DIE Mercurii, 3 Augusti.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Bath & Well.
|Ds. Cowper, Cancellarius.
Comes Nottingham, Præses.
Dux Devon, Senescallus.
Dux St. Albans.
Dux Ancaster & Kesteven, Magnus Camerarius.
Comes De Loraine.
Ds. Willoughby Er..
E. Oxford, Counsel, &c allowed.
A Petition of Robert Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, now Prisoner in The Tower of London, was presented to the House, and read; praying, "In Consideration
of the continual Pain and Distemper of Body he has
laboured under for many Weeks, which is very much
increased since his Confinement in The Tower, as the
House may be more particularly informed from his
Physician; that their Lordships will dispense with
their Order for bringing the Petitioner to the Bar of
this House this Day at Three of the Clock; and
that a Copy of the additional Articles of Impeachment exhibited Yesterday by the House of Commons
may be delivered to him, and such Time appointed for
his answering thereunto as to the Wisdom and Justice
of this House shall seem meet; and, by reason of
the Petitioner's great Indisposition, and the extensive
Nature of the Charge against him in the former Articles, that this House will indulge him with such
further Time for exhibiting his Answer to all the said
Articles at once; and that such Person or Persons
as he shall appoint may have Liberty to search and
take out Copies of Records, Journals, Treaties,
Letters, Memorials, and other Papers, in the Treasury,
Secretaries Office, or elsewhere, relating to the several Matters specified in any of the said Articles;"
and farther, that this House will assign him the following Persons for his Counsel; (videlicet,) Mr. Serjeant Comins, Mr. Serjeant Darnell, Sir Constantine
Phipps, Pere Williams Esquire, and Dr. Henchman."
And thereupon Dr. Mead, the Petitioner's Physician,
attending, was called in, and examined, upon Oath, at
the Bar, touching the said Earl's ill State of Health.
And being withdrawn;
The House took the said Petition into Consideration;
and made the following Order:
"Ordered, That the Petitioner's Attendance be
dispensed with; that he be allowed to cause a Copy
of the said additional Articles to be taken for his
Use; that he be also allowed a Fortnight's Time, from
the Expiration of the Time already allowed, to put
in an Answer to the said additional Articles, as also
to the former Articles exhibited against him; that he
have Liberty, from Time to Time, to apply to this
House, for Copies of Records, or other Papers, as he
shall think necessary for his Defence, or shall be advised, in order for their Lordships Approbation; and
that the Counsel afore-named be assigned him, as desired; and that they, or any of them, have Liberty,
from Time to Time, to have Access to him."
D. of Ancafter and Kelteven introduced:
Robert Marquis of Lindsey, Great Chamberlain of
England, being by Letters Patents, dated Vicesimo
Sexto Die Julii, Primo Georgii Regis, created Duke of
Ancoster and Kesteven, in the County of Lincoln, was,
this Day, in his Robes, introduced, between the Duke
of Devonshire Lord Steward of His Majesty's Household and the Duke of St. Albans, also in their Robes;
the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, and Clarencieux
King at Arms in the Absence of Garter King at Arms,
His Grace presented his Patent to the Lord Chancellor, on his Knee, at the Woolsack; who delivered it to
the Clerk; and the same was read, at the Table.
His Writ of Summons was also read, and is as follows:
His Writ of Summons.
"Georgius, Dei Gratia, Magnæ Britanniæ, Franc.
et Hib'niæ Rex, Fidei Defensor, &c. Charissimo Consanguineo et Consiliario Nostro Rob'to Duci de Ancaster & Kesteven, Magno Camerario Angl. Salutem.
Cum Parliamentum Nostrum, pro arduis et urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum et Defensionem Regni
Nostri Magna Britanniæ et Ecclesiæ concernentibus,
apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. nunc congregatum
existit; vobis, sub Fide et Ligeantia quibus Nobis
tenemini, firmiter injungendo mandamus, quod, consideratis dictorum Negotiorum Arduitate et Periculis
imminentibus, cessante Excusatione quacunque, ad
dictum Parliamentum Nostrum personaliter intersitis,
Nobiscum, ac cum Prælatis, Magnatibus, et Proceribus dicti Regni Nostri, super dictis Negotiis
tractatur. vestrumque Consilium impensur.; et hoc
sicut Nos et Honorem Nostrum, ac Salvationem et
Defensionem Regni et Ecclesiæ prædict. Expeditionemque dictorum Negotiorum diligitis, nullatenus
"Teste Meipso, apud Westm. Tricesimo Die Julii,
Anno Regni Nostri Primo.
Then his Grace was placed in his due Place; and
came to the Table, and took the Oaths, and made and
subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed
the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
Security of His Majesty's Person, &c. Bill.
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 further
Security of His Majesty's Person and Government;
and the Succession of the Crown in the Heirs of the
late Princess Sophia, being Protestants; and for extinguishing the Hopes of the pretended Prince of
Wales, and his open and secret Abettors."
And, after some Time spent therein, the House was
And the Lord Carleton reported from the said Committee; "That they had made some further Progress in
the Bill; and directed him to move, that they may
have Leave to sit again."
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning this House
shall be put into a Committee, to consider further of the
Abuses in Elections, to prevent, Bill.
Whereas this Day was appointed, for the Second
Reading of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the more
effectual preventing the Abuses of Sheriffs and other
Returning Officers, in not returning the Writs of
Summons in due Time; and for preventing Bribery
and Corruption in the Elections of Members to serve
It is Ordered, That the said Bill be read a Second
Time on Friday next.
Boyce against Panton's Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of Anthony Boyce and
Charlott Maria Berkley Widow; praying, "That this
House will order a Clause to save the Petitioner's
Right, by Name, in the Premises mentioned in a Bill
now depending, for explaining an Act made in the
Ninth Year of King William the Third, for vesting
Part of the Estate of Thomas Panton Esquire in
Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of his Debts; or
that they be heard, by their Counsel, before the Committee to whom the said Bill is referred:"
It is Ordered, That the Petitioners may be heard,
by their Counsel, before the said Committee, as desired.
Fishermen's Company against Fish, Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of the Master, Wardens,
Assistants, and Commonalty, of the Company of Free
Fishermen of the River of Thames and Waters of
Medway, on Behalf of themselves and other Fishermen
of this Kingdom; praying to be heard, by their
Counsel, against a Clause in the Bill depending in
this House, intituled, "An Act for the effectual preventing the Importation of Fresh Fish caught by
Foreigners; and for allowing the Importation of
Lobsters and Turbots in Foreign Vessels, whether
they be of Foreign or British Catching:"
It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the
Table, till the Bill be read a Second Time.
Causes put off.
Ordered, That the Cause wherein Henry Newburgh
Gentleman is Appellant, and Brockhill Newburgh
Esquire Respondent, which is appointed to be heard
To-morrow, be put off to Friday; and the other Causes
removed One Day in Course.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis,
quartum diem instantis Augusti, hora undecima Auroræ,
Dominis sic decernentibus.
Die Martis, 6 Septembris, 1715,
hitherto examined by us,