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, 23 die Martii;
6° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
A BILL for raising the Militia of this Kingdom, for the Year One thousand Six hundred Ninety-four, although the Month's Pay formerly advanced be not repaid, was read the Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Boscawen, Mr. Thornhaugh, Mr. Waller, Sir Cha. Raleigh, Mr. Brockman, Sir Fra. Blake, Sir Robert Davers, Mr. Foley, Mr. Hawtry, Mr. Clarke, Lord Cornbury, Mr. England, Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Dowdeswell, Lord Norries, Mr. Henley, Mr. Campion, Mr. Slater, Mr. Beare, Sir Wm. Cook, Mr. Colt, Mr. Mansell, Mr. Hopkins, Mr. Lutterell, Mr. White, Mr. Freeman, Mr. Fuller, Colonel Kirby, Mr. Bailey, Mr. Beddingfield, Mr. Wharton, Colonel Titus, Mr. Chetwind, Sir William Cooper; Sir Edward Hussey: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Four of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Clippers of Coin.
Mr. Waller reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for the better Discovery of Clippers of the Coin of this Kingdom was committed, That they had made several Amendments to the Bill; which they had directed him to report to the House; and which he read in his Place, with the Coherence; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were once read throughout; and then a Second time, one by one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.
A Petition of Mary Sayer Widow was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That Thomas Beverly Esquire, by Recognizance, became bound to the Petitioner's Husband, to whom she is Executrix, in the Penalty of 600 l. for Payment of 309 l.; which, with the Arrears of Interest now due, amounts to 512 l.: That a Bill has passed the House of Lords, and is now before this House, as informed, for vesting in Trustees the Estate late of Sir James Beverly in Huntingtonshire, to be sold: whereby the Petitioner will be debarred of recovering her said Debt: And praying, That such Provision may be made by the said Bill, as may secure the Petitioner's said Debt.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the said Bill is committed.
Supply Bill; Duties on Salt, &c.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Holford and Mr. Pitt:
The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for granting to their Majesties certain Rates and Duties upon Salt, and upon Beer, Ale and other Liquors, for securing certain Recompences and Advantages, in the said Act mentioned, to such Persons as shall voluntarily advance the Sum of Ten hundred thousand Pounds, towards carrying on the War against France, without any Amendments.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Beddingfield have Leave to go into the Country, upon extraordinary Occasions.
Call of the House.
Ordered, That the House be called over upon Tuesday Morning next: And that such Members as shall not then attend, not having Leave to be absent, be sent for in Custody of the Serjeant Arms attending this House.
Ordered, That the select Committee, to whom the Bill for raising the Militia of this Kingdom, for the Year 1694, although the Month's Pay formerly advanced be not repaid, . . . . . be discharged.
Resolved, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Lloyd have Leave to go into the Country for Three Weeks, his Father being very ill.
Ordered, That Mr. Edward Vaughan have Leave to go into the Country for Three Weeks, upon extraordinary Occasions.
A Petition of Colonel Nicholas Purcell, and Captain Edward Fitz-Gerald, in behalf of themselves, and others comprised in the Articles of Limerick, was presented to the House, relating to the Bill for vesting the forfeited Estates in Ireland in their Majesties, to be applied to the Use of the War.
And the Question being put, That the Petition be read;
It passed in the Negative.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Lampton have Leave to go into the Country, upon extraordinary Occasions.
Ordered, That Mr. Bathurst have Leave to go into the Country, upon extraordinary Occasions.
Ordered, That Mr. Fenwick have Leave to go into the Country, upon extraordinary Occasions.
Ordered, That Sir John Knatchbull have Leave to go into the Country for Ten Days, upon extraordinary Occasions.
Resolved, That this House will sit de die in diem, to consider of the Supplies to be granted to their Majesties, until the same be finished.
Royal Assent to Bills.
A Message from his Majesty, by Mr. Cooling, DeputyGentleman-Usher of the Black Rod:
The King commands this Honourable House to attend his Majesty, in the House of Peers, immediately.
And Mr. Speaker, with the House, went up to attend his Majesty accordingly.
And, being returned;
Mr. Speaker reported to the House, That his Majesty had been pleased to give the Royal Assent, to the several publick and private Bills following; viz.
An Act for granting to their Majesties certain Rates and Duties upon Salt, and upon Beer, Ale, and other Liquors, for securing certain Recompences and Advantages, in the said Act mentioned, to such Persons as shall voluntarily advance the Sum of Ten hundred thousand Pounds, towards carrying on a vigorous War against France.
An Act for the Relief of the Orphans, and other Creditors, of the City of London.
An Act for Repeal of a Clause, in the Statute of the Fifth Year of Queen Elizabeth, containing divers Orders for Artificers and others, which relates to Weavers of Cloth.
An Act to take away the Process for the Capiatur Fine in the several Courts at Westminster.
An Act to repeal the Statute made in the Tenth Year of King Edward the Third, for finding Sureties for the good Abearing by him or her that hath a Pardon for Felony.
