DIE Sabbati, 30 die Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
||His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.
Epus. St. Asaph.
Epus. St. David's.
Epus. Cov. et Lich.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Viscount Say et Seale.
Viscount de Stafford.
Ds. Berkley de Berk.
Ds. Howard de Charlt.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Berkley de Strat.
Bill for transporting Felons.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for transporting
of Persons convicted of Felony within Clergy, or for
Petty Larceny, beyond the Seas."
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the uniting
the Rectory of Sevennock, in the County of Kent, to
the Vicarage of the same."
Marq. of Winton's Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for confirming the Conveyances made, or mentioned to be
made, in Pursuance of the Award by the King's Majesty, for composing the Differences between John
Lord Marquis of Winchester and his Eldest Son Charles
Lord St. John."
Box's Free-school at Witney, Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for settling of
a Free-school, in Witney, in the County of Oxon, by
Henry Box, Citizen and Grocer of London, deceased."
Message from H. C. with Herif Hunt. &c. Highways Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by the Lord Fanshaw and others:
To return the Bill for repairing the Highways within
the Counties of Hertford, Cambridge, and Huntingdon,
which was sent down, with some Alterations; to which
the House of Commons do agree with their Lordships.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for vesting,
settling, and establishing, the sole Making of Allum, upon His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is
committed to these Lords following:
L. Privy Seal.
Viscount Say et Seale.
Epus. Cov. et Lich.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Their Lordships, or any Seven; to meet on Tuesday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Next, this Petition following was read, in hæc
"To the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
Countess of Dorset's Petition, claiming the Titles of Clifford, Westmorland, and Vesey.
"The humble Petition of Anne Countess Dowager
of Dorsett, Pembrook and Mountgomery, Daughter and sole Heir of George late Earl of Cumberland, Lord Clifford, Westmerland, and
"That Henry Lord Clifford, rightful Heir of Robert
De Clifford, summoned to Parliament as a Baron in
the Eight and Twentieth Year of the Reign of Your
Majesty's Royal Ancestor King Edward the First, had
and enjoyed likewise the Names, Stiles, and Dignities,
of Lord Westmerland, and Vescy, as descended to him
in Fee from his Ancestors; and was by King Henry
the Eighth, in the Seventeenth Year of His Reign,
created Earl of Cumberland, to have and to hold the
said Honour and Dignity of Earl of Cumberland, to
him the said Henry and the Heirs Male of his Body;
which Henry having Issue Henry, and he George and
Francis, all successively Earls of Cumberland, the
said George dying without Issue Male of his Body, the
Title and Dignity of Lord Clifford, Westmerland, and
Vescy, are rightfully devolved unto Your Petitioner,
as his sole Daughter and Heir; all which she ought
"Yet so it is (may it please Your Most Excellent
Majesty), that the said Francis Earl of Cumberland,
by colour only of that Creation, did in his Life-time
assume those Titles of Lord Clifford, Westmerland, and
Vescy, as appertaining to him; and not only used the
same, together with his Title of Earl, but, by undue
Suggestion, procured from Your Royal Father, of
Blessed Memory, in the Year of His Reign, a
Writ of Summons to be directed unto Henry his Son
and Heir, by the Name of Henry Clifford Chevalier,
for the calling of him to Parliament; which Henry
did accordingly come to the said Parliament, and
there sat amongst the Peers of this Realm, in the
Room and Place of the before specified Robert De
Clifford, lineal Ancestor to Your Petitioner: And
moreover, that Richard Earl of Corke in Ireland,
having married Elizabeth sole Daughter and Heir of
the said Henry Earl of Cumberland, being advanced to
the Title and Dignity of Lord Clifford of Lansborough,
by a new Creation of Your Majesty's Royal Father
at Oxford, upon the Fourth Day of November, in the
Twentieth Year of His Reign, hath, in and by Your
Majesty's Letters Patents under the Great Seal of
England, bearing Date the Fifteenth Day of November, in the Twelfth Year of Your Majesty's Reign,
of the Office of Lord Treasurer of Ireland, granted
unto him, procured himself to be stiled Lord Clifford,
without that Addition of Lansborough; and hath, in a
Fine levied in Your Majesty's Court of Common Pleas
at Westminster, in Trinity Term last, likewise stiled
himself Lord Clifford, without that Addition of Lansborough, whereby he was created as aforesaid (the
ancient Title and Honour of Lord Clifford being
rightfully in Your Petitioner, as sole Daughter and
Heir to the said George Earl of Cumberland, Lord
Clifford, &c.), to the apparent Disherison of Your
Petitioner and her Heirs, of those Baronies, Titles
and Honours, who otherwise, standing capable of the
Favour of Your Majesty and of Your Heirs and Successors, might through Your or Their Princely Grace
and Benignity be summoned to Parliament by those
Titles, and fit there in the Place of their Noble Ancestors.
"She therefore most humbly prayeth, That Your
Majesty will graciously vouchsafe, that her
Right herein may be seriously examined in
this present Parliament, and such mature Determination made thereof, and Judgement
given therein, as that all further Disputes
betwixt those as may pretend from, by, or
under, the said Henry Earl of Cumberland
last mentioned, and Your Petitioner and her
Descendants, may be totally prevented.
"And Your Petitioner shall ever pray for
Your Majesty's long and happy Reign."
King's Reference of it to this House:
"From the Court at Whitehall, May the 20th,
"His Majesty is graciously pleased to refer the Consideration of this Petition to the Right Honourable
the Peers assembled in Parliament; who are desired,
by the Assistance of the Judges, to examine the Premises, and certify His Majesty their Opinions therein;
whereupon His Majesty will do what shall be thought
agreeable to Justice and Equity.
Whereupon the House made this Order following;
Order concerning it.
"Upon reading the Petition of Anne Countess
Dowager of Dorsett, Pembrooke and Mountgomery,
Daughter and sole Heir of George late Earl of Cumberland, Lord Clifford, Westmerland, and Vescy, presented to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, claiming
the Right, Title, and Dignity, of Lord Clifford, Westmerland, and Vescy; together with the Reference from
His Majesty to this House, to take the said Petition
into Consideration: It is thereupon ORDERED, by the
Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, after some Debate thereof, That this House
will take further Consideration of this Matter; and,
to that End, all Persons concerned therein may bring
unto the Clerk of the Parliaments what they shall think
fit touching and concerning the said Petition."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum effe usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet,
primum diem Junii, 1663, hora decima Aurora, Dominis