Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 18, 1705-1709. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 18 Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for confirming an Agreement made upon the Marriage of Charles Owen Esquire and Dorothy his Wife, of Nash, in the County of Pembroke."
Biddulph & Birkinhead versus Crome's Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of Symon Biddulph Esquire and Deborah Birkinhead Widow; shewing, "That the Petitioner Deborah Birkinhead is a Judgment Creditor, and Symon Biddulph a Bond Creditor, of Valentine Crome the Younger; and that there is a Bill depending in this House, intituled, "An Act for vesting the Estate of Valentine Crome, of Mayden Early, in the County of Berks, Gentleman, in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of his Father's Debts, and making Provision for himself and Brother;" and praying to be heard, by their Counsel, against the said Bill:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioners shall be heard, by their Counsel, at the Committee to whom the said Bill stands committed, To-morrow, at Ten a Clock.
Sir Thomas Cave's Bill.
The Lord Guilford reported, from the Lords Committees, the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable Sir Thomas Cave, of Stanford, in the County of Leicester, Baronet, to sell certain Lands, in Eydon, Moreton Pinckney, and Cannons Ashby, in the County of Northampton, to raise Money, to pay his Brothers and Sisters Portions; and settle other Lands in the said County of Northampton, of like Value, to the same Uses," as fit to pass, with some Amendments.
Which were read Twice, and agreed to; and the Bill ordered to be engrossed, with the said Amendments.
Lord Keeper to assist the Committee for supplying Defects in Laws, &c.
The Lord Sommers reported from the Committee appointed to consider what Defects there are in the Laws relating to the Administration of Justice; and to consider of proper Methods to prevent expensive Suits; "That the Lords desired the Lord Keeper might assist the said Committee."
To which the House agreed; and ordered it accordingly.
State of the Navy, and Methods of manning the Fleet, Committee to consider of.
The House being moved, "To consider of proper Methods for the more easy and effectual manning of the Fleet, and to inquire into the present State of the Navy:"
Lords Committees were appointed, to consider of proper Methods for the more easy and effectual manning of the Fleet of England; and to enquire into the present State and Condition of the Navy, and in what Readiness the same is, in order to be set out the next Spring: Whose Lordships have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records; and report, from Time to Time, to the House, as they shall think fit.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet To-morrow, at Eleven a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Act Pechells Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing Jacob Pechells and others."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mereurii, decimum nonum diem instantis Decembris, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.