Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 15, 1691-1696. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, 14 Januarii.
Land Tax Bill.
Malicious Informations in the K. B. to prevent and for more easy Reversal of Outlawries Bill.
Report concerning the Trial of L. Mohun:
The Lord Marquis of Halifax reported from the Lords Committees for Privileges, in the Case upon the Petition of the Lord Mohun referred to them, "That they do not find any Precedent for a Peer's Trial at the Bar, but in Westminster Hall; and are of Opinion, That the Coroner's Inquest taken against him be sent for; and that, as to his desiring to be bailed, their Lordships think he ought to be committed to The Tower of London, and that as short a Time as may be thought convenient may be appointed for his Trial: That, the Lord Mohun having surrendered himself, an Order be made to discharge his Bail."
Coroner to attend, with the Inquest.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Coroner of Middl'x do forthwith attend this House, with the Inquest taken before him, concerning the Death of Mr. Mountford.
Message from H. C. to return Sir G. Parker's Bill.
Who returned the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable Sir George Parker, of Ratton, in the County of Sussex, Baronet, to make a Settlement upon his Marriage, notwithstanding his Minority;" which they have agreed to, without any Amendment.
Message from thence, with a Bill.
Messages from thence, to return Wake's and Mollineux's Bills.
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the rectifying a Mistake in a certain Act of this present Parliament, passed in the Year One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety and One, intituled, "An Act to vest certain Lands of William Molyneux Gentleman in Trustees, for raising the Sum of Two Thousand Pounds, for paying the Portions to his Younger Brother and Sisters, pursuant to a Decree in the Court of Chancery;" to which they have agreed, with some Amendments, and desire their Lordships Concurrence thereunto.
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable William Wake Gentleman, and William Wake Doctor in Divinity, to make Leases for Lives or Years, within the Manor of Shapwick, in the County of Dorsett;" to which they have agreed, without any Amendment.
Claim to the Title of E. of Banbury.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Officer who hath the Custody of the Inquisitions taken after the Death of Will'm Earl of Banbury, in the Counties of Berks and Oxon, do forthwith attend this House, with the said Inquisitions."
Attorney General not attending;
The Attorney General being appointed to attend this Day, and not being present when the Case of the Person claiming the Title of Earl of Banbury was to be argued at the Bar of this House; the following Order was made:
Address for him to attend as an Assistant.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That an Address shall be made to His Majesty, that the Attorney General for the Time being may attend this House as an Assistant; and that it be referred to the Lords Committees for Privileges to draw the same; and that the Committee meet on Tuesday next, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon."
Claim to the Title of E. of Banbury.
After hearing this Day the Heralds at Arms, as to the Petition of the Person that claims the Title of Earl of Banbury; as also the Attorney General on Their Majesties Behalf, against the said Claim; and Counsel for the Person claiming:
Coroner called in.
Inquisition taken on the Death of Mr. Montford:
"Inquisitio indentat. capt. Duodecimo Die Decembris, Anno Regni Domini Will'i & Dominæ Mariæ, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scotiæ, Franc. & Hib'niæ Regis & Reginæ, Fidei Defensorum, &c. Quarto, apud Paroch. S'cti Clementis Dacor. in Com. Middl'x, coram me Joh'e Cowper Ar. Un. Coron. dictorum Domini Regis & Dominæ Reginæ, Com. præd. super Visum Corporis cujusdem Will'i Mountford Gen. adtunc & ibidem mort. jacen. super Sacramentum Will'i Parkinson, Will'mi Kidder, Jacobi Swan, Caroli Pratten, Ed'r'i Smyth, Joh'is Roffey, Joh'is Keate, Joh'is Tipping, Petri Gumley, Jacobi Fuller, Caroli Pleydell, Rob'ti Henshawe, Thomæ Jole, Ric'i Browne, Eliæ Wye, Will'i Ball, Thomæ Mathew, Ed'r'i Seagar, Joh'is Smyth, Will'i Robinson, Will'i Fennell, Joh'is Gardner, Samuel. Rand, & Mathei Wife, proborum & legalium Hominum Paroch. præd. & Quatuor aliarum Villarum adinde prope adjacen. infra Com. præd. qui jurat. & onerat. existen. ad inquirend. pro dictis Domino