House of Commons Journal Volume 9
27 May 1685

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'House of Commons Journal Volume 9: 27 May 1685', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 9: 1667-1687 (1802), pp. 719-721. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=27874 Date accessed: 20 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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Mercurii, 27 die Maii, 1685. 1Jac. IIdi.

Prayers.

Weymouth Election.

A PETITION of the Freeholders of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis in the County of Dorsett, touching the Election for the said Borough, was read.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Elections and Privileges; to examine the Matter thereof; and report their Opinion therein to the House.

Army Accompts.

A Petition of divers Inhabitants of several Counties, Towns, and Boroughs of England, and of the Officers and Soldiers who remain unsatisfied by the Commissioners appointed by an, Act of Parliament, made in the One-and-thirtieth Year of his late Majesty's Reign, for granting a Supply of Two hundred Six thousand Four hundred Sixty-two Pounds Seventeen Shillings and Three-pence, for paying off and disbanding of the Forces therein mentioned, was read.

Ordered, That Sir Gilbert Gerard, Colonel Birch, Sir Thomas Player, and Colonel Whitley, Commissioners appointed by the Act of Parliament, made in the One-andthirtieth Year of his late Majesty's Reign, for disbanding the Forces, do, on Saturday next, bring in their Accompts, to this House, of all Monies, by them paid, and of all other their Proceedings; in disbanding the said Forces according to the said Act: And that the Serjeant at Arms attending this House do give them speedy Notice thereof.

Exporting Leather.

A Bill for reviving an Act for transporting Leather was read a Second time.

Resolved, &c. That the said Bill be committed to Sir Edmund Jennings, Sir Dudley North, Sir Lionel Walden, Sir Tho. Clarges, Sir John Talbott, Sir Chr. Musgrave, Sir John Knatchbull, Mr. Tipping, Sir Rich. Midleton, Dr. Brady, Mr. Hen. Cornwall, Mr. Fanshaw, Lord Bruce, Sir Robert Cotton, Mr. Docwra, Mr. Bickerstaffe, Mr. Dolben, Mr. Phillips, Sir Christ. Wren, Sir Anth. Chester, Mr. North, Sir Edw. Phillips, Mr. Sandford, Lord Falkland, Sir Rich. Temple, Mr. Walden, Sir Dan. Fleming, Lord Brackley, Sir Rich. Cromp, Mr. Phil. Darcy, Mr. Price, or any Five of them: And they are to meet at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

A Petition of divers Shoemakers, and other Manufacturers of Leather, in and about London; and a Petition of the Company of Curriers of London; were read;

Ordered, That the Consideration of the said several Petitions be referred to the Committee last appointed; to examine the Matters thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House.

Expiring Laws.

Sir John Talbot reports from the Committee appointed to inspect and inquire into what Laws are expired, or near expiring, That they, having taken the same into their Consideration, had prepared a List of the said Acts: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same being again read, is as follows; viz.

13, 14 Car. II. c. 2. An Act for repairing the Highways and Sewers, and paving and keeping clean the Streets in and about the Cities of London and Westminster; and for Reforming of Annoyances and Disorders in the Streets of and Places adjacent to the said Cities; and for the Regulating and Licensing of Hackney Coaches; and for the Inlarging of several strait and inconvenient Streets and Passages.

13, 14 Ca. II. c. An Act for Inlarging and Repairing of common Highways.

13, 14 Ca. II. c. 9. An Act for the Relief of poor and maimed Officers and Soldiers, who have faithfully served his Majesty and his Royal Father in the late Wars.

13, 14 Ca. II. c. 12. An Act for the better Relief of the Poor of this Kingdom.

13, 14 Ca. II. c. 20. An Act for Providing of Carriages, by Land and by Water, for the Use of his Majesty's Navy and Ordnance.

13, 14 Ca. II. c. 21. An Act for preventing the unnecessary Charge of Sheriffs; and for Ease in passing their Accompts.

13, 14 Ca. II. c. 22. An Act for Preventing of Theft and Rapine upon the Northern Borders of England; and continued 29° and 30"°

13, 14 Ca. II. c. 32. An Act for the better Regulating of the Manufacture of Broad Woollen Cloth, within the West Riding of the County of York.

13, 14 Ca. II. c. 33. An Act for preventing Abuses in printing seditious, treasonable, and unlicensed Books and Pamphlets; and for Regulating of Printing and Printing Presses.

15 Ca. II. c. 5. An Act for Regulating of select Vestries.

16 Ca. II. c. 5. An Act to prevent the Disturbances of Seamen and others; and to preserve the Stores belonging to his Majesty's Navy Royal.

16 Ca. II. c. 6. An Act to prevent the Delivering up of Merchant Ships.

16, 17 Ca. II. c. 3. An Act for the Returning of able and sufficient Jurors.

