Veneris, 17 die Octobris; 2° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
A PETITION of Arthur Shallet, Merchant, was
read; setting forth, That the Petitioner was duly
elected Burgess for the Town and County of Southampton:
But, in Wrong to the Petitioner, Sir Benj. Newland is
returned; notwithstanding the Petitioner had the Majority of legal Electors: And praying the Consideration
and Justice of the House in the Premises.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition
be referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections:
Who are to examine the Matter thereof; and report the
same, with their Opinions therein, to the House.
A Petition of the Mayor, Bailiffs, Majority of Aldermen, Common Council, and Capital Burgesses of the Borough of Preston in the County of Lancaster, was read;
setting forth, That the Right honourable the Lord Willoughby of Eresby was duly elected and returned for the said
Borough: But is since called up by Writ of Summons,
to the House of Lords; whereby the Borough is now represented by one Member only: That Thomas Patten,
Esquire, hath exhibited his Petition to this honourable
House, thereby alleging he is duly elected for the said Borough: Which Petition is referred to the Committee of
Elections and Privileges; but cannot be by them heard, in
Course, in a long Time: And praying a short Day may be
appointed for the Hearing the Matter of the said Petition:
And that the Petitioners may, at the same time, be heard
against the Pretensions of the said Tho. Patten.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be
referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections:
Who are to examine the Matter thereof; and report the
same, with their Opinions, to the House.
A Bill to enable Dacres Barret, Esquire, to charge the
Reversion of his Estate, in England, with One thousand
Five hundred Pounds, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
Preventing Fires at Marlborugh.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for
the better Preventing of Fires in the Town of Marlbrough.
And the said Bill was presented to the House: and
Pye's Marriage Settlement.
A Petition of Sir Robert Pye was read; setting forth,
That, in the Settlement made by the Petitioner upon the
Marriage of his eldest Son, there is a Mistake to the Prejudice of all the Parties concerned; which they are all
desirous may be rectified: But are advised that it cannot
properly be done but by Act of Parliament: And praying, That Leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the
rectifying the said Mistake.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for regulating Hackney Coaches in London and Westminster.
And it is recommended to Sir Wm. Poultney, Mr.
Christy, Sir Thomas Clarges, Mr. Serjeant Wogan, Mr.
Hawtry, to prepare and bring in the same.
A Petition of the Royal Affrican Company of England
was read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have, by their
great Charge for many Years past, preserved to this Nation the Trade in Affrica, from the Port of Sally, to Cape
de Bona Esperanza, under Letters Patents from the late
King Charles the Second; whereby they have not only improved the Manufactories of this Nation; but, from the
large Credit the Company have given to their Majesties
Plantations, the said Trade hath produced an Increase of
Wealth and Navigation to the Kingdom, and Revenue to
the Crown: But there arising Disputes about the Powers
granted to the said Company by the Letters Patents,
whereby they are disturbed in their Trade: And praying,
That they may have Leave to offer a Bill for confirming
to the Petitioners their Charter and Trade.
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to consider
of the Affrican Trade; and how the same may be best
settled for the Benefit of the Nation; and to report their
Opinions therein to the House.
And it is referred unto Sir Cha. Porter, Sir Benj. Newland, Mr. Etterick, Mr. Pitts, Sir Rob. Nappier, Sir Wm.
Strickland, Mr. Perry, Sir Peter Coryton, Mr. Baile, Sir
John Guise, Sir Math. Andrewes, Sir Walter Young, Sir
Rob. Rich, Mr. Christy, Mr. Jeffryes, Mr. Henly, Mr.
Hutcheson, Sir Edw. Seymour, Mr. Buscawen, Lord
Cheny, Mr. Lewes, Sir John Banks, Mr. Papillion, Sir
Jervas Elwes, Sir Tho. Clarges, Sir Tho. Vernon, Sir Phil.
Skippon, Sir Rob. Davers, Mr. Godolphin, Mr. Goldwell,
Mr. Slater, Sir Tho. Hussey, Sir Cha. Bloys, Mr. Clarke,
Mr. Onslow, Mr. Brockman, Mr. Burdett, Sir Sam.
Bernadiston, Sir Wm. Thompson, Mr. Robinson, Mr.
Burrard, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Chetwynd, Sir Tho. Pope
Blunt, Mr. Dyott, Sir Jos. Herne, Mr. Dolben, Mr.
Fawkes, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Gray, Mr. Ryder, Sir Jos.
Williamson, Mr. Fenwick, Sir Sam. Dashwood, Sir Wm.
Whitlock: And all that come are to have Voices: And
they are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon at Three
of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Raising Revenue by Fines, &c.
