Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Martis, 14 die Octobris; 2° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
A BILL to vest divers Messuages and Tenements in St. Giles's in the Fields, the Estate of David Bigg, Esquire, in Trustees, to be sold, and for laying out the Money to be raised thereby in the Purchase of Lands to be settled to the same Uses; was presented to the House; and received.
A Petition of Richard Strode, Esquire, was read; setting forth, That there being a Precept granted for the Electing of Two Burgesses to serve in this present Parliament, the Petitioner, on the Twenty-eighth April last, was duly chosen one of them; but John Tozer, the pretended Mayor, with others, usurping to themselves the sole Right of electing, refused to admit the Petitioner's Voices, and grant a Poll, though often required; and have wrongfully returned Sir George Treby, Knight, and John Pollexfen, Esquire: And praying the Consideration of the House in the Premises, and Relief therein.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections: Who are to examine the Matter thereof; and report the same with their Opinions therein, to the House.
A Petition of the Freeholders, Inhabitants, Freemen, and Burghers of the Town of Plympton in the County of Devon, was read; setting forth, That a Precept being granted for the Election of Two Burgesses to serve for the said Town, the Petitioners, on the Twenty-sixth April last, voted for Richard Strode, Esquire, and Peter Fortescue, Esquire, who were duly elected by the Majority of legal Voices, but John Tozer, pretending himself to be Mayor, and some other of his Accomplices, usurping the sole Right of Election, refused to admit the Petitioners Voices, and grant a Poll, though oft required; and have wrongfully returned Sir Geo. Treby, and John Pollexfen, Esquire: And praying the Consideration of the House in the Premises, so as the Petitioners may know how to govern themselves for the future.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections: Who are to examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinions therein, to the House.
Leave for Members to attend Lords.
A Complaint being made to the House, That Wm. Knight and Zachary Gardiner, Serjeants, had entered into the House of Sir Jos. Herne, a Member of this House, and arrested a Servant of his by the Procurement of George Atkins, an Attorney at Law, in Breach of the Privileges of this House.
Ordered, That the said George Atkins, William Knight, and Zachary Gardiner, be sent for in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for the said Breach of Privilege; and to answer the same.
Commissioners of Accounts.
Ordered, That Mr. Attorney General, Master of the Rolls, Mr. Serjeant Trenchard, Sir Rich. Reynolds, be added to the Committee to whom it is referred to prepare and bring in a Bill for the taking the Publick Accompts.
Mr. Solicitor General reported from the said Committee, That they had proceeded in the further Consideration of their Majesties Supply for the Army: And that they had agreed upon a Resolution: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards, delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was read; and is as followeth; viz.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Supply to be granted to their Majesties for maintaining an Army of Sixty-nine thousand Six hundred and Thirty-six Men, and for General Officers, Garisons, Office of Ordnance, Hospitals, and Contingencies for the next Year's Service, be a Sum not exceeding the Sum of Two Million Two hundred Ninety-four thousand Five hundred and Sixty Pounds.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That the House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution, That the Supply to be granted to their Majesties for maintaining an Army of Sixty-nine thousand Six hundred Thirtysix Men, and for General Officers, Garrisons, Office of Ordnance, Hospitals, and Contingencies for the next Year's Service, be a Sum not exceeding the Sum of Two Million Two hundred Ninety-four thousand Five hundred and Sixty Pounds.
Ways and Means.
Resolved, That the House will, To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Ways and Means for raising the Supplies to be granted to their Majesties.
And it is referred unto Sir Jos. Williamson, Serjeant Trenchard, Sir Tho. Clarges, Sir Rich. Temple, Colonel Birch, Sir Ralph Dutton, Sir John Guise, Sir Thomas Lee, Mr. Hutchinson, Sir Wm. Bassett, Colonel Norton, Lord Brandon, Colonel Sackvile, Sir Hen. Goodrick, Sir Math. Andrewes, Mr. Beake, Sir John Chichley, Lord Cornbury, Mr. Paul Foley, Sir Wm. Whitlock, Sir Walter Young, Mr. Holt, Sir Rob. Howard, Mr. Heeger, Mr. England, Mr. Dyott, Mr. Norres, Mr. Gray, Mr. Arnold, Sir Wm. Cooke, Mr. Bickerstaffe, Sir Phil. Skippon, Sir Wm. Cooper, Mr. Cooke, Sir Fran. Guybons, Mr. Chetwyn, Mr. Goldwell, Mr. Willmott, Mr. Gilbert, Sir Gilbert Clerke: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Four of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Punishing Mutiny and Desertion.
Ordered, That a Bill be brought in for the Continuing of the Act for punishing Officers or Soldiers, who shall mutiny, or desert their Majesties Service; and for the preventing Abuses in quartering of Soldiers: And it is recommended to Sir John Guise to prepare the same accordingly.
Making Militia useful.
Ordered, That Sir John Guise, Sir Thomas Travell, Mr. Holt, Colonel Birch, Colonel Kirby, be added to the Committee, appointed to prepare and bring in a Bill for the better regulating and making the Militia of the Kingdom more useful.