House of Commons Journal Volume 9: 29 November 1669

Pages 113-114

Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Die Lunæ, 29 Novembris, 1669. 21 Car. II.


Leave for Member to attend Lords.

ORDERED, That Mr. Milward have the Leave of this House to attend the House of Lords in a Cause there depending, wherein one Mr. Owen is concerned.

Bridgewater Election.

Ordered, That the Cause, touching the Election for the Town of Bridgwater, be heard before the Committee of Election, on Thursday next.


Ordered, That all that shall come to the Committee, concerning Conventicles, shall have Voices.

Hotchkin's Estate.

A Bill to enable Mr. Richard Hotchkin to sell Lands in Leicestershire, was read the First time.

Resolved, &c. That this Bill be read the Second time on Wednesday next.


A Petition of the Clothiers in Gloucestershire was read; and Leave given for bringing in a Bill on their Behalf.


A Bill for taking away the Benefit of Clergy from such as feloniously cut and steal Cloth from the Rack, in the Night-time, was read the First time.

Resolved, &c. That this Bill be read the Second time on Wednesday next.

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, That Sir Richard Everard have the Leave of this House to go into the Country.

Ordered, That Mr. Sandys the younger have the Leave of of this House to go into the Country, for Recovery of his Health.

Tolls on the Medway.

Sir Thomas Meres reports from the Committee of Grievances, the State of the Case upon the Petition of the Masters of Hoys, and other Vessels trading from Essex and Kent to London, and other Parts, and passing by the Fort at Gravesend, of which Sir John Griffith is Governor; that the Committee, upon full Examination of the whole Matter, had passed the Resolve following; viz.

That Sir John Griffith, and his Instruments, compelling the Masters of Hoys, and other Vessels, trading from Essex and Kent upon the Thames, to pay Eighteen Pence, and other Sums, before they might pass by the Fort of Gravesend, whereof he is Governor, is a Grievance.

The Question being put, To agree with the Committee in the Resolve aforesaid;

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

A Petition of Sir John Griffith was read: And the Matter debated:

Resolved, &c. That this Matter of Grievance is an high Extortion.

Representation to the King.

Resolved, &c. That this Matter of Grievance and high Extortion, be represented to his Majesty, by such Members of this House as are of his Majesty's Privy Council.

Sale of Offices.


Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Solicitor General, Sir Robert Atkins, Sir Thom. Lee, Sir Robert Carr, Sir Charles Harbord, Sir Walter Young, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Serjeant Mainard, Sir Richard Temple, Mr. Garraway, Sir Phill. Musgrave, Sir Thom. Meres, Mr. Coleman, or any Three of them, to prepare and bring in a Bill for Prevention of the Sale of Offices: And also to prepare and bring in another Bill to make Extortion of Money, contrary to Law, more penal: And also to prepare and bring in a third Bill, for regulating and ascertaining, and to prevent Exaction, of Fees in Offices: And the especial Care of these Bills is recommended to Mr. Serjeant Mainard.

Publick Accounts.

Ordered, That the further Consideration of the Report of the Commissioners for Accounts be adjourned till Friday Morning next: And the Commissioners are desired to be then present.

Chester Writ.

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do certify the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England of the Death of Peter Venables Esquire, who lately served as Knight of the Shire for the County of Chester; desiring him, that a Writ may issue forth, under the Great Seal, for the Election of a Knight of the Shire to serve in this present Parliament in his Place and Stead.

And then the House adjourned till Wednesday Morning next, Eight of the Clock.