House of Lords Journal Volume 34
February 1775, 1-10

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Die Mercurii, 1o Februarii 1775.
Lords take the Oaths. Black Rod informs the House that he had not yet found the Printer of the Public Leader. Causes put off. America, Provisional Act for settling Troubles in, Bill rejected. Cotton, &c. Manufactures Utensils, Bill. Adjourn. Die Jovis, 2o Februarii 1775.
Lords take the Oaths. Raynsford’s Bill; Motion to dispense with Standing Order on it. Countess of Shaftesbury, Petition reserred to Judges. Cotton, &c. Manufactures Utensils, Bill. McDowal et al. against Mackie. Gray and McDowall against Annan and Colquhoun. Kane against Hamilton; Pleadings proved. E. Selkirk against D. Hamilton et al. America, Papers from, delivered. American Papers, in Part, read. Adjourn. Die Veneris, 3o Februarii 1775.
L. Archer takes the Oaths. Cust and Lothian against Carron Co. Leghs’s Petition referred to Judges. Raynsford’s Bill; Standing Order dispensed with. Whichcote et U. Leave for a Bill: Bill read. Beckford against Beckford: Appeal with drawn with Costs. V. Torrington et al. Petition referred to Judges. Nicol and Davie against Verelst et al; Petition for a Bye-Day. Lade et Ux: against Walker and Johnston: Writ of Error nonpross’d with Costs. Hume et al. against E. Ely et al. Spottiswoode to enter into Recognizance on Gray and McDowall s Appeal: and on McDowal et al. Appeal. E. Selkirk against Douglas. American Papers, Remainder of them read, and to be further considered. Africa, Papers relating to Fort and Settlements in, delivered. Thicknesse against Liege et al. Causes put off. Adjourn. Die Martis, 7o Februarii 1775.
Lords take the Oaths Conference desired by H.C on the State of the American Colonies: Managers appointed: Conference reported: Address to His Majesty on the Subject. Question whether E. Dartmouth should speak before M Rockingham: Previous Question on Motion for agreeing to Address: Protest thereupon: Address agreed to: Protest thereupon. Message to H. C. for a further conference. America, Merchants of London trading to, Petition of. West India Merchants trading to America, Petition of. Accounts of Exports and Imports to and from America, &c, to be laid before the House. Adjourn. Die Mercurii, 8o Februarii 1775.
Thicknesse against Liege et al. His Majesty to be attended with Address of both House. Conference on the State of the American Colonies agreed to by H. C. Whichcote’s Bill. Conference with the Commons: Conference reported. Message to H. C to acquaint them when His Majesty will be attended with Address. Clitherow et al. Petition referred to Judges. Greene for a Divorce Bill. Land Tax Bill. Styth to take the Name of Greenalgh, Bill. Normanton Enclosure Bill; The King’s Consent to it. Flintham Enclosure Bill; The King’s Consent to it. Lady Northcote et al. Leave for a Bill: Bill read. Maine et Ux. against Prittie et Ux. Cotton, &c. Manufactures Utensils, Bill. Marine Mutiny Bill. Burcot Enclosure Bill. Adjourn. Die Jovis, 9o Februarii 1775.
Cotton, &c Manufactures Utensils, Bill Land Tax Bill. Marine Mutiny Bill. Normanton Enclosure Bill. Flintham Enclosure Bill. Burcot Enclosure Bill. Styth to take the Name of Greenalgh, Bill. Lady North cote s Bill. Sir John Powell Pryce et al against Goodtitle: Writ of Error nonpross’d with Costs. Adjourn. Die Veneris, 10o Februarii 1775.
King’s Answer to Address of both Houses, reported. Reilly against Windis. Flintham Enclosure Bill. Land Tax Bill. Marine Mutiny Bill. Mayows Leave for a Bill. Bill read. Message from His Majesty for augmenting his Sea and Land Forces: Address thereupon. Adjourn. Footnotes

Die Mercurii, 1o Februarii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar. Dux Cumberland. Ds. Le Despencer.
Epus. Londin. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Abergavenny.
Epus. Duresm. Ds. De Ferrars.
Epus. Eliens. Comes Gower, Præses. Ds. Willoughby Br.
Epus Cicestrien. Dux Grafton, C. P. S. Ds. Cathcart.
Epus. Lincoln. Dax Somerset. Ds. Trevor.
Epus. Oxon. Dux Richmond. Ds. Romney.
Epus. Bath. & Wells. Dux Bolton. Ds. King.
Epus. Asaphen. Dux Devonshire. Ds. Edgecumbe.
Epus. Petriburg. Dux Gordon. Ds. Bruce.
Epus. Cestrien. Dux Ancaster, Magnus Camerarius. Ds. Fortescue.
Epus. Wigorn. Ds. Ponsonby.
Epus. Meneven. Dux Portland. Ds. Hyde.
Epus. Roffen. Dux Manchester. Ds. Lyttelton.
Dux Chandos. Ds. Wycombe.
Dux Bridgewater. Ds. Sondes.
Dux Northumberland. Ds. Scarsdale.
Dux Montagu. Ds. Milton.
March. Rockingham. Ds. Beaulieu.
Comes Hertford, Camerarius. Ds. Camden.
Comes Huntingdon.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Stamford.
Comes Winchilsea.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Essex.
Comes Doncaster.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Jersey.
Comes Poulet.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Dalhouse.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes March.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Dartmouth.
Comes Tankerville.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Macclesfield.
Comes Waldegrave.
Comes Ashburnham.
Comes Effingham.
Comes Brooke.
Comes Fitzwilliam.
Comes Temple.
Comes Darlington.
Comes Fauconberg.
Comes De Lawarr.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Spencer.
Comes Chatham.
Comes Hillsborough.
Viscount Montague.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Bolingbroke.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Wentworth.
Viscount Dudley & Ward.

PRAYERS.

Lords take the Oaths.

The Lords Following took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.

William Duke of Devonshire.

Thomas Earl of Macclesfield.

Richard Earl Temple.

Black Rod informs the House that he had not yet found the Printer of the Public Leader.

The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod acquainted the House, “That in Obedience to their Lordships Order of Yesterday for attaching the Body of H. Randall, the Publisher of The Public Ledger, of Monday, 23d January 1775, and for bringing him to the Bar of this House this Day, (fn. 1) that he had used his utmost Endeavours to attach the said H. Randall, but had not been able to take him; that he went to the House of the said H. Randall last Night and this Morning, but could not meet with him; that the People of the House said he would be at Home on Saturday next.”

Causes put off.

Ordered, That the Hearing of the Cause, wherein Elizabeth Reilly is Appellant, and Samuel Windis is Respondent which stands appointed for this Day, be put off to Wednesday next, and that the rest of the Causes on Cause Days be removed in course.

America, Provisional Act for settling Troubles in, Bill rejected.

The Earl of Chatham presented to the House a Bill, Intituled, “A Provisional Act for settling the Troubles in America, and for asserting the supreme Legislative Authority, and superintending Power of Great Britain over the Colonies.”

The said Bill was read the First Time.

Then it was moved, “That the said Bill be rejected.

Which being objected to;

After long Debate,

The Question was put thereupon?

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Ordered, That the said Bill be rejected.

Cotton, &c. Manufactures Utensils, Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the House to be put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, “An Act to repeal so much of an Act made in the Fourteenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, “An Act to prevent the Exportation to Foreign Parts of Utensils made use of in the Cotton, Linen, Woollen, and Silk Manufactures of this Kingdom;” as relates to Tools and Implements used in the Woollen Manufactures of this Kingdom, intended to be exported to any of His Majesty’s Colonies or Plantations in American.”

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee Upon the said Bill To-morrow.

Adjourn.

