Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 12, 1697-1699. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Lunæ, 17 die Januarii ;
Nono Gulielmi Tertii.
Bishop of Ely's Estate.
AN ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for enabling Simon Lord Bishop of Ely, and his Successors, to lease the Manor-house and Demesne-lands of Downham, in the Isle of Ely; and for consirming a Lease lately thereof made by the said Bishop; and for the Clearing of the said Bishop, and others, from Dilapidations there; was read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Pocklington, Sir John Bucknall, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Hooper, Sir Fra. Masham, Mr. Vernon, Sir William Lowther, Sir John Bolles, Mr. Blofeild, Sir Tho. Roberts, Mr. Ashby, Mr. How, Sir Henry Colt, Mr. Slater, Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Foley, Mr. Lowther, Mr. White, Mr. Vincent, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Mawdit, Mr. Farrer, Mr. Colt, Mr. Perry, Mr. Cooper, Mr. England, Mr. Hoare, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Blake, Mr. Staynes, Mr. Baldwyn, Sir John Phillips, Mr. Gery, Sir Math. Andrewes, Mr. Newport, Mr. Lambton, Mr. Venables, Mr. Verney, Sir Robert Burdett, Mr. How: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Four a Clock in the Speaker's Chamber.
A Petition of John Foster Clerk, Mary Foster Widow, John Stamp, and Katherine his Wife, Margaret Garrett, Henry Farwell, Clerk, and Eliz. his Wife, Heirs at Law to Warwick Bampfyld Esquire, deceased, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That there is a Bill depending in this House to enable certain Trustees, therein named, to make, renew, and fill up, Leases of the Estate of Sir Coppleston Warwick Bampfyld, during his Minority; and, in case of his Death without Issue Male, during the Minority of his Brother John Bampfyld: In which Bill there is a Clause that comprehends, not only the Estate of Sir Coppleston's Father, but also the Estate of the said Petitioners Ancestor, for which there is a Cause now depending in Chancery: And . . . . . . That the Bill may not pass to exclude the Petitioners from the Estate of the said Mr. Bampfyld, to which they have a Right as advised.
Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table until the said Bill be read a Second time: And that the Bill be read a Second time upon Wednesday Morning next; and the Petition be then read.
Importing Bone-lace, &c.
A Petition of several Shopkeepers, and Retailers of Bone-lace, &c. in and about the City of London, in behalf of themselves, and many others, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That, there being a Bill in the House for rendering more effectual the Laws for preventing the Importing of Foreign Bone-lace, Needlework, Point, and Cut-work, the Petitioners conceive, That the effectual Prohibition of Foreign Bone-lace will much promote the Sale of English Bone-lace: And praying, That the said Bill may be made as effectual as may be, to answer the intended Prohibition.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the said Bill is committed: And that the Petitioners be thereupon heard To-morrow, before the said Committee.
Laws concerning Robberies.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for regulating and amending the Laws concerning Robberies on the Highways, and Hue and Cries: And that Mr. Woodroff, Mr. Bridges, Mr. Tilney, and Mr. Perry, do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
A Person to attend.
Ordered, That Mr. Edwards, Treasurer to the Trustees for circulating Exchequer-Bills, do attend this House Tomorrow Morning.
Sir John Bolles, according to Order presented to the House a Bill to make the Statutes of Edward the First, and Edward the Sixth, against burning and destroying Inclosures, more effectual: And the same was received.
The Bill was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
A Petition of Thomas Oldershaw and John Williams, on behalf of themselves, and the rest of the Troopers who served in Colonel Langston's Regiment during the Wars of Ireland, and since incorporated into the several Regiments in Flanders, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the said Regiment being the First that went in to the King, at his Landing in the West, the King gave them a Month's pay gratis; which Colonel Langston afterwards stopped out of their Subsistence: That they served in reducing Ireland about Thirty Months; and did not receive above 23 l. a Man, Subsistence; all the rest of their Pay being in the said Colonel's Hands; who, tho' the King has ordered Payment, refuseth to pay the Petitioners, or come to any Account with them: And praying Relief in the Premises.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to a Committee: And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House.
And it is referred to Mr. Manley, Sir Cha. Windham, Sir John Bolles, Mr. Mawdit, Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Blofeild, Sir John Fagg, Mr. Bridges, Mr. Tregeagle, Mr. Molyneux, Mr. Mountstevens, Mr. Vincent, Sir Tho. Barnardiston, Mr. Perry, Mr. Norris, Mr. Gardner, Sir Francis Masham, Sir John Phillips, Sir Tho. Dyke, Mr. Vaughan, Sir Robert Burdet, Mr. Moor, Sir John Bucknall, Sir Henry Colt, Mr. Colt, Mr. Crocker, Sir Fra. Winington, Sir Marm. Wivell, Sir John Robinson, Lord Coningsby, Mr. England, Mr. Rowney, Mr. Hooper, Mr. Gwyn, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Morgan: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: And have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Call of the House.
Ordered, That the House be called over upon this Day Sevennight: And that such Members as shall not then attend be sent for in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House.
Supply Bill; Discount on Exchequer-Bills.
A Bill for reducing the Discount on Exchequer-Bills, and giving them a better Currency, was read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Wednesday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the said Bill.
Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee, That they may make the same Penalty for false indorsing Exchequer-Bills, as there is for false indorsing Bank-Bills.
Grants from the Crown.
Ordered, That the Account of the Grants made since the Third Day of December 1696, be laid before this House To-morrow Morning.
Then 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.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir Thomas Littleton took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Thomas Littleton reported from the said Committee, That they had come to several Resolutions; which they had directed him to report, when the House will please to receive the same.
Ordered, That the Report be made To-morrow Morning.
Sir Thomas Littleton also acquainted the House, That he was directed by the said Committee to move; That they may have Leave to sit again.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Thursday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Supply to be granted to his Majesty.
Ordered, That all Committees be adjourned.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.