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, 14 Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
L. Sommers, Lord Chancellor, introduced.
This Day Sir John Sommers Knight, Lord Chancellor of England, being, by Letters Patents, dated Secundo Decembris, Nono Gul. Tertii, created Lord Sommers, Baron of Evesham; and having, at the lower End of the House of Lords, put on his Robes; was introduced, between the Lord Berkeley of Berkeley and the Lord Cornwallis; the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, Garter King at Arms, Lord Great Chamberlain, and the Earl Marshal of England, preceding: His Lordship laid down his Letters Patents upon the Chair of State, kneeling; and from thence took and delivered them to the Clerk: Which being read at the Table, as also his Writ of Summons, dated Sexto Decembris, Nono Gul. Tertii; his Lordship was placed at the lower End of the Barons Bench; from whence he went to the upper End of the Earls Bench, and sat there as Lord Chancellor; and having also taken the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statutes, he returned to the Woolsack.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The House was resumed.
Stoppages in the Streets, Order to prevent.
Upon Complaint made to this House, "That there is such an Interruption, by Hackney Coaches, Carts, and Drays, in King's Street and the Passages in
"The Old Palace Yard in Westminster, that the Lords and others are frequently hindered from coming to this House, to the great Inconveniency of the Members of both Houses:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the High Steward of the City of Westminster, or his Deputy, together with the Justices of the Peace for the said City, shall, by their Care and Directions to the Constables and other Officers within the said Limits, take special Order, that no empty Hackney Coaches be suffered to make any Stay between Whitehall and The Old Palace Yard in Westm'r, from Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon until Two of the Clock in the Afternoon of the same Day, during the Sitting of this Parliament; and that no Carriages, Drays, or Carts, be permitted to pass through the said Streets and Passages, between the Hours aforesaid, during the Sitting of this Parliament; and herein special Care is to be taken, by the said Deputy Steward, Justices of the Peace, Constables, and all other Officers herein concerned, as the contrary will be answered to this House.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable John Lewin to sell certain Messuages in Southwarke, for Payment of Debts."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, (videlicet,) decimum quintum diem Decembris instantis, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.