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 Sabbati, 30 die Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
For Trial of Murders on the Sea, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the Trial of Murders, where any Person is feloniously stricken, wounded, or poisoned, upon the High Sea, and dies thereof in any County of this Realm."
His Majesty, being on His Throne, adorned with His Regal Crown and Robes, the Lords being also in their Robes; the Gentleman Usher had Command to signify His Majesty's Pleasure, "That they come presently, with their Speaker, to attend Him."
Who, being come, said,
Speaker of H. C. Speech.
"Most Gracious Sovereign,
"We the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the Commons, assembled in Parliament, do now come in all Duty to present to Your-Majesty the Revenue You pleased to demand at the Opening of this Parliament; wherein we proceeded with as much Speed as the Forms of passing Bills of that Nature would admit.
"We bring not with it any Bill for the Preservation or Security of our Religion, which is dearer to us than our Lives: In that, we acquiesce, intirely rely, and rest wholly satisfied, in Your Majesty's Gracious and Sacred Word, repeated Declaration and Assurance, to support and defend the Religion of the Church of England, as it is now by Law established.
"We present this Revenue to Your Majesty, without the Addition of any conditional Appropriating or Tacking Clauses, &c.; and we humbly beseech Your Majesty to accept of it; and along with it our hearty Prayers, that GOD ALMIGHTY would bless You with a long Life, and happy Reign to enjoy it."
This being ended, the Clerk of the Parliaments received of the Speaker the Bill; and brought it to the Table, where the Clerk of the Crown read the Title of the said Bill, in these Words.
King's Revenue Bill passed.
"An Act for settling the Revenue on His Majesty for His Life, which was settled on His late Majesty for His Life."
The Royal Assent was pronounced, by the Clerk of the Parliaments, in these Words,
"Le Roy, remerciant Ses bons Subjects, accepte leur Benevolence, et ainsi le veult."
Then His Majesty was pleased to make this Gracious Speech following:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I thank you very heartily for the Bill you have presented Me this Day; and I assure you, the Readiness and Cheerfulness that has attended the Dispatch of it, is as acceptable to Me as the Bill itself. After so happy a Beginning, you may believe, I would not call upon you unnecessarily for an extraordinary Supply. But, when I tell you, that the Stores of the Navy and Ordnance are extremely exhausted; that the Anticipations upon several Branches of the Revenue are great and burthensome; that the Debts of the King My Brother to His Servants and Family are such as deserve Compassion; that the Rebellion in Scotland, without putting more Weight upon it than it really deserves, must oblige Me to a considerable Expence extraordinary; I am sure, such Considerations will move you to give Me an Aid, to provide for those Things, wherein the Security, the Ease, and the Happiness of My Government, are so much concerned: But, above all, I must recommend to you the Care of the Navy, the Strength and Glory of this Nation, that you will put it into such a Condition, as may make us considered and respected Abroad. I cannot express My Concern upon this Occasion more suitable to My own Thoughts of it, than by assuring you I have a true English Heart, as jealous of the Honour of the Nation as you can be. And I please Myself with the Hopes, that, by GOD'S Blessing and your Assistance, I may carry the Reputation of it yet higher in the World, than ever it has been in the Time of any of My Ancestors. And as I will not call upon you for Supplies but when they are of public Use and Advantage; so I promise you, that what you give Me upon such Occasions shall be managed with good Husbandry: And I will take Care it shall be employed to the Uses for which I ask them."
Bill for reversing L. Stafford's Attainder.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for reversing of the Lord Viscount Stafford's Attainder."
ORDERED, That this Bill is committed to a Committee of the whole House; to be taken into Consideration on Tuesday Morning next.
E. of Ossory's Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act to enable James Earl of Ossory to make a Jointure to such Woman as he shall marry."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to these Lords following; videlicet,
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Monday Morning next, at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings; and to adjourn as they please.
Thanks to the Bishop of Gloucester.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Thanks of this House be, and are hereby, given to the Lord Bishop of Gloucester, for his Pains in preaching before this House on Friday last, being the Anniversary Day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God, for His having put an End to the great Rebellion, by the Restitution of the King and Royal Family; and his Lordship is hereby desired to cause his Sermon then preached to be printed and published.
Wingate versus Sir James Astrey.
