House of Lords Journal Volume 34
March 1775, 21-31

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'House of Lords Journal Volume 34: March 1775, 21-31', Journal of the House of Lords volume 34: 1774-1776 (1767-1830), pp. 363-383. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=113679 Date accessed: 21 October 2014.


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Die Martis, 21o Martii 1775.
V. Stormont takes the Oaths. Countess of Shaftesbury’s Estate Bill. Harrison’s Allotment Bill. Sir Nigel Gresley and Son to make a Canal, Bill. Dicconson et al. Leave for a Bill: Bill read. Oxford Canal Bill. Fulletby Enclosure Bill. Message to H.C. that the Lords have agreed to it. Harvey’s Bill. Massachusetts Bay, &c. to restrain the Trade of, Bill; Protest against passing it: Message to H C. with Amendments to the Bill. Rucker’s Nat. Bill. Scrooby Enclosure Bill. Thames and Isis Navigation Bill. Scaldwell Enclosure Bill. Adjourn. Die Mercurii, 22o Martii 1775.
Countes, of Shastesburyr’s Estate Bill. Message to H. C. with it. Allen et Ux. against Hancorn et al. Causes put off. Tobacco, Accounts of Duties on, delivered. Parkers Bill. Scaldwell Enclosure Bill. Harrison’s Allotment Bill. Scooby Enclosure Bill. Rucker’s Nat. Bill. Longlands to enter into Recognizance on Andrew’s et al. Appeal. Burtenshaw And Wood against Good title: Writ of Error nonpross’d. Greene’s Divorce Bill. Newmarket, &c. Road Bill. Adjourn. Die Jovis, 23o Martii 1775.
Bp. Hereford takes the Oaths. Annand et al. against Chessills et al Interlocutors affirmed. Parkers Bill: Message to H, C. with it Dean and Chapter of Worcester’s Bill. Mych Milton, Prebendary of, Bill. Leeds Charity Bill. Dicconson’s Bill. Thames and If is Navigation Bill. Newmarket, &c Road Bill. Pleadings proved in Two Causes. Stone’s Bill. Scrooby Enclosure Bill. Scaldwell Enclosure Bill. Oxford Canal Bill. Adjourn. Die Veneris, 24o Martii 1775.
King present. Bills passed. Wolverley Enclosure Bill Thames and Isis Navigation Bill. Harison’s Allotment Bill. New market, &c. Road Bill. Rucker’s Nat. Bill. Stone’s Bill: Message to H. C. with it. Scrooby Enclosure Bill: Scaldwell Enclosure Bill: Oxford canal Bill: Messages to II. C. that the Lords have agreed to the Three preceding Bills. Greene’s Divorce Bill. Andrew et al. against Cornwall et al. Adjourn. Die Lunæ, 27o Martii 1775.
Prittie et Ux. against Maine et al. E Bristol takes his Seat. Flegg Poor Bill. Bedford Level Drainage Bill. Cleve Prior Enclosure Bill. Bengworth Enclosure Bill. Message from H. C. to return Sir Jacob Wolff’s Estate Bill. Anstruther Two Pennies Scots Bill. Conference desired by H. C. on the Bill to restrain the Trade of Massachusetts Bay, &c.: Conference agreed to Conference reported Message to H. C. thereupon. Harvey’s Bill; Motion to dispense with Standing Order. Lambert’s Bill. V. Torrington’s Estate Bill. Graham’s Bill. Aubery’s Nat. Bill. Wolverley Enclosure Bill. Newmarket, &c Road Bill. Harrison’s Allotment Bill. Rucker’s Nat. Bill. Messages to H. C that the Lords have agreed to the house preceding Bills. Causes put off. Doynes Leave for a Bill: Bill read. E. Breadalbane et al. Leave for a Bill: Bill read. Graham’s Bill: Lambert’s Bill: Message to H.C. with Two proceeding Bills. Carron Company against Beaumont. Greene’s Divorce Bill. Adjourn. Die Mercurii, 29o Martii 1775.
Allen et al. against Hancorn et al. E Breadal bane’s Estate Bill. Harvey’s Bill; Standing Order dispensed with. Doyne’s Bill: Motion for shortening the Committee on it. V. Torrington’s Estate Bill: Aubery’s Nat. Bill: Message to H.C with the Two preceding Bills. Leghs Bill. Flegg Poor Bill, Bedford Level Drainage Bill. Thames and Isis Navigation Bill. Message to H. C that the Lords have agreed to it. Cost and Lothian against the Canon Company. Maine et al. against Prittie et Ux et e con. Roberton against Elphinston et al. Elwin to enter into Recognizance on the Carron Company’s Appeal. Adjourn. Die Jovis, 30o Martii 1775
Cleeve Prior Enclosure Bill. Bengworth Enclosure Bill Cranford Enclosure Bill. King present. Bills passed Pinvin Enclosure Bill. Allen et al. against Hancorn et al. Flegg Poor Bill. Bedford Level Drainage Bill. America, Papers from, delivered. Doyne’s Bill; Committee shortened. Greene’s Divorce Bill. Adjourn. Die Veneris, 31o Martii 1775.
Allen el al. against Hancorn et al.: Decree reverted. Pinvin Enclosure Bill. Bedford Level Drainage Bill. Message to H C. that the Lords have agreed to it. Manufactures, to prevent Frauds and Combinations of Persons employed in, Bill. Braunston Enclosure Bill. Message from H. C to return Blackburn s Bill. Cranford Enclosure Bill. Spottiswoode to enter into Recongnizance on Roberton’s Appeal. Branunston Enclosure Bill; Petition against it. Adjourn. Footnotes

Die Martis, 21o Martii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar. Dux Cumberland. Ds. Abergavenny.
Epus. Lincoln. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. De Ferrars.
Epus. Bath. & Wells. Larius. Ds. Willoughby Br.
Epus. Asaphen. Ds. Craven.
Epus. Carliol. Comes Gower, Præses. Ds. Cathcart.
Epus. Landaven. Dux Richmond. Ds. Trevor.
Epus. Petriburg. Dux St. Albans. Ds. Cadogan.
Epus. Wigorn. Dux Bolton. Ds. Montfort.
Epus. Roffen. Dux Devonshire. Ds. Edgecumbe.
Epus. Litch. & Cov. Dux Marlborough. Ds. Sandys.
Epus. Bangor. Dux Ancaster, Magnus Camerarius. Ds. Bruce.
Ds. Ponsonby.
Dux Manchester. Ds. Hyde.
Dux Chandos. Ds. Walpole.
Ds. Mansfield.
March. Rockingham. Ds. Lyttelton.
Comes Hertford, Camerarius. Ds. Wycombe.
Ds. Sondes.
Ds. Scarsdale.
Comes Huntingdon. Ds. Pelham.
Comes Suffolk. Ds. Camden.
Comes Denbigh. Ds. Digby.
Comes Peterborough.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Plymouth.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Jersey.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Dalhousie.
Comes Breadalbane.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes March.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Rosebery.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Dartmouth.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Macclesfield.
Comes Pomfret.
Comes Waldegrave.
Comes Effingham.
Comes Harrington.
Comes Brooke.
Comes Bucks.
Comes Fitzwilliam.
Comes Cornwallis.
Comes Hardwicke.
Comes De Lawarr.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Spencer.
Viscount Montague.
Viscount Say & Sele.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Weymouth.
Viscount Stormont.
Viscount Irwin.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Torrington.
Viscount Leinster.
Viscount Wentworth.
Viscount Dudley & Ward.

PRAYERS.

V. Stormont takes the Oaths.

This Day David Viscount Stormont took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.

Countess of Shaftesbury’s Estate Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for exchanging the Advowson of the Church of Hinton Martell, otherwise Hinton Martell, in the County of Dorset, belonging to His Majesty, for the Advowson of the Church of Fringford, otherwise Ferringford, in the County of Oxford, belonging to the Right Honourable Mary Countess Dowager of Shaftesbury,” 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.”

Ordered, That the said Bill be engrossed.

Harrison’s Allotment Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Cecil Wray and others:

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for declaring certain Lands allotted to John Harrison Esquire, in the Parish of Bishop Norton, in the County of Lincoln, to be Copyhold and Freehold respectively, pursuant to the Award of the Commissioners appointed by an Act of Parliament of the Eleventh Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, for dividing and enclosing certain Open Fields, Lands, and Grounds, in the Township and Parish of Bishop Norton, in the County of Lincoln;”to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Sir Nigel Gresley and Son to make a Canal, Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act to enable Sir Nigel Gresley Baronet, and Nigel Bowyer Gresley Esquire, his Son, to make and maintain a Navigable Cut or Canal, from certain Coal Mines in Apedale, to Newcastle under Lyne, in the County of Stafford;” which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

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

Dicconson et al. Leave for a Bill:

After reading and considering the Report of the Judges, to whom was referred the Petition of William Dicconson Esquire, 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 Ia vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for Vesting certain Manors, Messages, Lands, Rents, and Hereditaments, in the Counties of Kent and Middlesex, Part of the settled Estates of Meliora Dicconson, the Wife of William Dicconson Esquire, in Trustees, to be fold; and for investing the Money arising by such Sale in the Purchase of other Lands and Hereditaments, to be settled to the same Uses.”

Oxford Canal Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act to amend an Act, made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, “for making and maintaining a Navigable Canal from the Coventry Canal Navigation to the City of Oxford.”

