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, 13 die Decembris; Septimo Gulielmi Tertii.
Red-lion-square (St. Andrew's Holborn) new Parish.
A PETITION of several of the Inhabitants in and near Red-lion-square and the Streets adjacent, in the Parish of St. Andrew's Holbourn, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the said Parish is of late so much increased, by new Buildings, and grown so populous, that the Care of so many Souls cannot be well discharged by one Minister; nor is the Church of Saint Andrew's large enough to receive all the Parishioners: And praying Leave to bring in a Bill for making the said Square, and Streets adjacent, a distinct Parish; and to build a new Church near the said Square.
Hawkers and Pedlars.
Address respecting Duty on Supplies to the Army.
Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to his Majesty, by such Members of this House as are of his Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council, That he will please to procure, That all Commodities and Provisions that shall be transported from England, for the Use of the Forces in his Majesty's Pay, abroad, may be exempted from any Duty, or Excise, throughout the Spanish and United Netherlands.
Clipped Money Deficiency.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Monday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of Ways and Means for raising a Fund or Funds, for supplying the Deficiencies of the clipped Money.
State of the Nation.
Reversing Judgment against Sir W. Williams while Speaker.
A Bill to reverse the Judgment given against Sir William Williams, for what he did as Speaker of the House of Commons; and for asserting the Rights and Freedoms of Parliaments; was, according to Order, read a Second time.
A Petition of Sir William Williams Knight and Baronet, Recorder, Alderman, and Citizen, of the City of Chester, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner was engaged, at the Request of Colonel Roger Whitley Mayor, and divers other principal Citizens of Chester, to stand to be elected one of their Members to serve in this Parliament; and the Petitioner endeavoured to have the Writ sent to Chester before the 21th of October last, which was their County Court-day; but, by Contrivance, the same came not there till the 22th; whereby, the Election was protracted to the 18th of November; during which time, the Mayor, and Sir John Mainwaring, with Sir Tho. Grosvenor, clandestinely consorted to frustrate the Petitioner's Election, and to have the Mayor and Sir Tho. Grosvenor elected; and, to effect the same, they made use of the Power of the Mayor over the Citizens, who had procured himself to be Mayor 3 Years, and prevailed to continue so for the present Year; and, by large Declarations and Engagements of the Mayor, and Sir Tho. to have a Common Hall erected for the City, and vast Expences at the Election; and by Bribes and Menaces, with Violence, upon the Petitioner's Voters, they prevailed with the greater Number of Voters; and are returned as duly elected, in Prejudice of the Right of the Petitioner, and the said City: And praying the Justice of the House in the Premises.
Mr. Harley, from the Commissioners for taking and stating the publick Accounts, presented to the House, according to Order, a State of the Debt of the Nation, so far as it appeared to them: And also a general State of the Receipts and Payments of the publick Revenue, between the Feast of St. Michael 1694, and the Feast of St. Michael 1695.
Note also, That the Duty on Salt, and that on Tonage will not answer what those Funds were granted for by near 140,000£. per Ann.; and the Deficiency thereof, being ordered to be paid out of the Revenue unappropriated, will, by so much, postpone the Civil List.
The House, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for the carrying on the War against France.
Sir Thomas Littleton reported from the said Committee, That they had considered the Matter to them referred; and had come to several Resolutions; which they had directed him to report, when the House will please to receive the same.