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 Mercurii, 8 Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
L. Say & Seale, Privilege, Fletcher to be attached.
The House being informed, upon Oath, "That Nicholas Fletcher, an Attorney at Law, hath delivered several Declarations in Ejectment to the Tenants of the Lord Viscount Sey & Seale (now beyond the Seas), within the Time of Privilege of Parliament, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House do forthwith attach the Body of the said Nicholas Fletcher, and keep him in safe Custody; 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 to all Mayors, Sheriffs, Bailiffs, Constables, and other Officers, to be aiding and assisting in the Execution hereof.
Sir R. Viner's Creditors, for Relief of, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the Relief of the Creditors of Sir Robert Viner Knight and Baronet, deceased."
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Yates and others:
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for the Ships Margaret and Freindshipp, of Bristoll, to trade as free Ships;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
King's Speech considered:
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee, to consider further of His Majesty's Speech.
And, after a long Time spent therein, the House was resumed.
Resolution of retaining the Dutch Guards, as far as is consistent with the Forms of Parliament:
And the Earl of Bridgewater reported, "That, upon Consideration of His Majesty's Speech, as a particular Mark of their Respect and Duty to His Majesty, this Committee hath thought fit to declare, that they are ready and willing to enter into any Expedient, that shall be thought proper, and consisting with the Forms of Parliament, for retaining near His Majesty for the Year One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-nine, those Guards who came over with His Majesty, to our Assistance, and have constantly attended Him in all the Actions wherein He has been engaged."
Then this Question was put, "Whether this House will agree with the Committee in this Vote?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it
North & Grey.
Willughby de Brok.
Norfolke, E. M.
Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That, upon Consideration of His Majesty's Speech, as a particular Mark of their Respect and Duty to His Majesty, this House hath thought fit to declare, that they are ready and willing to enter into any Expedient, that shall be thought proper, and consisting with the Forms of Parliament, for retaining near His Majesty, for the Year One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-nine, those Guards who came over with His Majesty to our Assistance, and have constantly attended Him in all the Actions wherein He hath been engaged.
E. Peterborow and E. Orford, Injunction to prevent a Quarrel.
The House being acquainted, "That such Words had passed between the Earls of Peterborow and Orford, that it might be feared greater Inconveniencies may ensue, if not prevented:"
The House enjoined them, and they promised, "There should be no further Proceeding on that Occasion."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, (videlicet,) nonum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.