Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Veneris, 11 die Januarii;
Sexto Gulielmi Tertii.
Preventing Export of Wool.
A PETITION of the Cloth-Packers in and about the City of London was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That a Bill is now depending in this House, for the better preventing the Exportation of Wool, by altering the Penalty; and for the Preservation of the Publick Market at Blackwell-hall; and for Relief of the Workmen employed in the Woollen Manufacturies, in Payment of their Wages: In which Bill there is a Clause, That all broad Woollen Cloth entered at Blackwell-hall shall be there sold; which Clause will not only much hinder the Sale of Woollen Cloth, as the Petitioners conceive, but will also be a great Prejudice to the Petitioners; the greatest Part of whose Trade hath been the selling of Woollen Cloth: And praying to be heard against the said Clause, before the same do pass into a Law.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the said Bill is committed.
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 Malborough in the County of Wilts, in the room of Sir George Willoughby Knight, deceased.
Vesting Interest of Judgments, &c.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to vest the Interest of Judgments, and other Securities assigned, in the Assignees: And That Mr. Waller and Sir Joseph Tredenham do prepare, and bring in, the same.
The House proceeded to the Hearing of the several Petitions touching the Election for the Borough of Leverpoole in the County of Lancaster.
And the Counsel and Witnesses for the Parties concerned were called in, and heard at the Bar.
And then withdrew.
And the Question being put, That Thomas Brotherton Esquire is duly elected and returned a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Leverpoole in the County-Palatine of Lancaster.
It passed in the Negative.
Resolved, That Jasper Mawdit Esquire is duly elected a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Leverpoole in the County-Palatine of Lancaster.
Ordered, That the Mayor of Leverpoole, and the Clerk of the Crown, do attend this House To-morrow Morning, with the Return for the said Borough, in order to amend the same.
Resolved, That Mr. Alexander Norres, Mayor of the Borough of Leverpoole in the County of Lancaster, having taken upon him to judge, That Jasper Mawdit Esquire, being Coroner of the said Borough, was uncapable to be elected a Burgess to serve in Parliament, although duly chosen; and having made a false Return of Tho. Brotherton Esquire to serve as a Burgess for the said Borough; hath herein violated the Rights of the Commons of England, and broken the Privileges of this House.
Resolved, That the said Mr. Alexander Norres, for the said Misdemeanor, be sent for in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House.
Privilege—Censures for false Returns.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to inspect Precedents, what Censures have been inflicted upon Officers for making false Returns; and to report the same to the House:
And it is referred to Mr. Harley, Mr. Wharton, Sir Chr. Musgrave, Mr. Foley, Mr. Gerrard, Sir Robert Rich, Sir John Bolles, Lord Coningsby, Mr. Scobell, Mr. Gwyn, Colonel Cornwall, Colonel Austen, Mr. Freke, Mr. Wildman, Mr. Finch, Colonel Lee, Mr. Clark, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Colt, Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Lloyd, Mr. Waller, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Sir Matth. Andrews, Mr. Brockman, Mr. Bockland, Mr. Mountague, Lord Pawlet, Mr. Comptroller, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Cha. Windham, Mr. Palmes, Sir Wilfr. Lawson, Sir Tho. Haslerigg, Mr. Lowther, Sir Henry Ashurst, Mr. Smith, Major Vincent, Mr. Sherrard, Sir John Kay, Lord Digby, Sir Walter Young, Sir Ra. Dutton, Sir Fra. Blake, Sir Jervas Elwes, Sir Fra Massam, Mr. Hedger, Mr. Foley: And they are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon at Four a Clock, in the Speaker's Chambers.
And then the House, upon the Question put, adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.