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

Die Jovis, 2o Februarii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Le Despencer.
Archiep. Ebor. Ds. De Ferrars.
Epus. Londin. Comes Gower, Præses. Ds. Willoughby Br.
Epus. Sarum. Dux Grafton, C. P. S. Ds. Cathcart.
Epus. Lincoln. Dux Somerset. Ds. Trevor.
Epus. Oxon. Dux Richmond. Ds. Romney.
Epus. Asphen. Dux Bolton. Ds. Cadogan.
Epus. Carliol. Dux Gordon. Ds. Sandys.
Epus. Petriburg. Dux Portland. Ds. Bruce.
Epus. Cestrien. Dux Manchester. Ds. Ponsonby.
Epus. Wigorn. Dux Chandos. Ds. Hyde.
Epus. Meneven. Dux Bridgewater. Ds. Mansfield.
Epus. Raffen. Comes Huntingdon. Ds. Lyttelton.
Comes Denbigh. Ds. Wycombe.
Comes Peterborough. Ds. Grosvenor.
Comes Sandwich. Ds. Scarsdale.
Comes Carlisle. Ds. Pelham.
Comes Doncaster. Ds. Sundridge.
Comes Gainsborough.
Comes Plymouth.
Comes Scarborough.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Jersey.
Comes Poulet.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Dalhousie.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes March.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Dartmouth.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Macclesfield.
Comes Pomfret.
Comes Waldegrave.
Comes Ashburnham.
Comes Effingham.
Comes Brooke.
Comes Bucks.
Comes Hardwicke.
Comes Fauconberg.
Comes Northington.
Comes Spencer.
Viscount Montague.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Weymouth.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Wentworth.
Viscount Courtenay.

PRAYERS.

Lords take the Oaths.

This Day Robert Lord Bishop of Oxford, and Jonathan Lord Bishop of Saint Asaph, took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.

Raynsford’s Bill; Motion to dispense with Standing Order on it.

The House being moved, “That the Standing Order of this House, No. 126, concerning Bills for felling Lands in One Place and buying. Lands in another Place, to be settled in lieu thereof, may be so far dispensed with, as that the Committee to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for vesting certain Estates and Chattels devised by the Will of Richard Raynsford Esquire, deceased; and Part of certain Estates comprised in a Settlement made on the Marriage of Richard Raynsford the younger, Esquire, in Trustees, to fell the same, and for applying the Money to arise by such Sale in such Manner as in the said Ad mentioned,” Hands committed, may proceed on the said Bill, notwithstanding the said Order should not be complied with:”

It is Ordered, That the said Motion be taken into Confederation To-morrow, and the Lords summoned.

Countess of Shaftesbury, Petition reserred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of the Right Honourable Mary Countess Dowager of Shaftesbury, praying Leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes in the Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, 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 Perrott, who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill; and after hearing them, are to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands, and whether all Parties who 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.

Cotton, &c. Manufactures Utensils, Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the House to be put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, “An Act to repeal so much of an Act, made in the Fourteenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, “An Act to prevent the Exportation to Foreign Parts of Utensils made use of in the Cotton, Linen, Woollen, and Silk Manufactures of this Kingdom;” as relates to Tools and Implements used in the Woollen Manufactures of this Kingdom, intended to be exported to any of His Majesty’s Colonies or Plantations in America.”

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Wednesday next.

McDowal et al. against Mackie.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of John McDowal Merchant in Glasgow, William Donald and Company Merchants in Greenock, Donald and McDowal Merchants in Glasgow, and Alexander Gray Writer to the Signet, complaining of Two Interlocutors of the Lord Ordinary in Scotland of the 17th and 31st of July 1773; also of Three other Interlocutors of the said Lord Ordinary of the 5th of July, the 20th of July, and 23d of July, 1774; as also of Two Interlocutors of the Lords of Session there of the 29th of November and 14th of December 1774; and also of another Interlocutor of the said Lord Ordinary of the 25th of January last; and praying, That the same may be reversed or varied, or that the Appellants may have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in their Lordships great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that William Mackie Factor, upon the Sequestrated Estate of Ebenezer McCullock and Company, may be required to Answer the said Appeal:”

It is Ordered, That the said William Mackie may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in his Answer thereto, in Writing, on or before Thursday the 2d Day of March next; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondent, or his known Agent or Procurators, in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Gray and McDowall against Annan and Colquhoun.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Alexander Gray Writer to the Signet, and John McDowal Merchant in Glasgow, complaining of Two Interlocutors of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the 5th of August and 7th of December 1774; and of another Interlocutor of the said Lords of the 18th of January 1775; and praying, “That the same may be reversed or varied, or that the Appellants may have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in their Lordships great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that Messrs. Annan and Colquhoun Merchants in London, or their Assignees, may be required to answer the said Appeal:”

It is Ordered, That the said Messrs. Annan and Colquhoun, or their Assignees, may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto, in Writing, on or before Thursday the 2d Day of March next; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondents, or their known Agents or Procurators in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Kane against Hamilton; Pleadings proved.

The House being informed, “That Henry Welch Gentleman, attended, in order to deliver in Copies of Pleadings and Proceedings in the Cause, wherein Joseph Kane Esquire is Appellant, and the Reverend Nicholas Hamilton is Respondent.”

He was called in, and delivered the same at the Bar, and attested upon Oath “They were true Copies, he having examined them with the Originals in the proper Offices in Ireland.”

And then he withdrew.

E. Selkirk against D. Hamilton et al.

The House being informed, “That Douglas, now Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, and others, Respondents to the Appeal of Dunbar Earl of Selkirk, had not put in their Answer to the said Appeal, though duly served with the Order of this House for that Purpose.”

And thereupon, an Affidavit of John McNab Writer in Edinburgh, of the due Service of the said Order being read:

Ordered, That the said Respondents do put in their Answer to the said Appeal, peremptorily, in a Week.

America, Papers from, delivered.

The Earl of Dartmouth (by His Majesty’s Command) laid before the House more Papers relating to the Disturbances in America—together with a List thereof—which was read by the Clerk, as follows; (videlicet),

“No. 1. Extract of a Letter from Governor Martin to the Earl of Dartmouth, dated Newbern, North Carolina, 1st September 1774, received 27th January 1775, enclosing,
“2. Resolutions entered into at a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the District of Wilmington, 21st July 1774; and an Address to the Freeholders of Craven County.
“3. Copy of a Paper addressed to the Freeholders of Craven County.
“4. Resolutions of the Inhabitants of sundry Counties in North Carolina, taken from the North Carolina Gazette.
“5. Extract of a Letter from Lieutenant Governor Bull to the Earl of Dartmouth, dated Charles Town, 19th December: 1774, received 27th January 1775, enclosing,
“6. Charge given by Judge Drayton, of South Carolina, and Presentments of the Grand Jury.
“7. Copy of a Letter from Sir James Wright Baronet to the Earl of Dartmouth, dated Savannah, 13th December 1774, received 27th January 1775, enclosing,
“8. Extract from the Georgia Gazette of 14th December 1774.
“9. Extract, of a Letter from the Honourable Governor Gage to the Earl of Dartmouth, dated Boston 26th December 1774, received 31st; January 1775, enclosing,
“10. Copy of a Letter from Governor Wentworth to Governor Gage, dated 14th December 1774.
“11. Copy of a Letter from Captain Cochran to Governor Wentworth, dated 14th December.1774.
“12. Extracts of a Letter from Governor Wentworth to the Honourable Governor Gage, dated 16th December 1774.
“13. Extract of a Letter from Lieutenant Governor Colden to the Earl of Dartmouth, dated New York, 4th January 1775, received 31st January.
“14. Extract of a Letter from the Deputy Governor of Pensylvania to the Earl of Dartmouth, dated Philadelphia, 31st December 1774, received 31st January 1775.
“15. Extracts from the printed Votes of the Assembly of Pensylvania.
“16. Extract of a Letter from Deputy Governor Eden, dated Annapolis, Maryland, (fn. 2) dated 30th December 1774, received 1st February 1775, enclosing,
“17. Extract from the Maryland Gazette, of the 29th December 1774.
“18. Copy of a Paper handed about in the City of Annapolis.

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

American Papers, in Part, read.

The Order of the Day being read for taking into Consideration the several Papers laid before this House by the Earl of Dartmouth, (by His Majesty’s Command), on the 20th Day of January last, relating to the Disturbances in America; and for the Lords to be summoned.

The House proceeded to take the said Papers into Consideration.

And the Clerk having read Part of the said Papers to No 148.

Ordered, That the further Consideration of the said Papers, and also of those delivered this Day, be put off till To-morrow, and that the Lords be summoned.

Adjourn.

