House of Lords Journal Volume 21
February 1721, 1-10

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'House of Lords Journal Volume 21: February 1721, 1-10', Journal of the House of Lords: volume 21: 1718-1721 (1767-1830), pp. 413-426. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=113449 Date accessed: 30 October 2014.


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February 1721, 1-10

DIE Jovis, 2o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Arch. Cantuar.
Epus. Winton.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Devon.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Kent.
Dux Portland.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Peterborow.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Essex.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Stair.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Bristol.
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. Willoughby Eresb.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Cornwallis.
2. Ds. Craven.
1. Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Carteret.
Ds. Ashburnham.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Montjoy.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

Sir J. Osborne versus Usher & al.

This Day the Answer of Beverley Usher and others, Respondents to the Petition and Appeal of Sir John Osborne Baronet, was brought in.

Courtney to enter into Recognizance for Dann & al.

The House being moved, "That George Courtenay Esquire may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for Mathew Dann and others, on account of their Appeal depending in this House, to which John Edgcombe Gentleman is Respondent; he being the principal Person concerned, the Appellants being only his Tenants:"

It is Ordered, That the said George Courtenay may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellants, as desired.

Mr. Hawes, Leave for Solicttors to come to him.

Upon reading the Petition of Francis Hawes Esquire; setting forth, "That the Petitioner is truly sensible of his great Misfortune, in falling under the Displeasure of this House; by which Means he is under strict Confinement, in the Custody of Sir William Sanderson, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod: That, by an Act lately passed, the Petitioner is obliged to give Security for his Person by the Eighth Instant, and an Account of his Estate by the Five and Twentieth of March next, under the Penalties therein mentioned;" and praying, "That Joseph Tayler, Jabez Collyer, and John Huggins, Solicitors, may have Access to the Petitioner, in order to advise him 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 Petitioner, at seasonable Times, according to the Prayer of the said Petition.

Representation from the Commissioners of Trade, relating to the Prombition of Callicoes.

The Earl of Westmorland, pursuant to an Address to His Majesty of the last Session of Parliament, presented to the House a Copy of a Representation from the Commissioners for Trade and Plantations to His Majesty, upon an Address of the House of Lords, relating to the Prohibition of Callicoes.

The Title thereof was read.

Message to H C. for Directors of the S. S Company & al. (in their Custody) to attend.

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

To acquaint them, "That this House, having under their Examination several Matters of Importance relating to the South Sea Company, desire that such of the Directors of the said Company, and other Persons, as are in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending that House, may be, from Time to Time, produced before this House, or any Committee of this House, when desired."

Bank of England to lay before the House their Cash Accompt with S. S. Company.

The House being informed, "That the Governor and Company of the Bank of England attended:"

They were called in; and acquainted the House, They had no Cash Accompt in the Name of Mr. Knight, but had with the South Sea Company; and, by reason the transcribing the same would take up some Days Time, they had brought their original Book, wherein those Accompts are entered, and turned down the respective Pages containing those Accompts."

And they being withdrawn:

Ordered, That the Governor and Company of the Bank of England do forthwith prepare, and lay before this House, a true Copy of their Cash Accompt with the South Sea Company, from the Five and Twentieth of December 1719 to the Five and Twentieth 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.

Thornby versus Fleetwood, in Error.

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 Thornby Esquire is Plaintiff, and Thomas Fleetwood Esquire and others are Defendants:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Errors argued, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Thursday the Three and Twentieth Day of this Instant February, at Eleven a Clock.

Land Tax Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, 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 Twenty-one."

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House, To-morrow.

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.

After some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.

And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they had made some further Progress in the Matters to them referred; and that he was directed by the Committee to move, That they may have Leave to sit again."

Ordered, That on Saturday 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.

Leave from the H. C. for Directors &c. in Custody of their Serjeant at Arms to attend.

The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return Answer:

That the Commons have ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms attending their House, or his Deputy, do attend the Lords, with such of the Directors, or other Officers, of the South Sea Company, as are in his Custody, in such Manner as is desired by their Lordships."

Ordered, That such of the Directors or other Officers of the South Sea Company, as are in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending the House of Commons, be brought to the Bar of this House on Saturday next.

Adjourn.

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

DIE Veneris, 3o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. London.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Kent.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Lincoln.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Godolphin.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Bristol.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Harborough.
Comes Coningesby.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Viscount Cobham.
Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Carteret.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.

PRAYERS.

Paterson versus Commissioners forfeited Estates.

This Day the Answer of the Commissioners and Trustees of the forfeited Estates in Scotland Respondents to the Petition and Appeal of John Paterson Esquire:

Chamberlain versus White.

Also, the Answer of Dame Mary White Widow, Respondent to the Petition and Appeal of Christopher Chamberlain Esquire:

Were brought in.

