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, 13 die Novembris ; 1° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
Sir Thomas Armstrong.
ORDERED, That Mr. Rowe, Sir Wm. Poultney, Mr. Hamden, Sir Edw. Harley, Mr. Comptroller, Mr. Herbert, Lord Brandon, Mr. Howard, Mr. Fortescue, be added to the Committee to whom the Petition of the Lady Armstrong, and the Daughters of Sir Tho. Armstrong, is referred.
Recovery of Tythes, &c.
Lords desire Leave for Members to attend them.
Mr. Speaker, We are commanded by the Lords to acquaint this honourable House with this Message, That a Committee being appointed to examine, Whowere the Advisers and Prosecutors of the Murders of the Lord Russell, Colonel Sidney, Sir Thomas Armstrong, Mr. Cornish, and others; and, Who were the Advisers of issuing out of Writs of Quo Warranto's against Corporations; and, Who were the Regulators; and also, Who were the publick Asserters of the Dispensing Power; That this House be desired, That Mr. Serjeant Trenchard, and John Hamden, Esquire, and such other Members of this House, as can inform the Lords of the said Committee, about those Matters, may have Leave to appear, when desired, to declare their Knowledge therein.
Reversing Walcot's Attainder.
State of the Nation.
Abuse in Convoys.
A Petition of the Merchants of London was read; setting forth, That the Petitioners paying great Customs for the Guard of the Seas, and having many trading Vessels in the Streights and West Indies, when the War against France was declared, that had no Knowledge thereof; but, presuming on the safe Guarding of the Channel, returning without Fear, to theirs and the Petitioners great Loss, found the very Mouth of the Channel so infested with French Capers, and Men of War, that there are lost near One hundred Sail of Ships, to the Value of Six hundred thousand Pounds; whereby divers of the Petitioners are impoverished, the Government of England dishonoured, and the Kingdom weakened, by the Loss of many brave Seamen now in French Prisons, Gallies, or Men of War; whilst the French are thereby enriched, strengthened with many good Ships: And that those of the English Ships, that have escaped the French, and got into the West of England, after their lying there, some near Three Months, others more, have been fain to hire Foreigners, or pay considerable Sums of Money to the English, to convey them to the Downs; as the Petitioners were ready to make appear: And praying the Consideration and Relief of the House.
They acquainted the House, That Captain George Churchill, of the Pendennis, had, of Emanuell Hudson, a Master of a Merchantman, for his and other Ships, Forty Pounds; and that they could bring the Evidence when the House should appoint.
A Member to attend.
Ordered, That George Churchill, Esquire, a Member of this House, have Notice to attend in his Place, upon Monday Morning next, touching an Information given of his having taken Monies of Captains of Merchant Ships for convoying them.
Then the Petitioners were called in again; and acquainted by Mr. Speaker with the said Resolves, for the hearing the Matter of the said Complaints on Monday next, either against Captain Churchill, or any others.-
State of the Nation.
Mr. Grey reports from the Committee of the whole House, That they had made some Progress in Consideration of the State of the Nation; and that they had directed him to move the House, That they may sit again Tomorrow Morning, to proceed further therein.