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

Die Veneris, 3o Februarii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Le Despencer.
Epus. Londin. Ds. Willoughby Br.
Epus. Eliens. Comes Gower, Præses. Ds. Cathcart.
Epus. Lincoln. Ds. Trevor.
Epus. Asaphen. Dux Somerset. Ds. Cadogan.
Epus. Petriburg. Dux Richmond. Ds. Edgecumbe.
Epus. Cestrien. Dux Bolton. Ds. Sandys.
Epus. Wigorn. Dux Marlborough. Ds. Bruce.
Epus. Meneven. Dux Portland. Ds. Archer.
Dux Chandos. Ds. Mansfield.
Dux Bridgewater. Ds. Lyttelton.
Ds. Wycombe.
March. Rockingham. Ds. Camden.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Stamford.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Gainsborough.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Dalhousie.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Dartmouth.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Macclesfield.
Comes Waldegrave.
Comes Hardwicke.
Comes Fauconberg.
Comes De Lawarr.
Comes Radnor.
Viscount Montague.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Weymouth.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Courtenay.

PRAYERS.

L. Archer takes the Oaths.

This Day Andrew Lord Archer took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.

Cust and Lothian against Carron Co.

The Answer of the Carron Company to the Appeal of Peregrine Cust Esquire and David Lothian, was this Day brought in.

Leghs’s Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of Peter Legh Esquire, and the Reverend Ashburnham Legh Clerk, younger Brother of the said Peter Legh; praying Leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes in the Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be, and is hereby referred to the Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer and Mr. Justice Ashurst; who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill, and after hearing them, are to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands; and whether all Parties, who 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.

Raynsford’s Bill; Standing Order dispensed with.

The Order of the Day being read for taking into Consideration the Motion made Yesterday for dispensing with the Standing Order, No. 126, so far as that the Committee, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for vesting certain Estates and Chattels, devised by the Will of Richard Raynsford Esquire, deceased, and Part of certain Estates comprised in a Settlement made on the Marriage of Richard Raynsford the Younger, Esquire, in Trustees, to fell the same, and for applying the Money to arise by such Sale in such Manner as in the said Act mentioned,” stands committed, may proceed upon the said Bill, notwithstanding the said Order should not be complied with.

And Consideration being had thereof accordingly.

Ordered, That the said Standing Order be dispensed with in this Case.

Whichcote et U. Leave for a Bill:

After reading and considering the Report of the Judges, to whom was referred the Petition of Christopher Whichcote Esquire, and Jane his Wife, for themselves and on behalf of Thomas Whichcote Esquire, their infant Son; praying Leave to bring in a Private Bill for the Purposes therein mentioned:

It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, pursuant to the said Petition and Report.

Bill read.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for vesting the Estate of Christopher Whichcote Esquire, and Jane his Wife, situate in the County of Wilts, entailed by the Will of Francis Tregagle Esquire, deceased, in Trustees, to be sold; and for applying the Monies arising by such Sale in discharging the Incumbrances therein mentioned, and for laying out the Remainder in the Purchase of other Lands and Hereditaments, to be settled to the same Uses.”

Beckford against Beckford:

A Petition of John Beckford, one of the Sons of William Beckford Esquire, deceased, Appellant in a Cause depending in this House, to which William Beckford Esquire, an infant, Son and Heir of the said William Beckford by Elizabeth March his next Friend, is Respondent, which stands appointed for hearing, was presented and read; setting forth, “That by a Decree made by his Honour the Master of the Rolls, dated the 25th November 1773, his Honour was pleased to declare, that the Petitioner was to be considered as a Trustee in the Office of Deputy Secretary of Jamaica, for the Petitioner’s late Father’s Estate, and that the same, and the Profits thereof, was to be considered as Part of the Testator’s Personal Estate, and the Petitioner was decreed to account for the Profits thereof accordingly; and that the Petitioner should assign the said Office for the Residue of the Term then to come therein to the said Executors, and ordered that all Parties should be paid their Costs of the said Suit: That the Petitioner appealed from the said Decree to the Right Honourable the Lord Chancellor, and on the [...]th of May 1774, his Lordship. (with the Assistance of Mr. Baron Perrott and Mr. Justice Aston) was pleased to order, that the Declaration in his Honour’s Decree, that the Petitioner was to be considered as a Trustee in the said Office for his late Father’s Estate; and so much of the said Decree as directed the Petitioner to assign the said Office to the Executors of the Petitioner’s late Father, should be reversed; and with that Variation the Decree was affirmed, and the Deposit was ordered to be paid back to the Petitioner: That the Petitioner was advised to appeal from the said Decree to their Lordships; but being now of narrow Circumstances, and the Respondent seized of a Real Estate of £. 25,000 per Annum, the Petitioner is now advised to withdraw his said Appeal rather than risk the Event of this Suit;” and therefore praying, “Their Lordships will (under the particular Circumstances of this Case) be pleased to order, that the Petitioner may be at Liberty to withdraw his Appeal, without paying the Respondent any Costs.”

And thereupon the Agents on both Sides were called in, and heard at the Bar.

And being withdrawn:

Appeal with drawn with Costs.

Ordered, That the Petitioner be at Liberty to withdraw his said Appeal as desired, upon Payment of £. 20 Costs to the Respondent.

V. Torrington et al. Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of the Right Honourable George Lord Viscount Torrington, and the President and Scholars of Saint John Baptist College, in the University of Oxford, and John Dilly, of Southill in the County of Bedford, Gentleman; praying Leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes in the Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, 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 Perrott, who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill; and after hearing them, are to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands; and whether all Parties who 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.

Nicol and Davie against Verelst et al; Petition for a Bye-Day.

A Petition of James Nicol and Thomas Davie Esquires, Appellants in Two Causes depending in this House, to which Harry Verelst Esquire and others are Respondents, which stands appointed for hearing, was presented and read; setting forth, “That the Petitioners, on the 15th Day of December last, presented their Appeals to their Lordships from an Order made on the 23d Day of February last, in the Court of Chancery, in each of these Causes, wherein the Respondents were Plaintiffs and the Petitioners Defendants, which Appeals, upon the Application of the Petitioners, now stand for hearing at their Lordships Bar: That in case the same are not heard before their ordinary Course during the present Session, they standing the last but Two in the Paper of Causes, the Petitioners will lose all the Advantages they ever hoped for from their respective Appeals, as the Petitioners cannot try their Actions brought by them against the Respondents till Michaelmas or Hilary Term next, which will be attended with great Expence and Injury to the Petitioners;” and therefore praying, “Their Lordships will be pleased to order, that the said Causes may be set down to be heard together on Thursday, the 16th Day of this instant February, or on such other Bye-Day as to their Lordships shall seem meet,”

And thereupon the Agents on both Sides were called in, and heard at the Bar.

And being withdrawn:

Ordered, That the said Causes be heard together on Thursday, the 2d Day of March next.

Lade et Ux: against Walker and Johnston:

Upon reading the Petition of Mathias Walker and Thomas Johnston, Defendants in a Writ of Error depending in this House, wherein Michael Lade Esquire and Sophia his Wife, are Plaintiffs; setting forth, “That the Plaintiffs have not assigned Errors within the Time ordered by the House;” and therefore praying, “That the said Writ of Error may be nonpross’d, with such Costs as to their Lordships shall seem meet:”

Writ of Error nonpross’d with Costs.

It is Ordered, That the Petitioners do forthwith enter a Nonpross on the said Writ of Error as desired, and that the Record be remitted to the Court of King’s Bench, to the End Execution may be had upon the Judgement given by that Court as if no such Writ of Error had been brought into this House: And further, That the Plaintiffs in Error do pay or cause to be paid to the Defendants in Error, the Sum of Forty Pounds for their Costs, by reason of the Delay of the Execution of the said Judgement.

Hume et al. against E. Ely et al.

The House being moved, “That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause, wherein Gustavus Rochfort Hume Esquire and others are Appellants, and Henry Earl of Ely and others are Respondents:”

It is Ordered, That this House with hear the said Cause, by Counsel at the Bar, on the First vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

Spottiswoode to enter into Recognizance on Gray and McDowall s Appeal:

The House being moved, “That John Spottiswoode, of Northumberland Street, Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for Alexander Gray, Writer to the Signet, and John McDowal, Merchant in Glasgow, on Account of their Appeal depending in this House, they residing in Scotland:”

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

and on McDowal et al. Appeal.

The House being moved, “That John Spottiswoode, of Northumberland Street, Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for John McDowal, Merchant in Glasgow, and others, on Account of their Appeal depending in this House, they residing in Scotland:”

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

E. Selkirk against Douglas.

The House being moved, “That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause, wherein Dunbar Earl of Selkirk is Appellant, and Archibald Douglas, of Douglas, Esquire, is Respondent:”

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel at the Bar, on the First vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

American Papers, Remainder of them read, and to be further considered.