Bunbury et Ux. versus Bolton et al.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Walter Bunbury of the City of Dublin Esquire and Dame Elizabeth Irwin his Wife; complaining of a Decree of the High Court of Chancery in Ireland, of the One and Twentieth of November 1716, in a Cause wherein the said Dame Elizabeth Irwin was Plaintiff, and Alderman Thomas Bolton, Doctor John Bolton, Charles Bladen, and Lettice his Wife, were Defendants; and praying, "That the same may be altered and amended:"

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Thomas Bolton and the other Defendants 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 Friday the Tenth Day of March next; and that Service of this Order on the Respondents Clerk or Clerks in the said Court of Chancery in Ireland be deemed good Service.

Fitz-S'mmons to enter into Recognizance for the Appellants.

The House being moved, "That Richard Fitz Simmons Gentleman may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for the said Walter Bunbury and Dame Elizabeth his Wife, they residing in Ireland:"

It is Ordered, That the said Richard Fitz Simmons may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellant, as desired.

Blake et al. versus Blake.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Sibella Apolinea Blake and Jane Henrietta Barbara Blake, Infants, by Elizabeth Blake their Mother and Guardian; complaining of a Decree of the High Court of Chancery in Ireland, of the Eighth of July, and the Affirmance thereof the Eleventh of November last, in a Cause there depending, wherein Robert Blake Esquire was Plaintiff, and the Petitioners and others were Defendents; and praying, "That the same may be reversed, and the Plaintiff's Bill dismissed, with Costs, and the Petitioners relieved:"

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Robert Blake 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 Friday the Tenth Day of March next; and that Service of this Order on the Respondent's Clerk in the said Court of Chancery be deemed good Service, in order thereunto.

Land Tax Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the 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."

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 said Bill; and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

Stokesbury Common Enclosure Bill.

The Earl of Clarendon likewise reported from the Lords Committees to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for improving and enclosing the Common called Stokesby Common, in the Parish of Stokesby, in the County of Norfolk," was committed: "That they had considered the said Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto."

Which were read Twice, and agreed to.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be engrossed.

Method of passing Bills for enclosing Commons, Committee revived.

Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of the Method of passing Bills for enclosing of Commons, be revived, and meet To-morrow.

Commissioners forfeited Estates versus Erskine.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of the Commissioners and Trustees of the forfeited Estates in Scotland; complaining of a Decree of the Lords Delegates, of the Three and Twentieth of December last, made on the Behalf of Mr. David Erskine of Dun, One of the Senators of the College of Justice; and praying, "That the same may be reversed; and that the Decree of the Petitioners, of the Seventh of October 1719, may be affirmed:"

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said David Erskine 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 Friday the Third Day of March next.

Hamilton versus Boswell:

After hearing Counsel, upon the Petition and Appeal of William Hamilton of Grange Gentleman; complaining of Part of Two Interlocutory Sentences, or Decrees, of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the Nineteenth of December 1701, and Five and Twentieth of July 1705, and the several Affirmances thereof, made on the Behalf of George Boswell and Helen Reid his Wife; and praying, "That the same may be reversed:" As also upon the Answer of the said George Boswell put in to the said Appeal; and due Consideration had of what was offered by Counsel on either Side in this Cause:

Interlocutors 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 such Part of the Interlocutory Sentences, or Decrees, and the Affirmances thereof, therein complained of, be, and are hereby, affirmed.

E Nottingham et al. Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of Daniel Earl of Nottingham, Francis Gwynn and John Conyers Esquires, furviving Trustees and Executors of William late Marquis of Halifax; and, as such, entitled to a Term of Five Hundred Years in several Parts of his Estate, charged to pay Debts and Legacies, and liable to several Annuities for Lives charged thereon by George late Marquis of Halifax; and praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to vest the Fee and Inheritance of several Grounds, Rents, and Houses, in London, Middlesex, and Surrey, and some small Estates in Yorkshire, lying remote from the Trust Estate, in Trustees, to be sold, together with the said Term of Five Hundred Years; and to preserve the most valuable Estates for the Benefit of the Reversioners:

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. Baron Price and Mr. Justice Eyre; 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.

Atkins's Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of John Atkins Esquire and Elizabeth his Wife; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to enable the Petitioners to sell and convey certain Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, in the County of Leicester, for Payment of Debts; and other Purposes therein mentioned:

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 Justice of the Court of King's Bench and Mr. Justice Blencowe; 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.

Paterson versus Commissioners forfeited Estates.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause, wherein John Paterson Esquire is Appellant, and the Commissioners and Trustees of the forfeited Estates in Scotland are Respondents:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Friday the Four and Twentieth Day of this Instant February, at Eleven a Clock; and that Service of this Order on Mr. Alexander Hamilton the Appellant's Agent be deemed good Service.

Corporation of Coventry, for Papers.

