Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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A Bill for vesting certain Lands of Thomas Biggs, and Elizabeth his Wife, lying in Chislet, in the County of Kent, in Trustees, for Payment of Debts, and making Provision for their Children, was read the First time.
An ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act to enable Trustees to sell Part of the Manor of Barkhamsted; and to pay off Incumbrances on the same; and to lay out the Overplus in an Estate, to be settled as the said Manor is now settled; was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir Eliab Harvey, Mr. Bickerstaffe, Mr. Dolben, Mr. Stonehouse, Mr. Norris, Mr. Bowyer, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Onslow, Sir Marm. Wyvell, Mr. Forster, Mr. Lowther, Sir Wm Cooper, Mr. Watlington, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Bagnold, Sir John Smith, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Whitacre, Mr. Ash, Mr. Sandford, Mr. Conyers, Sir John Bolles, Sir Robert Cotton, Sir Richard Onslow, Sir John Trevillian, Mr. Hoblyn, Sir Tho. Davall, Mr. Halsey, Sir Robert Smith, Mr. Bromley, Lord Castleton, Mr. Boyle, Lord Pawlet, Mr. Wm. Harley, Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Farrer, Mr. Moor, Mr. Blofeild, Mr. Hunt, Mr. Gwynn, Mr. Kinston, Sir Wm. Twisden, Mr. Tredenham, Mr. Burdet, Sir Gerv. Elwes, Mr. Price, Sir Fra. Massam, Sir John Parsons, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Tredenham junior, Mr. England; and all that serve for the Counties of Essex and Suffolke: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chambers.
Leave of Absence.
Punishing Mutiny and Desertion.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for continuing the Act for punishing Officers and Soldiers who shall mutiny, or desert his Majesty's Service: And that Brigadier Earle do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Fines of ancient Demesne Lands.
Mr. Brotherton, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill to supply some Defects in an Act, or Ordinance, made in the Thirty-third Year of King Edward the First, Statute the Fourth, intituled, He that challengeth a Jury, or Juror, for the King, shall shew his Cause; and to make it more beneficial for the Liberty of the Subject: And the Bill was received.
A Petition of several Fishermen, westward on the River of Thames, on behalf of themselves and others, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners understand, the Company of Fishermen have petitioned the House for Leave to insert a Clause into the Bill for the Increase and Encouragement of Seamen, to impower the said Company to keep a Register, within the Precincts of their Charter, of all Fishermen, Dredgermen, and their Servants: That the said Clause is only designed to oppress the Petitioners, by returning such as are poor to serve the King; and to let those alone who have Money to bribe themselves off; and tends only to the private Ends of the said Petitioners, who are but few; some of them buying their Fifth of others, and the rest are of other Trades: That the now Petitioners are, at all times, ready and willing to serve his Majesty: and desire there may be such a general Register established, as by the said Bill is designed: And praying, that no such Clause may be added to the said Bill, to impower the said Company to keep a particular Register.
Commissioners of Accounts.
Mr. Harcourt, according to the Order of the Day, reported from the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for taking and stating the publick Accounts was committed, That they had left a Blank, for the Commissioners Names, to be filled up by the House; and had made several Amendments to the said 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 were once read throughout, and then a Second time, one by one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
And Mr. Gwyn also reported from the Committee appointed to inspect the Lists given in of Persons Names, to be Commissioners for taking and stating the publick Accounts; and to report upon whom the Choice should fall; That they had inspected the Lists accordingly: And that the Choice had fallen upon
|Robert Harley Esquire||243|
|Paul Foley Esquire||238|
|Henry Boyle Esquire||228|
|John Granville Esquire||227|
|William Bromly, of Warwickshire, Esquire||200|
|Sir Thomas Dyke||185|
|Francis Gwyn Esquire||185|
Re-vesting Tutbury in the Crown.
English and Irish Forfeitures.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, or Bills, to vest in the Crown all forfeited Estates in England and Ireland; and to vacate the Grants made thereof: And that Sir Richard Onslow do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Colonel Granville reported, from the Committee of Privileges and Elections, the Matter, touching the Election for the Borough of Blechingly, in the County of Surrey, as the same appeared to the Committee, and the Resolutions of the said Committee thereupon; which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were read; and are as follow; viz.
