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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Anno 3 Guilielmi & Mariæ.
DIE Jovis, 22° die Octobris, 1691, Anno Regni Serenissimi Domini et Dominæ Gul. et Mariæ, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scotiæ, Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Regis et Reginæ, Fidei Defensorum, &c. Tertio, in quam Diem prædict. hæc Tertia Sessio Parliamenti prorogata fuit, in Superiori Parliamenti Domo apud Westm. convenere Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum Nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
E. of Westmorland takes his Seat.
This Day Vere Fane Earl of Westmorland sat first in Parliament, upon the Death of his Brother Charles late Earl of Westmorland; and then he, taking the Oaths, and making and subscribing the Declaration, pursuant to the Statute, took his Place on the Earls Bench.
Lords take the Oaths.
Then John Lord Bishop of Norwich and Charles Lord Berkeley took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statute.
Then John Lord Bishop of Norwich took the Oaths, and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statute 25° Car. IIdi, for preventing the Dangers which may happen from Popish Recusants.
The Witnesses were sworn, to prove the Truth of his Certificate, that he had received the Sacrament of the LORD's Supper.
Browne versus Waight, in Error.
The Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench brought in a Writ of Error, in the usual Manner, Browne Plaintiff, and Waight Defendant.
His Majesty ascended His Throne, being adorned with His Royal Crown and Robes (the Peers being likewise in their Robes); commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to give Notice to the House of Commons, "That they attend His Majesty presently, with their Speaker."
Who being come; His Majesty made the Speech following:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I have appointed this Meeting of the Parliament, as soon as ever the Affairs Abroad would admit of My Return into England, that you might have the more Time to consider of the best and most effectual Ways and Means for the carrying on of the War against France this next Year.
"I am willing to hope, that the good Success with which it hath pleased GOD to bless My Arms in Ireland this Summer, will not only be a great Encouragement to you to proceed the more chearfully in this Work; but will be looked upon by you as an Earnest of future Success, which your timely Assistance to Me may, by GOD's Blessing, procure to us all. And, as I do not doubt but you will take Care to pay the Arrears of that Army, which hath been so deserving and so prosperous in the Reducement of Ireland to a peaceable Condition; so, I do assure you, there shall no Care be wanting, on My Part, to keep that Kingdom, as far as it is possible, from being burthensome to England for the future.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I do not doubt but you are all sensible that it will be necessary we should have as strong a Fleet next Year, and as early at Sea, as we had this Summer. And I must tell you, that the great Power of France will as necessarily require, that we should maintain a very considerable Army ready upon all Occasions, not only to defend ourselves from any Insult, but also to annoy the common Enemy where it may be most sensible to them: And I do not see how it is possible to do this with less than Sixty-five Thousand Men.
"I shall only add, that, by the Vigour and Dispatch of your Counsels, and Assistance to Me in this Session of Parliament, you have now an Opportunity in your Hands, which, if neglected, you can never reasonably hope to see again, not only to establish the future Quiet and Prosperity of these Kingdoms, but the Peace and Security of all Europe."
This being ended, His Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.
Clandestine Marriages Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act disabling Minors to marry without the Consent of their Fathers or Guardians, and against their untimely marrying after the Decease of their Fathers, and for preventing all clandestine Marriages for the future."
Committee of Privileges.
Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Customs and Orders of the House, and the Privileges of Parliament, and of the Peers of this Kingdom and Lords of Parliament.
Their Lordships, or any Seven of them; to meet on Monday next, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the House of Peers; and every Monday afterwards at the same Time; and to adjourn as they please.
Committee for the Journal.
Lords Sub-committees appointed to consider of the Orders and Customs of the House, and Privileges of the Peers of this Kingdom and Lords of Parliament, and to peruse and perfect the Journal of the last Session of this Parliament, and also the Journal of this Session of Parliament.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet on Monday next, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon, in, or any where near, the House of Peers; and afterwards, when, where, and as often as, they please.
Committees for Petitions.
Lords Committees appointed by the House to receive and consider of Petitions, and afterwards to make Report thereof to the House.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Tuesday next, and every Tuesday after, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Committee to prepare an Address.
Upon reading His Majesty's Speech: It is ORDERED, That these Lords following do withdraw presently, to draw up an Address, to be presented to His Majesty, to give Him the Thanks of this House for His most Gracious Speech; and to congratulate His safe Return, and the Success of His Arms in Ireland; and Thanks for His prudent Care and Conduct:
After some Time, His Grace the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury reported the following Address; which was read, and agreed to.
Address to the King.
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, do give Your Majesty our most humble Thanks for Your most Gracious Speech; and do heartily congratulate Your Majesty's safe Return, as also the great and glorious Success of Your Arms in the happy and entire Reduction of Your Kingdom of Ireland, which, amongst many other Blessings we enjoy, we do, next under God, chiefly attribute to Your Majesty's prudent Care and Conduct."
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That his Grace the Duke of Norfolke Earl Marshal of England do attend His Majesty, from this House, humbly to desire of Him, to know what Time He will appoint for this House to attend Him with the Address.
Whitaker versus Pawlin & al.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Edward Whitaker Gentleman, being an Appeal from a Decree and a Dismission of the Court of Chancery, the Fifteenth Day of January last, before the present Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal; and humbly praying, "That the Orders, Enrolment, and Proceedings of the Court of Chancery, for Dismission of the Petitioners Bill, may be set aside and reversed; and that William Pawlin, William Loggin, William Newsame, John Cooch, John Loggin, John Smith, Thomas Goodinge, Robert Blaney, and John Cole, Defendants; and that the Decree made the 23th Day of March 1685, between the Defendants William Pawlin, William Loggin, William Newsame, and the said John Loggin, et è contra, may be reversed, so far as it hinders the Petitioner from having an Accompt of the Bankrupt the Defendant John Loggin's Estate, in the Defendants Pawlin, William Loggin's, and Newsame's Hands, and other Things in the Petition prays and sets forth:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Defendants William Pawlin, William Loggin, William Newsame, John Cooch, John Loggin, John Smith, Thomas Goodinge, Robert Blaney, and John Cole, may have a Copy of the said Petition and Appeal; and be, and they are hereby, required to put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto, in Writing, on Monday the Second Day of November next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the Petitioner is to cause timely Notice to be given to the Defendants, to the End they answer accordingly.
Robertus Atkins, Miles de Balneo, Capitalis Baro de Scaccario, Orator Procerum, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, (videlicet,) vicesimum tertium diem instantis Octobris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.