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, 9 die Aprilis; 1° Willielmi et Mariæ.
Count Schombergh's, &c. Nat.
A MESSAGE from the Lords, by Mr. Methwin, and Mr. Meredith;
Mr. Speaker, We are commanded by the Lords to acquaint this House, that they have passed the Bill for naturalizing Frederick Count Schombergh, and others, without any Amendments.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
Uniting Protestant Subjects.
An ingrossed Bill, sent down from the Lords, intituled, An Act for uniting their Majesties Protestant Subjects, was read the First time,
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time, on Thursday next come Sevennight.
Address on Declaration to maintain the Church, &c.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to prepare an Address, to give his Majesty Thanks, for his gracious Declarations to maintain the Church of England by Law established; and to desire him to continue his Care of the same; and that it be an Instruction to the Committee, that it be made a Part of the Address, that his Majesty be desired to issue out his Writs for calling a Convocation; and withal, to acquaint his Majesty, that it is not in their Intention thereby to delay their taking into Consideration the giving Ease to Protestant Dissenters.
And it is referred to Sir Christopher Musgrave, Mr. Finch, Sir Tho. Clarges, Sir Fra. Russell, Mr. Dolben, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Mr. Wogan, Sir H. Goodrick, Lord Digby, Sir Rob. Sawyer, Mr. Grey, Sir Rich. Middleton, Mr. Turges, Mr. Parker, Mr. Peirpoint, Lord Falkland, Sir Matth. Andrews, Mr. Hamden junior, Mr. Tho. Foley, Sir John Bancks, Mr. Leveson Gowre, Mr. Garway, Sir Edw. Aischough, Sir Geo. Treby, Sir Wm. Blackett, Sir John Barker, Mr. Herbord, Mr. Bickerstaffe, Sir John Knight, Mr. Godolphin, Sir Rob. Nappier, Sir John Holt, Lord Wiltshire, Sir John Fowell, Sir Tho. Lee, Mr. Eyres, Sir Wm. Williams, Mr. Howe, Mr. Somers, Sir Rich. Temple: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and to present the said Address to the House with all convenient Speed.
Irish Protestants in England.
Mr. Wharton, One of his Majesty's most honourable Privy Council, acquaints the House, from his Majesty, That he is commanded from the King to acquaint the House, that there are now a great many poor Protestants come out of Ireland, who are now in several Towns and Corporations upon the Coast of Chester, Bristoll, and several other Places; and that several of them are Tradesmen and Artificers; and that they have made Application to the King, to this Effect: That they hope, they shall not stand in need of the Assistance and Relief of the Protestants here, in case they may have Liberty to work in the Corporations where they come; and that they are very ready and desirous so to do: But if this be denied them, that they shall fall into Distress, and at last be a Charge to the Publick: And that therefore the King thinks what they desire is reasonable; and is willing to give them all the Countenance he can by Law: But that, on the other side, He is very tender of breaking in upon any Liberties and Rights of the Corporations: And therefore He desires to know what this House would advise Him in this Matter; whether to issue out a Proclamation, or to pass any temporary Act, for their being at Liberty to exercise their Trades in Corporations.
Resolved, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable the Irish Protestants, who have fled from thence, to exercise their Trades in Corporations in this Kingdom, for some certain time.
Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy.
The House then, according to the Order of Yesterday, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to proceed in the further Consideration of the ingrossed Bill, sent down from the Lords, intituled, An Act for a brogating the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and appointing other Oaths.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Dolben took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Royal Assent to Bills.
A Message, by Sir Tho. Duppa, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, from his Majesty;
The King commands this honourable House to attend him, immediately, in the House of Peers.
Accordingly Mr. Speaker and the House went up to attend his Majesty in the House of Peers: And being returned;
Mr. Speaker acquaints the House, That the King had passed Three Bills; viz. An Act for establishing the Coronation Oath: An Act for the Naturalizing the most Noble Prince George of Denmark, and settling his Precedence: And, An Act for Naturalizing Fredrick Count Schomberg, and others.
Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy.
Resolved, That this House do, on Friday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to proceed in the further Consideration of the ingrossed Bill, sent down from the Lords, intituled, An Act for the Abrogating the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and appointing other Oaths.
Ordered, That Sir John Guise do attend his Excellency the Marshal Schomberg, from this House, and desire him to give Order, that a sufficient Number of Foot Soldiers be appointed to guard the Passage from St. Margarett's Church to Westminster Abby; and from the Water Stairs in the Old Palace Yard to the Back Stairs of the Exchequer; and in St. Margarett's Lane; to keep off all Persons from pressing in on the Members of this House, in their Passage backwards and forwards between the Exchequer, and the said several Places, at the Coronation.
And then the House adjourned until Friday Morning Nine of the Clock.