DIE Jovis, 18 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Joh'es Sommers Miles, Ds. Custos Magni Sigilli.
Comes Pembroke, Ds. Privati Sigilli.
Ds. Willughby Er.
Ds. Berkeley Ber.
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act
for vesting Part of the Estate of Roger Crowle
Esquire, deceased, in Trustees, for raising Portions for
his Younger Children, in regard he (being a Lunatic)
could not execute a Power in his Marriage Settlement for that Purpose."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of the said Bill
be committed to the Lords following; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet
on Saturday next, at Nine of the Clock in the
Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the
House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Hitchcock & al. versus Sedgwick.
A Petition of George Hitchcock Esquire, Anne Fontaine Widow, Wm. Bird, Thomas March, Robert Mitchell,
Charles Mitchell, Merchants, John Harvey Esquire, Elizabeth Parr Widow, and others, Creditors of Richard
Slaney, a Bankrupt, being this Day offered to the
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition
shall be, and is hereby, rejected.
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act
for continuing several former Acts for punishing
Officers and Soldiers who shall mutiny, or desert His
Majesty's Service; and for punishing false Musters,
and for Payment of Quarters for One Year longer."
L. Fairfax & al. versus E. of Derby.
Upon reading the Petition of Charles Lord Fairfax, of
Emuli in the Kingdom of Ireland, and Colonel Ralph
Widrington; praying, "That they may be at Liberty to
examine Witnesses, to prove the Will of Wm. Stanley
and the Will of the late Lord Widrington, to whom
the Earl of Derby claims to be Heir at Law:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioners shall
have Liberty (the Earl of Derby having consented) to
examine Witnesses to prove the said Wills, giving reasonable Notice, as in like Cases is usual.
Address for Remedies to be provided for Inconveniencies to Trade in the Proprietary Governments and other Colonies.
The Earl of Rochester reported from the Committee
appointed to consider of the State of the Trade of this
Kingdom, the Address drawn by them, pursuant to the
Which was read, and agreed to, as follows; (videlicet,)
"We, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, having taken into our Consideration
the State of the Trade of this Kingdom, with reference to the Plantations in The West Indies, have found
many great Abuses of the several good Laws that
have been made for the Government of the said
Plantations, and very illegal Practices continually carried on, to the great Detriment of this Kingdom,
and the lessening of Your Majesty's Customs here;
and particularly, that the Act passed in the Eighth
Year of Your Majesty's Reign hath been greatly
obstructed in the observing the Rules therein appointed, by the Non-compliance of some of the
Proprietors of several great Tracts of Land granted
by Your Majesty's Predecessors where the Governors
are not immediately nominated by Your Majesty, as
also by the Remissness or Connivance of Your Majesty's own Governors:
"Towards the remedying of which great Abuses for
the present, we humbly address to Your Majesty,
that, besides the Instructions usually presented to
Your Majesty for Your Royal Signature to be sent
to the respective Governors of the Plantations, Your
Majesty may be pleased, as a further Incitement to
a stricter Performance of their Duty to Your Majesty, at the Close of all the rest of your Instructions,
that this following Direction, or to this Effect, may
be signified as Your Majesty's Royal Pleasure to every
One of the said Governors, and to the several
Proprietors and other Governments where the Governors are not immediately nominated by Your Majesty:
"And whereas, notwithstanding the many good
Laws made from Time to Time, for preventing of Frauds in the Plantation Trade, which
have been enumerated in these and former
Instructions, it is manifest that very great
Abuses have been, and continue still to be
practised, to the Prejudice of the same; which
Abuses must needs arise either from the Insolvency of the Persons who are accepted for
Security, or from the Remissness or Connivance of such as have been or are Governors
in the several Plantations, who ought to take
Care that those Persons who give Bond should
be duly prosecuted in case of Non-performance: You are to take Notice, that We
take the Good of Our Plantations, and the
Improvement of the Trade thereof, by a
strict and punctual Observance of the several
Laws in Force concerning the same, to be of
so great Importance to the Benefit of England,
and to the advancing of the Duties of our
Customs here, that, if We shall be hereafter
informed that at any Time there shall be any
Failure in the due Observance of these Our
present Instructions, by any wilful Fault or
Neglect on your Part, We shall look upon it
as a Breach of the Trust reposed in you by
Us, which We shall punish with the Loss of
your Place in that Government, and such
further Marks of Our Displeasure as We
shall judge reasonable to be inslicted upon you
for your Offence against Us, in a Matter of
this Consequence, that We now so particularly
charge you with.
"And that Your Majesty will be pleased further to
direct, that the several Proprietors of the Plantations
where Your Majesty hath no Governors of Your
own Nomination may enter into Security here, that
their respective Deputy Governors shall, from, Time to
Time, observe and obey all Instructions that shall
be sent to them from Your Majesty, or any acting
under Your Authority, pursuant to the several Acts
of Trade relating to the Plantations.
"And whereas the Colonies of Connecticut, of Roade
Island, and Providence Plantation, have their Governors and Assistants chosen Annually by the People
there, are become a great Receptacle for Pirates, and
carry on several illegal Trades, contrary to the Acts
for the Government of the Plantations, which said
Colonies have no Proprietors here in England; that
Your Majesty would be pleased to take Care, that the
Governors in these several Places be likewise obliged
to give Security to observe and obey all such Instructions as shall be sent to them from Your Majesty, or
any acting under Your Authority."
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with
White Staves do attend His Majesty with the Address.
Precedents of Penalties imposed by the Lords.
The Lord President reported some Precedents in
relation to Penalties, pursuant to the Order Yesterday.
Which were read, and are as follow; (videlicet,)
"5° Eliz. An Act for Relief of the Poor, began
with the Lords.
"31° Eliz. For reviving a former Act in 23° Eliz.
for repairing of Dover Haven, began likewife
with the Lords.
"Both which have Penalties in them.
"Anno 1660. A Poll Bill, wherein certain Persons were charged Double by the Commons,
and particularly Romish Recusants; but there
was an Abatement made by the Lords of that
Charge upon the Recusants; which was agreed
to by the Commons, and the Bill passed with
the said Amendment.
"Anno 1661. Upon a Bill for repairing Highways there were divers Conferences; in which
the Matter of Rates and Penalties was insisted
on, so as the said Bill was lost.
"Anno 1671. There were also divers Conferences
about the Lords lowering of Rates laid upon
Sugars; in which both Houses also insisted
upon their several Rights, by which that Bill
also was lost."
Message to H.C. for a Free Conference, about the Bill for prohibizing India Silks, &c.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Miles Cooke and Sir Richard Holford:
To let the Commons know, the Lords have confidered of their Message on Tuesday last, for a Free Conference, upon the Subject-matter of the last Conference,
upon the Lords Amendments made to the Bill, intituled, "An Act to restrain the wearing of all Wrought
Silks and Bengalls imported into this Kingdom from
Persia and East India, and all Callicoes printed or
stained there;" that the Lords agree to a Free Conference, as desired; and appoint it To-morrow, at Twelve
of the Clock, in the Painted Chamber.
ORDERED, That all the Lords be summoned to attend To-morrow; and that they be acquainted, the Free
Conference is to be at Twelve of the Clock.
Col. Leighton to bring in a Bill about the Wardenship of The Flees.
After Report this Day from the Lords Committees
appointed to consider of the Petition of Colonel Baldwin Leighton:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Colonel
Baldwin Leighton have Liberty to bring in a Bill for
his Relief, in relation to the Office of Warden of The
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, (videlicet,) decimum nonum diem instantis Martii,
hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.