Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 16, 1696-1701. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, 22 Februarii.
L. Cornwallis takes the Oaths.
Wood, Leave for a Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of Rawland Wood; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for Sale of certain Messuages, Lands, and Tenements, called Elworth Farme, in the County of Gloucester; and the purchasing of other Lands, held of the Bishop of Gloucester, of greater Value, to be settled to the Uses agreed on his Marriage with Judith his Wife:
Sir Robert Marsham's Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable Sir Robert Marsham Baronet to dispose of Lands in Hertfordshire; and to settle other Lands, of better Value, in Kent, to the same Uses as the Lands in Hertfordsh'r are settled."
State of the Fleet, Address upon.
"We, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, having, since our late Address to Your Majesty for the speedy sitting out a Fleet, taken into our further Consideration all Means that may conduce to the more effectual Dispatch of that great Work, do find, that the Want of sufficient Numbers of Seamen is like to be the greatest Impediment to the speedy setting out the Ships designed for the present Service; and therefore we humbly propose to Your Majesty;
"That some Order be published, whereby it may be declared, That all Seamen that shall enter themselves on board any of the Ships now to be set forth, who are out on Recalls, shall be assured to be paid their Recalls before the failing of the Fleet.
"That it be likewise declared, That such able Seamen as are not out on Recalls, and shall voluntarily come in and enter themselves on board any of the Third or Fourth Rate Ships now to be set forth, within Eight and Twenty Days, shall have a Month's Pay Gratis, as was practised in the Year One Thousand Six Hundred Seventy-two, and was found to have good Effect in that Time.
"That Your Majesty would be pleased to order a Flag Officer down to the several Places where the Ships are sitting out; who may have particular Direction to take Care of the speedy manning of the said Ships, and to have Inspection how all Captains and inferior Officers employ their utmost Diligence in manning their respective Ships; and to inform Your Majesty, and the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of England, what Progress is made therein: And that Your Majesty would further direct such other Methods as Your Majesty in Your great Wisdom shall think proper, in this Conjuncture, for the better and more effectual Dispatch of the manning of the Fleet."
Brookfield and Newport Markets, Bill.
Upon reading, the Twentieth Instant, the Bill, intituled, "An Act for confirming the Grants of Brookfield Market and Fair, and Newport Market, in the County of Middl'x," it was ordered, That the said Bill should not be read the Second Time until that Day Five Weeks:
It is this Day ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Bill shall be read the Second Time on Monday the Third Day of March next, at Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, (videlicet,) vicesimum quartum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.