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, 20 die Decembris ;
Encouragement of Privateers.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to explain several Doubts in an Act, made in the First Year of King William and Queen Mary, intituled, An Act for the better regulating the Salt-works in Droitwich: And that Mr. Harley do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to enable Sir Thomas Parkins Baronet to sell certain Messuages, Lands, and Hereditaments, in Huby and Easingwould, in the County of York; and settling other Lands and Hereditaments, of greater Value, in lieu thereof: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Holbourn and Finsbury Court of Conscience.
A Petition of the Housekeepers and Inhabitants of the Division called Holbourn and Finsbury Division, in the County of Middlesex, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are deeply sensible of the intolerable Oppressions of the Marshalsea, and other inferior Courts, for small Debts under 40s. to the Ruin of many poor People, and their Families: And that nothing will contribute more, and be of greater Ease and Benefit for the pcorer Sort of People inhabiting within the said Division, than a Court of Conscience for Recovery of Debts under 40s. And praying Leave to bring in a Bill for Recovery of small Debts under 40s. for the Relief of poor Debtors.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for erecting a Court of Conscience for Holbourn and Finsbury Division, for Recovery of small Debts under 40s. And that Sir John Wolstenholme do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Members not to plead before Lords without Leave.
Stairs to be kept clear of Footmen.
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms do take care to keep the Stairs clear from Footmen; and that he do take into Custody such of them as shall behave themselves rudely; and that the Constables of Westminster do take care, That the Passages in and about Westminster-hall be kept clear from Chairmen and Coachmen; so that they may not stop or annoy the Members of this House: And that this Order be fixed upon Westminster-hall Gate, and in the Lobby of this House.
Fees on Proceedings of the House.
Ordered, That the Fees relating to the Proceedings of this House be referred to the Consideration of a Committee: And that they do report their Opinion, what Fees ought to be allowed to the Officers and Servants of the House:
And it is referred to Sir Rowland Gwyn, Mr. Clark, Mr. Waller, Mr. Arnold, Sir Gerv. Elwes, Sir John Key, Sir William Lowther, Lord Cornbury, Sir Matth. Andrews, Mr. Serjeant Coward, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Norres, Sir John Bolles, Mr. Newport, Sir Hen. Colt, Mr. Brewer, Sir Sam. Barnardiston, Sir Harry Hobart, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Fleming, Mr. England, Mr. Colt, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Heveningham, Mr. Gwynn, Mr. Foley, Sir Rob. Cotton, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Sandford, Mr. Mansel, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Elwill, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Thornhagh, Mr. Blofeild, Mr. Hedger, Mr. Manley: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.