Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Martis, 27 die Aprilis, 1675.
A BILL for settling the Duty of Hearth Money, was read the Second time.
Resolved, &c. That this Bill be committed to Sir Edward Masters, Colonel Sands, Sir William Strode, Mr. Tho. Meeres, Sir Lanc. Lake, Sir Robert Barnham, Sir John Covert, Sir John Knight, Mr. Bennett, Sir George Reeve, Mr. Roll, Mr. Serjeant Maynard, Sir Richard Everrard, Sir Edward Hungerford, Sir John Heath, Mr. Aliffe, Mr. Vaughan, Sir Rich. Ford, Colonel Birch, Colonel Strode, Sir Tho. Lee, Mr. Nich. Morris, Mr. Buller, Mr. Spry, Sir John Bennett, Mr. Wood, Mr. Gwyn, Sir Wm. Francklyn, Sir John Hotham, Sir John Birkenhead, Mr. Culliford, Sir John Robinson, Mr. Stockdale, Mr. May, Sir Hen. Ford, Mr. Whittacre, Sir Cicill Bishopp, Lord Ashley: And all that shall come are to have Voices: And they are to meet on Thursday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Duchy Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Sir John Birkenhead reports from the Committee to which the Bill to enable Sir Francis Compton, and others, to make Sale of the Manor of Hamerton in the County of Huntington, was committed, some Amendments, agreed by the Committee, to be made to the Bill: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was twice read; and, upon the Question, severally agreed.
Resolved, &c. That the said Bill, with the Amendments agreed to, be ingrossed.
Delays of Suits.
A Bill to revive and perpetuate an Act for avoiding unnecessary Suits and Delays, was read a Second time.
Resolved, &c. That the said Bill be committed to Sir Cha. Harbord, Mr. Spry, Sir Richard Everrard, Mr. Dalmahoy, Sir John Moreton, Mr. Head, Colonel Birch, Mr. Nich. Morris, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir John Talbott, Sir Tho. Peyton, Colonel Kirby, Sir Adam. Browne, Colonel Sands, Mr. Serjeant Maynard, Sir Lanc. Lake, Mr. Serjeant Pedley, Mr. Sawyer, Sir John Heath, Mr. Tho. Morris, Sir John Birkenhead, Sir John Brampston, Mr. Chetwin, Mr. Wood, Mr. Walter Chetwin, and all the Members of the Long Robe: And all that shall come are to have Voices: And they are to meet To-morrow, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Trial of Peers.
An ingrossed Bill, sent down from the Lords, for the better Trial of the Peers of England, was read the First time.
Resolved, &c. That this Bill be read a Second time in a full House.
Russells, &c. Nat.
A Bill for Naturalization of Theodore Russell, James Frontin, and others, was read the First time.
Resolved, &c. That this Bill be read a Second time.
Answer to Address.
Mr. Speaker reports, That he had attended his Majesty with the Address of the House concerning the Duke of Lawderdale; and that his Majesty had returned Answer, That it was long, and of great Importance, and therefore he could not return a present Answer: But He would consider of it, and, in a short time, return an Answer.
Temporary, &c. Laws.
Resolved, &c. That a Committee be appointed to peruse such temporary Acts as were confirmed, and made perpetual by the Statute of 17° Car. I; and to consider which of them are fit to be made temporary, and which perpetual; and to report the Matter, with their Opinions herein, to the House.
And it is referred to Mr. Cheney, Sir Wm. Lewis, Sir Charles Harbord, Sir Lanc. Lake, Sir Thomas Clergis, Sir Tho. Williams, Mr. Stockdale, Sir Hen. Ford, Mr. Onslow, Colonel Birch, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Richard Franklyn, Mr. Palmes, Sir Courtney Poole, Sir Wm. Bucknall, Sir Cicill Bishopp, Sir Tho. Lee, Mr. Sacheverall; or any Three of them: And they are to meet on Thursday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Rates on Jewels, &c.
Ordered, That Leave be given to Sir George Downing, to bring in a Bill for ascertaining the Rates as to rough Jewels, Ginger, and Corn ground, which shall be imported; and also of setting a Rate on Piamento, or Jamaica Pepper, and Cocoa-nuts.
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to peruse the Acts concerning Measures; and to bring in a Bill to remedy the Defects therein; and to ascertain the Measures for the future, as they shall see Cause.
And it is referred to Mr. Sacheverell, Sir Edward Deering, Mr. Hampden, Sir Lanc. Lake, Sir John Covert, Sir John Knight, Sir John Bramston, Sir Wm. Lewis, Mr. Garraway, Colonel Birch, Sir Tho. Lee, Mr. Powle, Mr. Newport, or any Three of them.
Earl of Danby's Impeachment.
The House then proceeded in the further Consideration of the Articles of Impeachment against the Lord High Treasurer of England.
And the first Article being read; and the Patent granted to Mr. Mountney, dated the Twelfth of November last, being also read;
And Mr. Mountney being called in, and heard to several Questions, touching the Method of Payment of Monies arising upon the Customs;
And several Members of the House having also given an Account touching the same; and of the Method of issuing publick Monies;
And the Matter being debated;
The Question being put, Whether it appears by this Patent, that there is fit Matter in the First Article for an Impeachment;
It passed in the Negative.
Another Patent being read, bearing Date the 31th of March last, relating to the Farming of the Excise;
And a Debate arising thereupon;
Resolved, &c. That the further Debate of the Matter, upon the Patent last read, be adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Ten of the Clock: And the Chancellor of the Exchequer is desired to be present, if he be in a Condition of Health: And that the Debate, touching the Navy, be put off till Thursday Morning next.
Ordered, That these Members following be added to the Committee to whom it is appointed to inspect the Laws for Repairing and Maintaining of Highways, and consider wherein they are defective; and to prepare and bring in a Bill for the effectual Repairing and Maintaining thereof; viz. Colonel Norton, Mr. Foote, Mr. George Clerk, Sir Wm. Windham, Sir Wm. Portman, Sir John Coventry, Sir Tho. Dolman, Mr. Neale, Sir Wm. Lewis, Sir John Norton.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Eight of the Clock.