Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Martis, 29 Januarii, 1688.
Preventing Ships going to France.
THE House being acquainted, that about One hundred and Fifty Sail of Ships are going out of this Kingdom for France, with an Intention to import from thence great Quantities of French Wines and Brandies into this Kingdom;
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to prepare an humble Address to his Highness the Prince of Orange, to desire him to put a speedy Stop to all Ships which are going out of this Kingdom, for France.
And it is referred to Mr. Garwey, Mr. Buscowen, Mr. Hamden, Colonel Mildmay, Sir Rich. Temple, Mr. Sachevrill, Mr. Love, Sir Hen. Goodrick, Sir Patience Ward, Colonel Birch, Sir John Knight, Sir John Guise, Sir Christopher Musgrave, Sir Hen. Capell, Mr. Harbord, Sir John Moreton, Sir Rob. Clayton, Sir Thom. Lee, or any Three of them, to draw up the said Address: And they are immediately to withdraw into the Speaker's Chamber for that Purpose; and to present the same to the House with all convenient Speed.
Ordered, That the Coroner for the County of Suffolke do bring in the Papers and Books of the Poll for the Knights of the Shire to serve in this present Convention, for the said County, to the Chairman of the Committee of Elections; who is to deliver Copies thereof to Sir Sam. Barnardiston, and the other Parties concerned, if the same shall be desired.
Committee to attend the House.
Gallery to be kept clear.
Trade with France.
And it is referred to Colonel Birch, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Mr. Sacheverill, Mr. John Hamden, Sir Tho. Lee, Sir Christo. Musgrave, Sir Rob. Clayton, Mr. Pilkington, Mr. Jephson, Mr. Love, Sir Patience Ward, Sir Rich. Temple, Mr. Kendall, Mr. Paul Foley, Mr. John Polexfen, Mr. Harbord, Mr. Thom. Foley, Mr. Garway, Sir Henry Capell, Mr. Elwell, Mr. Musgrave, Sir John Mathewes, Mr. Done, Sir Edw. Harley, Lord Wiltshire, Mr. Buscowen, Sir John Thompson, Sir Matthew Andrews, Sir Benj. Newland, Sir Thom. Clarges, Mr. Sandford, Sir John Knight, Mr. Colt, Lord Falkland, Sir Rob. Sawyer, Marquis of Worcester, Mr. Onslowe, Mr. Waller, Mr. Sanderson, Mr. Pitt, and all Members for the Sea Port Towns, and for the City of York, and Town of Hull; or any Three of them; to consider thereof; and make Report, with their Opinions therein, to the House: And they are to meet next Friday in the Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Address to prevent Ships going to France.
Sir Richard Temple reports from the Committee appointed to draw up an Address to his Highness the Prince of Orange, to desire him to put a speedy Stop to all Ships that are going out of this Kingdom for France, That the Committee having taken into Consideration the Matters to them referred, had agreed upon an Address: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered it in at the Table: Where the same being again read, is as follows:
WE the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, assembled at Westminster, do humbly represent to Your Highness the great Dangers and Inconveniences that may happen to this Nation, in this Conjuncture, by the great Number of Shipping of this Nation that at this Season are going for France; and therefore do make it our humble Desire to Your Highness, to take some effectual Course, that an immediate Stop be put to the Going of any Ships or Vessels to France; that so the Seamen may be kept at home for the Service of the Nation.
State of the Nation.
Mr. Hampden reports from the Committee of the whole House, That the Committee having taken into further Consideration, the Condition and State of the Nation, they had agreed upon Two Resolves: Which he read in his Place; and then delivered them in at the Table: Where the same being read, are as follows:
Resolutions against a Popish Prince; and for securing Religion, Laws, and Liberties.
Resolved, That the House be moved to appoint a Committee, to bring in general Heads of such Things as are absolutely necessary to be considered, for the better securing our Religion, Laws, and Liberties.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, That it hath been found; by Experience, to be inconsistent with the Safety and Welfare of this Protestant Kingdom, to be governed by a Popish Prince.
And it is referred unto Colonel Birch, Mr. Sacheverill, Mr. Boscowen, Sir Thom. Lee, Mr. Jephson, Mr. Herbord, Mr. Hen. Polexfen, Sir Geo. Trebye, Sir Edm. Seymour, Mr. Wildman, Mr. Finch, The Earl of Wilts, Mr. Garway, Mr. Thom. Foley, Mr. Ettericke, Lord Falkland, Sir Wm. Williams, Sir Robert Cotton, Lord Colchester, Sir Rob. Howard, Sir Hen. Hobart, Sir Hen. Capell, Sir Thom. Littleton, Sir Rob. Sawyer, Mr. Rich. Hampden, Sir Rich. Temple, Mr. Somers, Mr. Eyres, Sir Thom. Clarges, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Mr. John Hamden, Mr. Wharton, Sir Christo. Musgrave, Mr. Tipping, Mr. Christy, Mr. Waller, Sir Boucher Wrey, Mr. Paul Foley, Sir Wm. Ellis, or any Three of them: And they are to meet, in the Speaker's Chambers, To-morrow Morning at Eight of the Clock; and to present such Heads to the House with all convenient Speed.