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, 27 Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Wilkins and Dod to attend, concerning Part of a Protest, printed in a News Paper.
Complaint was made to the House of a printed News Paper, intituled, "The Evening General Post, from Tuesday April 24th, to Thursday April 26th, 1716," mentioned to be printed and sold by W. Wilkins at The Dolphin in Little Britain, and A. Dodd at The Peacock without Temple Bar; in which is contained a Paragraph to the Effect following; (videlicet,) "Abstract of the Protest against the Bill for repealing the Triennial Act, by several Lords," who are in that Paragraph particularly mentioned.
And the said Title and Paragraph being read:
It is Ordered, That the said W. Wilkins and A. Dodd do attend this House on Tuesday next, in order to be examined touching the said printed Paper.
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Eden and others:
With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for explaining and making more effectual an Act passed in the Twelfth Year of the Reign of Her late Majesty Queen Anne, intituled, An Act for making the Chapelry of Stocton, in the County of Durham, a distinct Parish;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
E. Marischall & al. Attainder, Bill.
The Order of the Day being read, for the Second Reading of the Bill, intituled, An Act for the Attainder of George Earl of Marischall, William Earl of Seaforth, James Earl of Southesque, James Earl of Panmuir, and others, of High Treason, unless they shall render themselves to Justice by a Day certain, therein limited;" and for the Attendance of such Persons who were examined as Witnesses before the House of Commons, in relation to the said Bill:
Then the House being informed, "The said Witnesses were attending accordingly:"
The said Bill was read a Second Time.
Messages from H C. to return the Septennial Parliaments Bill; and the Cochineal Importation Bill.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Hampden and others:
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Time of Continuance of Parliaments, appointed by an Act made in the Sixth Year of the Reign of King William and Queen Mary, intituled, An Act for the frequent meeting and calling of Parliaments;" and to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to the same, without any Amendment.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Colonel Morton and others:
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the free Importation of Cochineal, during the Time therein limited;" and to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to their Lordships Amendment made thereto.
E. Marischall & al. Attainder, Bill.
Then the several Persons attending, in order to be examined in relation to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the Attainder of George Earl of Marischal, William Earl of Seaforth, James Earl of Southesque, James Earl of Panmuir, and others, of High Treason, unless they shall render themselves to Justice by a Day certain, therein limited," were called in.
And Mr. David Campbell, Mr. Robert Douglas, Mr. Kenneth Mackenzie, Mr. James Drummond, Mr. John Macklean, Mr. James Stewart, Alex'r Mackleod, and Murdoch Mackpherson, were, upon Oath, at the Bar, severally examined; and gave the House an Account, "That the several Persons mentioned in the Bill were in Arms, on the Part of the Rebels, during the late Rebellion in Scotland."
And then they withdrew.
Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House, on Tuesday next.
Officers in H. C. to limit, Bill.
The Order of the Day being read, for the Second Reading the Bill, intituled, "An Act for securing the Freedom of Parliaments, by limiting the Number of Officers to sit in the House of Commons."
Ordered, That the said Bill be read a Second Time on this Day Fortnight.
Trials for Treason, Bill.
The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting to all Persons the Benefit of an Act, made in the Seventh Year of the Reign of the late King William, intituled, "An Act for regulating of Trials, in Cases of Treason and Misprision of Treason," who shall be proceeded against in Parliament, for any the Crimes of Treason and Misprision of Treason in the said Act mentioned."
And, after some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they had gone through the Bill, and made some Amendments thereunto; which they had directed him to report, when the House will please to receive the same."
Ordered, That the said Report be received on Tuesday next.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for vesting certain Lands and Tenements of Peter Sunderland Esquire in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of Debts charged thereon before the making of his Marriage Settlement, and by virtue thereof."
Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to the Consideration of the Lords following; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Saturday the Twelfth Day of May next, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Bridge to attend.
Whereas this Day was appointed, for Daniel Bridge, a Printer, in Pater-noster Row, to attend this House, to give an Account concerning the printing of a Paper, intituled, "An Account of the Trial of the Earl of Winton:"
It is Ordered, That the said Daniel Bridge do attend this House on Tuesday next, for the Purpose aforesaid.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad & in diem Martis, primum diem Maii jam prox. sequen. hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Die Martis, 5 Junii, 1716,
hitherto examined by us,