Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Martis, 5 Maii, 15 Car. IIdi.
ORDERED, That the Committee to which the Bills for the Draining the great Level of the Fens, called Bedford Level, was committed, be revived; and do sit To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, at the Place formerly appointed.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee appointed to inspect That Branch of his Majesty's Revenue arising by the Customs; to examine the Matter of the said Petition, both in relation to the King's Majesty, and the Petitioner; and to report the Matter of Fact, with their Opinions, to the House: And the Committee is hereby impowered to receive any other Petitions or Complaints of the like Nature.
Marq. of Worcester's Water Engine.
Mr. Hungerford reports from the Committee to which the Bill, sent from the Lords, for enabling the Lord Marquis of Worcester to take the Benefit of a Watercommanding Engine, was committed (unto whom it was, by Order of the Thirteenth of April last, referred, to prepare and bring in a Proviso to the said Bill, to limit a Time for perfecting the Engine, and to provide, that the same may not prejudice any other Engines, which should be invented for the future); That the Committee had accordingly prepared a Proviso for the Purposes aforesaid: Which he read in his Place; and after, delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table.
An ingrossed Bill, sent from the Lords, for vesting certain Lands of John Coppleston in Sir Francis Vincent Knight and Baronet, Thomas Waldegrave Esquire, Thomas Westlake, Gentleman, and their Heirs, to sell for Payment of Debts, was read the First time.
Ordered, That a Bill be brought in for disposing all Offices, military and civil, into the Hands of such Persons as have been loyal Subjects, and conformable to the Church of England: And that it be referred to the Lord Bruce, Mr. Solicitor General, Serjeant Charlton, Sir Allen Apsley, Lord Newburgh, Sir Tho. Tomkins, Lord Fanshaw, Mr. Milward, Sir Robert Atkyns, Serjeant Keeling, Mr. Coventry, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Thurland, Sir Courtney Poole, to prepare and bring in the Bill.
The House then, according to the Order of the Thirteenth of April last, did proceed to the Hearing of the Cause between the Drainers and the Tenants of the Manor of Epworth, upon the Bill depending in this House for the Draining of the Level of the Fens, called the Level of Hatfeild Chace.
And the Parties and Counsel on both Sides were called in to the Bar of the House: And several Certificates, returned into the Exchequer, upon Commissions issued from thence, being read; and divers Witnesses examined, and cross-examined; and the Counsel on both Sides fully heard;
Resolved, &c. That a Judicatory be erected by the Bill, to consider of the Interests of the Drainers, and of the several Owners of Lands, within the Manors of Epworth, Misterton, Stockwith, and Everton; and to do equal Right to the several Parties concerned.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be brought back to the former Committee, to bring in the same, amended according to the aforesaid Votes: And for that Purpose the said Committee is revived: And they are to meet at Two of the Clock on Thursday next in the Afternoon, at the Place formerly appointed.