House of Lords Journal Volume 21
January 1721, 21-30

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'House of Lords Journal Volume 21: January 1721, 21-30', Journal of the House of Lords: volume 21: 1718-1721 (1767-1830), pp. 400-413. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=113448 Date accessed: 31 July 2014.


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January 1721, 21-30

DIE Sabbati, 21o Januarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Epus. London.
Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Rutland.
Dux Montagu.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Kent.
Dux Portland.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Lincoln.
Comes Leicester.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Peterborow.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Essex.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Cadogan.
Comes Harborough.
Comes Castleton.
Viscount Say & Seal.
Viscount Lonsdale.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Viscount Cobham.
Viscount Falmouth.
Ds. Howard Eff.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hursdon.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

Stokesby Common enclosing, Leave for a Bill.

Upon reading the Petition of George England Esquire, Lord of the Manor of Stokesby, and of the Freeholders and Copyholders having a Right of Commoning in and on the Common called Stokesby Common, in the Parish of Stokesby, in the County of Norfolk; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for enclosing and dividing the said Common into such Allotments and Proportions, according to every Person's Right therein, for the greater Encouragement of the Inhabitants of the said Parish:

It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, according to the Prayer of the said Petition.

E. Aylesford et al. Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of Heneage Earl of Aylesford, and his Children, Heneage Finch Esquire commonly called Lord Gernsey, and the Ladies Anne, Mary, and Elizabeth, all Infants of tender Years, by the said Earl their Father and Guardian, and of Elizabeth Countess Dowager of Aylesford; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to enable the Petitioner the Earl to sell and dispose of certain Estates in the County of Kent, in the Petition mentioned, upon his making an equivalent Settlement, in the County of Leicester, in Lieu thereof:

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of the said Petition be, and is hereby, referred to Mr. Justice Tracy and Mr. Baron Mountagu; who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill; and, after hearing them, to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands, and whether all Parties that may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.

Directors South Sea Company, Petition against the Bill to restrain them from leaving the Kingdom.

A Petition of the Sub-governor, Deputy Governor, and Directors, of the South Sea Company, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, "That the Petitioners have a just Sense of their great Misfortunes, in falling under the Displeasure of both Houses of Parliament to so high a Degree, that it has occasioned a Bill to be sent up to their Lordships, whereby the Liberties, the Estates, and the Lives of the Petitioners may be taken from them, and their Families ruined, if the same, as it now stands, should pass; that the said Bill will, in some Parts of it, affect the Estates of many Persons, with whom several of the Petitioners (being Merchants and Traders) have great Dealings; and, in other Parts, is impossible for some of the Petitioners to comply with, although the Petitioners are willing to give Security for their Persons, and make a full Discovery of their Estates to the utmost of their Power; and praying to be heard, by their Counsel, before the passing thereof."

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table, till the said Bill be read a Second Time.

Report on Mr. Mead's Petition, relating to a Breach of Privilege.

The Earl of Clarendon (according to Order) reported from the Lords Committees for Privileges, to whom was referred the Consideration of the Petition of Robert Meade of Aylesbury in the County of Bucks Gentleman, complaining, not only of a great Wrong done to the Petitioner, but also a high Contempt of the Jurisdiction of this House, by Richard Humphrys an Attorney, in suing out a Fieri facias on the Petitioner's Recognizance, and taking his Goods in Execution: "That the Committee have taken into Consideration the Matter to them referred; and, conceiving the Facts, as stated in the Petition, were defective, they thought proper to state the whole Case to the House, as it appeared to the Committee on hearing Counsel on both Sides; which is as follows:

"That the Petitioner, about Two Years since, was Under Sheriff to John Throckmorton Esquire, then Sheriff of the County of Bucks; and that an Action of Debt for Two Hundred Pounds was brought, by one Joan Church Widow, against the said Throckmorton, in the Court of Common Pleas, for the Escape of a certain Person; and, in the said Action, the Plaintiff obtained a Verdict for Recovery of the said Debt and Damages, to the Amount of Two Hundred and Twenty Pounds; whereupon the said Throckmorton brought a Writ of Error, returnable in the Court of King's Bench, and the Petitioner was One of the Bail on the said Writ, in the Penal Sum of Four Hundred and Forty Pounds; upon which Writ, the Judgement was affirmed by the said Court of King's Bench.

"After which, a Scire facias was brought, in the Court of Common Pleas, against the Petitioner, as One of the said Bail; whereupon the said Court of Common Pleas awarded Execution; and thereupon a Fieri facias was executed by the present Sheriff of the said County of Bucks, and the Goods of the Petitioner were taken in Execution.

"That, before the taking out the Writ of Execution, and executing the same, the said Throckmorton had brought a Writ of Error, returnable in Parliament, to reverse the Judgement affirmed in the King's Bench, and given Notice thereof as well to the said Sheriff as to the said Humphryes, of the Allowance of the said Writ of Error; notwithstanding which, the said Humphryes afterwards caused the Goods of the Petitioner to be taken upon the said Execution.

"Whereupon the Committee are of Opinion, That the said Humphryes, in causing the Goods of the Petitioner to be levied in Execution, after such Notice given as aforesaid, is guilty of a Breach of the Privilege of this House."

Which Report, being read by the Clerk, was agreed to by the House.

And the House being informed, "That the said Robert Meade and Richard Humphryes attended; and that the said Humphryes had made a full Restitution of what Goods were taken by virtue of the Execution complained of in the said Petition:"

They were called in, and examined touching the same.

And withdrew.

Ordered, That the said Report be taken into further Consideration on this Day Sevennight.

Directors South Sea Companyet al. to restrain from going out of the Kingdom, Bill:

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for restraining the Sub-governor, Deputy Governor, Directors, Treasurer, or Cashier, Deputy Cashier, and Accomptant, of the South Sea Company, from going out of this Kingdom, for the Space of One Year, and until the End of the then next Session of Parliament; and for discovering their Estates and Effects; and for preventing the transporting or alienating the same."

