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 Lunæ, 7 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Sir John Churchill's Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to confirm the Sale of Part of the Estate of Sir John Churchill Knight, lately deceased, pursuant to his last Will, and Two Decrees of Chancery for Performance thereof."
Message from H. C. to return Lewin's Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Bromley and others:
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable John Lewin to sell certain Messuages in Southwarke, for Payment of Debts."
Message from thence, for a Conference on the Bill to amend the Act for explaining the Poor Laws:
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Paget and others:
To desire a Conference, upon the Subject-matter of the Amendments made by their Lordships to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for explaining an Act made the last Session of Parliament, intituled, An Act for supplying some Defects in the Laws for the Relief of the Poor of this Kingdom."
To which the House agreed.
Then the Commons were called in; and told, "The Lords agree to a Conference, as desired; and appoint it presently, in the Painted Chamber."
And the Lords following were appointed Managers thereof:
Dux Leeds, Ds. Præses.
Ds. Howard Esc.
The Commons being come to the Conference, the Managers Names were read.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference.
Which being ended, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Bridgewater reported, "That the Commons do not agree to One of the Amendments made by their Lordships to the said Bill; and gave their Reason for it; (videlicet,)
"Because the Children of Persons coming into a Parish by Certificate may, as well as any other Persons whatsoever, entitle themselves, as the Law now stands, to Settlement in the said Parish, by being either bound Apprentices or hired Servants by the Year there; and the Commons therefore think it not reasonable they should be debarred of such Privilege, which they will certainly lose if the said Amendment be agreed to."
Heads for a Conference concerning the Reasons which induced the Commons to pass Duncomb's Bill.
The Earl of Rochester reported, from the Committee appointed to prepare what shall be offered at a Conference to be desired with the Commons upon the Subject-matter of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for punishing Charles Duncomb Esquire, for contriving and advising the making of false Indorsements of several Bills made forth at the Receipt of Exchequer, commonly called Exchequer Bills;" (videlicet,)
"That the Lords, having entered upon the Consideration of the said Bill, which they received from the Commons, and having read it the First Time, and ordered it a Second Reading on Friday next; as also having appointed the said Mr. Duncomb to be heard by his Counsel the same Day, according to his Petition to that Effect; do observe, that the Matters of Fact suggested in the said Bill, as the Ground and Foundation upon which it seems to have proceeded in the House of Commons, not appearing sufficiently before the Lords, their Lordships have desired this Conference, that they may have the Assistance of the Commons, in laying the State of the said Matters of Fact more fully before their Lordships."
To which the House agreed.
Message to H.C. for the Conference.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir John Francklyn and Sir John Hoskyns:
To desire a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, upon the Subject-matter of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for punishing Charles Duncomb Esquire, for contriving and advising the making of false Indorsements of several Bills made forth at the Receipt of Exchequer, commonly called Exchequer Bills."
Irish Gentlemen versus Woollen Manufacture, Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of the Lord Inchequin, and other Gentlemen of Ireland; praying, "That they may be heard, before the passing of the Bill, intituled, An Act to encourage the Woollen Manufacture in England, and to restrain the Exportation of Woollen Manufactures from Ireland into any Foreign Parts; and for the better preventing the Exportation of Wool from England and Ireland:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioners shall be heard, as desired, on Wednesday the Sixteenth Day of this Instant March, at Eleven of the Clock.
Bertie versus L. Falkland.
Whereas this Day was appointed for hearing of the Cause wherein James Bertie Esquire and his Wife are Appellants, and the Lord Faulkland and others Respondents:
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 Thursday the Tenth Day of this Instant March, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Answer from H.C.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return Answer:
That the Commons agree to a Conference, as desired.
ORDERED, That the Lords of the Committee be appointed Managers of the Conference.
Conference on Duncomb's Bill.
The Commons being come; the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference.
Which being ended, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Rochester reported, "That they had delivered what they were commanded."
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 Deputy Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the Commons, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure, they attend Him presently."
Who being come, with their Speaker; the Clerk of the Parliaments received the Two following Bills from the Hands of the Speaker, and brought them to the Table, where the Clerk Assistant read the Titles; (videlicet,)
"1. An Act for satisfying and discharging the Arrears of several Annuities, which incurred between the Seventeenth Day of May One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-six, and the Seventeenth Day of May One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-seven."
"2. An Act for explaining an Act made the last Session of Parliament, for granting to His Majesty certain Duties upon Malt, Mum, Sweets, Cyder, and Perry."
To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced, by the Clerk of the Parliaments, in these Words; (videlicet,)
"Le Roy remercie ses bons Subjects, accepte leur Benevolence, et ainsi le voult."
Then the Bills following were passed; (videlicet,)
"3. An Act for rendering the Laws more effectual, for preventing the Importation of Foreign Bone Lace, Loom Lace, Needle-work, Point, and Cut-work."
"4. An Act that all Retailers of Salt shall sell by Weight."
"5. An Act to prevent the throwing and firing of Squibs, Serpents, and other Fireworks."
To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced thus,
"Le Roy le veult."
"6. 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 confirming a Lease lately thereof made by the said Bishop; and for the clearing of the said Bishop and others from Dilapidations there."
"7. An Act to enable Sir Francis Guybon and Dame Isabella his Wife, and their Trustees, to sell the Manor of Avenalls, and other Lands in or near Gunthorpe, in the County of Norfolke; and for settling other Lands in Lieu thereof."
"8. An Act for the Naturalization of Gerard Madsacker and others."
"9. An Act to enable Rebecca Lassells Widow to sell Copyhold Lands and Houses in Ealing, in the County of Middl'x."
"10. An Act for vesting in Trustees, to be sold, certain Lands of George Farington Esquire, lying in the Counties of Middl'x and Surrey (settled upon the Marriage of William Farington his Nephew); and, with the Monies arising thereby, for purchasing of other Lands in Lancashire, where the ancient Estate of the Family lies, to be settled to the same Uses."
"11. An Act to enable the Trustees of William Knott Gentleman and his Wife to sell a Lease of Houses in Bread-street, London, for Payment of Debts; and to settle another Estate, of better Value, in Lieu thereof."
"12. An Act to enable Thomas Kynnersly Esquire, an Infant, to make a Jointure and Settlement of his Estate."
"13. An Act for naturalizing Dudley Vesey, an Infant."
"14. An Act to enable John Lewin to sell certain Messuages in Southwarke, for Payment of Debts."
To these Bills the Royal Assent was severally pronounced, by the Clerk of the Parliaments, in these Words; (videlicet,)
"Soit fait come il est desire."
Then His Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.
Sir W. Godolphin's Bill.
Lords Committees appointed to consider of a Bill, intituled, "An Act for confirming and establishing the Administration of the Goods and Chattels of Sir William Godolphin Knight, deceased;" whose Lordships, having considered thereof, and heard such Persons concerning the same as they shall think fit, are afterwards to report.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
May, Nat. Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to naturalize Charles May Esquire."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Friday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Bp. of Chester and Peirse versus Regem, in Error.
Upon reading the Petition of Richard Peirse; praying, "That a Day may be appointed, for hearing the Errors argued upon a Writ of Error depending in this House, wherein the Bishop of Chester and the Petitioner are Plaintiffs, and the King Defendant:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the Errors argued, by Counsel, thereupon, on Tuesday the Fifteenth Day of this Instant March, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis prox. futur. (videlicet,) decimum diem instantis Martii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.