Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Mercurii, 8 die Januarii ;
Supply Bill; House Duty.
Mr. Attorney-General, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill for granting several Rates and Duties upon Houses, for making good the Deficiency of the clipped Money: And the same was received.
East Grinsted Election.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning, after the Report touching the Election for the Borough of East-Grinsted, in the County of Sussex, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill for the Encouragement of Privateers.
Sir William Williams reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for preventing Charge and Expence in Elections of Members to serve in Parliament was committed, That they had made an Amendment to the Bill; which they had directed him to report to the House; and which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was twice read; and agreed unto by the House.
A Petition of Sir John Guise Baronet was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, . . . . at the Election of a Knight of the Shire to serve in this present Parliament for the County of Gloucester, the Petitioner, and Thomas Stevens Esquire, stood Candidates: That the High Sheriff shewed himself partial in favour of Mr. Stevens; and continued the Poll, very irregularly, by Adjournments; and refused several Freeholders that offered to poll for the Petitioner; and, finding that the Petitioner had the Majority, after four Days Polling, and that several Hundreds more offered to poll for the Petitioner, and none appearing to poll for Mr. Stevens, the said Sheriff adjourned the Poll near 20 Miles distant from the Place where he began to poll, and afterwards Ten Miles distant from thence; and declared the said Mr. Stevens duly elected; though the Sheriff did not appear at the last Place of Adjournment: And praying, That the House will take the Premises into Consideration, and do what shall be just therein.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections: And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House.
|Tellers for the Yeas,||
Sir Scroop How,
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