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, 2 Maii.
Message from H. C. to return the Bill for confining Sir T. Cooke & al.; with Amendments:
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for imprisoning Sir Thomas Cooke, Sir Basil Firebrace, Charles Bates Esquire, and James Craggs, and restraining them from aliening their Estates;" to which they have agreed, with some Amendments, whereunto they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Some of the Amendments disagreed to:
Committee to prepare Reasons for it.
Lords Committees appointed to draw Reasons to be offered, at a Conference with the House of Commons, for the Lords Disagreement to some of their Amendments to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for imprisoning Sir Thomas Cooke, Sir Basil Firebrace, Charles Bates Esquire, and James Craggs, and restraining them from aliening their Estates."
Ds. Magnus Camerarius.
Thornehill, a Counsel, feed by Sir J. Champante, attached, for not attending.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, do forthwith attach the Body of the said Robert Thornehill, and bring him in safe Custody to the Bar of this House; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
Message from H. C. to return the Bill for reversing the Attainder of Leisler & al.
Message to H. C. to sit a while.
Lords Reasons for disagreeing to some of the Commons Amendments to the Bill for imprisoning, &c. Sir Tho. Cooke & al.:
"The Lords have disagreed to the First Amendment, in leaving out Sir Thomas Cooke; because both Houses have declared their Opinion, That Sir Thomas Cooke (fn. 1) have not made a full and satisfactory Discovery: And the Lords are doubtful, whether the Act, intituled, "An Act to indemnify Sir Thomas Cook from Actions, &c." may not allow him to be bailed, by virtue of Habeas Corpus Act, at the Discretion of the Commissioners of Accompts; which is contrary to the Intention of their Lordships, who think a Matter of such extraordinary Nature, that has been once under the Consideration of a Committee of both Houses, is fit only for the further Examination and Determination of Parliament.
"To all the other Amendments made by the Commons, excepting Two, the Lords have disagreed; (videlicet,) that made in 29 L. of 1st Press, and the Clause marked (B), to which their Lordships have agreed: And their Lordships conceiving that most of the other Amendments made by the Commons do chiefly relate to the bailing Three of the Persons mentioned in the Bill, as it was sent from the Lords; they have directed their particular Reasons against the Clause marked (A); hoping that, if the Commons can be prevailed with to desist from that Amendment, they will the more easily be induced to agree with the Lords in all the rest. The Reasons for their Lordships disagreeing with the Clause marked (A are, because they conceive the Persons mentioned therein have not deserved the Favour of the Two Houses; and if there be any Prospect that, in a future Session of Parliament, a fuller Discovery of the Truth may be obtained, the Lords are of Opinion, the likeliest Way to attain that End is, that the Persons abovementioned be not left at Liberty to dispose of their Effects, as allowed by the Amendments of the Commons; but that their whole Estates may remain subjected to what Fines may be laid upon them; in which Condition (the Lords conceive) they ought to remain till they have given Satisfaction to both Houses; and if their Persons, as well as their Estates, be not with the strictest Care preserved for the Justice of a future Session of Parliament, all further Inquiry into so soul a Corruption will be wholly ineffectual."
Message to H. C. for a Conference about them.
To desire a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, upon the Subject-matter of their Amendments to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for imprisoning Sir Thomas Cooke, Sir Basill Firebrace, Charles Bates Esquire, and James Craggs, and restraining them from aliening their Estates."
Managers of the Conference.
Ds. Magnus Camerarius.