Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 17, 1701-1705. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Mercurii, 17 Januarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
L. Poulett's Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable the Right Honourable John Lord Poulett and Bridgett Lady Poulett his Wife, with the Consent of their Trustees, to sell their Shares and Interest of and in certain Manors and Lands, in the County of Kent; and to purchase other Lands or Hereditaments, of the like Value, to be settled to the same Uses."
E. Bath's Bill.
A Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable William Henry Earl of Bathe, during his Minority, to execute the Power of making Leases of his settled Estate," being offered to be read; and a Debate arising thereupon:
The Question was put, "Whether the Bill offered shall be now read?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against reading it.
"For that the main Foundation and greatest Motive for the Legislative Authority to intermeddle in the Settlement of Private Men's Estates, is the Desire and free Consent of all Parties concerned in the said Settlement first had and obtained; and the Lord Granville, next Heir to the present Earl of Bathe, having, in his Place in this House, declared, "That he conceived his Interest in that Estate, to be prejudiced by this Bill; and that he could by no Means give his Consent to it:"
"We do therefore humbly conceive, the receiving this Bill to be contrary to the usual Method of proceeding in all Bills of this Nature; and therefore ought not to have been received.
Buckingham, C. P. S.
E. Bathe Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable William Henry Earl of Bathe, during his Minority, to execute the Power of making Leases of his settled Estate."
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear Counsel for the said Bill, on Thursday the Eighth Day of February next, at Eleven a Clock; as also Counsel against the said Bill, at the same Time, if the Lord Granville think fit.
Dr. Watson's Petition.
Whereas this Day was appointed, for reading and considering the Petition of Thomas Watson Doctor in Divinity, and Johanna Watson:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition shall be read and considered on Monday next, at Twelve a Clock; and all the Lords summoned to attend; and that the Cause on that Day, and others appointed be removed, to come on in Course.
Ricusett & al. Natural.
A Petition of Peter Ricusett and others, for their Naturalization, being read:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioners may be added to a Bill of Naturalization depending in this House, as desired.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, decimum octavum diem instantis Januarii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.