Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Sabbati, 11 die Maii;1° Willelmi et Mariæ.
Astley's, &c. Nat.
MR. Papillion reports from the Committee to whom the Bill for Naturalizing Ann Astley, and others, was referred, That they had thought fit to make several Amendments therein: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were once read throughout; and afterwards, a Second time, one by one; and agreed unto by the House.
Bill of Indemnity.
Resolved, That this House do, on Tuesday Morning next, at Eleven of the Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Heads for a Bill of Indemnity; and nothing to intervene.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to issue forth a new Writ, for the Electing of a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Ipswich in the County of Suffolke, in the Room of Peyton Ventris, Esquire, now One of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas.
Leave of Absence.
Measures of Norwich Stuffs.
A Petition of divers Wholesale and Retale Mercers, Salesmen, and others, in Behalf of themselves, and all other Dealers in Norwich Stuffs, was read; setting forth, That the said Commodities, called Norwich Stuffs, by Act of Parliament made 7 Edw. IV. ought to contain Thirty Yards in Length to every Piece: But that since that, and to this Time, the Weavers or Makers of the said Stuff have violated the said Act, by putting Tickets upon every Piece Twenty-eight Yards utmost Content, and imposing the same upon the Buyer at that Rate; and that, in truth, the same are generally but Twenty-five, Twenty-six, or Twenty-seven Yards: And praying that an Office may be erected, by Act of Parliament, for the City of Norwich and County of Norfolke, for the due Measuring of all such Stuffs.
Also a Petition of the Wardens and Assistants of the Company of Worsted-weavers of Norwich was read; setting forth, That since the Making the Statute of 14 Car. II. intituled, An Act for regulating the Making of Stuffs in Norfolke and Norwich; whereby Twelve Wardens and Thirty Assistants were to be yearly chosen, and duly sworn, in such manner as that Act directs, well and truly to survey, measure, and Seal, all such Stuffs made in the said City and County, under the said Regulation as be well and sufficiently made; the Traders in the said Stuffs have grown so numerous, that the Number of the said Wardens and Assistants, appointed by the said Act, are too few for surveying and measuring the said Stuffs; by which means, many defective Stuffs have been packed up, and sent up to London, before the same have been searched or viewed: And praying that a Bill may be brought in, to increase the Number of Wardens and Assistants in Norfolke and Norwich, to Twenty-four Wardens and Forty Assistants, or to such Number as the House shall think fit.
And it is referred unto Mr. Coninsby, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Blowfeild, Sir Fra. Russell, Sir Nevill Catelyn, Mr. Paul Foley, Mr. Parker, Lord Falkland, Mr. Christy, Mr. Tho. Foley, Sir Patience Ward, Sir Robert Davers, Mr. Done, Sir Tho. Dyke, Mr. Fenwick, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Papillion, Mr. England, Mr. Newport, Mr. Mildmay, Mr. Deane, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Colt, Mr. Hamden, Sir Wm. Poultney, Mr. Burrard; and all the Members that serve for the County of Norfolke and Suffolke, and City of London: And they are to meet on Monday next, at Four of the Clock, in the Duchy Chamber: And they are to examine the Matter of the said Petitions; and to report the same, with their Opinions therein, with all convenient Speed.
A Motion being made, That the Committee to whom the Bill for Licensing Hackney Coaches, is referred, may consider of a Regulation of Hackney Coaches within Fifteen Miles of the City of London, and coming to the said City.
Leave of Absence.
Privilege-Persons discharged from custody.
The Right honourable the Marquis of Winchester informing the House, That Peter Barradell, who was in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for a Breach of Privilege in arresting Mr. Michael East a Servant to his Lordship, had made his Submission to his Lordship; and therefore prayed, that he may be discharged out of Custody.
The Right honourable the Marquis of Winchester informing the House, That Archibald Sparke, who was in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for a Breach of Privilege in arresting Mr. Michael East, a Servant to his Lordship, had made his Submission to his Lordship; and therefore prayed, that he may be discharged out of Custody;
The Right honourable the Marquis of Winchester informing this House, That Robert Lambert, who was in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for a Breach of Privilege in arresting Mr. Michael East, a Servant to his Lordship, had made his Submission to his Lordship; and therefore prayed, he may be discharged out of Custody;
Call of the House.
The House then proceeded to call over the names of such Members as had the Leave of the House to go into the Country, without any time set for their Return; and before the Order of the House was made for ascertaining a Time for the Return of such Members as should ask Leave to go into the Country; and also, such as had Leave, pursuant to such Order:
Ordered, That such Members of this House, as have had Leave to go into the Country, without any Time set for their Returning, do return to the Service of the House within a Fortnight: and that the Clerk of the House do send this Order to them; to the end they may have Notice thereof.
Members who have not taken Oaths.
The House finding, that several of the Members returned by the Clerk of the Crown, had not, as yet, taken the Oath appointed by the Act of Parliament, intituled, An Act for preventing * * * *; and, particularly, that Charles Lord Fanshaw, Burgess for the Borough of Mitchell in the County of Cornwall, and Sir Henry Mounson, Baronet, Citizen for the City of Lincolne, although they were resident in or about the City of London, had absented themselves from the Service of the House, ever since the Oaths were enjoined to be taken; and others of them were detained in the Country by Sickness;
Ordered, That Charles Lord Viscount Fanshaw, who serves in this present Parliament as a Burgess for the Borough of Mitchell in the County of Cornwall, be summoned to attend this House upon Monday Morning next.
Resolved, That the Clerk of the House do send a Letter to such other Members of the House, as are in the Country, who have not taken the Oaths appointed by the said Act of Parliament; signifying to them, That the House expects their Attendance, with all convenient Speed; and that they will intimate the Time, when they will come to attend the Service of the House.