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 Mercurii, 6 die Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Marquis of Hallifax appointed Speaker pro Tempore.
Message from H. C. for a Conference, about the Vote concerning King James's Abdication, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Dolbin and others:
To desire a Free Conference, upon the Subject-matter of the last Conference.
The Answer returned was:
That the Lords will give a Free Conference, as desired; and appoints the same to be presently, in the Painted Chamber.
Then these Lords following were appointed to manage this Free Conference:
The Commons being come; the House was adjourned, and the Lords went to the Free Conference.
The Free Conference being ended, the Lords returned.
The House was resumed.
Report of the Conference.
The Managers of the Free Conference reported the Substance of the said Free Conference: "That the Commons do not agree with their Lordships, in the Amendment to their Vote; but insist upon the Word ["abdicated"] instead of the Word ["deserted"]; and also upon these Words ["and that the Throne is thereby vacant"].
Vote that King James has abdicated, and that the Throne is vacant, agreed to.
And, after Debate, this Question was put,
"Whether to agree with the House of Commons in the Word ["abdicated"], instead of the Word ["deserted"]; and to the Words that follow, ["and that the Throne is thereby vacant"]?"
Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it.
Leave was given to any Lords to enter their Dissents; and accordingly these Lords following do enter their Dissents, by subscribing their Names:
Tho. Bath & Wells.
Then this Question was put:
Prince and Princess of Orange to be declared King and Queen.
Whether the Prince and Princess of Orange shall be declared King and Queen of England, and all the Dominions thereunto belonging?"
Resolved in the Affirmative.
Leave given to any Lords to enter their Dissents; and accordingly these Lords following do enter their Dissents, by subscribing their Names:
To be communicated to H. C. and; Oaths of Allegiance to be considered.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal assembled at Westm. That To-morrow Morning, before the Vote for the Prince and Princess of Orange being declared King and Queen of Engl'd, and all the Dominions thereunto belonging, be communicated to the House of Commons, this House shall enter into Consideration of the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy.
Jennison, imprisoned as a Romish Priest, released.
Upon reading the Petition of Robert Jennison; shewing, "That, by an Order of the Lords assembled at Westm. of the 24th of Decemb'r last, he was committed Prisoner to Newgate, for being a Romish Priest;" and also shewing, "That he never was a Romish Priest, nor of any other Order in the Romish Church; but hath for divers Years last past been a married Man, and hath now a Wife and Children:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal assembled at Westm. That the said Robert Jennison be, and is hereby, discharged from his present Imprisonment; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To the Keeper of Newgate, his Deputy and Deputies.
Lords absent excused.
The Duke of Newcastle, and Lord Darcy and Conyers, their Absence excused, upon their Letters to the Speaker.
Marq. de Hallifax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsen. Convent. continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, (videlicet,) 7um diem Februarii, 1688/9, hora nona Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.