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 Sabbati, 6 Aprilis.
Mierop, Nat. Bill:
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to it.
Kirwan versus French.
The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed, for hearing the Appeal of John Kirwan Esquire, commonly called Sir John Kirwan, and Simon Kirwan Esquire, depending in this House, whereunto Christopher French Gentleman is Respondent:"
Authors and Printers of News Papers examined:
This Day being appointed, for J. Baker, R. Tookey, and S. Popping, mentioned to be the Printers and Publishers of the News Papers Yesterday complained of, to attend, to be examined touching the said Complaint.
Whereupon the said Thomas Walker was called in; and acquainted the House, "That he is the Author of The St. James's Post and St. James's Evening Post; and that the said Baker, for whom those Papers are printed, is so ill, that he is not able to attend."
Who owned, "He printed the said Paper; and that George Ridpath and Stephen Whatley his Clerk were the Authors thereof; and that the Paragraph complained of, giving an Account that a certain Prelate had thought fit to grant Ordination to Two Officers of the Excise, One or both of them in Yorkshire, who were discharged for their Disaffection to the Government, was taken out of The St. James's Post; and the Copy from which it was printed was written by the said Whatley."
Which differing from the printed Paper; the said Tookey was examined touching the same; and alledged, "It was a Mistake or Blunder of the Compositors Moses Brudenall or Nathaniel Dodd; and that the First Sheet or Proof of that Paper is not, as he believes, now extant."
Walker, Tookey, & al. attached:
"Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, his Deputy or Deputies, do forthwith attach the Body of the said Thomas Walker, for his Contempt in writing and publishing the said St. James's Post, and St. James's Evening Post: And that the said Gentleman Usher do likewise attach the Body of the said Robert Tookey, for his Contempt in printing the said Flying Post; as also the Bodies of the said George Ridpath and Stephen Whatley, being charged upon Oath, as the Authors of the said Paper; and keep the said several Persons in safe Custody, until the further Order of this House.
Brudenall and Dodd to attend.
Land Tax Bill.
The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee of the whole House upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting an Aid to His Majesty, by a Land Tax in Great Britain, for the Service of the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventeen."
Barnardiston & al. versus Carter.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Sir Robert Barnardiston Baronet, Samuel Barnardiston Esquire, and John Coppin Esquire; complaining of a Decree made by the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, on the Second Day of March in the First Year of His present Majesty, in a Cause wherein William Carter Esquire was Plaintiff, and the Appellants and others Defendants; and praying, "That the same may be reversed and set aside, and the Plaintiff's Bill dismissed as against the Appellants:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said William Carter may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and is hereby required to put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Saturday the Twentieth Day of this Instant April.