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

Ld. President. L. Abp. Canterbury. L. Abergavenny.
L. De Ferrars.
D. Richmond. L Willoughby Br.
D. St. Albans. L. Bp. Lincoln.
D. Bolton. L. Bp. Bath & Wells. L. Craven.
D. Devonshire. L. Cathcart.
D. Marlborough. L. Bp. St. Asaph. L. Trevor.
D. Ancaster. L. Bp. Carlisle. L. Cadogan.
D. Manchester. L. Bp. Landaff. L. Montfort.
D. Chandos. L. Bp. Peterborough. L. Edgecumbe.
M. Rockingham. L. Bp. Worcester. L. Sandys.
L. Bruce.
Ld. Chamberlain. L. Bp. Rochester. L. Ponsonby.
L. Bp. Litch. &Cov. L. Hyde.
E. Huntingdon. L. Walpole.
E. Suffolk. L. Mansfield.
L. Bp. Bangor.
E. Denbigh. L. Lyttelton.
E. Peterborough. L. Wycombe.
E. Sandwich. L. Sondes.
E. Carlisle. L. Scarsdale.
E. Abingdon. L. Pelham.
E. Plymouth. L. Camden.
E. Scarbrough. L. Digby.
E. Rochford.
E. Jersey.
E. Cholmondeley.
E. Cassills.
E. Abercorn.
E. Galloway.
E. Dalhousie.
E. Breadalbane.
E. Aberdeen.
E. March.
E. Marchmont.
E. Rosebery.
E. Oxford.
E. Dartmouth.
E. Aylesford.
E. Stanhope.
E. Macclesfield.
E. Pomfret.
E. Waldegrave.
E. Effingham.
E. Harrington.
E. Brooke.
E. Bucks.
E. Fitzwilliam.
E. Cornwallis.
E. Hardwicke.
E. De Lawarr.
E. Radnor.
E. Spencer.
V. Montague.
V. Say & Sele.
V. Townshend.
V. Weymouth.
V. Stormont.
V. Irwin.
V Falmouth.
V. Torrington.
V. Leinster.
V. Wentworth.
V. Dudley & Ward.

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

Fulletby Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Fields, Ings, Meadows, Common Pastures, and other Commonable Lands, within the Parish of Fulletby, in the County of Lincoln.”

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. Montagu and Mr. Leeds:

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

Harvey’s Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for vesting a Freehold Estate, late of Eliah Harvey Esquire, deceased, called Buckhouse, otherwise Munckham, situate in the Parishes of Woodford and Chigwell, in the County of Essex, in Trustees, and their Heirs, in Trust, to sell and convey the same as therein mentioned and for applying the Money arising by Sale thereof for the Benefit of Edward Harvey, an Infant, his only Son and Heir at Law and for the other Purposes therein mentioned.”

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Wednesday the 5th Day of April next, at the usual Time and Place and to adjourn as they please.

Massachusetts Bay, &c. to restrain the Trade of, Bill;

The Order of the Day being read for the Third Reading of the Bill, intituled, “An Act to restrain the Trade and Commerce of the Province of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, and Colonies of Connecticut, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantation, in North America, to Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Islands in the West Indies; and to prohibit such Provinces and Colonies from carrying on any Fishery on the Banks of Newfoundland, or other Places therein mentioned, under certain Conditions and Limitations;” and for the Lords to be summoned:

The said Bill was, accordingly, read the Third Time; Which done:

The following Amendment was proposed to be made to the said Bill; (videlicet),

“Pr. 8. L. 39 and 40. After [“New York”] leave out [“New Jersey, Pensylvania, Maryland, Virginia”].

Which being objected to;

After. Debate,

The Question was put, “Whether these Words shall stand Part of the Bill ?”

It was resolved in the Negative.

Then the following Amendment was proposed to be made to the said Bill; (videlicet),

“Pr. 9. L. 1. After [“North Carolina”] leave out.[“South Carolina”].

The Question was put, “Whether these Words shall stand Part of the Bill ?”

It was resolved in the Negative.

Then the following Amendment was proposed to be made to the said Bill; (videlicet),

“Pr. 11. L. 38. After [“New Hampshire”] leave out [“and”].

The Question was put, “Whether this Word shall “stand Part of the Bill ?”

It was resolved in the negative.

Then the following Amendment was proposed to be made to the said Bill; (videlicet),

“Pr. 11. L. 39. After [“Massachusetts Bay”] insert [“New Jersey, Pensylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and South Carolina”]

The Question was put, “Whether these Words shall be inserted in the Bill?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Then it was moved, “That this Bill, with the Amendments, do pass ?”

Which being objected to;

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

DISSENTIENT.

Protest against passing it:

“1st, Because the Attempt to coerce by Famine the whole Body of the Inhabitants of great and populous Provinces, is without Example in the History of this, or perhaps of any civilized Nation; and is One of those unhappy Inventions, to which Parliament is driven by the Difficulties which daily multiply upon us, From an obstinate Adherence to an unwise Plan of Government. We do not know exactly the Extent of the Combination against our Commerce in New England, and the other Colonies; but we do know the Extent of the Punishment we inflict upon it, which is universal, and includes all the Inhabitants: Amongst these, many are admitted to be innocent; and several are alledged by Ministers to be, in their Sense, even meritorious. That Government which attempts to preserve its Authority by destroying the Trade of its Subjects, and by involving the Innocent and Guilty in a common Ruin, if it acts from a Choice of such Means, confesses itself unworthy; if from Inability to find another, admits itself wholly incompetent to the Ends its Institution.
“2dly, Because the English, Merchants are punished without any Guilt, real or pretended, on their Part. The People of the proscribed. Provinces, though failing in their Duty to Government, ought to be permitted to discharge their Obligations to Commerce. Without their Fishery this is impossible. The Merchants of England entertain no Fears for their Debts, except from the Steps which are said to be taken in their Favour. Eight hundred thousand Pounds of English Property, belonging to London alone, is not to be trifled with, or sacrificed to the Projects of those who have constantly failed in every Expectation which they have held out to the Public, and who are become more bigotted to Methods of Violence, in Proportion to their Experience of their Inefficacy, and the mischievous Consequences which attend them.
“3dly, Because the People of New England, besides the natural Claim of Mankind to the Gifts of Providence on their own Coast, are specially entitled to the Fishery by their Charters, which have never been declared forfeited. These Charters, we think, (not with standing the Contempt with which the Idea of Publick Faith has been treated), to be of material Consideration. The Bill therefore not growing out of any judicial Process, seems equally a Violation of all natural and all civil Right.
“4thly, Because we conceive that the Attempt which has been made to bribe the Nation into an Acquiescence in this arbitrary Act, by holding out to them, (by Evidence at the Bar), the Spoils of the New England Fishery, worth upwards of Three hundred thousand Pounds a Year, to be a Scheme full of Weakness and Indecency; of Indecency, because it may be suspected that the Desire of the Confiscation has created the Guilt; weak, because it supposes that whatever is taken from the Colonies, is of course to be transferred to ourselves. We may trample on the Rules of Justice; but we cannot alter the Nature of Things. We cannot convey to Great Britain the Advantages of Situation which New England possesses for the Fishery. If the Value of the Commodity should be enhanced at the Foreign Market by the Exclusion of so large a Part of the Supply, it may either greatly injure the Sale of the Commodity itself, or put the Consumers on new Articles of Consumption, or new Methods of Supply, to the just Ruin of those who, deluded by Avarice, have chosen, from the vain Hope of an enhanced Market, to disturb the natural, settled, and beneficial Course of Traffick.
“5thly, Because we do not apprehend that the Topic so much insisted upon by a Lord high in Office, in favour of this Project, namely, the Cowardice of His Majesty’s American Subjects, to have any Weight in itself, or to be at all agreeable to the Dignity of Sentiment which ought to characterise this House. We do not think it true, that any Part of the Subjects of this Empire are defective in Bravery. It is to the last Degree improper to act upon such a Supposition; as it must highly disgrace our Arms in case of Misfortune, and must take away all Honour from them in case of Success. Nothing can tend more effectually to defeat the Purposes of all our coercive Measures, than to let the People against whom they are intended know, that we think our Authority founded in their Baseness; that their Resistance will give them some Credit, even in our own Eyes and that we attribute their Obedience only to their Want of Courage. This is to call for Resistance, and to provoke Rebellion by the moil powerful of all Motives, which can act upon Men pf any Degree of Spirit and Sensibility.
“6thly, Because the Interdict from Fishing and Commerce, is not to be terminated by any certain and definite Act to be done by the Party interdicted but its Duration depends solely on the Will of the Governors and Majority of the Council in some of the Provinces; upon their mere arbitrary Opinion of the State of Commerce. In Two of the proscribed Provinces, the Interdict is made to depend on the same arbitrary Will in much worse Hands, those of mere Custom House Officers. A Power of such Magnitude is not fit to be delegated to any Man, however wise or however exalted.
“But to deliver over several hundred thousands of our Fellow Creatures to be starved at the mere Pleasure of Persons in certain subordinate Situations, and some of them in an Office always more or less suspicious and obnoxious, and necessary to be watched and guarded, rather than vested with absolute Power over all; and this without any Rule to guide their Discretion, without any Penalty to deter from an Abuse of it; is. a Strain of such Tyranny, Oppression, and Absurdity, as we believe never was deliberately entertained by any grave Assembly.
“Lastly, Because the Bill, though in Appearance a Measure of Retaliation only, upon a Supposition that the Colonies have been the first Aggressors by their Association not to import Goods from Great Britain, yet is in Truth a moil cruel Enforcement of former Oppressions; and that Association is no more than a natural Consequence of antecedent and repeated Injuries. And since the Restraint of this Bill is not to be taken off till the several Colonies shall agree to receive again all Goods what so ever from Great Britain, and to pay all the Duties imposed by Parliament, not excepting those upon Tea; and since Three of them must apply through the Medium of the new Council of Massachusetts Bay, and the last mentioned Province is obliged not only to acknowledge the new Charter, but submit in all Respects to the severe Conditions of the Port Bill, before they can be released from their Hardships; since these are the Terms, and the, only Terms, upon which this Proscription is to cease, and the Colonies must therefore submit to be the Slaves instead of the Subjects of Great Britain; this Bill in its Principle is both arbitrary and unjust. And as we do not conceive any Ground of Expectation that the Provinces will yield to such hard Conditions; a Civil War, which may probably end in the total Separaration of the Colonies from the Mother Country, will too naturally be the Consequence of this Bill; in respect of which, as well as for the other Reasons hereby assigned, we do moil solemnly and heartily protest against the same.
“Abingdon.
“Craven.
“Abergavenny.
“Stanhope.
“Leinster.
“Wycombe.
“Richmond.
“Devonshire.
“Torrington.
“Rockingham.
“Camden.
“Effingham.
“Ponsonby.
“Cholmondeley.
“Fltzwilllam.
“Manchester.

