Mercurii, 22 die Maii ; 1° Willielmi et Mariæ.
A BILL for the Composition touching Bankrupts
Estates, read the First time.
Resolved, That this Bill be read a Second time this Day
Sevennight, after Ten of the Clock.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. James Herbert have Leave to go
into the Country for Three Weeks,
Ordered, That Mr. Brewer have Leave to go into the
Country, for a Week.
Resolved, That the Bill for Relief of poor Prisoners,
be now read a Second time.
The Bill was read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Arnold,
Mr. And. Newport, Mr. Paul Foley, Mr. Auditor Done,
Mr. Blowfeild, Sir John Fagg, Mr. Tipping, Mr. Papillion, Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Bockland, Sir Hen. Capell, Sir
Matth. Andrews, Sir Rich. Newdigate, Sir Gilbert Clerke,
Sir Fr. Russell, Sir John Barker, Mr. Elwell, Mr. Montague, Sir Rob. Sawyer, Sir Rob. Nappier, Sir Philip Gell,
Mr. Machell, Lord Ranelagh, Sir Trevor Williams, Mr.
Hamden, Mr. Cooke, Colonel Birch, Sir Dunc. Colchester,
Mr. Boscawen, Sir John Wyne, Sir Phil. Skippon, Mr. Tho.
Foley, Mr. Nicholas, Sir Wm. Strickland: And all that
come are to have Voices: And they are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the
Suspending Habeas Corpus.
Resolved, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for
Continuance of the Act for impowering his Majesty to
apprehend and detain such Persons as he shall find just
Cause to suspect are conspiring against the Government,
for a longer Time: And it is recommended to Mr.
Hamden to bring in the Bill.
A Member not able from illness to take Oaths.
Mr. Boscawen acquaints the House, That Mr. Boone
had received a Letter, sent by the Order of the House;
and that he was willing to take the Oaths, and attend the
Service of the House: But that he is very ill, and not
able, as yet, to do it; but that he will, as soon as able.
Another declines taking them.
Sir Hen. Capell acquaints the House, That he had
received a Letter from Mr. Francis Cholmondlye's Brother,
acquainting him, That Mr. Cholmondly had received a
Letter sent by Order of the House; but that he was ill,
and not able to attend their Service: But that withal, he
intimated, that his Brother was not willing to take the
Oaths; and desired a new Writ might issue to choose
another Member in his room.
Resolved, That the said Mr. Cholmondley be summoned
to attend this House this Day Three Weeks: And Sir
Rich. Middleton is to signify the same to him; he undertaking in that Behalf.
Bill of Oaths.
Resolved, That the House do, this Day Sevennight,
review the Bill of Oaths.
Conference with Lords; Dissenters Toleration.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Miles Cook and
Mr. Speaker, We are commanded by the Lords to
acquaint this House, That the Lords do desire a present
Conference with this House in the Painted Chamber,
upon the Subject Matter of the Amendment to the Bill
for exempting their Majesties Protestant Subjects from
the Penalties of certain Laws.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
Resolved, That this House doth agree to a present
Conference with the Lords, as is desired.
And the Messengers were called in; and Mr. Speaker
acquainted them therewith.
Resolved, That Mr. Hamden, Mr. Finch, Mr. Tho. Foley,
Sir H. Capell, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Sacheverell, Sir Wm.
Williams, Sir Tho. Lee, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Mr. Ashburnham, Colonel Tipping, Sir Fran. Russell, Mr. Paul Foley,
do manage the Conference.
And they went up to the Conference accordingly.
Mr. Hamden reports from the Conference with the
Lords, That the Earl of Nottingham managed the same
on the Part of the Lords; and said, That the Lords had
agreed to most of the Amendments proposed by this
House to be made to the Bill: But that the Lords did
think fit to make some Amendments of those Amendments; and also, One Amendment in the Bill itself, to
make the same cohere with the Amendments proposed by
this House; to which they desire the Concurrence of this
House: Which Amendments he delivered in at the
Clerk's Table: Where the same were Thrice read; and,
upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto
by the House; and are as followeth; viz.
7 Skin, L. 12, to the Commons Amendment, after the
Word "I," in the Third Line of the said Amendment,
add "A. B;" and, at the End of the said Amendment,
after "Inspiration," add, "which Declarations and Subscription shall be made and entered of Record, at the
General Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the County,
City, or Place, where every such Person shall then reside."
