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, 15 Maii.
Purchase versus Ld. Hereford and Wilkinson.
The Lord Viscount Longueville reported from the Lords Committees for Privileges, to whom was referred the Petition of Samuel Purchase; complaining of a Protection given by the Lord Viscount Hereford to John Wilkinson, "That they had heard Counsel, as ordered to this Point, "Whether Wilkinson is a Trustee or not?" And the Committee is of Opinion, That he is no Trustee, and therefore ought to be allowed Privilege."
Answer from H. C.
Conference about King's Bench and Fleet Prisons, Bill.
|Epus. Sarum.||Ds. Guilford.|
King's Answer to the Address, concerning the Letter from The States General:
"I thank you for the Expressions you make of your Duty and Zeal to My Service, and the Concern you shew for the imminent Danger to which The States Generall are at present exposed. I shall take into Consideration your Desires to Me, of entering into new Measures with them, and other Princes and States, for our common Preservation; and you may be sure, it shall be always My Care, to make such Alliances with our Neighbours, as may tend to our own and their greater Security; which will be the most effectual Means to raise the Honour of the English Nation in our Days to the Reputation it hath maintained in any former Times."
Address and Answer to be printed.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England do give Order, that the Address of this House, presented to His Majesty Yesterday, and His Majesty's most Gracious Answer thereunto, be forthwith printed and published.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Bill, and also the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the greater Ease of the Subject in recovering their just Debts," shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House, To-morrow; and that One Judge of each Bench do then attend.
Message to H. C. with the E. of Orford's Answer.
Conference on the King's Bench and Fleet Prison, Bill.
And the Lord Viscount Longueville reported, "That the Lords had attended the Conference, as commanded; and delivered the Bill, with the Amendments, to the Commons; and also their Lordships Reasons for those Amendments."
Message to H. C. to remind them of the Lords impeached.
To acquaint them, "That they having, on the First Day of April last, sent up to their Lordships an Impeachment against William Earl of Portland, for high Crimes and Misdemeanors; and having also, on the Fifteenth Day of the same Month, severally impeached John Lord Sommers and Charles Lord Halifax of high Crimes and Misdemeanors; their Lordships think themselves obliged to put them in Mind, that as yet no particular Articles have been exhibited against the said Lords; which, after Impeachments have been so long depending, is due in Justice to the Persons concerned, and agreeable to the Methods of Parliament in such Cases."
St. Leger et al. Nat. Bill.
Answer from H. C. concerning Lords impeached.
Letters from the King to Lords Justices about the Meeting of Parliament.
Mr. Yard attending at the Door, as ordered Yesterday, and being called in, delivered, at the Table, Abstracts of all such Letters as passed last Summer, between Mr. Blathwayte and himself, relating to the Parliament.
And, being withdrawn, he was, after some Time, called in again; and being asked for the original Letters, the same were delivered to the Lord Keeper; who, by Direction of the House, perused each Letter, as the Clerk read the Abstract thereof.
Motion, that it was the King's Intention it should meet in November, and that the Advice for delaying it beyond December was dangerous, &c.
Then the House being moved, "To declare, that it appears to this House, by the Letters now read, that it was His Majesty's Opinion, that the Parliament should meet, and fit to do Business, on the Twentieth of November One Thousand Seven Hundred;" and Debate thereupon:
This Question was proposed, "That it doth appear to this House, by Mr. Blathwayt's Letter of the Seventh and Eleventh of October last, that it was His Majesty's Opinion, that the Parliament ought to have met, and (fn. 1) sit, on the Twentieth of November last, to do Business?"
And it being also proposed, "To declare, That the proroguing of the Parliament beyond the Four and Twentieth of December last (after which Time there was no Provision made for the Guards and Garrisons) was prejudicial to the Bill of Rights:"
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, (videlicet,) decimum sextum diem instantis Maii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.