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 Veneris, 10 Februarii.
Cornelisen's Nat. Bill.
The Earl of Stamford reported from the Committee, to whom was referred the Consideration of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing Henry Carnelisen," That they had gone through the said Bill; and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."
Late E. of Derwentwater & al. to have Friends come to them.
Upon reading the Petition of James Radcliffe late Earl of Darwentwater, William (late Lord) Widdrington, and William Maxwell late Earl of Nithsdaill; praying, "In regard they are under the Sentence of Death, that their Friends may have Leave to come to them in their Confinement;" as also upon reading the Orders made by this House in the like Case, for Persons to go to the Lord Viscount Stafford, in the Year 1680:
It is Ordered, That all the Relations and Friends of the Petitioners, and the other Three late Lords now also under Sentence of Death, have hereby Liberty to have Access to them, or any of them, at seasonable Times; provided there be but Two at one Time admitted to them, or any of them.
Land Tax Bill.
With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting an Aid to His Majesty, by a Land Tax in Great Britain, for the Service of the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixteen;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
E. Wintoun's Order for Witnesses: and his Trial put off.
Upon reading the Petition of George Earl of Wintoun; setting forth, "That he had a Petition in the House on Wednesday last, when their Lordships appointed Thursday next for the Petitioner's Trial; desiring that Consideration might be had to the Distance of the Place, and the Season of the Year, for bringing up of his Witnesses, both Men and Women, from Scotland and other Parts; but the noble Peer, who promised and would have moved the said Petition, not being present at the Time of making the Motion for appointing a Day of Trial, the said Petition was not presented in Form; which occasioned the Appointment of so short a Time, wherein it is altogether impossible to prepare any Thing in Order for the said Trial;" and praying, "That this House will grant an Order to compel the several Witnesses following, (videlicet,) John Gordon, George Trotter, George Hogg, John Stewart, all Servitors to the Earl of Wintoun, Beatoun Wife to Mr. David Nicholson, in Tranent, Adam Purvis Clerk of the Episcopal Meeting-house in Tranent, Christopher Seton in Port Seton, Lieutenant General Wills, Forster Esquire, Miller Esquire, Captain Alexander Streton, M'kintosh of Bordlim, Aenslie, and Tod, Baillies of Musselbrough, and the School-master of Fisherau, to appear before this House at the Trial, to give Evidence on Behalf of the Petitioner; and to allow such Time for their coming hither, as, in regard to the Distance of the Place and the Season of the Year, and the Importance of the Affair, their Lordships, in their great Wisdom and Justice, shall think reasonable:"
It is Ordered, That the Time appointed for the Trial of the Petitioner, in Westm'r Hall, be, and is hereby, enlarged to Thursday the Eighth Day of March next; and that the several Persons aforenamed be, and are hereby, required to attend this House on Thursday the said Eighth Day of March, as Witnesses on Behalf of the Petitioner, except such of the said Persons as are now Prisoners for High Treason; and that they shall have the Protection of this House, for their safe coming and going, during the Time of the said Trial.
Message to H. C. to acquaint them with the E. of Wintoun's Day of Trial.
To acquaint them, that Thursday the Eighth Day of March next is appointed by this House, for the Trial of George Earl of Wintoun, in Westm'r Hall, upon the Impeachment of High Treason exhibited by the House of Commons against him.