Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Mercurii, 23 die Octobris;Anno Regmo Regis et Reginæ Gulielmi et Mariæ Primo, Anno Domini 1689.
Message to attend the King.
A MESSAGE from his Majesty, by Sir Thomas Duppa, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod;
The King commands this honourable House to attend His Majesty, in the House of Peers, immediately.
Accordingly Mr. Speaker and the House went to attend his Majesty:
And being returned,
The King's Speech.
Mr. Speaker reports, That he having, with the House, been to attend his Majesty; his Majesty was pleased to speak to this Effect; viz.
That, He having spoken so lately to them, He need not say any thing now; Matters not having been altered from what was then: And therefore referred to what He said last to both Houses, when he was at the House of Lords; and desired, That speedy Resolutions might be taken.
Then his Majesty's Speech, the Nineteenth Instant, to both Houses, was read by Mr. Speaker, in the Chair.
Expences at Elections.
A Bill to prevent Abuses, occasioned by excessive Expences at Elections of Members to serve in Parliament, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read the Second time.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for Religion do sit every Tuesday in the Afternoon, in the House.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for Grievances do sit every Thursday in the Afternoon, in the House.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for Courts of Justice do sit every Saturday in the Afternoon, in the House.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for Trade do sit every Monday in the Afternoon, in the House.
Committee of Privileges.
Resolved, That a Committee of Elections and Privileges be appointed of the Persons following; viz. Mr. Grey, Lord Cornbury, Colonel Austen, Sir Walter Young, Colonel Tipping, Sir Robert Clayton, Mr. Gerrard, Sir Wm. Ellis, Lord Fairfax, Mr. Paul Foley, Mr. Gwyn, Sir Fran. Russell, Sir Fran. Drake, Sir John Barker, Lord Brandon, Major Wildman, Sir Wm. Honywood, Lord Marquis Winchester, Mr. Newport, Lord Wm. Pawlet, Mr. Coningsby, Lord Ranelagh, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Sir Rich. Hart, Mr. Howe, Mr. Windham, Mr. Cheyne, Sir Rich. Temple, Mr. Phil. Foley, Sir John Knight, Mr. Babington, Mr. Manwareing, Sir Roger Twisden, Lord Norris, Sir Hen. Ashurst, Sir Wm. Poultney, Mr. Done, Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Nicolas, Sir Tho. Mompesson, Colonel Mildmay, Sir Edw. Windham, Sir Edw. Hussey, Mr. Fox, Sir Edw. Seymor, Mr. Hyde, Mr. Napper, Mr. Coryton, Mr. Hawles, Sir Ch. Cæsar, Major Beake, Mr. Harley, Sir Wm. Williams, Mr. Williams, Sir Math. Andrews, Mr. Papillion, Mr. Burrard, Sir Wm. Yorke, Lord Falkland, Mr. Smith, Sir Wm. Ashurst, Sir Hen. Capell, Mr. Herbert, Sir Edw. Harley, Sir Leveson Gowre, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Tho. Foley: And all that come are to have Voices: And they are to meet on Friday next, in the Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at the Time and Place before-mentioned; and to take into Consideration all such Matters as shall or may come in Question, touching Returns, Elections, and Privileges; and to proceed upon Double Returns in the first place; and to report their Proceedings, with their Opinions therein, to the House, from time to time: And all Persons that will question Returns, are to do it in Fourteen Days next; and so in Fourteen Days after every new Return shall be brought in: And that all Members, upon Double Returns, do forbear to sit, till the Point of the Double Return is determined, unless they be returned in the several Indentures: And that all Persons who are so returned in the several Indentures, may sit: And the said Committee is impowered to send for Witnesses, Persons, Papers, and Records, for their Information: And all Members who are returned for Two or more Places, are to make their Elections by This-day-three-weeks, for which of the Places they will serve: Provided there be no Question, upon the Return for either Place: And if any thing shall come in Question, touching the Return, Election, or Matter of Privilege, of any Member of this Committee, he is to withdraw during the Time the Matter is in Debate.
A Petition of Humfry Courtny, Esquire, was read; setting forth, That the Petitioner is duly elected to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Michell in Cornwall, in the place of Charles Fanshaw, Esquire, by the Inhabitants of the Borough paying Scot and Lot, in whom the Right of Election is; and that, by Contrivance between Peter Champion, an Attorney, Steward of the Manor of Michell, and one Francis Gully; a Return was made to Wm. Bond, Esquire, Sheriff of Cornwall, by the said Francis Gully, in his own Name, as Portreve, and in the Name of all the Burgesses of that Borough, That they had elected Wm. Coryton, Esquire, a Burgess for the same Borough: Whereas the said Gully was not Portreve, but barely nominal, to serve a Turn: Nor was the said Wm. Coryton elected, but the Petitioner; Mr. Coryton not having Four qualified Voices; whereof the Sheriff was well satisfied, and signed the Petitioner's Indenture: But Mr. Coryton's Return is made by the Under Sheriff, contrary to the High Sheriff's Order: And praying, That, the undue Practices may be examined at the Bar of this House; and that the undue Return may be discharged, and the Petitioner admitted according to the Election and Return of the Burgesses of the said Borough.
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Privileges and Elections; to examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinions therein, to the House.
Printing the Votes.
Ordered, That the Votes of the House be printed.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do peruse the Votes of the House, and order the Printing of them.
The King's Speech to be considered.
Resolved, That the House do, To-morrow Morning at Ten of the Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to take into Consideration his Majesty's Speech.
Call of the House.
Ordered, That the House be called over upon Tomorrow-sevennight.
And then the House adjourned until To-morrow Morning, Nine of the Clock.