Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Lunæ, 13 die Maii. 1° Willielmi et Mariæ.
A PETITION of sir Thomas Rowe, Knight, was read; setting forth, That the Justices of the Peace for the County of Middlesex, in 1685, set up a great publick Building, at the charge of the County, for a Workhouse for the Reception and Provision of poor Orphans, and Parish Children; and that it was fitted and prepared by the Petitioner, and others; and by them maintained for Three Years and upwards; but, in regard, there is no Endowment, nor certain Constitution, to encourage charitable Persons to contribute thereunto, the House and Charity are not promoted and increased, as otherwise they might; and praying the Consideration of the House, and Leave to bring in a Bill for establishing the Charity.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee to whom the Bill for establishing the Courts of Conscience in Southwark, Westminster, the Tower Hamlets, and Out Parishes, were referred, to examine the Matter of the said Petition, and report the same, with their Opinions, to the House: And that, for that Purpose, the said Committee be revived, and do sit this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: And that Mr. Antony Row and Sir Matthew Andrews be added to such Committee: And they are impowered to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Colchester Court of Conscience.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir Robert Davers, Mr. Grubb, Mr. Freke, Mr. Fenwick, Mr. Burridge, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Vincent, Mr. Fownes, Mr. Sandford, Sir Wm. Honywood, Mr. Christy, Sir John Knight, Major Manly, Sir Walter Moyle, Mr. Auditor Done, Lord Castleton, Sir Fran. Russell, Mr. Blake, Sir Wm. Poultney, Mr. P. Foley, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Hawles, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Tho. Foley, Mr. Ogden, Mr. Burrard, and all the Members that serve for the Counties of Dorset and Wilts: And they are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And they are impowered to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Colchester Court of Conscience.
Leave of Absence.
Naval Officers not qualifying.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to prevent the Forfeitures of such Sea Officers as have not time to take the Sacrament before they go: And that Mr. Attorney General do take care of the Bill.
Supply Bill; Land Tax.
Ordered, That a Bill be brought in, for granting to their Majesties a Subsidy of Twelve-pence in the Pound, for One Year, upon all Lands and Houses in Cities Boroughs, and Towns, according to the present true intrinsick Value: As, likewise, Twelve-pence in the Pound, for One Year, according to the true yearly Profit, upon all personal Estates, other than Houshold Goods, and Stock upon Land; and also, upon Offices and Employments of Profit, other than Military Offices in the Army and Navy: And that Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Solicitor General do take care of the Bill.
Leave of Absence.
Westminster, &c. Courts of Conscience.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee to whom the Bill for Establishing Courts of Conscience in Southwarke, Westminster, and Tower Hamlets, and Out Parishes, be made on Friday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock; and nothing to intervene.
A Member, declining to take Oaths, is discharged.
He was called in accordingly; and came up to the Table: And Mr. Speaker acquainted him, That the House had taken Notice that he had been about the Town a considerable time; but yet did not attend the Service of the House: And that he had Directions to tender him the Oaths, and the Declaration.
Whereupon, Sir Henry Mounson said, That he was sorry, that, for some Reasons, he could not comply to qualify himself to sit in the House: But that those Reasons would no way incline him to disturb the Government; and that he submitted himself to the House.
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 Citizen to serve in this present Parliament for the City of Lincolne, in the room of Sir Henry Mounson, Baronet, who is discharged from being a Member of the House.
Orphans of London.
Mr. Grey reports from the Committee of the whole House, That they had made some Progress in the Bill; and that the Committee had directed him to move, That, in order to their further Proceeding, the Chamberlain of the City of London may be directed to bring in a Particular of what the Lands are, which are proposed to be sold by the City of London; and, whether in Possession or Reversion; and what the Value will amount unto; and also a Particular of the Incumbrances and Charities chargeable upon the City; and of the Lands to be set out for their Satisfaction; and their Values.
Lands for Orphans of London.
Resolved, That the Chamberlain of the City of London do bring in, upon Tuesday next, a Particular of what the Lands are, which are proposed to be sold by the City of London; and whether in Possession or Reversion; and what the Value will amount unto; and also, a Particular of the Incumbrances and Charities chargeable upon the City; and of the Lands to be set out for their Satisfaction; and their Values.
A Member, declining to take Oaths, discharged.
He was called in accordingly; and came up to the Table: And Mr. Speaker acquainted him, That the House had taken Notice that he had been about the Town a considerable Time; but yet did not attend the Service of the House: And that he had Direction to tender him the Oaths and Declaration.
Whereupon, the Lord Fanshawe said, That it was true, he had been about Town a great while indeed; but had been in the Country, if his Health would have permitted him; but that he had been in a strict Course of Physick, and was in the same Condition still of Physick and Diet: But, however, that since he was absent, there was an Act of Parliament passed, for taking the Oaths; and he was not qualified to sit in the House, in regard he was not satisfied to take the Oaths; and therefore he could not appear.
A Motion being made, That the Cause before the Committee of Privileges and Elections, this Afternoon, touching the Borough of Thetford in the Counties of Norfolke and Suffolke, may be put off for some further Time;
Ordered, That Mr. Forster, Sir Wm. Blackett, Sir Ralph Carre, Sir Rob. Nappier, be added to the Committee to whom it is referred to examine and report the Matter touching the Officers and others who served on and cloathed the Army in 1679.