The Order of the Day being read for the further Consideration of the several Papers laid before this House on the 20th of January last and Yesterday, by the Earl of Dartmouth, (by His Majesty’s Command), relating to the Disturbances in America; and for the Lords to be summoned.

The Remainder of the said Papers were read by the Clerk.

Ordered, That the further Consideration of the said Papers be adjourned to Tuesday next, and the Lords summoned.

Africa, Papers relating to Fort and Settlements in, delivered.

The House being informed, “That Mr. Jackson from the Admiralty Office attended:”

He was called in, and delivered, at the Bar, pursuant to the Directions of an Act of Parliament of the 23d Year of King George the Second,

“Copies of Reports made by Captain Collingwood of His Majesty’s Ship Rainbow to the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of Great Britain, of the State and Condition of the Forts and Settlements on the Coast of Africa in Possession of the Company of Merchants trading to that Place;”—together with a Schedule of the said Reports.

“No 1. State and Condition of Appollonia Fort, 28th February 1774.
“2. State and Condition of Annamaboe Fort; 20th March 1774;
“3. State and Condition of James Fort Accra, March 1774.
“4. State and Condition of Cape Coast Castle, March1774.
“5. State and Condition of Commenda Fort.
“6. State and Condition of Dixcove Fort, March 1774.
“7. State and Condition of Succondee Fort, 18th March 1774.
“8. State and Condition of Tantumquerry Fort, March 1774.
“9 State and Condition of Winnebah Fort, March 1774:

And then he withdrew.

And the Titles thereof being read by the Clerk,

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

Thicknesse against Liege et al.

Ordered, That the Hearing of the Cause wherein Philip Thicknesse Esquire is Appellant, and Peter Liege and others are Respondents, which stands appointed for Tuesday next, be put off to Thursday next.

Causes put off.

Ordered, That the Hearing of the Cause wherein Elizabeth Reilly is Appellant, and Samuel Windis is Respondent, which stands appointed for Wednesday next, be put off to Friday next; and that the Rest of the Causes on Cause Days be removed in Course.

Adjourn.

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

Die Martis, 7o Februarii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar. Dux Cumberland. Ds. Le Despencer.
Epus. Londin. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Abergavenny.
Epus. Duresm. Ds. De Ferrars.
Epus. Eliens. Ds. Willoughby Br.
Epus. Norvicen. Comes Gower, Præses. Ds. Craven.
Epus. Lincoln. Dux Grafton, C.P.S. Ds. Cathcart.
Epus. Oxon. Dux Richmond. Ds. Trevor.
Epus. Bath. & Wells. Dux St. Albans. Ds. Cadogan.
Epus. Asaphen. Dux Bolton. Ds. King.
Epus. Carliol. Dux Devonshire. Ds. Godolphin.
Epus. Landaven. Dux Marlborough. Ds. Montfort.
Epus. Petriburg. Dux Gordon. Ds. Edgecumbe.
Epus. Cestrien. Dux Ancaster, Magnus Camerarius. Ds. Sandys.
Epus. Wigorn. Ds. Bruce.
Epus. Meneven: Dux Portland. Ds. Fortescue.
Epus Roffen. Dux Manchester. Ds. Archer.
Dux Chandos. Ds. Ponsonby.
Dux Dorset. Ds. Hyde.
Dux Bridgewater. Ds. Mansfield.
Dux Newcastle. Ds. Lyttelton.
Dux Montagu. Ds. Wycombe.
Ds. Sondes.
March. Rockingham. Ds. Grosvenor.
Comes Huntingdon. Ds. Scarsdale.
Comes Exeter. Ds. Pelham.
Comes Denbigh. Ds. Beaulieu.
Comes Peterborough. Ds. Camden.
Comes Stamford. Ds. Digby.
Comes Winchilsea. Ds. Sundridge.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Essex.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Doncaster.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Gainsborough.
Comes Plymouth.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Coventry.
Comes Jersey.
Comes Poulet.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Dalhousie.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes March.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Strefford.
Comes Dartmouth.
Comes Tankerville.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Macclesfield.
Comes Pomfret.
Comes Waldegrave.
Comes Ashburnham.
Comes Effingham.
Comes Brooke.
Comes Bucks.
Comes Fitzwilliam.
Comes Cornwallis.
Comes Hardwicke.
Comes Darlington.
Comes Fanconberg.
Comes De Lawarr.
Comes Northington.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Spencer.
Comes Hillsborough.
Viscount Montague.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Weymouth.
Viscount Bolingbroke.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Torrington.
Viscount Wentworth.
Viscount Courtenay.
Viscount Dudley & Ward.

PRAYERS.

Lords take the Oaths

The Lords following took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.

Henry Duke of Newcastle.

Edward Earl of Oxford.

Francis Lord Godolphin.

Thomas Lord Montfort.

Henry Lord Digby.

Conference desired by H.C on the State of the American Colonies:

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord George Germaine and others:

To desire a Conference with this House upon the State of His Majesty’s Colonies in North America.

To which the House agreed.

The Messengers were again called in, and told, “That the Lords agree to a Conference as is desired, and appoint the same presently in the Painted Chamber.”

Managers appointed:

Then the Lords following were named Managers of the Conference:

Ld. President. L. Bp. London. L. Cathcart.
Ld. Privy Seal. L. Bp Landaff. L. Sandys.
L. Bp. Chester. L. Scarsdale.
D. Chandos. L. Bp. St. Davids. L. Digby.
D. Newcastle.
Ld. Chamberlain.
E. Denbigh.
E. Sandwich.
E Plymouth.
E. Rochford.
E. Galloway.
E. Loudoun.
E. Dalhousie.
E. Marchmont.
E. Ferrers.
E. Macclesfield.
E. Bucks.
E. Hardwicke.
E. Darlington.
V. Falmouth.

The House being informed, “That the Managers for the Commons were ready for the Conference in the Painted Chamber:”

The Names of the Managers for the Lords were called over:

And the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference.

Which being ended, the House was resumed:

Conference reported:

And the Lord President reported, “That they had met the Managers for the Commons at the Conference, which, on the Part of the Commons, was managed by the Lord North; who acquainted the Managers for the Lords, “That they having taken into their Consideration the State of His Majesty’s Colonies in North America, have agreed upon an Address to be presented to His Majesty;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Then his Lordship read the Address delivered at the said Conference as follows:

Address to His Majesty on the Subject.

“Most Gracious Sovereign,
“We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the
“Commons, in Parliament assembled, return Your Majesty our most humble Thanks for having been graciously pleased to communicate to us the several Papers relating to the present State of the British Colonies in America, which, by Your Majesty’s Commands, have been laid before us: We have taken them into our most serious Consideration; and we find that a Part of Your Majesty’s Subjects in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay have proceeded so far to resist the Authority of the supreme Legislature, that a Rebellion at this Time actually exists within the said Province; and we see with the utmost Concern, that they have been countenanced and encouraged by unlawful Combinations and Engagements entered into by Your Majesty’s Subjects in several of the other Colonies, to the Injury and Oppression of many of their innocent Fellow-Subjects resident within the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the rest of Your Majesty’s Dominions: This Conduct on their Part appears to us the more inexcuseable, when we consider with how much Temper Your Majesty and the Two Houses of Parliament have acted in Support of the Laws and Constitution of Great Britain. We can never so far desert the Trust reposed in us as to relinquish any Part of the sovereign Authority over all Your Majesty’s Dominions, which by Law is vested in Your Majesty and the Two Houses of Parliament; and the Conduct of many Persons in several of the Colonies during the late Disturbances is alone sufficient to convince us how necessary this Power is for the Protection of the Lives and Fortunes of all Your Majesty’s Subjects.
“We ever have been, and always shall be, ready to pay Attention and Regard to any real Grievances of any of Your Majesty’s Subjects, which shall, in a dutiful and constitutional Manner, be laid before us; and whenever any of the Colonies shall make a proper Application to us, we shall be ready to afford them every just and reasonable Indulgence. At the same Time we consider it as our indispensable Duty, humbly to beseech Your Majesty, that You will take the most effectual Measures to enforce due Obedience to the Laws and Authority of the Supreme Legislature; and we beg Leave, in the most solemn Manner, to assure Your Majesty, that it is our fixed Resolution, at the Hazard of our Lives and Properties, to stand by Your Majesty against all rebellious Attempts in the Maintenance of the just Rights of Your Majesty and the Two Houses of Parliament.

Question whether E. Dartmouth should speak before M Rockingham:

The Earl of Dartmouth and the Marquis of Rockingham both rising to speak, a Debate arose who should speak first.

