DIE Sabbati, 8 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. St. Asaph.
Ds. Custos Magni Sigilli.
Dux Devon, Senescallus.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Willughby Er.
Ds. Dudley & Ward.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Howard Esc.
House to proceed on Business at 11 o'Clock.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House shall meet
daily at Eleven of the Clock; and that immediately
after Prayers the House shall proceed on Business, although there shall be but few Lords present.
Fowle versus Cope.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear
the Cause wherein Robert Fowle and Reginald Bretland
Esquire are Appellants, and Jonathan, William, and
Anthony Cope, per Guardian. Respondents, on Friday
the Fourteenth Day of this Instant March, at Eleven of
the Clock in the Forenoon.
Commodote Norris's Pet:
After reading Captain John Norris's Petition of the
Seventh Instant, as also his Instructions from the Admiralty, and some Councils of War on Board, at Newfoundland; and long Debate upon the whole Matter:
This Question was proposed, "Whether Captain
John Norris having lain near Two Years under a
Suspension, upon an Address from this House to
His Majesty, that an Address shall be made to His
Majesty, to take off the Suspension he lies under?"
Then this Question was put, "Whether this
Question shall be now put?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
King to be addressed, to take off his Suspension:
Then the main Question was put, "Whether
Captain John Norris having lain near Two
Years under a Suspension, upon an Address
from this House to His Majesty, that an
Address shall be made to His Majesty to take
off the said Suspension he lieth under?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it:
"For that Captain Norris having been accused by
many Witnesses, upon Oath, of great Neglect of
his Duty, in not attacking Monsieur Ponty's Ships, in
Conception Bay, notwithstanding the Intelligence given
of them to him by Captain Desborow, Cumberbatch,
and several Prisoners, and of pestering his Ship with
Prize Goods, which he had embezzled; and thereupon this House having made an Address to His Majesty, to order Captain Norris to attend this House,
to answer such Matters as had been so objected against
him, and that, in the mean Time, he should be
suspended from his Employment; which His Majesty has been pleased to order: And accordingly
Captain Norris having appeared before us; but the
Matters not having been fully examined, by hearing
at this Time the Witnesses either against him or
for him, we conceive it very improper to make any
such Address in his Favour, he being (for all that
yet appears to us) guilty of the Matters charged
upon him: And we are the more convinced of this,
because the Motion made for remitting Captain
Norris to a Trial, by a Council of War, was not
accepted; and besides the Unreasonableness of
passing any Sentence of acquitting a Man accused
upon Oath, without a full Hearing of the Cause, we
think it also of very dangerous Consequence, that,
in this Conjuncture especially, a Man should be
capable of being employed in so important a Station
as in the Fleet, who lies under the heavy Charge of
embezzeling Prizes, and pestering his Ship with
them, and of failing to attempt a Service, which
would have been of vast Advantage to us, and Prejudice to our Enemies.
Captain Desborow recommended to His Majesty.
The House agreed, that the Address of this House
to His Majesty, the Seventeenth of April, One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-nine, so far as it concerns
Captain Desborow's being recommended to His Majesty's
Favour, shall be renewed.
ORDERED, That the Lords with White Staves do
attend His Majesty, with the Address.
Exchequer Bills, for renewing, Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for
renewing the Bills of Credit, commonly called Exchequer Bills."
ORDERED, That the said Bill be committed to a
Committee of the whole House, presently.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and
put into a Committee upon the said Bill.
After some Time, the House was resumed.
And the Lord Ferrers reported, "That the Committee had gone through the said Bill; and think it fit
to pass, without any Amendment."
E. of Sandwich & al. versus E. of Litchfield & al.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the
Cause wherein Edward Earl of Sandwich, the Lady
Elizabeth his Wife, and others, are Appellants, and
Edward Henry Earl of Litchfield, Edward Henry Lord
Quarrendon, and James, Charles, George, Henry, and
Francis Lee, Infants, per Guardian. Respondents, on
Saturday the Fifteenth Day of this Instant March, at
Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Clayton & al. discharged.
Whereas, by Order of the Third Instant, Mr. John
Clayton and William Pickerill Attorney were ordered to
be attached, for having arrested Richard Gerling Servant to the Lord Osborne; the House being moved, by
the Lord Osborne, "That they may be discharged:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Clayton
and William Pickerill shall be, and they are hereby, discharged, without Fees; and this shall be a sufficient
Warrant on that Behalf.
To the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House, his Deputy or Deputies, and
every of them.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ,
(videlicet,) decimum diem instantis Martii, hora undecima
Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.