Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Jovis, 15 die Maii; 2° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
Recovery of Tythes, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Lampton, Mr. Stowell, Mr. Blowfeild, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Bull, Mr. Cooke, Sir Rob. Edon, Mr. Bayle, Mr. Hunt, Sir John Wynne, Sir Wilfred Lawson, Mr. Buckenham, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Waller, Mr. Staynes, be added to the Committee, to whom the Bill for the more easy Recovery of small Tythes, and Repair of Churches and Chancels, is committed.
Making Sea Water fresh.
A Petition of Wm. Walcott, Esquire, was read; setting forth, That the Petitioner was the first Inventor of making Sea Water fresh, clear, and wholsome; for which he had a Grant from the late King Charles the Second, in 1675, for a Term of Fourteen Years: That nevertheless, Robert Fitzgerald, Esquire, and others, have since, in 1683, procured other Letters Patents for the sole Exercise of the said Art, for the Term of Fourteen Years; thereby obstructing the Petitioner's Proceedings; who afterwards, in 1685, brought their Bill into this House for enlarging the said Term, with an Intent to exclude the Petitioner, could they have procured to themselves such an Act of Parliament: And praying Leave to bring in a Bill, whereby the Petitioner may be restored to his ancient Right, and have his Term renewed and enlarged, that he may be encouraged in so useful an Undertaking.
Mr. Bickerstaffe reports from the Committee to whom the Petition of the Officers, Innkeepers, and Clothiers, &c. that served in, quartered, and cloathed, the Army raised by Act of Parliament in 1677, for the entering into an actual War against the French King, and disbanded by another Act in 1679, was referred; and to examine the Accompts, and consider of Ways for satisfying the Petitioners; That the Committee had examined the Accompts accordingly; and had considered of some Ways for satisfying the Debt due to the Petitioners: Which they submitted to the Consideration of the House, as followeth; viz.
That, upon Examination, it appeared to the Committee, That the Act, intituled, an Act for granting a Supply to his Majesty King Charles the Second, of Two hundred and Six thousand Four hundred Sixty-two Pounds Seventeen Shillings and Three-pence, for paying off and disbanding the Forces raised since the Twenty-ninth September 1677, falling short of answering the End for which it was given, Principal Money Sixty-one thousand Nine hundred and Twenty-six Pounds Three Shillings and Eleven-pence, besides Interest for the same, ever since the Year 1679, as the said Act of Parliament directs;
That it did further appear to the Committee, That Fifty-four thousand Three hundred Ninety Pounds Four Shillings, Part of the said Sixty-one thousand Nine hundred Twenty-six Pounds Principal Money, is due for Quarters, Cloaths, &c. by Certificates signed by one or more of the Commissioners for Disbanding; and Orders of the then Lords of the Treasury thereupon directed to the Exchequer, where they are registered, as appears by Certificate under the Hand of the honourable Sir Robert Howard, Auditor of their Majesties Receipt of Exchequer: And that another Sum of Seven thousand Five hundred Thirtyfive Pounds Nineteen Shillings and Eleven-pence, to complete the Principal Sum of Sixty-one thousand Nine hundred Twenty-six Pounds Three Shillings and Elevenpence, appears also to be due by an Accompt made up and signed by the Commissioners for Disbanding respectively, and by them delivered to a Committee of the House of Commons, appointed to examine their Accompts in the Year 1685, to be due to several Persons for Cloaths and Accoutrements furnished to the said Forces; and is all that appears to be due upon Account of Cloathing, over-and-above what is comprehended in the Sum of Fifty Four thousand Three hundred Ninety Pounds Four Shillings, certified by Sir Robert Howard aforesaid:
That the Committee being deeply sensible of the Petitioners Sufferings, in order to make Provision for the Payment of so just a Debt, contracted upon the Credit of an Act of Parliament, have proposed the following Methods; viz.
That an Imposition of Five Pounds per Cent. be laid upon all Bullion as shall be exported out of this Kingdom: And that a further Imposition of Ten Shillings per Piece be laid upon all Calicoes as shall be imported into this Kingdom.
Resolved, That the House will, upon Thursday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of Ways and Means to satisfy and pay the Debt to the Petitioners.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir Sam. Bernadiston, Mr. Christy, Colonel Lutterell, Sir John Bland, Sir Tho. Darcy, Mr. Slater, Sir Matth. Andrews, Lord Ranelagh, Mr. Mansell, Sir Robert Cotton, Sir John Wynne, Mr. Lampton, Sir Wm. Cooke, Mr. Buscawen, Colonel Birch, Mr. Piggott, Mr. Bickerstaffe, Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Gwyn, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Kenyon, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Burdet, Mr. Palmes, Mr. Greenfeild, Mr. Waller, Sir Jerv. Elwes, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Folcy, Sir Phil. Skippon, Mr. Thornhaugh, Mr. Bowyer, Major Vincent, Mr. Hawtry, Sir Edmund Jennings, Mr. Hunt, and all the Gentlemen that are of the Long Robe: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: And it is to be an Instruction to the said Committee, That they do inquire into the Abuses of Attorneys in their Practice.