In the Bill;
7 Skin, L. 14, after "Declarations," add, "and Profession."
Ordered, That Mr. Harbord do carry up the Bill to the
Lords; and acquaint them with the Concurrence of this
House to the said Amendments.
Sir Thomas Littleton reports from the Committee, to
whom it was referred to prepare Reasons to be offered at
a Conference with the Lords, touching the Amendments
proposed by the Lords to be made to the additional Poll
Bill, That they had prepared Reasons accordingly: Which
he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same
in at the Clerk's Table; Where the same were Once read
throughout; and afterwards, a Second time, one by one;
and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed
unto by the House; and are as followeth:
Reasons for disagreeing with the Lords in the Amendment to the Bill, intituled, An additional Act for
the raising Money by a Poll, and otherwise; towards
the reducing of Ireland.
The Lords, P. 1, L. 27, after the Word "Act,"
insert a Clause for the Lords appointing Commissioners
to rate themselves in respect of their Offices and personal
Estates, and freeing their Persons from Imprisonment, and
for appointing a Collector to receive their Assessments.
To which Clause the Commons disagree.
1. Because the Bill, now in Question, taxes Commoners only.
2. Because the Poll Bill already passed, hath sufficiently
provided for taxing all the Nobility; to which the Lords
Conference desired with Lords.
Ordered, That Colonel Tipping do go up to the Lords
and desire a Conference with their Lordships, upon the
Subject Matter of the Amendments by their Lordships
proposed to be made to the additional Poll Bill.
Annulling Lisle's Attainder.
Ordered, That Colonel Tipping do carry up to the Lords
the ingrossed Bill sent down by them, intituled, An Act
for the annulling, and making void, the Attainder of
Alitia Lisle, Widow; and acquaint them with the Concurrence of this House thereunto, without any Amendments.
Bill of Indemnity.
Resolved, That Sir Thomas Littleton do make his Report from the Committee of the whole House, to whom
it was referred to consider of Heads for a Bill of Indemnity, To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock.
Address respecting Irish Protestants.
Sir Jos. Tredenham reports from the Committee, to
whom it was referred to prepare an Address concerning
the Irish Protestants, that the Committee had prepared
an Address accordingly: Which he read in his Place; and
afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table:
Where the same was read, and is as followeth; viz.
WE, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects,
the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, in Parliament assembled, having taken into our serious and tender Considerations, the many great Sufferings of the Protestant
Nobility and Gentry of Ireland, which their Zeal for the
Protestant Religion, Your Majesty's Service, the Interest
of England in that Kingdom, and Love to our Nation,
have exposed them to; whereby great Numbers have
been forced to fly hither, deprived of all their real Estates,
as well as personal, of a much greater Value; so that they
are thereby reduced to the most pressing Necessities, and
are become great objects of Compassion; being the only
Body of Protestants that are ruined by the late happy Revolution, which hath wrought so great a Deliverance, not
only for the rest of Your Majesty's Subjects, but for all
the Protestant Interest in Europe; most humbly crave
Leave on their Behalf, to offer their deplorable Condition to Your Majesty's most Princely Consideration.
And whereas, they are, by reason of their Numbers,
very apprehensive of their being and continuing a Burden
and Charge to this Kingdom, while they remain, in such
Condition, unemployed; and that many of them are, for
their Interest in, and Knowledge of that Kingdom, as
well as Experience in Military Affairs (having served
there, and thereby insured to the Country), well qualified
to serve under Your Majesty for the Reduction thereof;
and all of them pressing and forward for that Service, as
well as to redeem their Wives, Children, Friends, or
Relations, from the present Slavery, and miserable
Oppression, they groan under:
1. We humbly recommend such of the said Nobility
and Gentry, as are fit for Military Employments, as very
proper Persons for Reducing of that Kingdom to its due
Obedience to the Crown of England.
2. That such of them as are not fit for such Service,
may, as Your Majesty shall have Opportunity, be put
into such Civil Employments as they are capable of, according to their several Abilities and Professions.
