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, 4 die Januarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Complaint of a Common Sewer near the Parliament Office.
Upon reading the Petition of John Browne Esquire, Clerk of the Parliaments; shewing, "That, by the Stoppage of a Common Sewer, His Majesty's House, and the Parliament-office, is now, and for these Two Months last hath been, very much annoyed and damnified, by Water coming into the Rooms under the said Office, which may very much prejudice the Records there, and doth endanger them, for that lower Doors to the said Office or Tower cannot be shut;" all which is contrary to former Orders of this House:
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, that Their Majesties Surveyor General, and the Commissioners of Sewers for the Liberty of Westminster, do forthwith inspect the said Nuisance; and give this House an Account thereof on Tuesday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; and hereof they may not fail.
Report about delivering Examinations to H. C.
The Earl of Mulgrave reported, "That the Committee have inspected the Journals of this House, to search what hath been the Methods of transferring Papers of Evidence, taken by this House, to the House of Commons; and they do find but Two Precedents that come near the Case; that of the 31th of March, 1679, and the other of the 18th of November, 1680."
Which being read, and considered:
Examinations from the Committee for Inspections, to be delivered to the Clerk of H. C.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Clerk of this House shall deliver, to the Clerk of the House of Commons, the several Examinations reported, on the 20th of December last, from the Committee appointed to consider who were the Advisers and Prosecutors of the Murders of the Lord Russell, Colonel Sydney, Sir Thomas Armstrong, and Mr. Cornish, and who were the Advisers of issuing out of Writs of Quo Warrantos against Corporations, and who were their Regulators, and also who were the public Assertors of the Dispensing Power: And it is further ORDERED, That the Clerk, who shall so deliver the said Examinations, shall take a Receipt for the same of the Clerk attending the House of Commons.
Ducasse's Papers to be redelivered.
ORDERED, That Mr. Duccasse's Papers, in the Custody of the Clerk, and not read, shall be delivered to him again.
Debate about attaching Richardson, Keeper of Newgate, for his Treatment of Sir T. Armstrong.
Part of the Examination of Mrs. Katherine Armstrong, reported the 20th Day of December last, and Part of the Examination of Robert Crag, reported the Second of this Instant January, concerning Captain William Richardson, Keeper of Newgate, was read.
And, after Debate,
The Question was put, "Whether he shall be sent for in Custody, and brought before this House?"
The Votes were uncertain: Therefore the House appointed the Earl Rivers and the Earl of Aylesbury to be Tellers.
Who reported, "That the CONTENTS were 22, and the NOT CONTENTS were 26."
The Speaker declared, "That the Votes was carried in the Negative."
Richardson to attend.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Captain William Richardson, Keeper of the Prison of Newgate, be, and is hereby, required to attend this House on Tuesday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, to answer such Things as shall be objected against him.
Robertus Atkins, Miles de Balneo, Capitalis Baro de Scaccario, Orator Procerum, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, (videlicet, 7um diem instantis Januarii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.