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House, on Monday next.

Directors Petition against it, rejected.

Then the House took into Consideration the Petition of the Sub-governor, Deputy Governor, and Directors, of the South Sea Company, against the said Bill, which was ordered to lie on the Table.

And it being proposed, "That, the Intent of the Bill being to prevent the Petitioners withdrawing their Persons and Effects from making Satisfaction, and from being punished, for the notorious Breach of Trust which they have already appeared guilty of, and which they do not deny or excuse in their Petition; that therefore the said Petition be rejected:"

After Debate;

The Question was put, "Whether to agree to the said Proposition?"

It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

Ordered, That the said Petition be rejected accordingly.

Brokers Extracts and Accompts to be laid before the House.

Ordered, That Charles Lockyer, Thomas Lockyer, Mathew Wymondesold, Joseph Shaw, Samuel Strode, James Testard, Edward Owen, Elias Paz, David La Cour the Father, Samuel La Cour the Son, Henry Bingfield, William Campier, and John Sherwood, Brokers, do forthwith lay before this House, an Accompt of all Stock and Subscriptions bought or sold by them, for any of the Officers of the Treasury and Exchequer, or in Trust for them, or any of them, to the best of their Knowledge or Belief, since Michaelmas One Thousand Seven Hundred and Nineteen; and that the said Campier and Sherwood do forthwith lay before the House, Extracts out of all their Books, or those of their Servants, relating to any their Transactions, for any Directors, Officers, Agents, or Servants, of the South Sea Company, or for the Company, or in Trust for them or any of them, relating to Stock or Subscriptions, from November One Thousand Seven Hundred and Nineteen; and that all the said Brokers do bring Accompts of what Stock or Subscriptions, bought or sold by them, on account of the Sword-Blade Company; and do attend this House on Tuesday next.

State of Public Credit.

The Order of the Day, for the House to be in a Committee, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit, being read:

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into the said Committee.

The House was resumed.

The House being informed, "That Mathew Wymondesold, Joseph Shaw, Samuel Strode, James Testard, Edward Owen, Henry Binfield, Charles Lockyer, and Thomas Lockyer, attended:"

They were called in; and delivered, at the Bar, being first sworn, the several Extracts made by them, pursuant to the Order of this House of Thursday last; except Henry Binfield, who denied he ever transacted for any the Persons mentioned in the said Order.

The House being also informed, "That Mr. John Grigsby, the Accomptant General of the South Sea Company, attended."

He was called in; and sworn at the Bar, in order to be examined touching the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit.

And withdrew.

Ordered, That the several Extracts this Day delivered in by the Brokers be referred to the said Committee of the whole House.

Ordered, That, on Tuesday next, this House shall be put into a Committee of the whole House, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit; and that all the Directors of the South Sea Company (not Members of the House of Commons), together with the Secretary, Treasurer, Under Treasurer, Accomptant General, John Webste, and John Powell Clerks of the Treasury of the said Company, do then attend.

Throckmorton versus Church, in Error.

Upon reading the Petition of John Throckmorton Esquire, Plaintiff in a Writ of Error brought into this House the 13th Instant, to which Joan Church Widow is Defendant; praying, "In regard the Petitioner is advised that he hath some special Matter to assign for Error in this Cause, that the Time for assigning the same may be enlarged:"

It is Ordered, That the said Plaintiff be, and is hereby, required to assign Errors in the said Cause, peremptorily, by Tuesday next.

Robertson versus Commissioners forfeited Estates.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Margaret Robertson Spinster; complaining of a Decree, or Sentence, of the Commissioners and Trustees of the forfeited Estates in Scotland, of the 10th of October 1718, and of a Decree, or Sentence, of the Lords Delegates, of the 23d of December last, made on the Behalf of the said Commissioners and Trustees; and praying, "That the same may be reversed:"

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners and Trustees may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and do put in their Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Saturday the Eighteenth Day of February next; and that Service of this Order on Mr. John Wolfe, the Respondents Solicitor, be deemed good Service.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, vicesimum tertium diem instantis Januarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Lunæ, 23o Januarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. London.
Epus. Rochester.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Comes Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Somerset.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Devon.
Dux Marlborough.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Montagu.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Kent.
Dux Portland.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Lincoln.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Bristol.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Coningesby.
Comes Castleton.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. Willoughby Broke.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Carteret.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Montjoy.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.

PRAYERS.

Breedon's Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of John Breedon of Croton Esquire, and John Breedon of Pangborne an Insant; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for Sale of Part of the Manor of Pangborne, in the County of Berks, for Payment of the Sum of Two Thousand Pounds and Interest, and Costs, pursuant to a Decree of the Court of Chancery:

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of the said Petition be, and is hereby, referred to Mr. Justice Fortescue and Mr. Baron Page; who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill; and, after hearing them, to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands, and whether all Parties that may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.

Messages from H. C. with Bills.

A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Secretary Craggs and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for repealing an Act, made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of Her late Majesty Queen Anne, intituled, An Act to oblige Ships, coming from Places infected, more effectually to perform their Quarentine; and for the better preventing the Plague being brought from Foreign Parts into Great Britain or Ireland, or the Isles of Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sarke, or Man; and to hinder the spreading of Infection;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Also, a Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Lade and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to naturalize Joachim Peterssen and Henry Muilman;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Sir Alexander Cumming versus Presbytery of Aberdeen.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Sir Alexander Cumming Baronet; complaining of an Interlocutory Sentence, or Decree, of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the Nineteenth of February, and of Part of an Interlocutor of the Sixth of December; and likewise of an Interlocutor of the Thirtieth of December last, affirming the same, made on the Behalf of the Presbytery of Aberdeen and Mr. William Abercromby; and praying to be relieved in the Premises, as to Law, Justice, and Equity, appertains:

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Presbytery of Aberdeen, and William Abercromby, may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and are hereby required to put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto, in Writing, on or before Monday the Twentieth Day of February next; and that Service of this Order on the Moderator and Presbytery, in their Presbytery convened, or the Agent or Solicitor for the Kirk, be deemed good Service.

