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 Lunæ, 22 die Junii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Message from the King, that the E. of Argyle is taken.
The Lord Keeper, by His Majesty's Command, informed this House, "That His Majesty had received Intelligence from Scotland, that the late Earl of Argyle was taken Prisoner, and in the Castle at Glascow, and that his Magazine was seized; and His Majesty's Forces were in Pursuit of the Rebels; whereof a particular Account will this Day be made public."
Address of Thanks.
ORDERED, That the Thanks of this House be returned to His Majesty, for the imparting the said News to this House, and with His Majesty the like Success over His Enemies in the West of England; and that the Lords with White Staves do wait on His Majesty with it presently.
Which they did.
And, returning, acquainted the House, "That they had obeyed their Commands; and that His Majesty returns to this House Thanks, for their frequent Assurances to serve Him; and that He will always stand by them upon all Occasions."
Messages from H. C. with Bills, and to return the Bill for Exportation of Leather.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord Rannelagh and others:
Who returned Two Bills sent from this House, to which the Commons have agreed, without any Amendments:
1. "An Act to enable His Majesty to make Grants, Leases, and Copies of Offices, Lands, and Hereditaments, Parcel of His Highness's Dutchy of Cornwall, or annexed to the same; and for Confirmation of Leases and Grants already made."
"2. An Act for consolidating the Estates Taille, and Reversion in Fee, which His Majesty hath in the Postoffice, and Twenty-four Thousand Pounds per Annum of the Hereditary Excise."
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Edmond Jennings and others:
Who brought up Two Bills, passed the House of Commons; to which their Lordships Concurrence is desired:
1. "An Act against the Importation of Gunpowder, Arms, and other Ammunition and Utensils of War."
2. "An Act for Continuance of Three former Acts, for preventing of Theft and Rapine upon the Northern Borders of England."
Also to return the Bill for reviving a former Act for exporting of Leather, sent down from this House with an Amendment; to which the Commons do agree.
Against Importation of Arms and Ammunition Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act against the Importation of Gunpowder, Arms, and other Ammunition and Utensils of War."
Northern Borders Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for Continuance of Three former Acts, for preventing of Theft and Rapine upon the Northern Borders of England."
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Edmond Jennings and others:
Who brought up a Bill, passed by the Commons, intituled, "An Act for the better suppressing of Pedlars, Hawkers, and Petty Chapmen;" to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
Terrence and Dinance, Libel on the E. of Danby.
The Earl of Alesbury reported, from the Committees for Privileges, "That, upon reading a Paper referred unto them by the House, intituled, "The Case of Francis Terrence and Martine Dinance Merchants," their Lordships find many scandalous Passages in the said Case concerning the Earl of Danby; particularly as follows:
"1. When we came to the Clerk of the Council, to see what Day was named for our Hearing; instead of naming a Day, we found it entered into the Council Book, by the Earl of Danbie's Order, "That the King was satisfied; and that there was no more to be done in the Business." Upon this Abuse, the Petitioners, the next Council Day, did deliver a Fifth Petition, declaring, that the Earl of Danby, contrary to the positive Order of His Majesty and Council, had named no Day; and, instead of naming a Day, had the Sham abovementioned put into the Council Book for their Answer.
"2. When the Petitioners came to a Hearing before His Majesty and Council, and concluded to have a final End thereof; they then pleaded there, "That it was depending in the proper Court;" and so set His Majesty and Council at Defiance.
"3. Mr. Bertie, to continue His Majesty's good Opinion of the Business, did there shew His Majesty the Order, with the Assignments, and their forged Receipt thereupon.
"4. That which Mr. Bertie there shews you, and pretends to be a Receipt, he knows to be a Cheat.
"5. After they had delayed us with all the Tricks imaginable.
"6. Neither did the Earl nor Mr. Bertie dare to own the Payment of the Money to the Lord Obrian.
