Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Lunæ, 18 die Martii;
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir Fra. Massam, Mr. England, Mr. Waller, Sir Fra. Blake, Sir John Moreton, Sir Robert Eden, Sir Tho. Dyke, Mr. Frewen, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Cook, Sir John Kay, Mr. Lutterell, Mr. Kendall, Sir John Cotton, Sir John Knight, Mr. Christie, Mr. Thornhagh, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Brockman, Mr. Bere, Mr. Gwyn, Sir Gero. Elwes, Mr. Bromley, Mr. Bulkley, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Clark, Sir John Bolles, Sir Edward Hussey, Mr. Bowyer; and all the Members that serve for the Counties of Essex and Hertford: And they are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Earl of Thanet's Indentures.
An ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for confirming Two Indentures Tripartite, the one of Lease, and the other of Release, made between the Right Honourable Thomas Earl of Thanet Island, of the First Part; the Honourable Sackvill Tufton Esquire, of the Second Part; and the Honourable Wm. Cheine Esquire, and Sir Charles Tufton Knight, of the Third Part; and the Estates thereby settled; was read the Third time.
Earl of Salisbury's Estate.
Sir William Forester reported from the Committee, to whom the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act to enable the Guardians of James Earl of Salisbury to make Leases of Salisbury-House, and some other Hereditaments in the Strand, in the County of Middlesex, for Improvement thereof by Building, was committed, That they had examined the same; and had directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendments: And he delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir Robert Cotton, Sir Math. Andrewes, Mr. Hedger, Mr. Colemere, Sir Edward Aiscough, Sir Sa. Barnardiston, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Waller, Mr. Christie, Sir John Bolles, Mr. Kendall, Sir Fra. Massam, Mr. Clarke, Mr. Lutterell, Mr. Culliford, Mr. Bowyer, Mr. Scobell, Mr. Burridge, Mr. Blowfield, Sir Ra. Dutton, Mr. England, Sir John Knight, Mr. Fuller, Sir Wm. Drake, Mr. Piggot, Mr. Boyle, Lord Digby, Doctor Barbon: And they are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Garway's Claim on City of London.
A Petition of Thomas Garway, an ancient Bond-Creditor of the City of London, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner, as also many others, is a Creditor, by Bond, of the City of London; yet hath been denied the Benefit of the Orphans Act; though he was formerly assured, by several of the City Members, That all Bond-Debts were to be paid and satisfied: And praying, That the Intention of the Act for Relief of the Orphans of the said City may be declared to be, That all Bond-Debts ought to be equally included.
Commissioners of Accounts.
Resolved, That the Names of the said Commissioners be brought in upon Wednesday Morning next: And that every Member of this House do prepare a List, in Paper, of the Names of Seven Persons, who he shall think fit to be Commissioners, to be put into Glasses at the Table.
Compelling the production of Sir P. Pindar.
Mr. Christie, according to Order, reported, from the Committee, to whom the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act to compel Edward Williams Esquire to bring forth the Person of Sir Paul Pindar, Baronet, was committed, the Matter directed by the said Committee to be reported; which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table.
Raising the Militia.
A Bill for raising the Militia of this Kingdom for the Year 1695, although the Month's Pay formerly advanced be not repaid; and for repealing the Statute, of the 2d and 3d Years of King Edward the Sixth, intituled, An Act against Shooting of Hail-shot; was read a Second time.
Resolved, That it be an Instruction to the Committee, to prepare, and bring in, a Clause, to take an Account of the Monies raised for Trophy-money, and the Weekly and Month's Tax; and that the same may be recovered, and applied for the proper Uses.
Leave of Absence.
Supply Bill; Annuities for Life.
A Bill for the enabling such Persons as have Estates for Life in Annuities, payable by several former Acts, therein mentioned, to purchase and obtain further or more certain Interests in such Annuities; and, in Default thereof, for admitting other Persons to purchase or obtain the same; was read a Second time.
A Person reprimanded for offering a Bribe to a Member.
He was called in: And, being at the Bar, was told by Mr. Speaker, That there had been a Complaint made against him to this House, for offering of Money to Mr. Musgrave, a Member of this House, to present a Petition to this House.
Whereunto he said, That some Persons did apprehend, That a Bill depending in this House, for settling an Estate late of Mr. Howland, did affect their Interest in Part of that Estate; and therefore desired him to prepare a Petition to be presented to this House, for the providing for their Interest: Which accordingly he did: And that he being a Stranger to the Proceedings of this House, and there being a Title in the Case, and knowing Mr. Musgrave to be a Gentleman of the Long Robe, did intend to give him a Guinea for his Advice in that Matter; but understanding by Mr. Musgrave he had committed an Error in so doing, he had begged Pardon of Mr. Musgrave, as he did now of this House.
Indemnity to Discoverers of corrupt Gifts to Members.
The House, according to the Order of the Day, resumed the adjourned Consideration of Saturday last, upon the Report from the Committee appointed to inspect the Books of the East-India Company, and of the Chamberlain of London:
Resolved, That whosoever shall discover any Money, or other Gratuity, given to any Member of this House, for Matters transacted in this House, relating to the Orphans Bill, or the East-India Company, shall have the Indemnity of this House for such Gift.
Ordered, That the further Consideration of the Report from the Committee appointed to inspect the Books of the East-India Company, and of the Chamberlain of London, be adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Ten a Clock.