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, 28 die Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Marq. de Halyfax Speaker pro Tempore.
The Earl of Stamford reported, "That the Committee appointed to consider of the Bill to enable Theodore Bathurst to make a Jointure for his Wife, and to make Provision for his Daughters, and raise Younger Sons Portions, and Money for Payment of his Debts, have met several Times; and, having heard all Persons therein concerned, have thought fit to make some Amendments therein, which are offered to their Lordships Consideration."
Which said Amendments were read Twice, and approved of; and the Bill ordered to be engrossed, with the said Amendments.
The Lord North reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill to enable Robert Penwarden to sell Lands, to enable him to pay his Brothers and Sisters Portions; and, having heard all Persons therein concerned, have made some Amendments, and offer the same to the Consideration of the House."
The said Amendments were read Twice; were agreed; and the Bill ordered to be engrossed, with the Amendments.
Message from H. C. to return Arundel Ground Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Foley, &c.
Who returned the Bill for building into Tenements the remaining Part of Arundell Ground as now enclosed; to which the Commons do agree, without any Amendment.
Astley & al. Nat. Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the Naturalization of Anne Astley and others."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to these Lords following:
Their Lordships, or any Three; to meet To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings.
The Earl of Bridgewater reported as follows:
Report concerning James Percy, claiming the Title of E. of Northumb.
"Die Veneris, 24° Maii, 1689.
"By the Lords Committees for Privileges.
"ORDERED, To report, That their Lordships have perused the Proceedings that have been before the House, upon James Percie's Petitions: That they find, that the House, on the 28th of March, 1673, dismissed the said James Percie's Petitions; and resolved the next Day, to consider what further Proceedings should be had against the said James Percie concerning the Imposture: That the House was next Day adjourned; so nothing more was done therein.
"That their Lordships are of Opinion, That there should be no Countenance given to this Petition; but that the House would please to appoint a Day, to consider what further Proceedings shall be had against the said James Percy, concerning the Imposture, pursuant to the said Order of the 28th of March.
"That their Lordships are also of Opinion, That his again calling himself "right and lawful Earl of Northumberland," in the Petition referred to the Committee, after the House hath dismissed his former Petition to the same Purpose, is insolent, and injurious to the House: Besides, there are several scandalous Reflections therein on the Duke and Dutchess of Somerset; which their Lordships leave to the Censure of the House."
D of Somerset's Counsel to be heard against him.
Whereupon the House made the ensuing Order:
"Upon Report from the Lords Committees for Privileges, to whom was referred to consider of the Petition of James Percy, and what is fit to be done to prevent Disturbance by him, who hath so often troubled the House, That they have perused the Journal and Proceedings upon the Petitions of James Percy; and that they find the House, on 28 March 1673, dismissed his Petitions, and resolved the next Day what further Proceedings should be had against the said James Percy concerning the Imposture; and that, by Adjournment of the House, nothing was done therein: After Consideration had of the said Report, it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the Counsel of his Grace the Duke of Somerset, against the said James Percy, concerning the Imposture, as also Counsel for the said James Percy, on Tuesday the Eleventh of June next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon."
L. Biron, Leave to be absent.
ORDERED, That the Lord Biron hath Leave to be absent for some Time, for his Health.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure; and the Lords waited on the King, in the Prince's Lodgings.
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 to the Commons His Majesty's Pleasure, "That they should presently attend Him."
Who being come, with their Speaker; His Majesty gave His Royal assent to these Bills following; the Titles were read by One of the Assisting Clerks attending this House, in the Absence of the Clerk of the Crown:
"1. An Act for empowering Their Majesties to commit without Bail such Persons as They shall find just Cause to suspect are conspiring against the Government."
The Royal Assent was pronounced by the Clerk of the Parliaments,
"Le Roy et la Reyne le veulent."
"2. An Act for building into Tenements the remaining Part of Arundell Ground, as now enclosed."
"Soit sait come il est desire."
After this, His Majesty withdrew.
The House was resumed.
Sir John Tayler's Oath of summoning L. Griffin.
This Day Sir John Tayler, upon Oath given him at the Bar, deposeth, "That he, being employed by the Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, went to the House of the Lord Griffin in Northamptonshire, to serve him with the Order of the Lords in Parliament, to summon him to attend this House forthwith; but the Lord Griffin being not at home, he left a Copy of the said Order with his Lordship's Bailiff, who said, he would send it to him so soon as he knew where he was."
Order to attach L. Griffin.
Hereupon the House made the following Order:
"ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, his Deputy and Deputies, do forthwith attach the Body of Edward Lord Griffin, and bring him in safe Custody to this House; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf."
Lords absent at the Call of the House.
Next, the House took into Consideration those Lords who were absent at the Calling of the House:
Then the House ordered, a Letter should be written by the Speaker, to summon the Earl of Exon, Earl Clarendon, Earl of Yarmouth, Duke of Newcastle, Earl Carlile, and the Lord Conyers.
Letter to summon Lords.
The Contents of which Letter follow:
"I am commanded, by the House, to acquaint you, That it is their Pleasure, that you attend this House on Thursday the Sixth of June next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; and herein they expect your Compliance, all Excuses set aside. I am
May 28, 1689.
"Most humble Servant."
Sir J. Bradshaw versus Northend.
ORDERED, That this House will hear the Cause wherein Sir James Bradshaw is Plaintiff, and Christopher Northend Defendant, on Thursday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
ORDERED, To consider the Business of the Marches of Wales, on Thursday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Titus Oates' Petition, to be released.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in the High Court of Parliament assembled.
"The most humble Petition of Titus Oates, D. D.
"That your Petitioner's extraordinary Punishments and Trouble have been so heavy upon your Petitioner, that it is a great Mercy of GOD that he is not deprived of his Senses; and your Petitioner ever had so great a Veneration for your Lordships, and ever was so far from saying or doing any Thing wittingly which might in the least interfere with the Rights and Privileges of this Honourable House, that, if any Thing be inserted in his Case or Petition which offends your Lordships, it proceeds from Ignorance or Inadvertency; and humbly begs your Lordships Pardon.
"Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays your Lordships, in your Lordships great Wisdoms and Compassion, to discharge him from his Confinement, being much afflicted to lie under your Lordships Displeasure upon this or any account whatsoever.
To be brought to the Bar.
The House, upon this, ORDERED, That Titus Oates should be brought to the Bar, to make his Submission to this House.
ORDERED, That the Marshal of The Marshalsea of The King's Bench do forthwith bring Titus Oates, now in his Custody, to the Bar of this House.
Marq. de Halyfax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, videlicet, 30um diem instantis Maii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined by us, this 4th July, 1689,
North & Grey.