House of Lords Journal Volume 35
May 1777 21-31

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May 1777 21-31

DIE Martis, 27o Maii 1777.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar.
Archiep. Ebor.
Epus. Eliens.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Comes Bathurst, Cancellarius.
Dux Manchester.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Doncaster.
Comes Poulet.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Breadalbane.
Comes Rosebery.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Ailesbury.
Comes Fitzwilliam.
Viscount Dudley & Ward.
Ds. Le Despencer.
Ds. Clifford.
Ds. Willoughby Br.
Ds. Willoughby Par.
Ds. King.
Ds. Sandys.
Ds. Ravensworth.
Ds. Walpole.
Ds. Wycombe.
Ds. Grosvenor.
Ds. Scarsdale.
Ds. Camden.
Ds. Brownlow.

PRAYERS.

Chester Canal Bill.

The Lord Willoughby de Broke reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for varying and enlarging the Powers of an Act, made in the Twelfth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, for making a navigable Cut or Canal from the River Dee, within the Liberties of the City of Chester, to or near Middlewich and Nantwich, in the County of Chester," 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."

Barnsley Enclosure Bill.

The Lord Willoughby de Broke also reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting, and enclosing, several Commons, Moors or Waste Grounds, and Open Common Fields, in the Township of Barnsley, within the Parish of Silkston, in the County of York," 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."

Scotch Game Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to restrain Apprentices, Tradesmen, and other unqualified Persons, from destroying the Game in that Part of Great Britain called Scotland; and for granting to Proprietors of Lands in Scotland further Powers with regard to killing of Game."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. with Amendments to it.

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

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.

Grahames against Heard et. Ux.:

Upon reading the Petition of Isaac Heard and Katherine his Wife, Defendants in a Writ of Error depending in this House, wherein Benjamin Grahame and William Grahame are Plaintiffs; setting forth, "That the Plaintiffs have not assigned Errors within the Time ordered by the House;" and therefore praying, "That the said Writ of Error may be Non-pros'd, with such Costs, as to their Lordships shall seem meet:"

Writ of Error Non-pros'd with Costs.

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

Maisemore Bridge, &c. Bill: Petition against.

Upon reading the Petition of the several Commissioners of the Maisemore and Over Turnpike Roads, in the County of Gloucester, whose Names are thereunto subscribed, taking Notice of a Bill depending in this House, intituled, "An Act for re-building the Bridge over the River Severn, at Maisemore, near the City of Gloucester; for raising, widening, and securing Over's Causeway, leading from the said City towards Maisemore aforesaid; and for enforcing the proper paving and cleansing of the several Streets within the said City, and for removing Nuisances and Annoyances therefrom, and preventing the like for the future;" and praying their Lordships, "That such Part of the said Bill as relates to the raising of the Sum of Twelve hundred Pounds, may be struck out of the said Bill, and that the Petitioners may have such further and other Relief in the Premises, as to their Lordships, in their great Wisdom, shall seem meet and proper:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of the whole House, to whom the said Bill stands committed.

Chester Canal Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for varying and enlarging the Powers of an Act, made in the Twelfth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, for making a navigable Cut or Canal from the River Dee, within the Liberties of the City of Chester, to or near Middlewich and Nantwich, in the County of Chester."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Barnsley Enclosure Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting, and enclosing, several Commons, Moors or Waste Grounds, and Open Common Fields, in the Township of Barnsley, within the Parish of Silkston, in the County of York."

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 Two 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.

Commissioners, enlarging the Times for Meeting of, Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Times appointed for the First Meetings of Commissioners or Trustees, for putting in Execution certain Acts of this Session of Parliament;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Cantley Enclosure Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the several Open Common Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons, and Waste Grounds, within the Townships of Cantley, Brampton, Bessacarr, and High Ellers, within the several Manors of Brampton and Bessacarr, in the Parish of Cantley, in the West Riding of the County of York;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Melbourn and Storthwaite Enclosure Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the several Open Fields, Carrs, Ings or Meadow Grounds, and Commons or Waste Grounds, within the Townships of Melbourn and Storthwaite, within the Manor of Melbourn with Storthwaite, in the Parish of Thornton, in the East Riding of the County of York;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Hats, &c. preventing Frauds in the Manufacture of, Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for amending and rendering more effectual the several Laws now in being for the more effectual preventing of Frauds and Abuses 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 also for making Provisions to prevent Frauds by Journeymen Dyers;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

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

Ashton Keynes Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting, and enclosing, the Open and Common Fields, Common Meadows, Common Pastures, and other Commonable Grounds, in the Manor and Parish of Ashton Keynes, in the County of Wilts."

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

D. Manchester.
E. Denbigh.
E. Doncaster.
E. Poulet.
E. Galloway.
E. Breadalbane.
E. Rosebery.
E. Oxford.
E. Aylesford.
E. Fitzwilliam.
V. Dudley & Ward.
L. Abp. Canterbury.
L. Abp. York.
L. Bp. Ely.
L. Bp. Carlisle.
L. Bp. Rochester.
L. Bp. Chester.
L. Le Despencer.
L. Clifford.
L. Willoughby Br.
L. Willoughby Par.
L. King.
L. Sandys.
L. Ravensworth.
L. Walpole.
L. Wycombe.
L. Grosvenor.
L. Scarsdale.
L. Camden.
L. Brownlow.

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.

Billinghay Enclosure and Drainage Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Common Fields, Meadows, Dale, and Common Fen, within the Parish of Billinghay, in the County of Lincoln; and for draining and preserving the said Dales and Common Fen, and also certain enclosed Low Lands thereto adjoining, in the said Parish;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Bill was read the First Time.

Mile-End Watch Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for establishing a Nightly Watch within the Hamlet of Mile-End Old Town, in the Parish of Saint Dunstan Stepney, otherwise Stebonheath, in the County of Middlesex."

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.

