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 Jovis, 15 Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Paise versus Hindmarsh & al.
Upon reading the Petition of Thomas Paise Gentleman, against John Hindmarsh Esquire and Julian his Wife, Isabella Bigg Widow, and William Porter Esquire, Respondents, from a Decree of the Court of Chancery, the One and Thirtieth Day of January, in the Second Year of Their Majesties Reign; and other Orders of that Court:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Hindmarsh and Julian his Wife, Isabella Bigg Widow, and William Porter, may have a Copy of the said Petition; and shall and they are hereby required to put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto, in Writing, on Thursday the First Day of March next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Oxenberge versus Tonstall.
The House being this Day moved, "That Robert Oxenberge and others may have some Time longer allowed them for answering to the Petition of Barnabas Tonstall:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Robert Oxenberge and others have hereby Time given them for answering thereunto, until Thursday the Two and Twentieth Day of this Instant February, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
E. of Thanet's Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable Thomas Earl of Thanet, and the Honourable Sackville Tufton his Brother, to make a Lease for Sixty Years of Thanet House, in the Parish of St. Buttolphs, Aldersgate, to commence after the Remainder of a Term of One and Thirty Years now in Being."
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the Sale of the Estate of Susan Chaplin and Dorothy Chaplin her Daughter, for Payment of Debts, and making a Provision for the said Susan and Dorothy."
L. Stawell's Bill.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Bill this Day offered, for Payment of the Debts of John Lord Stawell, shall be read the First Time To-morrow Morning.
Report of the Conference about Intelligence of the sailing of the Brest Fleet.
The Earl of Rochester reported the Conference had, at the Desire of the Commons, the Twelfth Instant, as followeth; (videlicet,)
Mr. Secretary Trenchard acquainted the House, That he believes the Earl of Nottingham did, on the One and Thirtieth of May last, bring to a Committee of the Council, a Letter, dated from Paris, June 1st, N. S. and received May 30, O. S. One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-three; an Extract of which Letter the Lords communicated to this House, at a Conference, the Sixteenth Day of January last: That he does not remember the Letter was publicly read at the Committee, though several of the Lords might read it singly; but that it remained in the Hands of the Earl of Nottingham, there being no Resolution taken at the Committee that the said Letter should be communicated to the Admirals of the Fleet: That, to the best of his Remembrance, a List of the French Fleet, being Part of the said Letter, was the same Day sent to him from the Earl of Nottingham, a Copy of which List he sent to the Admirals, as does appear by comparing it with the Papers delivered by them into this House.
"That, the same Day, there likewise came a Letter from Scilly, dated May 27, with Advice that the French Fleet was seen off that Island; which Letter being publicly read at the Committee, a Copy thereof, together with the beforementioned List, was immediately sent, by Two Expresses, to the Admirals of the Fleet; the one by the Way of Portsmouth, and the other of Plymouth, and were received by them.
"And that they delivered Three Papers, which are Originals, and desire they may be returned so soon as this House hath done with them."
Then the House went into Debate of this Business.
And, after some Time spent therein, the Question was proposed; (videlicet,)
Motion, that Orders should have been sent to the Fleet in Consequence of the Intelligence.
That this House is of Opinion, That, upon the Intelligence delivered the Thirtieth of May last to the Committee of Council by the Earl of Nottingham (then Secretary of State) from a good Hand, that Orders should have been sent to the Fleet, in Pursuance of that Intelligence."
Then the previous Question was put, "Whether this Question shall be now put?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the further Debate of the Conference had, at the Desire of the House of Commons, the Twelfth Instant, shall be resumed on Tuesday next, at Eleven of the Clock; and that all the Lords in and about the Town shall be summoned then to attend.
Sir W. Rawlinson, against the Bill for settling Sir John Maynard's Estate.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Sir Wm. Rawlinson shall be heard, by his Counsel, against the Bill, intituled, "An Act for settling the Estate of Sir John Maynard Knight, deceased, late One of the Commissioners for the Custody of the Great Seal of England," as also Counsel for the said Bill, To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock; and that all the Lords be summoned then to attend.
Trials for Treason, for regulating, Bill.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Bill, intituled, "An Act for regulating Trials, in Cases of Treason and Misprision of Treason," shall not be read, until a particular Day shall be appointed for that Purpose.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, (videlicet,) decimum sextum diem instantis Februarii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.