Upon reading the Petition of the Mayor, Bailiffs, and Commonalty, of the City of Coventry; setting forth, That, upon hearing the Cause in the Court of Chancery, wherein His Majesty's Attorney General and others were Plaintiffs, and the Petitioners and others were Defendants; the several Deeds and Evidences hereafter mentioned were produced and read; and which, the Petitioners are advised, will be material Evidence for them at the Hearing in this House; (videlicet,) A Grant from the Crown to the Corporation of Coventry of the Lands in Question, dated the Nineteenth of July in the 34th Year of the Reign of King Henry the Eighth: A Receipt for the Consideration-money; and Two other old Parchment Writings, annexed to the said Grant: An Indenture of Covenants, between the Mayor, Bailiffs, and Commonalty of the City of Coventry, and the Merchant Taylors Company, dated the 6th of July in the Fifth Year of the Reign of King Edward the Sixth: And several old Writings thereto affixed; (videlicet,) One Paper Writing; Three Parchment Writings; a Grant from the Mayor, Bailiffs, and Commonalty, of the said City of Coventry, of a Rentcharge of Forty Pounds per Annum to St. John's Colledge, Oxon, dated the Seventh of November in the 2d Year of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, being the Counter-part; and other old Paper Writings and Letters, in and about the Year 1566, being Six in all; which are now in the Custody or Power of the Respondents, or some of their Agents:" And praying, "That the said Deeds and Evidences may be produced at the Time of the Hearing the said Appeal, that the Petitioners may have the Benefit thereof:"

It is Ordered, That the said Respondents do produce the said Deeds and Evidences which were produced and read in the Court below, in order to be made Use of at the Hearing in this House, according to the Prayer of the said Petition.

Peterssen et al. Nat. Bill.

The Earl of Clarendon reported from the Lords Committees to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act to naturalize Joachim Peterssen and Henry Mulman," was committed: "That the Committee had gone through the said Bill, and made some Amendments thereunto."

Which were read Twice, and agreed to.

Adjourn.

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

DIE Sabbati, 4o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Epus. London.
Epus. Wigorn.
Epus. Norvic.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Lich. & 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 Richmond.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Devon.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Kent.
Dux Portland.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Lincoln.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Essex.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Godolphin.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Stair.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Strafford.
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.
Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Carteret.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Ashburnham.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Haversham.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Montjoy.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

Sir J. Packington and Son, Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of Sir John Pakington Baronet, and Herbert Perrot Pakington his only Son and Heir Apparent; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to enable the said Herbert Perrot Pakington to join with his said Father, in levying Fines and suffering Recoveries, as shall be thought proper for that Purpose, notwithstanding his Infancy:

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 Justice of the Court of Common Pleas and Mr. Justice Powys; 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.

E Coningesby's Privilege.

Complaint being made to the House, of a Breach of Privilege of Thomas Earl Coningesby, by Edward Witherston Esquire and Thomas Lingen Clerk, Two Justices of the Peace for the County of Hereford, in dispossessing his Lordship of a certain Tenement, within the Manor of Marden, in the said County, and committing some of his Servants and Agents to Hereford Gaol, within the Time of Privilege of Parliament:

Ordered, That the Matter of the said Complaint be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Privileges; to meet on Monday next.

E. Coningesby's Case to be considered:

Notice was this Day taken of a printed Pamphlet delivered to several Lords of this House, intituled, "The First Part of Earl Coningesby's Case, relating to the Vicarage of Lempster, in Herefordshire; wherein is contained a full Account of all the Tricks which the Lawyers Ecclesiastical and Temporal have made Use of, to deprive the said Earl of his undoubted Right to present to the said Church of Lempster (not worth Twenty Pounds per Annum), from the Year 1712 to the last Summer Assizes at Hereford; when the present Lord Chancellor, on Pretence that it was His Majesty's Right to present to the said Vicarage of Lempster, though there is no such Vicarage in the King's Books, with Mr. Kettleby Recorder of Ludlow (confirmed in that Place by his Lordship's Interest) for his Counsel, and Sir George Caswall the Cashier of the South Sea Company (made by his Lordship a Justice of the Peace for that Purpose) for his Assistant, Thomas Price the Earl of Oxford's Steward of his Courts for his Attorney, and Thomas Rodd the vilest of all Attornies for Price his Coadjutor, prosecuted a Quare Impedit against the said Earl, at the said Summer Assizes, with Success; but how that Success was obtained, the Second Part of this Case will shew.

"And when he came into his House, be took a Knife, and laid hold on his Concubine, and divided her, together with her Bones, into Twelve Pieces, and sent her into all the Coasts of Israel; and it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such Deed done nor seen, from the Day that the Children of Israel came out of the Land of Egypt unto this Day: Consider of it, take Advice, and speak your Minds, Judg. chap. xix. ver. 29, 30.

London: Printed in the Year 1721."

