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 Martis, 23 Martii.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for continuing several former Acts for punishing Officers and Soldiers who shall mutiny, or desert His Majesty's Service; and for punishing false Musters, and for Payment of Quarters for One Year longer."
The Earl of Stamford reported from the Committee, the Bill, intituled, "An Act for vesting Part of the Estate of Richard Moyle in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of Debts," as fit to pass, with some Amendments.
Sir Wm. Thompson's Bill.
Whitfield & al. Coheirs of Stonghton versus Paylor.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the said Causes, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Tuesday the Thirtieth Day of this Instant March, at Eleven of the Clock.
Report of Reasons to be offered at Free Conference, for adhering to Amendments to the Bill for prohibiting India Silks, &c.:
"The Lords have considered of what was offered by the Commons at the last Free Conference; but do not find Reason sufficient to convince them to depart from their own Amendments; for, if it be good for the Encouragement of our own Manufacture, either of Wool or Silk, to prohibit the Sale of Indian Wrought Silks, their Lordships conceive it must be a greater Good to prohibit likewise the Sale of all other Foreign Wrought Silks; and to make the Prohibition of any Commodities the more useful, it cannot but be of greater Force to forbid the wearing as well as the Sale of them: And no Prohibition can be throughly effectual, without a Penalty be inflicted upon the Offenders, which their Lordships must ever maintain they have an equal Right with the Commons to impose upon the Subject, having so many undeniable Precedents, where their Lordships have exercised it, and the Commons acquiesced in it: And, for these Reasons, the Lords have adhered to their Amendments, and do hope the Commons will agree to them, that so good a Bill as this would be made by their Lordships Amendments may not be lost."
Message to H. C. for the Conference.
Delay of Answers from H. C. about their Members attending.
E. Derby versus Sawrey.
After Consideration of the Report made the Sixteenth Instant, from the Lords Committees for Privileges, upon the Petition of the Earl of Derby; and reading Mr. Sawrey's Petition, with his Lordship's Answer thereunto; and after hearing the Barons of the Exchequer, in relation to the Commitment of Mr. Gibson:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That To-morrow, at Eleven of the Clock, this House will hear One Counsel for the said Earl of Derby; after which, the further Consideration of this Matter shall be resumed.
Count. Dowager of Derby versus E. of Derby, for Waiver of Privilege.
Upon reading the Petition of the Lady Dorothea Helena Countess Dowager of Derby, Mother of the Right Honourable William George Richard Earl of Derby; praying, "That she may have Liberty to sue the said Earl, notwithstanding the Privilege claimed by him:"
Answer from H. C.
Report of the Free Conference on the Bill to prohibit India Silks, &c.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, (videlicet,) vicesimum quartum diem instantis Martii, hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.