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, 31 Maii.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for vesting in Trustees Part of the Estate of Nicholas Fry Esquire, deceased, for Payment of his Debts, and for making a Provision for Dorothy his only Daughter."
L. Willoughby Br. takes the Oaths.
Order of Attachment against Gardner, for Nonpayment of Fees, renewed.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir William Oldes Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod; setting forth, "That, by Order of this House, of the 21st of April 1713, he did take into Custody one John Gardner a Marshal's Court Officer, for arresting John Lord Bellendine, contrary to the Privilege of Peerage; and, upon the 25th of June following, the said Gardner was ordered to be discharged, paying his Fees; and, upon the Prorogation of the Parliament, went away without so doing; and that he is now in very good Circumstances, and able to make Satisfaction, but refuses so to do;" and praying, "That the Order may be renewed against the said Gardner, and that he may pay the Fees and Charges due from him:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Gentleman Usher, his Deputy or Deputies, do forthwith re-attach the Body of the said John Gardner, and keep him in safe Custody until further Order; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
Lee's Petition referred to Judges.
Upon reading the Petition of Agnes Lee Widow (on the Behalf of Richard Lee her Son, an Infant), and of George Chudleigh and Thomas Chudleigh Esquires; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to empower Trustees, during the Minority of the said Infant, to fill up the Lives that are fallen, and to make and grant Leases and Estates of the Premises limited by the Settlement made on the Marriage of the said Agnes Lee, subject to the Jointure Lands in the Petition mentioned; and for other Purposes therein expressed:
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition be 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.
Woollaston versus Attorney General.
Whereas Friday next is appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein Richard Woollaston Esquire and Sir Biby Lake are Appellants, and the Attorney General, at the Relation of Elizabeth Preston, is Respondent; the House being this Day moved, at the Desire of the Parties on either Side, "That the said Hearing may be adjourned for "some Time:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Hearing of the said Cause be, and is hereby, adjourned to Wednesday the Fifteenth Day of June next, at Eleven a Clock.
All Souls College, Oxon, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for vesting in the Warden and College of All Souls in Oxford, and their Successors, certain Houses and Ground belonging to the Parish of St. Mary in Oxford."
The House (according to Order) proceeded to take into Consideration the Amendments made by the Committee of the whole House to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the better regulating the Forces to be continued in His Majesty's Service; and for the Payment of the said Forces, and of their Quarters."
And the First Amendment, being read a Second Time, was, with the Addition of these Words; videlicet, ["And also a Number of Men, not exceeding One Hundred and Eighty, for the Garrisons of Edinburgh, Dunbarton, Blackness, and Stirling Castles,"] agreed to by the House.
Message to H. C. with Amendments to it.
L. Digby's Bill to debar his Eldest Son from his Title, &c.
The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee, to consider further of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the appointing Persons to take Care of the Person and Estate of John Digby Esquire, Eldest Son and Heir Apparent of William Lord Digby in the Kingdom of Ireland."
And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; which he was directed to report, when the House will please to receive the same."