And the Title of the said Pamphlet being read by the Clerk; and the said Earl owning the same, and offering to make good the Contents thereof:

It is Ordered, That the said Pamphlet be taken into Consideration on Monday Fortnight; and that the Two Judges who were at the last Assizes at Hereford do then attend this House.

His Witnesses sworn.

Then, Thomas Bayley, John Gibbon, Thomas Landon, Cecil Preston, John Stead, William Clark, John Jones, and Richard Phillips were called in, and sworn at the Bar, in order to be examined before the Committee of Privileges, to whom the Earl Coningesby's Complaint of a Breach of Privilege stands referred, on Behalf of the said Earl.

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.

After some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.

Sir J Blunt resuses to be sworn, to answer to such Questions as shall be asked him by the House.

And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That Sir John Blunt, having been called in, and asked several Questions, had prevaricated, and refused to answer several material Questions asked him by their Lordships." And his Lordship further acquainted the House, "That he was directed, by the Committee, to move the House, that they may have Leave to sit again."

Which Report being read by the Clerk:

It is Ordered, That Sir John Blunt be brought to the Bar; and sworn, to answer such Questions as shall be asked him by this House.

And the said Sir John Blunt being brought to the Bar, and refusing to be sworn:

He was directed to withdraw.

And being withdrawn accordingly:

After some Time, the House was informed, "He desired to be called in again."

And he was brought to the Bar.

And, refusing again to be sworn, he was ordered to withdraw.

And withdrew accordingly.

It is Ordered, That this House will take into Consideration the Matter relating to Sir John Blunt's Behaviour on Tuesday next; and the Lords to be summoned.

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 late Directors of the South Sea Company, and the Officers of the said Directors, do then attend, or be produced.

Mr. Waller to attend.

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

Causes put off.

Whereas Monday next is appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein Randall Lord Baron of Dunsany and others are Appellants, and Katherine Plunket is Respondent:

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

Martin's Cash Accompts with Knight and Surman delivered.

The House being informed, "That Thomas and James Martin attended:"

They were called in.

And delivered, at the Bar, true Copies of their Cash Accompts, pursuant to their Lordships Order of the One and Thirtieth of January last.

And withdrew.

The Titles thereof were read, as follow:

"A true Copy of the Cash Accompt of Mr. Robert Knight with Thomas and James Martin, from the 29th of November 1720 to the 29th of December 1720."

A true Copy of the Cash Accompt of Mr. Robert Knight with Thomas and James Martin, from the 25th of December 1719 to the Twenty-fifth of December 1720, as it is entered in the Lerdger Book of the said Thomas and James Martin."

"A true Copy of Mr. Robert Surman's Cash Accompt with Thomas and James Martin, from the 31st of August 1719 to the 25th of December 1720; expressing the particular Sums, and to whom and when paid."

Ordered, That the said Accompts be referred to the Committee of the whole House appointed to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit.

Adjourn.

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

DIE Martis, 7o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Epus. London.
Epus. Winton.
Epus. Norvic.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Devon.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Montagu.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Kent.
Dux Portland.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Stair.
Comes I'lay.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Bristol.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cadogan.
Comes Harborough.
Comes Coningesby.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Lymington.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

Sir W. Chapman et al. to go before the Barons of the Exchequer, to enter into a Recognizance.

A Petition of Sir William Chapman Knight and Baronet, Edward Gibbon, Robert Chester, and Richard Houlditch, Esquires, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, "That, by an Act passed this Session, the Petitioners are obliged to enter into a Recognizance before the Eighth of February Instant, for £. 100,000. with Sureties each for £. 25,000, not to depart this Kingdom within Twelve Months, and to give a particular Account of their Estates before the Five and Twentieth of March next, and of all their Transactions from the First of June last, under the severe Penalties in the Act mentioned; that the Petitioners, having the Misfortune to fall under the Displeasure of this House, are under a strict Confinement, in the Custody of the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod: That some of the Petitioners, being Merchants, have numerous Accompts to settle and adjust; which, if they had their Liberties, would be difficult for them to comply with by the Time mentioned in the Act;" and praying, "In regard the Petitioners are willing to give Security not to depart the Kingdom, and will always be ready to attend this Honourable House; that Leave be given that they may go, in Custody of the Black Rod, to enter into such Recognizance, and give such Security as the said Act requires; and that they may then be discharged from their Confinement, paying their Fees:"

Also, a Petition of Francis Hawes, was presented to the House, and read; praying Leave, for the same Reasons, to go, in like Manner, to enter into such Recognizance, and give such Security, as aforesaid:

It is Ordered, That the Petitioners may go, in such Custody, before the Barons of the Exchequer, in order to their giving Security accordingly.

Sir E. Leighton versus Leighton et al.

Whereas Monday the Twentieth Instant is appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein Sir Edward Leighton Baronet is Appellant, and William Leighton Esquire and others are Respondents:

It is Ordered, That the Judges of the Court of King's Bench and Barons of the Exchequer do attend this House at the said Hearing.

