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 Jovis, 8 die Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Huddleston & al. versus Munsey & al.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Charles Howard Esquire, Jn° Aglionby Esquire, James Bird Esquire, Jn° Mounsey Gentleman, and John Grisedale, do attend this House, on Monday the 12th of this Instant May, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, as Witnesses on the Behalf of William Mounsey and others Respondents, and wherein Andrew Hudlestone Esqure is Appellant.
Watt & al. versus Crooke & al.
After hearing Counsel this Day at the Bar, upon the Petition and Appeal of Jn° Watt, and Francis Camfeild and Elizabeth his Wife; as also upon the Answer of Peter Crooke and Elizabeth his Wife:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear One Civilian on each Side, in this Case, on Monday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Bill for the Queen to be Regent:
Upon the Third Reading of the Amendments sent from the House of Commons to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the Exercise of the Government by Her Majesty during His Majesty's Absence:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That all the Judges do meet this Afternoon, and give their Opinions on these Questions, To-morrow at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon, the First Business:
Questions to the Judges concerning it.
"1. How far the Amendments and Provisos sent up by the House of Commons doth diminish or alter the Exercise of the King's Royal Power, either during His Absence, or after His Return?
"2. Whether the Amendments brought up by the Commons do constitute Two concurrent Administrations of the Regal Power; and if so, the King and Queen giving contrary Commands, which of them ought to be obeyed, according to the Tenor of this Act?
"3. Whether the Signification of the King's Pleasure, under His Sign Manual, shall not control the Queen's Pleasure, signified under Her Sign Manual?
"4. And, in case a Patent be passed in Form, by Direction of the Queen, such Patent may not be determined by the Signification of the King's Pleasure to be passed in due Form into a Patent?"
Bill for securing Their Majesties against the late King James.
The House went into a Committee, on the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the better securing Their now Majesties King William and Queen Mary, and the Peace of the Kingdom, against the Attempts of the late King James and his Adherents to disturb the same."
The House was resumed.
And the Earl of Bridgewater reported the Clause agreed on in the Committee on Tuesday last, to be Part of this Bill, and the Clause now agreed on in the Committee to be Part of this Bill; and that the Committee may sit again on the Bill.
The First Clause was read:
"I A. B. do sincerely promise and declare, that I will be true and faithful to King William and Queen Mary; and that I will not directly or indirectly assist, nor will I correspond with, the late King James or his Adherents, knowing or believing them to be such; but will, without Delay, discover and make known all Conspiracies and Attempts whatsoever, which I shall know or hear to be designed by him, or any of them, or by any other Person or Persons, against this Government as it is now established in Church and State under King William and Queen Mary. And all these Things I do solemnly declare, according to the plain and common Sense and Understanding of the same Words, without any Equivocation, mental Evasion, or secret Reservation whatsoever."
Then the Question was proposed:
"Whether the First Clause agreed on in the Committee on Tuesday last shall be Part of this Bill?"
Then this previous Question was put, "Whether this Question shall be now put?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
Then the Second Clause was read, as followeth:
"I A. B. do declare, That I do owe no Allegiance to the late King James. And I do sincerely and faithfully promise and declare, That I will maintain and defend Their Majesties King William and Queen Mary, and the Government under them, against the late King James and his pretended Right and Title to the Crown of these Realms, and against all his Adherents (knowing them to be such); and that I will not directly or indirectly hold any Correspondence with the said late King, or any whom I shall know or believe to be his Adherents; but will, to the uttermost of my Power, discover and make known all Conspiracies or Attempts whatsoever which I shall know or believe to be designed by him, or any of them (or by any other Person), against Their present Majesties Persons or Government. And all these Things I do solemnly declare, according to the plain Meaning and common Sense and Understanding of the same Words, without any Equivocation, mental Evasion, or secret Reservation whatsoever."
Agreed to by the House, and ordered to be Part of the Bill.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House shall be put into a Committee To-morrow Morning, to proceed and consider further of the said Bill.
Libel, called, A Form of Prayer, &c. Search after it.
The House being informed, "That there is a scandalous Libel published and printed, intituled, A Forme of Prayer and Humiliation for God's Blessing upon His Majestie and His Dominions, and for the removeing and averting of God's Judgements from Church and State. London, Printed in the Yeare 1690:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, the Wardens of the Stationers Company, the Messenger of the Press, and all others whom it may concern, do forthwith take Care to find out the Author, Publishers, or Printers of the said Libel, and give this House an Account thereof: And this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
Sir E. Sadler's Bill.
The Bishop of Winton reported, "That the Committee have considered of the Bill to enable Sir Edwin Sadler to sell Lands, for Payment of his Debts; and are of Opinion, that the same is fit to pass, with some Amendments, which they have made, and which they offer to the Consideration of the House."
The Amendments were read Twice, and Agreed to.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for enabling Sir Edwin Sadler to sell Lands, for Payment of Debts."
The Question being put, "Whether this Bill, with these Amendments, shall pass into a Law?
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Miles Coke and Sir John Franckly':
To let them know, that the Lords have agreed to the Bill for enabling Sir Edwin Sadler to sell Lands, for Payment of his Debts, with some Amendments; to which Amendments the Lords desire the Concurrence of the Commons.
2. To put them in Mind of the Bill formerly sent down, for the more speedy Recovery of Small Tithes.
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Seymour and others:
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for reversing the Judgement in a Quo Warranto against the City of London; and for restoring the City of London to its ancient Rights and Privileges;" to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
Robertus Atkins, Miles de Balneo, Capitalis Baro de Scaccario, Orator Procerum, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, videlicet, 9um diem instantis Maii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.