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 Lunæ, 5 Martii.
E. of Hadington returned, as One of the Sixteen Peers; and takes the Oaths.
This Day the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery delivered into this House a Certificate of the Name of the Peer of Scotland, who, by virtue of His Majesty's Proclamation, is chosen to sit and vote in this House, in the room of the Marquis of Tweedale, deceased.
"These are to certify, that, by virtue of His Majesty's Proclamation, a Certificate, under the Hands of Mr. John Mackenzie and Mr. James Robertoune, Principal Clerks of the Session, specially appointed by Archibald Earl of I'lay Lord Clerk Register, was delivered into the Crown-office in Chancery; whereby it appears, that Thomas Earl of Haddingtoun was, by open Election, unanimously nominated and chosen as the Peer of Scotland, to sit and vote in the House of Peers, in this present Parliament of Great Britain, in the room of the Marquis of Tweedale, deceased.
Tobacco and Wine Merchants, Bill.
The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed, for their Lordships to be in a Committee of the whole House upon the Bill depending in this House, intituled, "An Act for Relief of Merchants, Importers of Tobacco and Wine, concerned in Bonds given for Part of the Duties on the same;" and that the Officers of the Customs concerned in the Revenue may attend the said Committee:"
It is Ordered, That this House shall be put into a Committee upon the said Bill, on Monday the Twelfth Day of this Instant March; and that the Officers of the Customs concerned in the Revenue do then attend.
Merchants to be heard in Support of it.
A Petition of several Tobacco and Wine Merchants, in Behalf of themselves and others, in relation to the abovementioned Bill, was presented to the House, and read; praying, "That they may be heard, by themselves or Counsel; that so this House may be fully apprised of the Hardships the Petitioners lie under, and of the Reasonableness of the said Bill."
Messages from H.C. with Bills; and to return the Bill for speedy Trial of Rebels.
With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to appoint a Commissioner, for taking, examining, and stating, the Debts due to the Army, in the room of Thomas Smith Esquire, deceased; and for continuing the former Act until the Tenth Day of March One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixteen;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the more easy and speedy Trial of such Persons as have levied, or shall levy, War against His Majesty;" and to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to their Lordships Amendments made thereto.
E. of Wintoun's Trial put off:
Upon reading the Petition of George Earl of Wintoun; setting forth, "That his Agents have used all Diligence possible, in serving the Order of this House for the Attendance of his Witnesses; and now they are all on their Way hither, Part by Sea and Part by Land; and that the Nature of his Defence is such, that, if the Witnesses were arrived, as none of them are, the Time would be too short, to prepare his Briefs, and instruct his Counsel; and praying, that the Time appointed for his said Trial may be enlarged, for such Time as their Lordships in their great Justice and Wisdom shall think proper, in a Case of so great Consequence:"
Message to H.C. to acquaint them with it.
To acquaint them, that, upon the humble Application of George Earl of Wintoun, for putting off his Trial to a further Day, for Reasons therein alledged; the Lords have enlarged the Time appointed for the Trial of the said Earl, till Thursday the Fifteenth Day of this Instant March.