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, 3 Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Georgius Princeps Walliœ.
Lords take the Oaths.
This Day John Earl of Leicester, Charles Earl of Peterborow, and Price Viscount Hereford, took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
Likewise Robert Marquis of Lindsey Lord Great Chamberlain of England 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 were sworn and examined to the Truth thereof.
Message from H.C. with a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Hopkins 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 of the Barons of the Court of Exchequer in England, to administer to Thomas Hopkins Esquire the usual Oaths for the due Execution of the Office, or Offices, of Searcher, Packer, and Gauger, in the Port of Dublin;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Temple and King's Bill:
The Lord North and Grey reported from the Committee, to whom the 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," was committed: That they had gone through the said Bill; and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."
The said Bill was read the Third Time.
And the Question being 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. Meller and Mr. Orlebar:
To acquaint them, that the Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amendment.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to empower the Barons of the Court of Exchequer in Ireland to grant a Commission to some of the Barons of the Court of Exchequer in England, to administer to Thomas Hopkins Esquire the usual Oaths for the due Execution of the Office, or Offices, of Searcher, Packer, and Gauger, in the Port of Dublin."
Dyke & al. versus Bp. Bath and Wells.
The House being moved, on the Behalf of George Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells, Respondent to the Appeal of Thomas Dyke Esquire and others, depending in this House, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the same:"
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 Tuesday the Twenty-fourth Day of this Instant May, at Eleven a Clock.
Daly et Ux. versus Lynch.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Denis Daly Junior Esquire and Ellin his Wife, from a Decree, or Decretal Order, made in the High Court of Chancery in Ireland, in certain Causes, wherein the Appellants were Plaintiffs, and Mary Lynch and others Defendants; and Mary Lynch Plaintiff, in a Cross Bill, and the Appellants and others Defendants; praying, "That the said Decree may be reversed; and, in order thereunto, that the said Mary Lynch may answer the said Appeal; and that the Service of the Order of this House on her Six Clerk in the said Court may be deemed good Service:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Mary Lynch may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and she is hereby required to put in her Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Tuesday the Thirty-first Day of this Instant May; and that the Service of this Order on the Respondent's Six Clerk in the said Court of Chancery shall be good Service.
Mary Forester's Petition for a Bill to dissolve her Marriage with Sir Geo. Downing:
The Order made the Twenty-sixth Day of April last, upon reading the Petition of Marythe Eldest Daughter of Sir William Forester Knight by the Lady Mary Forester his Wife; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for declaring the Marriage and Marriage Contract between George Downing Esquire, now Sir George Downing Baronet, and the Petitioner, to be void to all Intents and Purposes, was read.
Sir G. Downing's Answer:
And the said Sir George Downing having this Day put in his Answer to the said Petition; the same was read, as follows: (videlicet,)
"I have considered the Petition of Mrs. Mary Forester, presented to the Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled; and do affirm, that all the Allegations thereof are true, and that I have never reputed her as my Wife; and therefore join with her in the said Petition; humbly submitting myself to your Lordships great Wisdom and Justice.
Bill not to be brought in.
The Question was put, "That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, according to the Prayer of this Petition?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
Sir R. Winch, Petition referred to Judges.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Richard Winche Baronet, only Brother of Sir Humphrey Winche Baronet, deceased, and of Humphrey Winche Esquire Son and Heir Apparent of the said Sir Richard Winche; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to enable them to settle the Manor of Branston, in the County of Lincoln, in Jointure upon such Woman as the Petitioner Humphrey Winche shall marry:
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition be, and is hereby, referred to the Consideration of Mr. Justice Dormer and Mr. Justice Eyre; who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill; and, after hearing them, to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands, and whether all Parties that may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill have signed the Petition: and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, sextum diem instantis Maii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.