DIE Mercurii, 3 Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Lich. & Cov.
|Ds. Cowper, Cancellarius.
Dux Kingston, C.P.S.
Dux Kent, Senescallus.
Dux Bolton, Camerarius.
Dux St. Albans.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Viscount St. John.
|Ds. Willughby Br.
Ds. Howard Eff.
Ds. North & Grey.
Land Tax, Bill.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr.
Farrer and others:
With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting an
Aid to His Majesty, by a Land Tax in Great Britain,
for the Service of the Year One Thousand Seven
Hundred and Seventeen;" to which they desire the
Concurrence of this House.
The said Bill was read the First Time.
Wemys' Pet. referred to Judges.
Upon reading the Petition of Patrick Wemys Esquire;
praying, "That Leave may be given to bring in a Bill,
to enable him to dispose of so many of his Houses and
Premises standing in the City and County of the City
of Dublin, the Rents whereof do not exceed Two
Hundred and Fifty Pounds per Annum, thereby to raise
Money, to pay off and discharge several Debts in the
Petition mentioned, and for other Purposes therein
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of
the said Petition be, and is hereby, referred to the Lord
Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer and Mr. Baron
Price; who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill; and, after hearing them, to report
to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion
thereupon, under their Hands, and whether all Parties
that may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill
have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.
Liverpool Dock, Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act
for enlarging the Time granted by an Act passed in
the Eighth Year of the Reign of Her late Majesty
Queen Anne, intituled, An Act for making a convenient Dock, or Bason, at Liverpoole, for Security of
all Ships trading to and from the said Port of Liverpoole."
Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a
Committee of the whole House, on Friday next.
Riot at Oxford:
The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee, to consider of
the Papers laid before the House relating to the Riots at
And, after some Time spent therein, the House was
And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said
Committee, "That they had considered the Matter to
them referred, and were come to the following Resolutions; videlicet,
Resolutions concerning it:
"That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That
the Lords of the Committee of Council, to whom the
Papers relating to the Riots at Oxford were referred,
had sufficient Grounds to come to the Resolution reported to his Royal Highness the Prince; videlicet,
"That the Heads of the University and Mayor of
the City neglected to make any public Rejoicings on
the Prince's Birth Day; but some of the Collegiates,
with the Officers, being met to celebrate the said
Day, the House where they were was assaulted, and
the Windows were broken, by the Rabble; which
was the Beginning and Occasion of the Riots that
ensued, as well from the Soldiers, as the Scholars and
Townsmen; and that the Conduct of the Major
seems well justified by the Affidavits produced on his
"That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the
printing and publishing the Depositions upon which
the Complaint relating to the Riots at Oxford were
founded, while that Matter was under the Examination of the Lords of the Committee of Council, and
before they had Time to come to any Resolution, was
irregular, disrespectful to his Royal Highness the
Prince, and tending to Sedition."
The said Resolutions were read by the Clerk.
And the First Resolution being again read;
A Petition of the Vice Chancellor of the University
and the Mayor of the City of Oxford, in Behalf of
themselves and several other Justices of Peace of the
said City, in relation to the Matters in Question, was
offered to the House.
And it being proposed, "That the said First Resolution be re-committed:"
The Question was put, "Whether the said Resolution shall be re-committed:"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
Then the Question was put, "Whether to agree
with the Committee in the said Resolution?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against the First:
"1. Because, by this Resolution, the Heads of all
the Colleges and Halls within the University of Oxford stand censured, as we apprehend, for Disrespect and
Want of Duty to his Royal Highness the Prince, in
neglecting to make public Rejoicings on his Birthday; whereas it sufficiently appeared to us, that no
public Rejoicings had ever been made before that
Time, within the said University, on the Birth-day of
any Heir Apparent to the Crown, or even of the
Sovereign; except only on the Twenty-ninth of May,
set apart by Act of Parliament perpetually to be observed as a Day of public Thanksgiving.
"And there seems the less Reason, in our Opinion,
for laying so heavy a Charge on the Heads of those
learned Societies, inasmuch as they have not been allowed any Opportunity of being heard thereto, nor
even knew themselves to be any Ways accused in
"2. Because the Proceedings of the Major, as we
conceive, are not to be justified by Law, if the Affidavits which were sent to make good the Complaints
against the Major and Soldiers be considered, as well
as those Affidavits which were produced on the Major's Part; there being several Enormities charged, as
well on the Major as on the Soldiers under his Command, by the former Affidavits, no way answered by
the latter; or so much as denied by the Major himself in any of his own Affidavits or Letters.
"3. Because, we conceive, the Matter of Fact, relating
to breaking the Windows of the Room wherein the
Major and others were with Stones, from Hurst's the
Ironmonger's House, has not been sufficiently examined into, for Want of giving an Opportunity to the
Complainants of replying to the Affidavits relating
to that Matter: And supposing the Truth of that Fact
had unquestionably appeared upon a full Examination;
yet it cannot be pretended to be a legal Justification
of the Major for inciting or suffering the Soldiers
under his Command, to go through the City, insulting the Magistrates, and breaking the Windows of
many Citizens, who are not pretended to have given
the least Offence to them.
"4. Because the Officers and Soldiers of the Army
may take Occasion, from this Resolution, to think themselves exempt from the Civil Power in Criminal Cases;
and be induced thereby to contemn and resist the Authority of the Civil Magistrate, to which they are
in such Cases as liable as any other of His Majesty's
"5. Because the Civil Officers and Magistrates may
probably be discouraged, by this Resolution, from doing their Duty on such Occasions; and His Majesty's
Subjects be deterred from making their just Complaints, in an humble and dutiful Manner, of any
Oppressions which they have suffered, or may suffer,
from any Officers or Soldiers in the Army.
"North & Grey. Bristol.
"Willoughby Broke. Dartmouth.
"Compton. Say & Seale.
"Fr. Roffen. Montjoy.
"Berkeley of Stratton.
"Mansel. Joh. London.
"Harcourt. Trevor. P. Hereford."
The other Resolution being also read a Second Time;
Ordered, That this House agrees with the Committee in the said Resolution.
Papers to be printed.
Ordered, That the several Papers laid before the
House, relating to the Riots at Oxford on his Royal
Highness the Prince's Birth-day, with the Resolutions
of this House thereupon, be forthwith printed and
Craig, to enter into Recognizance for Sir John Schaw;
The House being moved, "That Mr. James Craig
may be allowed to enter into a Recognizance for Sir
John Schaw Baronet, on his Appeal depending in this
House; his Residence being in Scotland, where his
Affairs oblige him to continue:"
It is Ordered, That the said Mr. Craig may enter
into a Recognizance for the said Sir John Schaw, as
and Cochran for Cochran.
The like Order for John Cochran Esquire to enter into
a Recognizance for William Cochran, for the same
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, quartum diem instantis Aprilis, hora undecima Aurora,
Dominis sic decernentibus.