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, 23 Martii.
Message from H.C. with a Bill.
With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for prolonging the Time for Persons to take the Oaths, pursuant to the Act for the further Security of His Majesty's Person and Government; and the Succession of the Crown in the Heirs of the late Princess Sophia, being Protestants; and for extinguishing the Hopes of the pretended Prince of Wales, and his open and secret Abettors;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Commissioners Accompts, Bill:
The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the 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."
Message to H.C. that the Lords have agreed to it.
Hancock, One of the Counsel in Turner's Appeal, reprimanded and discharged.
The House being informed, "That William Hancocke, One of the Counsel ordered on Wednesday last to be attached by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, for having signed the Appeal of John Turner, then heard before this House, in Breach of their Lordships Standing Order, hath this Day rendered himself into the Custody of the said Gentleman Usher:"
And the said William Hancocke, being accordingly brought to the Bar, and there, on his Knees, receiving a Reprimand from the Lord Chancellor for his said Offence, was discharged out of Custody (paying his Fees.)
Sunderland's Petition referred to Judges.
Upon reading the Petition of Peter Sunderland, of Ackton, in the County of York, Esquire; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for Sale of Part of his Estate, in the Petition mentioned, to satisfy Debts charged thereon; and for settling the Remainder thereof in the Manner in the Petition expressed:
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of Mr. Baron Bury and Mr. Justice Eyres; who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill; and, after hearing them, are 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.
His Majesty, being seated on His Royal Throne, adorned with His Crown and Regal Ornaments, and attended with His Officers of State; the Prince of Wales, in his Robes, sitting in his Place, on His Majesty's Right Hand; the Lords being also in their Robes; commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "It is his Majesty's Pleasure, that they attend Him immediately, in the House of Peers:"
2. An Act for appointing 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."
White's Nat. Bill.
The Earl of Stamford reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing Caspar White," was committed: "That they had gone through the said Bill; and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.
Report from Commissioners for building Churches.
The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury presented to the House, a Duplicate of the Report presented to His Majesty, by the Commissioners appointed by Letters Patents under the Great Seal of Great Britain, in Pursuance of an Act of Parliament passed in this present Session of Parliament, intituled, "An Act for making Provision for the Ministers of the Fifty new Churches, which are to be built in and about the Cities of London and Westminster, and Suburbs thereof; and for re-building and finishing the Parish Church of St. Mary Woolnoth, in the said City of London:"