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, 13 die Martii; 1° Willielmi et Mariæ.
Supply Bill; granting a present Aid.
THE House proceeded in the further Consideration of the Report of the Bill for the granting a present Aid unto his Majesty.-
Address from the City of London.
But the House was informed, That the Sheriffs of London were attending at the Door, with some Business to be communicated to this House; and also, that Mr. Recorder of the said City, and One of the Members of the House, together with the Four Members of the House that serve for the City, were appointed also to attend the House:
Upon which, a Debate arose in the House, in what Manner the Sheriffs should be brought in; whether by the Serjeant, with the Mace to the Bar; and, in such case, whether the Members of the House should come with them to the Bar:
The House agreed, that the Sheriffs be conducted in by the Serjeant, with the Mace, to the Bar; and that Members of the House ought not to be brought to the Bar, unless when they are accused of any Crime.
Resolved, That the Sheriffs be called in.
The Serjeant with the Mace, called them in: And, as soon as they came within the Door, they made their Obeisance; and again, in the Middle of the Passage; and a Third time, at the Bar, which was put down: And standing without the Bar, the Serjeant, with the Mace, being on their Right Hand, Sir Humphrey Edwyn, the Senior Sheriff, spake to this Effect:
We are commanded by the Lord Mayor, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled, the Eighth Instant, to make our Applications to this honourable House with an Address: And, if you think fit to command me, I will read it.
And Mr. Speaker directed him so to do;
He read the same: And afterwards delivered the same, at the Bar, to the Clerk of the House, to be brought to the Table,
And then they withdrew, making the like Obeisances as they did coming in.
The Address was again read; and is as followeth;
The honourable Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, in Parliament assembled;
WE the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled, presume to address ourselves to this honourable House, with our most humble Thanks for your excellent Conduct of Affairs in this Time of our great Exigency and Extremity, when our Lives, our Religion, and our Estates, were so eminently threatened; and especially, for your Address to his Majesty, the Fifth Instant, declaring your Resolution to assist and stand by his Majesty, in supporting his Allies abroad, in reducing Ireland, and in Defence of the Protestant Religion, and Laws of this Kingdom. Dated at Guild Hall, 8 March, 1688.
By Order of Common Council,
Answer to Address.
Resolved, That the Thanks of this House be returned to the City of London for the said Address; and that the same be signified by Mr. Speaker, in the Chair, to the Sheriffs: And that they be called in for that Purpose.
The Sheriffs being again introduced to the Bar, in like Manner as before; Mr. Speaker gave them the Thanks of the House, as followeth;
THE House hath considered of the Address you have presented from the City of London; and have commanded me to return you this Answer:
That they have taken Notice of the most eminent Courage and Constancy the City hath shewed in this late Revolution, and the Services they have done to the whole Kingdom on this Occasion; and particularly, the advancing so considerable Sum of Money, as was lent by you to his Majesty upon his first coming hither, at a Time when the Condition of the Affairs of this Kingdom did so much require it.
I am further commanded to tell you, That this House doth accept of your Address with great Kindness, and do give you their hearty Thanks for the same; with this further Assurance, That your Care for the Publick shall never fail of receiving from them the like Returns.
And then they again withdrew.
Ordered, That the Address, and the Thanks of this House given by Mr. Speaker for the same, be printed; and that Mr. Speaker direct the Printing thereof, and the nominating the Printer.
Publishing Mutiny and Desertion.
Resolved, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to punish Mutineers, and Deserters from the Army, for a limited time.
And it is referred unto Sir Rich. Temple, Sir John Guise, Mr. Herbert, Sir Wm. Williams, Sir Tho. Lee, Major General Kirke, Sir Hen. Goodrick, Mr. Done, Mr. Sacheverell, Mr. Hamden, Major Manley, Sir John Lowther, Mr. Sommers, Col. Tipping, Mr. Babington, Col. Trelawney, Mr. Colt, Major Wildman, Sir John Holt, or any Three of them: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Four a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and to prepare the Bill, and bring the same in with all convenient Speed.
Supply Bill; granting a present Aid.
Then the House proceeded in the Consideration of the Report of the Bill for the granting a present Aid to his Majesty, and the several Clauses and Provisoes added thereunto, and made Part of the Bill.
And the Residue of the Amendments, with the Clauses and Provisoes, being again severally read, were upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
Another Clause was proposed to be added to the Bill: Which was brought to the Table; and there read.
Resolved, That the Clause be read a Second time.
The Clause was read a Second time.
Resolved, That the said Clause be made Part of the Bill.
Other Amendments, and a Proviso, were also severally proposed to be made, and added to the Bill: But, upon reading the same; and the Question severally put thereupon; were rejected.
Resolved, That the Bill, so amended, as aforesaid, with the Clauses and Provisoes agreed unto by the House, be ingrossed.
Seamen of the Ship Greenwich.
A Petition of many Seamen belonging to his Majesty's Ship Greenwich; and the Articles thereunto annexed, signed by the said Seamen; was offered.
Resolved, That the Seamen be called in, to own the Petition.
And being called in; and shewed the Petition and Articles; they owned their Hands thereunto;
The Petition and Articles were read.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to consider of the Matter of the said Petition, and the Articles thereunto annexed.
And it is referred unto Major Manly, Lord Wilts, Col. Russell, Mr. Garway, Col. Birch, Major Wildman, Mr. Colt, Sir John Chichly, Sir Rob. Howard, Col. Churchill, Sir Tho. Lee, Sir John Guise, Sir Wm. Gregory, Sir Hen. Capell, Sir Fra. Drake, Mr. Arnold, Sir Rob. Gwyne, Mr. Howe, Sir Hen. Goodrick, Lord Falkland, Mr. Williams, Mr. Somers, Sir Wm. Ashurst, Mr. Done, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Mr. Hamden, and all the Members of this House, that are Commissioners of the Admiralty, and that serve for the Port Towns: And they are to meet at Four a Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And are impowered to send for Persons, Papers, and Records: And they are to report the Matter to the House with all convenient Speed.
King's Speech to be considered.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to take into Consideration his Majesty's Speech.
And then, upon the Question put for adjourning, the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Eight a Clock.