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 Lunæ, 16 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Lords Leave to be absent.
The Lord Townsend hath Leave to go into the Country for some Time.
The Lord Privy Seal, the Earl of Bedford, the Lord Paget, the Lord Bellasis, and the Lord Ashley, are added to the Committee for Sir John Weld's Bill.
The Earl of Berks hath Leave to go into the Country, about his Occasions.
The Lord Crofts hath Leave to go into the Country for some Time, for his Health.
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Thomas Gower and others; who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable Sir Thomas Hebblethayte to sell or dispose of Land, to pay Debts, and make Provision for Younger Children;" to which their Lordships Concurrence is desired.
Morley and Grenvile versus Elwes Judgement.
This Day being appointed to take into Consideration the Relief that is to be given by this House to Cutbert Morley and Bernard Grenvile, upon their Petition against Jeremy and Henry Elwaies; and after a long and serious Debate, these Questions following were put:
"1. Whether the Release was made upon any further Trust than for the Fourscore Pounds per Annum?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
"2. Whether this Decree shall be reversed?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it.
Memorandum, That, before the putting of the Two aforesaid Questions, these Lords following desired Leave of the House to enter their Dissents, if the Questions were carried in the Affirmative; and do accordingly enter their Dissents, by subscribing their Names:
It is ORDERED, That this House will resume the further Consideration of this Business on the Third Day of its Meeting next after Easter.
The Lord Great Chamberlain hath Leave to go into the Country.
Norden versus Hawles.
ORDERED, That the Hearing of the Cause between John Norden and Thomas Hawles is put off until the 16th Day of April next.
Ly. Drummond, Sir A. Bateman, & al. versus Hamborough Company.
Whereas Counsel is to be heard, at the Bar of this House, on Tuesday the 17th of March Instant, in the Cause between Dame Dorothy Dromond, Sir Anthony Bateman, and others, Creditors of the Governor and Fellowship of Merchants of England, commonly called or known by the Name of Hamborough Merchants, and the said Fellowship:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, at the humble Suit of the said Creditors, That the Riding Clerk in Chancery, or the Clerk of the Enrolments, is hereby appointed and authorized to attend this House To-morrow, being the 17th of this Instant March, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, bringing with him the Patent of Confirmation of the several Charters of the said Fellowship of Merchants, called Hamborough Merchants, granted 12° Caroli Secundi; and that the Clerk of the Parliaments attending this House bring hither the Act of Parliament passed 8° Eliz. for incorporating the Muscovia Company at the same Time, for the Information of the House in their Proceeding upon the said Cause.
Lords to pay coming after Prayers.
The House taking into Consideration what Penalty to inflict upon such Lords as are absent from this House without Leave, and also on such Lords as, being in Town do not give their Attendance here:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the ancient Orders of this House are hereby renewed, and shall be put in Execution; videlicet, That every Lord that comes after Prayers, if he be a Baron or Bishop, he is to pay One Shilling to the Poor; and if he be of any Degree above, Two Shillings; and also that every Lord of this House that comes not at all, and makes not his Excuse to be allowed by the House, is to pay Five Shillings to the Poor, for every Day's Absence; which said Money is to be collected by the Clerk of the Crown, and kept in a Box, to be disposed of as the House shall direct.
Lords absent without Leave.
ORDERED, That it is referred to the Lords Committees for Privileges, to consider of the Absence of those Lords that totally neglect the Service of this House without Leave, and also of those Lords going away from this House before the Rising thereof; and to find out some such Expedient as may remedy the same, and make Report thereof unto this House.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem crastinum, videlicet, 17um diem instantis Martii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.