3. For the present Supply of the great Necessities of
the said Nobility and Gentry of Ireland, we humbly pray,
that such Part of the Stock which the late King hath in
the East India and Guinea Companies, as yet undisposed
of, may be sold, and distributed among them, according
to a List of Distribution already settled, and herewith presented to Your Majesties; with regard to others not yet
appearing, as their Estates and other their Circumstances,
shall be presented, in order to their Support and Maintenance proportionably with the rest: And that for a further and standing Fund for their future Subsistence, until
Ireland be reduced, Your Majesties will be graciously
pleased to issue forth Your Royal Proclamation, requiring
all Papists beyond the Seas, (who have Estates in England) and all Protestants, that are in Arms, or otherwise
engaged in Service against Your Majesties, (if any such
there be) to return within some convenient Time: And
that the Estates of such as shall not give Obedience thereunto, be seized into Your Majesties Hands for the Relief
of the Nobility or Gentry, who are, or shall be, deprived
of their Estates there. And, because possibly the said Funds,
as well for the present Supply, as future Subsistence, of the
said Nobility and Gentry, may prove either so insufficient
or dilatory a Provision, as their present Necessities cannot
dispense with; we humbly pray Your Majesties to appoint such other certain and sufficient Fund as may answer
those Ends; and we do promise to reimburse, with all
Thankfulness, what Your Majesties shall expend in this so
just and charitable a Work: And we are the rather induced
to make this our humble Supplication to Your Majesties,
on Behalf of the said Nobility and Gentry, because we
esteem ourselves obliged to afford them present Relief and
Support, and to represent the speedy Recovery of the
Kingdom of Ireland, of great Importance to This, in all respects, as Your Majesties and the Nation's true Interest.
And, in regard we have not named his Grace the
Duke of Ormond among the rest of the Nobility and Gentry of Ireland, in the List before mentioned, because of his
eminent Service, Quality, and great Estate; and lest the
Fund we have proposed may not allow such Provision, as
his State and Merits require; we therefore humbly beseech Your Majesties, to take the Condition of the said
Duke, and his great Merits and Sufferings, into Your
particular Royal Consideration: And that Your Majesties
will be pleased also to consider of the rest of the Nobility
and Gentry already fled, and daily coming from Ireland,
that remain unprovided for.
Whereas several of the Bishops, and inferior Clergy,
and Fellows of Trinity College near Dublyn, have conscientiously discharged their Duties there, in Opposition
to Popery; and staid in that Kingdom, whilst there was
any Safety for them; are now fled also into England, most
of them despoiled of all their worldly Substance; and
Your Majesties having been pleased to declare Your
Royal Purpose, of preferring the said Clergy to such Livings as shall fall in Your Majesties Disposal; we return
our most humble Thanks for that Your Majesties most
gracious Promise; humbly praying, that the said Fellows
may be provided for with them: And that the Bishops
of that Kingdom, fled into this, may be a special Part
of Your Princely Care; and be relieved, in Proportion
to their Charges and Losses, with other the Nobility and
Gentry of Ireland.
The Order of the House of the Sixteenth Instant,
directing an Address to be prepared, was read.
Resolved, That the Address be re-committed to the
same Committee: And they are to meet this Afternoon,
at Five of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and
to make their Report to the House, with all convenient
Late King James' Property.
Resolved, That it be recommended to Sir Matthew
Andrews, Sir John Bancks, and Mr. Papilion, to inquire,
by the best Means they can, what Stock the late King
James the Second hath undisposed of in the East India
Company, Guinea Company, or Hudson's Bay Company;
and bring an Account thereof to this House To-morrow
Morning, at Ten of the Clock.
Conferences with Lords.
Colonel Tipping acquaints the House, that he having
been (according to their Order) with the Lords, to desire a Conference, they do agree to a present Conference
in the Painted Chamber.
Resolved, That the Committee, to whom it was referred to prepare the Reasons, be the Managers of the
The Managers went to the Conference, accordingly.
Papists Children sent abroad.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed the Eighteenth
Instant to inquire what Children are sent abroad to be
educated in the Popish Religion; and who have been the
Occasion of sending them abroad; do also inquire, what
Children who were in the Hands of Protestant Guardians,
have been taken thence, and put under Popish Guardians:
And that Mr. Newport, Sir John Doyley, Mr. Herbert,
Mr. Blake, Mr. Carter, be added to the Committee.
Grievances of City of London.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed the Fifth Day
of March last, to examine into the Grievances relating to
the City of London, be revived; and do sit this Afternoon,
at Four of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Fall of Rents.
Ordered, That Mr. Tho. Foley, Mr. Paul Foley, Sir
John Knatchbull, Mr. Moore, Colonel Whitley, Mr. Mun,
be added to the Committee, which was, the Fourth
Instant, appointed to consider of the Reasons of the Fall
of Rents; and to bring in a Bill, or Bills, for the remedying thereof.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Nine a Clock.