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 Veneris, 3 Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Message from H. C. to return the Bill for imprisoning Sir Tho. Cooke & al.; and for a Conference about their Charge against the D. of Leeds.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer and others:
To return the Bill delivered them Yesterday, at a Conference, intituled, "An Act for imprisoning Sir Thamas Cooke, Sir Basill Firebrace, Charles Bates Esquire, and James Craggs, and restraining them from aliening their Estates;" and to acquaint this House, that they do not insist upon their Amendments made to the said Bill.
And also to desire a Conference with this House, upon the Subject-matter of their Lordships Message the First Instant, relating to the Impeachment against the Duke of Leeds.
The Commons were called in again; and told, "That the Lords agree to a Conference, as desired; and appoint it presently, in the Painted Chamber."
Managers of the Conference.
Then these Lords following were named Managers of the Conference:
Comes Pembroke, Ds. Privati Sigilli.
Report of the Conference about the D. of Leeds:
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 Lord Privy Seal reported, "That the Commons would make good the Charge against the Duke of Leeds, in Manner and Form as in the Articles mentioned; and that the Committee, who were appointed to draw the said Articles, have been daily employed in looking into the Evidence against the said Duke; and that, in the Preparation of that Evidence, they meet with an Obstruction: That Mons'r Robart, who appeared, by the Depositions before the Committee of both Houses, to be a material Witness, is withdrawn since the Impeachment carried up; which hath been the Reason the Commons have not yet acquainted your Lordships when they can be ready to make good the said Impeachment; the Commons being desirous that Justice be done, without any Manner of Delay."
Address for a Proclamation to apprehend Mons. Robart, and for the Ports to be stopped.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, humbly to desire, from this House, "That He will be pleased to issue His Royal Proclamation, for securing the Person of Mons'r John Robart; and that, in order thereunto, the Ports may be stopped."
Glass Wares, &c. Duties on, Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for granting to His Majesty certain Duties upon Glass Wares, Stone and Earthen Bottles, Coals, and Culm, for carrying on the War against France."
ORDERED, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House, presently.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the said Bill.
After some Time, the House was resumed.
And the Lord Godolphin reported, "That the Committee had gone through the said Bill; and think it fit to pass, without any Amendment."
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for granting to His Majesty certain Duties upon Glass Wares, Stone and Earthen Bottles, Coals, and Culm, for carrying on the War against France."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. to return it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Holford and Mr. Pitts:
To let them know, the Lords have passed the said Bill, without any Amendment.
His Majesty, being arrayed in His Regal Robes and Crown, attended with His Officers of State, ascended His Royal Throne (the Peers being also in their Robes); commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the Commons, "That it is His Majesty's Pleasure, that they attend Him presently."
Who being come, with their Speaker; he made a short Speech, relating to the Bills to be passed.
Then the Clerk of the Parliaments received the Money Bill from the Hands of the Speaker, and brought it to the Table; where the Clerk of the Crown read the Title, as followeth; (videlicet,)
"1. An Act for granting to His Majesty certain Duties upon Glass Wares, Stone and Earthen Bottles, Coals, and Culm, for carrying on the War against France."
To which Bill the Royal Assent was pronounced in these Words,
"Le Roy remercie ses bons Subjects, accepte leur Benevolence, et ainsi le veult."
In like Manner the Bills following were passed:
"2. An Act for the King's most Gracious, General, and Free Pardon."
"3. An Act to prevent counterfeiting and clipping the Coin of this Kingdom."
"4. An Act for imprisoning Sir Thomas Cooke, Sir Basill Firebrace, Charles Bates Esquire, and James Craggs, and restraining them from aliening their Estates."
To which Bills the Royal Assent was severally pronounced in these Words; (videlicet,)
"Le Roy le veult."
"5. An Act for reversing the Attainder of Jacob Leister and others."
To this the Royal Assent was pronounced thus,
"Soit fait come il est desiré."
Then His Majesty spake as followeth; (videlicet,)
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I am come to give you Thanks for the Supplies provided for carrying on the War in which we are engaged; and at the same Time to conclude this Session, which cannot be continued longer, without manifest Prejudice to the Ends for which those Supplies are given; the Season of the Year making it so necessary for Me to be Abroad, that it were to be wished our Business at Home would have allowed Me to have been there sooner.
"I will take Care to place the Administration of Affairs, during My Absence, in such Persons on whose Care and Fidelity I can entirely depend: And I doubt not, my Lords and Gentlemen, but every One of you, in your several Stations, will be assisting to them: This is what I require of you, and that you be more than ordinarily vigilant in preserving the public Peace."
Then the Lord Keeper, by His Majesty's Command, said,
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"It is His Majesty's Royal Will and Pleasure, that this Parliament should be prorogued to Tuesday the Eighteenth Day of June next: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday the Eighteenth Day of June next."
Lunæ, 6° die Maii, 1695, Hitherto examined, by us,