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, 24 Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Message from H. C. for a Conference on the Lords Amendments to the Bill for suppressing Blasphemy, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Phillips and others:
To desire a Conference with this House, upon the Subject-matter of the Amendments made by this House to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the more effectual suppressing of Blasphemy and Profaneness."
To which the House agreed.
And the Lords following were named Managers of the Conference:
Then the Commons were called in; and told, "That the Lords agree to a Conference, as desired; and appoint it to be To-morrow, at One of the Clock, in the Painted Chamber."
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
Also a Message by Mr. Lowther and others:
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act to stop the coining of Half-pence and Farthings, for One Year;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Trade to Africa, to settle, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to settle the Trade to Affrica."
Sheriffs of London, versus Housebreakers Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu and Sir James Collet, Sheriffs of London and Middl'x; praying, "That they may be heard against the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the better Discovery and Suppressing of House-breakers:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioners shall be heard, by their Counsel, as desired, on Tuesday the One and Thirtieth Day of this Instant May, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for vesting in Thomas Rogers Gentleman an absolute Estate of Inheritance, in Fee Simple, in the Manor of West Court, Mansion-house, Messuages, Lands, and Hereditaments, in the County of Kent; and securing to John Higgons Gentleman, Alice his Wife, and (for Portions for) Irene, Margaret, Mary, and Alice Cesar, Monies in Lieu of their Claims thereunto."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Richard Holford and Mr. Pitt:
To carry down the said Bill, and desire their Concurrence thereunto.
The Lord Herbert reported from the Lords Committees, appointed to draw up an Order upon the Resolution of this House the Twentieth Instant, upon hearing Counsel upon the Petition of the Society of the Governor and Assistants, London, of the new Plantation in Ulster, in the Kingdom of Ireland, against the Bishop of Derry.
Which was read, and agreed to, as followeth; (videlicet,)
Ulster Society London versus Bp. of Derry.
"Whereas a Petition and Appeal (was offered to the House the Seventh Day of January last) of the Society of the Governor and Assistants, London, of the new Plantation in Ulster, in the Kingdom of Ireland, against a Judgement given by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of Ireland, in Parliament there assembled, on the Four and Twentieth Day of September last, upon the Petition and Appeal of William Lord Bishop of Derry, against the Decree or Orders made in the said Cause in the Court of Chancery there; whereupon a Committee was appointed, to consider of the proper Method of appealing from Decrees made in the Court of Chancery in Ireland; and that, pursuant to the Orders of the said Committee, and a Letter sent to the Lords Justices of Ireland by Order of this House, several Precedents have been transmitted by the Lords Justices to this House, Copies whereof were ordered to be delivered to either Side: After hearing Counsel, upon the Petition of the said Society, London, presented to this House the Twentieth of April last, praying that they might be heard, as to the Jurisdiction of the House of Lords in Ireland, in receiving and judging Appeals from the Chancery there, as also Counsel for the Bishop of Derry:
Proceedings upon the Appeal to the House of Lords in Ireland, coram non Judice:
"After due Consideration of the Precedents, and of what was offered by Counsel thereupon, it is this Day ORDERED, Adjudged, and Declared, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Appeal of the Bishop of Derry to the House of Lords in Ireland, from the Decree or Orders of the Court of Chancery there made, in the Cause wherein the said Bishop of Derry was Plaintiff, and the said Society of the Governor and Assistants, London, of the new Plantation in Ulster in Ireland, were Defendants, was coram non Judice; and that all the Proceedings thereupon are null and void; and that the Court of Chancery in Ireland ought to proceed in the said Cause, as if no such Appeal had been made to the House of Lords there; and if either of the said Parties do find themselves aggrieved by the said Decree or Orders of the Chancery of Ireland, they are at Liberty to pursue their proper Remedy, by Way of Appeal to this House."
L. Chancellor to send a Copy of this Order to the Lords Justices of Ireland.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord High Chancellor of England do write a Letter to the Lords Justices in Ireland; and send them a Copy of the Order, Judgement, and Declaration of this House, agreed to this Day, upon the Petition of the Society of the Governor and Assistants, London, of the new Plantation in Ulster, in the Kingdom of Ireland, against the Bishop of Derry.
Russia Trade, Bill for improving.
After hearing Counsel, for and against the Bill, intituled, "An Act for improving the Trade to Russia;" and Debate thereupon:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Debate shall be, and is hereby, adjourned to Saturday the Fourth Day of June next, at Eleven of the Clock.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, (videlicet,) vicesimum quintum diem instantis Maii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.