Veneris, 2 Maii, 14° Car.
Leave of Absence.
ORDERED, That Mr. George Clerke, a Member
of this House, have the Leave of this House to go
into the Country.
Ordered, That the Committee to which the Bill concerning the Great Level of the Fens, called Bedford
Level, was committed; and some of the Amendments to
the said Bill were, by Order, re-committed: shall have
Power, and are hereby impowered, to send for such Laws
of Sewers, and other Records, and Papers or Persons, as
they shall find necessary.
Regulating the Press.
An ingrossed Bill, sent from the Lords, to prevent the
frequent Abuses in printing seditious, treasonable, and
unlicensed Books and Pamphlets; and for regulating
Printing and Printing Presses; was this Day read the
Ordered, That Sir James Smith, Mr. Winston Churchill,
Sir John Strode, Mr. Cofferer, Sir Tho. Allen, Mr. John
Churchill, Colonel Legg, and Sir Peter Killigrew, be
added to the Committee to which the Bill for Sale of
Lands for Payment of the Portion of Mrs. Briscoe was
Ordered, That the Committee to which the Bill for
regulating the Goldsmiths Trade was committed, be
revived; and do sit To-morrow, at Two of the Clock
in the Afternoon, in the Place formerly appointed.
And it is referred to the said Committee, to consider of
the Bill, depending in this House, for regulating Abuses
in Gold and Silver Wire; and to see whether the Substance thereof may, by way of Proviso, be provided for
in the Goldsmiths Bill.
And Sir Richard Oatley is added to the said Committee; and is to acquaint them with the Proceedings of the
Le Pla's, &c. Nat.
An Act for Naturalizing of Mark Le Pla, and others,
was this Day read the First time.
Royal Assent to Bills.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir John Eyton Knight,
Usher of the Black Rod;
Mr. Speaker, The Lord Chancellor hath commanded
me to acquaint you, That his Majesty hath issued his
Commission to certain of the House of Peers, to give
his Royal Assent to certain Bills: And the Lords, to
that End, desire that this honourable House would
Mr. Speaker, with the House, accordingly went up to
the House of Lords:
And, returning again;
Mr. Speaker reports, That his Majesty had issued his
Commission to the Lord High Chancellor, Lord High
Treasurer, Lord Privy Seal, the Duke of Albemarle, the
Marquis of Dorchester, and Montague Earl of Lindsey,
Lord High Chamberlain, to give his Royal Assent to
the Bill concerning the Repairing of the Highways and
Streets in and near London and Westminster, and Parts
adjacent; and to the Bill against Quakers: And that the
Lords appointed had executed their Commission; and
the said Bills were passed.
The House then resumed the Hearing of the Cause between Sir William Killigrew, and other Adventurers, and
Sir Charles Hussey, a Member of the House, concerning
the Level of the Fens, called Lyndsey Level.
And the Counsel being called in to the Bar of the
House; and, at large, heard, in stating the Title and
Claim of each Party; and several Witnesses being produced at the Bar, and examined, and cross-examined, on
both Sides; and several Deeds being read;
And a pretended Verdict of Sewers, and a Deed in
the Thirteenth Year of the late King, being produced,
and offered in Evidence, on the Behalf of Sir Charles
Hussey; but no Witnesses being produced to make Proof
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Charles Hussey
have Liberty, on Monday Morning, the first Sitting of
the House, to produce his Witnesses, to prove the Verdict of Sewers and Deed, of the Thirteenth of the late
King, now produced; and the other Side then to make
their Reply: And the Committee to which the Bill was
committed are then to make their Report; and the
House will then proceed thereupon.
Resolved, That all Committees which were to meet
this Afternoon be adjourned; and do meet To-morrow
in the Afternoon.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, at Eight of the Clock.