Mr. Richard Bromhall, Mr. Peter Hussey, Mr. Tho. Bromfeild, Mr. Tho. Drake: Who said, That they were present at the Election: That Sir Robert Clayton, after all were polled, said, He had queried, and found Mr. Evelyn had but 16 good Votes; that Mr. Evelyn offered to shew the Titles of several Voters; but Sir Robert Clayton said, His Friends had not their Titles: and That was not a Place to determine that Matter: That Mr. Howard and Mr. Evelyn sat between the Bailiff and Sir Robert Clayton: That Sir Robert did ask several of the Voters, If they had a Burgage-tenure; and if the Bailiff said, He did not know any particular Voter, then Sir Robert said, He was not found; and so he was put by: And that, afterwards, Sir Robert bid the Bailiff fill up the Indenture with Mr. Howard's and Mr. Thompson's Name; and said, He would stand by him: And said, If Mr. Evelyn's Petition came into the House, Sir John Thompson's Interest and his would bring him off.
Ro. Coleman, Ri. Jewell: Who said, They lived at Blechingly; but did not know, That Thomas Firmin, Dean Monteth, John Kendrick, Anth. Keck, Samuel Nash, William Lightfoot, John Wise, William Clayton, Sam. James, and Thomas Fowler, had Burgage-houses to vote for.
Ri. Jewell said, the Persons before excepted to had voted at former Elections; but the Report was, That Sir Robert Clayton had bought, in their Names; and he looked upon them as Sir Robert's Trustees.
Mr. Bonwick, Mr. Kendrick: Who said, They were present at the Election, and faw nothing but what was fair: That the Bailiff asked the Electors, as they came to be polled, before they declared who they were for, Where their Freeholds lay; but they refused to give any Account; and said, They would be made good Voices before a Committee of Elections: Did confess, That Mr. Evelyn did say, He had Writings to make several of his Voters good; but did not offer to produce them.
And Mr. Kendrick said The Persons excepted to had voted at former Elections: And said, Himself had voted since the Year 1682; and that the Widow Palmer was his Tenant; that the Consideration-money of his Purchase was paid by Mr. Thomas Clayton; that he had not actually received any Rent, but Mr. Thomas Clayton was accountable for it to him: That Sir Robert Clayton did keep the Deeds of this and all other his Estate: and that he received this Deed, in the Morning, of Sir Robert Clayton.
Stephen Locker proved a Deed of Conveyance to Mr. Firmin, made between Robert Smythier and Tho. Firmin; and said, He was a Witness to the written Receipt for the Purchase-money, but saw no Money paid; and said, He lived with Sir Robert Clayton at the time of the Execution of the Deed, which was at London.
That John Russell, William Russell, John Life, John Symonds, Richard Hayes senior, Richard Wright, Richard Miles, Richard Dewy, Ja. Samborne, John Hugget, Thomas Hugget, Mich. Burgis, Robert Bricklove, John Bradshaw, Thomas Northey, John Jewell, (fn. 1) [William Jewell,] Rich. Bromhall, Tho, Bromfeild, Wm. Gregory, had no Houses to vote for:
That it was insisted, on behalf of the Sitting Member, That he had Witnesses to make good the Exceptions taken to several Votes, endeavoured to be justified by the Petitioner; and particularly to prove some of the Deeds to be made in Trust: But the Committee were of Opinion, That, if the Sitting Member had had such Evidence, it ought to have been offered, when he first made his Objections against those Voices.
. . . . . . That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That Maurice Thompson Esquire is not duly elected a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Blechingly, in the County of Surrey.
Bringing Plate to be coined.
Ordered, That this House will, To-morrow Morning, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill to encourage the Bringing in of milled, broad, and unclipped, Monies, to be exchanged, by Commissioners in the several Parts of this Realm, with the common People, for their clipped Monies; and for the Encouragement of Persons to bring Plate into the Mint, to be coined.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider of the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for carrying on the War against France; and to consider of an Imposition upon French Goods; be made To-morrow Morning.
Supply Bill; Duties on Wine, &c.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Tuesday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Bill for continuing several Duties, granted by former Acts, upon Wine and Vinegar, and upon Tobacco, and East-India Goods, and other Merchandizes, imported, for carrying on the War against France.