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 Sabbati, 4 die Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Ld. Audley's Bill.
The Amendments made by the House of Commons in the Bill concerning the Lord Audley were read Three Times, and Agreed to.
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to it, and Her ring's, and the Bill for burying in Woollen;--and with the Bill for Discharge of Prisoners.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Tymothy Baldwin and Sir Edward Lowe; which consisted of these Particulars:
1. To let them know, that this House agrees to the Amendments in the Bill concerning the Lord Audley.
2. That their Lordships agree to the Bill for burying in Woollen, with some Amendments; to which the Concurrence of the House of Commons is desired.
3. To return the Bill for discharging of Prisoners; wherein the Lords have made some Amendments, and desire the Concurrence of the House of Commons therein.
4. That this House agrees to the Bill concerning John Herring.
Inhabitants of Hallowell against E. of Manchester.
Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants within the Parish and Manor of Hallowell cum Needingworth, in the County of Huntingdon, concerning the enclosing of Part of a Place or Parcel of Ground, called Claylocke, within the aforesaid Manor and Parish of Hallowell, by the Earl of Manchester, or his Agents:
After Consideration had thereof, it is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition be, and is hereby, dismissed this House.
Growth of Popery.
The House took into Consideration the Reasons offered by the House of Commons at the late Conference, touching the Danger the Kingdom is in by reason of the Growth of Popery.
The Reasons were read.
Bill to prevent the Growth of Popery.
ORDERED, That the Bill for preventing the Growth of Popery shall be read on Monday Morning next, the Second Time; and to be the First Business.
Report concerning the Treaty with The States General.
The Lord Treasurer reported, "That, by His Majesty's Command, His Commissioners met Yesterday with the Ambassador and Envoy of The States Generall, upon their last Proposal; (videlicet,) That His Majesty would be pleased to use His Offices for prolonging of the Time for considering of the Propositions proposed lately at Nimigen by the French King's Ambassador, and for endeavouring that the said Propositions might be accepted: And they did, by His Majesty's Order, return this Answer; (videlicet,) That His Majesty did not approve of their Propositions, and did therefore not think fit to use His Offices for the obtaining of them.
"That they were further commanded to require from the said Ambassador and Envoy their Answers to Three Particulars, to this Effect; (videlicet,)
"1. That, since His Majesty and The States Generall are already engaged in a Treaty, to give mutual Succours to each other with their whole Force, the Commissioners were to know precisely what that Force would be, both by Land and Sea, which The States would maintain against France during the War?
"2dly, Whether the said Ambassador and Envoy had Powers to enter into a Treaty for a strict Prohibition of all Commerce with France during the War?
"3dly, Whether the said Ambassador and Envoy had Powers to make an effectual Quadruple Alliance, betwixt the Emperor, England, Spaine, and their States, for the better prosecuting of the said War against France?
"To all which, the Answer of the said Ambassador and Envoy was, That they had no Orders to give certain Answers to any of these Propositions; but that His Majesty needed not to doubt of their firm maintaining their Alliances with His Majesty; and that they would send immediately to inform their Masters, and to get an Answer with all the Speed possible."
His Lordship further reported, "That, in the Discourse of these Matters, The States Ministers desired of the Commissioners to have His Majesty's Answer in Writing, which was given to their Proposal: Which was agreed to be given them, if they would give that Proposal in Writing, to which this was an Answer; but that was refused by them.
"And as to the Three Proposals made to the said Ministers by His Majesty's Commissioners, they were given in Writing; and an Answer to them was promised to be sent in Writing to One of His Majesty's Secretaries of State, by Eight of the Clock this Morning (by which written Answer only they intend to be concluded); but that Answer was not delivered at the Time of the making this Report."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, 6um diem instantis Maii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.