Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 16, 1696-1701. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Mercurii, 20 Januarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Leave for Members H. C. to attend.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons Yesterday return Answer:
That the Commons agree, that Sir Edward Abncy and Mr. Denzill Onflow (Two of their Members) may attend, to be examined, as desired.
Lady Lewis to be examined by a Master in Chancery.
The House being informed, "That the Lady Lewis is very ill, and cannot attend this House as a Witness on the Behalf of the Lord Hastings:"
It is therefore ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Sir Miles Cooke, a Master in Chancery attending this House, do go to the said Lady Lewis, and take her Examination in Writing, in relation to a Matter depending in this House, between the Earl of Huntingdon and the Lord Hastings his Son; and deliver the same to this House.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for vesting and settling certain Estates of William James Gentleman in and upon Trustees, to be sold, for the Payment of Debts, and making Provision for himself his Wife, and their Children."
Sir J. Hanham's Bill.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for vesting the Manor of Holme, alias East Holme, and Swannage, in the County of Dorsett, Part of the Estate of Sir John Hanham Baronet, in Trustees, to be sold, for discharging a Mortgage thereupon, and upon the Residue of the said Sir John Hanham's Estate, and for Payment of his other Debts."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Miles Cooke and Sir Richard Holford:
To carry down the said Bill, and desire their Concurrence thereunto.
The Lord Lawarr reported from the Committee, the Bill, intituled, "An Act for enabling Oliver Neve, of Great Witchingham, in the County of Norfolke, Esquire, to sell Two Houses in London; and for vesting other Lands in the said County, of greater Value, to the same Uses," as fit to pass, with some Amendments.
Which, being read Twice, were agreed to; and the Bill ordered to be engrossed.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for vesting certain Lands of William Millward, in the County of Hereford, Clerk, in Trustees, for Payment of Debts."
Reports concerning Smith's Letters.
The Earl of Rochester reported from the Lords Committees appointed to read the Letters and Papers delivered into this House by Mr. Mathew Smith, "That the Committee have read all the Letters and Papers; and had heard Mr. Smith and Mr. Vernon."
Hereupon, several of the Letters, Papers, and Minutes of Letters, being read in the House, the House made the following Resolutions; (videlicet,)
No Ground for his Complaint against the D. of Shrewsbury;
"Mr. Mathew Smith having, upon his Examination at the Bar of this House, alledged, "That he had some Cause of Complaint against the Duke of Shrewsbury, upon the Account of Intelligence given by him to the Duke, which would be made out by his Papers given in to this House:"
"It is Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That it is the Opinion of this House, upon the Examination and Consideration of the said Papers, that there is no Ground for the said Complaint.
nor deserving of a further Reward.
It is Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That it is the Opinion of this House, upon the Examination of the Papers delivered in to this House by Mr. Mathew Smith, and Consideration of the whole Matter, that the said Mathew Smith doth not deserve any further Reward.
Smith and Huet discharged.
"It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Mr. Mathew Smith and John Huet, now in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, shall be, and they are hereby, discharged (without Fees); and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
"To Peter Persehouse Esquire, Serjeant at Arms attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, and every of them."
Elections, for further regulating, Bill.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of the Second Reading of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the further regulating Elections of Members to serve in Parliament," and the Petitions relating thereunto, shall be resumed on Friday next, at Eleven of the Clock; and all the Lords summoned to attend.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, (videlicet,) vicesimum primum diem instantis Januarii, hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.