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 Martis, 24 Junii.
Mallock's Bill rejected.
The Lord Jeffreys reported from the Lords Committees, the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable the Sale of the Estate of Rawlin Mallock Esquire, deceased, for discharging the Monies, Debts, and Charges thereupon," as fit to pass, without any Amendments.
Balloting for Committee for Union.
Journals relating to impeached Lords to be printed.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That all the Articles of Impeachments and Answers to them, the Lord Haversham's Charge and Answer, the Lord Sommers' and Earl of Orford's Trial, and all other Things relating thereunto, and the Resolutions of Monday last, be transcribed and printed; and that the Duke of Bolton, the Earl of Stamford, the Lord Wharton, the Lord North, Lord Haversham, and Lord Sommers, or any Three of them, do inspect the Journals, and take Care that what is or shall be transcribed in order for printing be perfect; and give Order to the Clerk for printing thereof."
Committee to consider of the Union between England and Scotland.
Comes Carlisle, Marescallus Angl.
L. Haversham's Charge dismissed.
E. of Portland's Impeachment dismissed.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Impeachment against William Earl of Portland shall be, and is hereby, dismissed, there being no Articles exhibited against him.
L. Halifax's Impeachment dismissed.
The House of Commons having impeached Charles Lord Halifax of high Crimes and Misdemeanors on the Fifteenth Day of April last, and on the Fourteenth Day of this Instant June exhibited Articles against him; to which he having answered, and no further Prosecution thereupon:
D. of Leeds' Impeachment dismissed.
The House of Commons having impeached Thomas Duke of Leeds of high Crimes and Misdemeanors, on the Seven and Twentieth of April One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-five, and on the Nine and Twentieth of the said April exhibited Articles against him; to which he answered; but the Commons not prosecuting:
Appropriating 3,700l. Weekly, from the Excise, Bill.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for appropriating Three Thousand Seven Hundred Pounds, Weekly, out of certain Branches of Excise, for public Uses; and for making a Provision for the Service of His Majesty's Household and Family, and other His necessary Occasions."
Commissioners for taking the Public Accompts:
The House moved, "That an Address be made to His Majesty, That He will empower the Five Commissioners to execute the Powers in the former Act, for taking and stating the Public Accompts, so far as by Law they may."
Question put about them; but interrupted by the King's coming.
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 Commons, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure, they attend Him presently."
Then the Clerk of the Parliaments received the said Bills from the Hands of the Speaker, and brought them to the Table; where the Clerk of the Crown read the Titles of the Bills following; (videlicet,)
" 2. An Act for granting to His Majesty several Duties upon Low Wines, or Spirits of the First Extraction; and continuing several additional Duties upon Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, Spices, and Pictures; and certain Impositions upon Hawkers, Pedlars, and Petty Chapmen, and the Duty of Fifteen Pounds per Cent. upon Muslins; and for improving the Duties upon japanned and lacquered Goods; and for continuing the Coinage Duty, for the several Terms and Purposes therein mentioned."
" 3. An Act for appropriating Three Thousand Seven Hundred Pounds, Weekly, out of certain Branches of Excise, for public Uses; and for making a Provision for the Service of His Majesty's Household and Family, and other His necessary Occasions."
" 4. An Act to enable His Majesty to make Leases and Copies of Offices, Lands, and Hereditaments, Parcel of His Dutchy of Cornwal, or annexed to the same; and for Confirmation of Leases already made."
The Session being now come to a Conclusion, I must return you My hearty Thanks, for the great Zeal you have expressed for the public Service, and your ready Compliance with those Things which I recommended to you at the Opening of this Parliament. And I must thank you, Gentlemen of the House of Commons, in particular, both for your Dispatch of those necessary Supplies which you have granted for the public Occasions; and for the Encouragements you have given Me to enter into Alliances, for the Preservation of the Liberty of Europe, and the Support of the Confederacy; in which, as it shall be My Care not to put the Nation to any unnecessary Expence, so I make no Doubt that whatsoever shall be done during your Recess, for the Advantage of the common Cause in this Matter, will have your Approbation at our Meeting again in the Winter.
"I shall conclude with recommending to you all, the Discharge of your Duties in your respective Countries; that the Peace of the Kingdom may be secured by your Vigilance and Care in your several Stations."
"It is His Majesty's Royal Will and Pleasure, that this Parliament should be prorogued to Thursday the Seventh Day of August next: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Seventh Day of August next."