Directors, &c. of South Sea Company, to restrain from leaving the Kingdon, Bill:

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for restraining the Sub-governor, Deputy Governor, Directors, Treasurer, or Cashier, Deputy Cashier, and Accomptant, of the South Sea Company, from going out of this Kingdom, for the Space of One Year, and until the End of the then next Session of Parliament; and for discovering their Estates and Effects, and for preventing the transporting or alienating the same."

And, after some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.

And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they had gone through the Bill; and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

Then the said Bill was read the Third Time.

And the Question being put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"

It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. that the Lords have agreed to it.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Rogers and Mr. Conway:

To acquaint them, that the Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amendment.

Commissioners forfeited Estates versus Sir George Stewart:

After hearing Counsel, upon the amended Petition and Appeal of the Commissioners and Trustees of the forfeited Estates; complaining of an Interlocutory Sentence, or Decree, of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the Tenth of September 1719, made on the Behalf of John Stewart of Grantully, deceased, whereby the Lands of Waterstoun were decreed to belong to him; and praying, "That the same may be reversed:" As also upon the Answer of Sir George Stewart of Balcasky Baronet, Heir of the said John Stewart, put in to the said Appeal; and due Consideration had of what was offered by Counsel on either Side in this Cause:

Decree affirmed.

It is Ordered and Adjudged, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition and Appeal be, and is hereby, dismissed this House; and that the Interlocutory Sentence, or Decree, therein complained of, be, and is hereby, affirmed.

Plague to prevent, Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for repealing an Act, made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of Her late Majesty Queen Anne, intituled, An Act to oblige Ships coming from Places infected more effectually to perform their Quarentine; and for the better preventing the Plague being brought from Foreign Parts into Great Britain or Ireland, or the Isles of Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sarke, or Man; and to hinder the spreading of Infection."

Peterssen and Muilman, Naturalization Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to naturalize Joachim Peterssen and Henry Muilman."

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, vicesimum quartum diem instantis Januarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

Die Veneris, 26o Januarii, 1721, hitherto examined by us,

Clarendon.
Warrington.
De Lawarr.

DIE Martis, 24o Januarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Epus. London.
Epus. Rossen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Devon.
Dux Marlborough.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Rutland.
Dux Montagu.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Kent.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Halifax.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Cadogan.
Comes Coningesby.
Comes Castleton.
Viscount Falmouth.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. Howard Eff.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

Stokesby Common, Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for improving and enclosing the Common called Stokesby Common, in the Parish of Stokesby, in the County of Norfolk."

Ott and Koep's Petition to be added to Peterssen's Nat. Bill.

A Petition of John Henry Ott and Benedict Koep, was presented to the House, and read; praying to be added to the Bill now depending in this House, intituled, An Act to naturalize Joachim Peterssen and Henry Muilman."

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table till the Second Reading of the said Bill.

Plague, to prevent, Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for repealing an Act made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of Her late Majesty Queen Anne, intituled, An Act to oblige Ships coming from Places infected more effectually to perform their Quarentine; and for the better preventing the Plague being brought from Foreign Parts into Great Britain or Ireland, or the Isles of Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sarke, or Man; and to hinder the spreading of Infection."

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House, presently.

Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into the said Committee.

And, after some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.

And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they had gone through the Bill; and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

Ordered, That the said Bill be read the Third Time To-morrow.

List of Subscriptions and Accompt of S. S. Stock sold, delivered.

The House being informed, "That the Deputy Governor of the South Sea Company attended:"

He was called in; and delivered, at the Bar, some Papers, with a Schedule of them.

The said Schedule was read, as follows:

True Copies of the Lists of the Sub and Deputy Governors, and all the Directors, upon the Third Subscription."

And also, "True Copies of the Lists which have been delivered, or sent down, to the South Sea Company, their Directors, or any their Officers, for the said Subscription; being all they can find, or know of."

"An Accompt of Stock sold."

And then he withdrew.

Address to His Majesty, that Mr. Knight be not protected Abroad.

Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Robert Knight Esquire, Treasurer of the South Sea Company, being withdrawn, in order to shelter himself and others from Justice, an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, "That He will be graciously pleased to use His most powerful and pressing Instances, with all Princes and States in Alliance with His Majesty, that they do not receive, protect, or suffer to remain in their Dominions, the said Robert Knight, or any other Person whatsoever, who shall fly from the Justice of Parliament on this Occasion."

Ordered, That the said Address be presented to His Majesty by the Lords with White Staves.

Brokers Extracts delivered.

The House being informed, "That the Brokers attended:"

They were called in; and delivered, at the Bar, the several Extracts out of their Books, pursuant to their Lordships Orders of the Nineteenth and One and Twentieth Instant.

Then William Compier and John Sherwood, Brokers, were sworn, in order to be examined touching the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit.

And being examined, as to any Transactions for Stock or Subscriptions bought or sold by them, for any of the Officers of the Treasury or Exchequer; they acquainted the House, "That Mr. Waller was an Agent for Mr. Aislabie; and that William Singleton and Thomas Shuttleworth had transacted several Affairs for Mr. Waller."

And being all severally examined, touching any Orders they, or any of them, had received from any Person or Persons, for the selling of Stock for such Person or Persons, out of any of the Companies against which Writs of Scire facias had been ordered, and for whom:

They withdrew.

E. Waller to attend.

Ordered, That Edmond Waller Esquire do attend this House on Thursday next.

Singleton & al. to attend, with Extracts out of then Books.

