Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 11, 1660-1666. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, 13 die Julii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Ld. Gerard versus Fitton & al.
ORDERED, That on Wednesday next, the Fifteenth of this Instant July, Alexander Fytton, Edward Lloyd, John Cade, and John Wright, shall be brought to this Bar, to receive the Judgement of this House against them.
ORDERED, That the Committee for the Bill concerning the Lord Marquis of Winton and the Lord St. John his Son shall meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Three of the Clock.
Herring Fishery Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for regulating the Herring and other Fisheries."
King to be attended, concerning a Fast.
ORDERED, That the Lord Chamberlain is hereby appointed to attend His Majesty, and present the humble Desires of both Houses of Parliament to Him, "That He would appoint a Day upon which the Humiliation shall be kept."
The Lord Chamberlain went; and immediately returned, and gave the House this Account: "That he hath waited on His Majesty; and He hath pleased to appoint Tuesday come Sevennight to be the Day for the Humiliation, for these Parts."
Judges Opinion, concerning the E. of Bristol's Charge against the E. of Clarendon:
This Day being appointed for the Judges to deliver their Opinion upon the Articles of High Treason exhibited by the Earl of Bristol against the Lord Chancellor; the Judges being all present, the House in order hereunto caused the said Articles to be read.
And then the Lord Chief Justice Bridgman, by the Agreement, and in the Name, of all the rest, delivered in this unanimous Answer following; videlicet,
"1. We conceive, That a Charge of High Treason cannot by the Laws and Statutes of this Realm be originally exhibited by any One Peer against another unto the House of Peers; and that therefore the Charge of High Treason by the Earl of Bristoll against the Lord Chancellor, mentioned in the Order of Reference to us of the Tenth of this Instant July, hath not been regularly and legally brought in.
"2. And if the Matters alledged in the said Charge were admitted to be true (although alledged to be traiterously done), yet there is not any Treason in it."
ORDERED, That the Debate concerning this Business is adjourned until To-morrow Morning.
Message from the King concerning it.
The Lord Chamberlain acquainted the House, "That he had a Message to deliver to this House from the King; which, he said, he had written down from His Majesty, because he would not mistake; and desired Leave to read it."
Which he did; and then the House commanded the same should be read by the Clerk, in these Words following:
"His Majesty, having received from His House of Peers a Copy of the Writing which the Earl of Bristoll had delivered in, containing Articles of supposed High Treason and other Misdemeanors against the Chancellor of England, doth give your Lordships very many Thanks, for your great Care and Regard in transmitting the same to Him; upon View of which, His Majesty finds several Matters of Fact charged, which upon His own certain Knowledge are untrue. And His Majesty cannot but take Notice of the many scandalous Reflections in that Paper upon Himself and His Relations, which He looks upon as a Libel against His Person and Government; for which, and other Things, His Majesty will in due Time take such Course against him as shall be agreeable to Justice."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem crastinum, vidclicet, 14um diem instantis Julii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.