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, 27 die Februarii;1° Willielmi et Mariæ.
Marches Court in Wales.
Colonel Birch reports from the Committee of Elections and Privileges, to whom the Matter of the Double Return and Elections of Burgesses to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Dunwich in the County of Suffolk, was referred, that, the Committee having taken the same into their Consideration, the State of the Case appeared to be,
That the Bailiffs returned, under the Common Seal, That Roger North, Esquire, and Sir Tho. Allen, were elected by the Majority of free Burgesses inhabiting within the Borough, according to the most ancient Usage of the said Borough; and that, at the same time, they were elected by a less Number of the Burgesses resident within the Borough, and by the major Part of the Freemen of the Corporation who live out of the Borough, Two other Persons; viz. Sir Philip Skippon, who is a Freeman of the said Corporation; and Sir Robert Rich, who is no Freeman.
That there were Two Records produced on the Behalf of Sir Tho. Allen, and Mr. North; the one, 7° Edvar' IV. the other, 12° Edvard' IVti: whereby the Burgesses to serve in Parliament were returned to be chosen by the Burgesses inhabiting within the Borough.
That, on the other hand, many Records were produced in the Reigns of Hen. VIII. Edw. VI. Queen Eliz. King James 1st, and King Charles IId; whereby the Election appears to be in the Burgesses and Commonalty.
That it was also proved, that, at the Election now in Question, a Poll was demanded on Behalf of Sir Thom. Allen, and Mr. North; wherein all the Freemen were to be included; But that, finding the Number of the Outsitters to over-balance their Voices, they proceeded to poll the Burgesses, Inhabitants only: Whereof the one had Twenty-six; and the other Twenty-eight, as above.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, that the Right of Election of Burgesses to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Dunwich, is in the Freemen of the said Borough, commonly called Out-sitters, as well as in the Freemen inhabiting within the said Borough.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, that Sir Rob. Rich, Knight and Baronet, and Sir Philip Skippon, Knight, are duly elected Burgesses to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Dunwich.
The Question being put, That the House agree with the Committee, That the Right of Election of Burgesses to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Dunwich, is in the Freemen of the said Borough, commonly called Out-sitters, as well as in the Freemen Inhabitants within the said Borough;
|Tellers for the Yeas,||Mr. Williams,||173.|
|Tellers for the Noes,||Mr. Fox,||156.|
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, that Sir Rob. Rich, Knight and Baronet, and Sir Philip Skippon, Knight, are duly elected Burgesses to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Dunwich.
Leave of Absence.
Revenue of the Crown.
Mr. Hamden reports from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to take into Consideration a Motion made Yesterday, for settling a Revenue upon the King and Queen, That the Committee, having taken the same into Consideration, had agreed upon Two Resolves to be reported to the House: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table, where the same being read, are as followeth:
Resolution to support the King.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That this House will stand by and assist the King with their Lives and Fortunes, in supporting his Alliances abroad, in reducing of Ireland, and in Defence of the Protestant Religion, and Laws of the Kingdom.