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, 20 Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act, declaring the Uses of Two several Fines, levied by John Cuffe Esquire and Margaret his Wife, to Joseph Kelly Esquire deceased, and Maurice Cuffe Esquire, and the Heirs of the said Joseph Kelly, of certain Lands and Tithes, in the Counties of Down and Cavan, in the Kingdom of Ireland."
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for rectifying Defects in a Settlement made by Robert Davies Esquire, deceased, of certain Estates, in the Counties of Denbigh and Flint; and effectually securing the Payment of his Debts; and making Provision for the Younger Children of Robert Davies his Son; and settling the said Estates subject thereto."
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following; videlicet,
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Tuesday the Fourth Day of June next, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
D. of Montague's Petition referred to Judges.
Upon reading the Petition of John Duke of Mountague; praying, "That Leave may be given to bring in a Bill, for the Sale of so much of the Petitioner's Estates, in Buckinghamshire, Kent, and Wales, as may be sufficient to discharge not only the Mortgages made by his Ancestors upon the Entailed Estates in the Petition mentioned; but also the Money the Petitioner has been obliged to pay, or secure to be paid, for the Purchase of Estates in Northamptonshire; and that, in Lieu thereof, other Estates be limited to the same Uses as the Buckinghamshire Estate, proposed to be sold, does now stand limited:"
It is Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be, and is hereby, referred to Mr. Justice Powys and Mr. Justice Blencowe; 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.
Commissioners of forfeited Estates, Proceedings to be laid before the House.
The House being moved, "That the Clause in the Act passed in the last Session of Parliament, intituled, "An Act for appointing Commissioners, to inquire of the Estates of certain Traitors and of Popish Recusants, and of Estates given to superstitious Uses, in order to raise Money out of them, severally, for the Use of the Public," which enacts, "That the Commissioners, who should be employed to execute the said Act, shall, being thereunto required, give a particular Account, in Writing, as well to the King's Majesty as to either House of Parliament, of the Effects of their Inquiries, Actings, and Proceedings, in the Execution of the said Act:"
And thereupon the said Clause being read accordingly:
It is Ordered, That the said Commissioners do forthwith lay before this House an Account of their Proceedings, according to the said Clause and Direction in the said Act.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable Patrick Wemys Esquire to sell certain Houses in Dublin, for Payment of Debts; and for the settling Lands in the County of Kilkenny, and elsewhere, to the same Uses to which the Houses to be sold were settled."
Hamilton versus Darcy.
The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein Darcy Hamilton Esquire is Appellant, and Hyacinthus Darcy Esquire Respondent:"
It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Saturday the Eighth Day of June next, at Eleven a Clock.
Cary to withdraw his Appeal:
A Petition of John Cary Esquire, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, "That he formerly lodged his Appeal in this House, to which the Respondents John White and his Wife, this Session, put in their Answer: That his Counsel in Ireland advised him to bring the said Appeal, which was signed by them there; but the Petitioner having carried his Case to Counsel, in order to be signed, who, perusing the same, advised him not to proceed thereon;" and praying, "That he may have Leave to withdraw the same."
And the Petitioner being called in, and examined, at the Bar, "Whether he had given Notice of this Petition to the other Side?" Who thereupon alledged, He had endeavoured so to do; but could neither find them or their Agent."
And he being directed to withdraw; and accordingly withdrawn:
Ordered, That the said Petition be rejected.
River Wear, and Sunderland Port, Bill.
Ordered, That William Varry do forthwith attend this House, in order to be examined before the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for improving and enlarging the River of Wear, and Port and Haven of Sunderland, in the County of Durham, stands committed; but so as not to put off proceeding on the said Bill.
Then the House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the said Bill.
And, after some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they had heard Counsel, and examined Witnesses, as well for as against the Bill; and had gone through the said Bill; and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad & in diem Martis, vicesimum primum diem instantis Maii, hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.