Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 12, 1666-1675. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, 14 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Kirby and others; who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable Jane and Henry Perkins to insure Lands purchased by Thomas Wharton Doctor in Physic, in the County Palatine of Durham;" to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
The Earl of Dover is added to the Committee for Petitions, and Vicecomes Mountagu is added to the Committee for Mr. Skynner.
Bill against Atheism, Swearing, &c.
This Day being appointed to debate the Bill against Atheism and Prophaneness, with the Amendments and Alterations, by a Committee of the whole House; the House was accordingly adjourned into a Committee during Pleasure.
And, after a serious Debate, the House was resumed.
The Lord Chamberlain reported, "That the Committee of the whole House have spent this Morning in Debate of the Bill against Atheism, &c. and do desire that another Day may be appointed to resume the said Debate by the Committee of the whole House; against which Time the Committee have appointed a Sub-committee to consider and search what Laws, or what Remedy by Law, are now in Force to punish the Crimes mentioned in the Bill, who are to report what they find to the Committee of the whole House at the next Meeting."
Upon this, the House ORDERED, That, on the Second Day of Sitting after Easter, the Debate of this Bill shall be resumed in a Committee of the whole House; and that some of the Judges now in Town shall attend the said Sub-committee, to assist them therein, on Monday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Wood, Jackson, & al. released.
Whereas Robert Wood, Samuell Jackson, and Robert Dimis, now in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for throwing down the Posts, Bars, and Gates, and cutting the Banks through in divers Places, to let in the Sea upon the Lands of the Earl of Lyndsey, Lord Great Chamberlain of England, in January last, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, and using contemptuous Words against the said Earl, have submitted themselves unto his Lordship, and, being sorry for their said Offences, beg the Pardon of this House:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, at the Intercession of the Lord Great Chamberlain of England on their Behalf, That the said Robert Wood, Samuell Jackson, and Robert Dimis, be, and are hereby, discharged from their present Restraint for the said Offences, paying their Fees due to the Officers of this House; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet, 16um diem instantis Martii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.