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 Mercurii, 3 die Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Marquis de Halifax Speaker pro Tempore.
Bp. of Sarum takes the Oaths.
This Day Gilbert Lord Bishop of Sarum took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, in Pursuance of the Acts.
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Dolben and others:
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for establishing the Coronation Oath;" to which the Commons desire their Lordships Concurrence.
His Majesty, sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with His Regal Crown and Robes (the Peers being also in their Robes), the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod was commanded to signify His Majesty's Pleasure to the Commons, "That they presently attend His Majesty."
Who being come, with their Speaker; the Clerk of the Crown read the Titles of these Bills following severally:
"1. An Act for exhibiting a Bill in this present Parliament, for naturalizing the most Noble Prince George of Denmarke."
"2. An Act for reviving of Actions and Process lately depending in the Courts at Westminster, and discontinued by the not holding of Hillary Terme; and for supplying other Defects relating to Proceedings at Law."
"3. An Act for punishing Officers or Soldiers who shall mutiny, or desert Their Majesties Service."
To all these Bills the Clerk of the Parliaments pronounced the Royal Assent to each particular Bill, in these Words,
"Le Roy et la Reyne le veulent."
This being ended, His Majesty withdrew Himself.
Bill to annul Grants to Papists.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act to annull and make void all Gifts and Grants made to Papists."
ORDERED, That the Earl of Aylesbury hath Leave to go into the Country, for a little Time.
Bill to nat. PrinceGeorge, and settle his Precedency.
Hodie 1a & 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the Naturalization of the most Noble Prince George of Denmarke, and settling his Precedency."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to these Lords following:
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet at Four of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Serle versus Clarke & al.
Whereas this Day was appointed for hearing the Cause between Henry Serle Plaintiff, and Sir Rob't Clarke and others Defendants:
It is ORDERED, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel on both Sides, on Saturday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
ORDERED, That this House will take into Debate To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock in the Morning, the Report of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for uniting Their Majesties Protestant Subjects."
Countess of Burlington concerning the E. of Salisbury's Brothers.
Upon Report from the Lords Committees, to whom was referred the Consideration of the Countess of Burlington's Petition, concerning the Earl of Salisburie's Brothers being sent beyond the Seas, "That it having been made appear to their Lordships, by Mr. Roderick the Schoolmaster of Eaton's Letters of the 16th and 23th of August last past, to the said Countess of Burlington, That the Earl of Salisbury had taken his Brothers from the said School, where they were placed by her Ladyship's Consent, who was their Guardian; it also having been made appear to them that they went into France from Salisbury House, where the said Earl then was; Mr. Sadler having testified upon Oath, that he saw them there the Day before they were sent away; and Mr. Smith also testifying upon Oath, that he helped them in a Room there to pack up their Linen in a Portmanteau about Twelve a Clock in the same Night, on which they went from the said House; and that the Committee being satisfied, that the Earl of Salisbury did take his Brothers from Eaton School, and was instrumental in sending them to France:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Earl of Salisbury be, and is hereby, required to cause his said Brothers William and Charles to be returned to the Countess of Burlington before the Fifteenth Day of May next; or otherwise this House will further proceed against his Lordship as the Offence requires.
Roper versus Roper.
After hearing Counsel at the Bar, the 23th Day of March 1688, upon the Petition and Appeal of Edward Roper Esquire, complaining of a Decree made in the Court of Chancery by the Lord Chancellor Jefferyes, the 24 Day of February, in the Fourth Year of the Reign of the late King James the Second, and by virtue of a Report and subsequent Orders made in the said Cause, the Petitioner and all his Estate stands charged to pay to Mrs Anne Roper 5,500£. and other Things in the Petition set forth; as also upon the Answer of Mrs. Ann Roper put in thereunto:
After due Consideration had of what was offered by Counsel on either Side thereupon, it is this Day ORDERED and Adjudged, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Decree, made by the Lord Chancellor Jefferyes the 24th Day of February aforesaid, and the Report and Subsequent Orders made in the said Cause, from which the said Edward Roper did appeal to this House on the Behalf of the abovesaid Mrs. Anne Roper, be, and are hereby, reversed.
Marquis de Halyfax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, videlicet, quartum diem instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.