Journal of the House of Lords Volume 32, 1768-1770. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Die Lun, 21o Decembris 1767.
Land Tax Bill.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, An Act: for granting an Aid to His Majesty by a Land Tax, to be raised in Great Britain, for the Service of the Year One thousand seven hundred and sixty-eight.
Highway Acts, to amend, Bill.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, An Act to explain, amend, and render more effectual, an Act passed in the Seventh Year of His present Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act to explain, amend, and reduce into One Act of Parliament, the several Statutes now in being for the Amendment and Preservation of the Public Highways of this Kingdom; and for other Purposes therein mentioned.
Goudhurst Road Bill.
Message to H. C. that the Lords have agreed to the Three preceding Bills.
Pleading: proved in Two Causes.
The House being informed, That John Fowler attended, in order to deliver in Copies of Pleadings and Proceedings in Two Causes depending in this House, in the first of which Richard Kerly is Appellant, and John Fowler is Respondent; and in the last, William Bigger is Appellant, and Richard O Donnell is Respondent:
Lord Botetourt takes the Oaths.
Norborne Lord Botetourt 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 at the Table delivered a Certificate of his receiving the Sacrament; to the Truth whereof, Witnesses were sworn and examined.
Message from H. C. to return Rossier et al. Naturalization Bill.
To return the Bill, intituled, An Act for naturalizing John Francis Rossier, and Charles Augustus Rodolph Lewis de Willermin; and to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to their Lordships Amendments made thereto.
Duke of Gloucester takes the Oaths.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes; His Royal Highness having first at the Table delivered a Certificate of his receiving the Sacrament, to the Truth where of Witnesses were sworn and examined.
His Majesty, being seated on the Throne, adorned with His Crown and Regal Ornaments, and attended by His Officers of State (the Lords being in their Robes), commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, to let the Commons know, It is His Majesty's Pleasure, they attend Him immediately, in this House:
He, after a short Introduction in relation to the Money Bills to be passed, delivered them to the Clerk, who brought them to the Table; where the Deputy Clerk of the Crown read the Titles of those and the other Bills to be passed, severally, as follow:
5. An Act to indemnify such Persons as have. omitted to qualify themselves for Offices and Employments within the Time limited by Law, and for allowing further Time for that Purpose; and to indemnifying Members and Officers in Cities, Corporations, and Borough Towns, whose Admissions have been omitted to be stamped according to Law, or, having been stamped, have been lost or mislaid; and for allowing them Time to provide Admissions duly stamped.
6. An Act to explain, amend, and render more effectual, an Act passed in the Seventh Year of His present Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act to explain, amend, and reduce into One Act of Parliament, the several Statutes now in being, for the amendment, and Preservation of the Public Highways of this Kingdom; and for other Purposes therein mentioned.
7. An Act to enlarge and vary the Term and Powers of an Act for repairing and widening the Road from the West End of Thames Street in the City of Oxford, over Botley Causeway, to the Turnpike Road near Fifield in the County of Berks; and to provide more effectually for repairing and widening the ancient Horse Road from the West End of Botley Causeway, to Witney in the County of Oxford.
Le Roy le veult.
Soit fait comme il est desir.
writs of Error
Chisim against Pepys.
Rishton against Richardson.
Fearon et al. against Sir Richard Glynne.
Hanforth against Smith.
Dennis against Norman.
Bird against West.
Droitwich Navigation Bill.
With a Bill, intituled, An Act for making and maintaining a navigable Canal from the River Severn, at or near a Place called Hawford in the Parish of Claines in the County of Worcester, to or near a Place called Chapel Bridge, within the Borough of Droitwich in the said County; to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Proceedings of the Commissioners for paving Westminster Streets delivered.
Copy of the Proceedings of the Commissioners for putting in Execution the several Acts of Parliament, made in the 2d, 3d, 4th, and 5th Years of His present Majesty's Reign, for paving, cleansing, and lighting the Squares, Streets, Lanes, and other, Places, within the City and Liberty of Westminster, &c. from the 24th of December 1766, to the 9th of December 1767, both inclusive; and of all Contracts and Agreements made by the said Commissioners from the 20th Day of November 1766, to the 21st of octOctober 1767, both inclusive:
And also, Copies of the Accounts of the Treasurer to the Commissioners for paving, cleansing, and lighting the City and Liberty of Westminster; of the Receivers to the said Commissioners; and of the Bank of England to the said Commissioners, to the 15th of December 1767, inclusive.
Petition of Elizapeth, claiming the Digaity of Countess of Sutherland.
The Lord Wycombe (by His Majesty's Command) presented to the House a Petition of Elizabeth (claiming the Dignity of) Countess of Sutherland, and her Guardians, with His Majesty's Reference thereof to this House; which Petition and Reference were read by the Clerk, and are as follow; videlicet,
The Petition of Elizabeth (claiming the Title and Dignity of) Countess of Sutherland, and of John Duke of Athol, Charles Earl of Elgin and Kincardin, James Wemyss of Wemyss, Sir David Dalrymple of Hailes Baronet One of the Senators of the College of Justice, Sir Adam Fergusson of Kilkerran Baronet, Mr. Alexander Boswel of Auchinleck One of the Senators of the College of Justice and, One of the Commissioners of Justiciary, and Mr. John Mackenzie of Delvin, her Guardians;
That the Earldom of Sutherland is One of the most ancient Dignities in Scotland; and it appears, from the Charters and Title Deeds of the Family, that the Grants of the Lands and Earldom were uniformly in Favour of Heirs, until limited to Heirs Male in 1601: But the Destination to Heir was restored by a subsequent Charter in 1681, and has not been varied since that Period:
That, in 1514, John, then Earl of Sutherland, having died without Issue, his Sifter Elizabeth, took the Dignity and Earldom as Heirs to her Brother, without Challenge to any Collateral Heirs Male; and Adam Gordon, Brother of the Earl of Huntley her Husband, assumed the Title by Courtesy in her Right, agreeable to the ancient Custom which prevailed in Scotland:
That, in 1527, Elizabeth Countess of Sutherland, with Consent of her Husband, resigned the Earldom and Estate in Favour of her Son Alexander, and his Heirs, reserving the Life Rent to her Husband Adam Gordon, by reason of the Courtesy of Scotland:
From that Period this Dignity and Estate have been enjoyed in a regular Descent from Father to Son, until the 1766, when William the last Earl of Sutherland died, leaving this Infant Petitioner, his only Child, who apprehends that she is clearly entitled to this Dignity by Lineal Descent:
Whitehall, December 21st 1767
His Majesty, being moved upon this Petition, is graciously pleased to refer the same to the Right Honourable the House of Peers, to examine the Allegations thereof as to what relates to the Title and Dignity mentioned therein; and to inform His Majesty how the same shall appear to their Lordships.
Ordered, That the said Petition and Reference be referred to the Consideration of the Lords Committees for Privileges, to meet on Monday the 25th of January next; whose Lordships having considered thereof, and heard such Persons concerning the same as they shall think fit, are to report their Opinion thereupon to the House.
Ordered, That the Hearing of the Cause, wherein Henry Earl of Lincoln is Appellant, and Poulton Allen Esquire is Respondent, which stands appointed for Wednesday the 20th of January next, be put off to the Monday following; and that the rest of the Causes be removed in Course.