A Petition of Percival Brunskill, Gentleman, was read,
setting forth, That the Stat. 5 and 6 Edw. VI. which prohibits all Persons to buy or sell Offices, doth provide, That
such as have Estates therein, in Fee, may do it; and consequently their Majesties are seised of all hereditary Rights
belonging to their Imperial Crown and Dignity, to which
the Administration, and Offices incident thereto, are inseparably annexed: And that, whereas their Majesties may
get and save above Four hundred thousand Pounds yearly,
by a right Disposition of Offices; and make a considerable yearly Revenue of Fines and Forfeitures, in case the
Laws in Force were duly put in Execution, to prevent
Officers, Under Sheriffs, Bailiffs, and Attornies Vexation,
unreasonable Bills of Costs, and Exactions, whereby they
ruin some thousand Families: And the Petitioner conceiving, that his Majesty hath a lawful Right and Authority to put the Laws in Execution for the due answering
all ancient Rights, Duties, and Profits, which are established to support the Right and due Administration of
Justice, did propose to his Majesty, how and which way
his Majesty might get and save the yearly Sum aforesaid: And, upon hearing the same read and debated last
Week, before the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury,
assisted with Sir Robert Atkins, Lord Chief Baron of the
Exchequer, and Sir Geo. Treby, Attorney General, it was
thought adviseable for the Petitioner to offer the same
Case, and Proposals, to Parliament: And praying, That
a select Committee may be appointed to hear and examine the Petitioner's Case, and Proposals for raising
the Revenue of the Crown, by Fines and Forfeitures,
and Disposition of Offices; and to report the same to
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed accordingly.
And it is referred unto Sir Rob. Napper, Master of the
Rolls, Sir Edmund Jennings, Mr. Clerke, Mr. Arnold,
Sir Wm. Poultney, Sir Jos. Williamson, Sir Rob. Cotton,
Sir Edward Seymour, Mr. Newport, Sir Cha. Bloys, Mr.
Glemham, Mr. Price, Mr. Blowfeild, Mr. Gilbert, Sir
Tho. Pope Blunt, Mr. Chetwyn, Sir Phil. Skippon, Colonel Birch, Sir John Guise, Sir Cha. Windham, Sir Math.
Andrewes, Sir Thom. Clarges, Mr. Gray, Mr. Dyott,
Mr. Bull, Sir Jerv. Elwes, Serjeant Trenchard, Mr.
Goldwell, Mr. Fawkes, Mr. Christy, Mr. Kenyon, Sir
Tho. Travell, Sir Peter Collyton, Sir Gilbert Clerke, Mr.
Burdet, Mr. Waller, Sir Sam. Bernadiston, Sir Jonath.
Jennings: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Three
of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chambers.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to
regulate the Abuses of the Market of Smithfeild: And
it is recommended to Sir John Guise, Sir Tho. Clarges,
Sir John Fagg, Mr. Fagg, Mr. Machell, Colonel Birch,
Sir Ralph Dutton, to prepare and bring in the same.
Supply Bill; Land Tax.
Ordered, That a Bill be brought in for the Assessment
of One hundred Thirty-seven thousand Six hundred
Forty-one Pounds Eighteen Shillings and Two-pence,
by the Month, for Twelve Months, to begin from the
Twenty-fifth of December next, upon Land, according to
the Proportions in the Act made in the First Year of their
Majesties Reign, intituled, An Act for granting a present
Aid to their Majesties: And it is recommended to Mr.
Attorney General, Mr. Solicitor General, Sir Tho. Clarges,
Mr. Serjeant Wogan, to prepare and bring in the same.
Ways and Means.
Then the House resolved into a Committee of the
whole House, to consider further of Ways and Means for
the raising the Supplies to be granted to their Majesties.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Solicitor General took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Solicitor General reports from the Committee,
That they had agreed upon a Resolution: Which they
had directed him to report to the House: The 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.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee,
That, towards the raising the Supplies to be granted to
their Majesties, the Sum of Ten hundred thousand
Pounds be raised, upon the Credit, or by Sale, of the forfeited Estates in Ireland.
The said Resolution being read a Second time;
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That this House doth
agree with the Committee in the said Resolution, That,
towards the raising the Supplies to be granted to their
Majesties, the Sum of Ten hundred thousand Pounds be
raised upon the Credit, or by Sale, of the forfeited
Estates in Ireland.
Mr. Solicitor General also acquainted the House,
That he was directed by the said Committee to move
the House, That they might have Leave to sit again Tomorrow Morning.
Resolved, That the House will, To-morrow Morning
at Ten of the Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of
the whole House, to consider further of Ways and Means,
for the raising the Supplies to be granted to their Majesties.
Ordered, That all Committees be revived.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Nine a Clock.