"That their Lordships finding (upon Inquiry at the Door) that the said Francis Terrence and Martin Dinance did not attend; and hearing that one Cabriell Cox (who is often named in the said Case, and who had delivered several of the said Cases to divers Lords of the Committee) did attend; they called him in, and asked him, "Whether he owned the said Case?" He said, "He caused it to be printed, and indited it himself."
This Report being ended; the said Gabriell Cox was brought to the Bar of this House; and the said printed Paper being shewed to him, he confessed, "he caused it to be printed, and that he indited it."
Cox to be attached, for inditing it.
The House, upon this Report from the Lords Committees for Privileges, to whom was referred a printed Paper, intituled, "The Case of Francis Terrence and Martin Dinence Merchants, That their Lordships find several Particulars in the said Case relating to the Earl of Danby that are scandalous;" which Case Gabriell Cox this Day owning at the Bar the printing and inditing of it:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Gentleman Usher attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, do forthwith take into Custody the Body of the said Gabriell Cox, and keep him in safe Custody till the Pleasure of this House shall be further known: And for so doing, this shall be a sufficient Warrant.
To the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, his Deputy and Deputies, and every of them.
Dowager Lady Pawlet versus L. Pawlet.
Whereas this Day was appointed for hearing of Counsel, in the Cause wherein the Lady Pawlet is Plaintiff, against the Lord Pawlet and his Trustees Defendants; it being moved, "That the said Hearing might be put off for a Week longer:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Hearing of the said Cause be, and is hereby, put off until Tuesday the Thirtieth of June Instant, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Bangor Cathedral Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the Repair of the Cathedral Church of Bangor, and for the Maintenance of the Choir there; and for the Augmentation of the Revenue of the Bishopric of Bangor; and also of an Augmentation of several Vicarages."
Reading versus More & al. for scandalous Words against this House.
Upon reading the Petition of Nathaniell Reading, and Oath made at the Bar, "That Henry More, Cornelius Rushforth, Francis Wood, James Pettiver, Thomas Browne, Daniel Rider, Robert Moody, and Joseph Robinson, have, in Defiance of the Orders of this House, uttered very contemptible and scandalous Words against the said Orders and this House:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Henry More, Cornelius Rushforth, Francis Wood, James Pettiver, Thomas Browne, Daniell Rider, Robert Moody, and Joseph Robinson, be, and they and every of them are hereby, required to appear at the Bar of this House within Ten Days after the Service of this Order upon them; and hereof they may not fail, as they will answer the contrary to this House.
D. Bucks versus Combes & al.
Whereas, by Order of this House, the Cause wherein the Right Honourable the Duke of Bucks is Plaintiff, and John Combes and others Defendants, was appointed to be heard on Monday the Sixth of July next; the House being this Day moved, on the Behalf of the Duke of Bucks, "That they would hear the said Cause sooner:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Friday the 26th of June Instant, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the said Duke of Bucks, or his Agents, are to cause timely Notice to be given to the said John Combes and others Defendants, for that Purpose.
Deeping Fens Bill.
Upon Report from the Committee of the whole House, to whom was referred the Consideration of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for incorporating the Undertakers for draining of Deeping Fenns," "That they have heard Counsel for and against the said Bill, and are of Opinion there ought to be very considerable Amendments made therein; as also they desire that the House would be pleased to name a Select Committee to amend the said Bill, according to the Sense of the Committee upon the Debate, or bring in a new Bill, if they shall think fit; and do desire the Assistance of some of the Judges therein:"
The House agreed to the said Report; and named these Lords following, to be a Select Committee for that Purpose; whose Lordships, having heard all Parties, for and against the said Bill, as are therein concerned, and made such Alterations or Amendments as they shall think fit, are to report the same to the House:
Justice Levintz and Baron Atkins to assist their Lordships.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet To-morrow, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon; and to adjourn as they please.
For Trial of Murder at Sea, Bill.
ORDERED, That the House be put into a Committee To-morrow Morning, to consider of the Bill for the Trial of Murder where any Person is feloniously stricken, wounded, or poisoned upon the High Sea, and dies thereof in any County of this Realm.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, videlicet, 23um diem instantis Junii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.