Warwick Gaol Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Publick Gaol of the County of Warwick; and for 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 the same Day, at the same Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Captures, carrying into North America, Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to authorize the carrying of the Captures therein mentioned, into any Part of His Majesty's Dominions in North America; and for ascertaining the Value of such Part of Ships and Goods as belong to the Re-captors;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Bill was read the First Time.

Surfleet Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the Common Fen, Common Marsh, Common Fields, and Waste Grounds, in the Parish of Surfleet, in the County of Lincoln."

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.

Seamen, for the better Supply of, Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the better Supply of Mariners and Seamen to serve in His Majesty's Ships of War, and on board Merchant Ships, and other Trading Ships and Vessels."

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

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

Clergy, Residence of, Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to promote the Residence of the Parochial Clergy, by making Provision for the more speedy and effectual building, re-building, repairing or purchasing, Houses, and other necessary Buildings and Tenements, for the Use of their Benefices;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Charitable Donations, Accounts of, Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for procuring Accounts of all Charitable Donations for the Benefit of Poor Persons, in the several Parishes and Places within that Part of Great Britain called England;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

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

Ordered, That the said Bills be printed.

Hat Manufactory Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale (according to Order) reported the Amendment made by the Committee of the whole House to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the better regulating the Hat Manufactory."

The said Amendment was read by the Clerk as follows; (videlicet),

Pr. 2. L. 18. After ["repealed"] insert ["Provided always, and be it further enacted, That every Master Hat-maker shall, and is hereby required, to take and employ One Journeyman Hatter for every Apprentice he shall employ in the Trade of Hat-making, provided there shall be a sufficient Number of Journeymen Hatters, who have served as Apprentices to the said Trade, offer themselves for that Employment, or in Default thereof, he shall for ever thereafter be disabled from taking more than Two Apprentices to the said Trade, in such Manner as he would have been, if this Act had not been made."

And the said Amendment, being read a Second Time, was agreed to by the House.

Maisemore Bridge, &c. Bill: Petition in Favour of.

Upon reading the Petition of divers Persons, whose Names are thereunto subscribed, being Trustees named and apponted by virtue of an Act of Parliament passed in the Ninth Year of His present Majesty's Reign, "to enlarge the Term and Powers of an Act, made in the Thirty-third Year of King George the Second, for repairing and widening the Road from Gloucester towards Hereford, and other Roads therein mentioned; and for amending several other Roads near or adjoining to some of the said Roads;" taking Notice of a Bill depending in this House, intituled, "An Act for re-building the Bridge over the River Severn at Maisemore, near the City of Gloucester; for raising, widening, and securing Over's Ciauseway, leading from the said City towards Maisemore aforesaid; and for enforcing the proper paving and cleansing of the several Streets within the said City, and for removing Nuisances and Annoyances therefrom, and preventing the like for the future;" and praying their Lordships, "That the said Bill may pass into a Law:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of the whole House to whom the said Bill stands committed.

Indemnity Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Charles Whitworth and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to indemnify such Persons as have omitted to qualify themselves for Offices and Employments,; and to indemnify Justices of the Peace or others, who have omitted to register or deliver in their Qualifications within the Time limited by Law, and for giving further Time for those Purposes; and to indemnify Members and Officers in Cities, Corporations, and Borough Towns, whose Admissions have been omitted to be stamped according to Law, or having been stamped, have been lost or mislaid, and for allowing them Time to provide Admissions duly stamped; and to give further Time to such Persons as have omitted to make and file Affidavits of the Execution of Indentures of Clerks to Attornies and Solicitors;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Papists, Deeds and Wills of, Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Charles Whitworth and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for allowing further Time for Enrolment of Deeds and Wills made by Papists; and for Relief of Protestant Purchasers;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Expiring Laws Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Charles Whitworth and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to continue the several Laws therein mentioned, relating to encouraging the making of Indico in the British Plantations in America; to the registering the Prices at which Corn is sold in the several Counties of Great Britain, and the Quantity exported and imported; to encouraging the manufacturing of Leather, by lowering the Duty payable upon the Importation of Oak Bark, when the Price of such Bark shall exceed a certain Rate; to the allowing Timber and Wood to be exported from the Island of Dominica into any other of the British Islands, Colonies or Plantations in America; and to the allowing a Bounty on the Exportation of British made Cordage;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

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

E. Aylesford takes his Seat.

This Day Heneage Earl of Aylesford sat first in Parliament after the Death of his Father Heneage Earl of Aylesford; 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.

Garter King at Arms delivered in at the Table the Pedigree of Heneage Earl of Aylesford, pursuant to the Standing Order.

Luttrell against L. Irnham: Petition for a Day, rejected.

