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 Mercurii, 14 die Novembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for confirming of Enclosures made by Decrees in Courts of Equity."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to these Lords following:
Their Lordships, or any Five; to meet on Saturday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Bill to illegitimate Lady Roos's Children.
This Day being appointed to hear the Lady Anne Ross, by her Counsel, concerning a Bill depending in this House for the Illegitimation of her Children; but neither she, nor any appearing for her; and upon Information that she is in Ireland, and had Notice of their Lordships Order; the House proceeded to the committing thereof to these Lords following:
Their Lordships, or any Five; to meet on Saturday next, at Three of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Bill to prohibit the Importation of Irish Cattle.
ORDERED, That on Friday Morning next this House will proceed in the Report of the Bill against importing of Irish Cattle.
ORDERED, That the Duke of Bucks, Viscount Fauconberg, Viscount Mordant, and the Lord Eure, are added to the Committee for Privileges; and the Earl of Kent is added to the Committee for preparing a Bill for rating of Victuals and other Commodities.
Report concerning Foreign Nobility. Precedency.
The Lord Great Chamberlain of England reported from the Committee of Privileges, "That it is the Opinion of that Committee (upon the Occasion of a Letter of Complaint from the Lord Darcy), That the House will be pleased to give Direction, that a Bill may be brought into the House, for the asserting the Right of Precedency of the English Peerage before all Foreign Nobility whatsoever."
Then the Lord Darcy's Letter, directed to the Lord Viscount Andever, was read, as followeth:
"My Years and some present Indisposition of Health disabling me of my Attendance in Parliament this Session, occasions this Address to you; wherein I humbly desire your Lordship to let the Lords in Parliament know the Disturbance and Interruption I received, by my Lord Irwin and my Lord Cast'eton, at the Reception of his Royal Highness at York; at which Time my Lord Castleton desired me not to stand upon it, and to give him the Right Hand: To whom I answered, "In Ireland I would, but not in England." He said, "They had it a long Time, and he would not be the First to yield it." Upon which, being loath at that Time to make any Disturbance, I gave Way to be disrankt; but withal did declare with a Salvo it should be without Prejudice to the Peers of England, as I am confident my Lord Fauconberg and my Lord Langdale will remember. My Lord, I humbly desire your Lordship to move the House of Lords, both in my own Particular, and principally for the whole Peerage of England, that our Birthrights may not be invaded, whose Rights if I were not tender of, I were most unworthy. Therefore I thought it was my Duty to acquaint the House with this, lest the whole Peerage should be wounded through my Side. Thus, with my humble Service to your Lordship, I take Leave, ever remaining
"Your very loving Cousin and Servant,
Hornby Castle, 20th of October, 1666.
"C. Darcy & Meynill."
After this, the Lord Viscount Fauconberg gave the House an Account of the Truth of the Matter of Fact as is expressed in the abovesaid Letter, he being present at the same Time.
King to be addressed, in relation to Precedency of Peerage of England.
Hereupon the House, upon Consideration of this Report, were of Opinion, To make an Address to His Majesty, He being the Fountain of Honour.
To that Purpose, it is ordered to be referred to the Committee of Privileges, to peruse the Address which was made to the late King Charles on the like Occasion, and prepare the Form of such an Address as is fit to be presented to His Majesty at this Time, upon this Occasion, and report the same to this House.
Bp. Hereford to preach at the Thanksgiving.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Bishop of Hereford be, and is hereby, desired to preach before the Peers, in the Abbey Church at Westm. on Tuesday the 20th Day of this Instant November, being a Day appointed by His Majesty for giving of Thanks to Almighty God for His Mercy in the Abatement of the Rage of the Pestilence.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, videlicet, 16um diem instantis Novembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.