Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Jovis, 9 die Januarii; 1° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
MR. Christy reports from the Committee to whom the Bill to enable Thomas Edon, Esquire, to sell Lands to pay Debts, and make Provision for his Wife, in lieu of her Jointure, was referred, That they had agreed upon some Amendments to be made to the Bill: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards, delivered them in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were read once throughout; and afterwards a Second time, one by one; and, upon the Question, agreed unto by the House.
Ordered, That the Bill be ingrossed.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Trevor Williams have Leave to go into the Country for a Month, his Son being very ill.
A Bill to take away the Duty of Aulnage, and lay a Charge, in lieu thereof, upon Cloths at the Custom house, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
A Bill to settle the Militia of this Kingdom, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time on Monday Morning next.
A Member declining to take Oaths, committed.
The House being acquainted, that Mr. Cholmly attended, according to their Order of Tuesday last;
He was called in, and came up to the Table: And Mr. Speaker, by the Direction of the House, acquainted him to this Effect, viz. That the House had taken Notice of his being absent from their Service a considerable Time; and that now he was come, he was to tender him, and accordingly did tender him, the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy appointed to be taken by the Members of the House, according to an Act of this present Parliament.
To which Mr. Cholmly replied, That as to his Absence, both when he was in the Country and since he came to Town, he had been infirm and lame, and had been under the Doctor's Hands, and could not as yet recover himself; And that he had endeavoured to qualify himself to be a sitting Member of the House, by taking the Oaths, as the House expects; but that he could not as yet do it: And therefore humbly submitted himself to the House; and that he did it not out of any wilful Humour.
Upon which he was commanded to withdraw.
And being withdrawn accordingly;
Resolved, That Francis Cholmly, Esquire, a Member of this House, for his Contempt in refusing to take the Oaths * * * *, be committed Prisoner to the Tower of London.
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House do take into his Custody the said Mr. Cholmly; and convey him to the Tower: And that Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant for that Purpose.
Oath of Allegiance.
Ordered, That a Bill be brought in to injoin the Taking of the Oaths of Allegiance by all Persons above the Age of Sixteen Years; and to require the Justices of the Peace to tender the same; and to commit such Persons to Prison, without Bail or Mainprise, as shall refuse to take the same.
Ordered, That it be referred to Sir Thomas Littleton, and Mr. Hawles, to prepare and bring in a Bill accordingly.
Duke of Norfolk's Payment to Lady Russell.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Miles Cooke and Sir John Franklin;
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to discharge the Duke of Norfolke, and the Trustees of Henry late Duke of Norfolke, upon Payment of certain Sums of Money to the Lady Teresa Russell, Wife of Bartholomew Russell, Esquire: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
Supply Bill; Land Tax.
A Bill for an Additional Tax of Twelve-pence in the Pound for One Year, was read the Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.
Resolved, That the House do, upon Saturday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, resolve into a Committee of the whole House, to proceed upon the said Bill.
Reversing Armstrong's Attainder.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee to whom the Bill for annulling the Attainder of Sir Tho. Armstrong was referred, be made upon Monday Morning next.
Resolved, That the House do, upon Tuesday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, resolve into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of Ways to satisfy the Debts due to the Orphans of the City of London; and nothing to intervene.
Westminster, &c. Courts of Conscience.
Ordered, That all the Members that serve for the County of Surrey be added to the Committee, to whom the Bill for erecting Courts of Conscience in the Borough of Southwarke, City of Westminster, Tower Hamlets, and Out Parishes within the Weekly Bills of Mortality, is referred.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine of the Clock.