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.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Marq. de Halyfax Speaker pro Tempore.
Message to H. C. for a Conference on the Bill, for removing Papists from London.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Miles Cooke and Mr. Keck:
To desire a Conference, presently, in the Painted Chamber, touching the Subject-matter of the Bill for removing Papists from the Cities of London and Westminster.
The Messengers return with this Answer:
That the Commons will give a Conference, as is desired.
Bill to take away Hearth-money.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for taking away the Revenue arising out of the Hearth-money."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to these Lords following:
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.
The Commons being ready for the Conference, the former Managers of the Conferences upon this Bill were appointed to manage this Conference.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Address to the King, to issue Writs for the Convocation to meet.
Next, the House entered into further Consideration of the Address brought from the House of Commons, to be presented to His Majesty.
And, for the more (fn. 1) thereof, the House was adjourned into a Committee.
The House being resumed;
The Earl of Bridgewater reported, "That the Committee have made some Amendments in the Address of both Houses, to be presented to His Majesty."
Which, being read, were agreed to by the House.
Message to H. C. with Amendments to it.
Then a Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Miles Cooke and Mr. Keck:
To acquaint them, that this House agrees to the Address to His Majesty, with some Amendments; to which the Lords desire their Concurrence.
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.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Auditor Done and others:
To acquaint this House, that the Commons agree to their Lordships Amendments in the Address to be presented to His Majesty.
The said Address, as it is amended, is as follows:
Address to the King, thanking Him for His Care of the Protestant Religion; and desiring He will issue Writs for the Convocation to meet.
"May it please Your Majesty,
"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.
Upon reading the Petition of Dame Elizabeth Countess of Anglesey, wherein the Privilege of the Right Honourable the Earl of Anglesey is concerned:
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.
The House being moved, to appoint a Day for hearing the Cause, wherein John Harvey and Isabella his Wife are concerned, and the Lord Holles Defendant:
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.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Dolben and others:
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.
Judge Dolben, One of the Judges in the Court of King's Bench, brought in a Writ of Error, to reverse a Judgement given against Sir Samuell Bernardiston, at the Suit of the King.
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.
To Sir Tho. Duppa, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, his Deputy and Deputies, and every of them.
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.
ORDERED, That this House will hear the Cause between Forster and Forster, on Friday, the 19th Day of this Instant April, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Bill for abrogating the Oaths.
ORDERED, That the Amendments to the Bill concerning taking the Oaths shall be read the Second Time To-morrow, at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon, the First Business.
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.