E. Coningesby's Privilege, Committee revived:

Ordered, That the Committee of Privileges, to whom the Matter of the Complaint of Thomas Earl of Coningesby's Breach of Privilege stands referred, do meet on Thursday next.

Jenkins, defamatory Words against him.

Complaint being made to the House, "That William Jenkins, of Morton upon Lugg, in the County of Hereford, had spoke defamatory Words against the said Earl:"

It is Ordered, That the Matter of the said Complaint be likewise referred to the same Committee.

L. Carteret's Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of John Lord Carteret and Edward Carteret Esquire; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for vesting several Seigniories, Manors, or Lordships, Messuages, Lands, and Hereditaments, in the Island of Jersey, and also of the Island of Serk, in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of the Debts of Sir Charles Carteret Baronet, deceased; and for settling the Remainder to the same Uses as in the Testator's Will is mentioned:

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.

Bank Accompt with South Sea Company delivered.

The House being informed, "That the Governor and Company of the Bank of England attended:"

They were called in; and delivered, at the Bar, a Book, pursuant to their Lordships Order of the 2d Instant.

And withdrew.

The Title thereof was read, as follows:

A Copy of all Articles in Cash Accompt between the Bank of England and the South Sea Company from the 25th of December 1719 to the 25th of December 1720."

Waller's Attendance dispensed with.

The House was informed, "That Edmond Waller Esquire was so ill at Beconsfield, as not to be able to attend."

Richard Wright his Apothecary was called in; and examined, upon Oath, in relation to that Matter; and produced an Affidavit of Doctor John Crompton, his Physician, proving the same.

And withdrew.

The said Affidavit being read:

It is Ordered, That the Attendance of Mr. Waller this Day be dispensed with; and that he do attend this House on this Day Sevennight.

Sir J. Blunt, prevaricating, and refusing to Answer, guilty of the highest Contempt.

The House (according to Order) proceeded to take into Consideration the Matter of Sir John Blunt's Behaviour on Saturday last, at the Bar of this House, and before the Committee; and came to the following Resolution:

"Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Sir John Blunt, having been several Times examined before the Committee of the whole House, upon Oath, and having not only prevaricated in such Examination, but having refused to give any Answer to several material Questions; and being thereupon required to be examined before this House, at the Bar; and there, out of some evil Intention, obstinately refusing to take his Oath, in order to his Examination; is guilty of the highest Contempt of this House, manifestly tending to defeat all Parliamentary Inquiries and Examinations, and of dangerous Consequence to the Constitution."

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; and for the late Directors of the South Sea Company, and the Officers of the said Directors, to attend, or be produced; being read:

The House 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 some of the Persons ordered to attend this Day have not been sworn, his Lordship was directed to move, that they may be sworn; and that Leave may be given for the Committee to sit again."

Sir R. Chaplin et al. sworn.

Then Sir Robert Chaplin, Francis Ayles, Sir Theodore Janssen, and Jacob Sawbridge were 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 being withdrawn:

The House 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 had made some further Progress in the Matters to them referred; and acquainted the House, that he was directed by the Committee to move, that they may have Leave to fit again."

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee, To-morrow, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit; and the Lords to be summoned; and that such of the late Directors of the South Sea Company who were of the Committee to take Care of the Company's Interest in the South Sea Bill, and not examined this Day, and the Officers of the Directors of the said Company, do then attend, or be produced.

Causes put off.

Whereas To-morrow is appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein Randal Lord Dunsany and others are Appellants, and Katherine Plunket is Respondent:

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.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, octavum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Mercurii, 8o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Arch. Cantuar.
Epus. London.
Epus. Winton.
Epus. Wigorn.
Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Norvic.
Epus. Rossen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Devon.
Dux Marlborough.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Montagu.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Kent.
Dux Portland.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Peterborow.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Warrington.
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 Tankerville.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Bristol.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
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. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Ashburnham.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Haversham.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

Bp. Rochester et al. versus Attorney General et al.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Francis Lord Bishop of Rochester Dean of the Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster, Michael Evans Clerk, Lawrence Brodrick, Robert Cannon, and Harry Barker, Doctors in Divinity, Prebendaries of the said Collegiate Church; complaining of a Decree of the High Court of Chancery, of the Twentieth of June last, in a Cause wherein the Attorney General, at the Relation of Nicholas Only, Thomas Dent, Thomas Lynford, and Edward Cee, Doctors in Divinity, and Samuel Lord Bishop of Carlisle, Five Prebendaries of the Collegiate Church aforesaid, Robert Frcind Doctor in Divinity Master of Westminster School, and William Farrar Esquire, were Plaintiffs, and the Petitioners and Thomas Sprat late One of the Prebendaries of the said Church, deceased, were Defendants; and praying, "That the said Decree; for directing certain Issues to be tried, may be reversed, and the Plaintiffs Bill dismissed, with Costs; or that their Lordships will make such Order, or Decree, as shall seem just:"

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Attorney General, and the other Plaintiffs abovementioned, may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and do put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto, in Writing, on or before Wednesday the Two and Twentieth Day of this Instant February.

