House of Commons Journal Volume 10: 27 October 1691

Pages 540-541

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, 27 die Octobris; 3° Gulielmi et Mariæ.


Chipenham Election.

A PETITION of Sir Humfrey Edwyn was read; setting forth, That the Petitioner was duly elected a Burgess for the Borough of Chipenham in the County of Wilts, in the room of Richard Kent, Esquire, deceased; notwithstanding many Practices used by Sir Bazill Firebrass, Mr. Lord the Bailiff, and others, appearing in his Behalf; by which means the Bailiff returned Sir Bazill: And praying the Relief of the House in the Premises.

Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Elections and Privileges: Who are to examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinions therein, to the House.

Plympton Election.

A Petition of Richard Strode, Esquire, was read; setting forth, That, on the Twenty-sixth April 1690, an Election was proceeded on for the Borough of Plympton: But one John Tozer having, by indirect means, gained the Precept, and usurping the Office of Mayor, and thereby the Execution of the Precept, though he lived Two Miles from the Borough, and was not legally qualified nor chosen to be Mayor, did, before and at the Election, threaten the Petitioners Voters; and refused their Votes, and to grant a Poll, though the same was often required; and hath since returned Sir Geo. Treby, and John Pollexfen, Esquire, in Prejudice to the Petitioner; and praying a Day may be appointed for the hearing the said Matter.

Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections: Who are to examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinions therein, to the House.

Printing the Votes.

Ordered, That the Votes of this House be printed, being first perused by Mr. Speaker: And that no Person do presume to print the same, but such as shall be appointed by Mr. Speaker.

Oaths of Allegiance in Ireland.

Ordered, That a Bill be brought in for abrogating the former Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance in Ireland; and, instead thereof, to establish the Oaths of Fidelity and Allegiance, taken here, to their Majesties: And that the same be prepared upon the Debate of the House.

And it is recommended to Mr. Roberts, Sir Tho. Clarges, and Sir Robert Cotton, to prepare the same.

Address to the King.

Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That a congratulatory Address be presented to his Majesty, for his safe and happy Return, after the many Hazards to which his Majesty has exposed his sacred Person; and for the Success of his Majesty's Arms in the reducing of Ireland; and to assure his Majesty, That this House will stand by, and assist him to the utmost of their Power, in carrying on a vigorous War against France.

And it is referred unto Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Comptroller, Sir Thomas Clarges, Lord Falkland, Sir Richard Temple, Sir Rich. Onslow, Sir Jos. Williamson, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir JohnGuise, Colonel Austen, Sir Rob. Sawyer, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Mr. Boscawen, Mr. Dolben, Mr. Mountague, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Solicitor General, Sir Rob. Cotton; or any Five of them: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Three a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Address to the Queen.

Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That an humble Address be presented to her Majesty, acknowledging her prudent Administration in the Absence of the King.

Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee, to prepare the said Address also.

The King's Speech to be considered.

Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That this House will, upon Friday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, take into Consideration his Majesty's Gracious Speech to both Houses, at the Opening of this Session of Parliament.

And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Ten of the Clock.