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, 30die Octobris; 2° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
A BILL for barring a Remainder limited to Dudley Bagnall, Esquire, and his Heirs, of the Estate of Nicholas Bagnall, Esquire, in the Kingdom of Ireland, was presented to the House; and received.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for the better securing the King's Highways from Robbers; and for satisfying Persons robbed: And it is recommended to Mr. Onslow, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Bowyer, Sir Matth. Andrews, Mr. Christie, or any Two of them, to prepare and bring in the same.
Mr. Brewer reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for vesting divers Lands of George Vilet, Esquire, deceased, in Trustees, to be sold, to raise Portions for his Daughters, was committed, That they had agreed upon several Amendments to be made to the Bill: Which they had directed him to report to the House; and which he read in his Place, with the Coherence; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were once read throughout; and then a Second time, one by one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.
Westminster, &c. Paving.
Ordered, That Mr. Blowfeild, Sir Wm. Cooke, Mr. Bockenham, Sir Wm. Stevens, Sir John Cotton, Mr. Buscawen, Sir Robert Cotton, Mr. Lampton, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Fenwick, be added to the Committee to whom the Bill for the Paving and Cleansing of the Streets, is committed.
Raising Revenue by Fines, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Hawtry, Mr. Bickerstaffe, Mr. Blowfeild, Sir John Bolles, Mr. England, Mr. Kenyon, Mr. Cooke, be added to the Committee to whom the Consideration of the Petition of Percival Brunskill, Gentleman, is referred: And that Seven of the said Committee do make the Quorum thereof.
Ordered, That Sir Jon. Jennings, Lord Cheny, Mr. Bathurst, Mr. Cooke, be added to the Committee to whom the Consideration of the Petition of divers Persons keeping the Markets in the City of London, is referred.
A Petition of the Merchants and Planters of the Island of Barbadoes, was read; setting forth, That the Trade which the Affrican Company have possessed, and ingrossed to themselves, is to the great Diminution of the Customs and Revenue of the Crown; to the great Damage and Discouragement of the Manufacturers of this Kingdom; to the lessening its Commerce and Navigation; and to the Impoverishment, and almost utter Ruin, of the American Colonies: And the said Company have assumed to themselves a Power to seize, and convert to their own Use, the Ships and Lading of any trading to or from those Coasts: And praying, That the Monopoly may no longer be continued, but the said Trade left free and open, or under such a Regulation, as may remove the aforesaid Mischiefs.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the Affrican Trade; and how the same may be best settled for the Benefit of the Nation: And they are to report their Opinions therein to the House.
Punishing Mutiny and Desertion.
A Bill for punishing Officers and Soldiers, who shall mutiny or desert their Majesties Service, and for punishing false Musters, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time:
A Petition of Francis Brace, and Hen. Whitebread, Gentlemen, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, upon a Complaint of a Breach of Privilege committed against Thomas Cristy, Esquire, a Member of this House, was read; thereby setting forth, That the Petitioners were, on the One-and-twentieth Instant, taken into Custody, by virtue of an Order of this House, on a Complaint of a Breach of Privilege committed against Mr. Christie, a Member of this House; for that the Petitioners had caused a Crop of Grain to be taken in Execution, upon a Judgment against one John Wells, and to be detained; notwithstanding the same was in Mr. Christie's own Barn; and that they knew the same belonged to him, as by the said Order is alleged: That true it is, the Petitioner Brace was Attorney for one Newdigate Poyntz, Esquire, in an Action against the said John Wells; and recovered Judgment against him for Two hundred and Fifty Pounds; and made out Process of Fieri facias against Wells' Goods; and sent the same, by the Petitioner Whitebread, to the Sheriff; who executed the same, not only upon the Crop of Corn, but also upon his Horses, Cattle and Husbandry; and was in Possession thereof, till, the Twenty-seventh of September last, one Isaac Wells, Brother of John, gave Security, by Mortgage, for Two hundred Eleven Pounds, which was the Debt due on the Judgment; and then the Sheriff released the said Crop and Goods: And the said Wells hath ever since been in quiet Possession thereof; and hath threshed out and disposed of Part of the Grain: And that the Petitioners doubt not but to make it appear, that they are not guilty of any Breach of Privilege for what was so done as aforesaid: And praying, That the Matter of the said Complaint may be referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections, to examine and consider thereof; and that the Petitioners may be permitted to give Security to attend this House from time to time; and that thereupon they may be discharged out of Custody.
Ordered, That the said Parties be heard at the Bar of this House To-morrow Morning, upon the Matters of the said Complaint and Petition: And that the Serjeant at Arms do then bring the Petitioners up to this House.
A Petition of several Merchants trading into the East Country, and to Hamburgh, was read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are informed, That a certain Bill is lately sent, from the Lords, for the encouraging the Art of Pinmaking and setting poor Pinmakers at work; the Intent thereof being to establish certain Articles of Agreement, pretended to be made between Wm. Killegrew, Esquire, and the Master, Wardens, and Assistants of the Company; which do manifestly tend to the erecting a gross Monopoly; in Prejudice of the Petitioners in their Trade of importing Wire from those Parts, for the Use of the Pinners, and great Grievance of the Publick: And praying to be heard by their Counsel against the said Bill.
Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; to be read again, when the said Bill is read the Second time.
Leave for Member to attend Lords.
Ordered, That Sir Cha. Porter have Leave to attend the House of Lords, as Counsel in a Cause between De Casseres and Pope.
Commissioners of Accompts.
A Bill for taking the Publick Accompts, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
Supply Bill; Excise.
Mr. Attorney General presented to the House a Bill for laying double Duties upon Beer, Ale, and other Liquors, according to the Order of the House: And the same was received.
Commissioners of Admiralty.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Miles Cooke and Sir John Francklin;
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act concerning the Commissioners of the Admiralty: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
Supply Bill; Land Tax.
Mr. Solicitor General, according to the Order of Yesterday, reported from the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for raising One hundred Thirty Seven thousand Six hundred Forty-one Pounds Eighteen Shillings and Two-pence per mensem was committed, That they had agreed upon several Amendments to be made to the Bill; and with Borrowing and Appropriating Clauses according to the Order of the House: Which they had directed him to report to the House: And which he read in his Place, with the Coherence; and afterwards, delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were once read throughout; and then a Second time, one by one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
Ordered, That the said Bill, with the Amendments and Clauses, be ingrossed.
Southwarke Court of Conscience.
Ordered, That Mr. Godolphin, Mr. Hutchinson, be added to the Committee to whom the Bill for erecting a Court of Conscience for the Borough of Southwarke, is committed.
A Motion being made, and the Question being put, That all Committees be adjourned;
It passed in the Negative.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine of the Clock.