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 Sabbati, 23 Januarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Hodie 2a 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."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Monday next, at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Hodie 2a 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."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of the said Bill be referred to the Committee above-named.
King's Answer to the Address for a Reprieve for Sir J. Fenwick.
The Earl of Scarbrough reported His Majesty's Answer to the Address presented Yesterday, for delaying the Execution of Sir John Fenwick, "That His Majesty was pleased to say, I cannot judge whether the Reprieving of Sir John Fenwick may be of dangerous Consequence to Myself or Government, or not: But, since the Lords have made this Address, his Execution shall be delayed till Thursday next; and I will accordingly give Order for it."
Elections, for further regulating, Bill.
The Order being read, for taking into Consideration the Second Reading of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the further regulating Elections of Members to serve in Parliament."
And several Petitions against the said Bill being also read:
Not to be read a Second Time.
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill sha be read a Second Time?"
It was Resolved in the Negative:
Protest against that Resolution.
"Because this Bill did provide, that none but natural-born Subjects of England and Men of Estates should be capable of being chosen to serve in Parliament; which we conceive most agreeable to the Constitution and true Interest of this Kingdom.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, (videlicet,) vicesimum quintum diem instantis Januarii, hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.