And the House being moved, "That Alexius Clayton, of The Middle Temple, London, Esquire, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellants:"

The same was ordered accordingly.

L. Willoughby et al for enclosing Lighthorne Common, Leave for a Bill.

Upon reading the Petition of the Right Honourable George Lord Willoughby de Broke, Lord of the Manor and Patron of Lighthorne, in the County of Warwick, and the Reverend Mr. Richard Lydiatt Rector of the Parish Church of Lighthorne, and William Green, Thomas Webb, and Thomas Mason, Freeholders of the said Manor; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for enclosing the Common and Common Field of Lighthorne; and to divide the same into Allotments and Proportions, according to each Person's Right therein:

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

Taylor and Griffith versus Colcock.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Samuel Taylor and David Griffith; complaining of Part of an Order of the High Court of Chancery in Ireland, of the Twelfth of June 1719; and of an Order and Decree of the said Court, of the Sixteenth of November following, in certain Causes, wherein James Colcock was Plaintiff, and the Petitioners and others were Defendants; and wherein the Petitioner Samuel Taylor was Plaintiff, and the said James Colcock; David Griffith, and others, were Defendants; and praying, "That the same, and all Proceedings thereupon, may be reversed:"

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said James Colcock 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 Wednesday the Fifteenth Day of March next; and that Service of this Order on the Respondents Clerk in Court be deemed good Service, in order thereunto.

Sharp versus Maxwell et Ux.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of George Sharp of Hoddam Esquire; complaining of several Interlocutory Sentences, or Decrees, of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the Eighth of January 1709, the First, Fourteenth, and Nine and Twentieth of December 1710, the Eighteenth of January and Seven and Twentieth of November 1711, and the Nineteenth of June 1712, and the Four and Twentieth of January and Nineteenth of February 1712, the Fourteenth and Sixteenth of July 1713, the Eight and Twentieth of January, the Second and Ninth of February 1714, the Day of January 1715, the Twelfth and Five and Twentieth of February 1718, and the Fourth of February and Sixteenth of July 1719, made on the Behalf of Charles Maxwell of Cowhill Esquire and Janet his Wife; and praying, "That the same may be reversed:"

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Charles Maxwell and Janet his Wife may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and are hereby required to put in their Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Wednesday the Eighth Day of March next.

Stokesby Common, enclosing Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for draining, improving, and enclosing, the Common called Stokesby Common, in the Parish of Stokesby, in the County of Norfolk."

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

It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. with it.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Lightboun and Mr. Borret:

To carry down the said Bill, and desire their Concurrence thereunto.

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; and for the late Directors of the South Sea Company, who were of the Committee to take Care of the Company's Interest in the South Sea Bill, and not examined Yesterday, and the Officers of the Directors of the said Company, to attend, or be produced; being read:

The House 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 had made some further Progress in the Matters to them referred; and acquainted the House, that he was directed by the Committee to move, that they may have Leave to sit again."

Ordered, That this House be put into a Committee, To-morrow, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit; and that such of the late Directors of the South Sea Company who were of the Committee to take Care of the Company's Interest in the South Sea Bill, and not examined either Yesterday or this Day, do then attend, or be produced.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, nonum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Jovis, 9o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Arch. Cantuar.
Epus. London.
Epus. Norvic.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Kent.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Peterborow.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Anglesey.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Stair.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Tankerville.
Comes Bristol.
Comes Halifax.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Cadogan.
Comes Harborough.
Comes Coningesby.
Comes Castleton.
Viscount Lonsdale.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Viscount St. John.
Viscount Cobham.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Lymington.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Ashburnham.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Montjoy.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

Dann et al. versus Edgcomb.

This Day the Answer of John Edgcomb Gentleman, Respondent to the Appeal of Mathew Dann, Archelaus Vinton, William Trott, John Lavers, Samuel Fry, and John Body, was brought in.

E. Coningesby's Privilege, Complaint concerning.

Complaint being made to the House, "That Thomas Rodd of Marden in the County of Hereford Attorney at Law, and John Unett Gentleman, Walter Wharton and John Wootton of Sutton, John Williams of Paradice, and John Williams of Urdemarsh, were concerned in the Breach of the Privilege of Thomas Earl Coningesby, lately complained of:"

It is Ordered, That the Matter of the said Complaint be referred to the Committee of Privileges; to be heard at the same Time the Matter of his Lordship's former Complaint is appointed to be heard; and that the several Persons concerned have Notice.

Mead versus Humphreys, for a Contempt of the Jurisdiction of this House.