Message to H C. with Amendments to the Bill.

A Message Was sent to the House of Commons, by the former Messengers:

To return the said Bill, and acquaint them, That the Lords have agreed to the same, with some Amendments, to which their Lordships desire their Concurrence.

Rucker’s Nat. Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for naturalizing Daniel Henry Rucker;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Scrooby Enclosure Bill.

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

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

Thames and Isis Navigation Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act to amend an Act, made in the Eleventh Year of His present Majesty’s Reign, “for improving and completing the Navigation of the Rivers Thames and Isis, from the City of London to the Town of Cricklade, in the County of Wilts;” to which they desire the. Concurrence of this House.

Scaldwell Enclosure Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, Common Pastures, Common Meadows, and other Commonable Lands and Grounds, within the Parish of Scald well, in the County of Northampton:” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

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

Adjourn.

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

Die Mercurii, 22o Martii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. Eliens. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Edgecumbe.
Epus. Lincoln. Ds. Ponsonby.
Epus. Litch. & Cov. Ds. Scarsdale.
Epus. Bangor. Comes Gower, Præses. Ds. Camden.
Dux Richmond.
March. Rockingham.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Dalhousie.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Effingham.
Viscount Stormont.
Viscount Dudley & Ward.

PRAYERS.

Countes, of Shastesburyr’s Estate Bill.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for exchanging the Advowson of the Church of Hinton Mertell, otherwise Hinton Martell, in the County of Dorset, belonging to His Majesty, for the Advowson of the Church of Fringford, otherwise Ferringford, in the County of Oxford, belonging to the Right Honourable Mary Countess Dowager of Shaftesbury.”

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. Montagu and Mr. Leeds:

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

Allen et Ux. against Hancorn et al.

Ordered, That the Hearing of the Cause, wherein John Bartlett Allen and Elizabeth his Wife, and others, are Appellants, and Frances Hancorn and others are Respondents, which stands appointed for this Day, be put off to Monday next.

Causes put off.

Ordered, That the Hearing of the Cause wherein the Most Noble George Duke of Montagu and Mary Duchess of Montagu his Wife, and others, are Appellants, and the Right Honourable Edward Lord Beaulieu and Isabella Lady Beaulieu his Wife, are Respondents, et e contra, which stands appointed for Friday next, be put off to Wednesday next; and that the rest of the Causes on Cause Days be removed in Course.

Tobacco, Accounts of Duties on, delivered.

The House being informed, “That Mr. Rowe from the Commissioners of the Customs in Scotland attended.”

He was called in, and delivered in at the Bar, pursuant to an Order of the 14th Day of February last:

“An Account of the Quantity and Value of all Tobacco imported into that Part of Great Britain called Scotland from the British Plantations in, America, from October 1769 to October 1774, distinguishing each Year and each Plantation.”

Also, “An Account of the Quantity and Value of all Tobacco exported from that part of Great Britain called Scotland to other Countries, from October 1769 to October 1774 distinguishing each Year and Country.”

And then he withdrew.

And the Titles thereof being read by the Clerk:

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

Parkers Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled. “An Act for effecting an Exchange between John Parker and Montagu Edmund Parker Esquires, of Parts of their settled Estates in the County of Devon; and for other Purposes therein mentioned,” 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.”

Ordered, That the said Bill be engrossed.

Scaldwell Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, Common Pastures, Common Meadows, and other Commonable Lands and Grounds, within the Parish of Scaldwell, in the County of Northampton.”

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

Ld. President. L. Bp. Ely. L. Edgecumbe.
D. Richmond. L. Bp. Lincoln: L. Ponsonby.
L. Bp. Litch. & Cov. L. Scarsdale.
M. Rockingham. L. Camden.
E. Abercorn. L. Bp. Bangor.
E. Galloway.
E. Dalhousie.
E. Marchmont.
E. Oxford.
E. Effingham.
V. Stormont.
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.

Harrison’s Allotment Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for declaring certain Lands allotted to John Harrison Esquire, in the Parish of Bishop Norton in the County of Lincoln, to be Copyhold and Freehold respectively, pursuant to the Award of the Commissioners appointed by an Act of Parliament of the Eleventh Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, for dividing and enclosing certain Open Fields, Lands, and Grounds, in the Township and Parish of Bishop Norton, in the County of Lincoln.”

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

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

Scooby Enclosure Bill.

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

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet To-morrow, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Rucker’s Nat. Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for naturalizing Daniel Henry Rucker.”

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

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

Longlands to enter into Recognizance on Andrew’s et al. Appeal.

The House being moved, “That Thomas Longlands Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for James Andrew and others, on Account of their Appeal depending in this House, they rending in Scotland:”

It is Ordered, That the said Thomas Longlands may enter in to a Recognizance for the said Appellants as desired.

Burtenshaw And Wood against Good title:

Upon reading the Petition of James Goodtitle, Defendant in a Writ of Error depending in this House, wherein Henry Burtenshaw and William Wood are Plaintiffs; setting forth, “That since the said Cause was set down to be heard, the Plaintiffs have fully satisfied and paid all the Damages and Costs due from them to the Petitioner, and have also agreed to withdraw their Assignment of Errors;” and therefore praying, “That the said Writ of Error may be nonpros’d without Costs:”

Writ of Error nonpross’d.

It is Ordered That the Plaintiffs in Error do withdraw their said Assignment of Errors, and that the Petitioner do forthwith enter a Nonpros. on the said Writ of Error, as desired and that the Record be remitted to the Court of King’s Bench, to 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.

Greene’s Divorce Bill.

Ordered That the Second Reading of the Bill intituled, “An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Robert Greene Merchant with Juliana Greena, otherwise Judge his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned;” stands appointed for To-morrow, be put off to Friday next, and the Lords summoned.

Newmarket, &c. Road Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Hynde Cotton and others:

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for enlarging the Term and Powers granted in an Act, made in the Third Year of His present Majesty’s Reign, “for repairing the Road from Newmarket, over Newmarket Heath, to the Turnpike Road leading to Stump Cross, in the Counties of Cambridge and Suffolk; for repairing the Road branching out of and leading from the aforesaid Road, near The Devil’s Ditch, on Newmarket Heath, to join the present Turnpike Road which leads to Cambridge; and for repairing the Highway through the Town of Newmarket to the present Turnpike Road from thence to Thetford;” which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Bill was read the First Time.

Adjourn.

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

Die Jovis, 23o Martii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. Hertford. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Hyde.
Epus. Litch. & Cov. Ds. Mansfield.
Dux Chandos. Ds. Scarsdale.
March. Rockingham.
Comes Coventry.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Dalhousie.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Oxford.
Viscount Say & Sele.

PRAYERS.

Bp. Hereford takes the Oaths.

This Day James Lord Bishop of Hereford took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.

Annand et al. against Chessills et al

After hearing Counsel this Day upon the Petition and Appeal of Messieurs Annand and Colboun of London, Merchants, and their Assignees under a Statute of Bankruptcy; and Messieurs Gibson and Balfour of, Edinburgh, Merchants, and their Trustee and Assignee, non-acceding Creditors of James Scott Merchant in Edinburgh, complaining of Four Interlocutors of the Lord Ordinary in Scotland, of the 1st and 8th of August, and 14th and 20th of December 1771; and also of Two Interlocutors of the Lords of Session there, of, the 31st of July 1773, and 4th of March 1774; and praying, “That the same might be reversed, varied, or altered, or that the Appellants might have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in their Lordships great Wisdom, should seem meet as also upon the Answer of Mrs. Helen Scott (formerly Chessills) and her Trustees, put in to the said Appeal; and due Consideration had of what was offered 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 the said several Interlocutors therein complained of be, and the same are hereby affirmed.

Parkers Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for effecting an Exchange between John Parker and Montagu Edmund Parker Esquires, of Parts of their Settled Estates in the County of Devon; and for other Purposes therein mentioned.”

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. Montagu and Mr. Leeds:

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

Dean and Chapter of Worcester’s Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act to enable the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Worcester, and Rowland Berkeley Esquire, to make and establish an Exchange of certain Lands and Tythes in the Parish of Cotheridge, in the County of Worcester.”

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

D. Chandos. L. Bp. Hereford. L. Hyde.
L. Bp. Litch. & Cov. L. Mansfield.
M. Rockingham.
L. Scarsdale.
E. Coventry.
E. Cassllis.
E. Abercorn.
E. Galloway.
E. Dalhousie.
E. Aberdeen.
E. Marchmont.
E. Oxford.
V. Say & Sele.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Friday the 7th Day of April next, at Ten o’Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince ’s Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.

Mych Milton, Prebendary of, Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act to subject and charge the Prebend Manor of Mych Milton, in the County of Oxford, and the Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, thereunto belonging, with the Payment of Two several perpetual Yearly Rent Charges or Annual Payments to the Reverend John Wheeldon and his Successors, Prebendaries of the Prebend of Mych Milton aforesaid; and for divesting the Fee-Simple and Inheritance thereof out of him and his Successors; and for vesting the same so charged in the Reverend Charles Sturges, his Heirs and Assigns.”

