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, 23 die Decembris; 1° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
Colchester Court of Conscience.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Rebow, Mr. Howard, Mr. Blowfeild, Mr. Baile, Sir John Barker, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Edw. Aiscough, Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Fenwick, Sir Rob. Nappier, Mr. Reignolds, Mr. Lampton, Sir Pat. Ward, Sir Cha. Bloys, Sir Phil. Skippon, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Foley, Mr. Thornhaugh, Mr. Christy, Mr. Gray, Mr. Niccolls, Sir Edw. Aiscough, Mr. Foot Onslow, and all the Members that serve for the County of Essex: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber:
East India Company.
A Petition of John and Thomas Temple, Owners of the Ship Bristoll, was read; setting forth, that they, the last Sessions of this House, exhibited their Petition, thereby setting forth the great Oppression they had sustained in relation to the said Ship, which was plundered and sunk by one John Tyrell, Captain of the Phænix, and the Master and Mariners of the Bristoll barbarously treated and imprisoned, by Order of the East India Company: Which Petition was committed to the Committee appointed to consider of the East India Trade: Who examined the Matter of the said Petition; and made a Report therein to the House, asserting their Damage to be Thirty-one thousand Two hundred Eight Pounds Two Shillings and Ten-pence; which they are ready again to make appear: And praying the Consideration and Relief of the House therein.
Ordered, That the said Petition of John and Thomas Temple be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the East India Trade, and how it may be managed to the best Advantage of the Nation; to examine the Matter; and make their Report to the House.
Privilege- petition from a person in custody.
A Petition of Hugh Jones, Gentleman, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, was read; setting forth, That the Petitioner is very sensible of the Displeasure he has justly incurred from this honourable House; for the which he is heartily sorry, and humbly begs the Favour and Pardon of this honourable House: And, inasmuch as his Wife and Children, and Clients, are very great Sufferers by his Confinement, and begging the Pardon of the House for his Offence; and in Commiseration of his said Condition; to order his Discharge.
King appoints to be attended.
Sir Henry Capell acquaints the House, That he, and others of his Majesty's Privy Council, having attended his Majesty, to know his Pleasure, When they should attend his Majesty, to present their Address touching the Prince and Princess of Denmarke; his Majesty was pleased to appoint, at the Rising of the House, this Day, at the Banqueting House at Whitehall, after he should return from the House of Peers, whither he intended this Morning to go, to pass such Bills as were ready for the Royal Assent.
Leave of Absence.
Call of the House.
Defaulters to call of the House.
Resolved, That all such Members as shall not appear, upon the next Call of the House, without a reasonable Excuse, to the Satisfaction of the House, their Names shall be printed; to the end the Nation may know who do attend, and who do neglect their Duty.
Privilege- Aspersion of a Member.
A Petition of Tho. Burridge, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, was read; setting forth, That, after his being some time in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, . . was committed to the Gatehouse, to give further Satisfaction, Who were his Informers as to his searching the late Dwelling House of Sir Richard Middleton for Arms: That he never had any other Information than that of his Maid Servant's, as he hath made Affidavit of, and is ready still so to do: And having begged the said Sir Rich. Middleton's Pardon; and begging the Pardon of this honourable House for his Offence; prayed to be discharged.
And the House being informed, that a Maid Servant of the said Thomas Burridge had sworn before a Justice of Peace, That she had seen several Fire Arms brought into the House of the said Sir Richard Middleton in Soho Square in January last; and that Sir Rich. Middleton was present when they were brought in: And that the said Maid Servant having been indicted of Perjury thereupon, it was proved, That Sir Rich. Middleton had not taken the said House at that time; and that he himself came not to Town till some time after: Upon which the said Maid Servant was convicted of Perjury.
Ordered, That Thomas Burridge, who hath been committed to, and is now in the Custody of, the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for a Breach of Privilege by him committed against Sir Rich. Middleton, Baronet, a Member of this House, be committed a Prisoner to the Gatchouse of the City of Westminster.