A Petition of Elizabeth Luttrell Spinster, Lucy Luttrell Spinster, Temple Simon Luttrell, John Luttrell, and James Luttrell, Five of the younger Children of the Right Honourable Simon Lord Baron Irnham, of the Kingdom of Ireland, by Judith Maria Lady Irnham his Wife, was presented and read; setting forth, "That the Petitioners said Father being seised and possessed of the Mansion House, Demesne Lands, Park, and Paddock, of Luttrell's Town, in the Kingdom of Ireland, did by Lease demise the same to his eldest Son Henry Lawes Luttrell for the Term of Seven Years, which expired on the 1st of May 1776: That the said Henry Lawes Luttrell refusing to deliver the Possession of the said Premises at the Expiration of the Lease, a Possessory Bill in the Court of Chancery in Ireland (which is a Mode of Proceeding well known and established in that Kingdom for the speedy Recovery of Possession), was exhibited by the Petitioners said Father against the said Henry Lawes Luttrell, and Francis McFarland his Assistant, to recover the Possession thereof; which Cause coming on to be heard on the 26th Day of February last, the Defendants therein applied to the said Court of Chancery, by Motion, to adjourn the hearing thereof; but the Motion being denied, the said Cause was heard accordingly, and a Decree was made therein for an Injunction to issue to the Sheriff of the County of Dublin, commanding him to restore Possession of the said Estates to the said Simon Lord Irnham: That the Petitioners Father, by the usual Course of Proceeding on such Possessory Bills, was entitled to the said Writ of Injunction immediately; but the Defendants Counsel having, on the pronouncing the said Decree, mentioned the Defendants Intention of appealing therefrom, the Lord Chancellor was thereupon pleased to suspend the issuing of the said Writ for One Month; and the said Defendants have accordingly presented such Appeal, which is now depending before their Lordships: That some of the Lands comprized in the said Lease are charged by Lord Irnham's Marriage Settlement, with Part of the Portions of the Petitioners younger Children; and by Means of the said Henry Lawes Luttrell so detaining the Possession thereof, the Petitioners Father is prevented from raising the said Portions; and the Petitioners are informed, that the said Henry Lawes Luttrell, having added many of these Lands to the Park, hath so altered the same by removing the Boundaries and Fences thereof, that should the Petitioners Father (who is far advanced in Years) happen to die before he gets into Possession, it will be very difficult for the Petitioners and their Trustee to ascertain the same so as to raise their said Portions: That Sir Robert Lawley, the only surviving Trustee, being upwards of Eighty Years old, and very infirm, his Death happening would also greatly increase the Difficulty of raising the said Money: Added to this, Lord Irnham being Tenant for Life of the said Estates, without Impeachment of Waste, and there being a large Quantity of valuable Timber thereon, he would, if he was in Possession, be enabled, if he thought fit, to appropriate the said Timber to increase the Portions of his younger Children; whereas the said Henry Lawes Luttrell, who hath already, without any Authority for so doing, cut down Timber to a considerable Amount, will have it in his Power, if he continues longer in Possession, to cut down the Residue thereof, to the great Injury of the rest of his Family: That if the hearing of this Appeal should be adjourned until the next Session of Parliament, the said Appellants will obtain their great Object, which is Delay; and the said Simon Lord Irnham and the Petitioners will, for the Reasons aforesaid, sustain great Injury:" And therefore praying their Lordships "to take their Case into Consideration, and to appoint an early Day for the hearing of the said Appeal."

Moved, "That the said Petition be rejected."

The Question was put thereupon?

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Ordered, That the said Petition be rejected.

Bricks and Tiles, preventing Abuses in making, Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Herbert Mackworth and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for preventing Abuses in the making and vending Bricks and Tiles;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Harry's Debt Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, to compound a Debt due to the Crown, from the Estate of William Harry deceased, and his Sureties;" 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 Earl Stoke Enclosure Bill.

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

To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the Common Fields, Common Meadows, Stinted Pasture, and Commonable Lands, within the Parish of Earl Stoke, in the County of Wilts;" and to acquaint this House, That they have agreed to their Lordships Amendment made thereto.

Dyers Bill:

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to allow the Master Dyers within the Counties of Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, and Kent, to employ Journeymen in their Trade who have not served Apprenticeships thereto."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to allow the Master Dyers within the Counties of Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, and Kent, to employ Journeymen in their Trade who have not served Apprenticeships thereto."

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.

Maisemore Bridge, &c. Bill.

Ordered, That all the Lords be summoned to attend the Committee of the whole House To-morrow, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for re-building the Bridge over the River Severn at Maisemore, near the City of Gloucester; for raising, widening, and securing Over's Causeway, leading from the said City towards Maisemore aforesaid; and for enforcing the proper paving and cleansing of the several Streets within the said City, and for removing Nuisances and Annoyances therefrom, and preventing the like for the future," stands committed.

Adjourn.

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

DIE Mercurii, 28o Maii 1777.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar.
Archiep. Ebor.
Epus. Eliens.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Cestrien.
Comes Bathurst, Cancellarius.
Comes Gower, Præses.
Dux Devonshire.
Dux Manchester.
March. Rockingham.
Comes Huntingdon.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Essex.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Berkeley.
Comes Poulet.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes March.
Comes Rosebery.
Comes Oxford.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Fitzwilliam.
Comes Ilchester.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Spencer.
Comes Clarendon.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Weymouth.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Dudley & Ward.
Ds. Clifford.
Ds. Willoughby Br.
Ds. Willoughby Par.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. King.
Ds. Godolphin.
Ds. Edgcumbe.
Ds. Sandys.
Ds. Fortescue.
Ds. Ravensworth.
Ds. Ponsonby.
Ds. Walpole.
Ds. Scarsdale.
Ds. Camden.
Ds. Digby.
Ds. Hume.
Ds. Amherst.
Ds. Brownlow.

PRAYERS.

American War to be considered, and Lords summoned.

The Lord Camden acquainted the House, " That the Earl of Chatham had desired him to acquaint their Lordships, that he intended to move the Consideration of the American War on Friday next:"

Whereupon;

The Lord Camden moved, "That the Lords might be summoned for Friday next."

The same was agreed to.

Ordered, That all the Lords be summoned for Friday next.

Hat Manufactory Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the better regulating the Hat Manufactory."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. with an Amendment to it.

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

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

Hats, &c. preventing Frauds in the Manufacture of, Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for amending and rendering more effectual the several Laws now in being, for the more effectual preventing of Frauds and Abuses 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 also for making Provisions to prevent Frauds by Journeymen Dyers."

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 Friday next.

Exchequer Bills Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Charles Whitworth and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for raising a certain Sum of Money by Loans or Exchequer Bills, for the Service of the Year One thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Bill was read the First Time.

Billinghay Enclosure and Drainage Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Common Fields, Meadows, Dales, and Common Fen, within the Parish of Billinghay, in the County of Lincoln; and for draining and preserving the said Dales and Common Fen, and also certain enclosed Low Lands thereto adjoining, in the said Parish."

