Jovis, 10 die Decembris; 3° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
Leave of Absence.
ORDERED, That Mr. Stratford have Leave to go
into the Country for a Fortnight, upon extraordinary Occasions.
Mr. Christie reported from the Committee to whom
the Bill for the Registering of Servants that shall go to
the Plantations, pursuant to Letters Patents granted for
that Purpose, was committed, That they had made
several Amendments to the Bill: Which they had directed him to report to the House: And which he read
in his Place, with the Coherence; and afterwards, delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were
once read throughout; and then a Second time, one by
one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon,
agreed unto by the House.
Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be
Mr. Travers, according to Order, presented to the
House a Bill for the better Regulation and Encouragement of the Company of Fishermen of the River of
Thames, and providing Seamen for their Majesties Fleet,
and preventing Frauds in stealing Customs. And the
same was received.
A Bill for repairing of Dover Harbour, was read the
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to a Committee
of the whole House.
Resolved, That this House will, on Wednesday Morning next, at Ten a Clock, resolve itself into a Committee
of the whole House, to consider of the said Bill.
A Bill for the better Explanation of Two former Acts
for the Settlement of the Poor, was read the Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Chetwin, Sir Gilbert Clerke, Colonel Sackvile,
Mr. Slater, Mr. Dyott, Mr. Bull, Mr. Mountague, Major
Vincent, Mr. Gilbert, Sir Richard Clerke, Mr. Hart, Sir
Robert Hart, Mr. Price, Sir Hen. Ashurst, Mr. Carter,
Sir Thomas Darcy, Sir Rob. Cotton, Mr. Fuller, Mr.
Hawtry, Mr. Christie, Sir Math. Andrewes, Sir John
Bolles, Mr. Willmott, Sir Rog. Puleston, Mr. Onslow,
Mr. Freeman, Mr. Serjeant Blincowe, Mr. Thornhaugh,
Mr. Blowfeild, Mr. Brewer, Sir Fra. Vincent, Sir John
Moreton, Sir Walter Young, Sir Rob. Clayton, Mr. England, Mr. Waller, Sir Cha. Wyndham, Sir John Key, Mr.
Palmes, Sir Sam. Bernardiston, Mr. Burdet, Sir Tho.
Bernardiston, Mr. Faux, Sir Wm. Cooke, Sir Robert Edon,
Sir Wilf. Lawson, Mr. Fenwick: And they are to meet
this Afternoon at Four of the Clock, in the Speaker's
Settlement. of the Poor.
A Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, Burgesses, and
Inhabitants of the Borough of Portsmouth in the County
of Southampton, was read; setting forth, That * * * *.
Resolved, That the Consideration of the said Petition
be referred to the Committee to whom the said Bill for
the better Explaining of Two former Acts for the Settlement of the Poor, is committed.
Oath of Supremacy in Ireland.
Sir Thomas Clarges acquaints the House, that he having
been with the Lords, according to the Order of Yesterday,
to desire a Conference upon the Subject Matter of the last
Conference; the Lords do agree to a present Conference
in the Painted Chamber.
Ordered, That the same Managers who managed the
last Conference do manage this Conference.
And the Managers went to the Conference accordingly:
And being returned;
Sir Thomas Clarges reported from the Conference,
That the Persons appointed had attended the Conference;
and delivered to the Lords the Amendments made by
this House to the Amendments made by the Lords, to
the Bill for abrogating the Oath of Supremacy in Ireland,
and appointing other Oaths; and given the Lords
Reasons for the same.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Miles Cooke and Sir
Albury, &c. Lands enfranchisement.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled,
An Act for Enfranchising of several Copyhold Lands and
Tenements holden of the Manor of Albury and North
Mims in the County of Hertford: To which they desire
the Concurrence of this House.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
A Message from the Lords, by the Lord Chief Justice
Holt, and Mr. Justice Powell;
Oath of Supremacy in Ireland.
Mr. Speaker, We are commanded by the Lords to acquaint this House, that the Lords have agreed to the
Amendments made by this House to the Amendments
made by their Lordships, to the Bill, intituled, An Act
for abrogating the Oath of Supremacy in Ireland, and
appointing other Oaths.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
A Motion being made, That Leave be given to bring
in a Bill to encourage Privateers against France, and for
the better Security of the Trade of this Nation;
And a Debate arising thereupon;
Resolved, That the Debate be adjourned till Tomorrow Morning, Ten a Clock.
East India Company.
A Petition of Eliz. Lucas, Widow, and Eliz. her
Daughter, was read; setting forth, That the Petitioner's
Husband, in 1671, lett to Freight to the East India Company the Zant Frigate; in which Voyage the Captain, and
above half the Men, died by Poison, and the Unhealthfulness of the Climate: After which, the Company's Agent
made away with the said Ship, and sold the same to the
King of Bantham: Whereby the Petitioner's Husband
lost the same, with her Freight and Demurrage, amounting to Eleven thousand Pounds, but could obtain no more
than One thousand One hundred Pounds of the Company
for his Satisfaction; to the Ruin of himself and Family:
He afterwards going to the East Indias in the Company's
Service, ended his Life there by Poison: And praying
the Consideration of the House in the Premises.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition
be referred to the Committee of the whole House . . . . .
to consider further of the Petitions concerning the East
India Trade, is referred.
Then the House, according to the Order of the Day,
resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to
consider further of the Petitions concerning the East India
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir John Guise took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir John Guise reported from the said Committee, That
they had made some further Progress in the said Matter;
and had directed him to move the House, That they may
have Leave to sit again.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning,
at Eleven a Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the
whole House, to consider further of the Petitions concerning the East India Trade.
Hawkers and Pedlars.
Ordered, That Mr. Waller, Mr. Buscawen, Sir John
Bolles, Mr. Thompson, be added to the Committee to
whom the Bill for the Suppressing of Hawkers and
Pedlars, is committed.
Ordered, That all Committees be revived.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight a Clock.