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, 12 Januarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Mr. Vernon Member H. C. Leave to attend:
The Messengers sent Yesterday to the House of Commons return Answer:
That they give Leave to Mr. Vernon to attend, as desired.
Smith & al. to attend.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Mr. Mathew Smith, Mr. Hewet, and Mr. Jermy, do immediately attend this House.
After hearing Mr. Mathew Smith, at the Bar; and reading some Copies of his Letters writ to the Duke of Shrewsbury in February last:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the further Consideration of this Matter shall be resumed on Friday next, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Smith and Hewet attached.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House do immediately take into Custody the Bodies of Mr. Mathew Smith and John Hewet, and keep them separate; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, and every of them.
Mr. Vernon was called in; and directed to write to the Duke of Shrewsbury, and let him know, "The House would be informed, whether he hath the original Letters writ to him in February last by Mr. Smith; and that, if he hath any, they be laid before this House on Friday next."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, (videlicet,) decimum tertium diem instantis Januarii, hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.