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

Ld. President.
D. Devonshire.
D. Manchester.
M. Rockingham.
E. Huntingdon.
E. Denbigh.
E. Essex.
E. Carlisle.
E. Berkeley.
E. Poulet.
E. Loudoun.
E. March.
E. Rosebery.
E. Oxford.
E. Aylesford.
E. Fitzwilliam.
E. Ilchester.
E. Radnor.
E. Spencer.
E. Clarendon.
V. Townshend.
V. Weymouth.
V. Falmouth.
V. Dudley & Ward.
L. Abp. Canterbury.
L. Abp. York.
L. Bp. Ely.
L. Bp. Carlisle.
L. Bp. Rochester.
L. Bp. Bangor.
L. Bp. Chester.
L. Clifford.
L. Willoughby Br.
L. Willoughby Par.
L. Onslow.
L. King.
L. Godolphin.
L. Edgcumbe.
L. Sandys.
L. Fortescue.
L. Ravensworth.
L. Ponsonby.
L. Walpole.
L. Scarsdale.
L. Camden.
L. Digby.
L. Hume.
L. Amherst.
L. Brownlow.

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

Commissioners, enlarging the Times for Meeting of, Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Times appointed for the First Meetings of Commissioners or Trustees, for putting in Execution certain Acts of this Session of Parliament."

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 Friday next.

Cantley Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the several Open Common Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons, and Waste Grounds, within the Townships of Cantley, Brampton, Bessacarr, and High Ellers, within the several Manors of Brampton and Bessacarr, in the Parish of Cantley, in the West Riding of the County of York."

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

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

Captures, carrying of into North America, Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to authorize the carrying of the Captures therein mentioned, into any Part of His Majesty's Dominions in North America; and for ascertaining the Value of such Part of Ships and Goods as belong to the Recaptors."

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 Friday next.

Melbourn and Storthwaite Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the several Open Fields, Carrs, Ings or Meadow Grounds, and Commons or Waste Grounds, within the Townships of Melbourn and Storthwaite, within the Manor of Melbourn with Storthwaite, in the Parish of Thornton, in the East Riding of the County of York."

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

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

Ashton Keynes Enclosure Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting, and enclosing, the Open and Common Fields, Common Meadows, Common Pastures, and other Commonable Grounds, in the Manor and Parish of Ashton Keynes, 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; 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."

Surfleet Enclosure Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the Common Fen, Common Marsh, Common Fields, and Waste Grounds, in the Parish of Surfleet, in the County of Lincoln," was committed.

Warwick Gaol Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale also reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Publick Gaol of the County of Warwick; 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; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

Mile-End Watch Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for establishing a Nightly Watch within the Hamlet of Mile-End Old Town, in the Parish of Saint Dunstan Stepney, otherwise Stebonheath, in the County of Middlesex," was committed.

Papists, Deeds and Wills of, Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for allowing further. Time for Enrolment of Deeds and Wills made by Papists; and for Relief of Protestant Purchasers."

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 Friday next.

Indemnity Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to indemnify such Persons as have omitted to qualify themselves for Offices and Employments; and to indemnify Justices of the Peace or others, who have omitted to register or deliver in their Qualifications within the Time limited by Law, and for giving further Time for those Purposes; and to indemnify Members and Officers in Cities, Corporations, and Borough Towns, whose Admissions have been omitted to be stamped according to Law, or having been stamped, have been lost or mislaid, and for allowing them Time to provide Admissions duly stamped; and to give further Time to such Persons as have omitted to make and file Affidavits of the Execution of Indentures of Clerks to Attornies and Solicitors."

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 Friday next.

Bricks and Tiles, preventing Abuses in making, Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for preventing Abuses in the making and vending Bricks and Tiles."

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 Friday next.

Harry's Debt Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, to compound a Debt due to the Crown, from the Estate of William Harry deceased, and his Sureties."

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 Friday next.

Expiring Laws Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to continue the several Laws therein mentioned, relating to encouraging the making of Indico in the British Plantations in America; to the registering the Prices at which Corn is sold in the several Counties of Great Britain, and the Quantity exported and imported; to encouraging the manufacturing of Leather, by lowering the Duty payable upon the Importation of Oak Bark, when the Price of such Bark shall exceed a certain Rate; to the allowing Timber and Wood to be exported from the Island of Dominica into any other of the British Islands, Colonies or Plantations in America; and to the allowing a Bounty on the Exportation of British-made Cordage."

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 Friday next.

Seamen, better Supply of, Bill.

The House (according to Order), was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the better Supply of Mariners and Seamen to serve in His Majesty's Ships of War, and on board Merchant Ships, and other Trading Ships and Vessels."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Foreign Wrought Silks, &c. Prohibition of, Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the House to be put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for further continuing an Act, passed in the Sixth Year of His present Majesty's Reign, intituled, "An Act to prohibit the Importation of Foreign Wrought Silks and Velvets for a limited Time; and for preventing unlawful Combinations of Workmen employed in the Silk Manufacture:"

It was moved, "That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on this Day Six Weeks."

Which being objected to;

After short Debate,

The Question was put thereupon?

It was resolved in the Negative.

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

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Maisemore Bridge, &c. Bill: Petitions against.

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the several Parishes and Places in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire, on the Maisemore Side of the River Severn, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Also; Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants and Owners of Land in the several Parishes of Tibberton, Tainton, Newent, and other Parishes and Places through which the Roads mentioned in the Turnpike Act from Gloucester through Newent to Hereford and other Places; do lead; and also of the several Commissioners for putting the said Act into Execution, whose Names are thereunto subscribed, taking Notice of a Bill depending in this House, intituled, "An Act for re-building the Bridge over the River Severn at Maisemore, near the City of Gloucester; for raising, widening, and securing Over's Causeway, leading from the said City towards Maisemore aforesaid; and for enforcing the proper paving and cleansing of the several Streets within the said City, and for removing Nuisances and Annoyances therefrom, and preventing the like for the future;" and praying their Lordships, "That they may be heard by themselves or Counsel, against such Parts of the said Act as may be injurious to their respective Properties, or that they may have such other Relief, as to their Lordships, in their great Wisdom, shall think proper and meet:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petitions be referred to the Committee of the whole House to whom the said Bill stands committed.

