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, 16 Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Marton Meare, E. of Derby and Fleetwood's Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the ratifying and confirming a certain Indenture of Lease of Marton Meare, in the County of Lancaster, made by the Earl of Derby and others to Thomas Fleetwood Esquire."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Tuesday 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.
Queen's Funeral, Form of the Procession.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That, in the Procession in the Abbey at the Queen's Funeral, the Dean of Westminster and the rest of the Choir (at their meeting the Body), shall proceed between the Body and Her Majesty's Lord Chamberlain.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That, when the whole Form of the Procession at the Queen's Funeral is settled, it shall be again laid before this House, by the Earl Marshal of England.
Message from H. C. for a Conference, on the Trials for Treason, Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Boyle and others:
To desire a Conference with this House, upon the Subject-matter of the Lords Amendments to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for regulating Trials, in Cases of "High Treason and Misprision of Treason."
The Commons were called in again; and told, "The Lords agree to a Conference; and appoint it presently, in the Painted Chamber."
Reporters of the Conference.
Then, the Lords following were appointed Reporters of the Conference:
Ds. Gray W.
The Commons being come to the Conference, the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference.
Which being ended, the House was resumed.
And the Duke of Bolton reported, "That the Commons have agreed to some of the Amendments made by the Lords, and disagreed to others, for the Reasons following; (videlicet,)
Commons Reasons for disagreeing to the Lords Amendments to the Bill.
"Reasons for the Commons disagreeing to some of the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill for regulating of Trials, in Cases of High Treason and Misprision of Treason."
"The Commons do disagree to the Amendment, 1 Skin, L. 16; because your Lordships, by agreeing to the Bill (though not to the Commencement of it) do allow that the Bill is necessary for the regulating of Trials, in Cases of High Treason and Misprision of Treason: And if such a Law be necessary, the Commons cannot think it just or reasonable, that the Hardships in such Trials should continue, and the Lives of innocent Persons be exposed, till 1698.
"The Commons do disagree to the Amendment, 2 Skin, L. 22; to leave out from ["and"] to ["that"] in L. 35, and read, ["Be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid"]; because that Clause for the Limitation of a certain Time, wherein the Offender shall be accused, is necessary for preserving innocent Persons, who, by Length of Time, may be made incapable of making their just Defence.
"The Commons do disagree to the Clause (B); because it is of a different Nature from the rest of the Bill (in which the Lords have an equal Benefit with the Commons), and which extends no further than to allow the Subject a more equal Way of making his Defence; but not to alter the Court or Method of constituting it."
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of the Report this Day of the Conference with the House of Commons, upon the Lords Amendments to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for regulating of Trials, in "Cases of High Treason and Misprision of Treason," shall be resumed on Wednesday next, at Eleven of the Clock.
The House this Day resuming the Consideration of the Proceedings in relation to the late Trials in Lancashire; and, after Debate concerning the same, the House agreed as followeth; (videlicet,)
Resolution that there were Grounds for the Prosecutions.
"Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House is of Opinion, That there were sufficient Grounds for directing the Prosecution of the Gentlemen that were lately tried in Lancashire."
"It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the further Consideration of what remains undetermined, in respect to the Proceedings and Trials in Lancashire, shall be resumed on Monday next, at Eleven of the Clock; and that all the Lords be summoned then to attend, and Mr. Justice Eyre."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, (videlicet,) decimum octavum diem instantis Februarii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.