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 Veneris, 11 Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Mrs. Box's Pet. rejected.
Upon reading the Petition of Elizabeth Box, the Wife of Ralph Box Citizen and Druggist of London; shewing, "That there is a Bill depending in the House, intituled, An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Ralph Box with Elizabeth Eyre, and to enable him to marry again; that she had several Things to offer against the said Bill; that her Husband received Four Thousand Pounds for her Portion; and did agree with the Petitioner, that if she did not oppose the passing the Bill, that he would allow her Three Thousand Pounds, within a Year and a Half after the Bill's passing; and praying to be heard what she had to offer against the said Bill, and prove the Agreement at the Bar of this House, before the Bill be read a Third Time:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition of Elizabeth Box shall be, and is hereby, rejected.
Box's Bill, for a Divorce.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Ralph Box with Elizabeth Eyre, and to enable him to marry again."
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 Sir Robert Legard and Doctor Newton:
To carry down the said Bill, and desire their Concurrence thereunto.
Mews, Leave for a Bill.
The House taking into Consideration the Petition of Ellis Mews, presented to the House Yesterday:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioner hath hereby Leave given him to bring in a Bill, as desired.
Countess of Anglesey's Bill, for a Separation;
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon 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:"
And, after hearing Counsel on either Side, and some Amendments made in the Preamble, the House was resumed.
And the Lord Viscount Longueville reported, "That the Committee had made some Progress in the Bill; and that it was the Opinion of the Committee, that the Countess of Anglesey should be sent for, and heard to some Matters suggested in the Preamble."
Then, it being moved, "That the Earl of Anglesey would declare, That he will not seize his Lady in her Passage to or from this House:"
His Lordship declared, upon his Honour, "That he would not molest or seize her, so long as she was in an honourable Place, nor upon the Occasion of sending for her."
Then it was ORDERED, That the Countess of Anglesey do forthwith attend this House; and that the Lord Bishop of Ely be, and he is hereby, desired to go for her.
Which he accordingly did.
After some Time, the House being informed, "That the Countess of Anglesey was at the Door:"
It was proposed, and agreed, "That, when she comes in, the Earl may speak to her as he shall think fit; and afterwards, the Lord Keeper do ask her, Whether she thinks herself in Danger of her Life, if she returns to her Husband?"
Countess of Anglesey attends.
Then, the Countess of Anglesey being called in, and a Chair set for her at the Table, the Earl of Anglesey spoke to her to this Effect; (videlicet,)
"That, if she feared any Danger in coming Home to him and her Child, he would give all imaginable Security that she should not in the least be hurt; and also assured her of all Civility and Kindness imaginable."
Then her Ladyship said to this Purpose, "That she had been used barbarously, and could never consent to return to his Lordship again; that she had been in Danger of her Life, and bore as long as she could; and hoped their Lordships would redress her."
Whereupon the Lord Keeper told her, "He was directed by the House to ask her, "Whether she thought herself in Danger of her Life, if she should return to her Husband?"
She answered, Yes, positively I do."
Then, she being withdrawn;
It was ORDERED, That the House shall be put into a Committee again, to proceed on the said Bill, on Monday next, at Twelve of the Clock; and no other Business to intervene; and all the Lords to be summoned to attend.
It is ORDERED, That all the Causes which stand on the Books to be heard on Monday next shall be put off to Tuesday; and the Cause appointed for Tuesday to stand for Wednesday.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati, (videlicet,) duodecimum diem instantis Aprilis, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.