Ordered, That the Petition of John Thrale, and John Tutt, against the Royal African Company, formerly read, and ordered to lie upon the Table, be referred to the Committee to whom the Bill for the better securing the Trade to the Royal African Company, is committed.
Importing Thrown Silk.
And also the Bill, intituled, An Act for the Reversing the Judgment in a Quo Warranto against the City of London: And for restoring the City of London to its ancient Rights and Privileges; without any Amendments.
He was called in; and, at the Bar, gave Information of several Papists, and other disaffected Persons, who had listed themselves in Arms, and had Commissions from the late King James to be Officers for Regiments and Troops in Lancashire, and other Places.
Ordered, That the said Mr. Dodsworth do appear before the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench, in order to be examined before him touching the same: And that the Lord Brandon, Mr. Serjeant Wogan, Mr. Cognisby, Colonel Kirby, and Mr. Kenyon, do attend his Lordship from this House; and acquaint him with this Order.
And it is referred to Mr. Attorney General, Mr. Paul Foley, Mr. Solicitor General, Lord Brandon, Sir John Thompson, Mr. Harcourt, Sir Jos. Williamson, Sir Christopher Musgrave, Sir John Wynne, Sir Vere Fane, Mr. Palmes, Colonel Birch, Mr. Greenfeild, Colonel Austen, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Kenyon, Colonel Kirby, Lord Wm. Pawlett, Sir Rob. Cotton, Sir Tho. Clarges; or any Three of them.
Motion for Adjournment.
Supply Bill: Forfeitures.
An ingrossed Proviso was offered to be added, as a Rider, That the Bill shall not charge any Person who accepted of any Office or Commission, and executed the same, without qualifying himself, if such Person do, before the First of August next, receive the Sacrament, and take the Oaths in the Statute for abrogating the Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance, and appointing other Oaths, and make the Declaration in the Statute of the 25th Car. II.: Which Proviso was once read.
Another ingrossed Proviso was offered to be added, as a Rider; That no Person shall incur the Penalty in the Bill, who shall, at the next Quarter Sessions, take the Oaths in the Statute for abrogating the Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance, and appointing other Oaths, and make the Declaration in the Statute of 25° Car. II.
Another ingrossed Clause was offered to be added, as a Rider, That whereas a Judgment was given in Easter or Trinity Term 1686, in a Suit between Godden and Hales, contrary to Law; it enacts, That every Judge of the Court who consented thereto; and also every Judge and Baron, who delivered any Opinion for the Giving of the said Judgment, or for the Dispensing with the Statute, shall forfeit
: And that every Person who passed any Patent dispensing with the same, shall be for ever disabled from holding any Employment or Trust: And that every Judge or Baron, that were so in the said Easter or Trinity Term, who shall not appear before the Commissioners for that Purpose appointed, and prove that he did deliver his Opinion against the said Judgment; such Judge or Baron shall be adjudged to be convicted, and to incur the said Forfeitures and Disabilities: Which Clause was twice read.
An Amendment was proposed to be made in the said Clause, by leaving out that Part thereof which related to Disabilities of Persons as aforesaid: And upon the Question put thereupon, the same was agreed unto by the House.
Another ingrossed Proviso was offered to be added, as a Rider; That this Act shall not extend to charge any Person who, after the Eighth of October, and before the Thirteenth of February 1688, accepted of any Office or Commission, and executed the same, without Qualifying himself, if such Person do, before the First of August next, receive the Sacrament, and take the Oaths in the Statute for abrogating the Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance, and appointing other Oaths, and make the Declaration in the Statute of 25° Car. II.: Which Proviso was twice read.
|Tellers for the Yeas,||Mr. Granvile,||160.|
|Tellers for the Noes,||Sir James Long,||70.|
|Sir Samuell Bernadiston.|
|Tellers for the Yeas,||Mr. Brereton,||137.|
|Tellers for the Noes,||Mr. Foley,||91.|
|Sir Rob. Cotton,|
Committee of Privileges.
Supply Bill; Hereditary Revenue.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning at Ten a Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill for declaring the Hereditary Revenue of the Crown to be vested in their Majesties.