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, 22die Octobris; 2° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
ORDERED, That the Matter touching the Election for the Borough of Preston, be heard at the Bar of this House upon This-day-month: And that Thomas Patten, Esquire, the Petitioner touching the said Election, have Notice of this Order.
Tower Hamlets Court of Conscience.
A Bill to erect a Court of Conscience for the Tower Hamlets, and Holborne and Finsbury, Divisions, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
A Bill to vest some Lands of John Wentworth, Esquire, in Trustees, to be sold, and for laying out the Monies raised thereby in Purchase of other Lands more convenient for him, was read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Bickerstaffe, Mr. Hawtry, Mr. Buscawen, Mr. Christy, Mr. Mansell, Serjeant Wogan, Mr. Dalben, Sir Ralph Carre, Mr. Chadwick, Sir John Kay, Lord Cornbury, Sir Tho. Darcy, Mr. Glemham, Mr. Goldwell, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Done, Sir John Wynne, Mr. Blowfeild, Mr. Clerke, Sir Edm. Jennings, Mr. Cary, Mr. Greenfeild, Mr. Paul Foley, Mr. Kenyon, Sir John Guise, Sir Rob. Davers, Mr. Etterick, Sir Cha. Windham, Lord Wm. Pawlett: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Sir Thomas Littleton reports from the Committee to whom the Bill to enable Dacres Barret, alias Lennard, Esquire, to charge the Reversion of his Estate in England, with One thousand Five hundred Pounds, was committed, That they had agreed upon an Amendment to be made to the Bill: Which he read in his Place, with the Coherence; and afterwards, delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was once read; and afterwards, a Second time; and, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for the better Help of Creditors in Cases of Bankruptcy: And it is recommended to Mr. Paul Foley and Mr. Serjeant Wogan to prepare the same.
Westminster, &c. Paving.
A Bill for Paving and Cleansing of the Streets in the City of Westminster, and Out Parishes in the County of Middlesex, and Borough of Southwarke, and for regulating the Hay Market at Charing Cross, in the Parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
A Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council and Inhabitants of the City of Exeter, was read; setting forth, That, for some Years past, the Trade formerly driven to Guiny by Merchants and others, hath been restrained and shut up, by confirming it to a Company; since which, the Sale and Vent of the Petitioners Trade and Commodities is so abated, that many of their Goods lie dead on their Hands; and there being but one Buyer (the Agent of the Company), the Petitioners are forced to sell at their (the Company's) Rates, or keep them on their Hands; and so, for want of Vent for those they have, are forced to lay down their Trades, to the Ruin of great Numbers of poor Families inhabiting in the said City and County of Devon, being become very chargeable to the Places where they dwell: And praying the Consideration of the House in the Premises; and that the Trade of Woolen Manufactures may no longer be restrained, but that Merchants may have Freedom to export them for the Encouragement of their Trade.
Ordered, That the Examination and Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the African Trade, and how the same may be best settled for the Benefit of the Nation; and to report their Opinions therein to the House: And the said Committee is to have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Persons in rebellion in Ireland.
Sir Thomas Clarges reports from the Committee appointed to prepare an Address to his Majesty, That he would please to command the Commissioners in Ireland to make a Return to his Majesty of the Names of the Persons in Rebellion in Ireland, and of their Estates, and the yearly Values thereof; and that he would graciously please to order the same to be transmitted to this House; That they had prepared an Address accordingly: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards, delivered in at the Table: Where the same was read; and is as followeth; viz.
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The said Address being read a Second time;
An Amendment was proposed to be made, by * * * *.
And the Question being put, That the House do agree with the Committee in the said Address, so amended;
It passed in the Negative.
Attainting Persons in Rebellion.
Resolved, That a Bill be brought in upon the Debate of the House, for attainting the Persons that are or have been in Rebellion in England or Ireland, and for confiscating their Estates, and for applying the same to bear the Charge of the War: And it is referred to Colonel Birch, Serjeant Trenchard, Mr. Swinfin, Sir John Knatchbull, Sir Tho. Lee, Sir Jos. Williamson, Mr. Paul Foley, Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Hutchinson, Lord Pawlett, Mr. Travers, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Harbord, Lord Bellamont, Sir Rob. Rich, Lord Falkland, Sir Cha. Blois, Sir Cha. Sidley, Sir Rob. Cotton, Sir John Guise, Mr. Bowyer, Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Papillion, Sir Rob. Cotton, Sir Math Andrews, Sir John Cutler, Sir Rob. Nappier, Mr. Hampden, Mr. Kenyon, Mr. Bickerstaffe, Mr. Attorney General, Sir Tho. Clarges, Sir Tho. Travell, Sir Jos. Herne, Mr. Willmot, Mr. Parker, Mr. Greenfeild, Sir Cha. Windham, or any Five of them, to prepare the same: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Four of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and to sit de die in diem.
Estates of Popish Seminaries.
Resolved, That a Bill be brought in for the better confiscating the Estates and Trusts belonging to all Popish Seminaries, or Popish Uses; and for applying the same to bear the Charge of the War: And it is referred to the said Committee to prepare the same.
A Petition of Chris. Dodsworth was read; setting forth, That the Petitioner having, for some Months past, taken notice of the unusual shipping for Holland great Quantities of Silver by the Jews and others; and, inquiring whether the Silver so shipped was really Foreign Silver, as entered at the Custom-house, or Silver melted down here, that, on the Thirteenth of September last, the Petitioner, with Captain Le Neve and Mr. Wright, Officers of the Customs, and Mr. Swan an Artist, went on board one of the Ships outward-bound; where they found about Thirty-five thousand Ounces of Silver, all of English Casting; about Sixteen thousand Ounces was found, on the Test, to be worth not above Four Shillings per Ounce, and consequently a mist Metal: This the Officer seized, and acquainted the Commissioners of the Customs therewith, who did not only discourage that Seizure, but suffered about Seventy thousand Ounces more to be shipped off, without Examination whether English or Foreign: And that, for Sixteen Months past, about One hundred and Forty thousand Ounces of Silver hath been thus exported; and the Custom thereof, unpaid, amounts to Seventeen thousand Five hundred Pounds Sterling: And praying the Consideration of the House in the Premises, both with regard to the King's Revenue, and publick Good.
Ordered, That the Examination and Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for the preventing the Exportation of Bullion, and encouraging the Importation thereof, and converting the same into the Coin of this Realm, is committed.
Resolved, That this House will, on Saturday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the said Bill.
Ways and Means.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning at Ten of the Clock, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the Supplies to be granted to their Majesties.
Tryals for Treason.
Resolved, That this House will, on Monday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill for Regulating of Tryals in Cases of Treason; and nothing to intervene.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.