Ordered, That William Singleton, Thomas Shuttleworth, and Abraham Franks, do likewise attend on Thursday next; and do bring with them Extracts out of all their Books, or those of their Servants, relating to any their Transactions, for any Directors, Officers, Agents, or Servants, of the South Sea Company, or for the Company, or in Trust for them, or any of them, relating to Stock or Subscriptions, from November 1719:

Also, an Accompt of all Stock or Subscriptions bought or sold by them, for any of the Officers of the Treasury and Exchequer, or in Trust for them, or any of them, to the best of their Knowledge or Belief, since Michaelmas 1719:

And also, an Accompt of all Stock or Subscriptions bought or sold by them, on account of the Sword-Blade Company.

The Titles of the several Extracts and Accompts, delivered in by the Brokers, &c. were read.

And Ordered, To be referred to the Committee of the whole House.

State of Public Credit.

Then the Order of the Day, for the House to be in a Committee, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit, being read:

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into the said Committee.

After some Time spent therein, the House was re sumed.

And the Names of the Directors of the South Sea Company, who were appointed a Committee to take Care of the Company's Interest in the Bill ordered to be brought into the House of Commons, upon the Company's Proposals, being read:

Sir W Chapman & al. taken into Custody, and their Papers to be seized.

Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Sir William Chapman Knight and Baronet, Robert Chester, Edward Gibbon, Francis Hawes, and Richard Houlditch, Esquires, Directors of the South Sea Company, be forthwith taken into the Custody of the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House; and that the said Gentleman Usher do also immediately seize the Papers of the said Persons; and that Mr. James Merest and Mr. Charles Reynell, Two of the Clerks attending this House, do go with him, and seal up the said Papers with different Seals, in order to their being faithfully produced when there shall be Occasion: And also, that the Papers of Rupert Clarke, Solicitor to the South Sea Company, be seized, and sealed up in like Manner, forthwith.

To Sir William Sanderson Knight and Baronet, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, and every of them.

Their Persons and Papers to be produced, when desired by the Commons:

Ordered, That the Persons of the said Sir William Chapman Knight and Baronet, Robert Chester, Edward Gibbon, Francis Hawes, and Richard Houlditch, Esquires, Directors of the South Sea Company, and their Papers, together with the Papers of Rupert Clarke the Company's Solicitor, be, from Time to Time, produced by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, in such Manner as shall be desired by the House of Commons, or any Committee of that House.

Message to H. C. to acquaint them with these Orders.

And a Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Holford and Mr. Lovibond, to acquaint them with the last mentioned Orders.

Ordered, That, on Thursday next, this House shall be put into a Committee of the whole House, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit; and that all the Directors of the South Sea Company, not Members of the House of Commons, or in Custody by Order of either House of Parliament, together with the Secretary, John Webster and John Powell Clerks of the Treasury, and Rupert Clarke Solicitor to the said Company, and all the Brokers who attended this Day, do then attend.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad & in diem Mercurii, vicesimum quintum diem instantis Januarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Mercurii, 25o Januarii.

REX.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Epus. London.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senelcallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Somerset.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Kent.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Lincoln.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Coningesby.
Comes Castleton.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Viscount Falmouth.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. Fitzwalter.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Carteret.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Barhurst.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

Dann & al. Leave to appeal.

A Petition of Mathew Dann and others, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, "That the Petitioners reside at a great Distance, and are Strangers to the Orders of this House relating to the Time of presenting Appeals; but, conceiving themselves aggrieved by a Decree of the Court of Exchequer, in Favour of John Edgecombe Gentleman, the Petitioners humbly pray, in regard they do not intend any Delay, but to proceed to have the said Cause heard as soon as conveniently may be, That Leave be given to bring in an Appeal against the said Decree:"

It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in an Appeal, according to the Prayer of the said Petition.

Report from Commissioners of Trade delivered.

The Earl of Westmorland, pursuant to an Address to His Majesty of the last Session of Parliament, presented to the House, "A Report from the Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, of what they found necessary to be done, to prevent the pernicious Practice of running Wool from Great Britain and Ireland into Foreign Parts."

The Title thereof was read.

Ordered, That the said Report do lie on the Table.

His Majesty's Answer to the Address relating to Mr. Knight.

The Lord Steward reported, "That the Lords with White Staves (according to Order) had presented to His Majesty their Lordships Address of Yesterday, relating to Mr. Knight's withdrawing himself from Justice; and that His Majesty had been pleased to return a most Gracious Answer thereunto, to this Effect; (videlicet,)

"That He had before ordered such pressing Instances to be made, as were desired in the Address; and would repeat them."

Newton & al. Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of Mary Newton, Widow and Relict of John Newton Esquire, deceased, Elizabeth and Margaret Newton Infants, Daughters and Coheirs of the said John Newton, by the said Mary their Mother and Guardian; as also of William Clobery and Samuel Wotton Esquires, Trustees named in the Marriage Settlement of the said John Newton; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to enable the Infants or Trustees (notwithstanding the Minority of the said Infants) to grant Leases for Lives, or any Number of Years determinable on Lives, of such Part of the Petitioners Estate, in the County of Devon, as have been usually leased under the ancient Rents and Services, and such other Conditions or Restrictions as may be thought meet:

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of the said Petition be, and is hereby, referred to the Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer and Mr. Baron Price; who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill; and, after hearing them, to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands, and whether all Parties that may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.

Plague, to prevent, Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for repealing an Act made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of Her late Majesty Queen Anne, intituled, An Act to oblige Ships coming from Places infected more effectually to perform their Quarentine; and for the better preventing the Plague being brought from Foreign Parts into Great Britain or Ireland, or the Isles of Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sarke, or Man; and to hinder the spreading of Infection."

The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"

It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. that the Lords have agreed to it.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Holford and Mr. Lovibond:

To acquaint them, that the Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amendment.

Scot to enter into Recognizance for Falconer.

The House being moved, "That James Scot Esquire may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for David Falconer of Newton Esquire, on account of his Appeal depending in this House, to which Dame Elizabeth Falconer and others are Respondents; the Appellant residing in Scotland:"

It is Ordered, That the said James Scot may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellant, as desired.

