Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 16, 1696-1701. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Jovis, 27 Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Commodore Norris's Petition, to be restored to his Command by Favour of the House:
Upon reading the Petition of John Norris; shewing, "That he is suspended, by His Majesty's Command, from his Employment, pursuant to the Address of this House, and ready to attend their Lordships according to Order; and praying, that he may be restored to the Favour of this House, in order to serve the King and Kingdom in such a Station as His Majesty shall think most proper in this Conjuncture:"
Captain Desborow and him to be heard.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That a Copy of the Address of this House, of the Seventeenth of April One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-nine, shall be delivered to the said John Norris; and that he shall be heard, at the Bar of this House, on Tuesday next, at Eleven of the Clock; and that Captain Desborow do then also attend; and they have hereby Leave to bring such Witnesses as they shall think fit.
Jermyn, Leave for a Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of Stephen Jermyn; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for settling Five Thousand Pounds in the Chamber of London, and the Proceed thereof, in Trustees, for the Benefit of his Younger Children:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioner hath hereby Leave to bring in a Bill, as desired.
Norris and Desborow's Witnesses.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of England do issue out their Orders of Summons, to Captain Cranby, Captain Cleasby, Captain Trevanion, and such others as Captain John Norris shall desire to be summoned as Witnesses on his Behalf, to attend this House, on Tuesday next, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon; and the like Orders to be issued for such Witnesses as Captain Desborow shall desire to be summoned on his Behalf.
Countess of Anglesey's Petition against her Husband for Cruelty:
The House took into further Consideration the Countess of Anglesey's Petition:
And, after Debate, it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Debate shall be adjourned till Monday next, at Eleven of the Clock.
Then, it being proposed, "That the Earl of Anglesey would name some Lords, to go to his Lady, and endeavour to persuade her to return to his Lordship:"
Whereupon his Lordship named the Earl of Rochester, Lord Ferrers, Lord Haversham, and Lord Sommers.
And then the following Order was made; (videlicet,)
Lords to mediate a Roconciliation.
"It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Earl of Rochester, Lord Ferrers, Lord Haversham, and Lord Sommers, do go to the Lady Anglesey, and endeavour to persuade her to return to her Husband; and in order thereunto, to let her know, "That the Earl of Anglesey has declared he is ready to receive her; and, upon her Submission and good Behaviour, will treat her with Kindness, and in all Cases she shall be safe from any Violence:" But if they cannot prevail, then to report to the House her Ladyship's Reasons for such her Refusal."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, (videlicet,) vicesimum octavum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auroræ Dominis sic decernentibus.