East India Goods and Bonds, &c. Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Charles Whitworth and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to prevent the clandestine unshipping from and receiving Goods at Sea on board Vessels employed in the East India Company's Service; for ascertaining the Manner of discharging Bonds given for the due Exportation of certain Goods from Great Britain to Foreign Parts; and to oblige the Masters of British or Irish Ships failing from any of His Majesty's Dominions into the Baltic, to deliver a Manifesto of their Cargoes to the British Consul residing there;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Book of Rates Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Charles Whitworth and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for repealing the Eleventh Rule in the Book of Rates, so far as the same relates to making any Allowance upon the Importation of damaged Currants and Raisins, and for making the Importer of such Goods an Abatement in the Duties in lieu thereof; and for explaining the said Rule with respect to such Allowance for Damage on other Goods; and to permit the Exportation of Tobacco-pipe Clay from this Kingdom to the British Sugar Colonies or Plantations in the West Indies, for a limited Time;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Soap and Rum, securing Duties on, &c.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Charles Whitworth and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for better securing the Duties on Soap, and the Duties on Rum, of the Sugar Plantations, put into Warehouses; and for allowing a Drawback of the Duties on Rum shipped as Stores, to be consumed on board Merchant Ships on their Voyages, for a limited Time;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Engravers Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for more effectually securing the Property of Prints to Inventors and Engravers, by enabling them to sue for and recover Penalties, in certain Cases;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

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

Ordered, That the last-mentioned Bill be printed.

Ashton Keyhes Enclosure Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting, and enclosing, the Open and Common Fields, Common Meadows, Common Pastures, and other Commonable Grounds, in the Manor and Parish of Ashton Keynes, in the County of Wilts."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Seamen, better Supply of, Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the better Supply of Mariners and Seamen to serve in His Majesty's Ships of War, and on board Merchant Ships, and other Trading Ships and Vessels."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Mile-End Watch Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for establishing a Nightly Watch within the Hamlet of Mile-End Old Town, in the Parish of Saint Dunstan Stepney, otherwise Stebonheath, in the County of Middlesex."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Warwick Gaol Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Publick Gaol of the County of Warwick; and for other Purposes therein mentioned."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Foreign Wrought Silks, &c. Prohibition of, Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for further continuing an Act, passed in the Sixth Year of His present Majesty's Reign, intituled, "An Act to prohibit the Importation of Foreign Wrought Silks and Velvets, for a limited Time; and for preventing unlawful Combinations of Workmen employed in the Silk Manufacture."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Surfleet Enclosure Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the Common Fen, Common Marsh, Common Fields, and Waste Grounds, in the Parish of Surfleet, in the County of Lincoln."

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 Six 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.

Shapwick Moor Enclosure Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the Common or Waste Ground, called Shapwick Moor or Shapwick Turf Moor, in the Parish of Shapwick, in the County of Somerset," 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 some Amendments thereto."

Which Amendments were read by the Clerk as follow; (videlicet),

Pr. 40. L. 33. Leave out ["Bristol"] and insert ["Bath and Wells"].

Pr. 47. L. 7. After ["made"] insert Clause [A.]

"Provided always, and be it further enacted, That after the said Common or Waste Ground shall have been set out, divided, allotted, and enclosed, by virtue of this Act, the several Persons to whom the same shall be allotted, or any of them, shall not, by virtue or in respect, or Right, of any Lands, Tenements, Cottages, Hereditaments or Premises, in the Parish of Shapwick, have or enjoy any Right of Common whatsoever, on the Commons or Waste Grounds, called Ashcott Moor, Walton Moor, and Street Moor, or any or either of them."

Then the following Proviso was proposed to be added to the said Amendments.

"Provided always, That nothing herein contained shall extend, or be construed to extend, to prejudice, defeat or lessen, the Right of Common of any Person or Persons whatsoever, upon all or any Part of the Common or Waste Land by this Act intended to be divided and enclosed, for or in respect of any Messuage, Cottage, Lands, Tenements or Hereditaments, within the Parishes of Glastonbury, Walton, Ashcott, and Street, in the said County of Somerset, or either of them."

Then an Amendment was proposed to be made to the said Proviso by leaving out the Word ["Glastonbury"].

Which being objected to;

The Question was put, "Whether the Word ["Glastonbury"] shall stand Part of the Proviso?"

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Then the said Proviso, as at first proposed, was agreed to.

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

Maisemore Bridge, &c. Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the House to be put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for re-building the Bridge over the River Severn at Maisemore, near the City of Gloucester; for raising, widening, and securing, Over's Causeway, leading from the said City towards Maisemore aforesaid; and for enforcing the proper paving and cleansing of the several Streets within the said City, and for removing Nuisances and Annoyances therefrom, and preventing the like for the future;" and for hearing Counsel for and against the same; and for the Attendance of several Persons; and for the Lords to be summoned

It was moved, "That the said Order be discharged, and that the Consideration of the said Bill be referred to a Private Committee, on Account of the Multiplicity of Business before the House, and the nearness of the Conclusion of the Session."

Which being objected to;

After short Debate,

The Question was put thereupon?

It was resolved in the Negative.

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

After some Time, the House was resumed:

And the Lord Sandys reported, "That the Committee had made a Progress in the Bill, and desired that another Time might be appointed for the Committee to sit again."

Ordered, That the House be again put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Tuesday next; and that the Counsel and Witnesses do then attend; and that the Lords be summoned.

Adjourn.

