Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 14, 1685-1691. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Veneris, 25 die Januarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Marquis Hallyfax was appointed Speaker pro Tempore.
Instrument of Government.
This Day his Grace the Duke of Norfolke brought into this House the Address of the Peers, about the Administration of the Government; and also an Address of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, about Administration of the Government, which had been formerly signed by several Lords, and presented to his Highness the Prince of Orange, and now were signed by several Lords which had not before signed them.
The House was this Day called, beginning at the lower End of the Roll, and these Lords following were absent:
Upon calling over the House this Day, several Lords being absent for whom no Excuse was made:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal assembled at Westm. That the Right Honourable the Marquis of Hallyfax, now Speaker, be, and is hereby, desired to write Letters to those absent Lords, to attend the Service of the House:
The Tenor of which Letter was as follows:
Letter to absent Lords.
"I am commanded, by the House, to acquaint your Lordship, upon the Occasion of your Absence when the House was called the 25th Day of January Instant, that as they conceive it to be the Duty of Peers at all Times to attend the Service of the House, so at this Time more especially the Obligation of it is greater, and less to be dispensed with; the present Conjuncture requiring in a more particular Manner the Service and Assistance of those who are so much concerned in the Good and Safety of the Nation as the Peers, who have so great a Trust, and who must have so great a Share in the making a Settlement, by which our Religion and Laws may be secured. The Lords do therefore earnestly request your Lordship (all Excuses set apart, but such as are absolutely indispensable) to come up with all convenient Speed to attend the Public Service of the House; not doubting but that your Lordship's Zeal for the public Good, will be a more powerful Argument to prompt you to comply with this Desire of the House, than any Penalty that could be imposed upon the Omission of it."
Standing Orders read.
Next, the Roll of Standing Orders were read.
Upon calling the House this Day, there arose a Debate, concerning some Lords sitting in the House, that were not introducted.
And it was agreed, that they should be now introducted, as near the usual Form as could be.
L. Griffin introduced.
Then Edward Griffin Lord Griffin de Brabrooke was introduced, between the Lord Lovelace, and the Lord Delamer; the Lord Great Chamberlain, and the Earl Marshal, and the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, going before him.
He presented his Patent, on his Knee, to the Speaker on the Woolsack; which his Lordship delivered the Clerk of the Parliaments who brought the same to the Table, and read it.
The Patent bears Date the Third of December, Anno Regni Domini Regis Jacobi Secundi Quarto; and then he was placed at the lower End of the Barons Bench.
D. of Northumb. introduced.
In the like Manner George Fitzroy Duke of Northumberland was introduced, between the Duke of Somerset and the Duke of Ormond.
His Patent bears Date 6° Die Aprilis, 34° Caroli Secundi Regis; and so was placed in his Place, according to his Creation.
The Earl of Craven was added to the Committee concerning Papists.
Staple's Examination about refusing to tender the Oaths deferred.
The House being moved, "That Mr. Thomas Staples, Steward of Windsor Court, who, by Order of the 22th Instant, was to appear this Day, attended at the Door; but not being able to get his Witnesses ready against this Day, might have longer Time given him for that Purpose:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal assembled at Westm. That the said Thomas Staples be, and is hereby, required to attend this House on Friday the 8th Day of February next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
E. of Peterborough to have the Liberty of The Tower.
The House taking into Consideration the Petition of the Right Honourable Henry Earl of Peterborough:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal assembled at Westminster, That the said Earl of Peterborough may have the Liberty of The Tower, for his Health.
To the Lord Lucas Chief Governor of The Tower of London, his Deputy or Deputies.
State of the Nation.
ORDERED, That Tuesday next be, and is hereby, appointed for taking into Consideration the present State of the Nation.
Marquis Halyfax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsen. Convent. continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet, 28um diem instantis Januarii, 1688/9, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.