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 Mercurii, 16 Aprilis.
Sir John Bowyer's Bill.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Thursday the First Day of May next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the more speedy Payment of the Debts of Christopher Killiow Esquire, and for the raising Portions and Maintenance for his Brothers and Sisters, in Pursuance of his Father's Will."
Countess Anglesey's Bill for a Separation.
Then 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."
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the House shall be put into a Committee again, to proceed 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," To-morrow, at Twelve of the Clock; and no other Business to intervene.
Impeached Lords, Address to the King, to pass no Censure against them whilst their Impeachments are depending:
The House being moved, That an Address be made to His Majesty, "That He will be pleased to pass no Censure or Punishment upon the Lords impeached, during the Dependance of the Impeachments in this House:"
The Question was put, "That a Committee shall be immediately appointed, to draw up an Address to His Majesty, That His Majesty will be pleased, not to pass any Censure or Punishment against the Four Noble Lords, who stand impeached of high Crimes and Misdemeanors, until the Impeachments depending against them in this House shall be tried?"
Protest against it.
"Dissentient. (fn. 1)
Lords Committees appointed immediately to draw up an Address to His Majesty, "That His Majesty will be pleased, not to pass any Censure or Punishment against the Four Noble Lords, who stand impeached of high Crimes and Misdemeanors, until the Impeachments depending against them in this House shall be tried;" (videlicet,)
"We, Your Majesty's most loyal and dutiful Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg Leave to represent to Your Majesty, That the House of Commons have severally impeached, at the Bar of our House, William Earl of Portland, John Lord Sommers, Edward Earl of Orford, and Charles Lord Halifax, of high Crimes and Misdemeanors: And they having acquainted us, that they will, in due Time, exhibit particular Articles against the said Lords, and make good the same; we do most humbly beseech Your Majesty, that Your Majesty will be pleased, not to pass any Censure upon them, until they are tried upon the said Impeachments, and Judgement being given, according to the Usage of Parliament, and the Laws of the Land."
Protest against the Address, in Behalf of the impeached Lords to be expunged:
Protest against that Resolution.
"Because it is the Privilege of the Peers, to enter their Dissent; and it has been the ancient Practice, to enter also their Reasons of such Dissent, of which the Lords that so protest are the most proper Judges; as well knowing what Arguments persuaded them to be of that Opinion; and no Reasons can be more proper, than such as, they conceive, are founded upon Matter of Fact.
Grosvenor versus Coy.
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 First Day of May next, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Sir Robert Marsham's Bill.
To return the Bill, 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 as the Lands in Hertfordshire are settled;" and to acquaint their Lordships, that they have agreed to the same, with some Amendments, whereunto they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Mews to take the Name of St. John, Bill.
Sloane arrested, when coming to attend a Committee.
After hearing Edward Watty, at the Bar, upon Oath, as to the Matters set forth in his Affidavit read Yesterday, concerning Mr. Sloane's being arrested, when he was coming to attend a Committee of this House:
Ly. Say & Seal versus Ld. Say & Seal.
Duke of Ormond, Leave for a Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of James Duke of Ormonde, and Charles Lord Baron of Weston, Earl of Arran in the Kingdom of Ireland; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to enlarge the Powers given by a former Act of Parliament, towards the discharging of Debts:
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, (videlicet,) decimum septimum diem instantis Aprilis, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.