Mercurii, 3 die Julii, 1678.
Delays in Suits.
AN ingrossed Bill, sent from the Lords, intituled, An
Act for reviving a former Act, intituled, An Act
for avoiding unnecessary Suits and Delays; and for
Continuance of One other Act, intituled, An Act for
the better Settling Intestates Estates; was read the
Resolved, &c. That the last Enacting Clause in the
said Bill be rejected.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be committed to Serjeant
Seis, Mr. Williams, Mr. Mallet, Sir John Knight, Sir
Tho. Higgins, Serjeant Mainard, Mr. Buscawen, Mr.
Crouch, Sir John Birkenhead, Sir Hen. Ford, Sir Trevor
Williams, Sir John Mallet, Sir Edw. Deering, Sir Tho.
Lee, Sir John Talbot, Sir Wm. Lowther, Mr. Powle, Mr.
Jones, Mr. Buscawen, Mr. Dalmahoy, Mr. Wright, Sir
Courtney Poole, Mr. Browne, Sir Rob. Markham, Sir
Anth. Irby, Sir John Coryton, Sir John Nicholas, Mr.
Neale, Mr. Jolliffe, Mr. Treby, Sir Geo. Downing, Mr.
Cheney, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Sir Tho. Mompesson, Sir Tho.
Allen, Sir John Coryton, Sir Rob. Sawyer, Sir Edm.
Jenings, Sir John Covert, Sir Tho. Littleton, Sir John
Trevor, Sir Rich. Everard, Sir John Bramston, Sir Jon.
Trelawney, Sir John Moreton, Sir John Elwes, Sir Gilb.
Talbot, Sir Edm. Windham: And they are to inspect and
consider the former Acts; and make the Act temporary;
and make Provision, that no Person may be compelled
to take out Letters of Administration: And they are to
meet To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon,
in the Speaker's Chamber.
The House then resumed the Debate concerning the
Bill for poor Prisoners.
A Proviso concerning Foreigners was presented; and
Resolved, &c. That the Proviso be added to the Bill.
The Question being put, Whether the Words "Five
Hundred Pounds" shall stand in the Bill.
The House divide.
The Yeas go forth.
||Sir Jon. Trelawney,
||for the Yeas,
|Sir Edm. Bowyer,
||for the Noes,
And so it was resolved in the Affirmative.
An Amendment being made at the Table;
Resolved, &c. That the Bill do pass: And that the
Title be, An Act for the further Relief and Discharge
of poor distressed Prisoners for Debt: And that Sir
Edw. Deering do carry up the Bill to the Lords for their
Rights of Commons in granting Money.
Mr. Solicitor General reports from the Committee to
whom it was, amongst other things, referred, to prepare
and draw up a State of the Rights of the Commons, in
Granting of Money, a Vote agreed by the Committee:
Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered
the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was
read; and, upon the Question, agreed; and is as
Resolved, &c. That all Aids and Supplies, and Aids to
his Majesty in Parliament, are the sole Gift of the
Commons: And all Bills for the Granting of any such
Aids and Supplies ought to begin with the Commons:
And that it is the undoubted and sole Right of the Commons, to direct, limit, and appoint, in such Bills, the
Ends, Purposes, Considerations, Conditions, Limitations,
and Qualifications of such Grants; which ought not to
be changed, or altered by the House of Lords.
Privilege- a person discharged.
A Petition of Godfrey Lee, now in Custody of the
Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for a Breach of
Privilege committed against Francis Earl of Longford, a
Member of this House, was read; whereby he acknowledges his Offence, craves Pardon of the House, and
desires that he may be discharged.
Resolved, &c. That the said Godfrey Lee be discharged
of his Commitment.
And the said Godfrey Lee being called in to the Bar
of the House; and there kneeling; Mr. Speaker, after
a short Reprimand, acquainted him, That he was discharged, paying his Fees.
Supply Bill; Land Tax.
Resolved, &c. That Provison be made in the Bill,
now depending, for raising a Supply not exceeding Four
hundred and Fourteen thousand Pounds, for raising Two
hundred and Six thousand Four hundred Sixty-two
Pounds Seventeen Shillings and Three-pence for disbanding the Army.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.