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 Sabbati, 4 Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Parker against distilling Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of Edward Parker, of London, Distiller; praying to be heard to the Bill, intituled, "An Act to prohibit the excessive distilling of Spirits and low Wines from Corn, and against the exporting of Beer and Ale, and to prevent Frauds in Distillers:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioner shall be heard, by his Counsel, what he has to offer in relation to the said Bill, on Thursday the Ninth Day of this Instant February, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon, after the Second Reading of the said Bill.
Absent Lords excused.
Letters from the Earl of Derby and the Earl of Huntingdon were severally read, desiring to be excused their Attendance.
To which the House agreed; being satisfied of their Inability to attend.
River Tone navigable, Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for making the River Tone navigable, from Bridgewater to Taunton, in the County of Somerset."
ORDERED, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House, on Monday next come Sevennight.
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Sir Thomas Davall and others:
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act to enlarge the Trade to Russia;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Russia Trade, for enlarging, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enlarge the Trade to Russia."
ORDERED, That the said Bill be read a Second Time on Monday next come Sevennight.
Todd & al. versus Eden.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of John Todd, Thomas Milburne, and George Henderson, from an Order and Decree made in the Court of Exchequer, the Three and Twentieth Day of February, and the Ninth of June last, on the Behalf of Laton Eden; and praying the Reversal of the said Order and Decree:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Laton Eden may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and he is hereby required to put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on Saturday the Five and Twentieth Day of this Instant February, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
War versus Praed.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of William Warr Gentleman, from a Decretal Order made in the Court of Chancery, the Fifth Day of May last, in a Cause there depending, between John Praed Complainant, and the Petitioner and Agnes Gates, Widow and Administratrix of Daniel Gates, Defendants; and praying the Reversal of the said Order; or the Petitioner relieved, by explaining an Order of this House of the Seven and Twentieth of January, One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-six:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Praed may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and he is hereby required to put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on Saturday the Eighteenth Day of this Instant February, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
After reading His Majesty's Speech, and Debate thereupon:
Committee to draw an Address.
Lords Committees were appointed to draw an Address of Thanks, to be presented to His Majesty, upon the Debate of the House; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet presently, in the Prince's Lodgings; and to report to the House.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure.
After some Time, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Bridgewater reported the Address, as drawn by the Committee.
Which, being read, was agreed to, as follows; (videlicet,)
"We, Your Majesty's most loyal and dutiful Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, having taken into our Consideration Your Majesty's most Gracious Speech, do, with all Duty, present our most hearty Thanks to Your Majesty, for the gracious Expressions therein; and particularly, that You were pleased to acquaint both Houses of Parliament, that You came to pass the Bill for disbanding the Army as soon as You understood it was ready for Your Majesty:
"And that it is Your Majesty's fixed Opinion, that nothing can be so fatal to us, as that any Distrust or Jealousy should arise between Your Majesty and Your People:
"And likewise for Your great Care and Concern for the Safety of the Kingdom, upon all Occasions.
"And we humbly beg Leave to assure Your Majesty, that, at all Times, for the Safety of the Kingdom, and the Preservation of the Peace which God hath given us, this House will assist and defend Your Majesty, against all Your Enemies, both at Home and Abroad."
King to be attended.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do wait on His Majesty, humbly to know what Time He will please to be attended by this House with their Address.
King's Speech to be considered.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That on Monday next, at Eleven of the Clock, this House shall take into further Consideration His Majesty's most Gracious Speech; and nothing to intervene.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, (videlicet,) sextum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.