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, 17 Decembris.
E. of Suffolk's Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable the Trustees of James late Earl of Suffolke to sell the Manor of Hadstock in Essex, for Discharge of several other Manors and Lands of the late Earl from Five Thousand Pounds, Remainder of Ten Thousand Pounds by him formerly charged thereon."
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable the Sale of several Lands, for Payment of the Debts and Legacies of Maurice Shelton and others, and for settling other Lands instead of them."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to the same Committee as the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable the Trustees of James late Earl of Suffolke to sell the Manor of Hadstock in Essex, for Discharge of several other Manors and Lands of the late Earl from Five Thousand Pounds, Remainder of Ten Thousand Pounds by him formerly charged thereon."
Message from H. C. for a Conference on the Trials for Treason Bill.
Chancery, &c. Bills of Review, Bill.
The Lord Colepeper reported the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the more speedy Payment of the Debts of Elizabeth Curtis Widow, late deceased, and Performance of an Agreement touching the same, made between Charles Curtis in his Life-time and Edward Earle, according to a Decree in the High Court of Chancery," with One Amendment.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to vest the Estate late of Henry Drax Esquire deceased, in Thomas Shatterden Gentleman; and to enable the said Thomas Shatterden and others, to whom the said Estate is devised, to make a Jointure."
Message to H. C. with it; and with Sir M. Beckman's Bill.
To carry down the said Bill, and desire their Concurrence thereunto; and to acquaint them, that the Lords have agreed to their Amendments to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing Sir Martin Beckman and others," and return the Chancery Bill now signed.
Report of the Conference on the Trials for Treason, Bill.
And the Duke of Norfolke reported, "That they had attended the Conference; and the Commons had agreed to all their Amendments, except some which were read; and they disagree to the Clause marked (A), and give Reasons, as follow:
"The Course of Impeachments in Parliament being an Institution necessary for preserving the Government, the Commons cannot consent to admit any Thing relating thereunto in general Words, because they may be liable to divers Constructions, and the Proceedings in such Cases thereby rendered ineffectual.
"The Clause marked (A), added by the Lords, is of a different Nature from the Intent and Purport of the Bill, which is designed to extend no further than to allow the Subjects a more equal Way of making their Defence in Trials of Treason and Misprision of Treason; but not to alter the Court, or the Method of constituting it."
Committee to prepare Reasons for insisting on Lords Amendments.
Gay versus Beaple.
Upon reading the Petition of Martha Gay Widow; shewing, "That, upon hearing Counsel the Ninth of December Instant for her, as also Counsel for Thomas Beaple, it was ordered, that both the Appellants and Respondents should forthwith give good Security in the Court of Chancery, to abide such Order and Decree as should be made by the said Court, and that the Court of Chancery should order the same to be done accordingly; and that the Petitioner having applied to the Court of Chancery on the said Order, the Court refused to order any Security to be given, alledging, that they knew not in what Sum to order the same to be taken, as in the Petition amongst other Things is set forth:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Martha Gay and Thomas Beaple do each of them enter into good Security, in the Court of Chancery, of Two Thousand Pounds; and that the Chancery do direct the same to be done accordingly.
Ld. Longueville's Complaint against the Guard at the Playhouse.
Hutchinson & al. committed to The Gatehouse.
"It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That John Hutchinson Serjeant and John Wilson a Soldier do stand committed to the Prison of The Gatehouse in Westminster, during the Pleasure of this House, for having abused and affronted the Lord Viscount Longueville, a Peer of this Realm, at the Playhouse; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
Address for no Guard to be at the Playhouse.
"It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That his Grace the Duke of Norfolke and the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, humbly to desire His Majesty, from this House, that He will be pleased to give Order that for the future no Soldiers shall be permitted to guard the Playhouses."
Wallwin versus E. of Monmouth.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Earl of Monmouth may have a Copy of the said Petition, and do answer thereunto on Monday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Barton versus Woodman.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel on both Sides, at the Bar, on Thursday the Seventh Day of January next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Against adhering to Their Majesties Enemies Bill.
ORDERED, That the Bill, intituled, "An Act of adhering to Their Majesties Enemies," which was this Day to be considered in a Committee of the whole House, shall be considered on Saturday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in a Committee of the whole House.
Causes put off.
Whereas To-morrow is appointed for hearing the Causes; one, wherein Thomas Bromhall is Plaintiff, and William Manlove Defendant; the other, wherein Mary Hibbert is Plaintiff, and Nathan Leech Defendant:
Rob'tus Atkyns, Miles de Balneo, Capitalis Baro de Scaccario, Orator Procerum, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, (videlicet,) 18um diem instantis Decembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.