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, 18 die Novembris; 2° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
A BILL for the better preventing the Escapes of Prisoners for Debt; and for the more effectual Relief of the Subject, in Cases of Escapes; was, according to Order, presented to the House; and received.
A Petition of Rich. Roberts, and his Wife, was read; setting forth, That by a Settlement heretofore made by the Petitioner, he settled the Manor of Thorpe Langton, in Com. Leicester, with all other his Lands, upon himself for Life; and Part thereof to Ann his Wife for her Jointure; and the Whole upon his Sons in Tail: But that, since the Settlement, the Petitioner hath contracted saveral Debts; and hath Issue several Children: And being desirous to pay the said Debts, and to raise Portions for Daughters out of his Lands, having no other Ways to raise the same, and praying Leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes aforesaid.
A Petition of the Masters and Wardens of the Company of Haberdashers, London, was read; setting forth, That Robert Aske, Esquire, late Citizen and Haberdasher of London, having, by his Will, devised to the Petitioners Twenty thousand Pounds, therewith to erect an Hospital for the Maintenance of Twenty decayed Freemen of the said Company, and of Twenty of poor Freemens Sons: And, being advised, the Trust, so reposed in them, cannot be so well managed without an Act of Parliament for the better Management of the said Hospital, and praying Leave to bring in a Bill for the better ordering the said Charity.
Ordered, That no more private Bills be brought in to this House this Session, until such as are already brought in, or ordered to be brought in, be dispatched, except a Bill for reversing a Judgment against John Arnold, Esquire in the King's Bench.
Mr. Gray reports from the Committee of Privileges and Elections, to whom was referred the Matter touching the Election of Burgesses to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Burroughbrigg in the County of Yorke, the State of the Case as it appeared to the Committee: Which he delivered in at the Clerk's Table in Writing: where the same was read; and is as followeth; viz.
Resolved, That the House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution, That Christopher Vane, Esquire, is not duly elected a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Burrowbridge.
Ease of Sheriffs.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for the better Ease of Sheriffs in passing their Accompts, and in the Execution of their Office: and it is recommended to Mr. Harley, to prepare the same.
Act of Navigation respecting English Seamen.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir Rob. Davers, Mr. Hawtry, Sir Tho. Vernon, Sir Fran. Vincent, Mr. Papillion, Mr. Bowyer, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Pollexfen, Sir Jos. Herne, Mr. Holt, Mr. Bickerstaffe, Sir Rich. Onslow, Mr. Brockman, Sir Peter Colleton, Sir Robert Cotton, Mr. Clerke, Sir Gilbert Clerke, Mr. Harley, Lord Ranelagh, Sir Cha. Bloys, Sir Rob. Rich, Lord Cornbury, Mr. Gwyn, Major Vincent, Lord Falkland, Sir Rich. Hart, Mr. Fenwick, Mr. Harcourt, Sir Rob. Clayton, Mr. Bale, Sir Benj. Newland, Mr. Perry, Sir Rich. Temple, Sir Wm. Ellis, Mr. England, Sir Rob. Cotton, Mr. Freeman, Mr. Hedger, Mr. Hawtry, Sir Christopher Musgrave, Mr. Chancellor Exchequer, Mr. Godolphin, Sir Math. Andrews, Mr. Cooke, Colonel Birch, Sir John Thomson, Mr. Chadwick, Mr. Burrard, Mr. Foley, Mr. Sandford, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Greenvile, Mr. Buscawen, Mr. Brereton, Sir Cha. Wyndham: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Four of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: And it is to be an Instruction to the Committee, That they leave out all the Clause touching Foreign-built Ships, except such as shall be licensed by his Majesty in Council for bringing in Stores for the Use of their Majesties Navy, and no other.
T. Williams' Estate.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act for raising Money out of the Estate of Thom. Williams, Esquire, deceased, by letting Leases, and otherwise, for the more speedy Payment of his Debts: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
The Lord Cheney being elected a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Newport in the County of Cornwall, and also for the Borough of Harwich in the County of Essex; and now making his Election to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Harwich;
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ for electing a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Newport, in the room of the said Lord Chenie.
Malle's, &c. Petition.
Royal Assent to Bills.
An Act to vest divers Messuages and Tenements, 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 more to his Convenience, to be settled to the same Uses.
Supply Bill; Excise.
Then the House according to the Order of the Day,
resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to
proceed in the further Consideration of the Bill for the
doubling the Excise.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Solicitor General took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Solicitor General reports from the said Committee, That they had gone through the Bill; and had directed him to make his Report thereof, with the Amendments made by the Committee.
East India Company.
King's Bench Prison.
Ordered, That Sir Rob. Edon, Mr. Lascells, Mr. Fenwick, Mr. Thornhaugh, Sir Wm. Cooke, Mr. Beddingfeild, Mr. White, Mr. Holt, Sir Gilb. Clarke, Mr. Wallpoole, Mr. Stockdale, be added to the Committee to whom the Consideration of the Petition of the poor Prisoners of the King's Bench Prison for Debt, is referred.
Wye and Lugg Navigation.
Prideaux's Claim on Lord Jeffries.
Ordered, That Sir Rob. Clayton, Mr. Kynaston, Mr. Fenwick, Mr. Perry, be added to the Committee to whom the Bill for charging the late Lord Jeffries' Estate in Leicestershire with Fourteen thousand Seven hundred Sixty Pounds, and Interest, is committed.