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 Martis, 5 Martii.
Sir Thomas Robinson's Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for charging the Estate of Sir Thomas Robinson Baronet with Seven Thousand Pounds, for the Portion of Anne his Sister; and for settling her Estate upon the said Sir Thomas Robinson, in Lieu thereof."
Bastards, to prevent, &c. getting, Bill.
Delagarde & al. Nat. Bill:
Message to H. C. with it.
Aliens Children to inherit, Bill.
The Lord Audley reported from the Lords Committees, the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable His Majesty's natural-born Subjects to inherit the Estate of their Ancestors, Lineal or Collateral, notwithstanding their Father or Mother were Aliens," as sit to pass, without any Amendment.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable His Majesty's natural-born Subjects to inherit the Estate of their Ancestors, Lineal or Collateral, notwithstanding their Father or Mother were Aliens."
The Lord Viscount Longueville reported from the Lords Committees, the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable Thomas May Gentleman to sell Lands in the County of Suffolke, which were settled upon his Marriage; and to convey other Lands in the same County, of a greater Value, to the same Uses," as sit to pass, without any Amendment.
Jacobson & al. Nat. Bill.
ORDERED, That the Consideration of the said Bill be referred to the same Committee to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing John Ricard, Jacob Labbadie, and others," stand scommitted; who are to meet To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings; and to adjourn as they please.
Writs of Error, Report Committee:
The Earl of Stamford reported from the Lords Committees appointed to inspect the Journals, as to the Methods of bringing and delivering Writs of Error into this House from the Courts below, the Precedents following; (videlicet,)
"8° Maii, 1621. The House being informed, by the Lord Chief Justice, "That he hath a Writ of Error at the Door, and desiring to know whether he or One of his Brethren the Judges is to fetch it in;" it was referred to the Sub-committee for the Orders and Customs of the House, to consider thereof.
"14° Maii. The Lord Chief Justice, first propounding it to the House, brought in the Record of the Judgement given in the King's Bench: He made Three Obeisances before he came to the Bar; and then, after Three Obeisances more, he laid it on the Lord Chancellor's Woolsack: The Clerk received the Record and Transcript, and brought it to his Table.
"26 Februarii, 1667. Mr. Justice Windham, the ancientest Judge of the Court of King's Bench in Town, brought into the House, in the usual Manner, a Writ of Error, to reverse a Judgement given in that Court against Elliot & al.
Writs of Error, Order concerning.
"Upon Report from the Lords Committees appointed to consider the Method of bringing and delivering Writs of Error into this House: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the same Method shall be observed and continued, upon the bringing and delivering Writs of Error into this House from the Courts below; and that the Judges of the several Courts from which Writs of Error do lie have Notice hereof."
Sir Edward Wills & al. versus French Protestant Church, Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Edward Wills and others; praying to be heard, by their Counsel, against some Clauses in the Bill, intituled, "An Act for confirming of a Lease of a Piece of Ground from the Rector and Churchwardens of the Parish of St. Martin's Orgars, London, for Liberty to build a Church therein, for the Worship and Service of GOD, in the French Tongue, according to the Usage of the Church of England:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition shall be, and is hereby, referred to the Lords Committees to whom the said Bill stands committed; who are to hear the Petitioners by their Counsel.
River Larke, alias Burne, navigable, Bill.
D. of Norfolk's Bill, for a Divorce, Counsel, &c. heard.
Counsel and Witnesses being called in for the Dutchess of Norfolke, and the Duke's Counsel being present; the Examinations of the Witnesses, taken Yesterday in Shorthand, and transcribed, were read to them, and subscribed.
"I went to serve Mrs. Pitts on Friday Morning. When I came to her House, there was nobody. A Woman with a Pitcher of Water went in; I asked her for Mrs. Pitts. She said, "She was not at Home." I shewed her the Order, and left her a Copy of it on the Table. She was loath to receive it; she said, "The Lady would be within quickly:" The Woman's Name was Olivett. The last Night I went again; and a Woman came out, and said, "Mrs. Pitts was not at Home." Then she spake in French to me; I did not understand her. I left a Note, for her to attend this Day."
"It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Copies of the Examinations signed by the Witnesses this Day, and Entry in the Journal, be delivered to either Side; and that the Examinations, taken this Day in Short-hand, be transcribed, in order to be read to the Witnesses To-morrow."
"It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That To-morrow, at Twelve of the Clock, this House will proceed to hear the Examinations, taken this Day, read to the Witnesses, relating to the Duke and Dutchess of Norfolke; and all the Lords summoned to attend."