Whereas Saturday the Eight and Twentieth of January last was appointed, to take into further Consideration the Report from the Lords Committees for Privileges, to whom was referred the Petition of Robert Mead, 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 Ficri facias on the Petitioner's Recognizance, and taking his Goods in Execution:

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

Monk to enter into Recognizance for Taylor.

The House being moved, "That George Monk Gentleman may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for Samuel Taylor and David Griffith, on Account of their Appeal depending in this House; the Appellants residing in Ireland:"

It is Ordered, That the said George Monk may enter into Recognizance for the said Appellants, as desired.

M'Dowall to enter into Recognizance for Arrat.

The like Order for Patrick M'Dowall Gentleman to enter into a Recognizance for John Arrat, on Account of his Appeal; the Appellant residing in Scotland.

Bonouvriere to attend.

Ordered, That Andrew Bonouvriere, a Broker, in Round Court in the Strand, do attend this House Tomorrow; and bring with him the like Extracts out of his Books, as the other Brokers were ordered to bring.

Peterssen et al. Nat. Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to naturalize Joachim Peterssen and Henry Muilman."

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

It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. with Amendments to it.

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

To carry down the said Bill; and acquaint them, that the Lords have agreed to the same, with some Amendments, whereunto they desire their Concurrence.

D. Portland versus Edwards.

Upon reading the Petition of Francis Edwards Esquire, Defendant in a Writ of Error brought into this House the last Session of Parliament, in which Henry Duke of Portland is Plaintiff; praying, "In regard the Errors have not been assigned in this Cause, pursuant to the Standing Order, that the same may be discharged, and the Petitioner left at Liberty to proceed upon the Judgement, as if no such Writ of Error had been brought into this House:"

It is Ordered, That the Plaintiff do assign Errors within Eight Days; or otherwise the Clerk to enter a Non pros. thereon, at the Request of the Defendant.

Address concerning Mr. Knight's being brought over in Custody from the Emperor's Dominions.

The House being moved, "That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, To return the Thanks of this House to His Majesty, for the Measures His Majesty has already caused to be taken, for securing the Person of Robert Knight, late Cashier or Treasurer of the South Sea Company.

And, this House being informed, that the said Robert Knight is now in Custody, in the Territories of the Emperor; humbly to beseech His Majesty, that He will be pleased to make the most pressing Instances to the Emperor, that the said Robert Knight may be secured, and delivered up to such Person as His Majesty shall appoint, and brought over into England."

And the Question being stated thereupon:

It was proposed, That, after the Word ["pleased"], these Words ["to send a proper Person to Vienna"] be inserted."

After Debate;

The Question was put, "Whether these Words shall be made Part of the Question?"

It was Resolved in the Negative.

Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, "To return the Thanks of this House to His Majesty, for the Measures which His Majesty has already caused to be taken, for securing the Person of Robert Knight, late Cashier or Treasurer of the South Sea Company: And, this House being informed, that the said Robert Knight is now in Custody, in the Territories of the Emperor; humbly to beseech His Majesty, that He will be pleased to make the most pressing Instances to the Emperor, that the said Robert Knight may be secured, and delivered up to such Person as His Majesty, shall appoint, and brought over into England."

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

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; and for the late Directors of the South Sea Company, who were of the Committee to take Care of the Interest of the Company in the South Sea Bill, and have not been examined either Yesterday or the Day before, and the Officers of the said Company, to attend, or be produced; being read:

It is Ordered, That the House be put into the said Committee To-morrow; and that the said late Directors, and their Officers, do then attend, or be produced.

Causes put off.

Whereas To-morrow is appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein Randal Lord Dunsany and others are Appellants, and Katherine Plunket is Respondent:

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

Dawes versus Frost.

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 Abraham Dawes is Plaintiff, and Edward Frost is Defendant:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Errors argued in this Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Monday the Sixth Day of March next, at Eleven a Clock.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, decimum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

Die Sabbati, 10o Februarii, 1721. hitherto examined by us.

Clarendon.
Warrington.
Say & Seale.
Ducie.

DIE Veneris, 10o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Epus. London.
Epus. Wigorn.
Epus. Norvic.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Marlborough.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Kent.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Comes Lincoln.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Anglesey.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Godolphin.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Cadogan.
Comes Harborough.
Comes Coningesby.
Comes Castleton.
Viscount Cobham.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Lymington.
Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

King's Answer to Address, concerning Mr. Knight.

The Lord Steward acquainted the House, "That the Lords with White Staves (according to Order) had presented to His Majesty the Address of this House Yesterday, in relation to Mr. Knight's being secured, and brought over into England; and that His Majesty was pleased to return a Gracious Answer, to this Effect; (videlicet,)

"That He would give the proper Orders, that such Instances should be made, as their Lordships desire."

Lighthorne Common, &c. enclosing Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enclose the Common Field of Lighthorne, and a Common called Lighthorne Musters, in the County of Warwick."