The Question was put, “Whether the Earl of Dartmouth shall now be heard?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Previous Question on Motion for agreeing to Address:

Moved, “To agree with the Commons in the said Address, by filling up the Blank with (“Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and”):

Which being objected to,

And a Question stated thereupon;

After long Debate,

The previous Question was put, “Whether the said Question shall be now put?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Protest thereupon:

DISSENTIENT.
“1st, The previous Question was moved, not to prevent the proceeding in the Address communicated at the Conference with the Commons, but in order to present the Petition of the North American Merchants, and of the West India Merchants and Planters, which Petitions the House might reject if frivolous, or postpone if not urgent, as it might seem fit to their Wisdom; but to hurry on the Business to which these Petitions so materially and directly related, the express Prayer of which was, that they might be heard before “any Resolution may be taken by this Right Honourable House respecting America;” to refuse so much as to suffer them to be presented, is a Proceeding of the most unwarrantable Nature, and directly subversive of the most sacred Rights of the Subject: It is the more particularly exceptionable, as a Lord in his Place, at the express Desire of the West India Merchants, informed the House, That, if necessitated so to do, they were ready, without Counsel or farther Preparation, instantly to offer Evidence to prove that several Islands of the West Indies could not be able to subsist, after the Operation of the proposed Address in America. Justice with regard to Individuals, Policy with regard to the Public, and Decorum with regard to Ourselves, required that we should admit this Petition to be presented. By refusing it, Justice is denied.
“2dly, Because the Papers laid upon our Table by Ministers are so manifestly defective, and so avowedly curtailed, that we can derive from them nothing like Information of the true State of the Object on which we are going to act, or of the Consequences of the Resolutions which we may take. We ought (as we conceive) with Gladness to have accepted that Information from the Merchants which, if it had not been voluntarily offered, it was our Duty to seek. There is no Information concerning the State of our Colonies (taken in any Point of View), which the Merchants are not far more competent to give than Governors or Officers, who often know far less of the Temper and Disposition of the People, or may be more disposed to misrepresent it than the Merchants. Of this we have a full and melancholy Experience in the mistaken Ideas on which the fatal Acts of the last Parliament were formed.
“3dly, Because we are of Opinion, that in entering into a War in which Mischief and Inconvenience are great and certain (but the utmost Extent of which it is impossible to foresee), true Policy requires that those who are most likely to be immediately affected should be thoroughly satisfied of the Deliberation with which it was undertaken; and we apprehend that the Planters, Merchants, and Manufacturers, will not bear their Losses and Burthens, brought on them by the proposed Civil War, the better, for our refusing so much as to hear them previous to our engaging in that War; nor will our Precipitation in resolving, add much to the Success in executing any Plan that may be pursued.

We protest therefore against the Refusal to suffer such Petitions to be presented, and we thus clear ourselves to our Country of the Disgrace and Mischief which must attend this unconstitutional, indecent, and improvident Proceeding.

“Richamond.
“Camden.
“Torrington.
“Archer.
“Stanhope.
“Cholmondeley.
“Rockingham.
“Wycombe.
“Craven.
“Courtenay.
“Abingdon.
“Effingham.
“Ponsonby.
“Fitzwilliam.
“Scarbrough.
“Abergavenny.
“Portland.
“Tankerville.”

Address agreed to:

Then the main Question was put, “Whether to agree with the Commons in the said Address, by inserting the Words (“Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and”)?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Protest thereupon.

DISSENTIENT.
“1st, Because the violent Matter of this dangerous Address was highly aggravated by the violent Manner in which it was precipitately hurried through the House, Lords were not allowed the Interposition of a Moment’s Time for Deliberation before they were driven headlong into a Declaration of Civil War, A Conference was held with the Commons; an Address of this Importance presented; all extraneous Information, although offered, positively refused; all Petitions arbitrarily rejected; and the whole of this most awful Business received, debated, and concluded in a single Day.
“2dly, Because no legal Grounds were laid in Argument or in Fact to show that a Rebellion, properly so called, did exist in Massachusetts Bay, when the Papers of the latest Date, and from whence alone we derive our Information, were written. The Overt-acts to which the Species of Treason, affirmed in the Address, ought to be applied, were not established, nor any Offenders marked out. But a general Mass of the Acts of Turbulence, said to be done at various Times and Places, and of various Natures, were all thrown together to make out one general constructive Treason. Neither was there any Sort of Proof of the Continuance of any unlawful Force from whence we could infer that a Rebellion does now exist. And we are the more cautious of pronouncing any Part of His Majesty’s Dominions to be in actual Rebellion, because the Cases of constructive Treason under that Branch of 25th of Edward the Third, which describes the Crime of Rebellion, have been already so far extended by the Judges, and the Distinctions thereupon so nice and subtle, that no prudent Man ought to declare any single Person in that Situation without the clearest Evidence of uncontrovertible Overt-acts, to warrant such a D claration. Much less ought so high an Authority as both Houses of Parliament to denounce so severe a Judgement against a considerable Part of His Majesty’s Subjects, by which His Forces may think themselves justified in commencing a War without any further Order or Commission.
“3dly, Because we think that several Acts of the last Parliament and several late Proceedings of Administration with regard to the Colonies, are real Grievances and just Causes of Complaint; and we cannot in Honour or in Conscience consent to an Address which commends the Temper, by which Proceedings so very intemperate have been carried on, nor can we persuade ourselves to authorise violent Courses against Persons in the Colonies who have resisted Authority, without at the same Time redressing the Grievances which have given but too much Provocation to their Behaviour.
“4thly, Because we think the loose and general Assurances given by the Address of future Redress of Grievances in case of Submission, is far from satisfactory, or at all likely to produce their End, whilst the Acts complained of continue unrepealed or unamended, and their Authors remain in Authority here, because these Advisers of all the Measures which have brought on the Calamities of this Empire will not be trusted, whilst they defend as just, necessary, and even indulgent, all the Acts complained of as Grievances by the Americans; and must therefore, on their own Principles, be bound in future to govern the Colonies in the Manner which has already produced such fatal Effects: And we fear that the Refusal of this House so much as to receive, previous to Determination, (which is the most offensive Mode of Rejection), Petitions from the unoffending Natives of Great Britain and the West India Islands, affords but a very discouraging Prospect of our obtaining hereafter any Petitions at all from those whom we have declared Actors in Rebellion, or Abettors of that Crime.
“Lastly, Because the Means of enforcing the Authority of the British Legislature is confided to Persons, of whose Capacity for that Purpose, from abundant Experience, we have Reason to doubt, and who have hitherto used no effectual Means of conciliating or of reducing those who oppose that Authority. This appears in the constant Failure of all their Projects, the Insufficiency of all their Information, and the Disappointment of all the Hopes which they have for several Years held out to the Public. Parliament has never refused any of their Proposals, and yet our Affairs have proceeded daily from bad to worse, until we have been brought, Step by Step, to that State of Confusion and even Civil Violence, which was the natural Result of these desperate Measures.
“We therefore protest against an Address, amounting to a Declaration of War, which is founded on no proper Parliamentary Information, which was introduced by refusing to suffer the Presentation of Petitions against it, (although it be the undoubted Right of the Subject to present the same), which followed the Rejection of every Mode of Conciliation, which holds out no substantial Offer of Redress of Grievances, and which promises Support to those Ministers who have inflamed America, and grossly misconducted the Affairs of Great Britain.

“Richmond.
“Camden.
“Torrington.
“Archer.
“Stanhope.
“Cholmondeley.
“Rockingham.
“Wycombe.
“Abingdon.
“Courtenay.
“Craven.
“Effingham.
“Ponsonby.
“Abergavenny.
“Scarbrough.
“Fitzwilliam.
“Portland.
“Tankerville.

Ordered, That the Words (“Lords Spiritual and temporal, and”) be inserted in the said Address.

Ordered, That the said Agreement be communicated to the Commons at a Conference.

Ordered, That the said Address be presented to His Majesty by the whole House.

Ordered, That the Lords with White Staves do wait on His Majesty, humbly to know what Time His Majesty would please to appoint to be attended with the said Address.

Message to H. C. for a further conference.

A Message was ordered to be sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Browning and Mr. Leeds:

“To desire a Conference with that House this Day at Three o’Clock in the Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber, upon the Subject Matter of the last Conference.”

Ordered, That the Managers of the last Conference be the Managers of this.