An Act to prevent Delays of Proceedings at the Quarter Sessions of the Peace.
An Act for the Explaining, and for the more effectual Execution, of a former Act for Relief of poor Prisoners.
An Act to enable Roger Whitley the elder Esquire, and Thomas Whitley Esquire, to exchange certain Lands, of equal Value, within the County of Chester.
An Act for Payment of the Debts of George Turner Esquire, deceased.
An Act to enable Sir Charles Barrington Baronet to settle a Jointure on Dame Bridget his Wife; and to make Provision for their younger Children.
An Act for settling the Inheritance of some Parts of the Estate of Charles Turner Esquire, which lie dispersed, in him, and his Heirs; and settling an entire Estate, of greater Value, in lieu thereof, to the Uses that the said other Parts of his Estate were settled.
An Act to enable John Whitehall to charge certain Lands with the Sum of Fifteen hundred Pounds, towards Portions for his younger Children.
An Act to enable Thomas Earl of Thannet, and the Honourable Sackvile Tufton Esquire, his Brother, to make a Lease for Sixty Years of Thannet-house, in the Parish of St. Botolph's, Aldersgate; to commence after the Remainder of a Term of One-and-Thirty Years, now in being.
An Act for Sale of Part of the Estate of Henry Frere, an Infant, to raise Monies for Inning and Recovering other Parts thereof, now under Water; and for Payment of Debts charged thereon.
An Act for making a Bridge over the River Axe, in the County of Somerset.
An Act for Sale of the Estate of Susan Chaplin, and Dorothy Chaplin her Daughter, for Payment of Debts; and making Provision for the said Susan and Dorothy.
An Act to enable the Trustees of Alice Turner Widow, and her Children, to make Sale of certain Houses and Ground in or near Lincoln's-Inn Fields, in the County of Middlesex, during the Minority of the younger Children.
An Act to enable Tho. Edwards to sell Part of his Estate, for Payment of Debts; and to restrain and disable him to commit Waste upon the Residue of the said Estate.
An Act for Sale of the Estate of William Stevens, deceased, for Payment of the Mortgage thereupon; and applying the Overplus for the Benefit of his Sons, who are Infants.
An Act to vest the Estate of Mary, Elizabeth, and Jane Mildmay, and Edward Dixie, and Arabella his Wife, and Lucy and Ann Mildmay, in Trustees, to be sold for Satisfaction of Mortgages and Debts thereupon; and preserving the Overplus for their Benefit.
And that afterwards, his Majesty had been pleased to make a gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament: And, to prevent any Mistake in reporting thereof, he had obtained a Copy of it; which he read to the House; and is as followeth; viz.
The King's Speech.
My Lords and Gentlemen,
WHEN I consider how far the Year is advanced; what Preparations our Enemies make to be early in the Field; and how necessary it is, that we should be ready to meet them, both by Sea and Land, I must earnestly recommend to you the Dispatch of those important Affairs which you have under your Deliberation.
I am very sensible of the good Affection which you have shewn in this, as well as former Sessions, by enabling me to carry on the War we are engaged in for our common Safety: There is nothing I have so much at my Heart as the Ease and Happiness of my People; and it is with great Reluctance that I am forced to ask such large Supplies: But, since our present Circumstances make this unavoidable, it shall be my Endeavour, That the Sums which are given shall be laid out, in the best Manner, to the Uses for which they are designed.
Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
I take this Occasion to mention to you the Debt for the Transport Ships, which were used in the Reducing of Ireland: It grieves me exceedingly to see such a Number of Persons, who came so freely in, for so good a Service, brought to the last Extremities, for want of what is due to them: It is not possible for me to discharge this Debt without your Help: And as I doubt not but you have a just Commiseration of their Case, so I hope you will find out some Way for their Relief.
Members not to take Tobacco.
Ordered, That no Member of the House do presume to take Tobacco in the Gallery of the House.
Ordered, That no Member of the House do presume to take Tobacco at the Table, sitting at Committees.
Ways and Means.
Resolved, That this House do immediately resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the Supplies to be granted to their Majesties, for the Maintenance of the Fleet, and Land-Forces, for the Service of the Year 1694.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir Tho. Littleton took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Thomas Littleton reported from the said Committee, That they had come to a Resolution; which they had directed him to report to the House, when the House would please to receive the same.
Ordered, That the said Report be made To-morrow Morning.
Sir Thomas Littleton also acquainted the House, That he was directed by the said Committee to move, That they may have Leave to sit again.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning, after the said Report is over, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the Supplies to be granted to their Majesties, for the Maintenance of the Fleet, and LandForces, for the Service of the Year One thousand Six hundred Ninety-four.
Ordered, That the Committee, to whom the ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for settling the Estate of Sir John Maynard Knight, deceased, late one of the Lords Commissioners for the Custody of the Great Seal of England, do sit To-morrow Morning at Seven a Clock, in the Speaker's Chambers.
Ordered, That all Committees be adjourned.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.