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, 13 die Junii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Message from the King, that the Duke of Monmouth is landed at Lyme.
The Lord Keeper signified to the House, "That he was commanded by His Majesty to acquaint their Lordships, that this Morning He received a Letter, intimating that the Duke of Monmouth is landed at Lyme, with Ships and Men: That His Majesty hath given Order for issuing out a Proclamation to declare the Duke of Monmouth and all with him Traitors."
Then a Letter from the Mayor of Lyme was read, as follows:
Mayor of Lyme's Letter to the King.
Honiton, 11th June, 1685, near 12 at Night.
May it please Your Sacred Majesty,
"This Evening, betwixt 7 and 8 of the Clock, there came in a great Ship into the Road of Lime, not shewing any Colours, the off Side of the Ship unseen by us on the Shore; she filled Five great Boats full of Men, which they speeded behind the Cob, and so landed them to the Westward of the Town: They went over the Cliffs; and presently were in the Town at least Three Hundred Men, the Duke of Monmouth in the Head of them; so that they became Masters of the Town. I presently, well knowing that I should be the first seized, took my Horse, and came with Speed to this Town, and gave Notice to all the Country as I came; and sent my Servants, that Notice should be given to Somerset and Dorsetshires; and I hope to be at Exeter, to give an Account of it to the Duke of Albemarle, within Two Hours.
With the great Ship, there is a Ketch of about One Hundred Tuns, and a Fly-boat, which I judge to be about Two Hundred Tuns: Neither of them had landed any Men when I came thence; but we suppose them to be full of Men.
I find this Place, and all the Country, to be very ready to betake themselves to their Arms against the Rebels. In the Morning, at Chidocke in our Bay, they landed Two Men; which I understanding, sent by all Ways to apprehend them. Whether they are taken, I know not: So I humbly beseech Your Majesty to pardon this distracted Relation, not doubting but they have plundered me. I am,
Your Majesty's most humble and obedient Servant and Subject,
Gregory Alford Mayor."
Hereupon the House ordered an Address to be presented to His Majesty; which was read, and agreed to as follows:
Address to the King, that this House will assist Him.
"It is ORDERED, by this House, His Majesty having been graciously pleased to impart to this House, That this Morning He hath received Intelligence that the Duke of Monmouth, and divers others his Adherents, in hostile Manner, had landed at Lyme in Dorsetshire, and taken Possession of the said Town: This House doth thereupon resolve, to attend His Majesty, and give their humble Thanks for His Favour in imparting the said Intelligence to this House; and humbly to offer to assist and stand by His Majesty, with their Lives and Fortunes, against the said Duke of Monmouth, and all Rebels and Traitors, and all other His Enemies whatsoever."
To know when H. s Majesty will be attended.
ORDERED, That the Lords with the White Staves do presently attend His Majesty, to know what Time He will please to appoint that this House may wait upon Him, to present this Address to His Majesty.
The Lords with the White Staves reported to the House, "That they have waited on His Majesty, to know what Time He will please to appoint for this House to attend Him, to present Him with their humble Address; and His Majesty hath appointed this House to wait upon Him at the Rising of the House, at Whitehall, in the Banqueting House."
Message from H. C. to return the E. of Ossory's Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir James Butler Knight, and others:
To return the Bill for enabling James Lord Butler of Moore-Park, and Earl of Ossory in the Kingdom of Ireland, to make a Jointure to such Woman as he shall marry; to which Bill the Commons do concur, without any Amendments or Alterations.
Esselbron & al. Nat. Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Lowther and others:
Who returned the Bill for naturalizing John Esselbron' Otto Goertz, David Becceler, and others; which Bill the Commons have passed, without any Amendment.
Carriages for the King Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act to provide necessary Carriages in His Majesty's Royal Progress and Removes."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to these Lords following:
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet in the Prince's Lodgings, on Tuesday next, at Five of the Clock in the Afternoon; and to adjourn as they please.
Eyre versus Eyre.
This House being moved, on the Behalf of Thomas Eyre of Hassop Esquire, William Inge, Henry Balgay and others, "That the Register or Clerk of the Dutchy Court, or his Deputy and Keeper of the Records of the Dutchy Court, may be ordered to attend at the Bar of this House, with Records and other Things:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Register or Clerk of the Dutchy, or his Deputy, Keeper of the Records of the said Dutchy Court, do attend this House, with such Books, Papers, and Records, as the said Thomas Eyre, William Inge, Henry Balgay, and others, shall have Occasion to make Use of at the Hearing of their Cause; whereof they are to give him Notice, to the End they may attend accordingly.
Ly. Dacre versus Chute.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Cause which was to be this Day heard, between the Lady Dacre and Challoner Chute Esquire be, and is hereby, put off till Monday next, at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Assistants of this House not to be Counsel at the Bar.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That for the future, neither His Majesty's Attorney General, nor any Assistant to this House, shall be allowed to be of Counsel, at the Bar of this House, for any Private Person or Persons whatsoever: And it is further ORDERED, That this Order be added to the Roll of Standing Orders of this House.
Sir Ol. Butler versus Sir P. Warwick's Executors.
Upon reading the Petition of William Tiffin, Vicar of Sharnbrooke, in the County of Bedford; shewing, "That there was a Decree and Sequestration obtained in the Court of Chancery against Sir Oliver Butler, about settling Thirty Pounds per Annum on the said Vicarage, for which he hath appealed to this House, but hath left out the Name of the Petitioner in his Order for Answering, who is chiefly concerned; and praying he may be admitted to answer as a Party:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said William Tiffin be, and is hereby, admitted as a Party concerned in the said Appeal; and may put in his Answer thereunto, if he think fit.
Stickland versus Coker.
The House being moved, on Behalf of John Stickland Appellant, "That they would appoint a Day for hearing his Cause now depending in this House, to which Robert Coker hath put in an Answer:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear Counsel, at the Bar, upon the said Petition and Answer, on Tuesday the Twenty-third of June Instant, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the said Stickland is to cause timely Notice to be given to the said Rob't Coker for that Purpose.
Post-office and Excise Bill.
Hodie 1 vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for consolidating the Estates Taille and Reversion in Fee, which His Majesty hath in the Post-office, and Four and Twenty Thousand Pounds per Annum of the Hereditary Excise."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet, 15um diem instantis Junii, hora nona Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.