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, 20 Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Bill to vest the Hereditary Revenue in Their Majesties.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act declaring the Hereditary Revenue of the Crown to be vested in Their Majesties."
ORDERED, That this Bill is hereby committed to a Committee of the whole House; who are to fit on Friday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Method of passing General Pardon Bills.
The Earl of Bridgewater reported, from the Lords Committees for Privileges, several Precedents relating to the Form, Method, and Manner of passing Bills for the King's Majesty's most Gracious, General, and Free Pardon.
After Consideration of which Precedents, and Debate thereupon;
This Question was put, "Whether this Bill, intituled, "An Act for the King' and Queen' Majesties most Gracious, General, and Free Pardon," shall be now read?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
General Pardon, Bill.
Unica vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the King' and Queen's Majesties most Gracious, General, and Free Pardon."
This Question was put, "Whether the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the King's and Queen's Majesties most Gracious, General, and Free Pardon," shall be humbly accepted and passed?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative, nemine contradicente.
Memorandum, That all the Lords sat uncovered during the reading of this Act, and at the putting the Question; and when they stood up to give their Votes, did continue standing so uncovered until the Lords had done voting.
Message to H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Justice Eyres and Mr. Baron Turton:
To let them know, that His Majesty hath been pleased to send this Bill, intituled, "An Act for the King' and Queen's Majesties Most Gracious, General, and Free Pardon;" which the Lords have accepted, and passed nemine contradicente, and now (fn. 1) sends it down to them.
His Majesty, being arrayed in His Royal Robes and Regal Crown, ascended His Throne, all the Peers being in their Robes. The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod was commanded to signify His Majesty's Pleasure to the Commons, "That they presently attend His Majesty."
Who being come, with their Speaker;
Then the Clerk of the Crown read the Titles of the Bills following; (videlicet,)
"1. An Act for the Exercise of the Government by Her Majesty, during His Majesty's Absence."
"2. 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."
"3. An Act to declare the Right and Freedom of Election of Members to serve in Parliament for the Cinque Ports."
"4. An Act for confirming to the Governor and Company trading to Hudson's Bay, their Privileges and Trade."
"5. An Act for the discouraging the Importation of Thrown Silk."
"6. An Act for the encouraging and better establishing the Manufacture of White Paper in this Kingdom."
The Clerk of the Parliaments pronounced the Royal Assent, in these Words,
"Le Roy et la Reyne le veulent."
In the like Manner the Bills following were passed:
"1. An Act for the granting unto Elizabeth, Relict of John Hobey Esquire, and now the Wife of the Lord Alexander, Son and Heir Apparent of Henry Earl of Sterling, in the Kingdom of Scotland, One Annuity, or Yearly Rent Charge, of £. 450, for her Life, in Satisfaction of Five Hundred Pounds per Annum in Lands, which she was to have for her Jointure."
"2. An Act to enable Sir Edwin Sadler to sell Lands, for Payment of Debts."
"Soit fait come il est desiré."
Then His Majesty withdrew.
Rob'tus Atkins, Miles de Balneo, Capitalis Baro de Scaccario, Orator Procerum, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, (videlicet,) 21um diem instantis Maii, hora tertia post meridiem, Dominis sic decernentibus.