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, 23 die Aprilis.
Sir R. Fenwick's Bill.
The Earl of Rochester reported, "That the Committee for the Bill to enable Sir Robert Fenwick to sell Lands, for Payment of Debts, have made some Amendments in the said Bill; and offers the same to the Consideration of the House."
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to it.
To let them know, that the Lords do agree to the Bill for enabling Sir Robert Fenwick to sell Lands, for Payment of Debts, with some Amendments which they have made; to which Amendments the Lords do desire the Concurrence of the Commons.
Sir H. Forester's Bill.
Harris versus Osbolston.
Upon hearing Counsel this Day at the Bar, upon the Petition and Appeal of John Harris and Elizabeth Harris, from a Dismission in the High Court of Chancery, made the 7th Day of May, 1688, in a Cause there depending, between the said Appellants and Robert Osbolston and others Defendants; as also the joint and several Answers of Robert Osbolston, Sir Peter Daniell, and Robert Townson, put in thereunto:
After due Consideration had of what was offered by Counsel on either Side thereupon, it is ORDERED and Adjudged, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Purchases insisted on by the Defendants from the Appellants be, and are hereby, set aside; and that the said Dismission complained of in the said Appeal be, and is hereby, reversed, as to the Eighty Pounds per Annum; and that the Defendant Robert Osbolston do account for the said 80£. per Annum to the Appellants, ever since the Death of William Ely the Testator of the said Elizabeth Harris, discounting thereout the Monies by them, or either of them, respectively received; and that the said Court of Chancery do proceed to take the said Accompt accordingly.
Pope versus De Casseris.
It is thereupon ORDERED, That (fn. 1) for the said Pope may enter into Recognizance, as is desired.
Law, Practice of, Bill concerning.
Whereas this Day was appointed, for hearing Counsel, upon the Petition of Shem Bridges Esquire, in a Committee of the whole House, against the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the Benefit of the Subject, in relation to the Practice and Execution of Law:"
Officers of the Courts to be heard against it.
Malmsbury Town versus Regem, in Error.
This Day being appointed for Their Majesties Attorney General to join Issue in the Writ of Error wherein the Town of Malmsbury are Plaintiffs, and the King Defendant; it being this Day moved, "That They may have further Time for Their Majesties Attorney General for joining Issue thereupon:"
Bill for vacating several Letters Patents.
ORDERED, That the Lords Committees for the Bill, intituled, "An Act for vacating several Letters Patents therein mentioned," be, and are hereby, revived; to sit To-morrow, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon.
His Majesty ascended His Throne, being adorned with His Royal Robes and Regal Crown; the Peers being likewise in their Robes. The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod was commanded to signify His Majesty's Pleasure to the House of Commons, "That they presently attend His Majesty."
Speaker of H. C. Speech.
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of Your House of Commons, having taken into our serious Consideration that Part of Your Majesty's Gracious Speech relating to Your Revenue and a Supply, wherein we have used all the Diligence and Dispatch that the Rules and Methods of our Proceedings would admit, do at this Time humbly present to Your Majesty Two Bills; by the one, granting and settling the Temporary Excise to Your Majesties for Your Lives, and the Life of the Survivor, making the same a Fund of Credit for Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds, towards the reducing of Ireland, and carrying on the present War against France with Speed and Vigour.
"And we most humbly beseech Your Majesty, that You will graciously please to accept of them, as an Earnest of our dutiful Affections to Your Majesty, and of our Resolution to assert and support the Government, under Your Majesties, with our Assistance to the uttermost of our Powers."
Then the Clerk of the Parliaments received the Two Bills of the Speaker, and brought them to the Table; where the Titles were read by the Clerk of the Crown; and the Royal Assents were pronounced by the Clerk of the Parliaments:
Message from H. C. with Sir R. Fenwick's Bill.
Who returned the Bill to enable Sir Rob't Fenwick to sell Lands for Payment of Debts, sent down with some Amendments made by the Lords; to which Amendments the Commons have agreed (fn. 1).
Robertus Atkins, Miles de Balneo, Capitalis Baro de Scaccario, Orator Procerum, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, videlicet, 24um diem instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.