St. Clere to enter into Recognizance for Paterson.

The like Order for James St. Clere Esquire to enter into a Recognizance for John Paterson Esquire, on account of his Appeal, to which the Commissioners and Trustees of the forfeited Estates are Respondents; for a Reason of the same Nature.

Hamilton versus Borwell.

Whereas this Day was appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein William Hamilton of Grange Gentleman is Appellant, and George Boswell and his Wife are Respondents:

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Friday next; and that the other Causes be removed One Cause-day in Course.

Gent Usher's Information, concerning the Directors of the S. S. Company.

The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod acquainted the House, "That he had attached Sir William Chapman, Robert Chester, Edward Gibbon, Francis Hawes, and Richard Houlditch, Esquires, Directors of the South Sea Company, pursuant to their Lordships Order Yesterday; and that he, with the Clerks, had seized their Papers; as also the Papers of Mr. Clarke, the Company's Solicitor; and that the same were now in his Custody."

Committee to inspect their Papers which were seized.

The Lords following were appointed a Committee, to inspect the said Papers, and to take an Account of the Nature of them; and to report the same to the House:

Lord President.
Lord Privy Seal.
Lord Steward.
Lord Chamberlain.
D. Somerset.
D. Richmond.
D. Bolton.
D. Kent.
D. Wharton.
D. Dorset.
D. Bridgewater.
E. Lincoln.
E. Northampton.
E. Westmorland.
E. Sunderland.
E. Scarsdale.
E. Clarendon.
E. Yarmouth.
E. Rochester.
E. Abingdon.
E. Holderness.
E. Rochford.
E. Orkney.
E. Deloraine.
E. Ilay.
E. Strafford.
E. Uxbridge.
E. Sussex.
E. Stanhope.
E. Coningesby.
E. Castleton.
V. Tadcaster.
V. Falmouth.
L. Bp. London.
L. Bp. Gloucester.
L. Bp. Lincoln.
L. Bp. Bristol.
Ld. Delawar.
L. Fitzwalter.
L. Hunsdon.
L. Compton.
L. Teynham.
L. Maynard.
L. Cornwallis.
L. Craven.
L. Lumley.
L. Carteret.
L. Guilford.
L. Weston.
L. Rosse.
L. Belhaven.
L. Harcourt.
L. Foley.
L. Bathurst.
L. Onslow.
L. Romney.
L. Newburgh.
L. Pawlet Bas.
L. Ducie.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.

Ordered, That the several Persons to whom the said Papers belong have Notice given them, that they may cause Persons to attend, in order to explain any Thing as there may be Occasion.

Ott and Koep sworn, in order to then Naturalization.

This Day John Henry Ott and Benedict Koep took the Oaths appointed, in order to their Naturalization.

House to be cleared when public Business is to be proceeded on.

Ordered, That when an Order of the Day is appointed to be read, for taking any Public Business into Consideration, the Lord on the Woolsack do stop the Reading of the Order, till the House shall be cleared of all Persons that have no Right to be in the House when sitting, if any such shall be there at that Time.

And it being moved, "That the same be made a Standing Order:"

Ordered, That To-morrow Morning this House will take the said Motion into Consideration; and all the Lords to be summoned.

Peterssen and Muilman's Nat. Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to naturalize Joachim Peterssen and Henry Muilman."

Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following; (videlicet,)

Ld. President.
Ld. Privy Seal.
Ld. Steward.
D. Somerset.
D. Bolton.
D. Wharton.
D. Dorset.
E. Northampton.
E. Westmorland.
E. Sunderland.
E. Clarendon.
E. Yarmouth.
E. Rochester.
E. Abingdon.
E. Ilay.
E. Strafford.
E. Uxbridge.
E. Sussex.
E. Stanhope.
E. Coningesby.
V. Tadcaster.
V. Falmouth.
L. Bp. London.
L. Bp. Gloucester.
L. Bp. Lincoln.
L. Bp. Bristol.
Ld. Delawar.
L. Hunsdon.
L. Compton.
L. Teynham.
L. Maynard.
L. Lumley.
L. Carteret.
L. Guilford.
L. Rosse.
L. Harcourt.
L. Foley.
L. Bathurst.
L. Onslow.
L. Romney.
L. Newburgh.
L. Ducie.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Friday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.

Ordered, That the Petition of John Henry Ott and Benedict Koep, praying to be added to the said Bill, be referred to the Lords Committees aforenamed; and that their Lordships do admit the Petitioners accordingly, if they think fit.

Stokesby Common, Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for improving and enclosing the Common called Stokesby Common, in the Parish of Stokesby, in the County of Norfolk."

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to the Lords Committees aforenamed.

To meet on this Day Sevennight, at the same Time and Place.

It is Ordered, To be referred to the same Committee, to consider the Method of passing Bills for enclosing of Commons.

Message from H. C. to return the Bill for incapacitating the Directors of the S. S. Company.

A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Hedworth and others:

To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act to disable the present Sub-governor, Deputy Governor, and Directors, of the South Sea Company, at, from, and after, the respective Terms for electing a Sub-governor, Deputy Governor, and new Directors, of the said Company, to take, hold, or enjoy, any Office, Place, or Employment, in the said Company, or in the East India Company, or Bank of England, and from voting upon Elections in the said Companies;" and to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amendment.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to unrobe.

The House was resumed.

King present:

His Majesty, being seated on His Royal Throne, adorned with His Crown and Regal Ornaments, and attended with His Officers of State (the Prince of Wales, in his Robes, sitting in his Place on His Majesty's Right Hand), the Lords being also in their Robes; the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod received His Majesty's Commands to let the Commons know, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure, they attend Him immediately, in the House of Peers."

Who being come, with their Speaker; the Clerk of the Crown read the Titles of the Bills to be passed, severally, as follow; (videlicet,)

Bills passed.

