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, 13 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the vesting several Messuages, Lands, and Tenements, belonging to John Fawconer Esquire, in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of Debts."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Friday the Eight and Twentieth Day of this Instant March, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
City of London, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for transferring a Trust in Lands, belonging to the City of London, unto new Trustees."
Sir Robert Marsham's Bill.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable Sir Robert Marsham Knight and Baronet, to dispose of Lands in Hertfordshire; and to settle other Lands, of better Value, in Kent, to the same Uses 25 the Lands in Hertfordshire are settled."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Doctor Newton and Mr. Gery:
To carry down the said Bill, and desire their Concurrence thereunto:
West Kirby, Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of the poor Inhabitants of the Parish of West Kirby, in the County of Chester; as also of the Executors, and other the Creditors and Legatees, of Thomas Bennet, of the said Parish; desiring Leave for a Bill for settling their Charities:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioners have Leave to bring in a Bill, as desired.
House to be kept clear, when the King is present.
The House taking Notice of the Irregularities in the House, when His Majesty was present here, by the Crowds of Ladies and others suffered to come within the Bar; the following Orders were made; (videlicet,)
"It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That no Person whatsoever (except the Members and Assistants of this House) be suffered to come within the Bar, when His Majesty is present."
"It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That no Ladies nor Men be suffered to come into the House, when the King is present, at any of the Doors, unless some Lord doth move the House for such by Name, except those that attend the King's Person."
"It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Doors of this House be always kept shut, when the House is sitting; and that no Persons whatsoever (except Members and Assistants of the House) be suffered to come in, or stand within the Doors."
These Orders being made; the Deputy Gentleman Usher and Door-keeper were called to the Bar, and commanded to take Care they are punctually observed; and it was declared to them, "That they should be punished, if any of these Orders were any ways broke."
And it is also further ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Orders made this Day, relating to the keeping the House clear when the King is present, are directed to the Lord Great Chamberlain of England, or his Deputy, to be communicated by them to the Gentleman Usher (or Deputy Gentleman Usher) of the Black Rod, in order to have the same more effectually observed.
His Majesty, being arrayed in His Regal Robes and Crown, attended with His Officers of State, ascended His Royal Throne (the Peers being also in their Robes); commanded the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, to signify to the House of Commons, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure, that they attend Him presently."
Who being come, with their Speaker;
The Clerk of the Parliaments received the Bill, to be passed, from the Hands of the Speaker, and brought it to the Table; where the Clerk Assistant read the Title, as followeth; (videlicet,)
"1. An Act for renewing the Bills of Credit, commonly called Exchequer Bills."
To which the Royal Assent was pronounced, by the Clerk of the Parliaments, in these Words,
"Le Roy remercie ses bons Subjects, accepte leur Benevolence, et ainsi le veult."
Then His Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.
State of Fleet.
The Lord Haversham delivered a State of the Fleet, in Writing.
King's Answer, about Papers concerning the Treaties:
The Lord Chamberlain acquainted the House, "That he had attended His Majesty, with the Desire of this House, Yesterday; and that His Majesty had given Orders for all the Papers to be brought, as desired; and that Mr. Yard attended at the Door with them."
Papers delivered in.
He, being called in, at the Table said, "He had there in the Trunk all the Papers relating to the Treaties;" and gave the House an Account what they were.
But the Powers and Instructions to treat, not being signed, were given back, in order to be made complete Copies, and returned To-morrow.
He being withdrawn:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the further Consideration of the Treaties shall be resumed To-morrow, at Eleven of the Clock; and all the Lords summoned to attend.
Form of Oath to Witnesses in E. Anglesey's Case.
The Form of an Oath to be administered to Witnesses, to be examined in relation to the Bill, intituled, An Act for separating James Earl of Anglesey from Katherine Countess of Anglesey his Wife, for the Cruelty of the said Earl," was read, and agreed to, as followeth:
"You shall true Answer make to all such Questions as shall be asked you by this Honourable House, in relation to the Charge of Cruelty brought in by the Countess of Anglesey, against the Earl of Anglesey. You shall declare your whole Knowledge of this Matter; and shall speak the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth, as well upon the Matter as you shall be examined on Behalf of the Countess of Anglesey, as upon such Interrogatories as shall be exhibited on Behalf of the Earl of Anglesey, without Favour or Affection to either Party: So help you God, and by the Contents of this Book."
Count. of Anglesey's Bill for a Separation.
After hearing, this Day, Counsel and Civilians, for the Earl of Anglesey, what they could object against the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the separating James Earl of Anglesey from Katherine Countess of Anglesey his Wife, for the Cruelty of the said Earl; as also Counsel, Civilians, and Witnesses, for the Countess of Anglesey, to make good the Allegations set forth in the Bill:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the further Consideration of this Matter, and hearing Counsel and Witnesses thereupon, shall be adjourned until Friday the One and Twentieth Instant; on which Day the Earl of Anglesey is to produce his Witnesses, in order to be heard what they have to offer, relating to the said Bill.
ORDERED, That all the Causes set down for Hearing be removed successively.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, (videlicet,) decimum quartum diem instantis Martii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.