DIE Jovis, 30 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Duresme, & Crew.
Epus. Lich. & Cov.
Epus. Bath & Well.
|Ds. Custos Magni Sigilli.
Comes Pembroke, Præses.
Dux Buckingham, C. P. S.
Dux Devonshire, Senescallus.
Comes Carlisle, Marescallus.
Ds. Grey W.
The House (pursuant to Order) was adjourned during
Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting to Her Majesty an
additional Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage for
Three Years; and for laying a further Duty upon
French Wines condemned as lawful Prize; and for
ascertaining the Values of unrated Goods imported
from The East Indies."
After some Time, the House was resumed.
And the Lord Ferrers reported, "That the Committee had gone through the said Bill; and think it
fit to pass, without any Amendment."
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for
granting to Her Majesty an additional Subsidy of
Tonnage and Poundage for Three Years; and for
laying a further Duty upon French Wines condemned
as lawful Prize; and for ascertaining the Values of
unrated Goods imported from The East Indias."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
ORDERED, That the Commons have Notice, that
the Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any
Queen to be attended, with the Address.
The Lord Chamberlain acquainted the House, "That
he had attended Her Majesty, to know what Time
Her Majesty will be pleased to appoint, for this House
to attend Her, with the Address agreed to Yesterday;
and that Her Majesty has appointed To-morrow,
at One a Clock, for this House to attend Her, with
Method of keeping Records in Offices; Report about.
The Lord Halifax reported from the Lords Committees (appointed to consider of the Method of keeping
Records in Offices, and how they are kept, and to
consider of Ways to remedy what shall be found to be
amiss) as followeth; (videlicet,)
"The Committee appointed to consider of the Method of keeping Records in Offices, having met, proceeded in the First Place to inquire into the Manner
how the Records in The Tower of London were kept;
and, for that Purpose, sent for Mr. William Petyt, the
Keeper of those Records.
"And having heard what Account he gave of the
Method observed in that Office, according to the
Power to them given by the House; they appointed
a Sub-committee, to repair to The Tower, to view
the said Records, and satisfy themselves of the State
the same were in, and how the said Office was executed: Which they did accordingly.
"And the Committee take Leave to inform the House,
That they find the Records which are in the Office to
be in a good Condition, and to be carefully kept;
and that the present Officer has fairly transcribed the
old Calendars of most of the Rolls; but that there
are a great Number of Rolls, from the First Year of
King John to the End of Edward the Fourth's Reign,
which have no Calendars, or Abstracts, made of
them; (videlicet,) Rotuli Normanni&capaelig;, Franci&capaelig;,
Vasconi&capaelig;, Walli&capaelig;, Rom&capaelig;, Scoti&capaelig;, Alemani&capaelig;,
"The making these Calendars, as they ought to be
made, will require a careful Perusal of all the Entries upon these Rolls by the Clerks that are employed therein.
"The Committee are humbly of Opinion, that it will
be a Public Service, that this should be done.
"The Committee also observes to your Lordships,
That in Cesar's Chapel, under the Leads in The White
Tower, Multitudes of Records in several Reigns,
some relating to State Matters, and others relating
to Proceedings in Courts of Justice, lie in confused
Heaps; and, if Care be not speedily taken of them,
are in great Danger of utter perishing.
"The Committee are humbly of Opinion, That it
will be a public Damage, as well as a Dishonour to
the Kingdom, to suffer such Monuments of Antiquity to be lost.
"This will be too great a Work to be undertaken
by the Keeper of the Records, unless there be allowances made to him for a considerable Number of
Clerks, who understand the Languages and Hands in
which the Records are written, and are capable of
making Abstracts of them, under the Care and Direction of that Officer.
"It does appear, by the Writs de Calendariis faciendis, de Rotulis et Scriptis in recto Ordine ponendis,
et Expensis Clericis ministrandis, that these Allowances have been anciently made to Clerks attending
the Office of Records within The Tower.
"The Committee also inform your Lordships, That, if
these Records were made clean, and reduced into
Order, the same might be placed in the Room where
the present Office is kept, at a small Expence."
Which Report was read, and agreed to.
L. Treasurer to lay it before the Queen.
Upon Consideration of the Report, made this Day,
from the Lords Committees appointed to consider of
the Methods of keeping Records in Offices:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Treasurer do
lay the said Report before Her Majesty, and humbly
move Her Majesty to give Directions therein: And the
Lord Treasurer is hereby desired to acquaint this House
what is done in this Matter, the next Sessions of Parliament.
Bill fortaking, &c. Public Accompts. Report of the Conference.
Then the House proceeded to take into Consideration
the Report of the Conference had with the House of
Commons, upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the
taking, examining, and stating, the Public Accompts
of the Kingdom."
The Amendments made by this House to the Bill
were read; (videlicet,)
1st Amendment, 1 Sk. 15 L. Leave out, ["Robert
Bierly Esquire"]; and, instead thereof, insert
["Sir John Houblon, Sir Wm. Scawen, and Francis
2. Amendment, at the End of the Bill, add
Clause marked (A.).
Which being read; the House agreed, not to insist on
Committee to draw Reasons for adhering to the First Amendment.
And ORDERED, That the Lords who were appointed
Managers of the said Conference do draw Reasons, to
be offered at a Conference, for the Lords insisting on
their First Amendment made in the said Bill; and also
for their not insisting on the Second Amendment.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet
To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings, near the House
Scottish Papers to be returned to the Secretrary of State.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That all the Papers relating
to the Scottish Conspiracy, laid before this House by
Her Majesty's Command, shall be delivered to Her
Majesty's Principal Secretary of State, so soon as the
Lords Committees appointed to give Order for the
printing them, or any of them, have done with them.
Justices of Peace.
Then, the Order being read, for taking into Consideration the Lists of the several Justices of Peace of
this Kingdom, now in Commission; as also those who
have been put out since Midsummer 1700:
After Debate thereupon;
Address for the Commissions of the Peace to be reviewed.
The House Resolved,
That it is the Opinion of this House, That no Person that refused to take the Oaths to the late King,
is fit to be in the Commission of the Peace under Her
present Majesty; and that an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, "That She will be pleased to
order the Commissions of the Peace to be reviewed,
and give Direction, that no Person or Persons be continued, or put into the Commission of the Peace, but
Men of Quality and Estates, and of known Affection
to Her Majesty's Title and Government, and the
Protestant Succession, and the Church of England,
as they are both established by Law; and that Her
Majesty will be pleased to order, that such be restored who are so qualified, and have been turned
out without Cause."
ORDERED, That the whole House do attend Her
Majesty, with this Address.
House to attend the Queen with it.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the Duke of Somerset do
attend Her Majesty, to know what Time Her Majesty
will be pleased to appoint, for this House to attend Her,
with the Address agreed to this Day.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris,
tricesimum primum diem instantis Martii, hora duodecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.