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 Martis, 25 Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas sat Speaker.
Stanhope et al. Nat. Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing James Stanhope Esquire and others."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Thursday next, at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
King's Answer to Address of both Houses.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Speaker of the House of Peers, reported His Majesty's most Gracious Answer to the Address of both Houses, to this Effect:
"I thank you heartily for this kind Address: On My Part, you may be assured that I will do all that is within My Power for the Preservation of this Kingdom, to which I have so many Obligations: I will readily venture My Life for preserving it; and recommend Myself to the Continuance of your Loyalty and good Affections."
Address and Answer to be printed.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Address of both Houses of Parliament, presented to His Majesty Yesterday, and His Majesty's most Gracious Answer thereunto, shall be forthwith printed and published.
Fines of ancient Demesne Lands, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for proclaiming and making effectual Fines levied of ancient Demesne Lands."
ORDERED, That the said Bill be read the Second Time on this Day Sevennight; and that the Judges have a Copy thereof, and do then attend.
Bill to continue the Acts for prohibiting Trade with France, and for Encouragement of Privateers.
The Earl of Rochester reported from the Committee, the Bill, intituled, "An Act for continuing the Acts for prohibiting all Trade and Commerce with France, and for the Encouragement of Privateers," as fit to pass, with several Amendments and Provisos.
Which, being read Twice, were agreed to; and ordered to be engrossed.
King's Answer to Address for Thanksgiving-day.
The Earl of Bradford reported, "That he had attended His Majesty, with the Address of this House, to desire His Majesty to issue a Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving."
Which was to this Effect; (videlicet,)
"That His Majesty said, He would consult the Archbishop of Canterbury in it; and appoint a convenient Day for that Purpose."
St. Lawrence, Old Jewry, Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to ascertain and settle the Payment of the Impropriate Tithes of the Parish of St. Lawrence Old Jewry, in London, to the Master and Scholars of Ballioll Colledge, in Oxford, and confirming an Award made concerning the same."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of the said Bill be referred to the same Committee to whom Stanhope's Bill is committed.
St. James's Parish Bill.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable the Parish of St. James, within the Liberties of the City of Westm'r, to raise (upon themselves) so much Money as will discharge their Debt, for building their Parish Church, Rector's House, Vestry, and other public Works there."
After some Time, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Bridgewater reported, "That the Committee had gone through the said Bill; and think it fit to pass, with the Addition of One Proviso."
Which, being read Twice, was agreed to.
Foyle versus Swayne.
Upon reading of the Petition and Appeal of Elizabeth Foyle Widow and John Foyle Gentleman, from several Orders made in the High Court of Chancery, bearing Date the Seventeenth Day of November, the Nineteenth of January, in the Three and Thirtieth Year of the Reign of the late King Charles the Second, and several Reports and Orders made for confirming them, in the Cause wherein William Zouch Gentleman, since deceased, was Plaintiff, and William Swayne Esquire and Thomas Werg Esquire were Defendants; and also from Two several Orders, or Decrees, made in the said Court of Chancery, the Seventh of May One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-four, and the Eighth of November last, in a Cause wherein Robert Hyde Esquire and John Clement Gentleman are Plaintiffs, and the Appellants and the said William Swayne were Defendants; and praying, "that the said William Swayne, Robert Hyde, and John Clement, may answer thereunto:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said William Swayne, Robert Hyde, and John Clement, may have a Copy or Copies of the said Appeal; and they are hereby required to put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto, in Writing, on Tuesday the Third Day of March next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Smith versus Dean of St. Paul's and Rogell:
Upon hearing Counsel this Day, at the Bar, upon the Petition and Appeal of George Smith and Margaret his Wife, from an Order for allowing a Demurrer made by the Lord Chancellor Jeffreys, on the Seven and Twentieth Day of February, in the Second Year of the late King James, on Behalf of the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's and Lewis Rogell; as also upon the Answer of the said Lewis Rogell, and the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul's, London, put in thereunto:
After due Consideration of what was offered thereupon, it is ORDERED and Adjudged, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petition and Appeal of John Smith and Margaret his Wife shall be, and is hereby, dismissed this House; and that the Order of the Court of Chancery, for allowing the Demurrer, made the Seven and Twentieth of February, in the Second Year of the late King James, on the Behalf of the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul's, London, and Lewis Rogell, shall be, and is hereby, affirmed.
State of the Nation.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That To-morrow, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, this House shall take into Consideration, the present State of the Nation; and that all the Lords be summoned then to attend.
Domville versus Oldys, in Error.
Whereas To-morrow (at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon) is appointed for the Speaker to report what was offered by Counsel, at the Bar, upon the Writ of Error depending it this House, wherein William Oldÿs is Plaintiff, and Charles Domville Defendant:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Speaker shall make the said Report on Wednesday the Fourth Day of March next, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon; and that all the Judges do then attend; and that the said Wm. Oldÿs may have Counsel to attend, if he think fit.
Georgius Treby Miles, Capitalis Justiciarius Com. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, (videlicet,) vicesimum sextum diem instantis Februarii, hora secunda post meridiem, Dominis sic decernentibus.