America, Merchants of London trading to, Petition of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Merchants, Traders, and others, of the City of London, concerned in the American Commerce; setting forth, “That the Petitioners are essentially interested in the Commerce which, for many Years, hath been carried on with the British Colonies in America, to the Increase of the Manufactures, the Improvement of the Revenues, the Support of the Naval Strength of Great Britain, and to the Extension of the General Trade of the whole Empire: And considering the happy Effect of those Laws which the British Legislature had, from Time to Time, enacted for the Regulation of this Commerce, the Petitioners were warranted in presuming that human Wisdom could not have framed a more effectual Institution for the Attainment and Security of these valuable Objects: It is to the Operation of Laws incompatible with this Institution, that the Petitioners can alone attribute the frequent Interruptions which of late Years have prevailed in this Commerce; the total Stagnation which at present subsists in the Export Trade with the greatest and most important Part of North America; the certain Ruin with which the whole of that valuable and extensive Commerce, and thousands of industrious Manufacturers in these Kingdoms, are threatened; the large and fatal Diminution which the National Revenue must inevitably sustain, and the sensible Decline of Public Credit. Under these Circumstances the Petitioners are constrained, by a Sense of that Duty which they owe to themselves, their Fellow-Subjects, and their Posterity, to appear before this Right Honourable House with these their respectful but just Complaints: The Petitioners approach this Right Honourable House with the greater Confidence, when they reflect, that the Peers of this Realm are the hereditary Counsellors of the Crown, and the Constitutional Guardians of those invaluable Interests, by which the most distant Subjects of the Empire are inseparably united: And relying on their Justice for a fair Construction of the Motives which induced them to this necessary Application, the Petitioners rest assured that they shall not be deemed to have brought under the Consideration of this Right Honourable House, Matters of trivial Concern, when they humbly submit, that the fundamental Policy of those Laws of which they complain, and the Propriety of enforcing, relaxing, or amending the same, are Questions essentially connected with the Commerce between Great Britain and America; and consequently that the Consideration of the one cannot be entered on without a full Discussion of the other;” the Petitioners therefore most humbly pray this Right Honourable House, “That they will enter into an immediate Examination of that excellent System of Commercial Regulation, on the Faith of which the Intercourse between Great Britain and her Colonies hath been founded and maintained to an Extent, and with a Success, of which History affords no Example: And weighing the true Cause of that Disorder by which this happy Intercourse hath been disturbed, will apply such healing Remedies as can alone restore and establish the same on a permanent Foundation;” and therefore praying their Lordships, “That no Resolution may be taken by this Right Honourable House respecting America, until they shall have been heard by themselves, their Agents, or Counsel, in Support of this Petition:”

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

West India Merchants trading to America, Petition of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Planters of His Majesty’s Sugar Colonies residing in Great Britain, and of the Merchants of London trading to the said Colonies, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; setting forth, “That the Petitioners are exceedingly alarmed at an Agreement and Association entered into by the Congress held at the City of Philadelphia, in North America on the 5th Day of September 1774, whereby the Members thereof agreed and associated for themselves and the Inhabitants of the several Provinces lying between Nova Scotia and Georgia, that, from and after the 1st Day of December 1774, they would not import into British America any Melasses, Syrups, Paneles, Coffee, or Piemento, from the British Plantations; and that after the 10th Day of September 1775, if the and, and the Parts of Acts, of the British Parliament therein mentioned are not repealed, they would not directly or indirectly export any Merchandize or Commodity whatsoever to the (fn. 3) East Indies. And the Petitioners do most humbly represent that the British Property or Stock vested in the West India Islands, amounts to upwards of Thirty Millions Sterling: That a farther Property of many Millions is employed in the Commerce created by the said Islands; a Commerce, comprehending Africa, the (fn. 4) East Indies, and Europe: That the whole Profits and Produce of these Capitals ultimately center in Great Britain, and add to the National Wealth; while the Navigation necessary to all its Branches establishes a Strength which Wealth can neither purchase nor balance: That the Sugar Plantations in the West Indies are subject to a greater Variety of Contingencies than many other Species of Property, from their necessary Dependance on external Support; and that therefore should any Interruption happen in the general System of their Commerce, the great National Stock, thus vested and employed, mull become unprofitable and precarious: That the Profits arising from the present State of the said Islands, and that are likely to arise from their future Improvement, in a great Measure depend, on a free and reciprocal Intercourse between them and the several Provinces of North America, from whence they are furnished with Provisions and other Supplies absolutely necessary for their Support, and the Maintenance of their Plantations: That the Scarcity and high Price in Great Britain and other Parts of Europe, of those Articles of indispensible Necessity, which they now derive from the middle Colonies of America, and the inadequate Population in some Parts of that Continent, with the Distance, Danger, and Uncertainty of the Navigation from others, forbid your Petitioners to hope for a Supply in any Degree proportionate to their Wants. That if the first Part of the said Agreement and Association for a Non-Importation hath taken place, and shall be continued, the same will be highly detrimental to the Sugar Colonies; and that if the second Part of the said Agreement and Association for a Non-Exportation shall be carried into Execution, which the Petitioners do firmly believe will happen, unless the Harmony that subsisted a few Years ago between this Kingdom and the Provinces of America, to the infinite Advantage of both, be restored, the Islands which are supplied with most of their Subsistence from thence, will be reduced to the utmost Distress, and the Trade between all the Islands and this Kingdom will of course be obstructed, to the Diminution of the Public Revenue, to the extreme Injury of a great Number of the Planters, and to the great Prejudice of the Merchants, not only by the said Obstruction, but also by the Delay of Payment of the Principal and Interest of an immense Debt due from the former to the latter;” and therefore praying, That their Lordships will be pleased to take into their most serious Consideration, that great political System of the Colonies heretofore so very beneficial to the Mother Country and her Dependencies, and adopt such Measures, as to their Lordships, in their great Wisdom, shall seem meet; to prevent the Evils with which the Petitioners are threatened, and to preserve the Intercourse between the West India Islands, and the Northern Colonies, to the general Harmony and lasting Benefit of the whole British Empire; and that they may be heard by themselves, their Agents, or Counsel, in Support of their Petition.”

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Accounts of Exports and Imports to and from America, &c, to be laid before the House.

Ordered, That the proper Officer do lay before this House, “An Account of the Value of Exports and Imports to and from North America and England, from Christmas 1739 to Christmas 1773, distinguishing each Colony and Year and British Goods, Wares, and Merchandize, from Foreign.

“Also, An Account of the Value of Exports and Imports to and from North America and Scotland, from Christmas 1739 to Christmas 1773, distinguishing each Colony and Year, and British Goods, Wares, and Merchandize, from Foreign.
“Also, An Account of the Value of Exports and Imports to and from the West Indies and England, from Christmas 1739 to Christmas 1773, distinguishing each Island and Year, and British Goods, Wares, and Merchandize, from Foreign.
“Also, An Account of the Value of Exports and Imports to and from the West Indies and Scotland, from Christmas 1739 to Christmas 1773, distinguishing each Island and Year, and British Goods, Wares, and Merchandize, from Foreign.
“And also, An Account of the Value of Exports and Imports to and from Africa and England, from Christmas 1739 to Christmas 1773, distinguishing each Year, and British Goods, Wares, and Merchandize, from Foreign.

The House having continued sitting until past Two o’Clock in the Morning,

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, octavum diem instantis Februarii, horam post Meridiem secundam, Dominis sic decernentibus.

Die Mercurii, 8o Februarii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Abergavenny.
Epus. Exon. Comes Gower, Præses. Ds. Cathcart.
Epus. Cestrien. Dux Richmond. Ds. Trevor.
Epus. Roffen. Dux Portland. Ds. Edgecumbe.
Dux Chandos. Ds. Ponsonby.
March. Rockingham. Ds. Hyde.
Comes Hertford, Camerarius. Ds. Scarsdale.
Comes Stamford.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Poulet.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Dalhousie.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Dartmouth.
Comes Macclesfield.
Comes Effingham.
Comes Fitzwilliam.
Comes Darlington.
Comes Spencer.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Torrington.
Viscount Courtenay.

PRAYERS.

Thicknesse against Liege et al.

Ordered, That the Hearing of the Cause wherein Philip Thicknesse Esquire is Appellant, and Peter Liege and others are Respondents, which stands appointed for To-morrow, be put off to Tuesday next.

His Majesty to be attended with Address of both House.

