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, 27 die Januarii; 1° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
A PETITION of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the Borough of Barnstaple, was read; thereby setting forth, That they have had and still have, an independent Company of the Militia; and have had Commissions of Lieutenancy (a Copy of one of which was annexed to the Petition), and thereby Power to elect a Captain to command the same; which Company consists of One hundred Men, and were to be drawn out of the Borough to be mustered or exercised: And being informed of a Bill before the House for the better settling the Militia of the Kingdom; and praying such their ancient Privilege may be provided for therein: And that, by reason of the great Decay of Trade, the Number may be reduced to Sixty, besides Officers.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee to whom the Bill for settling the Militia of this Kingdom is referred: Who are to examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinions therein, to the House.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Duncomb Colchester have Leave to go into the Country for Recovery of his Health.
Surgeons to administer Medicines.
A Bill to enable the Surgeons to administer inward Medicines to wounded Persons, was read the Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Onslow, Colonel Birch, Sir Edward Hussey, Sir Cha. Cæsar, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Cognisby, Mr. Foley, Colonel Austen, Sir Tho. Bernadiston, Sir John Moreton, Sir Cha. Windham, Sir John Brownlow, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Christy, Mr. Buscawen, Major Manly, Mr. Vincent, Sir Tho. Darcy, Mr. Blowfeild, Mr. Onslow, Serjeant Trenchard, Mr. Rashleigh, Mr. Carter, Mr. Titchborne, Mr. Chadwick, Mr. Hawles, Sir Wm. Whitlock, Mr. Courtney, Sir Phil. Skippon, Sir Edw. Harley, Mr. England, Sir Peter Rich, Sir Cha. Windham, Sir Rob. Rich, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Carey, Sir Walter Young, Mr. Reynell, Mr. Ellwell, Mr. Thomson, Mr. Rebow, Mr. Arnold: And they are to meet To-morrow at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
A Petition of Rich. Warburton, Esquire, was read; thereby setting forth, That his Real Estate, to the Value of One thousand Pounds per Annum, and his Personal Estate, to Two thousand Pounds Value, was seized in Ireland, for his adhering to their present Majesties: That the Petitioner also held by Lease; and was, the Fifth December 1688, possessed of several Lands and Tenements in the King's and Queen's Counties in Ireland, at the yearly Rent of One hundred Sixty-nine Pounds Ten Shillings, derived under the late Earl of Arlington, deceased; the Rent and Reversion whereof the Earl sold (inter alia) to Sir Pat. Trant; who often promised the Petitioner a Renewal of such his Lease, he having disbursed at least Two thousand Pounds upon the Premises: But for that Sir Pat. Trant, by the Bill of Forfeitures, may be liable to forfeit all his Estate, and consequently disabled from performing his Promise, and therefore praying, a Clause may be inserted in the Bill of Forfeitures, for the Relief of the Petitioner.
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee to whom the Bill to attaint such Persons as are in Rebellion against their Majesties in Ireland, is referred; to examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinions therein, to the House.
Westminster, &c. Courts of Conscience.
Ordered, That all that come to the Committee to whom the Bill for erecting Courts of Conscience in the Borough of Southwarke, City of Westminster, Tower Hamlets, and Out Parishes within the weekly Bills of Mortality, is referred, have Voices.
Recovery of Tythes.
A Motion being made, and the Question being put, That the House do now proceed upon the Amendments come down from the Lords to the Bill for the more easy Recovery of small Tythes, and for the Repair of Churches;
The House divided,
The Yeas go forth,
|Tellers for the Yeas,||Mr. Roberts,||43.|
|Sir Fra. Russell,|
|Tellers for the Noes,||Sir Wm. Yorke,||96.|
So it passed in the Negative.
Resolved, That the said Amendments be taken into Consideration upon Wednesday Morning next, at Eleven a Clock.
A Petition of the Royal Affrican Company of England was read; setting forth, That they, by great Charge, have preserved to this Nation the Trade in Affrica, from the Port of Salley to Cape de bona Esperanza, under Letters Patents from the late King Charles the Second; where they have not only improved the Manufactories of this Nation, but, from the large Credit the said Company have given to their Majesties America Plantations, the Trade of Affrica hath produced an Increase of Wealth and Navigation to the Kingdom, and Revenue to the Crown: But there arising Disputes about the Company's Powers by their Letters Patents, whereby they are disturbed in their Trade: And presuming the House may find it necessary to secure the Trade of Affrica, and praying they may have Leave to offer a Bill for the better securing a Trade to the Petitioners the Company, or as the House shall see good.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to consider of the said Petition; and to prepare and bring in a Bill, as they shall think fit.
And it is referred to Sir Tho. Littleton, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Brewer, Major Vincent, Mr. Baldwyn, Sir Tho. Darcy, Mr. Blowfeild, Sir Peter Rich, Major Manley, Mr. Elwell, Mr. Johnson, Sir John Moreton, Mr. Brumley, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Herne, Mr. Fenwick, Colonel Birch, Sir John Cary, Mr. England, Mr. Burrard, Mr. Coryton, Mr. Hawles, Mr. Christy, Sir Wal. Young, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Thompson, Sir Tho. Barnadiston, Mr. Cognisby, Sir Tho. Darcy, Sir Dun. Colchester, Sir Charles Bloys, Mr. Brownlow, Mr. Carye: And all that come to have Voices: And they are to meet on Wednesday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And are impowered to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Miles Cooke and Sir James Astry:
Mr. Speaker, the Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act to enable Wm. Batson, Esquire, to sell Lands in the County of Oxon, and to purchase and settle other Lands in the County of Suffolke to the same Uses, without any Amendments.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
Ordered, That the hearing Counsel upon the Bill for taking away the Duty of Aulnage be adjourned until Friday Morning next.
Bills of Indemnity, &c.
Then the House resolved into a Committee of the whole House, to proceed further upon the Bills of general Pardon and Indemnity, and for inflicting Pains and Penalties upon such Persons as shall be excepted thereout.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Gray took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Royal Assent to Bills.
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 immediately, in the House of Peers.
And accordingly, Mr. Speaker and the House went up to attend his Majesty: Where his Majesty was pleased to give the Royal Assent to the several Bills following; viz.
An Act for Review of the Poll Bill, and for an additional Poll:
An Act to prevent vexatious Suits against such as acted in order to the bringing in their Majesties, or for their Service:
An Act for the better Security and Relief of the Irish Protestants:
An Act to discharge the Duke of Norfolk, upon Payment of certain Sums of Money to the Lady Eliz. Teresa Russell, wife of Bartholomew Russell, Esquire:
An Act to enable the Earl of Radnor to make a Jointure to his Wife, and to raise a Sum of Money out of divers Lands and Tenements in Cornwall:
An Act to enable Thomas Edon, Esquire, to sell Lands to pay his Debts, and to make Provision for his Wife and for his Children, in case he shall have any:
An Act to enable Wm. Batson, Esquire, to sell Lands in the County of Oxon, and to purchase and settle an Estate in the County of Suffolke to the same Uses.
And afterwards his Majesty made a gracious Speech to both Houses: Which being ended,
The Parliament was prorogued until the Second Day of April next.