"1. An Act for restraining the Sub-governor, Deputy-governor, Directors, Treasurer or Cashier, Deputy Cashier, and Accomptant, of the South Sea Company, from going out of this Kingdom, for the Space of One Year, and until the End of the then next Session of Parliament; and for discovering their Estates and Effects, and for preventing the transporting or alienating the same."

"2. An Act to disable the present Sub-governor, Deputy-governor, and Directors, of the South Sea Company, at, from, and after, the respective Times for electing a Sub-governor, Deputy-governor, and new Directors, of the said Company, to take, hold, or enjoy, any Office, Place, or Employment, in the said Company, or in the East India Company, or Bank of England; and from voting upon Elections in the said Companies."

"3. An Act for repealing an Act made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of Her late Majesty Queen Anne, intituled, An Act to oblige Ships coming from Places infected more effectually to perform their Quarentine; and for the better preventing the Plague being brought from Foreign Parts into Great Britain or Ireland, or the Isles of Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sarke, or Man; and to hinder the spreading of Infection."

To these Bills the Clerk Assistant, in the Absence of the Clerk of the Parliaments, pronounced the Royal Assent, severally, in the Words following; (videlicet,)

"Le Roy le veu't."

"4. An Act for naturalizing John Robethon and George Robethon his Son."

To this Bill the Royal Assent was likewise pronounced, in these Words; (videlicet,)

"Soit fait comme il est desiré."

Then His Majesty was pleased to retire; and the Commons withdrew.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to unrobe.

The House was resumed.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad & in diem Jovis, vicesimum sextum diem instantis Januarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Jovis, 26o Januarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Epus. London.
Epus. Winton.
Epus. Wigorn.
Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Norvic.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Somerset.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Devon.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Rutland.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Kent.
Dux Portland.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Lincoln.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Godolphin.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Stair.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Bristol.
Comes Halifax.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Cadogan.
Comes Harborough.
Comes Coningesby.
Comes Castleton.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Viscount Lonsdale.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Viscount St. John.
Viscount Cobham.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Lymington.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. Fitzwalter.
Ds. Howard Eff.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Berkeley Strat.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Carteret.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Montjoy.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.

PRAYERS.

List of Defaulters delivered from S S. Company.

The House being informed, "That the Deputy Governor of the South Sea Company attended:"

He was called in; and delivered, at the Bar, "A List of the Names of such Persons as have not paid their Money on the Third Subscription."

And acquainted the House, "That, for Want of Time, they had not perfected the Accompt of Stock taken in."

And withdrew.

Order for clearing the House, declared a Standing Order.

The House (according to Order) took into Consideration the Motion made Yesterday, for making the Order then agreed to, "for clearing the House, when any Order of the Day is appointed to be read, for taking any Public Business into Consideration," a Standing Order.

And the said Order, being read Twice, was declared to be a Standing Order of this House; and ordered to be entered on the Roll.

Mr. Clarke's Papers delivered:

The House being informed, "That Mr. Rupert Clarke, the Solicitor of the South Sea Company, attended:"

He was called in; and sworn, in order to be examined touching the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit: And acquainted their Lordships, "He had found other Papers, relating to that Company, since those that were seized."

And delivering the same, at the Bar, he withdrew.

Directors examined, touching the Accompt of Stock sold:

The Directors of the South Sea Company attending (according to Order), they were called in; and severally examined, touching the Accompt of Stock sold, said to be received from the Committee of Treasury of the South Sea Company by the Court of Directors.

No Persons to have Access to the Directors in Custody.

Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod do not permit or suffer any Person whatsoever to have Access to any the Persons of the Directors of the South Sea Company, now in his Custody by Virtue of the Order of this House, except such as shall come to them by Order of this House, or of the House of Commons, or any Committee of that House; and that they be not permitted to write or receive any Letters.

Mr. Chester and Mr. Gibbon to be brought to the Bar.

Ordered, That the said Gentleman Usher do forthwith bring Robert Chester and Edward Gibbon Esquires to the Bar of this House.

And the Directors present were further examined, touching Stock sold.

And being withdrawn:

Resolution concerning the taking in or purchasing Stock.

It is Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the taking in of Stock, the transferring of Stock belonging to the South Sea Company, or giving Credit for the same, without a valuable Consideration actually paid, or sufficiently secured; or the purchasing Stock, by any Director or Agent of the South Sea Company, for the Use or Benefit of any Person in the Administration, or any Member of either House of Parliament, during such Time as the late Bill relating to the South Sea Company was de pending last Year in Parliament; was a notorious and most dangerous Corruption.

Mr Chester and Mr. Gibbon examined.

Then, Edward Gibbon and Robert Chester Esquires were brought in, and separately examined touching the Matter to which the other Directors were before examined.

And withdrew.

Report from the Committee appointed to inspect the Directors Papers:

The Earl of Westmorland reported from the Lords Committees appointed to inspect the several Papers, seized by Order of this House, belonging to Sir William Chapman, Mr. Chester, Mr. Gibbon, Mr. Hawes, and Mr. Houlditch, Directors of the South Sea Company, and Mr. Clarke the said Company's Solicitor; and to take an Account of the Nature of the said Papers, and report the same to the House:

"That the Committee have inspected all the Papers seized of Mr. Chester's, and have caused a Schedule of such of them to be made as they conceive may be of Use in the present Inquiry: And their Lordships have found several other Papers, which relate to Family Affairs; and Deeds, or Writings, which relate to his Estate. The Committee have also found several Bank Notes, being Fourteen in Number, payable to Mr. Bowman or Bearer, of £. 100. each; and Seven Notes of Mr. Bowman, of the like Sum of £. 100. each, payable to Bearer; touching the Disposition of which Papers, Deeds, and Notes, their Lordships desire the Direction of the House."