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

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

Leeds Charity Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for the Sale of certain Freehold and Copyhold Estates in the Parish of Leeds, in the County of York, and for enfranchising Part of such Copyhold Estates; and for applying the Money arising by Sale of the Premises for the Benefit of certain Charities, within the said Parish of Leeds, to which the said Estates are now appropriated.”

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

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

Dicconson’s Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for vesting certain Manors, Messuages, Lands, Rents, and Hereditaments, in the Counties of Kent and Middlesex, Part of the Settled Estates of Meliora Dicconson, the Wife of William Dicconson Esquire, in Trustees, to be fold; and for investing the Money arising by such Sale 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 Committees afore named:

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

Thames and If is Navigation Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act to amend an Act, made in the Eleventh Year of His present Majesty’s Reign, “for improving and completing the Navigation of the Rivers Thames and Isis, from the City of London to the Town of Cricklade, in the County of Wilts.”

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet To-morrow, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Newmarket, &c Road Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for enlarging the Term and Powers granted in an Act, made in the Third Year of His present Majesty’s Reign, “for repairing the Road from Newmarket over Newmarket Heath, to the Turnpike Road leading to Stump Cross, in the Counties of Cambridge and Suffolk; for repairing the Road branching out of and leading from the aforesaid Road near the Devil’s Ditch, on Newmarket Heath, to join the present Turnpike Road, which leads to Cambridge; and for repairing the Highway through the Town of Newmarket, to the present Turnpike Road from thence to Thetford.”

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

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

Pleadings proved in Two Causes.

The House being informed, “That Walter Sweetman Gentleman, attended in order to deliver in Copies of Pleadings and Proceedings in Two Causes depending in this House, in the First of which Arthur Cope Esquire is Appellant, and John Rose and others are Respondents; and in the last John Burke Esquire and Margaret his Wife, and others, are Appellants, and Mary Puxley and others are Respondents.”

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.

Stone’s Bill.

The Duke of Chandos reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for vesting several Messuages, Lands, and Hereditaments, in the County of Devon and City of Exeter, late the Estate of Robert Stone Gentleman, deceased, in Trustees, to enable them to convey the same to the Purchasers thereof; and to apply the Money arising by such Sale, in Payment of the Debts of the said Robert Stone, pursuant to a Decree of the Court of Chancery,” 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.”

Ordered, That the said Bill be engrossed.

Scrooby Enclosure Bill.

The Duke of Chandos made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Arable Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons, and Waste Grounds, in the Township and Parish of Scrooby, in the County of Nottingham,” was committed.

Scaldwell Enclosure Bill.

The Duke of Chandos made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, Common Pastures, Common Meadows, and other Commonable Lands and Grounds, within the Parish of Scaldwell, in the County of Northampton,” was committed.

Oxford Canal Bill.

The Duke of Chandos also reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act to amend an Act, made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, “for making and maintaining a Navigable Canal from the Coventry Canal Navigation to the City of Oxford,” was committed “That they had considered the said Bill, and examined the Allegations thereof, which were found to be true; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.”

Adjourn.

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

Die Veneris, 24o Martii 1775.

REX.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt;

Archiep. Cantuar. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Le Despencer.
Epus. Eliens. Ds. Cadogan.
Epus. Cicestrien. Comes Gower, præses. Ds. Montfort.
Epus. Lincoln. Dux Bolton. Ds. Walpole.
Epus. Asaphen. Dux Ancaster, Magnus Cancellarius. Ds. Scarsdale.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Wigorn. Dux Chandos.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Roffen. Comes Exeter.
Epus. Bangor. Comes Denbigh.
Comes Stamford.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Rosebery.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Dartmouth.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Bucks.
Viscount Montague.
Viscount Say & Sele.
Viscount Falmouth.

PRAYERS.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure to robe.

The House was resumed.

King present.

His Majesty being seated on the Throne, adorned with His Crown and Regal Ornaments, and attended by His Officers of State, (the Lords being in their Robes), commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, “It is His Majesty’s Pleasure that they attend Him immediately in this House:”

Who being come, with their Speaker.

The Deputy Clerk of the Crown read the Titles of the Bills to be passed, severally, as follow; (videlicet).

Bills passed.

“1. An Act for punishing Mutiny and Desertion, and for the better Payment of the Army and their Quarters.”

“2. An Act for defraying the Charge of the Pay and Cloathing of the Militia, within that Part of Great Britain called England, for One Year, beginning the Twenty-fifth Day of March One thousand seven hundred and seventy-five.”

“3. An Act to continue for a further Time an Act, made in the Eighth Year of His present Majesty’s Reign, intituled, “An Act to continue and amend an Act, made in the Fifth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, “An Act for Importation of Salted Beef, Pork, Bacon, and Butter, from Ireland for a limited Time; and for allowing the Importation of Salted Beef, Pork, Bacon, and Butter, from the British Dominions in America for a limited Time;” and for extending the Provisions of the said Acts to Potatoes, and all Kinds of Pulse.”

“4. An Act for amending and widening the Road leading from Yarmouth Bridge, through the Hamlet of South Town, other wife Little Yarmouth, to Gorleston, in the County of Suffolk.

To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced severally, by the Clerk Assistant, in these Words; (videlicet).

Le Roy le veult.

“5. 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 ale in discharging the Incumbrance therein mentioned; and for laying out the Remainder in the Purchase of other Lands and Hereditaments, to be settled to the same Uses.”

“6. 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.

“7. 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 settling other Estates of greater Value in lieu thereof.”

“8. 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 sell the same, and for applying the Money to arise by such Sale, in such Manner as in the said Act mentioned.”

“9. An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Fields, and a Parcel of Common or Waste Ground, in the Manors of Goodmanham, in the County of York,”

“10. An Act for dividing, enclosing, and improving, certain Commons, Lands, and Grounds in the Township of Rigton, in the Parish of Kirkby Overblow, in the County of York, and for other Purposes therein mentioned.”

“11. An Act for dividing and enclosing a large Open and uncultivated Common or Tract of Ground, Parcel of the Forest of Mendip, situate within the Parishes of Doulting and Stoke Saint Michael, otherwise Stoke Lane, in the County of Somerset.

“12. An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, Common Meadows, Common Pastures, Common Grounds, and Commonable Lands, in the Parish of Potterspury and Hamlet of Tardley Gobyon, in the said Parish of Potterspury; and also a Parcel of Land called Kenson Field, in the Parish of Cosgrave in the County of Northampton.

“13. And Act for dividing and enclosing the Wastes, Mosses, Heaths, and Commons, in the Parish of Hanmer, in the County of Flint.

“14. An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Fields, Ings, Meadows, Common Pastures, and other Commonable Lands, within the Parish of Fulletby, in the County of Lincoln.

“15. An Act to enable John Clarke Esquire, (heretofore called John Plomer), and the Heirs Male of his Body, to take and bear the Surname and Arms of Clarke, pursuant to the Will of Richard Clarke Esquire, deceased.”

“16. An Act for naturalizing Charles Bigot,”

“17. An Act for naturalizing Louis Jouenne.

To these Bills the Royal Assent was, severally, pronounced by the Clerk Assistant, in these Words; (videlicet).

Soit fait comme il est desire.

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

The House was adjourned during Pleasure to unrobe.

The House was resumed.

Wolverley Enclosure Bill

The Lord Scarsdale reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for dividing, enclosing, and allotting, the several Commons and Waste Lands, within the Manor and Parish of Wolverley, in the County of Worcester,” 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.”

Thames and Isis Navigation Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale also reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act to amend an Act, made in the Eleventh Year of His present Majesty’s Reign, “for improving, and completing the Navigation of the Rivers Thames, and Isis, from the City of London to the Town of Cricklade, in the County of Wilts,” was committed: “That they had considered the said Bill, and examined the Allegations thereof, which were found to be true; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.”

Harison’s Allotment Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for declaring certain Lands allotted to John Harrison Esquire, in the Parish of Bishop Norton, in the County of Lincoln, to be Copyhold and Freehold respectively, pursuant to the Award of the Commissioners appointed by an Act of Parliament of the Eleventh Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, for dividing and enclosing certain Open Fields, Lands, and Grounds, in the Township and Parish of Bishop Norton, in the County of Lincoln,” was committed.

New market, &c. Road Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for enlarging the Term and Powers granted in an Act, made in the Third Year of His present Majesty’s Reign, “for repairing the Road from Newmarket, over Newmarket Heath to the Turnpike Road leading to Stump Cross, in the Counties of Cambridge and Suffolk, for repairing the Road branching out of and leading from the aforesaid Road, near The Devil’s Ditch, on Newmarket Heath, to join the present Turnpike Road which leads to Cambridge; and for repairing the Highway through the Town of Newmarket, to the present Turnpike Road from thence to Thetford” was committed.

Rucker’s Nat. Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale, also made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for naturalizing Daniel Henry Rucker,” was committed.

Stone’s Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for vesting several Messages, Lands, and Hereditaments, in the County of Devon, and City of Exeter, late the Estate of Robert Stone Gentleman, deceased, in Trustees, to enable them to convey the same to the Purchasers thereof; and to apply the Money arising by such Sale in Payment of the Debts of the said Robert Stone, pursuant to a Decree of the Court of Chancery.”

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. Pechell and Mr. Eames:

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

Scrooby Enclosure Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Arable Fields, Meadows,” Pastures, Commons, and Waste Grounds, in the Township and Parish of Scrooby, in the County of Nottingham.

The Question was put, “Whether this. Bill shall pass ?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Scaldwell Enclosure Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, Common Pastures, Common Meadows, and other Commonable Lands and Grounds, within the Parish of Scaldwell, in the County of Northampton.

The Question was put, “Whether this Bill shall pass?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Oxford canal Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act to amend an Act, made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, “for making and maintaining a Navigable Canal from the Coventry Canal Navigation to the City of Oxford.

The Question was put, “Whether this Bill shall pass?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Messages to II. C. that the Lords have agreed to the Three preceding Bills.

