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, 9 Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Sheffield versus Betts, E. Montagu's Privilege.
Upon reading the Petition of John Sheffeild Gentleman, Undersheriff to Edmund Godwin Esquire, late Sheriff of the County of Essex; shewing, "That a Writ of Fieri Facias was brought to the Petitioner, at the Suit of Lukein Betts, against Christopher Monck Esquire, upon which the Petitioner issued the High Sheriff's Warrant, directed to the Bailiffs; whereupon the said Lukein Betts and Bailiffs entered the Capital House of Newball, the House of the Earl of Montagu, and seized Goods; and it being intimated to the Bailiffs that they had done amiss, they left the said Goods; and since that, an Action is brought, in the Name of Lukein Betts, against the said High Sheriff; and praying Relief in the Premises:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Plaintiff Lukein Betts shall and he is hereby required to attend this House To-morrow, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Russia Company against the Bill for enlarging the Russia Trade.
Upon reading the Petition of the Company of English Merchants for Discovery of new Trades, commonly called the Russia Company; praying, "That they may be heard, by their Counsel, against the Bill now depending in this House, intituled, An Act to enlarge the Trade to Russia:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioners shall be heard, by themselves or Counsel, what they have to offer against the said Bill, (and also any other Persons who shall think themselves concerned for the said Bill,) on Saturday the Eighteenth Day of this Instant February, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
E. Rivers, E. Peterborow, and E. Orford, Injunction to prevent a Quarrel.
The House being informed, "That there was still some Cause to suspect there was a Quarrel between the Earl Rivers, Earl of Peterborow, and Earl of Orford:"
The Earl of Orford (being present) was ordered to stay in the House.
And the Earl Rivers and Earl of Peterborow were sent for, to attend the House immediately.
And, after some Time, they being come to the House, and heard in their Places; the Lord Chancellor, by Order of the House, laid the Injunction and strict Commands of the House upon the Earl of Peterborow and Earl of Orford, "That they should not in any Manner prosecute any Quarrel or Difference which may have been between them."
And the Earl of Peterborow and Earl of Orford, in their Places, declared, upon their Honours, "That they freely submitted to the Injunction and Command of the House, and did fully and readily comply with it."
Then the Lord Chancellor, by the like Commands of the House, laid the same Injunction on the Earl Rivers; who also declared, upon his Honour, "That he freely submitted to the Injunction and Command of the House, and did fully and readily comply with it."
And the Earl of Peterborow and Earl of Orford did likewise the same, as to any Quarrel between them and the Earl Rivers.
Fitch versus Att. General and Commissioners of the Navy.
After hearing Counsel, upon the Petition and Appeal of John Fitch Esquire, and the Answer of His Majesty's Attorney General and Commissioners of the Navy put in thereunto:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Report of what was offered by Counsel thereupon shall be made Tomorrow, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon; and that His Majesty's Attorney General do then attend, to be heard.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, (videlicet,) decimum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.