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.
An ingrossed Bill to enable Eliz. Mountague, Widow, to make Leases for Years, of Houses and Ground in Stepney in the County of Middlesex, was read the Third time.
Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act to enable Eliz. Mountague, Widow, to make Leases for Years, of Houses and Ground in Stepney in the County of Middlesex.
Ordered, That Mr. Price do carry the said Bill to the Lords, and desire their Concurrence thereto.
An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for vesting divers Lands in Trustees, to be sold for the Payment of certain Debts of St. Leger Scroope, Esquire, deceased, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
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.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly.
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 Leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly.
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.
Ordered, That Mr. Bagnall's Bill be read To-morrow Morning.
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.
Upon the Petition of Sir Brian Stapleton, Baronet, complaining of an undue Election and Return of Christopher Vane, Esquire, for Burrowbridge;
That on the Behalf of the Petitioner it was proved, That he had Thirty-seven Voices; which was more than the Number that voted for Mr. Vane.
That for the Sitting Member, no Poll was proved; but they only produced the Return.
Upon which the Committee came to several Resolutions: Which Mr. Gray read in his Place; and afterwards, delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were read; and are as followeth; viz.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That Christopher Vane, Esquire, is not duly elected a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Burrowbridge.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That Sir Brian Stapleton is duly elected a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Burrowebridge.
The First Resolution being read a Second time;
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.
The Second Resolution being read a Second time;
Resolved, That the House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution, That Sir Brian Stapleton is duly elected a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Burrowbridge.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown do attend this House To-morrow Morning, with the Return for the Borough of Burrowbridge in the County of Yorke, to amend the same.
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.
A Bill for the better preventing the Importation of Bone Lace, and Point Lace was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
Ordered, That the Bill for the better Help of Creditors, in Cases of Bankruptcy, be read To-morrow Morning.
Act of Navigation respecting English Seamen.
A Bill to suspend, during the War with France, that Part of the Act of Navigation, which obliges English Ships to sail with English Seamen, was read the Second time.
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.
A Bill for the more speedy and effectual furnishing his Majesty's Navy in Time of War with Seamen, was read the Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to the same Committee.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Miles Cooke and Sir Lacon William Child:
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.
And also a Bill, intituled, An Act for the uniting the Parsonage of Petworth in the County of Sussex unto the Bishoprick of Chichester: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
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.
A Petition of Lawrence Malle, and others, Tenants of the Manor of Natgrave in the County of Gloucester, was presented to the House.
Royal Assent to Bills.
A Message from his Majesty, by Sir Thomas Duppa, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod;
The King commands this honourable House to attend his Majesty in the House of Peers immediately;
And accordingly Mr. Speaker and the House went up to attend his Majesty: And being returned,
Mr. Speaker reports, That his Majesty had been pleased to give the Royal Assent to Four Bills; viz.
An Act concerning the Commissioners of the Admiralty.
An Act to prohibit the Covering of Houses, and other Buildings, with Thatch or Straw, in the Town of Marl brough in the County of Wilts.
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.
An Act to vest the Manor and Lands late of George Vilet, Esquire, in Trustees to be sold, for raising Portions for his Daughters.
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.
Ordered, That the Report of the said Bill be made To-morrow Morning at Nine of the Clock; and nothing to intervene.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee to whom the Matter touching the Aulnage was referred, be made upon Friday Morning next.
East India Company.
Ordered, That the Petition of the East India Company, and the Petitions against the said Company, which have been presented to the House, be read upon Thursday Morning next.
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.
Ordered, That Mr. Harly, Mr. Thornhaugh, be added to the Committee to whom the Bill for the more effectual making the Rivers Wye and Lugg navigable is committed.
Ordered, That Mr. Harly, Mr. Gwyn, be added to the Committee to whom the Consideration of the Petition of Sarah Knowles, is referred.
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.
Ordered, That all Committees be revived.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Eight of the Clock.