And Messages were, severally, sent to the House of Commons, by the former Messengers:

To acquaint them, That the Lords have agreed to the said Bills, without any Amendment.

Greene’s Divorce Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the Second Reading of the. Bill, intituled, “An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Robert Greene Merchant, with Juliana Greene, otherwise Judge, his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned;” and for hearing Counsel for and against the same:

Counsel were accordingly called in:

And Mr. Dagge appearing as Counsel for the Bill; and Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Day as Counsel for Mrs. Greene:

The said Bill was read the Second Time.

And Mr. Dagge was heard in Support of the Bill, and to make out the Allegations thereof; and in order to prove the Marriage, offered to call Mathew Dunn; but Mr. Lloyd, Counsel for Mrs. Greene, admitted the Marriage to have been solemnized as stated in the Bill.

Then Mathew Dunn was called in; and being sworn, acquainted the House, “That he had lived with Mr. Greene, as Clerk, for Seven Years: That he knew Thomas Emmett, who lived with Mr. Greene, as an Inside Clerk, Three Quarters of a Year: That he the Witness had seen at different Times many improper Familiarities pass between Mrs. Greene and Thomas Emmett: That he has seen her kissing him: That on the 24th of July 1773, he saw Mrs. Greene and Thomas Emmett naked in Bed together: That me eloped from her Husband on the 3rd of July 1773: That Mr. Greene having been informed that Mrs Greene and Thomas Emmett lodged at one Mr. Hopson’s, in Dick Street, Dublin, Mr. Greene his Brother, the Witness, and Two Servants, on the 24th of July 1773, went there about Four of the Clock in the Morning: That he, the Witness, broke open the Bed Chamber Door, and that they caught Mrs. Greene and Thomas Emmett naked in Bed together.”

The said Mathew Dunn produced an Office Copy of the Judgement obtained in the Court of King’s Bench in Ireland, on the 4th of March 1774. against the said Thomas Emmett, for Criminal Conversation with the said Mrs. Greene; and the same was admitted by Mr. Lloyd, Counsel for Mrs. Greene.

The said Mathew Dunn also produced the Original Definitive Sentence of Divorce in the Archbishop of Dublin’s Court, dated the 1st of March 1774, against the said Mrs. Greene for Adultery; and the lame was read and admitted by Mr. Lloyd, Counsel for Mrs. Greene.

The said Mathew Dunn also produced a Deed of Settlement, dated 2d May 1771: The same was admitted by Mr. Lloyd, Counsel for Mrs. Greene; and the same was read.

The said Mathew Dunn likewise produced the Will of Juliana Judge, Mother of Mrs. Greene, dated 7th of July 1774; and the same was read and admitted by Mr. Lloyd, Counsel for Mrs. Greene.

He was directed to withdraw.

Then Mr. Lloyd, Counsel for Mrs. Greene, acquainted the House, “That he was instructed by Mrs. Greene, to give her Consent to the passing of the Bill as it is now drawn.”

Then Mr. Day, Counsel also for Mrs. Greene, acquainted the House, “That notwithstanding what had been said by Mr. Lloyd, he was instructed by Mrs. Greene to inform their Lordships, that her Consent to the Bill, as it is now framed, had been obtained from her by false Pretences: And that the retracts her Consent to the Bill palling, as it is now framed; and prays, on her Behalf, that a Provision may be made in the Bill for her Support and Maintenance, adequate to Mr. Greene’s present Circumstances.”

Then Mr. Dagge, Counsel for the Bill, was heard to reply.

Then Mathew Dunn was again called in; and acquainted the House, “That he has lived with Mr. Grèene ever since his Wife’s Elopement: That the never returned Home, and that he the Witness believes Mr. Greene never cohabited with his Wife since her Elopement from him.”

He was directed to withdraw.

The Counsel were directed to withdraw.

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 on Tuesday next.

Andrew et al. against Cornwall et al.

A Petition of Thomas Cornwall and others, Respondents in a Cause depending in this House, to which James Andrew and others are Appellants, was presented and read; setting forth, “That the Question to be decided by this Appeal respects the Election of certain Members of the Common Council of the Borough of Linlithgow, at Michaelmas left: That the Appellants complained of this Election to the Court of Session in November last, and that Court, upon mature Consideration, gave Two consecutive Judgements in favour of the Petitioners: That the last Judgement was pronounced on the 1st of this instant March; but the Appellants, merely with a View of Procrastination, and keeping this Question open to aid a Petition in the House of Commons, did not present their Appeal till Monday, the last Day permitted by their Lordships Order for to doing: That in all Questions of this Nature which affect the Election of Magistrates, or the Right of voting at Elections for Members of Parliament, their Lordships have been used to give more than common Dispatch, and in the present Case, where the Existence of all the Corporation is at Stake (fn. 1) ;” and therefore praying, That their Lordships will appoint this Appeal to be heard on the 10th Day of April next.”

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

And being withdrawn:

Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel at the Bar, on Monday the 10th Day of April next, as desired.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse unique ad et in diem Lunæ, vicesimum septimum diem instantis Martii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

Die Lunæ, 27o Martii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar. Dux Cumberland. Ds. Le Depencer.
Epus. Eliens. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Cathcart.
Epus. Oxon. Ds. Sandys.
Epus. Carliol. Comes Gower, præses. Ds. Bruce.
Epus. Meneven. Ds. Hyde.
Epus. Litch. & Cov. Dux Bolton. Ds. Mansfield.
Dux Marlborough. Ds. Scarsdale.
Dux Manchester. Ds. Camden.
Dux Chandos.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Doncaster.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Cassilis.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Dolhousie.
Comes Breadalbane.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Rosebery.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Dartmouth.
Comes Bristol.
Comes De Lawarr.
Comes Spencer.
Viscount Say & Sele.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Torrington.

PRAYERS.

Prittie et Ux. against Maine et al.

The Answer of John Maine Esquire, and Hester Countess of Charleville, his Wife, and others, to the Cross Appeal of Henry Prittie the Younger, Esquire, and Catherine his Wife, was this Day brought in.

E Bristol takes his Seat.

This Day Augustus John Earl of Bristol sat first in Parliament after the Death of His Brother George William Earl of Bristol; his Lordship having first at the Table taken the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also taken and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.

Flegg Poor Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for the better Relief and Employment of the Poor, within the Hundreds of East and West Flegg, in the County of Norfolk;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Bedford Level Drainage Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Hynde Cotton and others:

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act to enable the Commissioners acting by virtue of an Act, made in the Twenty-seventh Year of the Reign of His Majesty King George the Second, “for draining and preferring the North Level, Part of the Great Level of the Fens, called Bedford Level, and divers Lands adjoining thereto, in the Manor of Crowland;” to charge further Taxes upon the said North Level, and the said adjoining Lands;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Cleve Prior Enclosure Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, and all other Commonable Land, within the Parish of Cleeve Prior, in the County of Worcester;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Bengworth Enclosure Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, and other Commonable Lands, within the Parish of Bengworth, in the County of Worcester;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

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

Message from H. C. to return Sir Jacob Wolff’s Estate Bill.

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

To return the Bill, intituled, “An Act for vesting divers Manors, Lands, and Hereditaments, in the County of Southampton, the Settled Estate of Sir Jacob Wolff Baronet, in Trustees, to be conveyed to a Purchaser thereof; and for laying out the Money arising by such Sale in the Purchase of other Estates, to be settled to the same Uses;” and to acquaint this House, That they have agreed to the same, without any Amendment.

Anstruther Two Pennies Scots Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act to continue the Term of an Act, made in the Twenty-second Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the Second, “for laying a Duty of Two Pennies Scots upon every Scots Pint of Beer and Ale which shall be sold or vended, brewed, brought in, or tapped, for Sale, within the Town of Anstruther Easter and Liberties thereof;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Bill was read the First Time.

Conference desired by H. C. on the Bill to restrain the Trade of Massachusetts Bay, &c.:

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

“To desire a Conference with this House upon the subject Matter of the Amendments made by their Lordships to the Bill, intituled, “An Act to restrain the Trade and Commerce of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, and New Hampshire, and Colonies of Connecticut, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantation, in North America, to Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Islands in the West Indies; and to prohibit such Provinces and Colonies from carrying on any Fishery on the Banks of Newfoundland, or other Places therein mentioned, under certain Conditions and Limitations.”

To which the House agreed.

Conference agreed to

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

The Lords following were appointed Managers of the Conference; (videlicet).

Ld. President. L. Bp. Ely. L. Le Despencer.
D. Bolton. L. Bp. Oxford. L. Cathcart.
D. Marlborough. L. Bp. Carlisle. L. Sandys.
D. Manchester. L. Bp. St. Davids. L. Bruce.
D. Chandos. L. Bp. Litch. & Cov. L. Hyde.
E. Denbigh. L. Scarsdale.
E. Doncaster.
E. Rochford.
E. Cassillis.
E. Galloway.
E. Dalhousie.
E. Breadalbane.
E. Aberdeen.
E. Marchmont.
E. Rosebery.
E. Oxford.
E. Dartmouth.
E. Orford.
E. De Lawarr.
V. Townshend.
V. Falmouth.

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

The Managers Names were called over.