Whereas, by Order of this House, Sir James Astrey was to put in his Answer to an Appeal of Francis Wingate on this Day:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, That the said Sir James Astrey hath hereby Leave given him for putting in his said Answer, till Tuesday the Second of June next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Esselbron et al. Naturalization Bill.
The Lord Colepeper reported, "That the Lords Committees for the Bill for naturalizing John Esselbron and others have considered the said Bill, and made some Alterations therein, which are offered to the Consideration of the House."
The Amendments were read Twice, and Agreed to; and the Bill ordered to be engrossed, with the said Amendments.
Elix. Williams versus Mellish.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Elizabeth Williams, Widow and Administratrix of Roger Williams deceased, from a Decree in the High Court of Chancery, wherein Edward Mellish was Plaintiff, and the Petitioner's Husband Defendant; and praying the Reversal of the said Decree:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Edward Mellish may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and be, and is hereby, required to put in an Answer thereunto in Writing, at the Bar of this House, on Saturday next, being the Sixth of June next; whereof the said Eliz. Williams is to cause timely Notice to be given to the said Edward Mellish for that Purpose.
Williams et Ux. versus Reed et al.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Walter Williams, of The Middle Temple, Esquire, and Elizabeth his Wife, from a Decree made in the High Court of Chancery, wherein Edward Reed was Plaintiff, and Richard Reed the Elder and Richard Reed the Younger Defendants; as also from another Decree, wherein the said Richard Reed the Younger, by the Name of Richard Reed of Lugwardine, Esquire, was Plaintiff, and the Petitioner Elizabeth, by the Name of Elizabeth Reed Widow, was Defendant; and praying the Reversal of both the said Decrees, and an Answer to be put in thereunto:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Richard Reed, Sir William Gregory, and Richard Whiterstone, may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and be, and are hereby, required to put in their Answer, or respective Answers thereunto, in Writing, at the Bar of this House, on Saturday next, being the Sixth of June, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the said Walter Williams is to cause timely Notice to be given to the said Richard Reed, Sir William Gregory, and Richard Whitherstone, for that Purpose.
E. Derby's Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir William Glynne Baronet; shewing, "That, in the Year 1662, Charles late Earl of Derby brought his Bill into this Honourable House, to be restored to the Manors of Mould and Hope, in the County of Flint, in the Possession of Sir John Trevor Knight, and others; that your Petitioner was served with an Order of this House, relating to a Bill brought in by the now Earl of Derby, for the Manor of Hawarden, and other Manors in the Bill mentioned, which is appointed to be heard on Thursday next; and that he cannot be so soon ready; and praying a longer Time:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Hearing of Counsel upon the said Bill, which was appointed to be on Thursday next, be, and is hereby, put off until Thursday the 11th of June, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; and hereof all Parties concerned are to take Notice, and attend with their Counsel accordingly.
Upon reading the Petition of John Langley Gentleman; shewing, "That he claims the Manor of Mould and other Lands in the County of Flint, by virtue of Fines and otherwise; and also shewing, That he is lately informed, that the Right Honourable William George Richard now Earl of Derby hath brought a Bill to be restored to the said Manor; and praying a further Day than is appointed to be heard by his Counsel thereupon:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Hearing by Counsel, upon the said Bill, which was appointed to be on Thursday next, be, and is hereby, put off until Thursday the Eleventh of June next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; and hereof all Parties concerned are to take Notice, and attend with their Counsel accordingly.
Lords to open Petitions before they are read.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That any Lord who presents a Petition, shall open it before it be read.
For Payment of Small Tithes, &c, Bill.
ORDERED, That the Bill for the better collecting of Small Tithes be read the Second Time on Monday next.
ORDERED, That the Petition of William Collop this Day read, desiring a Day of Hearing, be debated on Monday next.
Petitions to be read.
ORDERED, That Mr. Charles Howard's Petition, and the Petition of Thomas Skynner, and the Petition of Sir Robert Clerke, and the Petition of the Lady Pawlet, be read on Monday next.
Bill to prevent Minors, clandestine Marriages.
ORDERED, That the Lords Committees for the Bill concerning Minors marrying do sit this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock.
And the Earl of Plymouth is added to that Committee; and Justice Levintz to assist the Committee.
ORDERED, That the other Petitions brought in this Day shall be read on Monday Morning next.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet, primum diem Junii, 1685, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.