Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Lunæ, 24 die Martii, 1672.
London Streets and Sewers.
A BILL for Paving and Cleansing the Streets and Sewers within the City of London, was read the Second time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be committed to Sir John Frederick, Sir Lan. Lake, Sir Edw. Massey, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Edw. Deering, Sir Richard Everard, Lord Richardson, Sir Edw. Masters, Sir Humphry Wynch, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Crouch, Mr. Danicll, Sir John Brampston, Sir Charles Harbard, Sir Leoline Jenkins, Sir Tho. Doleman, Sir Nico. Slaning, Sir Adam Browne, Sir Wm. Strode, Mr. Lowe, Colonel Titus, Sir John Barnaby, Sir Solom. Swale, Sir Tho. Allen, Mr. Jones, Sir Richard Ford, Sir Tho. Clergis, Sir John Morton, Colonel Gray, Sir John Knight, Sir Rowland Berkley, Mr. Cheney, Colonel Birch, Sir Wm. Thompson, Mr. Love, Sir Phil. Warwick, Sir John Mallet, Serjeant Seis, Sir Wm. Harbord, Sir Wm. Terringham, Sir John Rolles, Sir Tho. Lee, Sir Jonathan Trelawny, Mr. Morris, Sir Phil. Musgrave, Sir Trevor Williams, Mr. Edw. Buscowen, Sir Courtney Poole, Mr. Phillipps, Mr. Westphaling, Mr. Hopkins, Sir John Robinson, Sir Wm. Bucknall, Mr. Turges, Sir Edm. Bowyer, Sir Tho. Mompesson, Mr. Whorwood, Mr. Hugh Buscowen, Sir Nico. Pedley, Mr. Dalmahoy, Mr. Marvell, Colonel Strangewaies, Alderman Bence, Sir Tho. Bludworth, Mr. Vaughan; and all the Members of this House that serve for Middlesex, Westminster, and Surrey: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Wendover Return amended.
The Clerk of the Crown being called in, according to the Order of the House, in order to Amending the Return for the Borough of Wendover (the Constables absconding themselves, and being not to be found); the Clerk of the Crown, by Order of the House, did raze out the Name of Edward Backwell Esquire; and instead thereof, insert the Name of Thomas Wharton Esquire; to serve for the Borough of Wendover.
Remuneration of Officers of the House.
A Petition of the Clerk Assistant, Under Clerks, and Officers attending the House, being tendered to the House;
Ordered, That every Knight of the Shire do pay Ten Shillings; and every other Member of the House, Five Shillings: And that all that made Default in former Payments, do pay what is in Arrear, to Mr. Marsh, who is appointed to collect the same; to be distributed by Mr. Speaker, to the Clerks and Under Officers.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Lee do go up to the Lords, to put them in mind of the Bill for the Ease of his Majesty's Protestant Subjects, that are Dissenters from the Church of England.
Message to expedite Business.
Mr. Secretary Coventry delivers a Message from his Majesty, as followeth;
I AM commanded by His Majesty, in Pursuance of His late Message, to acquaint you, that His Majesty intendeth you shall rise before Easter; and therefore expects an Expedition of such Bills, as are of most Importance; the Bill of Popery, and that of Supply, particulary: And, for such other Bills, that concern either the Publick, or Particular; and cannot be so soon ready; that they may not receive a Disappointment, His Majesty resolveth to make this an Adjournment, till the Beginning of October; when you may continue their Prosecution: And, in the mean time, His Majesty will take such Care of the Protestant Religion, as you shall have no Occasion to complain.
At the Court at Whitehall, March the 24th, 1672/3
Complaint of Grievances.
James Houseman, who was summoned to attend the House, to give an Account of his illegal Exacting Two Shillings and Six-pence per Horse upon Horses transported, attending; and being called in, gave an Account, that he did receive this Imposition in the Right and by Virtue of the Deputation of Francis Lightfoot, who is Surveyor to the Duke of Buckingham: And that he had collected several 2s. and 6d. and accounted for it to Mr. Lightfoot; who had given Security by Bond, to indemnify him.