Conference reported

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

Which being ended, the House was resumed:

And the Lord President reported, “That the Managers had met the Commons at the Conference, which was managed on their Part by the Lord North, who delivered to them a Paper containing as follows:
“To the First Amendment made by your Lordships, Press 8, Line 12, the Commons do agree.
“The Commons disagree to the Second Amendment made by your Lordships, Press 8, Lines 39 and 40; and to the Third Amendment made by your Lordships, Press 9, Line 1.
“Because, by the said Amendments, the Commanders of His Majesty’s Ships of War stationed for the Regulation and Protection of the British Fisheries on the coasts of North America, and the Commanders of any other of His Majesty’s Ships or Vessels employed on the said Coasts, may be involved in great Difficulty and Perplexity in carrying the Act into Execution, with respect to the Colonies of New Jersey, Pensylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and South Carolina; and in the Performance of the Duty required of them by a Law, which, in the Title and Preamble of it, purports only to restrain the Fisheries of the Provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, and Colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
“To the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Amendments made by your Lordships, in Press 9, Lines 2, 31, 35, and 38, the Commons do agree.
“To the Clause marked (A) the Commons do also agree.
“The Commons disagree to the Tenth and Eleventh Amendments made by your Lordships, Press II, Lines 38 and 39, for the Reason before given for disagreeing to the Amendments made by your Lordships, Press 8, Lines 39 and 40, and Press 9, L. 1.
“To all the subsequent Amendments made by your Lordships, the Commons do agree.

Which Report was read by the Clerk.

The House proceeded to take into Consideration the said Report.

The First and Second Amendments, to which the Commons have disagreed to, were read.

Proposed, “Not to insist on the said Amendments;” and the same was agreed to.

The Third and Fourth Amendments disagreed to by the Commons, being also read; “It was agreed likewise not to insist thereupon.”

Message to H. C. thereupon.

And a Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Pechell and Mr. Eames:

To acquaint them therewith.

Harvey’s Bill; Motion to dispense with Standing Order.

The House being moved, “That the Standing Order of this House, No. 126, concerning Bills for selling 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 a Freehold Estate, late of Ehab Harvey Esquire, deceased, called Buckhouse, otherwise Munckham, situate in the Parishes of Woodford and Chigwell, in the County of Essex, in Trustees, and their Heirs in Trust, to sell and convey the same as therein mentioned; and for applying the Money arising by Sale thereof for the Benefit of Edward Harvey, an Instant, his only Son and Heir at Law, and for the other Purposes therein mentioned, stands 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 Consideration on Wednesday next; and the Lords summoned.

Lambert’s Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act to confirm a Lease made by William Lambert, an Instant, with the Consent of his Guardians, to the Right Honourable Eduard Smith Stanley, commonly called Lord Stanley, of Lands, in the Parish of Woodmanstern, in the County of Surry,” 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.”

Ordered, That the said Bill be engrossed.

V. Torrington’s Estate Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for exchanging certain Lands and Tenements, Part of the Estates comprised in the Settlement made on the Marriage of the Right Honourable George Lord Viscount Torrington, for certain Lands and Tenements belonging to the President and Scholars of Saint John Baptist College, in the University of Oxford; and also for exchanging certain Mills and Lands thereto belonging, likewise comprised in the said Settlement, for certain Lands and Tenements belonging to John Billy Gentleman,” was committed.

Ordered, That the said Bill be engrossed.

Graham’s Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for vesting in Trustees several Messages, Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, in the Parish of Arthuret and Kirk Andrews, in the County of Cumberland, Part of the Estate of Catherine Widdington, commonly called Catherine Lady Widdrington, deceased, for a Term of Five hundred Years, for railing and paying certain Sums of Money to the Reverend Robert Graham Clerk; and for other Purposes therein mentioned,” 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 made several Amendments thereto.”

Which Amendments, being read Twice by the Clerk, were agreed to by the House.

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

Aubery’s Nat. Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale also reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for naturalizing John Peter Aubery,” was committed: That they had considered the said Bill, and examined the Allegations thereof, which were found to be true; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.”

Ordered, That the said Bill be engrossed.

Wolverley Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for dividing, enclosing, and allotting, the several Commons and Waste Lands, within the Manor and Parish of Wolverley in the County of Worcester.

The Question was put, “Whether this Bill shall pass?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Newmarket, &c Road Bill.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for enlarging the Term and Powers granted in an Act, made in the Third Year of His present Majesty’s Reign, “for repairing the Road from Newmarket over Newmarket Heath, to the Turnpike Road leading to Stump Cross, in the Counties of Cambridge and Suffolk; for repairing the Road branching out of, and leading from, the aforesaid Road near the Devil’s Ditch, on Newmarket Heath, to join the present Turnpike Road which leads to Cambridge; and for repairing the Highway through the Town of Newmarket to the present Turnpike Road from thence to Thetford.

The Question was put, “Whether this Bill shall pass?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Harrison’s Allotment Bill.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for declaring certain Lands allotted to John Harrison Esquire, in the Parish of Bishop Norton, in the County of Lincoln, to be Copyhold and Freehold respectively, pursuant to the Award of the Commissioners appointed by an Act of Parliament of the Eleventh Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, “for dividing and enclosing certain Open Fields, Lands, and Grounds, in the Township and Parish of Bishop Norton, in the County of Lincoln.

The Question was put, “Whether this Bill shall pass ?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Rucker’s Nat. Bill.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for naturalizing Daniel Henry Rucker.

The Question was put, “Whether this Bill shall pass?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Messages to H. C that the Lords have agreed to the house preceding Bills.

And Messages were, severally, sent to the House of Commons, by the former Messengers:

To acquaint them, That the Lords have agreed to the said Bills, without any Amendment.

Causes put off.

Ordered, That the Hearing of the Cause wherein John Bartlett Allen, and Elizabeth his Wife, and others, are Appellants; and Frances Hancorn Widow, and others, are Respondents, which stands appointed for this Day, be put off to Wednesday next; and that the Cause which stands for Wednesday next, be put off to Friday next; and that the Rest of the Causes on Cause Days be removed in Course.

Doynes Leave for a Bill:

After reading and considering the Report of the Judges, to whom was referred the Petition of Robert Doyne and Benjamin Burton Doyne Esquires; 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 Fee Simple and Inheritance of the Estates, late of Robert Doyne Esquire, deceased, in Trustees, in Trust, to sell and dispose of to much thereof as may be sufficient to pay off and discharge all the Debts, Legacies, and other Incumbrances, affecting the said Estates; and for the other Purposes therein mentioned.”

E. Breadalbane et al. Leave for a Bill:

After reading and considering the Report of the Judges, to whom was referred the Petition of John Earl of Breadalbane 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 for carrying into Execution an Agreement made between John Earl of Breadalbane and James Menzies of Culdares, for the Exchange of certain Lands in the County of Perth.”

Graham’s Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for vesting in Trustees several Messages, Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, in the Parishes of Arthuret and Kirk Andrews, in the County of Cumberland, Part of the Estate of Catherine Widdrington, commonly called Catherine Lady Widdrington, deceased, for a Term of Five hundred Years, for raising and paying certain Sums of Money to the Reverend Robert Graham Clerk; and for other Purposes therein mentioned.”

The Question was put, “Whether this Bill shall pass?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Lambert’s Bill:

Hodie 3 vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act: to confirm a Lease made by William Lambert, an Instant, with the Consent of his Guardians, to the Right Honourable Edward Smith Stanley, commonly called Lord Stanley, of Lands in the Parish of Woodmanstern, in the County of Surry.

The Question was put, “Whether this Bill shall pass?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H.C. with Two proceeding Bills.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by the former Messengers:

To carry down the said Bills, and desire their Concurrence thereto.

Carron Company against Beaumont.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of the Carron Company, complaining of an Interlocutor of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the 10th of this instant March; and praying, “That the same may be reversed, varied, or altered, 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 Charles Beaumont of Newcastle may be required to answer the said Appeal:”

It is Ordered, That the said Charles Beaumont may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Monday the 24th Day of April next; and Service of this Order upon the known Agents or Counsel for the said Respondent in the said Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Greene’s Divorce Bill.

Ordered, That the Sitting of the Committee of the whole House upon the Bill, intituled, “An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Robert Greene Merchant, with Juliana Greene, otherwise Judge, his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned;” which stands appointed for To-morrow, be put off till Thursday next.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse unique ad et in diem Mercurii, vicesimum nonum diem instantis Martii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

Die Mercurii, 29o Martii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. Londin. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Willoughby Br.
Epus. Eliens. Ds. Sandys.
Epus. Cicestrien. Ds. Bruce.
Epus. Bath. & Wells. Comes Gower, præses. Ds. Hyde.
Epus. Carliol. Dux Chandos. Ds. Walpole.
Epus. Wigorn. Comes Exeter. Ds. Mansfield.
Epus. Bangor. Comes Carlisle. Ds. Lyttelton.
Comes Cassillis. Ds. Wycombe.
Comes Abercorn. Ds. Camden.
Comes Dalhousie.
Conies Breadalbane.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Rosebery.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Bucks.
Comes Hardwicke.
Viscount Say & Sale.
Viscount Townshend.
Comes Weymouth.
Comes Falmouth.
Comes Leinster.

PRAYERS.

Allen et al. against Hancorn et al.

After hearing Counsel in Part in the Cause wherein John Bartlett Alien and Elizabeth his Wife, and others, are Appellants; and Frances Hancorn Widow and others are Respondents:

It is Ordered, That the further Hearing of the said Cause be put off till To-morrow.

E Breadal bane’s Estate Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for carrying into Execution an Agreement made between John Earl of Breadalbane and James Menzies of Culdares, for the Exchange of certain Lands in the County of Perth.

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

Ld. President. L. Bp. London. L. Willoughby Br.
D. Chandos. L. Bp. Ely. L. Sandys.
E. Exeter. L. Bp. Chichester. L. Bruce.
E. Carlisle. Li Bp. Bath & Wells. L. Hyde.
E. Cassillis. L. Bp. Carlisle. L. Walpole.
E. Abercorn. L. Bp. Worcester. L. Mansfield.
E. Dalhousie. L. Bp. Bangor. L. Lyttelton.
E. Breadalbane. L. Wycombe.
E. Aberdeen. L. Camden.
E. Marchmont.
E. Rosebery.
E. Oxford.
E. Strafford.
E. Aylesford.
E. Bucks.
E. Hardwicke.
V. Say & Sele.
V. Townshend.
V. Weymouth.
V. Falmouth.
V. Leinster.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Thursday the 13th Day of April next, at Ten o';Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince’s Lodgings, near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.