The Lord Chamberlain reported, “That the Lords with White Staves had (according to Order) waited on His Majesty, humbly to know what Time His Majesty would please to appoint to be attended with the Address of both Houses; and that His Majesty had appointed To-morrow, at Three o’Clock, at His Palace of Saint James.”

Conference on the State of the American Colonies agreed to by H. C.

The Messengers sent to the House of Commons to desire a Conference this Day with that House, on the subject Matter of the Conference Yesterday, acquainted the House, “That the Commons do agree to a Conference with their Lordships, as desired.”

Whichcote’s Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for vesting the Estate of Christopher Whichcote Esquire and Jane his Wife, situate in the County of Wilts, entailed by the Will of Francis Tregagle Esquire, deceased, in Trustees, to be sold; and for applying the Monies arising by such Sale in discharging the Incumbrances therein mentioned, and for laying out the Remainder in the Purchase of other Lands and Hereditaments, to be settled to the same Uses.”

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to the Consideration of the Lords following:

Ld. President. L. Abp. Canterbury. L. Abergavenny.
D. Richmond. L. Bp. Exeter. L. Cathcart.
D. Portland. L. Bp. Chester. L. Trevor.
D. Chandos. L. Bp. Rochester. L. Edgecumbe.
M. Rockingham. L. Ponsonby.
Ld. Chamberlain. L. Hyde.
E. Stamford. L. Scarsdale.
E. Sandwich.
E. Abingdon.
E. Rochford.
E. Poulet.
E. Cholmondeley.
E. Cassillis.
E. Abercorn.
E. Galloway.
E. Dalhousie.
E. Aberdeen.
E. Marchmont.
E. Oxford.
E. Dartmouth.
E. Macclesfield.
E. Effingham.
E. Fitzwilliam.
E. Darlington.
E. Spencer.
V. Falmouth.
V. Torrrington.
V. Courtenay.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Thursday, the 23d Day of this instant February, at Ten o’Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince’s Lodgings, near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.

Conference with the Commons:

The House being informed, “That the Managers for the Commons were ready for the Conference in the Painted Chamber:”

The Names of the Managers for the Lords were called over;

And the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference.

Which being ended, the House was resumed:

Conference reported.

And the Lord President reported, “That the Managers for the Lords had met the Managers for the Commons at the Conference, and had acquainted them as they were directed.”

Message to H. C to acquaint them when His Majesty will be attended with Address.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Browning and Mr. Leeds:

To acquaint them, “That His Majesty had appointed To-morrow, at Three o’Clock, at His Palace of Saint James, to be attended with the Address of both Houses; and that the Lords intend to be there at that Time.”

Clitherow et al. Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of James Clitherow, Samuel Fawcet, Henry Berners, Nathaniel Bayly, William Bludwick, William Cuthbertson, and George Mortimore, Trustees for the Poor of the Parish of Hanwell, in the County of Middlesex, for and in respect of a certain Copyhold Estate in the said Parish, the Gift of William Hobayne deceased; praying Leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes in the Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be, and is hereby referred to the Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer, and Mr. Justice Blackstone, who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill; and after hearing them, are to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands; and whether all Parties who 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.

Greene for a Divorce Bill.

Upon reading the Petition of Robert Greene, of the City of Dublin, Merchant, praying Leave to bring in a Bill to dissolve his Marriage between the Petitioner and Juliana Greene, otherwise Judge, his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again:

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

Land Tax Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Charles Whitworth 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 seventy-five;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Styth to take the Name of Greenalgh, Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord George Cavendish and. others:

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act to enable James Greenalgh, heretofore called James Styth, and his Issue, to take and use the Surname of Greenalgh, pursuant to the will of William Greenalgh deceased;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Normanton Enclosure Bill;

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord George Cavendish and others:

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Fields, Meadows, and Common Pastures, within the District of Normanton, in the Parish of Southwell, in the County of Nottingham; and also the Open Meadow called Cow Meadow, in the said Parish of Southwell;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Three Bills were, severally, read the First Time.

The King’s Consent to it.

The Lord Hyde, as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, acquainted the House, “That His Majesty having been informed of the Contents of the last-mentioned Bill, was pleased to consent (as far as His Majesty’s Interest is concerned) that their Lordships may proceed therein as they shall think fit.”

Flintham Enclosure Bill;

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord Edward Bentinck and others:

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Arable Fields, Open Meadows, Common Pastures, Common Grounds, and Waste Grounds, within the Parish of Flintham, in the County of Nottingham;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Bill was read the First Time.

The King’s Consent to it.

The Lord Hyde, as Chancellor of the Dutchy of Lancaster, acquainted the House, “That His Majesty, having been informed of the Contents of the last-mentioned Bill, was pleased to consent (as far as His Majesty’s Interest is concerned) that their Lordships may proceed therein as they shall think fit.”

Lady Northcote et al. Leave for a Bill:

After reading and considering the Report of the Judges, to whom was referred the Petition of Dame Katherine Northcote, of Ottery Saint Mary, in the County of Devon, Widow, and others, praying Leave to bring in a Private Bill for the Purposes therein mentioned:

It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, pursuant to the said Petition and Report.

Bill read.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act to enable certain Trustees named in the Settlement of Sir Stafford Northcote Baronet, deceased, to raise a competent Sum of Money, by way of Mortgage, of Part of the Hereditaments comprised in such Settlement, to be applied in completing the Purchase of an undivided Moiety or Half Part of the Manor of Iddesley, in the County of Devon, to be settled to the same Uses, and for the like Purposes, as the other undivided Moiety of the same Manor stands limited and charged by the Settlement and Will of the said Sir Stafford Northcote.”

Maine et Ux. against Prittie et Ux.

The House being informed, “That Henry Prittie the Younger, Esquire, and Catherine his Wife, Respondents to the Appeal of John Maine Esquire and the Right Honourable Hester Countess of Charleville his Wife, had not put in their Answer to the said Appeal, though duly served with the Order of this House for that Purpose:”

And thereupon an Affidavit of Tottenham Howlin of the City of Dublin, Gentleman, of the due Service of the said Order, being read:

Ordered, That the said Respondents do put in their Answer to the said Appeal, peremptorily, in a Week.

Cotton, &c. Manufactures Utensils, Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, “An Act to repeal so much of an Act, made in the Fourteenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, “An Act to prevent the Exportation to Foreign Parts of Utensils made use of in the Cotton, Linen, Woollen, and Silk Manufactures, of this Kingdom;” as relates to Tools and Implements used in the Woollen Manufactures of this Kingdom intended to be exported to any of His Majesty’s Colonies or Plantations in America.”

After some Time the House was resumed:

And the Lord Scarsdale reported from the Committee, “That they had gone through the Bill, and made some Amendments thereto, which he was ready to report when the House will please to receive the same.”

Ordered, That the said Report be received To-morrow.

Marine Mutiny Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Stephens and others:

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for the Regulation of His Majesty’s Marine Forces while on Shore;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Burcot Enclosure Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Elwes and others:

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Common Fields, Meadows, Pastures, and other Common Lands, within the Hamlet of Burcot and Parish of Dorchester, in the County of Oxford;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Two Bills were, severally, read the First Time.

Adjourn.

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

Die Jovis, 9o Februarii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales praesentes fuerunt:

Epus. Wigorn. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Le Despencer.
Epus. Roffen. Dux St. Albans. Ds. De Ferrars.
Dux Gordon. Ds. Cathcart.
Dux Chandos. Ds. Trevor.
Comes Sandwich. Ds. Sandys.
Comes Essex. Ds. Bruce.
Comes Plymouth. Ds. Hyde.
Comes Poulet. Ds. Lyttelton.
Comes Cassillis. Ds. Scarsdale.
Comes Abercorn. Ds. Sundridge.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Dalhousie.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Dartmouth.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Macclesfield.
Comes Bucks.
Comes Darlington.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Dudley & Ward.

PRAYERS.

Cotton, &c Manufactures Utensils, Bill

The Lord Scarsdale (according to Order) reported the Amendments made by the Committee of the whole House to the Bill, intituled, “An Act to repeal so much of an Act, made in the Fourteenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, “An Act to prevent the Exportation to Foreign Parts of Utensils made use of in the Cotton, Linen, Woollen, and Silk Manufactures, of this Kingdom;” as relates to Tools and Implements used in the Woollen Manufactures of this Kingdom intended to be exported to any of His Majesty’s Colonies or Plantations in America.”

