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, 26 Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Georgius Princeps Walliæ.
E. Burlington takes his Seat.
This Day Richard Earl of Burlington sat first in Parliament after the Death of his Father Charles Earl of Burlington.
Lords take the Oaths.
The Lords following took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes:
Charles Earl of Carlisle.
Richard Earl of Burlington.
Gilbert Earl of Coventry; and
William Lord Byron.
Likewise Lewis Earl of Rockingham took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes; his Lordship having first delivered a Certificate of his receiving the Sacrament, and Witnesses sworn and examined to the Truth thereof.
E. Clanriccard versus Lt. General Stewart & al.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of the Right Honourable John Earl of Clanriccard, complaining of several Orders of the Court of Chancery in Ireland, made the 17th of June 1708, 17th of November 1709, 28th of January 1709, and 10th of March 1714, in a Cause wherein Lieutenant General William Stewart and his Lady the Lady Grandison, at the Instance of Colonel Thomas Bourke, were Plaintiffs, and the Appellant and others Defendants; and praying, "That the same may be set aside and discharged; and, in order thereunto, that the said Parties may answer the said Appeal; and that the Service of the Order of this House on their Clerks in Court may be deemed good Service:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said William Stewart and his Lady, and the said Thomas Bourke, may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and are hereby required to put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto, in Writing, on or before Tuesday the Twentyfourth Day of May next; and that the Service of this Order on the Respondents Clerks in Court shall be good Service, in order thereunto.
Message from H.C. with a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Petham and others:
With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to empower the Barons of the Court of Exchequer in Ireland to grant a Commission to some Persons in England, to administer to Henry Temple Esquire and Luke King Gentleman the usual Oaths for the due Execution of their Office of Remembrancer of the Court of Exchequer in Ireland;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Temple and King's Bill.
The said Bill was read the First Time.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The House was resumed.
Mary Forester's Petition, for a Bill to vacate her Marriage with Sir G. Downing.
A Petition of Mary the Eldest Daughter of Sir William Forester Knight, by the Lady Mary Forester his Wife, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That, about the Month of February 1700, the Petitioner, being then but just Thirteen Years of Age, was, by Authority of her Parents, married to George Downing Esquire, now Sir George Downing Baronet, who was then about the Age of Fifteen Years; and that there never was any Consummation of the said Marriage; the said Sir George Downing, some Time after, travelling into Parts beyond the Seas for about the Space of Three Years; and, upon his Return, did positively declare his fixed Resolution never to perfect the same; and from that time, has never seen the Petitioner, nor has she taken upon her the Name of Downing; and that such Disgusts and Aversions have arisen and continue between the said Sir George and the Petitioner, that there is no Possibility of any mutual Agreement between them, to perfect the said Marriage Contract;" and praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for the declaring the said Marriage and Marriage Contract to be void to all Intents and Purposes.
Sir G. Downing to put in his Answer.
Ordered, That the said Sir George Downing have Notice of this Petition, Leave to take a Copy thereof, and a Week's Time to put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, if he thinks fit.
Then, it being proposed,"That the House do adjourn to Friday next;"
And it being also proposed, "To adjourn to Monday:"
The Question was put, "Whether this House shall be now adjourned to Friday next, at Eleven a Clock?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum effe usque ad et in diem Veneris, vicesimum nonum diem instantis Aprilis, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.