Rege & Domina Regina, quando, quomodo, & qualiter, præd. Will'us Mountford ad Mortem suam devenit, dic. super Sacramentum suum, quod quidam Ric'us Hill, nuper de præd. Paroch. S'cti Clement. Dacor. in præd. Com. Midd'x, Gen. & Præhonorabilis Carolus Dominus Mohun, nuper de Paroch. & Com. præd. Deum præ Oculis suis non habentes, sed Instigatione Diabolica moti & seducti, Nono Die Decembris, Anno Regni dict. Domini Regis & Dominæ Reginæ nunc Quarto supradict. Vi & Armis, &c. apud Paroch. præd. in Com. præd. in & super præd. Will'm Mountford, in Pace Dei & dictorum Domini Regis & Dominæ Reginæ nunc adtunc & ibidem existen. felonice, voluntarie, & ex Malitiis suis præcogitat. Insult. fecer. Et quod præd. Ric'us Hill, cum quodam Gladio voc. A Rapier de Ferro & Chalib. confect. Valor. Quinque Solid. quem ipse idem Ric'us Hill in Manu Dextra adtunc & ibidem habuit & tenuit extract. præfat. Will'um Mountford in & super Dextram Partem Corporis ipsius. Will'mi, prope Dextram Mamillam suam, adtunc & ibidem, felonice, voluntarie, ac ex Malitia sua præcogitata, percussit & pupugit, dans eidem Will'mo adtunc & ibidem, cum Gladio extract. præd. in & super præd. Dextram Partem Corporis ipsius Will'i, prope præd. Dextram Mamillam suam, Unum Vulnus mortale, Profunditat. Viginti Pollicum, & Latitudinis Unius Pollicis, de quo quidem Vulnere mortali præd. Will'us a præd. Nono Die Decembris, usque [ (fn. 1) Decimum Diem] ejusdem Mensis Decembris, apud Paroch. præd. in Comitat. præd. languebat & languidus vixit; quo quidem Decimo Die Decembris, Anno supradict. præd. Will'us apud Paroch. præd. in Com. præd. de Vulnere mortali præd. obiit; & quod præd. Carolus Dominus Mohun adtunc & ibidem, felonice, voluntarie, ac ex Malitia præcogitata, fuit præsens, auxilians, confortans, manutenens, & abettans, præd. Ric. Hill, ad præfat. Will'm, Modo & Forma præd. felonice, voluntarie, ac ex Malitia sua præcogitat. intersiciend. & murdrand. Et sic Jur. præd. super Sacramentum suum præd. dic. quod præd. Ric'us & Carolus Dominus Mohun præfat. Will'm Modo & Forma præd. felonice, voluntarie, ac ex Malitiis suis præcogitat. interfecer. & murdraver. contra Pacem dictor. Domini Regis & Dominæ Reginæ nunc, Coron. & Dignitat. suam. Quæ Bona seu Catalla, Terras five Tenementa, præd. Ric'us & Carolus Dominus Mohun, Tempore Feloniæ & Murdr. præd. seu unquam postea hucusque habuerunt, sive adhuc habent, Jur. præd. penitus ignorant. Et Jur. præd. ulterius super Sacramentum suum præd. dic. quod præd. Ric'us Hill, tam cito quam ipse Feloniam & Murdrum præd. fecisset & perpetrasset, pro Felonia & Murdro illo felonice Fugam suam fecit. In cujus Rei Testimonium, tam ego præfat. Coron. quam Jur. præd. huic Inquisitioni Manus & Sigilla nostra apposuimus, Die & Anno supradict, &c.
L. Mohun committed to The Tower.
It is therefore ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Charles Lord Mohun shall be, and is hereby, committed Prisoner to Their Majesties Tower of London, there to be kept in safe Custody until he shall be delivered by due Course of Law; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Sir Thomas Duppa, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, in whose Custody Charles Lord Mohun now is, shall convey the said Charles Lord Mohun to Their Majesties Tower of London.
Address for Ld. High Steward:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, to let him know, "That this House hath appointed the Trial of Charles Lord Mohun to be in Westminster Hall, on Tuesday the One and Thirtieth Day of this Instant January; and humbly to desire His Majesty to appoint a Lord High Steward for that Purpose, to continue during the said Trial."
Ld. Mohun's Bail discharged.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Bail taken by the Justices of Peace, for the said Charles Lord Mohun's Appearance at the Sessions concerning the Death of William Mountford, shall be discharged, as if he had appeared in Person.
Land Tax Bill.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting to Their Majesties an Aid of Four Shillings in the Pound, for One Year, for carrying on a vigorous War against France," shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House, on Monday next, at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon; and that all the Lords be summoned then to attend.
Rob'tus Atkyns, Miles de Balneo, Capitalis Baro (fn. 1) de Scaccario, Orator Procerum, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, (videlicet,) 16um diem instantis Januarii, hora nona Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.