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

DIE Veneris, 30o Maii 1777.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar.
Archiep. Ebor.
Epus. Duresm.
Epus. Eliens.
Epus. Cicestrien.
Epus. Norvicen.
Epus. Asaphen.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Cestrien.
Comes Bathurst, Cancellarius.
Comes Gower, Præses.
Comes Dartmouth, C. P. S.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Devonshire.
Dux Ancaster, Magnus Camerarius.
Dux Manchester.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Dux Montagu.
March. Rockingham.
Comes Talbot, Senescallus.
Comes Hertford, Camerarius.
Comes Derby.
Comes Huntingdon.
Comes Exeter.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Peterborough.
Comes Winchilsea.
Comes Thanet.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Doncaster.
Comes Berkeley.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Gainsborough.
Comes Plymouth.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Jersey.
Comes Poulet.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Eglintoun.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Breadalbane.
Comes March.
Comes Dunmore.
Comes Rosebery.
Comes Tankerville.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Kerr.
Comes Waldegrave.
Comes Ashburnham.
Comes Harrington.
Comes Fitzwilliam.
Comes Powis.
Comes Egremont.
Comes Harcourt.
Comes Ilchester.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Spencer.
Comes Chatham.
Comes Ailesbury.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Mansfield.
Viscount Hereford.
Viscount Say & Sele.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Weymouth.
Viscount Bolingbroke.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Wentworth.
Viscount Dudley & Ward.
Ds. Le Despencer.
Ds. Clifford.
Ds. Willoughby Br.
Ds. Willoughby Par.
Ds. Clifton.
Ds. Osborne.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Cadogan.
Ds. Monson.
Ds. Godolphin.
Ds. Montfort.
Ds. Edgcumbe.
Ds. Sandys.
Ds. Fortescue.
Ds. Ravensworth.
Ds. Ponsonby.
Ds. Walpole.
Ds. Lyttelton.
Ds. Wycombe.
Ds. Grosvenor.
Ds. Pelham.
Ds. Beaulieu.
Ds. Camden.
Ds. Digby.
Ds. Hume.
Ds. Amherst.
Ds. Brownlow.
Ds. Rivers.
Ds. Harrowby.

PRAYERS.

Hats, &c. preventing Frauds in the Manufacture of, Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the House to be put into a Committee, upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for amending and rendering more effectual, the several Laws now in being, for the more effectual preventing of Frauds and Abuses 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 also for making Provisions to prevent Frauds by Journeymen Dyers:"

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

Constables and Witnesses Costs, &c. Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the House to be put into a Committee, upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the Payment of Costs to Parties, and Charges to Constables, Witnesses, and others, on Complaints determined before Justices of the Peace out of Sessions; for the Payment of the Charges of Constables in certain Cases; and for the more effectual Payment of Charges to Witnesses and Prosecutors of any Larceny or other Felony:"

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

Expiring Laws Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to continue the several Laws therein mentioned, relating to encouraging the making of Indico in the British Plantations in America; to the registering the Prices at which Corn is sold in the several Counties of Great Britain, and the Quantity exported and imported; to encouraging the manufacturing of Leather, by lowering the Duty payable upon the Importation of Oak Bark, when the Price of such Bark shall exceed a certain Rate; to the allowing Timber and Wood to be exported from the Island of Dominica into any other of the British Islands, Colonies or Plantations in America; and to the allowing a Bounty on the Exportation of British-made Cordage."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Harry's Debt Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, to compound a Debt due to the Crown from the Estate of William Harry deceased, and his Sureties."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Captures, carrying of into North America, Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to authorize the carrying of the Captures therein mentioned, into any Part of His Majesty's Dominions in North America; and for ascertaining the Value of such Part of Ships and Goods as belong to the Re-captors."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Bricks and Tiles, preventing Abuses in making, Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, " An Act for preventing Abuses in the making and vending Bricks and Tiles."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Papists, Deeds and Wills of, Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for allowing further Time for Enrolment of Deeds and Wills made by Papists; and for Relief of Protestant Purchasers."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Commissioners, enlarging Times for First Meeting of, Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Times appointed for the first Meetings of Commissioners or Trustees, for putting in Execution certain Acts of this Session of Parliament."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Indemnity Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to indemnify such Persons as have omitted to qualify themselves for Offices and Employments; and to indemnify Justices of the Peace or others, who have omitted to register or deliver in their Qualifications within the Time limited by Law, and for giving further Time for those Purposes; and to indemnify Members and Officers in Cities, Corporations, and Borough Towns, whose Admissions have been omitted to be stamped according to Law, or having been stamped, have been lost or mislaid, and for allowing them Time to provide Admissions duly stamped; and to give further Time to such Persons as have omitted to make and file Affidavits of the Execution of Indentures of Clerks to Attornies and Solicitors."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Expiring Laws Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to continue the several Laws therein mentioned, relating to encouraging the making of Indico in the British Plantations in America; to the registering the Prices at which Corn is sold in the several Counties of Great Britain, and the Quantity exported and imported; to encouraging the manufacturing of Leather, by lowering the Duty payable upon the Importation of Oak Bark, when the Price of such Bark shall exceed a certain Rate; to the allowing Timber and Wood to be exported from the Island of Dominica into any other of the British Islands, Colonies or Plantations in America; and to the allowing a Bounty on the Exportation of British-made Cordage."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Harry's Debt Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, to compound a Debt due to the Crown from the Estate of William Harry deceased, and his Sureties."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Captures, carrying of into North America, Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to authorize the carrying of the Captures therein mentioned, into any Part of His Majesty's Dominions in North America; and for ascertaining the Value of such Part of Ships and Goods as belong to the Re-captors."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Bricks and Tiles, preventing Abuses in making, Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for preventing Abuses in the making and vending Bricks and Tiles."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Papists, Deeds and Wills of, Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for allowing further Time for Enrolment of Deeds and Wills made by Papists; and for Relief of Protestant Purchasers."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Commissioners, enlarging the Times for First Meeting of, Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Times appointed for the first Meetings of Commissioners or Trustees, for putting in Execution certain Acts of this Session of Parliament."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Indemnity Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to indemnify such Persons as have omitted to qualify themselves for Offices and Employments; and to indemnify Justices of the Peace or others, who have omitted to register or deliver in their Qualifications within the Time limited by Law, and for giving further Time for those Purposes; and to indemnify Members and Officers in Cities, Corporations, and Borough Towns, whose Admissions have been omitted to be stamped according to Law, or having been stamped, have been lost or mislaid, and for allowing them Time to provide Admissions duly stamped; and to give further Time to such Persons as have omitted to make and file Affidavits of the Execution of Indentures of Clerks to Attornies and Solicitors."

