DIE Lunæ, 27 Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Cov. & Lich.
Epus. St. Asaph.
Joh'es Sommers Miles, Ds. Custos Magni Sigilli.
Dux Leeds, Ds. Præses.
Comes Pembroke, Ds. Privati Sigilli.
Comes Lindsey, Ds. Magnus Camerarius.
Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Berkeley Ber.
Ds. Clifforde L.
Ds. Berkeley Str.
Ds. Herbert Ch.
Message from H. C. to return the Bill for better regulating Juries.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir John Keys and others:
To acquaint this House, that they have agreed to the
Lords Amendments made to the Bill, intituled, "An
Act for the Ease of Jurors, and better regulating of
Salt, Glass, &c. to continue the Duties on, and for establishing a Land Bank, Bill:
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for
continuing to His Majesty certain Duties upon Salt,
Glass Wares, Stone and Earthen Bottles; and for
granting several Duties upon Tobacco Pipes, and
other Earthen Wares, for carrying on the War against
France; and for establishing a National Land Bank;
and for taking off the Duties upon Tonnage of Ships
and upon Coals."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Miles Cooke and Mr. Pitt:
To let them know, the Lords have agreed to the said
Bill, without any Amendment.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, to
The House was resumed.
His Majesty, being arrayed in His Regal Robes and
Crown, attended with His Officers of State, ascended
His Royal Throne (the Peers being also in their Robes);
commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to
signify to the Commons, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure,
they attend Him presently."
Who being come; their Speaker made a short Speech,
relating to the Bills to be passed.
Then the Clerk Assistant received the Bills from the
Hands of the Speaker, and brought them to the Table;
where the Clerk of the Crown read the Titles, as follow; (videlicet,)
"1. An Act for laying several Duties upon Low
Wines, or Spirits of the First Extraction; and for preventing the Frauds and Abuses of Brewers, Distillers,
and other Persons chargeable with the Duties of
"2. An Act for continuing to His Majesty certain
Duties upon Salt, Glass Wares, Stone and Earthen
Bottles; and for granting several Duties upon Tobacco Pipes, and other Earthen Wares, for carrying
on the War against France; and for establishing a
National Land Bank; and for taking off the Duties
upon Tonnage of Ships and upon Coals."
"3. An Act for enforcing the Laws which restrain
Marriages without License or Banns; and for the
better registering Marriages, Births, and Burials."
To which Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced
severally, in these Words; (videlicet,)
"Le Roy remercie ses bons Subjects, accepte leur
Benevolence, et ainsi le veult."
Then the Bills following were passed:
"4. An Act for the better Security of His Majesty's
Royal Person and Government."
"5. An Act for the more effectual preventing the
Exportation of Wool, and for encouraging the Importation thereof from Ireland."
"6. An Act for encouraging the Linen Manufacture
of Ireland; and bringing Flax and Hemp into, and
the making Sail Cloth in, this Kingdom."
"7. An Act for continuing several Acts of Parliament therein mentioned."
"8. An Act for taking away the Custom of Wales,
which hinders Persons from disposing their Personal
Estates by their Wills."
"9. An Act for the Ease of Jurors, and better regulating of Juries."
"10. An Act for the better amending and repairing
the Highways, and Explanation of the Laws relating
"11. An Act for the Encouragement of Charitable
Gifts and Dispositions."
"12. An Act for the better Encouragement of the
"13. An Act that the Solemn Affirmation and Declaration of the People called Quakers shall be accepted instead of an Oath in the usual Form."
To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced
"Le Roy le veult."
"14. An Act for re-vesting in His Majesty the
Honour of Tutbury, Forest of Needwood, several
Manors, Parks, Lands, and Offices, and other Profits
thereunto belonging, and for vacating certain Letters
Patents therein mentioned."
To this Bill the Royal Assent was pronounced as
"Soit fait come il est desire."
Then His Majesty spake as follows; (videlicet,)
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"You have shewn so great Concern for My Person,
and Zeal for My Government; and have done so
much for the Preservation of the one, and for the
Strengthening of the other, by the good Laws which
have been made, and by the Supplies you have provided for the several Occasions of this Year; that the late
Designs of our Enemies are (by the Blessing of GOD)
like to have no other Effect, than to let them see
how firmly we are united, and to give Me this Occasion to acknowledge your Kindness, and to assure
you of all the Returns which a Prince can make to
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"The Necessity of Affairs requiring My Absence
out of the Kingdom for some Time; I do earnestly recommend to you, that, in your several Stations, you
will be assisting to those whom I shall leave to administer the Government; and that you will be careful in preserving the public Peace of the Kingdom."
Then the Lord Keeper, by His Majesty's Command,
"My Lords; and you the Knights, Citizens, and
Burgesses of the House of Commons.
"It is His Majesty's Royal Will and Pleasure, that
this Parliament should be prorogued to Tuesday the
Sixteenth Day of June next: And this Parliament is
prorogued accordingly to Tuesday the Sixteenth Day
of June next."
13° die Maii, 1696,
Hitherto examined by us,