Harvey’s Bill; Standing Order dispensed with.

The Order of the Day being read for taking into Consideration the Motion made on Monday last for dispensing with the Standing Order, No. 126, so far as that the Committee, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act for vesting a Freehold Estate, late of Eliah Harvey Esquire, deceased, called Buck House, otherwise Munckham, situate in the Parishes of Woodford and Chigwell, in the County of Essex, in Trustees, and their Heirs, in Trust, to sell and convey the same as therein mentioned; and for applying the Money arising by Sale thereof, for the Benefit of Edward Harvey, an Instant, his only Son and Heir at Law; and for the other Purposes therein 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.

Doyne’s Bill:

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for vesting the Fee-Simple and Inheritance of the Estates, late of Robert Doyne Esquire, deceased, in Trustees, in Trust, to sell and dispose of so much thereof as may be sufficient to pay off and discharge all the Debts, Legacies, and other Incumbrances, affecting the said Estates; and for the other Purposes therein mentioned.”

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 Thursday the 13th Day of April next, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Motion for shortening the Committee on it.

The House was moved, “That the Standing Order requiring Fourteen Days Notice to be given of the Meeting of Committees upon Private Bills, “may be so far dispensed with, as that the Committee, to whom the last mentioned Bill stands committed, may proceed on the said Bill on an earlier Day than is appointed:”

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

V. Torrington’s Estate Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for exchanging certain Lands and Tenements, Part of the Estates comprised in the Settlement made oft the Marriage of the Right Honourable George Lord Viscount Torrington, for certain Lands and Tenements belonging to the President and Scholars of Saint John Baptist College, in the University of Oxford; and also for exchanging certain Mills and Lands thereto belonging, likewise comprised in the said Settlement, for certain Lands and Tenements belonging to John Dilly Gentleman.”

The Question was put, “Whether this Bill, shall pass ?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Aubery’s Nat. Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for naturalizing John Peter Aubery.

The Question was put, “Whether this Bill shall pass?”

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H.C with the Two preceding Bills.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Pechell and Mr. Eames:

To carry down the said Bills, and desire their Concurrence thereto.

Leghs Bill.

Ordered, That the Committee, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An Act to enable Peter Legh Esquire, and the Reverend Ashburnham Legh Clerk, to grant building and improving Leases of Part of their Settled Estates within the Counties of Lancaster and Chester,” stands committed, be revived and meet op Friday next.

Flegg Poor Bill,

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for the better Relief and Employment of the Poor within the Hundreds of East and West Flegg, in the County of Norfolk.

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet To-morrow, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Bedford Level Drainage Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act to enable the Commissioners acting by virtue of an Act, made in the Twenty-seventh Year of the Reign of his Majesty King George the Second, “for draining and preferring the North Level, Part of the Great Level of the Fens called Bedford Level, and divers Lands adjoining thereto, in the Manor of Crowland;” to charge further Taxes, upon the said North Level, and the said adjoining Lands.”

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.”

Thames and Isis Navigation Bill.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act to amend an Act, made in the Eleventh Tear of His present Majesty’s Reign, “for improving and completing the Navigation of the Rivers Thames and Isis, from the City of London to the Town of Cricklade, in the County of Wilts.

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 the former Messengers:

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

Cost and Lothian against the Canon Company.

The House being moved, “That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause wherein Peregrine Cust Esquire, Merchant, and David Lothian Writer in Edinburgh, are Appellants; and the Carron Company in Scotland are Respondents:”

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.

Maine et al. against Prittie et Ux et e con.

The House being moved, “That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause wherein John Maine Esquire, and Hester Countess of Charleville his Wife, and others, are Appellants; and Henry Prittie the Younger, Esquire, and Catherine his Wife, are Respondents, et e contra:”

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.

Roberton against Elphinston et al.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Archibald Roberton of Bedlay, Esquire, complaining of Two Interlocutors of the Lord Ordinary in Scotland, of the 20th of February and 9th of March 1775; and praying, That the same may be reversed, varied, or altered, or that the Appellant may have such other Relief in the Premises as to this House, in their Lordships great Wisdom, mail seem meet; and that the Honourable Captain John Elphinston, Samuel Barry of Dalshanan, John Miller of Easter Myret, Robert Aiken of Hill, John Simpson Elder, of Balloch, John Simpson Younger, of Balloch, James Aiken of Rilhowie, and John Arthur Portioner of Cumbernauld, may be required to answer the said Appeal:”

It is Ordered, That the said Captain John Elphinston, and the said several other Persons last named, 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 26th Day of April next; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondents, or their Agents, in the said Court of Session in Scotland, mall be deemed good Service.

Elwin to enter into Recognizance on the Carron Company’s Appeal.

The House being moved, “That Hastings Elwin, of Gray’s Inn, Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for The Carron Company, on Account of their Appeal depending in this House, they residing in Scotland:”

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

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse unique ad et in diem Jovis, tricesimum diem instantis Martii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis iic decernentibus.

Die Jovis, 30o Martii 1775

REX.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales praesentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. De Ferrarst.
Epus. Londin. Ds. Trevor.
Epus. Lincoln. Comes Gower præses. Ds. Cadogan.
Epus. Oxon. Dux Gordon. Ds. Bruce.
Epus. Carliol. Dux Ancaster, Magnus Camerarius. Ds. Hyde.
Epus. Wigorn. Ds. Mansfield.
Epus. Roffen. Dux Chandos. Ds. Scarsdale.
Epus. Litch. &Cov. Ds. Camden.
Epus. Bangor. Comes Denbigh.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Scarborough.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Breadalbane.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Dartmouth.
Viscount Montague.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Leinster.

PRAYERS.

Cleeve Prior Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, and all other Commonable Land, within the Parish of Cleeve Prior, in the County of Worcester,”

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

Ld. President. L. Abp. Canterbury. L. De Ferrars.
D. Gordon. L. Trevor.
D. Ancaster. L. Bp. London. L. Cadogan.
D. Chandos. L. Bp. Lincoln. L. Bruce.
E. Denbigh. L. Bp. Oxford. L. Hyde.
E. Sandwich. L. Bp Carlisle. L. Mansfield.
E. Carlisle. L. Bp. Worcester. L. Scarsdale.
E. Scarbrough. L. Bp. Rochester. L. Camden.
E. Abercorn. L. Bp. Litch. & Cov.
E. Galloway.
E. Breadalbane. L. Bp. Bangor.
E. Aberdeen.
E. Oxford.
E. Dartmouth.
V. Montague.
V. Townshend.
V. Falmouth.
V. Leinster.

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

Bengworth Enclosure Bill

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, and other Commonable Lands, within the Parish of Bengworth, in the County of Worcester.

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.

Cranford Enclosure Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing certain Common and Open Fields and Meadows, in the Parish of Cranford, in the County of Northampton;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Bill was read the First Time.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure to robe.

The House was resumed.

King present.

His Majesty being seated on the Throne, adorned with His Crown and Regal Ornaments, and attended by His Officers of State, (the Lords being in their Robes), commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, “It is His Majesty’s Pleasure that they attend Him immediately in this House:”

Who being come, with their Speaker,

The Deputy Clerk of the Crown read the Titles of the Bills to be passed, severally, as follow; (videlicet),

Bills passed

“1. An Act to restrain the Trade and Commerce of the Provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, and Colonies of Connecticut, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantation, in North America, to Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Islands in the West Indies; and to prohibit such Provinces and Colonies from carrying on any Fishery on the Banks of Newfoundland, or other Places therein mentioned, under certain Conditions and Limitations.”

“2. An Act to amend an Act, made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, for making and maintaining a Navigable Canal from the Coventry Canal Navigation to the City of Oxford.

“3. An Act: to amend an Act, made in the Eleventh Year of His present Majesty’s Reign, “for improving and completing the Navigation of the Rivers Thames and Isis, from the City of London to the Town of Cricklade, in the County of Wilts.

“4. An Act: for enlarging the Term and Powers granted in an Act, made in the Third Year of His present Majesty’s Reign, “for repairing the Road from Newmarket over Newmarket Heath, to the Turnpike Road leading to Stump Cross, in the Counties of Cambridge and Suffolk; for repairing the Road branching out of and leading from the aforesaid Road near the Devil’s Ditch, on Newmarket Heath, to join the present Turnpike Road which leads to Cambridge; and for repairing the Highway through the Town of Newmarket, to the present Turnpike Road from thence to Thetford.

To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced, severally, by the Clerk Assistant in these Words; (videlicet).

Le Roy le veult

“5. An Act for vesting divers Manors, Lands, and Hereditaments, in the County of Southampton, the Settled Estate of Sir Jacob Wolff Baronet, in Trustees, to be conveyed to a Purchaser thereof; and for laying out the Money arising by such Sale in the Purchase of other Estates to be settled to the same Uses.”

“6. An Act for declaring certain Lands allotted to John Harrison Esquire, in the Parish of Bishop Norton, in the County of Lincoln, to be Copyhold and Freehold respectively, pursuant to the Award of the Commissioners appointed by an Act of Parliament of the Eleventh Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, “for dividing and enclosing certain Open Fields, Lands, and Grounds, in the Township and Parish of Bishop Norton, in the County of Lincoln.

“7. An Act: for dividing and enclosing the Open Arable Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons, and Waste Grounds, in the Township and Parish of Scrooby, in the County of Nottingham.

“8. An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, Common Pastures, Common Meadows, and other Commonable Lands and Grounds, within the Parish of Scaldwell, in the County of Northampton.

“9. An Act: for dividing, enclosing, and allotting the several Commons and Waste Lands, within the Manor and Parish of Wolverley, in the County of Worcester.

