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, 3 Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Dormer versus Bertie & al.
It being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause wherein John Dormer, of Ascott, Esquire, is Appellant, and the Honourable Charles Bertie, Henry Bertie Esquire, and others, are Respondents:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Thursday the Tenth Day of this Instant April, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Box's Divorce Bill.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee on the Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Ralph Box with Elizabeth Eyre, and to enable him to marry again."
After some Time, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Nottingham reported, "That the Committee had made some Progress in the Bill; and desire another Time may be appointed, to proceed thereon."
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House shall be put into a Committee again, to proceed on the said Bill, on Tuesday next, at Eleven of the Clock.
Partition Treaty, Report of the Conference about:
The Order being read, for resuming the Debate upon the Report of the Conference Yesterday with the House of Commons:
A Paper was delivered to the Clerk, and read, as followeth; (videlicet,)
E. of Portland's Paper, concerning his negotiating it:
"At the Beginning of the Summer of the Year 99, when I was in Holland at my Country-house, and when the King would have me be concerned in the negotiating of this Treaty with the Emperor, the French King, and The States; being very unwilling to meddle with Business again, from which I was retired; before I would engage myself, I advised with my Friends in Holland, and writ into England, to Mr. Secretary, Vernon as my particular Friend, whether it was adviseable for me to engage in any Business again; to which Mr. Vernon answered in Substance, "That this would not engage me but for a little while; that I being upon the Place, and generally acquainted with the Foreign Ministers, it would be easier for the King, and properer for me to be employed in it than any body else, that must be otherwise sent for on Purpose."
The Question was put, "Whether the Paper that has been read shall be communicated to the House of Commons?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
The Earl of Portland being desired by the Lord Sommers, with the Leave of the House, to declare, if he pleased, "Whether the Lord Sommers's Name was mentioned in the Letter he received from Mr. Secretary Vernon?"
L. Sommers, not mentioned in Secretary Vernon's Letter to him.
The Earl of Portland declared, "That, if he had remembered any such Thing in the Letter, and had not inserted it in the Paper which he had delivered to the House, he should have thought he had deceived the House."
Cornwall versus Williams.
Upon reading the Petition of Colonel Henry Cornwall; shewing, "That the Seventh Instant is appointed for hearing of his Cause, whereto Elizabeth Williams Widow, and Elizabeth Williams an Infant, are Respondents; and that the Petitioner's Counsel are out of Town, and in the Circuit; and praying the Hearing may be put off until the Circuits are over:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Saturday the Twelfth Day of this Instant April, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
After some Time, the House being moved, on the Behalf of the Respondents, "That the foregoing Order may not stand; it being, as they conceive, prejudicial to them:"
Whereupon, the House agreed to hear One Counsel on either Side to that Matter, on Monday next, at Eleven a Clock.
Countess of Anglesey's Bill, for a Separation.
Whereas Saturday next was appointed for the House to be put into a Committee, to proceed on 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:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House shall be put into a Committee on the said Bill, on Monday the Seventh Day of this Instant April, at Eleven a Clock.
Lester versus Foxcroft.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the Cause wherein Ralph Lester is Appellant, and Isaac Foxcroft and others are Respondents, on Monday next, at Eleven a Clock.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, (videlicet,) quartum diem instantis Aprilis, hora decima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.