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, 31 Januarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Lord Keeper indisposed.
The Lord Keeper being indisposed; His Majesty sent a Commission for the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas to supply his Place.
Which Commission was read, as follows; (videlicet,)
Commission for L. C. J. Treby to be Speaker.
"William the Third, by the Grace of GOD, King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our Trusty and Well-beloved Sir George Treby Knight, Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas, Greeting: Know ye, that We, trusting in your approved Fidelity, Wisdom, and Discretion, have constituted, named, and appointed, and by these Presents do constitute, name, and authorize you, from Time to Time, to use and supply the Room and Place of Lord Keeper, in the Upper House of Parliament, amongst the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, during the Absence of Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor Sir John Sommers Knight, Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of England, from his accustomed Place in Our said Upper House of Parliament; and then and there to do and execute all such Things which Our Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of England, using and supplying the said Room and Place, should or might do in that Behalf: Wherefore We will and command you, the said Sir George Treby, to attend and execute the Premises with Effect; and these Our Letters Patents shall be your sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the same, in every Behalf: In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patents.
"Witness Ourself, at Westm. the One and Thirtieth Day of January, in the Seventh Year of Our Reign.
"Per ipsum Regem, propria Manu signat.
E. Winchilsea takes the Oaths.
This Day Charles Earl of Winchilsea took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statutes.
The Earl of Manchester reported from the Committee, the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable Trustees to sell Part of the Manor of Barkhamstead, and to pay off the Incumbrances charged on the same; and to lay out the Overplus in an Estate, to be settled as the said Manor is now vested," as fit to pass, with some Amendments.
Which, being read Twice, were agreed to; and the Bill ordered to be engrossed.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable John Fownes Esquire to sell certain Lands, in the County of Devon, which was settled on his Marriage; and to settle other Lands, of an equal Value, to the same Uses."
Thanks to Bp. of Bangor, for his Sermon.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Thanks of this House are hereby given to the Lord Bishop of Bangor, for his Sermon preached before this House Yesterday, in the Abbey Church at Westm'r; and he is hereby desired to print and publish the same.
Merchants against the following Bill:
After hearing Counsel this Day, at the Bar, upon the Petition of several Merchants trading to The Eastland Countryes, on Behalf of themselves and divers other Merchants, against the Bill, intituled, "An Act for continuing the Act for prohibiting all Trade and Commerce with France, and for the Encouragement of Privateers:"
Bill to continue the Act for prohibiting all Trade with France, and for Encouragement of Privateers.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for continuing the Act for prohibiting all Trade and Commerce with France, and for the Encouragement of Privateers."
Upon the Second Reading of the Bill, intituled, An Act for continuing the Act for prohibiting all Trade and Commerce with France, and for the Encouragement of Privateers:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Bill shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House, on Friday the Seventh Day of February next, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Committee of the whole House, Precedents of giving Instructions to.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Clerks do search Precedents, concerning the House giving Instructions to a Committee of the whole House; and report to the House on Friday next.
Wilson, D. of Norfolk's Servant, arrested.
The House being informed, "That Zachary Wilson, a menial Servant to his Grace the Duke of Norfolke, was arrested by John Holland, at the Suit of Richard Lambert, by Callow Attorney:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of this Matter shall be referred to the Lords Committees for Privileges; who are to meet on Monday next, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon; at which Time the said Richard Lambert, Callow, and John Holland, do then attend the said Committee.
Georgius Treby Miles, Capitalis Justiciarius Commun. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati, (videlicet,) primum diem Februarii jam prox. futur. hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined by us, this 4th Day of May, 1696 (fn. 1).