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, 25 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
M. de Halyfax Speaker pro Tempore.
Message from the King, concerning a General Pardon.
The Earl of Shrewsbury acquainted the House, "That he had Command from the King, to deliver a Message to this House."
Which was read, as follows:
"His Majesty, out of an earnest Desire to deliver His People from the Guilt, Reproach, and Penalties, which many of them may be liable to, and to put an End to all Controversies arising between His Subjects, by reason of any Disorders in the late Times; and to take away all Distinctions and Occasions of Discord among them, to the End that they, having an entire Confidence in His Majesty, and perfect Union among themselves, may be encouraged in their Duty to His Government, and more fully and securely enjoy the Benefit of it; and His Majesty judging that the best Way to render this His Gracious Purpose most extensive and effectual is, to pass an Act of Free and General Pardon, Indemnity, and Oblivion: His Majesty doth earnestly recommend the Consideration thereof to both Houses of Parliament, that, with all the Expedition a Matter of that Kind will admit, they may prepare a Bill for that Purpose for the Royal Assent, with such Exceptions only as to them shall seem necessary for the Vindication of Public Justice, the Safety of Their Majesties, and the Settlement and Welfare of the Nation for the future."
Bill to exhibit one for Prince George of Denmark's Nat.
The Earl of Shrewsbury desired Leave of this House to bring in a Bill for naturalizing the Prince of Denmark; whom His Majesty intends to create a Duke of this Realm, and so to bring him to sit in this House, and to have the like Precedency as other Princes have had.
The House gave his Lordship Leave to bring in a Bill for this Purpose.
Thanks to the King, for this and the General Pardon.
ORDERED, That the humble Thanks of this House be given to His Majesty, for His Most Gracious Message to them, concerning a Bill of Indemnity and Free Pardon; and also the humble Thanks of this House to His Majesty, for His Intention communicated to them by the Earl of Shrewsbury, of creating his Highness the Prince of Denmark a Duke of this Realm: And it is further ORDERED, That the Lord Marquis of Winchester, the Earl of Bedford, the Lord Viscount Newport, and the Lord Wharton, do attend His Majesty herewith.
Report concerning the E. of Salisbury's Brothers:
The Earl of Winchilsea reported, "That himself, the Lord Bishop of London, and the Lord Paget, have, according to the Order of this House, been at The Tower, and spoke with the Earl of Salisbury about his Brothers: And he denies that he sent them beyond the Seas, or that he furnishes them with Money, or knows where they are: And says, That the last Time he heard of them, they went to visit the King in France; and he commanded them to stay in France, and he would furnish them with Money."
Committee to consider of the Countess of Burlington's Petition about them.
Hereupon the House appointed these Lords following as a Committee, to consider of the Petition of the Countess of Burlington; and also the Answer of the Earl of Salisbury; whose Lordships, having considered thereof, and sent for and examined such Persons concerning the same as they shall think fit, are afterwards to report to this House:
E. of Bedford.
E. of Bristol.
E. of Stamford.
E. of Chesterfeild.
E. of Bath.
E. of Burlington.
E. of Rochester.
Bp. of London.
Bp. of St. Asaph.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet To-morrow, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings; and to adjourn as they please.
Montagu & al. to be examined about it.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Honourable William Mountagu Esquire, Doctor Tillotson, Doctor Mapletoft, Abenezer Sadler, and John Fisher, be, and are hereby, required to attend this House To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, to be sworn, in order to be examined, at Four in the Afternoon, before the Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Countess of Burlington's Petition, concerning the Earl of Salisburie's Brothers being sent beyond the Seas.
Commissioners for the Great Seal Bill.
The Lord Delamer reported, "That the Committee for the Bill for enabling Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal to execute the Office of Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper, have made some Amendments to that Bill; which are offered to the Consideration of the House."
Which were read.
Then a Clause was tendered to the House, to be added to the said Bill, concerning the Custos Rotulorum.
After some Debate thereof;
A Question was proposed, "Whether it shall be recommended to the Committee, to draw up a Clause to be added to the Bill, That Masters of Chancery's Places shall not be sold?"
The Question was put, "Whether this Question shall be now put?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
And, after Debate, it is ORDERED, That the Bill intituled, "An Act for enabling Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal to execute the Office of Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper," be re-committed to the same Committee as before; and that the Clause offered to the House concerning the Custos Rotulorum, and that the Clerk of the Peace's Places shall not be sold, be there considered, to be added to the Bill: And it is further ORDERED, That it be, and is hereby, recommended to the said Lords Committees, to draw a Bill to regulate and prevent the selling of any Places whatsoever, in the Chancery or elsewhere.
Agutter versus Collins & al.
Upon reading the Petition of Nathaniell Agutter and Mary his Wife, Plaintiffs, against Jane Collins Widow, Samuell Collins Gentleman, Ann and Margaret Collins, and Elizabeth Collins Widow, and William Peck and Amy his Wife, complaining of a Dismission of his Bill in the Court of Chancery, by the late Lord Chancellor Jefferyes, in June 1686; and praying Relief therein:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Jane Collins Widow, Samuell Collins Gentleman, Anne and Margaret Collins, and Elizabeth Collins Widow, and William Peck and Amy his Wife, may have a Copy or Copies of the said Petition; and be, and they are hereby, required to put in their Answer or respective Answers to the said Petition, on Thursday the 4th of April next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the said Nathaniell Agutter and Mary his Wife are to cause timely Notice to be given to the said Defendants, to the End they answer accordingly.
Marq. de Halyfax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, videlicet, 26um diem instantis Martii, 1689, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.