Die Martis, 5 Maii, 15 Car. IIdi.
ORDERED, That the Committee to which the
Bills for the Draining the great Level of the Fens,
called Bedford Level, was committed, be revived; and
do sit To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon,
at the Place formerly appointed.
A Petition of Sir Thomas Ashfeild was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee
appointed to inspect That Branch of his Majesty's
Revenue arising by the Customs; to examine the Matter
of the said Petition, both in relation to the King's
Majesty, and the Petitioner; and to report the Matter
of Fact, with their Opinions, to the House: And the
Committee is hereby impowered to receive any other
Petitions or Complaints of the like Nature.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to inspect
the Act for regulating Corporations, be revived; and
do sit this Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Place
Marq. of Worcester's Water Engine.
Mr. Hungerford reports from the Committee to which
the Bill, sent from the Lords, for enabling the Lord
Marquis of Worcester to take the Benefit of a Watercommanding Engine, was committed (unto whom it was,
by Order of the Thirteenth of April last, referred, to prepare and bring in a Proviso to the said Bill, to limit a
Time for perfecting the Engine, and to provide, that the
same may not prejudice any other Engines, which should
be invented for the future); That the Committee had accordingly prepared a Proviso for the Purposes aforesaid:
Which he read in his Place; and after, delivered the
same in at the Clerk's Table.
The said Proviso being twice read;
Resolved, &c. That the Words "raising and" be
inserted in the Proviso, after the Word "the," and
before the Word "Carriage," in the Fourth Line of the
Which was done accordingly.
The Proviso, thus amended, was read the Third time.
Resolved, &c. That the Proviso, so amended, be
Resolved, &c. That the Bill, with the Amendments
and Proviso, agreed to, be returned to the Lords, for
And the Lord Herbert is to carry the same up to the
An ingrossed Bill to enable John Robinson Esquire to
sell or dispose of Lands, to pay Debts, and making
Provision for younger Children, was read.
Resolved, &c. That the said Bill do pass: And that the
Title shall be, An Act to enable John Robinson Esquire
to sell or dispose of Lands, to pay Debts, and making
Provision for younger Children.
A Bill for the Keeping and Holding of the Courts of
Great Sessions, and General Quarter Sessions of the
Peace for the County of Carnarvon, at the Town of
Carnarvon, was read.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Inhabitants of
Crediton in the County of Devon, be referred to the
Committee appointed to inspect the Act for Corporations.
An ingrossed Bill, sent from the Lords, for vesting
certain Lands of John Coppleston in Sir Francis Vincent
Knight and Baronet, Thomas Waldegrave Esquire,
Thomas Westlake, Gentleman, and their Heirs, to sell
for Payment of Debts, was read the First time.
Resolved, &c. That this Bill be read the Second time
on Friday next.
Ordered, That a Bill be brought in for disposing all
Offices, military and civil, into the Hands of such Persons as have been loyal Subjects, and conformable to the
Church of England: And that it be referred to the Lord
Bruce, Mr. Solicitor General, Serjeant Charlton, Sir
Allen Apsley, Lord Newburgh, Sir Tho. Tomkins, Lord
Fanshaw, Mr. Milward, Sir Robert Atkyns, Serjeant
Keeling, Mr. Coventry, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Thurland,
Sir Courtney Poole, to prepare and bring in the Bill.
The House then, according to the Order of the Thirteenth of April last, did proceed to the Hearing of the
Cause between the Drainers and the Tenants of the
Manor of Epworth, upon the Bill depending in this
House for the Draining of the Level of the Fens, called
the Level of Hatfeild Chace.
And the Parties and Counsel on both Sides were called
in to the Bar of the House: And several Certificates,
returned into the Exchequer, upon Commissions issued
from thence, being read; and divers Witnesses examined,
and cross-examined; and the Counsel on both Sides
Resolved, &c. That a Judicatory be erected by the
Bill, to consider of the Interests of the Drainers, and of
the several Owners of Lands, within the Manors of
Epworth, Misterton, Stockwith, and Everton; and to do
equal Right to the several Parties concerned.
Resolved, &c. That the Judicatory, so to be erected,
be confined to execute their Powers in Two Years from
the Time of the passing this Act.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be brought back to the
former Committee, to bring in the same, amended according to the aforesaid Votes: And for that Purpose
the said Committee is revived: And they are to meet at
Two of the Clock on Thursday next in the Afternoon, at
the Place formerly appointed.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.