Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 12, 1697-1699. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Veneris, 6 die Januarii;
10° Gulielmi Tertii.
MR. Harvey, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill to prevent the making, and selling Button made of Cloth, Serge, Drugget, and other Stuffs: And the same was received; and read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
Encouraging Woollen Manufacture.
Ordered, That the Bill to encourage the Woollen Manufacture in England; and to restrain the Exportation of Woollen Manufactures from Ireland into any foreign Parts; and for the better preventing the Exportation of Wool from England and Ireland; be read a Second time To-morrow Morning.
A Member refuses to take the Oaths.
The House being informed, That Mr. Archdale attended, according to Order;
His Letter to Mr. Speaker was again read.
And the several Statutes qualifying Persons to come into, and sit and vote in, this House, were read; viz. of the 30 Car. IIdi; 1° Will. & Mariæ; and 7° & 8° Will. & Mariæ.
And then the said Mr. Archdale was called in;
And he came into the Middle of the House, almost to the Table.
And Mr. Speaker, by Direction of the House, asked him, Whether he had taken the Oaths, or would take the Oaths, appointed to qualify himself to be a Member of this House: To which he answered, That, in regard to a Principle of his Religion, he had not taken the Oaths, nor could take them.
And then he withdrew.
A new Writ ordered.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ, for electing a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Chipping Wicomb, in the County of Bucks, in the room of the said Mr. Archdale; who hath refused to qualify himself to be a Member of this House, by taking the Oaths by Law appointed for that Purpose.
Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, That he had received a Letter from Sir Joseph Williamson, who is at the Hague, That, he being chosen a Citizen for the City of Rochester; and also a Burgess for the Borough of Thetford, in the County of Norfolk; elects to serve for the City of Rochester.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ, for electing a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the said Borough of Thetford, in the room of the said Sir Joseph Williamson.
Preventing Export of Corn, &c.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Monday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Bill to prohibit the Exportation of Corn, Meal, and Bread, for One Year.
Disbanding the Army.
The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill for the speedy and effectual disbanding the Forces in England and Ireland.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Conyers took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Conyers reported from the said Committee, That they had made a further Progress in the Matter to them referred; and had directed him to move, That they may have Leave to sit again.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Wednesday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the said Bill.
Ordered, That all Committees be revived.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Eight a Clock.