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 Seven preceding Bills.

And Messages were, severally, sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Holford and Mr. Hett:

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

Westmorland Gaol Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir James Lowther and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for defraying the Expence of building a new Gaol and Shire Hall for the County of Westmorland;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Bill was read the First Time.

Exchequer Bills Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for raising a certain Sum of Money by Loans or Exchequer Bills, for the Service of the Year One thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven."

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

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

East India Goods, Bonds, &c. Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to prevent the clandestine unshipping from and receiving Goods at Sea on Board Vessels employed in the East India Company's Service; for ascertaining the Manner of discharging Bonds given for the due Exportation of certain Goods from Great Britain to Foreign Parts; and to oblige the Masters of British or Irish Ships, sailing from any of His Majesty's Dominions into the Baltic, to deliver a Manifesto of their Cargoes to the British Consul residing there."

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

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

Book of Rates Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for repealing the Eleventh Rule in the Book of Rates, so far as the same relates to making any Allowance upon the Importation of damaged Currants and Raisins, and for making the Importer of such Goods an Abatement in the Duties in lieu thereof; and for explaining the said Rule with respect to such Allowance for Damage on other Goods; and to permit the Exportation of Tobacco-pipe Clay from this Kingdom to the British Sugar Colonies or Plantations in the West Indies, for a limited Time."

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

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

Soap and Rum, securing Duties on, &c. Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for better securing the Duties on Soap, and the Duties on Rum of the Sugar Plantations put into Warehouses; and for allowing a Drawback of the Duties on Rum shipped as Stores, to be consumed on Board Merchant Ships on their Voyages, for a limited Time."

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

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

Shapwick Enclosure Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the Common or Waste Ground, called Shapwick Moor, or Shapwick Turf Moor, in the Parish of Shapwick, in the County of Somerset."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. with Amendments to it.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by 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.

Billinghay Enclosure and Drainage Bill.

The Lord Hume reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Common Fields, Meadows, Dales, and Common Fen, within the Parish of Billinghay, in the County of Lincoln; and for draining and preserving the said Dales and Common Fen, and also certain enclosed Low Lands thereto adjoining, in the said Parish," 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."

Cantley Enclosure Bill.

The Lord Hume made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the several Open Common Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons, and Waste Grounds, within the Townships of Cantley, Brampton, Bessacarr, and High Ellers, within the several Manors of Brampton and Bessacarr, in the Parish of Cantley, in the West Riding of the County of York," was committed.

Melbourh and Storthwaite Enclosure Bill.

The Lord Hume also made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the several Open Fields, Carrs, Ings or Meadow Grounds, and Commons or Waste Grounds, within the Townships of Melbourn and Storthwaite, within the Manor of Melbourn with Storthwaite, in the Parish of Thornton, in the East Riding of the County of York," was committed.

Billinghay Enclosure and Drainage Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Common Fields, Meadows, Dales, and Common Fen, within the Parish of Billinghay, in the County of Lincoln; and for draining and preserving the said Dales and Common Fen, and also certain enclosed Low Lands thereto adjoining, in the said Parish."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Cantley Enclosure Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the several Open Common Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons, and Waste Grounds, within the Townships of Cantley, Brampton, Bessacarr, and High Ellers, within the several Manors of Brampton and Bessacarr, in the Parish of Cantley, in the West Riding of the County of York."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Melbourn and Storthwaite Enclosure Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing the several Open Fields, Carrs, Ings or Meadow Grounds, and Commons or Waste Grounds, within the Townships of Melbourn and Storthwaite, within the Manor of Melbourn with Storthwaite, in the Parish of Thornton, in the East Riding of the County of York."

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 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.

Charitable Donations, Accounts of, Bill.

Ordered, That the Bill, intituled, "An Act for procuring Accounts of all Charitable Donations for the Benefit of poor Persons, in the several Parishes and Places within that Part of Great Britain called England," be read a Second Time on Tuesday next; and the Lords summoned.

The Order of the Day being read for the Lords to be summoned on the Earl of Chatham's Motion, on the Consideration of the American War:

Motion for Address to His Majesty for stopping Hostilities in America, refused.

Moved, "That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, most dutifully representing to His Royal Wisdom, that this House is deeply penetrated with the View of impending Ruin to the Kingdom, from the Continuation of an unnatural War against the British Colonies in America, and most humbly to advise His Majesty to take the most speedy and effectual Measures for putting a Stop to such fatal Hostilities, upon the only just and solid Foundation, namely, the Removal of accumulated Grievances; and to assure His Majesty, that this House will enter upon this great and necessary Work with Chearfulness and Dispatch, in order to open to His Majesty the only Means of regaining the Affections of the British Colonies, and of securing to Great Britain the Commercial Advantages of these invaluable Possessions: Fully persuaded, that to heal and to redress, will be more congenial to the Goodness and Magnanimity of His Majesty, and more prevalent over the Hearts of generous and free-born Subjects, than the Rigours of Chastisement and Horrors of Civil War; which hitherto have served only to sharpen Resentments and consolidate Union; and if continued, must end in finally dissolving all Ties between Great Britain and the Colonies."

Which being objected to:

After long Debate;

The Question was put thereupon?

It was resolved in the Negative.

Lottery Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for raising a certain Sum of Money by Way of Annuities; and for establishing a Lottery;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Servants, Duty on, Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting to His Majesty a Duty upon all Servants retained or employed in the several Capacities therein mentioned; and for repealing several Rates and Duties upon Glass, imposed by an Act made in the Nineteenth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty, and for granting to His Majesty other Rates and Duties upon Glass in lieu thereof; and for the better collecting the Duties upon Glass; and for repealing the several Rates and Duties charged by an Act, made in the Twenty-ninth Year of the Reign of His said late Majesty, upon all Persons, and Bodies Politick and Corporate, having certain Quantities of Silver Plate;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Auction Duty, &c. Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting to His Majesty certain Duties on Licences, to be taken out by all Persons acting as Auctioneers, and certain Rates and Duties on all Lands, Houses, Goods, and other Things, sold by Auction; and upon Indentures, Leases, Bonds, Deeds, and other Instruments;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Longitude Bill.

