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 Jovis, 16 Junii.
Ship Maryland, to import her Cargo, Bill.
Heads for a Conference on the Lords insisting on their former Resolution about the Place for Trial of Goudet & al.:
The Earl of Rochester reported from the Lords Committees appointed to draw what shall be offered, at a Conference with the House of Commons, for their Lordships insisting upon their Resolution signified to the House of Commons by a Message delivered to them the Ninth Instant.
"The Lords have desired this Conference with the House of Commons, in order to continue that good Correspondence which they will always endeavour to preserve between the Two Houses; and having given Instances of their Compliance upon several Occasions, the Sincerity of their Intentions towards that End cannot be doubted; but, if at this Time they cannot consent to what the Commons desire, they hope, that even their disagreeing in this Point may tend to a better Correspondence for the future; their Lordships conceiving that, in all Proceedings between the Two Houses, those Methods that have been constantly practised are the least liable to Objections; and that the consenting to any One Innovation in such Cases may occasion further Disputes: And whereas the Commons have instanced, that, in the Trials of the Earl of Strafford and the Lord Viscount Stafford, they had a convenient Place appointed for their Managers; their Lordships must observe, that both those Trials were for High Treason, and in Westminster Hall; but upon all Trials for Misdemeanors, which have been constantly at the Bar of their Lordships House, there is not One Precedent in their Books, that the House of Commons have ever, till this Time, asked what they have desired upon this Occasion; and therefore their Lordships do insist on their Resolution signified to the House of Commons by a Message delivered to them on the Ninth Instant; in which they did acquaint them, that their Lordships, having looked into Precedents, do find, that, at Triais upon Impeachments at the Bar of the House of Lords, the Committee of the House of Commons appointed to manage the Evidence have always come to the Bar of the House, without any other Provision for them; and their Lordships intend to proceed in the same Manner as hath been usual at all Trials within their House."
Message to H. C. for the Conference.
Answer from H. C.
Trade to Russia, for improving, Bill.
Then the Russia Company and Merchants were called in again; and told (by Order of the House) "That the House had considered of the Proposals made the Seventh Instant by the Russia Company; and do think it fit that the One per Cent. in the said Proposals be reduced to Half per Cent.; and the Proposals being so altered, the House approves thereof; and the House expects the Company will make them good in a Week's Time, and that it be accepted by the Merchants within that Time; and also that the House expects this Day Sevennight to be informed what has been done on either Side, in relation to this Matter."
Protest entered Yesterday, to be considered.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Protestation entered Yesterday shall be taken into Consideration on Monday next, at Eleven of the Clock; and all the Lords summoned to attend.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, (videlicet,) decimum septimum diem instantis Junii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.