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, 27 die Martii; 1° Willielmi et Mariæ.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee who are appointed to consider of the Petition of divers Clothiers of the County of Gloucester, to consider the Matter of the said Petition; and to report the same, with their Opinions, to the House: And they are hereby impowered to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to issue a new Writ, for the Electing of a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Tregony in the County of Cornwall, in the Room of Charles Boscowen, Esquire, deceased.
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Dalben reports from the Committee, to whom the Bill for establishing the Coronation Oath, was referred, That the Committee, having taken the same into their Consideration, had agreed upon several Amendments to be made thereunto: Which he read in his Place, with the Coherence; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were once read throughout; and afterwards one by one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, were agreed upon by the House.
Privilege-a person reprimanded and discharged.
Leave of Absence.
Punishing Mutiny and Desertion.
Mr. Harbord reports from the Committee, to whom the Bill for punishing Soldiers which should mutiny, and desert their Majesties Service, was referred, That they having taken the same into their Consideration, had agreed upon several Amendments to be made thereunto: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were once read throughout; and afterwards one by one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, were agreed unto by the House.
East Grinsted Election.
Colonel Birch reports from the Committee of Privileges and Elections, to whom the Matter touching the Election of Burgesses to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of East Grinsted in the County of Sussex, the State of the Case as it appeared to the Committee: Which he produced in Writing: Which, being read at the Clerk's Table, is as followeth:
That, besides which, the Journal of 1640 was produced; whereby it appeared, that Mr. Goodwin was agreed to be well elected by the Inhabitants, upon a Report made from the Committee of Elections, in a Contest between him and Mr. White, who was elected by Burgage-holders only.
That another Journal of the House was also read; whereby it appeared, that in the Year 1679, upon the Election of Henry Powle, Esquire, the same Question was before the Committee: Whereupon, and upon producing several of the Records aforesaid, the Committee were of Opinion, "That the Right of Election for the said Borough was in the Inhabitants, as well as Burgageholders; and that the said Mr. Powle is duly elected." To which the House afterwards agreed.
That Robert Mathews, a Witness for Mr. Conyers, affirmed, That he was present at this Election; and that, before the Election was declared, a Poll was demanded for the Inhabitants; and a Return, of Mr. Sackvill and Mr. Conyers, tendered under the Hands and Seals of Forty-two Inhabitants: But the Bailiff refused to admit them to a Poll, or accept of their Return.
That it was also proved, that Mr. Goodwin Wharton, and Mr. Jephson, in King Charles the Second's time, were chosen by the Inhabitants, as well as Burgageholders: And, at this Election, none of the Inhabitants offered to poll for Sir Thomas Dyke.
The Records of 12 Edw. IV. Burgesses-. 17 Edw. IV. Burgess of the Commonalty-. 28 Eliz. Burgesses and Inhabitants-. 15. Car. I. Bailiffs and Burgesses chose John White-. 13 Car. II. Bailiff and Burgesses -. 27 Car. II. Bailiff and Burgesses chose Edward Sackvile. 29 & 30 Car. II. Bailiff and Burgesses-.
That there were Objections made against some of Mr. Conyers' Votes; That Two or Three of them lived in One House, and did not all pay to the Church and Poor: And the Poor's Book being produced, those Exceptions were found frivolous, they being all charged to Church and Poor.
That, upon the whole Matter, the Committee, finding both by Records, and Witnesses, that the Usage of the Election for the said Borough hath been, for the most part, by the Inhabitants at large, as well as the Burgesses; the Committee came to Four Resolutions: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards, delivered in the same at the Clerk's Table: Where the same being read, are as followeth:
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Burgage-holders alone, within the Borough of East Grimsted in the County of Sussex, have not the Right of Election of Members to serve in Parliament for the said Borough.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Inhabitants, as well as the Burgage-holders, of the Borough of East Grimstead, have Right to vote in Elections of Members to serve in Parliament for the said Borough.
The Question was put, That the House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolve, That the Burgage-holders alone within the Borough of East Grinsted in the County of Sussex have not the Right of Election of Members to serve in Parliament for the said Borough: And
The Question was put, That the House doth agree with the Committee, That the Inhabitants, as well as the Burgage-holders, of the Borough of East Grinstead, have Right to vote in Elections of Members to serve in Parliament for the said Borough: And
Prince of Denmark's Nat.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have sent you down a Bill, passed their House, intituled, An Act for exhibiting a Bill in this present Parliament, for naturalizing the most Noble Prince George of Denmark: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir Hen. Capell, Sir Hen. Goodrick, Mr. Finch, Sir Wm. Williams, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Colt, Sir Christopher Musgrave, Mr. Fenwick, Sir Fra. Russell, Mr. Mansell, Sir John Lowther, Mr. Attorney General, Mr. Dolben, Mr. Gwyn, Mr. Windham, Sir John Holt, Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Boscowen, Sir Cha. Raleigh, Mr. Done, Mr. Paul Foley, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Mr. Sacheverell, Major Wildman, Mr. Tho. Foley, Sir Tho. Dyke: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the Queen's Court.