Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Veneris, 16 die Augusti; 1° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
Exactions at Hull Port.
A PETITION of several Masters, and Mariners of Ships was read; setting forth, That the Petitioners being Traders in the Port of Hull, Captain Copley, present Lieutenant Governor of the said Town, hath for several Months last past, and still continues to exact from the Petitioners the Sum of One Farthing per Ton, according to the respective Burthens of their several Ships or Vessels, to the great Oppression of the Petitioners: And praying the House to take into their Consideration this illegal Exaction; and cause such Redress to be made, as to them should seem meet.
Ordered, That the said Captain Copley do attend this House To-morrow Morning, to answer to the Matter of the said Petition: And that the Petitioners do also then attend, to make good their Complaint.
Information respecting Tumult on Wednesday last.
Colonel Sackvile informed the House, That one Robert Diggs was with the Weavers on Wednesday last, encouraging them in the Tumult they then made: Who, being apprehended, was brought before him as a Justice of Peace: And that he tendered him the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy; but that he refused to take them: And that he had taken several Informations given in against him, and committed him to the Gatehouse: And that there were Applications made to bail him; and therefore he desired the Directions of the House therein: And, delivering in the Informations, they were read at the Table.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to inquire Who were the Authors and Occasion of the Tumult on Wednesday last.
And it is referred unto Major Wildman, Mr. Vane, Colonel Sackvile, Mr. Godolphin, Mr. Leveson Gowre, Mr. Serjeant Trenchard, Sir Hen. Goodrick, Sir John Knatchbull, Sir John Trevor, Major Manley, Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Attorney General, Sir Algernon May, Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Blake, Sir Peter Rich, Mr. Papillion, Mr. Done, Mr. Coningsby, Sir Wm. Williams, Sir Walter Young, Sir Wm. Cooper, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Fenwick, Mr. Gwyn, Mr. Hawles, Colonel Mildmay, Sir Walter Moyle, Mr. Forrester, Sir Rice Rudd, Mr. Grey, Sir Edw. Harley, Mr. Arnold, and all the Members that serve for the Cities of London and Westminster, and the County of Middlesex, and Borough of Southwarke: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: And are to have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Securing Government against Papists.
An ingrossed Bill for securing the Government against Papists, and other disaffected Persons, was read the Third time.
Several Amendments were severally proposed to be made to the Bill; viz.
Press 1, Line 36, to leave out "other than Peers of this Realm, as Members of either House of Parliament:" And
Press 3, Line last, to leave out "at the Discretion of the Justices:" And
Press *, Line *, to insert "Riding, Division, City, Borough, Place:" And
Press 3, Line 14, to leave out "and;" and, instead thereof, to insert "or:" And
Press 4, Line 13, to leave out "Persons called," and inserting, Press 4, Line the 14th, " * *:" And
Press 4, Line 15, to leave out "mentioned;" and, instead thereof, to insert "described:"
All which Amendments were, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House: And the Bill amended at the Table accordingly.
An ingrossed Clause was offered to be added as a Rider to the Bill, as followeth;
"Provided also, and it is hereby Declared and Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That all Rents and Profits of all and every such Estate and Estates of James Earl of Salisbury, as shall, by virtue of this Act, or otherwise, by reason of his Recusancy, be forfeited, shall, in the first place, redound unto, be had, held, and enjoyed by John Tillotson, Dean of Canterbury, and Doctor in Divinity, and John Fisher, of the Middle Temple, London, Trustees or Overseers of James late Earl of Salisburye, deceased, and the Survivors and Survivor of them, and the Heirs, Executors, and Administrators of such Survivor; for the Use and Benefit of, and in Trust for the younger Children (being Protestants) of the said James Earl of Salisbury, deceased; until such time, and no longer, as the respective Portions to them the said younger Children devised or appointed by the said Will, and the Interest due, or to grow due, for the same, shall be made up and satisfied: And that, for that Purpose, all such Rents and Profits be, immediately after the Time of the said Forfeitures actually vested in the said John Tillotson, John Mapletoft, and John Fisher, and the Survivors and Survivor of them, and the Heirs, Executors, and Administrators of such Survivors, for and during, and until the Time that the said respective Portions shall be made up and satisfied, together with the Interest as aforesaid; any thing in this, or any former Act to the contrary thereof in any-wise notwithstanding. Saving nevertheless, the Right and Title of all just and real Creditors and Legatees, whose Debts and Legacies are chargeable upon the said Estate, or any Part thereof."
Which Clause was thrice read; and, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed to be made Part of the Bill.
Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act for the better Securing of the Government against Papists, and disaffected Persons.
Ordered, That Mr. Hawles do carry the Bill up to the Lords for their Concurrence.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.