The said Amendments were read by the Clerk, as follow:

“Pr. 2. L. 2 & 3. Leave out [“Tools and Implements”], and insert [“Wool Cards”].

“In the Title of the Bill.

“L. 7 & 8. Leave out [“Tools and Implements”], and insert [“Wool Cards”].

And the said Amendments, being read a Second Time, were agreed to by the House.

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 and seventy-five.”

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

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill To-morrow.

Marine Mutiny Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for the Regulation of His Majesty’s Marine Forces while on Shore.”

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

Ordered, That the. House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill To-morrow.

Normanton Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Fields, Meadows, and Common Pastures, within the District of Normanton, in the Parish of Southwell, in the County of Nottingham; and also the Open Meadow called Cow Meadow, in the said Parish of Southwell

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to the Consideration of the Lords following:

D. St. Albans. L. Bp. Worcester. L. Le Despencer.
D. Gordon. L. Bp. Rochester. L. De Ferrars.
D. Chandos. L. Cathcart.
E. Sandwich. L. Trevor.
E. Essex. L. Sandys.
E. Plymouth. L. Bruce.
E. Poulet. L. Hyde.
E. Cassillis. L. Lyttelton.
E. Abercorn. L. Scarsdale.
E. Galloway. L. Sundridge.
E. Loudoun.
E. Dalhousie.
E. Aberdeen.
E. Marchmont.
E. Oxford.
E. Dartmouth.
E. Sussex.
E. Macclesfield.
E. Bucks.
E. Darlington.
V. Townshend.
V. Dudley & Ward.

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

Flintham Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Arable Fields, Open Meadows, Common Pastures, Common Grounds, and Waste Grounds, within the Parish of Flintham, in the County of Nottingham.”

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to the Consideration of the Lords Committees aforenamed:

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on the same Day, at the same Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Burcot Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Common Fields, Meadows, Pastures, and other Common Lands, within the Hamlet of Burcot and Parish of Dorchester, in the County of Oxford.”

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to the Consideration of the Lords Committees aforenamed:

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Monday next, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Styth to take the Name of Greenalgh, Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act to enable James Greenalgh, heretofore called James Styth, and his Issue, to take and use the Surname of Greenalgh, pursuant to the Will of William Greenalgh deceased.”

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to the Consideration of the Lords Committees aforenamed:

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on the same Day, at the same Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Lady North cote s Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act to enable certain Trustees, named in the Settlement of Sir Stafford Northcote Baronet, deceased, to raise a competent Sum of Money by Way of Mortgage of Part of the Hereditaments comprised in such Settlement, to be applied in completing the Purchase of an undivided Moiety or Half Part of the Manor of Iddlesley, in the County of Devon, to be settled to the same Uses, and for the like Purposes, as the other undivided Moiety of the same Manor stands limited and charged by the Settlement and Will of the said Sir Stafford Northcote.”

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to the Consideration of the Lords Committees aforenamed:

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Friday the 24th Day of this instant February, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Sir John Powell Pryce et al against Goodtitle:

Upon reading the Petition of John Goodtitle, Defendant in a Writ of Error depending in this House, wherein Sir John Powell Pryce Baronet and others are Plaintiffs; setting forth, “That the Plaintiffs have not assigned Errors within the Time ordered by the House;” and therefore praying, “That the said Writ of Error may be nonpros’d, with such Costs as to their Lordships shall seem meet:”

Writ of Error nonpross’d with Costs.

It is Ordered, That the Petitioner do forthwith inter a Nonpros. on the said Writ of Error, as desired; and that the Record be remitted to the Court of King’s Bench, to the End Execution may be had upon the judgement given by that Court, as if no such Writ of Error had been brought into this House: And further, That the Plaintiffs in Error do pay, or cause to be paid, to the Defendant in Error, the Sum of Forty Pounds for his Costs by reason of the Delay of the Execution of the said Judgement.

Adjourn.

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

Die Veneris, 10o Februarii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Le Despencer.
Epus. Duresm. Comes Gower, Præses. Ds. Willoughby Br.
Epus. Bath & Wells. Dux Bolton. Ds. Cathcart.
Epus Landaff. Dux Gordon. Ds. Edgecumbe.
Epus. Cestrien. Dux Ancaster, Maguns Camerarius. Ds. Hyde.
Epus. Roffen. Dux Bridgewater. Ds. Scarsdale.
Comes Denbigh. Ds. Pelham.
Comes Sandwich. Ds. Camden.
Comes. Essex. Ds. Sundridge.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Doncaster.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Poulet.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Dalhousie.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Dartmouth.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Macclesfield.
Comes Waldegrave.
Comes Bucks.
Comes Hardwicke.
Comes De Lawarr.
Comes Spencer.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Wentworth.

PRAYERS.

King’s Answer to Address of both Houses, reported.

The Lord Chancellor reported, “That both Houses of Parliament did Yesterday present to His Majesty their humble Address to which His Majesty was pleased to return the following Most Gracious Answer:
“My Lords and Gentlemen,
“I thank you for this very dutiful and loyal Address, and for the affectionate and solemn Assurances you give Me of your Support in maintaining the just Rights of My Crown, and of the Two Houses of Parliament; and you may depend on My taking the most speedy and effectual Measures for enforcing due Obedience to the Laws, and the Authority of the Supreme Legislature.

“Whenever any of My Colonies shall make a proper and dutiful Application, I shall be ready to concur with you in affording them every just and reasonable Indulgence; and it is My ardent Wish that this Disposition may have a happy Effect on the Temper and Conduct of My Subjects in America.”

Ordered, That the said Address of both Houses to His Majesty, and His Majesty’s Most Gracious Answer thereunto, be forthwith printed and published.

Reilly against Windis.

After hearing Counsel in Part in the Cause wherein Elizabeth Reilly is Appellant, and Samuel Windis is Respondent:

It is Ordered, That the further Hearing of the said Cause be pat of to Monday next; and that the Cause which stands for Monday next, be put off to Wednesday next; and that the Rest of the Causes on Cause Days be removed in Course.

Flintham Enclosure Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Arable Fields, Open Meadows, Common Pastures, Common Grounds, and Waste Grounds, within the Parish of Flintham, in the County of Nottingham,” was committed; “That they had considered the said Bill, and examined the Allegations thereof, which were found to be true; that the Parties concerned had given their Consents to the Satisfaction of the Committee; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.”

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 seventy-five.”

After some Time the House was resumed:

And the Lord Scarsdale reported from the Committee, “That they had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.”

Marine Mutiny Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, “An Act for the Regulation of His Majesty’s Marine Forces while on Shore.”

After some Time the House was resumed:

And the Lord Scarsdale reported from the Committee, “That they had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.”

Mayows Leave for a Bill.

After reading and considering the Report of the Judges, to whom was referred the Petition of Philip Wynell Mayow, of Bray in the County of Cornwall, Clerk; and John Salt Wynell Mayow Gentleman; praying Leave to bring in a Private Bill for the Purposes therein mentioned:

It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, pursuant to the said Petition and Report.

Bill read.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for vesting Part of the settled Estates of Philip Wynell Mayow Esquire, in Ashbrenton, alias Ashprington, in Devon, in Trustees, to be sold; and for settling other Estates of greater Value in lien thereof.”

Message from His Majesty for augmenting his Sea and Land Forces:

The Earl of Rochford acquainted the House, “That he had a from His Majesty, under His Royal Sign Manual, which His Majesty had commanded him to deliver to this House;” and the same was read by the Lord Chancellor, and is as follows; (videlicet),

GEORGE R.
“His Majesty being determined, in consequence of the Address of both Houses of Parliament, to take the most speedy and effectual Measures for supporting the just Rights of His Crown, and the Two Houses of Parliament, thinks proper to acquaint this House, that some Addition to His Forces by Sea and Land will be necessary for that Purpose; and His Majesty doubts not but He shall have the Concurrence and Support of this House, (on whose Zeal and Affection He entirely relies), in making such Augmentation to His Forces as the present Occasion shall be thought to require.
“G. R.”

Then the said Message was again read by the Clerk.

Address thereupon.

Ordered, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, “To return Him the Thanks of this House for His Most Gracious Message, and to assure His Majesty that we will, with the utmost Zeal and Chearfulness, concur with His Majesty in such Measures as the present Exigency may require.”

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

Adjourn.

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

Footnotes

1 Sic.
2 Sic
3 It is thus in the Journal, but in the original Petition it is West.
4 It is thus both in the Journal and in the original Petition.