Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 20, 1714-1717. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 24 Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Epus. Lich. & Cov.
Epus. Bath & Well.
Ds. Cowper, Cancellarius.
Comes Nottingham, Præses.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
March. Lindsey, Magnus Camerarius.
Comes De Loraine.
Comes (fn. 1) Tankerville.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Willoughby Par.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. St. John.
Duke & al. versus Bp. of Bath & Wells: Hearing put off.
The Order being read, for hearing the Cause wherein Thomas Dyke Esquire and others are Appellants, and George Lord Bishop of Bath & Wells is Respondent:
Information was given to the House, "That the Counsel feed by the Appellants were the King's Counsel, and Yesterday necessarily employed in His Majesty's Service; and therefore, at this Time, not sufficiently instructed to plead the said Cause:"
And the House being thereupon moved, "That the Hearing thereof may be deferred till Friday next:"
After Debate, and reading the Standing Order of this House of the 22d of December 1703, relating to the putting off Causes after Days have been appointed for hearing thereof; this Question was stated, "That the said Cause be adjourned, to be heard, at the Bar of this House, on Friday next, at Eleven a Clock?"
And, after further Debate, it was moved, "That these Words, (videlicet,) ["upon the Appellants paying Ten Guineas to the Respondent, for this Day's Default"] be added to the said Question."
And the Question being put, "Whether those Words shall be made Part of the Question?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Cause be adjourned, to be heard, at the Bar of this House, on Friday next, at Eleven a Clock; and that, on hearing thereof, this House will take into Consideration this Day's Default, on the Part of the Appellants.
King's Answer to Address, relating to the Number of Forces.
The Earl of Cholmondeley acquainted the House, "That the Lords with White Staves had (according to Order) presented to His Majesty their Lordships Address of Yesterday, relating to the Number of Forces in His Majesty's Service; and that His Majesty was pleased to say, He would give Order accordingly."
L. Vis. Rosse's Petition referred to Judges.
Upon reading the Petition of Richard Lord Viscount Rosse in the Kingdom of Ireland, and Mary Lady Viscountess his Wife, Elizabeth Lady Viscountess Dowager Rosse his Mother, and of his Guardian his Grace James Duke of Ormond; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to enable the said Lord Viscount Rosse, notwithstanding his Nonage, to make a Jointure of his Estate in the Kingdom of Ireland on his said Lady, and to settle the same on his Issue Male, with Provisions for Younger Children; and to charge the same with any Sum not exceeding Ten Thousand Pounds, in case of Failure of Issue Male; and likewise to make Leases for Lives renewable, or for any Number of Years certain, without lessening the present Rent; and to sell all or any Part of his Lands, in the Counties of Leitrim and Tyrone, for Payment of his Debts:
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer and Mr. Justice Powys; who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill, and, after hearing them, to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands, and whether all Parties that may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.
Shere, in Custody of the Black Rod for Non-payment of Costs, Petition rejected.
A Petition of Jonathan Shere, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, "That he is in Custody of the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, for Non-payment of Costs awarded upon the Dismission of his Appeal, to which Joseph Cock was Respondent; and is also a Prisoner in The Fleet, at the Suit of the said Cock, for Non-payment of Costs, in the Court of Chancery, in the same Cause; and is also a Prisoner in the said Prison, upon Mesne Process out of the Common Pleas; and, by Rule of that Court, had obtained Liberty for this Day to transact his Affairs; and had shewed his said Day-rule to the said Gentleman Usher, who hath not paid any Observance thereto, but declares he will have the Direction of this House therein;" and praying "the Direction of this House, whether the Petitioner shall be remanded to the Prison of The Fleet, or remain in the Custody of the Black Rod."
Ordered, That the Petition be rejected.
Betts, Leave for a Bill.
After reading, and considering, the Report of the Judges, to whom the Petition of Dorothy Betts Widow and others, praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for the Purposes therein mentioned, was referred:
It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, according to the Prayer of the said Petition.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable Trustees to grant Leases of Part of the Lands devised by the last Will and Testament of Thomas Trenchard Esquire, deceased."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad & in diem Mercurii, vicesimum quintum diem instantis Maii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.