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 Sabbati, 8 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
House to proceed on Business at 11 o'Clock.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House shall meet daily at Eleven of the Clock; and that immediately after Prayers the House shall proceed on Business, although there shall be but few Lords present.
Fowle versus Cope.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the Cause wherein Robert Fowle and Reginald Bretland Esquire are Appellants, and Jonathan, William, and Anthony Cope, per Guardian. Respondents, on Friday the Fourteenth Day of this Instant March, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Commodote Norris's Pet:
After reading Captain John Norris's Petition of the Seventh Instant, as also his Instructions from the Admiralty, and some Councils of War on Board, at Newfoundland; and long Debate upon the whole Matter:
This Question was proposed, "Whether Captain John Norris having lain near Two Years under a Suspension, upon an Address from this House to His Majesty, that an Address shall be made to His Majesty, to take off the Suspension he lies under?"
Then this Question was put, "Whether this Question shall be now put?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
King to be addressed, to take off his Suspension:
Then the main Question was put, "Whether Captain John Norris having lain near Two Years under a Suspension, upon an Address from this House to His Majesty, that an Address shall be made to His Majesty to take off the said Suspension he lieth under?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it:
"For that Captain Norris having been accused by many Witnesses, upon Oath, of great Neglect of his Duty, in not attacking Monsieur Ponty's Ships, in Conception Bay, notwithstanding the Intelligence given of them to him by Captain Desborow, Cumberbatch, and several Prisoners, and of pestering his Ship with Prize Goods, which he had embezzled; and thereupon this House having made an Address to His Majesty, to order Captain Norris to attend this House, to answer such Matters as had been so objected against him, and that, in the mean Time, he should be suspended from his Employment; which His Majesty has been pleased to order: And accordingly Captain Norris having appeared before us; but the Matters not having been fully examined, by hearing at this Time the Witnesses either against him or for him, we conceive it very improper to make any such Address in his Favour, he being (for all that yet appears to us) guilty of the Matters charged upon him: And we are the more convinced of this, because the Motion made for remitting Captain Norris to a Trial, by a Council of War, was not accepted; and besides the Unreasonableness of passing any Sentence of acquitting a Man accused upon Oath, without a full Hearing of the Cause, we think it also of very dangerous Consequence, that, in this Conjuncture especially, a Man should be capable of being employed in so important a Station as in the Fleet, who lies under the heavy Charge of embezzeling Prizes, and pestering his Ship with them, and of failing to attempt a Service, which would have been of vast Advantage to us, and Prejudice to our Enemies.
Captain Desborow recommended to His Majesty.
The House agreed, that the Address of this House to His Majesty, the Seventeenth of April, One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-nine, so far as it concerns Captain Desborow's being recommended to His Majesty's Favour, shall be renewed.
ORDERED, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, with the Address.
Exchequer Bills, for renewing, Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for renewing the Bills of Credit, commonly called Exchequer Bills."
ORDERED, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House, presently.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the said Bill.
After some Time, the House was resumed.
And the Lord Ferrers reported, "That the Committee had gone through the said Bill; and think it fit to pass, without any Amendment."
E. of Sandwich & al. versus E. of Litchfield & al.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the Cause wherein Edward Earl of Sandwich, the Lady Elizabeth his Wife, and others, are Appellants, and Edward Henry Earl of Litchfield, Edward Henry Lord Quarrendon, and James, Charles, George, Henry, and Francis Lee, Infants, per Guardian. Respondents, on Saturday the Fifteenth Day of this Instant March, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Clayton & al. discharged.
Whereas, by Order of the Third Instant, Mr. John Clayton and William Pickerill Attorney were ordered to be attached, for having arrested Richard Gerling Servant to the Lord Osborne; the House being moved, by the Lord Osborne, "That they may be discharged:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Clayton and William Pickerill shall be, and they are hereby, discharged, without Fees; 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.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, (videlicet,) decimum diem instantis Martii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.