The said Report being read by the Clerk, the following Order was made:

"It is Ordered, That the several Deeds, Family Papers, and Notes, mentioned in the said Report, be forthwith returned to Mr. Chester."

Instructions to the Committee:

Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee, That they do, from Time to Time, redeliver, or cause to be re-delivered, such Deeds and Papers, as they shall find not material to the present Inquiry, to the several Persons to whom they belong.

Wives, &c of the Directors to be with them.

Ordered, That the Wife of Francis Hawes Esquire, his Servants, Physician, and Apothecary; and also the Wives, and One Servant each, of Sir William Chapman, Robert Chester, Edward Gibbon, and Richard Houlditch, Esquires, be permitted to come and be with them.

State of Public Credit.

The Order of the Day, for the House to be in a Committee, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit, being read:

It is Ordered, That the House be put into the said Committee on Tuesday next; and that the several Persons this Day ordered to attend do then attend.

Dann & al. versus Edgcomb.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Mathew Dann, Archilaus Vinton, William Trott, John Lavers, Samuel Fry, and John Body; complaining of a Decree of the Court of Exchequer, of the Eighth of December 1718, and a Report of the Four and Twentieth of July 1719, and a Confirmation of the said Report in Michaelmas Term following, made on the Behalf of John Edgcomb Gentleman; and praying, "That the said Decree, Report, and Order of Confirmation, may be reversed, and the Petitioners relieved:"

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Edgcomb may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and is hereby required to put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Thursday the Ninth Day of February next.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad & in diem Veneris, vicesimum septimum diem instantis Januarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Veneris, 27o Januarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. London.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Somerset.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Kent.
Dux Wharton.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Halifax.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Harborough.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.

PRAYERS.

Causes put off.

Whereas this Day was appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein William Hamilton of Grange Esquire is Appellant, and George Boswell and his Wife are Respondents:

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Wednesday next; and that the Counsel be called in at Twelve a Clock; and that the other Causes be removed One Cause day in Course.

Clavering's Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of James Clavering of Greencroft in the County of Durham Esquire, James Clavering the Younger of Stowhouse in the said County Esquire, only Son and Heir Apparent of the said James Clavering, and Katherine Wife of the said James Clavering the Younger; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to enable the Petitioner James Clavering the Younger to make Sale of certain Estates at Tanfield and South Cawsey, and an Annual Free Rent of Nine Pounds Ten Shillings, in the said County of Durham, freed from the Uses and Trusts in the Petitioner's Marriage Settlement; and to settle an Estate at Hall-hill, in the said County, to the same Uses:

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of the said Petition be, and is hereby, referred to Mr. Justice Dormer and Mr. Baron Mountague; who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill; and, after hearing them, to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands and whether all Parttes that may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.

Throckmorton versus Church.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed, for arguing the Errors assigned upon a Writ of Error depending in this House, wherein John Throckmorton Esquire is Plaintiff, and Joan Church Widow Defendant:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Errors argued, by Counrel, at the Bar, on Wednesday the Fifteenth Day of February next, at Eleven a Clock.

Resolution concerning the S. S Company to be printed.

Ordered, That the Resolution of this House Yesterday, declaring the Practices therein mentioned, relating to the South Sea Stock, a notorious and most dangerous Corruption, be forthwith printed and published.

Sir W. Chapman & al. Leave for Solicitors to come to them.

Upon reading the Petition of Sir William Chapman, Robert Che[...]er, Edward Gibbon, and Richard Houlditch, Esquires; setting forth, "That the Petitioners are truly sensible of their great Misfortune, in falling under the Displeasure of this House; by which Means they are under strict Confinement, in the Custody of Sir William Sanderson, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod: That, by an Act lately passed, the Petitioners are obliged to give Security for their Persons by the Eighth of February next, and an Account of their Estates by the Five and Twentieth of March following, under the Penalties therein mentioned;" and praying, That Joseph Tayler, Jabez Collyer, and John Huggins, Solicitors, may have Access to the Petitioness, in order to advise them how to proceed, to conform to the said Law:"

It is Ordered, That the said Joseph Tayler, Jabez Collyer, and John Huggins, may have Access to the Petitioners, at seasonable Times, according to the Prayer of the said Petition.

Brokers & al. to attend.

Ordered, That Samuel Lesingham, Elias Turner, Richard Turner; and John Mark, do attend this House on Tuesday next; and that such of them as are Brokers do bring with them the like Extracts and Accompts the other Brokers are ordered to prepare.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad & in diem Lunæ, tricesimum diem instantis Januarii, hora decima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Lunæ, 30o Januarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Carliol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Comes Uxbridge.
Ds. Boyle.

PRAYERS.

Then, in order to go to the Abbey Church, Westm'r, to solemnize this Day; being, by Act of Parliament, appointed to be observed as a Day of Fasting and Humiliation, for the Martyrdom of King Charles the First;

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad & in diem Martis, tricesimum primum diem instantis Januarii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernemibus.

DIE Martis, 31o Januarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Arch. Cantuan.
Epus. London.
Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Norvic.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Litch & Cov.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Somerset.
Dux ichmond.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Devon.
Dux Marlborough.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Rutland.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Kent.
Dux Portland.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Peterborow.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Essex.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Cholmondelcy.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Bristol.
Comes Halifax.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Harborough.
Comes Coningesby.
Comes Castleton.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Viscount Lonsdale.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Viscount St. John.
Viscount Cobham.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Lymington.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. Fitzwalter.
Ds. Howard Eff.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Berkeley Str.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Carteret.
Ds. Ashburnham.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Haversham.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

Land Tax Bill.

A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Farrer and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting an Aid to His Majesty by a Land Tax, to be raised in Great Britain, for the Service of the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty-one;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Bill was read the First Time.

Dawes versus Frost.

The Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer, in the usual Manner, brought up the Transcript of the Record upon a Writ of Error; wherein,

Abraham Dawes is Plaintiff, and Edward Frost Defendant.

