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 Lunæ, 1 Maii.
Legg's Nat. Bill, Reasons for the Lords insisting on their Amendments to it:
The Earl of Rochester reported from the Lords Committees, the Reasons to be offered at a Conference with the House of Commons, for their Lordships insisting on their Amendments made to the Bill, intituled, "An Act to naturalize Richard Legg and others."
The Lords do acknowledge, that the Commons had good Reason to be apprehensive of the Addition of so many Names by Way of Amendment to this Bill, because that, at the Time it was returned to the Commons, there was no Opportunity, by the usual Method of Proceedings between the Two Houses, to inform them of the Reasons for it: But their Lordships hope, that when, by the Means of this Conference, the Condition, Circumstances, and Merits of the Persons proposed by the Lords to be added to the Bill shall appear, that the Commons will be prevailed with to admit of them, for the same Reasons that prevailed with their Lordships; and to that End, the Lords have directed, that the Commons should be acquainted with the several Circumstances of every Person added by their Amendments.
"Their Lordships have as much Consideration as the Commons can desire of the English Officers and Soldiers now out of Employment, since the late reducing and disbanding the Army, whom they would always have preferred before any Foreigners; but they cannot but hope that, since this Bill was intended by the Commons for the Benefit of those Foreigners that were at first put into the Bill, because, as their Lordships conceive, they had served long and faithfully in the English Troops, that the Commons will, upon the same Grounds agree to those added by the Lords Amendments, they being found to be in the same Circumstances.
"For these Reasons, and on this Account, their Lordships do insist on their Amendments, except only as to Gerard Van Hesta and George William Kroud, whom they do agree to leave out of this Bill; because, the one being a Kettle Drum, and the other a Trumpeter, they are provided for in a Clause sent up by the Commons to be added to the Bill for naturalizing Samuel Bernardeau, &c. which is agreed to by the Lords."
Message to H. C. for a Conference about it.
Doughty versus Cotton.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Cause appointed to be heard this Day, wherein Phillip Doughty is Appellant, and Thomas Cotton and others are Respondents, shall be heard, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Wednesday next, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Message from H. C. to return Bernardeau & al. Nat. Bill.
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing Samuel Bernardeau, Peter Chantreau des Gaudree, and others, Private Gentlemen belonging to His Majesty's Three Troops of Guards and Grenadiers;" and to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to their Lordships Amendment made to their Amendment.
Bp. of Derry not to be brought till next Session.
It is Agreed, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do, from this House, humbly acquaint His Majesty, "That, because of the approaching End of this Session of Parliament, the Lords only desire that the Bishop of Derry be brought to this House in Custody at the Beginning of the next Session of Parliament."
Message from H. C. to return Cloribus & al. Nat. Bill.
Answer from thence.
Conference on Legg's Nat. Bill.
Fowle versus Berkeley.
Upon reading the Petition of Robert Fowle Goldsmith; praying, "That this House would hear One Counsel upon his Petition depending in this House, to which John Berkeley Esquire hath put in his Answer; or that he may be at Liberty to appeal to the Chancery, for Relief in the Matter set forth in his Petition:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioner and the said John Berkeley shall be heard, by One Counsel of a Side, on the said Petition and Answer, on Thursday next, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Bugdon to attend.
Message from H. C. to remind the Lords of the Blackwell Hall Bill.
To put this House in Mind of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the making more effectual an Act, intituled, An Act to restore the Market at Blackwellhall to the Clothiers, and for regulating the Factors there."
Paper, &c. Duties on, Bill.
Housebreakers, &c. Bill against.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the better apprehending, prosecuting, and punishing, of Felons, that commit Burglary, Housebreaking, or Robbery, in Shops, Warehouses, Coachhouses, or Stables, or that steal Horses."
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the better apprehending, prosecuting, and punishing, of Felons, that commit Burglary, Housebreaking, or Robbery, in Shops, Warehouses, Coachhouses, or Stables, or that steal Horses."
Message to H. C. with Amendments to it.
Protestant Heirs, Papists not to disinherit, Bill.
ORDERED, That the House be put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to prevent Settlements made by Papists from disinheriting their Protestant Heirs," To-morrow, at Twelve of the Clock; and that One Judge of each Court do then attend.
Lotteries, for suppressing, Bill.
Georgius Treby Miles, Capitalis Justiciarius Commun. Placitor. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, (videlicet,) secundum diem instantis Maii, hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.