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, 14 Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Writings in Kirwan's Cause proved.
The House being informed, "That Alexander Lynch, the Person employed by John Kirwan and Simon Kirwan to compare the Pleadings, in the Cause wherein they are Appellants, and Christopher French Respondent, was attending at the Door, in order to prove the same, as desired by the Appellants Petition, presented to the House on Friday last:"
He was called in; and delivered, at the Bar, a Trunk full of Papers, with a List thereof; which he attested, upon Oath, to be true Copies, he having examined all of them with the Originals; and withdrew.
Tobacco, &c. Abuses in, to prevent, Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to prevent the Mischiefs by manufacturing Leaves, or other Things, to resemble Tobacco; and the Abuses in making and mixing of Snuff."
Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House, on Wednesday next.
Lord Kerry versus Lady Semple.
Upon reading the Petition of Thomas Lord Baron of Kerry and Lixnawe in the Kingdom of Ireland, Dorothy Waller Widow, and John Waller Gentleman, Trustees of the said Lord Kerry; setting forth, "That Friday next is appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein the Petitioners are Appellants, and Grissel Lady Semple Respondent; and that the Petitioners have none of their Papers or Office Copies here; and praying, that they may have a reasonable Time for their Agent in Ireland to attend with their said Papers; and, for that Purpose, that the Hearing of the Cause may be put off for such Time as to this House shall seem meet."
And thereupon, Thomas Newburgh being called in, and attesting, upon Oath, "That Notice had been given, pursuant to the Standing Order of this House:"
And the Solicitor for the Respondent being also called in; and offering, on Behalf of the said Respondent, "That the Appellants Agents may have Access to the Vouchers in his Hands, when they please:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Friday the Twenty-fifth Day of this Instant May, at Eleven a Clock; and that the Appellants Agents may, in the mean Time, have Liberty to resort to and peruse all the Papers in the Hands of the Respondent, relating to the said Cause; and Liberty to take Copies of the same, or any of them, at their Charge, if they think fit.
Messages from H. C. with Bills.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Farrer and others:
With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to continue Duties, for encouraging the Coinage of Money; and to charge the Duties on Senna as a Medicinal Drug; and for the appropriating several Supplies granted to his Majesty;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
A Message from the House of Commons, by the Lord William Pawlet and others:
With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to encourage the planting of Timber Trees, Fruit Trees, and other Trees, for Ornament, Shelter, or Profit; and for the better Preservation of the same; and for the preventing the burning of Woods;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Persons to enter into Recognizance for L.V. Mountague.
The House being moved, "That John Knight, of The Inner Temple, London, Gentleman, and Roger Metcalse, of the Parish of St. Giles' in the Fields, Surgeon, or One of them, may be allowed to enter into a Recognizance for Henry Lord Viscount Mountague, on account of his Appeal depending in this House; his Lordship being in Sussex, and not able to come to Town:"
It is Ordered, That the said Persons, or either of them, be allowed to enter into a Recognizance for the said Lord Viscount Mountague accordingly.
Glasgow, Duty on Ale, &c. Bill:
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the continuing the Duty of Two Pennies Scots, or One Sixth 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 Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. that the Lords have agreed to it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Orlebar and Mr. Fellows:
To acquaint them, that the Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amendment.
Assizes, Cornwall, Bill.
The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for holding the Assize for the County of Cornwall at a convenient Place within the said County."
And, after some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.
And the Lord Delawar 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 Tomorrow.
Hackney Coaches, &c. Bill.
The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and 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."
And, after some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they had made some Progress in the Bill; and had directed him to move, that they may have Leave to sit again."
Ordered, That this House shall be put into a Committee of the whole House, To-morrow, to consider further of the said Bill; and that, in the mean Time, the Commissioners for regulating Hackney Coaches have a Copy of the said Bill, and do then attend the said Committee.
Gregory versus Anderson.
The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein David Gregory is Appellant, and James Anderson Respondent:"
It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Thursday the Twenty-fourth Day of this Instant May, at Eleven a Clock.
Porteous versus Fordice.
Whereas Thursday next is appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein Andrew Porteous is Appellant, and Thomas Fordice Respondent:
The House being moved, "That the Hearing of the said Cause may be put off to a farther Day:"
And thereupon the Solicitors for both Parties being called in, and consenting to, and desiring the same:
It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Saturday the Twenty-sixth Day of this Instant May, at Eleven a Clock.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, decimum quintum diem instantis Maii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.