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 Veneris, 21 Januarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Ford, concerning Leighton's Bill, about the Wardenship of The Fleet.
Upon reading the Petition of William Weedon Ford Esquire, Warden of The Fleet; praying, "That the Lord Chief Justice Holt, the Lord Chief Justice Treby, and Mr. Justice Nevill; together with the Register of the Court of Chancery, may attend this House, with the Books of Minutes and Orders made in relation to the quashing of an Inquisition mentioned in a Bill depending in this House, intituled, "An Act for Relief of Baldwin Leighton Esquire, in relation to the Office of Warden of The Fleet:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Chief Justice Holt, the Lord Chief Justice Treby, and Mr. Justice Nevill, do attend this House on Monday next, at Eleven of the Clock; and that the Register of the Court of Chancery do then also attend, with the Books of Minutes and Orders made in relation to the quashing of the said Inquisition.
Deer versus Gibbon.
The House being this Day moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause wherein Edward Deere is Appellant, and William Gibbon Respondent:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Friday the Eight and Twentieth Day of this Instant January, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Bp. of Chichester's Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable John Lord Bishop of Chichester to make Leases of certain Houses and Grounds belonging to the Bishopric of Chichester, situate in Chancery Lane, for a competent Number of Years."
Message from H. C. to return the Bp. of Ely's Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Pocklington and others:
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for enabling Symon Lord Bishop of Ely and his Successors to lease the Manor-house and Demesne Lands of Downham, in the Isle of Ely, and for continuing a Lease lately thereof made by the said Bishop; and for the clearing of the said Bishop and others from Dilapidations there;" to which they have agreed, with One Amendment, whereunto they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Which, being read Thrice, was agreed to; and ORDERED, That the Commons have Notice thereof.
E. of Maclesfield's Divorce, Bill.
After hearing this Day, the Counsel and One of the Witnesses produced on Behalf of the Earl of Maclesfeld, in order to make out the Allegations of his Bill:
The Counsel for the Countess of Maclesfeld desired, "not to be obliged to cross-examine the Witnesses presently; but be allowed Time for that Purpose; and that they might have a Copy of the Depositions taken by the Clerk."
Upon Consideration thereof, it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Countess of Maclesfeld shall have a Copy of all the Depositions from Time to Time taken: And after the Earl of Maclesfeld's Counsel shall have gone through with their Evidence, the Counsel of the Countess of Maclesfeld shall have Time allowed them to cross-examine the said Witnesses.
After hearing this Day some Witnesses on Behalf of the Earl of Maclesfeld:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will proceed To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock, to hear Counsel and Witnesses further, on Behalf of the Earl of Maclesfeld.
L. Great Chamberlain, Leave to be absent.
Leave was given to the Lord Great Chamberlain to be absent for Ten Days.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati, (videlicet,) vicesimum secundum diem instantis Januarii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.