Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 13, 1675-1681. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Veneris, 15 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Hearth-money, more easy collecting, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the better and more easy collecting the Duty of Hearthmoney."
Bill for Discharge of Prisoners for Debt.
The Lord Privy Seal reported, "That the Committee have considered the Bill concerning poor Prisoners, and have made some Amendments therein."
Which, being read Twice, were Agreed to.
ORDERED, That this Bill is re-committed, upon the whole Debate.
Message from H. C. with the following Address to the King.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord Russell and others:
That the Commons of England, assembled in Parliament, have made an Address, to be presented to His Majesty; to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
The said Address was read, as follows:
Address for a War with France.
We, Your Majesty's most humble and loyal Subjects, the and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, do, in all Duty and Faithfulness to Your Majesty's Service, humbly present Your Majesty with this our Advice: That, for the satisfying the Minds of Your good Subjects, who are much disquieted with the Apprehensions of the Dangers arising to this Kingdom from the Growth and Power of the French King, and for the Encouragement of the Princes and States consederated against Him, Your Majesty would graciously be pleased immediately to declare, proclaim, and enter into, an actual War against the said French King; for the Prosecution whereof, as we have already passed a Bill of Supply, which only wants Your Royal Assent; so we desire Your Majesty to rest constantly assured, that we will from Time to Time proceed to stand by and aid Your Majesty with such plentiful Supplies and Assistances as Your Majesty's Occasions for so Royal an Undertaking shall require.
And because Your Majesty's Endeavours by Way of Mediation have not produced those good Effects Your Majesty intended; we do most humbly beseech Your Majesty, that You would graciously be pleased to recall Your Ambassadors from Nemigen and France, and to cause the French Ambassador to depart from hence; that, Your Majesty being publicly disengaged from acting as a Mediator, or upon such Terms and Conditions as were then proposed, Your Majesty may enter into the War to no other End than that the said French King may be reduced unto such a Condition, as He may be no longer terrible to Your Majesty's Subjects, and that Christendom be restored to such a Peace as may not be in the Power of the said King to disturb."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Address shall be entered upon To-morrow Morning.
ORDERED, That the Committee for the Bill concerning Servants shall meet this Afternoon.
Nevile versus Nevile.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Cause, which, by Order of the Twelfth Instant, was appointed to be heard this Day, upon the Petition of Richard Neville Esquire, Plaintiff, against Anne Neville Widow, Defendant, be, and is hereby, put off to Friday the Two and Twentieth Day of this Instant March, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof both the said Parties are to take Notice, and attend with their Counsel accordingly.
Serjeant versus Serjeant.
ORDERED, That the Cause, which, by Order of the 11th Instant, was appointed to be heard To-morrow Morning, upon the Petition of William Serjeant and Jane his Wife, and the Answers of Jane Serjeant Widow, and Henry Parker, be, and is hereby, put off to Wednesday the 20th of this Instant March, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof as well the Petitioners as the said Defendants are to take Notice, and attend with their Counsel accordingly.
Neale versus Regem, in Error.
Upon hearing Counsel this Day at the Bar, to argue the Errors assigned by Richard Neale Gentleman, Plaintiff in a Writ of Error depending in this House, concerning a Judgement given against the said Richard Neale for Perjury, whereof he stands convicted as in the said Writ of Error and Transcript of the Record of the Court of King's Bench annexed appeareth; Sir Thomas Fanshawe Knight, who prosecuted the said Richard Neale on the King's Behalf, not appearing, nor any Counsel for His Majesty:
After due Consideration had of what was offered by the Counsel thereupon, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled do order and adjudge, That the said Judgement given against the said Richard Neale is erroneous, and shall be, and is hereby, reversed.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati, 16um diem instantis Martii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.