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 Mercurii, 17 Aprilis.
Newcastle Keels, &c. for Measurement of, Bill:
The Lord Bishop of Winchester reported from the Committee, the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the better Admeasurement of Keels and Keel-boats in the Port of Newcastle, and the Members thereunto belonging," as fit to pass, without any Amendment.
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to it.
Sir T. Cooke, Indemnity from Actions on account of Confessions, Bill:
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to indemnify Sir Thomas Cooke from Actions which he may be liable to, by reason of his Discovery to whom he paid and distributed the several Sums of Money, therein mentioned to be received out of the Treasure of the East India Company, and from any Prosecution for such Distribution."
Message to H. C. with it.
Sir T. Cooke, to oblige him to accompt for Money received from the Treasure of the E. L. Comp.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to oblige Sir Thomas Cooke to give an Accompt to whom he paid and distributed several Sums of Money, therein mentioned to be received out of the Treasure of the East India Company."
Sir T. Cooke's Pet. dismissed.
Town Clerk of London delivers Papers:
Sir R. Clayton & al. Examinations reported.
And the Earl of Rochester reported, from the Committee appointed to examine Sir Robert Clayton and others, the several Examinations taken by them, in relation to some Lands lying behind Clarendon House, lately granted by Lease to the Lord Marquis of Normanby.
Lease from the City to the Marq. of Normanby to be considered.
Upon Report made this Day from the Lords Committees appointed to examine Sir Robert Clayton and others, and reading the Papers delivered by the City Town Clerk, concerning some Lands lately granted by Lease from the City of London:
conference on Trials for Treason, Bill.
Message from H. C. with a Bill; and to remind the Lords of Sir T. Cooke's Bill to accompt for Money received from E. I Comp.
To put the House in Mind of the Bill, intituled, An Act to oblige Sir Thomas Cooke to give an Accompt to whom he paid and distributed several Sums of Money, therein mentioned to be received out of the Treasure of the East India Company."
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for explaining and regulating several Doubts, Duties; and Penalties, in the late Act for granting several Duties upon Vellum, Parchment, and Paper, and for ascertaining the Admeasurement of the Tonnage of Ships;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Vellum, &c. Duties on, and Tonnage of Ships, Bill to explain the Act for.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for explaining and regulating several Doubts, Duties, and Penalties, in the late Act for granting several Duties upon Vellum, Parchment, and Paper, and for ascertaining the Admeasurement of the Tonnage of Ships."
Sir T. Cooke's Bill:
Message to H. C for a Conference about him.
Dux Devon, Ds. Senescallus.
Ds. Grey W.
Message to them, to sit a while.
Answer from thence.
Message to them, for the Conference.
Heads for a Conference, about indemnifying Sir T. Cooke, on his making a full Discovery immediately.
"The Lords, having received a Message from the House of Commons, to put them in Mind of a Bill sent up from that House, relating to Sir Thomas Cooke, have desired this Conference, to acquaint them, That they have so far proceeded upon that Bill, as that it wants only a Third Reading to pass their House, without any Alteration; but that having Occasion, in the Progress of it, to observe that Sir Thomas Cooke was willing to make a full and immediate Discovery of his whole Knowledge relating to that Matter; and the Lords, conceiving it to be the Desire and Intention of both Houses to take the most proper Ways of arriving at a speedy and effectual Discovery of the Truth, have prepared a Bill, and sent it down to the House of Commons, to give such an immediate Indemnity to Sir Thomas Cooke as he himself desired, on his making a full and clear Discovery of his Distribution of the several Sums of Money mentioned in the said Bill; which he undertook to do, upon Oath, on or before the Three and Twentieth Day of this Instant April: And the Lords, being of Opinion that so immediate a Discovery of this important Matter, as may probably be attained by the Bill sent down by their Lordships, will be more to the Satisfaction of both Houses and the whole Kingdom, than a Discovery at so remote a Time as is allowed for it in the Bill sent up by the House of Commons, when probably the Parliament may not be sitting, were desirous to communicate to the House of Commons the true Ground and Motives of their Lordships Proceeding in this Method; not doubting but that it will meet with the Approbation of the House, when the Reasons of it shall be fully explained to them.
"And their Lordships have further directed us to observe to you, that, by the Bill sent down to the Commons, Sir Thomas Cooke will be obliged to make this Discovery while he is yet under the Confinement of that House; whereas he may be at Liberty before the Time allowed by the other Bill for that Discovery, and may have an Opportunity to remove himself and all his Effects, and so escape the Punishment designed for him; and as for any Discovery he shall make to their Lordships in Pursuance of the Bill sent down by them, it is their Intention to communicate it immediately to the House of Commons."
Answer from H. C.
Trade with France, to prohibit, &c. Bill to fix the Commencement of the Act for.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, (intituled, "An Act for declaring the Commencement of an Act, intituled, An Act for continuing the Acts, for prohibiting all Trade and Commerce with France, and for the Encouragement of Privateers,) to be from the Time that it passed the Royal Assent; to wit, on the Fourteenth Day of March, One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-two."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, (videlicet,) decimum octavum diem instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.