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 Jovis, 10 Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
The several Orders of the Day being read:
The House was informed, "That William Rutter and John Cay Appellants, who were ordered to attend this Day, could not attend; they living at Newcastle."
Niccoll examined, about Rutter's Appeal.
Then, John Niccoll, whose Name as Counsel is put to their Appeal, attending, he was called in; and asked, "If he signed the same, or directed any one to put his Name thereto?"
To which he answering in the Negative:
He was sworn, and further examined in relation to this Matter; and acquainted the House, "He had heard that one Mr. Mynde put his Name to the said Appeal."
And thereupon the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod being called upon, to give the House an Account if he had taken James Mynde into Custody, pursuant to their Lordships Order:
He acquainted the House, "He could not as yet find him; but was informed, he intended to render himself as this Day."
Ordered, That Timothy Drew, Clerk to the said James Mynde, who appeared before the Committee for Privileges on Monday last, do attend this House Tomorrow.
Floyer reprimanded, for signing Rutter's Appeal, not being Counsel in the Court below.
Then John Floyer attending (according to Order) was called in; and examined touching his Name being put to the Appeal of Mathew Pitts Esquire, heard before this House on Tuesday last:
And he owned, "He signed the said Appeal, and was not of Counsel in the Court below; but did attend when the same was heard at the Bar; and, there being other Counsel more eminent than himself, he did not appear."
And expressing his Ignorance of the Standing Order of this House; and humbly begging Pardon:
He was directed to withdraw.
And being accordingly withdrawn;
It was agreed by the House, that he should be called in again, and reprimanded by the Lord Chancellor, and exhorted to take Care not to offend again in the like Kind; but without kneeling, in regard that what he had alledged did mitigate, though not excuse, his Offence; and be discharged any further Attendance.
And he, being called in, and reprimanded by the Lord Chancellor, and exhorted as above directed, was discharged accordingly.
Curl and Bridge to be brought to the Bar.
The House being moved, "That Edmund Curll and Daniel Bridge, in Custody of the Black Rod, for printing and publishing a Paper, intituled, "An Account of the Trial of the Earl of Winton," in Breach of a Standing Order of this House, may be brought to the Bar, in order to their Discharge out of Custody."
It is Ordered, That the said Edmund Curll and Daniel Bridge be brought to the Bar of this House Tomorrow, in order to their being discharged, paying their Fees.
To Sir Wm. Oldes, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, and every of them.
Glasgow Duty on Ale, &c. Bill.
The Order of the Day being read, for the House to be put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the continuing the Duty of Two Pennies Scots, or One Sixth Part of a Penny Sterling, on every Pint of Ale or Beer that shall be vended or sold within the City of Glasgow and Privileges thereof, for the Benefit of the said City."
The House was informed, "That, there being a Private Act recited in the said Bill, intituled, "Act in Favours of the Town of Glasgow, for Two Pennies Scots upon the Pint of all Ale and Beer, to be either browen, vended, or sold, within the said Burgh and Privileges thereof," a Person was attending at the Door, who could prove a Copy thereof to be true."
And thereupon Mr. Findleson was called in.
And a printed Copy of the said Act being shewed to him:
He attested, upon Oath, the Truth thereof.
Ordered, That the Copy of the said Act be referred to the said Committee.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the above-mentioned Bill.
And, after some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Play reported from the Committee, That they had gone through the Bill; and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."
Whereas this Day was appointed, for the House to be put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for making the Laws for repairing the Highways more effectual, and for the better paving and cleansing the Streets in the City of London and Suburbs thereof:"
It is Ordered, That this House shall be put into a Committee thereupon, on Tuesday next; and that the Judges do attend; and the House to be summoned.
Soldiers Desertion, Bill.
The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the more effectual and exemplary Punishment of such Persons as shall seduce Soldiers to desert; or who, being Papists, shall enlist themselves in His Majesty's Service, in Great Britain or Ireland, or in the Island of Jersey or Guernsey.
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 to the House, when their Lordships will please to receive the same."
Ordered, That the said Report be received Tomorrow.
Oaths, Time to take, to prolong, Bill.
Whereas this Day was appointed, for the House to be put into a Committee upon the 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:"
"It is Ordered, That this House shall be put into a Committee thereupon on Tuesday next; and that the Judges do attend this House upon that Occasion.
Hackney Coaches, Bill.
Whereas To-morrow is appointed, for the House to be put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the better regulating Hackney Coaches, Carts Drays, Cars, and Waggons, within the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Weekly Bills of Mortality; and for preventing Mischiefs occasioned by the Drivers riding upon such Carts, Drays, Cars, and Waggons:"
It is Ordered, That the Commissioners for regulating Hackney Coaches, or some of their Board, do attend this House To-morrow, and bring, or cause to be brought, their Bye-laws with them; and that the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas do attend their Lordships upon this Occasion.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, undecimum diem instantis Maii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Die Mercurii, 13 Junii, 1716,
hitherto examined by us,