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 Martis, 16 die Aprilis.
Message to H. C. for a Conference on the Bill, for removing Papists from London.
Bill to take away Hearth-money.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Saturday next, at Nine of the Clock in the Morning; and having considered thereof, and heard all Persons concerning the same, and perused the Statutes, to see how far the said Statutes may be charged, and considered the Nature of the Pretences and Petitions, are to report to the House; and are to meet in the Prince's Lodgings, and adjourn as they please.
Conference on the Bill for removing Papists.
Address to the King, to issue Writs for the Convocation to meet.
And, for the more (fn. 1) thereof, the House was adjourned into a Committee.
Message to H. C. with Amendments to it.
Bill to abrogate the Oaths.
After this, the House read the Amendments, brought up this Day from the Commons, which they have made in the Bill for taking away the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy: And it is ORDERED, That they shall be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, the First Business.
Message from H. C. that they agree to the Lords Amendments to the Address.
Address to the King, thanking Him for His Care of the Protestant Religion; and desiring He will issue Writs for the Convocation to meet.
"Your Majesty's most loyal and obedient Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in Parliament assembled, do, with utmost Duty and Affection, render to Your Majesty our most humble and hearty Thanks, for Your gracious Declaration, and repeated Assurances, that You will maintain the Church of England established by Law, which Your Majesty hath been pleased to rescue from that dangerous Conspiracy that was laid for her Destruction, with the Hazard of Your Royal Person.
"And her Zeal against Popery having appeared at all Times, and more especially of late, beyond the Contradiction of her most malicious Enemies; it being likewise evident that her Loyalty hath always been unquestionable, and that the Misfortunes of the last Reign can be attributed to nothing more than the Endeavours that were used to subvert it:
"We therefore humbly pray, Your Majesty will be graciously pleased to continue Your Care for the Preservation of the same, whereby You will effectually establish Your Throne, by securing the Hearts of Your Majesty's Subjects within these Your Realms, who can no Way better shew their Zeal for Your Service, than by a firm Adherence to that Church, whose Constitution is best suited to the Support of this Monarchy.
"We likewise humbly pray, That, according to the ancient Practice and Usage of this Kingdom in Time of Parliament, Your Majesty will be graciously pleased to issue forth Your Writs, as soon as conveniently may be, for calling a Convocation of the Clergy of this Kingdom, to be advised with in Ecclesiastical Matters; assuring Your Majesty, it is our Intention forthwith to proceed to the Consideration of giving Ease to Protestant Dissenters."
King, when He will be attended with it.
ORDERED, That the Duke of Somerset, the Lord Viscount Newport, and the Lord Ferrers, do attend His Majesty, to know what Time His Majesty will be pleased to appoint, for both Houses to attend Him with an Address.
Count. Anglesey versus E. of Anglesey.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition be, and is hereby, referred to the Lords Committees for Privileges; whose Lordships are to consider thereof, and of the Breach of Privilege upon the Earl of Anglesey, and also the Privilege of the Earl of Rutland, and to hear such Persons concerning the same as they shall think fit; are afterwards to report to the House their Opinion thereupon.
Harvey et al. versus Ld. Holles.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel on both Sides, at the Bar, on Monday, the 22th Day of this Instant April, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the Petitioners are to cause timely Notice to be given to the said Lord Holles, to the End they attend accordingly.
Message from H. C. with the Bill to abrogate the Oaths.
Who returned a Bill formerly sent down to the Commons, intituled, "An Act for taking away the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy;" in which the Commons have made several Amendments, to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
Bernardiston versus Regem, in Error.
Brown and Tysan, to be attached, for Words against Ld. Morley.
Upon Oath made at the Bar of this House, That John Browne and Francis Tysan had said, "That the Lord Morley, a Member of this House, was a Papist, and did not sit in the Parliament House, and other scandalous Words reflecting upon him:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Gentleman Usher attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, do forthwith attach the Bodies of the said John Browne and Francis Tysan, and bring them in safe Custody to the Bar of this House, to answer for their said Offences; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
Brett's Pet. and Howard's.
ORDERED, That the Petition of Richard Brett Esquire be, and is hereby, referred to the Consideration of the Lords Committees, to whom is referred the Bill, intituled, "An Act for taking away the Revenue arising by Hearth-money."
ORDERED, That the Petition of the Honourable Henry Howard Esquire, Brother to the Earl of Suffolk, be, and is hereby, referred to the Consideration of the Lords Committees, to whom is referred the Bill, intituled, "An Act for taking away the Revenue arising by Hearth-money."
Forster versus Forster.
Bill for abrogating the Oaths.
Marq. de Halyfax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, videlicet, 17um diem instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.