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, 13 Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas satSpeaker.
Sir Charles Heron's Bill.
The Earl of Bridgewater reported from the Committee, the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable Sir Charles Heron Baronet to sell Lands, for Payment of a Portion and Debts," as sit to pass, with some Amendments.
Which, being read Twice, were agreed to; and the Bill ordered to be engrossed.
Rider's and Clitherow's Bill.
The Earl of Bridgewater also reported from the Committee, the Bill, intituled, "An Act to confirm and establish an Exchange, made between Thomas Rider Esquire and Christopher Clitherow Esquire, of certain Messuages in London, for the Manors of Bilsington, and other Lands in Kent, of the like Value," as fit to pass, without any Amendment.
ORDERED, That the said Bill shall be engrossed.
Sir Richard Verney to have a Writ of Summons, by the Title of L. Willoughby de Broke:
Counsel being this Day heard, at the Bar, upon the Petition of Sir Richard Verney Knight; praying, "That he may have a Writ of Summons to Parliament;" as also His Majesty's Learned Counsel, to offer any Matter on His Majesty's Behalf against the Petitioner:
The Counsel being withdrawn;
The Question was put, "Whether the House shall now go on?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Then, after Consideration of what was offered upon the said Petition and Debate,
This Question was put, "That, by what hath been made appear to this House, the Petitioner Sir Richard Verney hath a Right to a Writ of Summons to Parliament, by the Name and Title of Willughby de Broke?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against that Resolution.
To which the Lords whose Names are underwritten do dissent, for the Reasons following; (videlicet,)
"1. Because it is apparent, by the ancient Journals of the Lords House, that Sir Robert Willoughby the Petitioner's Ancestor, and his Son and Grandson, sat in the House by the Name of Lords Broke, and never by Lord Willoughby de Broke.
"2. We conceive, no Lord whose Ancestors were called to the Lords House by Writ of Summons, can claim a Writ, by Descent from those Ancestors, to sit in the House by any other Name than those Ancestors sat by.
"3. The House having in the last Parliament adjudged, that the Petitioner had no Right to a Writ of Summons to Parliament, when he petitioned to be summoned as Lord Broke; we conceive he can sit by no Title at all.
After hearing Counsel this Day, at the Bar, upon the Petition of Sir Richard Verney Knight; praying a Writ of Summons to Parliament, as also His Majesty's Learned Counsel, to offer any Matter on His Majesty's Behalf against the Petitioner; and due Consideration of what was offered thereupon:
It is this Day Resolved, upon the Question, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That, by what hath been made appear to this House, the Petitioner Sir Richard Verney hath a Right to a Writ of Summons to Parliament, by the Name and Title of Willughby de Broke.
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, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure, they attend Him presently."
Who being come; their Speaker made a short Speech, relating to the Aid Bill to be passed.
Then the Clerk Assistant received the 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 an Aid of Four Shillings in the Pound, for One Year, for carrying on the War against France."
To which Bill the Royal Assent was pronounced in these Words; (videlicet,)
"Le Roy remercie ses bons Subjects, accepte leur Benevolence, et ainsi le veult."
Then the Bills following were passed:
"2. An Act to prevent false and double Returns of Members to serve in Parliament.
"3. An Act for the more easy Recovery of Small Tithes."
To which Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced in these Words,
"Le Roy le veult."
"4. An Act to enable Anthony Earl of Kent, and Henry Grey his Son and Heir Apparent, to make a Jointure for Jemima Wife of the said Henry Grey."
"5. An Act to enable the Lord Francis Powlet to charge his Estate with Provisions for his Younger Children."
"6. An Act for vesting the Estate late of Sir Nicholas Stoughton and Sir Lawrence Stoughton Baronets, deceased, in Trustees, to be sold, for the Payment of their Debts, and raising Portions for the Daughters of the said Sir Nicholas Stoughton."
"7. An Act to enable Richard Haynes Esquire to settle a Jointure on his now Wife, and to exchange Lands with the Trustees of Thomas Stevens Esquire deceased."
"8. An Act for enabling Trustees to sell Part of the Estate of Edmond Warner deceased, for Payment of his Debts, and for preserving the rest for the Benefit of his Heir."
"9. An Act to enable John Aunger an Insant, and his Mother, to make a Lease of his Estate, for the Improvement thereof."
"10. 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."
To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced thus, (videlicet,)
"Soit fait come il est desiré."
Then His Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.
Georgius Treby Miles, Capitalis Justiciarius Com. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, (videlicet,) decimum quartum diem instantis Februarii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.