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, 17 die Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Marq. de Halyfax Speaker pro Tempore.
King to be attended with the Address:
The Duke of Somerset reported, "That, according to the Order of this House, he had waited on His Majesty, to know what Time He will please to appoint, for both Houses to present an Address to Him; and His Majesty hath appointed Friday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Banqueting Room in Whitehall."
Message to H. C. about it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Meredith and Mr. Keck:
To acquaint them, that His Majesty hath appointed Friday next, in the Afternoon, in the Banqueting House in Whitehall, for both Houses to present their Address to Him.
Message from thence, with a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Joseph Tredenham and others:
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act, That the Simoniacal Promotion of one Person may not prejudice another;" to which their Lordships Concurrence is desired.
Dissenters Toleration Bill.
Next, the House took into Consideration the Amendments in the Bill for Toleration.
And, upon Debate, some other Amendments were agreed to; and the House ordered the Bill to be engrossed, with those Amendments.
Savery, alias Serle, Bill.
ORDERED, That this House will hear Counsel for and against the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable Isaac Savery, of the City of Exeter, Gentleman, to take upon him the Surname of Searle or Serle," on Monday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Serle versus Clarke.
ORDERED, That this House shall give Judgement in the Cause between Serle and Clarke To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Dissenters Toleration Bill.
The House took into Consideration the Amendments of the House of Commons, made in the Bill for exempting Their Majesties Protestant Subjects, dissenting from the Church of England, from the Penalties of certain Laws.
And the Paragraphs were severally read.
And that Clause which concerned the Bishops taking the Oaths being read, and debated;
The Question was put, "Whether to agree to this Clause, as it comes from the House of Commons, without Amendment?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
Then the House made some Amendments therein; and made the Earl of Nottingham, Earl of Rochester, the Bishop of London, the Bishop of Sarum, the Lord Wharton, and the Lord Cornwall's, to be a Committee, to make the rest of the Bill to agree with the Amendments already made, and give the House an Account thereof To-morrow (fn. 1)
Message from H. C. for a Conference on the Bill for removing Papists.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Francklyn and others:
To desire a Free Conference, touching the Subjectmatter of the last Conference.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will give a Free Conference; and appoints the same to be presently, in the Painted Chamber.
The Commons being ready, the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Free Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Then the Earl of Rochester reported the Effect of the Free Conference; which was, "That the Commons do not agree to the Proviso sent down to them Yesterday, because it was not Parliamentary, and it did suspend the Penalty of a Law; therefore they insist upon their Clause."
Upon which, the Lords agreed to increase the Number of the Queen's Servants from Nine to Thirty, and appointed the Managers to draw up the Proviso accordingly; who withdrew presently for that Purpose.
Marquis de Halyfax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, videlicet, 18um diem Aprilis, 1689, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.