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, 13 Martii.
Mutiny and Desertion, Bill:
Message to H.C. that the Lords have agreed to it.
King's Answer to Address for a Lord High Steward.
The Lord Steward acquainted the House, "That the Lords with White Staves had (according to Order) presented to His Majesty the Address of this House, "That He would be pleased to appoint a Lord High Steward, for the Trial of George Earl of Wintoun, in Westm'r Hall; and that His Majesty was graciously pleased to say, He would appoint a Lord High Steward, as desired."
Lord Parker introduced.
Sir Thomas Parker Knight, Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench, being, by Letters Patents, dated 10 Die Martii, Secundo Georgii Regis, created Baron of Macclesfield, in the County Palatine of Chester, was this Day (in his Robes) introduced, between the Lord Delawar and the Lord Carteret (also in their Robes); the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, One of the Three Kings at Arms, and the Lord Great Chamberlain, preceding.
His Writ of Summons.
"Georgius, Dei Gratia, Magna Britanniæ, Franc. et Hib'niæ Rex, Fidei Desensor, &c. Prædilecto et Fideli Confiliario Nostro Thomæ Parker, de Macclesfield, Com. Nostro Palatino Gestr. Ch'r, Salutem. Cum Parliamentum Nostrum, pro arduis et urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum et Desensionem Regni Nostri Mag. Britann. et Ecclesiæ concernentibus, apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. nunc congregat. existit; vobis, sub Fide et Ligeantia quibus Nobis tenemini, firmiter injungendo mandamus, quod, consideratis dictorum Negotiorum Arduitate et Periculis imminentibus, cessante Excusatione quacunque, ad dictum Parliamentum Nostrum personaliter intersitis, Nobiscum, ac cum Prælatis, Magnatibus, et Proceribus dicti Regni Nostri, super dictis Negotiis tractatur. vestrumque Consilium impensur.; et hoc sicut Nos et Honorem Nostrum, ac Salvationem et Desensionem Regni et Ecclesiæ præd. Expeditionemque dictorum Negotiorum diligitis, nullatenus omittatis.
Then his Lordship was placed on the lowest End of the Barons Bench; and came to the Table, and took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
Commissioners Accompts, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, 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."
Orders concerning the Trial of the E. of Wintoun
The House being moved, "That the several Orders and Proceedings, previous to the giving of Judgement against the late Six Lords who had pleaded guilty to the Impeachment of the House of Commons, might be read:"
Ordered, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, That He will be pleased to give Order, that such Guards do attend, during the Trial of George Earl of Wintoun, upon the Impeachment of High Treason exhibited against him by the House of Commons, as hath been usual in such Cases."
Ordered, That on Thursday next the whole Body of the House of Peers meet here, in their Robes, at Nine of the Clock in the Morning; and that their Lordships will go down into Westminster Hall, in their Robes, in order to the Trial of the said Earl of Win toun."
"Ordered, That the same Method be observed in going into Westminster Hall, as was on going thither upon the Ninth of February last, to give Judgement against the late Six Lords who had pleaded guilty to the Impeachment of the House of Commons."
Ordered, That the Articles of Impeachment exhibited by the House of Commons against the late Six Lords, and the Earl of Wintoun, and the Answer of the said Earl, as also the Replication of the Commons thereunto, be read, as soon as the said Earl is brought to the Bar."
Ordered, That the Lord High Steward do acquaint the said Earl of Wintoun, and all other Persons who may have Occasion to speak to the Court, That they address themselves to the Lords in general, and not to the Lord High Steward."
"Ordered, That, during the Trial of the said Earl of Wintoun, the Avenues to this House be guarded, and Care taken that none be admitted but Lords Servants, and the necessary Attendants of this House."
"Ordered, That the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of the City of London, as also the Deputy Lieutenants and Justices of Peace for the County of Middlesex, and the Justices of Peace for the City and Liberties of Westminster, be, and are hereby, required to take Care for the safe guarding of the Gates of the said Cities, and other necessary Places within their several Jurisdictions; there by to prevent the unnecessary Concourse of People resorting to Westminster, and preserving the Peace, during the Trial of the said Earl of Wintoun."
"Ordered, That all the Constables of Westminster be, and are hereby, required to attend in The Palace Yards at Westminster, during the Trial of the said Earl of Wintoun, to take Care that all Coaches whatsoever, when they have set down the Persons they bring, be turned away through The Old Palace Yard, and so by Lindsey House, and from thence so that they cannot, by any Way, return through Kingstreet, until Five in the Afternoon."
"Whereas, by Order of this House on Monday the Fifth Instant, Thursday next, at Ten a Clock, is appointed 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: It is this Day Ordered, That the Lieutenant of The Tower of London do bring to the Bar of this House, in Westminster Hall, at the Time above appointed, the said Earl of Wintoun, in order to his Trial."