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 Martis, 18 Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Frequent Parliaments, Bill for.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the frequent Meeting and Calling of Parliaments."
After some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Bridgewater reported, "That the Committee had passed the said Bill, without any Amendment."
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the frequent Meeting and Calling of Parliaments."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Leave was asked, and given, for any Lord to dissent.
Protest against it.
"We do dissent from this Vote; because it tendeth to the Continuance of this present Parliament longer than, as we apprehend, is agreeable with the Constitution of England; besides the ill Consequences, which in many respects may attend it.
Message to H. C. that the Lords have agreed to the Bill.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Justice Nevile, and Mr. Baron Turton:
To let the Commons know, the Lords have agreed to the Bill, without any Amendment.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable Thomas Kerridge Esquire, a Minor, to purchase divers Manors, Lands, and Tenements, that lie adjacent to his Estate, in the County of Suffolke."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of the said Bill shall be committed to the Lords following; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Thursday next, at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Ld. Ashburnham excused.
This Day Daniel Lawrence and George Gorden, Servants to the Lord Ashburnham, were sworn; and attested his Lordship's Disability by Sickness to attend this House.
Whereupon he was excused.
Bp. of Bristol to be wrote to, to attend.
A Letter from the Lord Bishop of Bristoll being read, desiring to be excused from sending Two Persons to attest his Lordship's Disability by Sickness to attend this House:
It is ORDERED, That the Lord Keeper do write to him again, to attend; or send Two Persons, upon Oath, to attest his Disability by Sickness, as formerly ordered.
E. of Huntingdon desires he may be excused, having sent his Proxy.
Upon reading a Letter this Day, from the Right Honourable the Earl of Huntingdon; desiring that his Absence may be excused, he having sent his Proxy; and a Debate arising touching Proxies:
Proxies to be considered.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will take that Matter into Consideration the First Day of their Lordships Meeting after Christmas.
Ld. Chandos's Absence excused.
Upon reading a Letter from the Lord Chandos; shewing, "That he is preparing for his Journey to Town:"
His Absence was excused.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, (videlicet,) decimum nonum diem instantis Decembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.