“10. An Act for naturalizing Daniel Henry Rucker.

To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced, severally, by the Clerk Assistant, in these Words; (videlicet),

Soit salt comme il est desiré.

Then His Majesty was pleased to retire:

And the Commons withdrew.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure to unrobe.

The House was resumed.

Pinvin Enclosure Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act: for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, and all other Commonable Land, within the Precincts of the Chapelry or Township of Pinvin, in the County of Worcester;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Allen et al. against Hancorn et al.

After hearing Counsel further in the Cause wherein John Bartlett Allen and Elizabeth his Wife, and others, are Appellants; and Frances Hancorn Widow and others are Respondents:

It is Ordered, That the further Consideration of the said Cause be put off till To-morrow; and that the Cause which stands for To-morrow be put off to Monday next; and that the Rest of the Causes on Cause Days be removed in Course.

Flegg Poor Bill.

The Lord Viscount Townshend reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, “An for the better Relief and Employment of the Poor within the Hundreds of East and West Flegg, in the County of Norfolk,” was committed: “That they had considered the said Bill, and examined the allegations thereof, which were found to be true; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.”

Ordered, That the said Bill be read a Third Time on Monday next.

Bedford Level Drainage Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled “An Act to enable the Commissioners acting by virtue of an Act, made in the Twenty-seventh Year of the Reign of His Majesty King George the Second, “for draining and preserving the North Level, Part of the Great Level of the Fens called Bedford Level, and divers Lands adjoining thereto, in the Manor of Crowland;” to charge further Taxes upon the said North Level, and the said adjoining Lands,” 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.”

America, Papers from, delivered.

The Earl of Dartmouth (by His Majesty’s Command) said 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 the Honourable Governor Gage to the Earl of Dartmouth, dated Boston, 17th February 1775, received 27th March, enclosing,

“2. Extracts from the Records of the late Provincial Congress held at Cambridge in the Months of October, November, and December 1774; al Extracts from the Minutes of the Proceedings of the Congress held at Cambridge, in February 1775.

“3. Proceedings of the Provincial Congress at “Cambridge, on the 7th, 15th, and 16th February 1775.

“4. Extract of a Letter from the Honourable Governor Gage to the Earl of Dartmouth, dated Boston, 20th February 1775, received 27th March.”

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

Doyne’s Bill; Committee shortened.

The House (according to Order) proceeded to take into Consideration the Motion made Yesterday for dispensing with the Standing Order, requiring Fourteen Days Notice to be given of the Time of the Meeting of Committees upon Private Bills, far as that the Committee, to whom the Bill, intituled,“An Act for vesting the Fee-Simple and Inheritance of the Estates late of Robert Doyne Esquire, deceased, in Trustees, in Trust, to sell and dispose of much thereof as may be sufficient to pay off and discharge all the Debts, Legacies, and other Incumbrances affecting the said Estates, and for the other Purposes therein mentioned,” stands committed,” may meet on an earlier Day than is appointed.

And Consideration being had thereof accordingly.

Ordered, That the said Standing Order be dispensed with in this Case; and that the Committee may meet to consider the said Bill on Monday next.

Greene’s Divorce Bill.

Ordered, That the Sitting of the Committee of the whole House upon the Bill, intituled “An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Robert Greene Merchant, with Juliana Greene, otherwise Judge, his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned,” which stands appointed for this Day, be put off to Tuesday next.

Adjourn.

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

Die Veneris, 31o Martii 1775.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep, Cantuar. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Le Despencer.
Epus. Eliens. Ds. Abergavenny.
Epus. Cicestrien. Comes Gower, Præses. Ds. Cathcart.
Epus. Both.& Wells. Ds. Trevor.
Epus. Carliol. Dux Chandos. Ds. Bruce.
Epus. Petriburg. Comes Suffolk. Ds. Hyde.
Epus. Litch. & Cov. Comes Denbigh. Ds. Mansfield.
Comes Stamford. Ds. Scarsdale.
Comes Sandwich. Ds. Camden.
Comes Abercorn. Ds. Digby.
Comes Dalhousie.
Comes Breadalbane.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Macclesfield.
Comes Bucks.
Comes Radnor.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Stormont.
Viscount Falmouth.

PRAYERS

Allen el al. against Hancorn et al.:

The Order of the Day being read for the further Consideration of the Cause, wherein John Bartlett Allen and Elizabeth his Wife and others are Appellants, and Frances Hancorn Widow and others are Respondents:

And Consideration being had thereof accordingly,

The following Order and Judgement was made.

After hearing Counsel, as well on Wednesday as on Thursday last, upon the Petition and Appeal of John Bartlett Allen and Elizabeth his Wife, late Elizabeth Hensleigh, Daughter of John Hensleigh deceased; and also of John Hensleigh Allen, eldest Son and Heir of the said John Bartlett Allen and Elizabeth his Wife; Elizabeth Allen, Catherine Allen, Mary Ann Allen, and Antonietta Caroline Allen, Leonisa Jane Allen, and Joan Bartlett Allen, the younger Children of the said John Bartlett Allen and Elizabeth his Wife, complaining of a Decree of the Court of Chancery, of the 2d of May 1774; and praying, “That the same might be reversed, or that the Appellants might have such other Relief in the Premises as to this House, in their Lordships great Wisdom, should seem meet;” as also upon the Answer of Frances Hancorn Widow, Thomas Hancorn, Thomas Northey and Margaret his Wife, and Frances Hancorn Spinster, put in to the said Appeal; and due Consideration had of what was offered on either Side in this Cause:

Decree reverted.

It is Ordered and Adjudged by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, in Parliament assembled, That the said Decree complained of in the said Appeal be, and the same is hereby reversed: And it is further Ordered, That the Respondents Bill be dismissed without Costs.

Pinvin Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, and all other Commonable Land, within the Precincts of the Chapelry or Township of Pinvin, in the County of Worcester.”

Bedford Level Drainage Bill.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act to enable the Commissioners acting by virtue of an Act, made in the Twenty-seventh Year of the Reign of His Majesty King George the Second, “for draining and preserving the North Level, Part of the Great Level of the Fens called Bedford Level, and divers Lands adjoining thereto, in the Manor of Crowland;” to charge further Taxes upon the said North Level, and the said adjoining Lands.”

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. Pechell and Mr. Eames:

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

A message was brought from the House of Commons, by sir Harbord Harbord and others:

Manufactures, to prevent Frauds and Combinations of Persons employed in, Bill.

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act to explain and amend an Act, made in the Fourteenth Year of His present Majesty, intituled, “An Act to amend an Act, made in the Twenty-second Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the Second, intituled, “An Act for the more effectual preventing of Frauds and Abuses committed by Persons employed in the Manufacture of Hats, and in the Woollen, Linen, Fustian, Cotton, Iron, Leather, Fur, Hemp, Flax, Mohair, and Silk Manufactures; and for preventing unlawful Combinations of Journeymen Dyers and Journeymen Hot Pressers, and of all Persons employed in the said several Manufactures, and for the better Payment of their Wages;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Braunston Enclosure Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, Common Pastures, Common Meadows, and other Commonable Lands, of and within the Parish: and Liberties of Braunston, in the County of Northampton;” to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

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

Message from H. C to return Blackburn s Bill.

A message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Daniel Lascelles and others:

To return the Bill, intituled, “An Act to enable the Reverend John Blackburn, Vicar of the Parish and Parish Church of Bossall, in the County of York, to make and establish an Exchange of certain Messuages, Tenements, Lands, and Hereditaments, in the said County of York, for other Lands and Hereditaments in the same County, belonging to Henry Brewster Darley Esquire;” and to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to the same, without any Amendment.

Cranford Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “An Act for dividing and enclosing certain Common and Open Fields and Meadows, in the Parish of Cranford, in the County of Northampton.”

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

Ld. President. L. Abp. Canterbury. L. Le Despencer.
L. Abergavenny.
D. Chandos. L. Bp. Ely. L. Cathcart.
E. Suffolk. L. Trevor.
E. Denbigh. L. Bp. Chichester. L. Bruce.
E. Stamford. L. Bp. Bath & Wells. L. Hyde.
E. Sandwich. L. Mansfield.
E. Abercorn. L. Bp. Carlisle. L. Scarsdale.
E. Dalhousie. L. Bp. Peterborough. L. Camden.
E. Breadalbane. L. Digby.
E. Oxford. L. Bp. Litch. & Cov.
E. Aylesford.
E. Macclesfield.
E. Bucks.
E. Radnor.
V. Townshen.
V. Stormont.
V. Falmouth.

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

Spottiswoode to enter into Recongnizance on Roberton’s Appeal.

The House being moved, “That John Spottiswoode, of Northumberland Street, Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for Archibald Roberton, of Bedlay, Esquire, on Account of his Appeal depending in this House, he residing in the Country:”

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

Branunston Enclosure Bill; Petition against it.

Upon reading the Petition of the Lord of the Manor of Braunston, in the County of Northampton, and of the Rector of the Parish of Braunston aforesaid, and of several other principal Land Owners and Proprietors of Estates and Owners of Cottages, within the said Parish, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; setting forth, That the Petitioners are informed that a Bill is depending before their Lordships, “for dividing and enclosing the Open and Common Fields, Common Pastures, Common Meadows, and other Commonable Lands, of and within the Parish and Liberties of Braunston, in the County of Northampton;” That the Petitioners beg Leave to represent to their Lordships, that the said Bill, if passed into a Law, will be a great Injury to their respective Estates and Interests in the said Manor and Parish;” and therefore praying their Lordships, “That they may be heard by their Counsel against the said Bill, and that the same may not pass into a Law:”

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

Ordered, That the said Bill be read a Second Time on Monday next.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, tertium diem Aprilis, jam prox, sequen. hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

Footnotes

1 Sic; in the original Petition follows, “Your Petitioners humbly hope and play that,” &c.