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, 10 Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Kettle versus Townshend.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Elizabeth Kettle Widow, and Joseph Kettle her Son, an Infant, by his Mother and Prochein Amy, from a Decree made by the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal of England, the Sixth Day of February, One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-one; and also from a Decree made by the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, the Sixteenth of May, One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-four; and from Two several Orders made by the said Lord Keeper, the Twenty-ninth of June, and the Seventh of July, One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-six; on the Behalf of Edward Townesend; and praying the Reversal of the said Decrees and Orders; and that a Decree made in this Cause by the Master of the Rolls, the Twenty-fifth of May, in the Fourth Year of the Reign of the late King James, may be confirmed:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Edward Townsend may have a Copy of the said Petition and Appeal; and shall and he is hereby required to put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on Monday the One and Twentieth Day of this Instant December, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; and that, in the mean Time, all Proceedings in the Court of Chancery be stayed.
The Earl of Rochester reported, "That the Committee had received from the Admiralty Two Papers, in Pursuance of the Orders of this House of the Second Instant."
Which were read.
Commissioners of Admiralty, Papers.
Whereupon the following Order was made; (videlicet,
"The House this Day reading Two Papers, received from the Commissioners of the Admiralty, pursuant to the Orders of the Second Instant, the one relating to the Act for registering of Seamen, and the other concerning Newfoundland: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of the said Papers shall be referred to the Lords Committees appointed to consider the Answer received from the Commissioners of the Admiralty, pursuant to the Orders of the Seven and Twentieth November last; who, having considered the same, are to make such Report as they shall think fit."
D. of Beaufort to be attached, for not attending;
Whereas Henry Duke of Beaufort hath not given his Attendance, pursuant to the Orders of this House:
It is therefore ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, do forthwith take into Custody the said Henry Duke of Beaufort, and bring him to this House; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Peter Persehouse Esquire, Serjeant at Arms attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, and every of them.
and the E. of Rutland.
The like Order was made, for taking into Custody the Earl of Rutland.
The Order being read, for considering of Heads for a Bill for the greater Ease of the Subject, in relation to Privilege of Parliament; the following Committee was named:
Committee to prepare Heads of a Bill for the Ease of the Subject, with respect to Privilege of Parliament.
Lords Committees appointed to consider of and prepare Heads for a Bill for the greater Ease of the Subject, in relation to Privilege of Parliament; and report from Time to Time, as they shall think fit:
The Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench and Mr. Justice Powell, to assist.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet To-morrow, at Twelve of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati, (videlicet,) duodecimum diem instantis Decembris, hora duodecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
19° Die Aprilis, 1697,
Hitherto examined by us,