Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Jovis, 19 die Novembris, 1685.
SIR Christopher Musgrave reports from the Committee of Elections and Privileges, That Mr. Hacket's Petition concerning the Election for the County of Bucks, having been appointed by the Committee to be heard on a certain Day before the late Recess of Parliament; and that, although the Sitting Member then attended the Committee; yet neither the Petitioner nor his Counsel did attend, or prosecute the said Petition: And that therefore the Committee had directed him to report the Matter specially to the House.
Resolved, That Mr. Hackett's Petition be dismissed.
Newcastle under Line Election.
Sir Christopher Musgrave further reports from the Committee of Elections and Privileges, That a Petition of Sir Thomas . . . . and Leveson Gower Esquire, touching the Election for Newcastle under Line, having been read to the Committee before the late Recess of the Parliament; and a Day having been assigned for hearing the . . . . by the Committee; the House, by their Order, put off the Hearing till the Second Friday after the Recess: That the Day being, in the Opinion of the Committee, elapsed, by reason of the late Adjournments of Parliament, therefore the Committee directed him to acquaint the House, That they thought not fit to proceed therein without the Directions of the House.
Ordered, That the Committee of Elections and Privileges do assign a Day for hearing the Merits of the Election of Burgesses, to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Newcastle under Line.
French Wines, &c.
Sir Dudley North reports from the Committee appointed to inquire and compute, What the Imposition on French Wines, at the Rate of Four Pounds per Tun, may amount unto by the Year, That the Committee, having taken into their Consideration the Matters to them referred, had agreed upon a Resolution: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was read; and is as followeth;
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Imposition on French Wines of Four Pounds per Tun, will yearly amount to Thirty-five thousand Pounds.
The said Resolve being read a Second time;
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, That the Imposition on French Wines, of Four Pounds per Tun, will yearly amount to Thirty-five thousand Pounds.
The House being informed, that a Petition was presented do the House by Edward Viscount Latimer, touching the Election for the Borough of Buckingham; which was referred, by the House, to the Committee of Elections and Privileges; but that neither Petitioner, nor any for him, had since prosecuted the same:
Ordered, That, unless the said Lord Latimer, or some for him, do prosecute his said Petition before the Committee of Elections and Privileges, within Four Days next ensuing, the said Petition be dismissed.
Ordered, That the Bill to enable Mr. Price to make a Jointure be read on Tuesday next.
A Bill to enable Jonathan Castleman Esquire to charge his Lands with Portions for younger Children being presented to the House;
Ordered, That the Bill do lie on the Table.
A Bill to enable Sir Thomas Lawrence to make Leases, and an Exchange of Lands, being presented to the House;
Ordered, That the Bill do lie upon the Table.
A Petition against the Importation of foreign Lace being presented to the . . . .;
Ordered, That the Bill do lie on the Table.
A Motion being made, That the House do immediately resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of his Majesty's Supply;
Resolved, That this House do immediately resolve into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of his Majesty's Supply.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Solicitor General took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Solicitor General reports from the Committee of the whole House, That they having taken into Consideration the Matters to them referred, they had agreed upon a Resolve: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Table: Where the same being again read; is as followeth;
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Addition of Four Pounds per Tun on French Wines be given to his Majesty for Nine Years and an half; to commence from the First Day of December One thousand Six hundred Eighty-five.
Which Resolve being read a Second time;
Resolved, That this House do agree with the Committee, That the Addition of Four Pounds per Tun on French Wines be given his Majesty for Nine Years and an half; to commence from the First Day of December One thousand Six hundred Eighty-five.
Ordered, That Mr. Solicitor General do prepare a Bill for granting the Supply to his Majesty, according to the several Resolutions of the House: And that he also prepare a Clause of Credit to be added thereto, for the Borrowing of Money thereupon: And that he present the same to the House.
A Petition of divers Merchants, and others, Creditors of * Hind, and * Toplady of London, Goldsmiths and Bankers, was read.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee to whom the Bill against Bankrupts, stands committed; to examine the Matter thereof; and to consider of a Way for the Relief of the Petitioners, either by adding a Clause to that Bill, or by preparing a new Bill, for the Ends aforesaid, upon the Debate of the House: And that Sir Joseph Williamson, Sir Orlando Gee, Colonel Ashton, Sir John Reresby, Sir John Fagg, Mr. How, Mr. Done, Mr. Duncombe, Mr. Christie, Lord Ranelagh, Sir John Cotton, Sir Robert Brook, be added to the Committee: And the said Committee is revived; and is to sit at Four of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And they are impowered to send . . . Persons, Papers, and Records.
Foreign Protestants Nat.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Bill for a general Naturalization of French Protestants, stands committed, be revived; and do sit at Three of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Hackney Coaches, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Bill for regulating Hackney Coaches, and preventing Nuisances in the Streets, is committed, be revived; and do sit at Three of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Orders against Obstructions in the Streets.
Ordered, That the Constables, and other Officers of Middlesex and Westminster concerned do take care that from Eight of the Clock in the Morning, till Two in the Afternoon, being the usual Time of the Meeting and Rising of this House, the Passage through the Streets between Temple Bar and Westminster Hall be kept free and open; and that no Obstruction be made by Cars, Drays, Carts, or otherwise, to hinder the Passage of the Members to and from this House: And the Serjeant at Arms attending this House is to give Notice of this Order. And it is referred to Mr. Done, Mr. Bonithon, Justices of the Peace for the County of Middlesex, to see this Order executed and performed.
And then the House adjourned to Nine of the Clock To-morrow Morning.