Hillary Terme, &c." at Four of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Commissioners of the Great Seal Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for enabling Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal to execute the Office of Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to these Lords following; who, having considered thereof, and required a particular Enumeration in a Schedule to the Bill, in what Cases One of the Commissioners alone may act; and that there be a negative Clause, "That no single Commissioner shall determine a Cause or Act in any Case out of that Enumeration;" whose Lordships may send for such Persons as they shall think fit, and report the same to the House:
Their Lordships, or any Five; to meet To-morrow at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Bill for abrogating the Oaths.
The House was in Consideration of the Clause brought in by the Assistants of the Long Robe appointed Yesterday, to be made Part of the Bill for abrogating the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and establishing others in their Place.
The said Clause was read, and Agreed to.
Another Clause was read; videlicet,
"And be it enacted, That all and every the Clauses contained in a certain Act, made in the 25th Year of the Reign of the late King Charles the Second, intituled, An Act for preventing Dangers which may happen from Popish Recusants, as to so much only as concerneth the receiving of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper according to the Usage of the Church of England, to the Intents and Purposes only in the said Act required, shall be henceforth wholly repealed."
After some Debate;
The Question being put, "Whether to agree with the Committee in the Clause they have brought in, for taking away the receiving of the Sacrament?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
Leave was given by the House, to such Lords as will, to enter their Dissents; and accordingly these Lords following do enter their Dissents, for the Reasons following:
Protest against a Clause in it.
"1. Because a hearty Union amongst Protestants is a greater Security to the Church and State than any Test that can be invented.
"2. Because this Obligation to receive the Sacrament is a Test on Protestants rather than on the Papists.
"3. Because, so long as it is continued, there cannot be that hearty and thorough Union amongst Protestants as has always been wished, and is at this Time indispensably necessary.
"4. Because a greater Caution ought not to be required from such as are admitted into Offices than from the Members of the Two Houses of Parliament, who are not obliged to receive the Sacrament to enable them to sit in either House.
North & Grey.
Marq. de Halyfax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, videlicet, 22um diem instantis Martii, 1688/9, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.