Paget's Pet. referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of Thomas Pagett Esquire and Mary his Wife, and of George Pagett, Carolina Pagett, and Mary Pagett, their only Children, being Infants, by the said Thomas Pagett their Father and Guardian; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to vest the Moiety of the Manors and Lands, late of Peter Whitcomb Esquire, in the County of Essex, in Trustees, to enable them to make Conveyances thereof, according to certain Articles of Purchase; and for other Purposes in the Petition mentioned:

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. Baron Price and Mr. Justice Eyre; 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.

Harrington's Pet. referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of Henry Harrington and Mary his Wife; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for vesting a Farm, and several Messuages, Lands, Tithes, and Hereditaments, in Marshfield, in the County of Gloucester, in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of Debts; and for applying the Money arising thereby in the Purchase of another Estate, to be settled to the same Uses; and for other Purposes in the Petition mentioned:

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. Justice Fortescue; 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. Plumptree and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for making the River Weaver navigable, from Frodsham Bridge to Winsford Bridge, in the County of Chester;" to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.

Also, a Message from the House of Commons, by Sir Thomas Hales and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing John Hartcup;" to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.

Report of Committee to inspect Directors of S. S. Comp. 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. Houlditch, and Mr. Hawes, late Directors of the South Sea Company, and Mr. Clarke the Company's Solicitor, and to take an Account of the Nature of the said Papers, and report the same to the House; and who were afterwards empowered to deliver back such of the said Papers as their Lordships should think immaterial to the present Inquiry:

That the Committee have inspected the Papers of the several Persons abovementioned; a very few of which they have caused Schedules to be made, being the only Papers their Lordships conceive can be of any Use at all in the present Inquiry, and have sealed up the same: And as to a great Number of other Papers and Writings, relating to Family Affairs, or other private Matters, the Committee, in Pursuance of the Power given them, directed the same to be delivered back to the Agents of the respective Persons to whom they belong."

Which Report, and the Titles of the said Schedules, being read by the Clerk:

Directors Papers referred to the Committee upon Public Credit.

It is Ordered, That the Papers mentioned in the said Schedules be referred to the Committee of the whole House, appointed to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit.

Sir W. Chapman & al. discharged, having given Security.

A Petition from Sir William Chapman Knight and Baronet, Edward Gibbon, Robert Chester, Francis Hawes, and Richard Houlditch, Esquires, in Custody of the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, "That, by an Act passed this Session of Parliament, the Petitioners are obliged, before the 25th of March next, to deliver in, upon Oath, an exact Inventory and Account of their Estates, and of all their Transactions from the First of June last, under the severe Penalties in the said Act mentioned: That, in Pursuance of the said Act, the Petitioners have severally entered into a Recognizance, before the Barons of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer, for One Hundred Thousand Pounds, with Two Sureties each for Five and Twenty Thousand Pounds, not to depart this Kingdom within Twelve Months, and before the End of the then next Session of Parliament, as by Certificates of the Deputy Remembrancer of the said Court may appear: And forasmuch as the Petitioners will be always ready to attend their Lordships, and are desirous to conform to the said Act to the utmost of their Power; which (if they have Liberty) will be difficult, and if they are longer confined will be impossible, for them to compleat within the Time limited; and therefore praying to be discharged (paying their Fees)."

And the said Certificates being read:

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioners, having given such Security as is required by the Act of Parliament, be discharged out of Custody, in order to enable them to comply with the other Particulars required by the said Act (paying their Fees).

And the Gentleman Usher was directed to discharge his Prisoners accordingly.

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; and for such of the late Directors of the South Sea Company, who were of the Committee to take Care of the Company's Interest in the South Sea Bill, and not examined either on Tuesday or Wednesday last, and the Officers of the said Company, to attend, or be produced; being read:

The House 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 had made some further Progress in the Matters to them referred; and acquainted the House, that he was directed by the Committee to move, that they may have Leave to fit again.

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee, To-morrow, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit; and the Lords to be summoned; and that such of the late Directors of the South Sea Company as have not yet been examined do attend; and that Mr. John Grigsby be then produced.

Land Tax Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, 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 Twentyone."

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. Fellowes and Mr. Hiccocks:

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

Bonouvriere sworn, and ordered to attend.

The House being informed, "That Andrew Bonouvriere 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 withdrew.

Ordered, That the said Andrew Bonouvriere do attend this House on Tuesday next.

Sword-blade Company Accompt delivered.

The House being informed, "That a Person from the Sword-Blade Company attended:"

Mr. Elias Turner was called in; and delivered in a Book, at the Bar.

And withdrew.

The Title thereof was read, as follows:

"The Cash Accompt, between Mr. Robert Knight, Mr. Robert Surman, and the Sword-Blade Company."

Ordered, That the said Accompt be referred to the Committee of the whole House, appointed to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati, undecimum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.