17 Ca. II. c. 8. An Act for avoiding unnecessary Suits and Delays.

18 Ca. II. c. 5. An Act for Encouraging of Coinage.

19 Ca. II. c. 12. An Act for assigning Orders in the Exchequer without Revocation.

22, 23 Ca. II. c. 10. An Act for the better Settling Intestates Estates.

22, 23 Ca. II. c. 13. An Act for exporting Beer, Ale, and Mum.

22, 23 Ca. II. c. 19. An Act to prevent Frauds in the Buying and Selling of Cattle in Smithfield and elsewhere.

22, 23 Ca. II. c. 22. An Act for the better and more certain Recovery of Fines and Forfeitures due to his Majesty.

22, 23 Ca. II. c. 26. An Act to prevent the Planting of Tobacco in England; and for regulating the Plantation Trade.

30 Ca. II. c. 7. An Act to enable Creditors to recover their Debts of the Executors and Administrators of Executors in their own Wrong.

29, 30 Ca. II. 1. An Act, among other Things, for prohibiting French Commodities.

Ordered, That it be re-committed to the same Committee, to consider, and report their Opinions, What Laws are fit to be discontinued and what to be revived.

King's Revenue.

A Message from the Lords, by Sir Samuel Clerk and Sir Miles Cook;

Mr. Speaker, The Lords have commanded us to acquaint this House, That their Lordships have passed the Bill intituled, An Act for settling the Revenue on his Majesty for his Life, which was settled on his late Majesty for his Life, without any Alteration.

St. James', Westminster, Parish.

Ordered, That Sir Thomas Clargis, a Member of this House, have Leave to bring in a Bill for making the New Church of St. James's, and the Precinct adjoining, Part of the Parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, in the County of Middlesex, Parochial; to be separated from the said Parish of St. Martin's.

Stockbridge Election.

A Petition of Oliver St. Johns, Esquire, touching the Election for Stockbridge in the County of Southampton, was read.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Elections and Privileges; to examine the Matter thereof; and to report the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House.

Malmsbury Election.

A Petition of Henry Wharton and William Jepson, Esquires, touching the Election for the Borough of Malmsbury in the County of Wilts, was read.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Elections and Privileges; to examine the Matter thereof; and to report the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House.

Colt's Estate.

A Petition of John Dutton Colt, Esquire, being tendered to the House;

Resolved, That the said Petition be rejected.

Gloucester Election.

A Petition of Sir John Guise touching the Election for the County of Gloucester, was read.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Elections and Privileges; to examine the Matter thereof; . . . . . with their Opinion therein, to the House.

Meller's Estate.

A Petition of Edward Meller Esquire, praying Leave to bring in a Bill to enable him to sell Lands for Payment of his Debts.

The Question being put, That Leave be given to bring in such a Bill.

The House divide.

The Yeas go forth.

Tellers, Sir Charles Windham, for the Yeas, 195.
Sir Edw. Phillips,
Tellers, Sir Hen. Beaumont, for the Noes, 218.
Sir John Reresby,

And so it passed in the Negative.

Rumny Writ.

Sir Benjamin Bathurst, being returned to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Beeralston in the County of Cornwall, and for the Port of Rumny in the County of Kent, made his Election to serve for Beeralston.

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue out his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ, for the Election of a Baron to serve in this present Parliament for the said Port of Romney.

Preserving the Church.

Sir Thomas Meres reports from the Grand Committee of Religion, That the Committee, having taken the Matters, Yesterday to them referred, into their Consideration, had agreed upon Two Resolves: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered them in at the Clerk's Table: Where they were again read; and are as follow;

1. Resolved, That it be reported to the House, as the Opinion of this Grand Committee, to assist and stand by his Majesty, according to our Duty and Allegiance, for the Support and Defence of the Reformed Religion of the Church of England, as now by Law established, with our Lives and Fortunes.

2.Resolved, That the House be moved, from this Grand Committee, to make an humble Address to his Majesty, to publish his Royal Proclamation for putting the Laws in Execution, against all Dissenters whatsoever from the Church of England.

The Question being put, That the Question be now put, That the House do agree with the Committee in the First of the said Resolves;

It passed in the Negative.

The Question being put, That the Question be now put, That the House do agree with the Committee in the Second of the said Resolves;

It likewise passed in the Negative.

Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That this House doth acquiesce, intirely rely, and rest wholly satisfied, in his Majesty's gracious Word, and repeated Declaration, to support and defend the Religion of the Church of England, as it is now by Law established: which is dearer to us than our Lives.

Charters to Boroughs.

A Debate arising, touching several Royal Charters, supposed to be granted to divers Boroughs, who had a Right, by Prescription, to send Burgesses to serve in Parliament; whereby, as was alleged, an Alteration is made in the Manner of their ancient Elections;

Resolved, &c. That the Debate be adjourned till Saturday Morning next, Ten of the Clock.

And then the House adjourned to Nine of the Clock on Friday Morning.