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 Lunæ, 27 Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Message from H. C. to return the Bill for better regulating Juries.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Keys and others:
To acquaint this House, that they have agreed to the Lords Amendments made to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the Ease of Jurors, and better regulating of Juries."
Salt, Glass, &c. to continue the Duties on, and for establishing a Land Bank, Bill:
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for continuing to His Majesty certain Duties upon Salt, Glass Wares, Stone and Earthen Bottles; and for granting several Duties upon Tobacco Pipes, and other Earthen Wares, for carrying on the War against France; and for establishing a National Land Bank; and for taking off the Duties upon Tonnage of Ships and upon Coals."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Miles Cooke and Mr. Pitt:
To let them know, the Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amendment.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.
The House was resumed.
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 Bills to be passed.
Then the Clerk Assistant received the Bills from the Hands of the Speaker, and brought them to the Table; where the Clerk of the Crown read the Titles, as follow; (videlicet,)
"1. An Act for laying several Duties upon Low Wines, or Spirits of the First Extraction; and for preventing the Frauds and Abuses of Brewers, Distillers, and other Persons chargeable with the Duties of Excise."
"2. An Act for continuing to His Majesty certain Duties upon Salt, Glass Wares, Stone and Earthen Bottles; and for granting several Duties upon Tobacco Pipes, and other Earthen Wares, for carrying on the War against France; and for establishing a National Land Bank; and for taking off the Duties upon Tonnage of Ships and upon Coals."
"3. An Act for enforcing the Laws which restrain Marriages without License or Banns; and for the better registering Marriages, Births, and Burials."
To which Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced severally, in these Words; (videlicet,)
"Le Roy remercie ses bons Subjects, accepte leur Benevolence, et ainsi le veult."
Then the Bills following were passed:
"4. An Act for the better Security of His Majesty's Royal Person and Government."
"5. An Act for the more effectual preventing the Exportation of Wool, and for encouraging the Importation thereof from Ireland."
"6. An Act for encouraging the Linen Manufacture of Ireland; and bringing Flax and Hemp into, and the making Sail Cloth in, this Kingdom."
"7. An Act for continuing several Acts of Parliament therein mentioned."
"8. An Act for taking away the Custom of Wales, which hinders Persons from disposing their Personal Estates by their Wills."
"9. An Act for the Ease of Jurors, and better regulating of Juries."
"10. An Act for the better amending and repairing the Highways, and Explanation of the Laws relating thereunto."
"11. An Act for the Encouragement of Charitable Gifts and Dispositions."
"12. An Act for the better Encouragement of the Greenland Trade."
"13. An Act that the Solemn Affirmation and Declaration of the People called Quakers shall be accepted instead of an Oath in the usual Form."
To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced thus; (videlicet,)
"Le Roy le veult."
"14. An Act for re-vesting in His Majesty the Honour of Tutbury, Forest of Needwood, several Manors, Parks, Lands, and Offices, and other Profits thereunto belonging, and for vacating certain Letters Patents therein mentioned."
To this Bill the Royal Assent was pronounced as follows; (videlicet,)
"Soit fait come il est desire."
Then His Majesty spake as follows; (videlicet,)
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"You have shewn so great Concern for My Person, and Zeal for My Government; and have done so much for the Preservation of the one, and for the Strengthening of the other, by the good Laws which have been made, and by the Supplies you have provided for the several Occasions of this Year; that the late Designs of our Enemies are (by the Blessing of GOD) like to have no other Effect, than to let them see how firmly we are united, and to give Me this Occasion to acknowledge your Kindness, and to assure you of all the Returns which a Prince can make to His People.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"The Necessity of Affairs requiring My Absence out of the Kingdom for some Time; I do earnestly recommend to you, that, in your several Stations, you will be assisting to those whom I shall leave to administer the Government; and that you will be careful in preserving the public Peace of the Kingdom."
Then the Lord Keeper, by His Majesty's Command, said,
"My Lords; and you the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the House of Commons.
"It is His Majesty's Royal Will and Pleasure, that this Parliament should be prorogued to Tuesday the Sixteenth Day of June next: And this Parliament is prorogued accordingly to Tuesday the Sixteenth Day of June next."
13° die Maii, 1696, Hitherto examined by us,