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

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for rendering more effectual an Act, made in the Fourteenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, for promoting the Discovery of a Method for finding the Longitude at Sea, so far as relates to the Encouragement and Reward of Persons making lesser Discoveries for finding the same, or making other useful Discoveries and Improvements in Navigation; and to the making of Experiments relating thereto;" 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 Sabbati, tricesimum primum diem instantis Maii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Sabbati, 31o Maii 1777.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. Norvicen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Comes Bathurst, Cancellarius.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Rosebery.
Viscount Say & Sele.
Ds. Clifford.
Ds. Sandys.
Ds. Ravensworth.
Ds. Walpole.
Ds. Hume.

PRAYERS.

Lottery Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for raising a certain Sum of Money by Way of Annuities; and for establishing a Lottery."

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 Monday next.

Servants Duty, &c. Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for granting to His Majesty a Duty upon all Servants retained or employed in the several Capacities therein mentioned; and for repealing several Rates and Duties upon Glass, imposed by an Act made in the Nineteenth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty, and for granting to His Majesty other Rates and Duties upon Glass in lieu thereof, and for the better collecting the Duties upon Glass; and for repealing the several Rates and Duties charged by an Act made in the Twenty-ninth Year of the Reign of His said late Majesty, upon all Persons and Bodies Politick and Corporate, having certain Quantities of Silver Plate."

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 Monday next.

Auction Duty, &c. Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for granting to His Majesty certain Duties on Licences, to be taken out by all Persons acting as Auctioneers; and certain Rates and Duties on all Lands, Houses, Goods, and other Things, sold by Auction; and upon Indentures, Leases, Bonds, Deeds, and other Instruments."

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 Monday next.

Longitude Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for rendering more effectual an Act, made in the Fourteenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, for promoting the Discovery of a Method for finding the Longitude at Sea, so far as relates to the Encouragement and Reward of Persons making lesser Discoveries for finding the same, or making other useful Discoveries and Improvements in Navigation; and to the making of Experiments relating thereto."

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 Monday next.

Engravers Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for more effectually securing the Property of Prints to Inventors and Engravers, by enabling them to sue for and recover Penalties in certain Cases."

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 Monday next.

Hats, &c. preventing Frauds in the Manufacture of, Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for amending and rendering more effectual the several Laws now in being, for the more effectual preventing of Frauds and Abuses 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 also for making Provisions to prevent Frauds by Journeymen Dyers."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Exchequer Bills Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for raising a certain Sum of Money by Loans or Exchequer Bills, for the Service of the Year One thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

East India Goods and Bonds, &c. Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to prevent the clandestine unshipping from, and receiving Goods at Sea, on board Vessels employed in the East India Company's Service; for ascertaining the Manner of discharging Bonds given for the due Exportation of certain Goods from Great Britain to Foreign Parts; and to oblige the Masters of British or Irish Ships, sailing from any of His Majesty's Dominions into the Baltic, to deliver a Manifesto of their Cargoes to the British Consul residing there."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Book of Rates Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for repealing the Eleventh Rule in the Book of Rates, so far as the same relates to making any Allowance upon the Importation of damaged Currants and Raisins; and for making the Importer of such Goods an Abatement in the Duties in lieu thereof; and for explaining the said Rule with respect to such Allowance for Damage on other Goods; and to permit the Exportation of Tobacco-pipe Clay from this Kingdom to the British Sugar Colonies or Plantations in the West Indies, for a limited Time."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Soap and Rum, securing Duties on, &c. Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for better securing the Duties on Soap, and the Duties on Rum of the Sugar Plantations put into Warehouses; and for allowing a Drawback of the Duties on Rum shipped as Stores, to be consumed on board Merchant Ships on their Voyages, for a limited Time."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Hats, &c. preventing Frauds in the Manufacture of, Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for amending and rendering more effectual the several Laws now in being, for the more effectual preventing of Frauds and Abuses 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 also for making Provisions to prevent Frauds by Journeymen Dyers."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Exchequer Bills Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for raising a certain Sum of Money by Loans or Exchequer Bills, for the Service of the Year One thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

East India Goods and Bonds, &c. Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to prevent the clandestine unshipping from and receiving Goods at Sea on board Vessels employed in the East India Company's Service; for ascertaining the Manner of discharging Bonds given for the due Exportation of certain Goods from Great Britain to Foreign Parts; and to oblige the Masters of British or Irish Ships, sailing from any of His Majesty's Dominions into the Baltic, to deliver a Manifesto of their Cargoes to the British Consul residing there."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Book of Rates Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for repealing the Eleventh Rule in the Book of Rates, so far as the same relates to making any Allowance upon the Importation of damaged Currants and Raisins, and for making the Importer of such Goods an Abatement in the Duties in lieu thereof; and for explaining the said Rule with respect to such Allowance for Damage on other Goods; and to permit the Exportation of Tobacco-pipe Clay from this Kingdom to the British Sugar Colonies or Plantations, in the West Indies, for a limited Time."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Soap and Rum, securing Duties on, &c. Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for better securing the Duties on Soap, and the Duties on Rum of the Sugar Plantations put into Warehouses; and for allowing a Drawback of the Duties on Rum shipped as Stores, to be consumed on board Merchant Ships on their Voyages, for a limited Time."

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 Five preceding Bills.

And Messages were, severally, ordered to be sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Browning and Mr. Anguish:

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

Constables and Witnesses Costs, &c. Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the Payment of Costs to Parties, and Charges to Constables, Witnesses, and others, on Complaints determined before Justices of the Peace out of Sessions; for the Payment of the Charges of Constables in certain Cases, and for the more effectual Payment of Charges to Witnesses and Prosecutors of any Larceny or other Felony."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

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

Ordered, That the said Report be received on Monday next.

Adjourn.

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