Ordered, That Francis Lightfoote be summoned to attend this House, to give an Account of his illegal Exacting Two Shillings and Six-pence per Horse on Horses exported: And that James Houseman, who is by him employed to receive it, then again attend.
Message that Lords sit.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Wm. Child, and Sir Mondeford Brampston;
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have commanded us to acquaint you, that, upon a Message they have received from his Majesty of their Adjournment very suddenly, they have resolved to sit this Afternoon; and desire this House will do the like.
General Nat. Bill.
The Bill of General Naturalization was read a Second time.
Resolved, &c. That the Debate of the Bill be adjourned to the Afternoon.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Meeres do, in the Afternoon, at the First Sitting of the Lords, go up to desire a Conference upon the Bill to prevent Dangers which may happen from Popish Recusants.
And then the House adjourned till Three of the Clock, Afternoon.
Rebuilding Navy Office, &c.
AN ingrossed Bill for reviving the Judicature for Determination of Differences touching Houses burnt down and demolished by reason of the late Fire which happened in London; and for Rebuilding of the Navy Office; was read.
A Clause was tendered, to be added to the Bill for ending Differences touching the Navy Office, and other Houses contiguous, which were burnt: Which was thrice read; and, upon the Question, agreed.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill, with the Proviso, do pass: And that the Title be, An Act for reviving the Judicature for Determination of Differences, touching Houses burnt down and demolished, by reason of the late Fire which happened in London; and for rebuilding the Navy Office.
Duchy of Cornwall Leasing.
The ingrossed Bill for enabling his Majesty to make Leases of his Lands belonging to the Duchy of Cornwall, was read the Third time.
A Proviso was tendered to be added, and there read; and, upon the Question, rejected.
Resolved, &c. That the said Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act for enabling his Majesty to make Leases of his Lands belonging to the Duchy of Cornwall.
Sir Thomas Meeres reports, That he had attended the Lords; and that they had agreed to a present Conference in the Painted Chamber, upon the Bill and Amendments touching Popish Recusants.
Ordered, That the Persons formerly appointed do manage the Conference.
Mr. Solicitor reports, That they had attended the Conference, and delivered the Amendments of this House to the Amendments and Provisoes sent from the Lords; and the Reasons allowed by the House.
General Nat. Bill.
The House then resumed the Debate of the Bill for General Naturalization.
The Question being put, That the Bill be committed;
The House divided.
The Yeas go out.
And so it was resolved in the Affirmative.
The Question being put, That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House;
The House divided.
The Yeas go out.
So it passed in the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be committed to Mr. Attorney General, Mr. Garaway, Mr. Jones, Sir John Lowther, Sir John Knight, Sir Geo. Downing, Mr. Vaughan, Sir Rich. Ford, Mr. Cheney, Colonel Birch, Sir Humph. Winch, Sir Lanc. Lake, Sir Adam Browne, Sir Trevor Williams, Mr. Love, Mr. Morrice, Sir John Mallet, Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Secretary Coventry, Sir Charles Harbord, Mr. Buscowen, Sir Rich. Temple, Sir Robert Holt, Mr. Solicitor, Sir Thomas Osborne, Mr. Mallet, Sir John Moreton, Sir Rich. Temple, Sir Thom. Littleton, Mr. Waller, Mr. Hopkins, Sir Thom. Higgons, Sir Robert Carr, and all that serve for Sea Port Towns: And all that come are to have Voices: And they are to meet To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Abuses in Elections.
The House then proceeded upon the additional Clause, brought in to be added to the Bill for regulating the Election of Members to serve in Parliament: Which was again read: And after long Debate thereupon.
Resolved, &c. That the additional Clause be recommitted to the Committee to which the Bill was formerly committed; to take the same into Consideration; and to bring in a Clause upon the Subject Matter of the Debates of the House.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Eight of the Clock.