Tuston versus Wentworth & al.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein the Honourable Sackville Tuston Esquire is Appellant, and John Wentworth alias Creswell Esquire and others are Respondents;"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Monday the Twentieth Day of February next, at Eleven a Clock.

Brokers Accompts delivered.

The House being informed, "That the several Brokers and Persons ordered to attend were at the Door:"

The Brokers were called in.

And Mathew Wymondesold, William Singleton, Samuel La Cour, Joseph Show, Charles Lockyer, Abraham Franks, Thomas Shuttleworth, Samuel Lesingham, and John Mark, delivered, upon Oath, at the Bar, Extracts of all their Books, or those of their Servants, relating to their Transactions for any Directors or Officers of the South Sea Company, Officers of the Treasury and Exchequer, or on account of the Sword-Blade Company, relating to Stock or Subscriptions.

And then they withdrew.

Return of Directors of S. S. Company, relating to the taking in of Stock.

The House being informed, "That the Directors of the South Sea Company had prepared something to be laid before the House, pursuant to their Lordships Order:"

Mr. Astell was called in; and delivered, at the Bar, a Return of the Court of Directors of the South Sea Company, to the Order of this House of the Nineteenth Instant, relating to the taking in of Stock.

And withdrew.

The Title of the said Return was read.

Brokers Papers, and Return of the Directors, referred to the Committee.

Ordered, That the several Papers delivered in by the Brokers, as also the Return of the Court of Directors of the South Sea Company, be referred to the Committee of the whole House appointed to take into farther Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit.

Mr. Waller & al. sworn.

Then, Edmond Waller Esquire, and Elias and Richard Turner, attending:

They were called in, and sworn, in order to be examined touching the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs that has so much affected the Public Credit.

And the said Richard Turner, who is a Broker, delivered the like Extracts as the others had done.

And they withdrew.

Then the House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into the said Committee.

After some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.

And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they, observing certain Blanks in the Book delivered by the Directors of the South Sea Company, giving an Accompt of Stock bought on account of the said Company, had directed him to make Report thereof to the House, in order that the same may be filled up."

And his Lordship further acquainted the House, That he was directed by the Committee to move, That they may have Leave to sit again."

Ordered, That the said Book be forthwith returned to the Directors of the South Sea Company, in order to their filling up the said Blanks accordingly.

Ordered, That, on Thursday next, this House shall be put into a Committee of the whole House, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit.

Brokers discharged from further Attendance.

Ordered, That Richard Turner, and the several Brokers who have delivered in their Books and Papers upon Oath, be discharged from Attendance till further Order, except Mathew Wymondesold, James Testard, William Singleton, Thomas Shuttleworth, John Marke, Abraham Franks, and Samuel Lesingham; who are to attend this House on Thursday next.

Directors to attend:

Ordered, That all the Directors of the South Sea Company, not in Custody by Order of either House of Parliament, together with Charles Lockyer Accomptant, and John Powell One of the Clerks of the Treasury of the said Company, do attend this House on Thursday next.

Mr. Haves to attend, if his Health will permit.

Ordered, That Francis Hawes Esquire, in Custody of the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, if his Health will permit, be brought to the Bar of this House on Thursday next; or otherwise his Physician to attend.

To Sir William Sanderson, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, and every of them.

Paper delivered by Mr. Astell:

The House being informed, "That Mr. Astell, One of the Directors of the South Sea Company, had put into Writing, by Direction of the Committee of the whole House this Day, a Matter by him mentioned to their Lordships:"

He was called in; and delivered, at the Bar, a Paper; which was read, as follows:

To the Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled.

William Astell offers it as his Opinion, That it may be of Service in the present Inquiry, and discover some Persons to whom Money hath been paid by Mr. Robert Knight (but upon what Account said Astell knows not), if the Cash Accompts of the said Robert Knight, with the Bank, the Sword-Blade Company, and Messieurs Thomas and James Martin, from the 25th of December 1719 to the 25th of December 1720, expressing the Dates of the Draughts or Notes, the Names of the Persons to whom each Draught or Note was payable, and the respective Sums of the same, be laid before your Lordships.

"It may also be of Service, to shew the Negotiations of Mr. Robert Surman, if his Accompts with the Sword-Blade Company, and Messieurs Thomas and James Martin, be laid in the same Manner before your Lordships.

"I think Sir John Blunt and Mr. Grigsby keep their Cash with the Sword-Blade Company: If their Accompts were also laid before your Lordships, in the same Manner, it would be serviceable, to shew their Negotiations.

"I humbly crave Leave to acquaint your Lordships, That, in Mr. Knight's Draughts on the Bank, there will be found One payable to me for £. 1190. in September, which was to pay for £. 200. Stock, Part of £. 1200. Stock; which I acquainted your Lordships I bought per Order of the Governor and some Directors."

Accompts mentioned in the Paper to be laid before the House.

Ordered, That the Accompts mentioned in the said Paper, as proper to be laid before the House, be accordingly laid before the House, by the Governor and Company of the Bank of England, the Sword-Blade Company, and the said Thomas and James Martin, respectively.

Thanks to Bp. of Bingor, for his Sermon.

Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be, and are hereby, given to the Lord Bishop of Bangor, for the excellent Sermon by him preached, before this House, in the Abbey Church, Westm'r, Yesterday; and he is hereby desired to cause the same to be forthwith printed and published.

Causes put off.

Whereas To-morrow is appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein William Hamilton of Grange Esquire is Appellant, and George Boswell and his Wife are Respondents:

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Friday next; and that the Counsel be called in, at Twelve a Clock; and that the other Causes be removed One Cause-day in Course.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad & in diem Jovis, secundum diem Februarii jam prox. sequen. hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

Die Mattis, 6o Februarii, 1721, hitherto examined by us,

Greenwich.
Clarendon.
W. Duresme.
Lan. Exon.